What if “Divine Guidance” Was Anything but Divine?

What if “Divine Guidance” Was Anything but Divine?

I’ve read a thousand stories where people claimed that they’ve “received a sign”. And, upon following it, things seemed to pan out. They’d find the corpse of that poor girl who went missing decades ago. Or uncover a hidden secret. Or even escape a serial killer just in the nick of time. I read these stories and can’t help but think: how can they be so sure who’s talking to them? What if that lost soul wasn’t looking for a proper burial, but someone to join them in the grave? What if that...

Danger Lurks Where You Least Expect It…

Danger Lurks Where You Least Expect It…

We comfort ourselves with the thought that we will always be able to see danger coming. It’s a pretty lie. When I was younger, I loved to jump on branches. There was just something satisfying in the way they cracked. One day, I was walking with a friend through a field. It was around twilight, when I spotted this long, perfectly straight branch. Of course, I sprinted for it. I was a second away from stomping down with all my strength when my friend yanked me back. He was so scared that I...

What Doesn’t Want to Be Known Must Be Left Alone…

What Doesn’t Want to Be Known Must Be Left Alone…

There are mysteries in this world that we’re better off leaving unexamined. Unfortunately for us, we humans suck at letting things go. I learned to read with a secret motive; I wanted to know what was in all those books adults kept putting on the highest shelves. Warning me that they would only give me nightmares wasn’t the deterrent everyone thought it was. It seemed unfair that grown-ups got to explore all the dark, strange, and terrifying things while I was stuck hearing them tell me the...

Don’t Look For Something You’re Not Prepared For…

Don’t Look For Something You’re Not Prepared For…

I once had a nightly routine. After a long walk home through dimly lit woodlands, I would check my apartment for intruders. In my defense, that area was a great place to hide a body and the locks were flimsy. I couldn’t relax until I had looked everywhere. And yet, I never thought about what I would do if I did find an ax murderer hiding in the linen closet. I dropped the routine after moving to a more populated area with decent locks, but the experience still made me wonder why I couldn’t...

A Dark Hunger Lurks within an Unsuspecting Town…

A Dark Hunger Lurks within an Unsuspecting Town…

Witches are such a big part of the history of horror. They can be good or bad, their powers can be nearly limitless, and they can fit into any timeline in history. Along with vampires and werewolves, they’re really some of the most fun and malleable things to work with. A witch is a human first, then you can make them a monster, or something different, which makes for a really meaty character. I wanted to have Vincent move on from the abject horror of the walking dead to something even more...

“Homecoming” Takes on a New, Terrifying Meaning

“Homecoming” Takes on a New, Terrifying Meaning

I have always been fascinated by the macabre. By the things that go bump in the night. What other people call nightmares, I call playgrounds. I can’t count the number of hours I spent huddled up in my room at night, turning page after page, equally thrilled and scared by the power in the words of King, Koontz, Poe, and a host of others. The works of the masters of the horror genre indulged my love of all things creepy and unsettling. It’s because of them that I found my own voice. With The...

What Do You Do When Your Past Endangers Your Present?

What Do You Do When Your Past Endangers Your Present?

Well, here we are, plunging into the third part of Marcus Mortlake’s adventures. Having faced werewolves and ghosts, Mortlake is now pitted against the powers of the blood-drinking undead. One of whom is an ex-girlfriend, which makes things a little awkward for many reasons. Meanwhile, Tara Pride has doubts about her wayward telekinetic powers and is no longer on the team—or is she? As you may have noticed, our hero has a tendency to get into paranormal scrapes. But how did it all start? Why...

Familiarity Is the Only Difference between Myth and Reality

Familiarity Is the Only Difference between Myth and Reality

When I was little, I loved a show that followed scientists trying to prove the existence of monsters. It probably wasn’t the most accurate depiction of the scientific method, but I was enthralled. It was exciting to think that all those things whispered about in myths could really be out there. That maybe, the world wasn’t as mundane as everyone had told me it was. Maybe there is something worth unearthing out there. Years later, I learned in history class that the Romans had thought people...

Some Consequences Can’t Be Undone

Some Consequences Can’t Be Undone

All choices have consequences. Sometimes they’re easy to let go. Sometimes they’re hard to survive. When I think about the choices not made, and all the consequences I’ve avoided, there’s one moment that always pops into my head. It was a small encounter while I was traveling. Over and done with in barely three minutes. A man who seemed rather nice offered to show me around. My horror-loving brain acknowledged four things at once. He was twice my size, he was blocking my exit, he knew I was a...

What if the Voice inside Your Head Isn’t Your Own?

What if the Voice inside Your Head Isn’t Your Own?

There are so many subgenres of horror that I love, it’s hard to pick just one to focus on. In a way, that’s why Jigsaw of Souls uses the jigsaw motif. I wanted to fracture one story into many parts, each one both dark and cool, and would explore one of the subgenres I love. The first one, Curse of the Necromancer, deals with the undead. The first horror movie I ever saw was Night of the Living Dead. And I’ve always had a soft spot for the zombie genre, even as it exploded and became the...