Saturday, 31 October 2015

Hallowe’en favourites from the editors of TFF

Staying in the Hallowe’en mood, we asked all of the TFF editors and guest editors for their recommendations of horror-themed short stories (both worldwide and in TFF’s back catalogue), for names of women and POC horror writers, for films, children’s books, artwork and videogames in this genre. Not everyone answered in every category, and the list below is just the first thing or two that each person thought of, in no particular order, and is certainly not meant to be a definitive list. Please add your own favorites or recommendations in the comments. Happy Hallowe’en!

1) Horror Stories:
2) TFF horror stories:
3) Women horror writers:
  • Mary Shelley
  • Susan Hill
  • Nicola Griffith
  • Octavia Butler
  • Cecilia Tan
  • Cherie Priest
  • Tanith Lee
  • Wendy Wagner
4) Horror writers of colour:
  • Tananarive Due
  • Rani Manicka (her book The Rice Mother about the horrors of the Japanese occupation of Malaysia was so disturbing)
  • Ben Okri's books are terrifying
  • Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • Daniel José Older
  • Koji Suzuki
  • Khakan Sajid
5) Horror films/TV shows:
  • A Woman Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Alien
  • The Thing
  • Babadook
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • The Hunger
  • The Ring
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Afterlife (TV)
  • Pushing Daisies (TV)
  • Les Revenants (TV)
6) Horror/monster-themed children’s books:
  • Les trois brigands, by Toni Ungerer (I don't know if this counts as horror, but it is a scary story that turns out to be cute in the end)
  • Jan Pienkowski's Haunted House
7) Horror artwork:
8) Horror videogames:
  • Eternal darkness: Sanity's Requiem
  • American McGee’s Alice

Friday, 30 October 2015

Hallowe'en Special: horror stories from TFF

If you’re looking for a few dark and bloody tales to read for the Hallowe’en season, we’ve a list of 35 such stories to share with you—taken from the annals of TFF over the last ten years. Maybe we should make an anthology of these some day…

If you like your horror fairly classic: more or less contemporary, and some combination of supernatural or violent, here are the stories that might be up your dark, deserted alley:

If you don't mind a bit of secondary world in your horror, dark fantasy, historical, post-apocalyptic or dark steampunk, then some of these might be more your steaming mug of horse blood:


And if you like a touch of surrealism or magical realism while your heckles are being raised, sample some of these other-worldly beauties…
For more like this, follow The Future Fire for the next ten years, or check out our Fae Visions of the Mediterranean anthology—call for stories open for the next two weeks; volume will appear in the new year!