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About Erik T Johnson
Erik T. Johnson has appeared in numerous periodicals and award-winning anthologies, including the #1 Amazon bestseller, I Can Taste the Blood (alongside Josh Malerman, best-selling author of Unbury Carol and Bird Box, and John F.D. Taff, Bram-Stoker-nominated, best-selling author of The Bell Witch and The End in All Beginnings); and in Written Backwards Press’s award-winning anthologies Chiral Mad 1, 2 and 3; Qualia Nous, and You Human.
Erik’s short fiction collection, YES TRESPASSING, was called “electric” by Malerman.
J. Daniel Stone, author of Blood Kiss and Lovebites and Razorlines said "Erik T Johnson is insanely gifted, and YES TRESPASSING is the proof. You can't get these stories out of your head.”
THIS IS HORROR UK wrote: "YES TRESPASSING is “a magnum opus of staggering proportions . . . One of the best, most beautifully written collections of this or any other year. Erik T Johnson is writing at a level that all authors, new and veteran alike, should aspire to. Because what Johnson has achieved with YES TRESPASSING is nothing less than absolute greatness.”
Erik has been asked to perform readings across genres, with such noted authors as Bram-Stoker Lifetime-Achievement-winning poet Linda Addison, and New York Times bestselling author Mary Gaitskill, whose book Secretary was made into the well-regarded, eponymous movie.
Reviewers have tried (and admittedly failed) to describe Erik’s striking originality by comparing his work with such authors as Arthur Conan Doyle, Chuck Palahniuk, Clive Barker, Borges, a sober William Burroughs, Shirley Jackson, Umberto Ecco, Barthelme, Philip K. Dick, and, Erik’s personal favorite: “Mark Twain as possessed by the future spirit of Harlan Ellison.”
Erik is currently working on his novella for the next installment of the series that began with I Can Taste the Blood, once more featuring Josh Malerman and John F.D. Taff; a collaborative dark fantasy series; two stand-alone novels; and commissioned short stories and essays to appear over the next year or two.
An extraordinary, in-depth interview with Erik can be read at:
Visit www.eriktjohnson.net for more information about him, his work, when Erik will be reading or appearing at events, and for interview links. You can also follow Erik at @YES_TRESPASSING on Twitter; and struwwelpleter120 on Instagram.
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Writers from all over the world, whether they are absolutely new in the writing world, or have some books already published behind their names, have come together in one glorious volume to bring you some fantastic tales.
From Romance, Fairy Tales and Contemporary Fiction, to the hard hitting Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction, we’ve made sure you get a bit of everything. With over 100 stories for you to enjoy, this Volume will surely keep you busy for months to come!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction ~ JAMES ROY DALEY
The Lazarus Condition ~ PAUL KANE
Of Cabbages and Kings ~ NATE SOUTHARD
Those Below ~ JEREMY C. SHIPP
The Traumatized Generation ~ MURRAY J.D. LEEDER
The Cyclist ~ SIMON WOOD
Family First ~ JG FAHERTY
The Way of Things in Fly-Over Country ~ AARON POLSON
The Beach ~ TIM LEBBON
Fast Eddie’s Big Night Out ~ JOHN L. FRENCH
Night of the Living Dead Bingo Women ~ SIMON MCCAFFERY
Worm-sacks and Dirt-backs ~ LEE CLARK ZUMPE
The Purple Word ~ ERIK T. JOHNSON
Sabbatical in the Ohio Methlands ~ JOE MCKINNEY
A Sense of Duty ~ GREGORY MILLER
The Basement ~ WILLIAM T. VANDEMARK
Working Man’s Burden ~ DAVID C. PINNT
The Last Supper (The Anatomy Of Addiction) ~ JOHN CLAUDE SMITH
Memory Bones ~ MICHAEL STONE
Going Down ~ NANCY KILPATRICK
Sweetbread ~ TONIA BROWN
Mixed Drink ~ Zombie #3
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Featured editor Aaron J. French writes: I recently proposed to Mike Davis the idea of featuring several new stories in the eZine based on the fabled lost continent of Atlantis and the weird fiction worlds of H.P. Lovecraft. He happily agreed, and so I am pleased to bring you six new stories I selected and edited focusing on this theme. There is new work from Donald Tyson, John Langan, Erik T. Johnson, Jodi Renée Lester, Darren Speegle, and Gio Clairval. I’ve always been fascinated by Atlantean mythology and personally I think it mixes quite well with HPL’s Mythos. I hope you enjoy this special selection of stories and that you will check out the authors’ other work if you happen to like them. Thanks for tuning in!
(Publisher’s note: Aaron’s themed tales are the first six stories in the table of contents. In addition to those, we’ve included three additional stories by Kurt Fawver, K.G. Orphanides, and Mark Howard Jones. — Mike Davis)