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About Kyle Winkler
Kyle Winkler lives in northeast Ohio and teaches (mostly) writing and rhetoric at Kent State University - Tuscarawas. He also teaches/has taught Shakespeare, Science Fiction, and Literary Theory. His stories and essays have appeared in Conjunctions, The Rupture, The Rumpus, The Millions, and elsewhere.
He's working on a new novel set in the rural Midwest.
Originally from southwest Indiana, Kyle has also lived in St. Louis and Pittsburgh, where he earned an MFA and a PhD, respectively. Some of his earliest memories include watching John Carpenter's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA with his mother; breaking into the old neighbor lady's house for iced tea; and running around pretending to be Batman but then getting stuffed into a trash can and rolled down the street by bullies.
He would go to the mat for Barbara Comyns.
For more about Kyle and his writing, visit kylewinkler.net
Twitter & Instagram: @bleakhousing
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– Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Kin and Sour Candy
“Wild, fast-moving, and disorientingly hilarious… down to earth and completely unhinged. It also gave me a jolt of sickening, infinite horror I hadn’t felt since the Vermicious Knids jumped out of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.”
-Ben Loory, author of Tales of Falling and Flying
It's 1986. Cade McCall is an assistant manager for a catering business. Driving to work one morning, part of the local graveyard explodes. Later the same day, Cade gets an odd message from a client who needs catering for an Extreme Food Club. He calls himself Mr. Dinosaur. And he’s paying $11,000. Despite Cade’s reservations, he takes the gig. Although, who’s feeding whom is another question entirely...Involving female biker gangs, cults, possessed furniture, and a full dose of cosmic horror, The Nothing That Is serves up the weird.
Prepare for a lethal dose of terror…
A young boy’s art takes a sinister turn when the monstrous creature from his drawings reaches into the real world. The clues to a fiendishly clever crossword puzzle predict a series of tragedies for a witch’s nosy neighbors. And a creepy old doll brings pain and misfortune to a woman struggling to cope with her mother’s illness…
As you’re about to go under the knife, Scare Street’s latest collection of supernatural horror is the morphine you need. This new volume holds thirteen tales of bone-chilling terror. More than enough to send a shock though your system.
Goosebumps, nightmares, shivers running down your spine… The physiological symptoms of fear infest your body. Just relax as your demonic nurse tightens the straps on the operating table. The doctor is in, and he’s ready to begin the operation.
All you need is a good old-fashioned scream—and this just so happens to be this sinister surgeon’s specialty. So, shall we begin?
This is going to hurt a little. Or a lot…
This volume contains the following:
1. Cross Words by Peter Cronsberry
2. Hybrid by Justin Boote
3. Pipe Dreams by William Sterling
4. “For My Next Trick...” by Bryan Clark
5. Blood Debt by Susan E. Rogers
6. Smudge the Head by Kyle Winkler
7. See Me by Charles Welch
8. Half Larva, Will Travel by Andrey Pissantchev
9. Just We Two by Shell St. James
10. Caustic Whispers by Zach Friday
11. Roach by C. M. Saunders
12. Unarmed by Warren Benedetto
13. Gwen Speaks by Ron Ripley
"OH PAIN is a standout debut collection of weird fiction, in which Winkler displays his talents for both beautiful prose and unsettling themes. Whether these fictions concern mundane, everyday events or bizarre, otherworldly happenings, the tie that binds them together is the nagging, dread-inspiring sense that something (perhaps everything?) is off-kilter." -- Kev Harrison, author of Below and Paths Best Left Untrodden
“Winkler serves up Midwest weirdness and body horror unlike any I’ve encountered before. His characters, crafted with wit and compassion, lead fully dimensional lives on the page. There’s no denying that OH PAIN is an absolute pleasure.” -Eric Raglin, author of Nightmare Yearnings and the Cursed Morsels podcast
A new mother secretly bites her baby until the compulsion ruins her. An abandoned angel eats the trash of a small Ohio town. A woman spies on her neighbor's aging body for global security reasons. A scientist suffers horrible mutations to care for a radioactive orphan. A man graduates college only to labor in an underground bunker scrubbing a giant. In each of the twelve weird stories of this collection, human bodies are morphed, warped, and withered. Through love, desolation, or entropy.
Through motherhood, childhood, or disease. The settings for these stories of painful transformation are often the huddled corners of the uncanny Midwest, but the changes are always happening on the body in pain. From the author of the cosmic horror novella, The Nothing That Is, comes a collection of stories hovering between the everyday and the horrific. With four stories appearing in print for the first time, and line drawings for each story by Claudia Lundahl.