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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..
Red Room Press is extremely proud to present its fourth annual anthology featuring this year's hardcore corps of authors with the best extreme horror fiction of 2018 that breaks boundaries and trashes taboos.
First up is “Vigil” by Chad Lutzke. Chad takes us into a neighborhood where a steady stream of decayed corpses are exhumed from a neighbor’s cellar. Extreme olfactory horror at its best. Deborah Sheldon went under the knife for the inspiration of “Hair And Teeth,” and the result is a tale of gynaecological body horror likely to terrify women and make most men squeamish. With “Rut Seasons” Brian Hodge makes a return to Year’s-Best pages in a tale as chilling as it is heart-wrenching, inspired by a thousand-mile drive littered with roadkill and some personal tragedies. “Control” by Jeff Parsons introduces us to a meth addict stalking potential victims in Central Park to get money for the next score. Annie Neugebauer is back with “Cilantro,” a Neugebauerian yarn of culinary chaos sure to turn stomachs and cause nightmares. Tim Waggoner likewise returns this year with “Voices Like Barbwire,” an exploratory dig into old wounds and painful memories. Rebecca Rowland’s “Bent” wins the Most Cringe-worthy Story honor with her twisted tale of extreme body horror. Her well-drawn characters seem to come off the page but God forbid they do. Their idea of a pretzel party is truly twisted. Scath Beorh takes Lovecraftian cosmic horror to its next level with “Lord of the Mesa.” Sean Patrick Hazlett’s story “The Godhead Grimoire” possesses dangerous religious overtones and a forbidden bloodthirsty book. “Carnal Bodies” by R.E. Hellinger is a shocking story of baroque horror and demonic necrophilia from Two Dead Queers Present: Guillozine. You’ll have to read this one to believe it. In “Crossroads of Opportunity” Ed Kurtz and doungjai gam take you on a-deal-with-the-devil-at-the-crossroads trip with a son driving his dead mother to an uncertain destination. Trouble is, his mother is a bit of a backseat driver and she just won’t shut up. Seras Nikita’s “Dad’s Famous Preserves” won’t do much for your appetite but it will show you a recipe for disaster when a jungle missionary’s foot infection blossoms into a stomach-churning nightmare. “The Bearded Woman,” brought all the way from Rome, Italy, by the inimitable Alessandro Manzetti. His dystopian future tale takes us for a ride in the Bearded Woman’s circus trailer as she and her dwarf husband bring their marriage to a bloody end. Sara Tantlinger’s “The Devil’s Dreamland” takes us inside the Murder Castle of the infamous H.H. Holmes with her brilliant narrative poem of macabre beauty. Frank Oreto’s “All God’s Creatures Got Reasons” reveals that there are real monsters walking among us, monsters with a savage appetite for young flesh, but they are so skilled at covering their tracks, we never even know they’re there. “The Ugly” by J.R. Park introduces us to a couple of sweet little kids who may have a good reason for torturing and eating cats. It’s a way to keep the Ugly at bay. Or is it? Doug Ford’s “I Have a Confession” takes a coldblooded plunge into sex with a ghost. But what if it’s not a ghost? In “When the Owls Call” Lyman Graves takes us “stealth camping” in a Texas park after hours, where a strange and dangerous gathering is taking place. David Lynch might say, “The owls are not what they seem.
They start as whispers, or static, beckoning you to listen and to be heard. They are the voices that creep into your psyche and coil around your own thoughts until one day you can't tell the difference between which ones are yours and which ones aren't. What happens when the voices become too much? What happens when the voices become too real? Come explore what happens when the voices are unleashed.
Lyndsey Ellis Holloway
What would you do if fate led you astray into a grim world where you encountered vengeful ghosts, homicidal maniacs, ancient gods, apocalyptic nightmares, dark magic, deadly space aliens, and more?
If you dare, why not find out?
Read for yourself the twenty-two gloriously provocative tales that dwell within this book - but be warned, some of my dear readers have experienced lasting nightmares...
