Horror Story and other Horror Stories

Love and loss are the two prevailing themes in this 93,000-word short story collection, featuring 19 of the author's tales—five of which are original to this collection:

  • When Fat Men Love Thin Women
  • The Death Artist
  • The Uncertainty Principle
  • Monster
  • The Love Clinic

The rest of the stories appeared in such publications as On Spec, TransVersions, Prairie Fire, Northern Frights, Dark Planet, Descant, ChiZine, and the Tesseracts and Queer Fear anthology series.

Reviews of Horror Story and other Horror Stories:

Boyczuk has a real knack for creepy, Twilight Zone-style atmospherics. The scary stuff is often made more threatening by being kept just out of sight, concealed in shadows or half hidden behind a window. [His] stories all have a twist — a turn of the screw — that breathes new life into some of the old forms and results in fiction as clever as it is entertaining.
[A] memorable debut . . . [A]n edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit, Boyczuk's stories are succinct [and] uniformly excellent
Boyczuk builds up his hauntings and often gruesome metaphors and imagery from the base of his stories' human relationships, which imbues his fiction with an uncanniness that mimics the feeling of being trapped in a maze-like dream. Readers need not worry, however. The horror here is very real—Boyczuk just wants you to have a little fun finding it.
Robert Boyczuk is a supremely talented short-story writer.
Boyczuk keeps his stories tight and fast-moving, drawing his characters with quick, bold strokes.
—Nancy Varian Berberick, Tangent
Bob's [stories are] spooky, memorable, deceptively 'simple' piece[s], built around scenarios that are truly original and genuinely scary. Bob has a real gift for inhabiting, rather than adopting, the outsider perspective; his work is about peopleópeople like you, like meóthe sort of people you wouldn't necessarily want to be, yet may well end up fearing you already are.
Certain to outrage snowboarders and pro-lifers of all stripes. Infantovores, however, will find a powerful and articulate advocate in Robert Boyczuk.
. . . I was pleased to find that Boyczuk isn’t going for the easy scare with the stories in this collection. The stories touch on very basic and universal human issues (which is a good part of what makes them so scary), and they have literary merit to boot.
. . . Robert Boyczuk . . . has put together a collection that rivets you to your seat even as it pulls the rug out from under you.

eShorts

These single stories from this collection are available for individual purchase:

Horror Story by Robert Boyczuk

As part of an exercise, a detective creates a profile of an imagined serial killer - and then witnesses the fictional crimes of his killer becoming, one after another, his reality. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Cure for Cancer by Robert Boyczuk

When Marissa said, “Maybe we should see other people,” Nicholas decided to give her cancer. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Pirates by Robert Boyczuk

In 1721, Captain Bartholomew Roberts, a.k.a. Black Bart, catches glimpses of a distressing future, one in which the gentlemanly rules of pirating no longer pertain. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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The Love Clinic by Robert Boyczuk

When stricken with an unrequited love, a man goes to a clinic which promises to abort his feelings. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Monster by Robert Boyczuk

A monster contemplates its fabrication - and its fabricator. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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The Uncertainty Principle by Robert Boyczuk

A meteoroid damages a shuttle returning from a mining colony in the Oort Cloud. Inside the debris of the wreck are two men - and the woman they both love. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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The Back Shed by Robert Boyczuk

When he finds a wounded alien, an artist hides her in his studio and sculpts images of her relentlessly, his desire for her growing into an all-consuming obsession. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Tabula Rasa by Robert Boyczuk

A group of gay men discover that there is no fresh slate - except for oblivion. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Shika by Robert Boyczuk

In the guerilla war for Quebec, a soldier discovers the secret experiment behind his outfit's bizzare assembly of personalities. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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The Death Artist by Robert Boyczuk

Documentation of the final exhibition of a performance artist specializing in suicide. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Object of Desire by Robert Boyczuk

Mapping new worlds, the crew of a survey vessel become murderously obsessed with Cat, a woman they all believe they must love. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Falling by Robert Boyczuk

A suicide's protracted fall towards certain death fall enables him to contemplate the nature of his act and his unrequited love. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Doing Time by Robert Boyczuk

To what lengths will a man in love go when he discovers that the act of making love steals moments off his life? From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Jazz Threnody by Robert Boyczuk

If you had the ability to see the potential in anyone, what would you see when you stared into the mirror? From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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When Fat Men Love Thin Women by Robert Boyczuk

How much can a man eat for love? From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Assassination and the New World Order by Robert Boyczuk

A head of state watches in horrified fascination as, murder by murder, an unstoppable assassin works towards him. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Home by Robert Boyczuk

In stasis there aren't supposed to be dreams. But what if one leaks in? From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Gaytown by Robert Boyczuk

On a road trip, a gay man bickers with his partner about whether or not he should come out to his parents; but when they stay over in a small northern town, he discovers coming out is more torturous than he could have ever imagined. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Query by Robert Boyczuk

In the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake, the editor of a major publishing house launches an expedition into a newly opened crevasse to recover the pages of a manuscript submitted by an aspiring writer. From Robert Boyczuk’s Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, this tale belongs to Robert Boyczuk’s debut collection of short fiction, offering an “edgy variety of sci-fi, horror, and speclit” (Publishers Weekly).

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Other Reviews

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Author Info

Robert Boyczuk has published short stories in various magazines and anthologies. He also has three books out: a collection of his short work, Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, and two novels, Nexus: Ascension and The Book of Thomas (all by ChiZine Publications).