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Halloween, a time for laughing children in white bedsheets and superhero costumes. A time for chocolate candy, and pumpkins, and Trick-or-Treat.
... a time for dark things everywhere to slink out of the shadows and into our lives, reminding those unlucky few that our charades of Halloween cannot erase the centuries of history and pain behind the facade…
What October Brings celebrates the dark traditions of the autumn rituals, of Halloween and Samhain, in homage to the uniquely fascinating fiction of HP Lovecraft. Masters of the short story offer you a “once in a lifetime” Trick-or-Treat experience…
…perhaps your last!
“This book does for doubles what only uniqueness can.”
—Des Lewis, Real-Time Reviews
Featuring stories by:
Blaize M. Kaye > N.G. Lancaster > Melissa Mead > Thomas Pask > Jason J. McCuiston > Jeffrey B. Burton > K.G. Anderson > Angus Cervantes > Belle Wong > C.R. Beideman > Rhonda Eikamp > Holly Schofield > Jack Lothian > Frances Pauli > Katherine Quevedo > Erica Ruppert > C.R. Hodges > Michael Robertson > Kevin M. Folliard > Alter S. Reiss > Tom Marcinko
Welcome to issue 101 of NIGHTMARE-the first under the leadership of our new editor-in-chief Wendy N. Wagner! This month we have original short fiction from E.A. Petricone ("We, the Girls Who Did Not Make It") and Stephen Graham Jones ("Hairy Legs and All"). Our new "The Horror Lab" department features a poem from Anuel Rodriguez ("The Girl with the Voice Made of Stone") and a flash story from Erica Ruppert ("And Lucy Fell"). We also have Justin C. Key bringing us the latest installment of our column on horror, "The H Word," author spotlights with our authors, and an interview with Hailey Piper.
Windward: The Best New England Crime Stories 2016 Authors
V. R. Barkowski
P. Jo Anne Burgh
Sarah M. Chen
Stephen J. Doyle
Kathy Lynn Emerson
Sanford M. Emerson
Connie Johnson Hambley
Cyndy Edwards Lively
Peter E. Murray
Dale T. Phillips
Shawn Reilly Simmons
Level Best Books' fourteenth anthology features P. Jo Anne Burgh's "Bagatelle," winner of the 2016 Al Blanchard Short Crime Fiction Award.
"Thou Shalt Not Suffer," by Matt Neil Hill
"No Holds Bard," by Adrian Cole
"Laying the Hairy Book," by Josh Reynolds
"Here Is Where Your Proud Waves Halt," by Erica Ruppert
"Vicious Circles," by Paul Dale Anderson
"Assorted Shades of Red," by Franklyn Searight
"Strange Days in Old Yandrissa," by John R. Fultz
"Fertility Rites," by Glynn Owen Barrass
"The Witch’s Heart," by Rachel Bolton
"Hag Race," by Andre E. Harewood
"Best Friend Becky," by Wayne Faust
"The Rat in the Rabbit Cage," by Ashley Dioses
"Two Spells," by Neva Bryan
"Pulled Over," by Paul Spears
"The Witch of Skur," by L.F. Falconer
"Cat and Mouse," by Duane Pesice
"Last of the Ashiptu," by Paul Lubaczewski
"Firestorm," by Richard H. Durisen
"The Witch of Pender," by John Linwood Grant
"The Nora Witch," by Brandon Jimison
"The Broken Witch," by Scott Hutchison
Plus poetry by Maurits Zwankhuizen, Lucy A. Snyder, David F. Daumit, S.L. Edwards, Lori R. Lopez, Frederick J. Mayer, K.A. Opperman, Clay F. Johnson, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Oliver Smith, Darla Klein
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Take a Deep Breath and Dive Beneath the Surface of Shallow Waters—Where Nothing Stays Buried.
With 20 Dark Fiction & Horror tales diving beneath the surface of life, death, and the mystery that lies beneath.
Shallow Waters is the official monthly flash fiction challenge hosted by Crystal Lake Publishing, with authors submitting via email. The best submissions are then posted on Crystal Lake’s Patreon page (an exclusive behind the scenes community of readers and authors), where patrons read daily entries and vote for the winner. What you’ll find in these Shallow Waters anthologies include the winners as well as the most popular of our finalists. Stay tuned for more volumes in this series, or find Crystal Lake Publishing on Patreon to enter or vote on future challenges (or gain access to our Still Water Bay series). Check out the Shallow Waters series page here on Amazon, where you’ll find volume 1 for free.
