Shane Ryan Has Been Waiting for You

Shane Ryan Has Been Waiting for You

I suppose an explanation is in order. I’ve been a little under the weather, mentally, and I haven’t had the urge to write. But that changed. I woke up, and I realized that Shane had something to say. In fact, he had a lot to say. Shane wanted to tell you about the first woman he ever killed, and if that’s not a big deal, well, I don’t know what is. So, here we are—you, me, and Shane. Don’t worry, Carl’s here too, and so is Eloise. This story is a little rough. A little darker—at least, I think...

He Can See Beyond the Veil… What He Sees Is Terrifying

He Can See Beyond the Veil… What He Sees Is Terrifying

Dark. Lonely. Isolated. Those were some of the first words that came to mind when we thought about the character who would eventually become Gray Brooks. Even his name, Gray, is suggestive of something… indistinct. Nondescriptive. It’s neither black nor white. It’s a combination of both and can’t truly be one or the other. Though largely of his own doing, Gray feels like he’s always on the outside looking in. Many of us can relate to this—to have felt that sense of loneliness from time to...

Bloodthirsty Creatures Stalk the English Countryside…

Bloodthirsty Creatures Stalk the English Countryside…

“What’s really going on?” In a horror story, it is quite important to have the reader ask that question, as a rule. And in this book, a lot goes on. Our hero has strange dreams that puzzle him. Terrifying beasts appear by night and attack the innocent, seemingly at random. A shadowy government outfit appears and offers Mortlake and Lynn some help—but they’re not sure whether to trust agencies running classified operations. So… what is really going on? This is just a preview of the strange...

Take a Double Shot of Terror… Only at Hannigan’s

Take a Double Shot of Terror… Only at Hannigan’s

It started innocently enough, like so many things in horror do. One rainy afternoon, David was thinking about how nice it would be to spend some time at a pub. Then the twisted thoughts crept in. What if this pub had a mysterious call to the macabre and its victims? What if this was the place where survivors congregated? What kind of stories would the regulars tell then? He mentioned the idea on our group chat and our imaginations simply ran wild. We all had suggestions of murder, mayhem, and...

What Evil Lurks behind a Doll’s Painted Smile?

What Evil Lurks behind a Doll’s Painted Smile?

One of my favorite horror subgenres is killer dolls. Chucky is a great character, but films like Puppet Master, Dolls, and Annabelle have all really produced some fun scares and terrifying imagery as well. And, truth be told, the fear of dolls goes back for centuries in human history. Dolls are simply… creepy. They stare at you and smile at you in a disturbing way, though you know it’s all in your head. The Dollmaker’s Curse series will introduce you to a world where the sinister gleam on a...

Spirits Trapped in His Head Plague a Man with No Past…

Spirits Trapped in His Head Plague a Man with No Past…

I grew up on horror—reading novels and comics, watching TV shows and movies. Growing up, it had been an annual tradition to have friends sleep over on my birthday. We would rent three horror movies that were clearly never meant for children, then stay up all night eating junk food and watching them. Jigsaw of Souls is, in a way, a callback to those years. It is about discovering who you are and dealing with absolute horror of your world at the same time. Vincent Donnelly is an ordinary guy in...

Some Things Are Better Left Alone…

Some Things Are Better Left Alone…

I once found myself living out an urban legend. Picture this: A lone teenage girl is driving home late one winter night. The dark highway is empty. Suddenly, a car is inches from her bumper. The driver keeps flashing his high beams, blinding the teenager. Since he’s not overtaking her, she thinks he must want the upcoming turnoff. She’s just going too slow. So, she changes lanes. The driver follows, headlights still flashing. She realizes that they’ve passed the last turn off for a while....

Vincent Faces a Nightmare He Might Never Wake Up From

Vincent Faces a Nightmare He Might Never Wake Up From

Survival horror is one of my favorite genres. Those stories in which a powerful killer stalks his victims through the woods, and they have to rely on wits and luck to survive. I wanted to channel that—the feeling of being lost and pursued—with the terror of not even understanding what’s stalking you into this story. Vincent has survived everything that the ritual threw at him, and now wields ultimate power. Or so he thought. Because his final enemy is revealed, and it is more than Vincent...

Powerlessness Can Be a Terrifying Thing

Powerlessness Can Be a Terrifying Thing

The idea of losing your freedom and autonomy, that you can be trapped, and at the mercy of others who can literally do anything they want, is very scary. Mix in a haunted mental asylum and a demonic child, and it’s a perfect recipe for fear. Vincent has faced witches, and corpses, and evil djinn. But what he hasn’t experienced is being alone and helpless. Being forced to doubt what he thinks is real after all this time. And being at the mercy of a doctor who could be a tool of a demon, or just...

Science and the Supernatural Are Never a Good Mix…

Science and the Supernatural Are Never a Good Mix…

Body horror is one of the most terrifying subgenres out there and it holds a special place in my heart. Lots of classic horror is, at its core, body horror. What is a werewolf or a vampire but a monster made by warping the flesh of a normal human? And it’s terrifying to think that something will attack you not from the outside, but from within. Films like The Thing and Resident Evil inspired The Darkness Within. For this story, I wanted Dezzy and Vincent in a location where there’s much less...