SHORT SHOTS | ‘Slashbacks’

The Official Website of Horror and Fantasy Writer Lionel Ray Green

(Editor’s note: SHORT SHOTS is a column where I review horror short stories.)

“Slashbacks” by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Tim Waggoner is a vicious little wish-fulfillment tale of vengeance set inside a horror movie lover’s dream video store. The short story appears in the 2022 anthology Attack from the ’80s edited by Eugene Johnson and published by Cemetery Dance Publications. Attack from the ’80s also features a nostalgic introduction by filmmaker Mick Garris.

In “Slashbacks,” Dwayne Hunt is the horror movie lover who stumbles upon a mysterious storefront called ThrillerKillers! on his way home from work. Dwayne intends to find a bar to drown the anger that still lingers from his wife’s actions the day before, but the blood-red letters of the sign lure him to the video store.

The first moment Dwayne steps inside and views the formidable decor on the walls, his mind is assaulted by voices…

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