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The Horrors Hiding in Plain Sight: stories


"It Comes Around"

Three adolescents bully a classmate to death and find that their crime later haunts them in terrifying ways


A bondage fetishist and a dominatrix befriend one another until the former’s obsession turns deadly

"The Last of the Janet Leighs"

A woman grows tired of her widowed father’s revolving door of vapid blond companions

"Annabel, Me"

In a contemporary narrative rendition of Poe’s famous poem, a man’s fixation on his co-worker goes horribly wrong

"Open House"

Each Halloween, a childless couple plays a sadistic game with a lonely boy or girl

“This story is really original, darkly funny and an absolute corker. It also has a great ending which will have you cringing.  This collection is worth renting on Kindle Unlimited for this story alone.” – Tony Jones, Horror Talk


A xenophobic woman kills two illegal immigrants with her car with seeming impunity

"The Munchies"

A man convinces his reluctant wife to have children, but her pregnancy symptoms prove to be grizzly

"Stiff as a Board"

A concierge at a posh Boston high-rise tries to cover up the death of one of her tenants whose demise may be linked to her spouse

"Just a Taste"

Based on the real-life crimes of Belle Gunness, a small-town girl’s plans to cash in on an insurance policy snowball into an out-of-control murder spree


A father’s abuse of his daughter grows more and more vicious until she forms a plan of escape

"SWM Seeks Release"

A man fixates on a DTF website, looking for his perfect partner

"Déjà vu"

A bored man’s agreement to participate in a game of Russian Roulette has strange consequences.

"A Clean Getaway"

A recently divorced woman agrees to meet the law enforcement official she’s been chatting with on a dating site and has a one-night stand

"All Bets Are Off"

Two lifelong friends recognize a man who brutally attacked one of them and decide to enact their revenge


A former stage actor turned public school teacher tests the rules governing marital fidelity and adult/child relationships

"A Shot of Knowledge"

A substitute teacher finds that her curiosity gets the best of her when she investigates a veteran teacher’s classroom management secret

"The One That Got Away"

A femme fatale explains her modus operandi for luring married or otherwise attached men

Praise for The Horrors Hiding in Plain Sight

Kane Hodder,

Horror Movie Legend

"Rebecca Rowland's writing is a fresh and unique breath in the horror genre. I enjoyed reading such twisted stuff that is still grounded in reality."

Tom Savini,

Special Effects Legend

"Sometimes the best special effects are the ones done in the reader's mind; for her magically detailed description, Rebecca Rowland deserves an honorary FX award."

Steve Gonsalves,

Ghost Hunters

"Rebecca Rowland paints a very vivid picture with her writing, keeping me in the moment; as a horror reader, that's exactly what I want. I am glad these thoughts are in her head and not mine, which I consider a compliment of the highest regard!"


"[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