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Anthony Ferguson is an author and editor living in Perth, Australia. He has published over forty short stories and non-fiction articles in a range of magazines and anthologies in Australia, Britain and the United States. He wrote the novel Protégé, the non-fiction book, The Sex Doll: A History, edited the short-story collection Devil Dolls and Duplicates in Australian Horror and coedited the award-nominated Midnight Echo #12. He is a committee member of the Australasian Horror Writers Association (AHWA), a submissions editor for Andromeda Spaceways Magazine (ASM) and has been a judge for the Australian Shadows Awards. His works have been shortlisted for both the Aurealis and Shadows Awards. His latest book, Murder Down Under: Australian Serial Killers, will be published by Exposit Books in 2020.
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Small Town Charm With Deadly Consequences
“In her new true crime book, and the second in her original series, acclaimed author and anthology editor Mitzi Szereto shows us that the real monsters aren’t hiding in the woods: they’re in our towns.” ―January Magazine
#1 Bestseller in Heists & Robberies and Forensic Psychology
A collection of non-fiction accounts by international writers and experts on small town true crime shows readers that the real monsters aren’t hiding in the woods, they’re inside our towns.
Small towns aren’t always what they seem. We’ve been told nothing bad happens in small towns. You can leave your doors unlocked, and your windows wide open. We picture peaceful hamlets with a strong sense of community, and everyone knows each other. But what if this wholesome idyllic image doesn’t always square with reality? Small towns might look and feel safe, but statistics show this isn’t really true.
Tiny town, big crime. Whether in Truman Capote’s detailed murder of the Clutter family or Ted Bundy’s small-town charm, criminals have always roamed rural America and towns worldwide. Featuring murder stories, criminal case studies, and more,The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Townscontains all-new accounts from writers of true crime, crime journalism, and crime fiction. And these entries are not based on a true story―they are true stories. Edited by acclaimed author and anthologist Mitzi Szereto, the stories in this volume span the globe. Discover how unsolved murders, kidnapping, shooting sprees, violent robbery, and other bad things can and do happen in small towns all over the world.
If you enjoyed Mitzi's last book in the series, The Best New True Crime Stories: Serial Killers, and true crime books like In Cold Blood, Murder in the Bayou, and The Innocent Man, then you’ll love The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns.
THE BEST NEW TRUE CRIME STORIES: SMALL TOWNS
Contributors include Alexandra Burt, Christian Cipollini, Edward Butts, Deirdre Pirro, and Tom Larsen.
Travel around the world and inside the minds of monsters in this true crime anthology featuring sixteen astonishing serial killer exposés.
Serial killers: Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and Jeffrey Dahmer are often the first names that spring to mind. Many people assume serial killers are primarily an American phenomenon that came about in the latter part of the twentieth century—but such assumptions are far from the truth. Serial killers have been around for a long time and can be found in every corner of the globe―and they’re not just limited to the male gender, either. Some of these predators have been caught and brought to justice whereas others have never been found, let alone identified. Serial killers can be anywhere. And scarier still, they can be anyone.
Edited by acclaimed author and anthologist Mitzi Szereto, The Best New True Crime Stories: Serial Killers reveals all-new accounts of true-crime serial killers from the contemporary to the historic. The international list of contributors includes award-winning crime writers, true-crime podcasters, journalists, and experts in the dark crimes field such as Martin Edwards, Lee Mellor, Danuta Kot, Craig Pittman, Richard O. Jones, Marcie Rendon, Mike Browne, and Vicki Hendricks.
This book will leave you wondering if it’s ever really possible to know who’s behind the mask you’re allowed to see.
Perfect for readers of true crime books such as I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Mindhunter, The Devil in the White City, or Sons of Cain.
“An engrossing and multi-faceted anthology for a new era of true crime writing.” ―Piper Weiss, author of You All Grow Up and Leave Me
This inaugural showcase anthology features the work of just a handful of the many talented and darkly imaginative authors who make up the Australian Horror Writers’ Association. If you are unfamiliar with Australian horror, let this book be just the first step on a long voyage of discovery.
Best Anthology 2019: 2nd Place
Best Print/Electronic Book Publisher 2019: 3rd Place
Herb Kauderer: "Green Sky"
Clay F. Johnson: "Lines Written by Moonlight at Whitby Abbey"
Pushcart Prize Nominations
Cy-BORG-N: "Pandas in the Wind"
Grace Onorato: "Origin Story"
Liesl Graber: "Almost a Fantasy"
Joe Di Bari: "Jake Moonlight"
Clay F. Johnson: "Lines Written by Moonlight at Whitby Abbey"
Richard Beauchamp: "Sons of Luna"
The 2020 Dwarf Stars Anthology and Award
Herb Kauderer: "the music of luna's pull""
Influence of the Moon" contains twenty-two stories with additional poetry from writers in New York's Capital Region and beyond. These tales feature poisoned moons, witches, werecreatures, and shadows that sometimes blot out the moon. Join us on this journey through the amazing works that writers in this area have to offer and learn why we all love stories influenced by the moon.
Issue #12 features over 50,000 words of the finest horror from Australia and New Zealand, including fiction and non-fiction. This issue showcases the winners of the 2015 and 2016 AHWA Short Story and Flash Fiction Competitions.
Ramsey Campbell has said of this magazine-sized charity book of short stories:-
"A fine anthology for a fine cause. Invest your imagination in it and you'll be investing in the world as well."
We are using this to raise funds for victims of the Australian bushfires. A collection of dark Valentine's Day tales that is also a charity anthology to raise funds for the Australian bush-fire victims...
