Darkness Ad Infinitum-Best New Horror

DownloadedFileDarkness Ad Infinitum by Villipede Publications Villipede Horror Anthology 1

Edited by Shawna L. Bernard, Matt Edginton, Alandice A. Anderson,

One of life’s great surprises is when you open the pages of a new book, in this case a collection of horror, and are immediately drawn in and frightened. I had that experience with Darkness Ad Infinitum, Villipede Publications’ first horror and dark speculative fiction anthology.

All told there were nineteen entries comprised of stories and poems that were reminiscent of episodes of Night Gallery, or the classic horror films of the 1970s. The stories were subtle yet horrifying, and the sudden and building tension made the well-written tales a quick read.

Most of the contributions were brilliant, bringing me down a path of panic and terror right alongside the characters. I began to list my favorites, but upon typing realized that I was listing almost the entire table of contents. Since I must pick only a few pieces, I chose the ones that will stay with and haunt me forever. These are listed below.

The Westhoff Version by Patrick O’Neill. This story was subtle, and throughout much of the telling only teased and hinted at what was going on. Once the writer revealed the true terror, all went from merely chilling to horrifying. I found myself praying the characters would make it out alive.

The Undertaker’s Melancholy by Sydney Leigh is a poem about madness. Not run-of-the mill schizophrenia, but a character trapped in a demented hell of a mind. The ebbs and flows in the prose are what made it most disturbing. Waves of calm and beautiful imagery rapidly turn, transforming into monstrous vignettes. The author’s mixed use of long and short words are perfectly ordered to provide the semblance of peace, which then strike you down and yank you back to insanity.

Brannigan’s Window by John Mc Caffrey was also well done. Though it’s set in modern times, it had a wonderfully gothic horror feel to it.

Smudge by Jonathan Templar was another good one in the collection. This was a story whose main character relays his growing fear so well that the reader is drawn into his mounting panic over the mysterious smudge in the corner of his ceiling.

Finally, the short poem The Burning Man by Tony Flynn scared the heck out of me. Well done!

I would be remiss if I did not mention how much the artwork, by too many contributors to mention here, elevated the fearful feeling of this collection. This is a book to buy in print and to hold onto for stormy nights, to read by candlelight when the power is out. It’s a keeper.


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Newest Sale-Cellar Door Anthology

imagesI was recently asked to submit a story for an anthology called Cellar Door : Words of Beauty, Tales of Terror, edited by Shawna L. Bernard.  The submissions requirements asked that the story (or poem, or photograph) involve a cellar door. I instantly thought of a story I’d written years before, entitled, “Visions of a New York Loft.” This is one of my favorite stories. It’s an intense, claustrophobic tale of a woman trapped in her home by her husband.

Though this story is one of my favorites, I’d never found the right home for it. I know it was a good and psychologically disturbing story, but no one else’s guidelines ever fit. I submitted it to the editor Shawna L. Bernard, and her acceptance was almost immediate. It was PERFECT for the anthology, she wrote.

This experience is a good lesson for any writer. Often I write stories from my heart, without a market in mind. I’ve sat on stories for years waiting for just the right place to send them. The same holds true for partial stories. Often I have started a story, only to give up on it after a page or two so. When that happens, I save the stories in a folder called, “WIP.” More often than not, I later hear about a call for stories,  and dig through that folder. Next thing, I have a story starter.

The Cellar Door Anthology is a beautiful collection described as, “Cellar Door… Linguists call it the most beautiful phrase in the English language based solely on the way it sounds. But as you can imagine, what it represents may be something far more sinister. In a spectacular display of poetry, artwork, fiction, and photography, the talent of fifty contributors is showcased within these pages. Voices from behind cellar doors all over the world come together in unison to whisper in your ear…can you hear them? Are they knocking on your cellar door? Edited by Shawna L. Bernard, each piece in this anthology has a beautiful title intrinsically connected to the tale that follows, and a door will be the common theme which connects the widely varied styles, genres, and stories told. Will you take your chances and find what’s lurking behind your cellar door?”

Pick up your copy HERE, at the new discounted price.


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