In a world rife with horrors, a little homeopathic medicine is a perfect antidote. To that end The Great Lakes Horror Company, "A weekly horror and speculative fiction themed podcast with a focus on writers and the written word," has collected horror pills in the form of short stories in Group Hex Vol 1. Author/bon vivant and former colleague at fab magazine Andrew Robertson has collected shiver-inducing tales from a wide variety of horror writers and slid them between creepy covers.
Perusing a proof, I was drawn into a sci-fi-ish tale by Suzanne Church featuring monster muppets and a truly grotesque gory concept that quite creeped me out. It's followed by Stephanie Bedwell-Grime's spooky fable about the dangers of travelling at night with, like all the best short stories, a comically nasty twist. Brian FH Clement contributes an excerpt from what I hope will grow to be a post-apocalyptic horror novel (it ends just as it gets good), and Goth/vampire queen Nancy Kilpatrick is represented by a vampire vamp with a bloody funny punchline. And Sephera Giron offers a semi-queer bdsm-flavoured romp with insects and sleazy hotel rooms that is an erotic romp.
Because this piece is to promote the launch party, I didn't have time, yet, to savour the rest of the tales but I did skip ahead to read Robertson's story "Miira." Fusing body shame, Buddhism, witches and extreme botox, it is great fun. Robertson, who is highly active in the Horror Writer's Association Ontario Chapter, is hosting the launch with the assistance of drag queen/monstre sacre Allysin Chaynes. Many of the writers will be on hand to read, glad hand and generally be scary.
Group Hex Vol 1 is, so far, entertainingly horrific and I will dive back in when I get my hands on a hard copy at the launch. If I survive.
Group Hex Vol 1 launches on Thurs, Jan 12 at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. gladdaybookshop.com