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About Matthew Barron
Matthew Barron spends his days mixing and analyzing human blood as a medical technologist in Indianapolis, Indiana. Matthew’s diverse fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies such as Ill-Considered Expeditions, Roboterotica, Outposts of Beyond, Sci Phi Journal, House of Horror and more. He’s produced two of his plays and released three graphic novels: Temple of Secrets, The Brute and Harmony Unbound. His most recent book is a paranormal mystery called Buried Curses, a follow up to last year’s Waking Terror. His sword sorcery book, Valora; dystopian novella, Secular City Limits; and kids book, The Lonely Princess are also available.
For more information, visit matthewbarron.com or submatterpress.com
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Bestselling editor Rebecca Rowland (Unburied: A Collection of Queer Dark Fiction) and Dark Ink Books (Savini, Unmasked: The True Life Story of the World's Most Prolific Cinematic Killer) present a unique anthology of monster, folk, paranormal, and psychological horror as glimpsed through the lens of the latchkey generation. In this assortment of spine-chilling tales, twenty-two voices shine a strobe light on the cultural demons that lurked in the background while they came of age in the heyday of Satanic panic and slasher flicks, milk carton missing and music television, video rentals and riot grrrls.
These Gen-X storytellers once stayed out unsupervised until the streetlights came on, and what they brought home with them will terrify you.
Featuring brand new fiction from Kevin David Anderson, Glynn Owen Barrass, Matthew Barron, C.D. Brown, Matthew Chabin, L.E. Daniels, C.O. Davidson, Douglas Ford, Phil Ford, Holly Rae Garcia, Dale W. Glaser, Tim Jeffreys, Derek Austin Johnson, Eldon Litchfield, Adrian Ludens, Elaine Pascale, Erica Ruppert, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Rob Smales, Mark Towse, Thomas Vaughn, and Thomas K.S. Wake.
"Brimming with insightful storytelling and haunting scares, Generation X-ed proves there are no slackers in this eclectic collection of latchkey horror writers." -Daily Dead
Contributors: Adam Down, Alexis Dubon, Andrew McDonald, Anja Hendrikse Liu, Antonia Rachel Ward, April Yates, Arlo Gorevin, Benjamin Langley, Benjamin Lawrence, Brianna Malotke, Bry White, C.J. Dotson, Caitlin Marceau, Cara Mast, Charles E.P. Murphy, Claire Hunter, Cody Mower, Collin Yeoh, Dale Parnell, Danielle McCabe, Eilidh Spence, Elford Alley, Emilian Wojnowski, Emma K. Leadley, Emma Kathryn, Freddie Åhlin, Fusako Ohki, Gus Wood, Guy Riessen, Helen M. Merrick, Holden Zuras, Isaac Menuza, J.C. Robinson, J.J. Kīmmorist, James Dick, Jameson Grey, Jennifer Canaveral, Jeremiah Dylan Cook, Joe Butler, Joe Scipione, John Lane, Julia Ross, Justin Terry, K. Van Dam, K.J. Watson, Kamome Ashizawa, Kathryn Bea, Katie Young, Kelly White, Kimberley Rei, Kirin Sasa, Kristin Cleaveland, Laura Keating, Laura Nettles, Leeroy Cross James, Leon Lavender, Lindsay King-Miller, M. Lopes da Silva, Marc Sorondo, Marcelo Medone, Mario Aliberto III, Matthew Barron, Meera Dandekar, Micah Castle, Michelle Cook, Myk Pilgrim, Nick Watts, Paige Johnson, Patrick Barb, Patrick Tumblety, Patrick Winters, Paula Hammond, Petina Strohmer, Russell Nichols, S.O. Green, Scarlett Lake, Scott McGregor, Sean Reardon, Serena Jayne, Steve Neal, Toko Hata, Toshiya Kamei, Victor Nandi, Yukari Kousaka, Yuki Fuwa
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
A. Whittenberg, Aaron E. Lee, Alexis DuBon, Andrew McDonald, Anna Sanderson, Annabel Record, Antonia Rachel Ward, April Yates, Austrian Spencer, Benjamin Lawrence, Brianna Malotke, Caitlin Marceau, Cara Mast, Carys Crossen, Caytlyn Brooke, Claire Hunter, Claire Loader, Clay F. Johnson, Colin Leonard, Dale Parnell, David Fey, Dee Grimes, doungjai gam, E.M. Alores, Edward Brock, Eilidh Spence, Elford Alley, Emma K. Leadley, Emma Kathryn, Emma Murray, Eric Raglin, Erin M. Brady, Evelyn Freeling, Ezekiel Kincaid, Fusako Ohki, Gabbie Frulla, Georgia Cook, Gus Wood, Hazel Ragaire, Helen M. Merrick, Isaac