Matt Forney’s Favorite Terror House Magazine Submissions of 2018

While I ordinarily do a year-end roundup of my favorite blog posts, articles, podcasts, and other things I’ve done, because I’ve shifted into working as a publisher and live stream host, I no longer write as much as I used to. Much of my energy has been focused on building up Terror House Magazine and Terror House Press, turning them into the premier hubs for outsider literature.

Since we launched in May, Terror House Magazine has published over 350 submissions from over 150 different writers, spanning short stories, literary nonfiction, poetry, reviews, and serialized novellas. Our traffic has continued to grow, with December falling a hair short of being our best month yet. We’ve been attacked by both the far-left and the neo-Nazi right, with the clods of #saferLIT trying to blackball our writers and famous right-wing personalities like Richard Spencer and J.F. Gariépy crying about us on their shows.

My co-editor Glahn has published an article today featuring his favorite Terror House submissions over the past year, and I present my favorite picks below. Note that I deliberately avoided choosing submissions that he also picked, since our tastes overlap on many of them, instead choosing to highlight several favorites of my own. Additionally, both Glahn’s list and mine exclude submissions that won Terror House’s Best of the Month Award, which you can find here.

Blood Knot by Jose Oseguera

I’m not really big on erotica; my one foray into writing it was as part of an aborted trolling campaign. For that matter, I don’t even really like gratuitous sex in writing period. Dangerous Days, a documentary about the making of Blade Runner, features an extended cut of the scene where Harrison Ford and Sean Young make out where she gets topless, with Ridley Scott explaining that he didn’t put it in the final cut because he views sex scenes as unnecessary unless they drive the plot forward in some fashion.

Blood Knot is a perfect example of a book where gratuitous sex isn’t just welcome, it’s necessary. Story of O-esque novella about a relationship between a young man and an older woman, Oseguera’s graphic prose goes from sexy to sickening when layered with context. Blood Knot is a story about abuse, showing how the sins and scars of one person are transmuted to the next generation, knowingly or unknowingly.

You Have a Mushroom Infection” by John Grauerholz

John Grauerholz, aka Mr. Mean-Spirited, is a writer I’ve followed for years, his cutting wit and ebullient misanthropy a welcome reprieve from the clap-happy self-empowerment talk common in this corner of the Internet. In this nonfiction story, he details a horrific case of jock itch he contracted while visiting Tijuana and the even more horrific doctor’s visit he endured afterwards.

Bubblegum Cigarettes” by Matthew Brockmeyer

Set in the 1970’s, “Bubblegum Cigarettes” is the story of a young girl who runs away from her abusive parents. It’s full of wonderful quips and lines (e.g. “You don’t even know how to finger-fuck! You couldn’t even find my secret spot!”) and has a bleak, comic atmosphere.

White Dwarf” by Glahn

If it weren’t for the fact that Terror House’s editors don’t give awards to themselves, “White Dwarf” would have been a strong contender for July’s Best of the Month Award. It’s a rarity in modern literature: a short story with a cartoony premise that is written so well it’s impossible not to take seriously.

“White Dwarf” follows the adventures of its titular character Milky, a slave owned by the black man Theo, who enjoys tormenting him in between having fun with the PAWGs chained up in his basement. It’s dark, funny, and after you read it, you’ll never look at jujubes the same way again.

Food for Thought” by Anagha Subhash

As Glahn points out in his best-of list, one issue with outsider writers is that they tend towards depravity. I love reading about venereal diseases and white dwarves getting the shit kicked out of them as much as the next man, but it does get tiring after a while.

“Food for Thought” is a significant departure from Terror House’s usual fare: a story about one girl’s favorite dish. I’ve said for years that a talented writer can talk about the dumbest shit imaginable and still make it entertaining, and Anagha Subhash’s essay is proof of that: after reading it, I was craving a fatayer so badly that I went down to the only Lebanese restaurant in Budapest to get one.

Was Her Resting?” by Kirk Forlatt

Terror House has published a few Southern Gothic pieces, but this is by far my favorite. The tale of an old man, his dog, and some robbers, I challenge you to not shed a tear at the ending. Forlatt’s sparse prose and attention to detail sell the story.

