Hocking’s Seven Short Shudders
Nov20

Hocking’s Seven Short Shudders

Hocking’s Seven Scarce Shudders by John C. Hocking More short stories of the supernatural that chill to the bone.   My original list of seven shuddersome short stories from last month highlighted some of the best supernatural work I’ve read, but I limited myself to tales that could be found with minimal effort and expense.  This list is not so merciful.  Here are seven superlative horror yarns that deliver distilled...

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Hocking’s Seven Shudders
Oct23

Hocking’s Seven Shudders

Hocking’s Seven Shudders Short stories of the supernatural that chill to the bone. by John C. Hocking This is a much shorter list than I’d like but many of the finest authors of the weird tale currently have their work available only in rare old paperbacks or lavishly expensive new hardcovers and I wanted to suggest stories a reader might find without too much effort or expense. Alas, Karl Edward Wagner, T.E.D. Klein, H. Russell...

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The Cosmic Horror of Sword & Sorcery
Oct09

The Cosmic Horror of Sword & Sorcery

The Cosmic Horror of Sword & Sorcery by Bill Ward The bones of sword & sorcery lie close to the skin, and one sure blade-stroke is enough to lay them bare for all to see. There is plot-driven pulp action there, at the core, but supporting that is a foundation of swashbuckling historical adventure, and expectations of encounters of the picaresque and the exotic kind. To be sure we can also see the unsentimentality of the...

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