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Enter a world of insanity as you encounter nine tales of murder, mayhem, and madness from authors David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad V., and Ursula Wong. Here you will find twisted psyches, peculiar people, and demons of the mind and spirit.
If you like your stories dark and scary, come take a stroll through this asylum, hearing ominous whispers or the shrieks of the unhinged echoing in your ears. You'll find yourself glancing nervously over your shoulder, or wondering about that odd-looking person at the bus stop . . . or even in the mirror. Come in, enjoy the trip, but step carefully, and watch the shadows, for you may never be the same again.
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About the Author
Hiram Award-winning author Stacey Longo is a former humor columnist for the Block Island Times, and started writing horror in 2010 to much fanfare and success. Her works have appeared in dozens of anthologies and magazines, including Shroud, Shock Totem, and the Litchfield Literary Review. She is the author of Secret Things: Twelve Tales to Terrify and Ordinary Boy (Dark Alley Press).
Vlad V. is the author of The Button, Yorick, and Brachman’s Underworld. His novella "The Sleep Artist" was published in Insanity Tales, a collection of dark fiction, in October 2014 (Books & Boos Press). His most recent release is his novella "Float," published in Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear in October 2015 (Books & Boos Press). His first kids' book, The Moon is Dead!, was released in January 2015. Vlad is also the founder and managing editor of The Storyside, a publishing collaborative with a truly innovative business model that is dedicated to bringing the best in independent fiction to the market. An editor, publishing consultant, freelance writer, and former newspaper correspondent for the Lowell Sun and Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, his work can be viewed at www.TheVlad.net. His books are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Smashwords.com, and through most bookstores.
The San Francisco Examiner called David Daniel’s White Rabbit “one of the most atmospheric novels about the sixties.” He has published ten additional novels and a hundred and fifty short stories. The Heaven Stone won a Private Eye Writers of America award and was a Shamus Award finalist. He teaches at the Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School. Among his books are The Marble Kite, Goofy Foot, Reunion, and two collections of short fiction: Six Off 66 and Coffin Dust, all available at Amazon.
Ursula Wong is a retired Computer Engineer who lives in Massachusetts with her husband and daughter. She has a passionate interest in the craft of storytelling. Her work has appeared in the Spinetingler and Every Day Fiction online magazines. She is a winner of the New Hampshire Writer’s Project fiction contest and her work will appear in their upcoming e-book. While her roots are in rural New England, Ursula has traveled widely. She scuba-dives, swims, and is an avid hiker. Purple Trees is her first novel.
Dale studied writing with Stephen King, has written three novels (the first to be published this year), and published short stories in Plot magazine, Space & Time, Ethereal Gazette, Big Pulp, Crime and Suspense, Gluttonlumps Chilling Tales, Atomjack, Aoife’s Kiss, House of Horror, Sorcerous Signals, Kasma, New Myths, Short-Story.Me, Dark Valentine, Flashes in the Dark, Every Day Fiction, and the anthology Fungi (#20), due out in January. He has appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film, Throg. He competed on two nationally televised quiz shows, Jeopardy and Think Twice. He co-wrote and acted in The Nine, a short political satire film, available at www.Libertynewstv.com. He has traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and through Europe. He lives with his wife and family in Massachusetts. He can be reached at www.daletphillips.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a book of eight short stories and one novella by five different authors. Some of the stories are set around Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts where an underground enclave of dedicated horror writers is steadily grinding out their art. Each of the stories in this collection has a comforting opening that welcomes the reader to come in and stay for a long while. Pretty quickly an unsettling feeling begins to grow that something awfully sinister has happened. In some cases a vicious crime, and in others, it’s the work of the twisted mind of some sicko feeding his burgeoning madness, unable to separate fact from his own delusions. The first story, Memory Unit, is told from the viewpoint of an older woman remembering her first love. Its unclear exactly what happened in their cross country jaunt, for the believing young woman suppresses and denies certain clues about who and what her lover really is. Dark Water is the story of a rape victim haunted by the image of her attacker, face covered by a ski mask, and the possibility he is someone she knows well. Dark Water takes its own victims; maybe their only guilt is having been one of the accused. In Jack O’ Lantern, only the unexpected can follow from a young girl’s discovery, that in the cornfields of Iowa, scarecrows are made of flesh and bone, but not the living, breathing kind. In Old Man’s Winter, domestic violence and brutality always comes with justification, with the learned violence passed from one generation to the next. Scalper is about a growing addiction to extreme sporting events in which the game is a brutal crime unfolding. But soon, the line between spectator and victim is obscured. Never Alone is a saddening, creepy tale that probes into one of humankind’s great universal fears while leaving the reader with a disturbed lonely feeling that lingers for days. In Chupacabra Moon a disgraced former Paparazzi traps a disfigured woman into marriage. They travel to Mexico to photograph the unexplainable Chupacabra and come too close to solving the mystery. In Color Him Crazy, having two siblings convicted in unrelated murders can lead to an identity crisis about what kind of family you’re from. Fortunately, the main character has a loyal wife to help him figure it all out. The final story, The Sleep Artist, is more of a Novella, in which a spiritual healer journeys into the dreams of the possessed to drive out their demons. Seamlessly she slips into the demon’s mind, and back through time itself, unaware that the final possession may be her. Overall, a fun read. Great stories and very well edited. David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Vlad V., Ursula Wong and Dale T. Phillips are names well known among fiction and horror enthusiasts in those parts and can likely be found lurking and reading their work on local radio, and old book stores and coffee houses in the Bowery of Lowell, Massachusetts. Pete Ewing Westford, Mass.