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About Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi
Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi is a Texan lost in the Oregon wilderness. She first became enamored with the horror genre when she accidentally caught part of an edited-for-television version of The Shining while still a child. In fifth grade, she managed to coax her mother into letting her check out Stephen King’s Dead Zone during a weekly library trip. After a stern skimming of the book, her mother allowed her to have it on the condition that she promised not to have any nightmares. After all, if it’s a library book it can’t be that bad (cue maniacal laughter.)
Not only did these events give her a lasting love of horror (as well as the work of the maestro himself) but they also cemented her need to share her own stories and nightmares with the world. She is a horror screenwriter and author. Her short stories have been featured in numerous anthologies including Fortunes: Lost and Found, Phobias, Ain’t No Sanity Clause, and Shadows of the Mind. Her screenplays have been recognized by the Austin Film Festival, The Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, and the International Page Awards. She is always searching for that elusive “next level” of writing and constantly strives to reach it. You can find her random babblings on Twitter under her username @lizzayn
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Labs gleam and servers hum as scientists unravel the secrets of the universe. But as we peel away mystery, the universe stares back. Even now, terrors rise from the Mariana Trench and drift down from the stars. Scientists are disappearing—or worse. Experiments take on minds of their own. Some fight back against the unknown, some give in, some are destroyed, and still others are becoming… more.
The human and the inhuman are becoming more challenging to distinguish. Mankind is changing, whether it wants to or not, with brand new ways of thinking. What havoc is wreaked by those humans trying to harness and control their discoveries? As big science progresses and the very fundamentals of this universe are understood, what stories are being hushed up?
Authors: Daria Patrie, Molly Tanzer, Joshua L. Hood, Joshua Alan Doetsch, Kaaron Warren , AC Wise, Clinton J. Boomer, Damien Angelica Walters, Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi, Samantha Henderson, SJ Leary, Richard Lee Byers, Thomas M. Reid, Jeff C. Carter, Joette Rozanski, Shannon Fay, Pete Rawlik, Adam Heine, Bruce R. Cordell, Nate Southard, Simon Bestwick, Robert Brockway, Darrell Schweitzer, Mike Allen, Matt Maxwell, Lynda E. Rucker, LA Knight, Cody Goodfellow, Desirina Boskovich
-- Sam Fleming, "Ludwig"
Are they in our imagination, or are we in theirs? Mad Scientist Journal has brought together twenty-six tales of people with uncertain existence. These accounts range from cheerful to dark, stopping off at frequent points between. Imaginary friends share space with witches, monsters, nightmares, and maybe a few things that have not yet been dreamed.
Included in this collection are stories from E.D.E. Bell, Jade Black, Die Booth, Maureen Bowden, Veronica Brush, Jacob Budenz, Sam Crane, Matthew R. Davis, Julian Dexter, Sam Fleming, Troy H. Gardner, Kiki Gonglewski, Lucinda Gunnin, Neil James Hudson, Blake Jessop, Vivian Li, Tucker Lieberman, K. K. Llamas, Christine Lucas, M. Lopes da Silva, Ville Meriläinen, Jennifer R. Povey, Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi, Kayleigh Taylor, Jieyan Wang, and E. R. Zhang. Interior art is provided by Errow Collins, America Jones, Leigh Legler, and Ariel Alian Wilson. Cover art by Luke Spooner.
It gets into your bloodstream, causing an insatiable hunger for more. There is no cure, only
the ability to soothe the craving until the need—once again—grows too great. And you
Urban legends that are sickeningly real.
Attempts to cheat death that don’t quite succeed.
Creatures with power over this world and the next.
Twisted desires of the flesh that must be met no matter what the cost.
Just in time for Halloween and all its thrills, “In the Bloodstream” brings together some of
horror’s most imaginative new writers. These thirty-one short stories will infiltrate your
system and leave you wondering about that creaking outside the door, while satisfying
your need for the darkly disturbing.
At least for now…
When the temperatures drop, people and creatures gather around the camp fires to share warmth, friendship and tales, to chase away the frost and the knowledge of the terrifying creatures lurking in the darkness.
We are collecting these winter tales, to chase away the grim winter and bring you the wonders and magic of the winter.
Full Contents: Mat Joiner: The frost sermon
Su Haddrell: The Bothy
Sharon Kernow: The Wolf Moon
Ruth Booth: The love of a season
Masimba Musodza: When the trees were enchanted
Fiona Clegg: Sunday’s Child
Tim Major: Winter in the Vivarium
Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi: Snow Angel
Amelia Gorman: Under your skin
B. Thomas: Among Wolves
Eliza Chan: Yukizuki
DJ Tyrer: Frose
G.H. Finn: Cold-Hearted
David Sarsfield: Voliday
Kelda Crich: Coldness Waits
K.N. McGrath: The Siege
Jonathan Ward: Spirit of the Season
James Bennett: The Red Lawns
Anne Michaud: Frost Fair
Jan Edwards: Shaman Red
Adrian Tchaikovsky: The Coming of The Cold
Verity Holloway: The Frost of Heaven
Classic authors include: E.F. Benson, Ambrose Bierce, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, F. Marion Crawford, Dante, Charles Dickens, Amelia B. Edwards, Sheridan le Fanu, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, W.F. Harvey, William Hope Hodgson, E.T.A Hoffmann, James Hogg, Washington Irving, Henry James, M.R. James, Jerome K. Jerome, Perceval Landon, Friedrich Laun, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Charles Maturin, E. Nesbit, Margaret Oliphant, Edgar Allan Poe, Walter Scott, Sarah Elizabeth Utterson, Edith Wharton, along with a retold tale from Ovid's Metamorphoses.
WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS? features more than a dozen never-before-published short stories that combine Horror and Science Fiction elements. These original tales, written by some of the best new genre authors, range from the horrifying to the humorous, the thought-provoking to the thought-twisting. All are diabolically entertaining.
A microwave leading to another dimension!
An angry little girl harboring a hungry evil!
A spaceship with mythical beast stowaways!
A woman who gives up sleep, and her sanity!
An aging starlet who makes the ultimate flesh sacrifice!
And much more!
If you enjoy movies like ALIEN, THE THING, EVENT HORIZON, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, and PHANTASM, you'll love WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS?!
In this issue:
“Homeless Homecoming” by Robert E. Petras
“The Comfort of Screams" by G. O. Clark
“The Abattoir” by Samuel Rabelais
“Little Nicky Todd” by Brian H. Seitzman
“Land Sharks” by Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi
“Strength in Numbers” by K. I. Borrowman
“The Stubborn Window” by A.P. Sessler
“Godot Showed Up” by Kevin Wetmore
“The Seer” by Charles Robertson
“A Dead Heart isn’t Fickle” by T. Fox Dunham
“Sacred Immersion” by Jeffrey Todd
“Staying Alive” by Ben Howels
“Z Journal of Ivy Gage” (Part 2) by Alarick Vaughan
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Enter if you dare . . . the winter wonderland of Ain’t No Sanity Clause
Featuring stories from Brent Michael Kelley, Kurt Fawver, Christian A. Larsen, Phil Hickes, Wednesday Lee Friday, Garrett Cook, Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi, Andrew G. Dombalagian, Lydia Ondrusek, John Jasper Owens, Eric J. Guignard, Andrew M Stockton, and Cory J. Herndon.