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

  • The Jeweller of Second-hand Roe Illustration by Daniela Attard

    The Jeweller of Second-hand Roe

    The bijouterie was a family affair. Three sons kept supplies and deliveries constant. Olivier, the oldest, drove the anonymous covered cart. The giant Thibault acted as loader…

  • Shadows in the House of Light Illustration by Nico Grimm

    Shadows in the House of Lights

    It's the long traveled deep wheeled road that got me here. Near darkness followed like a spell, and the outlined view was found the old house with yellow lit windows,…

  • Illustration by Thom Cuschieri

    Random House (THIS IS A DEATH SENTENCE)

    It started ordinarily enough, with a phone call. I have an old-fashioned phone, plastic, with a dial, which is attached to the wall in my kitchen with a cord. Though most of…

    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.

    College

    You focused your attention (and your hope) on a girl named Zelda
    and would hang around with her every chance you got.
    She was perfect—
    way to the left—
    a socialist in fact.