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    Guest Post: Mothering the Horrific by R.J. Joseph

    Mothering the Horrific By R. J. Joseph Blinding pain vibrates throughout, snatching the remnants of my breath. Soiled demons tear at my spirit as they claw their beings from deep within my body. I am left a revenant, as they refuse to allow me solace even after their evacuation. They haunt me, expending my soul as they insist I give all. I am never free of them until they have depleted me and gone out to seek other forms of sustenance. I could be talking about motherhood here…but I’m not. As horrific as pregnancy and childbirth can be, I’d only characterize my children as demons on every other Monday, especially…

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    Guest Post: Creeping from the Womb by Kristi DeMeester

    Creeping from the Womb By Kristi DeMeester In the past, I have said that motherhood is the most monstrous thing you can do. I’ve now been a mother for five years, and I still believe that. Female bodies have often been treated as objects of horror. Our monthly blood; the infinite mysteries we carry in our wombs; the pain and violence of childbirth; our bellies swollen and unrecognizable even after an impassive doctor has pressed a squalling child into our arms. We turn away from it because it is primal. Because of all the things in our world that have been lessened, made more delicate, this act of birth and…

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    Guest Post: La Llorona: Of Fear, Demons and Motherhood by Violet Castro

    La Llorona: Of Fear, Demons and Motherhood V.Castro I remember lying in bed with the sheet pulled to my chin and eyes intently watching the fan propped in my open bedroom window. The terror within and the heat of the Texan summer, even at night, caused me to sweat profusely. There was still no way I would let go of that sheet, possibly the only thing that kept her away from me. I hated the sound of the fan because what if she was out there. How would I know if she was approaching? But it was too hot that evening to close the window or not have a fan…

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    National Poetry Month Guest Post: Christina Sng

    Hong Kong Swordfighting Sagas of my Childhood by Christina Sng I’ve often been asked why I write horror. This goes back to the advice I’m often given, write what you know. My answer is simply that it’s familiar and comforting, and it is the genre I grew up with. Growing up with a much-older brother who loved horror, I was quickly introduced to The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist before I was 10. If the TV was on at home or my grandmother’s house, it was tuned to Hong Kong swordfighting sagas which almost always had a sprinkling of the supernatural. They were a staple favorite of my family. The 1980s…

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    National Poetry Month Guest Post: Cina Pelayo

    Tapping into the Horror Poet By Cina Pelayo One took us down the unassuming hallways in H.H. Holmes’ murder castle. Another marched us into war. I was told of exquisite artifacts and vampire fortunetellers. I heard whispered promises of bleeding saffron. Then, I was invited to kiss and dance with the witches. The nominees for the 2018 Horror Writers Association award in Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection are Bruce Boston for ARTIFACTS (Independent Legions Publishing), David E. Cowen for BLEEDING SAFFRON (Weasel Press), Donna Lynch for WITCHES (Raw Dog Screaming Press), Marge Simon and Alessandro Manzetti for WAR (Crystal Lake Publishing) and Sara Tantlinger for THE DEVIL’S DREAMLAND (Strangehouse…

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    National Poetry Month Guest Post: Donna Lynch

    Beautiful Little Terrors:  Horror Poetry’s Place in the Genre  By Donna Lynch I’ve had the honor and good fortune to be nominated this year for a Bram Stoker Superior Achievement in Poetry Award for a collection titled WITCHES, beautifully illustrated and designed by my collaborator Steven Archer. The most common query, upon sharing the news, has been: There’s such a thing as horror poetry? I’m not surprised. In the “mainstream” world, it’s been a very long time since people gathered in parlors to entertain one another with these dark, lyrical gems—my younger years as a goth teen hanging with friends in graveyards notwithstanding. Once we’ve established that there is, indeed,…

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    Guest Post: J. Lincoln Fenn talks Genetic Modification

    We Bring Good Things So they built a $10 million house near my hometown and it was made of plastic, 45,000 tons of it, which they called the “Living Environments Concept House”. In 1989 a house made of plastic didn’t seem like a bad idea. Neither did shoulder pads. And GE Plastics was big where I grew up—plastic wasn’t just something in your fridge, it was the lifeblood of our local economy, and I don’t remember anyone talking about, or even thinking of, a downside. Now we do. Plastic—a durable, easily malleable material—is a bit too durable. It never goes away. The Great Pacific Garbage patch, made of plastic and…

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    Guest Post: Frankenstein: The Battle Between the Lines by Seven Jane

    The Battle Between the Lines  By Seven Jane Mary Shelley was a leading lady of horror before she ever penned Frankenstein. The daughter of a pioneer of feminist thought, Shelley was raised under the influence of both her father’s radical political ideas and her mother’s feminist thinking. When challenged by Lord Byron to write a “ghost story”—a task deemed inconceivable for women at the time—Shelley wrote Frankenstein and basically girl bossed the f*** out of the lot of them (though she would be forced to initially publish her work anonymously before paving the way for women in literature in the centuries to follow). Last year marked the 200th anniversary of…

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    Guest Post: Monstrous Motherhood: Horror Fiction and the Terrifying Act of Creation by Anne Gresham

    When my daughter was four weeks old, I was desperate to rejoin the world of the living. We also needed toilet paper. So I gathered up the duffel bag’s worth of stuff I might theoretically need in case an asteroid strike or zombie attack required us to survive in the wild indefinitely, and I strapped her tiny body into her car seat. Just before I twisted the key in the ignition, I remembered my wallet sitting on the kitchen counter. I dashed back inside to get it, leaving the car door open. In the fifteen seconds it took me to snatch my wallet, the following scenarios played out in perfect 4K…

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    What are you going to be for Halloween? Guest Post by Joanna Koch

    Synopsis Halloween has always gone together with horror. The holiday gives many children their first taste of terror, and the discovery and overcoming of fears. For those who find they love a good scare, that first taste can grow into a voracious appetite. That might be why you’re looking at this book right now. If so, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find the thrills you crave, packed into a collection of stories that are pure Halloween. Carve your pumpkins and turn on the porch light, Halloween frights begin with the sound of Doorbells at Dusk. What Are You Going to be for Halloween? By Joanna Koch, Contributing Author…