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About Joanna Parypinski
Joanna Parypinski is a college English instructor by day and a writer of the dark and strange by night. Her work has appeared in Black Static, Nightmare Magazine, Haunted Nights (ed. Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton), The Beauty of Death 2: Death by Water, Nightscript IV, Tales from the Lake 5, Vastarien, and elsewhere. Her novel, Dark Carnival, was released by Bram Stoker Award winning press Independent Legions in 2019. Living in the shadow of an old church that sits atop a hilly cemetery north of Los Angeles, she writes, grades essays, and plays her cello surrounded by the sounds of screaming neighbor children. See more at joannaparypinski.com.
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In addition to stories about scheming jack-o'-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, disturbingly realistic haunted attractions, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and trick or treating in the future, Haunted Nights also offers terrifying and mind-bending explorations of related holidays like All Souls' Day, Dia de los Muertos, and Devil's Night.
"With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane Seeds" by Seanan McGuire
"Dirtmouth" by Stephen Graham Jones"
"A Small Taste of the Old Countr" by Jonathan Maberry
"Wick’s End" by Joanna Parypinski
"The Seventeen Year Itch" by Garth Nix
"A Flicker of Light on Devil’s Night" by Kate Jonez
"Witch-Hazel" by Jeffrey Ford
"Nos Galen Gaeaf" by Kelley Armstrong
"We’re Never Inviting Amber Again" by S. P. Miskowski
"Sisters" by Brian Evenson
"All Through the Night" by Elise Forier Edie
"A Kingdom of Sugar Skulls and Marigolds" by Eric J. Guignard
"The Turn" by Paul Kane
"Jack" by Pat Cadigan
"Lost in the Dark" by John Langan
"The First Lunar Halloween" by John R. Little
What happens when we make monsters? What happens when we make monsters of ourselves? Grotesque beings lurch from our darkest dreams. Vicious beasts stalk our twisted pasts. Lost souls haunt our deepest regrets. They are the blood on our hands. They are the obsessions in our heads. They are the vengeance in our hearts. They are Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors. Edited by Bram Stoker Award-winning editors Doug Murano and Michael Bailey. Featuring a foreword by Alma Katsu, and illustrations throughout by HagCult.
The Legend Continues…
In the spirit of popular Dark Fiction and Horror anthologies such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, and the best of Stephen King’s short fiction, comes the Tales from The Lake anthologies.
This 5th volume includes:
- “Always After Three” by Gemma Files - A young couple discovers that in a downtown condo you almost never know who your neighbours are, or what they might be doing.
- “In the Family” by Lucy A. Snyder - A former child actress reveals dark family secrets to her long-lost niece.
- “Voices Like Barbed Wire” by Tim Waggoner - Sometimes forgetting is more painful than remembering.
- “The Flutter of Silent Wings” by Gene O’Neill - A heartbreaking tribute to a Shirley Jackson classic.
- “Guardian” by Paul Michael Anderson - Even creatures beyond time and space need friendship.
- “Farewell Valencia” by Craig Wallwork - When you’ve got no reason to live, there’s a hotel that can give you every reason to die. So book in, unpack, and prepare to be checked out, forever.
- “A Dream Most Ancient and Alone” by Allison Pang - A lake mermaid with a penchant for eating children forms a tenuous friendship with an abused girl trying to escape her past.
- “The Monster Told Me To” by Stephanie M. Wytovich - In order for Bria to deal with her past, she must confront the ghosts of her present.
- “Dead Bodies Don’t Scream” by Michelle Ann King - If the universe won’t give her a miracle, Allie will make one for herself. But dark magic has a price.
- “The Boy” by Cory Cone - Grief-stricken from the loss of her husband, a young woman fears she may lose her son as well, if she hasn’t already.
- “Starve a Fever” by Jonah Buck - Fleeing down a bayou highway with a sick criminal in the backseat, a getaway driver must sate his passenger’s horrifying needs while evading the police.
- “Umbilicus” by Lucy Taylor - A father becomes involved in a scheme to rescue a friend’s lost son—with terrifying results.
- “Nonpareil” by Laura Blackwell - Maisie’s wedding cake business needs every client it can get—but between the groom’s unpleasant family and the mysterious bride’s strange requests, Maisie has a tough job baking a cake that will please everyone.
