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About Carlton Herzog
Carlton Herzog publishes supernatural horror, science fiction and crime stories, as well as non-ficiton. His fiction portrays characters who are outsiders to ordinary life. Filled with strange terrors and brutal absurdities, his writing bends reality until it cracks. He is a USAF veteran with B.A. magna cum laude and J.D. from Rutgers. He served as Articles Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.
He had this to say about writing: “Writing is to the mind what exercise is to the body. I love the process from start to finish. Editorial acceptance, monetary remuneration, and public approval are nothing when compared with the irreplaceable feeling of personal accomplishment. Writing is a stroll through the insubstantial country of my mind. A land where I can see reflections of myself that are more me than anything I can find in a mirror or the eyes of others. it is an introcosm where I am truly free to see what I have done and yet may do, home to all my disappointments and discoveries, rememberings and reveries."
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Lovecraftiana: the Magazine of Eldritch Horror - Lammas Eve 2021
Featuring the works of
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John M McCormick
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And monsters into men.
Have you heard of the breathtaking phantom of the old oak tree?
Or the ancient horror that prowls the hotels of New Orleans?
Do you know the tragic story of the woman who haunts the abandoned mine?
What about that old man with the curious and truly terrible power?
Or the truth of what that doctor really did to his patients?
Did you know the monster in the closet is real…and can’t tell the difference between love and death?
Want to hear about the rotting demon that saved the little girl just down the street?
Or the woman who created her own soulmate?
Desperate parents who go to horrific lengths to feed their monstrous children…
Inhuman beauties who kill to protect their lovers…
Lonely spirits that lure children to a cold world under the snow…
Repentant mothers hellbent on resurrecting children long lost…
These are just a few of the things that monsters do for love.
Comprising Volumes 4 to 6 of the bestselling "MONSTERS" horror anthology series, the WHAT MONSTERS DO FOR LOVE trilogy spans over one hundred stories by an international team of bestselling, award-winning, and visionary authors, offering a treasure trove unforgettable tales about monsters (of both the human and inhuman varieties) that range from the deceptively whimsical to the heartbreakingly terrifying, and everything in between.
Now lock your doors, turn on your lights, and grab your cat for comfort’s sake. It’s time to learn why love is the scariest thing on earth.
We’ve all had them, those special dates with someone brand new, someone who just might be the yin to our yang, that vital missing piece of our lonely heart…
So goes the eternal gamble, the endless game of romance roulette, in which we earnestly wear our hearts upon our sleeves in the thin hope of discovering our soulmate and lay bare our inner selves to find all-elusive true love.
But, for some, that potential soulmate can very quickly become the Devil in disguise, and, boy howdy, how attractive and inherently deceitful those nefarious facades can be!
Here, we deliver for your delectation twenty-one such tales - read them with caution, and thank all that is heavenly it’s not you on these particular Dates from Hell…
In this world, it takes between 2,500 and 4,000 reading words to pay a visit to the smallest, but terrifyingly necessary, room, and stories are written precisely to chill the bones as you wait for nature to make its call. You open up the book, and one of the 32 tales skulking within its hellish pages chooses you...
It's too late to turn back now. You are about to set foot into another dimension, so best watch out for that signpost up ahead. You've just crossed over into... The Toilet Zone: Number Two
Featuring stories by:* Jay Baird * Matt Bliss * Sarah Cannavo * Matthew A. Clarke * Josh Darling * Hayden Gilbert * Ken Goldman * Gerri R. Gray * Jameson Grey * Chisto Healy * Carlton Herzog * Barbara Jacobson * Vivian Kasley * Joanna Koch * John Kojak * Matt Martinek * Tim Mendees * J Louis Messina * Henry Myllyla * Drew Nicks * Joe Palumbo * Frederick Pangbourne * Wolfgang Potterhouse * David Rose * Rob Santana * Pamela Scott * J.B. Toner * J. Tonzelli * Mark Towse * Thomas K.S. Wake
Ten years ago it was, in those halcyon days when lockdowns were something you got in zombie apocalypse films, with a full moon rising over the battlements, that your ’umble editor first attached the electrodes to that inert lump of flesh that was this unborn webzine, sending horrific life racing through its carcase. Ten years of pure horror, inexorable fantasy and unadulterated science fiction ensued.
In celebration of this sinister anniversary, we are presenting stories from authors old and new. We begin with a tale from James Rhodes, whose short story ‘The Bombastic Prince’ was the opener for the first edition, and who has contributed numerous stories, serials, novels and at least one epic poem over the last decade. Next comes the indefatigable EW Farnsworth with another instalment in his Picklock Lane saga. That’s followed by a new fantasy from Dave Ludford, who has been a frequent contributor for some years. Our next author is the man for whom the word ‘prolific’ was invented, who kept Schlock going for several years with his visceral output—not for those of a squeamish disposition! Our next contributor, Konstantine Paradias, is the author of Sorry, Wrong Country, Futuresuck, and several other books, has contributed to numerous anthologies, videogames and screenplays, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and nevertheless has found the time to appear on and off in Schlock since 2013. Carlton Herzog is a relative newcomer, but has begun to rival Gary Murphy with his inexhaustible contributions. Robbie Porter has previously penned two spooky stories for Schlock, and now shares an eerie tale with ‘shades’ of the Master, MR James.
Following these stories we feature three new voices: Brian Keith Day, with a tale of oil and terror, is followed by serial killer horror from Tyler Davis, and a story of cryogenics and gene manipulation from Tris Matthews, all of whom appear in Schlock! for the first time. We have another dip into the ocean of publishing news from Mickey Mikkelson, and the whole anniversary issue is rounded off by another strange little vignette from Christopher T Dabrowski.
