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About Michael Haynes
An ardent short story reader and writer, Michael has had stories appear in the Sidekicks!, Deep Cuts, and Kwik Krimes anthologies as well as in periodical publications such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature, and Daily Science Fiction. His website is http://michaelhaynes.info/.
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Entire novels are often written about a single crime, detailing every gruesome, dark detail until the last drop of blood spatters across the page. Yet in this mystery anthology, renowned editor and author Otto Penzler weaves together to heart-stopping effect more than ninety tales of brutality, terror, and unexpected demise, with each story told in a swift one thousand words or less.
These crimes may be fast in both form and fallout, but none lack the dark impulses that too often guide human hands to ill ends. Prepare to be transported into the diabolical schemes of criminal masterminds…into robberies and pranks gone horribly awry…into closets crammed with skeletons…into families bound not by love but wickedness.
Authors include Peter Blauner, Ken Bruen, Rob W. Hart, K. A. Laity, Tasha Alexander, Patricia Abbott, Bruce DeSilva, Chuck Caruso, Gregory Gibson, Joe R. Lansdale, and many more.
The Legend Continues…
Twenty-four heart-rending tales with elements of terror, mystery, and a nightmarish darkness that knows no end.
Welcome to my lake. Welcome to where dreams and hope are illusions…and pain is God.
- This anthology begins with Joe R. Lansdale’s The Folding Man, one of his darkest stories ever written.
- Kealan Patrick Burke’s Go Warily After Dark pulls us into a desolated world, and reminds us of the price of survival: a guilt that seeps into the marrow.
- Damien Angelica Walter’s Everything Hurts, Until it Doesn’t places us in the middle of a family whose secrets and traditions are thicker than blood.
- Jennifer Loring’s When the Dead Come Home explores a loss so dark, that even the stars are sucked into its melancholic vacuum.
In the spirit of popular Dark Fiction and Horror anthologies such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, and the best of Stephen King’s short fiction, comes Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from The Lake anthologies.
This fourth volume of Speculative Fiction contains the following short stories:
- Jennifer Loring – When the Dead Come Home
- Joe R. Lansdale – The Folding Man
- Kealan Patrick Burke – Go Warily After Dark
- T. E. Grau – To the Hills
- Damien Angelica Walters – Everything Hurts, Until it Doesn’t
- Sheldon Higdon – Drowning in Sorrow
- Max Booth III – Whenever You Exhale, I Inhale
- Bruce Golden – The Withering
- JG Faherty – Grave Secrets
- Hunter Liguore – End of the Hall
- David Dunwoody – Snowmen
- Timothy G. Arsenault – Pieces of Me
- Maria Alexander – Neighborhood Watchers
- Timothy Johnson – The Story of Jessie and Me
- Michael Bailey – I will be the Reflection Until the End
- E.E. King – The Honeymoon’s Over
- Darren Speegle – Song in a Sundress
- Cynthia Ward – Weighing In
- Michael Haynes – Reliving the Past
- Leigh M. Lane – The Long Haul
- Mark Cassell – Dust Devils
- Del Howison – Liminality
- Gene O’Neill – The Gardener
- Jeff Cercone – Condo by the Lake
With an introduction by editor Ben Eads. Cover art by Ben Baldwin. Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from The Darkest Depths.
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This exploration defines this anthology. So many of the stories ask what has America become? What will it be in the future? Will it devolve into a Russian style oligarchy, or will we rise to the challenge and use our hearts, our minds and our votes to return to a rational democracy, of, by, and for the people. No one knows for sure. But these top-tier talented authors from around the world, from Philip Brian Hall to Bruno Lombardi to Jane Yolen give us their visions.
You will find the witticisms of Jim Wright exploring Donald Trump as Moses after presentation of the Ten Commandments. The mental genius of Edd Vick and Manny Frishberg as they give us Trump, tweeting his way across the solar system. There is much to laugh about.
There are serious visions as well. Brad Cozzens’s brilliant poem “America Once Beautiful” reaches poignantly from today’s reality into some salvageable vision of tomorrow that borrows from yesterday’s values. The poets in this volume, be they Brad, Jane Yolen, Gwyndyn T. Alexander or C.A. Chesse, bring new meanings to words and leave you thoughtful.
