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About T. M. Starnes
When not practicing or teaching Kung Fu or Tai Chi, T. M. is reading or watching horror, thrillers, or sci-fi movies.
B-movies? The cheesier the better. Classics? The butler did it. But it was his twin taking his place you saw for two minutes, in shadows, at the beginning with the pair of scissors shown for two seconds in the middle of the movie. See?
T. M. prefers writing in the horror, science fiction, post-apocalyptic and, occasionally, romance genre.
T. M.’s favorite authors include Clive Barker, Patricia Briggs, Dean Koontz, and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
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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
Want to know what happens when you cheat a brujo?
Or how to bargain with Death herself?
Have you heard the truth about the monstrous jaguar that prowls the Texas border?
Or the horrifying story about that legendary fighter’s final match?
What about the massacre at that old Catholic church?
Or what happened to the settlers who disappeared all those years ago?
Do you know why ghosts love hurricanes?
Can you guess the real reason the richest mine in Texas shut down for good?
Or the name of the monster that’s been killing people in Austin for centuries?
Haunted hotels, undead billionaires, ancient demons, ghostly dogs, backwater serial killers, and eldritch gods…
You’ll find all of these and more in HORROR USA – TEXAS
The 51-book HORROR USA series is an ambitious project that highlights the unique monsters, legends, and stories found in each of the United States. HORROR USA – TEXAS is the second book in the series.
Lock the doors, turn on the lights, and settle in – it’s time to learn the true meaning of terror, Texas-style.
Every supernatural thing you've heard of, exists.
That shadow moving in your room?
It's just beyond the ethereal veil between what humans, most humans, can conceive.
From the beginning of time, certain humans have been able to see through that veil.
They also contain and repel the malevolent creatures trying to cross over into our reality.
Known by their Sumerian name Dalkhu Etlu, these warriors are of every nation, race, and origin.
They fight what humankind should not, must not, see.
Often thought mad, delusional, or, in some cases, blessed with clarity, these individuals hold the line.
Duncan Wilcox is a Dalkhu Etlu.
Or at least he says he is to his psychiatrist during his involuntary asylum commitment for a series of murders.
Samuel Brady, a supernatural researcher and reporter investigating the murders would like to know if Duncan is mentally ill while trying to ignore being kidnapped and traveling across state lines after Duncan's escape.
Raquel Monroe, independent, open-minded, with the ability to tell if a person is lying or not, after aging out of foster care, finds herself in their company while hitchhiking, exploring the world.
Will they discover their inner warrior, or will malevolent forces remove more defenders from the playing board in their quest to destroy humanity?
Duncan Wilcox could be utterly insane after all.
-The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether by Edgar Allan Poe (1845)
Poe’s classic tale told of a state of the art hospital boasting a curiously experimental treatment, but things were not as they seemed. In The Half That You See, twenty-six writers from around the globe share their literary optical illusions in never before seen stories of portentous visions and haunting memories, altered consciousness and virulent nightmares, disordered thinking and descents into madness. Take a walk down the paths of perception that these dark fiction raconteurs have tunneled for you, but keep a tight grip on your flashlight: the course twists and turns, and once you’re on route to your destination, there is no turning back. That which creeps about in the poorly lit corners of the human mind has teeth, and it’s waiting for you.
Michael W. Clark Holley Cornetto Victoria Dalpe
Bill Davidson Douglas Ford Justine Gardner
Eddie Generous Alex Giannini Kelly Griffiths
Sam Hicks Luciano Marano Matt Masucci
Scotty Milder Mack Moyer Lena Ng
Elin Olausson Robert P. Ottone Felice Picano
Edward R. Rosick Susie Schwartz Mahlon Smoke
Laura Saint Martin T.M. Starnes Mark Towse
Lamont A. Turner Nicole Wolverton
Contributing authors include:
Richard Jones, Kevin Wetmore, Lou Antonelli, Alice Weyers, Tim Starnes, Donyae Coles, Nicholas Gregory, Emily Devenport, Timothy Turnipseed, Chad Schimke, Davyne DeSye, Zac Roe, Tom Barlow, Tim Burke, David M. Hoenig, Tori Stubbs, Bruce Golden, Holly Saiki, Lisa Timpf, Mark Wolf, Peter Talley, Allyson Russel, Anthony Addis, Richard A. Shury, Russel Hemmell, Madison Keller, Calvin Spears, Adam Breckenridge, Keith Hoskins, Amelia Kibbie, Cullen Thomas, Stephen Miller, Geneve Flynn, James Austin, Elizabeth Eve King.
While works of holocausts tend toward a uniform darkness, Enter the Apocalypse contains a number of catastrophes that are humorous enough to cause hysterics and others that are so black as to cause the devil himself to shrink away.
