Salem Prevails: A Remote Halloween Guide to Witch City, USA

Couldn’t make it to Salem this October? Let us guide you through a virtual multimedia Halloween tour of the Witch City! […]

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October 30, 2020 Books, Miscellaneous, On Screen

Damien Angelica Walters on Growing Up on Horror

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Tooth, Tongue, and Claw” author Damien Angelica Walters writes about the horror books and movies of her childhood. […]

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October 29, 2020 Books, On Screen

Matthew Lyons on How Evil Dead 2 Changed His Life

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Blood Daughter” author Matthew Lyons writes about Evil Dead 2 opened his eyes to horror. […]

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October 28, 2020 Books, On Screen

Nibedita Sen on the Art of Restraint

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “Pigeons” author Nibedita Sen writes about how horror can hinge on knowing when to hold back. […]

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October 28, 2020 Books, On Screen

Tales From the Backlist: From the Dust Returned is Ray Bradbury’s Underappreciated Masterpiece

From the Dust Returned is in many ways a culmination of Ray Bradbury’s entire body of work, at once creepy and comforting. […]

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October 28, 2020 Books

Sunny Moraine on the Faces of a Catastrophe

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “If Living is Seeing, I’m Closing My Eyes” author Sunny Moraine writes about the paradox of human contact. […]

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October 27, 2020 Books

9 Halloween Horror Books Set in October

Obviously, October is the perfect horror reading month. That said, if you’re like me these days, you require a constant reminder of which month it is. Keeping track of time […]

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October 27, 2020 Books

Slay: Stories of the Vampire Noire Injects New Life into the Undead

Slay: Stories of the Vampire Noire, edited by Nicole Givens Kurtz, is a collection of vampire short stories as diverse as the African diaspora itself. […]

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October 26, 2020 Books

Clay McLeod Chapman on the Horrors of Parenthood

As part of our Come Join Us By The Fire author essay series, “The Fireplace” author Clay McLeod Chapman writes about raising two young children as a horror author. […]

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October 26, 2020 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books, On Screen

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 Books

‘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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books, On Screen

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books

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 Books, General

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 Books

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 Books

Come Join Us By The Fire Returns for a Second Terrifying Season

Announcing season two of Nightfire’s free audio horror anthology, with 27 terrifying tales streaming exclusively on Google Play this October! […]

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September 17, 2020 Books, News

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 Books

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

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

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September 11, 2020 Books, News

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 Books, General

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 Books

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 Books