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About Lee Clark Zumpe
Lee Clark Zumpe’s nights are consumed with the invocation of ancient nightmares, dutifully bound in fiction and poetry.
Lee’s work has been seen in distinguished genre magazines such as Weird Tales, Space and Time and Dark Wisdom, and in notable anthologies including Horrors Beyond, Corpse Blossoms, High Seas Cthulhu and Cthulhu Unbound Vol. 1. His stories and poems have earned Honorable Mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.
Lee’s inclination toward horror manifested itself early in his childhood when he began flipping through the pages of Forrest J. Ackerman’s Famous Monsters of Filmland and reading Gold Key Comic classics like Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery and Grimm’s Ghost Stories. Throughout the 1970s, Lee also watched his share of “horrible old movies” on Creature Feature, a locally produced horror movie series hosted by Dr. Paul Bearer (Dick Bennick Sr.).
In his teenage years, Lee discovered Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, Richard Matheson and other masters of the genre.
By day, Lee is an entertainment columnist with Tampa Bay Newspapers. Covering the Tampa area entertainment beat, he has penned hundreds of film, theater and book reviews and has interviewed novelists as well as music industry icons such as Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and Alan Parsons. His work for TBN has been recognized repeatedly by the Florida Press Association, including a first place award for criticism in the 2007 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest.
Lee earned his bachelor’s degree in English at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The author lives on the west coast of Florida with his wife and daughter.
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It has always been a losing battle for our side since time began. Incidents like the Innsmouth raid, chronicled by H.P. Lovecraft, mere blips of victory against an insurmountable foe. Still we fight, against these incredible odds, in an unending nightmare, we fight, and why? For victory, for land, for a political ideal? No, mankind fights for survival.
Our authors, John Shirley, Mark Rainey, Wilum Pugmire, William Meikle, Tim Curran, Jeffrey Thomas and many others have gathered here to share war stories from the eternal struggle against the darkness. This book chronicles these desperate battles from across the ages, including Roman Britain, The American Civil War, World War Two, The Vietnam Conflict, and even into the far future.
This ebook edition features 22 interior illustrations (one accompanying each story)
Table of Contents
Loyalty by John Shirley
The Game Changers by Stephen Mark Rainey
White Feather by T.E. Grau
To Hold Ye White Husk by W.H. Pugmire
Sea Nymph’s Son by Robert M. Price
The Boonieman by Edward M. Erdelac
The Turtle by Neil Baker
The Bullet and the Flesh by David Conyers & David Kernot
Broadsword by William Meikle
The Ithiliad by Christine Morgan
The Sinking City by Konstantine Paradias
Shape of a Snake by Cody Goodfellow
Mysterious Ways by C.J. Henderson
Magna Mater by Edward Morris
Dark Cell by Brian M. Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass
Cold War, Yellow Fever by Pete Rawlik
Stragglers from Carrhae by Darrell Schweitzer
The Procyon Project by Tim Curran
Wunderwaffe by Jeffrey Thomas
A Feast of Death by Lee Clark Zumpe
Long Island Weird by Charles Christian
The Yoth Protocols by Josh Reynolds
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Tales of Cthulhu Invictus
Vulcan’s Forge by William Meikle
Fecunditati Augustae by Christine Morgan
A Plague of Wounds by Konstantine Paradias
Tempus Edax Rerum by Pete Rawlik
The Unrepentable by Edward M. Erdelac
Magnum Innominandum by Penelope Love
Lines in the Sand by Tom Lynch
The Temple of Iald-T’qurhoth by Lee Clark Zumpe
The Seven Thunders by Robert M. Price
Collection Edited by Brian Sammons
Contributors: Ramsey Campbell, Lee Clark Zumpe, Jaqueline Seewald, William Meikle, James Ravan, Carol MacAllister, Geoffrey James, R.E. Dent, Derek Neville, John B. Rosenman, Scott Lefebvre, Karen Dent, H. David Blalock, Scott Goudsward, Gregory L. Norris, John F.D. Taff, and H.P. Lovecraft.
