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About Kris Ashton
An Australian author and journalist, Kris Ashton has published nearly forty short stories in a range of high-profile fiction titles including Aurealis, Andromeda Spaceways, Antipodean SF and Dark Moon Digest.
His short story ‘Highway Memorials’ claimed third prize in The Fiction Desk’s 2018 Ghost Story Competition, while ‘Howling Mad’, which appeared in Aurealis #106, was selected for Tangent Online’s 2017 Recommended Reading List.
His sci-fi/horror novel, Invasion at Bald Eagle, published in October 2018, received a glowing review from author Megan Kelly in Aurealis #118 and has enjoyed consistently good sales.
Kris is also a noted essayist and literary critic, receiving an Australian Shadows Award nomination for his analysis of Stephen King’s early fiction. His short stories feature in a scholarly work, Writing Speculative Fiction: Creative and Critical Approaches (Macmillan International), by academic and author Eugen Bacon.
Kris graduated from Western Sydney University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in creative writing and literature, and has been a journalist for more than twenty years. He is a noted travel writer and often incorporates his extensive knowledge of regional Australia into his stories and novels.
In his spare time Kris enjoys reading, writing, film and television (he is a former film critic), and fitness. His favourite authors include Stephen King, Liane Moriarty, Mark Childress, Dan Simmons, John O’Grady, Henry Lawson, M. L. Stedman, John Wyndham and John Steinbeck. He lives in the wilds of south-western Sydney with his wife, two children and a crippling mortgage.
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An evil from beyond the stars haunts a young boy and his father at Roswell Airbase. The survivors of a sunken warship take refuge on a deserted island, and discover they are not alone. And terror checks in at an old motel, when a vacationing family finds themselves trapped in an ancient curse…
Scare Street journeys into the night to bring you a new volume of skin-crawling terror. This macabre collection contains thirteen chilling tales of supernatural horror. And each story will sweep you away to a world of dark dreams and fantastical nightmares…
Some believe that if you see yourself die in your dreams, then your heart will stop. But that’s just an old wives’ tale, isn’t it? After all, the icy chill of death lurks within every story in this ghastly tome. And your heart hasn’t stopped yet.
In fact, with each turn of the page, you can hear it beating faster and faster…
This bone-chilling supernatural collection contains:
1. Live Bait by Jude Reid
2. The Hungry Worm by Michael D. Nye
3. The Magician Needs a Volunteer by Matt Brandenburg
4. Lab Incident, 1947 by Martin Zeigler
5. A House Divided by M. B. Vujacic
6. Sundown and Shadows by Michelle Tang
7. The Old Coach Inn by Kris Ashton
8. Ashes to Ashes by Robert Douglas
9. Folie-a-Deux by Gina Easton
10. Do Something Funny by Clark Boyd
11. Fertile Soil by Brian Sperl
12. Night Dive by Drew Starling
13. Home Sick by Ron Ripley
A cab ride to an infamous cemetery takes a sinister turn when the passengers discover they may be the graveyard’s next residents. Fun and games unleash evil beyond imagination when a young couple rolls the dice of a board game from hell. And a treasure hunt turns deadly when a pair of explorers discover what’s really hiding deep in the woods…
Step right up, and prepare to scream with delight! Scare Street’s latest collection of supernatural horror is the main attraction. This diabolical tome is packed with fourteen tales of supernatural terror. It is bursting at the seams, like a tiny car full of carnivorous clowns.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Don’t mind the severed fingers in your cotton candy or the blood stains on your seat. And whatever you do, don’t pet the snarling beasts.
The show must go on! And once you enter this dazzling circus of nightmares and dark fantasy, the terror never ends…
This volume features the following stories:
1. The Ash Collector by Amanda Cecelia Lang
2. Don't Scream by Renee Miller
3. The Shatter Box by Paul O'Neill
4. Aokigahara by Matthew McKiernan
5. The Steepest Fare by John Cady
6. Foster Parents by Matthew A. Clarke
7. The Treasure in the Woods by Oliver C. Seneca
8. Stingers and Scratches by Matt Bliss
9. The Scent of Decay by Madison Estes
10. Waiting Out the Storm by Mike Schuhler
11. The Thackery Tree by Kristen Reid
12. The Bowels of Hell by Kris Ashton
13. Lester's Locket by Carl Hughes
14. A Hand of Glory by Ron Ripley
A businessman discovers he has a ghostly twin whose presence may be far more ominous than he had thought... Mischievous children learn that supernatural forces are nothing to toy with, after a Halloween prank goes wrong. And holiday festivities set the backdrop to a terrified teen’s worst fears, when his grandmother’s corpse comes looking for revenge…
Hit the road for a journey into fear and madness with Scare Street’s latest collection of spine-tingling tales. Thirteen stories of supernatural horror… More than enough to keep your mind off the endless blacktop and moonlit fields, as you drive deeper into the night.
