“The only thing we have to fear, we’re told, is fear itself…”

In Phobophobia, the first short-fiction collection from award-winning journalist and screenwriter Mike Watt (The Resurrection Game, Dead Men Walking, editor Sirens of Cinema Magazine), readers will find plenty of reasons to leave the light on.

Thirteen (triskaidekaphobia) tales, six appearing in print in this collection for the first time, tell of ordinary people caught up in decidedly unordinary events where nothing is what it seems—

—Not classic red Mustangs…
— Not “typical” art exhibits…
— Christmas Morning…
— Not even your “average” hard boiled mystery.

In her introduction, author (Death's Daughter) and star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Amber Benson, writes, “What I love most about this collection is that Mike takes every day, normal scenarios and infuses them with a pinch of fear, making the reader want to turn around just to check that they’re alone before embarking on the next story.”

“Once upon a time, I made a very meager living as a fiction writer before I moved on to the ‘flashy’ world of professional journalism,” says Watt. “Recently, I went back to the digital desk drawer and dusted off a handful of stories that always made me proud, some published, some not. Phobophobia is the result.”

Boasting a haunting cover by artist Romik Safarian (, Phobophobia is available by the author himself in a limited edition trade paperback.

"The anthology's prose is so sharp, it's close to the kind of pain that feels good.
The kinky kind you feel a little guilty enjoying so much. Each story did leave me wanting more and
beginning not to care what I had to do to get it. Within the intensity, I did smile a few times to
parallel the flinching - and I didn't dare put the book down."

-- Amazon Reader Review


"This is a great collection of dark fantasy stories by independent film maker, Mike Watt. Some previously published and some brand new to this collection, they are, in no particular order, disturbing, moody, grim, grimmer, hilarious, thoughtful and horrific. The title, of course, refers to FDR's admonition that "The only thing we have to fear is fear, itself." Hence, the fear of fear: Phobophobia. And this a collection that delivers on fears that we all face at some time in our lives, but Mike's characters don't act or react predictably. The stories, characters and situations are at once familiar and arcane. Vampires, a not so hard boiled private eye, aliens and the thing under your bed are all here, but in refreshing, new interpretations. These are stories for people who like to read written by a guy who loves the language. If you can't find something to like in this book, you should probably give up reading. Read the first line of the story titled "The Naked Bones of an Echo", then try not reading the rest of the story."

-- Amazon Reader Review

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