New story and essay, novel excerpt AVAILABLE NOW in FREE SIRENS CALL EZINE ISSUE 60!


BIG NEWS!! I’m ecstatic to announce that Sirens Call eZine Issue #60—FREE to download—not only contains my story, “What the Ocean Knows,” but, because they honored me with being featured author, also contains an essay, “Whispers Beneath the Lines: Dark Fiction’s Power to Heal” and a longer excerpt from my novel, Bad Apple! This giant issue also features some awesome friends of mine—Robert Mayette, Naching T. Kassa, Meg Smith, Derek Austin Johnson, and Nina D’Arcangela, and a close-up on the amazing virtual reading series Strong Women: Strange Worlds.

In “What the Ocean Knows,” a grieving woman finds comfort in afternoons spent talking to the sea… until the day the sea talks back.

The Murmuring Poster Art

The essay, “Whispers Beneath the Lines,” looks at the importance of dark fiction as a way to connect and heal through the lens of my mother’s death (and also, if you enjoyed Guillermo del Toro’s recent Netflix series Cabinet of Curiosities’ Episode 8, “The Murmuring,” then you’ll definitely want to read this).

Chase those post-holiday blues with a bit of some fun, free horror.

Here’s the download link. Enjoy!

About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies; her traditionally published books include a short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND. She was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves as co-host of the DARK DISCUSSIONS podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 ORCHARD, and is a member of the New England Horror Writers. Follow her adventures at

Posted on January 5, 2023, in horror short stories, News, Short Stories and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I just finished “Whispers Beneath the Lines.” It’s so spot-on. That’s exactly how horror feels when it’s comforting!

    • Thank you, Priscilla! That was a VERY difficult essay to write. I’m glad that it made its point, because I was really concerned about that. I shouldn’t have been surprised that tackling that long-ago day, which I’ve NEVER written about, would be emotional.

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