Katrina Monroe and the Dark Side of Fiction

The Rack: Ian Rogers 

9/9/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

They came for Grog a little before five in the morning, barbeque forks thrust high and righteous, lit by a hundred Home Depot Clearance Sale flashlights. I expected more out of my little community—though they never gave me reason—and the rushed display was so disappointing (not a single pitchfork!) I gave Grog up without a fight.

Every House is Haunted Review 

9/6/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

In this brilliant debut collection, Ian Rogers explores the border-places between our world and the dark reaches of the supernatural. The landscape of death becomes the new frontier for scientific exploration. A honeymoon cabin with an unspeakable appetite finally meets its match. A suburban home is transformed into the hunting ground for a new breed of spider. A nightmarish jazz club at the crossroads of reality plays host to those who can break a deal with the devil...for a price. 

The Three Review

9/2/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 The world is stunned when four planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. There doesn't seem to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters, a single child is the sole survivor. Dubbed "the three" by the press, these "miracle children" achieve international celebrity. Things take a dark turn when a fanatical preacher starts insisting that the young survivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse.

 

The Rack: Marcus Sedgwick 

8/26/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

Bunny’s been gone two weeks now. Gone where, I have no idea, but I’m almost certain she won’t be coming back. She took everything from her broom cupboard, except the TORTURE FOR DUMMIES book I gave her for Arbor Day, and left no note. It’s as clean a break as I could have asked for, so why do I feel so crappy?

The Ghosts  of Heaven 

8/23/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

Timeless, beautiful, and haunting, spirals connect the four episodes of The Ghosts of Heaven, the mesmerizing new novel from Printz Award winner Marcus Sedgwick. They are there in prehistory, when a girl picks up a charred stick and makes the first written signs; there tens of centuries later, hiding in the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who people call a witch

Fellside 

8/19/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. It's not the kind of place you'd want to end up. But it's where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life.

Fellside 

8/19/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. It's not the kind of place you'd want to end up. But it's where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life.

Disappearance At Devil's Rock 

8/5/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a local park.

The Rack: John Foster 

8/5/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

Jack London said that a person can’t wait for inspiration; she has to go after it with a club. Or in this case, with a big, wooden box adorned with nails and a wide window for viewing the show.

 

            “I’d like to thank you, John,” I tell my latest client. “I was all set to put you on the rack, but after reading MISTER WHITE, I got a better idea.”

Mister White Review 

8/1/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

In the shadowy world of international espionage and governmental black ops, when a group of American spies go bad and inadvertently unleash an ancient malevolent force that feeds on the fears of mankind, a young family finds themselves in the crosshairs of a frantic supernatural mystery of global proportions with only one man to turn for their salvation.

Carter and Lovecraft 

7/29/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case -- the hunt for a serial killer -- went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss.

The Rack: Adam Nevill 

7/19/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

Bunny has a new obsession. Far be it from me to deny her something which provides a little joy to her otherwise dark and dreary existence down here in the basement, but it’s getting a bit out of control.

 

            Evil, thy name is E-bay

The House of Small Shadows 

7/19/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

Catherine's last job ended badly. Corporate bullying at a top TV network saw her fired and forced to leave London, but she was determined to get her life back. A new job and a few therapists later, things look much brighter. Especially when a challenging new project presents itself — to catalogue the late M. H. Mason's wildly eccentric cache of antique dolls and puppets.

The Fireman 

7/8/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe

The Rack Jeff Strand 

7/8/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

I don’t know when I decided I needed to decorate for my clients. There was a time, back when torture was good, honest work, that a mistress need only functional tools and a firm hand. People have grown soft. Myself included.

Blister Review

 

7/5/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

BLISTER has, in the beginning, an overall feel of a friend getting really excited (and maybe a little drunk) over a story he wants to tell you and they dive right in and you’re right there with them, kind of, but throughout the telling you get the feeling there’s something he’s leaving out and—

The Rack Jonathan Maberry 

7/1/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

Someone burned down the library. It was quite the spectacle. All those books flapping like firebirds against a sky white with ash… Bunny made ash angels while I stood and watched, a black parasol poised over my shoulder.

Fall of Night 

6/28/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

Stebbins Little School is full of bodies. It's unthinkable to Desdemona Fox. Children are sobbing as panicked teachers and neighbors beat down their family members outside of the school...or the things that used to be their family members. Parents don't eat their children do they?

The Rack: Tim Waggoner 

6/17/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

The air is caked in something thick and rancid, like Greek yogurt gone south. Chunky. I could almost choke on it, but no one else seems to be bothered. Bunny is making childish chalk drawings of flowers and a picket fence on the floor and walls, humming a tune that can only be described as spritely. Even my guest, bound to a chair that’s charges a la Frankenstein seems mostly unperturbed.

The Winter Box Review 

6/14/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

It’s Todd and Heather’s twenty-first anniversary. A blizzard rages outside their home, but it’s far colder inside. Their marriage is falling apart, the love they once shared gone, in its place only bitter resentment. As the night wears on, strange things start to happen in their house—bad things. If they can work together, they might find a way to survive until morning…but only if they don’t open the Winter Box.

