He sat staring vacantly out of the window in the high-rise office that he worked in – the thousand yard stare, as his co-workers had quietly taken to calling it. They all understood and sympathised with his pain, for this battle had been going on for many months now. He was determined, for his wife’s sake, to remain outwardly strong, even though his mind was in turmoil.
One of his colleagues, Phil, hesitantly approached the desk, his face taut with concern. “Hey, buddy?” he said softly. “We’ve all talked about this, and we can’t stand to watch you suffer any longer. We want to help you – we have a cure for your wife.”
Tears streaming down his face already, his head jerked up to stare at Phil incredulously. “Excuse me?” he said, unsure that he had heard him correctly.
“We can save Julianne, buddy, and we can do it right now – this company can do things that you could only dream of until now. We’re the world’s largest drug company, after all, and believe me when I say that we can cure anything.”
~ An excerpt of 900 to 1
The Pitchfork Diaries is a collection of short stories and prose unlike anything you have ever read before. Even the darkest and most violent imaginings of your mind cannot come close to matching the horrors contained within.
J.S. Bannerman, a new name in the horror genre, has skilfully woven a collection of tales that will inescapably work their way into your psyche, take up residence and relentlessly haunt you. Prepare yourself to be confronted by words that will threaten to shake the foundation of everything you thought you knew; no truth is too uncomfortable, no thought too gruesome to share.
All are invited to read The Pitchfork Diaries. Many will never be the same.
“Works of horror are often the products of a haunted mind, but this collection suggest Bannerman’s mind was torn out with a bear trap, violated in twenty-seven different ways, and then jammed screaming back into his head. These are brutal stories, with a rough execution and disturbing subject matter, so much so that only the strongest of constitution will be able to make it through to the end.” …As quoted from Phil Fasso’s review of The Pitchfork Diaries Volume One posted on deathensemble.com
J.S. Bannerman was born and raised in the church, and he has taken the dangerous stance to question events that have been spoon fed to him as the truth since his childhood. He continually pushes boundaries as a purveyor of terror and often strives to find that disquietude that exists inside each one of us.
Bannerman is a nomad, calling no one place home; choosing the life of a traveller while on the mission of writing the Family of Dog series. As a result you may find him in your town, writing at your local pub, crafting tales of horror so terrifyingly depraved and heartbreakingly cruel that you would never believe that they come from a mind as normal as his. Just beware, because within each tale is a message; it’s just up to you to figure out what it means.
“Often times the central conflict and resolution are ‘unwritten’ and merely hinted at or implied. This allows the reader’s mind to finish the story that Bannerman began. This isn’t to say he leaves the stories with unsatisfying endings; far from it. Bannerman simply weaves some really disturbing tales and lets the mind of the reader fill in some of the details. And it totally works.” …As quoted from Scott Shoyer’s review of The Pitchfork Diaries Volume One on anythinghorror.com
It was time to explain – to her family, her friends, her co-workers, but most of all, her girlfriend of the past sixteen years deserved for the world to know the truth of how this child came into being.
This child was surrounded in turmoil, and it had been a difficult pregnancy with nothing going as it was supposed to. She had continued to have her periods throughout the gestation, but that had been the very least of the things that had so completely baffled the numerous doctors who had examined her. No traces of sperm had been found in her body, and it had been announced that the DNA pattern contained a strand never before seen.
So Kinsey had become not only the talk of the town, but a worldwide celebrity, cameras following her every move, all desperate to be the first to reveal the most anticipated birth in living memory. She had unwillingly become the poster child for lesbian activism and the ‘choose life’ movement, but until all of this had happened, her sexuality had been a secret. Her parents had been desperately upset, and she had been treated badly by her colleagues once the pregnancy had been revealed, the label of whore instantly slapped upon her head.
~ An excerpt from The Stillborn Divine
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