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About Elizabeth Massie
Elizabeth Massie, an eighth generation Virginian, has been writing professionally since 1984. Most of her works are in the horror/suspense genre (Sineater, Hell Gate, Desper Hollow, Wire Mesh Mothers, Homeplace, Afraid, It, Watching, Naked on the Edge, and more), but she also writes mainstream fiction (Homegrown), media tie-ins (The Tudors, Versailles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dark Shadows), educational materials for American history textbooks, and poetry (Night Benedictions). Her first novel, Sineater, and her novella "Stephen" have both won Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Association. Her Tudors novelization (Season 3) won the Scribe award. Her short fiction can be found in numerous anthologies and several years' best collections. She, along with Mark Rainey, is currently working on Ameri-Scares (Crossroad Press) a 50 novel series of spooky books for middle grade readers (age 8-12), a series which was optioned for television by Warner Horizon. She also continues to work on new horror novels and short stories for adults. Check out her lead story in Freedom of Screech, edited by Craig Spector and her newest tales "It's in the Cards" in The Porcupine Boy and Other Anthological Oddities, "Those Who Are Terrified" in Midnight in the Graveyard, and "Scarves," which is featured in the ACLU-benefiting anthology, Dystopian States of America (March 2020.) Her newest collection, Madame Cruller's Couch and Other Bizarre and Dark Tales, will be released from Crossroad Press August 2021.
On the Outside Looking Up: Seeking and Following God Beyond the Gates of Organized Religion, a nonfiction memoir/exploration of religious beliefs from the point of view of an un-churched believer, was released June 2016. A clear departure from horror, On the Outside Looking Up is part spiritual memoir, part musings on issues that religions tend to tackle, and part extended hand to un-churched believers to assure them they are not the only ones. A believer for years, Massie offers up her personal spiritual journey, struggles, and understandings to help bridge gaps between the unchurched, churched, and those who have no belief and/or no interest in religion.
A member of Amnesty International for more than 35 years, Massie writes numerous letters on behalf of victims of human rights abuses worldwide. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, talented illustrator and theremin player, Cortney Skinner, and enjoys hiking, geocaching, knitting, traveling roads she's never been on before, and visiting amusement parks (the older, the better.) She founded and for nearly four years managed the Hand to Hand Vision project (on Facebook) that raised thousands of dollars to help others during these tough economic times. Though she has a home office, she likes to work at Starbucks a couple days a week. There she can feel like part of the human race. And have a chai.
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Discover the lost supernatural stories behind some of the most famous people and events in history.
These Fantastic Tales explore the secret history that has been hidden in the shadows of the world, and even alternative histories from other worlds. Tales such as a young man seeking the secret of immortality from none other than Bela Lugosi. The tragic story of how the Titanic really sank. The horrifying lengths the people of New York city would go to raise above the Great Depression, rather in seeking fame or trying to feed the city. And many more Fantastic Tales of Terror.
- Introduction by Tony Todd
- “The Deep Delight of Blood” by Tim Waggoner
- “Unpretty Monster” by Mercedes Yardley
- “The Tell-Tale Mind” by Kevin J. Anderson
- “Topsy-Turvy” by Elizabeth Massie
- “Ray and the Martian” by Bev Vincent
- “The Girl with the Death Mask” by Stephanie M. Wytovich
- “On a Train Bound for Home” by Christopher Golden
- “The Custer Files” by Richard Chizmar
- “Red Moon” by Michael Paul Gonzalez
- “The Prince of Darkness and the Showgirl” by John Palisano
- “The Secret Engravings” by Lisa Morton
- “Mutter” by Jess Landry
- “La Llorona” by Cullen Bunn
- “The London Encounter” by Vince Liaguno
- “Bubba Ho-Tep” by Joe R. Lansdale
- “Gorilla my Dreams” by Jonathan Maberry
- “Articles of Teleforce” by Michael Bailey
- “Sic Olim Tyrannis” by David Wellington
- “The Washingtonians” by Bentley Little
- “Scent of Flesh” by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
- “Rotoscoping Toodies” by Mort Castle
- “Lone Wolves” by Paul Moore
- “The Great Stone Face vs. the Gargoyles” by Jeff Strand
- “The Return of the Thin White Duke” by Neil Gaiman
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WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM
THE ART OF STORYTELLING IN THE HORROR GENRE
Book one in Crystal Lake Publishing’s The Dream Weaver series, Where Nightmares Come From focuses on the art of storytelling in the Horror genre, taking an idea from conception to reality—whether you prefer short stories, novels, films, or comics.
