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About Samantha Bryant
Samantha Bryant believes in love, magic, and unexplainable connections between people. Her favorite things are lonely beaches, untamed cliff tops, sunlight through the leaves of trees, summer rains, and children's laughter. She has lived in many places, including rural Alaska, Kansas, Kentucky, Vermont, England and Spain. She is fierce at heart, though she doesn't look it.
She's a fan of Charlotte Brontë, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Neil Gaiman, Nicole Perlman, and Joss Whedon, among many others. She would like to be Amy Tan when she grows up, but so far it doesn't look like she'll be growing up any time soon.
Samantha writes blogs, poems, essays, and novels. Mostly she writes about things that scare or worry her. It's cheaper than therapy. Someday, she hopes to make her living solely as a writer. In the meantime, she also teaches middle school Spanish, which, admittedly, is an odd choice for money-earning, especially in North Carolina.
When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything).
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Featuring anchor stories by award winning authors Sheree Renée Thomas, Craig L. Gidney, Milton Davis, Jessica Cage, Michele Tracy Berger, Alicia McCalla, Jeff Carroll, and Steven Van Patten.
Additional Contributing Authors: Penelope Flynn, Lynette Hoag, Steve Van Samson, Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald, Balogun Ojetade, Valjeanne Jeffers, Samantha Bryant, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Miranda J. Riley, K.R.S. McEntire, Alledria Hurt, Kai Leakes, John Linwood Grant, Sumiko Saulson, Dicey Grenor, L. Marie Wood, LH Moore, Delizhia D. Jenkins, Colin Cloud Dance, and V.G. Harrison.
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…
*Table of Contents*
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
“The Change” is difficult for everyone, but for these four women, the transformation is bigger than they ever imagined!
They all led completely normal, and completely different lives, with two things in common: they used natural products made by the same small company, and they were all going through menopause. Now instead of finding her hot flashes under control, Helen shoots fire from her fingertips! Patricia’s thick skin isn’t nearly as metaphorical as it used to be – now she’s bulletproof! Jessica’s mood lightened, but so did the rest of her! And Linda’s gone through the biggest changes of all, but she doesn’t have any trouble opening the pickle jar anymore!
Four ordinary women suddenly living extraordinary lives, with one common thread – there’s one person in common in all their lives. Now the Menopausal Superheroes are looking for the woman responsible for taking their “change” to the extreme!
"A journal of weird and cosmic horror, it certainly delivers on that promise, with stories which focus on such off putting, jarringly abnormal topics, but delivered in a way where you believe in them, even if you don’t want to. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for the next issue."—Kev Harrison, THIS IS HORROR
"In Hinnom Magazine, C.P. Dunphey is quietly pulling together a collection of stories and authors that stands the best chance of being the spiritual successor to 'Weird Tales' available to this new generation of readers."—Ryan Whitley, THE MISKATONIC REVIEW
Then came their dastardly opponents in The Good Fight 2: Villains.
The heroes found help in The Good Fight 3: Sidekicks.
Now The Pen & Cape Society returns with The Good Fight 4: Homefront. Ever wonder how superheroes spend their lives when they're not battling villains and rescuing the helpless? Explore the private lives of superheroes when they're not out fighting to save the world in this anthology of stories written by some of the best authors working in the superhero fiction genre. Stories by Nicholas Ahlhelm, Stephen T. Brophy, Samantha Bryant, Frank Byrns, Shielding Cournoyer, Adrienne Dellwo, Warren Hately, Ian Thomas Healy, T. Mike McCurley, Christofer Nigro, Palladian, Scott A. Story, and Jim Zoetewey.
"Dating Games" by Marion George Harmon
On a date that goes bad, Astra discovers helpers she didn't know she had.
"Underestimated" by Samantha Bryant
Sure, go ahead and underestimate Suzie Grayson just because she's petite, young, blonde, and cute--that's just what she's counting on.
"The Henchman’s Apprentice" by Stephen T. Brophy
'Handcannon' LaRue's henching career kicks off in Guatemala, where he makes his first kill and takes his first interdimensional drug trip.
"Sun-Kissed" by Ian Thomas Healy
Hawaiian superhero Akamai thought he had it made . . . until the kid showed up.
"Secrets in the Sands" by Michael Ivan Lowell
Sidekicks Spider Wasp and Stealth are sent to solve a mystery that, if they can keep their minds off of each other, they might even survive.
"Minor League" by Jim Zoetewey
Two young heroes try to survive the villain who beat them when they were sidekicks.
"Heroes Don’t Retire" by Nicholas Ahlhelm
A former teenage hero comes out of retirement only to face a deadly new threat and the return of her former partner's greatest regret.
"Unmasked" by T. Mike McCurley
Voltage thought he could handle anything that the Gifted world could throw at him . . . until he had to explain his heroic life to his mother.
"Gemini Rescue" by Caine Dorr
A professional rescue turns deadly for Rion
when the client terminates the contract.
. . . And more!
Be sure to check out the work by all these individual authors as well.
After seeing a bigger transformation during their “change of life” than they ever expected, Patricia, Jessica, and Linda/Leonel are adjusting (sorta) to life as superheroes. Retired executive Patricia O’Neill is hard at work looking for the woman responsible for their newfound circumstances, while Jessica and Linda/Leonel are training with a covert agency called The Department.
Patricia wants to track down the mad scientist, while Jessica and Leonel want to use their newfound powers for the greater good. Are they being used, like Patricia thinks? Or is she just frustrated because her search is stalled?
Then Patricia disappears, and all the clues point to a dead man. Now it’s up to the Menopausal Superheroes and their colleagues at The Department to find their friend and bring her home.
In a world of shadows, joyful colours are an act of heroism.
Modern tales are filled with clowns who invoke fear not laughter: painted grins covering fanged maws; baggy costumes concealing unspeakable horrors; malevolent parodies of nature.
But the tools of a clown work for good as well as ill: only a trickster could tweak a monster’s nose; make-up is war paint for the modern age; the devil cannot tempt a happy soul.
What if, instead of being the demons of urban legend, clowns were the victims or the heroes of the story?
An entertainer discovers his latest booking is filled with clowns but no children.
A group of ageing clowns seek their Priest-King before the divine is lost from the world forever.
Yorrick’s apprentice shares the truth behind the death of Shakespeare’s most famous clown.
And ten more stories of clowns facing the supernatural.