by Loren Rhoads
Because I hosted several annual Open Mics for Morbid Curiosity magazine at the World Horror Conventions, I had the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of horror writers. I was surprised how easy it was to get them up on a stage, baring their real lives in front of an audience.
In fact, Brian Keene opened Morbid Curiosity #7 with a story that he’d rocked at the Open Mic in Chicago. “Kick ’em Where it Counts” is one of my favorite stories that I was ever lucky enough to publish. It’s about an industrial accident that nearly took Keene’s manhood and his life. You can still wince along in sympathy (even I did and my manhood lives in a drawer) by picking up one of the few remaining copies of that issue of the magazine.
Rain Graves told the story of her awakening to the powers of Ancient Egypt at work in her life, which added a mystical touch to one of the Open Mics. Michael Arnzen told about growing up in Amityville, near the house where Ronald DeFeo killed his family. Mason Winfield unwittingly lived with the .22-Caliber Killer. Lorelei Shannon talked about discovering the Hellraiser Gopher. I even got Brian Hodge to tell the story of how he talked with angels.
Those live events were really great because I never knew what I was going to get.
Another writer who blew me away was Simon Wood, who contributed “The Road of Life” to #7. He wrote about running into a bicyclist with his car — and he’s read it several times for Morbid Curiosity events. The story is just chilling, especially if you don’t know what’s coming next. (Sorry to have just spoiled it for you.)
Most of the issues of the magazine are sold out now, but you can still check out the remaining copies here: https://lorenrhoads.com/bookshop/.