A new horror story in PLUTO IN FURS

/ Monday, September 30th, 2019 / No Comments »

Atoning for more crimes in delayed blog posts: back in August, Plutonian Press released Pluto In Furs: Tales Of Diseased Desires And Seductive Horrors at Necronomicon 2019 in Providence. I’m incredibly honored that editor and publisher Scott Dwyer included me in this project.

My contribution, “With Shining Gifts That Took All Eyes,” began as as a challenge to me from my wife to write something that would scare her. What I came up with did not scare Anita (and no one who knows her will be surprised by that, she’s pretty unflappable) but it turned out to be a tale well in line for what Scott was looking for, so providence provided, so to speak.

How to summarize the story? It’s about a couple with cracks developing in their marriage, and how those cracks further widen after they collect a strange flower during a trail hike and bring it home.

Here’s the full list of stories and contributors, which you can see is pretty incredible.

  • “The Tangible Universe” by Jeffrey Thomas
  • “The Wolf at the Door or The Music of Antonio Soler” by Devora Gray
  • “Other Yseut and Romance Tristan” by Adam Golaski
  • “Dermatology, Eschatology” by Kurt Fawver
  • “Headsman’s Trust: A Murder Ballad” by Richard Gavin
  • “It’s Hard to be Me” by John Claude Smith
  • “The Gutter at the Bottom of the World” by David Peak
  • “Tender is the Tether” by Rhys Hughes
  • “With Shining Gifts That Took All Eyes” by Mike Allen
  • “Stygian Chambers” by Orrin Grey
  • “Behemoth” by Clint Smith
  • “Worm Moon” by Gemma Files
  • “The Silvering” by Thana Niveau
  • “Walking in Ash” by Brendan Vidito
  • Cover art by Matthew Revert

    Pluto in Furs is only available in paperback: get it here.

    By the way, this is the second Plutonian Press anthology I’ve appeared in; and only the second they’ve ever published! The first, Phantasm/Chimera: An Anthology of Strange and Troubling Dreams, containing my short story “Binding,” you can find here.


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