HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW... Life is fleeting. Things happen quickly. One moment you're at the office, or maybe sitting in your living room; more of the same old, same old. And the next...You're gone. Forever.

For the brave, Dark Arts Books presents sixteen tales of those sudden moments when life goes from light to dark, laughing to screaming, bad to worse. Scary ...
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Swallowed by the Cracks

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HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW... Life is fleeting. Things happen quickly. One moment you're at the office, or maybe sitting in your living room; more of the same old, same old. And the next...You're gone. Forever.

For the brave, Dark Arts Books presents sixteen tales of those sudden moments when life goes from light to dark, laughing to screaming, bad to worse. Scary to...unspeakable.

Four of horror's brightest talents light up the corners, illuminate the shadows and show you ready or not what's there in the dark, where if you're not careful, you might end up SWALLOWED BY THE CRACKS.

Once again, Dark Arts Books has assembled a killer lineup of top-notch talent and they have delivered some amazing stories!

Bram Stoker-Award winning author Lee Thomas shares emotionally-devastating tales spanning the Victorian-Steampunk era ("The Dodd Contrivance") to the newest terror trawling Internet chat rooms ("Appetite of the Cyber Tribes") and more.

Gary McMahon, drawing favorable comparisons to Ramsey Campbell in his native England, shows just why in tales ranging from feverish nightmares ("The Ghost in You") to coldly-calculated terror ("Creep") and everything in between.

S.G. Browne, fresh from the success of his ingenious novels BREATHERS and FATED, explores male sexual fantasies run amok in "Dream Girls," science run amok in "Dr. Lullaby," a charming small town run amok in "Lower Slaughter," and, perhaps most terrifying, a writer run amok in "Lord of Words."

Michael Marshall Smith shows why he is an international sensation with pieces ranging thought-provoking ("REMTemps") to horrifying ("What Goes on in Their Minds") to whimsical ("Dave 2 Beta 2").

Another hugely enjoyable collection of the best dark fiction writing by today's most talented authors, courtesy of your friends at Dark Arts Books.


Introduction: Typically Atypical

Appetite of the Cyber Tribes
I'm Your Violence
The Dodd Contrivance
Before You Go

A Night Unburdened
The Ghost In You
My Name is Natasha Putkin

Dream Girls
Lower Slaughter
The Lord of Words
Dr. Lullaby

Death Light
The Stuff That Goes On In Their Heads
Dave 2.0b2
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Editorial Reviews

Dan Reilly
While the Horror small press has seen numerous high-profile anthologies over the past few years, few of them have been as satisfying as the ones Dark Arts Books have been quietly publishing. Their latest, Swallowed By The Cracks, continues the tradition of high quality multi-Author anthologies, with four Authors contributing four stories apiece. No theme, anything goes….and once again, Dark Arts brings out the best in its anthology contributors.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012916402
  • Publisher: Dark Arts Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 940,548
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

LEE THOMAS is the Lambda Literary Award and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of STAINED, PARISH, DAMNED, THE DUST OF WONDERLAND, and IN THE CLOSET, UNDER THE BED. His novel, THE GERMAN, was released by Lethe Press in March 2011.

GARY MCMAHON's fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies in the U.K. and U.S and has been reprinted in both The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror and The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. He is the British-Fantasy-Award-nominated author of ROUGH CUT, ALL YOUR GODS ARE DEAD, DIRTY PRAYERS, HOW TO MAKE MONSTERS, RAIN DOGS, DIFFERENT SKINS, PIECES OF MIDNIGHT, THE HARM, HUNGRY HEARTS and PRETTY LITTLE DEAD THINGS.

S. G. BROWNE grew up in Northern California and graduated from the University of the Pacific before moving to Hollywood, where he worked for several years doing post-production for the Disney Studios. Eventually, he moved to Santa Cruz to wait tables and write books. He is the author of BREATHERS and FATED, both dark comedies and social satires with a supernatural or fantastic slant. BREATHERS, his debut novel, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist that has also been optioned for film by Fox Searchlight Pictures. His third novel, LUCKY BASTARD, is slated for release in 2012. He currently lives in San Francisco.

MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH is a novelist and screenwriter. Under this name he has published seventy short stories and three novels ONLY FORWARD, SPARES and ONE OF US, in the process winning the Philip K. Dick Award, International Horror Guild, August Derleth and the Prix Bob Morane in France. He has won the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction four times, more than any other author. Writing as Michael Marshall, he has also published five internationally- bestselling thrillers, including THE STRAW MEN, THE INTRUDERS and BAD THINGS. THE INTRUDERS is currently under series development with BBC Television. 2009 also saw the publication of THE SERVANTS, under the further name M. M. SMITH. He is currently involved in screenwriting projects, including a television pilot set in New York, and an animated horror movie for children. His new Michael Marshall novel KILLER MOVE will be published in the US and UK in July 2011. He lives in North London with his wife, son, and two cats.
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