ISSUE 1 FICTION
Jack Ketchum, Meg Elison, Tim Waggoner, David James Keaton, Larry Hinkle, Tom Barlow, Nick Manzolillo, Josh Scott Wilson, and Gil Valle.
“The Phantom Video Stream” by Nick Manzolillo sets the tone with red-room atmospherics in the story of a man who discovers a hidden channel streaming from what may be another reality.
Tim Waggoner’s “Are You Crazy?” answers its own question in shocking Waggoner style.
Larry Hinkle’s “Meat Cute” opens with “Stop staring at her tits!” and ends with a coldblooded revelation. Short and not so sweet.
Tom Barlow’s “Selfie” demonstrates that two heads aren’t always better than one, not when they’re spitting images.
Meg Elison’s “The Middle Child” takes an unflinching look at fame and greed and the mania underlying video virality.
In “Sick Jokes” Josh Scott Wilson takes political incorrectness to new heights–and depths.
David James Keaton, aka DJK, takes us for a ride into brutal biker mayhem that hits like a jackhammer in “The Flowery.” Some tattoos ain’t cool.
Jack Ketchum reprises “Megan’s Law,” a disturbing look at what can happen when a child molester moves into a concerned dad’s neighborhood. We asked Jack for a new story but he was recuperating from surgery at the time, so we’re happy to reprint one of his best. If you’ve never read this classic, you’re in for a creepy treat, and if you have then you know it’s definitely worth rereading.
Plus, an exclusive excerpt from the NYPD’s “Cannibal Cop” Gil Valle’s upcoming Comet Press release of his first novel A Gathering of Evil, which parallels the message-board fantasies that landed him in jail.