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About Jill Hand
Jill Hand is a member of International Thriller Writers. Her Southern Gothic novels, White Oaks, and Black Willows, are available on Amazon and from the publisher, Black Rose Writing.
Advance readers called White Oaks a fast-paced, hilarious account of three siblings who are competing for their father's forty-billion-dollar fortune while trying to prevent the destruction of Planet Earth.
Diane Donovan, senior reviewer from Midwest Book Review praised White Oaks, calling it, "an unusually multifaceted tale that holds the ability to prompt laughter from thriller-style tension."
A sequel to White Oaks, Black Willows, follows the adventures of the squabbling, dysfunctional Trapnell family.
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Welcome to Hymns of Abomination: Secret Songs of Leeds, an anthology of fiction compiled to celebrate the work of Matthew M. Bartlett.
Bartlett is a beloved voice in contemporary weird fiction known for his richly nightmarish tales of Leeds, a fictionalized version of a village that’s part of Northampton, MA. What began as Livejournal posts circulated among friends in the early 2000’s, Bartlett’s short, macabre, and imaginative yarns found their way into Gateways to Abomination, a collection that swept the small world of weird fiction into giddy delirium. Since then, Bartlett has continued to influence writers and readers alike with his dark, grotesque, and tantalizing tales.
This book is packed with weird fiction and horror writers, both established and new, who have been invited to play in Bartlett’s imaginative sandbox. Featuring all original tales from John Langan, Gemma Files, Brian Evenson, S.P. Miskowski, and many more, Hymns of Abomination burrows deeper into nightmarish Leeds than is safe. This volume is a must for fans of Bartlett and horror fiction in general.
A fourth volume in the prestigious series of space opera collections emerges, featuring ten authors, some best-selling and some freshly emerging, telling bold new tales. Join these award-winning writers as they take you on a journey... beyond the stars.
What readers are saying about the BEYOND THE STARS space opera series:
"Great stories, great writers, and a blisteringly good collection."
"I finished this anthology in less than a day and I was sad because I wanted more."
"Close to perfect collection."
"Great book that entertained and left me thinking. Thanks for the chance to discover these new worlds!"
BEYOND THE STARS: New Worlds, New Suns includes the following short stories:
* Finders Keepers (David Bruns)
* Sequester (Ann Christy)
* Escaping Eshwar (E.E. Giorgi)
* Anamnesis (Josi Russell)
* Hope Springs (Lindsay Buroker)
* The Patient Warrior (Michael Ezell)
* Rebellion on Kepler-186f (Jill Hand)
* Solar Flare (Theresa Kay)
* Dear Sir or Madam (Anne Kelleher)
* The Immortals: Southport (David Adams)
BEYOND THE STARS space opera anthologies include:
Dark Beyond the Stars
Beyond the Stars: A Planet Too Far
Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy's Edge
Beyond the Stars: New Worlds, New Suns
Best of Beyond the Stars
Beyond the Stars: Unimagined Realms
Beyond the Stars: Rocking Space
Beyond the Stars: Infinite Expanse
Patent for an Artificial Uterus
Max D. Stanton
The Crafter of the World
Bequeathing the World to Insects
The Master Gardener
The November House
Lacan on Lynch: Viewing Twin Peaks through a Psychoanalytic Lens
Rob F. Martin
soul of a mannequin
Shirley Jackson and That Old Black Magic
How to be a Horror Writer
Cover Art by Yves Tourigny. Book design by Anna Trueman. Internal art by Giuseppe Balestra, Ksenia Korniewska, Serhiy Krykun, Carl Lavoie, and Øyvind Lauvdahl. Co-Editors-In-Chief, Matt Cardin and Jon Padgett. Senior Editor, Dagny Paul.
So is there any real difference between the Private and the Public Investigators? Not much, if writers are to be believed, and the two can often be found straddling both sides of the ‘what’s legal procedure?’ fence.
