The Unfortunate Fursey

by Mervyn Wall “You understand,” concluded Cuthbert, “that no other course was open to me. I had no idea that Satan held you in such esteem that he was prepared to conduct your defence in person.” Fursey is a devout monk when the monastery is overrun by demons. Since his speech impediment hinders him reciting... Continue Reading →

Anthony Shriek

by Jessica Amanda Salmonson Come, I will teach you futility. Young Anthony, student and artist, meets the enigmatic Emily, and the two of them engage in a dark romance that sees the artist in danger of slowly losing his mind as Emily struggles to convince him they are both actually displaced demons and live by... Continue Reading →

Dangerous Visions

by Various Authors, Harlan Ellison (Ed.) Riots are the opium of the people. Some say it’s past its time, that when it was first published it may have been ‘dangerous,’ but today much of the book is downright tame with many of the ideas presented in the 1960’s blunted with time. Dangerous Visions has most... Continue Reading →

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

by Horace McCoy ‘It’s peculiar to me,’ she said, ‘that everybody pays so much attention to living and so little to dying.’ Robert, a young man looking for fame and fortune as a Hollywood director, chances across a girl named Gloria, and he enters a marathon dance contest with her. Contestants get 10 minutes off... Continue Reading →

Bird Box

by Josh Malerman It’s the end times, people. And if it’s a matter of a creature our brains are incapable of comprehending, then we deserve it. People begin committing suicide in strange, escalating acts of violence and conspiracy theorists start believing the deaths have something to do with creatures, demons, spirits or aliens they’ve seen immediately... Continue Reading →

The John Varley Reader

by John Varley Onto this stage of dashed hopes, as he had so many times before, strode the Devil. Science fiction grandmaster John Varley serves up his greatest stories in this retrospective collection. And his agenda becomes clear quite quickly. He’s not wrong. He holds no apparent ill will to the human race and laments... Continue Reading →

Farewell, My Lovely

by Raymond Chandler “Who put me in here, why and how? I’m in a wild mood tonight. I want to go dance in the foam. I hear the banshees calling. I haven’t shot a man in a week. Speak out, Dr. Fell. Pluck the antique viol, let the soft music float.” In addition to the outstanding... Continue Reading →

The Girl in a Swing

by Richard Adams Though I cannot tell why, I know without doubt that I shall never again undergo any supernatural experience. That music has ended, and now there will be silence. Alan Desland, a porcelain and fine china dealer approaching middle age, has accepted his lot and found satisfaction being alone and working towards bettering... Continue Reading →

Pop. 1280

by Jim Thompson What I loved was myself, and I was willing to do anything I god-dang had to to go on lying and cheating and drinking whiskey and screwing women and going to church on Sunday with all the other respectable people. The apparently slow-witted sheriff in the 47th largest county in a state... Continue Reading →

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