These 19 short stories, authored by five of the most serious, yet entertaining writers in Indie, were crafted to elevate readers above the mountains of contemporary “living dead” literature with fresh and unique tales of secrets, nightmares and the supernatural, tossed with slices of flash fiction and sprinkled with wistful poetry. More
There are 19 short stories in the 7 Fates Writers “Stories for the Dead of Night” anthology. Catherine A.MacKenzie presents five stories: the ground can swallow a body whole, a dying old woman drifts in and out of deciding whether to reveal all or take her secrets to the grave, an attic is a pleasure palace only when not shared, a community dance can be an open invitation to sin; and a jealous child can be the cruelest girl on Earth. Robert L. Arend’s five stories start with spousal and sibling murder and revenge from the grave, followed by missing children in Athens Georgia 1942 tied to a dying tree, the retribution of homelessness wrought on one man for his greed and use of power to destroy the lives of others, a boy’s greatest wish comes true, but the price paid is horrendous; and love among the undead as a farcical tour de force. Karen Black’s five stories start with a fire with fatal consequences, but fatal for whom, followed by a recurrent nightmare that glaringly contrasts with a dreamy life, both so real, though only one can be, then a brutal ex-spouse returns to take up where he left off, many take shelter from a tornado in an old motel, but survival depends on the past intervening with the present; and an antique Quija Board can be a deadly game to play with. Brittany Joy Chadwick present’s two stories: the first a whimsical fantasy of a young man’s Imaginary Friend, and the other takes a jarring turn into the underbelly of predator nightlife so richly presented that the reader may find himself or herself recalling a night of actually having been there. And Jennifer J. Arend completes the 19 stories with her two: a limousine ride beyond the veil, and a ghost who shouldn’t be due to a boyfriend who she believed to be.
Some flash fiction and poetry add to this unique anthology: a volume that belongs among the treasures of your bookshelves as well as in your Kindle.