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About Madeline Mora-Summonte
Madeline Mora-Summonte is a writer, a reader, a beach-comber and a tortoise-owner. Many of her creepy little tales are out prowling in print and lurking online. Visit www.MadelineMora-Summonte.com for a taste of her work. Just be careful something doesn't taste you back.
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A story collection that proves less is more.The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common: they are no more than 25 words long. Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's possibly apocryphal six-word story—"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn"—to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short stories. He termed them "hint fiction" because the few chosen words suggest a larger, more complex chain of events. Spare and evocative, these stories prove that a brilliantly honed narrative can be as startling and powerful as a story of traditional length. The 125 gemlike stories in this collection come from such best-selling and award-winning authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, as well as emerging writers.
Shallow Waters—where nothing stays buried.
With twenty-one dark tales diving beneath the surface of life, death, and the pain between them.
Shallow Waters is the official monthly flash fiction challenge hosted by the award-winning Crystal Lake Publishing. Every month a new challenge is posted online, with authors submitting via email. The best submissions are then posted on Crystal Lake’s Patreon page, where patrons read daily entries and vote for the winner. What you’ll find in these Shallow Waters anthologies include the most popular of our finalists.
Stay tuned for more volumes in this series, or find Crystal Lake Publishing on Patreon to enter or vote on future challenges.
Volume three includes horror, thrillers, suspense, and stories of hauntings, monsters, clowns, twisted love, and the beauty beneath it all.
Introduction by Joe Mynhardt
“Piece Meal” by Madeline Mora-Summonte
“The Anonymous Dark” by Jonathan Winn
“Number Seventeen” by Monique Snyman
“For Her” by Jo-Anne Russell
“Second Chances” by Rob Smales
“Maker of Flight” by Richard Thomas
“Inertia” by Joshua Hair
“Malignant Roots” by Red Lagoe
“Two to a Desk” by Dani Brown
“The Comb” by Theresa Derwin
“Echoes” by Megan Hart
“Haunted Places” by Mark Allan Gunnells
“Hallways, Long and Dark” by Dale Elster
“The Chance of a Lifetime” by Pete Mesling
“GOGGINS” by Stephen Crowley
“Caoine” by Jennifer Loring
“Hacked” By Mark Cassell & Patrick R. McDonough
“Ghosts of the Wood” by Tim Meyer
“Paid in Full” by Roberta Codemo
“This Other Door” by Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray
“Always and Forever” by Jay Faulkner
In this volume…
- This Halloween, the girl might just get more than she bargained for.
- A gumball machine dispenses something far more sinister—and sweeter—than candy.
- Lessons don’t always have to be taught in school.
- You never know what you’ll find at the end of a dark hallway…
- A serial killer reminisces over his last victim.
- An Irish-American man come to terms with the legacy he leaves, thanks to the ancestral apparition that has haunted his family for centuries.
- Some relationships leave scars that linger even beyond death.
- When a Victorian actor’s career comes to a sudden end due to a flare-up of gout during an opening-night performance at the Delphi Theatre, he is left with only one chance to exact revenge on the inflexible house manager.
- Stalked by shadows, a woman prowls the darkened halls of her longtime home.
- Her body found mutilated down the tin mines and pursued by her step sister, she scratches her hooks against the wall as her classmates disappear.
- Some curses are eternal and unbreakable.
- Inertia—a property of matter in which something moves at a set speed and direction until made to change by another force.
- After his dark soul took to the soil, evil plagued the roots of the family tree.
- Houses aren’t the only places that can be haunted...
What causes the hair on your neck to stand?
Do you worry what your fears mean? Is there a reason that what horrifies you means nothing to someone else?
Whether your fears remain secret or you laugh when the monster from under your bed devours your neighbors, the tales in Horrors: Real, Imagined, and Deadly will give you a reason to leave the light on when you go to bed.
Because horror reaches its cold hands out to everyone.
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A landscaper gets a taste of what happens when he covers up a mistake.
A child learns that best friends can come in all shapes and sizes, and with many, many legs.
A boy worries that his “imaginary” friend won’t let his family move.
A homeless woman revels in post-apocalyptic opportunities.
Some are previously published, most are 100 words or fewer, but they all give you just enough time to turn away, to run away, before it’s too late. You don’t want to stay in the dark too long. You never know what might slither out . . . and lick you.
An old woman, with the help of a neighbor and a terrified dog, challenges a young punk disturbing the peace.
A middle-aged woman confronts a former lover as he holds her at gunpoint.
A boy learns the meaning of true friendship as a baseball game takes a terrifying turn.
A runaway searches for her own face among a wall of Missing posters.
Some of the characters find the strength to move forward while others struggle to just move on. Old. Young. Grieving. Lost. Alone. Smart. Funny. Tough. They are us.
This collection of 17 stories contains both new and previously published work. It includes "Hungry," winner of the Writer Advice 6th Flash Prose Contest and "A Quarter for Your Thoughts," winner in the Published Flash Fiction category of the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Awards, 2008.