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About Michael Picco
Over the last decade, Michael Picco has published over two-dozen short stories; produced two award-winning collections; and has received numerous accolades for his brand of “literary” horror. Michael’s work “explores the dark and disturbing recesses of what is possible” and has been described as “eloquently-written terror.” Michael received his B.A. in English from Western State College in Colorado. He is a member of the Horror Writers Guild, the Denver Horror Collective, and the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. His most recent publishing credit, "The Horse Leech Has Two Maws" appears in The Jewish Book of Horror. He is currently working on "The Wretched Bones" — a revision and expansion of some of his most popular published work.
When he's not writing, you'll find Michael out wandering through the hills: drawing, reading or taking photographs. He finds beauty in odd things, making people laugh and writing things that disturb his mother.
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THE JEWISH BOOK OF HORROR
Edited by Josh Schlossberg
Horror is part of the human condition, but few peoples across the ages know it quite like the Jews.
From slavery to pogroms to the Holocaust to antisemitism, the "Chosen People" have not only endured hell on Earth, they've risen above it to share their stories with the world.
Whether it's pirate rabbis or demon-slaying Bible queens, concentration camp vampires or beloved, fearless bubbies, THE JEWISH BOOK OF HORROR offers you twenty-two dark tales about the culture, history, and folklore of the Jewish people.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
An Orchard of Terror: Scary Stories and the Jewish Tradition by Rabbi John Carrier
Origins of The Jewish Book of Horror by Josh Schlossberg
Torah-fying Tales: An Introduction to Jewish Horror by Molly Adams
On Seas of Blood and Salt by Richard Dansky
The Last Plague by KD Casey
The 38th Funeral by Marc Morgenstern
Same as Yesterday by Alter S. Reiss
How to Build a Sukkah at the End of the World by Lindsay King-Miller
Demon Hunter Vashti by Henry Herz
The Horse Leech Has Two Maws by Michael Picco
The Rabbi's Wife by Simon Rosenberg
Ba'alat Ov by Brenda Tolian
Eighth Night by John Baltisberger
Bread and Salt by Elana Gomel
In the Red by Mike Marcus
A Purim Story by Emily Ruth Verona
Catch and Release by Vivian Kasley
Phinehas the Zealot by Ethan K. Lee
The Wisdom of Solomon by Ken Goldman
Welcome, Death by J.D. Blackrose
Forty Days Before Birth by Colleen Halupa
The Hanukkult of Taco Wisdom by Margret Treiber
The Divorce From God by Rami Ungar
The Hand of Fire by Daniel Braum
Bar Mitzvah Lessons by Stewart Gisser
What is ‘corpse honey,’ you ask? Is it something bitter or is it something sweet?
Well, it is honey, after all, so let’s assume it’s sweet — so sweet in fact, that everything you eat afterwards tastes like ashes.
No? Then it must be bitter. So bitter that it leaves your tongue blistered and festering.
Perhaps it’s both bitter and sweet. Maybe it tickles the inside of your skull — like your head has been filled with bees. Some are there to make honey, some are there just to sting you… over and over.
One thing is for certain: corpse honey is not for the squeamish. After all, even the sweetest honey is “loathsome in his own deliciousness…”
Corpse Honey is a collection of twelve gruesome tales, drawing inspiration from the natural world, folklore and fever dreams. Within these pages, you will find the lesser-known horrors that lurk in the shadows of our world: the possessed, the cursed and the afflicted — and worst of all, the monsters with the all-too-human faces.
For nearly a decade, award-winning author Michael Picco has brought his disturbing and strange visions to readers around the world. He is proud to present Corpse Honey, his second collection of disturbing stories — a banquet of grisly tales sure to satisfy even the most gruesome of appetites:
• “In Unison with a Dying Earth”: A love-sick vampire, at the end of the world.• “The Bark Men”: Or ‘what I did last summer’ (and how I resurrected my pet cat).
• “Isle For One?”: The dark side of the perfect island getaway.
