When going through the new eBook releases this week, I ran into the anthology Midnight Symphony: 10 Novellas of Horror & Suspense edited by Robert Swartwood. I read through the contents of this huge book and immediately hit the buy button.
Kevin Lucia's Things Slip Through is a collection of short stories that reads more like a novel due to the importance of the wrap-around story and the way the tales interconnect. There's a bit of the tone of The Twilight Zone and Amazing Stories in this enjoyable (and too short!) read. And, of course, many readers will recognize the connections to tales and creatures of H. P. Lovecraft throughout the book.
One of the things that fascinates me most about the horror genre is the vast array of approaches the author has at his or her disposal in order to achieve the desired effect of scaring the reader. Some go for aggressive, in-your-face attempts at pure shock; some fill their inkwells with blood and guts to go for the gross-out; and some simply sidle up next to you and whisper terrible, disquieting things in your ear.
Once you get past the meat-and-potatoes of Visual Companion, it takes a sharp turn into pure insanity. There are coloring pages, a maze game, a word search, and the digital equivalent of Colorforms (I’m dating myself again) as additional diversions. It’s so bizarre an idea to include in the iBook about an M-Rated horror game, but it somehow makes perfect sense when it’s springing forth from the brain of SWERY.
Rarely has a title been so apt. Brian Freeman’s short story collection Weak and Wounded plunges us into small worlds, in which people live desperate lives and struggle with impossible decisions.
The late Rick Hautala's friend and fellow writer Christopher Golden assembled this second anthology as a tribute to the celebrated horror author, featuring tales by Clive Barker, Jack Ketchum and many more.
When author Rick Hautala passed away unexpectedly in March of this year, his friend and fellow writer Christopher Golden wasted little time in initiating a tribute anthology. The project would quickly evolve into a two-volume set titled Mister October.
Horror is a genre in which it is a given that artists are going to explore subject matter that's considered taboo under most circumstances.
Jeff Strand's work often blends comedy and horror seamlessly, and “Specimen 313” is no exception. It's a story told from the point-of-view of a genetically altered flesh-eating Venus flytrap.
In this day and digital age, the question of identity is murkier than ever before.