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About John Haas
John Haas was born and raised in Montreal before moving to Calgary where he lived for twelve wonderful years. Now he lives in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, but still misses seeing those Rockies in the distance.
John has been writing for most of his life and writes in the genres of Fantasy, Horror and Science-Fiction, with the occasional Mystery thrown in. He has had several short stories published in various excellent publications, written one children’s book, and saw his first novel, The Reluctant Barbarian, released in August 2017 by Renaissance Press, with the sequel, The Wayward Spider, scheduled for release in 2019.
His goal is to become a full time writer (rich and famous would be nice too but not necessary).
He lives with his two wonderful sons who give him lots of motivation.
For more information, please see his website at: http://johnhaas.weebly.com
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Every illustration will touch you.
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“It’s one of the forces that keep science fiction alive.” —Orson Scott Card
The 35th collection of winners of the Writers and Illustrators of the Future competition features expertly crafted stories and art, spanning the gamut from hard core sci-fi to epic fantasy. 12 stories so fresh and new, they're 5–10 years ahead of the curve—the future is literally here and now.
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Created by L. Ron Hubbard, whose commitment to help new writers and artists gave rise to the annual Writers of the Future anthologies—a launching pad for writers and artists who are sure to command our attention for decades to come.
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ISSUE 47: November 2020
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Martin Shoemaker, Assistant Editor
Taylor Morris, Copyeditor
Shahid Mahmud, Publisher
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Serialization: Midnight at the Well of Souls by Jack L. Chalker
Columns by: Gregory Benford, L. Penelope
Recommended Books: Richard Chwedyk
Galaxy’s Edge is a bi-monthly magazine published by Phoenix Pick, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Arc Manor, an award winning independent press based in Maryland. Each issue of the magazine has a mix of new and old stories, a serialization of a novel, columns by L. Penelope and Gregory Benford, and book recommendations by Richard Chwydyk.
Can you feel them? Tentacles of the dark slithering inside your soul, like parasites, feeding on your dreams, leaving behind nothing but cold fear? Do you want to feel them?
Black Veins is packed with 21 stories of the finest horror from bestselling and emerging authors from all around the world!
HAIR by John Haas
When Jordan finds a stray hair he decides to cut it off. Then he starts hearing the voices.
THE SILENCE OF LA-ESIS CAY by J. Agombar
An unusual silence has fell upon the island of La-esis Cay. When three men are sent from the neighboring island to investigate, they find that a warlock could be to blame.
THE MISSIONARIES by Edward Ahern
An innocent girl's corruption by the missionaries in a post-apocalyptic world.
A DIFFERENT HALLOWEEN by Gabriella Balcom
Halloween is nine-year-old Aileen's favorite time of year, and she's been looking forward to it. Her loving mother wants her to have enjoy the holiday, but her step-father, Dougal, seems determined to ruin everything for her.
THE COACH by Judith Baron
A young girl buys a set of ping-pong at a garage sale for a dollar. She gets more than she bargains for when she is forced to play it with its previous owner.
ECHOES OF BLACK by Tyler Bourassa
When everything Evan knows begins to unravel around him, he desperately seeks to decipher what's real and what isn't.
THE MAESTRO by Vanessa C. Hawkins
While searching for shelter, a young match girl stumbles into the haunted home of the Maestro: a crazed killer who makes music out of his victims.
DO NOT GO GENTLY by Shea E. Butler
A tough, no nonsense detective, Georgia Gomez (“GG”), discovers a woman’s body face down on a beach. The stakes get personal when GG discovers who the victim is.
THE WHITE TERROR by Frank Coffman
British troops in Victorian India come across a monstrous entity.
TELLING GHOST STORIES IN THE DARK by J. L. Corbett
A story about grief, loneliness, and monsters haunting one family for generations.
WHAT CAME TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Lyman Graves
A young man joins two associates on a visit to a formerly derelict Scottish lighthouse in the hope of restoring it to service. It becomes apparent that the dead beacon may have been extinguished with good reason
DEAD AND BREAKFAST by R. A. Goli
In this gory tale, a couple arrives at a B&B where a gruesome murder occurrs.
DARK ARE THEWOODS by Stephen Herczeg
A bunch of teenagers come across something ancient and terrifying in the dark woods.
A GIFT FROM THE EAST by C. I. I. Jones
A boy receives a gift from his father from overseas. But the gift has surprises of its own.
RECOVERY by Joshua Moody
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GALL SHOOTERS by Steve Oden
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LOVED TO DEATH by Sam M. Phillips
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The twenty stories featured in this anthology have been selected after careful consideration. Each story is set in its own independent world. So this single book is your ticket to twenty diverse lands where mind-bending things happen.
Speculative Fiction is a vast genre, but we have got delicacies from almost every subgenre. We have got AI, magic, talking monkeys, time travel, oppressive governments, ancient temples, weird futuristic tech…even aliens! These short stories (btw none of them are very short) are some really serious works of art. And since this is an anthology, you'll get to meet a bunch of some really terrific authors.
Download the sample, and if you like it, hop on to this amazing journey. It will be a memorable one.
The stories featured:
A Door For Miriam by Jeff Sullins
The Hidden Entity by John Campbell
Monaro Goes On A Walkabout by Steve Carr
The Runners by Lorenzo Crescentini
Blood Of The Swan by Vonnie Winslow Crist
The Wizards Of Snails And Woodlice by David Donachie
The Garden by James Dorr
Camp Napanoo by Angelique Fawns
Checkpoint by Elana Gomel
Undo by John Haas
The Monkey's Tale by Carlton Herzog
Dark Wings by Tom Jolly
The Alien Emissary by Shawn Klimek
Dottie by W. T. Paterson
Full Integration by Sophie Jupillat Posey
Beyond The Spires by Frank Sawielijew
Abrama's End Game by David Shultz
Sunbringer by Abiran Raveenthiran
The Gale At Quiet Cove by Austin Worley
Food For The Moon by Todd Zack
Even harder when that task is forced on two groups of heroes who have just met, neither of which really
wants the job.
Heck, each group isn't even sure how much they like their new companions, except for Dead Mike and Graves, of course. They're sure they hate each other. Join them and other old friends Arthur, Spider, Nila, Valeria, Amp and many others on a hilarious adventure to save reality that just may kill them all in the process...
if they don't kill each other first.
We love horror, and the stories included in this book prove that it’s a genre where great imagination and great writing are more than possible. From the opening story “Suds and Monsters”, which might put you off washing dishes for good, to the closing story “Scythe”, which brings the proceedings to a short sharp close, each contribution will bring new horrors to unsettle you.
We can guarantee you will find brilliant new horror writing here, but what you won’t find is a collection full of those who have star names (yet). We’re proud to include here both a story from at least one author who has sold books in the millions and a story from at least one author whose work has never been published before. We’ve simply included the very, very best of the stories, without fear or favour, to bring you the very best modern horror anthology possible.
The full list of contributing authors is:
1. Christopher Stanley
2. John Haas
3. Sue Bentley
4. C.C. Adams
5. Molly Thynes
6. Felix Flynn
7. Adam Meyer
8. Jo Gilmour
9. Tricia Lowther
10. A.P. Sessler
11. Sue Eaton
12. Jess Doyle
13. Viktoria Faust
14. Ryan Harville
15. Richard A. Shury
16. Colette Bennett
17. Florence Ann Marlowe
18. Jeremy Megargee