Tiny Nightmares is an Anthology That Knows What Scares You

Tiny Nightmares, edited by Nadxieli Nieto and Lincoln Michel, is an anthology of bite-size horror stories that are short on word count and long on impact. […]

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October 22, 2020

Brian Evenson on Drawing Fiction from a Stone

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “The Cabin” author Brian Evenson writes about how a mysterious archeological find evolved into a short story. […]

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October 22, 2020

Shaun Hamill on Finding Your Past in Your Fiction

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author series, “Music of the Abyss” author Shaun Hamill writes a requiem for a Walkman and explains how he found himself in his fiction. […]

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October 22, 2020

Indrapramit Das on the Monstrousness of the Real

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author series, “You Will Survive This Night” author Indrapramit Das writes about the horror intrinsic to all art. […]

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October 21, 2020

Cassandra Khaw on Grief, Horror, and Pain

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author series, “Some Breakable Things” author Cassandra Khaw writes about grieving her father through fiction. […]

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October 21, 2020

Craig Laurance Gidney on Loving a Haunted City

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Spyder Threads” author Craig Laurance Gidney writes the Black, queer, haunted Washington, DC, he knows. […]

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October 20, 2020

Edendale Weaves a Tale of Climate Change and Control

Read our review of Edendale by Jacquelyn Stolos, a new ecohorror novel about four roommates navigating wildfire season in Los Angeles. […]

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October 20, 2020

Seanan McGuire on the Unsung Heyday of Horror TV

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Emergency Landing” author Seanan McGuire writes about small scares and the heyday of 1980s TV horror. […]

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October 20, 2020

A Dark Mirror: How Horror and Crime Fiction Help Us Examine Ourselves

Author Gabino Iglesias argues that horror and crime fiction are uniquely suited to help us examine the thornier, darker sides of contemporary culture. […]

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October 19, 2020

‘Pemi Aguda on How Language Horrifies

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Things Boys Do” author ‘Pemi Aguda writes about how horror works on the sentence level. […]

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October 19, 2020

Jessica Guess on Inherited Fear, Obeah, and Unforeseen Consequences

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Mama Tulu” author Jessica Guess writes about family influence, curses, and anger. […]

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October 16, 2020

Laird Barron on Influence, Inspiration, and What Goes Bump in the Night

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Jōren Falls” author Laird Barron writes about the thorny issue of influence and inspiration. […]

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October 15, 2020

Sarah Langan on Imagining Horror as the World Burns

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “The Changeling” author Sarah Langan writes about her lifelong love of horror & the real horrors of 2020. […]

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October 14, 2020

Tales From the Backlist: Roger Zelazny Wrote the Best Halloween Novel You’ve Never Read

A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny’s final novel, is a wild, funny, spooky celebration of the Halloween season. […]

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October 13, 2020

T. Kingfisher on How the Short Story Sausage Gets Made

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Origin Story” author T. Kingfisher writes about how the horror sausage gets made. […]

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October 13, 2020

Jo Kaplan’s It Will Just Be Us Reads Like a Funhouse Mirror From Hell

Jo Kaplan’s new haunted house supernatural thriller contains shades of Shirley Jackson – read our full review. […]

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October 9, 2020

Shaun Hamill’s Introduction to Dark Wonder: A Syllabus

Shaun Hamill’s guiding concept as a writer is “Dark Wonder” – here are five short stories, novellas, and movies to get you started in this niche genre. […]

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October 8, 2020

Home Haunting: Halloween Inspiration for a Socially Distant Year

Get inspired for a socially distant Halloween with these documentaries, movies, and TV shows that’ll get you in the mood for some spooky decorating. […]

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October 7, 2020

Stephen Graham Jones’ Night of the Mannequins is a Supernatural Slasher Delight

Stephen Graham Jones’ newest novella, Night of the Mannequins, is equal parts slasher, creature feature, and coming-of-age story – read our full review! […]

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October 6, 2020

Laugh ‘Til You Scream: David Quantick on Comedy and Horror

Night Train author and comedy television writer David Quantick argues that horror and comedy are two sides of the same bloody, laughing coin. […]

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October 5, 2020

8 Spooky Middle Grade Horror Books to Read with Your Kids

A selection of spooky, age-appropriate horror books for middle grade readers, from classics like Bunnicula to new favorites like The Jumbies. […]