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The Other Neighbors, by Daniel Davis
Rare Air, by Mark Slade
The Children, by J.E. Álamo
The Radiant Boy, by Kevin Wetmore
The Whisperer in the Woods, by Peter Schranz
Sweet Oblivion, by Andrew Darlington
An Unsolicited Lucidity, by Lee Clark Zumpe
Black Carnival, by Bobby Cranestone
The Howard Family Tradition, by P. R. O'Leary
Hell in a Boxcar, by Scott A. Cupp
Jorōgumo, by Kelda Crich
Clay Baby, by Jack Lee Taylor
The Corpse and the Rat: A Story of Friendship, by Joshua L. Hood
Getting Thin, by DJ Tyrer
Maybe Next Door, by Richard LaPore
Containment Protocol, by Leeman Kessler
Under a Rock, by Lori R. Lopez
The Children Must Be Hungry, by L.F. Falconer
The Road to Hell, by Kevin L. O'Brien
Maggot Coffee, by Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagenv
Baby Mine, by Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
In Blackwalk Wood, by Adrian Cole
My Longing to See Tamar, by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Gust of Wind Made by Swinging a Blade, by Molly N. Moss
Necromancer's Lair, by Chad Hensley
The Helm, by Chad Hensley
Ex Arca Sepulcrali, by Wade German
The Laughter of Ghouls, by K.A. Opperman
Ode to Ashtoreth, by K.A. Opperman
The Necro-Conjuring Sorceress, by Ashley Dioses
What Dark Gods Are Friends to Me? by Chad Hensley
Scarlet Succubus Shrine, by Frederick J. Mayer
Penelope, Sleepless, by Darrell Schweitzer
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The Steampunk genre has always incorporated elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror and alternative history, and certainly the Cthulhu Mythos has not been a stranger to Steampunk. But until now there has never been a Steampunk Cthulhu collection, so here are 18 tales unbound from the tethers of mere airships, goggles, clockwork, and tightly bound corsets; stories of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and alternative realities tainted with the Lovecraftian and the Cthulhu Mythos. Here you will discover Victorian Britain, the Wild West era United States, and many other varied locations filled with anachronistic and sometimes alien technology, airships, submersibles and Babbage engines. But the Victorian era here is not only one of innovation and exploration, but of destruction and dread.
This issue features:
STRIPE Z.T. by Mark Bearden
NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES by Joseph Rubas
HOLDING ACTION by Jim Lee
FRESH CUT by Sara Green
THE FARMER WHO TRULY LOVED HIS WIFE by Shane Porteous
THE MAN FROM TURKEY CREEK CANYON by Lee Clark Zumpe
COLD FLESH by Andrew Knighton
SECOND HEARTBEAT by Daniel Brock
LITTLE GIRLS by Daniel Kirk
Tonight's Specials are:
FOOD ALLERGY by Daniel J. Kirk
DECAFFEINATED by Daniel Brock
PARTNERS by Daniel J. Kirk
HARVEST OF THE CHRIST by D. A. D'Amico
A MEAL MUST BE PREPARED by Sara Green
AN ACQUIRED TASTE by Ken Goldman
RESPECT FOR THE DEAD by Lee Clark Zumpe
HUNGRY by Luke Walker
DEADBOY LIVES by Sara Green
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ZOMBIE LOOKING FOR HORDE by David J. Wing
CHANGES OF THE FLESH by Karl Lykken
POST by Sara Green
CHICKADEE-DEE-DEE by S.L. Dixon
CHILDREN OF THE APOCALYPSE by Russell Hemmell
A CRACK IN THE SKY by Shawn P. Madison
THE CAME FOR HIM AFTER MIDNIGHT by Lee Clark Zumpe
LAST BUS FOR THE FUTURE by George Strasburg
MURMURATION by Robert Mammone
Featuring work by: Peter Andrews, Steven Axelrod, Noah Bogdonoff, Rebecca Boyle, Cecelia Chapman, J. Adrian Cook, George Cotronis, Harri B. Cradoc, John Dodd, Douglas Ford, Milo James Fowler, KJ Hannah Greenberg, Rich Hawkins, Christopher Keelty, Gerri Leen, Thomas Logan, Paul Lorello, E. Manning-Pogé, K.J. Newman, Conor Powers-Smith, J. Rohr, Katherine Sanger, Shane Simmons, Cheryl Elaine Williams, and Lee Clark Zumpe.