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About Lucy A. Snyder
Lucy A. Snyder is the five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author of 14 books:
* Sister, Maiden, Monster
* Halloween Season
* Exposed Nerves
* Garden of Eldritch Delights
* While the Black Stars Burn
* Shotgun Sorceress
* Switchblade Goddess
* Soft Apocalypses
* Orchid Carousals
* Sparks and Shadows
* Chimeric Machines
* Installing Linux on a Dead Badger
* Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer's Survival Guide
Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Czech, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Steampunk World, and Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5.
She has an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and lives in Ohio. You can follow her on Twitter at @LucyASnyder.
You can learn more at her website: www.lucysnyder.com
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***Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in the Anthology category***
Want to see something weird?
Embrace the odd? Satisfy your curiosity? Surrender to wonder?
From Crystal Lake Publishing and the Bram Stoker Award-winning co-editor of the smash hit Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories comes Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders.
Sixteen stories and two poems take you into the spaces between the ordinary—and the imaginations of some of today's masters of dark and thrilling fiction.
- A travel writer learns the terrible secrets at a hotel that's not at all as it seems.
- A disfigured woman and her daughter explore methods of weaponizing beauty.
- An amateur beekeeper acquires an object that shows her the true
danger of the hive-mind.
- Drifters ride the rails seeking something wondrous that could change their fates forever.
- A strange creature that holds our very existence in its hands shapes the lives of two lovers to touching and devastating effect.
- A young man helps his grandfather—and something much more monstrous—atone for bargains made during wartime.
- And much, much more…
Featuring Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Brian Kirk, Hal Bodner, Stephanie M. Wytovich, John Langan, Erinn L. Kemper, John F.D. Taff, Patrick Freivald, Lucy A. Snyder, Brian Hodge, Kristi DeMeester, Christopher Coake, Sarah Read and Richard Thomas. Foreword by Josh Malerman. Illustrations by Luke Spooner. Cover art by John Coulthart. Brought to you by Bram Stoker Award-nominated editor Doug Murano and Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.
Interview with the editor:
What kinds of short stories will readers find in this anthology?
Doug Murano: I wanted this book to encompass a lot of the things I love about weird fiction, fantasy and horror—as well as give a tip of my cap to some of the things I loved growing up. So, it’s not exclusively a horror anthology, though you’ll find there’s plenty of darkness and dread throughout the book.
It was important to me that the stories throughout the anthology embraced and celebrated the odd—so you're not going to find stories of big-top exploitation or carnival freak shows here. The closest, perhaps, you'll find to this angle is in Lisa Morton's story—but that piece turns the freak-show trope on its head and aspires to something much more daring, interesting, and, ultimately, haunting.
Some tonal touch-points for much of the book are actually Jim Henson's work — like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal — particularly in the Undefinable Wonders section. I also drew tonal influences from Guillermo del Toro’s filmography, especially his Spanish-language films like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. As in those films, there’s terror and darkness here, but there’s beauty, wonder, and magic, as well. In other words, the book is willfully bizarre, wide-ranging, and beautifully strange.
What happens when we make monsters? What happens when we make monsters of ourselves? Grotesque beings lurch from our darkest dreams. Vicious beasts stalk our twisted pasts. Lost souls haunt our deepest regrets. They are the blood on our hands. They are the obsessions in our heads. They are the vengeance in our hearts. They are Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors. Edited by Bram Stoker Award-winning editors Doug Murano and Michael Bailey. Featuring a foreword by Alma Katsu, and illustrations throughout by HagCult.
•The Shining Trapezohedron, by Robert M. Price
•A Noble Endeavor, by Lucy A. Snyder
•Ancient Astronauts, by Cynthia Ward
•The Thing in the Pond, by John R. Fultz
•Enter The Cobweb Queen, by Adrian Cole
•Tricks No Treats, by Paul Dale Anderson
•Ronnie and the River, by Christian Riley
•Cellar Dweller, by Franklyn Searight
•Yellow Labeled VHS Tape, by R.C. Mulhare
•Tuama, by L.F. Falconer
•Mercy Holds No Measure, by Kenneth Bykerk
•Treacherous Memory, by Glynn Owen Barrass
•The Hutchison Boy, by Darrell Schweitzer
•Dolmen of The Moon, by Deuce Richardson
•Lovecraftian Limerick, by Andrew J. Wilson
•A Wizard’s Daughter, by Ann K. Schwader
•The Shadow of Azathoth is your Galaxy, by DB Spitzer
•Ascend , by Mark A. Mihalko
•The Solace of the Farther Moon, by Allan Rozinski
•The Stars Are Always Right, by Charles Lovecraft
•Daemonic Nathicana, by K.A. Opperman
•Asenath, by Ashley Dioses
•The Book of Eibon/Le Livre D’eibon, trans. by Frederick J. Mayer
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Exposed Nerves continues the explorations into dark poetry by Stoker Award winner and Shirley Jackson Award nominee Lucy A. Snyder, pairing the author’s sly wordplay and imagery with grim introspection. By turns challenging, wryly amusing and gut-wrenching, Snyder’s work plumbs bittersweet catharsis and maps a survivor’s path through dangerous worlds, both the real and the horrifically imagined.
