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About Rachel A. Brune
Rachel A. Brune graduated from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts in May 2000, and was immediately plunged into the low-stakes world of entry-level executive assistant-ship. Her unexpected journey out of that world and into the military is chronicled in her self-published book Echoes and Premonitions.
Rachel served five years as a combat journalist, including two tours in Iraq, and a brief stint as a columnist for her hometown newspaper. After her second tour, she attended graduate school at the University at Albany in NY, where she earned her MA in Political Communication, and her commission as a second lieutenant in the military police corps. She returned to the Army Reserve in November 2014.
Rachel continues to write and publish fiction, both short stories, novellas, and full-length novels. She is also the founder and editor of Crone Girls Press, an indie horror micro-press.
In addition to writing fiction, she blogs her adventures, writing and otherwise, at The Infamous Scribbler. You can also follow her on Twitter, where she goes by the handle @rachelabrune.
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This is the world of Crone Girls Press. Here, the shadows keep their secrets and the moon hides from deeds cast in her glow. In these pages, the Fae walk as human, the dead burn with their anger at the living, the creatures that live in the dark places of the wrong zip code creep out of the shadows and into the kitchen. Stories We Tell After Midnight is a collection of short horror fiction from established names in the genre as well as a number of debut authors.
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Welcome by Rachel A. Brune
“The Orangery” ~ Jane Hawley
“L’appel du vide” ~ M. P. Giddings
“In Memoriam” ~ Elizabeth Donald
“Kitchen Spirits” ~ Nicholas Belardes
“Mirrors” ~ J. Summerset
“Gatekeepers” ~ Cristel Orrand
“Enter the Wolf” ~ Adam N. Leonard
“The Soul Within” ~ Jennifer Nestojko
“Gobbl’uns” ~ Thea Brune
“Have You Come To Let Me Out?” ~ Tina Riddle
“It Has to Cool First” ~ Carol Gyzander
“Creature From the Blue Lagoon” ~ Dexter Rowland
“Uncle Charlie” ~ Christy Mann
“Wrong Turn” ~ Adam Messer
In a young girl's room, the shiny people keep watch in the night.
A proud father beams as his son takes the stage for the performance of a lifetime.
The stories in this anthology are the glimpses of the dark places between the forest and a dream. They are the shadows seeking the last notes of a dying violin. They invite the reader into a world where a condemned man faces his fate over and over and over again. Coppice & Brake is an anthology of dark fiction, featuring tales from the borderlands of horror, speculative fiction, and the nightmare fears that linger even after you turn on the lights.
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Dog’s Blood Trail by Gabrielle Bleu
Raff and the Scissor-Finger by R.K. Duncan
Terracotta Daughter by JZ Ting
The Homeless Special by Andrew Jensen
The Play Date by James Van Pelt
Cold Dread and Hot Slices by Spencer Koelle
Catch of the Day by Karter Mycroft
Trumpet Voluntary by Edmund Schluessel
The Red Shoes by Holly Lyn Walrath
The Rat Room by Rebecca Dale
Keys Without Locks by C. Patrick Neagle
White-Tail Lies by Friedrich Sarah E. Thompson
The Anomaly by David J. Thirteen
In the Forests of the Night by Joanna Michal Hoyt
A Woman Unbecoming by CM Harris
Like a Cat by Brian K. Lowe
The Yogurt Swimmer by Richard Leis
Tones of Memories by Julie Novakova
Ghost Story by Jeff Dosser
Shiny People by Elizabeth Donald
Eccentric on the Grandest of Scales by Voss Foster
All the Dead Girls, Singing by Avra Margariti
Swing a Dead Cat by Shannon Scott
About the Editor
Clockwork fairies, arachnid mothers, the Carnival Ghost...
The stories gathered here take the reader on a winding trip down a darkened road as the battery in your phone slowly dies. The threads of this collection weave a tale of wrong turns in the early morning hours, of faded photographs that don't quite fit one's memory, of dying monarchs and has-been superheroes.
In these pages, you will find the eerie, the grim, and the lost souls that wander the gloom. These stories were born of dark nights and cold drives and the certain knowledge that, as winter sets in and the nights grow longer, there's more out there in the darkness than the shadows let on...
Side Roads is a collection of short fiction from speculative fiction author Rachel A. Brune.
