The Horror Zine has burst onto computers all over the world as an e-zine. "Twice the Terror" brings you the very best from The Horror Zine as a book. The Horror Zine presents its second in-print anthology, a wicked brew of stories with relentless suspense that ride side-by-side with haunting poetry and eye-popping artwork. Volume 2 from The Horror Zine unveils a fresh approach to basic fears and has twisted, unexpected endings.
"Twice the Terror: THE HORROR ZINE" contains contributions from famous writers such as Graham Masterton, Bentley Little, Joe R. Lansdale, Deborah LeBlanc, Ed Gorman, Stephen Gallagher, Terence Faherty, and Hugh Fox. But it also contains deliciously dark delights from morbidly creative people who have not yet made the big time...but they will soon.
Online horror magazine The Horror Zine has once again compiled its best short stories, poetry and artwork for this astoundingly high quality collection. Featuring a mixture of new and established talent, volume two is a veritable treasure trove of original horror fiction. However, Horror Zine doesn’t stop at fiction, as the book is also filled with incredible artwork of the macabre variety.
Another thing that stands out about this collection is the obvious effort to avoid repetitiveness. There are stories featuring zombies, vengeful Middle-Eastern Dentists, traffic accidents, thought-controlled ants and spirits that can harmonize like no living thing. The Brits outdo the Americans for the most part this time around, but that isn’t to say the American contributions are not compelling and well-written as well. The result is nearly perfect mix of realistic and fantastic horror stories.
A few stand-outs include We Zombies by Jonathan Grey Chapman, Not Here, Not Now by Stephen Gallagher and The Harmony by Paul Levinson. Also, a special mention should be made of editor Jeani Rector’s Under the House, perhaps one of the most deeply disturbing short stories written in years thanks to its frank portrayal of an abusive father and husband as seen through the eyes of his daughter.
No review of this collection would be complete without mentioning the wonderfully dark poetry, most of which is written in first person narrative as if providing a glimpse into the minds of the insane and evil. This is a trend that bears watching.
Fans of dark fiction with an original twist will find immense satisfaction with “Twice the Terror”.
- Reviewed by Christopher Nadeau for Suspense Magazine