Review: Sinister Horror Company – Black Room Manuscripts Volume Two

Review: Sinister Horror Company – Black Room Manuscripts Volume Two

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Genre: Horror / Anthology
Publisher: Sinister Horror Company
Publication Date: 9th July 2016
Pages: 323

 

REVIEWED BY CHAD

 

So, I know. I’m late to the party. I know. Still, I did find myself here and I can safely say I’m glad I did. This is likely one of the best short story anthologies I have ever read. The tone throughout is amazingly fresh and dark, with stories that frighten, with a real grit and texture to them. I was familiar with many of the authors in this and others I was reading for the first time. On a whole, superb reading experience.

I thought it would be best to provide some of my thoughts from story to story, to give each person their fair amount of time in the spotlight.

 

THE DRAWERS BY TIM CLAYTON

This was a great choice to lead off the book. Totally disturbing and it knocks you back enough on your heels that you find yourself having no idea what to expect from the rest of the book. I thought the clinical nature of the retelling added an extra layer of chill to this one, and really heightened the sense of the narrator slowly losing their mind. Or are they crazy? You’ll have to decide for yourself.

 

SPORES BY JACK ROLLINS

I never thought I would read a story that could somehow make me afraid of mushrooms and gardening, all at the same time. What I liked about this story was how quickly we are immersed in the action as well as the fear of the mystery in the story as it unfolds. There is a great level of grossness to this and the action unfolds perfectly. And it all builds up to a closing scene worthy of the genre, beautifully frightening and grim as the camera fades to black.

 

WHAT THE DARK DOES BY GRAHAM MASTERTON

If you were to tell me that you wanted me to read a horror story about a stick figure man and a haunted article of clothing, I likely wouldn’t be taking you particularly seriously. And yet, somehow, against all reasonability, the story manages to pull off the premise in fine and creepy fashion. I thought that the narrative scope was impressively handled considering that the amount of space was so short. To take a story that starts with a character as a child and then continues on with him as an adult is extremely ambitious for a short story and I thought it was particularly successful here.

The story broke down nicely into two acts, with the first creating a wonderful sense of fear and horror that lasted all throughout. And the sort of mystery angle taken with the adult version of the character was also entertaining, with a great turn towards a dark ending that I thought fit perfectly for the piece as a whole.

This was well paced, and I thought had just the right level of exposition to keep the reader informed as to the relevant backstory. And again, kudos for taking something that I would never attach any significance for a horror story and making it exactly that.

 

SCREAMS IN THE NIGHT BY J R PARK

I loved the feel of retro horror films I got from this. It easily could have been one of the movies I snuck out to watch as a kid that ended up wreaking my dreams for nights after. I loved that you never had a firm toehold in the story and there was always a sense of mystery under what you were reading. The protagonist in this has a great, clear voice and the fear of his situation comes through clearly. The closing moments of the story takes things to an even higher scope and level than we see taking place in this apartment and I loved that.

 

NIGHT PATROL BY PAUL M FEENEY

I was already a fan of Paul Feeney but this is likely one of my favorites of his work. A short tale of two police officers who get pulled into a surreal kind of sequence while on patrol. His characters are really well done, and the piece is incredibly atmospheric. I loved the other-worldly imagery of the landscape and he does a terrific job infusing a sense of dread into the narrative. I loved the dynamic between the veteran and the less experienced officers and the moments of back story blended naturally and informed the end of the story nicely.

As the story moved forward, I myself felt the same level of stress and confusion as the characters, as I tried to guess as to what was going on. There were any number of possibilities but what ended up being the case wasn’t anywhere near what I had been expecting. I thought he did a great job living up to the tension that was bought earlier in the story. It isn’t as hard to create spooky atmosphere but to be able to bring that together into a coherent conclusion is much harder and I thought he actually did a great job with this challenge.

I thought Paul did wonderfully at bringing his own knowledge and skill sets to the table in order to make this more authentic. Really well done.

