Saturday, February 25, 2006


Sherry Decker, who used to run Indigenous Fiction magazine (which published an excerpt from Veniss Underground before that book came out), is also a fiction writer--mostly dark fantasy and horror. Her first collection, Hook House and Other Horrors, has just been published by Silver Lake Publishing. Sherry's fiction has appeared in, among others, Cemetery Dance, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Black Gate, and Black October.

The collection is getting good reviews, from among others, Bookgasm:

In both subject and style, the [title] story reminded me of Shirley Jackson and Joyce Carol thing never wavers, and that’s Decker’s strong, skilled voice as a writer with a uniquely feminine point of view. For a collection showcasing a taste of the Gothic and the grotesque, check it out.

For fans of quiet and Gothic horror, this looks to be an interesting collection. (You can buy it on, among others.) Again, due to my World Fantasy Award judging commitments, I haven't had time to read it yet, but I am looking forward to it. Sherry's a good and careful writer.

Sherry was kind enough walk the plank for me 'n' Evil Monkey...



Why should readers pick up your book as opposed to, say, just about anybody else's book?
Because buying anybody else’s book doesn’t help pay for my new computer!

Does your book have any socially redeeming qualities? If so, what are they?
A print shop was paid to print my book. My book is helping our economy. Buying my book is patriotic.

Does your book have any medicinal or mental health value to readers?
It has tremendous mental health benefits. After reading it people will realize how much more normal they are than, well, say . . . me.

Assume your book has been filed under "Ages 8 to 12" in the children's section, perhaps by mistake, perhaps not. How horrified do you imagine a child would be after reading your book, and why? How many years of therapy would the child take to recover from the experience?
Children would not necessarily be horrified, but they may ask questions like: ‘Mommy, what does a leech sucked through a straw sound like?’ No, it’s the parents who would need therapy.

Why don’t you write more about giant rabbits?
Because they scare the hell out of me, that’s why and only a cruel and malicious jerk would even mention them . . . oh, but not you of course, Jeff.

If no one buys your book and you are unable to continue publishing your fiction due to the intense vilification that occurs in the media, what line of work will you go into?
I’d be a Writer-Editor-Consultant. Or a movie star. They’re about the same thing.


At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am quite impressed with this book. It kept me interested. Couldn't put it down.Sherry is quite talented.


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