This quarter includes stories about Bigfoot, Vikings, amateur sleuths, and Gothic ghosts! The Devil Took Her by Michael Botur is a gritty and compelling collection of horror short stories with subjects like gangs and rats rather than werewolves and specters. Kindle. Autumn Gothic by Brian Bowyer. Despite the title, my favorite Bowyer book yet is … Continue reading One-Sentence Reviews: My 2nd Quarter 2022 Reads
The spring 2022 issue of 34 Orchard contains poetry, short stories, and illustrations representing vastly different voices and styles and plots, all united by the theme things we refuse to see. Each work comes with a high-concept idea. The stanzas are emotive, the prose is polished, the artwork is contemplative. Some personal faves: It’s the … Continue reading Review of 34 Orchard, Issue 5, Spring 2022
Today, enjoy an excerpt from The Horror Addicts Guide to Life 2. In D.J. Pitsiladis's fascinating essay, he describes a haunted house in his hometown, Pittsburgh. Allow me to visit a legend from my old hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. The Congelier House, often referred to as “The Most Haunted House in America” and “The House … Continue reading The Most Haunted House in America
Hello Bookish Pals! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Loren Rhoads, a contributor to the latest Horror Addicts guide: Horror Addicts Guide to Life 2. The October-through-September month-by-month almanac has puzzles, crafts, articles, recipes, and interviews. Enjoy first-hand accounts of hauntings, nightmares, and vile vacations! Using only three words, describe your work in Horror … Continue reading Horror Addicts Guide to Life 2: Interview with Author Loren Rhoads
1877 Anna Sewell wrote Black Beauty in 1877. If you’ve read the story you might remember the horrific chopped tail flashback, the beatings, and Black Beauty’s infected feet. Sewell’s story was so effective in educating people about the need to treat horses properly that the Massachusetts SPCA sponsored the book’s publication in the States. 1995 … Continue reading Using Real Life Horrors in Fiction or, “Why would anyone write about THAT?”
I love 34 Orchard, and I especially love this issue because it contains my little horror story, "Mollusk Madness"! In this excerpt, it's dark outside, and mollusk expert Katrina is studying her slugs: Back in the garden, I kneel and aim my headlamp at the mulch. The slugs’ crisscross trails of mucus glow pink in … Continue reading Out Today: 34 Orchard Literary Journal, Issue 5!