It's Pirates of the Caribbean in Hell. It's the best horror story of the year for me so far, possibly one of my favorite horror stories ever. It has Hell-monks with iron boxes locked over their heads forever, pirate ships, cannibal cults and last and definitely not least, flying, ship-destroying angel-possessed giant squid. I am, … Continue reading This is the Best Pirate-themed Horror Story You’ll Read All Year
There's this friend you had in high school who you sometimes think about calling. You had some great times but drifted apart. You know the one? Well, in Max Booth III's Carnivorous Lunar Activities, Justin calls up his friend Ted, unknowingly stopping him from killing his wife in a murder-suicide. He tells Ted that he … Continue reading There’s a Werewolf in the Basement, Asking me to Kill It.
One of my favorite books of the last few years is John Langan's incredible The Fisherman, the 2016 Stoker Award winner. The Fisherman tells the story of two grieving men who become friends because of their shared passion for fishing (as a means to take their minds off the grief). The hear of a mysterious … Continue reading The Fisherman – Book Review
If you haven't read The Silence of The Lambs you are in for a treat. I am going to assume you've seen the movie, right? Well, there's a surprising element to the book, one that I had not expected when I read it. Since reading it, something I did to study how Thomas Harris pulled … Continue reading The Silence of the Lambs and the Surprise it Holds for Writers
I'm not sure where I first heard of Kristi DeMeester. I'm pretty sure I read a short story of hers somewhere, and then saw Beneath and bought it right away. (This is why I think writing short stories is as much marketing as anything else) Beneath tells the story of a reporter, Cora, who goes … Continue reading Book Review – BENEATH by Kristi DeMeester
A few days back, Bloodshoot Books' publisher Pete Kahle wrote a post on Facebook where he challenged himself to list his favorite horror books that aren't by Stephen King or Dean Koontz. King and Koontz get so much attention (and money) and there are a lot of great, under appreciated books out there. Pete's list … Continue reading 42 Great Horror Books (That Aren’t King or Koontz)
There's a deal going on now on an addiction-themed horror anthology called Garden of Fiends. It has novellas by Jack Ketchum, Kealan Patrick Burke, Jessica McHugh John FD Taff, Max Booth III, Glen Krisch and Mark Matthews. (Yes, it also has a story by me, but it's short and you can just skip it). Seriously though, … Continue reading Garden of Fiends – eBook offer something
I was scrolling trough my Kindle Highlights (you know you can see all your highlighted passages from Kindle books online, right?) when I came across the following highlights from The Exorcist. I don't remember highlighting anything from it but I read it at the beginning of the year so maybe that's normal. Horror has a … Continue reading Adventures in Unexpected Great Prose – The Exorcist
Today is release day for GARDEN OF FIENDS! Take a look at these early reviews: For those who don't know, Garden of Fiends is an anthology of addiction-themed horror, and it contains a tiny story by me along with longer pieces by some great writers. "There's something here to scare anyone and everyone. Garden of Fiends … Continue reading The Reviews are In!
This is a guest post by Mark Matthews, editor and publisher of Garden of Fiends, a collection of addiction-themed horror stories. The intoxication from a pint of vodka, the electric buzz from snorting cocaine, the warm embrace from shooting heroin—drinking and drugging provide the height of human experience. It’s the promise of heaven on earth, … Continue reading Truth is Darker than Fiction: An Introduction to GARDEN OF FIENDS