Ever sat in a crowded place, bored or distracted, until someone walks by with something that just draws your attention – whether you meant it to or not? Think of that reaction as a reader walks by with the eye-catching artwork of James R. Powell featuring the title “Phobophobia”. Moreover, the cover is aptly made to draw a new reader into tales of fear.
There is nothing to fear but fear itself…Twenty six original tales of horror by established masters of terror and talented new voices lie within this Lexicon of Fear.Beware the dark power of words in BIBLIOPHOBIA…a carnival double act made in Hell can be found in the clown cemetery in COULROPHOBIA…an artist loses his power to create ice sculptures because of his fear of cold in FRIGOPHOBIA, but that is the least of his problems as his therapist suffers the same phobia…The fear of open spaces manifests itself in KENOPHOBIA, a tale of the ultimate emptiness – the Great Void that awaits us all…the fear of beautiful women is fully justified in VENUSTROPHOBIA, a tale of futile defence against the Succubus……but beware: the cure may be worse…Denying yourself a place in Heaven is one way to avoid JESUSPHOBIA, but the only alternative means Hell to pay…a playwright fights his fear of the colour yellow by creating an unusual addition to his Dramatis Personae in XANTHOPHOBIA…a Witchfinder’s fear of open water will only be relieved by imbibing one of two deathly fluids in AQUAPHOBIA…and a widower follows the age-old advice of turning to face your fear in QIQIRN, only to uncover the true nature of an Inuit dog spirit that carries the essence of cold terror from its ancient homeland into the realm of human grief…Open the pages. It is time to learn your A to Dread..
While some stories are better than others, there is a little bit of each of them in the artwork presented by James R. Powell. Kudos to him for doing such a delightful job! Look for a new rendition from him in a September 1, 2012 novella release to be known as “Dead Education’s Army Book One: Flesh Code” by Alan Dale.