Tales of supernatural and cosmic horror in the desert Southwest. A story of erotic obsession that goes beyond the grave and another unveiling a vicious lycanthropic cult in the border city of El Paso. A mountain named after Apache Chief Geronimo is home to an invisible horror, and a small town curandera also wields the powers of magic. This book is color illustrated and a pleasure for the eye as well as the mind.


Seven diverse illustrated stories in Terror Tales of the Southwest begin with love that transcends mortal existence in a New Mexico mountain town, and then another explores the tradition of ceremonial magic and lycanthropy beneath El Paso, Texas, on the Mexican border, followed by a dark tale of evil spirits lurking inside a southern New Mexico mountain dedicated to Geronimo, and then a doomed quest for buried Spanish gold in the same region; the next powerful tale explores New Mexico witchcraft and a bruja who is much more than she appears as she exacts cruel judgment on someone who violates her daughter. The final two stories are pure entertainment, using the science of the 1940s to propel rockets to Venus and the battles with creatures found there.


Seven diverse illustrated stories in Terror Tales of the Southwest begin with a vortex of irrational obsessive passion that penetrates the barrier between life and death and is followed by another story of hopeless love enmeshed in a horror cult of lycanthropy and ceremonial magic; the curse of Geronimo’s mountain becomes a frightening legacy of a place where nobody now treads, and the following story reminds the reader of the evil spirits that protect the hiding places of buried Spanish gold; the next story introduces a naïve school counselor to a voluptuous local woman who is reputed to be a bruja, and he is carried into a vortex of discovery both intellectually and emotionally he cannot help but assist her as she exacts bloody vengeance on the despoiler of her daughter; the final two tales are right out of 1940s science fiction pulp magazines with their own nostalgic romance and rocketry.


About the Author

Frank Thayer, Ph.D. is a published author whose fiction follows the tradition of H.P. Lovecraft. His Cobston Trilogy: The Ontario Horror exposed a cosmic horror over four generations in a Canadian town, and this work Terror Tales of the Southwest exposes supernatural horrors in the American desert Southwest. Thayer is Professor Emeritus at New Mexico State University, and he has published three journalism textbooks and two non-fiction books about the controversial but proved Aztec flying saucer incident of 1947. He also taught journalism for 11 years in Canada, where he wrote fiction in that unique environment. Thayer is a New Mexico native and his work is a serious contribution to the literature of supernatural horror in his fiction offerings.


Terror Tales of The Southwest