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About Anthony D Redden
Anthony D Redden is an author of dark fiction and movie reviewer at www.scifimonkeys.com. He has work published by Gag me with a …, The Pygmy Giant, Micro Horror, Flashes in the Dark, Ether books and Schlock webzine. He has also appeared in the anthologies 'Fugitives' by Sinister Saints, 'Weird Ales 2: Another Round' by Quantum Corsets, and 'Mummy Knows Best' by Terror Tree Books. His 'Dead Trilogy' is published by Kyanite Publishing, he is also part of the editorial staff for Bandit Fiction. He holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and is desperately trying to find the time to juggle a family and a writing career. He is a big fan of Horror, Science Fiction and coffee.
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Shallow Waters—where nothing stays buried.
With 21 Dark Fiction & Horror tales diving beneath the surface of life, death, and the mystery that lies beneath.
Shallow Waters is the official monthly flash fiction challenge hosted by the award-winning Crystal Lake Publishing. Every month a new challenge is posted online, with authors submitting via email. The best submissions are then posted on Crystal Lake’s Patreon page (an exclusive behind the scenes community of readers and authors), where patrons read daily entries and vote for the winner. What you’ll find in these Shallow Waters anthologies include the winners as well as the most popular of our finalists. Stay tuned for more volumes in this series, or find Crystal Lake Publishing on Patreon to enter or vote on future challenges.
Volume four includes suspenseful stories of death, Halloween, twisted love, karma, and travel horror.
Introduction by Joe Mynhardt
“Turkish Delight On the Blue Line” by Shoshana Edwards
“VII” by Mark Allan Gunnells (winner)
“Unfinished Education” by Jonah Buck
“Odor Mortis” by Red Lagoe
“Hook-Hand Man’s Last Night on Lovers’ Lane” by Patrick Barb
“A Table Set for One” by Dani Brown (winner)
“Love Letters” by Richard Thomas
“Mixed Marriage” by David Bernard
“Starlight and Fairy Dust” by Chloé Harper Gold (winner)
“Meme” by Michael Patrick Hicks (winner)
“As the Crow Flies” by Kevin Lucia
“I Didn’t Know What Love Was” by Ben Lathrop
“The Talk” by Lori Michelle
“Devour” by Austin James
“Sanctuary” by David J. Rank
“That Which Makes Me Happiest” by L. F. Falconer
“Reversal of Fortune” by Sheri White
“Thelma Takes the Devil” by Linda J. Marshall (winner)
“In That Dress” by Anthony D Redden
“What You’d Do for Love” by Mark Allan Gunnells
“Sansara” by Oleg Hasanov
“Oppenheimer’s Door” by Alexander Zelenyj
In this volume…
- Russian horror comes out of the shadows
- A man, his dead wife, and a Great Emptiness…
- We often say we’d do anything for those we love...but do we mean it?
- As traffic to his killing grounds declines, a murderous figure from urban legend contemplates a change of scenery
- Come to the Crossroads. He’s waiting. So is she
- Friendships are fragile and rarely live up to expectation, as the kind elderly man with his lovely candies will soon learn
- Haunted by his daughter and promised a new one by his bride, Donnie can’t stop eating
- Some messes need to be left!
- A runaway witch won’t let her limited knowledge of hexes and spells deter her from her goals
- Karma’s a bitch when the latest internet craze leads to murder—or is it merely an elaborate hoax?
- What happens when desire becomes obsession?
- Meet-cute with a handsome single dad takes an unexpected turn
- They say love lost feels like death; love found can be so much worse
Shallow Waters—where nothing stays buried.
With 23 Dark Fiction & Horror tales diving beneath the surface of life, death, and the mystery that lies beneath.
Shallow Waters is the official monthly flash fiction challenge hosted by the award-winning Crystal Lake Publishing. Every month a new challenge is posted online, with authors submitting via email. The best submissions are then posted on Crystal Lake’s Patreon page (an exclusive behind the scenes community of readers and authors), where patrons read daily entries and vote for the winner. What you’ll find in these Shallow Waters anthologies include the winners as well as the most popular of our finalists. Stay tuned for more volumes in this series, or find Crystal Lake Publishing on Patreon to enter or vote on future challenges (or gain access to our Still Water Bay series).
Volume five includes suspenseful stories of horror on the road, war, graveyards, Karma, and Halloween.
Introduction by Joe Mynhardt
“Driving On” by Guy Medley (winner)
“Dichotomy” by Jason Parent
“Babysitting for Writers” by Kevin David Anderson (winner)
“The Good Samaritan” by L.F. Falconer
“Of Debris and Duty” by John Boden
“The Visitors” by Mark Allan Gunnells
“Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave” by Richard Thomas
“The Knights of Cold Days” by Dave Jeffery
“Travel Bag” by Bryan Miller
“In the Desert, In the Night” by Pedro Iniguez
“Grievance” by Christine Lajewski
“Fuel for My Fire” by Linsey Knerl
“The Dead Lands” by Anthony D Redden
“Welcome to Gothmart” by David Bernard
“The Mascot” by Jennifer K Carstens (winner)
“Wasteland” by Sheldon Woodbury
“All’s Fair” by Michelle Mellon
“Stay Away” by Michael Patrick Hicks
“The Road Home” by Rand Eastwood
“Midnight Sun” by James Dorr
“The Wind Stakes Its Claim” by Kris Kinsella
“The Forest of Skin” by Esteban Vargas
“Second Chance” by Alex Ebenstein (winner)
In this volume…
- Traveling can be a mixed bag...especially when something in your travel bag starts moving.
