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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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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.
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…
A granddaughter learns about family obligations.
A woman, reborn, masters her full power.
In the cold, midwinter nights, an ancient incarnation of holiday nightmares comes for them all.
Mother Krampus: Midnight Bites presents three novellas of Christmas tradition and terror—family, friends, and the monsters that hide in the darkness and shadows cast by the pretty, blinking lights...
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
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
Enter the world of Faerie!
The summer sun bathes the earth in warmth and light,
Faeries dance under the moon at night.
Cross through the portal into a land ancient, beautiful, and wild.
See the wonders that enticed the stolen child.
Come away, O reader! To the Realm of Faerie.
But if you want to make it back home, you had better be wary…
This collection includes twenty tales of faeries and magic set in our world–and in others.
…but that ticket came with an unexected price.
Let me tell you this right now. I’m not a good person. So when I promise to meet someone at five a.m. in the morning outside our high school in a storm drain, please understand that I’m not doing it out of the goodness of my heart. I have a deal to make, a client to satisfy, and a serious case of boredom to get off my books.
Just because I don’t know where the stuff in the vials I sell comes from, doesn’t mean it won’t get you where you’re going:
Care wasn’t my friend or anything, just a girl who had a crush on me since third grade. It should have been a quick, easy deal, lucrative for me, and satisfying for her.
Like I always say, tell someone they’re special, make them believe it…and they’re yours.
A short story about those who take advantage of innocence, and the illusion that as long as the customer is happy…there’s no need to worry about doing anyone any harm.
It’s Halloween. Just over a month ago, Jake’s brother Dave died in Afghanistan, killed by an IED bomb. Now Jake is going trick or treating, dressed like a solder. Dressed like his brother.
He decides to take the same route that he and his brother took, cutting through a junkyard, walking down a big hill, and scoring candy at the kind of neighborhood where the neighbors actually leave the lights on and don’t pretend not to be home.
But something is waiting for him in the graveyard.
Is it the ghost of Jake’s dead brother?
A creepy horror tale about what finds us when we’re vulnerable, on Halloween.
What would you do to get rid of an abusive ghost?
When Michael’s father died, he left behind a grown-up family shattered by years of his broken, abusive, alcoholic behavior—and a legion of adoring fans who hung on every word of his stories.
They called him creative. But the truth was that Michael’s father had the ability to violate the boundary between one side of the mirror and the other, traveling between reflections and watching, and interfering, with other people’s private lives until there was little of the man left—only a monster.
Now the man is dead. But part of the monster has been left behind…
Search for missing gods or do some job hunting. Leave the window open for a brother bird god and be sure to protect an artifact. Use your credit and sacrifice it all for your warrior self.
Explore the Uncollected Anthology with Deities!
One foggy night, Lee Warnick waits for her dad to come home from the factory. Lately, more and more people have been disappearing from her small town, and she feels that her family might be next.
No one else will talk about it, but Lee knows the truth: the fae have been abducting people, on the nights when the fog rises up.
Haunted by nightmares and terrified for her family, Lee must find a way to keep the faeries from striking again…
A night full of primal dread…and horrifying illusions.
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…