Touched by Darkness: Twelve Tales of Evil, Inside and Out, the Etopia Press horror/dark fiction anthology is in print! It's not too late to have a copy in time for Halloween. The paperback edition is available at:
I want to thank Catherine Cavendish for inviting me to be her guest on her blog today! Catherine has asked each of her fellow Touched by Darkness authors to share his or her strangest experience. The whole series is fascinating. It's true what they say, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Check it out below:
My fellow Touched by Darkness author, Julia Kavan, has put together a fascinating series of guest posts on her blog, in which she invites each of the Touched by Darkness contributors to share his or her favorite short story. I can't thank Julia enough for including me! I am a huge fan of short fiction, and I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every post. The authors selections include a fantastic range of classic and new stories by both literary masters and emerging authors.
Touched by Darkness: Twelve Tales of Evil, Inside and Out is a fantastically creepy dark fiction/horror anthology edited by Annie Melton and published by Etopia Press. Here's the full blurb:
Twelve tales of horror that delve into the shadows secreted within...and the darkness that stalks beyond.
Betrayal can take your breath away.
married Melanie never suspected that her husband of thirteen years
could be hiding a dark secret…or how deep and cold her capacity for
revenge really was.
longtime friends Oliver, Nelsen, and Harry stumble across a funny but
disturbing set of horse head masks online, they can’t resist buying them
for a practical joke to scare their friend Aaron. But the masks seem to
share a dark connection with Aaron’s old house, and Oliver can’t seem
to shake the compulsion to keep putting the mask on…
Who can you turn to when there’s no one left to trust?
knows her best friend Caleb is “different,” but he’s always been there
for her, ever since they were kids. But when she picks up an old man
hitch hiking in a storm, she never expects Caleb to betray her quite so
The Devil comes calling on Halloween...
Patrick Anderson Jr.
Murder’s always a little hard to swallow.
wife is due home any minute, and he’s been slaving away in the kitchen
on a special dinner for a special night—a lovely, romantic evening for
two…or one, if things go as planned…
Mother Superior has a terrible secret.
by her parents of unchaste behavior, Tsula Montenegro is sent to the
convent to put aside her whoreishness. But the nuns have something much
darker in store. The convent and its herd of miniature ponies are both
falling into ruin, and Mother Superior has been providing an alternative
feed to the herd…
Ronn E. Taylor
Revenge is a dish best served with wheat toast and coffee…
Marget Smalls sets her seductress’s eye on Evelyn Thayer’s husband,
Evelyn isn’t about to about to look the other way. Instead, she invites
Margret to breakfast…
"The Dead Hate the Living"
Unfortunately, death isn’t the final resting place.
a man awakens on a cold, steel table, unable to move, speak, or
breathe, he learns a terrible truth. He’s dead. And he’s being prepped
for an autopsy. But it is what happens after the autopsy that makes him
realize just how painful death can be...and the dead are hungry.
"In My Lady's Chamber"
Upstairs, Downstairs, and in My Lady’s Chamber…
soon as Lydia sees Goose Green Farm, she knows something’s wrong. Why
would John bring her to a derelict farmhouse miles from anywhere in the
middle of the Yorkshire Moors? Refusing her pleas to go home, she can
see that something is happening to him. As they enter the house, he
seems possessed by a sinister presence that draws him to it and
threatens his very existence. A terrified Lydia knows she will have to
do whatever she can to rescue him from the clutches of a spirit who is
hell-bent on revenge.
"We Shadows Have Offended"
the death of a mutual friend, Sam, Bill, and Roger can no longer hide
from the memories of what they all did that day... the day they killed
the little girl. The little girl who wasn’t a little girl. Now it’s
back, and it’s looking for them, leaving death and destruction in its
wake, hell-bent on revenge. Can Sam summon the strength and courage to
make a sacrifice that will save his friends and family?
"Dreaming, Not Sleeping"
Her nightmares were simply too good to resist.
woman is tempted away from the safety of her husband’s arms by a
skillful nighttime visitor. But they both find nothing is what it seems…
"Be Seeing You"
“She’d been dead for two hours when she smiled at me...”
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