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2017 05 01 Worlds Between My Teeth



Written by Tim Meyer

A good single-author short story collection is like a variety pack of beer from your favorite craft brewery; an assortment of tastes spawned from the same imagination. Here are some collections that helped pave the way for my own bundle of stories, Worlds Between My Teeth.

20th century ghosts

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

What I like best about Joe's collection is how diverse the themes of his stories are. There are scares alongside stories that will tug on your emotions and play with your mind. "Pop Art" is a veritable masterpiece, while other stories like "Abraham's Boys" and "Best New Horror" are just plain fun. Above all else, I wanted readers to have fun with Worlds.

Personal favorite stories: "Pop Art" and "Voluntary Committal".

The Lottery And Other Stories

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

Some may argue that "The Lottery" is the best short story ever written, and I'm inclined to agree with those people. The story has so many layers, and while the tales included in Worlds Between My Teeth were written solely for entertainment, I can't ignore the influence that "The Lottery" has had over my writing in general. Plus, that ending. God, what an ending.

The October Country The October Country by Ray Bradbury

I wish I could say for a fact that The October Country was the first single-author collection I ever read, but alas, I can't because it was so many moons ago. However, I remember picking this gem of a collection up off the top of a dusty pile of used books at a local thrift shop, opening to the first story ("The Dwarf"), and becoming quite unsettled. The story itself isn't that scary, but I think it was the way Bradbury approached it, capturing that October mood where anything and everything can (and will) happen. The stories in The October Country are atmospheric and alive with dread, an art I've tried to infuse with my stories ever since that first read through.

Personal favorite stories: "The Dwarf," "The Lake," and "The Wind".

night shift Night Shift by Stephen King

Okay, you weren't going to get an "influential horror collections" article without mention of the master of the macabre. Night Shift was the first story collection by King that I had read, probably around the age of thirteen, and it scared me shitless. No lie. Underwear was ruined. I know, gross. Anyway, the stories within this collection are just plain fantastic, and I've yet to meet any writer who wasn't influenced by this selection of goodies.

Personal favorite stories: "The Boogeyman," "I Am the Doorway," and "Quitters, Inc.".

Gutshot Gutshot by Amelia Gray

Probably the most unknown work on this list, Amelia Gray's collection of short stories and flash fiction pieces is diverse, often horrifying, and just plain weird. Her style is unique and her stories will either make you say, "Hm, that was really good" or "Good God, that was awesome, but what the heck did I just read?" I love the weird aspects of her fiction, especially those extremely short bits which pack so much story into so few words. Looking back at Worlds Between My Teeth, my stories "Box Game" and "The Old Church" seem to embody that similar style, vicious stories under a thousand words intended to hit the reader in the gut.

Personal favorite stories: "House Heart" and "Fifty Ways to Eat Your Lover".

Books Of Blood Bonus: Books of Blood: Volume One by Clive Barker

Books of Blood makes a lot of horror collection lists, and I'd be a fool not to include it. However, instead of including every volume, I decided to choose just one. Volume One contains many of my favorite Barker stories. His work in this collection has had an everlasting effect on my fiction, stories I wish to read time and time again.

Personal favorite stories: "In the Hills, The Cities" and "The Yattering and Jack".

Writers: What are some collections that inspired you? Readers: What are your favorite single-author collections?

Horror DNA.com would like to thank Tim for stopping by and sharing this piece with us. You can follow along the tour with these hashtags: #WorldsBetweenMyTeeth #WBMT #shorthorrorstories

A dream you can't wake up from. A cruel game you never wished you played. An enormous shadow living beneath your lake. An invasion of your world.

Worlds Between My Teeth collects TWELVE short stories designed to keep you up past midnight. Strap in. Tim Meyer, author of IN THE HOUSE OF MIRRORS and SUNFALL: SEASON ONE, grants you access to the portals in his mind. Welcome to his WORLDS...

1. The Dream Eaters
2. The Lemures
3. The Cherry Collectors
4. Worlds Between My Teeth
5. Gingerbread Death Machine
6. Under New Skies
7. The Ice King
8. Box Game
9. Armala's Hunt
10. The Old Church
11. The Pumpkin Tree Giveth, The Pumpkin Tree Taketh Away
12. The Man Who Never Frowned

BONUS NOVELLA: "The Organ Harvest: An October John Novella"

Tim Meyer, Biography
Tim Meyer dwells in a dark cave near the Jersey Shore. He’s an author, husband, father, podcast host, blogger, coffee connoisseur, beer enthusiast, and explorer of worlds. He writes horror, mysteries, science fiction, and thrillers, although he prefers to blur genres and let the stories fall where they may.

You can follow Tim at https://timmeyerwrites.com where he has great content and features author interviews and you can sign-up for his newsletter! Like his Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/authortimmeyer and you can also find him on Twitter as @timmeyer11.

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