ANNOUNCING: I’m posting all contributors, one-a-day, to reveal the Table of Contents for +Horror Library+ Volume 7, to be published by Dark Moon Books on March 1, 2022!
DAY 30 OF 30: GARICK
30. Garick Cooke presents “Holder City”
29. Matt Thompson presents “Ring Road”
28. Michael James presents “Attention”
27. Darren Todd presents “8-Ball”
26. Charlie Hughes presents “The Riverman”
25. Trevor James Zaple presents “Like Old Rope”
24. Suki Litchfield presents “The Kid in the Ambulance”
23. Liam Hogan presents “In the Devil’s Footsteps”
22. Brady Golden presents “Neon Showgirl”
21. Darren O. Godfrey presents “Discovery of Blanks”
20. Zoe Kaplan presents “The Test”
19. Colin Leonard presents “The Burning Heart”
18. David Afsharirad presents “just keep walking”
17. William Meikle presents “Gateway to Oblivion”
16. Valya Dudycz Lupescu presents “The Tooth Butcher”
15. Gene O’Neill presents “Ring Rust”
14. H. Pueyo presents “Death Republic”
13. Scotty Milder presents “Giant and Child: A Fugue”
12. Lucy Taylor presents “If You Touch Me, I Can Cry”
11. Terry Dowling presents “The Key to Mabella”
10. Christi Nogle presents “The Apartment”
9. Baba Jide Low presents “Pretties / Serpent”
8. Kristi Petersen Schoonover presents “February Thaw”
7. Bentley Little presents “In the Valley”
6. Rex Burrows presents “Skandalopetra”
5. Alex Woodroe presents “Abandon”
4. Cody Goodfellow presents “Hand of Glory”
3. Natalia Theodoridou presents “The Mouth”
2. Jo Kaplan presents “Her. House.”
1. Michael Harris Cohen presents “Never Better”
In “Holder City,” a young man picks up a hitchhiker who directs him to the remnants of a ruined town.
As they exited the roadbed, the canopy of sixty- and eighty-foot second growth fir lining the highway gave way to a patchwork of oak, madrone, and willow, all tangled with underbrush and tall grass. The girl pointed him down the slope of an old dirt road that had been graded once, but not recently, and was now overgrown with tall weeds and saplings that pinged against the undercarriage of the Sprint as he edged toward the little stream at the bottom. The water was shallow, and they forded it without trouble and went on to the other side, switching back and forth up the hillside. The road was rougher this side of the ford, with deep ruts that had been baked into something like concrete by the heat. Badge cursed under his breath and worried about his suspension. He worried about the girl, too. She’d been smiling ever since they left the highway, but she didn’t say anything.
They came to a fork in the road, and the girl pointed him to the right. Badge down-shifted into first and held his foot grimly on the gas. The old car was bucking like a bronco now, and he was regretting the impulse that had made him listen to her. He wondered what he’d got himself into . . .
—Holder City by GARICK COOKE
ABOUT: GARICK COOKE
Garick Cooke is a hobbyist writer of speculative fiction, working as a construction estimator during the day. He is a California native, but a long-time resident of Houston, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Houston. In 2021, his first published story appeared in the e-zine Zooscape.
Publisher’s Page: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_Library_7.html
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