Trickster’s Treats #4!
We’re delighted to hear that Trickster’s Treats 3, the Seven Deadly Sins edition, edited by Marie O’Regan and Lee Murray, has been shortlisted for the
Australian Shadows Awards for 2019!
Coming Soon: Trickster’s Treats 4
Coming, Buried or Not!
So many myths and superstitions surround burial, and each religion has its own rites and rituals dealing with internment. We say things like ‘I’ll take it to the grave’, ‘rising from the grave’, and ‘let’s put it to rest’. Emotions and secrets can be buried deep or dug up.
Edited by Louise Zedda-Sampson and Geneve Flynn, Trickster’s Treats 4: Coming, Buried or Not! unearths stories and poems from this fertile field and will be published in time for Halloween.
All proceeds will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Why this charity? Reading is like breathing for writers: it’s impossible to not do it. Imagine staring at a book or medicine label and not being able to make sense of the words. For many Indigenous people living in remote Australian communities, this is their reality; the reading level in many of these communities is far below the national average. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a not-for-profit initiative which works to bridge this gap.
So dig up your best ideas, exhume those half-finished stories, crack open the mausoleum of your imagination, and get writing!
Submission are open 15 July – 31 July. Details will be found on the Things in the Well website on our submissions page…
A charity anthology for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.
News: Proceeds from sales will be fund-matched.
“Lullabies to be howled into the night, these stories have a unique magic.” — Lee Murray, award-winning author of Into the Mist
From the Introduction by co-editor Tabatha Wood: “What follows is a varied collection of dark canine tales that will excite, thrill and captivate readers, while supporting a truly worthwhile cause. And above all else, you know the dog won’t die.”
Hunted by Dion Winton-Polak
Black Cloud Sunshine by Dan Rabarts
The Dead Way by J.C. Hart
Vision Thing by Matthew R. Davis
Shifting in the Black by L.L. Asher
Synaesthete by Melanie Harding-Shaw
Fossil Bluff by P.J. Blakey-Novis
Night Wolves by Tabatha Wood
The Honeymoon’s Over by E.E. King
Black and Tan by M.E. Proctor
Ding Dong Bell by Steve Dillon
The Gaze Dogs of Nine Waterfall by Kaaron Warren
Park Life by Ian J. Middleton
Grey Dog by John Linwood Grant
Use a Shovel by Galina Trefil
I am Become by Hari Navarro
Yellow Dog by Alan Baxter
Redbone by Justin Guleserian
The Feather Wall by Octavia Cade
This Dog’s Life by Dion Winton-Polak
From the Foreword by Alan Baxter: “As the stories in this book point out, dogs are the best, and we should all try to be a little bit more like them. Except the butt-sniffing. We don’t need that. Unless it’s your personal kink, in which case, enjoy! Meanwhile, read this book, be transported by the dark tales, and enriched by the wagging tails. And remember, you are awesome.”
17 short dark fiction stories, some poems, some illustrations.
featuring dogs that you know won’t die…
Our second collection of terrifying tales set in the very near future… or perhaps it’s already here? It’s an infected apocalypse and we’re all (alone) in it together! 100% of proceeds will go the Save the Children Response.
Features short stories and poems by:
F. Paul Wilson | John Palisano | Mark Towse | R.J. Meldrum | Rebecca Fraser | Tabby Stirling | Pochassi | Patrick J. Gallagher | Claire Fitzpatrick | Tom Prince | Brianna Courtney Bullen | T.C. Phillips | Edward Ahern | Calvin Demmer | Chris Mason | Catherine McCarthy | Brian Bowyer | Louise Zedda-Sampson | Eugene Johnson | Shaun Taylor | Noel Osualdini | Irene Punti | Gerri Leen | Tracy Fahey | Eric J. Guignard | Yash Seyedbagheri | Steve Dillon
Infected authors include:
Lisa Morton | Kevin J. Anderson | Lee Murray
Tabatha Wood | Ben Monroe | Peter Naughton
Dawn DeBraal | Carolyn Geduld | Steve Carr
Ingrid L. Taylor | Stephen Herczeg | Mark Cassell
Darren Todd | Kurt Newton | Jenean McBrearty
Cory Swanson | Steve Dillon
Paul Moore and Eugene Johnson
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?
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
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.
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
– 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.
– 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
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
The Rainbow Coat
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
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
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’.
No More Fly Eyes
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
A House Returned
Sex and Death and Professor Lonsdale
In the Mesopelagic Zone
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.
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.
The Weirdness of Bliss
The Heat is on
The Memory Man
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.
Contact Steve on: DillonStephen@hotmail.com