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About Michael J Moore
My books include After the Change (published by MKM Bridge Press), the horror novel placed on the Bram Stoker Preliminary Ballot 2019 for Superior Achievement in a Novel, Highway Twenty (published by HellBound Books) and the soon to be released thriller Secret Harbor (to be published by Black Rose Writing).
My work has appeared in Blood Moon Rising Magazine, Horrorzine Magazine, Schlock Magazine, Minutes Before Six, Terror House Magazine, Siren's Call Magazine, Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine, HellBound Books anthology “Ghosts, Spirits and Specters”, The Electric Press, Dissections The Journal of Contemporary Horror, Soteira Press Anthology “What Monsters Do For Love”, The Point Magazine, The Huffington Post, Carecovidartresource, has been adapted for theater and produced in the Seattle area, is used as curriculum at the University of Washington and has received an Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. This year I also have short stories being released by Rainfall Books, Horror Tree – Trembling with Fear, Transmundane Press, The University of Chicago, Awakenings Review, Fox Hollow Stories and Scribe Magazine.
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You know it’s just because she loves you, right?
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As if that weren’t bad enough, Satan’s little girl is a deadbeat parent, too.
Want to guess what your weird neighbors are really up to?
Or why half the kids in the neighborhood have vanished?
Ever wonder how that nice little family survived that horrific break-in attempt?
Here’s a hint: it’s from another world entirely.
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A private investigator who knows just a little too much about the undead…
A woman desperate to marry the man she loves even as an unthinkable apocalypse looms….
An abused girl who’ll do whatever it takes to save a persecuted shapeshifter…
A spurned spouse who finds the cure for infidelity….
A mother who defies Hell itself to save her son…
Come and meet these monsters, and the things they do for love.
Comprising Volumes 4 to 6 of the bestselling "MONSTERS" horror anthology series, the WHAT MONSTERS DO FOR LOVE trilogy spans over one hundred stories by an international team of bestselling, award-winning, and visionary authors, offering a treasure trove unforgettable tales about monsters (of both the human and inhuman varieties) that range from the deceptively whimsical to the heartbreakingly terrifying, and everything in between.
Now lock your doors, turn on your lights, and grab your cat for comfort’s sake. It’s time to learn why love is the scariest thing on earth.
Take a Deep Breath and Dive Beneath the Surface of Shallow Waters—Where Nothing Stays Buried.
With 23 Dark Fiction & Horror tales diving beneath the surface of life, death, and the mystery that lies beneath.
Shallow Waters is the official monthly flash fiction challenge hosted by the award-winning Crystal Lake Publishing. Every month a new challenge is posted online, with authors submitting via email. The best submissions are then posted on Crystal Lake’s Patreon page (an exclusive behind the scenes community of readers and authors), where patrons read daily entries and vote for the winner. What you’ll find in these Shallow Waters anthologies include the winners as well as the most popular of our finalists. Stay tuned for more volumes in this series, or find Crystal Lake Publishing on Patreon to enter or vote on future challenges.
Volume seven includes suspenseful stories with themes of isolation, the drive-in, cars, love, tragedy and loss, post-apocalypse, and camp horror.
Introduction by Joe Mynhardt
Cribs by Linda J. Marshall (winner)
Going Home by Lee Smart
Snack Money by Jay Bechtol
First Time at the Drive-in by Mark Allan Gunnells
The Perfect Match by Madeline Mora-Summonte (winner)
The Things You do for Love by Beverley Lee
Back Soon by Michael Patrick Hicks
Ashes by Martin Aguilera
Nineteen Weeks by Theresa Derwin
Cracked Pot by Armand Rosamilia
For Beth… by Derek Odom (winner)
Diversion by RJ Meldrum
Write Time by Robert W. Walker
The Thirteenth Step by Denver Grenell
Red by Liam Hogan (winner)
There is No Bunk #7 by Patrick Barb
The Sower of Second Lives by Ben Norris
Alone on Campus by Mark Allan Gunnells
The Bone Tree by Michael Harris Cohen
Lure by Catherine McCarthy
Sometimes They Die by Michael J Moore
A Bright New Future by Philip Harris
The Little Thief by Esteban Vargas (winner)
Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.
It hovers over them at night, casting snake-like shadows that dance on the walls. It laughs and taunts as they cry in their beds. It says it wants to take them trick-or-treating.
Halloween is in a week.
Kyle McIntosh is hardly aware when the first four kids are abducted, their families slaughtered. Though news-vans litter the streets, his 16-year-old heart has just been broken. Night-after-night, more children are taken. More bodies are left behind.
When Kyle’s little brother claims an orange-eyed monster has been visiting him at night, ignorance ceases to be an option - because their family might just be next.
Tony Carpenter loves Karina. It doesn't matter that they're only fourteen, because when they're together they forget about their abusive homes.
They run away, leaving a trail of murder in their wake, until Tony is caught and sent to Secret Harbor School - a boy's home on a remote island in Washington State'sSan Juan's.
Run by corrupt staff with no accountability to anybody who cares about the abuse administered daily to its residents, Secret Harbor School is among the state's best-kept secrets.
Tony has no intention of staying. The first chance he gets, he plans to escape and do whatever it takes to get back to Karina.
Even if it means more people have to die.
Secret Harbor is a dark, fast-paced, psychological thriller that will make you laugh, cry, and scoot ever so slowly toward the edge of your seat...
We’ve all had them, those special dates with someone brand new, someone who just might be the yin to our yang, that vital missing piece of our lonely heart…
So goes the eternal gamble, the endless game of romance roulette, in which we earnestly wear our hearts upon our sleeves in the thin hope of discovering our soulmate and lay bare our inner selves to find all-elusive true love.
But, for some, that potential soulmate can very quickly become the Devil in disguise, and, boy howdy, how attractive and inherently deceitful those nefarious facades can be!
Here, we deliver for your delectation twenty-one such tales - read them with caution, and thank all that is heavenly it’s not you on these particular Dates from Hell…
The only people he knows who haven’t changed are his friends, Sheena and Wes. With their families gone, the fifteen year olds are forced to look out for each other. But how will they survive? Who can Diego turn to? Is it Wes, a born leader or Cali, the only girl he knows? Together, can they find survivors and a new way of life? Can they face a new journey – one filled with brainless, flesh eating monsters? The prison awaits.
Want to know why we call Washington State the serial killer capital of the world?
Did you hear about the immortal killer they keep locked away up in Snohomish?
Do what to do if you meet one of the tortured spirits still trapped at Northern State Hospital?
Or how to handle the haunted doll at Pike Place Market?
Can you guess the horrifying truth of what really happened to D.B. Cooper?
Or what’s really hiding in the Olympic Rainforest?
Haunted theaters, flesh-eating trees, bloodthirsty phantoms, and inhuman families…
You’ll find all of these and more in HORROR USA - WASHINGTON.
The 51-book HORROR USA series is an ambitious project that highlights the unique monsters, legends, and stories found in each of the United States. HORROR USA - WASHINGTON is the third book in the series.
Lock the doors, turn on the lights, and settle in – it’s time to learn why Washington is the scariest place of all.
Michael J. Moore, T. Fox Dunham, Richard Raven, Sarah Cannavo, DJ Tyrer, Kev Harrison, David F. Gray, Jon O'Bergh, Dustin Chisam, Bill Davidson, Nathan Helton, Brian James Lewis, Trevor Newton, R.C. Mulhare, Nikki D. Freeman, Laszlo Tamasfi, Dawson Goodell, and Eric Nash