Title: Sing Me Your Scars
Author: Damien Angelica Walters
Publisher: Apex Publications
Date Published: 2015
Category: weird fiction, small press, female authors, short stories, horror
I haven’t felt this way about a collection of short stories since I read Thomas Ligotti’s Songs of a Dead Dreamer. Walters’s collection of short stories is haunting, creepy, and beautiful. The author makes mundane terrors seems otherworldly, and the otherworldly seems strangely familiar. I seriously needed to pause in between tales due to the heaviness of each story.
Title: Out of the Woods
Author: William D Carl
Publisher: Post Mortem Press
Date Published: 2015
Category: horror, Lovecraftian, gore,
This is a fast-paced Lovecraftian horror story. I breezed through it in two sittings. The book is heavy on action and gore and has a little psychological horror thrown in. The story line is simple and includes some familiar horror tropes: an abandoned mental institution with dangerous patients and inbred backwoods cultist freaks. I found the book a fresh take on these commonly used tropes.
Title: Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties
Author: Jan Edwards
Publisher: Alchemy Press
Date published: March 13, 2015
Category: weird fiction,short stories, ghost stories, supernatural fiction, horror
Title: Nick Nightmare Investigates
Author: Adrian Cole
Publisher: Alchemy Press with Airgedlámh Publications
Date published: September 6th, 2014
Category: Weird fiction, short stories, detective, modern pulp, Lovecraftian, cthulhu mythos
Night Shall Overtake by Michael R. Collins is an urban fantasy, set in a world like our own but full of supernatural creatures ( there are no vampires, thank goodness.) The protagonist is a detective with special powers. What starts out as a standard case turns into more than this detective and her coworkers bargained for.
The Strange Dark One: Tales of Nyarlathotep
Miskatonic River Press
When I was young I loved monsters. I wanted to tell these poor things that I cared for them and understood them even if the rest of society did not. I always imagined myself and these creatures spending time together as two misunderstood souls. Pugmire’s work brings me back to these fantasies.
The Sea of Ash by Scott Thomas
The Sea of Ash is told from a first person perspective by a school teacher who has won the lottery and taken up a hobby of collecting rare books. He has become obsessed with a rare copy of a Victorian doctor’s journal. The teacher goes on a journey to see the sites that are described within the journal. He starts off as a self-proclaimed “tourist” but ends up getting touched (literally) by the mysteries and horrors described by the doctor.