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About SJ Townend
SJ Townend writes contemporary romance, horror, sci-fi, speculative and dark fiction. Her first romance novel, PICK-UP LINES, will be published via Champagne Book Group early 2023 and her debut horror collection, SICK GIRL SCREAMS, will be published by Brigids Gate Press end of 2023. She has short stories published with Ghost Orchid Press, Dark Matter Magazine, and Brigids Gate Press and a handful of other awesome indie presses.
She won the Secret Attic short story contest (2020) for her story, 'We Still Don't Use the Garage' and the Tortive Literature story contest (2021) for her short story, 'Joy'.
She was long-listed for a non-fiction contest run by Women On Writing in 2020 for a piece about losing her mother to cancer, entitled 'Blood Moon'.
SJ was also shortlisted for the HG Wells Story Contest (2021) for her short piece of post-apocalyptic eco-horror, 'The Beauty Parlour'.
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Cursed by the gods.
Slain by Perseus.
So the poets sang.
The poets got it wrong.
Daughter of Sarpedon: A Tempered Tales Collection is an anthology of short stories, poems, and drabbles, ranging from retellings to completely new stories, from ancient to modern day.
Featuring the talents of Eva Papasoulioti, Laura G. Kaschak, Linda D. Addison, SJ Townend, Christina Sng, Ann Wuehler, Amanda Steel, Ellie Detzler, Elizabeth Davis, Katherine Silva, Megan Baffoe, Rachel Horak Dempsey, Romy Tara Wenzel, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Die Booth, Rachel Rixen, Federica Santini, Thomas Joyce, L. Minton, Catherine McCarthy, Ai Jiang, Katie Young, Lyndsey Croal, Elyse Russell, Deborah Markus, April Yates, Theresa Derwin, Jason P. Burnham, Claire McNerney, Marisca Pichette, Gordon Linzner, Patricia Gomes, Stephen Frame, Sharmon Gazaway, Kayla Whittle, Alexis DuBon, Sam Muller, Avra Margariti, Christina Bagni, Kristin Cleaveland, Eric J. Guignard, Marshall J. Moore, Owl Goingback, Renée Meloche, Cindy O'Quinn, Eugene Johnson, Alyson Faye, Jeanne Bush, and Agatha Andrews.
Fresh indie horror from authors across the globe. Collated and edited by SJ Townend.
This book contains 30 original, unnerving short stories, all written in the second person present point of view.
Are YOU brave enough to read this book?
For adults only.
Volume one of two.
Volume one - WELL, THIS IS TENSE
Volume two - THIS IS TOO TENSE
But is it ever?
After all, how well do you know your coworkers? Your friends? Your wife?
We all have secrets, but some of our secrets are darker than others.
Allison Floyd, Armand Rosamilia, Ashley Van Elswyk, Birgit K. Gaiser, Charlotte Reynolds, Chloe Spencer, Clay F. Johnson, Clint White, Corey Farrenkopf, Corey Niles, Cormack Baldwin, D.R. Roberts, Danielle Davis, Elecia Page, Freydís Moon, G.B. Lindsey, Hannah Hulbert, Hazel Ragaire, Ian A. Bain, Isaac Menuza, J.R. Handfield, Jameson Grey, Jasmine Arch, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Jennifer Shneiderman, Katherine Silva, Keely O'Shaughnessy, Lerah Mae Barcenilla, Lindsay King-Miller, Lucas Carroll-Garrett, Maggie D. Brace, Marisca Pichette, Micah Castle, Michael Bettendorf, Nico Bell, Nikki R. Leigh, Philine Schiller, Rose Taylor, Sally Hughes, Sam Lesek, Samuel Best, Sanaya Deas, Sara Crocoll Smith, SJ Townend, Sonora Taylor, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Steven Lombardi, Tonya Walter, Victoria Audley, Zé Burns
We all have a fascination for things that scare us—the thrill, the heart-stopping jump scares, the terrifying suspense. From the youngest age, we’re fascinated by the fiendish and furry, the creepiest critters, the naughty and the nasty. Horror is all around us, from the clowns who hide under our bed, to the things we might drag up from the brook at the bottom of the garden, and the zombies who crawl our streets.
As author, Megan Feehley, so beautifully says; there is beauty just before the terror…a silken breath taken before the spill of righteousness…the warmth of a licking flame preceding the scald.
So, close the drapes, check the locks, turn on all the lights and get comfortable. But don’t close your eyes…
Never close your eyes...
Here you’ll find cursed rock stars, demonic records, and deadly one-hit wonders. Wherever possible, we’ve listed the song inspiration along with the story, so you can sing along to your heart’s content.
Just be warned: you’ll never listen to these songs the same way again.