Up in the attic, a bedtime story outlives its storyteller.
A city boy visits his country cousins and stumbles on a terrifying family secret.
From a film set in the Arizona desert, to an overgrown rambling old house in the Florida swamps, to the dusty streets of a small Mexican town, the stories in this volume plunge the reader into the shadows of a world almost forgotten by modern fables of cold science and bright sunlight. They are the brushed over voices who call a warning to those who would comfort themselves in the thought that monsters aren’t real, and those things can’t happen here. Stories We Tell After Midnight Volume 2 offers up tales of revenge, of hunger, and of the horror that stalks you just beyond the glow of your cell phone light, but only to those who dare turn the page…
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Bedtime Tales ~ Nicola Lombardi / trans. J. Weintraub
Baby Gray ~ Gregory L. Norris
Iron Teeth ~ Jude Reid
Victoria ~ Jay Caselberg
Family Line ~ Michele Tracy Berger
Primary Manifestations ~ Laura E. Price
Cameraman ~ Joe Scipione
Seek, Don't Hide ~ Liam Hogan
Hey Diddle Diddle ~ Jeff Samson
The Cleaning Lady ~ Samantha Bryant
Whisper Wood ~ Eddie Generous
Last Shot ~ Tim Jeffreys
False Confession ~ Joseph Rubas
The Curse of the Cucuy ~ Pedro Iniguez
The Cut-Mouth Woman and Me ~ Elizabeth Davis
(and I feel fine) ~ EJ Sidle
Mouths to Feed ~Solange Hommel
Red Rover, Red Rover ~ Larina Warnock
Cell Phone Lights ~ T.M. Starnes
Lamina ~ Eliza Master
The Terrible Teddies ~ Priya Sridhar
The Thing All These Relationships Have in Common Is You ~ DeAnna Knippling
Field Trip ~ J.L. Knight
The Bugs Come Out at Night ~ Mike Sullivan
Cyberpunk Hades and Persephone
A Steampunk Flying Dutchman
Cyberpunk Little Red Riding Hood
Steampunk Hansel and Gretel
Atompunk Helen of Troy
Steampunk The Lost Princess
Dreadpunk Althaea, Meleager, and the Three Fates
Biopunk Echo and Narcissusand
In Writerpunk Press's 6th anthology, we approach world myth and folklore through the lens of science fiction, with a variety of authors and perspectives. As with all previous volumes, profits generated by sales of the anthology go to benefit PAWS Animal Rescue in Lynwood, WA.
Featuring award winning authors and Horror Writers Association members, The Devil’s Due offers enthralling horror stories of underhanded deals gone awry.
The Resurrection and the Life - Jude Reid
"First do no harm."
They were supposed to be the words Alec Duffy would live his life by -- instead, there's a dead man at his feet and blood on his hands. It's going to take a miracle for Duffy to graduate with his life, his reputation and his future intact -- but in the depths of a hard Glasgow winter, miracles are thin on the ground.
Dante's Tenth - Bobby Nash
Dante, Arizona is not your average mining town. Those who came to this barren speck of desert struck it rich. Gold, silver, and other valuable minerals are there for the taking. This brings new blood to town as well as old blood. When a young reporter’s assistant becomes enamored of the daughter of a new arrival, he learns the terrifying truth behind the town. The townsfolk made a deal and payday is coming.
Identity Theft - Rachel Brune
A deal with a Fallen One is signed, sealed, and delivered in blood. Brent Whitehall, however, claims he never signed on the Devil’s line, and hires Hell’s private investigator to clear his name.
Here Comes Mr Herribone! - Tim Jeffreys
Jim Game and his partner, Tommy, work the comedy circuit without success until Tommy invents the character of Mr Herribone. With his sackcloth head, pratfalls, and song and dance routines, Mr Herribone is a hit. Soon Jim and Tommy are doing sold out gigs and TV shows. But did Tommy really invent Mr Herribone? Or did he strike a deal with someone, something, somewhere? And the price of that deal? Jim is about to find out.
Genevieve and the Owl - Mark Allan Gunnells
Once upon a time...a lovely young woman who dreamed of escaping the poverty and abuse of life with her step-father and step-brothers. Then she met a creature in the form of an owl that offered her three wishes. Could a strategic use of these wishes lead her to a happily ever after...or to destruction?
