1) Letter from the Editor
Spring, that magical time of growth and rebirth, would seem to be the antithesis of all that is horror. The word spring, as in the "mechanical" device at least conjures up one horrific image, the reports of Springheel Jack. Sharp pointy teeth, glowing red eyes, and a penchant for leaping fences like they were simply curbs. The season of spring is also the season of...
2) Hidden Title (at the Bottom)
Tight narrow passages.
Flooding the vaulted chamber,
Spinning in the dervish pool,
Out through the other tunnel.
3) Ghostly Illumination #4
Between 1981 and 1985 an author with no novels to his name released a series of six books full of short stories that were called the Books of Blood. That author was named Clive Barker. Clive is not only renowned as an author. He also works as a film producer, a director, and a playwright. He is also an acclaimed artist with such works as drawings, book illustrations, and paintings.
Two stories, sixteen hundred square feet, on a half-acre lot. That was it. White metal siding put on sometime in the late fifties. Brown metal shutters on the main windows. Homey. Never understood why it sat abandoned since before the start of the sixties. So what if the owner committed suicide...
5) Dare Try 2
Warning: May be unsuitable for some readers. This
story contains mature subject matter and disturbing
situations. Reader Discretion is Advised.
An echo and a nearly imperceptible rustling from the hall informed Mabel that the master was coming. She broke their embrace and said, "Oh no! He mustn't see you or you will die all over again. What he does to those passed on is a million times worse than what he did to them before."
"Fear not. I have no qualms with letting my presence be known. I would face him and let him try his worst."
6) Review: House of 1000 Corpses
It's 1977 and the night before Halloween. Jerry and Denise, and Bill and Mary are on the road checking out offbeat roadside attractions. They come across a place run by the clown-faced Captain Spaulding that boasts tasty chicken, carnival style oddities, and a murder ride. When they hear about local legend Dr. Satan, Bill just has to go and see the tree where he was hanged but disappeared from.
7) Review: Pine Shallow: The Serpent Prophecies
Matthew Blackwood's life has been turned upside down as strange things begin to happen in his sleepy little town of Pine Shallow. Starting with his house being eaten by a strange insect infestation, and paranormal events following him wherever he goes, things are quickly turning from bad to worse. His son Eric is stuck in much the same predicament.
8) Sun Cycle: Twilight's Promise
May be unsuitable for some readers. This
story contains mature subject matter, disturbing
situations, and coarse language. Reader
Discretion is Advised.
Last night I had the weirdest dream. We were all out in the woods gathering sticks and small branches for the fire. We were walking farther and farther apart from each other. There weren't any dead people wandering anywhere. Nothing had happened for days, I remember thinking in this dream. I bent over to pick up a really good piece of wood that had tumbled away from an old broken tree.
9) Sommatoria #4
This issue we have delved into some very different areas of
horror. We have been party to things that many others will never
fathom. It is an experience that is personal to each of us,
private to our darkest heart. There are strings of commonality we
may all share, though. Now is the time to think about it as a
whole; one solid, cohesive unit. It is time for the Sommatoria.