For the Love of Horror
By Michael Arruda
FOR THE LOVE OF HORROR is Stoker-nominated author Michael Arruda’s first short story collection. It contains fifteen short stories, seven reprints and eight original stories, plus a wraparound story that ties everything together. It’s written with the old Amicus anthology horror movies in mind, films like DR. TERRORS HOUSE OF HORRORS (1965) and THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD (1971). It’s a love story, but it’s actually more of an anti-love story. The folks in these stories make more mistakes and handle relationships in such appalling ways—well, let’s put it this way, if you do the opposite of what most of the characters do in these stories, you’ll be in good shape. Then again, you can do everything right, and your relationship can still go down the toilet. It’s the nature of the relationship beast, and it’s one of the themes of FOR THE LOVE OF HORROR. Men and women want to be involved with each other. Men and women need to be involved with each other. But more often than not, it’s not a pretty process. And sometimes it’s downright sinister.