When I was a child, my grandparents had a rustic home at a South Dakota lake that was equipped with a functioning outhouse. A two-seater. I have never understood what intestinal emergency would necessitate sharing that intimate space with another human. Using the outhouse was always a little frightening.
Apparently I'm not the only person whose thoughts have strayed to the horrors of outhouses. Author Shannon Lawrence features one on the cover of her new short story anthology, Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations. This book is brand spanking new, released TODAY!
Lawrence describes the anthology as a collection of frights, from the psychological to the monstrous. These tales are a reminder of how much we have to fear: a creature lurking in the blue, sludgy depths of a rest area toilet; a friendly neighbor with a dark secret hidden in his basement; a woman with nothing more to lose hellbent on vengeance; a hike gone terribly wrong for three friends; a man cursed to clean up the bodies left behind by an inhuman force. These and other stories prowl the pages of this short story collection.
So, how about that port-a-potty story? Here's an except:
"He'd never been a fan of port-a-potties, not even these rest stop ones that were disguised as little wooden cabins, less port-a-potty than hole-in-the-middle-of-a-room. They housed a vacant space anything could move into, hiding away inside until some unsuspecting fool revealed a full moon."
A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in magazines and anthologies, including Space and Time Magazine, Dark Moon Digest, and Spinetingler. Though she often misses the ocean, the majestic and rugged Rockies are a sight she could never part with. Besides, in Colorado there's always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. What more could she ask for?
Available for sale at the following locations:
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079WKB7PW
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