Various States of Decay by Matt Hayward

48478517._UY400_SS400_From the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of What Do Monsters Fear? and A Penny For Your Thoughts comes twenty new tales of terror!

Including the Irish Short Story of the Year-nominated Intercepting Aisle Nine

From a white doomsday crawling with abominable beasts to the bizarre case of a marketing company advertising within people’s dreams, these stories explore the extremes of Hayward’s prose—contrasting the heartfelt with the deeply disturbing.

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The Long Way Home by Richard Chizmar

43297534._UY400_SS400_Gathered here for the first time ever are seventeen short stories, two essays, and a short script by award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, Richard Chizmar.

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in The Long Way Home run the gamut from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery. This brand new collection features more than 100,000 words of short fiction, as well as more than 5,000 words of autobiographical Story Notes. Continue reading

NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival, Belfast 2019

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The NOIRELAND International Crime Fiction Festival doesn’t have to worry about distinguishing itself from other literary festivals in Ireland because it takes place in Belfast, a city known for its dark past. In addition, the festival took place in the Europa Hotel, the perfect location for a crime fiction festival from a historical perspective. Although a bustling cosmopolitan city today, the tension between the Belfast of the past and the present came up in several panels as writers sought to leave the Troubles behind and focus on more straightforward crime fiction. At the moment, crime writing is flourishing in Northern Ireland and writers agreed that it was born out of what they experienced growing up in the North but that it can only really thrive and be fully expressed in peaceful times. Co-organised by David Torrans, owner of No Alibis in Belfast, the North’s only crime fiction bookshop, and Angela McMahon, the festival perfectly celebrated this creativity both in Northern Ireland and internationally and the ongoing fascination we have with the darker side of human nature. Continue reading

The Faithful by Matt Hayward

41irr5knu9L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_At the Mountains of Madness meets They Live! in a new novel from Matt Hayward, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of What Do Monsters Fear? After comedian Leo Cartwright performs his farewell comedy show in New York City, a young man ailed by cerebral palsy confides in him about odd dreams and a place he calls No Man’s Land. Leo thinks nothing of it until the man, Christopher Tate, winds up dead, along with a cryptic note taped to the comedian’s RV window: See you soon, Funnyman. Leo sets out to find the truth about Christopher’s dreams to an odd town named Elswich. Shown to Leo in a dream by a mysterious man named Jarrad Prescott, the town prays to an Otherworldly god named Aypep and give their bodies to host his children in return for eternal life in the Otherworld. It’s a wish granted through sacrifice… Continue reading

Family Ties: A Review of The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

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Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

For me, the word ‘Roanoke’ immediately conjured up images from the last series of American Horror Story and I expected the book to be a horror. Although it isn’t a work in the horror genre, it’s one of the most disturbing books I’ve read in a very long time as it tackles one of society’s ultimate taboos. Continue reading

The Grownup By Gillian Flynn: A Review

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As a fan of Gone Girl, I was looking forward to reading Gillian Flynn’s short story The Grownup (published in October 2015). As a short story writer myself, I want to read more short stories to really understand how they are developed, crafted, and presented. And, as an Edgar-winning short story, I suspected this would be a specifically strong example of a modern horror short story. Continue reading