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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
The collection begins with a woman who attempts to design her ideal mate (Dearly Devoted) and ends with an unrequited love that lasts beyond the grave (The House by the Sea). In between, you’ll find breakups (Sister Smoke), stalkers (Charming), abusive husbands (The Echo) and cult followers (The Bloom). You will discover macabre taxidermists (One for Sorrow), obsessive lepidopterists (The Butterfly Collector), and furious harpies (Lilac Wine).
For those who enjoy the supernatural, there are witches (Everything She’s Looking For) vengeful ghosts (Rosalba), and jealous vampires (The Dark Gift). And while some of the stories are poetic and lyrical (Fade Into You), others are blackly humorous (Bumped, White Noise).Queer love stories abound, including Sweet Roots and The Follower, and the volume is not restricted to romantic love, either. Superstitious deals with a mother’s love, while The Loveliest Corpse shows the other side of the coin, and Hold Your Sister Until You Can’t Anymore showcases sibling affection under bleak circumstances.One thing is for certain: after reading these stories you’ll find yourself looking at love in an entirely different light.
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
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, LLC. was founded by fiction authors Robin Knabel and H. Dair Brown. Their first podcast, called (wait for it!) Unsettling Reads, was released on April Fool’s Day 2020, so that can only mean good things, right?
Every other Wednesday, Robin and Dair offer their spoiler-free reviews and recommendations on books from the Crime, Fantasy, Horror, Literary, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense, and Thriller genres.
If you can’t get enough (or if podcasts just aren’t your thing), check out the numerous blog posts of books they've enjoyed outside of the podcast. And just to keep things spicy, they throw in the occasional author interview.
If you're contemplating picking up this book, you probably enjoy books that make you check for monsters under the bed (or perhaps even in bed next to you) 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.
★ Also - they love to interact with their readers, listeners, and fellow authors on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (@unsettlingreads). That's where the truly unsettling stuff usually happens. UnsettlingReads.com
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.
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
- 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?
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.
The re-entry of foreign-based businesses into Cuba will require a complete overhaul of Cuba's laws and legal institutions. It will also require enactment of major new legislation there, designed to enable and facilitate modern business transactions. Travieso-Diaz identifies these necessary legal, political, and economic changes, integrating legal and economic concepts in a way that businesspeople can understand and use in determining when it will be safe for them to reestablish business ties with Cuba. An important, readable resource for corporate management and their academic colleagues specializing in international business, trade, and investment.
Using a practical, results-oriented approach, Travieso-Diaz organizes his book into three parts. In Part One, he discusses the specific political and economic changes that must occur and how U.S. policy must be modified to permit resumption of commerce between the two countries. Part Two covers the main legal concerns of a foreign business entity seeking to invest in Cuba, such as the resolution of property confiscation claims by U.S. and Cuban nationals, the enactment of a suitable foreign investment law, and the development of a program for the privatization of state-owned enterprises. Part Three surveys other legal issues important to foreign investors and to others who prefer trade with Cuba, rather than investment in it. Travieso-Diaz also provides checklists of changes that must occur in each area he covers―trade, investment, privatization―to provide business decisionmakers with a way of determining when it makes sense to enter the Cuban market. He also identifies the laws that the Cuban government must enact, and the most favorable form they should take, to encourage full participation from other nations.