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About Maria Alexander
Maria Alexander is an Amazon #1 Bestseller of Young Adult Horror. Her short stories and nonfiction essays have appeared in numerous publications and acclaimed anthologies alongside living legends such as David Morrell and Heather Graham.
Her debut novel, MR. WICKER, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Her first YA novel, SNOWED, won the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel, and was nominated for the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Children's/YA Novel.
When she's not wielding a katana at her Shinkendo dojo, she's being outrageously spooky or writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with three ungrateful cats, a Jewish Christmas caroler, and a purse called Trog.
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A disturbing journey into the beauty that rests inside the very heart of darkness.
From the Bram Stoker Award-winning Crystal Lake Publishing and the editing duo who brought you the critically acclaimed small-town Lovecraftian horror anthology Shadows Over Main Street, comes Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories.
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. It opened so many doors, the ability to go out on my own, far beyond my neighborhood. To explore the world, to discover new things.
Nasty Woman Press is a 501(c)(4) non-profit publisher pledged to fight fascism, racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia, and bigotry while promoting human rights and civil rights in the United States and around the globe.
As writers, readers, editors, artists, librarians, designers, publishing professionals and creative, principled human beings, we cherish the planet and our fragile environment, support science and education, and value health and social services. We believe in taking care of each other. We believe in a better, kinder, world.
Contributors to SHATTERING GLASS include legendary political figures and award-winning, critically acclaimed and bestselling authors.
Senator Barbara Boxer
Angel Luis Colon
Allison A. Davis
Rachel Howzell Hall
Libby Fischer Hellman
Toni L.P. Kelner
Bette Golden Lamb
Wendy Corsi Staub
"Shattering Glass is an anthology of fascinating stories by and about women of all ages, from a satisfyingly diverse array of backgrounds. The insights and observations are moving, often poetic, and always compelling. This is a book to cherish and one you'll read and reread for years to come."
--Marcia Clark, New York Times bestselling author
"Shattering Glass is an anthology unlike anything I’ve seen before, a diverse collection of high-caliber short fiction, provocative essays, and engaging conversations and interviews, tied together thematically by the writers’ collective commitment to create work that explores our current cultural moment. Opening with Valerie Plame’s fiery call for political engagement and closing with Heather Graham’s poignant reflection on the values instilled by her immigrant parents, this collection surprises and enlightens. Your inner Nasty Woman will approve.”
--Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Better Sister
"...the best anthology ever produced in the history of the United States--at the exact moment we need it most. You say you want a revolution? Buy ten copies."
--Cornelia Read, Edgar-nominated author of A Field of Darkness
Sherlock Holmes has not only captivated readers for more than a century and a quarter, he has fascinated writers as well. Almost immediately, the detective’s genius, mastery, and heroism became the standard by which other creators measured their creations, and the friendship between Holmes and Dr. Watson served as a brilliant model for those who followed Doyle. Not only did the Holmes tales influence the mystery genre but also tales of science-fiction, adventure, and the supernatural. It is little wonder, then, that when the renowned Sherlockians Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger invited their writer-friends and colleagues to be inspired by the Holmes canon, a cornucopia of stories sprang forth, with more than sixty of the greatest modern writers participating in four acclaimed anthologies.
Now, King and Klinger have invited another fifteen masters to become In League with Sherlock Holmes. The contributors to the pair’s next volume, due out in December 2020, include award-winning authors of horror, thrillers, mysteries, westerns, and science-fiction, all bound together in admiration and affection for the original stories. Past tales have spanned the Victorian era, World War I, World War II, the post-war era, and contemporary America and England. They have featured familiar figures from literature and history, children, master sleuths, official police, unassuming amateurs, unlikely protagonists, even ghosts and robots. Some were new tales about Holmes and Watson; others were about people from Holmes’s world or admirers of Holmes and his methods. The resulting stories are funny, haunting, thrilling, and surprising. All are unforgettable. The new collection promises more of the same!
