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Horror

Ophelia in My Arms, by Mike Jansen

Spitirual séances gone wrong in every way imaginable, poems that work as vignettes that illuminate small portions of a far greater story, fairy tales with gruesome endings reserved for the ghoulish and the greedy, stories about talking cats at the end of the world, Twilight-Zone worthy shorts, stories about a world of the near future full of light and color beset by the horrors of its own wonders left unchecked and so much more.
Gravity Comics Massacre No. 5

Gravity Comics Massacre, No. 5, by Vincenzo Bilof

Damien is a comic book store owner. He doesn’t like clothes, as he believes that they hinder him during the long work-hours that he puts into his comic book store, the only noteworthy sight in the worst town in Arizona. Damien loves his job; he has a magical pen given to him by the aliens who inspired Philip K. Dick’s early work, which he uses to draw his victims in order to realize their darkest fears.

American Nightmare, edited by George Cotronis

American Nightmare is the first short story anthology from Kraken Press, featuring ten excellent pieces of horror fiction by exceptionally talented writers who explore the hellish underbelly of a 50’s America that could be. Featuring dysfunctional families dabbling in the occult, strange magic woven in the alleys of Hollywood, unspeakably monstrous acts along the 38th parallel and all the Marilyns you can eat, American Nightmare was a very fortunate blind buy for me.
Satan's Fan Club, by Mark Kirkbride

Satan’s Fanclub, by Mark Kirkbride

Satan’s Fan Club starts with twins James and Louise being told about a secret club where they can do anything they want, throwing off the shackles of responsibility, a boring home life and parental expectations. They like the idea that they can do what they feel like – this club means a sense of freedom that they haven’t felt before and as the man says at the start, “Don’t you ever feel like throwing off society’s shackles, its straitjacket, and running amok?” I suppose most of us have thought this at some point, but when the entry requirement is killing your nearest and dearest, it’s not surprising that most of us would also have second thoughts.
Glorious Plague, by Karen Heuler

Glorious Plague, by Karen Heuler

In Glorious Plague, a virus gets into the bodies of humans, but it is an unusual one that influences people in a very strange way. When they are infected, they become instantly happy, singing and running around as if they have been possessed by an angelic force which has them leaping happily to their deaths. Several residents of Manhattan have to try and find some semblance of normality as this is happening all around them. While one man searches for a cure to the Glorious Plague, another is still in search for his missing daughter and it is proving harder than ever to find her in the chaos around him.