Wednesday, December 7, 2016

DAY 22 OF ANNOUNCING! Table of Contents for: +HORROR LIBRARY+ Volume 6

I’ll be unhurriedly posting all contributors here, one-a-day, to reveal the T.O.C. for this latest anthology volume that I edited for +HORROR LIBRARY+, to be published by Farolight Publishing (Cutting Block Books) in April, 2017.

DAY 22 of 27: Raymond Little

1.
JG Faherty presents “The H Train”
2.
Edward M. Erdelac presents “Hear The Eagle Scream”
3.
Rebecca J. Allred presents “Mother’s Mouth, Full of Dirt”
4.
Jay Caselberg presents “The Ride”
5.
John M. Floyd presents “The Red-Eye to Boston”
6.
Tom Johnstone presents “Oldstone Gardens”
7.
Bentley Little presents “The Plumber”
8.
Darren O. Godfrey presents “D.U.I.”
9.
Carole Johnstone presents “Better You Believe”
10.
David Tallerman presents “Casualty of Peace”
11.
Kathryn E. McGee presents “The Creek Keepers’ Lodge”
12.
Jeffrey Ford presents “Five Pointed Spell”
13.
Sean Eads presents “Predestination’s a Bitch”
14.
Dean H. Wild presents “The Gaff”
15.
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime presents “The Night Truck”
16.
C. Michael Cook presents “The Night Crier”
17.
Josh Rountree presents “Snowfather”
18.
Jayani C. Senanayake presents “Kalu Kumaraya (My Dark Prince)”
19.
Marc E. Fitch presents “The Starry Crown”
20.
Connor de Bruler presents “Il Mostro”
21.
Raymond Little presents “Elsa and I”
22. Lucas Pederson presents “We Were Monsters”

EXCERPT:


She’s outside my window again when I call Werewolf into the room.
He rushes in wearing nothing but his underwear and flailing around a curved skinning knife.
Werewolf notices the room is clear, except for me standing beside the bed, and lowers the knife. He clears his throat. “So . . . how’s it goin’?”
I point at the window. And when he sees her, he drops the knife.
It’s only for a split-second, but long enough for the eyes to transmit to the brain. Long enough to know who, or what, presses its face against the glass staring in at us.
“Jesus,” Werewolf says. “That was . . . ”
“Her,” I say. “I know.”
“What are we gonna do, man? She’s supposed to be dead.”
I sigh heavily and wipe beads of sweat from my forehead with trembling hands. This is worse than I ever feared.
At first I only saw her in glimpses outside. And a lot of the times I’d chalk it up to imagination. Because, like Werewolf said, she was supposed to be dead.
Sometimes the dead don’t stay dead, though.
Especially if they’re not human. 

We Were Monsters by Lucas Pederson
ABOUT: Lucas Pederson

Lucas Pederson is the author of several short stories found in anthologies like Apex Publications’ The Blackness Within and Bards and Sages Great Tomes Vol.2. He has also written five novels, one of which will be published by Severed Press. He’s currently working on a new young adult horror novel. Lucas lives in a small Iowa town with his family and werewolves (aka, huskies).


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

DAY 21 OF ANNOUNCING! Table of Contents for: +HORROR LIBRARY+ Volume 6


I’ll be unhurriedly posting all contributors here, one-a-day, to reveal the T.O.C. for this latest anthology volume that I edited for +HORROR LIBRARY+, to be published by Farolight Publishing (Cutting Block Books) in April, 2017.

DAY 21 of 27: Raymond Little

1.
JG Faherty presents “The H Train”
2.
Edward M. Erdelac presents “Hear The Eagle Scream”
3.
Rebecca J. Allred presents “Mother’s Mouth, Full of Dirt”
4.
Jay Caselberg presents “The Ride”
5.
John M. Floyd presents “The Red-Eye to Boston”
6.
Tom Johnstone presents “Oldstone Gardens”
7.
Bentley Little presents “The Plumber”
8.
Darren O. Godfrey presents “D.U.I.”
9.
Carole Johnstone presents “Better You Believe”
10.
David Tallerman presents “Casualty of Peace”
11.
Kathryn E. McGee presents “The Creek Keepers’ Lodge”
12.
Jeffrey Ford presents “Five Pointed Spell”
13.
Sean Eads presents “Predestination’s a Bitch”
14.
Dean H. Wild presents “The Gaff”
15.
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime presents “The Night Truck”
16.
C. Michael Cook presents “The Night Crier”
17.
Josh Rountree presents “Snowfather”
18.
Jayani C. Senanayake presents “Kalu Kumaraya (My Dark Prince)”
19.
Marc E. Fitch presents “The Starry Crown”
20.
Connor de Bruler presents “Il Mostro”
21. Raymond Little presents “Elsa and I”

