Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Owlman!



Not a huge fan of practical jokes and hidden camera stuff, but this is fun and educational. It illustrates the link between being scared and laughter, for a start. So much pf what we call horror is a form of absurdist comedy.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Supernatural Tales 30 - Extracts

The new issue is now available to purchase as a print-on-demand magazine. It will shortly be available as an ebook, whereupon I'll update the 'Buy Supernatural Tales!' page accordingly. Here is the link. And here are some teasers:


'30' by Helen Grant
Job the handyman had managed, with an ease born of long experience, to make himself absent at the moment when coffin bearers were required, thus sparing himself an unpleasant exertion. All the same, as he stood in the shadows watching the casket being carried out, he took off his hat in respect for the deceased. The dead man had been the son of a Lord, after all.

'An Element of Blank' by Lynda E. Rucker
It had that way about it, of getting inside your head. She reached again for the hands of the others, but she seemed to be alone. Not only that, but she was sure that she was thirteen years old again, that the years had fallen away. You always were thirteen years old, a part of you anyway: all the ages you’d ever been stayed inside you, locked in along with the memories.

 'Vain Shadows Flee' by Mark Valentine
The many-hundred faces had been changed into grotesques, leering, shouting, grinning, or with tongues lolling towards the sword and the crozier that the giant held aloft.

'Tears From An Eyeless Face' by Michael Kelly
You still have hands. You lift them to your head and touch what is left of your face. It is wet, clammy and uneven, like a lump of malleable grey clay.

'Wild Dogs' by Adam Golaski
The man beside me turns and looks at me. I return his look—he looks back at the wall. He says, “Touch the threshold. It is ancient.”

'Even Clean Hands Can Do Damage' by Steve Duffy
Above the cul-de-sac, against the gravid rainclouds, reared the headland, the thing she’d dreamed of first of all, before the little girl, before anything. The fatal precipice, they’d called it in the newspaper: the scene of the accident.

Supernatural Tales 30





Thursday, 16 July 2015

Cover


As you can see, cover artist Sam Dawson has done a number 30...


... which is bigger on the back cover. Oddly enough, it fits nicely with one of the stories in this special issue, despite the artist not knowing what the story is about. Spooky, eh?

Soon we'll have some extracts from the stories. 


Saturday, 11 July 2015

Too late to plump for Betamax now...

Over at Juxtapoz magazine we find Things. Things made from old VHS tapes. Things that have a distinct M.R. Jamesian feel, but might also be deemed a tad Lovecraftian, or indeed Hodgsonian.

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