 

CUT TO THE CORE BY REBECCA S LAZARO

This was a powerful story. And to be honest I did find myself wondering as I read it if maybe it was going a little too far, delving into tenuous emotional waters. I obviously can’t speak for everyone who has gone through issues surrounding suicide but I suspect that this will hit some people more than others.

Still, I don’t like shying away from a story so I stayed with it and I’m glad I did. The story shows something at the beginning but unfolds to reveal more than I had been expecting. It’s an emotional piece but I think it’s emotional in all the right ways.

 

THE GLEN BY NATHAN ROBINSON

Another cool kind of mashup of almost mythology and apocalyptic. I loved that the story doesn’t beat into the ground details about what this universe is and how we got there. Ultimately, it isn’t that important. I was immediately drawn in to the story of this father with his daughter, the mystery of what has happened to them and the world. I liked being able to explore that landscape on my own and that certain parts were left just ambiguous enough.

The last few paragraphs of this are completely gripping and heart wrenching to read. As a parent myself, I was hit hard by this and I thought it was definitely one of the more emotionally powerful moments of the book, overall.

 

THE VILE GLIB OF GIDEON WICKE BY LILY CHILDS

This was one that for a fair amount of the time I was reading it, I wasn’t completely sure I understood what was going on. Still, I found the landscape of the story to be fascinating and captivated my interest. I loved the repeated references to the coin throughout the story and enjoyed trying to figure out how it was going to come in to play in terms of the story as a whole.

I enjoyed the ending in particular and what I discovered to be the full picture of the narrative. It’s a kind of story that we certainly have seen before but I still felt like this interpretation was fresh and original. And again, the use of the coin was quite brilliant and it all added up to a final line to the story that I thought summed everything up beautifully in one final sentence.

 

RED MASK BY LINDSEY GODDARD

I feel like one overall strength with a lot of the stories in this volume is their ability to bring fresh perspective from the characters. And this is one particular example where I thought the voice of the protagonist really came through clearly. I kind of wish the story had been flushed out a little bit more, just to provide a few more kernels of information but I still found it to be very enjoyable. The characters were all great and I loved the periodic dips into flashback in order to both inform us of the nature of the character but also to create tension for what that he is going through in the present. And following along with another similarity that many of the stories seem to share, I thought the closing moments had an absolutely chilling atmosphere to them.

 

THE RING OF KARNAK BY DANIEL MARC CHANT

This was a fun exploration into what I thought was going to be a cursed object kind of a story that ended up being much more. I love stories in which a character goes on down a particular road, despite having all kinds of warnings not to do so. I think it’s a really effective way to heighten the sense of mystery around something. It’s also a great way to create dread and suspense. All I wanted to know was why everyone the main character encountered was so cagey and defensive about the nature of a ring, something he had received following the passing of his uncle.

I caught hints and indications throughout that some larger plot was at play here and that the ring was more than it seemed. Still, when I reached the ending I was completely blindsided and taken off guard at the Lovecraftian turn the story took.

 

THE GIFT BY SHAUN HUTSON

Wow.

I’m not sure I can say much else about this story. It’s so short. It’s practically a work of flash fiction but the effectiveness and the gruesome nature of the ending, despite not having an overly graphic description make this a hard-hitting masterpiece. A boy is on his way to hospital with his parents to visit his older sister, who has been sick and in need of a transplant. That’s about all I can say without ruining it. Suffice to say, the quiet, sullen nature of the brother lends a cryptic, uneasy tone to the story that only comes into focus in the final few moments.

Short fiction is not an easy road to walk. I’ve seen many putting forth the flawed idea that writing short stories is somehow a training ground for novelists. But to tell a story this powerful in so little space is a very specific skill set and one that was perfectly demonstrated here.

 

THE FATHER BY RICH HAWKINS

Again, another instance of an author I’m already a fan of. I’ve read most of what Rich Hawkins has put out into the world and frankly, I think it’s an injustice that more people aren’t aware of him.

