by Charmaine Tanti Image by Nico Grimm They might be small and cute, but vampire children are also the most dangerous and disturbing of the undead. With their innocent and harmless appearance, and their voracious and uncontrolled appetites, they embody a fatal combination that often makes them more treacherous and more deadly than their adult
by Jeffrey Ford Illustration by Ivana Bugarinovic First published in The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, 2012 Out at the end of the world on a long spit of land like a finger poking into oblivion, nestled in a valley among the dunes, sat The Church of Saint Ifritia, constructed from twisted driftwood and
Text by Pete Farrugia Love is folly. The maiden, repelled by her own reflection in a brimming barrel of sake, is suspended between doubt and despair. She is overtaken by the sound of a nearby waterfall and the forest wind. The water is a drum, the air is a flute. She moves on stage and
The October 2013 issue. The Halloween season has always been good to Schlock, and this year we usher in our post-summer comeback in its wake. As per tradition, it’s an annual celebration whose trappings we indulge in eagerly and readily as ever, and this year we’re lucky enough to be able to do it with
One of the most decorated authors of contemporary fantasy fiction, Jeffrey Ford – whose latest anthology, Crackpot Palace, collects some his most memorable short stories – tells Schlock how it all started “around 125 stories ago”, the one theme that drives his writing and the one reason why anyone should write in the first place. How
On his fifth trial day of Represenex 13 – an experimental drug in the shape of a squishy pink bowtie-shaped pill which smelled remarkably like peppermint, Fin answered the door to welcome his holiness the Dalai Lama inside the apartment: his third & final unexpected visitor of the evening, he hoped. “May I please be
I am writing this in an aluminium tube many miles above the ground that’s taking me all the way to Amsterdam. For work, not pleasure, natch. But anyway. Enjoy this reawakening of Schlock from the slumber that was hiatus – not that there’s any difference between hiatus and regular working hours at Schlock HQ, mind.