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About Carol Gyzander
Carol Gyzander was a prolific reader of classic science fiction and Agatha Christie mysteries in her early days. Now that her kids have flown the coop, she writes and edits horror, dark fiction, and sci-fi stories set in various time periods from her couch, with a Velcro cat firmly attached to her side.
Carol has short stories in over a dozen anthologies. Her most recent story, "The Yellow Crown" in UNDER TWIN SUNS: ALTERNATE HISTORIES OF THE YELLOW SIGN, gives a new take on Robert W. Chambers’s classic work of weird fiction, The King in Yellow (1895). Edited by James Chambers, it is being released by Hippocampus Press on June 29. She's honored to have her story among great authors such as Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Lisa Morton, John Langan, Sarah Read, Darrell Schweitzer, Greg Chapman, JG Faherty, Todd Keisling, Linda Addison, Tim Waggoner, and a dozen other awesome authors.
Carol is honored to have a dark fantasy story in the alternative Beatles anthology, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: TALES OF ALTERNATIVE BEATLES, with some astounding authors such as Spider Robinson, Gregory Benford, David Gerrold, Pat Cadigan, Jody Lynn Nye, Gregory Frost, Cat Rambo, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Gordon Linzner, and Sally Wiener Grotta.
Other recent anthologies include STORIES WE TELL AFTER MIDNIGHT, CAT LADIES OF THE APOCALYPSE, HELL'S HIGHWAYS, THE DEVIL'S DUE, and HELL'S MALLS. Carol also has a number of short stories and poems in charity-based anthologies supporting breast cancer and Alzheimer's research.
She’s the Editor of Writerpunk Press, which creates anthologies of various genres of ’punk stories based upon classics.
Carol is quite busy with the Horror Writers Association as Chapter Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator of the NY Chapter, and co-host of Galactic Terrors, the monthly online reading series every second Thursday. See HWANY.org for more info!
See what else Carol is working on at www.CarolGyzander.com, or follow her on Twitter @CarolGyzander or Instagram @carolgyzander
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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 salesman pursues closing a deal until it costs him everything…
An ancient Duchess graciously invites you on a tour of her orangerie…
This is the world of Crone Girls Press. Here, the shadows keep their secrets and the moon hides from deeds cast in her glow. In these pages, the Fae walk as human, the dead burn with their anger at the living, the creatures that live in the dark places of the wrong zip code creep out of the shadows and into the kitchen. Stories We Tell After Midnight is a collection of short horror fiction from established names in the genre as well as a number of debut authors.
Table of Contents
Welcome by Rachel A. Brune
“The Orangery” ~ Jane Hawley
“L’appel du vide” ~ M. P. Giddings
“In Memoriam” ~ Elizabeth Donald
“Kitchen Spirits” ~ Nicholas Belardes
“Mirrors” ~ J. Summerset
“Gatekeepers” ~ Cristel Orrand
“Enter the Wolf” ~ Adam N. Leonard
“The Soul Within” ~ Jennifer Nestojko
“Gobbl’uns” ~ Thea Brune
“Have You Come To Let Me Out?” ~ Tina Riddle
“It Has to Cool First” ~ Carol Gyzander
“Creature From the Blue Lagoon” ~ Dexter Rowland
“Uncle Charlie” ~ Christy Mann
“Wrong Turn” ~ Adam Messer
Cyberpunk Hades and Persephone
A Steampunk Flying Dutchman
Cyberpunk Little Red Riding Hood
Steampunk Hansel and Gretel
Atompunk Helen of Troy
Steampunk The Lost Princess
Dreadpunk Althaea, Meleager, and the Three Fates
Biopunk Echo and Narcissusand
In Writerpunk Press's 6th anthology, we approach world myth and folklore through the lens of science fiction, with a variety of authors and perspectives. As with all previous volumes, profits generated by sales of the anthology go to benefit PAWS Animal Rescue in Lynwood, WA.
Out of work, out of luck, out of practice.
Gods, clods, or four simple lads.
