Indie authors have the enviable freedom to write something so unique that it would be considered unmarketable to mainstream publishers. This can lead to a huge amount of choice of voices and topics for the reading public, to an extent not dreamed of two decades ago. “The Grays Anatomy” by Rob Shepherd contains some unique tales, both in style and content. This collection mixes dark erotica (which I think is Shepherd’s great strength) with feats of imagination that feel like a
This intensely disturbing novella has three narrators each of whom are probably unreliable, but this does nothing to hamper Cushing's vivid storytelling. From the first page we are taken on a journey that considers such themes as suicide, lust and evolution from a dark, sacrilegious perspective. The style builds from a dull hum of curiosity to a scream that evokes Barker's Cenobites and Dante's Inferno in equal measure as each chapter is masterfully handled to build tension.
Freya – isolated and alone after a family tragedy, falls in love with her brother, and begs Lilith to save her. Perhaps the most gloriously fucked up of all the characters in Starblood, and one of my favourites. Freya doesn't play as large a role in Starblood the graphic novel as she does in the novel. We had to simplify the story for the comic version. However she is introduced in Psychonaut the graphic novel (due out 2017) and is one of the primary characters in that comic.
If you struggle to associate sex with fear you have probably forgotten what it was like to be a teenager. Horror, throughout history, has been strongly influenced by sex and sexuality. H.P. Lovecraft was a self-proclaimed asexual 1, and yet many of the images throughout the Cthulhu Mythos, tentacles, and monstrous genitalia can be interpreted as a fear of losing one’s self and one’s sanity to the sexual urge. The mouths of Bram Stoker’s vampires, full of fangs that penetrate