Featuring in-depth articles and interviews by Joe R. Lansdale (Hap & Leonard series), Clive Barker (Books of Blood), John Connolly (Charlie Parker series), Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King (IT), Christopher Golden (Ararat), Charlaine Harris (Midnight, Texas), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series), Kevin J. Anderson (Tales of Dune), Craig Engler (Z Nation), and many more.
The full non-fiction anthology lineup includes:
- Introduction by William F. Nolan
- IT’S THE STORY TELLER by Joe R. Lansdale
- A-Z OF HORROR of Clive Barker
- WHY HORROR? by Mark Alan Miller
- PIXELATED SHADOWS by Michael Paul Gonzalez
- LIKE CURSES by Ray Garton
- HOW TO GET YOUR SCARE ON by S.G. Browne
- STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES by Richard Thomas
- HORROR IS A STATE OF MIND by Tim Waggoner
- BRINGING AN IDEA TO LIFE by Mercedes M. Yardley
- THE PROCESS OF A TALE by Ramsey Campbell
- GREAT HORROR IS SOMETHING ALIEN by Michael Bailey
- A HORRIFICALLY HAPPY MEDIUM by Taylor Grant
- INTERVIEW WITH JOHN CONNOLLY by Marie O’Regan
- THE STORY OF A STORY by Mort Castle
- WRITING ROUNDTABLE INTERVIEW with Christopher Golden, Kevin J. Anderson, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- HOW I SPENT MY CHILDHOOD LOOKING FOR MONSTERS AND FOUND POETRY INSTEAD by Stephanie M. Wytovich
- BITS AND PIECES INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN MABERRY by Eugene Johnson
- THE REEL CREEPS by Lisa Morton
- THE MONSTER SQUAD by Jess Landry
- WHAT SCARES YOU by Marv Wolfman
- PLAYING IN SOMEONE ELSE’S HAUNTED HOUSE by Elizabeth Massie
- CREATING MAGIC FROM A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER: Del Howison interviews Tom Holland, Amber Benson, Fred Dekker, and Kevin Tenney
- Z NATION: HOW SYFY’S HIT SHOW CAME TO LIFE by Craig Engler
- LIFE IMITATING ART IMITATING LIFE: FILM AND ITS INFLUENCE ON REALITY by Jason V Brock
- WHERE NIGHTMARES COME FROM by Paul Moore
- STEPHEN KING AND RICHARD CHIZMAR DISCUSS COLLABORATING by Bev Vincent
- CHARLAINE HARRIS DISCUSSES STORYTELLING by Eugene Johnson
- WHAT NOW? by John Palisano
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"This collection of ghost stories is fresh, varied, and entertaining. Perfect company for a long winter's night." - Owen King, co-author with Stephen King of the New York Times #1 Bestseller Sleeping Beauties
Twenty-six brand-new tales of ghosts, spirits, and the afterlife to chill even the most hardened reader to their very marrow. Grandmasters and newcomers alike serve well to petrify with stories to keep you lying awake in the dead of night - long after the last of the light has died - listening for that telltale scratching at the door, a soft whisper of disembodied voices, and the icy caress of long-dead fingers upon your ankle…
The Horror Zine’s Book of Ghost Stories is delighted to present to you original, never before seen, spine-tingling tales from Bentley LIttle, Joe R. Lansdale, Elizabeth Massie, Graham Masterton with Dawn G. Harris, Tim Waggoner, and the very best up and coming writers in the genre. Includes a foreword by Lisa Morton..
Then comes the nighttime. And with nighttime comes the darkness, the stillness.