This story has a beautiful level of atmosphere to it, despite the bleak tones of the narrative itself. Hawkins is a master at creating environments and characters that are evocative. With hardly any backstory given, I feel like I can completely relate to the protagonist. I feel for his struggle and I get angry at the injustices he suffers throughout. And it all builds up to an ending that is somehow heart-wrenching and uplifting, all at the same time.

 

ORANGES ARE ORANGE BY STUART PARK

Wow, another fantastic first-person point of view story. It’s funny because I generally don’t like first person as much but some of the stories in this book have started to make me come around a little bit. The perspective and voice of this character is brilliant and absolutely frightening. I loved the transition in the story where you’re not entirely sure if you are reading about a victim or if you’re seeing a monster in the making. And I suppose we have to acknowledge the fact that both of those statements could also be true at the same time.

Regardless, this story brilliantly took me inside the mind and imaginings of this particular character and as I want down to the end of the story, I wasn’t entirely sure if that was a place that I really wanted to be.

 

DRIP BY DANI BROWN

Drip. Drip. Drip. Fucking drip.

It may seem like I’m winding up to really dump on the story, but I have to admit it was an amazing read. First of all, it totally tapped into something that has been an unreasonable pathological fear of mine for most of my life. Everyone is going to be different in terms of books and stories that are going to affect them the most and this was one that definitely reached out and grabbed me.

And the best part was that the story ended up being totally different than what I was expecting. The road that I thought I was on as a reader proved to be a complete illusion created in my own mind and with my own expectations. And the repeated use of the word drip, although you may have expected me to be mocking that, I thought was an amazing way to emphasize the fracturing sanity of this character as we try and figure out what the hell is going on.

I loved the story.

 

RENEWEL BY WILLIAM MEIKLE

I thought this was a beautifully written, heartfelt story about the emotional impact not just of war but also of personal loss and survivor’s guilt. There weren’t a lot of specifics and details given to the backstory, but I thought that what was given was actually the perfect amount. I think I did a good enough job filling in the blanks and ultimately what was important to the story is what ended up on the page.

I loved how the more supernatural elements were introduced into the story and done in such a way that you’re not even entirely sure if they are supernatural. Is what the character experiences real? Or is this some kind of hallucination his own conscience needed in order to move on? I’m not really sure in the end and this is one case where I think a certain amount of ambiguity lends a lot of emotional impact to the story.

It’s sad but it’s also beautifully written and that makes me happy.

 

ELEVEN BY MATT SHAW

Well, if there is anything I should probably expect from a Matt Shaw story, it’s likely that I’m probably going to feel a little gross, a little bit uncomfortable and unsure about where the hell he’s going with all of this. And he certainly did not fail to live up to the expectation here. And I don’t mean that in a minimizing or degrading fashion, quite the opposite. I find that everything I have read from Shaw manages to surprise.

The story starts out, going in a direction right out of the gate that many readers will likely feel compelled to turn away from. It is an uncomfortable topic of a sexual nature that is going to be a hot button topic for a lot of people. The best I can tell you without spoiling anything in the story is that I would encourage you to tough it out and stick with it. The details are uncomfortable, I’m not going to lie about that and it’s going to make you uncomfortable reading it which I think is probably part of the point. But as is often the case in stories like this, there may be more going on than you might realize at the start.

Just trust me, give it a go.

 

MUTANT BUILDING 101 BY DUNCAN P BRADSHAW

This is Duncan Bradshaw at his finest. It’s big and it’s bombastic, it’s full of intense action and great comedy. And the visual landscape of the story is done to perfection. Bradshaw incorporates elements of the absurd to this monster story but he does it in a way that isn’t over the top and works very well. The cinematic tone to the story was largely what made me laugh more than any of the others. Great tone and great description. And obviously amazing characters.

 

BACKBONE ISNT ALWAYS ENOUGH BY DR LYNNE CAMPBELL

This was a cool concept for a story. The main character who is suffering from an obscure type of affliction confronts a married couple for assistance. He isn’t clear at the start what form this assistance will take, but it doesn’t take long before we reach the end and find out what exactly is going on and who this person is.