“When your life becomes a dream from which you cannot wake, your nightmares slowly take shape within your own darkness, forming shadows of helpless fear, anxiety and horror. The end of sanity is near and, even though you can sense it, it is not yet defined, and is quite inescapable.” ~Jeff Parsons
Experience the dangers of knowledge without wisdom and the need to acquire magical power without the restraint to wield it, as a shaman encounters a corrupt secret agent… The desperation of a woman about to die may override the price required to stay alive from a greedy doctor…The sadistic need to hurt the one she loved leads to the ultimate act of selfishness by a woman too jaded by her marriage to care…In a last effort to cure a disease, the government requires a few human guinea pigs for their new experiment… A conscious awakening occurs in an inanimate object that only wants to cure people’s pain…The best of intentions lead to the deadliest of consequences as a man is possessed by a demon who must do good to be spared from Hell…Hope flourishes as a devastating plague strikes down mankind in a post apocalyptic world of grim uncertainty...
Some legends are made from the evil that men inflict upon others, just like in the Salem witch trial days…Mining operations go too deep when a team of explorers uncover an ancient myth from yesteryears past…A boy’s personal Hell is discovered when a tragedy occurs where only a strange man can show him just how the truth will set him free… Some hidden memories should be best left buried underneath the surface, where an old abandoned science lab created more than they had bargained for…A rich traveler learns a valuable truth from the servants he employed and discovers it in a mountain of buried secrets at the Temple of Reflection. A man discovers his past from a house he inherited from his family where evil atrocities occurred -- and learns the truth of how his parents were murdered….An archeological expedition uncovers a dark, ancient awakening as the last surviving team member reflects about it in retrospect to an ambitious journalist...it's all here interwoven in this collection of sordid nightmares.
The Summer 2016 issue features James Kidd, Timothy Wilkie, Jeff Parsons, Douglas Ford, Adrian Ludens, D. C. Golightly, Kevin Crisp, Tony Bowman, William R. Eakin, Jason Huebinger, Brian Wemesfelder, Neal Privett, Anthony Crowley, D. C. Phillips, Christina Marie, Joseph Rubas, Carina Bissett, Jason Constantine Ford, Ace G. Pilkington, Nick Romeo, Josaph Danoski, Ed Blundell, Ron Russman, Erric Emerson, David M. Hoenig, Claire T. Feild, Laura Chowanski, Timothy C. Hobbs, Dopepope, Heather Landry, Eric York, José A. López Picardo, Denny Marshall, Julie Bélair, Wojciech Zwoliński, and Kyle Hemmings.
This Spring 2014 issue features Patrick Lacey, Dominique Lamssies, Nathan Witkin, David Longshore, Nicholas DahDah, L. A. Forman, Jorge B. Valdes, Scott Bowen, Matt Hayward, James Marlow, Jeff Parsons, Jayme K., Dennis Bagwell, G. O. Clark, Alexis Child, Mathias Jansson, Abdul-Qaadir Bakari-Muhammad, Cidney Burton, Linda M. Crate, Matthew Wilson, Emily Jones, Ed Blundell, Jean Jones, J. Michael Seals, Ghia Vitale, Joseph V. Danoski, Gary McCluskey, Martin de Diego Sádaba, Bernard Dumaine with Marc Gosselin, Samy Sfoggia, Karah Robinson, Sascha Duensing, Niall Parkinson, James Potter, Viktor Slepushkin, and Justin Currie.
The Spring 2017 issue features Konstantine Paradias, A.P. Miller, Matt Hayward, John Siney, Justin Guleserian, Jeffrey B. Burton, Jeff Parsons, Julio X. Palomino, Theresa Anne Braun, Nina Shepardson, Dominick Nole, Jorge B. Valdes, Jr, Autumn Lala, Daniel G. Snethen, Ron Larson, J. M. Cozzoli, D. L. Dioses, Linda M. Crate, Dennis Bagwell, Robin Whitehead, Claire T. Feild, Tamara Lakomy, Angel Zapata, Fred R. Kane, Oliver “Ler” Marinkoski, Elena Dudina, Cynthia Radthorne, Graham Symmons, Sandy DeLuca, Mister Trece, Jess Golden, and Elizabeth Hinders.