Megan Morgan’s new book THE ALTERED WAKE is now available on Amazon. It’s also available on Barnes & Noble and a some other download platforms. Here’s a link to the Clickworks page with all the buying options. https://clickworkspress.com/book/sentinel1/
The future. Earth’s governments have fallen, succeeded by a unified military order. An elite group of soldiers, the Sentinels, protect Cotarion from marauders and neighbors alike. Within, shadowy forces at the highest levels conspire for the power they need to enact a mysterious agenda.
But now, something has changed.
Men and women have emerged, displaying superhuman abilities powerful enough to threaten the established order, and the High General commands Sentinel Cameron Kardell to track a superhuman gone rogue. A superhuman who holds the key to these powers’ origin. Who happens to be Kardell’s best friend. Who will reveal the truth of Cameron’s own origins.
In the spirit of popular Dark Fiction and Horror anthologies such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, and the best of Stephen King’s short fiction, comes the Tales from The Lake anthologies.
This 5th volume includes:
“Always After Three” by Gemma Files – A young couple discovers that in a downtown condo you almost never know who your neighbours are, or what they might be doing.
“In the Family” by Lucy A. Snyder – A former child actress reveals dark family secrets to her long-lost niece.
“Voices Like Barbed Wire” by Tim Waggoner – Sometimes forgetting is more painful than remembering.
“The Flutter of Silent Wings” by Gene O’Neill – A heartbreaking tribute to a Shirley Jackson classic.
“Guardian” by Paul Michael Anderson – Even creatures beyond time and space need friendship.
“Farewell Valencia” by Craig Wallwork – When you’ve got no reason to live, there’s a hotel that can give you every reason to die. So book in, unpack, and prepare to be checked out, forever.
“A Dream Most Ancient and Alone” by Allison Pang – A lake mermaid with a penchant for eating children forms a tenuous friendship with an abused girl trying to escape her past.
“The Monster Told Me To” by Stephanie M. Wytovich – In order for Bria to deal with her past, she must confront the ghosts of her present.
“Dead Bodies Don’t Scream” by Michelle Ann King – If the universe won’t give her a miracle, Allie will make one for herself. But dark magic has a price.
“The Boy” by Cory Cone – Grief-stricken from the loss of her husband, a young woman fears she may lose her son as well, if she hasn’t already.
“Starve a Fever” by Jonah Buck – Fleeing down a bayou highway with a sick criminal in the backseat, a getaway driver must sate his passenger’s horrifying needs while evading the police.
“Umbilicus” by Lucy Taylor – A father becomes involved in a scheme to rescue a friend’s lost son—with terrifying results.
“Nonpareil” by Laura Blackwell – Maisie’s wedding cake business needs every client it can get—but between the groom’s unpleasant family and the mysterious bride’s strange requests, Maisie has a tough job baking a cake that will please everyone.
“The Weeds and the Wildness Yet” by Robert Stahl – Reeling over the death of his wife, Charlie stumbles across a mysterious object—the legendary monkey’s paw. Despite the terrible events that befall that fictional family, he can’t help but give it a try.
“The Color of Loss and Love” by Jason Sizemore – A couple set out to rescue an unfamiliar couple, only to face an airborne disease.
“A Bathtub at the End of the World” by Lane Waldman – A little girl plays with her toys in a locked bathroom. Everything is fine, except for the zombies outside.
“Twelve by Noon” by Joanna Parypinski – A farmer goes about his routine tending to the scarecrows that preside over his field, when three college students show up and cause a strange disturbance.
“Hollow Skulls” by Samuel Marzioli – When Orson’s son is born, the memory of a tragedy creeps back into his life, threatening his very sanity.
There are unbelievable things that happen in this world and others. Things that push the boundaries of reality, that touch on the supernatural. These are the tales of those fantastic and horrifying things.
Come discover the lost supernatural stories behind some of the most famous people and events in history. Explore the secret history that has been hidden in the shadows of the world, and even alternative histories from other worlds: a young man seeking the secret of immortality from none other than Bela Lugosi, the tragic story of how the Titanic really sank, the horrifying lengths the people of New York city would explore to rise above the Great Depression, and many more Fantastic Tales of Terror.
Edited by Eugene Johnson. Artwork by Luke Spooner. With an introduction by horror icon Tony Todd (Candyman, Night of The Living Dead).
