As dusk settles in, the streetlights blink on one by one, and the neighborhood children are sent scattering to illusions of wholesome meals, sweet tea, and the Late Show before bed. Little do they know that as their block buzzed in the suburban afternoon and they explored the culverts and no-man’s-lands that stitched their block together with summer magic, a sinister force was infiltrating their homes. When they scurry back to the comfort of family, something withered awaits them. Unbeknownst to them, they run directly into the lunatic maw of the Nightmare Factory Book Club and all the horror that our dark brotherhood has wrought.
Tonight the Nightmare Factory Book Club convenes to discuss the short fiction of Susie Moloney compiled in her collection Things Withered. The stories contained in this deceptively slim volume cast a blighted shadow on suburbia and underline the fragility of the comforts we take for granted. These vignettes cut grisly cross sections through the bodies of lives lived without hope or fulfillment. They electrify the dissatisfaction inherent in complacency, and they abandon us the fog of despair that lies dormant in every community.
Join the Nightmare Factory Book Club tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the cafe at BookPeople to discuss Things Withered by Susie Moloney and share memories of suburban decay. The Nightmare Factory Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of every month to joke about spooks and spirits and chat over the finest horror fiction available to modern readers. Come by this evening to help us burn the last vestiges of witchery out of this declining summer and salt the earth so that nothing else may grow.
– Steve(n) W.