Wed, 15 February 2017 Respectable Horror

I’ve a story called ‘Spooky Girl’ in the next anthology by Fox Spirit, called Respectable Horror, which is edited by K.A. Laity.

The cover, by Stephanie Johnson, has just been revealed and it’s a corker.

The ToC is:

  • The Astartic Arcanum – Carol Borden
  • The Well Wisher – Matthew Pegg
  • The Little Beast – Octavia Cade
  • The Holy Hour – Chloë Yates
  • A Framework – Richard Barber
  • Malefactor – Austin Waller
  • The Estate of Edward Moorehouse – Ian Burdon
  • Spooky Girl – Maura McHugh
  • Full Tote Gods – Damien White
  • A Splash of Crimson – Catherine Lundoff
  • Where Demons Don’t Tread – Suzanne Willis
  • The Recovery – Edward Gauvin
  • Running a Few Errands – Su Haddrell
  • The Feet on the Roof – Anjana Basu
  • Miss Metcalf – Ivan Kershner
  • In These Rooms, These Houses – Jonathan Oliver
  • Those Who Can’t – Rosalind Mosis

The original brief for the anthology was:

“So we would like tales of civilised, gentle(wo)manly horror, cold, calculating and bloodless; spinechillers rather than slashers, enervating instead of eviscerating. Though a wee bit of the red stuff will not make us blanch, focus more on unshakeable dread. Make us afraid to investigate that noise downstairs. Cause us to shudder when we glimpse something move out of the corner of our eyes. Think Ann Radcliffe and the Gothics, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, M.R. James and even those modern folks like Shirley Jackson and Fritz Leiber.”

I had a lot of fun writing this story, and I suspect the protagonist of the tale will not stay quiescent for long. Further adventures beckon.

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