Coming Soon… INFECTED!

UPDATE: #INFECTED is a charity fundraiser (Book due in April) and ALL proceeds will go to the Save the Children #Coronavirus Response Fund,
and Microsoft will fund-match once more!
 

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LOOKING FOR:
The next Things in the Well anthology will be Infected and I’m after dark, highly memorable (even moving!) stories of infections, viruses, and other similar apocalyptic conditions… They don’t all have to be bleak, and happy endings or optimistic tones are even encouraged, although we still want dark fiction…

 

WHAT I DON’T WANT:
No ‘isms’ of ANY KIND will be tolerated. If you have to discriminate against any group of people, make sure it’s the character’s PoV and not your own! Keep gore to the minimum required for the story/effect and don’t let the story suffer for the fact you want to include graphic violence, torture, body horror, sex, etc. These can all have their places in the story (it is an adult theme!) however will not carry a poor story…

WORD COUNT:
Enough to make the story memorable, intriguing, suspenseful, meaningful, and no longer. Whether that’s 500 words or 10,000 is up to you.

REPRINTS:

Reprints are allowed! Please let me know if it is a reprint and confirm you have the rights to republish.

DEADLINES:

Send your submissions by email in asap to ThingsInTheWell@Gmail.com with the subject ‘Infected Submission’ by 31st March 2020!

FORMATTING NOTES:

Keep formatting to the barest minimum – use “Double Quotes” for speech, single space, no tabs (indented paras are okay) and stock to one single font (Any will do, but I prefer Garamond) and if you use EM dashes, please convert to EN-dashes with a space either side, except at the beginning or end of a sentence, where an EM dash is preferred.

FEEDBACK:
I will send acceptance/rejection emails asap, but no feedback will be given on rejected stories.

PAYMENT:
This is going to be for charity (TBD soon), so I won’t be paying for this particular anthology, although you will get a FREE copy of the book if your story is selected for the Table of Contents (TOC)

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Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts!

NOW available to order through major bookstores…
the ISBN is 2370000770912
or…
Order from Amazon now!

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Ramsey Campbell, who is in support of our forthcoming charity magazine-sized flash-fiction anthology in support of victims of Australia’s bushfires. Edited by Louise Zedda Sampson and Chris Mason, the theme is Valentine’s Day, so we’re bringing you dark, suspenseful, menacing, memorable tales of human love gone wrong, or monster love gone right!


If Only Tonight We Could Sleep

Australian horror writer Matthew R. Davis has written 13 wonderfully dark stories, each of which has been suitably illustrated by dark, evocative photographs by Red Wallflower Photography. The collection has already garnered significant reviews by Lee Murray, Jason Fischer, and Chris Mason (see below for their comments). Things in the Well editor Steve Dillon has this to say of Matthew’s writing: “Matthew has a distinctive way of writing that reminds me of a mixture between Ramsey Campbell and Terry Gilliam. Some might find him too intense, while others will doubtless be enthralled from start to finish, carried by the ebb and flow of his dark, insightful fiction… he’s going from strength to strength…

“…is so good it almost makes me want to stop trying to be a writer.” – Steve Dillon, editor.

To order the Kindle edition, order from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083KJ8XT4  

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“If Only Tonight We Could Sleep is a deeply felt collection, gritty and pulsing with the grim cadence of our urban quotidian. Davis secures his place as a writer of note with this insightful examination of the human condition.” — LEE MURRAY, award-winning author of Into the Mist

“Evocative and powerful… in the heart of each story is a raw vulnerability that is compelling. Davis lures the reader into a dark place, then turns out the light and leaves them there.” — CHRIS MASON, Aurealis Award-winning author

“As a writer of short horror, Davis speaks to the sensibilities of the middle class, but he deftly blends the familiar with a sense of creeping dread. With one foot in Adelaide and the other perched on the outer rings of Saturn, Davis treats the reader to supernatural turns that are as unique as they are constant. Whether it’s the murderous LA of the 1980s in his “Flights of Fractured Angels”, the bizarre and beautiful return to childhood strangeness in “Tea Beneath the Twilight Tree” or the magnificent and heartbreaking “This Impossible Gift”, there is a lot to enjoy in this collection.” — JASON FISCHER, award-winning author of Quiver


The Configuration Discordant

Poetry in one form or another has been around almost as long as language. We have used it to communicate our joys and heartbreaks, our victories and our losses. But fear has also been a constant companion, and our ghost stories and monsters stretch their claws back into history as far as the eyes can see. The Configuration Discordant is an exploration of not only that fear, but of our global journey through poetry. 100 poems exploring 75+ forms of poetic expression from the humble haiku to the mysterious Qasida.