Introduction by Tony Todd
“The Deep Delight of Blood” by Tim Waggoner
“Unpretty Monster” by Mercedes Yardley
“The Tell-Tale Mind” by Kevin J. Anderson
“Topsy-Turvy” by Elizabeth Massie
“Ray and the Martian” by Bev Vincent
“The Girl with the Death Mask” by Stephanie M. Wytovich
“On a Train Bound for Home” by Christopher Golden
“The Custer Files” by Richard Chizmar
“Red Moon” by Michael Paul Gonzalez
“The Prince of Darkness and the Showgirl” by John Palisano
“The Secret Engravings” by Lisa Morton
“Mutter” by Jess Landry
“La Llorona” by Cullen Bunn
“The London Encounter” by Vince Liaguno
“Bubba Ho-Tep” by Joe R. Lansdale
“Gorilla my Dreams” by Jonathan Maberry
“Articles of Teleforce” by Michael Bailey
“Sic Olim Tyrannis” by David Wellington
“The Washingtonians” by Bentley Little
“Scent of Flesh” by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
“Rotoscoping Toodies” by Mort Castle
“Lone Wolves” by Paul Moore
“The Great Stone Face vs. the Gargoyles” by Jeff Strand
“The Return of the Thin White Duke” by Neil Gaiman
Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.
“The Dead Stage – the period of time between completing the working draft of a stage play and placing it with an interested party.” – Dan Weatherer
Dan Weatherer, an author turned playwright, learned quickly that there are practices playwrights can implement to dramatically increase the appeal of their work.
Inside, you’ll find advice that will enable you to better tailor your work to the needs of the theatre industry, without having to compromise on style, content or subject matter. Dan discusses his early mistakes, and presents the advice of notable theatre professionals including the award-winning playwright, Deborah McAndrew, noted actor Matthew Spence, and London Horror Festival producer, Kate Danbury (along with many, many more!).
You’ll also be able to read several of Dan’s completed stage plays, which are presented in a preferred industry format, and often contain side-notes detailing the success (and failures) of said pieces.
From budgets to set design, run-time to cast size, if you ever felt the desire to write for the stage, following the advice presented in this book will help improve your chances of pairing your script with an interested party, hopefully making The Dead Stage pass almost unnoticed.
Out October 5th on Kindle and paperback from Crystal Lake Publishing
An emotional sampler of life on Earth as it once was.
In this collection of sixteen dark, literary tales, disparate characters and their decedents twine and interconnect throughout America from the rural seventies to the post-apocalyptic, stitching together a nefarious mosaic of experiences.
Whether delving into the exploits of a murderous police officer and lapsing priest engaged in a battle of wills in the sun-blasted dunes of Death Valley, or an anthropologist couple sorting their infertility issues after inadvertently unleashing an ice-age killer plague, or a mysterious ferry in the Pacific Northwest holding the darkest secrets of a private eye’s final case, or a man so obsessed with touching the infinite that he eagerly volunteers for a one-way mission to preserve the final remnants of mankind, Dead Reckoning and Other Stories ultimately yields a kind of found almanac for human posterity.
“Kevin Lucia is this generation’s answer to Charles L. Grant.” – Horror Grandmaster, Brian Keene
Clifton Heights is a modest Adirondack town offering many unique attractions. Arcane Delights sells both used paperbacks and hard to find limited editions. The Skylark Diner serves the best home-cooked meals around, with friendly service and a smile. Every August, Mr. Jingo’s County Fair visits, to the delight of children and adults, also.
Handy’s Pawn and Thrift sits several blocks down from Arcane Delights. In its window hangs a sign which reads:We Have Things You Need.Like any thrift store, its wares range from the mundane to the bizarre.
One night, a lonely traveling salesman visits. He’s looking for something; something he desperately wants. Among the shelves of Handy’s Pawn and Thrift, he will face a harsh truth, however. The things people want are so very rarely the things they need.
