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What Fears Become (An Anthology from The Horror Zine Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ramsey Campbell , Scott Nicholson , Conrad Williams , Graham Masterton , Joe R. Lansdale , Piers Anthony , Elizabeth Massie , Cheryl Kaye Tardif , Bentley Little , Jeani Rector
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From classic horror and pure suspense to Twilight-Zone-style dark fantasy, WHAT FEARS BECOME relentlessly explores our basic fears and leaves you with twisted endings that will make your skin crawl…

This spine-tingling, international anthology contains contributions from the critically acclaimed online horror magazine, The Horror Zine, and features bestselling authors such as Bentley Little, Graham Masterton, Ramsey Campbell, Joe R. Lansdale, Elizabeth Massie, Ronald Malfi, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Melanie Tem, Scott Nicholson, Piers Anthony, Conrad Williams, and many more.

Edited by Jeani Rector of The Horror Zine and featuring a foreword by award-winning, bestselling author Simon Clark, it also contains deliciously dark delights from morbidly creative writers, poets and artists who have not yet made it big―but will very soon.

Come and discover…

Table of Contents

Foreword by Simon Clark: A Small Matter of Life and Death


BAST by Christian A. Larsen
DOGLEG by Bentley Little
GNAW by Lala Drona
REFLECTION OF EVIL by Graham Masterton
WANDERING DANIEL by Jagjiwan Sohal
NEXT TIME YOU'LL KNOW ME by Ramsey Campbell
3 AM by James Marlow
FISH NIGHT by Joe R. Lansdale
METHODS OF DIVORCE by Philip Roberts
CHUPACABRA by Ronald Malfi
BONFIRE NIGHT by Chris Castle
THE PRODUCT by Bruce Memblatt
OUIJA by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
FRY DAY by Melanie Tem
THE CHAMBER by David Landrum
CHRISTENING by Scott Nicholson
LOST THINGS by Piers Anthony
A NEW DAY by Larry Green
RED KING by Jessica Handly
UBIRR by Conrad Williams
ADELLE'S NIGHT by David K. Ginn
BONES FOR A PILLOW by Alexandra Seidel
MALL WALKERS by Chris Reed


Emon Anthousis
Dennis Bagwell
John T. Carney
Teresa Ann Frazee
John Grey
Christopher Hivner
Jean Jones
Ron Koppelberger
Alec B. Kowalczyk
Joe R. Lansdale
Everett Madrid
Juan Perez
Nathan Rowark
Stephanie Smith
Paul Sohar
Peter Steele
Anna Taborska
Scott H. Urban

The Artists

Thomas Bossert
Ricardo Di Ceglia
Kalynn Kallweit
Daniel Kirk
Joseph Patrick McFarlane
Felicia Olin
Tatomir Pitariu
Elizabeth Prasse
April A. Taylor

Editor's Corner

HORRORSCOPE by Jeani Rector


"Each spine-tingling chiller takes the reader into the depths of eerie imaginations!" ―Fangoria

"A bold, brilliant collection of some of the most innovative and eloquent voices in modern horror." ―Gabrielle Faust, author of Eternal Vigilance

"An inspired mix of energetic and captivating a fearful breath from an ancient crypt; enter if you dare!" ―Midnight Street Magazine

"Dip in and you're hooked...a high-bar mix of new and established talent." ―Stephen Gallagher, author of Kingdom of Bones

"Read one and be scared…or read the whole book and lock all the doors and stay up all night listening to the house creak." ―William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Back Bay

"Unusual and deeply disturbing horror fiction by numerous distinguished authors." ―Margaret L. Carter, author of Different Blood: The Vampire as Alien

"Frightful fiction pulls in an impressive cast..." ―The Future Fire

"The well crafted stories, and list of writers new and well known make WHAT FEARS BECOME a must read for horror lovers." ―Selina Rosen, author of The Host trilogy

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Jeani Rector, editor of WHAT FEARS BECOME, is the founder and editor of The Horror Zine and has had her stories featured in magazines such as Aphelion, Midnight Street, Strange Weird and Wonderful, Macabre Cadaver, Ax Wound, Horrormasters, Morbid Outlook, Horror in Words, Black Petals, 63Channels, Death Head Grin, Hackwriters, Bewildering Stories, Ultraverse, Story Mania, Lost Souls, All Destiny, and many others. Her novel Around a Dark Corner was released in the USA by Graveyard Press in 2009.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2405 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1926997204
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (August 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H86TB4
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leave...The...Light...On........... September 27, 2011
There may be those horror addicts out there who love reading scary stories at bedtime and if so WHAT FEARS BECOME is just that resource. This generous book is rich in terrifying tales in the form of short stories, poems that haunt you, and an assortment of art that addresses the content or rather the atmosphere of the book. Compiled by the deft skills of editor Jeani Rector this collection of moments of fright includes excerpts from the best of the horror magazines - The Horror Zine - and in addition to previously published works it manages to unveil some frightening stories form famous and soon to be famous authors.