The Plan - Josh Vasquez
A detective surveys a grisly crime scene straight out of a horror movie and wonders: was this a random slaying or a long thought out revenge plan gone wrong?
Face It - Carol Gyzander
Connor's lost money, prestige and society connections due to his wife Amy's disfiguring disease. Shunned by the same friends that made them the "it couple," he ponders her request for help in ending it all. She says it's what she wants, right? Right?
Mary's Secret- Winfield Strock III
Who knows what the future brings? What would you do to ensure a favorable outcome? In the midst of the American Civil War, Mary found herself tempted to save her husband and her country through a deal with dark powers. She thought she knew the hidden price and was prepared to pay it, but the depths of evil plumb deeper than mortals can fathom.
Saddie's Choices - Ravyn Crescent
Time was up. That was the heart gripping feeling Saddie had grappled with many times in her life— a life that was going to be cut short. Ten years ago, she’d burned her bridges and signed Lucifer’s contract, giving her ten years of freedom and love. Now she has to fight his demonic collection agents or risk losing everything, including the love of her life.
And the clock is ticking.
The Devil You Know - Shane Nelson
When Paul Block’s best friends die in a tragic accident, he finds out that he is the guardian to their newborn daughter.
Can Tesla’s invention animate the creature in the Wild West in time to save the girl?
What destroyed the cyber-greenhouses—was it the meteor from out of space?
How will the radiation affect her—and will love survive the transformation?
Hideous Progeny: Classic Horror Goes Punk is the fifth charity anthology from Writerpunk Press, with steampunk, cyberpunk, carniepunk, clockpunk, atompunk, and biopunk stories inspired by tales such as Dracula, Carmilla, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Frankenstein (twice!). Other inspirations include Gaston LeRoux, Ambrose Bierce, Oscar Wilde, Franz Kafka, Lord Tennyson, and H. P. Lovecraft.
Profits are to be donated to PAWS Lynnwood, an animal shelter and wildlife rescue located in the Pacific Northwest.
Authors: Carol Gyzander, Jeffrey Cook, Katherine Perkins, Bryce Raffle, William J. Jackson, Mike Chinakos, Leo McBride, Teel James Glenn, Lee French, Rachel Brune, Anthony Stark, Jeanne M. White, K.M. Vanderbilt
Two sets of irresistible teeth.
A house brought to life by nanobots.
A heart that won’t stop beating.
All this and much more in the Writerpunk Press version of the beloved suspense stories by Edgar Allan Poe. We’ve pulled out all the stops this time around to bring you the very best punked versions of classic Poe tales, complete with shiny gears and tiny bots!
In addition to the more familiar Cyberpunk and Steampunk, we’ve added Bio, Deco, and Dieselpunk genres to the mix. The resulting volume is a dynamic take on horror of which the Master of Macabre himself would be proud. Profits are to be donated to PAWS Lynnwood, an animal shelter and wildlife rescue located in the Pacific Northwest.
No seriously, what if your girlfriend’s skin was stolen by a hag? Or if you found sheet music to a song to end the world... what would you do?
Dragons, Droids & Doom: Year One is a collection of all the stories published online by Fantasy Scroll Magazine in its first year. It includes a wide range of speculative short stories from fantasy to science fiction to horror. Some stories deal with death, others will leave you laughing to death. It’s all here, and it’s fantastic. Take a look; you won’t be disappointed.
