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ScreamFix, America's number one horror, sci-fi, and fantasy fansite, asked Rebecca and her writing partner, Michael Aloisi, for the story BEHIND the story of Pieces. Here's what they said:
Scotland's premier horror website, Ginger Nuts of Horror, asked Rebecca and her writing partner, Michael Aloisi, for their thoughts on the dark fiction genre. Here's what transpired:
Thirty boxes. Thirty body parts.
Eighteen turned in to authorities.
A forensic technician from a quiet Massachusetts suburb does the unthinkable: stalks a local woman, abducts her, divides her body into thirty pieces, and mails the sections to random Americans across the country. Each white postal box that Dennis Sweeney prepares contains an ambiguous note and a piece of Julie Piedmont. Most of Sweeney’s intended recipients contact the authorities about their gruesome packages, but twelve of the parcels go unreported. Pieces, the genre-bending hybrid of crime thriller infused with a short-story vibe, takes a closer look at the body parts that were never recovered and the possible reasons why their recipients never told anyone about their grotesque discoveries. Weaving the accounts together is Dennis’ story as well as Jackson Matthews’, the reporter to whom Dennis chooses to document his sick game.
"Engaging and unique...stand[s] apart from the other killer stories" -HellNotes
"I enjoyed this one...Pieces was a page-turner that didn’t disappoint" -Horror Bound
"I would recommend this book for any fan of horror or psychological thrillers"
"A ‘Silence of the Lambs meets Seven’ mash-up" -Kendall Reviews
"The best feature of the book are the diabolically varied missing pieces stories...Pieces has a clever premise, innovative format, [and] writing that will keep you engaged"
"This went way beyond the lines of decency!" -Ronald Turner, Amazon customer*
*please note: Ronald needed his fainting couch after three chapters.
in print paperback, Kindle e-book, and Audible audiobook
The Horrors Hiding in Plain Sight and Ghosts, Goblins, Murder, and Madness both made Ellen Datlow's list of The Best Horror of the Year, volume 11! (September 9, 2019)
“What Rowland does best is get into the minds of the characters who border on insanity…she shows the reader that the mind and humans are truly the scariest thing in the world”
–Horror After Dark
"Writer/editor Rebecca Rowland proves herself a wily curator of the macabre"
-Shawn Macomber, Rue Morgue
"Rebecca Rowland’s 'Bent' wins the Most Cringe-worthy Story honor with her twisted tale of extreme body horror. Her well-drawn characters seem to come off the page but God forbid they do."
-Randy Chandler, The Year's Best Hardcore Horror
"[Rebecca Rowland] should be applauded for producing such a solid and wide-ranging collection which bravely avoids supernatural horror; she has a wicked sense of humour, explores surreal situations with panache and tackles some tough uncompromising areas of everyday horror"
-Tony Jones, HorrorDNA
Dennis Sweeney did the unthinkable: he stalked a local woman, abducted her, divided her body into thirty pieces, and mailed the sections to random people. Eighteen of the deliveries were reported to authorities. Pieces is the story of the twelve that were never recovered, the possible reasons why their recipients never told anyone about their grotesque discoveries, and the cat-and-mouse game that developed between Dennis and the jaded reporter to whom he chose to document his sick game.
Featuring twenty-one different voices hailing from five different countries and eleven states, this anthology of Halloween-themed stories provides a wide-angle lens at what comprises the unique expanse on horror fiction today.
Edited by Rebecca and includes her story "Small Bites"
Come to life in seventeen stories of psychological horror, the residents of Rebecca Rowland’s universe dwell in the everyday realm of crime and punishment tempered with fixation and madness. There are no vampires, zombies, or magical beings here; instead, what lurk in this world are even more terrifying. These monsters don’t lurk under the bed or in the shadows, but they will unsettle you more than any supernatural being ever could.
A yearly collection from Red Room Press, a division of Comet Press, showcasing the extreme, harder side of horror: stories that break boundaries and trash taboos.
featuring Rebecca's story "Bent"
The first in a series of speculative fiction anthologies from Forty-Two Books,
featuring Rebecca's previously unreleased satirical tale "The Thickening"
The creature-feature-themed anthology from Thurston Howl Publications,
featuring Rebecca's previously unreleased story "The Thing That Goes Bump in the Night"
Coffin Bell is an online journal of dark literature published quarterly with an annual print anthology;
featuring Rebecca's previously unreleased Rear Window-inspired story, "Neighborhood Watch"
Waxing & Waning is published bi-annually in print and on-line and features fiction, drama, film, and poetry that's on the fringe: dark, brooding, and wild;
featuring Rebecca's previously unreleased tale of marital anxiety, "Dora Mat"
The newest Women in Horror anthology from Twisted Wing Productions,
featuring Rebecca's previously unreleased story "Extinguishing Fireflies"
Last February, Elaine Pascale highlighted twenty-eight of those writers who fit the profile of
"The Ones You Don't Bring Home to Mama,"
and featured Rebecca Rowland and her story "Boundaries" on February 7!