The Rack: CM Saunders 

6/10/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

He’s strapped down tightly with leather straps flecked with bits of blood and bile and maybe a little ketchup from this afternoon’s lunch. I pin posies to the individual spikes in Christian’s hair, gelled to death with probably the last of the nineties’ stock of L.A. Looks while Bunny plays with the fuzz on his face.

Sker House Review 

6/7/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

Dale and Lucy are two students with a fascination in the supernatural. One weekend, they travel to Sker House, South Wales, a private residence with a macabre history which has recently been converted into a seaside inn. They plan to write an article for their university magazine about a supposed haunting, but when they arrive, they meet a landlord who seems to have a lot to hide.

Versus: Dark Places 

5/29/16

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Katrina Monroe

 

A thousand pounds of bronze in the shape of a bull, hollowed, with its head poised up as though sniffing something especially delicious. It was a gift from the Emperor of some far east kingdom as thanks for procuring a certain bit of information using my superior methods.

The Rack: A. Lee Martinez 

5/29/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

A thousand pounds of bronze in the shape of a bull, hollowed, with its head poised up as though sniffing something especially delicious. It was a gift from the Emperor of some far east kingdom as thanks for procuring a certain bit of information using my superior methods.

Robots Versus Slime Monsters 

5/24/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

Robots versus Slime Monsters might not actually have any stories where a robot fights a slime monsters, but it does feature a gorilla wrestling a lion. And in the end, isn't that almost as good?

Read All The Books 

5/20/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

It’s one of those things they tell you when you say you want to be a writer: read widely and read often. It’s sound advice. How are you supposed to write a thing if you don’t know how written things are supposed to look? You wouldn’t tell a surgeon to just go on ahead and take out that spleen even though he’s never actually seen one, would you?

Steven Wethrell Rack 

5/13/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

Last week, after cleaning up the mess left behind by Kaz, I found a small box of cash, tucked away beneath the nastiest floorboards. The serial numbers were sequential—a detail Bunny so helpfully pointed out—so I assumed the only thing I could: my budget had been expanded.

The Last Volunteer Review 

5/10/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

The planet Bersch is in big trouble. Not only is it ruled by a psychotic emperor, but it's also about to be destroyed by somebody's nuclear garbage. Now it's up to Bip Plunkerton- failed psyentist and reluctant adventurer- to leave his isolated community and warn civilisation of its impending doom. Unfortunately, in a world populated with angry krackens, hungry yetis and unhelpful seagulls, saving the day is nowhere near as easy as you'd first imagine...

J. A. Kazimer Rack 

5/6/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

It’s hot as balls in here. First the roof, now the a/c? Makes a girl wonder if the Lords and Ladies upstairs decided they’d rather play than watch. A smart person would wave their contract like a Jolly Roger and declare war on the Man. I, however, sort of set up shop without anyone’s permission. No contract. No rules. No a/c.

Curses Review 

5/3/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

When Cinderella is run over by a New Never City bus, her not-so-ugly stepsister, Asia, suspects murder. So she hires RJ, a private eye, to investigate. Little does she know RJ is actually a villain on mental health leave from the Villain's Union. Cursed with an inability to say no to damsels in distress, RJ travels to the Kingdom of Maldetto, meets the rest of Cinderella's family

Picking Your Battles 

4/29/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

Last week, I was contacted by a writer with a question. 
    What’s the process for getting published?
    Sounds like a simple enough question. The answers in my heard were along the lines of: Don’t. Are you insane? Curb-stomping is involved. Ever see that movie It? It’s like that. You’ll need the blood of a virgin and a pair of newborn calves with twin birthmarks. 

Robert Bevan Rack 

4/22/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

There’s a leak. It started sometime in the night and when I came into the library this morning there were puddles everywhere. Bunny, seeing the puddles, donned a raincoat and wellingtons and pounced on each one, splashing the tepid water all over me and my toys.

Genital Harpies Review 

4/19/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

GENITAL HARPIES is a short story based in the world created by Robert Bevan in his CAVERNS AND CREATURES series. It can be summed up as Dungeons & Dragons or Magic the Gathering meets Jumanji (the movie, not the game). Sounds fun because, well, it is.

The Reading List for Non-readers 

4/15/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

 

My wife doesn’t read.

            That’s not true. She doesn’t read much. That doesn’t make her a bad person, nor does it retract from the capital WOW that is her total package. As an author, though, I may or not may forcibly place books in her hand and hold her face down until she’s absorbed every word they have to offer. 

Rack Elizabeth Corrigan 

4/8/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

There’s something about old German music that really puts me in the mood. It blasts through the library—all that clarinet with its minor notes and OOM-pa OOM-pa tuba—and I can’t help but dance a little jig.

The Oracle of Philadelphia Review 

4/5/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve. Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure. 