- “The Weeds and the Wildness Yet” by Robert Stahl - Reeling over the death of his wife, Charlie stumbles across a mysterious object—the legendary monkey’s paw. Despite the terrible events that befall that fictional family, he can’t help but give it a try.
- “The Color of Loss and Love” by Jason Sizemore - A couple set out to rescue an unfamiliar couple, only to face an airborne disease.
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.
What he finds in Conjunction, Nebraska is a bloodthirsty sheriff, a collection of missing teenagers, and a death-worshipping cult led by a strange girl intent on summoning an ancient being down from the stars. If Dax wants to finish what his father started, he’ll have to uncover the secrets of the cult and find the carnival himself… unless the carnival finds him first.
Cover art by Wendy Saber Core
Stories by: Joanna Parypinski, Lucy Taylor, Dona Fox, Eric J. Guignard, Lucy Snyder, Stephen Gregory, Daniel Braum, Simon Bestwick, Peter Straub, Lisa Mannetti, Daniele Bonfanti, Ramsey Campbell, Gregory L. Norris, Michael Bailey, Marge Simon, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Frazer Lee, Paolo Di Orazio, Dennis Etchison, John Palisano, Brian Evenson, Michael Hanson, Edward Lee, Tim Waggoner, Gene O’Neill, Jonah Buck, David J. Schow, Anthony Watson, Bruce Boston, Michael A. Arnzen, Adam Nevill, John Langan, Alessandro Manzetti, Clive Barker, Lisa Morton, Jodi Renée Lester, Jeremy Megargee, Nicola Lombardi, Adam Millard.
Edited by: Alessandro Manzetti & Jodi Renée Lester
"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
Cover Art: 'Take Death' by Joachim Luetke
China by Ralph Robert Moore
illustrated by Vincent Sammy
Cora by Steven Sheil
The House of Y by Joanna Parypinski
Everybody Knows That Place by Giselle Leeb
illustrated by Joachim Luetke
The Fifth Horseman by Nicholas Kaufmann
illustrated by Ben Baldwin
Notes From the Borderland by Lynda E. Rucker
GOOD FOR YOU
Into the Woods by Ralph Robert Moore
A MASK FOR THE BONES BENEATH
Case Notes: Book Reviews
Daniel Carpenter: New Fears 2 edited by Mark Morris • Laura Mauro: Hell Ship by Benedict J. Jones, A World of Horror edited by Eric J. Guignard • David Surface: One Good Story (True Crime by M Rickert) • Georgina Bruce: Gamble by Kerry Hadley-Pryce (plus author interview) • Mike O'Driscoll: The Dark Masters Trilogy by Stephen Volk • Philip Fracassi: Sleazeland by Cody Goodfellow
Blood Spectrum: Film Reviews by Gary Couzens
Night of the Demon • The Fog • Prince of Darkness • They Live • Monkey Shines • Candyman • Troll: The Complete Collection • Night of the Creeps • Schlock • Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds • Deadbeat at Dawn • City of the Living Dead • Incident in a Ghostland • The Dark • The Monster • The Hatred • Down a Dark Hall • The Innocents • Iceman • Lake Placid: Legacy
This month, we have original fiction from Cassandra Khaw ("Don't Turn on the Lights") and Joanna Parypinski ("We Are Turning on a Spindle"), along with reprints by Brian Evenson ("Click") and Robert Shearman ("Suffer Little Children"). Over on "The H Word," Kristi DeMeester shares her thoughts on horror. Plus, we also have author spotlights with our authors and a feature interview with Josh Malerman.
This month, we have original fiction from Joanna Parypinski ("The Inheritance") and Halli Villegas ("A Mother's Love Never Ends"), along with reprints by Micah Dean Hicks ("Ghost Jeep") and John Langan ("The Underground Economy"). In the latest installment of our column on horror, "The H Word," Karin Lowachee meditates on the psychological draws of watching horror movies. We also have our usual author spotlights with our authors, and a feature interview with author and editor Amber Fallon.
Stories by Sybil Wilen, David Antrobus, Jason Bailey, Xavier Axelson, PJ Ruce, Jeffrey McDonald, John Page, Susan Burdorf, Christina Gavi, David Alexander, Joanna Parypinski, Jack Flynn, and Graeme Edwardson and edited by TW Brown with cover artist Shawn Conn.