Volume six includes stories of Karma, travel horror, forgotten elder gods, being home alone or in lockdown, and a non-themed challenge.
Introduction by Joe Mynhardt
“The Offering” by Denver Grenell
“We All Scream” by A.J. Franks
“Whittling” by Michael Harris Cohen
“Fall to Frost” by Jonathan Winn
“Meadow for The Birdmen” by Guy Medley
“The Mottled Path” by Jennifer Carstens
“Gandaberunda” by Richard Thomas
“Nothing in There” by J. Brian Reed
“Anything for the Cause” by Mark Allan Gunnells
“Father” by R. Leigh Hennig
“Rattled” by Madeline Mora-Summonte
“Judgment Call” by Erica Ruppert
“Molarthroat” by Jonathan Fortin
“Stupid Girl” by Michael Patrick Hicks
“Carmen’s a Bitch” by Mark Allan Gunnells
“Hot Broth on a Cold Winter’s Night” by R.B. Wood
“Neighborhood Watch” by L.F. Falconer
“Tea for Two” by Amanda Hard
“The Man Who Fell from the Sky” by Esteban Vargas
“How Lovely Are Thy Branches” by Theresa Derwin
In this volume…
- In the dishonest quiet of a hanging moon, two strangers wrestle with the horrifying consequences of a ravenous war.
- Sometimes the gods hunger for more than a sit-down meal.
- What if your new ‘god’ could do anything he wanted? What if he no longer allowed Christmas?
- Death was supposed to find the old woman forced to walk the mottled path.
- A grandfather has mere minutes to prepare his granddaughter for the arrival of the Old Gods and ensure the survival of the human race.
- A newly single woman celebrates her divorce with an impromptu drive north, but the woods hold horrors worse than her failed marriage.
- Peter knows the President has to be stopped, but to what lengths will he go to accomplish this?
- She’d never let her boy starve twice.
- How many ways can evil enter your house?
- With help from her Stuffies, young Emmy organizes a tea party that guarantees to put her back in the family spotlight.
- Sometimes, what’s outside the box is scarier than what's hiding inside.
- Hear the song once, the cold sets in, he now lives underneath your skin.
21 stories by L Chan, Gordon B. White, Aaron Vlek, Cody Goodfellow, Sam Schreiber, Luke R. J. Maynard, H. P. Lovecraft, Sam Grieve, Premee Mohamed, Edward Morris, Jonathan Raab, Garrett Cook, Andrew Kozma, Morgan Crooks, Matthew M. Bartlett, Megan Arkenberg, Autumn Christian, Rodney Turner, Erica Ruppert, Anton Rose, and Seras Niketa.
"I wanted stories that were Lovecraftian in tone, though not necessarily set within the Cthulhu mythos; stories that anyone could read, not just hardcore Lovecraft fans. I wanted to keep sex, violence, and language all within the bounds of good taste. And I wanted stories that were new, interesting, enjoyable escapism, not just the same old plots and ideas. I started out hoping I could find enough stories that fit my requirements and ended up struggling to choose the best among the excellent." -From the Introduction-
Is there wisdom in insanity? Enlightenment in blackest despair? Higher consciousness in the depths of chaos? These are the stories of the men and women who choose to cast off from the shores of our placid island of ignorance and sail the black seas of infinity beyond. Those who would dive into primeval consciousness in search of dark treasures. Thos who would risk the Deadly Light for one reason: it is still light.
Martian Migraine Press presents fifteen diverse tales of enlightenment and horror from some of the best new voices working in Weird Fiction today. Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis features poetry from Bryan Thao Worra, stories by Gord Sellar, Kristi DeMeester, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, and the groundbreaking Mythos novella from Ruthanna Emrys, The Litany of Earth. With cover art by Alix Branwyn, interior illustrations by Michael Lee Macdonald, and an introduction by editor Scott R Jones (author of When The Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R'lyehian Spirituality), Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis will plunge readers into a seriously entertaining contemplation of the mysticism and magic inherent to Lovecraft's fantastical world of cosmic horror and dread. Take the Cthulhusattva Vow! Enter the Black Gnosis!