Rack Erica Lucke Dean  

3/29/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

After walking away from her career as a business banker to pursue writing full-time, ERICA LUCKE DEAN moved from the hustle and bustle of the big city to a small tourist town in the North Georgia Mountains where she lives in a 90-year-old haunted farmhouse with her workaholic husband, her 180lb lap dog, and at least one ghost.

Splintered Souls

3/24/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

There’s Bunny hair everywhere. Long, silvery strands tangled up in the gears of the rack, dusting the floor like tumbleweeds, even in my morning Captain Crunch. Scraps of construction paper and dried glue pellets I’ve come to call rabbit shit litter every corner of the library—castaways from Bunny’s crafting hour. 

Rack Stephen Kozeniewski 

3/24/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

There’s Bunny hair everywhere. Long, silvery strands tangled up in the gears of the rack, dusting the floor like tumbleweeds, even in my morning Captain Crunch. Scraps of construction paper and dried glue pellets I’ve come to call rabbit shit litter every corner of the library—castaways from Bunny’s crafting hour. 

Ravens and Writing Desks 

3/18/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 The most important place in a writer’s life is their desk. The desk could be an actual, professional looking bit of furniture stuck in the corner. A couch cushion. A bed. No matter the place, there are a few standards that cannot be overlooked when picking out the prison in which you will spend the foreseeable future, churning out stories, screenplays, and your secret collections of monster porn.

Short Story: The Assignment 

2/5/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 I was twenty when I was chosen. Stolen. I jogged past that phone booth every morning for a year before I’d heard it ring. Blame curiosity – I picked up the receiver. A flash of sharp white light, and I was being crushed in an invisible fist.

Rack: MP Johnson

3/11/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

 

Dungeons and Drag Queens is a half-naked Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride of bizarro fiction. For the noobs, bizarro fiction, in a nutshell, means anything goes. Reader beware, this novel is not for the faint of heart. MP Johnson’s novel begins fierce and doesn’t stop.

Dungeons and Drag Queens 

2/5/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

 

Dungeons and Drag Queens is a half-naked Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride of bizarro fiction. For the noobs, bizarro fiction, in a nutshell, means anything goes. Reader beware, this novel is not for the faint of heart. MP Johnson’s novel begins fierce and doesn’t stop.

The Rack: David James Keaton

3/4/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

 

In honor of today’s guest, I’ve dressed Delilah in a blood-red collar with a skull charm to match The Rack. She’s curled, contented, on the floor of my Cabinet of Curiosities, beneath a matted feather boa. I like her best when she’s sleeping; my hands are covered in scratches from our pathetic training sessions.

Stealing Propeller Hats From The Dead

3/1//16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

There is a lot of zombie love in this collection, from the traditional drag and moan to beings a bit more disturbing (dead babies, anyone?). Keaton dips a toe in the zombie story trope pool, but most of the stories in this collection approach the undead from creative angles, appealing to readers across the spectrum.

The Rack: Taylor Grant

2/5/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

 

I’ve been a good girl. Kept the library (mostly) clean, though a black cat has somehow found its way inside and disappears whenever I try to catch her. Haven’t killed anything in at least a fortnight. Polished The Rack to a glistening shine. I’ve been so good even Sue noticed and promised me a surprise.

Villains

2/5/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

I’m willing to bet that in every one of those situations, you chose the villain. Oh, look at your confused face. You’re adorable. Yes, Sherlock Holmes (and his television doppelgänger, Gregory House) is a villain, just like his counterparts. Don’t believe me? Consider this definition, courtesy of writer Chuck Klosterman: The villain is the character who knows the most, but cares the least.

The Midnight Disease

1/29/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

It’s two in the morning. Or maybe three. You’ve lost count. Outside, vines climb the walls of your apartment building. They weren’t there earlier. At least, you think they weren’t. Hard to tell in the dark. Lights flicker with the occasional passing car.

The Rack: J Leigh

1/22/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

I’d just gotten the last bit of blood scrubbed from the rack when I hear someone knock on the library door. Everyone should have gone home by now, so the incessant pounding catches me off guard—a rare occurrence. It intrigues me.

A Day in the Hunger Games

1/15/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

We are in a decade of Bad Ideas—Donald Trump, man buns, ombre lips, and Asian fusion restaurants, just to name a few. I thought we’d hit a peak, and then a friend drunkenly informed me there would be a Hunger Games theme park built in the next five years. She was drunk, yes, but the Google never lies. 

Social Media Monsters

1/8/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

 

Being a (published) author is a lot like being arrested.

Stay with me on this one. And, no, I haven’t been recently arrested and that’s why I’m drawing this particular metaphor. We don’t need rhymes for our reasons here on the Dark Side. As a matter of fact, keep all your rhymes to yourself. They’re contagious.

The Rack Renee Miller

1/1/16

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

I had the table specially made. Dark cherry wood with iron fixtures. I call it The Rack, and it sits at the center of the library at DCP Headquarters. I doubt the others know about the room, considering the dust on the shelves. I don’t mind. It’ll be our little secret.

My latest vic—er—subject on The Rack is a tall woman with legs for days..

Scrooged

12/25/15

Published by:

Katrina Monroe

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