Here are the Beatles as you’ve never known them before: singing for their supper, singing for their souls, and singing to save the world.
Join 25 remarkable authors as they take you Across the Universe.
Featuring the stories of: Spider Robinson, Gregory Benford, David Gerrold, Allen M. Steele, Pat Cadigan, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Jody Lynn Nye, Gregory Frost, Cat Rambo, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Gail Z. Martin, Bev Vincent, Brenda W. Clough, Alan Goldsher, Gordon Linzner, Beth W. Patterson, Christian H. Smith, Sally Wiener Grotta, Kenneth Schneyer, Charles Barouch, Carol Gyzander, Patrick Barb, R. Jean Mathieu, Eric Avedissian, and Matthew F. Amati.
“This collection is a Magical Mystery Tour through alternate universes where the familiar narrative of the Beatles is turned on its head. Or ear. Or ass. It’s fun, irreverent, sexy, and twisted—just like the Fab Four themselves.”
—Vicki Peterson, The Bangles
“I must have read a thousand Beatles books. But not one of them mentioned that the Beatles were attacked by aliens at the Hollywood Bowl. Or talked about their encounter with the Mersey Monster. Or discussed how they became zombies. I had to learn all of this from the thoroughly entertaining anthology Across the Universe. Each of its 25 stories of speculative fiction re-imagine The Beatles in alternative universes, allowing us to laugh at and with John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Highly recommended!”
—Scott Freiman, creator of Deconstructing the Beatles
“Across the Universe is way too much fun! It’s the Beatles in the Twilight Zone of infinite possibilities! Highly recommended!”
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of V-Wars and Rage
“Across the Universe is a fantastic, freewheeling, and imaginative romp of a collection. The authors transported me not only across the universe, but to what might have been in many and various alternate universes, all populated by the Beatles and their peculiar possible transmutations. Totally engrossing.”
—Paul Marshall, I See Hawks In L.A., Strawberry Alarm Clock
“This anthology will move and surprise you.”
—Library Journal starred review
“Ranging from trippy fantasy to hard science fiction and zombie apocalypse mash-up, the stories in this anthology send the members of the Beatles on wild adventures through alternate timelines and universes.… Beatles aficionados and fantasy fans will enjoy this affectionate, speculative homage.”
This anthology contains short stories and poems inspired by the lives and art of Bowie and Rickman, as well as fiction and non-fiction works about facing cancer in the ones we love and ourselves.
Featuring award winning authors and Horror Writers Association members, The Devil’s Due offers enthralling horror stories of underhanded deals gone awry.
The Resurrection and the Life - Jude Reid
"First do no harm."
They were supposed to be the words Alec Duffy would live his life by -- instead, there's a dead man at his feet and blood on his hands. It's going to take a miracle for Duffy to graduate with his life, his reputation and his future intact -- but in the depths of a hard Glasgow winter, miracles are thin on the ground.
Dante's Tenth - Bobby Nash
Dante, Arizona is not your average mining town. Those who came to this barren speck of desert struck it rich. Gold, silver, and other valuable minerals are there for the taking. This brings new blood to town as well as old blood. When a young reporter’s assistant becomes enamored of the daughter of a new arrival, he learns the terrifying truth behind the town. The townsfolk made a deal and payday is coming.
Identity Theft - Rachel Brune
A deal with a Fallen One is signed, sealed, and delivered in blood. Brent Whitehall, however, claims he never signed on the Devil’s line, and hires Hell’s private investigator to clear his name.
Here Comes Mr Herribone! - Tim Jeffreys
Jim Game and his partner, Tommy, work the comedy circuit without success until Tommy invents the character of Mr Herribone. With his sackcloth head, pratfalls, and song and dance routines, Mr Herribone is a hit. Soon Jim and Tommy are doing sold out gigs and TV shows. But did Tommy really invent Mr Herribone? Or did he strike a deal with someone, something, somewhere? And the price of that deal? Jim is about to find out.
