The Black Dahlia: Horrors Unsolved

The Black Dahlia: Horrors Unsolved

There are some murders that imprint themselves on our minds. Whether the circumstances are particularly gruesome or the methods somehow mysterious, there are a few crimes that burn brightly in the annals of history. This crime is possibly the most notorious of them all. In 1947, 22-year-old Elizabeth Short was found brutally murdered in an abandoned lot in Los Angeles, California. The mutilations that she underwent were extreme beyond measure, and the investigation mounted into her death was...

You Don’t Wanna Know What’s Lurking Behind the Corner…

You Don’t Wanna Know What’s Lurking Behind the Corner…

Growing up, I had a canal near my house. It was the ultimate playground and I spent hours in that opaque water, knocking friends off of kayaks and duck-diving with my brother. Then, one day, I found a sign— Warning: Crocodiles Okay, you see, Australian saltwater crocodiles aren’t like gators. Salties (it’s Aussie slang, just go with it) are 23 feet long, 2,200 pounds of muscle and teeth. Why is this relevant? Because even though I knew it was a prank, I never felt safe in that water again....

Welcome to Your Favorite Worst Nightmare

Welcome to Your Favorite Worst Nightmare

Everyone wants to be helpful to our fellow man. (Or, if empathy’s not really your thing, I’m sure you’ve been told once or twice that it’s something you should aim for.) For the most part, it makes us feel good to be of use. The problem revolves around what kind of ‘use’ these people have in mind for their Good Samaritans. Some people get very creative. The stories in this volume all look into the dangers in one way or another. In Little Girl Lost, a man finds the consequences of his good...

Take a Peek into the Place Where Nightmares Are Born…

Take a Peek into the Place Where Nightmares Are Born…

Horror stories, no matter how short, always carry a warning at their core. Granted, most of the time the warning seems to be along the lines of ‘don’t go camping’ or ‘check Trip Advisor before checking into an isolated hotel in a foreign country’. But honestly, the second one should go without saying. Do your research, make sure to tell someone where you are. And if you’re arguing with me right now—Google H. H. Holmes. The three shorts contained in this volume offer very different warnings....

Evil Has Been Unleashed and Only One Man Can Stop It…

Evil Has Been Unleashed and Only One Man Can Stop It…

Autumn is here. Of all the seasons, autumn is by far, my favorite. The changing leaves, the cool winds, and the terrors which creep out of the dark places of my heart, all thrill me. There is no finer place than New England in autumn, and New England is a wealth of horror. Yes, you read that correctly. It ‘is’ a wealth of horror, not ‘has.’ There is a constant state of flux for the horror which thrives here, and it is a horror which keeps me enthralled. Proof of this power over me reared its...

Darkness Awaits: Nyctophobia, Fear of the Dark

Darkness Awaits: Nyctophobia, Fear of the Dark

The dark is one thing that people won’t admit to being afraid of. After all, the fear is common in children, and outgrowing it is seen as a sign of maturity. But sometimes, it never leaves. There are no definitive statistics for how many adults suffer from nyctophobia. But research suggests that there are many, and that it can significantly affect their daily lives. But why is fear of the dark so common?   Signs and Symptoms Fear of the dark is considered natural during child development....

Three More Nightmares to Haunt Your Dreams…

Three More Nightmares to Haunt Your Dreams…

Road trips, staff accommodation, and our own minds: no place is safe. And that’s the way we like it here at Scare Street. At least in the confines of our books, that is. In volume 3 of our Short Horror Stories series, Ron, Rowan, and I get to have some fun planting seeds of paranoia. Seeds that will hopefully grow in the calm of the night and bear fruit the next time you’re someplace you think you’re safe. In furtherance of that cause, I’ll make mention that my story, The Shadows, was based on...

Free Fall: Acrophobia, Fear of Heights

Free Fall: Acrophobia, Fear of Heights

Heights are a pretty understandable fear. Lots of people are uncomfortable looking down from high places, or even getting up there in the first place. But for some, that fear cripples them. It’s called acrophobia. It’s an extreme and irrational fear of heights, especially when one isn’t especially high up. The word comes from the Greek akron which means peak, summit, or edge and phobos or fear. It belongs to a specific set of phobias that are known as space and motion discomforts.  ...

When the Sky Turns Dark, Terror Comes out to Play…

When the Sky Turns Dark, Terror Comes out to Play…

As I look back on it now, the downside of being in an anthology with my fellow Scare Street authors seems pretty obvious. I’ve lost count of the number of times I randomly blurted out into the oblivion, “Damn, now why didn’t I think of that?” (For the record—the oblivion has yet to respond. I’ll be very concerned if, or when, it does.) Really, it’s both flattering and unfair to be put alongside Rowan and Ron. Not that we’re competitive at all… In volume 2 of Short Horror Stories, my tale of a...

Big Scares Come in Small Packages

Big Scares Come in Small Packages

With all the hustle and bustle of this modern world, it’s hard to find the time needed to sit down and adequately delve into the macabre. A lot of us go woefully under-terrorized. Your first instinct is to neglect all your other responsibilities so you can settle down and read. But now there’s another option. Scare Street is launching the appropriately named Short Horror Stories series. Within these pages, you’ll find your recommended daily intake of creeps and chills in an easily consumable...