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About Jim Bates
Jim is an award-winning author whose stories and poems have appeared in nearly four-hundred online and print publications. His collection of short stories Resilience was published in March 2021, by Bridge House Publishing. Short Stuff a collection of flash fiction and drabbles was published in October 2021, by Chapeltown Books. Periodic Stories and Periodic Stories Volume Two were published in July and September 2021, by Impspired. Dreamers a collection of short stories was published in March 2022, by Clarendon House Publishing. Something Better a dystopian adventure novella was published in July 2021, by Dark Myth Publications. Most recently, Periodic Stories Volume Three – A Novel was published in April 2022, by Impspired. His short story “Aliens” was nominated by The Zodiac Press for the 2020 Pushcart Prize. His story “The Maple Leaf” was voted 2021 story of the year for Spillwords. He lives in a small-town west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. All of his work can be found on his blog at www.theviewfromlonglake.wordpress.com.
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There is a common assumption among poets and readers generally that ‘There is no market for poetry.’ I hear this regularly.
This idea arises because, in the big world of publishing, poetry is seen to be a private, highly subjective affair which correspondingly does not sell well. Personal tastes, obscurity of form, and lack of poetic craft all add up to poetry being ‘shoved into the corner’ and usually only self-published or produced as a vanity piece.
This is a shame. There are a great many good poets out there: thousands of voices whose passionate visions of reality are not finding a proper outlet. Without channels to transmit these visions to readers, they can eventually fall silent.
The effort of this series of Poetica anthologies is to contribute to the creation of a market for poetry throughout the calendar year. The idea is that, by providing a regular, published venue for poetry from all over the world, poems as media for the communication of important and heartfelt ideas and reflections will gain in respect and become more widely acknowledged. Voices will be heard; channels will be opened.
Poetica # 5 features, in order of appearance: DJ Elton, Mike Turner, Gabriella Balcom, David Painter, Jan McCulloch, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, Lesley Mace, Thomas R. Bates, Dr Chanchal Sarin, William Blake, Linda Sparks, Kelli J Gavin, Ikechukwu Obiorah, Jim Bates, the Birch Twins, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Drudge, Dawn DeBraal, Michal Reiben, T. S. Eliot, Maria J. Estrada, Catherine A. MacKenzie, Elaine Marie Carnegie-Padgett, Mark Kuglin, Marlene Fabian Stiles, Kerri Jesmer, Craig Richard Tickner, Aminath Neena, Lisa H. Owens, Dr. Elizabeth V. Koshy, and Elizabeth Brown.
Clarendon House Publications
Tremble as you rediscover the darkness that came before, the darkness that could eat the world. Within these pages gods of fable, creatures of lore, and ancient rituals have been brought back to life in over two hundred drabbles of exactly one hundred words each.
Delve into the madness created by award-winning horror and fiction authors from around the world. We dare you to remember the fear of the unknown, and to dive headfirst into ancient mysteries.
The old gods have awoken, and with them lose chaos will reign again.
Alice de Sampaio
Amber M. Simpson
C. Marry Hultman
David A.F. Brown
Emma K. Leadley
Heidi Ann Willits
Heinrich von Wolfcastle
Joel R. Hunt
Joshua E. Borgmann
K. B. Elijah
Kerry E.B. Black
Kevin J. Kennedy
Mark Anthony Smith
Matthew A Clarke
Michael D. Nadeau
S. C. Morgan
Sean P. Chatterton
Stacey Jaine McIntosh
Willem V Much
What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?
What miracles can more than one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?
We all have a fascination for things that scare us—the thrill, the heart-stopping jump scares, the terrifying suspense. From the youngest age, we’re fascinated by the fiendish and furry, the creepiest critters, the naughty and the nasty. Horror is all around us, from the clowns who hide under our bed, to the things we might drag up from the brook at the bottom of the garden, and the zombies who crawl our streets.
As author, Megan Feehley, so beautifully says; there is beauty just before the terror…a silken breath taken before the spill of righteousness…the warmth of a licking flame preceding the scald.
So, close the drapes, check the locks, turn on all the lights and get comfortable. But don’t close your eyes…
Never close your eyes...
Ghost stories have been a part of our culture since people gathered around a fire in the dark. Telling tales to scare ourselves and those around us, making light of things that go bump in the night, has been a coping mechanism for the things we do not understand for centuries. There has always been something about the dark that stirs up the imagination. It pulls at those questions that, in the light of day, seem benign and silly. The urge to explore a haunted building has been a draw for many people and has also been the downfall of many.
