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“CREATURES” COMFORT

New England Horror Writers Association is proud to present their 8th Anthology of the finest writing this side of Route 95 in “WICKED CREATURES” a compendium of uncomfortable tales designed to keep you up at night, starring the greatest array of shadows, ghosts, monsters and nightmares ever to enter your consciousness. We have beasties that fly, bite, scream and kill and is there nary a person that can intercede?

For sixteen years I have submitted and longed to be included in this bi-annual amalgam of warped sensibilities, but have been left crying in my pillow along with hundreds of other members of the cold-climate creators club here in the far reaches of this town we call America. Bucket-list achievement unlocked! And speaking of crazy thoughts, I warrant that you may just enjoy my meager contribution “The Quality of Mercy” a supernatural smackdown between Rhode Island’s own horror luminary HP Lovecraft and the little seen but always feared Mercy Brown and her whole VAMPIRE clan. It’s a showdown for the ages and you’ll experience it in the weird master’s own testimony, Lovecraft himself.

Featuring work by K. H. Vaughan, James A. Moore, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Cindy O’Quinn, David Bernard, Rob Smales, Victoria Dalpe, Katherine Silva, Errick Nunnally, Richard Alan Scott, Morgan Sylvia, Trisha J. Wooldridge, J. Edwin Buja, D.E. Ladd, Daniel R. Robichaud, Peter N. Dudar, Patricia Gomes, John C. Foster, Howard Odentz, John Grover, Paul McMahon, Timothy P. Flynn, F. R. Michaels, and Nick A. Zaino III. With Cover art by Ogmios.

See, in Boston we say “wicked” a lot. Get it? Dig it? I knew that you would.

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Art by the handsome Ogmios

THE QUALITY OF MERCY

At age twenty-one, Rhode Island’s most famous master of the macabre, H. P. Lovecraft, was a high school drop-out; an awkward and emotionally crippled shut-in who wrote all night and slept by day.  His only pleasures came from weaving his own bizarre, fledgling stories and composing his science column for The Providence Journal.  A request to edit a U.S. edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula emboldens him to investigate Rhode Island’s own vampire legend, Mercy Brown, resulting in a showdown that would forever change the literature of horror!


s he reversed the car, I couldn’t help but look back at the pitch black graveyard.  There was a round, blue orb of light hovering over the area where Mercy Brown was buried.  I didn’t bother alerting Bernie to its presence.  I knew it was there expressly for me.

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On the ride home, even after I’d calmed, I could not shake the distinct feeling that we were being followed.  There wasn’t another soul on the road, and I felt silly as I looked behind us for the fifth time. Continue reading