1) Letter from the Editor
Wow, it is so hard to believe that this is the second to
the last issue for the year already. It hardly seems like a lot
of time has passed at all. Yet it has. It wasn't yesterday
that I was writing my first horror poem, and ramping up to talk about
Robert Englund. That wasn't even this year. That was more
than eight(!) months ago. Remember?
The deep black inside thrives,
On the broken lives,
And tears in streams,
Lust and hate it drives.
3) Ghostly Illumination #5
In 1947 what was then an unnoteworthy birth occurred.
It would not be until 1974 that the first impact of this
occurrence, that the importance, would begin to be felt. That
boy in the interim had grown up and gone to university to study in the
areas of writing and teaching. He had written a novel, and in an
often told, and well care-worn tale, tossed it in the trash. His
devoted wife though would hear nothing of such a waste and...
4) The Iyerpok Hotel
The wind howled furiously. It ripped through the snow
on the ground sending it flying up in sheets. The deep cold
of the air drove itself straight through him into his bones.
It did not chill him; he was already dead. It
could prove to be problematic when he got where he was going.
It might take literally hours on end to bring his
temperature up to something not totally unnerving.
5) Good Clean Family Fun
The axe whistled through the air and tore through the
foreign exchange boy. Blood sprayed out in a massive geyser.
Gary screamed and ran. He weaved between the trees.
Lightning speared through the sky above. The forest lit up
in blue-white brilliance.
Gary skidded to a halt as the rain began to torrent from
the sky. On one of the trees, a few feet off of the ground, was
Jimmy. Well it was half of Jimmy...
6) Review: 976-EVIL
High school nerd Hoax Wilmoth is stuck in a backwater
burgh trying to get through a life full of leather clad
bullies and his religious zealot, cat-collecting mother.
His cousin Spike is living a normal life across
the side yard in a separate dwelling and Hoax wants
nothing more than to be like him. Unknown to Hoax
his cousin Spike has his own problems.
7) Review: The Birds and the Bees
Nature is starting to run amok. It's almost as if
the end of the world has come. Black birds are
beginning to appear in greater and greater numbers.
Swarms of what can only be described as killer
bees begin to attack with rapidly alarming frequency.
Then the birds begin to attack people too. How
can anyone conquer or stop these two growing plagues?
As the body count begins to rise...
8) Sun Cycle: Persuasive Evening
Warning: May be unsuitable for some readers. This
story contains mature subject matter, disturbing
situations, and coarse language. Reader
Discretion is Advised.
I don't really want to talk about what Jake said to me.
To be honest I'm not really sure how I feel about what he
said. I can say it was like a sucker punch and I felt like
he had actually slugged me in the stomach. I don't think
that I will talk it about it. There are more important
things for me to review.
9) Sommatoria #5
This issue we have delved into some very different areas of
horror. We have been party to things that many others will never
fathom. It is an experience that is personal to each of us,
private to our darkest heart. There are strings of commonality we
may all share, though. Now is the time to think about it as a
whole; one solid, cohesive unit. It is time for the Sommatoria.