“Daily Dozen” – A Short Story by Myna Chang

Daily Dozen - A Short Story by Myna CHang

William Burelle knew death was only moments away. The flu had settled into his lungs, his heart. He barely had enough strength to reach across the bed for his wife’s hand, seeking the comfort of her warmth. Meredith’s stiff fingers did not respond…

Your Favorite Author’s Favorite Author: Ai Jiang on Toni Morrison

Ai Jiang on Toni Morrison

The family tree of literature, especially speculative fiction, is a vast and many-branched one. With this interview series, I hope to speak with some of the top names—both established and upcoming—in the speculative fiction genres about the authors who have made an impact on them, whether as readers, writers, or both…

Ask an Author: Brian McAuley

Ask an Author - Brian McAuley

The Candy Cain Kills author shares his thoughts on the horror community, 80s nostalgia, and why he’s so excited about the Killer VHS series…

“The Wolf” – A Short Story by Eric Raglin

The Wolf - A Short Story by Eric Raglin

Most people don’t bother Hunter while he’s slouched over his notebook, drawing in the back of class. But today’s guest speaker—a military recruiter—hones in on the boy, perhaps captivated by his camo jacket. Hunter looks up from the wolf-headed beast he’s spent three days drawing and accidentally makes eye contact with the man…

“Give Me English” – A Short Story by Ai Jiang

Give Me English - A Short Story by Ai Jiang

I traded my last coffee for a coffee. How ironic. My finger jabbed at the ordering machine. The Langbase implanted in my brain popped up in front of my eyes, and I watched as the word disappeared. A heavy breath escaped my lips. I would have to trade my teas next…

Ask an Author: Alex Ebenstein

Ask an Author - Alex Ebenstein

The Melon Head Mayhem author tells us why he decided to become a writer, what happened after he started reading Stephen King, and why expanding a short story into a Killer VHS novella was one of the best decisions he ever made…

“Likeness” – A Short Story by Adam Godfrey

Likeness - A Short Story by Adam Godfrey

Hearing one’s own voice is always just a little strange. No doubt about it. Hearing another’s words spoken in your own voice is another thing all together. Surreal. Unsettling. I don’t know. I don’t believe the proper word even exists for such a feeling. It’s the bizarre, unpalatable substance of bad dreams…

How Indie Authors Can Use Consignment to Get Into Bookstores

How Indie Authors Can Use Consignment to Get Into Bookstores

When you sign with an indie publisher, you get a lot of benefits that traditionally published authors may have to give up. Input into cover design, for example, as well as the opportunity to experiment with different types of marketing and promotion…

“Killer Company” – A Short Story by Eric Raglin

Killer Company - A Short Story by Eric Raglin

My client failed to mention the broken elevator, so I’m lugging this corpse in a cardboard box up five flights of stairs. If I had someone to come home to, I’d complain to them about it over dinner. Maybe they’d joke about the good workout I got, and my bad mood would dissolve into laughter…

How to Judge a Book by Its First Three Paragraphs – A Guide by Nicole Dieker

How to Judge a Book by Its First Three Paragraphs

Some people judge books by their covers. I like to judge a book by its first three paragraphs. The opening sentences of a story tell you a lot about the experience you’re likely to have with the book—and since many readers turn to books to find specific experiences, skillful writers often use their first paragraphs to let their readers know exactly what kind of experience to expect…

“The Gathering” – A Short Story by Lyndsey Croal

The Gathering - A Short Story by Lyndsey Croal

The ghosts gather on the burnt trees like a murder of crows, hungry-eyed and conspiratorial. Black feathery wisps dance around them, while talon-like hands grip to charred branches. They can see me, but they don’t yet know I can see them…