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October 2, 2020

This Month in New Horror Books: October 2020

Check out the scariest new horror books out in October 2020, featuring new books from T. Kingfisher, Ellen Datlow, Emily M. Danforth, and more. […]

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October 1, 2020

Vacation Turns Sinister Yet Disappointing in The Rental

The Rental, Dave Franco’s directorial debut, feels a lot like a disappointing Airbnb—pretty but kind of empty, and not really scary once you’re in it. […]

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September 29, 2020

Jeremy Robert Johnson’s The Loop is a Tense, Brutal, Emotional Thrill Ride

Read our review of The Loop, a survive-the-night horror/thriller novel with surprising emotional stakes. […]

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September 28, 2020

Let’s Face It: 2020 is a Horror Novel

Time to face facts: we’re living in a horror novel, now more than ever. Here are three books that resonate with the hell that is 2020. […]

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September 24, 2020

Tales From the Backlist: The Problem with T.E.D. Klein’s The Ceremonies

T.E.D. Klein’s influential 1984 novel is revered by authors and readers alike – but one narrative choice lays bare much of what was wrong with ’80s horror. […]

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September 22, 2020

What to Read Next Based on Your Favorite Stephen King Novel

Once you’ve leveled up in Stephen King’s indelible horror fiction backlist, expand your horizons with these readalikes based on your favorite King novel! […]

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September 21, 2020

Six Horror Books About the Nastier Side of Suburbia

We’re all familiar with the suburbs in horror. They’re a place of white picket fences, of idyllic surroundings, of neighbors who love each other. They tend to be a place […]

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September 14, 2020

Announcing The Last House on Needless Street, a New Novel from Catriona Ward

Catriona Ward’s The Last House on Needless Street, a gothic thriller with a horrifying psychological twist, will be published by Nightfire in October 2021! […]

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September 11, 2020

When History is Horror, and Horror is History

Errick Nunnally argues that American history – from genocide and slavery to racist violence encoded in law – is more frightening than any horror fiction. […]

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September 11, 2020

Why Host is the Horror Movie We Need Right Now

Shudder’s innovative video-chat horror movie is precisely what we all need in quarantine. […]

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September 9, 2020

This Month in New Horror Books: September 2020

Check out the scariest new horror books out in September 2020, featuring a White House ghost story, a slasher novella, a viral outbreak novel, and much more. […]

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September 1, 2020

Bright Days, Dark Fiction: 5 Horror Reads for Summer

Five spinetingling stories of shock suitable for the savvy summer skeptic. […]

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August 31, 2020

Tales From the Backlist: Let’s Go Play At The Adams’ Is The Book You Were Warned About

Mendal W. Johnson’s infamous novel about five children who imprison and torture their babysitter is as brutally efficient now as it was when it was first published. […]

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August 27, 2020

Slasher in the Rye: Adam Cesare Talks Clown in a Cornfield

Adam Cesare talks about his debut YA horror novel Clown in a Cornfield, growing up on horror movies, and what makes a slasher a slasher. […]

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August 26, 2020

6 Horror Movies That Feel Like Vintage Paperbacks

Enjoy some visual comfort food with these six vintage horror movies that capture the comforting feeling of a well-loved paperback pulp horror novel. […]

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August 26, 2020

Review: Lovecraft Country Creates a Whole New System of Reality in “Sundown”

The much-anticipated premiere of HBO’s Lovecraft Country adaptation offers scares of both the mundane and supernatural varieties. […]

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August 19, 2020

5 Books That Explore the Horrors of Racism

Horror fiction has much to say about real-world racism — if we’re willing to listen. […]

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August 18, 2020

What You Need to Know Going Into HBO’s Lovecraft Country Adaptation

A primer on Matt Ruff’s novel Lovecraft Country & what you’ll need to know going into Sunday’s premiere of the HBO series from Misha Green & Jordan Peele. […]

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August 14, 2020

Can You Help Solve a Mystery? The Best Original Unsolved Mysteries Episodes

We’ve pulled together some of the best episodes from the original run of Unsolved Mysteries, plus the movies and books that capture those same eerie vibes. […]

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August 14, 2020