If you want a fun romp, jump to “Wishcraft.com,” by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, as she explores how important it is that political hacks not annoy witches. Or, if you prefer, K.G. Anderson’s, “The Right Man for the Job,” in which a post-corporeal LBJ rides to the rescue.
There is something for everyone. Coping. How do we cope? This painful question is explored by three of our best and brightest. Jill Zeller, a woman who won’t write of Elves, has given us “A Woman Walks Into a Bar,” an affirmation of our own choices. Coping is also explored brilliantly by Karin L. Frank and Kerri Leigh Grady in their stories “HMO” and “Final Delivery.”
There are so many more great stories in this collection, I can truly recommend them all. If, however, you can only read one, then read “Small Courages,” and let it touch you, maybe bring tears of hope, as you see our world through the eyes of a child and find that we can survive. We will survive.
It's only time travel. What could go wrong?
Let us show you!
What you hold in your hands is a singular opportunity to witness paradox at its worst! When it comes to time, all things are relative, including the elasticity of causality. Writers from all over the world have come together to bring you a wide array of tales from witty and whimsical to dark and dire, exploring the age-old axiom: when you tick-off time, sooner or later, he's going to quantum your physics.
Here is a tachyon of what you can expect in this cosmic collection of temporal distress: ancient artifacts, mad scientists, and wardens of time. There are government conspiracies, corporate cover-ups, presidential assassinations, and deadly betrayals. And what science fiction-fantasy collaboration would be complete without impending Armageddon, a host of doomsday invaders, tears in the time space, and killer robot bunnies?
There is so much more! I hope this has been enough perturbation to convince you to crack open this event horizon into crumbling alternate dimensions, and read about the hapless byproducts of warped imaginations.
This is how the world ends.
This is how the world ends.
Not in a bang, but in a book.
58 flash fiction stories of the final hours. Passion, pain and horror of the end of days, all in short vignettes.
Featuring stories from:
Christine Morga, Essel Pratt, Cameron Suey, T. Fox Dunham, Guy Anthony De Marco, Mandy DeGeit, Jessica McHugh, Kristopher Kelly, E. Catherine Tobler, Jamie Lackey, George Cotronis, William R.D. Wood, Lee Clark Zumpe, Lincoln Crisler, Eryk Pruitt, Michael H. Antonio, Kallirroe Agelopoulou, Steve Calvert, Rebecca J. Allred, Darcie Little Badger, Erik B. Scott, Terry M. West, Glenn Rolfe, Josh Strnad, J.A. Martin, Darryl Dawson, DJ Tyrer, Joana Eça de Queiroz, Lex T. Lindsay, Arno Hurter, Cameron Shifflet, J.P. Freeman, Marie DesJardin, Dusty Wallace, Doug Murano, Ken MacGregor, Victoria Dalpe, Kelda Crich, Pedro Iniguez, Joey Capora, S.R. Mastrantone, Damir Salkovic, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, Jason Sharp, Leslianne Wilder, Jennifer Loring, Bryce Hughes, L.C. Mortimer, Rebecca Barbee, E. E. King, David Turnbull, Richard Thomas, Rose Blackthorn, K.Z. Morano, Adrian Ludens, Kenneth W. Cain, Michael Haynes, Michael Penkas
This book provides helpful tips for establishing and maintaining a daily writing routine based on the author's personal experience. With a little bit of effort, you too will find the time to Write Every Day.
From Write Every Day: "How much writing do you think you could get accomplished if you had an entire year to spend on just that and nothing else? And when you think of that year, don't think of several hours a day. Think of every single minute. That you've got the special ability to not require time to sleep or do anything else at all. You wouldn't get fatigued or burned out. Think you could write a lot in that year? Then consider this: Anything you spend twenty minutes a day on every day is something that you'll spend more than a year of your life doing. Increase that to an hour a day and you'll spend a year on that activity over the course of only 24 years. That's the amazing power of doing something every day. The time, bit by bit, adds up to a tremendous opportunity to accomplish things that excite us."
