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About Samantha Kolesnik
Samantha Kolesnik is an award-winning author of genre fiction, including True Crime and Waif. She is a two-time Splatterpunk Award winner, and was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for her work editing the anthology, Worst Laid Plans: an Anthology of Vacation Horror. A Spanish language edition of her debut novella, True Crime, will be released by the publisher La Biblioteca de Carfax in 2023.
Samantha Kolesnik is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA).
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35 BRAND NEW TALES OF TERROR
Not all monsters are fantasy. Some are very real, and they walk among us. They're our friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. They're the people we're supposed to trust...and they know it. Contained within this anthology are 35 never-before-published works by supremely talented authors and best-selling novelists. Brace yourself for the unexpected and unimaginable horror of...human monsters.
Linda D. Addison, Gemma Amor, Jena Brown, Nat Cassidy, Venezia Castro, Andrew Cull, Andy Davidson, L. P. Hernandez, Laurel Hightower, C. S. Humble, Emma Alice Johnson, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Stephen Graham Jones, Rebecca Jones-Howe, Caroline Kepnes, Samantha Kolesnik, Chad Lutzke, Josh Malerman, Catherine McCarthy, Francesca McDonnell Capossela, Jeremy Megargee, Tim Meyer, S. P. Miskowski, Archita Mittra, Stephanie Nelson, Leah Ning, Cynthia Pelayo, Sam Rebelein, Belicia Rhea, Stephen S. Schreffler, Greg Sisco, Elton Skelter, John F. D. Taff, Dana Vickerson, Kelsea Yu
Edited by Sadie Hartmann and Ashley Saywers. Introduction by Christopher Golden, author of ROAD OF BONES. Additional editing by Rob Carroll and Marissa van Uden.
"A debut with the power of a nuclear bomb. Ranks alongside Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door and J. F. Gonzalez's Survivor." -- Brian Keene, author of The Rising
"... could easily become one of the most talked about novels of 2020." -- Waylon Jordan, iHorror.com
"I’ve taken in a lot of rather dark literature over the years, but I can unequivocally say True Crime is the most disturbing book I’ve ever read." -- Jeremy Dick, HorrorGeekLife.com
But the sight of a strange man in a grocery store one night reawakens her dormant sexuality and soon Angela embarks on a dangerous descent into the world of underground pornography and back-alley plastic surgery.
As the stakes get higher, long-buried memories resurface and Angela finds herself enamored with Reena, a fetish film performer. With some help from a queer gang called The Waifs, Angela is forced to make the decision between her unhappy upper-class life and the treacherous world of underground film.
"Visceral, cutting" —BOOKLIST, Starred Review
"Powerhouse anthology" —Publishers Weekly
Addiction is the perpetual epidemic, where swarms of human moths flutter to the flames of hell. Because that warm blanket of a heroin high, that joyful intoxication of a pint of vodka, that electric energy from a line of cocaine, over time leaves you with a cold loneliness and a bitter heart. Relationships destroyed, bodies deteriorate, loved ones lost, yet the craving continues for that which is killing us—living, as the title suggests, like an Orphan of Bliss.
Welcome to the third and final fix of addiction horror and the follow up to the Shirley Jackson Award Finalist, Lullabies For Suffering. A diverse table of contents brought together for an explosive grand finale-an unflinching look at the insidious nature of addiction, told with searing honesty but compassion for those who suffer.
Table of Contents
You Wait For It, Like It Waits For You
by Kealan Patrick Burke
One Last Blast
by S.A. Cosby
What We Name Our Dead
by Cassandra Khaw
Huddled Masses, Yearning to Breathe free
by John FD Taff
Through the Looking Glass and Straight Into Hell
by Christa Carmen
by Gabino Iglesias
by Samantha Kolesnik
A Solid Black Lighthouse on a Pier in the Cryptic
by Josh Malerman
by Kathe Koja
My Soul's Bliss
by Mark Matthews
**Orphans of Bliss now includes the bonus novella: MILK-BLOOD by Mark Matthews
You might have clutched it in your church pew on Sunday mornings. You know the one?
With the pebbled black soft cover, the words HOLY BIBLE stamped in gold ink.
Perhaps it strengthened your faith, comforted you in dark times.
Multiple Bram Stoker Award-nominated John F.D. Taff has assembled a Last Supper of Dark Apostles to turn some of those "good book" parables on their heads--twisting Bible stories into sinister horror tales.
Blasphemous? Heretical? We sincerely hope so.
As you read on, remember one thing, though.
There’s no comfort to be found in The Bad Book.
No comfort at all.
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Includes story illustrations by Giuseppe Balestra.
Fourteen horror authors share terrifying and twisted tales of summer vacation gone wrong in Worst Laid Plans: an Anthology of Vacation Horror.
This anthology includes stories by V. Castro, Hailey Piper, Patrick Lacey, Scott Cole, Laura Keating, Malcolm Mills, Jeremy Herbert, S. E. Howard, Chad Stroup, Kenzie Jennings, Waylon Jordan, Greg Sisco, Asher Ellis, and Mark Wheaton, as well as a special introduction by Sadie Hartmann.