this electrifying collection of 15 horror shorts from files (Spectral Evidence) seeks out the hidden pockets of terror in everyday life... Files maintains a sense of dread throughout with taut, unflinching prose sprinkled with touches of gore. Files's monsters peer out from the periphery of reality, creating a sense of lurking horror and existential dread. This atmospheric collection will have even the most seasoned horror readers considering sleeping with the lights on.
--Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review
Formerly a film critic, journalist, screenwriter and teacher, Gemma Files has been an award-winning horror author since 1999. She has published two collections of short work, two chapbooks of speculative poetry, a Weird Western trilogy, a story-cycle and a stand-alone novel (Experimental Film, which won a Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel and a Sunburst award for Best Adult Novel). She has two new story collections from Trepidatio (Spectral Evidence and Drawn Up From Deep Places), one upcoming from Cemetery Dance (Dark Is Better), and a new poetry collection from Aqueduct Press (Invocabulary).
this is how it goes
the puppet motel
always after three
thin cold hands
the church in the mountains
distant dark places