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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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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
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
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
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.
Unsettling Reads, founded by fiction authors H. Dair Brown and Robin Knabel, offers spoiler-free reviews and recommendations on books from the Crime, Fantasy, Horror, Literary, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense, and Thriller genres. And just to keep things spicy, they throw in the occasional author interview.
If you're contemplating picking up Hope Screams Eternal, you probably enjoy books that make you check for monsters under the bed before you go to sleep. Let Robin and Dair help you decide what to read the next time you're ready to sink down into the “safety” of your blankets and crack open the kind of book that will make you shudder (and maybe even think) a little.
★ They love to interact with fellow readers and authors on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (@unsettlingreads). That's where the truly unsettling stuff usually happens.
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,
- 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?
In this issue: P T Russell, Martina Litty, Benjamin DeHaan, Jennifer Schomburg Kanke, Lora Gray, Donald Carreira Ching, Fred Cheney, Kathleen Casey, Zach Murphy, Emily Martha Sorensen, Michelle Lynch, Binta Ohtaki (translated by Toshiya Kamei), Sherre Vernon, Katie Conrad, Carter Boucher, Angela van Son, Janna Layton, Maroula Blades, Elilzabeth Eve King, Lindsey Morrison Grant, Despy Boutris, Nelson Lowhim, Natascha Graham, Rachel Teferet, Emily Rankin, Guilherme Bergamini, Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier, Molly Fuller, J.J. Steinfeld, Bruce Boston, Keith David Parsons, Jessica Walsh, Meghan Bell, Courtney Bates-Hardy, Mark Eshbaugh, Lucy Zhang, Bronte Pearson, George Salis, Guy Prevost, Kevin David Anderson, Carolyn Agee, Kate Falvey, Sreyash Sarkar, Yuan Changming, Nnadi Samuel, John Stocks, Lexy Experiment, Thomas Crofts, Perla Tsoler Kantarjian, Laura Bandy, Trish Hopkinson, Stacy Nathaniel Jackson, A I Russell, Rebecca Weingart, Trish Tuthill, Bernardo Villela, John C. Mannone, Kate LaDew, Adam Coday, Tiffany M. M. Lindfield, Matias Travieso-Diaz, Ron Burch, Robin Gow, Kalie Palmer, Luke Sawczak, Wren Douglas, Louis Evans
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
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.
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.