Published by the Sager Group, 2022

Includes ‘Test of Death,’ Winner of the Australasian Horror Writers Association Robert N Stephenson Short Story Award.

Melanie’s increasingly disturbing journal entries have to be delusional ravings – if they’re not, there’s something terrible out there, snatching runaways in the night and spiriting them off to a place unspeakable.

In his debut collection of horror stories, short fiction writer Michael Botur, recognized in his native New Zealand as “one of the most original story writers of his generation,” brings us twelve terrifying tales that take us to the dark extremes of human imagination.
Botur’s off-kilter stories take the reader through a black mirror of horrifically bizarro possibility. For two high school introverts, skipping school descends into something unspeakably awful. A powerful-yet-paranoid publisher turns a young man’s magazine internship into a nightmare. A woman trapped in a coal cellar discovers that in order to live, part of her needs to die. A teen prankster’s vicious joke against her tutor brings revenge served cold.