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About Chad A. Clark
Chad A. Clark is an author of dark-leaning fiction, born and raised in the middle of the United States. His road began in Illinois, along the banks of the Mississippi and from there he moved to Iowa, where he has lived ever since. From an early age, he was brined in the glory that is science fiction and horror, from the fantastical of George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry and Steven Spielberg to the dark and gritty tales of Stephen King and George Romero. The way from there to here has been littered with no shortage of books and movies, all of which have and continue to inform his narrative style to this day. Chad has written horror, science fiction and non-fiction. He has been published by Crystal Lake Publishing, Dark Minds Press, Shadow Work Publishing, EyeCue Productions, Darker Worlds Publishing and Sirens Call Publications. His books have received critical praise from the Ginger Nuts of Horror, Ink Heist, Confessions of a Reviewer, Horror DNA and This is Horror.
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Shallow Waters—where nothing stays buried.
With 25 dark tales diving beneath the surface of life, death, and the pain between them.
Shallow Waters is the official monthly flash fiction challenge hosted by the award-winning Crystal Lake Publishing. Every month a new challenge is posted online, with authors submitting via email. The best submissions are then posted on Crystal Lake’s Patreon page, where patrons read daily entries and vote for the winner. What you’ll find in these Shallow Waters anthologies include the most popular of our finalists.
Stay tuned for more volumes in this series, or find Crystal Lake Publishing on Patreon to enter or vote on future challenges.
Volume two includes horror, thrillers, suspense, and stories of life after death, the supernatural, murder, and the beauty beneath it all.
Introduction by Joe Mynhardt
“Night Swimming” by Michael O’Brien
“Hush Little Baby” by Matt Shaw
“The Vessel” by Mark Allan Gunnells
“The Southland” by Pedro Iniguez
“Biter of Dust” by Austin James (winner)
“Gently Used” by Jonah Buck
“Ollie Visits Grandma” by Mark Cassell
“The Water Tower Ghost” by Darryl Foster
“Standing Tall” by Kenneth W. Cain
“The Only Thing That Remains” by Jess Landry
“(Almost) Joined at The Hip” by Dan Weatherer
“Remy and the Elephant” by Linsey Knerl
“She Fluttered” by Andrew Garvey
“Just A Cup of Coffee” by Theresa Derwin
“Malignant” by Steve Thompson & Kenneth W. Cain
“Welcome to the Future” by Diana Grove
“Makes Three” by Michael Harris Cohen & Mark Allan Gunnells (winner)
“A Tea Party for the Dead” by Dani Brown & David Charlesworth
“A Game of Hide and Seek” by Joe X Young
“The Allotment” by Theresa Derwin
“Hourglass” by Chad Lutzke & John Boden
“The End of the War” by Joseph Mulak
“Long Distance Cull” by Tony Logan & Red Lagoe
“To Stop Further Slaughter” by Raymond Gates
“Baited” by Chad A. Clark
“Curtain Call” by Raven Dane (winner)
In this volume…
- A man is visited by his wife the night before her funeral.
- A tale of brotherly love turns sour.
- What happens when the ghosts of our past refuse to forget?
- A man contemplates the sacrifice he must make to stop a killer.
- When popping in to see a grandparent, don't always expect biscuits and tea.
- She rose from the dead, but by cheating death she must gamble again with life.
- A grieving mother preserves the memory of her son in a very curious manner.
- During an interrogation in the sweltering summer heat, a Los Angeles detective struggles as he loses his grasp between reality and madness.
- A bizarre black mold problem leads to the most extreme of solutions.
- Dawn comes for the dead locked in a forgotten room inside the Neon Dream.
- An ancient soul finds himself and his people threatened by an ever-growing hostile race.
Roxie has been left on her own in the ravaged remains of her city, following the detonation of a nuclear bomb. In the process of trying to stay alive and ahead of those who are pursuing her, she learns about the existence of a stadium, a place where she could possibly go and find the support and shelter she needs. She finds herself in a desperate race to get to her destination first, to reach the only thing she has left to strive for.
