Fiction, illustration, discussion – interesting weirdness for all the senses. Well, almost.

  • Carrying Jimmy Illustration by Samuel Sultana

    Carrying Jimmy

    I kept praying ‘Please God, let him be okay’ and then I’d say to him ‘You’re gonna be all right Jimmy. Daddy’s got ya and I’m gonna take to the doc. He’ll fix you…

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    The Funny Thing about Halloween

    Halloween Comic by Mark Scicluna and Moira Zahra

  • Illustration by Mark Scicluna

    The End of the World Club

    At Halloween they’d come in. Thirteen figures robed in black, like moving patches of shadow. No one remarked upon them when they filed in, one after the other, into the back…

  • The Stink of Animosity Illustration by Noel Tanti

    The Stink of Animosity

    “Who? What are you talking about?” you ask, trying to sound abrupt but not aggressive. You’re not looking for a fight. At least, not with him. “You got the stink of…

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    EXISTENCE AS A SERIES OF MICROAGGRESSIONS

    This Halloween Marco confronts true horror – his appreciation of Michael Bay and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Also genuine horror in the face of Jeff VanderMeer’ Acceptance, Jesse Jacobs’ Safari Honeymoon and dark European anti-fairytale Beautiful Darkness. And more!

    Laird Barron: “My worlds are growing much larger and much more frightening than I’d imagined.” Illustration by Thom Cuschieri.

    Schlock Talks | Laird Barron

    We’re proud to cap off our run-up to Schlock’s Halloween issue by interviewing one of the luminaries of contemporary horror fiction. In an illuminating Schlock Talk, the award-winning novelist and short story writer Laird Barron speaks about his long history with horror (specifically, since the age of five), the enduring influence of the Alaskan landscape on his work and his latest collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All.

    Simon Marshall-Jones: "We all like being scared, especially in a safe environment"

    Publisher Profile | Spectral Press

    As part of our horror-friendly coverage for the month of Halloween, we present a publisher profile by Simon Marshall-Smith, who speaks to us about the spooky predilections of his own literary house of horrors: Spectral Press, who have just released the Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by fellow Schlock Talker Mark Morris.

    Mark Morris: "Short stories are the backbone of horror"

    Schlock Talks | Mark Morris

    Schlock will be celebrating the world of horror in all its grisly glory for the month of Halloween – starting now. This week, we speak to prolific writer-editor Mark Morris about a new – non-themed – anthology he has edited for Spectral Press.