Read 'The Upstairs Room' now
This is how he pisses now. Slumped back against the cistern, letting it drain from him. It is four in the morning.
Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, of hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind and moss'd cottage-trees bent with apples. But also the season of witches and ghosts, of clowns in sewers and the fabled sharknado.
For the next couple of weeks, my ghost story ‘The Upstairs Room’ is available for you to read on Minor Literatures.
‘The Upstairs Room’, which I wrote about not so long ago here, will be included in the first edition of The Shadow Booth, a brand new journal of weird and eerie fiction, edited by the award-winning Dan Coxon. Drawing its inspiration from the likes of HP Lovecraft and Arthur Machen, and also Thomas Ligotti and (one of my favourites) Robert Aickman, The Shadow Booth explores the dark, murky territory between horror and literary fiction.
But none of this can happen without you. The stories are already all written, the cover is designed, the baying readership awaits. All that is needed is for you to support the project by placing your order to get your copy in time for Christmas.
You can read ‘The Upstairs Room’ here. And, more importantly, you can pledge your support and order a copy of The Shadow Booth here.
EDIT. The bad news: this story has now been taken down from the Minor Literatures site. The good: The Shadow Booth blasted its Kickstarter target and is now in the process of being printed, replete with ‘The Upstairs Room’. If you didn’t get a chance to pledge but still want to buy a copy of the book, I’m sure once it’s all wrapped up I’ll be mercilessly banging on about it, so stay tuned.
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