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Mainstream publishers want all-star lineups. Small press publishers often can’t afford to pay pro rates…and even when they can, the names in the table of contents can be limited by the editor’s reach or effort. Bestselling horror, fantasy, and thriller authors Christopher Golden and James A. Moore knew there had to be a better way. Inspired by the efforts of legendary anthology Charles L. Grant, who helped move so many new writers in the horror community’s conversation, Golden and Moore teamed up with Haverhill House’s Twisted Publishing imprint to create…
THE TWISTED BOOK OF SHADOWS
Determined to pay pro rates, the editors crowdfunded the project, and then put the word out as far and wide as possible, loudly and repeatedly encouraging submissions by diverse voices, and recruiting a stellar editorial committee to read along with them, including Linda A. Addison, Nadia Bulkin, Rachel Autumn Deering, Lamar Giles, KL Pereira, and Lee Thomas.
Out of seven hundred stories received through a blind submission process—none of the editors had any idea who the authors were—nineteen made the final cut. Within these pages you will find the beautifully weird side-by-side with terrifying nightmares, horrifying folklore, and hellish futures. Nineteen unique and haunting tales that truly earned their place in a book entitled…
THE TWISTED BOOK OF SHADOWS
Discover your new favorite horror stories by:
Melissa Swensen -- M.M. De Voe -- Andrew Bourelle -- Sara Tantlinger -- Jeffrey B. Burton
Eóin Murphy -- Sarah L. Johnson -- Jason A. Wyckoff -- Amanda Helms -- Trisha J. Wooldridge
Liam Hogan -- KT Wagner -- Rohit Sawant -- P.D. Cacek -- John Linwood Grant
George Edwards Murray -- Cindy O’Quinn -- David Surface -- Kristi DeMeester
THE TWISTED BOOK OF SHADOWS
Its doors swing open every time we sleep, allowing us passage into the land of DREAMS, a plane rich with exotic fantasy and limitless bliss. Within this wonder world, however, lurk dark corridors and terrible creatures—some unfortunate travelers never escape the NIGHTMARES waiting in the shadows.
Many have tried bridging our worlds. Seekers and wise men have meditated for VISIONS and ingested intoxicants for HALLUCINATIONS in hopes that the veil between our realms will thin, allowing access to all the thrills, joys, and horrors beyond our senses.
TRANSCENDENT is an open gate, a gangway linking our realm to the shimmering sphere where nothing is certain and anything is possible.
• Iconoclasm, by Adrian Cole
• Have a Crappy Halloween, by Franklyn Searight
• Early Snow, by Samson Stormcrow Hayes
• The Dollhouse, by Glynn Owen Barrass
• Elle a Vu un Loup, by Loren Rhoads
• Bringing the Bodies Home, by Christian Riley
• Restored, by Marlane Quade Cook
• Nameless and Named, by David M. Hoenig
• Playing A Starring Role, by Paul Lubaczewski
• And the Living is Easy, by Mike Chinn
• The Prague Relic, by Paul StJohn Mackintosh
• The Circle, by Matt Sullivan
• Sanctuary, by John Linwood Grant
• The Giving of Gifts, by Matt Neil Hill
• The Santa Anna, by Jack Lothian
• The Dread Fishermen, by Kevin Henry
• Blind Vision, by Andrew Darlington
• The Thirteenth Step, by William Tea
• This Godless Apprenticeship, by Clint Smith
• Waiting, by John W. Dennehy
• Pouring Whiskey In My Soul, by Paul R. McNamee
• True Blue, by Darrell Schweitzer
• The Treadmill, by Rohit Sawant
• The Veiled Isle, by W. D. Clifton
• Gila King, by Jessica Amanda Salmonson (poem)
• Necro-Meretrix, by Frederick J. Mayer (poem)
• Grinning Moon, by Frederick J. Mayer (poem)
• The Burning Man, by Russ Parkhurst (poem)
• Silent Hours, by Russ Parkhurst (poem)
• The Old White Crone, by Maxwell I. Gold (poem)
This one-of-a-kind anthology features traditional Holmes stories, blended with one or more tales from Edgar Allan Poe, including The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Masque of the Red Death, The Gold-Bug, The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, William Wilson, The Tell-Tale Heart – and many more!
The Barrel of Lagavulin by Craig Stephen Copland
The Strange Case of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether by Katie Magnusson
The Keeper’s Tale by David Marcum
The Adventure at Sparremere Hall by Vicki Weisfeld
Nevermore, or The Mystery of the Albino Raven by Richard Paolinelli
The Naval Man by Brenda Seabrooke
The Gold Bug Legacy by Joseph S. Walker
Sherlock Holmes and the Cask of Amontillado by Jen Matteis
What the Raven Knew by Elizabeth Varadan
Memoria Dell’Amore by Robert Perret
The Mysterious Death of the Masked Reveller by Rohit Sawant
The Nightmare Within the Dream by Megan Elmendorf
The Revelation of the Roget Murderer by Derrick Belanger
The Toast to Irene Adler by Brian Belanger
The Unsettling Matter of the Madness Stone by John H. Watson, M.D.
The curtain doesn't fall once love is recognized or evil is vanquished. Credits don't roll once the giant is slain or the big bad wolf is boiled alive. Wicked stepsisters, malevolent rulers, and hideous creatures still have lives after their sinister roles play out; heroes, lovers, and dreamers often find their victories lead to more troubles.
Within these pages are more than seventy continuations, retellings, and eldritch stories that explore the dark forests, magical castles, and gruesome monsters After the Happily Ever After.
