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About DeAnna Knippling
DeAnna Knippling has a browser history full of murder, gore, and Victorian street maps. She has ambitions to have a secret room in the basement. She loves crows, cheese, chokecherry jam, and hot sauce, but not all at once.
You can find her in Colorado with her husband and daughter, or at her website, www.WonderlandPress.com, where she writes gothics and weird fiction as herself, mysteries as Diane R. Thompson, sci-fi detective noir as Dean Kenyon, and middle-grade adventure fiction as De Kenyon.
Someday, one of her pen names will murder one of the others, she’s sure of it.
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In 1854, young Miss Alice Liddell and Charles Dodgson (also known as Lewis Carroll) met over a photograph. The photograph was a performance commanded by Alice’s mother, a woman with lofty aspirations.
One does not snub one of the best photographers in the United Kingdom, even if he is undead.
Across the world, the virulent infection has eased, and a cure of sorts has been created, keeping the undead under control, and preventing those who are Infected from turning. All is well.
Or is it?
The dreadfully shy Reverend Dodgson reaches out to Alice and her sisters to tell them a remarkable story—an innocent tale filled with magic and wonder. White Rabbits, Red Queens, and Mad Hatters abound.
But his tale contains dark secrets that might destroy the reputations of some of the highest people in the United Kingdom.
And Alice’s mother simply can’t allow her husband’s pet zombie to take liberties such as that.
An alternate history behind the background of the Alice in Wonderland books, and the tale within the tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Book 1 in the Alice's Adventures in Underland Series, followed by Alice's Adventures in Underland: The Knight of Shattered Dreams.
We’re all Infected here…
Up in the attic, a bedtime story outlives its storyteller.
A city boy visits his country cousins and stumbles on a terrifying family secret.
From a film set in the Arizona desert, to an overgrown rambling old house in the Florida swamps, to the dusty streets of a small Mexican town, the stories in this volume plunge the reader into the shadows of a world almost forgotten by modern fables of cold science and bright sunlight. They are the brushed over voices who call a warning to those who would comfort themselves in the thought that monsters aren’t real, and those things can’t happen here. Stories We Tell After Midnight Volume 2 offers up tales of revenge, of hunger, and of the horror that stalks you just beyond the glow of your cell phone light, but only to those who dare turn the page…
*Table of Contents*
Bedtime Tales ~ Nicola Lombardi / trans. J. Weintraub
Baby Gray ~ Gregory L. Norris
Iron Teeth ~ Jude Reid
Victoria ~ Jay Caselberg
Family Line ~ Michele Tracy Berger
Primary Manifestations ~ Laura E. Price
Cameraman ~ Joe Scipione
Seek, Don't Hide ~ Liam Hogan
Hey Diddle Diddle ~ Jeff Samson
The Cleaning Lady ~ Samantha Bryant
Whisper Wood ~ Eddie Generous
Last Shot ~ Tim Jeffreys
False Confession ~ Joseph Rubas
The Curse of the Cucuy ~ Pedro Iniguez
The Cut-Mouth Woman and Me ~ Elizabeth Davis
(and I feel fine) ~ EJ Sidle
Mouths to Feed ~Solange Hommel
Red Rover, Red Rover ~ Larina Warnock
Cell Phone Lights ~ T.M. Starnes
Lamina ~ Eliza Master
The Terrible Teddies ~ Priya Sridhar
The Thing All These Relationships Have in Common Is You ~ DeAnna Knippling
Field Trip ~ J.L. Knight
The Bugs Come Out at Night ~ Mike Sullivan
On the way back from the Napoleonic Wars in France, Marcus, the younger son of the Earl of Penderbrook, returns to find his brother dead, the estate covered in fungus, and his father sinking into madness.
The last thing Marcus wants to do is be responsible for Penderbook; he wants only to spend the rest of his life playing cards, drinking, and seducing other men’s wives. But even the responsible life of an heir escapes from his grasp, as his brother’s body disappears, his father turns violent, and pale monsters horrify the countryside.
As Marcus pieces together the truth, he discovers a past more tainted with evil than he could have suspected.
From the family wine cellar to the folly behind the house—from the pond where he played as a child to the new cotton mill built along the stream—
None of what happens at Penderbrook is innocent.
And the monstrosities that have been committed may still be carried in Marcus’s blood…
A tale of transformation and terror, set in the year Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein.
The year is 1929. It’s two months after the financial collapse on Wall Street, and the world is bating its breath, unsure of what will happen next. Is it the end of an era?
At the Honeybee’s Sting, a speakeasy in the basement of a laundry, a group of unusual figures meets to discuss the past—and perhaps some possible futures: the Detective turned writer, the Dame who’s older than she looks, the Vampire who’s been riding the financial markets for generations, the Spy from across the ocean, the Actress who’s only just learned the truth about Hollywood, and more.
But one of their number is missing, a man connected to the mob, a man who holds the prize for a mysterious storytelling contest—a prize that can give you your heart’s desire.
