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About Michelle Mellon
Michelle Mellon has had stories published in more than two dozen speculative fiction anthologies and magazines. Her primary focus is horror, but she has also written science fiction, fantasy, and a mystery. In April 2018 her first story collection was published by HellBound Books. She recently completed her second story collection. For updates on her work, visit her website www.mpmellon.com and/or follow her on Twitter - @mpmellon.
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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 (or gain access to our Still Water Bay series).
Volume five includes suspenseful stories of horror on the road, war, graveyards, Karma, and Halloween.
Introduction by Joe Mynhardt
“Driving On” by Guy Medley (winner)
“Dichotomy” by Jason Parent
“Babysitting for Writers” by Kevin David Anderson (winner)
“The Good Samaritan” by L.F. Falconer
“Of Debris and Duty” by John Boden
“The Visitors” by Mark Allan Gunnells
“Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave” by Richard Thomas
“The Knights of Cold Days” by Dave Jeffery
“Travel Bag” by Bryan Miller
“In the Desert, In the Night” by Pedro Iniguez
“Grievance” by Christine Lajewski
“Fuel for My Fire” by Linsey Knerl
“The Dead Lands” by Anthony D Redden
“Welcome to Gothmart” by David Bernard
“The Mascot” by Jennifer K Carstens (winner)
“Wasteland” by Sheldon Woodbury
“All’s Fair” by Michelle Mellon
“Stay Away” by Michael Patrick Hicks
“The Road Home” by Rand Eastwood
“Midnight Sun” by James Dorr
“The Wind Stakes Its Claim” by Kris Kinsella
“The Forest of Skin” by Esteban Vargas
“Second Chance” by Alex Ebenstein (winner)
In this volume…
- Traveling can be a mixed bag...especially when something in your travel bag starts moving.
- A woman journeys north for survival.
- Sometimes, working retail is not the worst part of your day.
- In the desert of New Mexico, ancient Navajo legends emerge, only to discover the cruelty of Man.
- An overachieving woman uses twisted methods to feed her need for turmoil.
- A trio of Halloween trick-or-treaters learn that sometimes things slip through.
- A cemetery caretaker with a secret gift, a dead body, and the hope of a second chance.
- Grief can change a person. Literally.
- Someone has a bone to pick with the Deacon.
- Sometimes what lies ahead is more frightening than what was left behind.
- Babysitting can be a tough gig, especially on Halloween
- A father and son venture out into the dead lands to search for the night creatures feasting on the corpses.
- In the distant future an ancient warrior and his ghost ship battle for the fate of the universe.
A.J. Van Belle, Alice Austin, April Yates, Caitlin Marceau, Cecilia Kennedy, Emma Kathryn, Evelyn Freeling, Faye Snowden, Kristin Cleaveland, Lindsay King-Miller, Michelle Mellon, Nico Bell, Nicola Kapron, Nicole M. Wolverton, Petina Strohmer, Sally Hughes, Saoirse Ní Chiaragáin, Varian Ross, Vashelle Nino, Victoria Nations, Vivian Kasley
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The Bones of a Dead God by Alannah K. Pearson
Fast or Slow by Andra Dill
Louisiana Voodoo by Ashleigh Cattermole-Crump
The Bones Know by Brandi Hicks
The Truth Was in the Bones by Chris Bannor
Doctor John by David Green
Soul Stealer by David Green
Bones Don't Lie by Dawn DeBraal
Mr Saturday by Eric Butler
Hedge Witch by Gabby Gilliam
Law of Threefold by Jodi Jensen
The Switch by Joshua E. Borgmann
Good Dog by Karen Bayly
Sung by L.J. McLeod
Cheap Labour by Lamont A. Turner
Sleep Tight by Lauraine S. Blake
Miss Evita by Luis Manuel Torres
An Impressive Spectacle by Lynne Phillips
Voodoo Queen of New Orleans by Lynne Phillips
Edge of the Knife by Maggie D. Brace
Crucial Binding by Meera Dandekar
Oliver Jones, Boy Detective by Michelle Brett
Pinned by Michelle Mellon
The Guédé by Patrick Winters
A Shift in Life by Sophie Wagner
Throwing Bones by Stephanie Scissom
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A Fantasy Collection with an Afrocentric twist.
