The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Ian Rogers

ianIan Rogers is the award-winning author of the dark fiction collection Every House Is Haunted. His novelette, “The House on Ashley Avenue,” was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and has been optioned for television by Universal Cable Productions. For more information, visit

What inspired your story “The Veils”?

I was thinking about the strangeness in everyday life, and how one unusual event can set a story rolling. For some reason this made me think of stock photography, and what would happen if someone noticed something strange in a series of photos that suggested a larger conspiracy.

What’s the first horror story you can remember making a big impact on you?

“The Mist,” by Stephen King.

Name your three favourite horror writers. spectral-horror-2_design

Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, and Algernon Blackwood.

Is your writing generally firmly in the horror arena or do you do occasional jaunts into other areas of speculative fiction?

I write a bit of everything — urban fantasy, detective fiction, comedy, weird western — but horror is definitely where my heart lies.

What’s in your to-be-read pile at the moment?

“The Acolyte,” by Nick Cutter, “In the Woods,” by Tana French, and “Burnt Black Suns,” by Simon Strantzas.

The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories can be pre-ordered here.

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