LAST CALL: Putrefying Stories & Theian Journal

All good things must come to an end, or in the case of these two books, reach the end of contract life and go out of print. Ergo, from right now until midnight on Sunday, January 5th, we are giving away the Kindle editions of two of our more interesting and eccentric experiments, THEIAN JOURNAL and PUTREFYING STORIES, free for the cost of a click.

THEIAN JOURNAL features:

• THE FISSURE OF ROLANDO, by Judith Field
• ADROIT, by David Williams
• TAKING A BREATHER, by Jean Davis
• A SCORPION WITHIN, by Alison Grifa Ismaili
• PLAINFIELD, NEW YORSEY: 2114, by Angele Ellis
• WHEN WE ARE WHOLE, by Gary Emmette Chandler

PUTREFYING STORIES features:

• FRUITING BODIES, by Eric Landreneau
• DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL, by Julie Frost
• FROM COLORADO, by Rose Blackthorn
• TWO ZOMBIES WALK INTO A BAR, by A. A. Leil

You can get THEIAN JOURNAL here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017J9LPG2

And get PUTREFYING STORIES here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017A5IF86

But you should get them soon, because come Monday morning, they’re gone forever.

The Sirens Call: Death Comes For Us All

The 48th issue of The Sirens Call eZine has been released! This includes my poem FOREVER MINE, drabble LEAVES, and flash fiction A CHILD NAMED SORROW.

Check it out at:
http://SirensCallPublications.com
You can download it for free from the main page!

Contributors include: Featured artist, Kent Burles; featured author, Anthony Avina; authors and poets: Edward Ahern, Ysadora Alexander, Rebecca Anderson, Rose Blackthorn, Ryan Benson, F.J. Bergmann, N. M. Brown, Lesley-Ann Campbell, Ariana R. Cherry, Rachael Clarke, Suzanne Craig-Whytock, Willow Croft, Michael D. Davis, Radar DeBoard, John H. Dromey, E. N. De Choudens, Jessica Drake-Thomas, Alyson Faye, Ivanka Frankovic Fear, Greg Fewer, Stacy Fileccia, Ryan Garcia, Andrea Goyan, Alex Grey, Lucie Guerre, Robert W. Hazel, Timothy Robert Hosey, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Linda Imbler, Mathias Jansson, Roger Ley, Dan McKeithan, Richard Meldrum, Damascus Mincemeyer, Michael J Moore, Elizabeth Nettleton, Nichole L. Nevel-Steighner, Alexandra Ott, Shelly Redd, Ethan Robles, Chrissie Rohrman, Rich Rurshell, Kane Salzer, Amber M. Simpson – Author, Elizabeth H. Smith, Meg Smith, Shawn D. Standfast, Gregg Steighner, Andy Swindells, Sonora Taylor, Tabitha Thompson, DJ Tyrer, Elizabeth H. Smith, Eliana Vanessa, Lynn White, Sheri White, Pauline Yates, and Maura Yzmore. And always, the SCP team who work tirelessly at keeping the eZine going: Gloria Bobrowicz, Erin Lydia Prime, Lee A. Forman, and Nina D’Arcangela.

Beautiful, Broken Things ~ a collection of short stories by Rose Blackthorn

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Travel to the shores of an alien sea where the search for pearls may cost more than expected. Experience the early days of Viking exploration to the New World, and learn why they didn’t stay. Meet those things that hide in the darkness of attic rooms, the shadows beyond the fenced-in yard, the narrow confines of the kitchen pipes, or even right out in the open beneath a warm summer sun. Learn to be wary of lost children, the kindness of strangers, or even the promises of those you trust. Enjoy the beauty of the sea, the lush growth of greenhouse roses, the love and longing of family, and even the fondness of old memories.

“Broken things can be useful, even beautiful…” But they can also be dangerous.

I am so very happy to announce that my first collection of short stories has been released by Crossroad Press. It is currently available in digital format at Amazon as well as other major eBook retailers, and will soon be available in print!

A super-fast note to say thanks so very-very much to Christopher Jones, Kurt Criscione, Daniele Serra, Deena Warner, David Dodd, and David Wilson for all their help in getting my collection ready to be published. Thanks to Janet Joyce Holden for the amazing introduction she wrote. And thank you to everyone who has read my stories, and encouraged me to keep writing and sharing my words with you.

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A Short Little Tale for the Holiday

I wrote this a few years ago for a drabble contest – 100 words or less, and the requirement to use certain words in the story. I was quite pleased with how it turned out, and actually placed in the competition. I thought I’d go ahead and share it here:

A Different Christmas Tradition

Grak burped long and loud, then added a flatulent note to the already redolent air. Teeja sighed theatrically, but her disgust was lost on him.

“More grog,” he growled, slamming his cup down on the table.

“More manners,” she snarled, dropping a new jug beside the cup.

“We’re goblins,” he said, filling his cup, “Spending the ass-end of winter in a cavern in Finland. Who cares about manners?” and he gulped some more ale.

“It’s Christmas,” Teeja said sorrowfully.

Grak rolled his eyes. “I’ll take you into town later, you can slay a caroler.”

Her smile was grotesque, but heartfelt.

 

Merry Christmas / Blessed Yule / Happy Holidays

Here’s to Women

Check out this blog from phenomenal editor and author A.J. Spedding.

Women in Horror – it’s not just for February.

Author, editor, caffeine-addict, wannabe ninja

I’ve been noticeably absent from my blog – not through choice but rather time constraints – I thought it fitting to return to it today. Just past Women in Horror Month, and it being International Women’s Day, what better time?

I am a woman working in horror, I am a woman writing horror, I am a woman raising a young woman… I am woman.  There are some, though, who don’t approve of that fantastic mix of women and horror (I’m not linking to any of that shite), and refuse to read any horror stories penned by women.  Hell, there are those who won’t read anything written by a woman, and while this might surprise some, it doesn’t surprise me – not in this world we find ourselves in.

Elitism exists in the publishing world, and has long-since been an issue for women who love the horror genre – those…

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Called to Battle: WORTHY VESSEL

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Worthy Vessel now available from Skull Island Expeditions…

In the blighted lands of Cryx, death is the inevitable price of power. 

The fearsome sorcerer and pirate Darragh Wrathe has long terrorized the oceans of western Immoren in the name of Toruk the Dragonfather, but the great dragon’s blessings are a double-edged sword, and the blighted energies Wrathe calls forth to destroy his enemies are slowly consuming him. Now with death an ever-present shadow at his side, Darragh Wrathe makes a pilgrimage to the black isle of Skell at the heart of the Nightmare Empire. There he will present himself to the enigmatic necrotechs of Cryx and seek to replace his failing body with the dark science of necromechanika. But immortality comes with a steep price, and Darragh Wrathe must barter more than his flesh to prove himself a worthy vessel of Toruk’s power.

This is by far one of the creepiest, most disturbing pieces of WARMACHINE fiction I’ve read, but, you know, in a good way. Cryx fans, you’re gonna dig this one. ~ Aeryn Rudel

Included eBook formats:
PDF
ePub
Mobi
…also, now available at Amazon.