In a unique anthology of monster, folk, paranormal, and psychological horror as glimpsed through the lens of the latchkey generation, twenty-two voices shine a strobe light on the cultural demons that lurked in the background while they came of age in the heyday of Satanic panic and slasher flicks, milk carton missing and music television, video rentals and riot grrrls.
These Gen-X storytellers once stayed out unsupervised until the streetlights came on, and what they brought home with them is nothing less than sinister.
Featuring brand new fiction from Kevin David Anderson, Glynn Owen Barrass, Matthew Barron, C.D. Brown, Matthew Chabin, L.E. Daniels, C.O. Davidson, Douglas Ford, Phil Ford, Holly Rae Garcia, Dale W. Glaser, Tim Jeffreys, Derek Austin Johnson, Eldon Litchfield, Adrian Ludens, Elaine Pascale, Erica Ruppert, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Rob Smales, Mark Towse, Thomas Vaughn, and Thomas K.S. Wake.
"Birnam Hall" Macbeth scorned part of the witches’ words: that he would fall from power when Birnam Wood approached his castle. Like the prophecy of the oak and sycamore trees, the layers of historical, cultural and sexual violence that shaped Generation X foretell the movements to come.
"The Shade" A quiet, psychological Gothic horror story, centering on a high-school aged boy, Christian, who is haunted by his recently dead brother, Patrick. Southern Louisiana, near New Orleans; the alternative music of the late 1980s and 90s inspired this story, particularly, “Lullaby” (The Cure), “The Great Below” (Nine Inch Nails), and “Atrocity Exhibition” (Joy Division).
Narrator of Generation X-ed audiobook