Ten stories, woven together in the style of The Canterbury Tales, follow the contest along a long, dark night where nothing is what it seems and the best way to tell the truth is to lie.
Pour yourself a cocktail and join us at the liar’s table for the divine, the slapstick, the tragic, the transcendent 1920s today!
Table of Contents:
The Liar’s Table
When Pigs Fly
Myrna and the Thirteen-Year Witch
All the Retros at the New Cotton Club
The Mysterious Artifact
The Last Word Cocktail
The Man Who Would Sell Fear
The Liar’s Table, Part 2
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
It was a Britain that had been overrun by a plague of zombies.
A Britain that had fought the zombies, not quite won, and yet declared victory.
The rabid dead had been mercifully put down. The less virulently infected were treated with a sort of fungal “tea” that kept their urges to eat their fellow men at bay. With a bit of effort and discipline, one of the Infected could be right as rain.
Oxford don and reluctant member of the undead Charles Dodgson has been banished from the Liddell household at the behest of Dean Henry Liddell’s wife, and forbidden the presence of her daughters. Dark accusations against Dodgson abound, fostered by their mother.
But years have passed, the girls have grown, and Mrs. Dodgson orders the girls to have their photographs taken—to display themselves on the marriage market—by one of the premier photographers of the time.
None other than Charles Dodgson, also known as Lewis Carroll.
But Alice does not wish to make things up with her old mentor; she does not wish to be put on the marriage market. What she wishes to is marry her childhood friend, Prince Leopold.
But the Queen does not approve.
All, however, may be moot, as the plague of the Infected once again rises, this time in a more virulent form, and carries away everything before it, like a flood.
A tale of gaslamps, dark fantasy, and gothic horror delights.
Part 2 of Alice’s Adventures in Underland. Part 1 is Alice’s Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts.
Potions bring love, and curses bring trouble.
What if magic could help track down a murderer? Can a young, untrained witch save her people from a dark wizard – and at what cost to herself? Does a young woman’s dreams really predict the future? If so, is there any way to change what she foresees? And what might an independent young witch look for when house hunting? Witches. Warlocks.
Wizards. Familiars... Enter twenty different worlds of magic and enchantment.
Table of Contents
1. "Domestic Magic" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2. "Witch" by Leslie Claire Walker
3. "This is the World Calling" by Dayle A. Dermatis
4. "Witchling" by Debbie Mumford
5. "Familiar Trouble" by Bonnie Elizabeth
6. "Something After Saturday" by Steve Vernon
7. "Cauldron Bubble" by Rebecca M. Senese
8. "The Ballad of Molly McGee" by DeAnna Knippling
9. "Midnight Oil" by Lisa Silverthorne
10. "Lizards and Lying Men" by T. Thorn Coyle
11. "The Lesson of the Love Spell" by Jamie Ferguson
12. "All Hallows' Hangover" by Annie Reed
13. "Shadow of the Midnight Moon" by Eric Kent Edstrom
14. "The Hutsu Hunter" by Valerie Brook
15. "Love Powders & Wicked Witches" by Ron Collins
16. "A Hearth Witch at Chisolm Keep" by Thea Hutcheson
17. "Home Is Where the Cauldron Bubbles" by Brigid Collins
18. "Can You See the Real Me?" by Sephera Giron
19. "Of Cats and Lost Socks" by Liz Pierce
20. "The Bifurcated Man" by Louisa Swann
Enter the magical, unpredictable, wonderful world of fairy tales!
What if Cinderella was the wicked one, and manipulated her kind, loving stepmother and stepsisters?
Is being a handsome, charming prince really as effortless and trouble-free as it seems?Would you be alarmed if you realized that the beautiful red shoes you're admiring change their appearance to appeal to whoever is looking at them?
And speaking of shoes, how did Cinderella manage to dance in glass slippers without them breaking and slicing her feet to shreds?
Enjoy the fourteen fairy tales retold, reimagined, and reinvented in Innocence and Deceit, the second volume in the Ever After Fairy Tales anthology series!
CLAWS AT HAND - Brigid Collins
After the fairy king grants him the feline body he's always longed for, Tobi upholds his end of the bargain. But there's one thing that could make Tobi lose his hard-earned cathood...
THE FENNIGSAN'S CHALLENGE - Stefon Mears
Lloxup is robbed and left for dead, and then comes across the Fennigsan, the legendary Dark Lady of the Woods. If he passes her challenge, her power could change his life. But failure means death.
INSIDE A FAIRY TALE - Jamie Ferguson
Valentina overhears a strange conversation between another couple. Filled with foreboding, Valentina follows them, and finds herself inside a modern-day fairy tale.
THE LIZARD HORSES - Leah Cutter
In modern-day Hungary, Jelek loves reading old myths and legends, like the stories of Hungarian wizards, how they only drink milk and always carry around weighty spell books. But what if some myths are true?
