Posts by Warren Benedetto

Warren Benedetto writes short fiction about horrible people doing horrible things. His stories can be found in anthologies from Scare Street, Black Hare Press, and Eerie River Publishing, in publications such as Dark Matter Magazine and 365Tomorrows, and on podcasts such as Tales to Terrify and The Creepy Podcast. He studied Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, and has a Master's degree in Film/TV Writing from the University of Southern California. When he's not writing, he works as Director of Global Product Strategy at PlayStation, where he holds 20+ patents for various types of gaming technology. He is also the developer of StayFocusd, the world's most popular anti-procrastination app for writers. He built it while procrastinating. For more information, visit www.warrenbenedetto.com and follow @warrenbenedetto on Twitter.

Listen to “Everything As It Was” on The Creepy Podcast

The full audio production of my horror story Everything As It Was is now available to listen to for free on The Creepy Podcast. Set in the dust-plagued landscape of 1930s Oklahoma, it’s a story about lost hope, lost faith, and lost children come home.

This story originally appeared in Night Terrors Vol. 1 by Scare Street, and was reprinted in The Omens Call by Devil’s Rock Publishing. You can read it online for free here.

“Blame” published by The Dread Machine

My techno-horror story Blame has been published by The Dread Machine. It’s a “found footage” story consisting of emails, Slack conversations, Reddit threads, phone transcripts, and more unusual artifacts like git commits, JIRA tickets, door entry logs … even a Walmart receipt.

Also, like many found footage tales, the story is ultimately pieced together based on incomplete information. Multiple reads of the story should reveal new hidden details that change the your interpretation of the ending.

Listen to “Baby Food” on the Tales to Terrify podcast

The Tales to Terrify podcast has produced my short horror story Baby Food as a standalone episode. It’s a story about pregnancy, giant insects, and a camping trip gone horribly wrong. As usual, the narrator did an incredible job, perfectly nailing the pace and tone. The story starts at around the 6:40 mark and runs for just under an hour. You can listen to it on any of your favorite podcast apps and websites:

You can also read the story online, or buy the All Dark Places 3 anthology where it originally appeared.

And if you missed the earlier Tales to Terrify episodes featuring my stories, check out their productions of Something’s Wrong With Mom and Those Who Turn From God.

“Override, Part Three” published in Dark Matter Magazine

The third and final installment of my cyberpunk thriller Override has been published in Dark Matter Magazine Issue 009Override is a three-part serial novella that started in Issue 007 and continued in Issue 008.

In Part One, Delek Foster volunteers himself to Syntech be converted into an AI-driven automaton in exchange for Syntech taking care of his wife (Neera) and his sickly son (Sev) for the rest of their lives. But something goes wrong, and the deal falls through. Delek is taken away by Syntech, leaving Neera and Sev with nothing. Part One ends with Neera setting out on a mission to free Delek from Syntech.

In Part Two, Neera finds a shady underworld boss who has an interrupter technology he claims can override Syntech’s AI. She cons him into giving her an interrupter in exchange for a useless bank auth key that he thinks he can use to undermine his criminal rivals. After hijacking a Syntech van, Neera is able to track Delek to the location where he is stationed. She attempts to use the interrupter to free Delek, but things don’t go as planned. Neera is captured by Delek himself, who seems to have no memory of his wife. To make matters worse, Delek is working for the very underworld boss that Neera just conned. And he is not happy.

What happens next? You’ll need to read Part Three to find out.

Two drabbles accepted into the Short Horror Stories anthology

Two of my horror drabbles, Curiosity Kills and Scrapple, have been accepted by Shacklebound Books for their Short Horror Stories anthology.

Curiosity Kills tells the story of a cat who brings home an increasingly disturbing series of offerings to its owner. It was originally printed in the Extreme Drabbles of Dread anthology by Macabre Ladies Publishing.

Scrapple is the story of a battered woman and her abusive husband, and what happens when they stop off at a roadside diner for breakfast. It first appeared in Dark Moments by Black Hare Press.