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About Edward M Erdelac
Edward M. Erdelac is the author of the acclaimed Judeocentic/Lovecraftian weird western series Merkabah Rider, Conquer, Rainbringer: Zora Neale Hurston Against The Lovecraftian Mythos, Andersonville, Monstrumfuhrer, The Knight With Two Swords, and the compiler of Abraham Van Helsing's papers (in Terovolas).
In addition to short story appearances in dozens of anthologies and periodicals, he is an independent filmmaker, an award winning screenwriter, and sometime Star Wars contributor.
Born in Indiana, educated in Chicago, he now lives in the Los Angeles area with his family.
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Return of the Old Ones will only have one signed edition (deluxe slipcased hardcover) and will feature a similar stamp design to the popular Cthulhu head stamping featured on the World War Cthulhu hardcovers. It will be signed by all contributors and will feature the original color cover artwork by Vincent Chong as color end sheets.
From Hoodoo doctors and Voodoo Queens,
The cat they call Conquer’s down on the scene!
With a dime on his shin and a pocket of tricks,
A gun in his coat and an eye for the chicks.
Uptown and Downton, Harlem to Brooklyn,
Wherever the brothers find trouble is brewin,’
If you’re swept with a broom, or your tracks have been crossed,
If your mojo is failin’ and all hope is lost,
Call the dude on St. Marks with the shelf fulla books,
‘Cause ain’t no haint or spirit, or evil-eye looks,
Conjured by devils, JAMF’s, or The Man,
Can stop the black magic Big John’s got on hand!
Collects Conquer Comes Calling, Conquer Gets Crowned, Conquer Comes Correct and four previously unpublished stories – Keep Cool, Conquer, Conquer Cracks His Whip, Conquer And The Queen of Crown Heights, and Who The Hell Is John Conquer?
In the acclaimed second volume, four sequential novellas continue the weird career of THE MERKABAH RIDER:
In THE INFERNAL NAPOLEON, The Rider and a young traveling strongman rally a group of cowboys in a showdown with a gang of half-demon outlaws in a remote desert town.
In THE DAMNED DINGUS, The Rider is robbed of his mystic Volcanic pistol and teams up with the infamous Doc Holliday to track down the thief, but must contend with a strange, invisible menace.
In THE OUTLAW GODS, a group of Apache recruits The Rider to combat a two hundred year old menace plaguing their tribe, and bring him face to face with the mind bending horror of The Great Old Ones.
Finally, at the edge of death, The Rider descends into Hell itself to confront the Adversary Lucifer and learn the full scope of his master Adon’s betrayal. But can there be any return from THE PANDAEMONIUM RIDE?
The +Horror Library+ anthologies are internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories--relevant to the moment and stunning in impact--from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative.
Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library+ series is packed with heart-pounding thrills and creepy contemplations as to what truly lurks among the shadows of the world(s) we live in.
Containing 27 all-original stories, read Volume 6 in this ongoing anthology series, and then continue with the other volumes.
Shamble no longer through the banal humdrum of normalcy, but ENTER THE HORROR LIBRARY!
Included within Volume 6:
- In "Better You Believe," remnants of a mountain climbing party must help each other climb down a mountain after an avalanche.
- In "The Starry Crown," a college professor travels to the American South to research lyrics of an old religious hymn with roots in slavery.
- In "The Plumber," a young couple call in a plumber to fix a clogged line, but the service call escalates into an inescapable nightmare.
- . . . and more!
The world is at war against things that slink and gibber in the darkness, and titans that stride from world to world, sewing madness and death. War has existed in one form or another since the dawn of human civilization, and before then, Elder terrors battled it out across this planet and this known universe in ways unimaginable.
It has always been a losing battle for our side since time began. Incidents like the Innsmouth raid, chronicled by H.P. Lovecraft, mere blips of victory against an insurmountable foe. Still we fight, against these incredible odds, in an unending nightmare, we fight, and why? For victory, for land, for a political ideal? No, mankind fights for survival.
