INDIANA HORROR 2011
James Ward Kirk
Welcome to the Indiana Horror Anthology 2011.Meet some of our best Indiana horror writers: my reason for creating this tome. But I digress.
Indiana is a mystical and magical landscape. God lives in the trees.
But beware, evil also resides there, in fallen beings; perhaps in the beginning these beings appeared as angels assigned as safe keepers and guides for human beings, but choosing instead to sleep with their charges and so devolved. Name them Nephilin. And these fallen human beings are creators of carrion, predators grossly fat leaving leftovers for rats and worms and other eaters of dirt and excrement. This landscape of evil, this place of living dead flesh draws ever nearer those that devour carrion; vultures—human and other, existing in the shadows of trees and houses, struggling mightily against the good: this is true.
Folks living in the southwestern part of the United States might experience horror at the thought of becoming lost in a fifty-acre cornfield. Folks in Indiana know the horror of such an experience: twelve-foot spider webs built by twelve-inch black spiders with a red dot on the abdomen; corn goblins with six-inch butcher-shop sharp black bone protruding from rectangular foreheads; a baby’s whimper in the wind. We stay in our tractors.
Indiana horror writer AJ French knows about dead girls glowing and floating in Lake Wawasee.
Indiana horror writer Eric Garrison knows the danger inherent in Grandmother’s mirror.
Indiana horror poet Sara J. Larson prefers life as a lycanthrope to humanity.
The Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Colts, and Indiana Pacers: blah blah blah. What people really need to know about Indiana is how darkness falling on farmhouses and suburbs allows for trolls growling in the gutters and maple trees. Did you know Indiana is the homeland of Jim Jones and Michael Jackson?
How caviar is best served? Indiana horror writer Allen Griffin knows.
How dangerous are Indiana carnivals? Indiana horror writer James S. Dorr knows.
Do not fuck with Indiana’s Cupid. Indiana horror writer James Owens knows.
One cannot throw a rock in Indiana without hitting a serial killer. Demons lurk in shoe stores. Lilith hangs out in our taverns. An Indiana horror writer might be standing next to you.
Welcome to the Indiana Horror Anthology 2011.
Ya’ll come back now.
James Ward Kirk
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION BY R.J. SULLIVAN
Under the Moon by Sara Larson
The Old Hag Strikes by John Hayes
The Hatching by John Hayes
My Cousin’s Grave by John Hayes
The Farm by Brian Rosenberger
Bella by Roger Cowin
Hotel Transylvania by Roger Cowin
Out of the Night by Roger Cowin
Vincent Price has Risen from the Dead by Roger Cowin
Good Afternoon, Mr. Death by Roger Cowin
Pandora’s Box by James Ward Kirk
Total Worship by Allen Griffin
I Remember Clearly by R.J. Sullivan
Townies by Christine Rains
Dark Reflection by Eric Garrison
Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten by Nicholas Conley
The Space Between Breaths by Josh Wolf
The Kindness of Strangers by ED Martin
A Killer in the Home by Louis Baum
The Dark Attraction by Matt Cowan
The Dead Girls by A.J. French
The 4th Apostle by Spyder Collins
Ballet of the Dolls by James S. Dorr
At Indy Sal’s Wells by Henry Brasater
Venus Rising from the Foam by James Owens
Bumper Music by Murphy Edwards
A Shade in the Shadow by Coy Hall
The Boy that Created Monsters by Paul DeThroe
Delphi by David W. Landrum
The Dunk Tank by Lee Forsythe
The Tirewoman Gabriel by Rob Hunter
Tissue by A.E. Tarr
Dirt by James Ward Kirk
Cover Art: “Eat the Flesh, Gain the Strength” by Ben Moran
THE HORROR ANTHOLOGY
INDIANA HORROR 2011
We are looking for short stories and flash fiction in the horror genre from Indiana writers and folks with Indiana ties or stories set in Indiana. We are looking for short stories up to 5000 words and flash fiction of no more than 1500 words. We are also looking for poetry and cover art. We do not censor.
Please include a short bio with your submission.
Visit www.shunn.net/ for general information on guidelines for submitting to publications.
Contributors to Date by Category:
Sara Larson, of Appalachian Winter Hauntings: Weird Tales from the Mountains fame, will have her poem “Under the Moon” included in Indiana Horror 2011 anthology.
James Owens will have his short story “Venus Rising from the Foam” included in the Indiana Horror 2011 anthology. Publishing credits include Mount Zion Speculative Fiction Review, farrago’s wainscot, and The Harrow.
Murphy Edwards will have his short story “Bumper Music” included in the Indiana Horror 2011 anthology. His Bio: Murphy Edwards has appeared in over fifty professional magazines and journals including, Dimensions Magazine, The East Side Edition, Black October, Horizons, MidAtlantic Monthly, Modern Drummer, The Nor’Easter, Walking Bones, Escaping Elsewhere, Trail of Indiscretion, Hardboiled Magazine, Barbaric Yawp, Samsara; The Magazine of Suffering, The Nocturnal Lyric, Night Chills, Big Pulp and in the anthologies Dead Bait (Severed Press), Assassin’s Canon (Utility Fog Press), Abaculus II (Leucrota Press), Night Terrors (Blood Bound Books), Unspeakable (Blood Bound Books), Bloody Carnival (Pill Hill Press) and Dead Bait II (Severed Press). My short story, “Mister Checkers”, was chosen to be among the best in science fiction, fantasy and horror of 2009 for the Leucrota Press Anthology, Abaculus III. I am also a recipient of the 2011 Midwest Writer’s Workshop Fellowship. In addition to the United States, I have been published in Ireland, Australia, South Africa, and the U.K. Stop by for a visit at http://murphyedwards.wordpress.com
John Hayes will have his poem “The Old Hag Strikes” published in the Indiana Horror 2011 anthology. His bio: John was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and received a BA degree from Butler University in 1948. He acts and directs in Community Theater. Seven of his one act plays have been produced. He was once a corpse on Homicide. Now he gives poetry readings. In 2010 John exhibited his sculpture in Maryland at the Columbia Library, Paint Branch UU and Slayton House. Aoife’s Kiss, Tales of the Talisman, Flesh and Blood, Pulsar, Emerald Tales, BareBone, Premonitions, Modern Haiku, and Writers Journal are a few of the magazines that have published his work.
