An innocent scene hides a sinister history, good intentions turn to deadly consequences, reality is questioned where death is concerned, and the mind plays tricks in the throes of grief…
If you crave a good thrill, a heart-pumping scare, or an oddity to pique your curiosity, you’ll find it within the pages of this anthology of flash fiction - in 1,000 words or less. As satisfying as a full-length thriller and packed within just a few minutes’ read, these stories will shift your paradigm, play tricks on your assumptions, and surprise you with some of the most bone-chilling twists you’ve ever read. At the same time, these carefully written stories will bring up some penetrating questions about life, love, and even revenge, and they will do so like a shot straight to the heart.
Designed to deliver on impact in a very short amount of time, you will be surprised at how much intrigue, emotion, wisdom, and sentiment can be crafted into such short pieces of fiction. But don’t take our word for it. Open up this anthology and take a few minutes to experience one of these pieces for yourself, and soon you will not be able to stop until you’ve finally uncovered the mystery of an invisible bunny named Mergatroid.
Exclusive stories include The Field, A Woman’s Instinct, The Diaries, Short Sell, and Mergatroid.
In these buoyant and inventive stories, Karen Tei Yamashita transfers classic tales across boundaries and questions what an inheritance—familial, cultural, emotional, artistic—really means. In a California of the sixties and seventies, characters examine the contents of deceased relatives' freezers, tape-record high school locker-room chatter, or collect a community's gossip while cleaning the teeth of its inhabitants. Mr. Darcy is the captain of the football team, Mansfield Park materializes in a suburb of L.A., bake sales replace ballroom dances, and station wagons, not horse-drawn carriages, are the preferred mode of transit. The stories of traversing class, race, and gender leap into our modern world with wit and humor.
Dark things stir in the night. When the world sleeps and quiet settles in, shadows assume sinister shapes, guilt and regret well up from the mind’s deepest recesses, and the lonely face their greatest fears. Darkness bares the secret truths whispered on the lips of the lost and the desperate. At night, terrors come alive. For those who journey too far into the dark, no escape remains—but there is a place from which to view these nightmares, a place…on the night border.
The fifteen stories collected here come from the last edge of the light and deliver glimpses into the dreadful, the mysterious, and the strange. These stories offer readers unsettling and weird visions from across the border, visions out of history and from the world around us, visions of cosmic horror, personal madness, and agonizing heartbreak. A literary legend confronts the reality of a chaotic, uncaring universe. A young girl grows up in the shadow of a ferocious monster. A man seeks to kill his memories. Love defeats death in an odd world not unlike our own. An artist’s drawings unlock a terrifying truth of his adopted city. A mask burns. The mother of plagues offers a deadly future.
Readers will find here all of these and many other visions of what lies on the far side of the line, including, by special arrangement, stories of Lin Carter’s Anton Zarnak and Kolchak, the Night Stalker. Walk up to the edge. Listen to the whispers on the wind. Peer across at the terrors beyond from your vantage point…on the night border!
A classic book of ghost stories from one of the world’s leading nineteenth-century writers, the author of In Ghostly Japan and Japanese Fairy Tales. Published just months before Lafcadio Hearn’s death in 1904, Kwaidan features several stories and a brief nonfiction study on insects: butterflies, mosquitoes, and ants. The tales included are reworkings of both written and oral Japanese traditions, including folk tales, legends, and superstitions. “At age thirty-nine, Hearn travelled on a magazine assignment to Japan, and never came back. At a moment when that country, under Emperor Meiji, was weathering the shock and upheaval of forced economic modernization, Hearn fell deeply in love with the nation’s past. He wrote fourteen books on all manner of Japanese subjects but was especially infatuated with the customs and culture preserved in Japanese folktales—particularly the ghost-story genre known as kaidan. . . . He died in 1904, and, by the time his ‘Japanese tales’ were translated into Japanese, in the nineteen-twenties, the country’s transformation was so complete that Hearn was hailed as a kind of guardian of tradition; his kaidan collections are still part of the curriculum in many Japanese schools.” —The New Yorker
The first volume of the classic collection of Middle Eastern stories, including “Tale of the Three Apples” and “Tale of the Trader and the Jinni.” To be chosen by King Shahriyar as a wife was a death sentence. After a single night of marriage, he executed each of his wives. So when Scheherazade was picked, she knew her time on Earth had reached its end—unless she could hold the king’s interest. To that end, each night she spun a new enchanting, erotic, mesmerizing tale, always keeping the king guessing as to its conclusion—and sparing her life for another thousand and one nights. The first volume of this collection, translated by the renowned British explorer Sir Richard Burton, begins the stories that Scheherazade told . . .
My husband wants me to be closer to his sister. Much closer.
I have postpartum anxiety and need social support. But the closer I get, the more she pushes me to do things I'm sure would wreck my marriage to her brother.
She begins using me as a testing tool for her boyfriends. My husband pushes me to be close to her, but I don't think he understands how far his sister is willing to… debauch me.
Hangman’s Jam never dies!
A song crawls through time, shredding holes between the dimensions, and spelling doom to all who fall under its undeniable sway.
Throughout the ages, lovers and losers, the famous and the infamous, have been consumed by the “song with a thousand names.” Chaos, madness, and monsters lurk behind every note and phrase. You’ve heard this tune. You know it by heart, and it knows the dark secrets that lie in yours.
Songs in the Key of Madness: New Variations on Hangman’s Jam
* Price: $10.99 trade paperback (284 pages) / $2.99 digital edition
* ISBN-10: 1519395299
* ISBN-13: 978-1519395290
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