Table of Contents
The Pearl in the Shadows — Bryan Thao Worra
Keys in Stranger Deserts — Vrai Kaiser
Mr Johnson and the Old Ones — Jamie Mason
Antinomia — Erica Ruppert
Heiros Gamos — Gord Sellar
Mother’s Nature — Stefanie Elrick
At the Left Hand of Nothing — Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
The Litany of Earth — Ruthanna Emrys
Emperor Eternal — Konstantine Paradias
The Wicked Shall Come Upon Him — Kristi DeMeester
Messages — John Linwood Grant
That Most Foreign of Veils — Luke R J Maynard
We Three Kings — Don Raymond
Feeding the Abyss — Rhoads Brazos
After Randolph Carter — Noah Wareness
Our Table of Contents: You’re the Star Now by Michael Adams / FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S MONSTER by Danger Slater / THE GREEDY GRAVE by Cody Goodfellow / PRETTY IN THE DARK by Erica Ruppert / THE EYE DOCTOR by Robert Guffey / APHANTASIA by Robert S. Wilson / IN THE ROOM OF RED NIGHT by Farah Rose Smith / LITTLE HOUSE IN THE SUBURBS by James Fallweather / AMADIS THE ENCHANTRESS by Ashley Dioses / SPIRIT OF PLACE by James Russell / SIGNALS by John Paul Fitch / FROM LITTLE ACORNS GROW by Brenda Kezar / WITH ALL HER TROUBLES BEHIND HER by S.L. Edwards / CHAOS AND VOID by Debra Robinson / THE RIVER RAN RED by Calvin Demmer / EXTINCTION IN GREEN by Kurt Fawver / CHOSEN by Aaron J. French / BONE SEQUENCE by Duane Pesice / THE BRIDE OF THE ASTOUNDING GIGANTIC MONSTER by Buzz Dixon / UNDERGROUND ROSE by Natasha Bennett / THE PEPYS LAKE MONSTER by Orrin Grey / THE BRIDE OF CASTLE FRANKENSTEIN by Jill Hand / NO MORE IRON CROSS by Jayaprakash Satyamurthy / ADMITTED INHABITANTS by Dominique Lamssies / BITTER WATERS by Daniel Brock / MRS. DOOGAN by Lana Cooper / FOR WHOM THERE IS NO JOURNEY by John Linwood Grant / NORMAL by John Claude Smith / SOMETHING HUNGRIER THAN LOVE by Aksel Dadswell / E byJeffrey Thomas / Fade Out by Duane Pesice
• Tonight I Wear My Crimson Face, by Adrian Cole
• The House of the Witches, by Darrell Schweitzer
• The Bones, by Erica Ruppertabout
• The Idols of Xan, by Steve Dilks
• Conjurings, by Marlane Quade Cook
• Matriarch Unbound, by Glynn Owen Barrass
• The Mouth at the Edge of the World, by Luke Walker
• “An Autumn Settling”, by Alistair Rey
• I Know How You’ll Die, by K.G. Anderson
• Fair Shopping, by Jack Lee Taylor
• Black Aggie, by Marina Favila
• The Chroma of Home, by Arasibo Campeche
• The Last Resort, by Dean MacAllister
• The Crypt Beneath the Manse, by S. Subramanian
• A Winter Reunion, by C.M. Muller
• The Stravinsky Code, by Leonard Carpenter
• She Talks to Me, by Matthew Masucci
• Wings of Twilight, by L.F. Falconer
• A Pantheon of Trash, by Thomas C. Mavroudis
• Juliet’s Moon, by D.C. Lozar
• The Gargoyle’s Wife, by Jean Graham
• The Melting Man, by Justin Boote
• Dead Waves, by Sean McCoy
• The Proposal, by J.D. Brink
• Dark Energy, by Kevin Hayman
• Christmas at Castle Dracula, by S. L. Edwards
• There Was Fire, by M. Ravenberg
• Them, by Sharon Cullars
• For Love of Lythea, by C. I. Kemp
• Beltane, by K.A. Opperman
• Twin Hungers, by Scott J. Couturier
• The Jackal, by Ashley Dioses
• Our Family Ghost, by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
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