I think I would have liked to have understood this couple a little better and to have been able to track their decision as to why they end up helping this individual. But that was a small detail that I don’t think is overly important. This was cleverly conceived and I thought executed in such a way as to take an incredibly bizarre concept and make it feel real and emotional.

 

AND THE LIGHT IS HIS GARMENT BY JASPER BARK

This is a really interesting story and I would be lying if I said that I completely understood it. Still, it definitely had me thinking for quite some time after reading it, which I think should be the goal of any work of fiction. The characters and the history of this setting are incredibly complex, despite the short length, lending to this story much more of an air of fantasy than the other material included in this book.

Bringing my dumb brain to bear on this, what I seem to come up with is a story dealing somewhat with conformity but also about the importance of magic and spectacle in our lives. This story wasn’t written this year but I couldn’t help but draw a parallel between the narrative and my country’s current president. A man who certainly benefits from the power of the clothes his supporters imagine him wearing.

 

TERRY IN THE BED BY THE WINDOW BY LAURA MAURO

The characters and the setting really shine through in this story. I loved the idea of a hospital being used as a means to tell a story about life and death and maybe even immortality? I loved that the story felt painted with an air of inevitability and a tragedy while at the same time offering up some suspense and a feeling of apprehension over what exactly is going on at this establishment.

The pacing worked extremely well, the atmosphere of the story was perfect, the characters were dynamic and sympathetic, overall this was just an incredibly beautifully written story.

 

THREE SISTERS BY SAM STONE

I loved the mythological feel of this story despite being in a modern setting. I don’t want to give too much away as the ride was most of the fun. Even though I kind of suspected where the story was going, I still enjoyed it and found the ending to be satisfying and chilling. I love endings that manage to turn back on the story and cast a new light on everything without seeming like a cheesy gimmick. This did that. I love it when something is revealed about a character that runs against every conclusion you have already drawn about them. And there is a beautiful use of suggestion and innuendo that really ties together the entire picture of the story.

 

I did want to mention a little bit about the prologue and the epilogue in that, I felt they served well as sort of bookends to the collection as a whole. Reading the prologue, I was reminded quite a bit of the way Clive Barker started the Books of Blood anthologies. I thought it did a perfect job establishing the right tone for the collection, going in. And then, coming back to the epilogue and returning to the same character, I thought the story managed to end the book in a huge and wonderfully gory climax.

Check this out. Pick up a copy and support a fantastic cause as the proceeds will go directly to help fund Alzheimer’s Research. Get a great book and do great things with your money!

 

General Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

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Book Synopsis:

Some words are born in shadows.

Some tales told only in whispers.

Under the paper thin veneer of our sanity is a world that exists. Hidden just beyond, in plain sight, waiting to consume you should you dare stray from the street-lit paths that sedate our fears.

For centuries the Black Room has stored stories of these encounters, suppressing the knowledge of the rarely seen.

Protecting the civilised world from its own dark realities.

The door to the Black Room has once again swung open to unleash twenty one masterful tales of the macabre from the twisted minds of a new breed of horror author.

The Black Room holds many secrets.

Dare you enter… again?

The Sinister Horror Company is proud to present The Black Room Manuscripts Volume Two. All profits made from the sale of this book will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK

 

The Authors

 

Chris Hall lives in Porthcawl, Wales with his incredibly-patient wife and two kids. Aside from his day job working in corporate tax, Chris is also the sole individual behind the website – DLS Reviews – a true labour of love dedicated to providing in-depth reviews of horror, sci-fi and dark fiction. Having been an online reviewer for over 10 years prior to the launch of his website in 2014, DLS Reviews was able to start out with 500+ in-depth reviews already published across its numerous pages. Since then the website has continued to grow, making it an invaluable resource for fans of dark speculative fiction. Aside from spending hours on end reading horror novels and then dissecting them for DLS Reviews, Chris spends the rest of whatever free time he has listening to pummelling Death and Black Metal, enjoying fine whiskies, or reviewing a variety of weird and wonderful products for Amazon.