Fetish” by Benjamin Welton

Benjamin Welton specializes in contemporary horror stories that take advantage of “negative space,” allowing readers to fill in the blanks and speculate about the motives and fates of his characters. “Fetish” is my personal favorite of his work so far, focusing on a trophy wife, her husband’s foot fetish, and her paranoia over his potential cheating.

Helené Brooks” by Edward Shaw

Edward Shaw is another regular writer at Terror House, penning stories known for their sudden twists and surreal atmospheres. This story, about a young man searching for a present for his girlfriend in 1950’s San Francisco and his run-in with a sultry older woman, is my personal favorite of his.

Sugar-Plum Fearless” by Soren James

I’m not even sure what the fuck this story is supposed to be, other than that I like it. It starts with a private eye pissing his pants because he’s too senile to remember how to unzip, then he has a philosophical discussion with a dwarf while he chops up the corpse of a tranny hooker in his bathtub. Seriously, read it.

NEET by Calvin Westra

I’ve been friends with Calvin for years and in that time, I’ve watched him mature into one of the best writers of our generation. NEET, an eight-part novella about a jobless junkie who gets bullied by a monster made out of cans, is his best work to date. Calvin has truly mastered the art of doing less with more, as he effortlessly narrates the life of Ben and how he is ridiculed by his dealer, patronized by his mother, and mocked by the can monster.

If You Love Something” by Brian Eckert

Brian Eckert holds the distinctions of being the first writer to submit to Terror House and the first winner of our Best of the Month Award. “If You Love Something” is his most recent story for us and one of his best, a moving tale about a loveless nerd who makes his fantasies into reality, in a similar fashion as Jimmy Stewart’s character in Vertigo. In contrast to the black comedy of “Standing Arrow Straight” and the surreal “Nagasaki Boy,” “If You Love Something” is almost tender, a love story for a world in which God is dead.

Last Days and Testament” by Nick Willis

“Last Days and Testament” is a story about the archetypal modern man: a man with no family, no friends, no love life, no fulfilling job, and nothing to live for aside from jerking off. It’s a common story, one that we’ve heard before, but Willis narrates it with humor and clarity.

Self-Destruction” by Ikhnaton Skypeople

I’ve made it clear in the past that I don’t care for most women writers, particularly young women: their lack of life experience and narcissism is unbearable. However, good women writers have one thing on men: they’re much better at capturing emotion itself, the swirling maelstrom of hormones and hindbrain impulses that afflict all humans but which men are less capable of understanding.

“Self-Destruction” is the kind of work that only a woman could have written. A patchwork tale of one woman’s descent into alcoholism and ruin, “Self-Destruction” is told through a combination of first-person accounts, emails, and MySpace postings, detailing the unraveling of Allie’s life in graphic, unflinching detail.

Conjugal Bloodbath” by Bronze Age Chad

One of the secrets of Terror House’s success is that we’re not pretentious. We’ll publish traditional-style fiction and poetry, but we’ll also publish works that no other literary magazine would touch…such as a story depicting Richard Spencer and James Fields as prison lovers. Published shortly after Fields’ murder conviction, “Conjugal Bloodbath” is a stinging satire of the alt-right.

Win” by the Juju Writers’ Collective

Last month, as an experiment, Glahn created an open-access Google Document, inviting anyone and everyone to collectively write a short story. “Win” is the result: a story about an Indian chief shitting into an octoroon’s mouth, then raping him so hard that his intestines prolapse. Depending on your perspective, it’s either the best thing ever or the worst thing ever.

I’d like to thank not only those of you who have read and supported Terror House Magazine since its inception, but those of you who’ve followed my own work over the years. Stay tuned, because 2019 is going to be the biggest year yet.

Terror House Magazine Reader Survey

Terror House Magazine is nearing its seven-month anniversary and is continuing to light the literary world on fire. Our enemies’ attempts to shut us down have backfired hilariously, with our traffic growing exponentially since September; it’s no exaggeration to say that we’re one of the most-read literary magazines in the world. Submissions continue to flow in at a steady pace, to the point where we’re now scheduling into the new year. Most importantly, Terror House Press will be launching in the near future.

That’s where you come in.

