Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations

Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983433590
Publisher: Dark Moon Books
Publication date: 02/25/2012
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 1,056,719
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Eric J. Guignard is a writer and editor of dark and speculative fiction, operating from the shadowy outskirts of Los Angeles. He's won the Bram Stoker Award, been a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award, and a multi-nominee of the Pushcart Prize. His stories and non-fiction have appeared in over one hundred genre and literary publications. As editor, Eric's published six anthologies such as, THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR, AFTER DEATH..., and A WORLD OF HORROR, a showcase of international horror short fiction. Read his short story collection, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD: 16 TALES OF DARK FICTION (Cemetery Dance Publications), his novella, BAGGAGE OF ETERNAL NIGHT (Journalstone), and watch for his first novel, CROSSBUCK 'BO, which is currently being shopped around. Outside the glamorous and jet-setting world of indie fiction, Eric's a technical writer and college professor, and he stumbles home each day to a wife, children, cats, and a terrarium filled with mischievous beetles. Visit Eric at: www.ericjguignard.com, his blog: ericjguignard.blogspot.com, or Twitter: @ericjguignard.

Table of Contents

Full Contents Include:

Introduction by Eric J. Guignard

Angel of Destruction by Cynthia D. Witherspoon

The Door Beyond the Water by David Tallerman

To Run a Stick Through a Fish by Mark Lee Pearson

Quivira by Jackson Kuhl

Directions by Michael G. Cornelius

Quetzalcoatl's Conquistador by Jamie Lackey

Königreich der Sorge (Kingdom of Sorrow) by C. Deskin Rink

Gestures of Faith by Fadzlishah Johanabas

Bare Bones by Curtis James McConnell

British Guiana, 1853 by Folly Blaine

The Nightmare Orchestra by Chelsea Armstrong

The Funeral Procession by Jay R. Thurston

Requiem by Jason Andrew

Gilgamesh and the by Mountain by Bruce L. Priddy

Buried Treasure by Rob Rosen

The Small, Black God by Caw Miller

In Eden by Cherstin Holtzman

We Are Not the Favored Children by Matthew Borgard

Rebirth in Dreams by A.J. French

Whale of a Time by Gitte Christensen

Sins of our Fathers by Wendra Chambers

The Talisman of Hatra by Andrew S. Williams

Sumeria to the Stars by Jonathan Vos Post

The Tall Grass by Joe R. Lansdale

The Island Trovar by JC Hemphill

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Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool idea - good stories with fiction explanations of long-standing mysteries.
Vivian_Metzger More than 1 year ago
I like this book a lot! Read the entire book in one day - just couldn't put it down. It was very unique, and poignant stories relating to lots of old civilizations and mysteries. Some of the tales were horror, some very touching, and some funny. The editor brought together a very eclectic mix of writers from around the world to discuss fictional takes on ancient civilizations and peoples. Great idea for a collection of stories and well executed.
Eric_J_Guignard More than 1 year ago
In the spirit of disclosure, I am the editor of this anthology so, rightfully, I consider it a five star book. In fact, I consider it the grandest book ever published in the history of civilization... but again I am the editor. Please feel free to contact me to discuss this book or questions, etc. My e-mail is: eric dot guignard at gmail dot com. This anthology consists of twenty-five fictional stories that includes accounts of archaeologists and scientists, treasure hunters, tragic royalty, spirits, and even the Witches of Oz. Each story illuminates a particular race of life and explores the genesis of their origin, or the cause of their destruction, or perhaps just contributes a chapter to their legacy. Within Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations, each author offers a unique perspective to unexplained mysteries or to a society of beings, whether they are historically known or only rumored to exist, in great and fearful whispers. Has there ever really existed the great continent of Mu? What is it that lures explorers to distant lands where none have returned? Who, not what, are responsible for causing our nightmares? Where is Genghis Kahn buried? What happened to Atlantis? Who will displace mankind on Earth? Blurbed by author, STEVE RASNIC TEM: "As a boy, some of my favorite stories were those of lost lands and civilizations, made popular by such writers as H. Rider Haggard, A. Merritt, and Talbot Mundy. I daydreamed of falling through some hidden cave entrance into a lost and forgotten world (sans injury of course) and if asked about my career ambitions I would have answered that I wanted to be one of those specially lucky explorers. As I gradually became aware that such civilizations weren't terribly likely in our closely-examined world, that fantasy became a bit bruised. But now Eric J. Guignard brings back a bit of that magic with Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations, an anthology mixing the values of pulp fiction (returning us to a milieu where such stories seem more possible) with contemporary standards of fresh description. Here we have lost islands, civilizations on the brink, and uncharted lands imaginatively described with new mythologies. David Tallerman, Mark Lee Pearson, Jamie Lackey, Folly Blaine, Jonathan Vos Post, and JC Hemphill--to mention just a few--all shine, and the new Joe Lansdale piece with a unique slant on a western railroad story is a special treat." --Steve Rasnic Tem, Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Award-winning author of novels (including his latest, Deadfall Hotel) and numerous collections of short fiction.
Judi1953 More than 1 year ago
An amazing book to read! This book was recommended to me through a book review club and I agree with their recommendation: It is a wonderful collection of exotic stories. This is an anthology (which means a collection of stories) that explores fictional answers and lore to some of the greatest mysteries and civilizations in history. It has a bent to horror and to archaeology, so if you enjoy dark fiction AND tales of science or discovery, this is for you! Not all of the stories are horror - some are very thoughtful and some are downright funny. Sins of our Fathers (by Wendra Chambers) was exceptional writing. Königreich der Sorge (Kingdom of Sorrow) by C. Deskin Rink was scary. Some other favorites are Quivira by Jackson Kuhl and Whale of a Time by Gitte Christensen and Joe Lansdale's story, was good (as is everything he writes).
Michael_Flores1 More than 1 year ago
Masterful anthology. There's really something for everyone in this eclectic collection. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I bought it for some good ol' chills and thrills which were abundant. DARK TALES OF LOST CIVILIZATIONS represents solid fiction. Some of my favorites were: We Are Not the Favored Children by Matthew Borgard Quetzalcoatl's Conquistador by Jamie Lackey The Small, Black God by Caw Miller Bare Bones by Curtis James McConnell Directions by Michael G. Cornelius Angel of Destruction by Cynthia D. Witherspoon
SamanthaJMoore More than 1 year ago
Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations, edited by Eric J. Guignard, is an anthology of the horrific and the mysterious, of long forgotten realms and dark, unimaginable secrets of humanity’s past. This showcase houses some of the best short fiction that breaches boundaries of typical horror and historical genres. Each piece explores different aspects of the human psyche, from insatiable curiosity to the greed of man, to the ever growing search for knowledge that spurs on explorations in culture and history. Guignard perhaps describes the theme of this anthology best when stating that the inspirations for these stories “invariably would resolve around a sense of wonder”. The fiction within Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations truly does appeal to one’s sense of wonder and curiosity, allowing the reader to explore those unanswered questions of the past. Take, for instance, Cynthia Witherspoon’s Angel of Destruction, which offers a unique and terrifying look into the collapse of a powerful civilization. Witherspoon’s use of narrative and description takes the reader into ancient realms sugared with a touch of supernatural mystery. It is a look into the fall of a complex civilization with an added explanation as to how a popular supernatural monster got its beginnings. From a different gaze, C. Deskin Rink’s Konigreich der Sorge (Kingdom of Sorrow) is an absolutely masterful work of horror that instead features a civilization that is well documented within the history books, one that is a more recent echo in the not so distant past. In the same style as Shelley’s Frankenstein and Stoker’s Dracula, Rink uses first person narration to describe the inevitable demise of a knowledge hungry archaeological team. This story explores the nature of curiosity, and what could wait beneath the frozen ground of the Arctic Circle. In addition to those above, Kuhl’s Quivira is almost psychological nature, delving into themes of madness and greed. Kuhl’s use of ancient mythology and macabre setting makes for an engaging read, drawing the reader in with vivid imagery. Worthy mentions also include Jason Andrew’s Requiem, Wendra Chambers Sins Of Our Fathers, and Bruce L. Piddy’s Gilgamesh And The Mountain. This anthology of lost civilizations, horrific mythologies, undiscovered cities, and harrowing adventure, appeals to the reader’s fascination with history. Those that have an appetite for the mysteries of our forefathers would enjoy this showcase of fiction. I recommend Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations for any lover of the past looking to escape from the present, and for any lover of horror looking for the next addition to their bookshelf. -Samantha J. Moore, OneTitle Magazine
Jonathan_Stewart More than 1 year ago
Excellent anthology of stories set in different lands and times, such as lost islands, futuristic deserts, ancient jungles, or laboratories of science. Although it’s classified as horror, none of the stories are gory or rely on “cheap scares.” The stories are more of adventure and exploration with dark “suggested” terror interwoven throughout. Highly recommended, especially if you are a fan of H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Talbot Mundy, Conan Doyle, Anne Rice, or H.P. Lovecraft.
appatel555 More than 1 year ago
I have lately been overwhelmed with the amount of good books I want to read and when I do have the infrequent free time to just sit and read for pleasure, I want to make sure my time is well spent with something I enjoy. This book fits just that: a perfect read to escape the real world and travel to lands long-lost. I felt excitement as I read these stories as if they were written specifically for me. Each author has different opinions on ancient mysteries and folklore and scientific discovery but the editor did a really well job of combining the right stories in tone so that they flowed together. This book is another must read.