Category Archives: Horror

The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories

I’ve been following Valancourt Books almost since they started publishing books back in 2005 (and of course I’ve written a number of book intros for them).  It has been really exciting to see them expand from their origins in reprinting … Continue reading

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The Doomed City, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

The first indication that something is seriously wrong in the city is the arrival of the baboons.  They appear without warning at the garbage dump by the hundreds, rapidly fanning out through the rest of the city and wreaking havoc … Continue reading

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H.P. Lovecraft and the phantom planet

Science and science fiction go hand in hand, so to speak… but science and horror fiction?  There are, in fact, more connections than one might think.  A lot of modern science can be quite scary at first glance, and knowledgeable … Continue reading

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Archie Roy’s Devil in the Darkness

Valancourt Books has done a really amazing job of late in resurrecting the classic haunted house story, publishing a remarkable number of classic books that have been out of print for years.  For instance, they have reprinted Michael McDowell’s The … Continue reading

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Halloween Treats 2016

It’s that most wonderful time of year again, when the leaves change colors and the spirits become restless!  In the “spirit” of Halloween, I again present a series of classic horror stories to properly get you in the mood. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Kecksies, by Marjorie Bowen

I suspect that most people are unaware of the pivotal role that publisher Arkham House played in the history of weird fiction.  Founded in 1939 by authors and H.P. Lovecraft fans August Derleth and Donald Wandrei, the original goal of … Continue reading

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Chuck Wendig’s Invasive

Insects have long been ready protagonists for horror and thriller fiction.  A few famous examples that come to mind are H.G. Wells’ 1903 story The Valley of Spiders and Carl Stephenson’s 1937 story Leiningen Versus the Ants. In the wild and terrifying … Continue reading

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