Like in previous months, here’s the books I read in April and what I thought about them.
Eldritch Journal #1 is out now, featuring nine stories (four weird fiction, five cosmic horror), including mine: “A Place They Allowed Her to Create.”
It can be read for free on their website!
Stormy Island Publishing’s horror anthology, Fear and Fables, has been released! It includes my Lovecraftian short story, “The Restricted Section.” A tale about a coffee barista who takes his breaks at the library, sitting near the the restricted section on the second floor. He starts to hear noises in the dark aisle and starts to become curious, worried, and soon, with a librarian in tow, discovers what’s in the restricted section.
You can purchase now on Amazon!
Up until reading The Very Best of Caitlín R. Keirnan, I’ve only read Keirnan’s book, Black Helicopters, and her short stories “Fish Brides,” “On the Reef,” and “The Transition of Elizabeth Haskings” in the anthology Weirder Shadows over Innsmouth. I enjoyed them all, but as I read and finished The Very Best, I became entirely engrossed by Kiernan’s prose and her work.
Prompt: As you’re returning to port you see a woman on island needing rescue. Her motorboat is old but she appears to have been their only a few days. You take her aboard and you realize while talking to the crew everyone describes her in radically different ways varying in height, weight, race, etc. Continue reading Writing Prompt #79 — The Ever-Changing Woman
Prompt: You are an explorer and you and your team just found a jungle with temples older than civilization and strange artifacts
Prompt: An angry knock on your door has you peek out of the mail slot to see an unfamiliar person. “I am sorry, do I know you?” They stare at you angrily. “How many more times are they going to wipe your mind?”
Prompt: In 2019 scientists fawned over themselves after photographing a black hole for the first time. Unfortunately, they were wrong, it wasn’t a black hole at all. It was an eye. Cthulhu has awakened.