In Lunch and War

Finding Horrific Inspiration at a Quaint New England Restaurant

Last summer, my wife and I spent a couple of weeks house and dog-sitting for my parents at their home in the woods of northern Connecticut near the Massachusetts border. Their town is little more than a crossroads in what’s known as the “Quiet Corner” of Connecticut. Union boasts literally only one restaurant: a quirky, charming establishment called Traveler Food and Books, just off Exit 74 on I-84.

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Author Spotlight: Total Fear!

You scared me out of a year’s growth!  Fear, in one form or another, is central to horror…and these stories cut right to the bone!

Charlotte Byrne

Charlotte Byrne

Charlotte Byrne graduated with an MA in Creative Writing in 2016. Her short story “Soldiers All” can be found in Tales of the World (2013, DualBooks), and her two flash pieces “Sardines” and “Not Tonight” are published in Purple Lights (2016, Fincham Press). Her humorous piece “Stuck” appears on the Funny In Five Hundred website. When not fussing over manuscripts, she can be found swearing like a navvy, guzzling tea, or cuddling dogs—often simultaneously.

Jack Lothian

Jack Lothian

Jack Lothian works as a screenwriter for film and television and is currently show-runner on the HBO / Cinemax series Strike Back. He has had work published in Helios Magazine Quarterly and the anthologies Triangulation: Appetites and Down With the Fallen, as well as a graphic novel Tomorrow alongside the artist Garry Mac.

Michael J.P. Whitmer

Michael J.P. Whitmer

Michael J.P. Whitmer is a father, husband, and speculative fiction writer, casting a shadow in his sunny hometown of Jacksonville Beach, FL. Find him tweeting @MJPWhit.

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Author Spotlight: Thought-Provoking

You can say a lot when people aren’t expecting it. Here we see great examples of horror’s ability to make us think about serious, and sometimes taboo, issues.

Andrew L. Huerta

Andrew L. Huerta

Andrew L. Huerta lives in Tucson, Arizona where he teaches technical writing and is looking to publish a collection of short stories entitled A Different Man, and his first novel, Raggedy Anthony. His short stories have appeared in such publications as Chelsea Station Magazine, The Round Up Writer’s Zine: Pride Edition, Creating Iris, Jonathan, The Storyteller, and the anthology Queerly Loving. His personal essay, “Divorce and Evolution: A Case Study of a ‘Joto’” is included in the anthology, Fashionably Late: Gay, Bi, and Trans Men Who Came Out Later in Life. For more information please visit: www.andrewlhuerta.com.

P.J. Schaefer

P.J. Schaefer

P.J. Schaefer’s work has appeared in Troika, Dogsongs, Elements, Ink., Poor Katie’s Almanac, Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: New Tales of Madness, Salon Style: Fiction, Poetry & Art, A.T.Q.: 19th Century American Literature and Culture, The Facts on File Companion to the American Short Story, The Facts on File Companion to the American Novel, and Kate Chopin in Context.

Sarah K. Stephens

Sarah K. Stephens

Sarah K. Stephens is a developmental psychologist and a senior lecturer at Penn State University. Although Fall and Spring find her in the classroom, she remains a writer year-round. Her short stories and essays have appeared in LitHub, The Millions, National Book Critics Circle: Critical Mass, Five on the Fifth, The Indianola Review, and (parenthetical). Her debut novel, A Flash of Red, was released in December 2016 by Pandamoon Publishing.

First Came Fear is available to buy in Paperback and eBook editions.

Author Spotlight: Surprise…

The devil can take on any form he needs. In these stories, we learn that fear and horror can come from some surprising places.

Oliver Ledesma

Oliver Ledesma

Oliver Ledesma is a 28-year-old living in NY who likes fantasy, horror, and weird fiction. In his spare time, he likes to read, write amateur short stories, and apparently dress up like a satyr.

Dwayne Martine

Dwayne Martine

Dwayne Martine is a poet and writer living in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has been published in national and regional print and online journals, including Kweli, Malpais Review, Yellow Medicine Review and others. He has an undergraduate degree in English from Stanford University. He works as a professional technical writer in the financial services industry.

Samantha Pilecki

Samantha Pilecki

Samantha Pilecki works as a librarian and therefore has typical librarian interests, namely caring for rats, collecting dead bugs, and smoking cigars. Her work has appeared in El Portal, The Fable Online, A Prick of the Spindle, Typehouse, and other literary magazines.

John Sperry

John Sperry

John Sperry is a writer and printmaker from Pittsburgh.

First Came Fear is available to buy in Paperback and eBook editions.

Author Spotlight: Scared Silly

They say there’s nothing more fun than laughing in the dark. These stories remind you that smiles and scares can go great together!

Christopher Calix

Christopher Calix

Christopher Calix’s debut novel, Dead Celebrities, was published in 2016 by Lethe Press. He received his MA in Literature from San Francisco State University.

M. P. Diederich

M. P. Diederich

M.P. Diederich was born somewhere in New England in 1985. He studied English and Creative Writing at Fordham University while seriously considering joining the French Foreign Legion. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two small panthers.

Daniel Gooding

Daniel Gooding

Daniel Gooding was born in 1984. His short story “Crow Magnum Xix” is featured in the Startling Sci-Fi: New Tales of the Beyond anthology published by New Lit Salon Press, and he has also written for The Guardian website. He lives in Bath, United Kingdom with his wife and two children.

Ken Teutsch

Ken Teutsch

Ken Teutsch is a writer and performer living in central Arkansas.

First Came Fear is available to buy in Paperback and eBook editions.

To Horror’s Fearless Females

To those of you who don’t already know Shirley Jackson: she is my goddess. Yes, I’ve admitted to worshipping at her figurative-altar. Yes, I’ve yipped aloud when the New Yorkerran a whole Sunday edition devoted to her awesomeness. Yes, I’ve read The Haunting of Hill Housein a single sitting, which was a mistake because by the time I finished it was 2 am and I was too terrified to sleep.Read More

The Monster on the Moors: Wuthering Heights as Horror

‘Hell is other people.’

M.P. Diedrich referenced the famous Sartre quote at our recent panel for the anthology First Came Fear. It seems fitting to utilize it once again as I make a case for Emily Brontë’s gothic masterpiece, Wuthering Heights, to sit comfortably within the horror genre. Although tales of horror can include both the fantastical and the supernatural, my own training in psychology has taught me that if humanity itself possesses the potential for infinite kindness, it just as proficiently exercises the deployment of infinite harm. And no soil more richly cultivates cruelty than that of love.Read More

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