• “On The Other Side of the Sky”: The people you meet in Hell’s waiting room.
• “Mortimer the Maus”: Magic kingdoms and the giant rats that populate them.
• “Dispossessed”: Demonic possession and the aftermath.
• “Under My Bed…”: Poltergeists and things that go bump in the night.
• “Hey Nonny Ding Dong…”: Snipers and neo-Nazis and kitties, oh my!
• “The Island”: Sometimes, being stranded at sea is better than being marooned.
• “The Topielec”: A cryptid from Bosnian Folklore exacts vengeance on the man who wronged her.
• “The Popelick Goatman”: What dangers lie down deserted Kentucky roads?
• “”: One man’s journey through the dreaded Huachuca Wood.
Lock the doors and switch the power off!
Tales of deadly machinery have long fascinated us, from Edgar Allan Poe’s classic pendulum to the Terminator films.
Murder and Machinery pays homage to this tradition, offering you gripping tales following this theme but set in different times and places, from colonial America and London during the First World War to dystopian futures on this planet and beyond. Never before has an anthology brought tales of science fiction and suspense together in such a terrifying way, showcasing the nightmarish imagination of authors who know how to play on the reader’s fears and who share those fears of uncontrollable machines, or perhaps even more frightening, of fellow humans mastering technology for their own evil purposes. A word of advice before you start. By all means, settle down in your living room and let this anthology of technological terror and mechanical madness enthral you, but first, you might want to lock your doors and switch the power off at the mains. Best keep it low-tech tonight. Trust me. I hope you have candles?
★ Sci-fi / Steampunk
The Secret Zeppelin - Duncan Richardson
#Selfie - Linda Brucesmith
Fargan’s Termination - Paul Williams
A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way - Chisto Healy
The Box - Sarah Jane Justice
The Wheel - Michael Picco
The Wedge - Kurt Newton
Tenterhooks - Cameron Trost
Leonora - Danielle Birch
Vanitas - James Dorr
Don - Steve Dubois
Foul Beasts - Karen Bayly
A Whole New World - KG McAbee
Suicide Blonde - Paulene Turner
Driverless - Robert Bagnall
The Screen in the Sky - Kerilee S. Nickles
VENTURE OUT OF YOUR HIDING PLACES,
HERE COMES ANOTHER HORDE OF HORRORS.
Slithering, wriggling, lurking, and creeping. Leaving slick trails of pustulent slime behind them.
These aren’t your run-of-the-mill monsters populating the pages of this tome. No, these critters feed on the fear that bubbles up inside you when all appears lost and the scent of blood is on the wind. Now is the time to face these demons and read on.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE MONSTER, VOL. 2:
A MENAGERIE OF VILE BEASTS
19 more creatures gestated in the sick minds of:
Jared Oliver Adams
Richard Farren Barber
Wednesday Lee Friday
Erin Michelle Jendras
John F.D. Taff
THIS NIGHTMARE HAS JUST BEGUN!
Lyndsey Ellis Holloway
Freedom of Screech. It’s not for the faint of heart.
Richard Christian Matheson
Georgia R. Buns
Patricia Lee MacComber
David Niall Wilson
The human mind is an incredible organ. It shoots synapses through trillions of connections to the more than 100 billions nerves in our bodies.
But what happens when one of those connections goes bad? What happens when there is a misfire?
What happens when some minds break, and people stop functioning “correctly”?
Join the writers featured in the fifth volume of Ink Stains as they explore what happens when good people go bad or mad. When misfiring brains can no longer separate fact from fiction…or maybe it is all fact, and it is us, not they who are mad.
Andrew Benn, Tiffany Michelle Brown, Don Cox, Elana Gomel, Leigh Harlen, Jason K. Kawa, Adrian Ludens, RJ Murray, Peter Emmett Naughton, Michael Picco, Paul Tanner, Timothy A. Wiseman explore these themes and other dark delights that may leave you questioning what is real.
