Creeping CrawlersAllen Ashley
science fiction, horror > weird fiction, anthology
Edited by Allen Ashley. Cover artwork and design by Steve Upham.
What is this lingering fear of insects, arachnids, arthropods, crustaceans and those that slither... is it a hangover from the survival battles in the savannah or does it go deeper and further back than that in our evolutionary heritage?
Unchallenged, the locusts, the maggots, the worms, the flies, the aphids and the termites may consume and destroy all that we have and hold dear.
Creeping, slithering, crawling horror, science fiction and fantasy stories by nineteen of today's top authors.
David Birch, Gary Budgen, Adrian Cole, Storm Constantine, Andrew Darlington, Pauline E. Dungate, Dennis Etchison, Edmund Glasby, John Grant, Terry Grimwood, Andrew Hook, Mark Howard Jones, Alan Knott, Robin Lupton, Ralph Robert Moore, Richard Mosses, Marion Pitman, David Rix, David Turnbull.
- Introduction: Hatched on a Leaf by Allen Ashley
- Us! By Andrew Hook
- In the Earth by Storm Constantine
- Running with the Tide by Adrian Cole
- Survivors by Terry Grimwood
- A Taste for Canal Burgers by David Rix
- Mariposas del Noche by Pauline E. Dungate
- Wet Season by Dennis Etchison
- Scarab by Gary Budgen
- For the Love of Insects by Mark Howard Jones
- Woodworm by Marion Pitman
- Foreign Bodies by Edmund Glasby
- Dissolute Evolution by Alan Knott
- Little Helpers by John Grant
- The Tarantata by Richard Mosses
- You Dry Your Tears If They Don’t Work by Ralph Robert Moore
- Guano Dong Baby by Robin Lupton
- Spinnentier by David Birch
- The Sweet Meat and the Beet by David Turnbull
- Chemical Glide by Andrew Darlington
- Author Biographies
One of the most distinctive voices in modern literature, Allen Ashley has been published in dozens of books and magazines in the UK, USA, Canada and Spain and has now passed his first century of short story publications. Allen is a highly respected author equally adept at novels, short stories, poetry and lyrics. He is also well known for a wealth of critical commentary and non-fiction articles and, more recently, as an acclaimed and award winning editor.
Allen has run successful writing workshops in Newham and Tower Hamlets libraries. In October 2005 he gave two readings at the Norwich Fringe Festival. In November 2005 he was the special guest of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group. In May 2006 he ran a