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About Melanie Cossey
As a child, Melanie Cossey delighted in reading stories that left her feeling disturbed, like Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery, and Poe’s The Telltale Heart. Her love of the Victorian period combined with her penchant for impactful, unsettling stories nurtured her desire to create troubling tales of gothic horror.
Melanie’s short, The Nymphalidae won Honorable Mention in the Storm Crow Tavern’s 2015 Tales from Beermat Microfiction Contest. Her short fiction has been shortlisted in numerous contests. Melanie’s gothic horror, A Peculiar Curiosity, will be released on October 26th 2018 by Fitzroy Books. She is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association.
These eleven authors looked beyond the traditional wind-rattled Victorian mansions and stately plantation houses shrouded in moss to introduce us to contemporary Gothic locations hiding in plain sight. In LOVE AMONG THE THORNS, the fog and forests of the Pacific Northwest cloud your vision, before blowing away to reveal the wind-swept plains of Montana. The damp of the Louisiana bayou gives way to the glittering lights of Manhattan. Across the ocean, secrets lie behind the walls of grand estates in the forests of Germany and the windy crags of Scotland, and danger lurks beneath the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. In each locale, the sense of things not being quite right, not quite what they seem on the surface beckons you forward.
Whatever the setting or obstacles placed before the lovers, the stories in LOVE AMONG THE THORNS focus on the relationships that develop between the characters, bringing them from strangers – or even antagonists – to the point where they leave the story hand-in-hand, with futures possible only because of the hardships they had to overcome to achieve them.
Includes stories by:
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Gayle Ann Williams
In Quoth the Raven, we invite you to answer the call of the raven and revisit Poe's work, re-imagined for the twenty-first century. Here, the lover of mystery and Gothic horror will find familiar themes in contemporary settings, variations on Poe's tales, and faithful recreations of the author's signature style.
An Anthology of Short Stories on the Subject of Food
Whether deep underground in a Welsh mine, in a beautiful garden villa in Italy, or across time in a pillaged castle, food has the power to heal, divide, comfort, and destroy. In FEAST, their first anthology, sixteen authors from Coquitlam Writers Group interpret the universal theme of food. Between the pages of FEAST, a woman weighs her rivalry with her waistband against her rivalry with her Bible study leader. Two former Red Guards in China seek restitution for a supposedly bad watermelon. An impromptu education around a cheese tray puts the loyalty of a newly formed friendship to the test, and a young woman faces the darker aspects of her relationship with food. Join us for a ritualistic feast in the jungles of the Amazon. Visit a warm kitchen heavy with the scent of baked apple pie, and travel to a desolate Vancouver warehouse where French Cuisine is on the menu. Whatever the setting or the food, FEAST strives to make the reader think about how we view food, and how food affects our lives in ways we may not have contemplated before and leave you wanting to devour just one more.