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About Matias Travieso-Diaz
I was born in Cuba and migrated to the United States as a young man. I became an engineer and lawyer and practiced for nearly fifty years. I retired, turned my attention to creative writing, and authored many short stories of various genres. My stories have been published or accepted for publication in about fifty paying short story anthologies, magazines, audio books and podcasts. A collection of some of my stories has also been accepted for publication under the title "Times and Places."
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2020 was a reality horror show. And like most obnoxious entertainment reality shows, this one had its own idiosyncratic rules and penalties. Call it The Big Lockdown. We were forced to go to ground, to hide in our holes. Some went underground and never came back. Uncertainty ruled because the rules kept changing. Were we following the science or the mad scientists? Was the light at the end of the tunnel the fiery mouth of hell? We couldn’t say for sure, so we ventured out for food, booze and sundries like scavengers in a slow-motion apocalypse, keeping our distance from fellow human beings because you never knew who might be carrying that heavy viral load.
And everywhere we went, we went behind the mask. So, it became obvious: The theme of our offering of extreme horror tales from 2020 had to be Masquerade.
Our masquerading storytellers nevertheless did what they do best. They went deep into the belly of the beast and sent up fictions reflective of these “trying” times. Their stories peel away the masks (or in some cases, the skin) to reveal the inner workings of darkest hearts and minds and deeper fears.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Nipples In Dad’s Tool Box - Ronald Kelly
Going Green - Christine Morgan
Whiskey To The Wound - Rachel Nussbaum
/thestrangethingwebecome - Eric LaRocca
Hey Valentine - Amanda Cecelia Lang
In Subspace, No One Can Hear You Scream - Hailey Piper
The Pogonip Fog - Sean Patrick Hazlett
Gunfire And Brimstone - Alicia Hilton
The Happiest Man In The World - Matthew Brockmeyer
Synaesthete - Melanie Harding-Shaw
Full Moon Shindig - Patrick C. Harrison Iii
The Drinking-Horn - Christine Morgan
Otto Hahn Speaks To The Dead - Octavia Cade
All The Stars In Her Eyes - Deborah Sheldon
The Village - Matias F. Travieso-Diaz
The Smell Of Night In The Basement - Wendy N. Wagner
The Saint - Alessandro Manzetti
Her Wounded Eyes - Robert Guffey
The dark side is waiting…
Fish N’ Chips lead a curious traveler to a sinister island, where the residents are more than they seem. Forbidden occult knowledge strands a pair of friends in a terrifying nexus of evil. And an ancient ice storm forces a wandering tribe to choose between following a bloodthirsty shaman, or the glowing lights in the sky…
Venture into new realms of terror with Scare Street’s latest bone-chilling collection. This spine-tingling volume contains fifteen ghastly tales of horror and the paranormal. More than enough to while away the hours, as you lose yourself in the shadows of the night.
The deeper you plunge into this realm of terror, the farther away the real world seems. But don’t worry… just turn the page and stay a bit longer.
We’re sure you’ll be able to find your way back. Just listen for the screams in the darkness.
And pray they aren’t your own…
This volume contains the following:
1. The Fish'r Men by David Turton
2. The Faces at the Window by Bob Johnston
3. From the Ashes by Bryan Wolford
4. The Neighbors by Peter Cronsberry
5. The Ferryman by Nicholas Paschall
6. Slug by Matias Travieso-Diaz
7. Folsom Lake by Karl Melton
8. Obsidian by Richard Beauchamp
9. Edward's Couch by Robert Douglas
10. What Lovely Petunias by Mark Towse
11. The Delirium of Negation by Justin Boote
12. I Just Write the Damned Thing by Samuel Thomas Fraser
13. A Clearing by Sam Lesek
14. Northern Lights by Drew Starling
15. Wind Chimes by Ron Ripley
Shakespeare began the tense apprehension with his melodic yet warning phrase. Ray Bradbury continued the dark and ominous foreboding that oozes between the words. Now, it has come to the North American Old West, a world with its severe terrain and hardened residents. The rules were harsher out here, the ethics and morals changed, the fight for life and liberty quite different than anything these pioneers, these outlaws, these six-shooters and rebel rousers, these unquestionably brave men and women had bargained for. For them, something wicked certainly rode.
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble…
In this anthology, we explore the Old West with a skewed view, showcasing the weird western genre through stories that explore the peculiar and the fantastic, the wicked that was and could have been. You’ll experience spiritual nightmares, mythical monsters, cosmic outlaws, discerning gods, and science run amok. Even the North Pole Security division isn’t immune to the supernatural strangeness that stalks the late 1800s. In the tradition of the pulp and western stories of a bygone era, these are thirty tales to intrigue, amaze, and perhaps down right spook you right out of your boots.
So brew up some coffee, head out to the rocking chair on the porch, and tilt your hat to shade your eyes so you can read real close. Just be sure you keep one eye on the horizon and one hand near your holster. For…
With dark intentions and creatures astride,
Something wicked this way rides.
