We just released this months issue of The Sirens Call eZine - Dead & Dying. The twist this time around was that each author had to write a short story, flash, or poem about their own death! Along with the great fiction we received, you'll find an interview with Greg McCabe, author of The Undying Love, and The Haunted Bridges pen and ink series by author & artist Karen Runge! This issue features works by Brent Abell, Patricia Anabel, Maynard Blackoak, Gloria Bobrowicz, Miranda Boers, D. Jonathan Brundie, Mark Cassell, Nina D'Arcangela, Dan Dillard, Robert Friedrich, Patti Geesey, Kameryn James, Mathias Jansson, Lori R. Lopez, Ken MacGregor, Blaze McRob, Gary Murphy, Kurt Schuett, Joshua Skye, Julianne Snow, and Tabitha Thompson.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book. Knowing it was a fiction for children of similar age as the main character Pete (12yrs), I expected some gore and some stomach-churning descriptions. To my surprise, I found a truly entertaining story, with colourful characters and a great story line. Pete, 12-year boy, is left with his grandparents for a week. He finds the whole situation very unsettling; his papaw has got a strange sense of humour, the house is creepy and dilapidated and there’s a graveyard next door. But dead are just dead. Right? Pete soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and he needs to weigh carefully who to trust. On other side, help can come unexpected. The storyline itself is dynamic and captivating, with entertaining twists. The idea that even monsters hate bad manners made me smile. It makes them somewhat less scary and more human. All-in-all this is a brilliantly penned story for young readers; however I am sure that ‘ young adults’ would enjoy it too!
I just have to share this poem. It was written as a tribute to me and posted on http://www.darkpoetry.com/node/work/177307 where I'm known under the name Blood Countess.
DarkPoetry was the first place where I published some of my poems. I met some great people there who inspired me and some of them have become friends. There I also found my first followers. :)
And I am truly honoured to inspire the work like this. Thank you, Markus!
A Bloody Tribute
By Markus Darkscribe
When the Countess of Blood does not appear
The moonlight beckons inside my ear
It tells of the missing and dimming inside
Of the light and the darkness that you provide
Demons of murder, ghosts in the well
Darken scribes, and nymphs from Hell
All manner of souless, heartless things
And Satan lie weeping neath his wings
The dead rise in tribute, the majick returns
Inspiration once faint, once again burns
Happiness bleeds o'er the blackness once more
So, I hope you will remain in the depravity we adore
I am very pleased to announce that the long awaited first instalment of COYOTE story is out!
Chantal Noordeloos is a wonderful story teller with a vivid imagery which will keep you both, enthralled and entertained. If you like a western story with a twist, click the link below or check it out on Amazon yourself. Have fun!
An intense dark tale of hatred and friendship.
Sandy Brown is a typical teenage girl. She likes doing 'girly' things with her friends and hopes that a boy she likes will ask her to a school dance. Then she meets Holder...
The Visions of Sandy Brown is a seemingly light-hearted high school story on the surface; however underneath you discover a dark, twisted entity playing evil chess with human minds with the only one purpose: to take his revenge on those not worthy.
Donald White is a great narrator. The story flows smoothly, Sandy and those around her are likable characters and you can easily empathize with them. Holder, on the other side, is a hateful, revenge-seeking being, emanating the danger with every word.
I particularly appreciated the attention given to Sandy's relationship with her parents; though not always understanding each other, the love between them was truly tangible and perceivable. So was its link to Sandy's confidence and mental strength when it mattered.
In conclusion, if you want an intense dark tale to read during your summer (or any) break, pick this one!
Chantal Nordeloos is a promising new author of horror fiction variety. Check out her short stories in Hell and Grave Robbers anthologies (James Ward Kirk Publishing) or read her 'Sara' story on JWKfiction.com
Oh, and watch your for her wild-west adventure Coyote coming out soon!
Creeping shadows The darkness form Out of the twilight The night is born You feel a chill Your skin is cold A thrill of kill Of you got hold Rising thirst You need to sate Your victim first Will seal your fate A frightened shriek She tries to fight Her defence meek Yields to your bite A heavy glaze In dark green eyes The palest face Signs her demise A lifeless heap Flops at your feet Before you leap At your next feed
I want to scream Tis' a bad dream You've done it again Heartache and pain You smile to my face Demean, disgrace Your back-stabbing trick Was nasty and slick Betrayed and down I wear all fools crown It's not a game You hurt me again I feel such hatred The love is over-rated Forsaken, not broken Words muttered, not spoken I slowly rise In front of your eyes This is my turn In Hell you will burn I reach for your heart Claw it apart Your shallow breath A smell of your death I blew out your light And now feel alright My rage away ceased So you rest in peace!
I like scary books. I like the feeling of pleasant goosebumps on my skin, while 'living' the story through eyes of the main character. When I read Refuge, tingling chills transmuted into much darker emotion. This book has creeped me out. I have never had much liking for insects of any kind, not even pretty butterflies so the old house infested with creepy-crawlies is THE WORST nightmare. I felt tangibly anxious, yet fascinated. The story enveloped me just like dark woods in it, I felt squeamish and kept checking around me for any sign of creepy-crawlies. I am pleased to say, it is 'just a story'. But absolutely fantastic one!
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I bought a Kindle edition of this book because I liked the sound of it. When I finally found some time to sit down and read a few days later, I was absorbed instantly into the world of Paul Edwards' imagery. For the next couple of days everything else stalled as if by push of the 'pause' button. I would reside in deserted graveyards, walk around in gloomy streets lighted only by silver moonlight while trying to avoid creatures with very dark eyes. The pictures skillfully painted with words, association of colours, imaginative characters all brought stories to life. After every story I would proclaim that it was definitely my favourite, only to change my mind after the following one. Eleonora made me shiver, causing me to feel definitely uneasy while Cure left me intrigued. However in the end it was the first story, with the same title as the book, that has enthralled me. If you, like me, love stories with a twist while being pleasantly scared, read this book!
Humpty Dumpty on a wall Did not see the creature crawl. It sneaked up behind him, Stabbed fangs inside him, Sucked all his blood And all juices he had. It knocked the shell off the wall Humpty had a nasty fall. Now in fragments on the floor Humpty Dumpty is no more.
Two of my poems found its way into HELL, the anthology of poetry and prose, published by James Ward Kirk Publishing company. There are some wonderful works of art from renowned and new contributors and it is most definitely worth your attention. Check it out: