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About Lisa Mannetti
Lisa Mannetti's debut novel, THE GENTLING BOX, garnered a Bram Stoker Award and since then she has won the award for short fiction and has been nominated five additional times for the award in both the short and long fiction categories. Her work has been translated into Italian, and her story, "Everybody Wins," was made into a short film by director Paul Leyden starring Malin Ackerman and released under the title Bye-Bye Sally. "Dissolution" (a Bram-Stoker nominated novella in her collection, DEATHWATCH) will soon be a feature length film also directed by Paul Leyden (Come Back to Me, The Factory).
Recent short stories include two Bram Stoker-nominated tales, "The Hunger Artist" in Zippered Flesh II (February, 2013); "Arbeit Macht Frei" in the anthology, GUTTED: Beautiful Horror Stories (2016); and the Stoker Award winning short story, "Apocalypse Then" in NEVER FEAR: THE APOCALYPSE (April 2017).
She has also authored THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER AND HUCK FINN (new adult and YA editions from Smart Rhino Publications), two companion novellas in DEATHWATCH, (new edition Nightscape Press, December 2013), a macabre gag book, 51 Fiendish Ways to Leave your Lover, (Bad Moon Books, Feb 2010) as well as non-fiction books, and numerous articles and short stories in newspapers, magazines and anthologies.
Her novella about Houdini, THE BOX JUMPER has won the 2015, "This is Horror Award" and was nominated for both the Bram Stoker and the Shirley Jackson Awards.
She is currently working on several longer works including a historical, paranormal novel, RADIUM GIRL about the dial painters tragedy in the post WW I era.
Lisa lives in New York.
Visit her author website: www.lisamannetti.com
Visit her virtual haunted house: www.thechanceryhouse.com
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From Bram Stoker Award-nominated publisher, Crystal Lake Publishing, and the editing duo who brought you the best-selling and critically acclaimed small-town Lovecraftian horror anthology Shadows Over Main Street, comes Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories—a disturbing journey into the beauty that rests inside the very heart of darkness.
Awe meets ache.
Terror becomes transcendence.
Regret gives way to rebirth.
Fifteen short stories and one poem span nearly every twisted corner of the horror and dark fiction genres:
- A woman experiences an emotional reckoning inside a haunted house.
- A father sees his daughter rescued after a cold case is solved, only to learn the tragic limits of his love.
- A man awakens a vengeful spirit and learns the terrible price of settling scores.
- A boy comes of age into awareness of a secret universe of Lovecraftian scale.
- A young woman confronts the deathly price of existence inside a German concentration camp during the Holocaust.
- And much, much more…
Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories features the most celebrated voices in dark fiction, as well as a number of exciting new talents:
Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Paul Tremblay, John F.D. Taff, Lisa Mannetti, Damien Angelica Walters, Josh Malerman, Christopher Coake, Mercedes M. Yardley, Brian Kirk, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Amanda Gowin, Richard Thomas, Maria Alexander and Kevin Lucia. Edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward.
With a foreword from Cemetery Dance magazine founder Richard Chizmar.
Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from the Darkest Depths
Interview with the Authors:
So what makes Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories so special?
John F.D. Taff: Usually, horror stories tell us the dark side of dark stories, the bad stuff that happens during bad times. It's expected that there will be horrors in the kinds of stories horror generally tells. But Gutted explores the other side of things, the darkness that's there in moments you might not otherwise expect; those moments that touch our hearts or resonate more strongly with our other emotions. It's that beauty—that unexpected emotional resonance that can reside comfortably, side by side with fear, in a good horror story—that separates the stories in Gutted and makes them quite unique.
Tell us more about your story.
Ramsey Campbell: Occasionally I try to repay my debt to specific writers. Midnight Sun was my attempt to scale the awesome peak of Algernon Blackwood’s achievement, while The Darkest Part of the Woods clambered the Lovecraftian. “The Place of Revelation” goes for another giant of the field. If anybody guesses which one, I’ll count the tale some kind of a success. The naïve voice can be a highly effective way to tell a tale of terror, creating a tension between what’s told and how.
John F.D. Taff: My story is a distillation of my childhood. I grew up in the '70s, and I wanted to capture that time period as much as anything else. I also wanted to explore one moment during my childhood, when I got my first 10-speed bike—the freedom that bought a kid like me.
Twenty-six authors to agreed to write stories based on the Tarot... with the Tarot cards determining which story subject the authors would write.
We took a tarot deck and the list of the twenty-six authors: read the author’s name, shuffled the deck, and drew a card.
That tarot card and its traits were all the authors had to go on.
The card was removed, the deck was reshuffled, and the next name was read off.
Never Fear - The Tarot, contains twenty-six stories based on the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana and the four cards of the Minor Arcana.
Award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors combine their talents to deal out twenty-six dark tales influenced by the Tarot.
Heather Graham, Lori Avocato, Michael M. Hughes, Tim Waggoner, Tara Nina, C.M.C. Dobbs, Michael A. Stackpole, Matthew Costello, C.L. Wilson, Tori Eldridge, Lisa Mannetti, Patrick Freivald, Jamie Rush, Rebecca Paisley, Edward DeAngelis, Richard Devin, Lance Taubold, Jeff DePew, Lee Lawless, Hal Bodner, Jennifer St. Giles, Jayne Belmont and Janice M. Jones
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
After a vengeful sorceress inflicts him with a mortal disease, Imre discovers, to his horror, that the only way he can prevent his beloved wife Mimi and their young daughter Lenore from falling prey to the terrifying gypsy curse is to confront the single most horrendous moment of his life. He must decide if he can, once again, face the dark, hideous secrets of the gentling box.
