horror

Devil Dolls and Duplicates

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 Anthony Ferguson’s reprint anthology, DEVIL DOLLS AND DUPLICATES, is now available from Equilibrium books.This book contains horror stories by some of Australia’s finest genre fiction writers, including Sean Williams, Stephen Dedman, Lucy Su…

KAGEMONO: FLOWERS AND SKULLS

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, troglodytes and troglodettes, Blackglass Press is proud to announce the newest volume of Kagemono, Flowers and Skulls. Flowers and Skulls features 22 horror stories from the depths of space, the moshpit, the farmya…

Rockstar Horror

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Another nice review up on scaryminds.com, this time a bit of a blast from the past with ROCKSTAR PIZZA (2006):

http://www.scaryminds.com/reviews/2010/comic014.php

Eight stars–that makes me feel good. The reviewer has a lot of nice things to say, and he’s even charitable to my own artwork (I was so unhappy with that story that I stopped drawing for years after finishing it), but what impressed me was this:

"While the only story in the collection that can be considered pure horror is Peas, each of the other three have a dark underpinning recognisable as a denizen of the dark genre forest. Jason Franks, as a writer, presents a world view in rockstar Pizza where there is no safe underpinning and where at any moment the floor might give way, spinning things into a vortex of chaos and unexpected outcomes."

That is a really nice encapsulation of my attitude to storytelling. In the books I did prior to KAGEMONO I didn’t give any thought to genre. I did not, in my head, make any genre distinctions when I was writing them, I just wrote the stories I wanted to. After the third one came out and I got tired of hearing "What’s the theme?" and "These stories are all different," that I decided to focus KAGEMONO on horror stories.

Ask me twice and I’ll tell you that everything I write is, in one respect or another, a horror story.

Scaryminds placed a large order on the Blackglass website a few weeks ago and they are working their way through it, so expect a couple more of these in the weeks to come.  Also, if you are a fan of horror or dark fiction and you’re interested in what’s going on in Australia and New Zealand, please take some time to explore the site: they have great coverage of books and movies as well as comics. 

Cheers,

— JF