- A woman journeys north for survival.
- Sometimes, working retail is not the worst part of your day.
- In the desert of New Mexico, ancient Navajo legends emerge, only to discover the cruelty of Man.
- An overachieving woman uses twisted methods to feed her need for turmoil.
- A trio of Halloween trick-or-treaters learn that sometimes things slip through.
- A cemetery caretaker with a secret gift, a dead body, and the hope of a second chance.
- Grief can change a person. Literally.
- Someone has a bone to pick with the Deacon.
- Sometimes what lies ahead is more frightening than what was left behind.
- Babysitting can be a tough gig, especially on Halloween
- A father and son venture out into the dead lands to search for the night creatures feasting on the corpses.
- In the distant future an ancient warrior and his ghost ship battle for the fate of the universe.
The first story is When the lights fell over Herringbone, a western alien invasion set in the old west of America. It's gory, it's intense, and it was great fun to write. It is influenced by the stylings of The Outer Limits and everything H.P. Lovecraft. The second story is War Machine, and this one is all kinds of weird. I had never written anything like this before, drawing influence from Redwall and, well, I don't know, maybe my own nightmares; this is a surreal snippet of a post-apocalyptic world where the last earthly resources are being fought over between rats and cats - oh and they can talk. The coldest night is a poem, a very sad and emotional poem about the loneliness of Christmas when spent alone - cheery, I know, sorry. The next story is a short Halloween tale titled Sweet Meat, it was deemed potentially upsetting for some audiences, but I think you can handle it. It's pretty grim but wonderfully innocent as well. Next is a fantastical story about a man who finds sexual pleasure in desecrating mummified remains, but oh my, does he end up biting off more than he can chew, especially when he is caught by a rather demanding underground society of sexual deviants. This one is titled MILF*, obviously. Is anybody there? is a light-hearted look at making contact with lost loved ones, and Inner Demons is a story of a man who is literally haunted by the actions of his past. Forever is about the lengths some people will go to for love, and Feathers is a poem about feeding your soul. The final offering for you is Escape and is one of my favourite short stories, I always see such vivid imagery in its stark and grim setting, and it always makes me feel a sadness that compels me to want to explore this world more.
I sincerely hope you enjoy reading these little snippets of escapism as much as I enjoyed writing them.
Anthony D Redden
*Stories have previously appeared in the following publications:
Mummy Knows Best (2017) Terror Tree
Written in 2019 as part of a project addressing the lack of representation for people with disabilities in mainstream fiction, The Boy in the Walls is a Victorian ghost story that attempts to entertain, intrigue and educate.
Anthony D Redden is an author of dark fiction. He writes mostly short stories and has work published by Gag me with a …, The Pygmy Giant, Micro Horror, Flashes in the Dark, Ether books and Schlock webzine. He has also appeared in the anthologies Fugitives by Sinister Saints, Weird Ales 2: Another Round by Quantum Corsets, and Mummy Knows Best by Terror Tree Books. He was signed up by Kyanite Publishing in 2018 to write a trilogy of horror novelettes set in his ‘Dead Boat’ universe and graduated in 2019 from Teesside University with a Master of Arts in Creative Writing. He is part of the editorial team for Bandit Fiction and is currently studying to become a registered nurse (Learning Disabilities) at the University of Derby. He is a big fan of Horror, Science Fiction, and coffee.
In a time where there is political and social unrest and the old ruling houses have been overthrown, there are many new powers emerging, all with the aim of taking over. However, nobody will be prepared for the truly horrifying revelation that is about to be exposed, and it's going to affect everyone.
This new science-fiction novelette series starts with this first instalment where you will be introduced to a secret world of deceit and mystery. People begin to die, bodies go missing, whole lives are going to be turned upside down, and literally nobody is safe. Can the greater good excuse truly horrifying revelations?
From Anthony D Redden, author of Dead Boat by Kyanite Publishing, Blood of the Necromancer and The Room at the end of the Hall, comes a brand new world of science fiction adventure.
He knows full well that he needs to work on his spiel.
This is the first part in a trilogy of novelettes following a young Necromancer named Alex who must discover who he really is and what he is destined to become. This is a story of magic, mystery, action, and quite a few undead.
From the author of 'Dead Boat' and 'The Room at the End of the Hall' comes this new YA supernatural thriller.
Six condemned prisoners set sail to England, their last chance to escape the hangman's noose. Unfortunately something dark and powerful lurks aboard their ship and things are about to get very, very bloody.
Written from 5 different perspectives, each offering new and ever more sinister secrets. This pulp horror novelette comes with 2 additional stories 'Blink', and 'Dead Eyes', exclusively only available in this book.