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

  • Michael Wilson

    Schlock Talks | Michael Wilson

    Since Halloween allows us to both revisit and discover what’s what in the horror genre, we thought it apt to seek out Michael Wilson, head of This is Horror, for a chat about…

  • SCHLOCK TALKS Mike Davis

    Schlock Talks | Mike Davis

    As part of our series of Halloween-themed chats this month, we caught up with Mike Davis – editor of the dynamic and much-loved weird fiction hub Lovecraft eZine, as well as its…

  • Book Reviews: Molly Tanzer and Joe Pulver

    Taking a sideways glance at the Halloween spirit, Molly Tanzer’s The Pleasure Merchant and Joe Pulvers King in Yellow Tales: Volume 1 explore various interstices of the garish…

  • Attachment Details FEATURE-Mexican-Horror-MAIN-IMAGE-Daniela-Attard

    Masked Wrestlers and Hairy Hands: A Glance at Mexican Horror Cinema

    Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone dips into the rich and vibrant milieu of Mexican horror cinema and discovers a teeming tradition of luchadores, ghost tales and brash folk…

  • STORY Again by Kris Green - PHOTOGRAM by Claire Micallef


    I woke up screaming. Incoherent, inconsolable. Something hit me in the stomach, hard, and I bit my tongue. The bedside lamp came on.

  • The kids that go bite in the night ILLUSTRATION by Nico Grimm

    Kids That Go Bite in the Night

    Charmaine Tanti lets the right one in to explore the heady paradox of the ‘child vampire’ – a striking and often poignant strand of bloodsucker lore.

  • COMIC Trick or Treat by Ivana Bugarinovic FEATURED IMAGE

    Trick or Treat

    Comic by Ivana Bugarinovic

    Schlock July Cover Adrian Abela

    July 2015 Issue

    Summer is in full swing, and we hope you enjoy our slim but, we hope, filling new issue. But we don’t want you to think that we’re taking our duties lightly, even as the sun’s rays beat down on Schlock HQ, and the humidity clutches at our frames like the coiling tentacles of our dreadful beloved Schlocktopus.

    Adrian Gauci - Legs Eleven Illustration

    Legs Eleven

    Laura slipped her hands off the coping stones and dove them between her thighs, crouching down with her back against the grey brick wall. In front of her a growling line of rush-hour traffic crept along the narrow road chugging exhaust fumes and vapor out into the navy blue afternoon.

    Mark Scicluna - Do I Know You Illustration

    Do I Know You?

    Despite her longstanding reluctance to mix her personal life with her professional endeavors, it was with Hallahan that Colleen made a rare exception. First as drinking buddies, then as lovers, and ultimately as co-tenants of a house in Pacific Palisades, their lives drew closer and closer.

    Joseph S. Pulver

    Schlock Talks | Joseph S. Pulver

    One of the most prolific and dizzyingly experimental writers working today, Joseph S. Pulver speaks to us candidly about what underpins his two most recent collections, the difference between homage and mere fan fiction, and the importance of maintaining catholic reading habits.

    Haralambi Markov

    Schlock Talks | Haralambi Markov

    The young Bulgarian writer Haralambi Markov burst on the scene with ‘The Language of Knives’, a shocking, surreal and tender story published over at He’s also a Kickstarter success story, as a fund to fly him over to World Fantasy 2015 – in the interest of having as many international writers there as possible – proved to be a success. He speaks to us about the need for speculative fiction to embrace a more internaitonal dimension, and his plans for the immediate future.



    Schlock’s POP CULTURE DESTRUCTION makes it to June, as Noel tells about “Iranian vampire Western” (or is it?) The Girl Walks Alone At Night, Teodor reviews Schlock Talks interviewee Molly Tanzer’s Vermillion and newcomer Robert Iveniuk explains what’s the deal with Richard K Morgan’s A Land Fit For Heroes. But before that Marco thinks he’ll impress anyone by telling what he’s been up to lately. No one cares, dood!

    Vermilion by Molly Tanzer. Cover art by Dalton Rose

    Schlock Talks | Molly Tanzer

    Molly Tanzer’s easy-to-love novel Vermilion has been a highlight of the literary year for many: first grabbing our attention thanks to a sumptuous cover illustration by Dalton Rose, but charming us further – the c-word is not incidental here – with its picaresque journey into an (alternate) Wild West, courtesy of young psychopomp Lou Merriwether. The debut novelist and short story writer speaks to us about what inspired Vermilion’s literary brew, her early days as a writer, and what’s in store for her in the near future.