Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Horror Is Not Just For Halloween

Presenting a collection of spine-tingling tales, this anthology from NoTreeBooks features 16 stories from 13 artists of the macabre, including Mark Cantrell's tale of vampire revenge, Baron Blood



Vampires, Zombies & Ghosts, Oh My!  
 (And other creatures of the night stories)

Edited by Eve Paludan, the anthology is available exclusively in digital format, covering a host of popular file formats and e-reading devices, and can be obtained from the following sites:

 Smashwords.com for other file formats (pdf, epub, and more):

  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/27972


The anthology features an introduction by the editor, Eve Paludan, and presents the following stories:

1. “All the Delicate Things” by Heidi Mannan, author o
f the upcoming novel, Turning Red, many short stories, and magazine articles. “All the Delicate Things” is an offbeat vampire tale whose fearless heroine, Rachael, collects the kinds of exotic creatures that would make other people shudder.

2. “Baron Blood” by Mark Cantrell, journalist and author of the novel, Citizen Zero, many short stories, and poems. In “Baron Blood,” the truth is a bitter pill to swallow, as a group of vampires learn when they go in search of their origins and discover the shocking facts. The awful truth of their underlying nature may not ease their bloody curse, but it offers them an opportunity for revenge.

3. “The Curse of Nilofer” by Rekha Ambardar, who has published more than ninety stories and articles in print and electronic magazines. She is also the author of two novels, His Harbor Girl and Maid to Order. “The Curse of Nilofer” offers an archaeology tale of an Egyptian queen whose mummy and tomb hieroglyphics hold the key to an ancient mystery and wield a power that extends beyond the grave.


4. “Teeth” by A.J. Kirby, prize-winning novelist of Bully, a supernatural tale of revenge from beyond the grave, The Magpie Trap: A High Octane Crime Thriller with Teeth, When Elephants walk through the Gorbals, Call of the Sea (a novella), and more than forty prize-winning short stories featured in a number of publications including anthologies. In
“Teeth,” a slick marketing man’s finest physical attribute is cursed by a local drunken councillor, with shocking results that are worthy of a bow to that familiar human nightmare.

5. “The Twins” by TW Brown, author of the Zomblog series and the Dead series and publisher, MayDecemberPublications.com. In “The Twins,” Bill Ryan, who worked at an airfield, should not have taken his kids with him on the day that “weird things” were reported in the region by the media who held back the worst details.

6. “The Bone Flute Maker” by Carol J. La Valley, award-winning journalist and real-life storyteller, and Tales of a Lifetime biographer. “The Bone Flute Maker” is a futuristic tale of a blind musical instrument maker with electronic eyes who rescues a wounded seraph from her former cult
.

7. “Palliative” by Chantal Boudreau, an accountant/author/illustrator who lives by the ocean in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband and two children. In addition to being a CMA-MBA, she has a BA from Dalhousie University. She writes and illustrates predominantly horror, dark fantasy and fantasy and has several short stories and multiple novels in the works. “Palliative” is a chilling story of conscientious caregivers, an escape artist, and a palliative patient with no pulse and sharp teeth.

8. “Late Night Shopping” by Michael O'Connor, editor, essayist, poet, book reviewer, and short story author in many publications. "Late Night Shopping" unveils a seemingly ordinary shopping trip to the local Cheap Choice Freezermart. But strange things are afoot in the meat department.

9. “Vengeance Was His” by Rekha Ambardar, who has published more than ninety stories and articles in print and electronic magazines. She is also the author of two books. “Vengeance Was His” is a twisted tale of terror in which Count Cesare Vincenti surprises his younger wife, Lucretia. He survives a shipwreck, returns to old Palermo and catches her tramping around on him. The Count banishes her to the dungeon and calls upon a vampire hag with a serious quest to “find Andrea Bellini.”


10. “The Bride of Frankenstein Dances with Celebrity” by Chris Hugh, a lawyer and former high school teacher and the author of a growing list of short stories. Her cat, Twitch, was in the book, How to Take Over Teh Wurld: A LOLcat Guide 2 Winning. It made the New York Times bestseller list (September 2009, paperback advice). This parody takes a funny stab at pop-culture icons and the frustrations of being a modern-day “assembled” monster.

11. “That Whole Being-Dead Thing” by Allison Ridley, senior at Northern Arizona University.  She loves to read Young Adult Literature, she spent a semester abroad in Mexico, and her favourite pastime is following authors on Twitter and YouTube. "That Whole Being-Dead Thing,” features a ghost named Millie who haunts David, her ex-boyfriend from the tenth grade, and criticizes his line-up of potential girlfriend material.


12. “DeathHouse Mansion, Inc.” by Chris Hugh, a lawyer and former high school teacher and the author of a growing list of short stories. Her cat, Twitch, was in the book, How to Take Over Teh Wurld: A LOLcat Guide 2 Winning. It made the New York Times bestseller list (September 2009, paperback advice). The author weaves together the past and the present in the unfolding of a thousand-dollar bet in “DeathHouse Mansion Inc.” a fast-paced haunted house thriller of disappearances.

13. “Third Degree” by A.J. Kirby, author of Bully, a supernatural tale of revenge from beyond the grave, The Magpie Trap: A High Octane Crime Thriller with Teeth, and more than forty short stories. In “Third Degree” a sun worshiper goes way too far with his bronze ambition.

14. “Love’s Transformation” by Donna Collins, an author from Upstate New York. The author unveils more than one surprise to the reader in “Love’s Transformation,” a paranormal story about a misfit romance.


15. “Pandora’s Boxes” by Eve Paludan, who was twice a #1 Writer’s Digest Book Club national bestselling author of The Romance Writer’s Pink Pages, a three-book series published by Prima. Paludan is also an editor of scholarly work, as well the editor/publisher of this fiction anthology. In “Pandora’s Boxes,” a young widow who is just beginning to date again is haunted by a sexy ghost who mistakes her for someone else.


16. “The Night Knows Me Well” by J.R. Rain, #1 Kindle bestselling vampire author of Vampire Moon and Moon Dance, more than a dozen other novels, screenplays, and many short stories. “The Night Knows Me Well” is unforgettable and stunning. His story is last here, because Rain is a master of the grand finale.

Afterword by Ron Paludan, 3D modeler, programmer of North American Railroad software, train photographer, and clever pop culture analyst. Ron adds his usual cleverness in a very short Afterword.

Category: ANTHOLOGIES

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