THE RED STILETTOS - Sharon Kae Reamer
Caitlin is backstage at a music competition when one of the performers collapses. The unfortunate woman wears a beautiful pair of red stilettos Caitlin realizes she herself desires so strongly there must be something supernaturally bad about them.
TRUE LOVE - Todd Fahnestock and Giles Carwyn
Some people blame poor Prince Charming for throwing Cinderella into the dungeon, having little Snow White beheaded, and ordering Sleeping Beauty to be burned at the stake. But there is another side of the story...
BEAUTY OR BUTTERFACE? - Deb Logan
When Philip doesn't find a bride fast enough to suit his father, the king writes Philip's marriage into a treaty with the neighboring kingdom. Philip just has to choose between the other king's twin daughters.
CHANCE OF BUNNIES AND OCCASIONAL TOAD - Annie Reed
A visit to one of her favorite childhood places gives Cecily one last chance to find the magic she lost growing up.
IF THE SHOE FITS - Dayle A. Dermatis
Is Prince Charming really interested in Cinderella...or was it her shoes that captured his attention?
CITY OF NOWHERE IN THE WORLD - Diana Benedict
Korshan, who was named for the sun, falls and cuts her knee. Her mother sends her to the shaman to ask for salve, and Korshan sets off, not realizing what magical adventures await her.
DOCTOR RUDOLFO MEETS HIS MATCH - DeAnna Knippling
Connor and his kid brother are on their way to get ice cream when they come across a strange antique shop...so strange that they find themselves inside of it after turning to walk away.
LIKE WIND OVER WATER - Karen L. Abrahamson
Romy left her mermaid form to search for her beloved. Five years later, on a ship heading up the Canadian coast, she finally finds him--and learns his secret.
Out in the middle of nowhere in the Great Plains of the United States, it doesn’t matter where you are, really, or even what year it is. All that matters is whether you have enough to eat before the winter sets in.
Whether your family loves you or shuns you, and whether or not you have a way to keep from going mad, those things don’t matter so much.
The girl has little else but stories.
But the main problem is that her mother is going mad, mad in a way that wrecks the lives and sanity of everyone around her, and may even warp reality itself. The house creaks and groans and twists, as the corruption consumes everyone—almost everyone—within.
Fortunately, the crows find the girl outside and alone. And they love stories.
The monsters are coming.
At least the little girl has never been very heavy…
Seventeen murderous, ravenous tales told by the crows, to help heal a girl without food, without love, and now without home. Unless her mother comes to reclaim her…
Join us in this collection of tales about succubi and their encounters with human lovers. Thirteen authors share their vision of the succubus, the legendary creature who feeds on sexual vitality and energy from her victims. Must an encounter with a succubus always be deadly? No—but it is always memorable, for the person she takes into her embrace has something she wants and cannot live without.
Revenge, redemption, loss, lust, desire and love are some of the places these stories will take readers as each succubus reveals a facet of her unique existence.
Genre readers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, fantasy and science fiction will find gems to delight in in this collection. Authors are a mix of new voices and established writers, including Mary Roberts Rinehart Award nominee Diana Pharaoh Francis, two-time Nebula Award nominee Jennifer Pelland, Deborah Teramis Christian, whose work has been considered for the Tiptree Award, and Laura Antoniou, whose Marketplace series has been lauded as setting the standard for contemporary SM erotic fiction.
Hello my Earthling! Hello my starling!
Hello my space-time alien gal!
A baker’s dozen of tales about creatures from outer space who may or may not have boldly gone where they really shouldn’t have. Tales of aliens who test the creatures of Earth…tales of Earthlings who test the creatures from other planets…aliens who attack…aliens who defend…and aliens who are a little too close for comfort.
Prepare to discover realms at the furthest edges of human imagination.
From the depths of outer space…
To the depths of the sea…
To Portland…and beyond!
Featuring stories by:
Travis Heermann · Rebecca Hodgkins · Charles Eugene Anderson & Jim LeMay · Meyari McFarland · Jason Dias · Debbie Mumford · Ron Collins · Shannon Lawrence · Jamie Ferguson · Stefon Mears · Thea Hutcheson · Robert Jeschonek · DeAnna Knippling
AMAZING MONSTER TALES
Amazing Monster Tales is a series of monster anthologies full of fast-paced action-adventure stories. Whether you love monsters or fear them, they are the coolest! This series features a mix of classic monsters and monsters that you’ve never seen before!
Look for INTO THE BRINY DEEP…and watch out for the sea monsters!
Whether you’re sitting around a campfire, or staying up late to read—you’ll eventually have to turn off the light, you know—you’ll love these fifteen tales of ghosts, haunted houses, and spooky goings-on!
Imagine waking every day in an old house, unable to leave the grounds because every time you do you get lost in the gray mist. What if the haunted section in the library was actually haunted? Seeing a ghost in a haunted house would be one thing...but what if it followed you home?
Step into the haunted worlds of the fifteen ghostly tales in Hauntings...if you dare!