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Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues

My first big book sale came in 2008, when Scribner bought a collection of essays I’d culled from my Morbid Curiosity magazine. Morbid Curiosity collected true first-person confessions from people around the world, talking about the crazy stuff they had survived. It … Continue reading

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Horror writers show their Morbid Curiosity

Because I was hosting the Morbid Curiosity Open Mics at the World Horror Conventions, I had the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of horror writers.  I was surprised how easy it was to get them up on a stage, … Continue reading

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The Birth of Morbid Curiosity #7

Putting issue #7 together was rough emotionally. My younger brother died suddenly in July 2002. A month later, I developed a goiter and survived the first needle biopsy of my throat. In September, my dad underwent a second round of … Continue reading

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Morbid Curiosity #6

It’s been 11 years since the publication of Morbid Curiosity‘s 6th issue.  It’s one of my favorite issues, careening wildly from the political to the supernatural, with stops at the witchcraft shop, the HR office, and the backwoods. Contributors included Morbid Curiosity regulars … Continue reading

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The Editor’s Children

My favorite essay in Morbid Curiosity #6 doesn’t appear in print anywhere else.  Shira B.’s “Talking to Strangers” starts slowly, when a man joins her table at the Borders Cafe near her university.  Next thing she knows, he’s showing her photos of … Continue reading

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