OCT01 – 2016


Hello! Welcome to Year Three of 31 HATH OCTOBER, a month-long celebration of the creepy, macabre, sinister, and SCARY in literature, film, music, and art. My name is Brian Lillie and I am a big horror nerd from way back. Together with a select handful of talented guests, we will endeavor to post daily articles between now and Halloween, paying homage to the nightmare genres, and featuring reviews, essays, and interviews with great artists and authors.

To get this party started for 2016, here is a list of great horror stories available for FREE RIGHT NOW on the internet. They are listed alphabetically by author’s last name, and are waiting for you in their little virtual cages, ready to fill your brains with terror…

1. “She Gave Her Heart, He Took Her Marrow” by Sam Fleming


Sam Fleming is a writer of scifi, horror, and fantasy, whose work is just an amazing combination of literary acumen, thematic depth, and a laser eye toward the inner life of her characters. This story is a tour-de-force, part science fiction, part apocalyptic horror. Damn, she’s good!


2. “I Can Hear Myself Just Fine” by Kristopher Kelly


Kristopher Kelly is a New York City based author with a few self-published books and a fiendish imagination. This story is originally from his collection I HELD MY BREATH AS LONG AS I COULD, which is one of the best self-published things I’ve ever read. He’s capable of many kinds of dark fiction—here he is in bizarro horror mode.


3. “Mr. Gaunt” by John Langan


John Langan is one of the current heavyweights of weird horror, with several great collections and a couple novels under his belt. This is the title story from his first collection and it’s a doozy. He is someone who really excels at novelette and novella length, where the build up of detail and dread can be taken to a whole other level.


4. “Ghost” by V.H. Leslie


V.H. Leslie’s first collection, SKEIN AND BONE, just came out this year and is a major component in making 2016 a banner year for weird horror. Her fiction can be creepy, surreal, heartbreaking, and always accompanied by razor psychological underpinnings and a nod toward myth.


5. “Snow” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Ahhh! Everything I read by Silvia Moreno-Garcia just plain slays me. Known both as a talented writer and a speculative fiction editor, her work tends toward the evocative and poetically macabre. She takes the frisson of cosmic dread and removes all the cliche. My advice: READ EVERYTHING YOU CAN FIND BY HER!


6. “The Sloan Men” by David Nickle


David Nickle is a genius of genre fiction. Period. This is one of his early classics and is a good introduction to his brand of horrific, surreal, darkly funny work. My advice to the uninitiated is to READ EVERYTHING YOU CAN FIND BY HIM!


7. “The Secret Goatman Spookshow” by Jonathan Raab


Jonathan Raab is the editor-in-chief of Muzzleland Press and a gonzo author in his own right. As a professional video editor and movie geek, I love this story extra hard, and can’t wait to read more by him.


Special thanks to Apex Magazine, The Dark Magazine, Daukherville, Postscripts To Darkness, David Nickle, and The Lovecraft Ezine for hosting these stories.

More tomorrow!


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