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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Moon Books; 1st edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983433593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983433590
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a brilliant anthology of 25 stories that will capture the hearts and imagination of anyone who grew up like I did on a diet of Boys Own Adventures, Alan Quatermaine and other tales of derring-do. Grab a copy of this book and let your imagination run free for time.
--Ginger Nuts of Horror, book reviews: thegingernutcase.blogspot.com.

As a boy, some of my favorite stories were those of lost lands and civilizations... Eric J. Guignard brings back a bit of that magic with Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations, an anthology mixing the values of pulp fiction with contemporary standards of fresh description...
--Steve Rasnic Tem, Author of Deadfall Hotel, amongst others. m-s-tem.com

...Most of the stories are written in a suggestive style, relying on the reader's own imagination to take the plunge from speculation to horror. This element keeps the collection rooted in the possible, making it scarier, perhaps, than the current saturation of seductive monster-based and slasher fiction.

Sheila Shedd, Monster Librarian

About the Author

Eric J. Guignard writes dark and speculative fiction from the outskirts of Los Angeles.
His stories and articles may be found in magazines, journals, anthologies, and any other media that will print him. He's a member of the Horror Writer's Association, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Of America, and the International Thriller Writers. Recent magazine publications include "Buzzy Magazine", "Beware the Dark", and "Stupefying Stories".
As an editor, he's published the anthologies, "Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations" and "After Death...", the latter of which won the 2013 Bram Stoker Award®. Read his novella, "Baggage of Eternal Night" (a finalist for the 2014 International Thriller Award), and watch for many more forthcoming books, including "Chestnut 'Bo" (TBP 2015).
Visit Eric at: ericjguignard.com, his blog: ericjguignard.blogspot.com, or Twitter: @ericjguignard.

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Joe R. Lansdale's 'The Tall Grass' is one of the highlights of the collection.
David L. Brzeski
Eric Guignard's introduction to the book is excellent and presents the anthology's theme well.
Ian Welke
I found the stories to be very well written, filled with interesting characters and places.
Peter D. Schwotzer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Resa on June 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was first approached to review this anthology for my e-zine Zombie Coffee, and initially I was a little wary about it. History has never been my favorite subject, which led to historical fiction being one of my least favorite genres. Still, I decided to give this anthology a try because something about it intrigued me, and I'm very glad I continued reading because there are some gems in this book I'm glad I had the chance to discover.

Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations is a horror/speculative fiction anthology that focuses on lost civilizations and unanswered mysteries. Have you ever wondered what happened to the lost city of Atlantis? Wondered what power erased whole civilizations from the face of the ancient world? Considered that some ancient powers aren't lost but just dormant? If so than this is the anthology for you. You'll find a wide array of authors from the popular names you'll recognize, to the lesser known, to the newly published. I have to admit there were some stories I didn't like personally, but all the stories are well written and diverse. That's my favorite thing about anthologies, while you may not like everything there's something for everyone.

Here are a few of my favorites:

"The Nightmare Orchestra" by Chelsea Armstrong takes nightmares to a personal level. What if the things which populate our nightmares used to live out in the real world? Well, Armstrong answers that question in a well crafted short story that will have you waking up in the middle of the night for new reasons...

"The Small, Black God" by Caw Miller takes you on an adventure in newly discovered ruins where the black god of ego begins to call to the scholars unearthing the ruins.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Schwotzer on September 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was very intrigued when Eric contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing his anthology "Dark Tales Of Lost Civilizations". Ever since I was a young boy and read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" I have been fascinated by lost civilizations. The thought of discovering a lost world, especially as a boy, was and still is terribly exciting to me.

I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality and depth of the stories in this collection. Did I like every story...well...no, but such is the case with most anthologies I read. I always have my favorites and some I don't enjoy quite so much. But this in no way takes away from the book. I found the stories to be very well written, filled with interesting characters and places.

If you love tales of lost civilizations you would be hard pressed to find a better group of tales gathered in one place.

That being said, here are a few of my favorites from the book;

Directions by Michael G. Cornelius; This was my favorite story in the collection. For those of you who follow my reviews and know me know how much of an influence "The Wicked Witch Of The West" had on shaping my love of being scared, horror and monsters.

This is a simply fabulous take on the Oz Witches mythos and is one of the best short stories I've read this year.

Königreich der Sorge (Kingdom of Sorrow) by C. Deskin Rink; A really great story of the Nazi's unquenchable search for power and what they discover. A really frightening tale of desecration and evil better left undisturbed.

The Nightmare Orchestra by Chelsea Armstrong; A first time published author presents a terrifying and unique look at the dreams that haunt us.

The Funeral Procession by Jay R.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Comeau VINE VOICE on July 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Just when I thought that every avenue of theme anthology had been exhausted, I receive a brand-new antho that has me flipping pages with enthusiasm. As the cover states, this is "An anthology of horror and speculative fiction stories unearthing our forgotten worlds and societies." Cool! I dig archeology, so I certainly dug into DARK TALES OF LOST CIVILIZATIONS with gusto. And I wasn't disappointed. Mr. Guignard has chosen some great stories, some by newer writers (even first publication,) and some by established authors, such as East Texas horror dynamo, Joe R. Lansdale, who turns in a surprisingly Lovecraftian tale of the turn-of-the-20th-century West. You'll find strange desert-buried societies, angry deities, the truth about Atlantis, gods who abandon the worshippers who have abandoned them, ancient powers that come to life with unpleasant consequences, nightmare creatures that escape into reality, excavations of lost tribes that were best left buried, Nazis who plunder the past for the glory of the Fatherland, Spanish explorers in a very New World, jungle paleontologists who dig up a horror, Genghis Khan's final burial place, vast underwater worlds, the forlorn stories of the Witches of Oz, and much, much more! Here are 25 ripping good yarns of adventure, misadventure, and marvels that would have made Jules Verne stand up and cheer! Pulpy, exciting, mysterious and gripping, DARK TALES OF LOST CIVILIZATIONS is a thrilling journey into lands of mysteries and terrors. The editor opens the expedition with a beguiling introduction and precedes each story with a paragraph about each author and why the story was chosen for the anthology. This is great summer reading! Enjoy!
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