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Thursday, January 22, 2015


Journals Of Horror: Found Fiction, published by Pleasant Storm Entertainment,  has made it onto the Preliminary Ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards. Yes, I know this is not a Visionary Press Collaborative book, but does that matter? I think not.

Erik Gustafson, our Director of Fantasy has a story titled The Seahorse Speaks in this great anthology. What an honor for Erik! Also, many of my friends have stories in this tome. Pick up a copy and see what all the buzz is about.

Blaze McRob

Book Description

October 31, 2014
From Found footage is a genre of film making, especially horror, in which all or a substantial part of a film is presented as discovered film or video recordings, often left behind by missing or dead protagonists.

Terry M. West and Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc. present a revolutionary approach to the horror fiction anthology. JOURNALS OF HORROR: Found Fiction is a collection of terror inspired by the mechanics of the found footage horror film. In JOURNALS OF HORROR, the stories presented are horrific encounters committed to paper, item or device and discovered later. Each tale is a case file that has been transcribed from some type of unearthed diary. These tales can be discovered anywhere.

This anthology is filled with some of the hottest talent in the horror fiction genre: P.D. Cacek, Todd Keisling, Glenn Rolfe, Robin Dover, DS Ullery, Essel Pratt, Michael Thomas-Knight, John Ledger, Paul D. Marks, Sonja Thomas, Paula Cappa, Stuart Keane, Darryl Dawson, Crystal Leflar, Lori R. Lopez, Michael Seese, Jeff O’Brien, Matt Hayward, Joseph Ramshaw, Michael McGlade, DJ Tyrer, Wesley Thomas, Regina West, Evan Purcell, Robert McGough, Erik Gustafson, Christopher Alan Broadstone and Robert Holt.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Case #BF 4985369101 Journal transcribed..." November 9, 2014
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"...from notes scribbled underneath a series of tables, in green crayon, in an abandoned diner."

When Tony McCasland, an "unofficial department head of project SIDEBOARD, a secret division of The Vault" learns of the dissolution of his department from long time friend Jason Bowman, a "special cold case liaison for the FBI", he reveals hidden truths and feelings, subjecting the FBI to hash embarrassment and Jason to a savage endgame.

This exchange goes down during a series of email correspondence between Tony and Jason, and so begins "Journals of Horror". A collection of "Found Fiction" pieces, the transcribed Black Files of project SIDEBOARD. Glimpses of the horror that we live our lives so close to everyday. Tread carefully.

Terry M. West has amassed quite an impressive lineup of talent, and it seems that they have all brought their A game to the party. Many of whom I haven't previously had the pleasure of making my acquaintance with. That's going to change.

Darkness and doom are prevalent through out, peppered with the eerie, the odd, the unknown, and just a pinch of black humor. But let's be honest, that's exactly why we've congregated here. To revel in the misery of others, to bear witness to their (possible?) last testaments, their potential final moments on this realm of existence.

Transcripts of strange occurrences, memoirs, last words, internal office correspondence, confessionals, goodbyes, a receipt, numerology, a 12 step program, "JoH" contains many imaginative takes on the subject of found footage. While not every story here knocked my socks off, they are all quite solid and very entertaining. I insist, there isn't a single "dud" in this package. Which can be a rare feat in an anthology.

The tales I gravitated to the most were those that strayed the furthest from a direct narrative, those embracing multiple formats and the chaos that the definition of "Found Footage" implies. Pound for pound this is a fantastic anthology and worthy of a purchase.

*P.S. I'm intentionally not going into detail on the Authors involved or the specific angles they take because I want you to go into this fresh. Mainly because the stories are great in their own right, but it's the package as a whole that elevates thing to a higher level of story telling.

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