This Week in Horror 12/13/2017

Mouth of the Underworld - Clint Westgard

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The Mouth of the Underworld, the eater of souls, has long been lost. But Kasuir and Jasryl, Hautlyrun youths who have heard endless tales of it, discover its entrance in the highlands above their town.

They are forbidden to enter the cave, warned that the old tales may be true. But they are both young. They do not believe in those old stories, told to scare them as children. The old ways were all proven wrong when the Ven conquered and brought the railroad and modernity.

But sometimes old tales do have a kernel of truth. For something awaits them in the Mouth of the Underworld. From it, there will be no escape.

Piercing the Veil - Guy Riessen

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What do flesh-eating cell phones, brain-enhancing tacos, and a real live dead foot have in common?

They're all tools in the destruction of our world, and a weapons-grade team of heavily-armed Miskatonic University nerds may be humanity’s last hope.

Something is ripping holes in the Veil of energy that separates our world from that of the ancient evils writhing just beyond what we think is reality. Time is running out for Professors Derrick LeStrand, Howard Strauss and their team of researchers as they race to hunt down a mysterious Frenchman who wields Necromantic Death Magic unlike anything they’ve seen before.

Tearing open psychological wounds from Derrick’s past, the cabalistic sorcerer is gathering ancient icons of power to pierce the Veil and bring down the only thing shielding mankind from the relentless horrors beyond.

If they fail, the only questions that will remain are who will live in servitude to the Great Old Ones and who will die…and who will supply Derrick with tacos?

Set against the backdrop of a world where H.P. Lovecraft was not a fiction writer, but a Sweep, a special operative trained to protect the collective sanity of the human race with misinformative blends of fact and fiction … where the Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual is little more than a slightly skewed Audubon Field Guide, and the monster movies you grew up with are more documentary than not.

The Cosmic Case of Chevy California - Aaron Ramsay

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Chevy California is a private investigator, hired gun, and occasional killer of cosmic creatures from beyond the stars. Contracted to investigate the occult and strange in 1970's New Orleans, she has made a living out of dragging dark secrets into the light.

When the dirty cop who fronts her intel asks her to disrupt a drug deal as a personal favor, Chevy discovers that there's more to the back alley bargain than just cash and narcotics. The revelation of a secret society reaching the very top of New Orleans' government threatens to herald the return of a dead god--one whose first order of business will be to wipe clean the Earth of all human life squatting on it.

Chevy, between killing gods and tackling cults, keeps an eye on her ailing mother. Beyond the threat of human extinction and the human struggle of loss, Chevy must take stock of who she wants to be, so that she may confront who she is supposed to be.

The Ghost Game - J.D. Dixon & James Dixon

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They got me in the cradle and they got me in the playground, following me, speaking to me my entire life.'

At first he didn't know who they were, these unquiet dead. From the earliest age they came to him, begging his attention, until one day he learned the horrifying truth. Now they are back once again to disrupt his peaceful life, and they will ask unspeakable things of him before the end. For Thomas, this is going to be a Christmas to remember. For his family, it will be a living nightmare.

From the critically acclaimed author of 'The unrivalled transcendence of Willem J. Gyle,' this novella will haunt you long after the final page has been turned.

Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare - Stephanie M. Wytovich & Steven Archer

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Roll the windows down, wipe the blood off your cheek, and turn the music up. Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare by Stephanie M. Wytovich is a collection spattered with dirt and blood, sage and corpses. The poems inside are confessionals and dirges, their stories the careful banter of ghosts and sinners over tequila at the bar.

These pages hold the lyrics to the beautiful grotesque that Wytovich is known for, but here she writes with a raw honesty that we haven’t seen from her before. This new direction takes readers to hospital rooms and death beds, shows the mask that was skinned off her face time and time again. There’s a brutality to her lines that cuts with the same knife she fantasized about it, her blood and tears mixed in with stanzas as she talks about suicide and abuse, heartbreak and falling in love.

Written during a time when the road was her home, these poems were sung under the stars and screamed in the woods, carved into trees. They are broken bottles and cigarette butts, stale coffee and smeared lipstick, each its own warning, a tale of caution.
Listen to them carefully.

They very well might save your life.

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