Take Another Trip Into the Shadows…

Take Another Trip Into the Shadows…

The way I see it, short stories are the primordial soup from which all storytelling emerged. You can’t convince me that cavemen didn’t start exaggerating (or bragging about) the events of their day the second they developed a means to communicate. With time our ancestors managed to claw their way out of the hunter/gather lifestyle and were rewarded with more relaxation time and less exhaustion. Or at the very least, I assume they were able to stay awake for a few extra hours at the end of the...

Sometimes Bad Things Happen to Good People…

Sometimes Bad Things Happen to Good People…

Horror thrives on accidents. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that accidents and happenstance are the foundation for horror; and I love it. There’s a reason the ‘unsuspecting family moves into a haunted house’ trope is so prevalent. The only thing better than watching someone face the consequences of playing with things they know they shouldn’t, is watching an innocent person stumble headfirst into terror through no real fault of their own. And we’ll all just pretend that didn’t sound...

The Nightmare in Anger Is Almost Over… Or Is It?

The Nightmare in Anger Is Almost Over… Or Is It?

Can you see it? Are you standing there, with Dan and Eli looking at the end of their struggles? I’d like to say that you and I are going to be there, flanking our friends and preparing for the worst. But that’s not true. Oh, we’ll be there, you and I, but they can’t prepare for the worst. How can they when I can’t? I don’t know what’s coming. I don’t know who’s going to be standing at the end of this journey. Dan’s been hurt, perhaps fatally. This book is difficult for me, not only because it...

Something Stalks You Through the Night…

Something Stalks You Through the Night…

There once was a woman who rented a basement apartment from a kindly old lady and her son. She thought it was sweet that her landlady’s son would often cook for her, until the day that she decided to save the meal for later. That night, she woke to find the him crawling into bed with her. When questioned by police, it was discovered that the man and been secretly lacing the home-cooked meals with sedatives, rendering the woman unconscious and letting himself in as she slept. Despite all logic,...

Hear Children’s Laughter Echo Through the Night…

Hear Children’s Laughter Echo Through the Night…

Children are inherently creepy. We can all agree on that. There are the ‘imaginary friends’, the freaky dolls, and that weird phase they go through where you wake up to find them staring unblinkingly at you from the shadows. (Please tell me that my niece wasn’t the only one who did that.) Not to mention that, by legend, they’re also the most vulnerable to the forces of the unknown. It doesn’t seem like a winning combination. With Short Horror Stories Volume 22, our authors weave tales of the...

Every Town Has Its Horror Stories…

Every Town Has Its Horror Stories…

Who wants some homegrown horror? In Texas, I found a few houses and a solitary diner scattered over a dull, barren plane. There was this eerie calm that lingered in the air, a kind of stillness that I had never felt, that was broken only by a waitress with a thick southern drawl. We chatted, and the topic of the summer heat came up. She told me that the previous day, “was so hot, you could look outside and see the devil dancin’.” For a moment, it felt like it wasn't just a figure of speech....

The Devil Ship Haunts the High Seas…

The Devil Ship Haunts the High Seas…

Pirates! Even when I was young and disco was new, pirates were definitely part of history. A loud, blood-stained, fascinating part. I loved pirate stories as much as I loved ghost stories, and naturally I longed for a story about—you guessed it—ghost pirates. Even now, so many years later, there just aren’t enough ghostly pirates about, so I decided to create one. The only correct location for pirates, undead or otherwise, is the Caribbean, and of course all pirates need an island base, so I...

The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together…

The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together…

It’s not a secret that horror loves to explore sibling dynamics, but I can’t deny that they tend to lean towards one of the two ends of the spectrum. Either they face the threat together, relying on each other with an unbreakable bond, or they are, in themselves, the greatest threat to each other.In Volume 20 of Short Horror Stories, our authors delve into this dynamic by pitting it against a variety of horrors. Ron Ripley’s Proof brings us a tale of two siblings that even death couldn’t...

Once You Check In, the Nightmare Begins…

Once You Check In, the Nightmare Begins…

We all have this driving need to believe that we can be forgiven for the wicked things we do. Wipe the slate clean. Pay your debt. Do your time. Make amends. It all works under the same idea—that, with time and remorse, we can leave our sins behind and move on with our lives. I think we have to believe it. Because what’s the alternative? That every horrible thing we do becomes a creature forever stalking us? Some might be slower than others, but they're always there, following behind. Our...

There’s No End to the Terror Found Within These Pages

There’s No End to the Terror Found Within These Pages

It’s not often that I have the opportunity to speak with you about one of my writing passions, and that’s creating short stories. Short stories have always interested me. Authors like Shirley Jackson and Stephen King, H. P. Lovecraft and M. R. James, they create intricate worlds within a matter of a few pages, they introduce characters and set up scenes, and then they go for the throat! The goal in each of my short stories is, first and foremost, for you to understand the fear and shock of...