EXCERPT:

“Late again, Giles.”
I removed my jacket and loosened my tie. It was a warm morning, and it was going to get a hell of a lot hotter once the big lights came on. “Sorry, Mr. Whale.”
He drew on his cigarette as his eyes studied me through wisps of blue tinted smoke. “I hope you have a good excuse. Anything other than women and drink will gravely disappoint me.”
“Oh, I seem to remember a woman.”
“Good, good. I’d hate to think that you were wasting your evenings.” He checked his watch. “Boris and Elsa are still in make-up. You may as well grab a coffee.” 

Elsa and I by Raymond Little
ABOUT: Raymond Little

Raymond Little lives in South London, where he turns his dark and speculative thoughts into fiction. He has had stories published in anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic, and his debut novel will be published in 2017 by Blood Bound Books. Ray’s fascination with the black-and-white Universal movies he watched as a child inspired him to write Elsa and I, and he dedicates this story to the visionaries and artists of that golden age of cinema.
To discover more about Ray and his writing, visit his website at raymondlittle.co.uk.

Monday, December 5, 2016

DAY 20 OF ANNOUNCING! Table of Contents for: +HORROR LIBRARY+ Volume 6


I’ll be unhurriedly posting all contributors here, one-a-day, to reveal the T.O.C. for this latest anthology volume that I edited for +HORROR LIBRARY+, to be published by Farolight Publishing (Cutting Block Books) in April, 2017.

DAY 20 of 27: Connor de Bruler

1.
JG Faherty presents “The H Train”
2.
Edward M. Erdelac presents “Hear The Eagle Scream”
3.
Rebecca J. Allred presents “Mother’s Mouth, Full of Dirt”
4.
Jay Caselberg presents “The Ride”
5.
John M. Floyd presents “The Red-Eye to Boston”
6.
Tom Johnstone presents “Oldstone Gardens”
7.
Bentley Little presents “The Plumber”
8.
Darren O. Godfrey presents “D.U.I.”
9.
Carole Johnstone presents “Better You Believe”
10.
David Tallerman presents “Casualty of Peace”
11.
Kathryn E. McGee presents “The Creek Keepers’ Lodge”
12.
Jeffrey Ford presents “Five Pointed Spell”
13.
Sean Eads presents “Predestination’s a Bitch”
14.
Dean H. Wild presents “The Gaff”
15.
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime presents “The Night Truck”
16.
C. Michael Cook presents “The Night Crier”
17.
Josh Rountree presents “Snowfather”
18.
Jayani C. Senanayake presents “Kalu Kumaraya (My Dark Prince)”
19.
Marc E. Fitch presents “The Starry Crown”
20. Connor de Bruler presents “Il Mostro”

EXCERPT:

…“No good cigarettes in Italy. Only in Germany and France.”
“And Russia.”
“Russia?”
Earl blows smoke out the side of his mouth.
“A Russian cigarette is a fine cigarette, my friend.”
Oui, mon frère.
The Frenchman lights the American cigarette with a cheap lighter and inhales.
“This is good too. The filter is hard.”
“Yeah, they make ’em thick. In the U.S. jet pilots like to bite down on the filter while they’re flying.”
“Yeah, it’s a good smoke. Thank you, my friend.”
“Thank you,” Earl says. “Everybody’s so damn friendly in Europe.”
The Frenchman chuckles. “This, I’m afraid, is not true. You are lucky. Very lucky. You will see. There is a . . . ” He waves his free hand around as if to grab the thought. “A . . . a badness in Europe. There is a lot of bad ideas.”
“Prejudice?”
Ouais! Préscisément!” He points at Earl in excitement. “They hate Americans. You are American soldier. This is horrible for you, no?”…

