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About C.W. Blackwell
C.W. Blackwell is an award-winning author and poet from the Central Coast of California. He has been a gas station attendant, a rock musician, and a crime analyst. He is a 2021 Derringer Award winner.
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Featuring stories by K.L. Abrahamson, Sharon Hart Addy, C.W. Blackwell, Clark Boyd, M.H. Callway, Michael A. Clark, Susan Daly, Buzz Dixon, Jeanne DuBois, Elizabeth Elwood, Tracy Falenwolfe, Kate Fellowes, John M. Floyd, Billy Houston, Bethany Maines, Judy Penz Sheluk, KM Rockwood, Joseph S. Walker, Robert Weibezahl, and Susan Jane Wright.
The stories in Trouble No More celebrate those pioneers. Find ramblers, gamblers, swindlers, and double-dealers within these pages, all striving to survive more than the Southern humidity.
The authors bring the rough living of the Southern Rock genre to the page, and communicate the ache of the blues. There are twenty-one stories of heartbreak, murder, robbery, and barnyard brawls.
Edited by Mark Westmoreland with stories by Bill Baber, C.W. Blackwell, Jerry Bloomfield, S.A. Cosby, Nikki Dolson, Michel Lee Garrett, James D.F. Hannah, Curtis Ippolito, Jessica Laine, Brodie Lowe, Bobby Mathews, Brian Panowich, Rob Pierce, Joey R. Poole, Raquel V. Reyes, Michael Farris Smith, J.B. Stevens, Chris Swann, Art Taylor, N.B. Turner and Joseph S. Walker.
"Mirrors" by Robin Grieve
"Candy Apple Smiles" by Christopher Robertson
"The Cyclone Sisters' Travelling Circus" by Angela Sylvaine
"Anna and Abby" by L. Pine
"The Prop" by Nikki R. Leigh
"The Viperess of Las Cruces" by C.W. Blackwell
"The Golden Tickets" by Roxie Voorhees
"Dance With Us" by Kelly Brocklehurst
"No Strings" by Jamie Stewart
"Family Outing" by Briana Morgan
"Mirrored" by Dave Musson
"Smile at All the Good Times We Had" by Spencer Hamilton
With a foreword from the editors.
Ignore that pull, the need to escape from drudgeries of life and find peace and solitude within nature. It is not the cool breeze and the scent of pine that whispers your name.
No, these things within the forest will rip out your heart and devour your soul. You will tremble as they revel in your madness, taking everything from you and leaving you with nothing. Delve inside this anthology of what truly lurks within the shadows of the trees.
Created by award-winning horror and fiction authors around the world. We dare you to take this journey with us and find out what horrors await you.
The Forest Is Calling. Will you answer?
"A Wail of a Tail" By Emma K. Leadley - A starving hunter and his dog leave for a routine hunting trip, but what he brings back is anything but routine.
"The Thing In The Woods" By D.R. Smith - A group of young boys discover something strange and otherworldly in the forest. Compelled by forces unseen to take it home with them, disaster quickly unfolds. Will anyone survive?
"The Hike" By E.E.W. Christmas - A weekend getaway turns disastrous for Steph, when she wakes to find Becca missing and their car destroyed.
"Forest Man" By Holley Cornetto - A group of old friends reminisce about the summer that changed their lives forever and they soon realize some things should be left in the past.
"Hollow Woods" By Brian Duncan - Making friends is hard, but Emma soon realizes that her new friends aren't who she thinks they are, and the Florida Everglades can be a dangerous place.
"Seita" By Thomas Wake - A hunting trip goes terribly wrong when nature takes back what was stolen.
"Fairies in the Forest" By Jason Holden - A father son getaway turns deadly when the ramblings of their late grandfather prove true.
"Neumack Woods" By N.M. Brown - Two friends go on an adventure into the fabled woods surrounding their home. But what they find will change them forever.
Twenty-four terrifying stories ripped out of your nightmares and delivered for you within this collection by award winning authors from around the globe.
The woods have many secrets, but uprooting them has its consequences. Take a trip through America's backyard with eight strange and sinister tales of Appalachia!
Including tales from new horror standouts: Christy Aldridge, C.W. Blackwell, Jill Girardi, Mark Allan Gunnells, Sylvia Elven, A C Fraser, Sadie Hartmann (Mother Horror), Michelle Renee Lane, Catherine McCarthy, Justin Montgomery, Ethan Pollard, and the Sisters of Slaughter.
As horror legend Stanley Wiater stated, "Go revel in their waking nightmares."
The stories we feature in our monthly issues span every imaginable subgenre, including cozy, police procedural, noir, whodunit, supernatural, hardboiled, humor, and historical mysteries. Evocative writing and a compelling story are the only certainty.
Get ready to be surprised, challenged, and entertained--whether you enjoy the style of the Golden Age of mystery (e.g., Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle), the glorious pulp digests of the early twentieth century (e.g., Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler), or contemporary masters of mystery.
Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Horror, Humor, Pulp & Noir … Mystery Weekly Magazine's April 2019 issue has it all!
In our cover feature, “The Persistence Of Illusion” by Bond Elam, Detective Harry Sturgis finds himself stuck with a twenty-five-year-old case and the last thing he expects is to get himself killed. Though, in truth, his death isn't entirely a surprise.
“One Night At The Pine Lake Motel” by Blu Gilliand finds two pro wrestlers and one disbelieving spectator on a collision course with trouble on a hot summer night at a seedy Alabama motel.
In “Tangerines And Wild Garlic” by Steve Toase, Sarah travels to Ben's hometown to meet his family, but when she finds herself in the midst of a town tradition is everything what it seems?
PTSD can trigger many reactions, including paranoia. What if the enemies are not figments? Who will believe you if you can't trust yourself? Find out in “Paper Soldier” by Al Onia.
In “Andromeda Smiled” by C.W. Blackwell, retired detective Charlie Kane is lured from his solitude to reprise his role as a famous gumshoe. But will the Andromeda case be his undoing?
“Honey's Turn” by Michael Cahlin & Beth Slick is a twisted his and her love story and what happens when a good love goes really, really bad.
-Edgar Allan Poe (1840)
With its twenty-one stories of serial killers and sociopaths, fixations and fetishes, breakdowns and bad decisions crafted by authors as diverse as their writing styles, Shadowy Natures leads fans of psychological horror down dark and treacherous roads to destinations they will be too unsettled to leave.
Under the tutelage of a charismatic caretaker, a young boy learns that the rules don’t apply to “exceptional” people; under the blinders of parental love, a parent considers the after-effects of his daughter’s criminal exoneration. One suburban dad finds himself inexplicably drawn to something he spies while walking the family pet, and another discovers buried compulsions awakened by his daughter’s dental deformity. Sorting through a deceased relative’s belongings, a family stumbles upon a horrific treasure, as a drifter with a dark secret wanders the Old West. While a military officer spends his days delivering despair, a procrastinator is consumed by guilt after making a deadly mistake, and a businessman stumbles upon a bizarre family photo gallery. Postpartum paranoia and isolation threaten one mother’s sanity until an outside threat pushes her over the edge while another mother picks at her son’s psychological scabs until he scrambles for release. Urban blight bears down on a convenience store owner; a middle-aged man takes a terminally ill acquaintance captive to avenge his lover’s death; a depressed suburban housewife makes a strange new friend, and a neglected teen finds solace and inspiration in a vicious classmate’s company. When her brother moves back into the family home, a woman becomes consumed by what he leaves behind; when a man disappears, his sister considers the warning signs he may have been leaving since childhood. One couple abandons urban life for the isolating wilderness while another plays a dangerous game, hoping to rekindle their relationship. While one son revisits the scene of his father’s horrific crime spree, another returns home to ponder his family’s well-hidden secret.
From unique twists on traditional terror tropes to fresh frights found in the most innocuous of places, these tales will surprise and unnerve even the most veteran horror fans. Featuring brand new fiction from Jeremy Billingsley, C.W. Blackwell, Barrie Darke, Matthew R. Davis, Christina Delia, KC Grifant, Liam Hogan, K.N. Johnson, Thomas Kearnes, Rudy Kremberg, Scotty Milder, Bryan Miller, Hollee Nelson, Elin Olausson, James Edward O’Brien, Andrew Punzo, Lee Rozelle, Joseph Rubas, Paul Stansfield, Louis Stephenson, and Thomas Vaughn.
Edited by Tia Ja'nae and Stephen J. Golds, the authors include Jack Bates, Christopher Ryan, Joseph S. Walker, Jackie Flaum, Alec Cizak, Robert Petyo, C.W. Blackwell, Tom Andes, David Tromblay, Don Stoll, and J.Rohr. Cover illustration by Melo Guarnera.
Kick back, open a bottle of Jack Daniel's, and take twelve wild rides set to haunting melodies created by a fiddle and a lap steel guitar...
BRISTOL NOIR - ANTHOLOGY 1
A collection of stories from some of the best new and established crime and dark fiction writers from around the world.
All with a dose of noir and dirty realism.
Alpheus Williams, Andrew Davie, Anthony Neil Smith, B.F. Jones, Ben Newell, Blake Johnson, Bobby Mathews, C.W. Blackwell, Curtis Ippolito, David Tromblay, Don Stoll, F.J. Romano, Gabriel Hart, Graham Wynd, Ian Ayris, Jason Butkowski, J.B. Stevens, and John Bowie.
a genre of crime film or fiction characterized by cynicism, fatalism, and moral ambiguity.
a film or novel in the noir genre.
a style of writing, originating in the US in the 1980s, which depicts in great detail the seamier or more mundane aspects of ordinary life
It’s meticulously researched; the style is an unforgiving dirty realism. — Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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