DLS Reviews can be found at www.dlsreviews.com

 

Tim Clayton studied Creative English at Bath Spa University and lives in Wrocław, Poland. He rarely suffers from writer’s block except when asked to write “About the author” sections of books. In 2014 he published The Spokesman; a novel about death, dirty money and cycling, which is pretty good. In 2016 he followed that up with Full Blast Wrestling; the inglorious rise and destructive fall of the world’s dirtiest wrestling promotion, which is really very good indeed.

Find out more at www.timwroclaw.wix.com/fbw-book

 

Jack Rollins was born and raised among the twisting cobbled streets and lanes, ruined forts and rolling moors of a medieval market town in Northumberland, England. He claims to have been adopted by Leeds in West Yorkshire, and he spends as much time as possible immersed in the shadowy heart of that city. Writing has always been Jack’s addiction, whether warping the briefing for his English class homework, or making his own comic books as a child, he always had a dark tale to tell. Fascinated by all things Victorian, Jack often writes within that era, but also creates contemporary nightmarish visions in horror and dark urban fantasy. He currently lives in Northumberland, with his partner, two sons, and his daughter living a walking distance from his home, which is slowly but surely being overtaken by books…

Jack can be found online at:

Twitter: @jackrollins9280

Website: www.jackrollinshorror.wordpress.com

 

Graham Masterton is mainly recognized for his horror novels but he has also been a prolific writer of thrillers, disaster novels and historical epics, as well as one of the world’s most influential series of sex instruction books. He became a newspaper reporter at the age of 17 and was appointed editor of Penthouse magazine at only 24. His first horror novel The Manitou was filmed with Tony Curtis playing the lead. Walkers was recently optioned by Jules Stewart for Libertine Films. Last year Graham turned his hand to crime novels and White Bones, set in Ireland, was a Kindle phenomenon, selling over 100,000 copies in a month. This has been followed by Broken Angels. Graham’s horror novels were introduced to Poland in 1989 by his late wife Wiescka and he is now one of the country’s most celebrated authors, winning numerous awards. He is now working on new horror and crime novels.

 

J.R. Park is an author of horror fiction, co-founder of the publishing imprint the Sinister Horror Company and responsible for the tome you currently hold in your hands. His novels Terror Byte, Punch and Upon Waking have all been well received by readers and reviewers, even if the sick bucket hasn’t been too far away from their bedsides; and he’s had numerous short stories published in collections from various presses. Art house, pulp and exploitation alike inform his inspirations, as well as misheard conversations, partially remembered childhood terrors and cheese before sleep. He currently resides in Bristol, UK.

Find out more at JRPark.co.uk and SinisterHorrorCompany.com

 

Paul M. Feeney lives in the North East of England and has always been heavily into horror and dark, fantastical stories. Since 2010, he has turned his hand to his own writing and has had some small success. His first published short story, The Weight Of The Ocean, was released by Phrenic Press in 2015 as a Kindle only to favourable reviews. To date he has had a few more short stories accepted by small publishers such as April Moon Books and Sirens Call for anthologies both forthcoming and currently available, and had his first novella, The Last Bus, released through Crowded Quarantine Publications in a limited signed and numbered paperback run in the middle of 2015. Of the 250 copies of this, only about 20 currently remain. He has also recently completed his second novella, Kids, which will be published by Dark Minds Press in the middle of 2016, as part of their new novella series. He continues to turn out short stories at a snail’s pace, while planning more novellas and contemplating the dreaded first novel.

You can find him on Facebook and Amazon.

