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Cream of the Cool

I was bound, though I have not bound.
I was not recognized.
But I have recognized
that the All is being dissolved,
both the earthly and the heavenly.
  —The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

“So how are you feeling?” Dr. Shapiro’s pencil hovers over the CDC risk evaluation form clamped to her clipboard.

“Pretty good.” When I talk, I make sure my tongue stays tucked out of sight. I smile at her in a way that I…

I woke in the afternoon gloom to the sound of my 20–year–old stepsister Lily dragging something heavy and wet up the back patio steps through the kitchen door. The smell of blood and brine smothered me the moment I sat up.

I swore to myself and called down to her, “What did you do?”

“You’ll see,” she sing–songed.

“Pleasant mother pheasant plucker.” I lay back on the sweat–stained sheets for a moment to gather my focus. Four hours of sleep wasn’t…

Supernatural thriller comedy novel, written by Eva Darrows in 2015. 

Welcome to a world much like our own, except that there's no masquerade hiding the monsters from human eyes. Everyone knows that vampires, werewolves, and ghosts exist, and when the monsters misbehave (which isn't all that often -- most of them are fairly well integrated into the modern world), you can call a licensed and bonded monster hunter, who will bring the firepower and fighting skills…

Science fiction and horror share many of the same genre roots; science fictional motifs wind through horror like strands of DNA, and horror’s tentacles have slithered into many works that are otherwise squarely science fiction. If science fiction is the literature of ideas, and horror is the literature of fear, there’s plenty of room for the two to blend.

Take Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus, for instance. Most readers have…