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About John Claude Smith
John Claude Smith has had three collections (The Dark is Light Enough for Me, Autumn in the Abyss, and Occasional Beasts: Tales), three limited edition chapbooks (Dandelions, Vox Terrae, The Anti-Everything), and one regular chapbook (The Wrath of Concrete and Steel) published. His debut novel, Riding the Centipede, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. His second novel, The Wilderness Within, was published by Trepidatio/JournalStone October 6, 2017. His latest collection, Occasional Beasts: Tales, was published by Omnium Gatherum in September of 2018.
He splits his time between the East Bay of northern California, across from San Francisco, and Rome, Italy, where his heart resides always.
His blog, The Wilderness Within, deals with writing (of course), music, art--whatever strikes his fancy. http://thewildernesswithinbyjohnclaudesmith.blogspot.com/
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Through these pages roam werewolves, serial killers, a handful of ghosts, plenty of zombies, Cthulhu cultists, mad scientists, and a pair of conjoined twins.
In November 2018, fire broke out on Camp Creek Road and raced through Butte County, California. By the time the fire was extinguished, the town of Paradise had been scoured from the map. Nearly 100 people died. Damage ran to an estimated $16 billion. The disaster has been named the Camp Fire, in memory of its place of origin. The horror writers of Northern California rallied to raise money for the survivors.
Tales for the Camp Fire ranges from fairytale to science fiction, from psychological terror to magical realism, from splatterpunk to black humor, all rounded out by a messed-up post-apocalyptic cookbook. All profits from the sale of this anthology will be donated to Camp Fire relief and recovery efforts.
"[A] brilliant collection of truly creepy tales by horror's hottest voices! Dark, funny, heartbreaking, and bizarre. Highly recommended!"
--Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of V-Wars and Glimpse
Contributors include: Clark Ashton Smith, Loren Rhoads, Erika Mailman, Ross E. Lockhart, Roh Morgon, Clifford Brooks, Chad Schimke, Sumiko Saulson, Dana Fredsti, Crystal M. Romero, G. O. Clark, Anthony DeRouen, Eric Esser, Nancy Etchemendy, Gerry Griffiths, Sean Patrick Hazlett, Ken Hueler, L.S. Johnson, Ben Monroe, Gene O'Neill, Jeff Seeman, John Claude Smith, John McCallum Swain, and E.M. Markoff. Published by Tomes & Coffee Press.
Darkness, our most primitive fear since shadows first stirred.
Within the pages of this horror anthology you will be taken back into the past, down to the depths of the ocean and across the borderline between our world and the next. You will see snapshots from the lives of small children, old-time cockney gangsters and aimless stoners. You will journey into the darkest house on the darkest street, wander hospital basements, and take a flight in the comfort of first class. You will meet Mr Stix.
The Dark is coming! Call your friends. No one should wander through the dark alone.
This short story collection includes:
- Kevin Lucia
- Jeremy C. Shipp
- Jasper Bark
- William Meikle
- Ray Cluley
- Scott Nicholson
- Gary McMahon
- G. N. Braun
- Carole Johnstone
- Armand Rosamilia
- Daniel I. Russell
- Joe Mynhardt
- Tracie McBride
- Stephen Bacon
- Benedict J. Jones
- Blaze McRob
- John Claude Smith
- Tonia Brown
- Mark West
- Robert W. Walker
Are you scared of the dark? You should be.
Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from the Darkest Depths
For the Night is Dark eBook categories:
- Horror anthology
- Haunted houses and ghosts
- Disturbing psychological horror
- Urban Suspense
- Short stories
- Dark Fantasy Horror
- Psychological thriller
- Paranormal suspense
- Unexplained Mysteries
- US Horror Fiction
- Thriller short stories
"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
Fairy tales and Lovecraftian Mythos collide in this mash-up anthology. These short stories, crafted by some of today's finest Mythos authors, merge the maddening unknowns of Lovecraft with the dark morality tales of yesteryear, bringing a shred of light into the horrific corridors that are built from such a melding.
