Taming the Stars, in Suspended in Dusk (anthology)
Suspended in Dusk is an anthology of horror and dark fiction from Books of the Dead, including offerings by Angela Slatter, Toby Bennett, Benjamin Knox and many more.
Taming the Stars follows the intersecting paths of Esther, a woman with an unsettling secret, and Michele, a young man drawn into her world against his better judgment. Do we ever really know who the monsters are?
The Maker of Days
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When I wake, there is this filthy smell in the air. It is everywhere. It seeps around me like fog: thick, enveloping, constricting. I cannot breathe in without it filling my lungs, cannot breathe out without tasting it on my tongue. For a moment, I panic, and with the panic comes nausea. My stomach rebels against the rankness, yet the nausea itself is familiar enough to jog my memory, and at once I begin to relax. Continue reading
Olly loves stone circles. Jason loves Olly, and so begins a week’s holiday monument-hopping in Wiltshire. But is it really dangerous to dance among the stones?
When the young couple book into a chintzy, traditional guest-house in rural Wiltshire, they’re set to experience all the delights of a break in the English countryside. For a start, it never seems to stop raining.
Jason doesn’t share his boyfriend’s enthusiasm for ancient monuments – or his fascination with local circle, the Thirteen Maidens – but, as he evaluates what this time means to him, and to Olly, it becomes clear that the stones exert a strange pull over them both.
The Weeping Blade, in Dark Harvest (anthology)
A whisper of butterflies’ wings promises a lonely old man his heart’s desire; mages draw upon music to work magic; and a fearful symmetry threatens an alien realm. Be it in our dreams or flights of fancy that take us into uncharted territory, our hopes and desires often birth twisted imaginings.
This selection of tales, some devious or whimsical, others downright eerie and unsettling, offer glimpses into other, darker realities. Continue reading
The Night Shift
Animal Control Officer Rebecah Pearsall hates working the night shift. As a full moon rises over Seattle, there are even more crazy people than usual roaming the streets, and Becah really doesn’t need any more complications. But an encounter behind the local pizzeria brings her into contact with the strangest dog she’s ever seen – and Gabe, who really isn’t your average black-leather-clad elf….
Glaistig of Glenmuir
There have always been Glennisters at Glenmuir but, for Andy, an employee of the estate, the family is little more than a blight on the Highlands. What is the connection between him and Nicky Glennister, the young laird of Glenmuir, and what of the strange creature that legend says roams the land? Continue reading