Sirens Call has consistently published strong anthologies since emerging on the horror scene, and their eZines have definitely followed suit. Issue #8 is no different. 98 pages of horrific fun featuring short stories, flash fiction, poetry, artwork and more. The unbelievable thing is that the ladies over at Sirens Call make their eZines free to everyone. Download and read it chunks at a time or devour it all at once! The choice is yours!
What’s so special about “Oats,” you ask? Well, I’ve kept and maintained a collection of story ideas since 1992, and no matter how silly or odd an idea may sound, into my tome it goes! It could be something snipped from the news, or a nightmarish conjuring from within my head. No idea is judged; no idea deemed too good or bad.
“Oats” originated around 1993 as an unnamed, loose story about a child who loses a tooth and the evil father who won’t allow said child to keep it. I knew that Sirens Call was looking for submissions for Issue #8, so I decided it would be fun to go burrowing into my journal. Lo and behold, an entry caught my eye. Twenty years later, I am proud of the fact I birthed that idea to fruition.
So what do you get when you mix a creepy tooth fairy and my love for oatmeal in one bowl? Well, “Oats” of course.
Please download Sirens Call Publications Issue #8 – Men in Horror! for free and read “Oats“, which is on page 34, along with the a multitude of fine stories by talented writers including two other Pen of the Damned members!. Please drop me a message and let me know what you think.