Dark River Press reviews WHAT FEARS BECOME

“Bast” is meeting more unsuspecting eyeballs. What Fears Become, in which my story “Bast” appears, has been reviewed by Robert Leyland of Dark River Press (and it’s subsidiary magazine, Dark River):

Editor of The Horror Zine, Jeani Rector, has put together a collection of stories, poetry and art that will inspire and delight. Every page contains horrors ranging from a man-eating carpet to the souls of fish and sharks, and, of course, some of the usual suspects. Each story is a chiller, guaranteed to disturb even the most hardened horror reader, keeping them sweating and horribly awake through the witching hour and beyond.

What’s nice about this anthology is that there’s a good mix of big names, like Graham Masterton and Ramsey Campbell, and less well known, but no less talented, writers. As horror poetry seems to be ‘less than popular’ at the moment, it is good to see this underrated art form included also, and the artwork spattered throughout the anthology’s pages gives some visual ‘variation’ when reading for long stretches.

Of particular note for me were the short stories of Graham Masterton, Joe R. Lansdale and Richard Hill. Masterton takes on the Arthurian legend of The Lady of Shalott when an ancient mirror brings the legend horribly to life; Lansdale’s Fish Night explores the idea that even animals have souls; and Hill’s You Said Always and Forever plays on the ideas of broken relationships, stalkers (real or imagined), and psychosis.

The selection of poetry and artwork contains more than its fair share of gems, but, as poetry and art are so subjective, I’ll not taint your opinions with those of my own.

A major strength of this anthology is its diversity: not every story, poem or piece of art will appeal to everyone. I, for example, am not a fan of vampires, but man-eating carpets on the other hand…

What Fears Become is a well considered and well constructed collection of work which gives publicity, agency and audience to talented, but under-represented horror writers and artists. Support them. Go buy this book!

Click here for a screencap of the review.

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