Issue 8 of The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy is now available and among other pieces of fine fiction, it includes a story by me. “Bruno J. Lampini and the Claw of Satan” finds the picaresque agent of eldritch acquisitions tramping through the wilds of darkest England on the hunt for the titular fossil.
“Bruno J. Lampini and the Claw of Satan” is a follow-up to “Bruno J. Lampini and the Boots of Frankenstein”, which appeared in an earlier issue of The Audient Void. Where the earlier story was a homage to the classic Universal horror films, “…Claw of Satan” is a loving tribute to folk horror films such as The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) and The Wicker Man (1973).
Lampini continues to be a character I have a lot of affection for, despite having only two appearances so far. He’s very much an unreliable narrator, but he’s so cheerfully vile that you have a hard time not rooting for him. I’m already making notes for a third story, involving Egyptian antiquities and a mummified appendage of unspecified provenance, which I hope to write sometime next year.