Some of us struggle with the waning of the day and the arrival of night. We might have trouble sleeping or may fear or resent the silence and darkness. Thoughts that seemed productive and manageable in daylight seem determined to tangle themselves into uncomfortable knots as the Earth turns and the sun falls away. Though during the day we may have many friends at night we may feel lonely, abandoned. An unbidden sense of hopelessness might rise up or a sense of being overwhelmed or defeated may press us down. Often we know these sensations aren’t rational, but they are there and they can be persistent.
However, the nighttime is as much a part of our lives as day. It is as important and profound in what it has to offer. It gives us the chance to rest, and rest is critical to physical healing, mental acuity, and improved emotional and social functioning while we are awake.
Night Benedictions is a collection of 365 poems, thoughts, meditations, and other musings on the beauty, power, and peace of the night. The theme of these benedictions is consistent – the night is good and powerful, gentle and certain. A gentle saying about the inevitable, lovely darkness may help us understand the evening as the gift that it truly is, and allow us to embrace that gift.
Cover art and design and interior illustrations by Cortney Skinner.
A young man, accompanied by a shadowy specter since birth, unwittingly exacts revenge against those who threaten him.
A hoarder learns that dogs can sometimes be loyal to a fault.
A dark and terrible secret threatens the plans two brothers have of racing their car in a television-themed challenge.
A pony and a steer have had enough of their arrogant owners and decide to take the “bull by the horns,” so to speak.
Thanks to the couple who own her town, Christmastime has become an annoyance for Donna Wilson. But during this year’s command-performance Yuletide party, Donna discovers a nightmare that rivals any holiday horror story she’s ever read.
Surviving the brutal 1968 Vietnam War riots in Chicago, a desperately optimistic man travels cross-country to join a commune…only to realize that “peace” can be as dangerous as violence.
A peculiar and devastating plague rapidly spreads across the globe, throwing the survivors into a battle for their sanity and their lives.
These are some of the stories in this chilling new collection by two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, Elizabeth Massie.
“Elizabeth Massie is personally one of my favorite authors.” - Bentley Little, author of The Town, The Bank
“Elizabeth Massie never fails to engage the heart and mind.” – Jack Ketchum, author of The Girl Next Door, The Lost
From Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs) to Patrick Bateman (American Psycho), stories of serial killers and psychos loom large and menacing in our collective psyche. Tales of their grisly conquests have kept us cowering under the covers, but still turning the pages.
Psychos is the first book to collect in a single volume the scariest and most well-crafted fictional works about these deranged killers. Some of the stories are classics, the best that the genre has to offer, by renowned writers such as Neil Gaiman, Amelia Beamer, Robert Bloch, and Thomas Harris. Other selections are from the latest and most promising crop of new authors.
John Skipp, who is also the editor of Zombies, Demons and Werewolves and Shapeshifters, provides fascinating insight, through two nonfiction essays, into our insatiable obsession with serial killers and how these madmen are portrayed in popular culture. Resources at the end of the book includes lists of the genre's best long-form fiction, movies, websites, and writers.
But the dark curse dates back to turn-of-the-century New York, and begins with a grudge surrounding the birth of film itself. While fooling around with the movie camera invented by his murdered grandfather, a rich young playboy is overcome with bloodlust—and sets out to kill one of history’s most beloved figures.
In Playback: Light and Shadow, heads snap and cameras roll, giving a whole new meaning to the term “slasher film.”
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Daryl Gregory's Raising Stony Mayhall.
The mountain's enduring beauty holds something dark. Something dreadful. Something hungry for our flesh, our brains. Something dead yet not quite dead, driven by magic as old as the coal seams and the hills.
Come see the dark side of the mountains where the undead walk. Appalachia stands against an ever-hungry, never-tiring army created by the region's own mysteries and lore. Appalachian Undead collects intriguing zombie tales by some of the best names in horror, including John Skipp, Jonathan Maberry, Gary A. Braunbeck, Tim Lebbon, Elizabeth Massie, Lucy Snyder, Bev Vincent, Tim Waggoner, and many more.
