Looking for something freaky to read for Halloween? My short story “The Fate of Dr. Fincher” and the prologue to my novel Burning the Middle Ground are now available on this website’s fiction page! Please encourage anyone with an interest in the macabre to have a look at https://landrewcooper.com/fiction/

The two pieces now available are what I read on Saturday, October 27. For “The Fate of Dr. Fincher,” I read alongside BlackWyrm authors Michael Williams and William Levy at A Reader’s Corner.

William Levy, Michael Williams, and L. Andrew Cooper
Left to right: William Levy, Michael Williams, and L. Andrew Cooper (the latter with beginnings of the long-promised Beard that Heralds the First Novel)

The crowd was small but enthusiastic. Later, we rocked the mic at The Bard’s Town–more readers, more listeners, more wine and beer. Listeners gasped audibly when I reached the climax of Burning the Middle Ground‘s prologue. Afterward, people told me I have a sick mind. That’s a good thing, right?

By Andrew

L. Andrew Cooper specializes in the provocative, scary, and strange. His current project, The Middle Reaches, is a serialized epic of weird horror and dark fantasy on Amazon Kindle Vella. His latest release, Records of the Hightower Massacre, an LGBTQ+ horror novella co-authored with Maeva Wunn, imagines a near-future dystopia where anti-queer hate runs a program to "correct" deviants. Stains of Atrocity, his newest collection of stories, goes to uncomfortable psychological and visceral extremes. His latest novel, Crazy Time, combines literary horror and dark fantasy in a contemporary quest to undo what may be a divine curse. Other published works include novels Burning the Middle Ground and Descending Lines; short story collections Leaping at Thorns and Peritoneum; poetry collection The Great Sonnet Plot of Anton Tick; non-fiction Gothic Realities and Dario Argento; co-edited fiction anthologies Imagination Reimagined and Reel Dark; and the co-edited textbook Monsters. He has also written more than 30 award-winning screenplays. After studying literature and film at Harvard and Princeton, he used his Ph.D. to teach about favorite topics from coast to coast in the United States. He now focuses on writing and lives in North Hollywood, California.

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