“The Back Forty” appears in this anthology of Texas-based horror. Everything’s scarier in Texas, and not only is it the setting, but all of the authors are either Texas natives or folks who got here as soon as they could.
I’m proud to be in such fine company, and I encourage you to grab a copy (paper or digital) for your white-knuckled reading pleasure.
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Antonina Beaulieu, called Nina, travels to the city of Loisail to stay with her wealthy cousin Gaetan Beaulieu and his wife Valérie, who leads her through her first Grand Season with an iron hand. Nina is a country girl from a wealthy family but lacks the sophistication Valérie insists upon, and her erratic telekinetic powers only make Valérie angrier. When Nina meets the celebrated entertainer, Hector Auvray, she finds a kindred spirit who shares the same odd talent. Hector courts her as a ploy to get close to Valérie, whom he still loves despite her breaking their engagement years ago. Continue reading
If you’re a writer of dark worlds or intent on giving your readers a case of the squirming heebie-jeebies, you owe it to yourself to attend the next StokerCon. I knew I had to attend in 2017 because of the venue. I mean, 500 or so horror fans and writers running amok on a haunted ship for four days? You know it’s gonna be good.
My primary reason for going this year were the great workshops offered through Horror University. Alas, the class I really wanted to take was canceled, so I had to make some last-minute substitutions. Continue reading
A short story.
After a year working at home—alone save for three cats, two dogs, and my spouse—I had a bad case of cabin fever. I’d always talked to the cats, but I had moved on to holding long conversations with my household appliances. The sweeper robot wasn’t really glitching; it was sulking because I hadn’t cleaned it properly in three months and its brushes hadn’t been replaced in, I dunno, two years? Continue reading
Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys
Ruthanna Emrys takes Lovecraft’s legacy into the lives, blood, and fears of the people of Innsmouth. But unlike Lovecraft, this isn’t a horror novel; it’s a detective thriller involving spies, occultists, Miskatonic University, concentration camps and some of the most well-imagined magic I’ve read in years. Continue reading
Let me assure you that In Calabria is nothing at all like The Last Unicorn. Though it features the same creature, this story is not a fairy tale…
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I know two people who are terrified of birds. One can’t explain it, just, “birds freak me out.” Another says, “They’re dinosaurs just waiting to peck my eyes out.” Birds have a wealth of symbolism attached to them: piety, spirits, freedom, joy, sorrow, danger. They are a perfect theme for a horror anthology. Continue reading
I attended a meetup today and got information on an open call for Texas-based writers (either born here or living here) for Road Kill: Texas Horror from Texas Writers, Vol. 2. They are eager to hear from authors who have been traditionally marginalized, excluded, or unrepresented because Texas has many voices and it’s important to include everyone. Continue reading
Ellen Datlow is a master curator of fiction, and though she calls herself a “horror enthusiast,” I don’t think it’s a stretch to say she is one of the guiding hands of the genre. Her Best Horror of the Year anthologies are a snapshot of current trends in horror, offering readers a sampling of new and established authors in one volume. Nightmares refines those best-of collections and this book represents Datlow’s favorite short fiction from the years spanning 2005 to 2015. Continue reading