Hi everyone, Mod R here, welcome to Freebie Friday, as promised by Ilona!
14 years ago, a magazine editor commissioned a classic slasher short story from House Andrews. Publication didn’t pan out, as these things sometimes don’t, and the story took its place in the Trunk, never to be seen again.
Until recently, when Ilona found it and played with it a bit so we can have a Trick AND Treat (why choose?) and set the spooky mood in the days leading to Horde Halloween. Which is like regular Halloween, but with more gory page devouring.
Of course, House Andrews are not known for writing horror or slashers, so that particular genre exploration didn’t stick, but they are known for playing with tropes and writing stories based on naughty bets. This time around, they put their signature twists on a very classic Americana story. We come out of it a little more badass, a little more determined, with a happy dog in tow- and, above all, alive. The world is set to right, and if the evil ever dares to show its face again, it will have to go through us!
Be warned, this is a horror story. Trigger warnings for violence, depictions of murder and some animal mistreatment.
I give you: Only Forever. Spooky reading!