The Monarchs

Courtney Edmiston, fleeing the tragedy of her husband killing their daughter, and committing suicide, moves in with her old friend Jan Blackburn in North Carolina. As she tries to rebuild her heart, and her life, she gets sucked into a world of ancient evil, crazy redneck families, and deep, dark secrets. Secrets better left to their shadows. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781301704491
About Stephen Mark Rainey

The writer is not the infamous Stephen King antihero Mort Rainey, but the far more nefarious author of the novels Dark Shadows: Dreams of the Dark (with Elizabeth Massie, HarperCollins, 1999), Balak (Wildside Books, 2000), The Lebo Coven (Thomson Gale/Five Star Books, 2004), The Nightmare Frontier (Sarob Press, 2006, and in e-book format by Crossroads Press, 2010), and Blue Devil Island (Thomson Gale/Five Star Books, 2007); three short story collections; and over 80 published works of short fiction (for a complete bibliography, click the button in the left-hand frame that says "Bibliography" and then run like hell).

Those with long memories may recall that I edited Deathrealm magazine, from 1987 to 1997. In its decade-long history, Deathrealm won a bunch of nice awards and featured hundreds of short stories, poems, and essays by authors ranging from the most established professionals to young, aspiring first-timers, many of whom proceeded to carve out names for themselves in the horror/dark fantasy field. Note: Deathrealm has been dead, bereft of life, and pushing up daisies for roughly twelve years now, so please don't send me your submissions anymore. Really. Please.

In 2004, I edited a new anthology for Delirium Books, titled Deathrealms, which features a wide selection of short stories from the magazine. I've edited a couple of other anthologies as well. The Song of Cthulhu (Chaosium, 2001) features 20 stories of Lovecraftian horror, and in 2006, I co-edited (with James Robert Smith) a new anthology for Arkham House titled Evermore, which features short stories about Edgar Allan Poe.

In summer, 2008, Dark Regions Press released a new collection of my short fiction, titled Other Gods, featuring 16 of my tales, including one never-before-published story ("Antidotes"). Dark Regions is scheduled to release another collection of my short fiction, titled The Gaki & Other Hungry Spirits in late 2010.

I have a number of dark and delightful tales coming down the pike, which I'll post about when details are available....
"So what's this 'Damned Rodan' business plastered all over everything?" Well, I'll tell you. My one gaming vice is playing the World War II online combat flight simulator Aces High. I belong to the oldest organized (and arguably most respected) squadron of flight simmers: "The Damned." And being a diehard fan of giant Japanese monsters, my flight sim handle is Rodan—thus "Damned Rodan."

I live in Greensboro, North Carolina, with a passle of Damned housecats, and over the past year have become an avid Damned geocacher. For updates on what's happening currently, visit The Blog Where Horror Dwells and/or the News page.

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