Table of Contents:
"Da Capo Al Fine" - Patrick Jameson
"A Trade of Tears" - Tony Peak
"The Unforgiving Minute" - Seth Chambers
"Single-Bit Error" - Ken Liu
"The Sculptor's Son" - Jason Gorbel
"Four Scenes From Wieczniak’s Whisk-U-Away, And One Not" - Ferrett Steinmetz
"In the Shadow of Dyrhólaey" - KJ Kabza
"Letters to the Editor of Tempestas Arcana" - Alexander Plummer
"Descant" - Piers Anthony
"My Favorite Photos of Anne" - Aaron Polson
"Missing Tessa" - Anna Yeatts
"Circus in the Bloodwarm Rain" - Cat Rambo
"A Concert of Flowers" - Kate O'Connor
"The Memory-Setter's Apprentice" - Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
"Winter Solstice" - Mike Resnick
"Kindle My Heart" - Rebecca Birch
"The Dragonmaster's Ghost" - Henry Szabranski
"The Peacemaker" - Rachel A. Brune
"Forever" - Rachel Pollack
"Feeling All Right" - Richard Zwicker
"Seaside Sirens, 1848" - Anna Zumbro
"Verdure" - Brandon Barrows
"The First First Fire" - Alexander Monteagudo
"Burn in Me" - Carrie Martin
"Incriminating Evidence" - Charity Tahmaseb
"The Contents of the Box with the Ribbon" - David Neilsen
"Skipping Stones" - Erin Cole
"Sponsored By . . . " - Hank Quense
"Orc Legal" - James Beamon
"Posthumous" - James B. Willard
"Reanimators" - J. Kenneth Sargeant
"The Unworthy" - J.W. Alden
"Your Cities" - Anaea Lay
"The Fine Art of Fortune-Telling" - Michelle Ann King
"Verisimilitude" - Alan Murdock
"Seven Conversations in Locked Rooms" - Alex Shvartsman
"Passenger Space" - Julia Watson
"Hither and Yon" - Anatoly Belilovsky
"Marshmallow Walls" - Brittany Foster
"Your Lair or Mine?" - Cathy Bryant
"Shades of the Past" - Kurt Kirchmeier
"Grimm's Home for Geriatrics" - Rebecca Demarest
"These Are The Things Our Hands Have Made" - Andrew Kozma
"Million Hearts in the Valley of Death" - Savannah Hendricks
"Restart" - William Reid
"The Perfect Book" - Alex Shvartsman
"Universe in a Teacup" - Seth Chambers
"Wind in the Reeds" - David Sklar
"#Dragonspit" - William Meikle
"JC The Ski Bum" - Joyce Reynolds-Ward
"Smew of Skray" - Rebecca Brown
Fantasy Scroll Magazine is a bi-monthly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short fiction from speculative wri
A dieselpunk short story retelling of the classic Beowulf.
Bea Wolf: A Dieselpunk Retelling is a novelette that originally appeared in the anthology “What We’ve Unlearned: English Class Goes Punk,” from Writerpunk Press.
For countless centuries, mankind has watched as the sun goes down knowing that Luna will rise in its place, to rain her brilliant shards of light upon the Earth. But for the cursed and afflicted, that silvery orb brings horror and death.
Luna's Children: Full Moon Mayhem is a collection of 22 stories of the werewolf. From the halls of a local high school to the bowels of a Civil War-era church, from the deserts of the American Southwest to the distant lands across the seas, from the horrors of the first kill to a lycanthropy support group, Full Moon Mayhem explores the many stories and possibilities of werewolves in the modern world.
As a Connecticut Yankee is drawn from her bleak future life into the past, will the love and purpose she finds endure?
After the robot Tom Sawyer’s house burns down, will Aunt Polly be safe if she takes him in?
When Beowulf’s diesel-mechanized force of mercenaries goes up against their strongest foe yet, will it survive the conflagration that threatens their entire world?
What We’ve Unlearned: Classics Go Punk is the fourth book in the series of ’punk stories (steampunk, cyberpunk, dieselpunk and more) inspired by classic stories you likely read in high school English class. Original stories are by Hans Christian Andersen, Jane Austen, the Beowulf poet, Carlo Collodi, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Christopher Marlowe, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Mark Twain.
All profits are to be donated to PAWS Lynwoo d, an animal shelter and wildlife rescue located in the Pacific Northwest.
If you like a fresh take with a unique spin—including dirigibles, roaring diesel engines, and mechanical beings becoming alive—then you’ll love this anthology by Writerpunk Press.
Unlock What We’ve Unlearned: Classics Go Punk to stray a bit from the beaten path and reexamine what you love about your favorite stories.
With stories by: Jeffrey Cook, Carol Gyzander, Katherine Perkins, Lee French, Andrea Hintz, Anthony Stark, Nils Nisse Visser, J.S. Chlapowski, Jayelle King, Dorothy Goode, Rachel Brune, Michelle Cornwell-Jordan, Virginia Carraway Stark, Rachel Cherie, and Amber Michelle Cook.