A Moment With: Kenneth W. Cain

by Ian Sputnik

Kenneth W. Cain is the author of four novels, four short story collections, four novellas, and several children’s books among his body of work. He is the editor for Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales From The Lake Volume 5 and When the Clock Strikes 13. The winner of the 2017 Silver Hammer Award, Cain is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association, as well as a volunteer for the membership committee and chair of the Pennsylvania chapter. Cain resides in Chester County, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. Continue reading “A Moment With: Kenneth W. Cain”

Penny For Your Thoughts: The String Of Pearls

by Ian Sputnik

The String of Pearls: A Romance, otherwise known as The Barber of Fleet Street: A Domestic Romance was first published by Edward Lloyd as serialised work of fiction from 1846 to 1847 in his periodical The People’s Periodical and Family Library. As with many pieces published as a penny dreadful, the official author of the work isn’t known, but it’s widely regarded as having been penned by James Malcolm Rymer and/or Thomas Peckett Prest (both credited with Varney the Vampire as featured in our previous Penny Dreadful article). Continue reading “Penny For Your Thoughts: The String Of Pearls”

Toadstools & Magick: A Horror Writer’s Field Guide To Tir Na nOg

by Brooke Warra

The sun is shining and summer is in full swing, but beyond the crowds and festivities of the season, shadows lurk on the edges of our bright world. Maybe the crashing waves on the shores of your local beach are filled with the songs of mischievous sirens and water sprites, and are those fireflies or Napaeae floating effervescently through your garden at night? A fellow hiker’s flashlight bobbing just ahead of you on the trail, or is that a will-o-the-wisp meant to lead you to certain peril? Continue reading “Toadstools & Magick: A Horror Writer’s Field Guide To Tir Na nOg”

Toadstools And Magick: A Horror Writer’s Field Guide To Tir Na nOg

by Brooke Warra 

Dryads, banshees, and sirens, oh my!

Welcome to the first instalment of Toadstools and Magick: A Horror Writer’s Field Guide to Tir Na nOg. Here, we are going to explore the vast and rich world of the fae folk. Fairy tales have long been a part of human culture, worldwide. We tell these stories to teach lessons, give warnings, and to entertain. Fairy tales are a horror writer’s best friend! They explore the darker side of our world, mortality, and human intention. Plenty of modern stories and films find their roots in these classic tales. Continue reading “Toadstools And Magick: A Horror Writer’s Field Guide To Tir Na nOg”

Penny For Your Thoughts: Varney The Vampire, Or The Feast Of Blood

by Ian Sputnik

The legend of vampires snakes back through the ages. Bram Stoker is widely regarded as the creator of modern vampire mythology as we know it today. His talent for taking the vampire legend and mixing it with the dark—but true—history of Vlad the Impaler, and centering the narrative around a love triangle encapsulates most of the elements we call to mind when we think about this genre of horror. And so in 1897 Dracula was first unleashed upon the world. Continue reading “Penny For Your Thoughts: Varney The Vampire, Or The Feast Of Blood”

Penny For Your Thoughts: A Penny Dreadful Retrospective

by Ian Sputnik

England in the early 19th century was a violent place. The Napoleonic wars had only just been concluded. The streets were a spewing gutter of prostitution, gang culture, and theft. Murder was rife. The industrial age was starting to give steady employment to the masses and putting a bit of money in the common people’s pockets. One might think that the often violent surroundings would lead to people wanting to escape their reality with a more pleasant one, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, young men had a thirst for violence and relished in it. And, with the upturn of literacy, the Penny Dreadful publications were born. Continue reading “Penny For Your Thoughts: A Penny Dreadful Retrospective”