BRAM STOKER AWARDS 2016 NOMINEE - SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN AN ANTHOLOGY
Over 40 stories and novellas by both contemporary masters of horror and exciting newcomers. Stories by: Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Edward Lee, John Skipp, Poppy Z. Brite, Nick Mamatas, Shane McKenzie,Tim Waggoner, Lisa Morton, Gene O'Neill, Linda Addison, Maria Alexander, Monica O'Rourke, John Palisano, Bruce Boston, Alessandro Manzetti, Rena Mason, Kevin Lucia, Daniel Braum, Colleen Anderson,Thersa Matsuura, John F.D. Taff, James Dorr, Marge Simon, Stefano Fantelli, John Claude Smith, K. Trap Jones, Del Howison, Paolo Di Orazio, Ron Breznay, Mike Lester, Annie Neugebauer, Nicola Lombardi, JG Faherty, Kevin David Anderson, Erinn Kemper, Adrian Ludens, Luigi Musolino, Alexander Zelenyj, Daniele Bonfanti, Kathryn Ptacek, Simonetta Santamaria.
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Includes Amazing Fiction by:
Anthony Award Winner, Simon Wood
Bram Stoker Award Nominee, Joe McKinney
New York Times Bestselling Author, Tim Lebbon
Arthur Ellis Award Winner, Nancy Kilpatrick
British Fantasy Award Nominee, Paul Kane
Bram Stoker Award Nominee, Jeremy C. Shipp
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction ~ JAMES ROY DALEY
The Lazarus Condition ~ PAUL KANE
Of Cabbages and Kings ~ NATE SOUTHARD
Those Below ~ JEREMY C. SHIPP
The Traumatized Generation ~ MURRAY J.D. LEEDER
The Cyclist ~ SIMON WOOD
Family First ~ JG FAHERTY
The Way of Things in Fly-Over Country ~ AARON POLSON
The Beach ~ TIM LEBBON
Fast Eddie’s Big Night Out ~ JOHN L. FRENCH
Night of the Living Dead Bingo Women ~ SIMON MCCAFFERY
Worm-sacks and Dirt-backs ~ LEE CLARK ZUMPE
The Purple Word ~ ERIK T. JOHNSON
Sabbatical in the Ohio Methlands ~ JOE MCKINNEY
A Sense of Duty ~ GREGORY MILLER
The Basement ~ WILLIAM T. VANDEMARK
Working Man’s Burden ~ DAVID C. PINNT
The Last Supper (The Anatomy Of Addiction) ~ JOHN CLAUDE SMITH
Memory Bones ~ MICHAEL STONE
Going Down ~ NANCY KILPATRICK
Sweetbread ~ TONIA BROWN
Mixed Drink ~ Zombie #3
We are all Occasional Beasts…
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
Our Table of Contents: You’re the Star Now by Michael Adams / FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S MONSTER by Danger Slater / THE GREEDY GRAVE by Cody Goodfellow / PRETTY IN THE DARK by Erica Ruppert / THE EYE DOCTOR by Robert Guffey / APHANTASIA by Robert S. Wilson / IN THE ROOM OF RED NIGHT by Farah Rose Smith / LITTLE HOUSE IN THE SUBURBS by James Fallweather / AMADIS THE ENCHANTRESS by Ashley Dioses / SPIRIT OF PLACE by James Russell / SIGNALS by John Paul Fitch / FROM LITTLE ACORNS GROW by Brenda Kezar / WITH ALL HER TROUBLES BEHIND HER by S.L. Edwards / CHAOS AND VOID by Debra Robinson / THE RIVER RAN RED by Calvin Demmer / EXTINCTION IN GREEN by Kurt Fawver / CHOSEN by Aaron J. French / BONE SEQUENCE by Duane Pesice / THE BRIDE OF THE ASTOUNDING GIGANTIC MONSTER by Buzz Dixon / UNDERGROUND ROSE by Natasha Bennett / THE PEPYS LAKE MONSTER by Orrin Grey / THE BRIDE OF CASTLE FRANKENSTEIN by Jill Hand / NO MORE IRON CROSS by Jayaprakash Satyamurthy / ADMITTED INHABITANTS by Dominique Lamssies / BITTER WATERS by Daniel Brock / MRS. DOOGAN by Lana Cooper / FOR WHOM THERE IS NO JOURNEY by John Linwood Grant / NORMAL by John Claude Smith / SOMETHING HUNGRIER THAN LOVE by Aksel Dadswell / E byJeffrey Thomas / Fade Out by Duane Pesice
Marlon Teagarden has been a ghost for ten years, traveling through the underbelly of society as a means of blotting out a past allegedly rife with child abuse, until he is chosen to Ride the Centipede, leading to the ultimate experience, courtesy of literary translator of languages and drug-infused visions from inner and outer space, William S. Burroughs.