 

Rebecca S. Lazaro loves horror stories and movies, but has never written anything horrible before. Cut To The Core is her debut offering in the horror genre and she was suitably disgusted with herself afterwards. Rebecca usually writes about female sexuality and the psychology of dysfunctional relationships, and has self-published her full-length novel ‘Unravel’, a psychoanalytical lesbian love story between a teacher and her student. Previous published works include articles contributing to various LGBTQ magazines and websites. Rebecca is currently writing her second novel, when she’s not strutting around the Cotswolds in her leather jacket.

She can be contacted via facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccaslazaro

 

Horror author Nathan Robinson lives in Scunthorpe with his darling five year old twin boys and his patient wife/editor. So far he’s had numerous short stories published by www.spinetinglers.co.uk, Rainstorm Press, Knight Watch Press, Pseudopod, The Horror Zine, Static Movement, Splatterpunk Zine and many more. He writes best in the dead of night or travelling at 77mph. He is a regular reviewer for www.snakebitehorror.co.uk, which he loves because he gets free books. He likes free books. His first novel “Starers” was released by Severed Press to rave reviews. This was followed by his short story collection “Devil Let Me Go”, and the novellas “Ketchup with Everything” and “Midway.”

He is currently working on his next novel, “Caldera” and a sequel to “Starers.” Follow news, reviews and the author blues at www.facebook.com/NathanRobinsonWrites or twitter @natthewriter

 

Lily Childs has an obsession with misunderstood demons and takes unsavoury delight in Victorian underworlds, twisted myths and the necrotic. She writes dark, Gothic horror, crime and ghost stories including the recent Within Wet Walls (Ganglion Press) and has contributed tales to anthologies from The Sinister Horror Company, KnightWatch Press, Western Legends Publishing and James Ward Kirk Fiction – with more to come. She lives by the sea in the south of England with her daughter, husband and black cat, Scarlet. Lily has recently completed her first novel, a supernatural asylum chiller. Her warped fairy tale In Search of Silver Boughs is due to be released as a chapbook by KnightWatch Press in 2016.

Read a selection of Lily’s horror and crime stories in Cabaret of Dread; Volume I. Follow her on Facebook: /lilychildsfeardom, Twitter: @LilyChilds and on her blog, The Feardom at http://lilychildsfeardom.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Lindsey Goddard has been published over forty times. She loves the dark side of life and exploring it in her work. Recent credits include Horror Hooligans, Dark Moon Digest, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, James Ward Kirk Fiction, and Sirens Call Publications. She lives in the suburbs of St. Louis. MO with her husband and three children. For more information, please visit: www.LindseyBethGoddard.com

 

Daniel Marc Chant is an author of strange fiction. His passion for H. P. Lovecraft & the films of John Carpenter inspired him to produce intense, cinematic stories with a sinister edge. Daniel launched his début, “Burning House,” swiftly following with the Lovecraft-inspired “Maldición.” His most recent book “Mr. Robespierre” has garnered universal praise. Daniel also created “The Black Room Manuscripts” a charity horror anthology & is a founder of UK independent genre publisher The Sinister Horror Company.

You can find him amongst the nameless ones on twitter @danielmarcchant, at facebook/danielmarcchant or his official website www.danielmarcchant.com.

 

Born and brought up in Hertfordshire, Shaun Hutson now lives and writes in Buckinghamshire where he has lived since 1986. After being expelled from school, he worked at many jobs, including a cinema doorman, a barman, and a shop assistant – all of which he was sacked from – before becoming a professional author in 1983. He has since written over 30 bestselling novels as well as writing for radio, magazines and television. Having made his name as a horror author with bestsellers such as SPAWN, EREBUS, RELICS and DEATHDAY (acquiring the nicknames ‘The Godfather of Gore’ and ‘The Shakespeare of Gore’ in the process) he has since produced a number of very dark urban thrillers such as LUCY’S CHILD, STOLEN ANGELS,WHITE GHOST and PURITY. At one time, Shaun Hutson was published under no fewer than six pseudonyms (no, he’s not Barbara Cartland), writing everything from Westerns to non-fiction. He continues to work under a pseudonym he will not disclose. Shaun has appeared on and presented a number of TV shows over the years. He has lectured to the Oxford Students Union (the original title of the lecture ‘Get a Bloody Job and Stop Living Off My Taxes You Sponging Bastards’ was changed at the last minute). He has appeared on stage with heavy-metal rock band Iron Maiden 13 times and received death threats on a number of occasions due to his work! His work is particularly popular in prison libraries. The novel ‘Honest, Officer, I’ve Never Seen These Stereos Before In My Life’ will follow shortly.