Our authors, John Shirley, Mark Rainey, Wilum Pugmire, William Meikle, Tim Curran, Jeffrey Thomas and many others have gathered here to share war stories from the eternal struggle against the darkness. This book chronicles these desperate battles from across the ages, including Roman Britain, The American Civil War, World War Two, The Vietnam Conflict, and even into the far future.
This ebook edition features 22 interior illustrations (one accompanying each story)
Table of Contents
Loyalty by John Shirley
The Game Changers by Stephen Mark Rainey
White Feather by T.E. Grau
To Hold Ye White Husk by W.H. Pugmire
Sea Nymph’s Son by Robert M. Price
The Boonieman by Edward M. Erdelac
The Turtle by Neil Baker
The Bullet and the Flesh by David Conyers & David Kernot
Broadsword by William Meikle
The Ithiliad by Christine Morgan
The Sinking City by Konstantine Paradias
Shape of a Snake by Cody Goodfellow
Mysterious Ways by C.J. Henderson
Magna Mater by Edward Morris
Dark Cell by Brian M. Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass
Cold War, Yellow Fever by Pete Rawlik
Stragglers from Carrhae by Darrell Schweitzer
The Procyon Project by Tim Curran
Wunderwaffe by Jeffrey Thomas
A Feast of Death by Lee Clark Zumpe
Long Island Weird by Charles Christian
The Yoth Protocols by Josh Reynolds
For years the Rider, one of the last of the ancient Jewish order of astral travelers, has sought his renegade teacher Adon across the demon haunted American west.
Now it is 1882. The Hour Of Incursion is here. The Great Old Ones, beings of immeasurable power from the roiling chaos before the dawn of Creation, are stirring in their ancient slumber. It is high noon for the entire universe.
Seeking to rouse the Old Ones, Adon has gathered together the Creed - an army of fallen Hasidic mystics - and a host of dark allies including skinwalkers, necromancers, an undead master gunslinger, Lilith the Queen of Demons, and the Angel of Death himself.
The Rider and Kabede, in a last bid to stop Adon, recruit their own band, including an unstoppable steam-powered preacher, an alien entity from the dawn of time, a young witch, and the enigmatic Faustus Montague, an angelic being from another universe.
But Lucifer the master of hell watches from his capitol city, ready to commit his legions to the winning side.
And he has an agent among the Rider’s companions….
That’s where Edge of Sundown comes in. This collection brings tales that visit the darker regions of the west, the places steeped in myth, legend, and blood. Meet the men and women who lived there—the monsters within and without. Make no mistake, there are more than a few gun-throwing hardcas¬es in these stories, but by and large our protagonists are ordinary folks caught up in very extraordinary circumstances. Most importantly, this is an anthology of western-HORROR tales, not western-fantasy. No tall tales here, no wink-and-a-nudge-as-it’s-all-good-fun safe betting. We’re looking to give you the creeps, fair and square, no fooling around.
So right about now you should be checking to make sure your guns are loaded, that your holster is oiled, and you’ve got your hat cinched on tight.
The contents of this anthology include:
The Claw Spurs by John Shirley
Cemetery Man by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Jiang Shi in Chinatown by Kelda Crich
Innocents Abroad by Don Webb
Forked Tongue by Cody Goodfellow
The Buzzard Women by Christine Morgan
The Flute Players by Bruce L. Priddy
In Thunder’s Shadow by Edward M. Erdelac
Silver Wolf by Andrew Kelly
Whisper by Mark Onspaugh
The Dark Cell by Jeffrey Thomas
The Two of Guns by John F.D. Taff
Red Shadows in Terror Canyon by Lawrence Berry
Feast of Famine by Brian M. Sammons
Son of the Wild Moon by Michael G. Szymanski
Drake Takes a Hand by Pete Rawlik
The Puppet Master by Sam Stone
Uncle Gunnysack by C.L. Werner
The Buzzard by Eric Red
In this acclaimed first volume, four sequential novellas and one bonus short story chronicle the weird adventures of THE MERKABAH RIDER.