“Exposed Nerves vibrates with energy and rewards with clarity of vision.”
—Mary Turzillo, Stoker-nominated and Elgin Award-winning poet
Praise for Lucy A. Snyder’s Stoker-winning poetry collection Chimeric Machines:
“(This) may be the best collection of poetry I’ve read in years… There is not one poem in Chimeric Machines that doesn’t fit in place like a delicately carved piece of a complex and consuming puzzle. …There is no other writer working today quite like Lucy A. Snyder.” —Hellnotes
“What Snyder accomplishes in less than eighty pages is an emotional scoring that few can approach. …This is (real life), given breath and teeth, stood out in front of the world in all its beautiful grime. Her work is emotional, powerful, and will shake a person’s foundations … I applaud this collection.” —Scott A. Johnson, author of City of Demon
“Snyder is a massively talented writer—the sort who knows how to make you take a gulp when you hit the ending of a story or poem—and this poetry collection made me gulp with awe on virtually every page.” —Michael A. Arnzen, author of Proverbs for Monsters
“Her poetry is powerful, honest, playful … this is not the first time she has walked dangerous, uncertain roads with her work and I hope it will not be the last.” —Horror News
As with other titles in the series, new short fiction complements the work of classic authors including: Gertrude Atherton, Ambrose Bierce, Charles Brockden Brown, George Washington Cable, Charles W. Chesnutt, Kate Chopin, Ralph Adams Cram, Stephen Crane, Emma Dawson, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ellen Glasgow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Shirley Jackson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Grace King, H.P. Lovecraft, Herman Melville, W.C. Morrow, Flannery O'Connor, Edgar Allan Poe, Annie Trumbull Slosson, Clark Ashton Smith, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edith Wharton, Madeline Yale Wynne.
Edited by Bram Stoker Award Winner Eugene Johnson and Steve Dillon
We lose many things during our time in this universe. From the moment we are born we start losing time, and loss becomes a part of our life from the beginning. We lose friends (both imaginary and real), loved ones, pets, and family. We gain stuff and lose stuff, from our socks to our money. We can lose our hope, sanity, passions, our mind, and perhaps even our soul! In the end when death finds us, we end up losing everything... Don't we?
Loss is part of who we are. We can't escape it. We learn from it, grow from it, and so much more. Some of the greatest stories ever forged come from loss. Within this book is some of those stories.
Featuring stories and poetry by an amazing lineup including:
Tim Waggoner * Lisa Morton * Neil Gaiman * Joe Hill * Heather Graham * Christopher Golden * Tim Lebbon * Christina Sng * Vince A. Liaguno * John Palisano * Kaaron Warren * Chris Mason * Greg Chapman * Tracy Cross * Stephanie W. Wytovich * Alexis Kirkpatrick * Ben Monroe * Lucy A. Snyder and Matthew R. Davis. With an introduction by Award winning and Bestselling author Mort Castle.
Edited by Bram Stoker Award Winner Eugene Johnson and Shirley Jackson award nominated author Steve Dillon. Coming in 2020 from Plaid Dragon Publishing in association with Things in The Well. With cover art by the brilliant Francois Vaillancourt, and interior art by the amazing Luke Spooner.
Money raised by the anthology will go to benefit the Save the Children Coronavirus response.
"Tales of the Lost 2 could be called "Tales of the Dark Heart!" From a coming home story that ends in a not-so-typical cemetery scene to a couple of ultimate sacrifices driven by love, this is a book filled with stories to tear at your heart while making you shiver. There are macabre jack-in-the-boxes and soul-stealing virtual reality games and an apocalypse vision of a mother's love the likes of which I've never read before. These are stories of love and longing and selfless giving and aching loss ... with frequent visits from the monstrous things that inhabit the night. This is a volume of horrific heart and chilling beauty."
- John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant and Voodoo Hear
"Comprising unnerving tales of loss from horror's best-loved writers, LOST 2 is haunting, uncanny, and deeply disquieting. Prepare to lose sleep while reading this one." - Lee Murray, award-winning author of INTO THE ASHES.