Afrocentric Books presents the second installment in the Afromyth Fantasy Series. This anthology contains fourteen fantasy stories featuring characters of the African diaspora, stories that will take you from the American antebellum South, where an African god searches for his voice, to the far-flung future, where a caravan of ships makes harbor in a Saharan sea. Follow a young boy who, with the help of ancestral magic, learns what it truly means to be a warrior. Take a spirit journey as a young girl learns to be a goddess. Afromyth Volume 2 is an eclectic collection of tales whose fantasy themes run the gamut from romance to horror, including a story of a woman whose sanity is tested by her family's demons. Within these pages, a healer unlocks an ancient power, a woman rides the gods, and a god rides a bike.
Explore new worlds through the eyes of characters of indigenous African descent.
FROM A CAT'S VIEW (book one) has 18 stories told by the cats who lived them, and written by amazing authors throughout the U.S., U.K., and Canada.
THE CEMETERY CAT - A cat for each grave--three-hundred forty-seven in all--and one had unfinished business.
SPECIAL - Family is... well, family. Maxie is special, and only Aunt 'Po can lift him from the gutter to the good life.
TISHY - Some cats are talented. Some cats are unnaturally talented. But Tishy outdid herself the day she brought home Quintus Liberalis.
INTREPIDUS - It wasn't the first time he'd made her feel alone and unloved. The breach between cat and human can be insurmountable.
WITCH CAT - Her kind are on the way out, but Old Gert isn't one to go quietly. She knew just what to do: Cheat. "Here kitty, kitty."
MAU OF THE PHARAOHS - Favored by Tutankhamun, Mau, in exchange for safe passage to the next world, offers Bastet his life story as viewed from the laps of three pharaohs.
BIG EARS - A plague curses the village of Culloden and beyond. The superstitious humans have condemned their only chance for salvation.
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT - Freedom is only as good as the next pilfered salmon fillet. Atticus prospered, now it was time to level up.
THE OPEN ROAD - Most shun the solitary life; a few seek it. Quicksilver, ship's cat by profession, was in the latter group.
MULGRAVE'S RESOLVE - Endurance, boredom, hunger, anger, reward: Mr. Mulgrave conquered the milestones on the road to survival one at a time, alone.
THE CAT'S APPRENTICE - Change is bad; being ignored is unacceptable. No one was putting Malcolm in a corner--certainly not this interloper wizard-wannabe.
STRAY CAT STRUT - The street's no place for Manhattan lovelies with names like Princess. Leo never expected to be sought out by a damsel in distress. But Tig sent her, and Leo owes Tig a favor.
SAVANNAH AND SAVANNAH - If you find a lost cat with your name on its collar it's meant to be... right? What if it really is meant to be? Think about it.
THE REAL THING - Locked in a vending machine, Leon's stomach rumbled. He could hear his little girl calling him home.
THIRD EYE LIVING - All cats have nine lives, but only the bravest have three eyes. When Mr. Fluffers' mother warned him about fairies, she failed to mention their pointy spears, sharp teeth, and evil grins.
THE STRAY - I kill to eat and to feed the big pink one that cannot hunt. There are fences with barbwire and smoke that burns the eyes and throat. Still, there is love.
TIN OPENER - Justice arrives on the heels of the reaper. When Jasper's tin opener is murdered, he uses his knowledge of the occult to summon help.
CATS ARE PATIENT - Six thousand years of plotting threatened by one, weak human. Not once, in the long history of the Ailurian, had they found it necessary to dispose of a human... until now.
Buy for yourself or as the purrrfect gift for your favorite cat lover.
But treasure can present itself in a multitude of other ways: the precious family heirloom, time spent with a loved one, a memory held close to ones heart or, as Dave Dick’s illustration on this collection’s cover portrays, a proud cat with its catch. Colp’s eighth collection, Treasure, features stories that delve into just some of the many different interpretations of the concept. Thank you to all the authors who have contributed a story to this book, and thank you for reading.
Alternate versions of stories you know taking you in new directions.
From much-loved fairy fables to time-honored tales, no genre or classic is off-limits. Classics ReMixed II spins and twists divergent versions of old favorites and stories we all know. Be prepared to have all your...
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