Whatever Happened to Spider Baby Jane by Tim Murr
Jane was a normal fourteen-year-old girl. She loved art, heavy metal, and horror movies. Her upbringing had some rough roads, but the only real mystery was the identity of her father.
The answer arrived when her grandmother got out of prison with a heart full of Hell and mind for revenge.
The first new fiction from Tim Murr, award-nominated author of The Gray Man, Neon Sabbath, and My Head is Full of Black Smoke, since 2020 is a mean slab of Splatterpunk action horror.
Jeffery X Martin, author of BLACK FRIDAY and HUNTING WITCHES has called Murr the "D Boone of horror" and his stories, "short exploratory surgeries, deep cuts exposing the stinking, poverty-stricken heart of hell.”
Tim Murr's Triumphant Return
Spider Baby Jane is a horror obsessed teenager with the power to talk to spiders and other animals. She's from a long bloodline of psychics, but unlike the ancestors she hasn't met, Jane is a protector, not a murderer. That all changes when her Grandmother is released from prison and comes back to take revenge of Jane's family. Full of horror homages, Whatever Happened to Spider Baby Jane is a fucked-up thrill ride. Come for the psychic battles and stay for the armies of spiders.
Violence. Revenge. Bugs. Damn.
Tim Murr's first new piece of horror fiction in two years, "Whatever Happened to Spider Baby Jane," is a dizzying conglomeration of horror movie lore, despicable villains, and brutal violence. Taking place in Tennessee, "WHTSPJ" runs Southern thru-lines into a plot that feels like a secret piece of small-town history. Skeletons in the family closet come out to play while the most innocent character, Spider Baby Jane (the Jack Hill movie reference is completely intentional), is forced to use powers she barely understands to fight her way through and protect those closest to her. Murr delivers the story in a mad rush with quickly-paced events and terse bits of prose. One can imagine Murr telling the story in a caffeine-fueled rush from across the dirty table at an all-night diner somewhere off of I-40. Revenge comes in many forms in "WHTSPJ," and one gets the feeling there could be more stories coming about this fictional family. Fans of Murr's previous work know what to expect here, and Murr does not disappoint.