Dark Horizons: An Anthology of Dark Fiction (fall 2016) (updated with table of contents)

Elder Signs Press is excited to announce the upcoming anthology: Dark Horizons, coming in fall of 2016.

Dark Horizons: An Anthology of Dark Fiction

Technology gone wrong. Madmen playing with science beyond their control. Alien creatures with malign intent. Welcome to Dark Horizons, where the future is lost.

Edited by: Charles P. Zaglanis
Release Date: Fall 2016
Pages: approx 324

Table of Contents:
Dark of the Moon by James Dorr
Gospel of the Ascended Machines by Aaron J. French
Demon on His Shoulder by Eric Del Carlo
The Fall of Strongholds by Joshua Steely
Digital Edition by L.Chan
A Small Plot of Land by Benjamin Sperduto
The Glass Plague by Costi Gurgu
Circular Argument by Darin Kennedy
Drifting Into the Black by Timothy G. Huguenin
The Damascus Code by Lee Zumpe
Ice Cream by Jay Caselberg
Last Contact by Stewart Sternberg
Making the Rounds by Adrian Ludens
Mother Lode by David Hoenig
The Psychic Battery by E. Dane Anderson
The Shipment by Kevin Bannigan Jr.
The Yellow Planet by Eric Blair
We Have Rules Here by Madison McSweeney
Deeper by Christopher Fulbright

Street Magick: Tales of Urban Fantasy (fall 2016) (updated with Table of Contents)

Elder Signs Press is delighted to announce the upcoming anthology: Street Magick: Tales of Urban Fantasy, coming in fall of 2016.

 

Street Magick

Within this anthology, modern day witches and warlocks shape reality to their will. Creatures of legend make back-alley deals under cover of darkness. The city’s inhabitants encounter items and events imbued with mystic power. Because cities have a life—a magick—all their own.

Edited by: Charles P. Zaglanis
Release Date: Fall 2016
Page Count: approx. 256

Table of Contents:
The Occasional Beast That is Her Soul by John Claude Smith
Bottles by James Dorr
Branded For Hell by James C. Simpson
Grounding a Mockingbird by D.H. Aire
Codex Veritas by Darrin Darin Kennedy
How to Beat a Haunting by Evan Osborne
Whatever the Moon Decides by Sherry Decker
Come Mr. Tally-man.by Eric Del Carlo
Death’s Harvest by Nicole Givens Kurtz
Children of God by Costi Gurgu
Valkyrie’s Quest by Josh Brown
Dragonfound by Steve Lewis
Miracle Worker by L. Chan
The Gift by Charles P. Zaglanis
Choose Your Own Excuse by Christine Daigle
Thy Soul to Him Thou Servest by Lee Zumpe
In a Witching Minute by Tara Moeller

A Summer with the Dead, by Sherry Decker (spring 2017)

Available Spring of 2017 from Elder Signs Press: A Summer with the Dead, by Sherry Decker, is a contemporary, paranormal horror tale taking place on the Olympic Peninsula.

On the run from her abusive husband, Maya Pederson takes refuge with her Aunt Elly on her farm. Her first night there, Maya is wakened by a whisper. “Help me,” someone begs. “Don’t leave me here.”

Thus begins a string of nightmarish events in Maya’s already stressful life. Disturbing dreams that seem far too real, dreams about the farm’s history, dreams about murder and blood and bodies buried under the house. Aunt Elly says Maya is the only person she’ll tell her memories to because she trusts her and she’s her only living kin. Can the women triumph over the darkness or will they fall prey to the vengeful thing seeking to destroy them?

 

About the Author:

Sherry Decker has sold short fiction to professional markets such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Black Gate, Dark Wisdom, Best of Dark Wisdom (the anthology) and many small and semi-pro presses. Her collection, Hook House and Other Horrors (Damnation Books) is available through the publisher’s site and Amazon.com (also Kindle and Audio) and her children’s book, Rusty the Robot’s Holiday Adventures is available through Pie Plate Publishing and Amazon.com (also Kindle).

ESP’s New Editor

ESP is delighted to announce that Charles P. Zaglanis has accepted the position of Editor-in-Chief at ESP. Charles brings with him a wealth of editing experience, from both his prior role as ESP’s Assistant Editor, as well from his current position as Editor-in-Chief for White Cat Publications (which he will maintain).
Please join us in congratulating Charles on his new position.

What to Do When You Meet Cthulhu – the Spanish edition

Elder Signs Press is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Nosolorol Ediciones, who will translate and publish What to Do When You Meet Cthulhu: A Guide to Surviving the Cthulhu Mythos.

Nosolorol Ediciones is an independent press with a long experience with terror, horror, and fantasy. They are the publishers of “Aquelarre”, the first roleplaying game developed in Spain.

Nosolorol Ediciones is going to publish this book with a new cover developed specifically for the Spanish edition. The book will be available in print and electronic format.

Spaniards will fear the unimaginable horrors very, very soon…

Submissions are closed

Hi everyone,
Our poor, beleaguered, editors are drowning in a sea of slushy goodness. To help keep them sane, ESP is closing submissions temporarily. We’ll post here when the floodgates are ready to reopen. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Best,
Chuck

Scavengers: Now Available

Scavengers

Amidst a zombie-ravaged city exposed to a toxic terrorist attack, Dejah Corliss discovers she has regenerative powers. When religious zealots capture her, a former Marine defies death to help her escape. Now they must join forces to rescue her daughter, a healer, who has been enslaved to create feasts of flesh in a zombie camp. Illustrating the will to persevere against all odds, this is a powerful story of human emotion and survival.

Authors: Christopher Fulbright & Angeline Hawkes
Cover: Steven Gilberts

Order the Trade Paperback

Scavengers: Now Available

Scavengers

Amidst a zombie-ravaged city exposed to a toxic terrorist attack, Dejah Corliss discovers she has regenerative powers. When religious zealots capture her, a former Marine defies death to help her escape. Now they must join forces to rescue her daughter, a healer, who has been enslaved to create feasts of flesh in a zombie camp. Illustrating the will to persevere against all odds, this is a powerful story of human emotion and survival.

Authors: Christopher Fulbright & Angeline Hawkes
Cover: Steven Gilberts
Release Date: Fall 2011

Order the Trade Paperback

American Horror

I grew up with The Twilight Zone, One Step Beyond, and The Outer Limits. These anthology shows gave us classic stories from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, and Harlan Ellison. The writing was often crisp and the stories bits of carefully crafted heaven. The episodes didn’t always work, and not all anthologies gave us memorable stories. I think Tales of the Crypt was uneven, and Hammer’s House of Horror was too often derivative.

Still, I love horror and science fiction anthologies and look forward to FX’s upcoming series American Horror Story. I say this even though it is created by the people who gave us Glee, and even though early word of it is that the show goes for shocks over tone and content. So enjoy the trailers, which are well done, and let me know what you think. Maybe Rod Serling is no longer with us, but perhaps this new series can evolve into something worthy of his memory.


 

THE SMALL HORROR

From  Stewart Sternberg–

The Little Beastiary

Lovecraft saw amazing things, and I’m thinking they were real. Except—maybe they were also very, very small. Small as in 1/2 milimeter in size. This picture is of something called a hydrothermal worm. It’s something to think about when  the bedbugs stop being creepy enough for you.

This is from redorbit.com and the photo is credited to Hydrothermal Worm marine organism imaged on a Quanta SEM. Credit: FEI/Philippe Crassous