SHORT SHOTS: ‘The Painting My Husband Keeps’

(Editor’s note: SHORT SHOTS is a column where I review short stories from horror anthologies.) "The Painting My Husband Keeps" is the quietly menacing opener to the horror collection titled Under Your Bed by Blair Daniels. The well-paced short story is narrated by a recently married woman named Tara who's unnerved by a painting owned …

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SHORT SHOTS | ‘Slashbacks’

(Editor’s note: SHORT SHOTS is a column where I review horror short stories.) "Slashbacks" by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Tim Waggoner is a vicious little wish-fulfillment tale of vengeance set inside a horror movie lover's dream video store. The short story appears in the 2022 anthology Attack from the '80s edited by Eugene Johnson and …

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SHORT SHOTS | ‘Quiet Embers’

(Editor’s note: SHORT SHOTS is a column where I review horror short stories.) “Quiet Embers” opens with the heart-wrenching line, “My neighbors house burned down six months ago with their children inside.” The tale then gently explores how the now empty lot haunts the narrator, a new resident of the neighborhood. “Quiet Embers” is one …

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SHORT SHOTS | ‘Still Life’

(Editor’s note: SHORT SHOTS is a column where I review short stories from horror anthologies.)  “Still Life” by Kelli Owen is one of sixteen stories in the Bram Stoker Award-nominated anthology titled Arterial Bloom. Released in 2020 by Crystal Lake Publishing, Arterial Bloom was edited by Mercedes M. Yardley and includes a foreword by Linda …

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SHORT SHOTS | ‘Cabin Twelve’ & ‘The Face’

(Editor’s note: SHORT SHOTS is a column where I review short stories from horror anthologies.) "Cabin Twelve" by Daphne Strasert won the Next Great Horror Writer Campfire Horror Story Challenge, and "The Face" by Naching T. Kassa finished runner-up. The tales are featured in the flash fiction anthology, Horror Bites: Campfire Tales, edited by Emerian …

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‘Dead of Winter’ released on Amazon Kindle

On Monday, I released my sixth short story on Amazon Kindle. Titled "Dead of Winter," the story is a super-quick read about a man in a van who happens upon a stranded female motorist on a country road during a wintry afternoon. "Dead of Winter" dramatizes the sometimes nerve-racking game played between a man and …

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‘Peace of Mind’ is a thriller inside a twisted mind

I released my short story "Peace of Mind" on Amazon Kindle over the weekend. It's a horror story, but more on the psychological side of the spectrum. I'm not a fan of psychological horror. I'm a meat-and-potatoes horror fan formed in the womb of the books and films of the 1970s and 1980s. What can …

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