You’re all alone on a dark, abandoned road, not another soul in sight. But wait… was something moving, up ahead on the roadside? A shiver runs down your spine, as you step on the accelerator. Then a snarl rumbles through the woods, and you pray you don’t run out of gas. Because if you get stranded on these dark, lonely backroads…
You may never see the light of day again.
Featuring the following titles:
1. Smothered with Love by Carl Hughes
2. Salvage by Kris Ashton
3. The Other Side of the Corn by Lori M. Myers
4. Double Take by John Gallant
5. Patron Saint of the Graveyard Shift by James Edward O'Brien
6. Raising the Dead by Justin Boote
7. Execution Day by Stephen Oliver
8. Lung Replacement by Matias Travieso-Diaz
9. Ringmaster of the Carnival by Stephen Johnson
10. The Tombstone by Peter Cronsberry
11. Knee-Jerk Confection by Eddie Generous
12. Safe Space by Brad Kelechava
13. The Souleater by Ron Ripley and Kevin Saito
Tonight’s forecast calls for terror…
Survivors trapped in a sunken vessel find themselves hunted through the depths by a deadly adversary. A skeptical journalist discovers the sinister inhabitants of a fake haunted house are all too real. And a husband commits murder to protect his wife, only to learn he has created something even more dangerous…
A dark and stormy night of terror awaits in Scare Street’s latest bone-chilling collection. This sinister volume contains fourteen tales of terror and supernatural horror. And each story brings you deeper into the dark realm of nightmares.
As you devour each tale with morbid delight, black clouds roll across the sky. Thunder rumbles in the distance, and jagged lightning screams above.
Be sure to close the window. You wouldn’t want to let the storm inside. After all, this is perfect weather for ghosts and ghouls to roam the night…
This volume features the following stories:
1. A Sinking Feeling by Warren Benedetto
2. The Winter Cabin by Nate Lock
3. How to Make a Troll by Andrew Jensen
4. Mistress Edge’s House of Horrors by P. L. McMillan
5. Groundhog Day by John Wayne Comunale
6. Into the Shadows by B. D. Prince
7. The Rancher by Al Hagan
8. Trial by Water by Renee Miller
9. Sugar Day by Peter Cronsberry
10. A Cold Day in Helheim by Kohl Neal
11. Testing Times by Kris Ashton
12. Coming Home to Mansion Hill by C. B. Channell
13. The Backward Man by Caleb Stephens
14. Dead Dogs and Murdered Men by Ron Ripley
These scorching hot erotic vampire short stories will transport you into new and exciting vampire realms.
These blood-sucking, soul-sucking creatures of the night continue to turn us on--no matter how many incarnations they take, no matter how many worlds they inhabit, no matter how many ways they kill. Or suck and fuck. The variety of vampires and their hot, wet, sexy selves continue to entertain and delight us.
This collection features vampires from ancient Sumer and Crete, modern tales set in airports and circuses, and dark futures with post-apocalyptic world-ending viruses. You'll find some stories by well-known authors such as Andrea Dale, Michael M. Jones, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, and Elizabeth Schechter, as well as a host of new writers.
Some stories are outright hilarious, others bittersweet. Some stories are super-explicit, others moderately erotic. We've included a wide range of pairings and even a couple of mEnage A trois. As befits a well-explored archetype, our vampires range from soulless to tortured self-loathing creatures. Some die in sunlight, others not so much.
Savor each story one bite at a time, or devour the collection whole. These tales are sure to entice and ensnare you, whatever your kink or inclination!
Heroic feats, sacrifices, and karma await these space bound characters.
Stories by S.O. Green, Robert Allen Lupton, Nina Munteanu, Barend Nieuwstraten III, Kris Ashton, Andrew Ronzino, Aaron P. Hansen, Stephen Herczeg, Janina Franck, Peter VanGelderen, Sjan Evardsson, Lincoln Reed, Jo Niederhoff, and James Romag.