ALL sale proceeds will be donated to the Australian Red Cross.
Thank you for buying, and hope you enjoy these stories, all for a great cause!!
- Louise Zedda-Sampson and Chris Mason (editors).
Tender Whisper on a Crimson Tongue by Erik Hofstatter
Orchid, Squirrel, White-Hot Star by Russell Hemmell
A Saint Valentine’s Day Tale by James Dorr
To Cherish, Love, and Obey by K.B. Elijah
Waxing Her by Michael Arnzen
Old Stones by Miguela Considine
Melody in the Dark by Sarah Doebereiner
The Rose Room by Kurt Newton
Kardia by Donna Laemmlen
Smoke Signals by Lynne Lumsden Green
Abduction Again by Janis Butler Holm
Invisible Boy by Bruce Meyer
Valentine’s Volunteer by A.J. Collins
King Cupie by Josh Dygert
Geometric Dilemma or Made for Each Other? by Nadja Maril
Fallen Angel by Alyson Faye
Dark Wings by Gerri Leen
Jarred by N.M. Brown
When He Comes by Susan Snyder
Seamless by Geneve Flynn
Screaming for Love by Diane Arrelle
Edible Panties by Kevin J. Kennedy
Flowering Night by Mere Rain
Love Ya to Death by Steve Carr
Honeymoon Lodge by Kurt Newton
Cleaning up the Act by Steve Dillon
A Receipt by Josh Strnad
Pit of Love by Claire Fitzpatrick
Lover Song, Mantis Instinct by Russell Hemmell
Dance of the Forever Wolf by S.M. Fedor
Broken Crows by William Falo
Bloom by Kurt Newton
Teratophile by Blake Jessop
Wrong Number by Noel Osualdini
Vegan Vamp by Donna J.W. Munro
One from the Heart by Anthony Ferguson
Polluted by Sara Tantlinger
Lovers’ Quarrel by Michael A. Clark
Threeplay by Suzanne LaFetra Collier
DNA by E.E. King
Encore by Nic Brady
Whiter Shade of Pale by C.L. Raven
Incisions by Sara Tantlinger
The Music of the Heart by John Grant
The Catch by Eugene Johnson
Vampires and Perfume by Michael Arnzen
Doris by Ronnie Smart
Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Alan Meyrowitz
The Lucky Palace by sydney khoo
A Ballet of Blood and Flames by Liam Hogan
Still Broken-Hearted by Lynn White
The Lonesome Defeat of Bridge Repair by Gabriel Hart
Heart of Dust by Ric Connely
Or Something by Sara Tantlinger
Damaged by Kevin David Anderson
Stone Cold by Leslie Wibberley
Lovers by Laura Wild
Fermented Fatalities by Sara Tantlinger
Hermit 2.0 by Rebecca Fraser
The Ballad of Elvis O'Malley by Matthew R. Davis
Featured are murderers like the "Granny Killer" John Wayne Glover, William "The Sydney Mutilator" McDonald and "Backpacker Killer" Ivan Milat. Also covered are well-known events like the Snowtown Murders and killer couples like David and Catherine Birnie. Unique in the true crime genre, this book studies fictional Australian murderer Mick Taylor to examine how pop culture portrayals develop the distinct psychology of killers from "down under."
Midnight Echo magazine is released in a limited print edition and in digital format (epub, mobi, and PDF), and contains more than 100 pages of horror (or dark) fiction, poetry, art, comics, book releases, and more! Visit us at www.midnightechomagazine.com
Edited by Daniel I Russell, Midnight Echo Issue 7, the taboo issue, features all new fiction by Graham Masterton, Lee Battersby, Andrew J McKiernan, and more, disturbing art by Joshua Hoffine, Jason Paulos, and Greg Hughes, interviews with Joe R Lansdale, Graham Masterton, and Joshua Hoffine, the comic series Allure of the Ancients by Mark Farrugia and Greg Chapman, and a special tribute to Paul Haines.
130 pages of fiction, art, interviews, book releases, and more!
So if you like your addictions, your fetishes and all the other things you’ve been told not to like, slip on your latex gloves and take a peek inside. We’d love to indulge in your secret pleasures…and terrors.
Table of Contents:
Commode by Shaun Hamilton
Driven by Anthony Ferguson
Saturday Night at the Milk Bar by Gary Kemble
Symmetry Fades by Rick McQuiston
The Hunting Room by Kia Groom
Brand New Day by G. N. Braun
Dead Inertia by Eric Blair
Just Some Good Old Boys Sitting Around the Fire Talking Shit by A.J Brown
Parlour Party by Michael Penkas
The Case of the Kissing Corpse by Jack Skelter
My First Horror Show by Ed Higgins
I Like to Share by Ron Jon
Ghosts of You by Lee Battersby
See Jane Mesmerised! by Tom McLaughlin
The Final Degustation of Doctor Ernest Blenheim by Andrew J. McKiernan
What the Dark Does by Graham Masterton
A Slice of Life - A Spot of Liver by Paul Haines
(comic) Allure of the Ancients – The Key to His Kingdom by Mark Farrugia and Greg Chapman (not available in MOBI or EPUB formats)
(poetry) Cat by Michelle Scalise
(poetry) Pain and Pin Me Sweetly, My Love by Kurt Newton
(poetry) Pleasure Me by Bec Mirr
(art) Greg Hughes
(art) Jason Paulos
(art) Joshua Hoffine
(interview) Graham Masterton
(interview) Joe R Lansdale
(Interview) Joshua Hoffine