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Necro-Om-Nom-Nom-Icon pairs weird fiction with recipes


On April 7, local publisher Sol Nigris Press will release Necro-Om-Nom-Nom-Icon, an anthology of short works paired with recipes, edited by Pikes Peak Community College assistant professor Jason Dias, Psy.D. (disclosure: Indy contributor Bret R. Wright contributed to this anthology). The stories range from lighthearted to horror, all weird fiction, drawing influence from the cosmic horror defined by early-20th-century author H.P. Lovecraft (without his egregious racism, of course). The recipes vary just as much, from serious recipes for actual food to strange, ironic or funny nods to the stories they accompany.

“The Springs is a really vibrant writing community,” says Dias. “We have a ton of unsung writers in lots of genres, especially in horror.”

The idea was spawned at an event held by the Colorado Tesla Writers, a group of Front Range writers who work in sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Dias had an idea for an anthology, and while asking for input from people more experienced in publishing he was overheard by Deb Courtney of Pikes Peak Writers and Magdalena Rakoczy of Sol Nigris Press. Things came together from there.
Cosmic horror has been on the rise in popularity over the past few years, but to Dias, that’s no surprise. Horror fiction has always been used to explore real fears at a comfortable distance. Dias says that even as, by most metrics, it’s safer to be alive now than at any point in history, safety seems more tenuous than ever. Threats like nuclear war and global warming have a vastness that can make them seem less like solvable problems and more like looming alien gods.

“As the world heats up literally and figuratively... isn’t the idea of the madness at the center of the galaxy maybe not comforting, but a notion already there in our subconscious?”

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