Find out more, including a short story entitled RED STUFF and an interactive story, SAVAGES at www.ShaunHutson.com

 

Rich Hawkins hails from deep in the West Country, where a childhood of science fiction and horror films set him on the path to writing his own stories. He credits his love of horror and all things weird to his first viewing of John Carpenter’s THE THING when, aged twelve, he crept downstairs late one night to watch it on ITV. He has a few short stories in various anthologies, and has written one novella, BLACK STAR, BLACK SUN. His debut novel THE LAST PLAGUE was nominated for a British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel. Its sequel, THE LAST OUTPOST, was released in September 2015.

He currently lives in Salisbury, Wiltshire, with his wife, their daughter and their pet dog Molly. They keep him sane. Mostly.

www.facebook.com/rich.hawkins.98

richwhawkins.blogspot.co.uk

 

The story Oranges Are Orange came from somewhere; that’s the first and last thing that can be agreed on. Especially since Stuart Park insists he’s not an author. The story is the bastard child of knee surgery, Radiohead, Chuck and Your Sinclair mag. All gently bathed in a splash of Zen Buddhism and bleached from the caustic scathing of loss and foreboding. One thing Stuart really wants to know is, when you eat a banana, when does that stop being fruit and start being you? When Stuart stops questioning the demise of fruit he can be found indulging in other activities such as, music production, photography, gardening, running and weird-ass arthouse cinema. The results from some of his projects can be found on his site, http://likebreathing.com/. He has been in the background of the Sinister Horror Company since its inception, and helped out by proofreading titles, including: Terror Byte, Punch, Class Three, Upon Waking, Class Four, The Exchange, Clandestine Delights, Screams In The Night and Hexagram for J.R. Park and Duncan P. Bradshaw, plus a number of other short stories: Easter Hunt, Mandrill, Incident and Soft Centred. Look out for other works (not) written by Stuart. Since, remember, he’s not a writer.

 

Dani Brown is the author of “My Lovely Wife”, “Middle Age Rae of Fucking Sunshine”, “Toenails” and “Welcome to New Edge Hill” (all out now from Morbidbooks). She is the author of various short stories. You can find the links of them (and sometimes links to free stories) on her facebook page www.facebook.com/DaniBrownBooks. You can watch as she tweets about editing whatever she is working on and complaining about the trains at @crazycatlady4. Like cows being abducted and first look book covers? No problems as that’s covered on Instagram DoomsdayLiverpool. The official Dani website is here: http://danibrownqueenoffilth.weebly.com. When she isn’t writing she enjoys knitting and thinking of the finer points of invading Finland with an army of chavs mounted on dingoes. She has an unhealthy obsession with Mayhem’s drummer and doesn’t trust anyone who claims Velvet Underground as their favourite band. Coffee is responsible for keeping her alive. Please send lots of coffee.

 

William Meikle is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with twenty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. He has books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press, DarkFuse and Dark Renaissance, and his work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines with recent sales to NATURE Futures, Penumbra and Buzzy Mag among others. He lives in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company and when he’s not writing he drinks beer, plays guitar, and dreams of fortune and glory.

 

Matt Shaw is the prolific author of over 100 titles. Known primarily for his work in the extreme horror genre and his infamous Black Cover books, he has also penned supernatural stories, dramas, comedy, books on writing, books on depression, erotica and – if you’d trust him with your children – stories for kids! A frequent face signing his books at conventions across the country, Matt Shaw currently has half of his work being translated in both Korean and German as well as having sold film options to a handful of his books after financing and filming one of his stories himself!

