Tower Hill by Sarah Pinborough
Religion is ripe soil for horror writers. If you squint a bit when you read the Bible, it’s a vast catalog of horror itself: Adam and Eve’s eviction from paradise, the invention of death, Cain’s killing of Abel, the torture of Job — and we haven’t even gotten past Genesis! But the Bible is the source of salvation as well, as God provides his people with manna in the wilderness, preserves the human race despite a flood that covers all the earth, and rescues Moses from the bulrushes. With so much rich material to work with, it’s no wonder that writers plant their plots in these vineyards.
Sarah Pinborough uses the Tree of Knowledge and the snake who tempted Eve to eat therefrom as the foundation for Tower Hill. Her choice of evils is unique, but the way it plays out is classic.
Tower Hill is a small town on the coast of Maine a good ... Read More
Sarah Pinborough(1972- )
Sarah Pinborough lives and writes horror, supernatural thrillers, and YA fantasy novels (YA under the name Sarah Silverwood). She lives in Buckinghamshire, England. She has had a lot of jobs — some of which were mind-numbingly dull and some of which definitely weren’t — but has decided that writing books is by far the best of them. Here’s Sarah Pinborough’s website.
Tower Hill by Sarah Pinborough
The Monster's Corner: Stories Through Inhuman Eyes edited by Christopher Golden
FORMAT/INFO: The Monster’s Corner is 400 pages long and consists of 19 short stories. Also included is an Introduction by the editor Christopher Golden, and biographies of all of the anthology’s contributors. September 27, 2011 marks the North American Trade Paperback publication of The Monster’s Corner via St. Martin’s Griffin. The UK version will be published on the same day via Piatkus Books.
ANALYSIS: The New Dead was one of my favorite books of 2010, so when it was announced that Christopher Golden was putting together another horror-themed anthology, I couldn’t wait. Like The New Dead, The Monster’s Corn... Read More
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The third issue of Nightmare is more accomplished than one would expect from a magazine so new. The choice of stories is excellent, and the debut story is especially disturbing.
That debut is “Chop Shop” by J.B. Park, and if it is any indication, Park is going to have a brilliant career as a horror writer. The viewpoint character is a woman who has a horrifying sexual fetish: she is turned on by a man cutting away her flesh, her limbs, her organs slowly but surely. She is able to experience this because a virtual reality program makes it so, allowing her to feel pain that is dulled by drugs but still real, real enough to cause her a “joy” that is “absolutely delicious.” But it’s not really the pain that gives her a high; “it’s the horror, at the mangling, the crippling, which she seeks.” Quickly — much too quickly — the experience palls, for her ... Read More