Tiffany Michelle Brown, Claudia Quint, Amanda Iles, Amelia Steiner, M.T. DeSantis, Dana Wright, Jody Sollazzo, Michael Seese, Brian H. Seitzman, Daniel M. Kimmel, Sati Benes Chock, Rohit Sawant, Amanda Bergloff, Mary Victoria Johnson, Chris Chelser, Tom Williams, Sita C. Romero, KT Wagner, David Turnbull, John Little, E.M. Eastick, David J. Gibbs, Jonathan Shipley, Raven Ashwood, Robert Dawson, Shaun Avery, Kayla Bashe, Josh Burnell, Dimitra Nikolaidou, Kevin Hopson, Charlotte Bond, M. Regan, Jaap Boekestein, David W. Landrum, R.C. Mulhare, Megan Fuentes, Clara Lawryniuk, Lillian Csernica, James Pratt, Jenn Tubrett, J. Rossi, Daniel Hale, Robert Kibble, Matthew Brockmeyer, Randy Rubin, R. Judas Brown, Helen Dring, Juliet Boyd, Somer Canon, Edward Cooke, Deanna Smith, Alisha Costanzo, Ryan Chu, Linda G. Hill, Nathan Smith, Gregory Norris, Saryn Chorney, Jenner Michaud, Claire Davon, Lorraine Sharma Nelson, Michael M. Jones, Rob Rosen, Walt Giersbach, Renuka Raghavan, Jaren Rubiscoe, Marie Lathers, Jaclyn Adomeit, Anthony S. Buoni, Maren Matthias, William Gilmer, Jack Haigh, Candace Gleave, M. R. Deluca
The machinations of cats and mad gods are beyond human understanding.
Kill Those Damn Cats is a Lovecraftian anthology about the Cats of Ulthar, new stories of those furious felines' heroic adventures as well as their nefarious misdeeds.
Everybody's got a story about those cats.
Includes tales from young up-and-coming authors as well as Cthulhu Mythos veterans.
“Wilfil Creatures” by DJ Tyrer
“Nix's Night About Town” by Nicholas Diak
“The Daughters of Bastet” by James Pratt
“Dot” by Mark P. Steele
“A Story for the Zoogs” by William J. Wallace
“Rise, Cats, Rise” by S. L. Kerns
“The Dark Thicket” by Jason Scott Aiken
“The Uninvited Guest” by Rohit Sawant
“In These Dark Woods” by J. M. Heluk
“The Law of Unintended Consequences” by Kevin Wetmore
“Thimble Hearts and Tamarind Eyes” by Kris Dikeman
“Jangling the Silver Keys” by Khurt Khave
The First United Church of Cthulhu is the only real and legally recognized nonprofit religious organization whose faith is based on the Cthulhu Mythos and the visions of our mad prophet H. P. Lovecraft. Find the church at FUCC.IT
Capable of creation and destruction, fire burns within us.
Behind the thick, black smoke of our lives, we blaze with our own unique flame.
While love compels some, others feed greed and lust into their hearths.
A tool for the deft hand, used with magic or as a weapon, but irresponsibility leaves deep burns and promises dreadful consequences.
ON FIRE brings to light twenty-five tales that explore this unpredictable yet beautiful element.
Handle with care.
Are we controlled by TIME's callous whims? An unyielding, enslaving construct, trapping us within unstoppable second-hands.
Or is TIME an illusion? Changing the continuum's flow, we unlock forbidden power and break our servitude to existence's linear chains.
The future affects the past. ON TIME features seventy-plus stories that fling us forward, promise progress while dropping destruction, and replay our regrets.
Will we learn from our mistakes or must we forever remain TIME’s servant?
|| Featuring 24 horror stories from 24 contemporary authors around the world, “Creep” attempts to capture the nuances of fear that seem to tug at our very roots, whether it is a store at the centre of hell that promises eternal monotony and helplessness, or a ghastly pair of lips and a hungry mouth with yellow teeth that appear on the torso of a reformed anorexic.
Great is the pull and variety of the narrative when an African care worker is trapped with an old woman in an English mansion with clear signs of witchcraft all around her, or when a revolting escalation of events opens you up to the harrowing lengths a vengeful bully can go to work the cyberspace to his advantage."Creep" is a collection of stories that will steal your mind by bringing your intellect, lineage and even your bodies into the equation ||
|| Authors who have contributed to this anthology are: Rohit Sawant, Donald McCarthy, David F. Shultz, Isabella Hunter, Masimba Musodza, Scott Hughes, Keely O'Shaughnessy, Cynthia Stock, Mark Towse, Marc Dickerson, Diane Arrelle, Steve Perrie, Jonathon Pantelis, J. E. Nelson, Bob McNeil, Stormy Skies, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Ricky Wells, T. G. Arsenault, Charles Reis, R.J. Meldrum, Patricia Evans, Romit Bagchi and Jay Chakravarti ||
|| Illustrations by: Sumonjit Sarkar, Shannon Elizabeth, Sayantan Choudhury, Jay Chakravarti and others ||
Invisible but everywhere, AIR can be a gentle and playful spirit, or an aggressive and destructive force.
Winds lift and move water, driving the storms and waves that irrigate crops and shape shorelines.
The breeze can transport seeds, fertilizing the earth and spreading life in its wake.
AIR feeds fire, gives life to its burning creativity.
Our words and music vibrate within AIR; its gusts allow our species to communicate and sing with one another.
AIR fills the spaces within our lives; it is the element that whispers dreams and lets the world dance.
Let us launch you IN THE AIR.