Horror For Good: A Charitable Anthology
Late last year I got a call from Boyd E. Harris at Cutting Block Press, asking if I’d be willing to contribute a story for an upcoming charitable anthology they were doing. Now Boyd is a good friend of mine, and Cutting Block Press is one of the finest Indie publishers out there, so he pretty much had me at hello. “Sounds great,” I said. “What’s the charity?”
He explained that all revenues, less direct costs for production, marketing and distribution will be donated to amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.
I was intrigued. Won over is actually a better way to describe my reaction. An anthology put together by one of my favorite publishers to benefit a great cause (you can learn more about amfAR here), it’s a win-win.
I agreed and sent him my story “Sky of Brass, Land of Iron.” South Texas, where I make my home, is crowded with old Spanish ruins from the 1700s and early 1800s, theAlamobeing the most famous example. I’ve always had a deep fascination with these ruins, and they’ve figured prominently in several of my stories. But I’ve always suspected that there are ruins out there in the empty landscape ofSouth Texasthat haven’t been discovered.
Texas, with its vast, and sometimes inhospitable territory, was colonized slowly with lots of dead ends and false starts. My story imagines one such dead end, and picks up the thread when two good friends fromSan Antoniouncover some old ruins on the land they are trying to develop. What they find beneath the ruins of an abandoned church represents one of my rare forays into Lovecraftian horror.
Boyd then introduced me to three outstanding folks: Mark Scioneaux, Robert Shane Wilson and R.J. Cavender. These gentlemen were the editors and visionaries behind the anthology, and unbeknownst to me, had managed to assemble an amazing list of contributors. When I finally saw the table of contents, I was simply bowled over. Check out this list of talent:
A Message from the HWA President ~ Rocky Wood
The Journey of Horror For Good ~ Mark C. Scioneaux
Autumn as Metaphor ~ G.N. Braun
On a Dark October ~ Joe R. Lansdale
Mouth ~ Nate Southard
Blood for the American People Reception ~ Ray Garton
The Long Hunt ~ Ian Harding
The Apocalypse Ain’t so Bad ~ Jeff Strand
The Gift ~ Monica O’Rourke
The Silent Ones ~ Taylor Grant
Sky of Brass, Land of Iron ~ Joe McKinney
Consanguinity ~ Lorne Dixon
Dead Letters ~ Ramsey Campbell
The Monster in the Drawer ~ Wrath James White
Baptism ~ Tracie McBride
Atlantis Purging ~ Boyd E. Harris
Returns ~ Jack Ketchum
The Other Patrick ~ Brad C. Hodson
A Question of Morality ~ Shaun Hutson
The Meat Man ~ Jonathan Templar
A Man in Shape Alone ~ Lee Thomas
Solution ~ Benjamin Kane Ethridge
To and Fro ~ Richard Salter
Please Don’t Hurt Me ~ F. Paul Wilson
The Depravity of Inanimate Things ~ John F.D. Taff
The Lift ~ G.R. Yeates
The Eyes Have It ~ Rena Mason
Road Flowers ~ Gary McMahon
The Widows Laveau ~ Steven W. Booth & Norman L. Rubenstein
This Thing That Clawed Itself Inside Me ~ John Mantooth
Somewhere on Sebastian Street ~ Stephen Bacon
June Decay ~ Danica Green
Shiva, Open Your Eye ~ Laird Barron
I am incredibly excited about this project. Pick up a copy of this book, please. Not only is it a great collection of stories, but it’s for a good cause, a just cause, a necessary cause.
Hope you enjoy it!