In THE BLOOD LIBEL, The Rider fights to save the last survivors of a frontier Jewish settlement not only from a maddened lynch mob, but from a cult of Molech worshippers hiding in their midst.
In THE DUST DEVILS, a border town is held hostage by a band of outlaws in league with a powerful Vodoun sorcerer.
In HELL'S HIRED GUN, The Rider faces an ex-Confederate sharpshooter who has pledged his allegiance to Hell itself.
In THE NIGHTJAR WOMEN, The Rider drifts into a town where children cannot be born. Here an antediluvian being holds the secret to his fugitive master's insidious plan; a plot that threatens all of Creation.
Finally, never before collected, THE SHOMER EXPRESS. On a midnight train crossing the desert, a corpse turns up desecrated. Someone stalking the cars has assumed its shape, and only The Rider can stop it.
Spanning a time period that starts with prehistoric humans and culminates in the far future, these tales entertain the reader while shocking, amusing and, ultimately, terrifying them.
From acclaimed editor, Brian M. Sammons.
The acclaimed weird western series continues in this third and penultimate installment.
The Rider and Kabede must rally a US Cavalry troop against an army of the undead led by three of Adon's renegade riders if they are to survive THE LONG SABBATH.
The Rider infiltrates an Apache stronghold to convince the combined forces of Vittorio and Geronimo not to lend their might to the forces of THE WAR PROPHET.
The Rider sets out to rescue the succubus Nehema from the wrath of THE MULES OF THE MAZZIKIM.
In a frontier prison, he comes face to face with his greatest enemy, THE MAN CALLED OTHER.
Finally, seeking to learn the remaining secrets of Adon's plot to bring about The Hour of Incursion, the Rider and his companions arrive in Tombstone only to be confronted with the horror of THE FIRE KING TRIUMPHANT.
Before Lancelot, There was Balin The Savage.
Before the Holy Grail could be found...it had to be lost.
Balin grows up revering the memory of his father, a storied knight of the High King Uther's time. He is held back from following in his footsteps by his mother, a priestess of the old religion whose capitol is the Isle of Avalon. When she is burned at the stake as a witch by fanatics, Balin blames the corrupting influence of Avalon and sets himself against all that is pagan.
A new high king arises; Arthur, whose rule must unite pagan and Christian alike. Sir Balin, now known as The Savage for his ferocity in battle, answers the king's call for champions, but in his heart, questions the presence of the shadowy wizard Merlin beside the throne. When a vengeful enchantress comes to Camelot bearing a cursed sword that will make Balin the greatest knight in all Albion, but doom him to slay his beloved king, Balin sets out on a long quest that will veer between God and glory, love and madness, justice and revenge, and change the land forever.
- The Vault of Phalos, by Jeffery Scott Sims
- Shadow Visions, by Preston Dennett
- The Lady of the Amorous City, by Edward M. Erdelac
- A Suit of Haidrah Skin, by Rob Lang
- ...Where There Is No Sanctuary, by Howie K. Bentley
- The Last Dues Owed, by Christine Lucas
- The Witch of Elrica, by Jennifer Povey
- The Bubbcat, by Sean Monaghan
- Wall Wardens, by Lynn Rushlau
- Lost Men, by Eugene Morgulis
- The Unfolding of the World, by Harold R. Thompson
- The Sands of Rubal-Khali, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
- The Priests of Shalaz, by Jay Barnson
- Dust of Truth, by Joyce Frohn
- The Ride, by Edward McDermott
- My Name is John Carter (Pt.3), by James Hutchings
- The Phantom Sands of Calavass, by S.H. Mansouri
- The Feminine Force Awakens, by Liana Kerzner