Apart from John M. Floyd – who takes us back to the ‘Golden Age’ of the Private Eye in his Triangles – the remaining writers are all new voices to Crimeucopia.
This time round Mike Job opens with his Just Deserts – a nice main course rather than just an amuse-bouche – closely followed by Jill Hand and A Goddess, Enraged which moves us into the edges of Urban Fantasy.
Joe Giordano sort of brings us back on track with his Prophetic Justice, and Michael Thomét introduces us to his two long-running, multi-story adventurers in Bear and Bird at Clairmont Circle.
From there we hopscotch between the ‘Cosy’-ness of Michele Bazan Reed’s The Coveted Coverlet, and the much harder edged The Knockoff King from Paul R. Paradise.
There is that classic line that snitches get stiches, but does that apply to wildlife? Namely The Tell-Tale Armadillo from Mike Tuggle? And after pondering that question, Edward Lodi then transports us into a Fredric Brown-esque world of humour and observation with his Death on a Pedestal.
Lynn Hesse moves us from the Private to the Public side of investigators with her Bitter Love, then Conestoga Number Four from Kelly Zimmer turns us almost full circle with a visit to American Cosy country.
And after John M. Floyd’s Triangles, what better way to close this collection than with Shannon Lawrence and her Alligator in a Sweatsuit. Please note, no fictional alligators were harmed in the creation of this short story.
As with all of these anthologies, we hope you’ll find something that you immediately like, as well as something that takes you out of your comfort zone – and puts you into a new one.
In other words, in the spirit of the Murderous Ink Press motto: You never know what you like until you read it.
Our Table of Contents: Caravans Awry by Maxwell Ian Gold / Within the Darkness of the Carnivále by Donald Armfield / The Association by Duane Pesice / An Autumnal Stain by Matthew A. St. Cyr / Circus of Crows by Russell Smeaton / The Devil’s Circus by Adam Bolivar / The Sundowners by Sarah Walker / Nanosophobia ~ The Fear of Clowns by A.P. Sessler / My Summer Job by Ralph Rotten / The Side Unshown ~ A Tale of Carnival Horror by Frank Coffman / The Tulsa Devil by T.M. Morgan / Two Silver Dollars by Scott J. Couturier / Sometimes We Come by Shayne K. Keen / Carnival Siren by K.A. Opperman/ Ice by Jill Hand / Calliope Comes Back by Peter Rawlik / The Price of Admission by Maxwell Ian Gold / Cannibal by Ashley Dioses / A Day at the Circus by E.O. Daniels / A Tale of Two Mirrors by James Fallweather / Pie Town by Sean M. Thompson / Wires by John Linwood Grant / Loop by S.L. Edwards / The Pumpkin Juggler by K.A. Opperman / The Procurer by John Paul Fitch / Mother Road by Candace Wiggins / Red Right Hand by William Tea / Carnivale ad Litteram by Frank Coffman
Just Don't Open the Door
By MARK PELLEGRINI
Sean lives next to a weird house with bricked-up windows and an overgrown yard... One day, he sees the strange man living next door leaving in a panicked hurry, offering one brusque warning!
The Greenery Has Come Again
By PAUL LUCAS
James's childhood home is no longer his own, and returning proves an uncanny experience as the mystery surrounding the giant tree his mother named Yggdrasil blooms like the greenwood itself!
By SCHUYLER HERNSTROM
Codename Joker: he's the best at what he does-wet works ops against the reptilian aliens that eat human flesh! Can he keep his perfect record when a bystander gets caught in the crossfire?!
By VONNIE WINSLOW CRIST
At Port Crystal, the facility director's daughter is...not her daughter! Can Radko Urban get Sally Brogan, who was kidnapped as an embryo, off the station before they're both made?!
Shakespeare Among the Stars
By JILL HAND
Lured onto a space cruise by romantic letters from a handsome holo actor that turned out to be part of a marketing campaign, Kivrin has run out of money and is stuck working the waste tanks!