Contributing authors include:
Kim Alan, Mike Barretta, Nick Barton, Gustavo Bondoni, Matthew Buscemi, Jessica Conoley, Lana Cooper, Jonathan Cromack, Michael Cummings, Lisha Goldberg, Bruce Golden, Russell Hemmell, Tom Jolly, Madison Keller, Simon Kewin, Morgen Knight, Janice Law, John A. McColley, Donna J.W. Munro, Katrina Nicholson, Naomi Brett Rourke, Jacalyn Schnelle, Jay Seate, Eric James Spannerman, T.M. Starnes, Stephanie Vance, Rachel Verkade, Aaron Vlek, John Walters, Filip Wiltgren, Brigitte Winter, Trevor James Zaple
On the world of Xutec, the dry season brings the call of the gathering.
The tribes must meet in their once-a-season gathering to marry, separate,
exchange goods, arts, crafts, weapons, and trade power stones. Before then,
each tribe must use their beast talkers to request creatures near and far to offer
themselves as willing modes of transportation because the way to thegathering is
long, sweltering, and fraught with perils.
Jason, Marena, and Ben in the meantime must continue to deal with the few
members of the tribe who would rather kill them than allow them to be part of their savage world.
Even though the dry season is here, the tropical rainforest can still attract torrential storms,
not to mention the continuing danger of half-man, half-animal creatures sporadically
terrorizing the daily hunting parties, theirs, and other tribes.
Xutec is a harsh world.
Its people are strong.
Earthlings need to remember that.
The adventure continues!
Finally, the local natives of the world of Xutec have accepted Jason and
the other survivors into the tribe. Now they must survive in their environment.
Blind, beautiful Marena Evangelista must learn how to adjust to her lack of
sight and how to protect herself. Cowboy Ben Stillwell and Jason McTaggert
join hunting parties, travel, and become useful members of the tribe on their
Dangers threaten them everywhere.
Jealous, evil, and xenophobic natives oppose them. Poison plants bloom.
Lifeforms even the natives don't know or understand threaten them, even
the dangerous man-eating mysterious being that preys on the natives of
this world comes face to face with Jason and he must find a way to survive.
They're part of this world now, part of a tribe, loved by many, hated by some.
Can they adapt or will they become another part of the jungle food chain?
Our nine hour trip to Cape Hatteras has turned into days.
We've lost people. We've lost friends. We've lost battles.
The Change has jumped species and now animals are affected.
Not all the monsters are mutants, some are unchanged humans.
We've fought them, they hunt us, we survive.
Janessa has become a triage doctor. Cheyenne? A battle weary warrior.
For some reason, our survivors have made me into their leader.
I'm just a mystery writer, I have no idea what I'm doing.
We're almost home, my home, they trust me that it'll be safe.
With the Atlantic at our backs, on an island, we should be safe.
We should be safe.
a science experiment: Time travel.
Honestly though, John was looking to make some cash for the weekend and Anji was a dreamer.
They were shocked to find time travel is possible and works.
The two unskilled, untrained, Chrononauts travel four hundred and sixty-three years into the future.
The world has changed considerably over that time.
Fifty years after their departure, a migration of alien spacecraft from a distance galaxy,
traveling through Earth's solar system, inadvertently crash into the moon and the Earth
creating massive, cataclysmic destruction.
As if that wasn't enough, two hundred and fifty years later, a second migration of ships,
following the first, also crash into the Earth creating further destruction.
Due to a power disruption, Anji and John's craft loses power and they are trapped in the
future environment, inhospitable and poisonous to them.
The inhabitants of the crashed ships have tried their best to help the remaining remnants
of humanities past using their medical technology, science, and advanced biomechanics.
Androids, aliens, robots, and mutants now cover the Earth.
Anji is anxious but ecstatic over the alien technology, hopeful to return to their time and warn others
about the future cataclysms. To save humanity, she's willing to fight (and order John around till he does too.)
John just wants to go home, and maybe, if he's lucky, have some romantic time with Anji.
Or any willing female, human or otherwise, if possible.
Meh, John's not picky.
Jason McTaggert is not on Earth anymore.
Having survived a plane crash with the beautiful Marena Evangelista
and the giant of a man, and Texan cowboy; Ben Stillwell, the three humans
find themselves marooned on another planet.
Strange alien flora and fauna roam the valleys and jungles. Animals
and carnivorous plants grown to humongous proportions threaten
their lives. Even the nectar of flowers could poison them.
If that wasn't all, Natives also live in the jungle of this strange new world.
Many are deadly, some cannibalistic, all dangerous, but a select few are friendly.
Jason and his friends need to assimilate into one of the cultures in order
to survive before the mysterious creature hiding in the jungle even the
deadliest natives fear comes to claim another to feed its hunger.
The feeling of being stalked is all too real.
The heat wave and drought continues into another month with no rain in sight.
Our supplies are running low, so is our ammo.
We still haven't been able to scavenge more.
We're showing signs of heat exhaustion.
We're hungry and we're short on water.
Janessa is keeping it together, plunging into her nursing duties.
Cheyenne is displaying signs of PTSD.
I'm covered in cuts and bruises.
We've found a temporary safe location with survivors.
The Unchanged are outnumbered.
The Changed are coming.