But in the dark, the thought of a ghost can make even the most innocuous sound seem sinister. Was that door creaking, the house settling, or was it something else?
If anyone has been paying attention to the latest movies, possessions have become a trend too. But they always have been. The first major movie to spark interest in possession was The Exorcist, and we have been enthralled ever since. If you’ve ever played with an Ouija board, you understand the thrill, the rush of adrenaline when the planchette moves. The total fear when things go a little sideways. Was it real? Was it imagination? Do you dare try again and find out?
Ever walked by an old abandoned house and wondered if you really saw something move in the window? Heard a floorboard creak at night and thought a ghost was roaming your halls? Felt a cold shiver down your spine and said a little prayer as you hurried home on a dark night? I have.
Each tale in this book was created to entertain, to scare, and to thrill. Each has its own unique voice, and each showcases the talent of the writer, from old clocks to a poor soul getting mugged just for his body. You will be turning the pages and sleeping with the lights on. Days that seem special just because they only come once in a while will hold new meaning and sinister intentions.
Some stories are based on legend, some in truth. All may serve as cautionary tales. Whether you believe in the supernatural and the demonic, or you just find it fascinating as entertainment, this anthology delivers on all levels.
The stories: Richard Kodai - The Collector; Laszlo Tamasfi - The Morgue; Emerald Wilkins - Never Stay Still; Natasha Smith - Sister’s Keeper; Joshua D. Taylor - Cull House; Richard Kodai - Summer’s Almost Over; Brian Duncan - Door Jam; Andrew Nance - The Joshua Horn; W. T. Paterson - Hit and Run; Richard Kodai - Ms. Whetstone’s Dragon; Gabor Csigas - A House for Wolves; Joyce Frohn - Meeting an Urban Legend; Stephanie Kubin - Beautiful Flower; Richard Kodai - The Rooster Gang; Courtney Martin - Curfew; V. Mylynne Smith - Hands to Yourself; Josh Townley - The Nothing; Sarah Liddle - When the Wind Stops; Richard Kodai - The Dancer; M. A. Smith - Feeding the Followers; Michelle Mellon - The Shed; Joseph Watson - Monster in my Pocket; Richard Kodai - The Creepy Guy; Victoria Dalpe - Winter Break in Fox Hollow; Kirby Kellogg - For Sale; P. L. McMillan - Minksy Didn’t Come Home; Morgan Elektra - An Old Friend; Richard Kodai - Parallel; Laszlo Tamasfi - Prey; C. L. Burroughs - The Fox Hollow Little Library; Daniel Craig Roche - Enter the Light; Richard Kodai - They’re Alive!; Evan Purcell - Billy’s First; P. A. O’Neil - Anything for a Friend; Mark Kodama - Marnie’s Only Son; John Crofts - Mr. Jones’s Roses; Richard Kodai - Picky Girl; Carmen Rockhill - The Hidebehind; Jolie Mandelbaum - Huma; Ken Carlson - Will Anyone Hear it Fall?; Richard Kodai - Hox Follow; C. B. Jones - The Babysssitter; Rowena McGowan - Wanted: Curator; A. G. Hilton - All Quiet on Chester Street; E. E. King - Tommy’s Birthday Party; Richard Kodai - Brand-New Mr. Wilson; Giles Selig - The Protocol; Gail A. King - Destiny; Michael Fassbender - Rendezvous at the Lookout; Richard Kodai - Half Seven; Michael Triozzi - The Three-Twenty-Nine; Simon Clarke - Silly; Alexis Laufman - The Blacksmith; Paul Tanner - The Oddities Collection; Richard Kodai - Time Shattered; Michael Dussing - The Curse of Hangman Jack; Astrid Boneck - Coffin Tree; Janet K. Shawgo - Mirror, Mirror; Richard Kodai - Bad Boss; Camille Davis - Angel; Jim Bates - Strange Wind; Marcus Cook - The Dinner Guest; Laurie Hall - Red-Handed; Richard Kodai - Grandma Gina’s House; Kelli A. Wilkins - A Witch’s Wishes; Jordan J. Hall - The Siren; Mydhili R. Varma - Iron is my Undoing; Richard Kodai - Little Gods; Laszlo Tamasfi - The Special; Dee Caples - Ghost Writer; Brian Shaw - The Boarding House Seer; J. T. Seate - A Family Affair; Mark Towse - Cosy Street
From more than 50 international authors, these wintery drabbles have been crafted to remind you that before you can have the rebirth of spring, first there must be death.