Il Mostro by Connor de Bruler
ABOUT: Connor de Bruler

Connor de Bruler was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and lived most of his life in Nuremberg, Germany and Greenville, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Winthrop University. The only copy of his first hand-written novel was stolen and thrown over the Washington Avenue Bridge into the Mississippi River by an acquaintance at the University of Minnesota. Since then, he has published two novels, Tree Black and The Mountain Devils with a small California publisher, Montag Press. He is twenty-six years old and currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina, with his fiancée, visual artist, Courtney Niskala.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

DAY 19 OF ANNOUNCING! Table of Contents for: +HORROR LIBRARY+ Volume 6


I’ll be unhurriedly posting all contributors here, one-a-day, to reveal the T.O.C. for this latest anthology volume that I edited for +HORROR LIBRARY+, to be published by Farolight Publishing (Cutting Block Books) in April, 2017.

DAY 19 of 27: Marc E. Fitch

1.
JG Faherty presents “The H Train”
2.
Edward M. Erdelac presents “Hear The Eagle Scream”
3.
Rebecca J. Allred presents “Mother’s Mouth, Full of Dirt”
4.
Jay Caselberg presents “The Ride”
5.
John M. Floyd presents “The Red-Eye to Boston”
6.
Tom Johnstone presents “Oldstone Gardens”
7.
Bentley Little presents “The Plumber”
8.
Darren O. Godfrey presents “D.U.I.”
9.
Carole Johnstone presents “Better You Believe”
10.
David Tallerman presents “Casualty of Peace”
11.
Kathryn E. McGee presents “The Creek Keepers’ Lodge”
12.
Jeffrey Ford presents “Five Pointed Spell”
13.
Sean Eads presents “Predestination’s a Bitch”
14.
Dean H. Wild presents “The Gaff”
15.
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime presents “The Night Truck”
16.
C. Michael Cook presents “The Night Crier”
17.
Josh Rountree presents “Snowfather”
18.
Jayani C. Senanayake presents “Kalu Kumaraya (My Dark Prince)”
19. Marc E. Fitch presents “The Starry Crown”

EXCERPT:

I left the university campus behind to do some field work in the Deep South. I was studying folk songs from southern states that had neither a time or place of origin nor a known composer. Those old songs that just seemed to rise out of the cultural folklore and evangelical mysticism like steam rising from a swamp. Songs that had been sung for generations by slaves and slave owners, Baptist ministers and backwoods preachers, and whose chords had been strung by banjos and whistled on whiskey jugs. Those songs presented a mystery to me; one that seemed to be known and understood in the Deep South but eluded myself and others in the halls of academe...
The Starry Crown by Marc E. Fitch

ABOUT: Marc E. Fitch

Marc E. Fitch is the author of the novels Paradise Burns, Dirty Water, and Old Boone Blood. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as Nightscript, Whispers from the Abyss 2, and The Big Click. Marc is also the author of Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs and Bigfoot. Marc lives and works in Connecticut with his wife, four children, and three goats. For more information visit www.marcfitch.com, and he can be found on Facebook and Twitter.


Friday, December 2, 2016

DAY 18 OF ANNOUNCING! Table of Contents for: +HORROR LIBRARY+ Volume 6

I’ll be unhurriedly posting all contributors here, one-a-day, to reveal the T.O.C. for this latest anthology volume that I edited for +HORROR LIBRARY+, to be published by Farolight Publishing (Cutting Block Books) in April, 2017.

DAY 18 of 27: Jayani C. Senanayake (her first published horror story!)

