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Top 5 Up-and-Coming Horror Writers to Watch Out For and Where You Can Find Their Stories



Looking for an extra dose of horror leading up to October 31st? Or any time?

You may recall that back in September we told you about Great Jones Street joining forces with Medium to make premium short fiction, including horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, available daily to readers. Now, with Halloween fast approaching, Kelly Abbott, co-founder and CEO of GJS (pictured right), has provided us with a list of five up-and-coming horror authors to be on the lookout for along with links to their spookiest stories for the season!

You know Stephen King, Anne Rice, Clive Barker – but did you also know there are some talented up-and-comers that can have you double-checking the door locks, sleeping with one eye open, and getting chills while reading their short stories?  You don’t need to read a full novel to be in complete suspense; and if you have a smartphone, you already have access to some of their best works.

Here are five writers to check out the next time you are looking for some heart-stopping horror or suspense-filled short fiction. Click the links to read their stories.

1. “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong
Jen dates guys she meets on Tindr, but she is after only one thing: their depraved thoughts. She gorges on the men when she needs to eat, taking their bodily forms before saving the thoughts in jam jars marked as health drinks.  But once she’s tasted the thoughts of a real killer, nothing else will satisfy her hunger.

Why it’s screamer-worthy: Alyssa Wong is the anti-christ. Everything she writes drips with honey. I swear it’s a trap. And, of course, it is. All of her stories – and I mean all of them – are subversive and delectable treats. I cannot get enough. They will be the death of me. Beyond that, she’s got a stellar reputation in the biz, having pulled just about every nom/award a writer can in horror and speculative fiction.

2. “Descent” by Carmen Machado (also available here)
As friends get together for a book club over a seemingly innocent potluck dinner and wine, the evening evolves and descends into something unexpected. One of the hosts, who works at a local school, opens up about a recent shooting at a school in Brandywine, and a series of horrifying events that happened as the students are transferred to other high schools. Find out why even though Death is all around us, it is only arrogance that makes us think we can’t see it.

Why you need to check out this unnerving tale: Carmen’s collection “Her Body and Other Parties” is one of the most highly reviewed this year. While it feels like Machado has been around for a while, she’s really just getting started. She can’t do anything half-assed. She’s red hot and uncompromising, with “Descent” just one example.

3. “What to Expect When You Are Not Expecting” by Allen Woodman
He does a favor for his down-on-her-luck neighbor by watching her toddler. But the angelic child with golden curls, clutching a toy airplane as he sleeps, may be anything but. Little Oscar has an uncanny connection to world disasters. How can he stop things getting out of control?

Why Allen Woodman will leave you second-guessing: Allen Woodman is a master. He has published several books, including Saved by Mr. F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Cows Are Going to Paris, and scores of flash fiction in magazines. His stories have been heard on NPR’s “Selected Shorts” and at Symphony Space (NYC), and he has appeared on “Books & Co.” (PBS). He is Professor Emeritus of English and Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University.

4. “School Spirit Is for Suckers” by Timmy Reed (also available here)
Wave the banner, and play the part; school isn’t forever, or is it? Among the teachers and students of this elementary school are the ghosts that roam the halls. No one knows they’re there. But everyone is present, in one way or another…

Why this is a must-read if you are looking for a haunting: Timmy Reed has a way with words that is chilling; he is the author of the books Tell God I Don’t Exist, The Ghosts That Surrounded Them, Miraculous Fauna, and others. He has been a Wigleaf Top 50 winner on multiple occasions, won 3rd place in the City Paper Fiction Contest twice, and is a 2015 Baker Artist Awards B-Grant. He is a professor at Community College of Baltimore County, Stevenson University, and Morgan State University.

5. “Fairy Werewolf vs. Vampire Zombie” by Charlie Jane Anders (also available here)
Every bar has its regular patrons, and Rachel’s Bar & Grill is no different… except, most of her clients are mythical creatures. When Rachel hires the runaway fairy princess Livinia (know as Antonia) to sing in her bar, the beautiful fairy drags her dark secret behind her. Things get complicated when two men begin a friendly competition to gain Antonia’s affection. The men aren’t exactly men, and one of them is carrying an even darker secret than the woman whose attention he is vying for.

Be prepared for a fright: Charlie Jane Anders’ novel All the Birds in the Sky is starting to take home the awards, and my money’s on it being adapted for a movie soon. It has all the stuff. It’s a love story, an epic adventure, and a world that can be filled in episodically if she so desires. Beyond that, Anders has a yen for melodrama. I use that term purposefully. Her stories feel like performances. They are very conscious of the audience, and for that I love them too. I feel like I’m a part of the show, and lyrically, I’m satisfied.

Find these and other frightening short stories in a bundled selection of horror stories just in time for Halloween and on Great Jones Street.

Kelly Abbott is founder and CEO of Great Jones Street, a short fiction app for the mobile lifestyle. It curates thousands of award-winning, original stories in science fiction, street lit, crime, mystery, erotica, fantasy, horror, and more by fiction’s best contemporary writers. Abbott is also a writer and son to Lee K. Abbott, a “not-so-famous-but-critically-acclaimed story writer.”

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Go Christmas Caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer



Given that I personally have gone Christmas caroling with various lunatics hopped up on eggnog, what the hell… why not go Christmas caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer? Dig on this latest clip!

Look for the flick starring Colin Farrell (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, In Bruges, 2009) and co-starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003) to hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on January 23rd. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.

Special features include “An Impossible Conundrum” featurette, and the package will be priced at $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing.

As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

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Which Monsters May Be Making Their TV Debut in Junji Ito Collection?



Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

Oshikiri Toru

Oshikiri is the morally-questionable highschooler who begins to question his perception of reality in Hallucinations, a series of some loosely connected one-shots. Oshikiri’s a little on the short side, with an even shorter fuse. One thing he’s not short on is moneyas evidenced by his impressive, albeit creepy, mansion. We’ve yet to see which of his adventureswhich range from murder to parallel dimensionswill be his television debut.


The once-chatty Yuuko falls ill and sees her worst fears come to pass in Slug Girl, the famous one-shot whose brand of body horror is sure to feel like a distant cousin (or maybe a predecessor?) to Uzumaki‘s “The Snail” chapter. It offers little in the way of answers but is best enjoyed in all its bizarre glory.

The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

A long-running recurring character in Ito’s manga (probably second only to Tomie herself), you’ll know Souichi by the nails he sucks on or sticks out of his moutha strange habit borne out of an iron deficiency. He’s an impish kid whose fascination with the supernatural makes him the odd man out in an otherwise normal family. The morbid pranks he likes to playfunny only to him—don’t do much to endear him to his peers or relatives, either.


The titular character in Fashion Model, Fuchi works as a professional model for her, shall we say, unique look and Amazonian stature. When she and another actress are hired by a crew of indie filmmakers, Fuchi shows them that she doesn’t like sharing the limelight. She also makes a cameo in a couple of Souichi’s stories, and in them he finds her genuinely attractive. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Nemo Rising Signing Happening at Dark Delicacies on December 23



Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

Joyner also worked on the screenplays for the Full Moon films Doctor Mordrid and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, whilst his previous books include Hell Comes To Hollywood and the Shotgun series. If you can’t make it to the signing, Nemo Rising will be released in the US on December 26, and in the UK on January 13.

Nemo Rising Dark Delicacies Signing Details:
​Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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