This year’s collection is called the Cursed Edition because many of the places featured hold an imprint of something terrible that happened. Many also feature cursed buildings, houses - and people. Some people use the word ‘curse’ jokingly, but some religions, beliefs and cultures do believe that objects, places, and people can become overwhelmed by misfortune. It’s often thought that people can place curses on others, or on objects with the hope that harm and hurt will be inflicted. Whether or not you believe in curses there are those that not only believe in them but believe they can place them – so beware.
In this collection you will find haunted and cursed hotels, an old woman who enjoys to knit quietly – keeping her dark secret guarded. There is a meeting with Robert the Doll – believe created with Voodoo, and of course there is a meeting with our dear friend Death.
We hope that you enjoy this, our fifth Gothic Blue Book – The Cursed Edition featuring fiction by Maria Alexander and poetry Stephanie M. Wytovich.
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Burial Day Books
WARNING: This is not your typical horror short story collection. While twelve of the tales are fictitious, one is a creepy true story sure to amuse and alarm even die-hard horror fans. Guessing which one is half the skin-crawling fun.
Is it the man who resurrects his abusive father for revenge that goes awry? The woman who brings home a birthday balloon inflated with hellion instead of helium? Or the couple that accidentally buys a home sitting at The Crossroads, where the "H" in "HOA" has a whole new meaning...?
As Neil Gaiman once said: "Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all." Read on and decide for yourself.
"Shake off those Grinch-y feelings and run right to this delightfully unexpected holiday saga." — Bolo Books
Awards for Snowed: Book 1
Winner of the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
Nominee for the 2017 Anthony Awards for Best Children's/YA Novel
"Sorry Katniss and Bella... Charity is the hero I've been waiting for. She is sharp, fierce, loyal, and not afraid to let her brain move in concert with her heart. If bodies started dropping in my neighborhood, she's who I'd want by my side."
—Lilla Zuckerman Writer / Producer Marvel's Agents of Shield, Fringe
"Alexander has a great gift for interweaving and expanding on centuries-old real-world folklore." Assignment X
"...hilariously wonderful..." Frumious Reads
"This sequel started with a bang and instantly hooked me...with twists and turns that led to an epic ending."
— J.L. Gribble, author of the Steel Empires series
Bitter herbs. Icy droplets. Saccharine morsels. Sapphire flames. This notorious libation of La Belle Époque swirls and clouds as an opalescent collection of verse so impassioned that to overindulge could be deadly. Read with care — and plenty of sugar cubes.
“Dark, visionary, and at times demonic, the poems in Maria Alexander’s AT LOUCHE ENDS, live up to the book’s subtitle: Poetry for the Decadent, the Damned and the Absinthe-Minded. Highly recommended for a fearsome late night read, but not for the faint of heart.”
–Bruce Boston, Bram Stoker Award author of Dark Matters
"Dark as night, sexy as hell, this collection of poetry is not one you will easily forget.
–Deborah P Kolodji, President, Science Fiction Poetry Association
"Acute and often painful, Maria Alexander's poetry speaks volumes to the heart of mankind and its eternal fears. At Louche Ends promises to be a timeless and rare collection."
–Corrine De Winter, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Women at the Funeral
"Maria Alexander’s At Louche Ends is an exercise in girding one’s broken heart and uncrossing one’s fishnetted legs with an Adam Ant-load of New Romantic firepower…"
–Gram Ponante, Fleshbot
"A narcotic for the senses."
Stories by Joseph Nassise, Simon Wood, Maria Alexander, Nate Kenyon, Kealan Patrick Burke, Lisa Morton, Jeremy C. Shipp, and Joe McKinney.
Just when you thought it was safe to crawl back into bed . . . we’ve got a new set of terrors!
If Night Terrors made you pray for dawn, Volume II will send you into total madness.
Step inside the secret chambers of the Vatican and experience the dark side of the papal elections.
Meet people only a mother could love; listen to the dead speak, and even more disturbing, hear them cry.
Discover the darkness that lives inside the hearts of man, while hiding from other worldly tormentors . . .
Get your next nightmare now!
“One particular strength of “Night Terrors II” is that the writers all understand the importance of atmosphere, creating a sense of dread through character, setting and language, rather than leaning on gore." - The Horror Review
“Various, good new authors to watch and an interesting imprint to which we’d better keep an eye on in the future." - British Fantasy Society