Robert Swartwood has announced a new website where you can read his pulpy horror novelette “Through the Guts of a Beggar” for free.

Swartwood says, “In high school I’d written a horror short story called “In the Tall Grass.” As is the case with almost all of my early work, it evolved through the years and was expanded into a 10,000-word novelette called ‘Through the Guts of a Beggar.’ It was eventually accepted for the pulpy monster horror anthology Tooth & Claw, edited by J. F. Gonzalez and Garrett Peck. The response to the anthology was greater than the editors had at first anticipated, and so they decided to split the anthology into two volumes. The first was released in 2002, with the idea that the second volume — containing my novelette — would be released the next year. Unfortunately, the publisher folded before the second volume could be released.”

The novelette can be read for free here: Through the Guts of a Beggar

Readers can also pick up a copy of the ebook edition for the Kindle. The ebook edition includes the original novelette as well as an alternate ending (3,000 words long) and two bonus short stories (5,000 words combined). Plus, for a limited time, David B. Silva’s “New to the Neighborhood.”

“It’s funny how things work out sometimes,” Swartwood says. “I was talking to David B. Silva about posting an announcement on Hellnotes about the new site, and as it turns out he was slated to appear in the same volume of Tooth & Claw as my novelette. In fact, his story — “New to the Neighborhood” — was still in a file on his computer, having never been submitted to another publisher. So what did I propose? Quite simply to include his story along with my e-book, a kind of bonus if you will. So for a limited time Silva’s “New to the Neighborhood” is included in the Kindle version of the e-book for just 99 cents until the end of the month, when the price will go up to $1.99.”

You can order the Kindle edition on the same website: Through the Guts of a Beggar

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