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 will terrify you.
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
"Specifically crafted, honed, designed, and marketed to a demographic born between the mid 60’s and early ‘80’s, Rebecca Rowland’s curation truly inspires a little something for everyone, regardless of age, background, persuasion or walk of life...[but] those of us who were fortunate enough (or cursed, depending upon POV) to be from this era will realize just how special this anthology is that they’d stumbled upon."
"Like creature features? There’s a story for you. Science fiction horror? There’s a story for you. No matter your taste or preferences, you are sure to find a delight...[Rowland] has a penchant for curating variety without sacrificing quality. If you’d like to sample a mix of excellent authors and a variety of subgenres, I highly recommend picking up this volume and giving it a read."
"Generation X-ed is a cool-oh my god, whatever-visceral love letter to the latchkey kids; to the teens who grew up bathed in the glow of music videos and slasher flicks; to the adults who lived through nuclear disasters, serial killers, economic downturns, and the Cold War. Steeped in the cynicism, humour, and angst of the '80s and '90s, the twenty-two stories in the anthology are in turns skin-crawlingly eerie, intense, ominous, and totally gnarly."
"Although the cover depicts a slasher anthology, the collection covers sub-genres of horror from cosmic to sci-fi, psychological and paranormal, folk horror and horror comedy. Highly recommended for readers from the latchkey generation, who have lived through the era and will identify with the references. But it’s really just for everyone, to enjoy the coming-together of an exceptional bunch of writers. Kudos to editor Rebecca Rowland for accomplishing this task."
"This was a really special little anthology featuring some of the best writers working. I was blown away by the range of pieces...Outstanding work to every author involved: I can't wait until I can talk about this one with all of my friends!"
"Being part of this era, I was eager to see how this group of writers would use the history and events of Gen X combined with various horrors. It was fun and interesting to see how these writers in this collection have become a product of their era...Very enjoyable, whether you’re a Gen X-Er or not. There is something for everyone. Go ahead and add it to your to be read pile. "
"I literally cannot pick a favorite story as this anthology is like walking in my local video store which is filled with all my favorite movies...this amazing love letter to the horror genre is one great thrill-ride and you need this in your life."
"Generation X-ed packs a punch from the very beginning and doesn't let up...Moving through the collection, I can honestly say there were no weak stories. Each author has produced something unique, yet fitting perfectly with the underlying theme."
"Many hours of pleasantly horrific reading,,,an interesting collection of dark stories, apt to disquiet and entertain the readers"
"You don't have to be from Generation X to enjoy this, it's enough to be a fan of horror [and] professionally edited, good collections and be ready to discover some quality voices from the indie horror scene."
"Twenty-two Gen X authors come together in this thrilling, creepy AF anthology...There's something for everyone here and the authors have produced some really dark, disturbing and touching stories"
November 2021: The cover spotted on TikTok!
October 2021: Hints at what's to come