Only through a full examination of our own fears and creative outlets can we ever hope to master, or give fully into, either.

From the introdCoveronlydraftAuction by Angela Yuriko Smith:
“’I release the bones.’ – This is a line from “Begging for Me,” a poem you will be introduced to very soon. It sums up the spirit of this collection of poetry. In the following pages all manner of horror will become exposed like a corpse bobbing in a dark sea. I have a warning for you: there is madness ahead. “John Baltisberger explores the visceral dark. He probes the underbelly of the demon, breathes in the acrid odor of fear and regurgitates it here in this book. Much of the work drifts to fall in layers of meaning. They resurface like silt in murky water, winking under a dim sun to create new currents of thought. One of these is ‘Imposter Syndrome.’ “The title alone is sufficient to remind me of the pain inherent in the struggle to fit in. The awkward pretense of fun required to be ‘one of us’ bleeds from the page like so many adolescent tears… but aside from the pain, there is a satisfactory vengeance. Baltisberger lets loose a dark fantasy upon the nightmare, transferring the problem from ‘us’ to ‘them.’” – Angela Yuriko Smith.


Tales of the Lost Volume 1 – We All Lose Something!

Now available on Kindle! Co-edited by Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Eugene Johnson and Things in the Well editor Steve Dillon, we have commissioned and compiled a collection of international, award-winning authors with one common theme!
TALES OF THE LOST!


This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories
by Greg Chapman

Hot off the presses in time for Halloween is this by Australian horror writer, the current AHWA President, Greg Chapman! You can order through bookshops or Amazon in print and Kindle, and there is an ebook available on Smashwords!


Guilty Pleasures and Other 72212123_130666048316430_1016335119322972160_oDark Delights!

Did I mention how pumped I am that this book is available in stores and also online in print and digital versions…? Did I also say how thrilled I am to be able to include the discussion by S.T. Joshi AND the lead story from Ramsey Campbell’s tales of sex and death collection, “Scared Stiff”? Or how pleased I am to include ALL the contributors’ names on the back cover?

Print: Amazon US | Amazon UK |
Amazon Au (still not available… Email me for ordering details – Steve)

Digital: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon Au | Smashwords (globally)

 


Trickster’s Treats #3 Now Available!

Trickster’s Treats 3, the Seven Deadly Sins edition is our annual charity flash fiction magazine, and offers a selection of delicious stories of darkness, humour, and Halloween tricks! And all proceeds go to charity: water!

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  • You can also pre-order the paperback magazine sized edition or the Kindle (digital) edition

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Editing Team:
We’ve been lucky enough this year to have been joined by TWO award winning co-editors and SEVEN Submissions editors for Trickster’s Treat 3…
Lee Murray and Marie O’Regan kindly volunteered to steer the Trickster towards this year’s bag of treats!

Marie O’Regan (co-editor): Marie O’Regan is an award-nominated writer and editor of horror and dark fantasy fiction, and her short fiction has been published in such places as The Alsiso Project, When Darkness Comes, Terror Tales 2, Terror Tales of London, Best British Horror 2014 and Great British Horror #2: Dark, Satanic Mills, among others.

Lee Murray (co-editor): Lee Murray is an award-winning writer of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. She lives with her family in the Land of the Long White Cloud where she conjures up stories for readers of all ages from her office overlooking a cow paddock.

Cover Artist:
Award-winning artist Greg Chapman kindly volunteered to produce the cover art for this year’s Trickster’s Treats!

Trivia: The house on the cover was included in the first two issues of Trickster’s Treats and, although the photographs were taken some time apart, over the past 2.5 years, they also chronicle the sad demise and decay of what must have once been someone’s family home.


Deeper, Darker Things
and Other Oddities!

by Steve Dillon

Steve Dillon’s second collection of weird fiction, short stories, and dark poetry: Paperback edition

Below: The hardback is only available through Steve Dillon at DillonStephen@hotmail.com

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– Deeper, Darker Things: A Lovecraftian mystery set aboard a modern-day Antarctic expedition vessel as a young man tries to figure out why his brother committed suicide a year ago after returning from a similar expedition.
– The Scary Man: A letter from a teenage girl to her mother, explaining how she feels about the shadows figure who comes to her at night.
– The Marshmallow People: Recounts memories of a family summer camp gone tragically wrong.deeper cover draft 2
– The Floss Man: Tells of 2 young girls’ and their disturbing encounter with a man who seems familiar.
– Panopticon: Forewarns us of a dystopian future where all our needs are catered for, with sinister consequences, and a choice to be made when a mysterious box appears.
– A Rapid Fingering: A haunted saxophone… and the strange effects on those who hear it or play it!
– Bliss Pond: The tale of a schoolboy who is bullied by everyone because he’s ‘soft’.
– All these and more original stories and poems new to this collection
– Plus a selection of reprints of stories by Dillon, a couple with collaborators, and a second collection of dark poetry!