I’d like to finish with a big thank you to everyone else who has made Schlock what it is, including James Talbot, who provided the zine’s first unsolicited submission, Gav Roachdown, Paul Mellino, Chris Priest Brumley, (who designed the logo), Todd Nelsen, Obsidian M Tesla, John L Campbell, Cameron Walker, Nathan JDL Rowark, Joseph Rubas, Gregory KH Bryant, RM Duchene, Rob Bliss, Stephen Hernandez, Birke Duncan, Rick McQuiston, Ian Fletcher, Kevin Rees, Zahid Zaman, Paul Lubaczewski, Ste Whitehouse, Mark Slade, Mathias Jansson, Christopher A Lay, Douglas Draa, Steve Laker, Joseph J Patchen, MS Swift, Kieran Judge, David B Harrington, Neal Privett, John C Adams, Colt Leasure, Ellis Hastings, Julie Dollar, Sandro D Fossemò, Sergio Palumbo, Michele Dutcher, Garret Schuelke, Josef Desade, Chris Friend, Chuck Borgia, Michael Lizarraga, Omar ZahZah, Pete Clark, Alana Schwartz, Walter G Esselman, Benjamin Welton, Joseph Farley, Jeremiah Christopher, Kevin L Jones, Ken L Jones, Seamus Esparza, Hollis Whitlock, Matt Hayward, Jason Osmond, ES Wynn, Thaddeus J Applebee, Merita King, Phoebe LaPlume, Zak Dawson, Dawn Napier, Robyn Singer Rose, Samantha Stevens-Clay, Harris Coverley, Louis Kasatkin, Erik Hofstatter, and Vincent Davis. Apologies to all those legions of authors I’ve no doubt left off the list.
It’s been great fun. Here’s to the next decade!
Towers in Four Dimensions
The towers in the following stories not only occupy physical areas on whatever planet or moon they’re attached to, they also rise vertically, sometimes piercing the very hem of space itself. Along with the three basic dimensions, stories about towers can also span time, allowing the reader to peer back through millennia, perhaps through the eyes of ghosts—as in “Still...at Pilgrim’s Rest” by Felice Picano. Towers can also allow their discoverers to peak into the relationship between the future and past, as in Jonathan True’s story “Steps of Time”, where a pair of desperate children in Colonial America encounter a magnanimous being from the future.
Magnificent towers are noted for attracting heroes, who journey from lands far away, even from other worlds and moons. Some heroes are driven to settle other planets, leading those who trust them to new worlds and new lives with unexpected results—as in “The Docking Tower” by Bruce Markuson. These heroes may be called upon to fight their way over walls, crawl through badlands, or weasel their way into the base of towers to take on challenges one level at a time—similar to our modern-day video games. In fact, some of the towers in this collection are digital, as in E. W. Farnsworth’s stories “Winding Stair” and “Owl Tower”.
How will towers be used in the far future? One author, Carlton Herzog, tells us about a tower on Mars used as a penitentiary for very unusual inmates. Will the documentary the main character is filming go forward as planned, or will things go in an entirely different direction? Find out in the tale entitled “The Changeling”. Michele Dutcher wonders about the consequences of surviving a plague while on duty at a different sort of tower in “A Pocket Filled With Posies”. Even if the main characters do survive, what will be their next move since the world below their feet is dying?
What will the heroes and desperados in our stories find at the top of the tower they have fought so hard to overpower? Will they find other humans who need to be rescued, or will they find others who decide to rescue themselves?—as evidenced in Richard Tornello’s story “Neko the Foundling”. Will they find treasure or deception?—as in “The Tower of Chimera” by John David Rose, whose hero/sorcerer is bribed into tagging along with thieves to infiltrate an ancient tower protected by dark magic? What if the treasure hunters are space-archaeologists exploring the ruins of a tower built by an old culture gone extinct over the period of two centuries? Will they find the answers they seek before whatever killed this unusual civilization also catches up with them? Find the answers in the story “Alien Towers in the Icy Cold Desert” by Sergio Palumbo and Alessandro ‘Alek McRoy’ Loi.
Treasure or ashes? Life or Death? Lost magic or Lost Science? Enlightenment or disillusionment? What will the characters in these stories—and so many other exciting tales of wonder—find at the top of their towers? Read on to find out.
Sergio ‘ente per ente’ Palumbo
Michele ‘bottomdweller’ Dutcher
John David ‘DavidsonHero’ Rose
Sara ‘Larkabella’ ‘Ahlia’ Dellacasa
Davide ‘Atog’ Marescotti
Blood and Blasphemy is a collection of over thirty of the most sacrilegious horror stories ever written. Within these irreverent pages, you will encounter a priest that keeps his deformed spawn chained in a root cellar, a convent where a poisonous species of salamander is worshiped, a demonic altar boy, possessed religious relics that kill, blood-drinking clergymen, a Son of God who feeds on sin, an unsuspecting couple who run afoul of religious lunatics in a small town, the divine (and deadly) turd of Christ, and other terrifying tales guaranteed to make church ladies faint and nuns clutch their rosaries.
Featuring stories by: Aron Beauregard, George Alan Bradley, Cardigan Broadmoor, Scot M. Carpenter, Myna Chang, Clay McLeod Chapman, Nick Dinicola, Jude M. Eriksen, Michael Martin Garrett, Gerri R. Gray, Christopher Hamel, Carlton Herzog, B.T. Joy, A.L. King, Daryl Marcus, Jeremy Megargee, Donna J.W. Munro, Hari Navarro, Trevor Newton, Drew Nicks, C.C. Parker, Wolfgang Potterhouse, J.L. Shioshita, J.J. Smith, Henry Snider, J.B. Toner, Sheldon Woodbury, and Shawn Wood.