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About Dave Higgins
Dave Higgins writes and publishes speculative fiction, often with a dark edge. Despite forays into the mundane worlds of law and IT, he was unable to completely escape the liminal zone between mystery and horror.
His short stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including All These Shiny Worlds, Millhaven’s Tales of Suspense, and DimensionBucket. He published his first solo novel, Seven Stones: The Complete Series, a gritty fantasy homage to pulp serials, in 2018. He has also co-authored two humorous trilogies with Simon Cantan.
In January 2019, he established Abstruse Press, an imprint releasing speculative fiction anthologies.
Born in the least mystically significant part of Wiltshire, England, and raised by a librarian, he started reading shortly after birth and has not stopped since. He currently lives in Bristol with his wife, Nicola, his cats, Jasper and Una, a giant sack of coffee beans, a plush altar to the Dark Lord Cthulhu, and many shelves of books.
It’s rumoured he writes and publishes out of a fear that he will otherwise run out of things to read.
Discover more here: http://davehigginspublishing.co.uk
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Edmond doesn’t want to be a winning ticket. He dreams of becoming a great hero and scholar. Impossible goals when your Intelligence and Wisdom stats couldn’t be lower.
Is Edmond nothing but a walking rabbit’s foot? Will his parents’ dreams of easy fortune come true? It’s all just a lucky roll away.
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- a world of today where cosplay and stagecraft are bright lights hiding dark shadows
- a world of tomorrow, where kitchen appliances fend for themselves and take solace in each other's arms, refugees from indifferent owners
- a world of little cogs in big machines, where the humble trash collector is the unsung hero of getting evil done
- a world of small magics and big hearts, where a little chaos can go a long, long way
From the brutal curators at ImmerseOrDie.com comes another collection of indie short stories, each a distinct jewel forged in the fires of judgment, and all continuing to carry our one simple promise:
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From the brutal curators at ImmerseOrDie.com comes this collection of indie short stories, each a distinct jewel forged in the fires of judgement, and each carrying that simple promise: Guaranteed not to suck.
When Peony is kidnapped, it seems like her chance at adventure has finally come. But is she ready for it?
When Melinda is taken by the dragon that lives beneath their town, he knows he has to save her. In books, it’s always the lowly shop boy who succeeds where others have failed. He doesn’t have the Strength of a warrior, the Dexterity of a rogue, or the Wisdom of a magician. He just has his Luck.
Luck and a best friend with muscles like boulder-covered rocks.
In a world filled with menace, dare to paint on a grin.
The world is full of images of scary clowns: packs of grinning figures with knives plaguing towns; pom-pom clad serial killers; loners who like children in the wrong way.
But clowns can be a force for good: it takes a kind heart to put other people’s joy first; keeping children entertained is honest work; what better disguise than one that makes the villains laugh?
What if, rather than being childhood-spoiling serial killers, clowns were the victims or heroes of the story?
When all the children at a party are poisoned, an entertainer’s profession and past both make him a prime suspect.
An anti-corporate prankster discovers his guru might be just as callous as the capitalist world-view he claims to reject.
A clown attempts to redeem the image of his profession by saving a group of teenagers from a serial killer.
And twelve more stories of clowns facing humanity’s baser natures.
Josie Stein woke up a thousand years in the future and was immediately elected captain of the U.F.S. Greenstar, a recycled spaceship on a mission to stop the self-destructive aliens of the galaxy from wiping themselves out.
Now the Kalmari, a homicidal race of aliens, have set their sights on Earth. How can the ramshackle Greenstar possibly stand in their way?
A fun and fast-paced episodic season of stories that will have you laughing out loud. Find out just how weird the future can get.
A collection of twelve stories about rebuilding hope.
Like the science-fiction serials it pays homage to, Greenstar generated promotional content and deleted scenes. Greenstar Special Features gathers them all in one place, so you don't have to risk the lower decks in search of the BetaSnax Story-in-a-Pill versions.
Curious what happened to Bao Lei when the ship visited Plankton Station in Season One? 'Rescuing Bao Lei' reveals all the events that we couldn't show.
Wondering about Pol's attempts to retake the captaincy? 'Pol's Holotainement Revolution' details another crazy scheme that we couldn't quite squeeze into Season Two.
Want to know what the Land of Nod trapped Connor in during Season Three? 'Connor and the Humansters' fills in the adventures we had to cut from Season Three.
Looking for more on the history of Greenstar before Josie joined the crew? The first set of Crew Diaries reveal Pol's purchase of the Greenstar and recruitment of the original crew.
All this content and more in this collection of four short stories and three sets of crew diaries.
In a world of shadows, joyful colours are an act of heroism.
Modern tales are filled with clowns who invoke fear not laughter: painted grins covering fanged maws; baggy costumes concealing unspeakable horrors; malevolent parodies of nature.
But the tools of a clown work for good as well as ill: only a trickster could tweak a monster’s nose; make-up is war paint for the modern age; the devil cannot tempt a happy soul.
What if, instead of being the demons of urban legend, clowns were the victims or the heroes of the story?
An entertainer discovers his latest booking is filled with clowns but no children.
A group of ageing clowns seek their Priest-King before the divine is lost from the world forever.
Yorrick’s apprentice shares the truth behind the death of Shakespeare’s most famous clown.
And ten more stories of clowns facing the supernatural.
The Frontier: the line between civilization and the unknown where pioneers rely on a strong will and a dead eye not big city laws.
A land where the sweat you shed makes a place yours, whatever lines the government draws on a map; where everyone knows putting on a badge doesn't make a sheriff better than everyone else; where the divide between legend and reality isn't always where it seems.From aging settlers who miss the days when the town only had one street to decent folk who become gunslingers, from lawmen who find the solidity of the railroad is no protection from the devil to practical men who discover some monsters are more than heathen superstition, these nine tales will show you the West that was, that might have been, and might be again.
Each story in this anthology takes you along a different trail, but they share the grit and adventure that built the frontier.
"Hangman’s Knot" by Kevin M. Folliard
"Mystery Train" by Misha Burnett
"Llano Estacado" by Jackson Kuhl
"Dusk Woman" by J. Conrad Matthews
"Josephine’s Revenge" by Damito Huffman
"Such is the Nature of the Change" by Stephen M. Coghlan
"Absolution" by Patrick Winters
"Through Dry Places" by Dave Higgins
"The Amarillo Job" by Jeffrey L. Blehar
We fear discovery when we should fear what there is to discover.
Lovecraft and his successors show a world where human civilisation is only a thin veneer over black seas of ignorance. A world where men exalted for their reason uncover logic-defying truths. A world where the marginalised discover uncaring horror on the fringes of a society that rejects them. A world where the bonds between us unravel.
But what of those who wear their own averageness like a veneer? Neither drawn toward the horror by academic curiosity nor driven their by society, but unmoored by a mundane secret.
A Spanish priest struggling with base desires plots to save a native child from brutal sacrifice.
A veteran hiding the extent of his mental wounds discovers the true war on terror is very different.
A delinquent’s secret passion for stamp collecting draws him into a dark bargain.
And nine more tales of overtly normal people coming adrift in an incomprehensible universe.