We know how popular and beloved Terror House is—our stats don’t lie—but we want to know what you think. We want to know what you like about our site, what you want to see more (or less) of, and how we can improve. We also want your thoughts on the forthcoming Terror House Press.

Because of this, we’ve prepared a short reader survey that you can access by clicking here. It’ll take you less than ten minutes to fill out and is totally anonymous. Your answers will help shape the direction of Terror House Magazine and Terror House Press.

You have one week—until December 10 at 3PM Eastern—to fill out the survey. We will collect your answers and discuss them in a post next week.

Thanks for taking the time to fill out our survey, and a special thanks to you for reading our site. Terror House Magazine has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams, and with your input, we hope to make it even better.

Cross-posted at Terror House Magazine.

The Latest Entries from Terror House Magazine

As I announced two weeks agoTerror House Magazine will soon be expanding into Terror House Press, with Andy Nowicki’s novel Heart Killer as one of our first products. I’m hard at work getting that ready as well as dealing with other issues in my personal life, so for now, here are the ten best submissions that Terror House has published in the past month:

  1. The Last Will and Testament of Philip Alan Dennison“: A short story by Benjamin Welton about a man’s posthumous murder confession.
  2. The Damned Beautiful“: A dystopian short story by T.J. Martinell about a world in which beautiful women are forced to wear burkas in order to avoid offending fat and ugly women.
  3. Was Her Resting?“: A tragic short story by Kirk Forlatt about a man, his dog, and a robbery.
  4. Hostess Cherry Pies“: A comic short story by Pete Able about a man’s struggle with alcohol and heroin addiction in Philadelphia.
  5. Frank and Liz“: A short story by A.R. Bender about a man who falls in love with a manipulative woman and loses everything he has in the process.
  6. Fetish“: A short story by Benjamin Welton about a woman’s attempt to cope with her husband’s disgusting sexual fetish.
  7. Helené Brooks“: A short story by Edward Shaw about a young man in 1950’s San Francisco and his run-in with a mysterious older woman.
  8. Sugar-Plum Fearless“: A comic short story by Soren James about a detective, his dwarf neighbor, and a dead transsexual hooker.
  9. Letters from a Heartbroken Pervert: Fucking Angela Merkel, Considered“: In this installment from Letters from a Heartbroken Pervert, Nameless Writer relays the results of an experiment designed to test Angela Merkel’s attractiveness.
  10. NEET, Part 1“: The first part of Terror House Editor-at-Large Calvin Westra’s novella NEET, about an unemployed young man who is mercilessly bullied by a monster made out of cans.

In addition, be sure to check out Gregory Yelnish’s “The Elves and the Witch” and Daniel Hammarberg’s “Alcohol Drought,” the winners of our Best of the Month Awards for July and August 2018, respectively.

If you’re not already following Terror House Magazine, you can visit the site here, follow us on Twitter here, and subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Stay tuned for more news soon.

Why You Should Subscribe to My YouTube Channel

It’s not a secret that in the past few months, I’ve been devoting more time to my YouTube channel. This is for several reasons. The first is that I’ve been trying to complete several writing projects, leaving me less time to write on my blog or for other sites, meaning I need to provide regular content in other ways. Doing live streams and podcasts allows me to get my thoughts out and entertain you all without compromising the quality of my writing.

The second is that I’ve neglected my YouTube channel for years and I’ve been trying to build up a larger presence there with more consistent content. I’m nearing 3,000 YouTube subscribers and am hoping to get to 5,000 before the end of the year.

The third is that producing YouTube videos has become much easier due to the rising popularity of live streaming. Due to a combination of censorship and changing audience preferences, live streams have supplanted prerecorded videos as the most popular type of content on YouTube. This benefits me because I no longer have to own a camera or use editing software in order to post YouTube videos, two things that have kept me from making videos as often as I would like. The Super Chat system, which allows users to pay money to have their chat comments featured on a live stream, has also made streaming a lucrative enterprise for talented hosts.

Live streams are essentially live podcasts, featuring a dynamism and level of interactivity that podcasts lack. With my live streams Matt Forney Live and Matt Forney Live: Arcade, I can not only talk about the news and entertain you all, you can interact while the show is going on through chat comments, Super Chat, Streamlabs tips, and calling in via my Discord server. This is in large part why I’ve switched to doing live streams primarily instead of prerecorded podcasts like the Matt Forney Show (though I won’t rule out going back to that show in the future).

