Evolution of Evil – “Little Gods” by Neal Litherland

Stories Beyond Good and Evil By Neal F. Litherland Have you ever heard of the gods Czernobog and Belobog? These were old Slavic gods, a Black God and White God respectively, who were responsible for bad things and good things. In some myths they were brothers, in others the same being who changed with the seasons (a common motif). While there’s still research going into understanding the beliefs of the Slavic peoples these gods come from, the point is that these figures represent one of the earliest points in world religion where there was a definite good god and a […]

Evolution of Evil – J.T. Glover – Mercy’s Armistice

Quieter Horror by J. T. Glover  Late in 2013 I sprained my back, and several months passed while it healed. During the period when my spine looked less like a straight line and more like a question mark, I wrote “Mercy’s Armistice” for The Big Bad II. Most of it was dictated using speech recognition software, because sitting down for long periods was out of the question—standing was only somewhat less painful, but lying down actually worked all right. Things came together, I submitted the story, and John & Emily took it. What does my tale of woe have to do with […]

Evolution of Evil – A Day in the Life – Guest Post by James R. Tuck

James R. Tuck is my brother from another mother, one of my favorite people, one of my favorite writers, and one of the best friends I’ve got in this business. I love everything he writes, from Deacon Chalk to the Big Bad, and it’s always an honor to have him share his words with me in these anthologies. Here’s his story about his story.    It’s Neil Gaiman’s fault. Kind of. Well, he’s good enough to blame anyways. My story in the last one had a supervillian, and he was evil, but for Big Bad 2 I wanted to go really […]

Women in Horror Month – Sarah Joy Adams

Don’t Breathe Out by Sarah Joy Adams   Some things were strictly forbidden in my house while I growing up and Horror was definitely on the list. My mom had seen a horror movie once, peeking out from behind my grandfather’s armchair when she was supposed to be asleep, and it gave her nightmares for years. Between my mother’s (entirely understandable) desire not to let her kids have their own years of nightmares and the fact that we didn’t have cable there weren’t a lot of opportunities for me to find out what horror was. I grew up with the […]

Evolution of Evil – “Am I Evil?” – Jay Requard

Am I Evil? By Jay Requard   Believe it or not, I’m pissed off. I’m pissed off because I failed Conjer, Emma, and whoever that vampire-fop that ended up beheaded at the end of the third act. I failed them all, and every bit of it has to do with the fact that I didn’t know if I could be what I needed to be. I didn’t know if I could be evil. I consider myself a Heroic Fantasy author, so you probably imagine the kind of cognitive dissonance that entailed. The first story, The Chase, appeared in The Big […]

It’s coming back!

I promised y’all another edition of The Big Bad, and while it took all of 2014 and a little piece of 2015 to deliver, it’s coming now! The Big Bad II will release on February 24th from Dark Oak Press and Media, and here’s the awesome cover!   Volume 2 includes more stories of evil and monsters like: Mercy’s Armistice – J. T. Glover A Family Affair – Selah Janel Old Nonna – Gail Z. Martin Letters to Logroth – Jason Corner Skippin’ Stones – S. H. Roddey The Sea Witch – Kasidy Manisco A Day in the Life – […]

Guest Post – Selah Janel

I met Selah Janel at Fandom Fest this year, and loved her as soon as we met. She’s a truly awesome person, and then she submitted one of the best vampire stories I’ve EVER read for The Big Bad. This is her new book, which you should all check out as soon as you can. You won’t be disappointed, she’s amazing!  Cute, too. 🙂 When In the Red was still a vague short story I still knew one set-in-stone fact. It was a story about a guy who wanted to be a rock star, and it was going to be […]

Blog Tour – Excerpt – Shadow Precinct by Christian Porter

Everett Santeaux is a zealot, a child fiercely trained in all manners of combat and arms recollection. As an adult, he has pushed his physical and mental abilities far past boundaries of the average human. When a powerful mob boss is found brutally murdered, a series of events begin to unravel that place Everett squarely in the crosshairs of zealots, cops, and criminals alike. As the mysteries of his covert past collide with his present, he’ll have to use everything that he’s learned to help clear his name, protect his family, and unravel unavowed secrets in order to uncover the […]