Whatever it is that starts our rather international and multicultural fascination with scary stories the authors of these stories and poems are in touch with that. Some of the stories contain a rather bizarre sick humor while others slog into treacherous climes that make us fear quicksand or death by other means equally as treacherous. How Rector decided to align these tales is anyone's guess, but whatever the evil force that inspired her to paste these moments together - works! Some of the stories are long, some very brief. Some are interspersed with black and white line drawings and illustrations by nine artists (very talented ones at that) and there is also a section of poetry. A little sample by Australian born American poet John Grey:


Its outer limbs
against the shake
of its dead leaves
as if a body had
just been cut down
and it wasn't until
late May that
the reluctant sun
finally burnt off
the thick chunks of ice
that shrouded
its vein-like roots.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOOK August 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I cannot believe all the star power that is in The Horror Zine's WHAT FEARS BECOME.

Here we have fiction by Bentley Little, Joe R. Lansdale, Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell, Graham Masterton, Elizabeth Massie (who doesn't love her), Melanie Tem, Scott Nicholson, Ron Malfi (who can forget his novel SNOW), Conrad Williams and more, all in one book!

But as good as these best-sellering authors are, I am amazed by the talent of the unknowns, or should I say, the lesser-knowns. Christian A. Larsen's "Bast" is a truly frightening story about an angry cat. "A Bad Stretch of Road" by Dean H. Wild would make me afraid to drive on lonely highways. Jagjiwan Sohal's "Wandering Daniel" is a unique perspective on vampires, not done before, if you can believe that. "Smith Street" by Stephen Dare resembles something from Stephen King. "Methods of Divorce" by Philip Roberts has a fresh take on monsters. "The Product" by Bruce Memblatt and "Adelle's Night" by David K. Ginn are both extremely clever and surprising. And editor Jeani Rector gives us the ghost story titled "The House on Henley Way." All-in-all, there are over 30 stories packed in this meaty book.

There is some poetry in WHAT FEARS BECOME, and did you know that Joe R. Lansdale writes poetry? It's in this book, along with his fiction piece "Fish Night."

And then you have some very nice artwork interspaced throughout the book, all black and white, except for the strikingly scary cover, which is in color.

This is a really good book, packed with best-selling authors, and also packed with very effective scares. I highly recommend WHAT FEARS BECOME to anyone who enjoys horror, mystery, sci-fi and suspense. This book has it all.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I've always enjoyed short stories because they fit my busy lifestyle, enabling me to read an entire story on my lunch hour or in between projects. A quick fix for my ingrained reading habit... That's why I'm a big follower of the internationally popular, critically acclaimed online horror magazine, The Horror Zine, which was founded by editor Jeani Rector, with Dean H. Wild as assistant editor. Since I visit The Horror Zine on a regular basis to read short stories from the best horror writers in the business, you might imagine my delight when I found news of this exciting anthology on the website.

Quickly scanning the article for details of What Fears Become: An Anthology from The Horror Zine, I soon learned that Piers Anthony and Bentley Little, two of my favorite writers, are featured in it. Those horror masters deliver creepy twists and turns that make your eyes bleed...a true test of deep-rooted genius.

Reading on, I learned that another of my favorite authors Cheryl Kaye Tardif--although newer than the others--is also featured in this book. That's when I knew I had to grab a copy!

Thank God, with the Kindle I could start reading right away! And Wow--I was treated to the most weird, creepy, frightening tales imaginable; stories that would make Edgar Allan Poe turn over in his grave. I felt like I was in my own private Twilight Zone (with spooks creeping up on me from every side) as I gripped my e-Reader so hard I thought it might shatter like the bodies of so many of the characters in these dark fantasies. From pure suspense to classic horror, this collection from the Horror-Zine freaked me out; just the state of mind I like when racing from one horrifying twist to another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read, I binged on this one.
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness resides within!
What more could I say that the other reviews don't except, if you love horror, get this book. It's not just the names but the voices within that grab you and don't let go as you... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Michael Randolph
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Understood: What Fear Becomes!
Jeani Rector is know by many as the driving force and editor of "The Horror Zine." Jeani is also an established author in her own right. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Morgana Phenix
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
Very entertaining and fun - served the purpose of an enjoyable read to pick up and read when I had time
Published on November 18, 2012 by A. Lott
4.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting stories.
There were quite a few stories that I really enjoyed in this book. There were a couple that I skipped through because they weren't getting anywhere, but I have to say that overall... Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by snoops13
1.0 out of 5 stars Scary?
I must say...there's not a single story in this book that is remotely scary. Almost all the stories bored me to tears.
Published on April 30, 2012 by discoducknc
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good collection of short stories and poems
Some great stories that evoke an alternate experience, some kooky, but generally a pretty good collection. I am now reading the second anthology and that is fantastic so far.
Published on February 25, 2012 by C. Bierdrager
5.0 out of 5 stars What do Fears Become When Examined?
What Fears Become, An Anthology from The Horror Zine
Edited by Jeani Rector
Imajin Books, Aug. 2011
ISBN# 978-1-926997-18-6,
Ebook $4. Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by C. F. Kennison
5.0 out of 5 stars SNM Horror Mag Review by Steven Marshall
Thirty years ago, anthologies started introducing themselves to the market as away for new writers to be discovered, especially in the horror and dark fiction genre. Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by Jeani Rector
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent anthology for a cold winter night...
I am a big fan of anthologies and "What Fears Become" is right up there at the top of my list of favorites. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Kevin Starkey
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