Praise for Ink Stains
"Wow! This anthology of Dark Fiction really packs a punch! Ten strong stories without a dud in the bunch. This is my first brush with Dark Alley Press and I sure hope it won’t be the last because they are bringing some serious talent to the table. " Brian James Lewis, Hellnotes.com
About Ink Stains
Ink Stains, a quarterly dark fiction and horror anthology published by Dark Alley Press, is about shining a stark light on the shadows of life, exploring those dimly lit corridors, and unearthing those long-buried secrets.
We are about examining the human existence and the human psyche in its raw, delicate, and dangerous state.
We don’t shy away from controversy, nor do we believe good will always triumph over evil or that someone will always be around to save the day.
Sometimes all we have is ourselves. And the stories that keep us turning the page.
Ink Stains, a dark fiction literary anthology series is a horror story collection that is sure to keep you up at night…
Far, far worse fates, indeed…
Scenes From The Carnival Lounge is a collection of odd tales featuring all manner of dreadful fates. Here you’ll explore that strange shadow world between waking and sleep; that twilight where angels whisper to their avid acolytes; where immortality and revenge come at an immense cost; where love and betrayal cross paths with deadly consequences; where things long-buried and lost come back to dreadful life.
So, come and explore the Carnival Lounge and remember: that which does not kill you only makes you… stranger.
Table of Contents:
All of Yesterday’s Yesterdays
All Good Dogs
Agents of the Seraphim
The Esurient Hyrst
Rapture in Reverse
Chains of Darkness
The Lost Tribe
Valley of the Flies
The Baelaehagra of Llangennith Downes
The Vampyre’s Last Dawn (sonnet)
D’Sai (An Excerpt From Chapter 1)
The Horror Writer and the Ten Grisly Bears (essay)
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." This phrase has origins dating back to ancient Greece, circa 300 BC; proving that some humans have always had the ability to see beauty where others could not.
Beautiful Tragedies is a compilation of 140 works by no less than fifty-five amazing poets writing in a variety of forms--all inspired by feelings born in the darkest of times.
They express the pain associated with unrequited or all-consuming love gone wrong, as well as where the resulting emotions can take us. Readers will get in touch with the darkness lurking inside all of us—the ugly part of us—where we can consider the unthinkable, stemming from the madness gripping our minds.
“What the hell is going on here?” James gasped.
“Hell doesn’t have anything to do with it, F.B.I. Man.” Wendy replied, daintily plucking his hand from her slender shoulder. Her eyes regarded him coldly before she added: “There are things you should not know.”
The gurgling drew James’ attention back to the shoreline. The sun had descended below the rise of the river valley and the entire area was cast into a thick and hazy gloom. The river ran the color of blood. Taking his penlight out with one hand, he drew his gun with the other. The penlight was ineffective in the twilight, but James anxiously flashed it up and down the shoreline searching for the source of the sound. He turned back to Wendy; but the girl had simply vanished. At the top of the trailhead, James caught sight of a bike reflector flash as Wendy sped away from the park. So much for getting information from her. What in the world could’ve spooked a kid like her anyway? Closer in, near the Sugar Shack, James saw something move out of the corner of his eye. He automatically crouched onto his aching calves and brought his pistol up.
At the edge of his vision, he glimpsed a shadow to his right. James spun with his weapon aimed at the disturbance. But, there was nothing. there. You’re spooked, too! He thought angrily to himself. You’re seeing ghosts… and phantoms! He lowered his weapon and turned his attention back to the gurgling river. Looking out at the river, James was startled to find a figure rising up from the water — less than twenty feet from shore! How could anyone swim in this sludge — and against that current, too?
“Michael?” James called hopefully.
No response. He could barely make the figure out against the amassing shadows.
“Who’s there?” James called again. No response. “Are you injured or…” His voice trailed off as the figure lumbered closer to the shore. Whatever it was, it wasn’t human.
At least, not anymore.
This is a full length novel, book 1 in the James Rover series with a word count of 110,000.