And Now the Nightmare Begins: The Horror Zine: Edited by Jeani Rector, 256 pgs.

May 04, 2010

When this book arrived at my mailbox, I excitedly put on my favorite cloak and plastic Dracula fangs and got ready to discover a whole new generation of horror writers following in the footsteps of Stephen King, H.P Lovecraft, and Edgar Allen Poe: the only three horror authors I could think of off the top of my head. I poured some Hawaiian Punch (which, for the purpose of reading this extremely spooky collection of scaaaary fiction, I pretended was blood) into a skull-shaped goblet and began to devour this book, much like the Wolfman might devour the Mummy during one of their bone-chilling battles (I’m not really into horror stuff, so I’m really reaching with my references here). I’m proud to say that I didn’t once scream and run away terrified from this collection, which I believe is what’s supposed to happen when reading this. And Now the Nightmare Begins: The Horror Zine features contributions from aspiring poets, writers, and artists from across the country who specialize in the macabre. It is essentially a print version of the website,, which helps promote unknown horror hopefuls from across the country. While none of this had me vomiting in terror (well, not in the way it may have been intended to. There is some really fucking goofy shit in this book), I found a lot of this to be fun to read. It also helps to picture all of these being read by Vincent Price in your head. –Andy Conway (BearManor Media, PO Box 71426, Albany, GA31708)


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