In a world full of humans pitted against each other, how can there be anyone left to trust?
Features sixteen stories of survivors tragically struggling to live in societies turned upside down. Even when the end arrives, life finds a way.
Stories by Kortney Gallagher, Stephen Scott Whitaker, Aaron P. Hansen, Anastasia Arellano, Robert Allen Lupton, Ryan Priest, S.O. Green, Peter VanGelderen, Kris Ashton, Wolfgang Potterhouse, Andrew Ronzino, Jarrett Mazza, Barend Nieuwstraten III, H.R.R. Gorman, and Douglas Allen Gohl.
Did you ever go camping as a kid and sit around the fire at night listening to scary stories?
These Creepy Campfire stories have that classic campfire feel to them, but they’ll also scare the socks off of you! Prepare to be thoroughly creeped out!! Ghosts, monsters, zombies, paranormal phenomena, the sky is the limit. These creepy tales are the new classic campfire stories for this century, and they certainly qualify as EXTREME Horror!!!
Featuring works from the newest crop of modern horror writers, including:
Kerry G.S. Lipp D.M. Kayahara
Joseph Rubas Ken Goldman
Gerry Huntman Josh Shiben
Jay Seate Edward Ahern
Adrian Ludens Gillian French
Louis Rakovich Ellen Denton
Kris Ashton Mike Thorn
Bernard McGhee Ken MacGregor
James Coplin Adam Millard
Robert Essig & Jack Bantry
Many of the stories in this collection explore forms of loss, and what comes afterwards: the loss of a suitcase inspires generosity on a remote Scottish island; a once-loved film star becomes detached from his own career; a mother in Central Park searches for a connection to her absent son; and a physicist’s experiments cast doubt on the nature and reality of loss itself.
The Fiction Desk publishes regular anthologies of new short fiction. This is volume twelve.
Chris Hogben - All Washed Up
Alastair Chisholm - Uncle Dougie's Suitcase
Sean Gill - The Computer Man
Alex Clark - Briar Rose
Christopher Howard - The Black Squirrel
Steve Clarkson - Excuse Me
Bert Thomson - On Some Cold Fierce Winter's Day
Douglas Bruton - Thirteen Wedding Dresses
Eleanor Bell - Meeting Miss Mathieson
C B McCall - The Spare Room
Chris Hogben - The Star That Stayed Till Morning
Kris Ashton - Highway Memorials
"So often the future we imagine is homogenous: everyone has the same baseline abilities and there is a presumption that all five senses are the norm. This collection has stories of people accessing new technologies, and people living in worlds where to hear is to be abnormal. There are stories that explore the imposition of language values on the Deaf community and the harm committed in the name of 'help.' And there are stories in which we get to experience how others communicate. A thought-provoking collection." --Farah Mendlesohn, author of Rhetorics of Fantasy
"Even for someone like myself--a hearing person who has long been around the Deaf community--this anthology often gives insight into a series of deaf characters in a way perhaps no hearing writer ever could, from reading the innermost thoughts from a Deaf perspective in thriller/horror to science fiction and fantasy, and every genre in between, whether it's 'The Ear, ' which interestingly recalls the old radio drama Suspense or the more chilling 'In the Haunted Darkness, ' which puts into words the feelings of likely more than a few people, sadly. More importantly, those stories without a deaf character highlight the most crucial takeaway: a deaf writer can world-build and set scenes as well as anyone." --Dave Galanter, author of Troublesome Minds
Contributors include Kris Ashton, John Lee Clark, Michael R. Collings, Willy Conley, Bobby Cox, Daniel Crosby, Marsha Graham, Kristen Harmon, Lilah Katcher, David Langford, Raymond Luczak, A. M. Matte, Brighid Meredith, Kristen Ringman, Maverick Smith, Tonya Marie Stremlau, Jacob Waring, Joanne Yee, and Kelsey M. Young.
Featuring stories by David Dunwoody, David Boop, Robert Essig, Kris Ashton, Natasha Hanova, William R.D. Wood, Joe Mynhardt, Armand Rosamilia, Jonathan D. Stiffy, L.R. Collins, Jonathan Lambert, Brent Abell, Rob Rosen, Larry C. Kerr, Jonathan Templar, Matt Moore and Poetry from Rich Orth, Ashlee Napier and Anthony Valade