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About David J. Gibbs
Award winning author David J. Gibbs was born and raised in the greater Cincinnati area. The oldest of three, he protected his younger brother and sister from neighborhood bullies and the monsters under their beds. Never losing touch with the wonder and terror of childhood, he continues to push the limits of imagination with his stories.
His middle-grade series Mad Maggie Dupree is a hit with all ages, book five and six due out in the coming year.
With over seventy short fiction titles published in the last four years, his work has appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies, including; 'Shadows of Salem', 'Dark Monsters', 'Stores from the Near-Future', 'Hidden in Plain Sight', 'Massacre Magazine', 'Under the Bed', 'Sanitarium Magazine' and 'Double Feature Magazine'.
Links to his available works, free stories to read, blog and other updates can be found at http://www.davidjgibbs.com
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Feel the summer breeze at Salem Willows and smell the scent of mulled cider drifting down Derby Street. See the wharf from a birds-eye-view, feel your toes in the sand while the sun sets over Dead Horse Beach, and find the secrets that reside in the very cracks of three-hundred-year-old tombstones in the Old Burying Ground. Spend a night among ghosts and witches and know the magic of Salem, where myth and legend collide with truth. Do beware, dear friends, for the Witch City has a dark side, and there is more to those legends than what you might read in the pages of a dusty old book. Remember to look over your shoulder, for you never know what shadows follow you down that dimly lit corridor.
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SHOULD HAVE SEEN THAT COMING by Todd French
THE FOOD CHAIN by Edward Ahern
NORCAHAZTUTA by P.L. Bogen
SACRIFICES by Robert Khan Rosenberger
THE DEMON KIDS by Derek Muk
FRIES WITH THAT? by David J. Gibbs
TRAWLING by Sara Green
IN THE CITY THERE’S A THOUSAND THINGS by Paul Lubaczewski
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• WITH A POET’S EYES, by John C. Hocking
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• YOU’D DO IT FOR DIAMONDS, by Adrian Cole
• DREADFUL APPETITE, by Franklyn Searight
• THE HANDMAID OF THE KEY, by R.C. Mulhare
• BLUE MOON, by Allen Mark Price
• SHE WHO GIVES LIFE, by C. I. Kemp
• AN IMPLEMENT OF ICE, by W. H. Pugmire
• NIGHT OF THE CIRCUS, by Sharon Cullars
• WOLVERS HILL, by Tim Jeffreys
• RAFTS, by Lorenzo Crescentini
• CLEAN SWEEP, by Edward Ahern
• LEAVING MALAGA, by Cynthia Ward
• CATTLE CALL, by Gregg Chamberlain
• ABOMINATION IS HER NAME, by J.N. Cameron
• KACHINA, by Kenneth Bykerk
• FLAT IS FLAT AND THAT IS THAT, by David J. Gibbs
• DEATH IS NOT MY MASTER, by Scott Harper
• THE OLD ROCK, by Russ Parkhurst
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Did you ever go camping as a kid and sit around the fire at night listening to scary stories? Creepy Campfire Quarterly features horror fiction from the most talented writers across the globe. Dark, disturbing, dramatic, or just down right creepy, these stories will entertain you. And perhaps the next time you are around a campfire, you’ll find yourself recounting a few of these haunting tales…
Featuring works from the newest crop of modern horror writers:
Sylvia Greenwich John Howe Gregory L. Norris
Paul Stansfield John H. Stevens Leonard Apa
Nicholas Paschall M.B. Vujacic Robert Stahl
Emilio DeGrazia John Teel Craig Steven
Marlena Frank David J. Gibbs Randy D. Rubin
Katherine Sanger Daniel Marrone Stephen McQuiggan
Edward R. Rosick
Ugly Babies 3: here’s nothing quite like the birth of a child. Children are born in our likenesses... we treasure their beauty, their innocence, and marvel as they take their first breaths outside of their mother’s womb. In a perfect world, babies are miracles. But as we know, the world is not always perfect.
Ghosts Redemption: everyone likes a good ghost story. You'll find this collection both entertaining and haunting. Some of the biggest names in horror have come together to offer their take on what it might be like to be a ghost, and an angry ghost, the kind of ghost not soon forgotten...
