There are many iterations of horror—some are as subtle as a smudge of mustard on a Jackson Pollock painting, others tear through your entire system like a derailed coal cart—but no one permutation is more effective than the other.
Compiling Terror Scribes provided me with the unique opportunity to offer a home to some of the best horror exponents from around Europe and North America. I think the results have cumulated into a satisfying collection, furnished with nebulous, original tales guaranteed to set your teeth on edge and give you bouts of gooseflesh. From the home-grown talent of Sue Phillips to prolific US gore-hound Deb Hoag, from the satirists to the psychopaths to the traditionalists, everyone is well represented. We received some excellent stories from long-time Terror Scribes members, alongside some dazzling contributions from the newer members—and let’s not forget our downright peculiar compatriots from across the pond, who were invited to bring just a little bit of bizarro anarchy to the order!
We are not oblivious to the fear Terror Scribes will evoke. Quite the contrary, we’re advocates of it… (from the introduction by Chris Kelso)
The Terror Scribes are a loose ensemble of writers from across the globe. Their focus is wide and diverse: horror, dark fantasy, black humour, bizarro, the transgressive, short stories, flash fiction, poetry.
You will find here a range of dark delights. From demonic possession of celebrities to masturbating werewolves, from hair-raising fairytales to disturbing accounts of everyday terror, you will shiver and gasp and question.
Paul Kane, Marie O’Regan, Jeff Burk, Richard Farren Barber,
Richard Thomas, John B. Ford & Steve Lines, Jay Eales, Derek M. Fox,
John Palisano, Chris Kelso, Rachel Kendall, A.J. Kirby, Selina Lock,
David Price, Adam Lowe, Wendy Jane Muzlanova, Jan Edwards,
Deb Hoag, Sue Phillips, Sharon Kae Reamer & Robert D. Rowntree,
Paul Bradshaw, Christy Leigh Stewart and Mark West.
‘Gate’ by Marianna Stelmach
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