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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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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
A businessman discovers he has a ghostly twin whose presence may be far more ominous than he had thought... Mischievous children learn that supernatural forces are nothing to toy with, after a Halloween prank goes wrong. And holiday festivities set the backdrop to a terrified teen’s worst fears, when his grandmother’s corpse comes looking for revenge…
Hit the road for a journey into fear and madness with Scare Street’s latest collection of spine-tingling tales. Thirteen stories of supernatural horror… More than enough to keep your mind off the endless blacktop and moonlit fields, as you drive deeper into the night.
You’re all alone on a dark, abandoned road, not another soul in sight. But wait… was something moving, up ahead on the roadside? A shiver runs down your spine, as you step on the accelerator. Then a snarl rumbles through the woods, and you pray you don’t run out of gas. Because if you get stranded on these dark, lonely backroads…
You may never see the light of day again.
Featuring the following titles:
1. Smothered with Love by Carl Hughes
2. Salvage by Kris Ashton
3. The Other Side of the Corn by Lori M. Myers
4. Double Take by John Gallant
5. Patron Saint of the Graveyard Shift by James Edward O'Brien
6. Raising the Dead by Justin Boote
7. Execution Day by Stephen Oliver
8. Lung Replacement by Matias Travieso-Diaz
9. Ringmaster of the Carnival by Stephen Johnson
10. The Tombstone by Peter Cronsberry
11. Knee-Jerk Confection by Eddie Generous
12. Safe Space by Brad Kelechava
13. The Souleater by Ron Ripley and Kevin Saito
Did the Harkers really emerge unscathed and victorious from their fight with Dracula? What's a vampire to do when he needs dental work? Just how disruptive can daylight saving time be to a vampire's sleep cycle?
Find out the answer to these questions and cross the boundaries of time in this wide-ranging anthology, featuring 21 original works of short fiction from the following authors: Matias Travieso-Diaz, LindaAnn Loschiavo, B. Patrick Lonberg, Matthew Barron, Deborah L. Davitt, Paul Wilson, S.C.R. Hill, G.A. Miller, Scott Harper, Carys Crossen, John Kiste, Georgia Cook, Liam Hogan, Monette Bebow-Reinhard, Laura Blackwell, Davin Ireland, Gerri Leen, Tony-Paul de Vissage, Ray Kolb, Ewa Mazierska, and H.L. Dowless
Actually they do, Aunty Jean. Cosy Crime has spanned the literary centuries and now due to its popularity, over a physical century as well.
Yet what constitutes a Cosy? Is it bounded by the Golden Age as presided over by Queen Agatha, Dame Sayers or Countess Marsh? Georgette Heyer stepped out of the Regency period to complete six very passable crime novels…
But is the Cosy now something that has actually transcended the Golden Age time period and matured into an acceptably modern crime sub-genre. Does it always need the Downton Abbey touches of country mansion, old upper crust family, downstairs unrest, and the usual collection of nefarious butlers who always seem to have ‘done it’, whatever ‘it’ might be?
Or is that ‘predictability’ what makes a cosy comfortably cosy? Or annoyingly so? And let’s be honest, who hasn’t at some time wished that Lord Peter would take a .32 between the eyes when the plot becomes more twisted than a corkscrew hazel?
17 writers take us on Cosy journeys - some more traditional, while others are very much up to date.
Not everything that emerges in springtime is meant to come to life.
The proverbial expression “Hope springs eternal” was coined by English poet and satirist Alexander Pope, meaning people will keep on hoping, no matter the odds. But what if the odds aren’t in your favor? We decided to change the phrase into something a little more unsettling: Hope Screams Eternal.
Spring hearkens thoughts of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth. What happens when creative minds nurture a more sinister mindset, awakening twisted and nefarious interpretations of the season of eternal hope?
Authors, poets, and artists from around the globe accepted our challenge to answer that question. Within these pages, they do their best to unsettle you as they explore the dark side of spring. The seeds of doubt they sow will burrow into your subconscious, lying in wait to hatch when you least expect it.
So get cozy, settle into your comfiest seat, and relax (but don't let down your guard!) as we bring your hopes and fears to life.
Stories, poems, and art by:
- ‘Hope Comes to Exhilaration’ © 2021 Ellen Hall
- ‘The Flames of Hope’ © 2021 Zenni Abdon
- ‘Hope Is the Thing with Feathers’ and ‘Scream’ © 2021 Fawn Allesee Russell
- ‘Hope Rekindled’ © 2021 Robin Knabel
- ‘Hope for the Future’ © 2021 Matias Travieso-Diaz
- ‘Hope from Rana-257’ © 2021 Joseph Hirsch
- ‘Hope Amid Shelves’ © 2021 Karen Lethlean
- ‘High Hopes for Hassenpfeffer’ © 2021 Caitlin Moon
- ‘hope is yellow-coloured’ © 2021 Kai Leung
- ‘The Eternal Hazard of Hope’ © 2021 John Riebow
- ‘When the Rabbit Screams’ © 2021 A.C. Grant
- ‘The Scream Series’ © 2021 Moses Ojo
- ‘Screams from the Hinterland’ © 2021 H. Dair Brown
- ‘Burning Cities, Screaming Bodies’ © 2021 Sandip Baidya
- ‘Screaming at the Moon’ © 2021 Elyse Kallen
- ‘A Murder of Screams’ © 2021 Mark McCallum
- ‘Screams from the Gallery’ © 2021 Alex Woodroe
- ‘Screams in Space’ © 2021 Nicholas Knight
- ‘Hope Screams Internal,’ ‘Hope Screams Nocturnal,’ and ‘Hoppy Screams Eternal’ © 2021 Jonathan Reddoch
- ‘Eternal Rest’ © 2021 Chris Lilienthal
- ‘The Eternal’s Hidden Queen’ © 2021 Eric Knabel
- ‘The Eternal Mr. Tremblay’ © 2021 Brian J. Smith
- ‘The Cure Eternal’ © 2021 A. Bratton
- ‘The Eternal Slumbering Terror’ © 2021 Ryan Day
- ‘Eternally, Swans’ © 2021 Ashley Winter
- ‘Eternal Wake’ © 20
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
Contributors:Adam Down, Allison Floyd, Andrew Joseph White, Antonia Ward, Ashley Van Elswyk, Caitlin Marceau, Cara Mast, C.M. Lowry, Emma Kathryn, Jelena Dunato, Jenna Junior, Joshua Robinson, Julie Sevens, Kelly Piner, Lindz McLeod, Matias Travieso-Diaz,Meg Sipos, Paige Johnson, Shannon Scott, Simone le Roux
"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
- 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?
Natalie Dale’s Snakeflower is a satisfying tale of sweet smelling revenge on a colony world where protectors turn oppressor, Alexandra Grunberg’s To the New Year takes us to the end of the world, and Tova Hope Liel, Girl’s Best Friend asks: is the monster under the bed real? And if it is, does it bite?
Matias Travieso-Diaz’s The Portal is a cautionary tale of demons summoned, pacts made and consequences suffered. Shawn Kobb’s Two by Two shows coexisting with aliens might not be straightforward and, finally,. David Dixon’s Seventy Miles from Phoenix ladles death and destruction in the Arizona desert.
Fine fantasy and stunning science fiction,
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.