Enjoy stories from these talented authors
Gustavo Bondoni – Marilyn “Mattie” Brahen – Kenneth Bykerk – Dwain Campbell – Gregg Chamberlain – Vonnie Winslow Crist – Stuart Croskell – Lawrence Dagstine – J.B. Dane – Kevin M. Folliard – John A. Frochio – Steve Gladwin – L.L. Hill – Adrian Ludens – Stefan Markos – Jonathon Mast – Jason J. McCuiston – Gregory L. Norris – Q Parker – Peter Prellwitz – John B. Rosenman – Alistair Rey – Darrell Schweitzer – Bradley H. Sinor – Matias Travieso-Diaz – Charles Wilkinson – Martin Zeigler
"Can you change the nature inside yourself?"
After Dinner Conversation - Season Four is a collection of the best short stories published in the After Dinner Conversation series to date. Short stories span all genres; science-fiction, near-future, dystopia, spiritual, fantasy, urban fantasy, AI, historical fiction, contemporary women, political, horror, thriller, and children's stories. The important thing is that the story is compelling, and that it asks a specific ethical or moral question. Imagine the "trolley problem" in short story form.
✓ "The stories in this anthology speak to the collective and individual man alike, delicately balancing outcomes, possibilities, while celebrating and demonizing advances of the human mind and those extraordinary feats of technology by pointing out what humanity gains and what it constantly loses." Raluca Comanelea
✓ "Thought-provoking stories that bring ethical questions to life." Tina Forsee
✓ "Captivating and enthralling glimpse at the thought process...Futuristic, but also relevant." Jane Hill
Short stories by (in alphabetical order) Jay Allisan, Mark Braidwood, Jared Cappel, Helen De Cruz, Jenna Glover, Viggy Parr Hampton, James A. Hartley, Paul Hilding, David M. Hoenig, Sarah Johnson, Remi Martin, Joanna Michal Hoyt, Henry McFarland, Deb Rogers, Shannon Frances Smith, Cory Swanson, Fryderyk Sylla, Carl Tait, E.L. Tenenbaum, Matias Travieso-Diaz, Mystee Van Dan, Doc Varga, Matthew Wallace, Charles Williams, David Wiseman
We fear discovery when we should fear what there is to discover.
Lovecraft and his successors show a world where human civilisation is only a thin veneer over black seas of ignorance. A world where men exalted for their reason uncover logic-defying truths. A world where the marginalised discover uncaring horror on the fringes of a society that rejects them. A world where the bonds between us unravel.
But what of those who wear their own averageness like a veneer? Neither drawn toward the horror by academic curiosity nor driven their by society, but unmoored by a mundane secret.
A Spanish priest struggling with base desires plots to save a native child from brutal sacrifice.
A veteran hiding the extent of his mental wounds discovers the true war on terror is very different.
A delinquent’s secret passion for stamp collecting draws him into a dark bargain.
And nine more tales of overtly normal people coming adrift in an incomprehensible universe.
- Cost Of Human Life: AI software designed to more efficiently run the railroad system runs into a programming issue.
- Step Back: A husband and wife decide to have a natural childbirth and find it's more than they bargained.
- The Cave Of Adventure: A scientist that studies fish memory wanders into a cave that gives her the chance to share their experience.
- Christmas In Ushuaia: A sorrowful man heads to the ends of the earth to dispose of his most painful memories.
- The Freedom Machine: A woman is forced to make her own decisions when her computer assistant goes down for repairs.
- I Do So, Like Durian: A sheltered teen on a quest through Chinatown finds a new world to explore.
- In Love And War: A midnight knock on the door and a request to "hide me." Is there more you would need to know?
Our first edition features short literary stories written by Zannier Alejandra, Ron Healy, Matias Travieso-Diaz, Michael Anthony, Margery Bayne, Alec Hutchinson, Aarushi Shetty, Yen Radecki, Elizabeth Guilt and John Walters.
The editorial team for this edition are Jim Clarke, Frank Yetter, Gabrielle Yetter, Betina Fuentes, Tim Lundergan, Michele Van Rensburg and Jonathan Fuentes.
Featuring the work of Mehreen Ahmed, Warren Alexander, Diane Arrelle, Gary Bonn, Helen Bosworth, David Bowmore, Steve Carr, RLM Cooper, Dawn DeBraal, Ximena Escobar, María J. Estrada, David Estringel, Kelli J. Gavin, Sharon Frame Gay, Jill Kiesow, Shawn M. Klimek, Mark Kodama, Catherine A. MacKenzie, Giuseppina Marino Leyland, Silvana McGuire, Elizabeth Montague, Eamon O’Leary, J. H. O’Rourke, A. L. Paradiso, Seth Pilevsky, Richard Rebel, Copper Rose, Andrew Scobie, Jay Shepherd, Z.D.W. Smith, C. L. Steele, H. P. Thornton, Peter Toeg, Matias Travieso-Diaz, and Pam Van Allen.