There it is again. That slithering sound that always comes in the dead of night. The floor is frigid under your feet and, shivering, you pull on your fuzzy socks. In the dark kitchen, you paw through drawers, looking for…what? A spatula? Tongs? It’s probably nothing, anyway. Armed with kitchen utensils, you make your way … Continue reading Drain: A Drabble
Like the layers of muscle shielding the abdominal cavity, your emotions will be steadily peeled away by this beautifully visceral ballad of love and loyalty. Paul Tremblay’s Survivor Song is an utterly believable imagining of what could and probably would happen with a pandemic of a more virulent and accelerated version of the rabies virus. … Continue reading Survivor Song: Never leave me. And I will never leave you.
Hungry? Try a lime and basil bonbon from the House of Finch. Nobody can eat just one, as they say. This is true of every story in Em Dehaney’s slim but satisfying volume, Food of the Gods. In the title track, a down-and-out chocolatier inadvertently discovers how to inject new life into his dark, sweet … Continue reading “Food of the Gods” — Short stories to drive you mad for more
A mindless horror awakens after 150 years of slumber, intent on completing its bloody mission. Its target? A garden-variety IT guy in Omaha named Ben Middleton. I got a solid kick out of this fast-moving horror thriller. Doolittle manages to humorously introduce you to each character in the ensemble cast while propelling you through the … Continue reading In Kill Monster, Sean Doolittle takes us on a nightmare ride (with a few laughs thrown in)
Last night, it was a great honor to be interviewed live by the fantastic novelist Victorine Lieske, president of the Nebraska Writers Guild! We had an awesome conversation about my novel, "Weatherbone," as well as the hard lessons I've learned (and am still learning) as an author trying to get published. Watch our interview here, … Continue reading NE Writers Guild: Author Chat w/ Shoshana Sumrall Frerking
It was a great honor to be interviewed by Chris Scheidies, owner of the arts and entertainment website Bleeding Peanutbutter. Although the subject of our interview was my novel, Weatherbone, Chris has a way of bringing out details about your life and process you might not even have been aware of! I think Chris enjoyed … Continue reading My Book Interview at Bleeding Peanutbutter
In the first book of the Weatherbone series... An ex-slave turned high bureaucrat and her long-lost childhood friend, a hard-drinking waitress/disillusioned meteorologist with hidden powers—one must choose between immortal power and the future of our world as the boundaries between dimensions begin to crumble, while the other desperately ignores dark visions of this world in … Continue reading More Publishing News! WEATHERBONE is now available on Amazon.
Do you like John Carpenter’s horror/sci-fi classic film, “The Thing?” Do you like chickens? Chances are you will also get a kick out of my short story, included in this bizarre anthology. “The Thing with Chickens” stars my old nemeses Buddy and Tootie Frootie, plus my childhood friends Sandy and Noodle. And a cute little … Continue reading Publishing News! Breaking Bizarro Anthology from Death’s Head Press
Out on the farm, in the dead of night, no one was asleep. Beyond the trees and the end of the driveway, big, bellowing vehicles roamed up and down the road running north-south, red lights strobing, blinding flood lights sweeping the eastern edges of our property. We were under threat of invasion by some dark … Continue reading Dream #263: The Masque of the Monochrome Marionette
On a clear day, the basement flooded. We had no sump pump. “I’ll siphon it,” Uncle Ernie said, grabbing a hose. He stuck one end through the hopper and the other into his mouth. Ma said, “That hose has been lying in the garden all summer. No telling what might’ve crawled inside.” Ernie’s eyes widened. … Continue reading A Drabble: Uncle Ernie