My horror-fantasy short story “The Vacancy” has been published in KZine Issue 13 (unlucky for some…) It’s a sinister tale about an unemployed man living in an eerie, unknown city; he accepts a job offer at an ancient mansion and begins work for a peculiar organisation.
A few words about this story- “The Vacancy” was mainly inspired by the monochrome visions of the comics artist David Hine (see his blog here and here) and the writings of the notable American horror author Thomas Ligotti. As a child I first became aware of Hine’s artwork and tales in the now defunct Revolver comic and 2000AD, and I was very impressed by Ligotti’s work, notably his collection Teatro Grottesco. Ligotti was also a major influence on the creators of the American drama series ‘True Detective’. I admire Ligotti’s fatalism and ability to capture the eerie and surreal to a disturbing extent, and I hoped to emulate that with my own story.
‘The Vacancy’ has been published along with several other authors and fine stories in KZine Issue 13, which is available at Amazon here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kzine-Issue-13-Maureen-Bowden-ebook/dp/B015B839OY