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About Adrian Ludens
Adrian Ludens is the author of the short story collection Bottled Spirits (Lycan Valley Press) and Cobwebs (CreateSpace). He has contributed stories to the anthologies Blood Lite III: Aftertaste, The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories, Gothic Fantasy Science Fiction Short Stories, Shadows Over Main Street, D.O.A. III, and many others.
Recent anthology appearances include: Violent Vixens (Dark Peninsula Press), Something Wicked This Way Rides (Dark Owl Publishing), The Lost Librarian's Grave (Redwood Press), and Under Twin Suns (Hippocampus Press).
He lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with his family where he stays busy as a library associate (full time), a book store clerk, a classic country radio afternoon host, and the public address announcer for two hockey teams. Adrian is a fan of hockey, dark fiction, all kinds of music, and exploring abandoned buildings.
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Robert W. Chambers’s classic work of weird fiction, The King in Yellow (1895), contained two stories that have exercised wide influence in the genre. “The Repairer of Reputations” introduced the world to The King in Yellow, a play in two acts, banned for its reputed power to drive mad anyone who reads its complete text. Another story, “The Yellow Sign,” used the experiences of an artist and his model to elaborate on the mythos of the Yellow King, the Yellow Sign, and their danger to all who encounter them. In those tales Chambers crafted fascinating glimpses of a cosmos populated by conspiracies, government-sanctioned suicide chambers, haunted artists, premonitions of death, unreliable narrators—and dark, enigmatic occurrences tainted by the alien world of Carcosa, where the King rules in his tattered yellow mantle. In Carcosa, black stars rise and Cassilda and Camilla speak and sing. In Carcosa, eyes peer from within pallid masks to gaze across Lake Hali at the setting of twin suns.
The Lost Librarian's Grave runs the gamut of horror and weird fiction, from a mutant in Chernobyl to a living monstrosity in India, from lethal curses in Japan and Greece to advice how to become a successful zombie, from an exorcist far stranger than the demons he dispatches to a civilized battle between polite sorcerers in New York City, and much more.
So What's Inside?
Witches, Magicians, and Sorcery
- “Medusa’s Mirror” by Paul L. Bates
- “Snake and Sinew, Flame and Bone” by Amanda Cecelia Lang
- “The Artist” by Mike Murphy
- “The Clearing” by Helen Power
- “The Maze of Moonlight and Mirrors” by Gerri Leen (poem)
The Dead, the Mad, and the Terrified
- “Rathbone” by Zach Ellenberger
- “The Glorious Protection of Angels” by Michelle Ann King
- “The Jump” by Pauline Yates
- “Three Bad Things” by Kathy Kingston
Ancient Days and Apocalypse Now
- “Butterflies of the Longest Night” by Russell Hammell
- “Death, and the Scent of Tea” by Cheryl Zaidan
- “The Day in Gold” by Adele Gardner
- “The Savage Night” by Pedro Iniguez
- “Valhalla is a Lie” by Benjamin Thomas
Strange Adventures and Weird Journeys
- “Among Stars and Stones” by Brandon Barrows
- “Mother Winter” by Matthew Chabin
- “He Gets Hungry Sometimes” by Carol Gyzander
- “The Little People” by Kurt Newton
- “They Never Left” by Matthew McKiernan
A Murder of Gargoyles
- “Gargoyle of the World, Unite!” by Mary Jo Rabe
- “Odd Job Tom” by Eddie Generous
- “The Grotesque” by Rhonda Parrish (poem)
The Scientific Method
- “Aegir’s Son” by Edward Ahern
- “Bottled Rage” by Owen Auch
- "Voyage of the PFV-4" by David Rose
Ghosts and the Grave
- “Good Boy Anyway” Briana McGuckin
- “The Infinity of Worse” by Ken Hueler
- “The Problem with Bottling Troublesome Spirits” by Juleigh Howard-Hobson
- “A Bed Both Long and Narrow” by Sipora Coffelt
- “Blooms of Darkness” by Melissa Miles
- “Face to Face” by Tom Leveen
An Eye for an Eye
- “Inside a Refrigerator” by Adrian Ludens
- “Ocular” by Nidheesh Samant
- “Penance” by J.V. Gachs
- “The Binding of Chrysanthoula” by Angeliki Radou
End of the Line
- “Devil’s Oak” by Mary Leoson
- “Nature versus Nurture” by Gerri Leen (poem)
- “The Ocean’s Misfortune” by Alison McBain
- “The Woman in th
A Gathering of Dark Talent. A Ritual in Blood.