John Hayes has contributed two more poems to Indiana Horror 2011: “My Cousin’s Grave” and “Hatching.”
Christina Rains will have her flash piece “Townies” published in Indiana Horror 2011 anthology. She lives in Bloomington Indiana. Visit her website http://christinerains.net/. She is much published.
Spyder Collins’ short story “The Fourth Apostle” will appear in Indiana Horror 2011. His Bio: Spyder Collins has been writing off and on for a few years now. He has found much success with his religious horror including one novel Augur of Armageddon and his critically acclaimed self-authored anthology entitled Dark Vigil You will find Spyder roaming around the net and bookstores with his tales of sinister angels and curious demons. Website: http://spin.jigsy.com/
Henry Brasater’s short story “At Indy Sal’s Wells” will appear in Indiana Horror 2011. Here are some of his publishing credits:
1. “Ride Out, Killer!” Tales of Blood and Roses, volume 2, 2011. 2. “Prrrrt,” Pink Eye Lemonade, Summer, 2011. 3. “The Indian Hole,”Psyche Corrupted Anthology,Shade City Press,2011. 4. “The Trouble With Jimmy,” Hulltown 360 Literary Magazine, Dec. 2010. 5. “Plato’s Blood,” Their Dark Masters, anthology Red Skies Press, 2011. 6. “The Canton Buddha,” October 14, 2010 edition of Indigo Rising web magazine and Indigo Rising print magazine, November, 2010. 7. “Ride Out, Killer!” The Way Of The Buffalo podcast (non-exclusive rights), March 5, 2011. 8. “The Book Of Lives,” Daily Flash: 365 Days of Flash Fiction anthology, Pill Hill Press, 2010. 9. “Window Man,” summer, 2010 issue of Pagan Imagination and print anthology, A Magical Summer, 2010 by the same press. 10. “Aunt Polly,” Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine, summer, 2010. 11. “The Old Soldiers’ Home,” The Tower of Light, summer, 2009. 12. A. E. van Vogt: Science Fantasy’s Icon, Booklocker; Apple’s ebook list. I edited a special issue on the subject of “Psi Powers” for the Journal Of The Fantastic In The Arts,1998. Academic journals Extrapolation and Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction have published some of my SF authors’ interviews. “The Null-A Trilogy,”(re van Vogt) Magill’s Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature,1996. Some SF convention reports in Mike Glyer’s File 770 fanzine. Academic convention papers re: academia and science fiction/fantasy.
Eric Garrison will have his flash piece “Dark Reflection” included in Indiana Horror 2011 anthology. Eric has recently published at STRANGE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL.
James S. Dorr will have his short story “Ballet of the Dolls” included in Indiana Horror 2011 anthology. His bio: James Dorr has published two collections with Dark Regions Press, STRANGE MISTRESSES: TALES OF WONDER AND ROMANCE and DARKER LOVES: TALES OF MYSTERY AND REGRET; a chapbook, THE GARDEN, with Damnation Books; and has a book of poetry on vampirism, VAMPS (A RETROSPECTIVE), coming this year from Sam’s Dot Publishing. Other work has appeared in ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, NEW MYSTERY, TOMORROW, FANTASTIC, DARK WISDOM, GOTHIC.NET, CHI-ZINE, ENIGMATIC TALES (UK), FAERIES (France), REDSINE (Australia), and numerous anthologies. Dorr is an active member of SFWA and HWA, an Anthony and Darrell finalist, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a multi-time listee in THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR. Up to date information on Dorr is at http://jamesdorrwriter.wordpress.com
Allen Griffin will have his quite disturbing flash piece “Total Worship” included in Indiana Horror 2011. Bio: Allen Griffin is a writer and musician attempting to initiate the collapse of reason from his home in Indianapolis. His work has previously appeared in issue #2 of Theory Train.
A.J. French wil have his short story “The Dead Girls” included in Indiana Horror 2011. His Bio: A.J. French has appeared in many publications, including Abandoned Towers, The Absent Willow Review, Golden Visions Magazine, the upcoming issue #7of Black Ink Horror, and the Potter’s Field 4 anthology from Sam’s Dot Publishing. He also has stories in the following anthologies: Ruthless: An Extreme Horror Anthology with introduction by Bentley Little; Pellucid Lunacy edited by Michael Bailey; M is for Monster compiled by John Prescott; and 2013: The Aftermath by Pill Hill Press. He also recently edited Monk Punk, an anthology of Monk-themed speculative fiction.
Any profits from the publication of Indiana Horror 2011 will be given to Indiana Horror Writers as a charitable gift.
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