6”x9”x1.25” • 328 pages • fully illustrated, black and white Cover and interior illustrations by Lauren Moran foreword by Dr. Robert Smith? • afterword by Mark Donovan ISBN: 978-0-9882210-8-6
Years in the making, Journey of the Living Dead: A Tribute to Fifty Years of Flesh Eaters, is a unique retrospective of the modern pop culture zombie genre, packed with informative and entertaining content for fans both casual and passionate, as well as material specifically designed to be of use to educators seeking to incorporate zombies into their media literacy and critical thinking curricula. The back cover copy reads:
They came to get Barbra…then they got us all! Before 1968, zombies began their pop culture career as living human beings controlled by a Voodoo master. Then, in one of the most tumultuous years in modern American history, a low budget horror film shocked the world with its tale of reanimated corpses shambling forth to feast on the flesh of the living. Night of the Living Dead redefined the concept of the zombie forever and gave us a new and indelible vision of horror: the greatest monster of all – us.
Celebrate a half century of Cemetery Ghouls, and 100 years of cinematic zombies, as Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg analyzes how Night of the Living Dead permanently impacted the media landscape. From the origins of the genre to the arrival of the modern zombie and beyond, this book presents new discoveries and insights while paying tribute to all of the zombies that shuffled and sprinted across our screens.
Board up all the windows and doors, and feast on this guide to the fiftyyear journey of the living dead!
As the “Doctor of the Dead,” author Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg has been a world-renowned zombie scholar and expert for many years. In addition to writing Journey of the Living Dead, he co-authored Zombiemania (one of the first exhaustive guides to zombie cinema), and appears in film (Doc of the Dead, The Walkers Among Us), on TV, radio, and online venues, as well as contributing to books like Triumph of the Walking Dead, Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies, The Undead and Theology (which was nominated for a Stoker award), and The Written Dead. His lectures on zombies and other pop culture topics have been presented at various conventions and symposia, he taught a course in “Zombies in Popular Media” for many years, and his zombie- and horror-focused podcast, Doctor of the Dead, is available via iTunes and other podcast apps, and also available at BlogTalkRadio and his own website at doctorofthedead.com.
“Everyone from Agatha Christie to Rick and Morty to Slender Man has played exquisite corpse, a game in which a story is collectively assembled by multiple players who each continue the tale by picking up where the previous author left off.
Today, Serial Box is thrilled to announce an exciting and horrifying literary event with a new take on this old school parlour game. Serial Box’s Exquisite Corpse features some of today’s brightest horror stars, including Christopher Golden (Snowblind); Cassandra Khaw (Hammers on Bone); Paul Cornell (Witches of Litchford); Brian Keene (The Rising Series); Alyssa Wong (Hungry Daughter of Starving Mothers), and many more. You can see the full roster here.
Rather than a simple pub date, this will be a multimedia storytelling event celebrating Halloween, horror, and the talents of nearly a dozen amazing authors. Taking place on Friday, October 19 between 11 am EST and 8 pm EST, we’ll release one episode every hour (approx 1,000 words, or 6-12 minutes to read), all completely free in ebook and audio, which will be recorded in binaural sound — a 2 microphone set up that allows for spooky soundscapes in 3D — on the Serial Box website and iOS app. Readers can subscribe to this email list, which will provide exclusive goodies and promotions (think signed books, stickers, promo codes) every hour on the hour throughout release day.
Our series usually run over the course of ten weeks, but with this project we’re taking all that’s great about the Serial Box mission of serialization and collaboration and making it shorter, quicker, and more playful. We’ve encouraged the authors to take the story in weird and wonderful directions without constraint and leave their fellow players plenty of opportunities to be creative, or back them into a story cul-de-sac and laugh maniacally as they try to escape.
The prompt for Exquisite Corpse was provided by Dread Central, one of the largest, most well-respected horror news sites on the Web. “With only a few days left until the big gallery opening, you’re struggling to finish your final pieces. However, it’s not lack of inspiration but rather dwindling supplies that’s holding you back. The problem is that your art uses rather…unorthodox materials.”
The tale of a widow’s harrowing journey through grief and peril into the cold remnants of a dead world.
Damon Sharpe had in part found victory, he believed, in his battle to unearth a truth obscured by time. By autumn, he was dead, leaving to his wife Anne a house of unfulfilled wishes, remnants, and the key to the enigma of his obsession, the Mourner’s Cradle.
A journey through grief and peril delivers Anne Sharpe from her home in St. Charles to the faraway skeletons of a long-dead civilization where she will find the desperate answers she seeks…or die trying.