a stab at forever

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I’m so happy to announce that James Ward Kirk’s Serial Killers Quattuor is now available in both print and e-book formats!

You, me, the general public, have a fascination for true crime accounts of people like Bundy, and fictional depictions of similar characters in television shows such as Criminal Minds and Dexter. We have a macabre interest in real life serial killers and can’t comprehend the pure lack of remorse of these monsters. But yet we can’t get enough. So we watch these shows and buy these books and read about these abhorrent yet fascinating criminals. Serial Killers Quattuor is one such work that fulfills our insatiable obsession with serial killers in this terrifying and bloodcurdling short story collection.

A diverse collection of authors, from New Zealand to California, from Wales to Florida, from the United Kingdom to Indiana, offer some of the finest horror fiction available today.

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Serial Killers Quattuor
Published by James Ward Kirk

Featuring:

Vekah Mckeown – “Alasdair”

William Cook – “Pretty Boy”

Dan Weatherer – “Agnes: A Trilogy”

Carl Fox – “Born and Bred”

Sheldon Woodbury – “Dirty Minds”

DJ Tyrer – “Gentleman Jack”

Eric Nash – “The Handwritten Journal”

Paul Mannering – “Ken and Barbie”

Essel Pratt – “Thus is the Life”

Michelle Augello-Page – “A Stab at Forever”

Jonathan R. Daniels – “Threaded”

Dona Fox – “Taking Ink”

S. MacLeod – “The Devil’s Castle”

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My story in this collection, “A Stab at Forever,” is based upon the history and lore of the infamous Blood Countess, Erzsebet Bathory, who killed hundreds of servant girls in her reign of terror.

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Erzsebet Bathory by Santiago Caruso

Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bathory, cousin of Vlad the Impaler, is also thought to be the first inspiration for Dracula because of her country of birth and fixation with blood. Many people seem to feel that the inspiration for Dracula has been re-attributed because Bathory was essentially a female serial killer.

My story does not glorify Erzsebet Bathory, but rather seeks to fictionalize her earliest known experiences in an attempt to understand and express her violence towards young girls as something horrifically and humanly female, based in jealousy, a fear of growing old, a sadistic expression of sexual power, and an obsession with youth.

I wrote this story awhile ago, and I am so excited to finally find a home for it within the pages of this excellent anthology! This horror collection is not for the faint of heart, but it is filled with depraved, thrilling and well-written stories. Check it out!! x

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