November 17, 2019

Day 315 Nov 10, 2019

UNCLE CHARLE by Christy Mann

Stories We Tell After Midnight – 2019

Horror – 4 Pages

Probably the most redundant little short story I’ve ever read. The author said the same things multiple times and used a handful of nouns repeatedly. Unnecessarily so....

November 10, 2019

Day 308 Nov 3, 2019

GOBBL’UNS by Thea Brune

Stories We Tell After Midnight – 2019

Horror – 10 Pages (about, digital)

Ooh, favorite of this anthology so far. A monster under the bed story with a good number of twists and a double tap ending. The writing’s accessible and qui...

November 2, 2019

Day 301 Oct 27, 2019

THE SOUL WITHIN by Jennifer Nestojko

Stories We Tell After Midnight – 2019

Horror – 13 Pages

The writing in this one’s pretty pedestrian and it took a while to get into as two-thirds is backstory being filled in, so nothing enveloping. There’s also a l...

October 26, 2019

Day 294 Oct 20, 2019

INTIMACY – Raymond Carver

Where I’m Calling From – Selected Stories 1989

General – 9 Pages

This is a fun little study of the title topic, but after the relationship is over and all that’s left is guilt and anger. It’s fun enough, but there isn’t much t...

October 19, 2019

Day 288 Oct 13, 2019

WHISPERS IN THE EAR OF A DREAMING APE by Joshua Chaplinsky

Whispers in the Ear of a Dreaming Ape – 2019 (story originally published in Pantheon, 2017)

General – 12 Pages (about, digital)

As with most other Chaplinsky stories I’ve read, this one relies...

October 13, 2019

Day 281 Oct 6, 2019

UNION DUES by Gary Braunbeck

Borderlands 4 – 1994

Horror – 26 Pages

This one’s good and creepy, and fantastically layered. Labor as a destiny, man built to feed the machines, man accepting this to feed his family. This is the kind of story that might so...

October 5, 2019

Day 274 Sep 28, 2019

MOWING FOR THE CHICKEN by Eric Rickstad

Cemetery Dance Issue #77 – 2019

Horror – 3 Pages

This one’s a mighty straightforward and the path to the end, though littered with reasons to root for the main character, it has zero sideways steps or glimpses at...

September 28, 2019

Day 267 Sep 22, 2019

A SMALL NORTHERN INHERITANCE by Mark Rigney

Cemetery Dance Issue #77 – 2019

Fantasy – 6 Pages

That one’s a little more along the Cemetery Dance lines of yore. A bit silly and a bit freaky, pretty fun. The switching of points of view and voice really wo...

September 22, 2019

Day 260 Sep 15, 2019

THE HALLOWEEN MONSTER by Alison Littlewood

The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories – 2018

Horror – 16 Pages

Ooh, this one had me right from the start, hitting me with one of those upfront, don’t you do it possibilities. Kill kids and old people. Get at p...

September 15, 2019

Day 253 Sep 8, 2019

AFTER THE PEOPLE LIGHTS HAVE GONE OFF by Stephen Graham Jones

After the People Lights Have Gone Off – 2014 (story originally published in Phantasmagoria, 20??)

Horror – 40 Pages

Talk about building an atmosphere. I thought maybe I was getting lost in th...

September 7, 2019

Day 246 Sep 1, 2019

XEBICO by Stephen Graham Jones

After the People Lights Have Gone Off – 2014 (story originally published in Weird Fiction Review, 2012)

Horror – 17 Pages

This one’s kind of interesting in style, a less SGJ flavor from the average SGJ tales. It kind of ha...

August 31, 2019

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 playin...

August 24, 2019

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....

August 17, 2019

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 op...

August 16, 2019

“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...

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