Where do best-selling authors and lesser-knowns gather? In one place: The Horror Zine. Begun in 2009 as a monthly online magazine, The Horror Zine has morphed into an award-winning publication that receives over 30,000 hits a week.
But it didn’t start that way. Founder Jeani Rector is a writer herself, and she would submit her fiction to online magazines. Suddenly the Great Recession crashed into the scene, and online magazines began folding one after the other. When even the well-respected The Harrow Magazine went under, Jeani knew that someone had to reverse this trend.
But who? Jeani decided she needed to jump in. She took a website class in Adobe Dreamweaver, and created an online magazine specializing in horror, mystery, thriller, and speculative fiction. Not knowing what to name this new online magazine, she chose “The Horror Zine” in the hopes that these are frequently Googled words and people would stumble across her new zine. The word zine is pronounced ZEEN and is short for magazine.
Little did she know that she could have named it anything she wanted, because The Horror Zine was an instantaneous hit world-wide. People all over the world actively sought out The Horror Zine. No one had to simply stumble across it to discover it.
And now the “best of the best” finds a home in the book SHADOW MASTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE published by Imajin Books.
Fear casts a long shadow, and shadows take many shapes. From the award-winning The Horror Zine comes a wicked brew of spine-tingling fiction. Featuring never before published works from best-selling authors such as Bentley Little, Yvonne Navarro, Scott Nicholson, Melanie Tem, Elizabeth Massie, Earl Hamner, Simon Clark, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Ronald Malfi, Lisa Morton, Jeff Bennington, JG Faherty and many others, this amazing collection of works also includes a Foreword from Joe R. Lansdale.
From classic horror and exciting suspense to Twilight Zone-type speculative fiction with twisted endings, SHADOW MASTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE delves into the darkest corners of our nightmares and delivers the shivers.
While most people go to Disneyland while in Southern California, Jeani Rector went to the Fangoria Weekend of Horror there instead. She grew up watching the Bob Wilkins Creature Feature on television and lived in a house that had the walls covered with framed Universal Monsters posters. It is all in good fun and actually, most people who know Jeani personally are of the opinion that she is a very normal person. She just writes abnormal stories. Doesn’t everybody?
Jeani Rector is the founder and editor of The Horror Zine and has had her stories featured in magazines such as Aphelion, Midnight Street, Strange Weird and Wonderful, Dark River Press, Macabre Cadaver, Ax Wound, Horrormasters, Morbid Outlook, Horror in Words, Black Petals, 63Channels, Death Head Grin, Hackwriters, Bewildering Stories, Ultraverse, and others.