Table of Contents:
- Chapter 1 – Writing Every Day in Three Easy Steps
- Chapter 2 – Customizing Your Daily Writing Chain, The Basics
- Chapter 3 – You Have More Time Than You Think!
- Chapter 4 – Taking a Mulligan
- Chapter 5 – Make Peer Pressure Your Friend
- Chapter 6 – What About Revising?
- Chapter 7 – Customizing Your Daily Writing Chain, Advanced Options
- Chapter 8 – Getting Unstuck
- Chapter 9 – Jumping in the Deep End with NaNoWriMo
- Chapter 10 – Using the Chain in Everyday Life
- Chapter 11 – A Time to Let Go Of the Chain?
- Chapter 12 – Putting It All Together
- Bonus Features Introduction
- Bonus Feature #1 – Seven Things to Do When You Feel Like You're Losing Your Mind
- Bonus Feature #2 – Advice on Advice
- Bonus Feature #3 – Rejecting Rejection
- Bonus Feature #4 – How Twitter Works for Writers
- Bonus Feature #5 – The Life of a Short Story: Idea to Publication
- Appendix A – Resource List
Cover art is by Dave Windett
**"No Sleep Til Deadtown" by Michael Haynes: an unusual taxi driver risks a dangerous game **"Jinn" by Daniel Moore: a woman plays 'Marid' for her clients, guiding them through subconscious memory and desire **"Deficit" by Sarah Vernetti: mother and child are pursued through a world in crisis **"The Line of Fate" by Suzanne Burns: a young wife struggles with mania and identity **"Gladys Collins" by John Pace: a quiet life implodes under the shadow of a smothering stranger **"The Cloud" by Elaine Olund: a uniquely simple solution for anxiety and fear PLUS **"Pigs Fry; Pigs Fly" by Janet Slike; **"Ripples From The Weather Aggregator" by Sean Monaghan
How do you wield power in a world bent on a balance of terror? What if extricating all your anxieties left nothing earthly behind? What comes from wishes made of snow? Can you fabricate a memory into something spontaneous?
DARK EXPANSE: Surviving the Collapse
Edited by Alex Shvartsman and William Snee
Castles in the Sky by Nancy Fulda
Dominoes Falling by Alex Shvartsman
The Ten Suns by Ken Liu
Betrayal, Clear as Kanzai Glass by Deborah Walker
The Price of Escape by David Walton
Hellfire Unleashed by Simon Kewin
Breaking Down by Michael Haynes
They Cannot Scare Me With Their Empty Spaces by Deborah Walker
A Small and Secret Freedom by Matt Mikalatos
Lightspeed Back to You by David Wayne
Escape from Planet Error by Michael Greenhut
Jump by Deborah Walker
Loud for All the Stars to Hear by Alex Kane
To Soar on Winds of War by David Wayne
Fires of Night by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Gorlack the Destroyer's All You Can Eat Adventure by Robert L. Russell
Ghost Ship by Nancy Fulda
The Shadow Conspiracy by Nancy Fulda
In this second collection of stories from Plan B Magazine, we find tales from around the world and across the span of time. These stories also travel the breadth of human experience, from the innocence of a child to the mind of a bigoted murderer.
Some stories will make you smile while others will make you cringe, but all will take you on a journey into the darkness of the human spirit.
And what a ride it will be.
Table of Contents:
"Shadows" by E. J. Togneri
"Pongo's Lucky Day" by Craig Faustus Buck
"Flames" by Robert Guffey
"Faster Than a Speeding Bullet" by Sally Carpenter
"Government Assistance" by M. A. B. Lee
"Ninety Miles, A Million Miles" by Gary Cahill
"Inured" by Stephen D. Rogers
"Embers" by Michael Haynes
"Grave Designs" by Mike O’Reilly
"Man On The Run" by Laird Long
"A Piece Of String" by Ahmed A. Khan
"Mockingbird Rail Yard Blues" by Jim Downer
"The Ring" by Aislinn Batstone