2014 Master of Macabre Contest
Meet our contestants!
Premise: From the rubber costumes of the 20’s to lumbering shuggoths of H.P.Lovecraft to the CG terrors that grace the modern-day silver screen, monsters have always been an integral component to striking horror into our hearts. Whether it’s an alien behemoth from the sky, an otherworldly demon, or a simple mutant pet, it’s time to summon some dark, inhuman creature to menace society. Each of the five finalists have created stories based on this premise and with a randomly assigned 1.) Location, 2.) Item, 3.) Creature Origin.
The Thing Under the Bed by Stephen Kozeniewski
Creature Origin: A Child’s bedroom
Stephen Kozeniewski lives with his wife and two cats in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. During his time as a Field Artillery officer, he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Find out more at: www.amazon.com/author/kozeniewski
A Contrast of Worlds by Ricky Cooper
Location: An Italian restaurant
Item: A human skull
Creature Origin: Deep Space
Ricky is a 27 year old writer with a love for all things horrific. In other words, he likes scaring the crap out of people. He’s been writing on and off for as long as he can remember but only in the last two years took the plunge and decided to publish his debut piece, Designated Infected, which is available through all good ebook retailers. Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/R.C.books or www.ricky-cooper.co.uk
Rish Outfield is host of the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine podcast (www.dunesteef.com), narrates audiobooks for Audible, occasionally writes stories, and he covets. That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? We begin by coveting what we see every day.
D. J. Pitsiladis is a writer of horror, science fiction, and other genres when not busy being a dad of four boys. This will be his fourth attempt at the title of Master of Macabre. He’s also the proprietor of the Casa de Pitsiladis blog.
Surface Tension by Solomon Archer
Location: New York City
Item: A teddy bear
Creature Origin: An oceanic trench
Solomon Archer, PhD is the author of PsyKu: A Work of Forensic Prose coming in the Fall of 2014 from Sekhmet Press. Solomon is currently the Chief Psychologist of the [REDACTED] State Department of Corrections. He spends much of his time working with serious and dangerously mentally ill offenders, some of whom are not so disorganized that they couldn’t figure out a way to free themselves from their restraints and stab him in the head with an altered food tray. (Incidentally, the going rate for shanking a psychologist is two pounds of coffee and three bags of Top tobacco. You know, just in case you were curious.) Find out more at: http://psykubook.wordpress.com/