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The Best by Women in Horror
The first ‘Killing It Softly’ was just the tip of the iceberg…
Beneath the icy depths of this next installment, you’ll be plunged into a world where 38 female horror writers give you a glimpse of their inner-demons, unleashing the hell-fire they suppress in the ‘real’ world. It will disturb you to discover what really lurks inside their minds, because many of these stories delve into pain that can only be experienced by women—leaving you unhinged as you curl up with them during their darkest hour.
Post-partum depression, hording, anorexia, and mental health will be brought to light when viewed through the shadowy perspective of cognitive deception.
Sci-fi, romance, steam-punk, and fantasy intertwine with horror to deliver unsettling, chilling stories; traditional tales of witches, zombies, werewolves, and vampires will be told in twisted new ways that will shock, unnerve, and even repulse you…and within these pages, sometimes new monsters will arise from the ashes.
You may even discover that women can not only write good horror…but in some cases, can do it better.
Part 1 – Another Space, Another Time
The Whims of My Enemy – Amanda J. Spedding
A Moveable Feast – Jenny Blackford
Softly into the Morning – L. D. Colter
Whispers in the Wax – Tonia Brown
The Screaming Key – Lillian Csernica
Framed – Diana Catt
Bloody Rain – Rie Sheridan Rose
The Idlewild Letters – H.R. Boldwood
Kristall Tag – Holly Newstein
The Adventure of My Ignoble Ancestress – Nancy Holder
Part II – Monster Party
The Devil’s in the Details – Stacey Longo
Octavia – Chantal Boudreau
The Skeench – Debra Robinson
Sandcastle Sacrifices – Jennifer Brozek
Unfilial Child – Laurie Tom
Milk and Cookies – M.J. Sydney
Figaro, Figueroa – Karen Heuler
Scarecrow – Vonnie Winslow Crist
A Great and Terrible Hunger – Elaine Cunningham
Part III – Cognitive Deception
Belongings – Abra Staffin-Wiebe
Evil Little Girl – Barb Goffman
Blue – Julie Travis
The Devil Inside – Shannon Connor Winward
Shining Brook and the Ice Moon Spirit – Jean Graham
Damaged Goods – Lindsey Goddard
Project Handbasket – Rebecca J. Allred
Behind the Eight Ball – Lena Ng
A Faithful Companion – Deborah Sheldon
Omega – Airika Sneve
Part IV – The Changed and the Undead
Little Fingers – Christine Morgan
Golden Rule – Donna J. W. Munro
Fifth Sense – Tina Rath
Cycle – Rebecca Fraser
The Hand of God – Gerri Leen
Vile Deeds – Suzie Lockhart
The Holy Spear – Barbara A. Barnett
Skin and Bones – Rebecca Snow
Death Warmed Over – Rachel Caine
Read this book to:
* Meet communist werewolves, mad scientists, and Jewish vampires.
* Reject novel pitches from famous zombie novelists.
* Provide psychotherapy for Cthulhu.
* Domesticate angry gods.
* Install Linux on a dead badger.
Includes the following stories:
“No Children, No Pets” by Esther Friesner
“43 Responses to ‘In Memory of Dr. Alexandra Nako'” by Barbara A. Barnett
“Kvetchula’s Daughter” by Darrell Schweitzer
“The Great VuDu Linux Teen Zombie Massacree” by Lucy A. Snyder
“Good Neighbors” by Amanda C. Davis
“Happily and Righteously” by Larry Hodges
“Stalking the Zombie” by Mike Resnick
“Restless in R’yleh” by Oliver Buckram
“P.R. Problems” by Eric James Stone
“Hot Fudge and Whipped Cream” by Tarl Kudrick
“Death: A List” by Tanya Bryan
“Soccer Mom Smackdown” by Julia S. Mandala
“The God Whisperer” by Daniel J. Davis
“Meat and Greet” by Jamie Todd Rubin
“Something Virtual This Way Comes” by Laura Resnick
“The Story of Emily and Control” by Scott Alexander
“Howl!” by Jody Lynn Nye
“Final Corrections” by M. Bennardo
Authors include Richard Parks, Gemma Files, Seth Dickinson, David D. Levine, M. Bennardo, Alex Dally MacFarlane, and Benjanun Sriduangkaew. Includes “Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow, a finalist for the 2014 British Science Fiction Association Awards, and “The Telling” by Gregory Norman Bossert, winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award.
"There is nothing more soul-satisfying than the first succulent bite into the juicy...."
Unfortunately, I expect many of our readers have never heard of Mr. Price. If that's the case (and even if it's not), check out Vincent Price Reads Poe's "The Raven."
Price was the master of the horror film villain. Later in life, he befriended a shy young fan of Classic Horror Films by the name of Michael Jackson, and appeared in and did voice work for that young singer's music video for a little song titled "Thriller," from the album of the same name. That album remains the single best-selling album of all time.
Why is this important to this month's issue?
Because we've decided to bring you a horror-themed issue.
Before you hit that Back button, because horror just isn't your thing, I ask you to give it a try with just one of these stories and see if, maybe, you might want more. Because, honestly, many non-horror readers think of Texas Chainsaw Massacre when they see the word 'horror.'
But horror is SO much more. Really excellent horror doesn't gross you out, but it does give you the shivers. It's disconcerting, rather than deeply disturbing, because the truths in horror hit too close to home for us to feel comfortable facing them--which is what makes horror all the more fun! It's the thing that makes clowns and dolls creepy--the uncanny.
First up, from returning FFO author Paul DesCombaz, "Dos and Don'ts."
And an FFO THREE-peat from Matthew F. Amati, "To Comfort the Headless Child."
Next, a wonderful nod to every horror trope, EVER!, "The Girl Who's Going to Survive Your Horror Movie," by yet another FFO alum, Barbara A. Barnett.
Last up, our reprint of the month (yes, it's horror, too!), "The Yankee at the Sitting-Up" by Clayton Kroh--his first publication with us.
Plus a new FXXK WRITING from Jason S. Ridler -- a heartfelt memoriam to Steve and Melanie Tems.
Treasures can be heroically gained or tragically lost - and be held all the more dear for it. Treasure can mean both the warm golden glow of memory, and the sharp-edged sparkle of adventure. Discovered treasure may promise a future of ease and delight, or be a reminder of war and chaos. There is treasure of the mind and treasure of the heart. Ideas, dreams, and intimate connections are all to be treasured.
So what treasures do you seek? Venture into the anthology.There are riches of every kind collected here.
We bring you humorous tales, horror pieces, romance stories, science fiction eye-openers, and literary greats.
We process close to one hundred stories for every story we publish. We've been the first publication credit for many budding authors, and we've been the umteenth credit for many established authors.
Untied Shoelaces of the Mind has something for every reader.
Alison Littlewood's is also author of 'A Cold Season' and her contribution to this issue, 'About the Dark', has been selected as one of 2011's best by Steven Jones in 'The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #23'.
Christopher Fowler, author of the Bryant & May series, 'Hell Train' and 'Psychoville', contributes with 'The Curtain Parts'..
As this is a back issue the reviews are out and this issue is reviewed by Sam Tomaino, at SF Revu, who starts "Black Static #25 is another issue that shows why it’s the best horror magazine on the market", and finishes "I'll say it Black Static, Best.Magazine.Ever!" See http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=12957
Christopher Fowler, author of the Bryant & May series, 'Hell Train' and 'Psychoville', contributes with 'The Curtain Parts'.."master of that quiet kind of unsettling horror" Sam Tomaino at SF Revu.