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 known composer or time/place of origin. Those old songs that just seemed to rise out of the cultural folklore and evangelical mysticism like a 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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DAY 16 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 16 of 27: C. Michael Cook

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”

EXCERPT:


Ed hurried downstairs. He grabbed the rifle and flashlight and went outside.
The night air felt like ice water against his skin. He headed toward the woods, stopping every few yards to listen, adjusting his course each time the bird cried out. He marveled at the darkened houses around him, at the way others could sleep through this, their husbands and wives beside them, their children safe in the next room.
He crossed the street and stopped at the tree line. It was colder here. Darker, too. It smelled of moist earth and life waiting to emerge.
He waited for the night crier’s call…

The Night Crier by C. Michael Cook

ABOUT: C. Michael Cook

C. Michael Cook is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer whose work has appeared in The Baybury Review, Unspeakable Horror, and two previous volumes of The Horror Library. He lives, writes, and rides bicycles in Chicago, where he’s currently at work on his first novel. He can be found at cmichaelcook.com and cmichaelcook.blogspot.com.


Monday, November 28, 2016

DAY 15 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 15 of 27: Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

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”

EXCERPT:

The truck is old, its cab rounded in a way vehicles just aren’t constructed anymore. Its paint might once have been white, but so much of it has fallen off, all she can see is the rust underneath. A long truck bed stretches out from behind the cab. The sides are wood. It looks like it’s been put together from whatever parts could be found at the scrap yard. It can’t be roadworthy, it can’t be legal.
Nonetheless it’s lumbering down her street, slowing as it passes her house. She darts away from the window, pressing herself against the wall beside it. If she looks sideways she can still track its passage through the sheer curtains.
The old vehicle slows more. Its brakes shriek with the effort. Whatever’s in the bed of the truck bounces beneath an old piece of canvas…

The Night Truck by Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

ABOUT: Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime credits her love of horror to growing up in a house beside a graveyard. Although she never did meet a ghost there, it did get her thinking about things that go bump in the night. To date she has had more than thirty novels and novellas published. She has also been a five-time finalist for the Aurora, Canada’s national award for speculative fiction. Stephanie welcomes visitors to her website at www.feralmartian.com.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

DAY 14 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 14 of 27: Dean H. Wild

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”

EXCERPT:


“The line goes quiet, but they’re not done. Not until they knock.”
“Who exactly do you think is going to knock?” When he pulled his car in, the parking lot adjacent to their tiny building was empty except for Betsy’s beat-up Dodge which she called her Snow Buster. The lots belonging to the antique shop to the north and the volunteer fire department to the south were unmarked planes of fresh snow. No tire tracks, no footprints. “There isn’t anybody—”
Two taps rattled the small window behind his desk…
The Gaff by Dean H. Wild

ABOUT: Dean H. Wild

Dean H. Wild has lived in east central Wisconsin, primarily in small towns surrounding the city of Fond du Lac, all his life. He wrote his first short horror story at the tender age of seven and continued to write dark fiction into adulthood while he pursued careers in retail, the newspaper industry, and real estate. His short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies including Bell, Book & Beyond, A Feast of Frights, Night Lights, and Night Terrors III. He and his wife, Julie, currently reside in the village of Brownsville. Visit Dean at: http://www.deanwild.com