Turn to Ash Vol. 2: Open Lines is officially out in the wild as of this writing. The second installment of editor and publisher Benjamin Holesapple’s infant horror fiction zine centers on the midnight radio show of one Chuck Leek, an irascible DJ who opens up the phone lines one night to hear all the strange, darksome, and paranormal confessions his faithful listeners have to tell him.
My ongoing column, “Small Wonders”, focuses on a very special radio episode itself this time out, covering none other than the infamous “Thing on the Fourble Board” from that classic of old time radio, Quiet, Please. This story is claimed by many to be the scariest audio drama ever produced for radio, including a scribe by the name of Harlan Ellison who once confided to Patton Oswalt that “The Thing on the Fourble Board” came damn close to staining his britches as a boy. (And it almost did the same for me, too.)
Find out more about this traumatizing tale and read others like it in the new issue. Or listen to “Fourble Board” for yourself on YouTube.
But I advise you to do so only if you’re not in the house alone.
For those who recall, this past Fall I placed my story “American Gods, American Monsters” in M. P. Johnson’s and Sam Richards’ Hybrid Moments: A Literary Tribute to the Misfits, the second anthology from Weirdpunk Books.
I’m very happy to announce that the tale has been picked up for reprint in Year’s Best Hardcore Horror: Volume 2 by editors Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax. This annual series sets forth to collect “the extreme, harder side of horror, stories that break boundaries and trash taboos.” My story, which concerns itself with the obsessed Editor of a trashy true crime zine unraveling the mystery of a phantom serial killer, certainly invades a few comfort zones in the telling. My thanks go to Johnson and Richards for accepting the story on the first go-round, and to Chandler and Mullenax for giving it a second chance at finding an audience.
The book is due to be released in June of this year. You can find the TOC of all the other fine contributors on the Comet Press website.
In the meantime, Hybrid Moments is still available for purchase through Amazon and is still hungry for reviews (and flesh, but it’ll settle). Be sure to check out the exclusive Rue Morgue interview with M. P. Johnson, who is kind enough to give “Gods” a small shout-out in his responses.
The gods (and monsters) will see you later this summer…
Hybrid Moments: A Literary Tribute to the Misfits, the collection that contains my story “American Gods, American Monsters,” has just dropped from Weirdpunk Books. My contributor’s copy arrived in the mail yesterday. Justin Coons’ artwork is very nice to hold.
There’s a veritable Riot Fest of creeps, scoundrels, and psychos lurking in the contents here, and I’m happy to have gotten the chance to honor a band that has so provoked and influenced me over the years. Editors MP Johnson and Sam Richard interviewed me the other month to ask about my history with the Misfits and the genesis of my story. You can read it here.
For those who’d prefer an actual taste, the Rod Serling-flavored opening to the story goes something like this…
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