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In the Deep, Dark Woods...
Fear abounds. It may be creatures that only you can see, or the fevered imaginations of your nightmares. Perhaps these monsters are the ones that bite and claw, or the ones that come out of the grave. No mater what, when you go walking in the woods at night...you may not make it back out.
15 Short stories from some of the best horror writers around!
- They - Jerry McFadden
- Creature Story - Brian Rowe
- Forever, No More - Erin Cole
- The Blue Mist - Shannon Lawrence
- Clearcut - Megan Tilley
- Traitorous, Lying, Little Star - Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert
- November is the Month of Dying - Aline Carriere
- Grace - Marc Sorondo
- Girls Who Winter in Baba Yaga’s Kitchen Cupboard - Kay Chronister
- Cobwebs - Sarah Parfitt
- He Who Hunts Devils - A.J. Ellen
- Birth Rites - A. Viston
- Cleaning Day - Christina Escamilla
- Hubert and the Crone - S.C. Hayden
- Apotropaism - James Owens
No seriously, what if your girlfriend’s skin was stolen by a hag? Or if you found sheet music to a song to end the world... what would you do?
Dragons, Droids & Doom: Year One is a collection of all the stories published online by Fantasy Scroll Magazine in its first year. It includes a wide range of speculative short stories from fantasy to science fiction to horror. Some stories deal with death, others will leave you laughing to death. It’s all here, and it’s fantastic. Take a look; you won’t be disappointed.
Table of Contents:
"Da Capo Al Fine" - Patrick Jameson
"A Trade of Tears" - Tony Peak
"The Unforgiving Minute" - Seth Chambers
"Single-Bit Error" - Ken Liu
"The Sculptor's Son" - Jason Gorbel
"Four Scenes From Wieczniak’s Whisk-U-Away, And One Not" - Ferrett Steinmetz
"In the Shadow of Dyrhólaey" - KJ Kabza
"Letters to the Editor of Tempestas Arcana" - Alexander Plummer
"Descant" - Piers Anthony
"My Favorite Photos of Anne" - Aaron Polson
"Missing Tessa" - Anna Yeatts
"Circus in the Bloodwarm Rain" - Cat Rambo
"A Concert of Flowers" - Kate O'Connor
"The Memory-Setter's Apprentice" - Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
"Winter Solstice" - Mike Resnick
"Kindle My Heart" - Rebecca Birch
"The Dragonmaster's Ghost" - Henry Szabranski
"The Peacemaker" - Rachel A. Brune
"Forever" - Rachel Pollack
"Feeling All Right" - Richard Zwicker
"Seaside Sirens, 1848" - Anna Zumbro
"Verdure" - Brandon Barrows
"The First First Fire" - Alexander Monteagudo
"Burn in Me" - Carrie Martin
"Incriminating Evidence" - Charity Tahmaseb
"The Contents of the Box with the Ribbon" - David Neilsen
"Skipping Stones" - Erin Cole
"Sponsored By . . . " - Hank Quense
"Orc Legal" - James Beamon
"Posthumous" - James B. Willard
"Reanimators" - J. Kenneth Sargeant
"The Unworthy" - J.W. Alden
"Your Cities" - Anaea Lay
"The Fine Art of Fortune-Telling" - Michelle Ann King
"Verisimilitude" - Alan Murdock
"Seven Conversations in Locked Rooms" - Alex Shvartsman
"Passenger Space" - Julia Watson
"Hither and Yon" - Anatoly Belilovsky
"Marshmallow Walls" - Brittany Foster
"Your Lair or Mine?" - Cathy Bryant
"Shades of the Past" - Kurt Kirchmeier
"Grimm's Home for Geriatrics" - Rebecca Demarest
"These Are The Things Our Hands Have Made" - Andrew Kozma
"Million Hearts in the Valley of Death" - Savannah Hendricks
"Restart" - William Reid
"The Perfect Book" - Alex Shvartsman
"Universe in a Teacup" - Seth Chambers
"Wind in the Reeds" - David Sklar
"#Dragonspit" - William Meikle
"JC The Ski Bum" - Joyce Reynolds-Ward
"Smew of Skray" - Rebecca Brown
Fantasy Scroll Magazine is a bi-monthly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short fiction from speculative wri
"Highlighting lowlifes in hardboiled homilies - these stories stick it in and break it off. Tender as a brick, subtle as a Molotov Cocktail." - Jedidiah Ayres author of Fierce Bitches.
"ALL DUE RESPECT is the sort of anthology you dole out to yourself piecemeal. You read 'Even Sven' and then shake your head, looking off into the distance, trying to make sure you start breathing again. You read Matt Funk and Patti Abbott the way you eat a good meal in that restaurant you go to for your anniversary. You savor the characters, the plot undertones. When a Joe Clifford character says that something 'tastes like a cat's ass,' you nod that, yeah, that character probably has that experience. Full of great stories from David Cranmer, R Thomas Brown, Fiona Johnson, Ryan Sayles and more, ALL DUE RESPECT is a book you'll read a story at a time, maybe one a night, like that after-dinner drink you can't put down." - Steve Weddle, editor, NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir
"ALL DUE RESPECT is full of bars and beatings, guns and grifters, not necessarily the kind of crime to cozy up with by the fire, unless it's one of those burning cars on the side of the road. All of these were good fast reads. Highly recommended." - David James Keaton, author of FISH BITES COP! Stories To Bash Authorities
In this issue: stories by Ibba Armancas, Eugen Bacon & Don Harpe, Janie Brunson, Angus Cervantes, Kit Campbell, Erin Cole, Evan Doran, Sarina Dorie, Jon Etter, R.J. Drury, Paul Alex Gray, Leigh Harlen, Marc Humphrey, Gregory Jeffers, Anne Marie Lutz, D. Harrington Miller, J.R. Rustian, William Suboski, Jeff Sullins, and K.B. Woods.
