Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores, August 2018

Fairytales—this is a subject truly near and dear to my heart. Growing up, I devoured them. And not just those wonderfully dark Brothers Grimm classics which were sadly turned into great sickening sugar lumps during the Victorian era, only to be cannibalized and capitalized by Disney a century later. I sought out stories from around the globe, filling my bookshelves with them. When I entered college, it was in part the fairytale that made me pursue Anthropology and Archaeology as my major.

Nightmare #70, July 2018

This issue of Nightmare Magazine includes two original short horror stories. I’ve had the pleasure of reading works in previous of this publication, and the editor certainly did not disappoint this time around. Both stories have a wonderful literary feel to them, each consisting of a psychological horror that creeps up on you over the course of the tale. An elderly gentleman left to die in a nursing home is terrorized by a cat said to predict the death of patients.

Nightmare #69, June 2018

This issue of Nightmare Magazine includes two original short horror stories, the reviews of which are below. The stories the editors have chosen in this issue are incredibly written and ones that I’m certain horror lovers everywhere will enjoy, especially since the two stories are in a nice juxtaposition to one another. “Leviathan Sings to Me in the Deep,” for example, is slow and smooth as it sails ever deeper into the darker waters of the mind.

Black Static #63, May/June 2018

NOTE - This was part of a double review. Mine appears on the second half of the page, after the review by Gyanavani. This 63rd issue of Black Static is the first I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The stories within are so elegantly written, so beautifully styled that they’d give even the staunchest literary snob reason to pause. None of the tales in Black Static are what one might consider overtly horrific. Readers will not find copious amounts gore, violence, or bone-chewing monsters. The horror here creeps up on you slowly, a chill shadow flowing gracefully between each line.

Original Fiction - Maidenfall (Tara Grímravn)

Who’s the girl, then?  Come now…It must be someone here in Eskivik sent you trekking all the way up that mountain to Maidenfall. The lovely Vigdis, maybe?  Or dark-haired Ragnhild?  You’ve fancied her ever since I can remember. Ah, the peddler’s daughter, is it? Esja’s her name, right?  Aye, a pretty one, that.  I can see how she stole your heart.  By the look of you, I’m guessing you feel your tribute to Itaia was successful then? You’ll find out soon enough, I’m sure—she usually comes ‘round t

Original Fiction - A Fairy Tale: Black Aghy (Tara Grímravn)

Take heed, children, and be mindful of your ma and fa lest you be lost like so many before you. Scoff if you will, you little skelpie-limmer, but there’s strange and terrifying creatures afoot in this wide world of our’n. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that such a terrible thing happened at the edge of our own Umgol Forest, deep and dense. ‘Twas three young brothers—Joreth the eldest, Jochen the youngest, and Jofrey in the middle between the two—that lived along the tree line in a small cottage..

Book Review: C.H.U.D. Lives! -- A Tribute Anthology, edited by Joe Mynhardt

Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. That’s what the acronym “C.H.U.D.” means. I was a young kid when the film C.H.U.D. was released in theaters in 1984—way too young for movies like this. It wasn’t until years later that I was finally able to see it and, like any devout horror fan, I was hooked. C.H.U.D. Lives! is, as the title states, a tribute anthology written in honor of this genre-bending, cult classic and its creators. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is just a regurgitation of the film’s plot line, though. This collection of 19 stories takes the reader deeper into the fear-drenched world of C.H.U.D. Although written by a variety of authors, readers will find a thread running through each story that connects them all together into a macabre interconnected narrative.

What’s in a Name: World Building Basics

“What’s in a name?” When Shakespeare penned that infamous question so many centuries ago, he was speaking of the idea that the essence of an object or person remains the same regardless of what it’s called. Indeed, the rose of which Juliet spoke during her not-so-secret thoughts on the nature of Romeo has many names — a different one in each human language, for starters. So what does this mean for us as writers or in terms of world building in general? The Power of the Inanimate

Original Fiction - The Naera (Tara Grímravn)

‘Tis a fine house, lad, to be sure, and well built. And ’tis sure I am that you and young Maglyn will be more than happy here till the end of your days. But I’ve said it afore and I’ll say it again—I wish I knew what possessed you to build so close to the cairn of Draugs Teigh and so far from me and your ma. Now, calm yourself, lad! Calm yourself! I meant no harm! But you are my son and I am your father. You can’t blame your old da for worrying now, can ye? You know as well as I the stories about...