“As a practitioner of horror & pop culture I’ve been honored to work with my friends behind the new press Plaid Dragon Publishing. Make sure you check them out!” ~
Tony Todd, Horror Icon- HELLFEST, CANDYMAN
“Hot on the heels of the stunning Tales of the Lost - Volume One, this second collection dives deeper into recesses of the mind, soul, and darkness with stories that push the boundaries of the genre. Big names abound, including Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, and Heather Graham, yet this is also an anthology of the found. Newer unsung authors round out this book that brings a special sparkle to horror that begs to be read - readers will easily find themselves happily "lost" once again.” ~
David Simms, Book Reviewer Cemetery Dance
“Within these kick-ass pages you will find disturbing, haunting, and even sad tales.” ~
Jeff Strand, multiple award nominated author of DWELLER
Copyright Plaid Dragon Publishing © 2020
Published by Plaid Dragon Publishing in association with Things in The Well.
Halloween is the most wonderful part of the year for many of us. For dedicated fans, the season begins when the leaves start turning autumn colors and doesn't finish until Hallowtide ends in November. With it comes a whole lot of fun: scary movies and stories, haunted houses, seasonal sweets, spooky decorations, costume parties, and of course trick or treat. But Halloween is also a deeply spiritual time for some; it's an opportunity to remember and honor loved ones who have passed on.
Master storyteller Lucy A. Snyder has filled her cauldron with everything that Halloween means to her and distilled it into a spell-binding volume of stories. Within these pages you'll find thrills and chills, hilarity and horrors, the sweet and the naughty.
One of the best things about Halloween is you don't have to be yourself. So go ahead and try on a new mask or two ... you may discover hidden talents as a witch, a pirate, a space voyager, a zombie fighter, or even an elf. This is the perfect collection to celebrate the season of the dead or to summon those heady autumn vibes whenever you like. You may even find a couple of tales that evoke a certain winter holiday that keeps trying to crowd in on the fun.
In the worlds within this book, every day is Halloween!
After an accident, a bus driver is faced with a horrible choice.
A group of skydivers face a winged terror from above.
An art dealer is haunted by a portrait of a red-haired woman in a green dress.
A son is reunited with his father, thirty years after his death.
THE PORCUPINE BOY AND OTHER ANTHOLOGICAL ODDITIES is an anthology of dark fiction containing fourteen never-before-published stories by some of the genre’s best writers.
– Monarch Trillani Persian von Mau, deceased
Cats have inherited the world, unifying their six fractious monarchies after untold centuries. These cats have been uplifted to use tools and language, and they seek to rediscover the ruins of the Old Ones.
Some have learned to use the leftover technology of humanity, but they believe it to be magic given to them by their lost worshippers. Others seek to create a cohesive nation, using Precepts of Mau agreed to after years of political conflict.
The world is dangerous and mysterious, but over the course of these 14 stories, the instincts of a good cat will always prove to be true.
Resistance can be a small act of everyday defiance. And other times, resistance means massive movements that topple governments and become iconic historical moments. Either way, there is power in these acts, and the contributors in Do Not Go Quietly will harness that power to shake our readers to the core. We are subordinates to a power base that is actively working to solidify its grip on the world. Now is the time to stand up and raise your voice and tell the world that enough is enough!
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
John Hornor Jacobs - "Glossolalia"
A. Merc Rustad - "The Judith Plague"
Maurice Broaddus/Nayad Monroe - "What the Mountain Wants"
Karin Lowachee - "Sympathizer"
Brooke Bolander - "Kindle"
Cassandra Khaw - "What We Have Chosen to Love"
Fran Wilde - "The Society for the Reclamation of Words and Meaning"
Rich Larson - "Scurry"
Sarah Pinsker - "Everything Is Closed Today"
Sheree Renée Thomas - "Thirteen Year Long Song"
Dee Warrick - "Nobody Lives in the Swamp"
Russell Nichols - "Rage Against the Vending Machine"
Meg Elison - "Hey Alexa"
Marie Vibbert - "South of the Waffle House"
Veronica Brush - "Face"
Jo Miles - "Choose Your Truth"
Rachael K. Jones - "Oil Under Her Tongue"
Eugenia Triantafyllou - "April Teeth"
E. Catherine Tobler - "Kill the Darlings (Silicone Sister Remix)"
Shanna Germain - "Salted Bone and Silent Sea"
Annie Neugebauer - "To Write"
Jeremy Paden - "The Skeleton Archer Speaks"
Mary Soon Lee - "If the Fairy Godmother Comes"
Lucy A. Snyder - "Permian Basin Blues"
Christina Sng - "The Dolls"
Joshua Gage - "#greenlivesmatter"
Alethea Kontis - "Witch's Star"
Bianca Spriggs - "Plot Twist"
Cover art by Marcela Bolívar.
Includes 4 interior original black & white illustrations by the cover artist.