Table of Contents
When Granny Comes Marchin’ Home Again— Elizabeth Massie
Calling Death—Jonathan Maberry
Hide and Seek—Tim Waggoner
Twilight of the Zombie Game Preserve…—S. Clayton Rhodes
Being in Shadow—Maurice Broaddus
Sitting up with the Dead—Bev Vincent
The Girl and the Guardian—Simon McCaffery
Repent, Jessie Shimmer!—Lucy Snyder
Almost Heaven—Michael Paul Gonzalez
On Stagger—G. Cameron Fuller
We Take Care of Our Own—John Everson
Company’s Coming—Ronald Kelly
Black Friday—Karin Fuller
Miranda Jo’s Girl—Steve Rasnic Tem
Times Is Tough in Musky Holler—John Skipp & Dori Miller
Long Days to Come—K. Allen Wood
Hell's Hollow—Michael West
Brother Hollis Gives His Final Sermon from a Rickety Make-Shift Pulpit in the Remains of a Smokehouse that now Serves as His Church—Gary A. Braunbeck
Preface by editor Eugene Johnson
Introduction by S.G. Browne (author of Breathers: A Zombie's Lament)
Special Afterword by Fangoria Magazine editor Rebekah McKendry
"Appalachian Undead has the best frights you can find in life. The nightmares next door, the ones that will haunt and live inside your head because you can't stop thinking of the possibilities. Proceed to read if you dare."
--Tony Todd, star of Night of the Living Dead (1990), Final Destination, and The Rock
Appalachian Undead is a no-brainer when it comes to zombie anthologies. It grabs you by your innards and won't let go!"
--Scott Spiegel, screenwriter of Evil Dead II and From Dusk Till Dawn II
"A fresh and varied approach to the living dead, brought to life by a great crop of writers who were obviously energized by the idea of taking the ultimate survival scenario and staging it in a place where survival has always been a hard won achievement for anyone brave enough to live there."
--Fearnet, Blu Gilliand
PRAISE FOR SINEATER:
"I gotta tell you ... Sineater is one of the best, most touching, most intense "horror" novels I ever read. I actually cried at the end ... Real tears streaming down my face ... It is S-O-O-O-O good! Read it! Now!" - Rick Hautala, author of Winter Wake, Schoolhouse, Reunion
"Necro Files is practically perfect. Every story is an absolute hit…and why not? We’re talking John Everson, Bentley Little, Edward Lee, Joe Lansdale and George R.R. Martin, to name a few. All of the stories are dark and disturbing in their own ways, and, well, extreme. This is one anthology that horror fans, not just of the extreme variety, should have in their collections. Highly recommended." --Monster Librarian
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
George R.R. Martin - Meathouse Man
Joe R. Lansdale - Night They Missed the Horror Show
Ronald Kelly - Diary
Elizabeth Massie - Abed
Randy Chandler & t. Winter-Damon - I am He that Liveth and was Dead ... & Have the Keys of Hell & Death
Edward Lee - Xipe
Ray Garton - Bait
Gerard Houarner - Painfreak
Wayne Allen Sallee - Lover Doll
Charlee Jacob - The Spirit Wolves
Brian Hodge - Godflesh
John Everson - Every Last Drop
Mehitobel Wilson - Blind in the House of the Headsman
Monica J. O'Rourke - An Experiment in Human Nature
Graham Masterton - The Burgers of Calais
Nancy Kilpatrick - Ecstasy
Bentley Little - Pop Star in the Ugly Bar
Wrath James White - The Sooner They Learn
J.F. Gonzalez - Addict
Charlene Myers, a struggling artist, is anxious to jump-start her painting career. Having just inherited her ancestors’ “homeplace,” she imagines the old farmhouse as an ideal location for a solitary, isolated artist’s retreat. But on her arrival, memories of her only visit to Homeplace long ago come rushing back. Memories of the witchy old woman in her rocking chair. Memories of screams coming from the well. Just part of a little girl’s vivid imagination.
Or so Charlene convinces herself—until she discovers the terrifying truth about the Alexander legacy. Because for all its empty rooms, Charlene is not alone in Homeplace. And something in the parlor at the top of the stairs wants to claim her, keep her, and never let her go.
“The reigning champion of the modern Southern Gothic. She is a master.”—Garrett Peck, Gauntlet
“Massie can be every bit as creepy as Roald Dahl.”—The Argus Leader