2024-Issue 12

A Bloody Price by D.J. Tyrer

“You begged to become one of us. Well, now’s your chance.” The high priest of the coven, wrapped in robes stitched from human skin, held out a long-bladed knife to...

A Worthy Recruit by Sebastian Martinez

One of these days, you’ll be killed doing this. His Lieutenant’s statement stayed with him as he walked into the small house. They had taken the village in the night,...

About the Dark Weather by Max Bindi

If you seem what you seem don't look so grim when the lights of the world start to grow dim If the darkness unzips its eyes in a nightmare alley...

Day 22 by Cameron D. Alexander

Zane kills the engine and stands alone in the empty desert. The silence is so thick it buzzes in his ears. He pulls off his helmet, sweat and grime mingling...

Death by LaVern Spencer McCarthy

Death and I danced long and long one cold and rainy night. He held me close. His arms were strong. His eyes were hot and bright. The suit he wore...

Eating the Elephant: Tools of the Trade by Kimberly Rei & Dean Shawker

When it comes to tools of the trade, writing is delightfully low maintenance. Pen. Paper. That's it. But, oh, sweet author, that's just the beginning. There are so many delightful…...

Ensnared by Rekha Valliappan

“They walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen.” –H.P. Lovecraft The opportunity to view The Compendium of Consanguinities is something I accept. It is a unique book discovered...

Great Grandpa by LaVern Spencer McCarthy

Great Grandpa lay in his coffin, a grotesque smile on his face that the funeral workers could not remove. Little granddaughter Susie swore she would not bolt and run screaming...

I Eat Well by Juleigh Howard-Hobson

When Teenagers, After Having Researched Online Regarding the Use of Protective Circles and Amulets, Sit in an Old Graveyard to do Witchcraft and Magick at Midnight on Halloween, I Eat...

Lure by Oliver C. Seneca

It was nightfall by the time the cloaked woman approached the house. She moved like a shadow beneath the purple gem sky, weightless with her walk, seeming to hover just...

My Journey Prepared by Nick Romeo

What happens when my heart sprouts legs eight of them crawls out my throat onto the floor onto the highway highjacks a truck with a kitchen knife parks in your...

No Huntin’ by E.P. Lande

It was one of those late fall days when the filtered sun cast shadows, the trees in the forest acting like a kaleidoscope. It was the first day of hunting...

Pits in The Forest by Juleigh Howard-Hobson

Starting in October, I Set Up the Pits in The Forest     Sooner or later, someone will wander in, so, I wait. Patiently. I prefer trapping to hunting. There’s...

Scoots by J.R. Harlow

In the chaotic tangle of blackberry runners, the remaining green leaves were tinged with the red of the fall, as if dipped in blood. Mags took a trailing blackberry arm...

Season 26 by Bryce Thayne

On the last normal day of Samson’s life, he went to the store on his way home from work to grab a present for his daughter, who was just turning...

Slowly, Slowly by LaVern Spencer McCarthy

Slowly, slowly Death comes walking on its bony feet. Hungry, hungry, Death comes hungry, looking for a treat. Searching, searching, Death comes searching. Anyone will do. Crawling, crawling, Death comes...

The Dead Cries by Prayerlife Nwosu

I walked past the cathedral cemetery Creepy cries and murmurings heard Accompanied with sorrowful psalms Filling up jars with piles of goose bumps I saw angry souls craving for vengeance...

Tomorrow by D.M. Burdett

The storm passed through the bay, drenching everything in its path and filling the night with a cacophony of deafening drums. Lightning shattered across the cloudless sky, and the wind...

Vampire Moments by LaVern Spencer McCarthy

I share with him a lowly bed of straw, but when the moon is full, we do not sleep. We must obey a deeper, primal law. We run with wolves...

Who’s Next? by LaVern Spencer McCarthy

"Who wants to go next?" Barney asked. "Somebody must," replied Sylvester. "Be a volunteer," Barney suggested. "No," answered Sylvester. Barney scowled. "All of us must go sometime. It's best to...

Yours Truly, Spring-heeled Jack – Part Two by Glynn Owen Barrass

A night of fitful slumber made him oversleep, and he awoke feeling groggy. Luckily, the meeting was scheduled for noon. He had plenty of time to prepare himself. His wife...

Ω Editor Dean Shawker

Dean Shawker Dean Shawker hails from Bracknell, UK, and now lives in Melbourne, Australia. Dean is co-founder and editor of Black Hare Press. Having found that his BSc in Bioengineering...

Ω Editor Jodi Christensen

Jodi Christensen Small town...

Ω Editor Kara Hawkers

Kara Hawkers Kara Hawkers is a poet and author of short, dark fiction. As Editor-in-Chief, Kara devotes most of her time to operating The Ravens Quoth Press, along with her...

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