Below: Cover for the paperback edition available on Amazon.

 


White Shadows by P.B. Kane

Now available!
White Shadows
by author P.B. Kane (Paul Kane) is now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions. This is YA fiction at its best and includes the following stories, including for the first time in print, the title story White Shadows!
The Rainbow Man
A Chaos Demon is for Life
Kindred Spirits
White Shadows
Remembrance
Shells
Grandpa’s Chair
The Rainbow Coat

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A group of young friends find a body on the beach after a storm. A body that turns out to be alive, a person who will cause all kinds of trouble for their community… Meanwhile, an unusual Christmas present is causing chaos in another household, and two teenage ghosts find each other in death. At the same time a young girl seeks revenge for what happened to her parents – taken by the “White Shadows” – and an initiation dare turns into a brutal history lesson. And as a whole seaside village is taken over by the “shells”, one boy discovers his grandfather’s connection to a very special piece of furniture…

These are the YA tales from the imagination of award-winning and bestselling author P.B. Kane (Before, Arcana, Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell – as Paul Kane).

Including the original introduction to The Rainbow Man by New York Times bestseller Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampire series), the prequel short “The Rainbow Coat” and a brand new cover from Ben Baldwin, this is a unique collection not to be missed by young readers or just the young at heart.


Beside the Seaside – Tales from the Daytripper

Available now through Amazon

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Contents:

Daze Out (Poem) by Steve Dillon
The Sand by Deborah Sheldon
Wagglers by Steve Dillon
New Year, New You by Tracie McBride
Mumbles Pier by Brian Craddock
Little Man by Ramsey Campbell
The Floss Man by Steve Dillon
Duelling Aces by Gary Buller
Penny Dreadful by C.L. Raven
Sand Martin by David Turnbull
Vivienne and Agnes by Chris Mason
Whelks by Stephen Herczeg
The Fairground Horror by Brian Lumley

 


Train Wreck and Other Stories

by Noel Osualdini

Features a selection of short stories by Australian author Noel Osualdini. Most have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and this collection contains the best of these, as well as some new stories, including the final part of Shauna’s trilogy, the first two parts of which were published as part of ‘The Refuge Collection’.

Contents

Call Centre
Night Escape
Writer’s Retreat
Skin
Plum Wine
No More Fly Eyes
Wrecking Crew
Preface to The Refuge Collection
The Ghost in the Water
The Undertaker’s Tale
In the Belly of the Whale
Rescue by Santa
Trickster at the Carnival
Bloodworms
A House Returned
Sex and Death and Professor Lonsdale
Train Wreck
In the Mesopelagic Zone
Outback Attack
The Master of Marchand


About the author

Noel Osualdini was born in 1960, the son of an immigrant Italian quarry worker and his Australian wife. At age 5 he was hastily christened Catholic and received the Last Rites, following a near-fatal car accident in which he was run over by the son of the local Presbyterian Minister. He moved with his family a few years later to semi-rural Hampton Park and became a farm boy with ambitions of becoming a journalist. Although he wrote his first published newspaper articles at the age of 15 for a local newspaper, he never succeeded in that ambition. He has worked in technical roles in commercial and community-based television, has been a public servant, call centre operator, graphic designer and garage attendant.


Above: Alt A Cover art by Steve Dillon

Below: ALT B cover by Will Jacques!

Features novellas, short stories, and poems by Steve Dillon, former President of the Australian Horror Writers Association and editor and publisher of the Things in the Well series of anthologies.

Contents:
The Beard
Circus Runner
The Weirdness of Bliss
Little Bastard
The Heat is on
The Memory Man
Leaf-Fall
Nature’s Ways…
Broken
Nyctophobia
Shhh…
My Name Is
Plus a selection of dark poems including ‘Daze Out’


About the author:

Steve Dillon has been writing, editing, and publishing for the past few years, and ‘The Beard and Other Weirdness’ is his first collection of short stories, novellas, flash fiction, drabbles, and dark poetry! Some are reprints, others are new. Steve is the ex-President of the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) so you can expect these to be dark, twisted tales of supernatural terror, psychological thrillers, and more.
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Contact Steve on: DillonStephen@hotmail.com