Cinema Delicti (Short Horror Story @ The Sirens Call 26)

My short story CINEMA DELICTI is available as a part of the online magazine The Sirens Call 26 – Dreamscapes of the Wicked.  This E-zine is available as a free download, see link below.  In addition to my tale of metaphysical terror, there are an additional 15+ short stories from other talented authors, a few dark poems and horror related excerpts/interviews included.


What to say about my entry?  The only thing I remember is being stuck in traffic when I came up the general premise.  However, there are no cars or lemming-like families on a Friday afternoon rush hour sojourn to Cape Cod in my story which is a pretty off-the-wall concept (or is it in-the-wall?…)I have no idea what specifically may have inspired it.  It proved fairly easy to write even considering the original spark of the idea was only the beginning and I needed to figure out the middle/end.  The theme and tone didn’t fit into the collected short story projects I am currently working on so I just had fun with it and let my pet grow however (and wherever) it wanted.  Turned out to be a sarcastic, cynical, existential dripping beast…

I decided to submit to The Sirens Call as my story generally fit the parameters of this particular issues submission  call.  I liked the fact it would be available as a free download (hopefully many people will read).  Also, I looked back to last May’s edition of this E-zine to find several authors included that I am familiar and from whom I have recently purchased books (Matthew Bartlett, Mark Cassell), which tipped the scales in deciding where to submit.  As this is issue #26, this is a testament to the Sirens Call Publications’ professionalism being able to successfully release product, not missing deadlines, cultivating a loyal following, etc…  It was a great experience working with them and I would like to thank Gloria, Nina, and Julianne for their consideration for my work as well as supporting independent writing.

Hope you enjoy CINEMA DELICTI and please stay to check out some of the other authors.

 -S.E. Casey



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S.E. Casey

S.E. Casey grew up near a lighthouse. He always dreamed of smashing the lighthouse and building something grotesque with the rubble. This is his writing method for his weird, existential tales. Published in many magazines and anthologies, links to his stories can be found at