(c) Jeani Rector
After something of a hiatus, my horror-fiction-writing alter-ego Jim Mountfield is back with the publication of two new, and nasty, short stories this autumn. His / my haunted-house story Coming Home is among the contents of the autumn 2014 – sorry, the fall 2014 – hardcopy edition of The Horror Zine Magazine, produced by the hard-working Californian writer and editor Jeani Rector. It can be obtained here:
(c) Trevor Denyer
Meanwhile, Trevor Denyer – another prolific writer and editor who some years ago was responsible for the magazines Roadworks and Legend, in which I had stories published under the pseudonym Eoin Henderson – has just put out the fourth volume of his digital magazine Hellfire Crossroads. Containing a Jim Mountfield story called The Next Bus, it can be downloaded to kindle from here:
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As its title suggests, The Next Bus is about someone waiting for a bus that seems it will never come – though with a macabre twist. It was inspired by an experience I once had after I’d visited the legendary Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian and was waiting for the next bus home at the stop on the nearby A701, where there’s a big traffic roundabout with the fabulously eccentric name of Gowkley Moss. I should say that my situation didn’t become quite as extreme as it does in the story. And incidentally, why J.K. Rowling never gave the name ‘Gowkley Moss’ to one of her wizard characters in the Harry Potter books is a great mystery to me.