Review: The Rag Issue #5

The Rag Issue #5The Rag’s 5th issue is now out. This is our first issue as a biannual publication and has about twice as much content as our previous quarterly releases. Many stories featured here examine questions of good and evil and what drives people to act immorally.

The Rag’s Mission Statement

Our mission is to seek out powerful new literary voices and bring them to light. We see electronic publishing as an opportunity to turn back time to an era of affordable distribution and open competition, and it allows us to reach a broader audience and inject new life into the literary market.


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Guest Post: Heroes vs. Villains – Who is More Important? by J.G. Faherty

J.G. FahertyJG Faherty is the author of Cemetery Club, Carnival of Fear, The Cold Spot, He Waits, and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Ghosts of Coronado Bay. His latest novel, The Burning Time, comes out Jan. 18. Visit him at, Facebook, Twitter, or


In horror fiction, you’ve almost always got a hero and a villain, or perhaps more than one. There are different types of heroes: cops, detectives, ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, military specialists, even supernatural characters (supernatural detectives, ‘good’ vampires, etc.) And there are different types of villains: monsters (vampires, ghosts, werebeasts, serial killers, aliens, etc.), humans, and sometimes even large groups (a zombie horde, for instance).

However, the best horror often happens when the hero and the villain have a personal relationship. It doesn’t matter if it’s a case where a kid unleashes an ancient evil from a secret box or a vampire and werewolf have been mortal enemies since before Christ was born. The personal connection always brings the reader in deeper into the story. Continue reading