What a great way to start off autumn. My latest story “Blood & Gingerbread” has just released as part of the anthology Masks from Black Shuck Books, an imprint of Great British Horror. It seems I am becoming a British author by proxy as this is my second in a series of at least four sequential books lined up with British presses.
This story was fun to write. Inspired by Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and real-world accounts of militant separatist compounds, “Blood & Gingerbread” is set in a secluded community where bizarre annual rituals keep death at bay. It explores the raw human need to control, holding domain over violence, nature, families, behavior, life, and death. What happens when that power is disrupted?
Check out the table of contents below featuring some of the great writers you’ll find in the independent horror field right now. Masks is edited by Dean M Drinkel and the cover art is by the late and great illustrator James Powell, may he rest in peace.
- PORCELAIN by James Everington
- BLOOD & GINGERBREAD by D T Griffith
- THE HOUSE OF A THOUSAND FACES by Chris Stokes
- VARIETY NIGHT by Russell Proctor
- AFTER THE END, THE BEGINNING by Christine Morgan and Lucas Williams
- THE MAN WHO FED THE FOXES by Phil Sloman
- MANY HAPPY RETURNS by Kyle Rader
- TRIXIE by Christopher Beck
- THE FACE COLLECTOR by Stephanie Ellis
- AN ABSENT HOST by F A Nosić
- THE SILENCING MACHINE by Clockhouse London Writers
- HIS LAST PORTRAIT by Adrian Cole
- THE JAR BY THE DOOR by Icy Sedgwick
Purchasing info and other details are available on Black Shuck Book’s site: blackshuck.greatbritishhorror.com/masks.