An anthology of original new horror stories edited by Bram Stoker Award winners Vince Liaguno and Rena Mason that showcases authors from underrepresented backgrounds telling terrifying tales of what it means to be, or merely to seem, “other”
Offering original new stories from some of the biggest names in horror as well as some of the hottest up-and-coming talents, Other Fears will provide the ultimate reading experience for horror fans who want to celebrate fear of “the other.” Be they of a different culture, a different background, a different sexual preference, a different belief system, or a different skin color, some people simply aren’t part of the dominant community—and are perceived as scary. Humans are almost instinctively inclined to fear what’s different, as foolish as that may be, and there are a multitude of individuals who have spent far too long on the outside looking in. And the thing about the outside is . . . it’s much larger than you think.
In Other Fears, horror writers from a multitude of underrepresented backgrounds will be putting a new, terrifying spin on what it means to be “the other.” People, places, and things once considered normal will suddenly appear different, striking a deeper, much more primal, chord of fear. Are our eyes playing tricks on us, or is there something truly sinister lurking under the surface of what we thought we knew? And who among us who is really of the other, after all?
Stoker Award winning editors Liaguno and Mason cleverly subvert the common horror trope of the monstrous other in this powerful anthology that spotlights 24 writers with marginalized identities. In these stories, LGBTQ and BIPOC people take center stage in both terror and terrorized roles. Jennifer McMahon's "Idiot Girls" pits older immigrants against teen lesbians in a supernatural whodunit. "Night Shopper" by Michael H. Hanson offers a satisfying revenge fantasy as vampires and ghouls protect a trans woman as one of their own, while generational revenge against a bloodline of enslavers takes center stage in S.A. Cosby's thrilling "What Blood Hath Wrought." Denise Dumars twines the rise of anti-Asian racism during Covid-19 with medical body horror in "Scrape." Gabino Iglesias's "There's Always Something in the Woods" puts a Latinx twist on a classic creature story. With impactful writing and authentically embodied characters, this anthology succeeds by lifting up a diverse and skilled group of authors and letting them dive deeply into the horror that sits next door to their own lived experiences. The result is unmissable for horror fans of all backgrounds. Agent: Alec Shane, Writers House.