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Arcane Sampler by [Ingold, Jaelithe, Wortman, Tom, Lutz, Michael, Hill, Stephen, Pollock, Justin, Crook, Jeff, Shayer, Jason V., Williams, S.M.]
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Twelve stories of weird chills! Included:

- The performers in a traveling carnival suddenly find themselves in mortal danger from their latest exhibit.

- A Bible salesman discovers a reclusive family who worships something older... and closer.

- A good Samaritan stopping to give roadside assistance encounters something far more dangerous than a flat tire.

Plus nine more tales of the chilling and macabre!

This issue contains “Hazards” by Justin Pollock, “Darnell Behind Glass” by Jeff Crook, “The Mine” by Jason V. Shayer, “Ricky and the Elder Gods” by S.M. Williams, “Gingerbread and Ashes” by Jaelithe Ingold, “Dear Management” by Tom Wortman, “In the Place Where the Tree Falleth” by Michael Lutz, “Laundry Night” by Stephen Hill, “Hello Operator” by Donny Waagen, “Courting the Queen of Sheba” by Amanda C. Davis, “A Requiem for Tarsenesia” by William Knight, and “The Hole” by Rob Errera.

[originally published as "Arcane #1"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 618 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cold Fusion Media (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Tales to Creepify Your Thirsty Soul 6 July 2011
By H.G. Estok - Published on
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All in all, a great collection of tales imbued with a serious sense of dread, making it nigh impossible to set this issue aside. Pick up your copy today!

1. "Hazards" by Justin Pollock: A good Samaritan sees more than he could ever have expected late one night on the open road.

2. "Darnell Behind Glass" by Jeff Crook: In this particular convenience store, sometimes it's hard to tell the living from the dead.

3. "The Mine" by Jason V. Shayer: A weird western with two mischievous lads determined to uncover a local mystery--and see some dead bodies.

4. "Ricky and the Elder Gods" by S.M. Williams: A dual-POV tale between the hunter (assisted by two otherworldly, indescribable creatures) and the hunted (one very tough chick).

5. "Gingerbread and Ashes" by Jaelithe Ingold: In this well-told sequel, you'll wish you'd never wondered what became of Hansel and Gretel.

6. "Dear Management" by Tom Wortman: Hands-down the funniest tale in this issue, in which a new employee confronts the source of a horrific odor emanating somewhere above his office.

7. "In the Place Where the Tree Falleth" by Michael Lutz: A seminary student selling Bibles happens upon an ancient house where the mysterious owners believe in a new god who is not silent.

8. "Laundry Night" by Stephen Hill: Everybody loses a sock now and then; but in the bowels of this particular condominium, gruesome horrors lurk among the washers and dryers.

9. "Hello Operator" by Donny Waagen: In this surreal, absurd tale involving a phone booth and a whole lot of water, one man's journey into the afterlife becomes another man's headache.

10. "Courting the Queen of Sheba" by Amanda C. Davis: Three circus performers get way more than they bargained for when they steal a competitor's ancient corpse for their own sideshow.

11. "A Requiem for Tarsenesia" by William Knight: In this dark fantasy where music is the only defense against unseen monsters, the young daughter of an instrument maker must decide the fate of all.

12. "The Hole" by Rob Errera: In this parable, you may not learn the lesson until it's too late.
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror chills and thrills 10 August 2012
By Zombie Inkpot - Published on
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The stories in this anthology are all very high quality and entertaining. Two stories stood out head and shoulders above the rest, in my opinion.
Ricky and the elder gods by S.M Williams. A scary tale of secret societies, interdimensional gods and the price that comes from serving them. I like the use of dual point of views of both the servant to the elder gods and the person they are hunting. It had good characters, a statisfying plot and lots of hints at a much bigger story. After reading it I wanted to spend more time with these characters.
Courting the Queen of Sheba by Amanda C Davis. Carnivals and the circus are ripe for tales of the horrible and creepy. At first I thought this story was set in the middleages or an alternate fantasy realm and I think it would have worked just as well if it had been. It concerns people in a circus travelling around the U.S at the beginning of the twentieth century and what they do when they encounter an exhibit that is more than they bargained for.
Over all I really enjoyed reading the Arcane Sampler. Some of the stories weren't to my personal taste but they were all well written examples of horror that gave me some thrills and chills while reading. For the price of this book, how can you go wrong? Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A triumphant pulp-era redux! 2 July 2011
By David N. Grubbs - Published on
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This is brilliant stuff, all of it. As a fan of pulp-era weird fiction, horror, and fantasy, Arcane is like a visit from a long-missed friend. A supporting anecdote: I read Arcane during a break from reading a newly-purchased Clark Ashton Smith anthology, and the next day could not recall whether a particular story was in one book or the other. Not that Arcane's offerings aren't fresh and original -- they are. But if the editor and writers wanted to produce the tone of Weird Tales in the heyday of HPL, CAS, and REH, they've achieved pitch-perfect success.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. 16 September 2011
By Kimber Vale - Published on
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There was not a miss in this entire collection. All were well written, creepy, and with lots of unexpected surprises. My personal favorite was "Hello Operator" which was a Lovecraftian freak-fest that left me terrified. The author is apparently a Tool fan, so even more bonus points for good musical taste. "Gingerbread and Ashes" was another stand out that left the familiar queasy sensation that only a scary tale can. Looking forward to the next. I love shorts--just the perfect length to get your reading fix squeezed into a busy day.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of short stories. 10 February 2013
By Steve - Published on
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An ideal read if your short on time and want some suspense, twisted plots and a little horror. I recomend it.

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