At the moment, Matt Forney Live airs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5PM Eastern (4PM Central/2PM Pacific). In addition to that show, I host other streams throughout the week, including Matt Forney Live: Arcade, a series where I stream various video games. I’ve completed stream series on several games so far, from new ones such as Super Seducer to classics such as Deus Ex, Max Payneand Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire.

don’t post most of my streams on this blog (or I only post them after they’re over), so in order to watch them live, you’ll have to subscribe to my YouTube channel by clicking here. Be sure to click the bell icon after subscribing to ensure you get push notifications for all my YouTube streams and uploads (YouTube has been censoring right-wing users by keeping their subscribers from being notified of new videos and streams). You can see my live channel (where my latest live stream is always posted/streamed) by clicking here.

In addition to YouTube, I’ve also been simulcasting my streams on Twitch, and you can subscribe to my Twitch channel here. However, Twitch has more stringent censorship than YouTube and it also has a limited capacity for saving recordings (past streams are only kept for two weeks before being deleted), while YouTube allows me to keep past recordings of streams up in perpetuity.

I appreciate your support and readership over the years and I hope you’ll join me over on YouTube and Twitch. MattForney.com will remain online and I will continue to update it, though new articles will come at a slower rate as I focus on other projects.

Introducing My New Website: Terror House Magazine

For the past month, I’ve been hard at work building a new website, Terror House Magazine. It’s a literary magazine focused on publishing outsider fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, artwork, and analysis. It’s now live, and you can visit it by clicking here.

I’ve written an article for Terror House explaining why I created the site and my plans for it over the next few months. You can read it by clicking here.

If you’ve been following the Letters from a Heartbroken Pervert articles I’ve been posting since January, that series was my impetus for launching the site. Future installments will be published at Terror House, and they will eventually be compiled into a book. You can read all published installments of the book by clicking the links below:

  1. I Can’t Draw
  2. Avant-Garde
  3. First
  4. Stupid
  5. Faces
  6. Wasted
  7. Your Idea
  8. Two-Thirds
  9. Trick
  10. A Poem
  11. Blurred Reality and Legal
  12. An Exchange
  13. About July Fourth
  14. Matter
  15. Taste and Dream
  16. Where Have You Cum?
  17. While You Were Speaking
  18. Why I Lie
  19. Another Poem

I project that Terror House Magazine will outpace MattForney.com in terms of traffic by the end of the summer, if not sooner. While I will still be writing and publishing articles here, my more literary work will be posted at the new site.

If you’re an author, Terror House Magazine wants to publish your work. Unlike most lit mags, we don’t expect our writers to work for free, which is why we award a $10 prize to the author who has contributed the best submission each month. Submit your work to us by clicking here and learn how you can get paid by clicking here.

My ultimate ambition is to launch a book publisher focused on fiction and literary nonfiction.

If you’re on Twitter, you can follow Terror House Magazine’s Twitter account by clicking here. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking here.

Thanks for following my work all these years and I hope you’ll check out Terror House Magazine.

Going Out of Business Sale! Confessions of an Online Hustler and My Other Books Are 75% Off Through Sunday

I’m just going to cut to the chase: I am taking the majority of my books off sale at the end of this week. Because of this, the e-book editions of Confessions of an Online Hustler, Writing for Peanuts, Trolling for a Living, Life During Peacetime, and Big Lovin’ are now on sale for 75 percent off. That means that Confessions, ordinarily priced at $9.99, is now just $2.49, while the other four books are $0.75 each (down from the normal price of $2.99 each).

This sale does not cover my books Do the Philippines, The Hitchhiking Crash Course, and Three Years of Hate, which will remain on sale for the foreseeable future.

The catch is that this sale is only available through my online bookstore, MattForneyBooks.com. This deal ends on Sunday, July 2 at midnight EST, which is also when the aforementioned titles will be removed from sale forever. Buy them now or forever hold your peace. All of my e-book packages include ePub, mobi/Kindle and PDF formats. (You can also purchase my books via Amazon and other retailers; however, for various reasons, I cannot offer discounts on paperback copies or e-books purchased anywhere other than MattForneyBooks.com.)

