The Five Senses of Horror

Afarin Sajedi
Painting by Afarin Sajedi
Afarin Sajedi
Painting by Afarin Sajedi

I’ve known about this for a while now, but am nevertheless stoked to finally announce that I’ve got a story being reprinted in The Five Senses of Horror, a super-cool anthology edited by Eric J. Guignard, due for release in April this year.

The scope of this book (which I’ve snurched from the editor’s public Facebook announcement) includes the influence of horror and dark fantasy short fiction on the five human senses (interaction and relationship between imaginative horror perception and the senses) and how these insights can assist writers/ or how they’ve been used effectively by authors as inspiration within this form of writing.

The Five Senses of Horror will include a study and commentary from psychologist, Erika Price, PhD; Psychology Instructor at Loyola University Chicago & Statistics/ Methods Consultant; gorgeous illustrations from artist, Nils Broß (not the artist of the painting I’ve included over on the right, by the way); and also a range of fantastic short horror fiction.

• Heading Home by Ramsey Campbell (sense of touch)
• Soft by Darrell Schweitzer (sense of touch)
• Feel the Noise by Lisa Morton (sense of touch)

• In the Cave of the Delicate Singers by Lucy Taylor (sense of sound)
• Sounds by Kathryn Ptacek (sense of sound)
• Malleus, Incus, Stapes by Sarah Totton (sense of sound)

• His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood by Poppy Z. Brite / Billy Martin (sense of taste)
• Cassilago’s Wife by Sarah Singleton (sense of taste)
• Sweet Subtleties by Lisa L Hannett (sense of taste)

• The Beholder by RC Matheson (sense of sight)
• In the Porches of My Ears by Norman Prentiss (sense of sight)
• The Impression of Craig Shee by David McGroarty (sense of sight)

• Shem-el-Nessim: An Inspiration in Perfume by Chris Bell (sense of smell)
• The Scent by John F.D. Taff (sense of smell)
• The Odor of Violets by John Farris (sense of smell)

I’m stoked to have a piece included in such great company, but even more stoked to get my hands on this book so that I can read all these stories, and see the fab illustrations!


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