The Eclective is a group of authors dedicated to the premise that The Story is The Thing, and classifications of genre are mostly a matter for bookshelves. While the following stories share a "Haunting" theme, they might variously be filed as Horror, Paranormal, Fantasy, YA, etc., or anything else. Our idea is that the story itself is more important than the label.
Before there was Christmas, there was Yule—the Winter Solstice.
For modern-day witch Mena McGinty, it may still be the season of rebirth, or at least second chances.
Mena flees a dark past, leaving behind everything she knows for the cold north, only to find that as the longest night of the year approaches, a new life may be her gift of the season.
When sixteen-year-old Kelli McNeil sets into motion an ancient prophecy from an extinct civilization, memories of past lives return to her. As the dreams intensify, Kelli discovers that she is the answer to the renewal of her lost race and without her, her kind will never rise again.
“The Holiday Collection” is the second anthology of short stories from the Indie Eclective: A group of nine authors crossing genres. These holiday-themed stories range from serious to humorous, and all express the sentiments of the season in their own “Eclective” way.
Instead of a ring, Annree gets a hollow excuse and a wave good-bye. Suddenly single, she can’t pay the bills, can’t afford cigarettes, and can't possibly have a substance abuse problem...right?
The chance to set her life right, and save her best friend’s wedding, brings Annree closer to healing and away from a Constant State of Disaster.
Martin’s existence has centered on his wife, Sophie, for thirteen years. Their tumultuous, explosive relationship ends in adultery and her abrupt death, leaving Martin to pick up the pieces of the life she built for them – and a daughter he barely knows. With the touching insights of his little girl and memories of Sophie to keep him going, Martin navigates the year after her death.
The Indie Eclective: What is it, who are they, and why can they spell neither “eclectic” nor “collective” correctly? The Indie Eclective is an ensemble of authors operating under the assumption that Readers like Good Books. The Halloween Collection showcases spooky reads from nine very different authors.
When Abigail’s supposedly immortal faery mother is found murdered, her human father sells her in to slavery. Bought by a wealthy landowner, she is whisked away to his home to play caretaker for his sister.
However, the island has a deadly secret connected to Abigail’s past, and she must join forces with the fae to save the humans she loves.
All Susan Owens wants after getting her Master's degree is to take a break. Instead, she's dragged into helping her family of eight move across the country to her grandma's ancestral home in Florida.
The old house is a mess that goes beyond the aesthetic. Some of Susan's ancestors aren't really "gone," and they're determined to act out their anger.
A mythical hunting party in search of souls...
A temple dedicated to the Ancient Mother Goddess where women are going missing...
A girl with supernatural powers, determined to find answers even if it puts her in the sights of the killer...
Can she discover who is taking the missing people before it's too late?
The Wild Hunt could ride for her.
An ancient city, entombed beneath a museum that seeks to understand the brutal race that once inhabited the underground world.
A young woman with special empathic powers offered a job to create an exhibit of the city's artifacts.
Underneath, they wait for her.
This is a 11,000 word short story.
Written with the trademark wit and intelligence his blog readers have come to expect, David Gaughran has crafted a winner with "Let's Get Digital". It is a one-stop shop for everything a writer reads to know before pursuing the self-publishing path, from how to format, promote, and better one's work. I particularly enjoyed the 33 testimonials in part 3, showing it IS possible to make it as an indie. Gaughran is an eloquent writer who obviously put a lot of time and effort into making this book perfect. Any writer needs to pick it up--it will convince you to put yourself out there and quit letting that manuscript collect dust under your desk.
I already loved Pj's parody work before this collection, but this is even better than Schnitzel. Both stories, Melvin the Dry Cleaning Zombie and Vampire Shoe Warehouse are laugh-out-loud funny and just plain fun. No to mention they both have cute, happy endings :) I recommend this collection for a good laugh and an upbeat escape!