Tales To Terrify No 6 Gemma Files

February 17, 2012 by Drew S

Short Story: Halloween Lights by Anna Taborska 00:20

Poetry: The Curse by Larry Santoro 15:00

Fact:  Horror Anarchy and Doom by Andy Remic 22:30

Main Fiction: Sown From Salt by Gemma Files 33:30

Narrators: Nathan Lowell, Jason Sanford


  1. Guys! Really amazing job by Jason Sanford, and thank you for the kind words generally. My only request would be that you adjust the TOC to read “Sown From Salt” rather than “Snow From Salt”. Otherwise, I’m wonderfully pleased.;)

  2. Gaaaa! Gemma, sorry about that. I’ll pass it on to the people who know of such matters. Hope we can get more from you somewhere down the way…

  3. The Bram Stoker Award Nominees for 2011 are out. Here they are, by category:

    A Matrix Of Angels by Christopher Conlon (Creative Guy Publishing)
    Cosmic Forces by Greg Lamberson (Medallion Press)
    Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi (Medallion Press / Thunderstorm Books)
    Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle Books)
    Not Fade Away by Gene O’Neill (Bad Moon Books)
    The German by Lee Thomas (Lethe Press)

    Isis Unbound by Allyson Bird (Dark Regions Press)
    Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs (Night Shade Books)
    The Lamplighters by Frazer Lee (Samhain Horror)
    The Panama Laugh by Thomas Roche (Night Shade Books)
    That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley (JournalStone)

    Ghosts of Coronado Bay, A Maya Blair Mystery by J. G. Faherty (JournalStone)
    The Screaming Season by Nancy Holder (Razorbill)
    Rotters by Daniel Kraus (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
    Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
    A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Candlewick / Walker)
    This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster / David Fickling Books)

    Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (First Second)
    Locke & Key Volume 4 by Joe Hill (IDW Publishing)
    Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen (Dark Horse)
    Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine by Jonathan Maberry (Marvel)
    Baltimore Volume I: The Plague Ships by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden (Dark Horse)
    Neonomicon by Alan Moore (Avatar Press)

    7 Brains by Michael Louis Calvillo (Burning Effigy Press)
    “Roots and All” by Brian Hodge (A Book of Horrors)
    “The Colliers’ Venus (1893)” by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Naked City: New Tales of Urban Fantasy)
    Ursa Major by John R. Little (Bad Moon Books)
    Rusting Chickens by Gene O’Neill (Dark Regions Press)
    “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine” by Peter Straub (Conjunctions: 56)

    “Her Husband’s Hands” by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine, October 2011)
    “Herman Wouk Is Still Alive” by Stephen King (The Atlantic Magazine, May 2011)
    “Hypergraphia” by Ken Lillie-Paetz (The Uninvited #1)
    “Graffiti Sonata” by Gene O’Neill (Dark Discoveries #18)
    “Home” by George Saunders (The New Yorker Magazine, June 13, 2011)
    “All You Can Do Is Breathe” by Kaaron Warren (Blood and Other Cravings)

    True Blood, episode #44: “Spellbound” by Alan Ball (HBO)
    The Walking Dead, episode #13: “Pretty Much Dead Already” by Scott M. Gimple (AMC)
    The Walking Dead, episode #9: “Save the Last One” by Scott M. Gimple (AMC)
    Priest by Cory Goodman (Screen Gems)
    The Adjustment Bureau by George Nolfi (Universal Pictures)
    American Horror Story, episode #12: “Afterbirth” by Jessica Sharzer (20th Century Fox Television)

    Voices: Tales of Horror by Lawrence C. Connolly (Fantasist Enterprises)
    Red Gloves by Christopher Fowler (PS Publishing)
    Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (Volume One) by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
    Monsters of L.A. by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
    The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious Press)
    Multiplex Fandango by Weston Ochse (Dark Regions Press)

    NEHW Presents: Epitaphs edited by Tracy L. Carbone (Shroud Publishing)
    Ghosts By Gaslight edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers (Harper Voyager)
    Blood And Other Cravings edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor Books)
    Supernatural Noir edited by Ellen Datlow (Dark Horse)
    Tattered Souls 2 edited by Frank J. Hutton (Cutting Block Press)
    Demons: Encounters with the Devil and his Minions, Fallen Angels and the Possessed edited by John Skipp (Black Dog and Leventhal)

    Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne (Pelican Publishing)
    Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu edited by Gary William Crawford, Jim Rockhill and Brian J. Showers (Hippocampus Press)
    Starve Better by Nick Mamatas (Apex Publications)
    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies by Matt Mogk (Gallery Books)
    The Gothic Imagination by John C. Tibbetts (Palgrave Macmillan)
    Stephen King: A Literary Companion by Rocky Wood (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers)

    How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda Addison (Necon Ebooks)
    At Louche Ends: Poetry for the Decadent, the Damned & the Absinthe-Minded by Maria Alexander (Burning Effigy Press)
    Surrealities by Bruce Boston (Dark Regions Press)
    Shroud of Night by G. O. Clark (Dark Regions Press)
    The Mad Hattery by Marge Simon (Elektrik Milk Bath Press)
    Unearthly Delights by Marge Simon (Sam’s Dot)

    That last category…poetry collection. There will be joy or contention in the Boston/Simon household come Awards time. Between Bruce Boston and his wife Marge Simon, they have three of the six slots. Best wishes to all of you.

  4. Aloha Terror Tribe!
    I love Halloween. I love H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Outsider”. The idea of crossing Lovecraft’s “The Outsider” with a night of Trick or Treating is a fiendishly wonderful idea. “Halloween Lights” is just such a wonderful idea, however… well… I loved the setting so much, I wanted it to go further… maybe, even bob deeper into the darkly rich humor that might be possible in this delicious set-up. I do like Anna Taborska’s ending; happy it’s not a total downer and it made the journey worth the trick or trek… but… I do wish there was a longer All Hallow’s Eve journey to get there. Hey! I know! Maybe, she could have added in the pumpkin flavor of mythic Samhain (God of the Dead) and his one night when the dead are allowed to walk the earth before he collects them up for traveling on to the next world… or… oh wait a sec… is that exactly what happens? Is the dark figure with the light behind it Samhain? Perhaps, If the figure had a living Jack-o-lantern head, then someone as slow witted as I might “get-it”… guess she wants me to work it all out in my own thick shelled pumpkin head for myself. Well done, and I’m thinking more about it now, madam.
    Larry – “The Curse” is really good. Ray Bradbury good!
    Andy Remic thanks for watching “THAT” movie so I don’t have to.
    There is only one thing better than Halloween stories, Witches, and English Accents, and that’s tales about the gothic Old West with lurching un-dead gun fighters handing out justice and revenge in eerie church echos and lightning storms! Ye-Haw!
    Great episode!

  5. I have to admit, I feel like I should quit this with all the tumoirl from Sandy going on. But I commited myself to a year of good deeds,and so .with unease,I will continue on. I was out in traffic again today and let cars in when I could. I also put a couple of shopping carts back in their spot that were just left in the parking lot. I’ve had carts hit my car before by careless shoppers.

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