Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Under Construction

Still Under Construction around here, so don't mind the blank spaces. Hope to get those filled up shortly. If you have short fiction that's been published either as an ebook or free on the 'Net, or in a print or ebook collection and would like to see it listed here, please send information (cover JPEG, location, purchase info) to: thehorrornewsstand@gmail.com. Same goes if you're a magazine/ezine. It's a free service, no payment required.

What are my  goals with this site? In all honesty, I'm not sure. Writing competitions may be on the horizon. And of course, the major challenge is drawing READERS here, not necessarily just writers. Time will tell if this will become a source for readers to find all sorts of horror short fiction, or just another voice shouting in the wind...

Monday, August 19, 2013

Shock Totem 7

Shock Totem, Issue 7:

(from the Shock Totem website)

Shock Totem steamrolls ahead with its seventh issue, featuring tales of classic horror, creature features, heartbreak and loss!

The legendary William F. Nolan offers up “The Horror That Et My Pap–and Other Swamp Stuff,” a tale the likes of which you have never read before. S. Clayton Rhodes delivers “The Gates of Emile Plimpkin: The Gravedigger’s Legacy,” a novelette that veritably oozes horror borne of the 1800s. Damien Angelica Walters (formerly Damien Walters Grintalis) gives us the heartbreaking “Shall I Whisper to You of Moonlight, of Sorrow, of Pieces of Us?” And M. Bennardo supplies this issue’s creature-feature with “Thing In a Bag.”

Newcomers are front and center, beginning with the one-two punch of “Consumption” and “Among the Elephants,” by Victoria Jakes and Amberle L. Husbands, respectively. In “The Long Road,” Kristi DeMeester leads us to the water’s dark edge and tempts us to drink deep, drink long, because we are so very thirsty. Rounding things out is Dominik Parisien’s excellent poem, “Smoking, The Old Sergeant Remembers 30 Mins Past Ceasefire.”

In addition to all the great fiction, you will find conversations with literary stalwart Laird Barron and Violet LeVoit. The early 70s are explored in the fifth installment of the horror-in-music serial, “Bloodstains & Blue Suede Shoes.” Narrative nonfiction is handled by Kurt Newton, and with “The Hook, the Hole, and the Garden,” John Boden delivers possibly the most heart-wrenching piece of nonfiction ever published in Shock Totem.

Jacob Haddon & Mandy DeGeit

Today's featured stories are: 

All That is Left is Chance, by Jacob Haddon - $ .99  Amazon.com

Jacob Haddon grabs you by the hand and seduces you over Times Square as it disappears. Noir at heart, this is one party you're not likely to forget.

She Makes Me Smile, by Mandy DeGeit - $ .99, Amazon.com

Happiness is subjective. What makes you smile?

Everyone wants to be happy, but some of us are willing to go further than others. 

Do you know who your friends are?