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 render harmless. Then, in a double feature, he brings us Ice Fishing, where we follow a pair of brothers whose quiet fishing trip becomes a fight for survival. And finally, in The Last Light by Rowan Rook, sisters trapped in an endless night must decide which horrors they can stand to face, and which would break them.

Blood may be thicker than water—but they both run just the same.

See you in the shadows,

Sara Clancy