Genevieve and the Owl - Mark Allan Gunnells
Once upon a time...a lovely young woman who dreamed of escaping the poverty and abuse of life with her step-father and step-brothers. Then she met a creature in the form of an owl that offered her three wishes. Could a strategic use of these wishes lead her to a happily ever after...or to destruction?
The Plan - Josh Vasquez
A detective surveys a grisly crime scene straight out of a horror movie and wonders: was this a random slaying or a long thought out revenge plan gone wrong?
Face It - Carol Gyzander
Connor's lost money, prestige and society connections due to his wife Amy's disfiguring disease. Shunned by the same friends that made them the "it couple," he ponders her request for help in ending it all. She says it's what she wants, right? Right?
Mary's Secret- Winfield Strock III
Who knows what the future brings? What would you do to ensure a favorable outcome? In the midst of the American Civil War, Mary found herself tempted to save her husband and her country through a deal with dark powers. She thought she knew the hidden price and was prepared to pay it, but the depths of evil plumb deeper than mortals can fathom.
Saddie's Choices - Ravyn Crescent
Time was up. That was the heart gripping feeling Saddie had grappled with many times in her life— a life that was going to be cut short. Ten years ago, she’d burned her bridges and signed Lucifer’s contract, giving her ten years of freedom and love. Now she has to fight his demonic collection agents or risk losing everything, including the love of her life.
And the clock is ticking.
The Devil You Know - Shane Nelson
When Paul Block’s best friends die in a tragic accident, he finds out that he is the guardian to their newborn daughter.
Two sets of irresistible teeth.
A house brought to life by nanobots.
A heart that won’t stop beating.
All this and much more in the Writerpunk Press version of the beloved suspense stories by Edgar Allan Poe. We’ve pulled out all the stops this time around to bring you the very best punked versions of classic Poe tales, complete with shiny gears and tiny bots!
In addition to the more familiar Cyberpunk and Steampunk, we’ve added Bio, Deco, and Dieselpunk genres to the mix. The resulting volume is a dynamic take on horror of which the Master of Macabre himself would be proud. Profits are to be donated to PAWS Lynnwood, an animal shelter and wildlife rescue located in the Pacific Northwest.
It's time to turn the "man and his dog wandering through a dystopian world” trope on its head, and tell the stories about cats and their women - their badass women!
Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse wanders through broken worlds with stories of survival, technology, magic, and sheer determination. But – like their cats – the authors frequently slipped out the upstairs window or knocked things off of countertops, and their stories are stronger for it.
In these pages, cats help their women find a better life, protect and defend and fight for the women who have sheltered and protected them – and vice-versa. Because these are not only stories about surviving troubled times, but of the relationships between the women and their cats, between the members of communities both small and large, and how they thrive, even in the face of catastrophic loss.
Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse – it’s time to take them seriously!
Contains stories by Mia Moss, Hannah Hulbert, L.C.W. Allingham, Audrey McLennan, Hannah Trusty, Annie Reed, Caryn Larrinaga, Karli Sullivan, Misha Herwin, Joy Kennedy-O’Neill, Leigh Saunders, J. Ivanel Johnson, Carol Gyzander, Joanna Z. Weston, Kathryn Carson, Meyari McFarland, Sidney Williams, Joe Borrelli, Virginia Elizabeth Hayes, Wayland Smith, and C.J. Erick. Edited by Lyn Worthen
For thousands of writers across the globe November 1st is even more fun (and scarier) than Halloween.
It's the beginning of NaNoWriMo and they embark on a thirty-day journey to a write a 50,000 word novel in a month!
In this collection of writing and NaNoWriMo related quips see authors who talk with their characters, characters who talk to the reader, and perhaps the zaniest of all, editors!
What happens when the moon goes full and an author undergoes a scary transformation?
See the joy of getting writing advice from your main character.
And there's sex! Or at least writing about it.
So do the only thing that is wackier than trying to write an novel in a month and buy Nanecdotes today!
And best of all Nanecdotes cures writer's block.*
All profits (if any) will go to support NaNoWriMo.
* This book has not been tested, evaluated, or proven to cure any block other than writer's.