Experience twenty-one separate visions of what a lost voice sounds like, from a silenced voice inside your head to the screaming of a long-dead alien species careening through space. Within these pages, you'll find superheroes and ghosts, living statues and vengeful rabbits, polar bears and sailing ships.
Will you listen to our lost voices?
Edited by: Jamie Lackey
Cover art by: Benjamin Hitmar
Cover design by: Paul Stefko
With assistant editors: Kathryn Board and Jon Carroll Thomas
Production editor: Barbara Carlson
Featuring stories by:
B.C. Matthews * Alexandra Grunberg * Karl El-Koura * H.L. Fullerton * Rebecca Harwell * Melissa Mead * Jennifer Crow * Joann Oh * Erin Cole * Anita Dolman * Sue Burke * Sean Jones * Michael Nayak * J.J. Roth * Vincent Baverso * Kathryn Yelinek * Jon Michael Kelley * Leigh Harlan * John Walters * Paul Abbamondi * Frank Oreto
Kate Waters finds herself in another nightmare when Brooke, a coven friend of priestess Thea Wright, is discovered electrocuted in her home. Thea fears it was the curse of the Goddess Rán embodied in an ancient statue thought to have washed ashore from the 16th century Spanish vessel, El Oro Señora. But after Kate uncovers the statue in Thea’s house, she knows magic and curses have nothing to do with Brooke’s death, and everything else to do with murder and deception.
The marked will face her wrath…
Unusual storms and frequent earthquakes along the Juan de Fuca have Kate diving deep into unknown territories and the closer she gets to the statue, the further truth sinks away from her. The curse manifests exactly as Thea warned, one that inflicts a mysterious symbol into the neck of Rán’s next victim. When Kate bears the mark and another woman dies, she worries she is next, but from who or what? The vengeance of another or the wrath of the Goddess Rán?
Issue #4 includes 12 short stories:
"Circus in the Bloodwarm Rain" — Cat Rambo
"Forever" — Rachel Pollack
"The Dragonmaster's Ghost" — Henry Szabranski
"Restart" — William Reid
"Feeling All Right" — Richard Zwicker
"Universe in a Teacup" — Seth Chambers
"Skipping Stones" — Erin Cole
"Incriminating Evidence" — Charity Tahmaseb
"Posthumous" — James B. Willard
"Your Cities" — Anaea Lay
"Seaside Sirens, 1848" — Anna Zumbro
"#Dragonspit" — William Meikle
In the non-fiction section, this issue features:
-Interview With Author Cat Rambo
-Interview With Author Charity Tahmaseb
-Interview With Author William Meikle
-Interview With Editor Lynne Thomas
-Artist Spotlight: Kuldar Leement
-Book Review: Half a King (by Joe Abercrombie)
-Movie Review: Interstellar (2014) (Christopher Nolan)
The magazine is open to most sub-genres of science fiction, including hard SF, military, apocalyptic & post-apocalyptic, space opera, time travel, cyberpunk, steampunk, and humorous. Similarly for fantasy, we accept most sub-genres, including alternate world, dark fantasy, heroic, high or epic, historical, medieval, mythic, sword & sorcery, urban fantasy, and humorous. The magazine also publishes horror and paranormal short fiction.
A mother works against time to save her child for when the Others invade.
A villager finds herself lost in a forest, only to surrender to the true path of wisdom.
A young girl learns that the sliver in her palm is no sliver, but something buried beneath her skin.
A ghost in the sea struggles to find her way home in the endless, deep blue.
At 10K, this collection of flash fiction and short stories by Erin Cole will lead you into the savage hauntings and restless fears that plague the females in them. From ghosts to mermaids, witches to beasts, 'Between Feathers and Fins' is an imaginative collection of dark and strange stories you won’t soon forget.
groaning floorboards at the dark end of the hall…
the rising musk of something savage…
cloven hooves on cobblestones…
a quivering chill…
And then there’s no going back!
From the mists of antiquity to the edge of madness, the handpicked original fiction of Niteblade Magazine spans the finest reaches of Horror and Fantasy writing. Each issue features short stories and poems that intrigue, terrorize, inspire, and do not let you go!
June’s issue is a riveting mix of selections that soothe with a feather’s touch and wrench you back around with white-knuckle intensity. It’s the full experience and the full release of horror and fantasy at its most compelling.
Clotho by L.S. Johnson
The Summer I Fell In Love by Aaron Polson
A Means for the Journey by Erin Cole
Monstrovarious by Adam Armstrong
Stone City Old as Immeasurable Time by Kelda Crich
The Bitter Gourd’s Fate by Anne Carly Abad
Looking-Glass Lover by Sara Norja
Labyrinth of Sand by Sandi Leibowitz
My Siren by Amelie Daigle
In this issue:
An interview with bestselling author Elizabeth Buhmann
A library patron comes across an unexpected entity while browsing for something to read in "Bookwyrm."
An exiled warrior's quest for revenge takes an unexpected turn in "Fate's Lonely Shore."
Plus more original fiction.
From quick sips of short, sharp micro-fiction to full-length stories; from poetry to a novel tease, ‘February Femmes Fatales - the book’ dishes out fear by the bucketload.
Noir, horror, crime, myths. Travel in time. Be reborn. Take revenge.
Meet demons. Dally with ghosts. Fight gun totin’ kick-ass gals with gumption… and dig deeper, where you’ll encounter war crimes, murder and foul-play. Not to mention a deadly dose of darkest humour.
The writers have offered up a smokin’ selection of dark fiction and poetry which will make your skin crawl, have you wiping away tears or laughing out loud. May they terrify and unnerve you.
Helen A. Howell
Susan May James
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw