What toll does the loss of a child take on a family? Do those wounds heal? Or do they fester into madness? When a family is torn apart by a tragic accident, it leaves a burden that must be shouldered by both parents. But just how deep does the pain run?
Ever consider that person you're dating? Just what would they do without you? More importantly, what would they do if you left them? Some women say they can't live without their men. Others say they won't let their man live without them.
What is more frightening: the monster you can see, or the one you can't? Is it more frightening to see the beast, or to hear its breath as it rasps behind you, waiting to drag your soul to hell? Sit down in your favorite chair and hearken back to yesteryear.
Remember Dreadtime Stories? It was a feature we ran a while back that showcased authors reading their original works of fiction to you, our dear readers. It's been a while since we've had one, and we've decided to bring it back in an all new format!
Well over a year ago when I first had the idea to do a podcast series of horror authors reading their works for our readers, the first people I approached when I wanted to get a sponsor behind it was Burbank’s Dark Delicacies. Really, when it comes to horror fiction, you don’t get any better than them.
New York-based author Sarah Langan’s not been at this whole horror writing biz for very long, but already she’s made quite an impression with her first novel, The Keeper, which Cemetery Dance said ”cuts like a knife and then pours salt in the wound." and its sequel The Missing, which won the 2007 Bram Stoker award for Outstanding novel.
We've had a good list of authors for our Dreadtime Stories podcast series so far, but really I never expected we'd get one from the one and only Adrienne Barbeau! The former scream queen has turned into a full-fledged author with the publication of her first ficition novel, Vampyres of Hollywood (review), and she was kind enough to record a quick Dreadtime Story for us because, well, we're just that cool!
Nate Kenyon’s debut novel, Bloodstone, finally hits mass market paperback this May thanks to the folks at Leisure Books. This marks something of a milestone for the East Coast author, since it will be the second time his book has seen publication since its inception many years ago.
Michael Laimo is one of the small number of authors I’ve discovered through the monthly publications of Leisure Books whose work has really done something for me. The first book I read by him, The Demonologist (review), impressed me; but it was his last novel, Dead Souls (review), that really made me sit up and take notice.
Can you believe it’s been three months since a new Dreadtime Story found its way onto our pages? After the big switchover to our spiffy new site, I just didn’t have the time to get them done the way I wanted to, but that’s all come to an end now!
It’s been a long time since we had a new Dreadtime Story to offer you guys so my thinking was, because of that and the proximity to Halloween, why not give you three new ones?
He’s been writing in various genres for years now, but primarily Gary A. Braunbeck is know for his extensive horror output. He possesses that very rare and exciting talent for being able to speak right to the reader, so that you almost get the feeling he wrote it just for you when you read his works.
Though most looking into the life of Craig Shaw Gardner, and specifically his extensive bibliography, would question his inclusion in Dreadtime Stories, meant as a showcase for horror authors, they would be asking the wrong question. The right question is why aren’t more people giving this master wordslinger more attention? He’s written more amazing short horror stories than you’ve probably even thought of so not only does he earn a place in Dreadtime Stories, we could almost do a whole other series for his short horror work alone.