Menuza, J.C. Robinson, J.J. Kīmmorist, J.R. Handfield, Jameson Grey, Jeremiah Dylan Cook, Jessica Wilcox, Joe Scipione, Josh Sippie, Julia Ross, Julie Sevens, Kati Lokadottir, Katie Young, Keely O'Shaughnessy, Kevin Skirrow, Kirin Sasa, Kristin Cleaveland, Laura Keating, Laura Nettles, Laura Shenton, Laurence Sullivan, Lily Tupa, Lyndsey Croal, M.M. MacLeod, Matthew Barron, Meera Dandekar, Melody E. McIntyre, Micah Castle, Michelle Mellon, Mike Murphy, Nerisha Kemraj, Nicola Kapron, Nicole M. Wolverton, Paige Johnson, Patrick Whitehurst, Patrick Winters, Petina Strohmer, R.J. Joseph, Robyn Pritzker, Ryan B. Green, Sean Reardon, Sheri White, Skye Pagon, Sophie Sadler, Stephen Howard, Tiffany Michelle Brown, Toshiya Kamei, Umiyuri Katsuyama, Vivian Kasley, Yukari Kousaka
From steamy jungles and back waters to unexplored islands and mysterious woodlands, researchers investigate alien artifacts and mysterious creatures, while others probe interdimensional portals, oblivious to the dangers.
Some are motivated by the romance of discovery, others by the heady intoxication of greed, but all are doomed when their forays into the unknown world become terrifying tales of Ill-considered Expeditions!
All Helena really wants is a better life for her twelve year old son, Luke. To do that she needs to get him into a good school, which isn’t easy to do when you are a single mother and a Catholic in a near future United States where there is no more separation between Church and State.
States, even neighborhoods are divided along religious lines, and Helena faces discrimination everywhere she goes. Adam, a teenager from her congregation, convinces Helena to leave everything behind and take him and her son across the new American landscape to New Secular City, where they hope to find good schools, good jobs, and tolerance.
After facing many obstacles they will finally reach their destination, but it may not be what any of them expected.
All the unbelievable horrors he has experienced can be traced to Anderson getting him kicked out of the army. Jack thought he had buried the scandal and is finally rebuilding his life when Anderson comes calling on his “old buddy” again. The FBI is accusing Anderson of smuggling stolen Iraqi artifacts into the U.S., and he wants to hire Jack to prove his innocence. Jack is almost certain Anderson is guilty, but, just like old times, Anderson talks him into going against his better judgment.
Jack links the stolen antiquities to a murdered scholar and stumbles upon a mystery as old as civilization. Now, only Jack stands between humanity and a forgotten god.
PI Jack Mahler thought he finally had an easy assignment, a routine life insurance claim investigation. He was looking forward to having the afternoon off to go hiking with his dogs, but the widowed husband acts like he has something to hide, and Jack witnesses a surreal apparition feeding on the dead wife’s ghost. When the voiceless entity follows Jack home and a rogue policeman threatens to frame him for murder, this easy case gets personal. To solve this mystery, Jack must seek answers in his own shameful past, risking life and sanity to discover the secret of the waking terror before his dream of a normal life turns to smoke.
Why can't anything be simple?
Like many college sophomores, Mike doesn’t have a clear direction in life. When he inherits an old house from a mysterious family friend, he drops out of school to check out his new property. He gets more than he bargained for when he falls through a portal in the attic and lands in a frightening, medieval fantasy land where myth, folklore and reality are one. The only way home lies with the missing Gatekeeper and his Key. Mike’s new companions, Ultor, Elric and Virgil, need the Gatekeeper’s help to save their kingdom from Histerland and its evil High Necromancer. Their quest puts Mike in the middle of an age-old conflict between warring kingdoms and rival wizards. As the Necromancer stalks the Key Seekers across this world of gods and monsters, Mike discovers secrets about his past and the key to his future.
This book was adapted from material originally published in The Gateworld Chronicles.