Among the denizens of the wide and weird landscape of Barely Bound, you’ll meet a drunk driver with a zombie problem, a travelling preacher with a dark secret, a high school cheerleader who is a serial killer, a couple time-travelling professors, a maintenance man cleaning up after the suicide of a female tenant with whom he was obsessed, a sociopath in the making, a rock star who earns her Goth cred the hard way, a vampire hunter in love with a vampire, the black-eyed kids of urban legend, the archeologists who discover homo vampiris, a photographer fond of cemeteries, the ghost of a teen hitchhiker, a very romantic necrophiliac, werewolves and witchdoctors, a lifeguard who is a sea monster, a drug addict with telepathy, a shapeshifting prostitute, a preacher whose twin brother has taken the Left Hand Path, a real estate agent who handles haunted properties, a psychic janitor in a psych ward, two girls on a midnight mission in a mortuary, and a believer and a skeptic who actually get along.
Barely Bound: Tales of Horror collects 22 pulp stories
by Paul Fecteau and John McClenny.
"Blood Red Blonde" appeared in the 2002 issue of The Harrow: Original Works of Fantasy and Horror and is still available in the archive. The story follows a high school guidance counselor trying to find a missing student while deciphering troubling visions about their relationship...
"Aleister Crowley Goes to Hell" considers the palatability of Crowley's ideas for modern theistic and atheistic satanisms.
"Love on the Run" springboards from a discussion of Written on the Body (1992) to The Powerbook (2000).
"Femme Fatale as Powerful Mother" will show that Mulvey's model does produce a valid critique of the phallocentric bias of the genre.