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    Essay: Shirley Jackson's Haunting Interiors

    Essay: Shirley Jackson's Haunting Interiors

    Cited as a major influence for writers like Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, it is impossible to discuss horror without mentioning Shirley Jackson. Especially this time of year. The New Yorker published an essay, “The Haunted Mind of Shirley Jackson” this week, and today we take a look at her incredible ability to write from the perspective of unreliable narrators. Enjoy, “Shirley Jackson’s Haunting Interiors” below.
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    New Fiction: "The Boomslang Coup" by Joel Hans

    A poisonous donkey, an anaconda with the head of a dog, and a girl responsible for keeping her father’s strange hybrids — her siblings — intact. In “The Boomslang Coup,” Joel Hans explores love and understanding in a tale that will haunt your dreams and melt your heart.
    Stories That Teach: “When I Make Love to the Bug Man” by Laura Benedict – Discussed by Adrian Van Young

    Stories That Teach: “When I Make Love to the Bug Man” by Laura Benedict – Discussed by Adrian Van Young

    Adrian Van Young dissects Laura Benedict’s masterfully unsettling tale “When I Make Love to the Bug Man.” In Benedict’s creepy story, a woman becomes mysteriously enthralled with the exterminator hired to rid her house of a spider infestation. You won’t quite believe what happens next.
    New Fiction!

    New Fiction! "Red" by Katie Knoll

    We are proud to present the chilling winner of our Short Story Award for New Writers: “Red” by Katie Knoll. In the off-kilter, fairy-tale world of this story, certain girls begin to turn into deer at night. The other girls are instantly jealous; each wants nothing more than to undergo her own transformation. “Red” is a dark meditation on the nature of envy and desire. Don’t miss this uniquely haunting story.

    Featured Fiction: “Room Tone” by Brian Evenson

    Featured Fiction: “Room Tone” by Brian Evenson

    We’re so pleased to introduce original fiction by Brian Evenson as part of our October showcase. In “Room Tone,” Filip needs to finish his movie. And he’s almost done, except for the room tone. “But Filip found himself unable to sleep at night, thinking about the room tone, thinking about the several moments in the movie where you heard the wrong silence.” You’ll love this quiet and scary story about getting things just right. “It was a weird day, everybody…

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    Fiction. Essays. Edits. Experts.

    Our Fall Fiction Contest judged by Kelly Link is open for submissions. SUBMIT NOW! Learn more on our Fall Fiction page. Also, thank you to everyone who submitted to our SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS. You can meet the winners and read their stories on our contest page. AMY HEMPEL selected stories for the fifth volume of our anthology, which is now available. This printed work is a collection of ten stories and essays, is distributed nationally, and sent to editors and agents across the country. Be sure to check out or calendar page, which highlights upcoming projects for 2016, and remember, our New Voices submission category is free to submit and pays for stories. It's all part of our mission to offer a quality platform for emerging writers. NEWS: The Masters Review Volume IV with stories selected by Kevin Brockmeier was an honorable mention for best anthology in the INDIEFAB Awards. Congratulations, Volume IV authors!
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