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
By TONY BEAULIEU
A young girl's parents die mysteriously while investigating a strange book: The All Story! When Paige Hamil finds her parents' notes and The All Story, Valvidian Corp agents aren't far behind!
By LAUREN E REYNOLDS
Polluted yet picturesque, the streams and creeks near Andy and Joey's small town attract their fair share of partying teens despite the disturbing rumors and legends-and deaths!
Scent of the Yaka Aka Yo
By J. MANFRED WEICHSEL Three castaways find themselves on a mysterious
island inhabited almost entirely by women... and their strange king who condemns the men to death by the sinister Yaka Aka Yo!
The Fourth Gift
By DAVID SKINNER
Baltasar, one of Ulrik's many Menders, diligently performs his task of recreating the Solar System-until a mysterious anomaly forming around the Moon threatens the outcome of the Plan!
By DONALD JACOB UITVLUGT
Zain, priest of the old gods, continues his trek across Leng in search of his brother and comes across a destitute village that has been deprived of its young by a mad flesh-crafting sorcerer!
The Last Day in Iram
By JAMES HUTCHINGS
You have had a vision that the city of Iram is doomed! The paranoid sultan is privy to the same portents, but refuses to allow any to leave the city-will you escape before the end comes?!
What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?
More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.
Our Table of Contents: Summoning Spirits by Michael Adams / The Stars are Black by D.L. Myers / The Woman in the Forge of Saturday Night by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. / Evidence of Absence by H.S. Graves / I Am Become Death by William Tea & Ron Gelsleichter / The Judge by Philip Fracassi / The Snake Beneath My Skin by Sarah Walker / The Hands of Chaos by Ashley Dioses / The Nomenclature of Unnamable Horrors by Peter Rawlik / Golden Girl by S.L. Edwards / Scenes From a Forgotten Diorama by Brian O’Connell / You Can’t Go Wrong With Grass-Fed Beef by Jill Hand / Abettor by Ruth Asch / Work Group by Pete J. Carter / The Cliffside Tavern by Sean M. Thompson / One Evening in Whitbridge by Scott Thomas / The Velveteen Volvo by Nathan Carson / Outre Non-limitations &The Kumiho Question by Frederick J. Mayer / I’ve Lived in This Place a Long Time by Can Wiggins / The White Terror by Frank Coffman / Symptom of the Universe by John Claude Smith / Sustenance of the Stars by Scott J. Couturier / Alien Shore by Rob F. Martin / Ye Hermit’s Lay by Adam Bolivar / Bridge by Don Webb / Balls by Russell Smeaton / Call Me Corey by Matthew M. Bartlett / Hero Mother by Cody Goodfellow / Red-Eye by Stephen Mark Rainey / Séance by K.A. Opperman / Looking for Ghosts & Prosaic by Duane Pesice
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
What do stories about ephemeral Martian settlers, fascinating dimensional rifts, Spanish-speaking hummingbirds, Loki's children, WWII twins, hitchhiking swamp cats, a steam-punk octopus, Arkham card-games, using bad luck for fun and profit, demon home security systems, alternative criminal justice, workplace time travel, marketing to body-snatchers, alien attraction, and way too many barns all have in common? Simple: in one way or another they are all Bubble Off Plumb.
This genre-busting collection is meant for readers who prefer an odd story with their tea and biscuits. So sit back and let these 26 tales delight, confuse, and surprise you!
Featuring original stories by Marie Brennan, David Tallerman, E.E. King, Art Weil, Sarah M. Lewis, Pepper Hume, Karen Ovér, Liz Schriftsteller, Mariah Southworth, Mickey Kulp, Robert Millet, Valerie Manwill, Beth Winokur, Simone LW Mounsamy, Buzz Dixon, James Campbell, Frank Kozusko, Ellen Denton, Jill Hand, Veronica Brush, and Tim Jeffreys. Joining this stellar group are in-house authors KG Finfrock, Sarah Kalin, and Dan M. Kalin.