A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “The Mask of Infamy” by E.N. Dahl

Every library was the same, rows upon rows of dusty shelves, each giving off that amazing old book smell, tacky brown carpets, and a creaky staircase with the sticky tape worn off the steps. Professor Zelwats claimed that the library was the oldest building on campus, prompting campus-wide jokes that he’d been around to help…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Sunday School” by Shaun Horton

“Well, that’s all we have time for today. We need to pray and accept communion.” Terry joined his mom, kneeling on the pillows set in front of the shrine. “Dear Lord, we thank you for your blessings and for watching over us throughout the day. We thank you for protecting us from the darkness and…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Beckoned” by Melissa A. Winton

“Okay, Mary. Are you comfortable?” Dr. Ruebal asks, a ring of cigarette smoke circling his head, reminding her of one of those ciggy ads in the McClure’s magazine. The doctor’s unkempt appearance is nothing like those dapper gentlemen. His hair is greasy and disheveled from his tar-stained fingers combing through it every few minutes. She…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Our Shivering Branch” by Goathead Buckley

One night, they woke me with their hot whiskey breath. Said they didn’t want my dark dreaming under their roof no more. Said my devil mind infected their brains, haunted them at nights, caused nightmare visions that didn’t go away—not even with the lights on and a chicken bone crucifix in their hand. But this…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Craving Death” by Franklin C. Murdock

Harlan still loved the man kneeling before him despite the four dead bodies at his side. Sobbing and heartbroken, he’d forced the muzzle of his gun against the worry lines scoring the man’s forehead. The still lake beyond them reflected the moonlight, the whine of cicadas crisp but far away. “I killed them, Harry.” The…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Carrion Dreams” by Jude Mael Eriksen

I remember my partner crawling out after the transport came to rest on its roof. He blazed like a torch while stumbling around to my side, screaming as his fatigues melted into his boiling flesh. I wanted to look away as he collapsed on his back, his fingers clenched in agony, but I couldn’t. I…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Join the Mob” by Daniel Loring Keating

I wake to the sort of acrid bright sunlight that hangovers are made from, entering my bedroom through the window that overlooks C Street. Outside, people are whooping and hollering and laughing. The road is flooded with humanity, all of them with pure happiness on their faces. My calendar shows that it is a regular…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Mirror, Mirror” by D.C. Phillips

Jumpy, her body ached. What was that old saying about a frog in boiling water? She shrugged her shoulders luxuriously and made her way to a polished mahogany vanity halfway across the room. An oversized oval mirror hung precisely at eye level from a seated position, so she pulled out the matching bench and settled…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: Clay McLeod Chapman’s “Coatroom”

My mission was simple: a pea coat. Gray wool. Broad collar. Anchor-embossed buttons. This particular dinner party had taken place in the middle of winter, so everybody had come bundled up in downy jackets and scarves. When I first entered Mom and Dad’s room, I took in their bed, completely covered in coats. A mountain,…

Horror, The Limits of Human Understanding, and God as a Rabbit by J. Robert Kane

Since Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, arguably the world’s first Science-Fiction novel, the genres of Horror and Sci-Fi have been inextricably linked.  Where there is no direct connection between the two, the occult becomes science’s proxy.  And why not? What is the occult, after all, but that which lays beyond the purview of reason and science? At the…