DEATHWATCH, the explosive novella collection from Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author Lisa Mannetti. In Dissolution, Stuart Granville is a would-be medical student from the South who's been expelled for drinking and believes he's heading north to Hyde Park, New York to tutor twin girls. Instead, he discovers that his charges, Abby and Eleanor, have never been to school of any kind. They are also Siamese twins and their father, a doctor with grandiose dreams, means to separate them surgically. He intends to take advantage of Stuart's expertise and vulnerability; but unbeknownst to both men, the supernatural force in the house has an agenda--and a will--of its own. In The Sheila Na Gig, Tom Smith is on a ship in steerage and bound for New York from his native Ireland after facing down the constraints imposed by his family, overcoming the loss of his first love, circumventing his grandmother's wiles and occult knowledge, and trying to save his younger, mentally challenged sister, Delia, from both witchcraft and sexual abuse. In a genre glutted with soulless practitioners, grinding out “product” like sausages, Lisa Mannetti’s continues to be a refreshingly personal voice. Her work is idiosyncratic, erudite, intense … and authentically nightmarish. ~ Robert Dunbar, author of MARTYRS & MONSTERS and WILLY
In this new anthology from Nightscape Press, we bring you 24 tales of bitter loss, jaded love, obsession, murder, cannibalism, hauntings, voodoo, black market horrors, demons, leprechauns, zombies, deadly mysteries, and much more!
Table of Contents:
A Dry Spell in Parnell County by Ed Kurtz
Still by Charles Colyott
A Taste of Green Voodoo Healing by Peter N. Dudar
Vision by Megan N. Moore
Autumn’s Gifts by Jeremy Terry
Game Changer by Peter Giglio
Corruption by Lisa Mannetti
Worldly Possessions by Richard Salter
Village Green by Boyd E. Harris
Angel Killer by Lisa Morton
Fly by Jonathan Templar
Wee Ones by C.W. LaSart
Mary Kelly’s Face by John Forth
How to Save a Life by Chris Marrs
In the Halls and on the Stairs by Brad C. Hodson
Surprise Inside by Tonia Brown
Chopper by Bryan Hall
House Hunting by Ray Garton
Deviant Colors by Benjamin Kane Ethridge
Guadalupe’s Tamales by Shane McKenzie
Whispers in the Trees, Screams in the Dark by Taylor Grant
The Big Dream by J.S. Reinhardt
The Rag-End of Dreams by Trent Zelazny
Skins by Richard Wright
Apocalypse-definition: the complete final destruction of the world, especially as described from the Book of Revelation in The Bible; an event involving destruction or damage on an awesome or catastrophic level.
Eighteen bestselling and award-winning authors have contributed their visions of the apocalypse:
Classic sci-fi writer William F. Nolan adds to his canon with a tale from his futuristic Logan’s Run series.
Creator of the popular Repairman Jack series, F. Paul Wilson presents his vision of a world where vampires have become the ruling race.
Bestselling author Heather Graham serves up her apocalyptic nightmare.
Horror master Tim Waggoner terrifies with a tale of the World After.
Master writer, screenwriter, and creator of classic video games Matthew Costello offers up a post-apocalyptic tale of terror, cannibalism, and a vacation gone so wrong.
Icon of classic science fiction and fantasy, Ron Goulart, spins a tale of futuristic famine and desperation.
Also new stories from the new breed of award-winning authors including: Jason V Brock, Lisa Mannetti, Patrick Freivald, Lee Lawless, Tori Eldridge, and Brendan Deneen.
Is this the end of times?
— William F. Nolan, author of Logan’s Run and screenwriter of Burnt Offerings
“A haunting tale of madness and mystery. Mannetti leads the reader through a thrilling maze of illusion and scandal surrounding world-famous magician and psychic debunker, Harry Houdini. As elusive as a magic trick, the story unfolds through the dubious memories of one of his former assistants who suffers from various illnesses throughout the story. Mannetti’s words entice the reader to explore a lewd world of liars and lust. As the layers of intrigue unfold, the reader is compelled to keep reading and isn’t disappointed.”
— Sèphera Girón, Flesh Failure, author of Flesh Failure and Captured Souls
“In Lisa Mannetti’s magical The Box Jumper, readers are treated to intriguing premises and finely wrought characterizations rooted in the hazy past of a bygone America. As usual, Mannetti’s driving narrative propels this fascinating portrait of illusionist Harry Houdini and the strange goings on in and around—even beyond—his world. Highly recommended to all who love a great story, excellent writing, and memorable characters with a haunting literary flair.”
— Jason V. Brock, author of Milton’s Children and Disorders of Magnitude
“Lisa Mannetti’s The Box Jumper is a passionately told story of love, memory, and how we can be possessed by both. Mannetti is, simply put, a master of the dark historical fantasy, and in The Box Jumper she has all her talents on full display. The only really frustrating thing about her stories is how she manages to make perfection look so easy.”
— Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dog Days and Plague of the Undead
“Lisa Mannetti has given us a look into the life of a fascinating historical character and cultural icon. Her novella brims over with dark suspense and a brilliant re-creation of a New York long gone. As always, she writes with passion and originality. A great story.”
— Tom Monteleone, Bram Stoker and Locus Award-winning author of Night of Broken Souls and Eyes of the Virgin