  • Click here to order Confessions of an Online Hustler.
  • Click here to order Trolling for a Living: The Best of Matt Forney, Volume One.
  • Click here to order Life During Peacetime.
  • Click here to order Big Lovin’.
  • Click here to order Writing for Peanuts.
  • Click here to order Do the Philippines (not on sale).
  • Click here to order The Hitchhiking Crash Course (not on sale).
  • Click here to order Three Years of Hate: The Very Best of In Mala Fide (not on sale).

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In addition to my individual e-books being on sale, my combo packages are also 75 percent off. For example, you can buy Confessions of an Online Hustler and Writing for Peanuts together for just $2.99 (regular price $11.99).

  • Click here to order the Making Money Online Combo.

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Finally, you can purchase the Complete Matt Forney Combo, which includes every book I’ve published to date. You get 1,188 pages of content for only $14.49, down from the regular price of $21.99 and a 50 percent discount compared to buying each book individually.

  • Click here to order the Complete Matt Forney Combo.

So why I am I taking more than half of my books—including one of my oldest and most iconic titles, Confessions of an Online Hustler—off-sale?

In the case of Life During Peacetime and Big Lovin’, I believe they’re inferior and not up to my standards. In the latter’s case, I’m sick of people thinking that it’s a serious book, even when the product description repeatedly states that it’s a parody of both pick-up artist literature and the fat acceptance movement. Moreover, with both those groups having died on the vine since the book was published nearly four years, the joke isn’t relevant anymore.

In the case of Writing for Peanuts, it’s been years since I used Fiverr to make money, I have no idea how relevant the information in the book is anymore, and I don’t have the free time to find out.

In the case of Trolling for a Living, I’m planning on debuting a new best-of collection of my articles over the past five years very soon. I originally planned to release a best-of collection each year (hence why Trolling for a Living has “Vol. 1” in the title), but that quickly became unfeasible due to my workload.

Finally, in the case of Confessions of an Online Hustler, I no longer believe it is possible for people with un-PC opinions to make a guaranteed income off of their work.

Confessions was originally written between 2011 and 2013 (and updated in 2014) and was based on an entirely different set of economic circumstances in the U.S. and the West. Back then, the Amazon Kindle was still relatively new, YouTube was still something of a Wild West frontier, and most importantly, the leftist-controlled Big Tech companies that dominate online finance and social media largely left thought criminals alone.

However, beginning with GamerGate three years ago and accelerating after President Trump’s inauguration, Silicon Valley has gone to war against the right in every way they can. Twitter has mass banned right-wingers (including myself) from their platform, YouTube has been demonetizing “controversial” videos left and right, Facebook regularly puts people in month-long time-outs for alluding to naughty words, and SoundCloud has made a habit of censoring and banning paying customers from their site.

To make matters worse, PayPal—one of the most important payment processors in the world—is now banning people like Roosh, Davis Aurini, and Hunter Wallace with no reasons given, cutting them off from fundraising and making money off of their legitimately published works.

Confessions of an Online Hustler is not a generic “make money online” book. I wrote it with a very specific audience in mind: the kinds of content creators that Big Tech is now viciously trying to no-platform. People with nonthreatening and safe opinions don’t need help to monetize their sites, for the same reason that they don’t need the First Amendment to protect their freedom of speech. Much in the same way that the right to free speech exists to protect minority opinions, Confessions was designed to help those with said opinions make a profit off them.

In an age where right-wingers can’t even keep Twitter accounts without being repeatedly banned, I don’t see how that’s possible anymore.

While it’s still possible to make money off of an online enterprise, anyone with opinions that are even remotely controversial is going to be looking at diminishing returns. Thanks to Google’s attacks on my site traffic, I had to do the unthinkable recently and get a day job. As a result, I can’t in good conscience sell a book that is full of advice that doesn’t work and that I can no longer implement myself.

I may revisit the topic of making money online in the future, but for now, I will be taking Confessions off sale and reorienting my blog and book writing in a far different direction.

Thanks to everyone who’s purchased my books over the years: you’ve made it possible for me to make a living telling the truth, even if doing so has become far more of a struggle then it used to be.