Q: What is the scariest or most disturbing story you’ve ever read?
A: There are several in the running for most disturbing. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is the first story I remember being seriously disturbed by. Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” and “Revelation” are up there, along with Joy Williams’s “Traveling to Pridesup.” As far as scary, Jeff VanderMeer’s “The Third Bear” plain terrified me–I didn’t have the guts to read the rest of his collection afterwards.
Allison Wall’s story “Flann Brónach and the King’s Champion” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 30 September 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.