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About Sarah Walker
Sarah Walker is a Speculative Fiction writer, artist, and Anthropology teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. She has been published by Lovecraft Ezine Press, Test Patterns Publishing, Oxygenman Publishing, Audient Void, Antimony and Old Lace, Shoggoth.net, Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror, The Lovecraft Lunatic Asylum, and more. She has stories coming out in 2021 in many anthologies - A Nightmare in Yellow, a Joseph Pulver Anthology by Oxygenman Publishing, the soon to be released The Black Stone: Stories for Lovecraftian Summonings edited by Raffaele Pazella, in The Big Book of Little Deaths by William Tea which is a charity anthology, and "The Dissapeared" which will appear in Vasterian, the literary Horror journal edited by Jon Padgett. She also has just finished her first work as a co-editor of the book A Walk in a Darker Wood with Duane Pesice and Gordon White.
She is currently finishing her first short story collection coming out Winter of 2021 as well as her first novel set in the semi- fictional coastal city of New Lebanon and is working on putting together a book of urban legends to be published Fall 2021.
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There’s something fascinating about a book that was never written. It resists, for one, all the imperfections that inherently arise in language, all those insufficiently rendered thoughts and images that famously leave writers exasperated with their own work. Exasperated enough to inspire some, like Kafka, to advocate the wholesale burning of their oeuvre. Sometimes it’s worse. Imagine how many books out there never made it to print thanks to the gap between direct experience and these tiny scratches of ink we’re expected to render it by. A damned shame. One of the benefits of avoiding this insufficiency is that an unwritten book achieves exactly what it’s supposed to. Robert W. Chambers’ two-act play, “The King in Yellow,” drives its reader to madness. There’s no question of its power to do so. What horror writer wouldn’t want a taste of that? Luckily, the actual text is never allowed to interfere with Chambers’ unwritten masterpiece. That’s what makes it so fascinating—the burden of creation is thrown back into our own imaginations, letting us fill in the gaps with our own hidden madness. Barring the invention of some kind of live neuron mapping tech in the world of entertainment (you laugh, but just wait), nothing comes closer to a truly individualized media experience. No wonder writers as diverse and inventive as H.P. Lovecraft, Stanislaw Lem, and Jorge Luis Borges, to name a few better-known examples, are drawn to the unwritten manuscript. But that’s not entirely what this book is about. You’ll find more here than just the (un)written word in the classic sense—there’s musical scores, ancient glyphs, an autograph, and even an eBook. Worse, each extracts a terrible price from its reader. With the exception of Richard Thomas’ “In His House,” these stories aren’t additions to the lore of unwritten staples of horror and weird fiction. They are wholly fabricated media artifacts of each writer’s imagination, horrific in their nonexistence, dark heirs to the great and unreal Sutter Cane. We hope your imagination is a secure place since it’s there where the conjurations are soon to begin. We bid you luck on your descent into The Nightside Codex
Our Table of Contents: Summoning Spirits by Michael Adams / The Stars are Black by D.L. Myers / The Woman in the Forge of Saturday Night by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. / Evidence of Absence by H.S. Graves / I Am Become Death by William Tea & Ron Gelsleichter / The Judge by Philip Fracassi / The Snake Beneath My Skin by Sarah Walker / The Hands of Chaos by Ashley Dioses / The Nomenclature of Unnamable Horrors by Peter Rawlik / Golden Girl by S.L. Edwards / Scenes From a Forgotten Diorama by Brian O’Connell / You Can’t Go Wrong With Grass-Fed Beef by Jill Hand / Abettor by Ruth Asch / Work Group by Pete J. Carter / The Cliffside Tavern by Sean M. Thompson / One Evening in Whitbridge by Scott Thomas / The Velveteen Volvo by Nathan Carson / Outre Non-limitations &The Kumiho Question by Frederick J. Mayer / I’ve Lived in This Place a Long Time by Can Wiggins / The White Terror by Frank Coffman / Symptom of the Universe by John Claude Smith / Sustenance of the Stars by Scott J. Couturier / Alien Shore by Rob F. Martin / Ye Hermit’s Lay by Adam Bolivar / Bridge by Don Webb / Balls by Russell Smeaton / Call Me Corey by Matthew M. Bartlett / Hero Mother by Cody Goodfellow / Red-Eye by Stephen Mark Rainey / Séance by K.A. Opperman / Looking for Ghosts & Prosaic by Duane Pesice
"Discarded" - A young woman is followed by a strange man who is more - or less - than he appears.
"Floater" - Shortly after receiving eye surgery, a man becomes haunted by his supposedly harmless eye floater.
"The Library of Leng" - A student's devotion to his strange ex-teacher's studies leads him to Antarctica and beyond.
"Elder Gods in the Machine" - A detective investigates a murder where the only witness is an intelligent robot.
"The Innsmouth Run" - Two rum runners find themselves in the town of Innsmouth while running from the law.
"Jonas Bell Presents the King in Yellow" - Jonas Bell goes to great lengths to obtain, and put on, a play that is not just a play.
"Prisoners of an Invisible Labyrinth" - A small town becomes obsessed with a stranger and the labyrinth he walks.
Our Table of Contents: Caravans Awry by Maxwell Ian Gold / Within the Darkness of the Carnivále by Donald Armfield / The Association by Duane Pesice / An Autumnal Stain by Matthew A. St. Cyr / Circus of Crows by Russell Smeaton / The Devil’s Circus by Adam Bolivar / The Sundowners by Sarah Walker / Nanosophobia ~ The Fear of Clowns by A.P. Sessler / My Summer Job by Ralph Rotten / The Side Unshown ~ A Tale of Carnival Horror by Frank Coffman / The Tulsa Devil by T.M. Morgan / Two Silver Dollars by Scott J. Couturier / Sometimes We Come by Shayne K. Keen / Carnival Siren by K.A. Opperman/ Ice by Jill Hand / Calliope Comes Back by Peter Rawlik / The Price of Admission by Maxwell Ian Gold / Cannibal by Ashley Dioses / A Day at the Circus by E.O. Daniels / A Tale of Two Mirrors by James Fallweather / Pie Town by Sean M. Thompson / Wires by John Linwood Grant / Loop by S.L. Edwards / The Pumpkin Juggler by K.A. Opperman / The Procurer by John Paul Fitch / Mother Road by Candace Wiggins / Red Right Hand by William Tea / Carnivale ad Litteram by Frank Coffman