1.
JG Faherty presents “The H Train”
2.
Edward M. Erdelac presents “Hear The Eagle Scream”
3.
Rebecca J. Allred presents “Mother’s Mouth, Full of Dirt”
4.
Jay Caselberg presents “The Ride”
5.
John M. Floyd presents “The Red-Eye to Boston”
6.
Tom Johnstone presents “Oldstone Gardens”
7.
Bentley Little presents “The Plumber”
8.
Darren O. Godfrey presents “D.U.I.”
9.
Carole Johnstone presents “Better You Believe”
10.
David Tallerman presents “Casualty of Peace”
11.
Kathryn E. McGee presents “The Creek Keepers’ Lodge”
12.
Jeffrey Ford presents “Five Pointed Spell”
13.
Sean Eads presents “Predestination’s a Bitch”
14.
Dean H. Wild presents “The Gaff”
15.
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime presents “The Night Truck”
16.
C. Michael Cook presents “The Night Crier”
17.
Josh Rountree presents “Snowfather”
18. Jayani C. Senanayake presents “Kalu Kumaraya (My Dark Prince)”

EXCERPT:


My first memory is of a dark, handsome face gazing down at me in the cradle.
It’s difficult to know if he’d been there even before that moment. I don’t know where he’d come from or, perhaps, he had always been there, and it was me who came along . . .
Yet there he was filling my childhood—smiling from my dreams, crawling on the floor alongside me, holding my hand as I took those first steps in life. Together we built sandcastles on the beach, and he would whisper answers in my ear during our term tests at school. He was slender, tall, and perfectly dark, with gleaming obsidian eyes that rippled quietly with a wisdom seeming more ancient than the world itself. I called him Kalu—the color black.… 

Kalu Kumaraya (My Dark Prince) by Jayani C. Senanayake

ABOUT: Jayani C. Senanayake

First and foremost a dreamer who began scribbling her thoughts on paper at a very young age, Jayani C. Senanayake is a poet and a writer who published her maiden collection of poetry, Scattered, in 2012. Although her other work has been published both locally and internationally, “My Dark Prince” is her first foray into horror, despite a long sustained fascination of the genre.
Jayani C. Senanayake is also a food writer, and is the author of www.peckishme.com. She is currently working on a collection of short stories as well as a second collection of poetry while also cultivating her interests in food and horror.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DAY 17 OF ANNOUNCING! Table of Contents for: +HORROR LIBRARY+ Volume 6


I’ll be unhurriedly posting all contributors here, one-a-day, to reveal the T.O.C. for this latest anthology volume that I edited for +HORROR LIBRARY+, to be published by Farolight Publishing (Cutting Block Books) in April, 2017.

DAY 17 of 27: Josh Rountree

1.
JG Faherty presents “The H Train”
2.
Edward M. Erdelac presents “Hear The Eagle Scream”
3.
Rebecca J. Allred presents “Mother’s Mouth, Full of Dirt”
4.
Jay Caselberg presents “The Ride”
5.
John M. Floyd presents “The Red-Eye to Boston”
6.
Tom Johnstone presents “Oldstone Gardens”
7.
Bentley Little presents “The Plumber”
8.
Darren O. Godfrey presents “D.U.I.”
9.
Carole Johnstone presents “Better You Believe”
10.
David Tallerman presents “Casualty of Peace”
11.
Kathryn E. McGee presents “The Creek Keepers’ Lodge”
12.
Jeffrey Ford presents “Five Pointed Spell”
13.
Sean Eads presents “Predestination’s a Bitch”
14.
Dean H. Wild presents “The Gaff”
15.
Stephanie Bedwell-Grime presents “The Night Truck”
16.
C. Michael Cook presents “The Night Crier”
17. Josh Rountree presents “Snowfather”

EXCERPT:

Ypres is a hell. Is it not bad enough that the very land seems hungry to swallow us all? Must we be hunted by the black soul of our enemies made flesh? I killed him again last night, a closer encounter than ever before. I dread night patrols more and more, the way the land pitches and rolls, even when the guns have grown cold and the shells stopped falling. The world is white ice and barbed wire, and a man can lose himself in bottomless craters and abandoned foxholes.
No matter how many of your brothers walk at your side, we are each alone in that terrible place. Perhaps it is the quiet that unnerves me most. War should never be quiet. I think it is the purity of the silence that draws Snowfather out again and again... The creature is chaos, and he cannot countenance even a moment’s peace… 

Snowfather by Josh Rountree

ABOUT: Josh Rountree

Josh Rountree’s short fiction has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including Realms of Fantasy, After Death . . ., and Electric Velocipede. His first collection of stories, Can’t Buy Me Faded Love, is available from Wheatland Press. Josh lives in Georgetown, TX with his wife and two sons.