Alexis DuBon, Alice J. Black, Andrew McDonald, Anna Orridge, April Yates, Benjamin Langley, Bill Hughes, Birgit K. Gaiser, Caitlin Marceau, Cameron Phillips, Cara Mast, Carys Crossen, Charles E.P. Murphy, Christopher Wood, Clarabelle Miray Fields, Colin Leonard, Collin Yeoh, Connie Millard, D.K. Lawhorn, Dale Parnell, David Fey, Dorian J. Sinnott, Eleanor Luke, Emma Kathryn, Gary Kruse, Gillian Duff, Greggore Shepherd, Gus Wood,Guy Riessen, Hazel Ragaire, Holden Zuras, iliana coleman, Isaac Menuza, J.C. Robinson, J.R. Handfield, Jacqueline Mitchell, James Dick, Jameson Grey, Janine Pipe
Jen Frankel, Jessica Wilcox, Joe Haward, Julian Stuart, Justin Terry, K.A. Schultz, K.J. Watson, K.M. Bennett, Katie Young, Kim Mannix, Kristin Cleaveland, Laura Keating, Laura Shenton, Leon Lavender, M.M. MacLeod, Marc Sorondo, Marie McWilliams, Mario Aliberto III, Mary Rajotte, Maxwell Marais, Meera Dandekar, Melody E. McIntyre, Micah Castle, Monique Asher, Nikki R. Leigh, Patrick Barb, Patrick Whitehurst, Patrick Winters, Petina Strohmer, R.J. Joseph, Renata Pavrey, Richard Martin, Ryan Fay, S.J. Townend, Scarlett Lake, Sean Reardon, Sheri White, Stephen Daultrey, Steve Neal, T.L. Beeding, Tonia Markou, Toshiya Kamei, Vashelle Nino, Vivian Kasley, Warren Benedetto, Waverly X Night
When faced with a darkened doorstep, think before you walk through. Feel our dread, grief, anxiety, and fear at an unopened door. A chilling collection that encompasses diverse viewpoints and a wide interpretation of the theme. This horror anthology is inspired by (reimagined) true events! Included in this volume:
- Jacque Day
- S. J. Townend
- Mia Dalia
- Dianna Sinovic
- J. L. Royce
- Vickie Fernandez
- Amanda Headlee
- M. Brown
- Fred J. Lauver
- Carol A. Lauver
- Lori M. Myers
- Diane Sismour
- Catherine Jordan
- Alyson Faye
- John Kujawski
- Thomas M. Malafarina
- Douglas Ford
- Sergio Palumbo
- Amie DeStefano
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
"With stories that feel ripped from the pages of EC Comics or from the celluloid veins of Creepshow, That Darkened Doorstep takes you on a journey to the depths of relationships gone sour, unearthly shadows, technological betrayal, and beyond. The icy hells crafted in this anthology will chill you to the bone." —Robert P. Ottone, author of Her Infernal Name & Other Nightmares and The Rise trilogy.
"That Darkened Doorstep is a powerful collection of chilling stories. The uneasy wonder and visceral terror in these tales will haunt me for some time. What a range of uncanny, alluring, unsettling dark fiction." —Richard Thomas, author of Spontaneous Human Combustion, and Bram Stoker Award®nominee
“With haunted houses, curses and spells, and a cohort of long-lost souls, That Darkened Doorstep features twenty uncanny tales of the unwary and the unexpected, editor Catherine Jordan bringing together emerging and established writers in a delightful cornucopia of creepiness.”—Lee Murray, USA Today Bestselling author and four-time Bram Stoker Award® winner.
“THAT DARKENED DOORSTEP offers up stories with real bite. Dark indeed … and also wildly entertaining and with a variety of compelling literary voices. Twisted fun and highly recommended!” —Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of V-WARS and RELENTLESS
“Thrilling and frightful and filled with dark wonders, THAT DARKENED DOORSTEP is the type of horror anthology that leaves readers wishing for more.” —Eric J. Guignard, award-winning author and editor, including That Which Grows Wild and Doorways to the Deadeye
"The first story, 'Seeking a Good Woman' by Jacque E. Day, nailed me and the rest kept the hits coming. A terrific anthology with a strong female presence--something we definitely need right now." —Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author Carol Gyzander
There are 206 bones in the adult human skeleton. Our writers gave us 206-word stories, one word per bone. We, Bag of Bones Press, have selected and published 206 of these absolute beasts for your enjoyment.
For adults only.
ALL PROFIT FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK IN 2022 WILL BE GOING TO CHILDREN'S CHARITIES IN THE UK.
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It wasn’t that long ago when you could make a simple phone call, answered almost immediately by a very nice young person who would make your appointment, or direct you to a person who would help you with just about any problem you might have.
Those days are gone. The sweet young voices have been replaced with robots. Some of them look like computers, others like assembly monsters who can work 24 hours a day without pay. In most instances they’re nowhere near as capable as those entry level customer service employees and assembly line workers who made the fatal mistake of requiring payment for their services.
This collection includes, a myriad of robot types, from internet security robots, to home assistants, and even electronic prostitutes.
As you might imagine, a robot is only as good as its programmer and because programmers are only people we hope our collection of stories will both warn and entertain you with the unexpected results that can happen when good intentions go bad.
Today when your computer asks, "Are you a robot," you can only answer no. What will the world be like, when you can answer "yes, yes I am."
Amanda M. Blake, Caitlin Marceau, Emmie Christie, Evelyn Freeling, Felix Foote, Georgia Cook, Jess Koch, Kayla Whittle, Kristin Osani, Kyle E. Miller, Monica Robinson, Morgan Melhuish, R. Wren, S.J. Townend, Sam Kyung Yoo
From the mists of time, and ages past,
The muses have gathered; hear now their songs.
A web of revenge spun ‘neath the moon;
A poet’s wife who breaks her bonds;
A warrior woman on a quest of honor;
A painful lesson for a treacherous heart;
A goddess and a mortal, bound together by the travails of motherhood.
Listen to the muses, as they sing aloud…HER story.
Musings of the Muses, 65 stories and poems based on Greek myths, is an anthology of monsters, heroines, and goddesses, ranging from ancient Greece to modern day America. They, like the myths themselves, cast long shadows of horror, fantasy, love, betrayal, vengeance, and redemption. This anthology revisits those old tales and presents them anew, from her point of view.