Posted By on November 4, 2013

As a young teen I wasn’t the avid reader of novels I am today. Maybe I didn’t have the patience for them back then; my hyperkinetic mind couldn’t yet commit to long-form genre literature. I do remember getting through a few Stephen King books, and some by John Saul and John Coyne, but mostly I read anthologies.

Short stories were ideal for me because I could finish one in a single sitting. As a fright fan I bought up any horror collection I could find: SHADOWS (a long-running series edited by Charles L. Grant), GALLERY OF HORROR (also edited by Charles L. Grant), BORDERLANDS (another series, edited by Thomas Monteleone), STALKERS, and SPLATTERPUNKS, to name just a few.

Shadows (1978) edited by  Charles L. Grant

Shadows (1978) edited by
Charles L. Grant

As much as I loved chewing on these tasty terror morsels, I discovered some stories — and certain authors — hooked me more than others. As I got a little older I began seeking out novels written by authors whose short works I enjoyed. This was how I discovered many of my favorite writers: Robert McCammon, Joe R. Lansdale, Richard Laymon, Bentley Little, Bill Pronzini.

Hence why I’m so exited to be editing a new Horror/Science Fiction anthology titled WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS? (Submission details HERE.) I hope to find some talented new voices and share their words with the world.

Short stories are a wonderful, powerful introduction to an author’s oeuvre. One piece can create a fan for life!

About the author

Sawney Hatton is the author of the Dark Comedy novel DEAD SIZE, the YA Noir novella UGLYVILLE, the Dark Fiction short story collection EVERYONE IS A MOON, and the editor of the Sci-Fi/Horror anthology WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS?


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