SILURES is an eighteen-page, double-stitched horror/weird fiction DIY zine, put together by my own grubby hands. It contains three original short horror stories, four poems and two photographs. All content is my own original work.

I’m incredibly pleased to present a version of my short story, The Caller, which has been narrated by Soren Narnia of Knifepoint Horror infamy. You can listen to the story using the embedded Soundcloud player below.

I really enjoyed Emma’s post (at The Terror of Knowing blog) about her Goodreads TBR list, and how she uses this particular method to try to cut unnecessary items from the list. You can check out the post here.

I bought this a few months ago, and I was mostly attracted by the fact that this first issue includes a 7″ vinyl soundtrack EP, designed to be played whilst reading the stories. The presentation is fantastic – the vinyl is a garish green splatter edition, whilst the comic cover is printed on heavy textured paper, making the cover image of the comic’s “Die-rector” especially lurid. The whole presentation is highly impressive and overall it feels like a highly professional package.

I recently spent a few hours tidying up my Instapaper archive so I’d have something handy to read when waiting at the airport before we went on holiday. I mostly use read-it-later services to tag articles about history, folklore, horror or literature, but I knew I’d also used Instapaper to save some short stories that had been recommended to me online. Amongst the archived posts, I found a story called The Spire in the Woods which was posted to the horror-story subreddit NoSleep in 2013. I don’t know how I ended up saving this or how I’d even heard of it, but I figured if I’d bothered to look it up and then save it to my Instapaper, it might be worth a read.

I’m currently about a third of the way through Daphne du Maurier’s 1980 collection, The Rendezvous. It’s a collection of her earlier stories, all of them seemingly imbued with a typical du-Maurieresque undercurrent of dread and paranoia. I was reading it alongside members of the Instagram “[Shirley] Jackson Collective” but I’ve decided to abandon the book for now.