Beautiful Beasts: The Jaffe
by George Lea This is an ongoing series. Read the other articles here. There are likely to be more than a handful of Clive Barker’s creations in this series. The man’s tendency to create entities that exist and operate outside the bounds of tradition or proscription; entities that are as […]Read More
Beautiful Beasts: Hannibal Lecter
by George Lea This is an ongoing series. Read the other articles here. What? You don’t think Hannibal qualifies because he’s essentially human? That somewhat begs the question as to how we define “monster” in this instance and what they express for us. All monsters are essentially human, at their […]Read More
Shared Universes in Horror
by Jay Wilburn I’ve always loved shared universe stories as a young reader in sci-fi and fantasy. The Thieves World books were some of my favorites. They were set in the same fantasy, sword-and-sorcery city and each author in the anthologies added onto the world and characters as they went. […]Read More
Who is Chopping the Heads off Geese?
We recently released Jeremiah Israel’s Live On No Evil, a horror novel perfect for that weird conspiracy theorist who lives down the street from you. Imagine a mashup of Donnie Darko and American Gods, and you might start having an idea of what to expect. Below we’ve shared the first chapter. Take a test-drive […]Read More
Do Guys with Shit Jobs Write Better Fiction?
by Jay Wilburn The goal of many writers is to write full time. They want to quit the day job and live in the cabin on acres off the grid (except for Internet of course) and off the millions they make from their zombie wombat steampunk epic fantasy. Who wouldn’t? […]Read More
The Myth of the Extreme
by George Lea The notion of the “extreme” is a perpetually problematic one in the realm of independent horror publishing. With entire sub-genres revolving around the concept, almost constant controversies concerning publishing houses and platforms that either promote subjects that some consider wholly transgressive or inconsistently decry them, the issue […]Read More
No Logical Way to Write a Haunting: Ghost Stories Make Humans Look Stupid
by Jay Wilburn I love ghost stories. I love them even though it has gotten weirdly hard to write any sort of haunting that makes the characters’ motivations and the necessities of the story work together. Everyone gets to the point early in the story where they realize: Yep, that’s […]Read More
Killer Kids Are Awesome: Let’s Talk About CHILDREN OF THE CORN
Have many times have you watched the scene in Children of the Corn when Burt runs over the kid with the slit throat? If your answer isn’t “at least fifty” then you’ve either never seen the movie or you’re a liar, because that scene is gosh darn hilarious. I tried searching for […]Read More