Saturday, October 24, 2020
For some of us—trapped in our homes while an unseen threat lurks outside—2020 has felt a bit like a horror story already. But as Halloween and the long nights of late fall and winter approach, perhaps the fiction writers in this session can provide some appropriately spooky fare to distract us from our real-world terrors. Readers may recognize Stephen Chbosky’s name from his cult classic The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Now, in Imaginary Friend, Chbosky brings readers an haunting story of literary horror, as a mother flees an abusive relationship and resettles with her young son in a small town—where malevolent forces lurk everywhere. Jen Waite’s new thriller, Survival Instincts, also centers on a survivor of domestic abuse, whose weekend White Mountains getaway with her mother and preteen daughter goes horrifically wrong when they encounter an armed stranger. Joe Hill takes on short-form supernatural horror in Full Throttle, whose thirteen stories (including two co-written with his father, Stephen King) have been called “miniature masterworks of modern horror” by Kirkus in a starred review. And in Survivor Song, a novel that might seem all-too-relevant in 2020, Paul Tremblay imagines a terrifying epidemic of a rabies-like virus—and a woman determined to obtain a vaccine for her best friend before it’s too late. Marcella Haddad, who teaches GrubStreet courses on writing horror fiction, will bravely lead our foray into the literary darkness.
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