Unnerving issue #5 gets off to an immense start with Glug Glug by Aaron J. Householder and the sinister Red Room by Christa Carmen. Whilst only short, Householder’s tale is a fun, throwback style horror story that put a huge smile on my face and one that I felt was a little reminiscent of Stephen King. Christa Carmen’s Red Room is a different beast altogether. This story has some wicked imagery, a sinister and brooding atmosphere and a terrific ending. I’d go as far to say that this is one of the best short stories Unnerving has published in the magazine.
Gary Buller also impressed with the disquieting Porcelain Skin. Few things are as creepy as a room full of porcelain dolls, right? Then we have Ghoul by John C. Foster, a particularly savage and twisted short story about a young boy’s urges for flesh and the lengths he will go to satisfy them. There is also some nice sci-fi horror from K. P. Kulski in the shape of Shades of Igumi Mare. I’d love to read more of this sort of story, I really enjoyed it.
Gwendolyn Kiste’s essay about the horrors that lurk inside of fairy tales is interesting and thoughtful and there are short but engaging interviews with Owen King and Christina Henry.
Unnerving magazine continues on its quest for world domination with another excellent issue. You can get an annual subscription of ebooks for as little as $10! What the hell are you waiting for? Go! Go! Go!
4/5 blood-stained walls from the Grim Reader
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