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Our feature today will be on a horror writer who goes by the name John F.D. Taff, and his anthology of short stories called ‘Little Deaths’, which is published by Books of the Dead Press.

The book features 19 short stories, some previously published, some appearing for the first time. In their words; ‘Little Deaths is the first collection of short fiction by John F.D. Taff, whose career spans 25 years as a horror and dark speculative fiction author, with more than 60 stories in print in magazines (Cemetery Dance, Eldritch Tales, Deathrealm, Aberrations, Morpheus Tales) and anthologies (Hot Blood: Seeds of Fear, Hot Blood: Fear the Fever, Shock Rock II, andBest New Vampire Tales.)  Four of his stories were chosen as honorable mentions by Datlow and Windling in their Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror anthologies.  His short fiction has appeared so far this year in Best New Werewolf Tales, Vol. 1, Big Pulp, Evil Jester Digest Vol. 1, and the AmFAR charity anthology Horror for Good’

John’s credits are definitely something to take notice of, so I had a good impression before reading the anthology. After I started, this increased ten-fold. You will find with many authors who release an anthology that their stories all have a similar feel. Sure they might all be about different things like Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts and Goblins etc, but the way they tell the story and the tones/styles used can be generally the same. With this anthology however, John’s style changes with every story. One minute you’re reading a tense ghost story, the next you’re reading a nightmarish tale centred around sweets!

There’s something for everyone in this great collection, whether you love the whole psychological horror aspect, or whether you like to be nauseated by the sickening images conjured in your mind’s eye. John F.D. Taff raises the bar for other horror writers in this brilliant anthology that will keep you enthralled until the end.

The nineteen short stories consist of

  • Bolts
  • Calendar Girl
  • But For A Moment… Motionless
  • The Water Bearer
  • The Closed Eye Of A Dead World
  • Snapback
  • The Mire Of Human Veins
  • The Scent
  • Child of Dirt
  • Orifice
  • Helping Hands
  • In Men, Black
  • Darkness Upon The Void
  • Sharp Edges
  • The Lacquered Box
  • Here
  • The Tontine
  • The Mellified Man
  • Box Of Rocks

Here’s a bit of info about the author from his website:

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats.  He has more than 60 short stories and 7 novels published.  He lives in Missouri on the banks of a flowing river that, every now and again, loves to come inside the house.  He has a tremendous girlfriend named Debbie, two dogs, Sylvia & Sadie, and three great kids–Harry, Sam and Molly.

If you want to find out more about John and keep up to date with all his news, releases etc,

Follow him on Twitter @johnfdtaff

You can also visit his website to find out where to purchase his books.

Go ahead – You won’t regret it


Recently I had the chance to review a short film by the Chance Brothers titled The Timeslip. Verdict; Brilliant!

Ordinarily I’m not a fan of horror shorts. I find that the majority are made with very basic camera equipment, average acting and basic plot. So when I watched The Timeslip, I was pleasantly surprised.

A business man crosses a busy city street … and awakes trapped in another time. London is gone, along with the buildings, cars and people. All he can see is a never-ending forest. Seemingly alone, the man wanders the wilderness without food or shelter.

Days pass before he realises that he may not be the only one in the forest after he discovers strange markings that adorn the trees. Before long it becomes apparent that he is not alone.

The movie has everything; comedy, suspense and genuine terror. Sure it’s not perfect – There are problems with continuity (e.g. blood drops) and issues surrounding budget like the number of actors etc. (Although this can’t really be helped – If the budget is not there, it’s not there.

Here’s a sample just for you


The Chance Brothers have a unique style and it will be interesting to the see the outcome should they make a longer film.

What to know more about these guys? Keep reading…

Richard Chance is a Colchester, England based British Writer / Director, Actor and one half of Chance Encounters Productions. Jonathan Chance is a Southern California-based British Writer / Director, Actor and Editor, Voice Over Artist and the other-half of Chance Encounters Productions.

Richard Chance is the Writer / Director of six films. He and his brother Jonathan co-wrote and directed the micro budget acclaimed feature film The Veil, the nominated short film Chainmail, and the 2008 Action On Film Festival special jury prize-winning short The Day I Tried to Live. In 2009, a feature script The Waiting Room, was nominated for Best Horror Screenplay at the same festival.

Currently, with two new short films produced and a brand new cut of their debut feature currently looking for distribution this looks to be their most productive year yet. Apt, directed by Jonathan Chance, premiered back to back with The Veil US Cut in 2010 and earned a nomination for the ‘Delta Award’ at the Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester, UK. In 2011 and the Chance Brothers’ The Timeslip premiered at the festival favorite, the AOF, in July and has since gone on to appear in ten film festivals and attained ‘Best Sci-Fi Film’ at the Geek Independent Film Festival. It continues a worldwide festival run.

You can follow Jonathan Chance on Twitter @CarryOnJohn

Or you can visit their website  for more info.

Filmmakers tend to start their careers with home-made movies, before moving on to short films, and then taking on the full length challenge. If these guys keep progressing the way they have so far, we can look forward to a number of great movies in the near future.