You Only Haunt Yourself – Ian Mullins
Stopover – Tom Thys
Walks – CJ Friend
The Gray Man – Steven Winters
Something’s Wrong With Mother – David J. Gibbs
Cat’s Whisker – Robert Mammone
This Night is Mine – Paul Holbrook
Five Days – Jeremy Simons
Approx 25,500 words
Discovering the burned-out shell of the bus, in a forgotten corner of the woods, Maggie discovers something inside which dispels the notion that those killed were patients. They were actually students participating in a gifted-child program sponsored by the hospital. It also suggests, the fire was purposely set. Why were they killed?
Buried on the grounds, their graves are exhumed only to find the fourth coffin empty. Where was the fourth student? What happened to them?
On a dare, Maggie and Jackson race down the infamous body chute. In the darkness, they both witness the wispy remnants of disembodied spirits lingering in the tunnel, fingers pointing to a section of the tunnel wall. Maggie has no choice but to push onward, coming face to face with the dark and twisted past of the hospital and truth behind the fire.
A compelling mystery for all ages, Mad Maggie Dupree and the Lost Gifts, the third book in the Mad Maggie Dupree series, is another engaging adventure, following the headstrong, slingshot toting, red head and her friends.
Pale, dressed all in white, the wispy figure of a woman wanders the cemetery.
Delving into the heartbreaking story, Maggie discovers the lost journals of three women detailing terrible secrets and incredible loss.
She has no choice but to seek out the truth, coming face to face with another horrifying legend lurking in the surrounding woods just beyond the hospital grounds.
A fast paced story for all ages and compulsively readable, Mad Maggie Dupree and The Wood Witch, the second book in the Mad Maggie Dupree series, is an emotional rollercoast-er following the headstrong, slingshot toting, red head and her friends on another harrowing adventure.
Settling into her new home isn’t easy for the headstrong, slingshot-toting twelve year old girl. Her temper and stubbornness not only get her into trouble with the mean brothers living on one side of her but also with the nerdy boy desperate to be her friend living on the other.
Causing trouble and getting noticed only succeeds in getting her into more trouble. But it isn’t until she stumbles across something incredible left behind by the patients discharged from the hospital years ago things begin to spiral out of control. Uncovering a decades old secret proves terrifying, taking Maggie and her new friends on an incredible journey. But when a powerful storm rips through the grounds and her father goes missing, Maggie realizes just how high the stakes are.
With the first book in his new series, award winning author, David J. Gibbs, takes the reader into the exciting world of Mad Maggie Dupree. The temperamental young girl leaves an indelible mark with every mistake, success, and struggle to find her place in the strange and wonderful world around her.
The Colored Lens strives to do exactly that. By publishing short stories and serialized novellas every quarter in genres ranging from fantasy, to science fiction, to slipstream or magical realism, we hope to help our readers see the world just a bit differently than before they came to us.
Featuring works by Jamie Lackey, Theron Couch, Terry Golob, Sinéad McCabe, Bethany Doyle, Benjamin Clement, Mandi Jourdan, Jasper Sanchez, David J. Gibbs, Jeff Bagato, and Mary-Jean Harris.
Edited by Dawn Lloyd and Daniel Scott. Henry Fields, Associate Editor.
These stories aren't light and fluffy, they're packed full of "what if", "how can" and action. If the visions of these authors are anything to go by, humanity is in for dark times.
Desires - we all have them, even if we won’t admit it. Some are considered normal, and probably healthy. But what about the others?
Those haunting stirrings within that rail against societal norms and the bounds of decency?
Depraved Desires delves into the writhing depths of carnal appetites and sin, peeling back the veneer to reveal tales of wanton lust and supernatural depravity...
The terrifying prospect of knife play; a cosmic liaison; a classy party that turned out to be more than a hired call girl ever expected; or when a sinister fantasy becomes reality - all will shock you.
Whether your desires drive you mad or your madness drives your desires, delving within these pages will take you to places where those itches live, the ones that demand to be scratched.