BIG NEWS! Issue #2 of Nightmare Abbey Magazine from Dead Letter Press is now available for purchase. My Horror Delve column makes a return appearance in its pages, this time finding me taking a look at dreams and nightmares in short horror fiction.
Alongside my column, I also have a new short story published in it. It’s titled “Dead Hands Clapping”. It’s about a man who finally attains the lost recording of an old radio program that aired on the night of a horrible tragedy which took the lives of his parents. The genesis of this tale haunted my thoughts for a couple years before I actually started writing it. Once I was ready, the process flowed quite naturally. This one just felt like a story which demanded I give it life. It combines my appreciation for Old Time Radio programs (shout-out to Jim Paul’s old Relic Radio Forums and the great friends I met there, especially Barry Jacob and Mac), anthologies, and death omens (of which I include several, as well as some historical Easter eggs involving theater tragedies). I’m very proud of this story and am looking forward to reading what people think of it.
But enough about me, because this issue is absolutely packed with amazing stories by a whole host of superb authors, many of whom I’ve long been a fan. There are stories by Steve Duffy, Gary Fry, Helen Grant, John Llewelyn Probert, David Surface, James Dorr, Adrian Ross, Gregory L. Norris and Kurt Newton. There are reprints of classic horror stories by Theodore Sturgeon and Edward Lucas White, as well as a special feature by Gary Gerani remembering the old Thriller television series and an in-depth look at the influences of Sturgeon’s classic story “It” written by Nightmare Abbey editor andpublisher, Tom English. Peppered throughout the issue are beautifully evocative illustrations by the great Allen Koszowski. This is a can’t miss buy for any fan of horror fiction!
Here’s a sneak peak:
UK Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nightmare-Abbey-2-Steve-Duffy/dp/B0BN5Z9QGY/ref=sr_1_1?crid=381Z8II98CUQ4&keywords=nightmare+abbey+2&qid=1669998056&sprefix=nightmare+abbey+2,aps,82&sr=8-1&fbclid=IwAR1vmSECjRVL71MzFR0BPqm6yIKygqNJTWgIO7efChfs2Xzp4OYB3lhvEoo
Article by Matt Cowan