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About J.A.W. McCarthy
J.A.W. McCarthy is the author of SOMETIMES WE'RE CRUEL AND OTHER STORIES. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Vastarien, LampLight, Apparition Lit, Tales to Terrify, and The Best Horror of the Year Vol 13 (ed. Ellen Datlow). She lives with her husband and assistant cats in the Pacific Northwest, where she gets most of her ideas late at night, while she’s trying to sleep. You can call her Jen on Twitter @JAWMcCarthy, and find out more at www.jawmccarthy.com.
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A town where people go missing and inexplicably return as cruel versions of themselves.
A not-quite-human mother races against time to build a new body for her ailing daughter.
Lovesick ghosts inhabit the body parts of living people in a world where the only other choice is amputation.
Obsession. Selfishness. Cruelty. Doppelgängers. In these dark, speculative stories—six reprints and six never before published, including the novelette “Girls Tied to Trees”—J.A.W. McCarthy explores how far humans and the not-quite-human will go to tame the darkness in their world and within themselves.
"...the twelve horror stories in Sometimes We’re Cruel are soaked in hell. The characters stagger, often broken, through these stories while carrying our hearts, often broken, in the best ways. Shame, desire, guilt, longing, and, yes, cruelty—these are achingly human narratives full of wounds that won’t heal. They possess a through line, a bloody thread leading back to the insistence on viewing ourselves through the eyes of other people." -Michael Wehunt, author of Greener Pastures
#FRIGHTGIRLSUMMER recommended reading!
Featuring chilling tales from:
Michelle Renee Lane
Paula R.C. Readman
Edited by Jill Girardi
With foreword by Doc Holocausto (Evilspeak Magazine, Harvest Ritual, Creepy Crawls)
"A very promising anthology." —Ellen Datlow, Best Horror of the Year
"An annual highlight of the genre." —Anthony Watson, Dark Musings
"Weirdness with truth at its heart." —Des Lewis, Real-Time Reviews
Classic authors include: E.F. Benson, Ambrose Bierce, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, F. Marion Crawford, Dante, Charles Dickens, Amelia B. Edwards, Sheridan le Fanu, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, W.F. Harvey, William Hope Hodgson, E.T.A Hoffmann, James Hogg, Washington Irving, Henry James, M.R. James, Jerome K. Jerome, Perceval Landon, Friedrich Laun, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Charles Maturin, E. Nesbit, Margaret Oliphant, Edgar Allan Poe, Walter Scott, Sarah Elizabeth Utterson, Edith Wharton, along with a retold tale from Ovid's Metamorphoses.
Featuring 8 new dark stories and 2 chilling classics!
- A. J. Bermudez
- A.M. Henry
- J.A.W. McCarthy
- Jolie Mandelbaum
- Priya Sridhar
- Rebecca Turkewitz
- Emily Ruth Verona
- Andrew Van Wey
Death. Murder. Betrayal. An inevitable undoing.
The selfish and terrible actions of humans rarely go unpunished in a world where Fate is a cruel mistress, and Karma can be more vengeful than a woman scorned.
Hell is real, and it exists here on Earth as several characters in the stories contained within can attest as they face war, jealousy, domestic violence, and supernatural forces. Some face Hell on a literal level as others discover it is one of their own making. None were prepared for the reality of their consequences.
Authors Michael Barron, Eric M. Battaglia, Eddie Cantrell, Michael R. Collins, Patrick Hackeling, Matthew Lett, J.A.W. McCarthy, Karen Metcalf, Ben Nein, Liam Quinn, RL Schumacher, Caleb Stephens, C.J. Thomson, Jackie Valacich, and J.S. Watts weave together dark tales that question how far one is willing to push to get what they desire and explore the consequences of those more interested in themselves than their fellow men and women.
Praise for Ink Stains
"Wow! This anthology of Dark Fiction really packs a punch! Ten strong stories without a dud in the bunch. This is my first brush with Dark Alley Press and I sure hope it won’t be the last because they are bringing some serious talent to the table. " Brian James Lewis, Hellnotes.com
About Ink Stains
Ink Stains, a quarterly dark fiction and horror anthology published by Dark Alley Press, is about shining a stark light on the shadows of life, exploring those dimly lit corridors, and unearthing those long-buried secrets.
We are about examining the human existence and the human psyche in its raw, delicate, and dangerous state.
We don’t shy away from controversy, nor do we believe good will always triumph over evil or that someone will always be around to save the day.
Sometimes all we have is ourselves. And the stories that keep us turning the page.
Ink Stains, a dark fiction literary anthology series is a horror story collection that is sure to keep you up at night…
For whatever your interest in the paranormal, we all love a good ghost story and this collection brings you 16 of the best from the most talented new writers – especially selected for this book from hundreds of stories worldwide.
From a reservoir in Scotland to an opulent Italian hotel to a drab apartment block in New York State, ghosts are everywhere.
Dip your toe, if you dare, and find out what lies beneath the covers. You’ll find the dead reaching out from the past for help as well as those with vengeance on their mind. And there’s always the one who doesn’t even realise they’re dead…
It’s a collection of modern paranormal fiction at its spine-chilling best – a must read not only for fans of horror but anyone who loves a good ghost story.
The full list of contributing authors is:
1. Jude Reid
2. Mike Sherer
3. John Mueter
4. Ali Habashi
5. Sue Eaton
6. Phillip Drake
7. Matthew Gorman
8. Eryn Hiscock
9. C.M. Saunders
10. Angelique Fawns
11. Christopher Wilson
12. C.E. Rickard
13. Phillip Tomasso
14. Donna L. Greenwood
15. Jill Hand
16. J.A.W. McCarthy
*A Word from our Guest Editor Tiffany Morris
*A Bird Always Wants More Mangoes by Maria Dong
*The Gorgon’s Epitaphist by KT Bryski
*Sunrise, Sunrise, Sunrise by Lauren Ring
*You Do What You’re Told by J.A.W. McCarthy
*Dream Weaver by Blaize Kelly Strothers
*My Internal Advisor by Gabrielle Galchen
*Artist Interview with Karina Serdyuk
*Meandering Through Definitions of Satisfaction by Aline-Mwezi Niyonsenga
Apparition Lit is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features short stories and poetry. We publish original content with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth.
New issues will be published each January, April, July and October.