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…

    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.

    'Anna Tambour, Self-portrait, 2014'

    Schlock Talks | Anna Tambour

    “Anxious about how [my novel, Crandolin] would be received? Once one is dead, one can stop being reckless. Until that time, limiting oneself to doing the expected is a horror scenario too terrifying for me to watch, let alone live in.” We speak to the Australian author Anna Tambour about the struggles of being a true original, what drives her to keep creating, and the challenges of being a full-time writer.