Nightfall Is the Prime Time for Terror…

Nightfall Is the Prime Time for Terror…

So, here we are. The two of us, waiting, eager to read what the editors of Scare Street have gathered up next. We won’t be disappointed. I know because, well, I’ve already seen this third volume. Yes, I know. It’s a bit like sneaking a look at a gift when I wasn’t supposed to. But I couldn’t resist. Could you—if you had the chance to peek in? To see what sort of horrors await us? Of course not. We know what to expect. We’ve been spoiled. Hundreds of submissions come in for each volume. And...

Step Into a World of Dark Dreams and Nightmares

Step Into a World of Dark Dreams and Nightmares

I’m afraid of the dark. Everything looms larger, takes on a sinister appearance. Nothing is as it seems, and my childhood fears threaten to drown me. I remember, vividly, lying on my back on the top bunk that I shared with my brother. The ceiling was close, but in the dull illumination of the streetlamps that seeped into our bedroom, the ceiling was not close enough. Immobilized, trapped beneath my blankets, I watched the ceiling pull away. The room grew exponentially, and yet I remained the...

Something Sinister Awaits in the Darkness of Night

Something Sinister Awaits in the Darkness of Night

Horror. It’s why you and I are all here. There’s something about being frightened, the act of willingly sitting down and reading or listening to a horror story sends a thrill through us. I’m afraid of everything. Ridiculous, I know, for a horror author to be terrified of what he reads and writes. But I am. As I sit in my chair with my mundane fears swarming around me, I seek something supernatural, something to escape the terrors of everyday life. And what better way to entertain myself than...

For Shane Ryan, Ghost Hunting Isn’t Just a Job. It’s War…

For Shane Ryan, Ghost Hunting Isn’t Just a Job. It’s War…

Shane Ryan. It’s been a while since I’ve focused on Shane, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about him. I was excited when I sat down to write the first book of Shane’s new series, Death Hunter, and I’m just as excited to write book two. I’m excited, not only because we have Shane back in the picture, but we have him doing what he does best: kicking ass. There’s no subtle way to put it. Not with Shane Ryan. When I sat down and started Book Two, Moran and Moran, I thought about our...

What Mysterious Creatures Lurk in the Shadows?

What Mysterious Creatures Lurk in the Shadows?

The earth loves to hold onto its secrets. I think we can all agree that it’s awesome being on the top of the food chain. I quite enjoy it and go out of my way to avoid the animals that might knock me down a few pegs. The problem? We don’t exactly know what’s out there. In 2019 alone, 71 new animals were discovered. That’s 71 creatures that may have been living alongside us for millions of years, and we never knew. What else do you think is out there? The authors of Short Horror Story Vol. 27...

The Devil Ship Prepares to Sail Once More…

The Devil Ship Prepares to Sail Once More…

At the end of Devil Ship, I left my characters—alive and undead—with quite a few problems. In the second book, more problems arise. Among them are amateur dramatics, a corrupt tycoon, and some immensely powerful magic that goes way back. So, business as usual on Sainte Isabel. The Devil Ship still cruises off the cove, and sinister forces are at work on several levels... In this book I drew on my long-term interest in mysticism, particularly the question of what happens to the soul when we die...

Beware of Monsters Bearing Gifts…

Beware of Monsters Bearing Gifts…

It really doesn’t take much for a gift to change from sweet to sinister. There was once a woman that was terrorized when she received flowers at work. Naturally, her co-workers found her reaction to be odd and bombarded her with questions. It soon came out that she had been running from a stalker for years. She had changed her name, her look, moved across the country, and none of it had been enough. No matter where she went or what she did, there was always a bunch of daffodils waiting for...

A Collector Grows Deadlier Than the Spirits He Hunts…

A Collector Grows Deadlier Than the Spirits He Hunts…

Someone’s come to visit. He was, I admit, a little insistent about it. Seeing how he’s a good friend, I relented. He’s not drinking as much, but he’s still smoking like a chimney. Yes, Shane Ryan is here, and I’m glad of it. He’s a hard man who does hard work, and that’s what he has to do now. You see, someone from Shane’s past reached out to him. Reached out and pulled him from Nashua, New Hampshire and all the way to Detroit, Michigan. There’s a hint of darkness in Detroit, a whisper on the...

There Is No Escape From the Realm of Shadows…

There Is No Escape From the Realm of Shadows…

I once worked in a hotel that offered staff accommodation in a lesser-used wing. To get to my room, I first had to leave the main foyer and walk a short distance along the side of the building. It wasn’t dark, but it was cold. When the winter chill had frozen me just enough, my room was still two self-locking doors away. Perhaps it was the frigid, lonesome walk to get there. Or maybe the oppressive silence of the all but abandoned area was to blame. Whatever it was, every time I walked down...

There Are Some Nightmares You Never Outgrow…

There Are Some Nightmares You Never Outgrow…

I scare easily. I’m sure you find that surprising. Perhaps even a little silly. I mean, you read what I write, after all. But that’s because I’m afraid. I’ve been afraid ever since I was little. I would creep down the stairs and peer out the window at the cemetery across from my house. I would look out at the headstones, and at the way the moonlight would glow in the granite, illuminating the names of the dead. Unlike the children I write about in these short stories, I was neither brave, nor...