Blood Bound Books is a small press making a big impact. To celebrate its third year in existence, twenty-three authors were invited to pen this dark tome. Its pages are filled will their offerings of magic, madness, lust, and despair. All we need is your voice to bring the spells to life. Join our ritual…
Step into Muddle House with John McNee, then cry with Jeff Strand. K. Trap Jones exposes the beauty of death, while Lisa Morton demonstrates the power of orthography and Daniel O’Connor examines the horrifying future of technology. Each master has crafted their story to enhance your journey through various aspects of the darkness.
The full list of occultists includes: Brian Lumley, Angela Bodine, Monique Bos, Nathan Crowder, Christopher Hawkins, Brad C. Hodson, Ed Kurtz, Douglas J. Lane, Adrian Ludens
YOUR CALL TO CTHULHU IS IMPORTANT TO US. PLEASE HOLD.
Red tape. Catch-22s. Circular chains of command. Whether you're a customer or co-worker, bureaucracies drive us all insane. Even management is just a cog in a vast machine. Information, items, and even people get lost in the system, never gone but never found. No one seems to notice the insanity surrounding them... or if they do, they keep it to themselves. After all, those who notice and call attention to it tend to disappear, leaving nothing behind but an empty desk and whispered rumors in the break room. If ever there was a place for a cosmic horror to hide, grow, and thrive, it's deep within the archives of a huge, old bureaucracy.
But of all bureaucracies, corporations are the most powerful, seeming to have a life and will of their own. They're privately held with a multi-national reach, seemingly bottomless resources, and armies of lawyers jealously guarding their trade secrets. Corporate culture fiercely resists any attempt to change or regulate it, and anything and everything is justified by the bottom line. Who needs a Cthulhu Cult when you've got Cthulhu, Inc.?
Into this insidious world are thrust our heroes—the curious, the puzzled, and the frustrated. Defying authority, seeking answers they'd be better off not knowing, the secrets they discover threaten their sanity and their lives. Will they become the next whistleblower media hero? Or the next no-call / no-show their coworkers promptly forget? Just remember: it's nothing personal—it's just business.
This book contains twenty-five tales of bureaucratic insanity, including:
- DEATH PLEDGE by Jeff Deck
- WELCOME TO THE R’LYEH CORPORATION by James Pratt
- SHADOW CHARTS by Marcus Johnston
- CASUAL FRIDAY by Todd H. C. Fischer
- THE GOD UNDER THE CHURCH by David Tallerman
- REFUSAL by DJ Tyrer
- DAGON-TEC by Adam Millard
- ESOTERIC INSURANCE, INC. by Evan Dicken & Adrian Ludens
- CAREER ZOMBIE by John Taloni
- BOEDROMION NOUMENIA by Andrew Scott
- INCORPORATION by Max D. Stanton
- THE LOPONINE EXPLOITATION by John M. Campbell
- FESTIVAL PREPARATIONS by Justin Bailey
- MARYANNE’S EQUATIONS by Harry Pauff
- WHOLESOME LABOR by Sam Rent
- LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR by Wile E. Young
- TINDALOS, INC. by Charlie Allison
- CLEAN UP AISLE FOUR by Josh Storey
- FORCED LABOR by Peter Rawlik
- THE SHADOWS LENGTHEN IN THE CLOSE by Ethan Gibney
- IT CAME FROM I.T. by Gordon Linzner
- RETRACTION by Marie Michaels
- FACILITIES MANAGEMENT AT DAGOCORP HQ by L Chan
- NO DOVES COME FROM RAVEN EGGS by Mark Oxbrow
- APOTHEOSIS by Darren Todd
1: extremely or utterly foolish or silly
2: of, relating to, or resembling an ass
Synonyms: absurd, balmy, brainless, bubbleheaded, cockeyed, crackpot, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, dippy, dotty, fatuous, featherheaded, fool, foolish, half-baked, half-witted, harebrained, inept, insane, jerky, kooky, loony, lunatic, lunkheaded, mad, nonsensical, nutty, preposterous, sappy, screwball, senseless, silly, simpleminded, stupid, tomfool, unwise, wacky, weak-minded, witless
The 24 stories in the ASININE ASSASSINS anthology involves a character (e.g., assassin, gun for hire) with the above synonyms in mind. ASININE ASSASSINS is an anthology of stories about inept, brainless, ridiculous hired guns, assassins, and murderers. This is the third in the "Assassins" series, which also includes UNCOMMON ASSASSINS and INSIDIOUS ASSASSINS. Here is crime fiction with a difference!
