Post by vaultadventcalendar on Dec 20, 2015 9:32:26 GMT
Day 20. One to savour just before you sit down to Sunday dinner.
Some of you people don't make the writing of these thumbnail biographies easy. "Spurs supporter and season ticket holder in the Park Lane." So reads Matthew Crossman's twitter profile in its entirety, no mention at all of his blog, Decaying Dead, "Reviews of all things horror (and some that aren't),". Matt is another who has established himself as something of a calendar regular with previous entries The Right Choice (desperately grim) and the Hammer hokum of One Night In A Bavarian Forest.
Where Charles Black's Revelations of Dr. Maitland takes future global conflict as its theme, Sweet Meats throws us back to the Concentration Camps of World War II, warning enough that what you are about to read is not pretty.
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. - Christine Campbell Thomson
Post by vaultadventcalendar on Dec 21, 2015 8:08:40 GMT
VAT girls by Chrissie Demant
Yet another noted contributor to the Black Books, Tom Johnstone also co-edited - with the late Joel Lane - perhaps the stand-out original macabre anthology of 2014 in Horror Uncut! Tales Of Social Insecurity & Economic Unease (Gray Friar Press), seventeen tales of uneasy reading "inspired" by the then ConDem' government's austerity measures which, some of us would argue, gave the lie to the mantra that we are "all in this together." Today's story, as yet unpublished, is bleak as any we've featured on this or previous calendars. Should some of our readers be on their Christmas hols now, don't worry - you've not been spared that Monday morning feeling.
Post by vaultadventcalendar on Dec 22, 2015 7:35:45 GMT
Day 22 brings a collaboration between scarily prolific anthologist/ author Johnny Mains and weird fiction veteran/ poet Bryn Fortey, whose first published story, Prison, appeared way back in 1971 in David Sutton's New Writings In Horror & The Supernatural and whose début collection, Merry-Go-Round & Other Words, was issued by Alchemy Press only last year.
The Curse Of The Monster a convoluted, decade-spanning fantasy with all star cast, first saw print as a chapbook (Hersham Horror, 2015) and has since resurfaced in Mr. Mains' third collection, A Little Light Screaming, from Parallel Universe Publications. Mr. Mains explains; " ... whilst writing it I was up against deadlines for other things and I approached the only person I trusted enough to help write the story, Bryn Fortey, he of the Great Fontana Horror series. We passed the story back and forth and it's one of my favourite stories to date — a delightful romp with lots of blood and guts."