Want to know more?

www.mattshawpublications.co.uk

www.facebook.com/mattshawpublications

 

Ten to twenty ‘in the pen’ they told him, with good behaviour, he’d be out in eight. Those were the kind of odds that just didn’t stack up. Duncan P. Bradshaw unscrewed the fountain pen which had been smuggled to him inside of a sock puppet called ‘Puppy’. Chiselling his way through the walls, to freedom, he decided that the only way to keep them off his back was to write about the things they had beamed into his head at night. When the men howled and Puppy begged for just one more bedtime story.

Follow his escapades on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/duncanpbradshaw

or read about his books on his website at http://duncanpbradshaw.co.uk.

 

Dr. Lynne Campbell is an avid writer of both horror fiction stories and novels, as well as non-fiction books on the Paranormal and the Esoteric. In 2015 she published 5 books which are Available on Amazon: Jack Hammer (Horror Fiction), A Course In Demonology For Paranormal Investigators (Non-Fiction), Scary Stuff: 10 Urban Legends to Give You Nightmares (Non-Fiction), I Scry With My Little Eye (Occult Thriller/Fiction), and A Course In Magick for the New Practitioner (Non-Fiction). Dr. Campbell is a Forensic Psychologist, Paranormal Investigator, Demonologist, and Occultist. Visit her Author Page on Facebook and her Paranormal Website at:

Facebook.com/Dr.LynneCampbell

ICUparanormal.yolasite.com

 

Jasper Bark finds writing author biographies and talking about himself in the third person faintly embarrassing. Telling you that he’s an award winning author of five cult novels including the highly acclaimed Way of the Barefoot Zombie and the forthcoming The Final Cut, just sounds like boasting. Then he has to mention that he’s written 12 children’s books and hundreds of comics and graphic novels and he wants to just curl up. He cringes when he has to reveal that his work has been translated into nine different languages and is used in schools throughout the UK to help improve literacy, or that he was awarded the This Is Horror Award for his recent anthology Dead Air, plus an ERA award, a Preditors and Editors Award and a BFSA Award nomination. Maybe he’s too British, or maybe he just needs a good enema, but he’s glad this bio is now over.

 

Laura Mauro was born in south London and now lives in Essex under extreme duress. Her work has appeared in Black Static, Shadows and Tall Trees, and has been reprinted in Best British Horror 2014. In 2015, her short story ‘Ptichka’ was nominated for a British Fantasy Award, which she will probably never stop talking about. A mild–mannered laboratory technician by day, she spends most of her spare time collecting cats and tattoos. She tweets at @LauraNMauro

 

Award winning author Sam Stone began her professional writing career in 2007 when her first novel won the Silver Award for Best Novel with ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards. Since then she has gone on to write several novels, three novellas and many short stories. She was the first woman in 31 years to win the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Novel. She also won the Award for Best Short Fiction in the same year (2011). Stone loves all genus fiction and enjoys mixing horror (her first passion) with a variety of different genres including science fiction, fantasy and Steampunk. Her works can be found in paperback, audio and e-book. www.sam-stone.com

 

A translator by day, and budding entertainment journalist by late, late night, Howard Gorman has always been fervently committed to championing independent film and  music. Aside from his role as Associate Features Editor for SCREAM: The Horror Magazine his writing credits include Dread Central, Shock Till You Drop, Fresh on the Net, Consequence of Sound and MusicOMH.

Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardGorman

 

Vincent Hunt is a horror loving graphic designer, illustrator and comic book creator. He is currently working on his critically acclaimed series ‘The Red Mask From Mars’ and also self published the horror comedy strip collection ‘Stalkerville’. When not thinking of a bazillion story concepts a day, he also hosts the small press comic book show ‘the Awesome Comics Podcast’. Follow Vince @jesterdiablo and check out his comic book stuff at www.theredmaskfrommars.com or www.awesomecomics.podbean.com

 

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