Yeah, turn your back on that gray-haired woman in the old Lincoln.
Dumpstering a life is never just a job, especially when the owner is watching.
Rock And A Hard Place shifts into fifth gear, and the people have never been more desperate or the decisions worse. Fiction, essays, poetry, and photography by:
Travis Wade Beaty
Paul J. Garth
James D.F. Hannah
Michael J. Moore
John Joseph Ryan
Tim P. Walker
In issue five of Rock And A Hard Place you’ll find crime and much more. Wherever making the rent or a day of sobriety counts as a win, and wins and losses never even out, that’s our territory, and yours.
BRAM STOKER AWARDS 2016 NOMINEE - SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN AN ANTHOLOGY
Over 40 stories and novellas by both contemporary masters of horror and exciting newcomers. Stories by: Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Edward Lee, John Skipp, Poppy Z. Brite, Nick Mamatas, Shane McKenzie,Tim Waggoner, Lisa Morton, Gene O'Neill, Linda Addison, Maria Alexander, Monica O'Rourke, John Palisano, Bruce Boston, Alessandro Manzetti, Rena Mason, Kevin Lucia, Daniel Braum, Colleen Anderson,Thersa Matsuura, John F.D. Taff, James Dorr, Marge Simon, Stefano Fantelli, John Claude Smith, K. Trap Jones, Del Howison, Paolo Di Orazio, Ron Breznay, Mike Lester, Annie Neugebauer, Nicola Lombardi, JG Faherty, Kevin David Anderson, Erinn Kemper, Adrian Ludens, Luigi Musolino, Alexander Zelenyj, Daniele Bonfanti, Kathryn Ptacek, Simonetta Santamaria.
Maxim Jakubowski, together with Nathan Braund, edited the bestselling Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper (1999), which has reprinted several times and was reissued in 2008 in a revised and expanded edition.
The book focused on the countless theories that have been put forward with regard to the identity of the notorious Victorian serial killer and offered an extensive 100-page section presenting all the known facts in the case. It included 30 essays written by the most famous, often controversial Ripperologists putting forward their own theories. It remains one of the few titles to offer a series of alternative solutions to Jack the Ripper's identity and the truth behind the Whitechapel murders. But how many new theories and identities can researchers come up with?
In this wonderful collection of brand-new stories, Jakubowski has compiled an extraordinary array of explorations into the identity of Jack the Ripper - this time unabashedly fictional, unrestrained by history and the known facts.
Contributors include Carol Anne Davis, Martin Edwards, Peter Guttridge, Barbara Nadel;Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and Sally Spedding.
'Jack the Ripper' has appeared in a number of novels, as the lead character in some, beginning with Marie Belloc Lowndes's The Lodger (1913), filmed by Hitchcock. Authors as diverse as Michael Dibdin, Lindsay Faye, Philip Jose Farmer, Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Alan Moore, Fredric Brown, Ramsey Campbell and Colin Wilson have all used poetic licence to 'revive' the notorious killer.
The varied stories in this fantastic new collection continue this tradition with many possible identities put forward, some already suggested by historians, others more speculative, including famous names from history and fiction. Even Sherlock Holmes is on the case!
Have you seen A Serbian Film?
How about Salo?
You ain’t seen nothing yet!
After six years and more than fifty authors, Blood Bound Books completes the Unholy Trinity D.O.A. III, featuring stories from Bentley Little, John Skipp, Kristopher Triana, Shane McKenzie, John McNee, Wrath James White, Jack Ketchum, Ed Lee, and more
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll vomit
Experience a new type of extreme horror—blood, guts, and a story
If you’re looking for an array of Horror stories to sink your teeth into, look no further than Memento Mori…pay the Ferryman, and prepare to take the ride of your life.
The title, Memento Mori, is Latin and literally means: “Remember you too must die.” An ominous-sounding phrase, the saying derived from Puritan settlers who would often display tokens of death as a reminder to the living of the fragility of life…not to mention the eternal punishment awaiting those who wallowed in wickedness.
Death has always been a fascination to the living, meaning different things to different groups of people. Edgar Allan Poe nailed it when he said: “The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
There is a wealth of truly incredible talent within these pages, each storyteller attempting to explore that very question. Her is a healthy book full of decidedly unhealthy stories. With Death being the key element in each one of those stories, you might be expecting a morbid ride, but rest assured, there are quite a few pieces of comedic gold lined inside this skeleton’s spine, along with the many that will send a chill down your own.