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About Christa Carmen
Christa Carmen's debut collection, Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked won the 2018 Indie Horror Book Award for Best Debut Collection, and additional work has been published in places such as Year’s Best Hardcore Horror, Fireside, Rooster Republic’s Not All Monsters, Muzzleland Press’ Behold the Undead of Dracula, The Wicked Library, and Tales to Terrify.
These days when she's not writing, she keeps chickens, reads books like Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein and The Gashlycrumb Tinies to her daughter, forgets to pull a daily tarot card, and tinkers with a dog food recipe concocted to make her beagle live forever.
Most of her work comes from gazing upon the ghosts of the past or else into the dark corners of nature, those places where whorls of bark become owl eyes and deer step through tunnels of hanging leaves and creeping briars only to disappear.
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”...glutted with graphic scenes of torture, dismemberment, evisceration...” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY YEAR'S BEST HARDCORE HORROR VOLUME 2.
Red Room Press is extremely proud to present its second annual anthology featuring this year's hardcore corps of authors with the best extreme horror fiction of 2016 that breaks boundaries and trashes taboos. Selected from indie publishers and magazines such as Weirdpunk Books, Necro Publications, Splatterpunk Zine, Corner Bar Magazine, Carrion Blue and Raw Dog Screaming Press, these stories represent the state of the art of extreme horror fiction. Whether extreme in theme or with gore galore, these disturbing tales will be hard to forget even though you may wish you could. Yes, there will be blood. Lots of it. Gore galore and plenty of the gushy stuff. But you'll also find tales less graphic but with hardcore attitudes, transgressive stories you're not sure you should be reading, stories showing you things you shouldn't see. Visceral fiction.
This year's best hardcore fiction features work by Michael A. Arnzen, Jasper Bark, Christa Carmen, Marvin Brown, Adam Cesare, Matthew Chabin, Jose Cruz, Andrew Darlington, Paolo Di Orazio, Stefanie Elrick, William Grabowski, Sarah L. Johnson, Eric LaRocca, Alessandro Manzetti, Tim Miller, Alexandra Renwick, Bryan Smith, Jeremy Thompson, Tim Waggoner, Wrath James White, and Stephanie M. Wytovich.
In her debut collection, Christa Carmen combines horror, charm, humor, and social critique to shape thirteen haunting, harrowing narratives of women struggling with both otherworldly and real-world problems. From grief, substance abuse, and mental health disorders, to a post-apocalyptic exodus, a seemingly sinister babysitter with unusual motivations, and a group of pesky ex-boyfriends who won’t stay dead, Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked is a compelling exploration of horrors both supernatural and psychological, and an undeniable affirmation of Carmen’s flair for short fiction.
The classic monsters have returned… again!
During the gothic horror revival of the late 1950s through the 1970s, vampires, witches, devil worshipers, occultists, spirits, ghouls, and grave-robbing mad scientists returned to terrify a new generation of thrill-seeking movie audiences. Influenced by the social and cultural upheavals of the time and the ever-present specter of nuclear war, these classic terrors became more violent, more subversive—and more seductive.
Behold the Undead of Dracula features stories inspired by the films of the gothic horror revival, dripping with blazing bright-red blood and radiating sex appeal. Eleven of the best authors in underground horror fiction offer up unique and terrifying takes on this special era of cinematic history, summoning spine-tingling tales sure to frighten and seduce unwary readers.
Grab your popcorn, take a seat, and watch as the curtain rises on these neo-gothic nightmares. Bear witness to the lurid and sensual horrors of...
Behold the Undead of Dracula!
STORIES BY: Joanna Roye, G.G. Silverman, Stacey Bell, Amy Easton, K.P. Kulski, S.M. Ketcham, E.E. Florence, Briana McGuckin, Annie Neugebauer, Kayleigh Barber, Sam Fleming, Hailey Piper, J.H. Moncrieff, Jessica McHugh, Jennifer Loring, Joanna Koch, Angela Sylvaine, J.C. Raye, Christa Carmen, Juliana Spink Mills, Leslie Wibberley
Welcome to issue one hundred and seven of NIGHTMARE! This month, we have original short fiction from Ally Wilkes ("Where Things Fall From The Sky") and B. Narr ("Cadaver Dogs"). Our Horror Lab originals include a flash story ("Now Will You Listen") from Osahon Ize-Iyamu and a creative nonfiction essay ("Forensic Analysis of a Body, Still Warm") from P. L. Watts. We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, "The H Word," plus author spotlights with our authors, and a feature interview with Zin Rocklyn. It's another great issue, so be sure to check it out. And while you're at it, tell a friend about NIGHTMARE.
