CREEPING CRAWLERS Edited by Allen Ashley Shadow Publishing 2015 ISBN 978-0-9572962-2-0 Cover artwork & design by Steve Upham
What is this lingering fear of insects, arachnids, arthropods, crustaceans and those that slither... is it a hangover from the survival battles in the savannah or does it go deeper and further back than that in our evolutionary heritage? Unchallenged, the locusts, the maggots, the worms, the flies, the aphids and the termites may consume and destroy all that we have and hold dear. Creeping, slithering, crawling horror, science fiction & fantasy stories by nineteen of today’s top authors .
David Birch, Spinnentier Gary Budgen, Scarab Adrian Cole, Running with the Tide Storm Constantine, In the Earth Andrew Darlington, Chemical Glide Pauline E. Dungate, Mariposas Del Noche Dennis Etchison, Wet Season Edmund Glasby, Foreign Bodies John Grant, Little Helpers Terry Grimwood, Survivors Andrew Hook, Us! Mark Howard Jones, For the Love of Insects Alan Knott, Dissolute Evolution Robin Lupton, Guano Dong Baby Ralph Robert Moore, You Dry Your Tears If They Don’t Work Richard Mosses, The Tarantata Marion Pitman, Woodworm David Rix, A Taste for Canal Burgers David Turnbull, The Sweet Meat and the Beet
That will be another straight to wants list then. Will be very interesting to compare this with the last great wave of When Insects Attack titles, i.e. Guy N. Smith's Abominations, the John Halkin Slither-Squirm-Squelch trilogy, Richart Lewis, & Co. Somehow, I'm thinking these stories are going to be very different ....
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.