After the murder of her father, Heidi Silverton has been left alone, in a society that has collapsed around her. All that was once good in the world has washed away in a tide of nuclear fallout, leaving behind nothing but the worst aspects of ourselves. Isolated from any other survivors, Heidi must struggle to find the one thing that her father may have left behind for her to cling to.
A dream location.
Except this year, something else has taken residence on the snow-covered slopes, something filled with malignant intent and a desire to kill. Driven by impulses beyond its ken, it seeks out the house in which Peter is staying and the writer soon finds himself in a battle with the deadliest of foes, a creature born of nightmares…
Eighteen stories from indie authors, each one set in the world which Romero created. Some give insights into events from the Dead films, others use the landscape he formed and create something wholly unique, but still governed by the framework within which the films were set. You'll find no running zombies in here, just proper old-school shamblers, set on nothing but ripping people apart and feasting on their flesh!
This book is made by fans, for fans, our humble tribute to a man who set the fire of creativity within so many. It also includes an afterword by Jonathan Maberry, who edited an anthology with George A. Romero himself.
All proceeds will be going to the American Cancer Society, so you can not only enjoy the stories within, but also contribute to trying to beat this deadly disease.
When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.
Cryptic warnings and fragments from a crazed mind are all that Kyle has to go on in the wake of the unexpected suicide of his ex-girlfriend, Cheryl. A rapid descent into madness would culminate in throwing herself off the roof of her hospital, leaving him behind, searching for answers.
Kyle has one clue to follow. From her parents, he learns that she spent a week alone, camping in the upstate wilderness in a rented cabin. Enlisting the company of two friends without revealing to them the real reason for his trip, Kyle goes there, determined to find out what happened to her.
He soon realizes that the ghosts of his own memory and guilt have been joined by the dark presence of something else. Of something powerful.
And still, the cabin waits.
NEW TO THE 2020 EDITION : An introduction from acclaimed horror author J.R. Park. Also included is deleted content from an earlier version of the book as well as a new short story.
A series of brutal killings have gone largely unnoticed by the people, engulfed in their routines and their dead end lives.
Feeling at the end of her tether, one detective stumbles upon a connection and a path that she has no choice but to go down.
Flanked by fellow officers who have no interest in seeing her do anything other than fail, she stands as the only line of defense against an enemy that previously only existed beyond the furthest reaches of the worst of nightmares…
(cover by Adrian Baldwin)
There are other worlds all around us.
Every day, there are near brushes with those worlds, though we rarely know it. Sometimes, the bubbles of existence that compromise everything we know and don't know come close enough to collide. Sometimes they merge and become defined as each other. Those other worlds can be seen in the abrupt acts of violence perpetrated upon the unsuspecting. It can be as simple as the sudden, darker aspects of the people we encounter in our lives. Those other worlds can be glimpsed in the random moments of impossibility we seem fated to encounter. Our lives are constantly on the precipice of sanity and reason.
As are these tales.
Something has happened in Winward. An act of violence which neither Wendy nor Rubin can fully comprehend. And immediately upon arriving in town, they are drawn into a sequence of events completely out of their control. Their lives are about to be turned inside-out, and for an act as innocent as crossing the town line.
The darkness of Winward lurks within.
"The Child, she is risen."
For this book, we collected stories of monsters doing epic battle with other monsters! The beasts could be classical by design with a unique twist, or they could be spawned straight from the author's imagination. The only rule: there must be a clear-cut winner at the end of each story; one of the creatures had to die!
Some of the stories in this collection pit a single monster against another, while others are all-out gang warfare. Some are campy, some serious, but all a fight for the ages!
It's time to get your game face on for twelve tales worthy of the title Monster Brawl!
**No monsters were hurt in the writing of these stories**