One of Us: A Tribute to Frank Michaels Errington is filled with the stories of writers whose lives Frank touched in one way or another. He challenged them, cheered them on, and he made sure to read the big names and small names alike.
Frank needed a new kidney. He was undergoing dialysis treatments and hoping for a compatible donor, but unfortunately, he was not able to get the help in time to save his life. Because of this, proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated in Frank’s name to the American Transplant Foundation. Help us help others in Frank’s situation before another vital person is lost to those who value them.
This book represents the camaraderie and love that Frank instilled in the horror community. If you ever feel alone or out of place, just remember the words that Frank himself told many creatives while he was still alive.
“You’re one of us.”
Beasties." Find something unsettling at every turn, from rising
primordical monsters and gods to murderous supernatural predators and
vengeful soul-hungry demons.
There's plenty of dark comedy too, with gamblers who race unusual
beasts, ogres who run cooking podcasts, horrifically dysfunctional
families, and unhinged sorcerers.
An international group of new and established contributors to "Strange
Beasties" makes this an original and varied collection that is sure to
please fans of science fiction/fantasy, humor, and horror. Writers
include Bruce Arthurs, John Sunseri, Philip John Schweitzer, Tim
Jeffreys, Sarah Tchernev, Lucy Harlow, Philip Brian Hall, Jean Graham,
Marc E. Fitch, Christa Carmen, Isobel Horsburgh, Paulo Da Silva, Jeff
Hewitt, Wulf Moon, Daniel Rosen, Brenton Clark, John J. Kennedy, and
Brian Trent. Foreword by Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi.
Join us for an exhilarating ride through uncharted dark territory--and
keep an eye out for strange beasties.
Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2017 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad science. For the discerning mad scientist reader, there are also pieces of fiction from Sean Buckley, Jule Owen, and Steve Toase. Readers will also find other resources for the budding mad scientist, including an advice column, gossip column, and other brief messages from mad scientists.
Authors featured in this volume also include Amanda Cherry, Sarah Cavar, Charlie Neuner, E. B. Fischadler, Christa Carmen, Tara Campbell, Judith Field, Emma Whitehall, Maureen Bowden, Isaac Teile, J. Lee Strickland, John A. McColley, Kate B. Brokaw, Jessie Kwak, Elizabeth Booth, Joachim Heijndermans, Cathleen Kivett Smith, Lucinda Gunnin, and Torrey Podmajersky. Art by Shannon Legler, Katie Nyborg, Errow Collins, Scarlett O'Hairdye, Luke Spooner, Ariel Alian Wilson, and Amanda Jones.
Narcissistic co-workers, thieves of affection, and bad neighbors are given their due in ways imaginative and sublime.
Featuring stories by: Andrew Seddon, Anthony Crinella, Ashley Vasquez, Brian H. Seitzman, Calvin Demmer, Carlos Roque, Christa Carmen, Erica Eastick, Jill Hand, Joseph P. Pietris, Kelly Matsuura, Kevin M. Folliard, Kirk Dougal, Lena Ng, Maria Haskins, Matt Handle, Mike McNichols, Rebecca McFarland Kyle and Robb T. White
Devolution Z Magazine accepts supernatural horror short story and poetry submissions. We also accept articles based on local and urban legends, myths, terrifying encounters, and all things supernatural and frightening.
In this issue:
“Mile Marker 237” by Marsheila Rockwell
“The Midnight Hunt of Slenderman” by Grant Butler
“Last Train Out” by Kurt Newton
“To Kill a Quisquilia” by Daniel Soule
“The Eulogy” by Francis J. Burns
“The Secret Name All Living Things Know” by Bruce L. Priddy
“The Cure” by Marisa Manuel
“They Are out There” by Dave Dormer
“Meet the New Boss” by D.M. Hicks
“Good Night, Sleep Tight” by Frank A. Schury
“Flower Girl” by Brad Scott
“Personal Effects” by Christa Carmen
“The Other Self” by TS Alan