Daily Short Story Diary - Week 35

Day 239 Aug 25, 2019 ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE by Don D’Ammassa Borderlands 4 – 1994 Horror – 9 Pages This one’s got an obviously disturbed point of view and that leaves two options from the onset: he’s either wacko or the world around him is wacko. As it gets to playing out, the plot’s revealed with zero real left turns, but a bit of an uh oh ending that you don’t want to think too hard about or the rest of the story kind of falls apart at the…seams. That’s a pun, if anybody else ever read that story. Okay. *** Day 240 Aug 26, 2019 THE DEAD LEAVE SMALL BONES by Ralph Robert Moore Cemetery Dance Issue #77 – 2019 Fantasy – 5 Pages Broken love morphing into something physical on the strengt

Daily Short Story Diary - Week 34

Day 232 Aug 18, 2019 MORNING TERRORS by Peter Crowther Borderlands 4 – 1994 Horror – 20 Pages This one’s a bit thin everywhere aside from imagery. Its foundation is simply textural nastiness. There are a good many movies that get by on this, but for a story, it’s too thin. Great, a big, scary, weird world where bodies are changed and men are missing penises and have lactating breasts…but if the characters don’t matter, it just can’t dig right to the heart of why I love stories. Not for me anyway. Still…that was some weird shit. *** Day 233 Aug 19, 2019 LIKE LIFE by Gerard Houarner Cemetery Dance Issue #77 – 2019 Horror – 8 Pages This one opens with a paragraph that doesn’t fit the language o

Daily Short Story Diary - Week 33

Day 225 Aug 11, 2019 BLEED by Joyce Carol Oates Give Me Your Heart – 2010 (story originally published in Shenandoah, 2008) Crime – 20 Pages This is one of those sideways suspense stories, the heart of the matter is internal and bubbling over a long period of time before opportunity and confusion come together to destroy. This one had a literary edge and slow burn unravel. Once the picture cleared, the outcome shined a nasty and hard light. Good stuff. **** Day 226 Aug 12, 2019 CRAZY by Bill Pronzini Cemetery Dance Issue #77 – 2019 Crime – 2 Pages This is a quick, strange little unfolding of a man. He’s explaining to a doctor that he’s nuts and eventually offers definitive proof. Nothing real

Watchable? Maybe. Scary Sories to Tell in the Dark

“The worst horror movie I ever saw was fucking great,” Stephen King said to Eli Roth during their conversation on Eli Roth’s History of Horror. I wish I could say the same thing. I quit on so many movies (quit on just about every TV show). My time is valuable to me and watching terrible shit irks me something awful…but maybe I’m just looking the wrong way. There must be nuggets of enjoyment out there. In an effort to find positives, I’m forcing myself to watch entire movies that I go into assuming extreme suckage. This is not a rating of the summed up quality, but a rating between 1 (I might barf if I watch the whole thing) and 5 (I could hardly look away from the screen) of how watchable th

Daily Short Story Diary - Week 32

Day 218 Aug 4, 2019 AGGROPHOBIA by L. Micallef The 13th Pan Book of Horror Stories – 1972 Horror – 7 Pages Not even a hint of red herring here, and there was room for it. This thing begins and once the girl starts talking, it’s obvious what the boy’s going to do. Like a total straight line. Not a good attribute for an intended suspenseful horror story. Good writing though, no clunky bits. ** Day 219 Aug 5, 2019 THE BLACK SLEEVE OF DESTINY by Stephen Graham Jones After the People Lights Have Gone Off – 2014 (story originally published in Amazing Stories of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, 2011) Horror – 13 Pages Maybe not quite horror, but ominous and downright weird. It’s a really fun premise t

Watchable? Maybe. The Slumber Party Massacre

“The worst horror movie I ever saw was fucking great,” Stephen King said to Eli Roth during their conversation on Eli Roth’s History of Horror. I wish I could say the same thing. I quit on so many movies (quit on just about every TV show). My time is valuable to me and watching terrible shit irks me something awful…but maybe I’m just looking the wrong way. There must be nuggets of enjoyment out there. In an effort to find positives, I’m forcing myself to watch entire movies that I go into assuming extreme suckage. This is not a rating of the summed up quality, but a rating between 1 (I might barf if I watch the whole thing) and 5 (I could hardly look away from the screen) of how watchable th

Daily Short Story Diary - Week 31

Day 211 July 28, 2019 SPINALONGA by John Ware The 13th Pan Book of Horror Stories – 1972 Horror – 10 Pages A tourist group goes to a supposedly deserted island…yawn. Pretty much two obvious options here, either some residents are still there or the residents are ghosts. There’s some room with an expectation so obvious, but beyond the obvious isn’t explored in this one. Maybe in 1972 this story wasn’t beaten to death yet, but in 2019…man. The writing’s redundant and clunky. Still, okay, cool visuals and engaging pace. *** Day 212 July 29, 2019 THE SPINDLY MAN by Stephen Graham Jones After the People Lights Have Gone Off – 2014 (story originally published in Fearful Symmetries, 2014) Horror –

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