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This volume contains seventeen original stories by some of the leading contemporary writers of weird fiction. Each tale probes the relation of nightmares to the real world, and to the human mind, in ways that are baffling, intriguing, terrifying, and poignant. Are we dreaming or are we awake? Can dreams gain a kind of quasi-reality and affect the workings of the real world? Can technology enhance or even create a dream-realm?
All all-star cast has contributed stories long and short … David Barker … Jason V Brock … Ramsey Campbell … Gemma Files … Richard Gavin … Caitlín R. Kiernan … Nancy Kilpatrick … John Langan … Reggie Oliver … W. H. Pugmire … Darrell Schweitzer … John Shirley … Simon Strantzas … Steve Rasnic Tem … Jonathan Thomas … Donald Tyson … Stephen Woodworth … The volume is edited by S. T. Joshi, a leading critic and anthologist of weird fiction.
Who can say that the nightmare is merely a wisp of fancy engendered by our own minds? After all, it was Edgar Allan Poe who said: “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
The history of the Old World is shrouded in secrecy. Creatures and forces unimaginable inhabited this realm for eons, long before any human navigated the surface of the earth. As the Old Ones have slumbered or observed from afar, humans have assembled civilization upon this fragile planet. Yet the whispers from the elders have been growing stronger, their energy once again seeping into the world. These whispers are being felt throughout the earth; from the roots of our flora to the dreams of our children. They are preparing us for what is to come.
In Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror the most intuitive dreamers have been assembled to give us glimpses into these ancient terrors and their whispered warnings. Featuring authors Joyce Carol Oates, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Lois Gresh, Gemma Files, Nancy Kilpatrick, Elizabeth Bear, Storm Constantine and others accompanied by the lavish artwork of Daniele Serra, Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror is a representation of some of the finest cosmic horror and weird fiction from female authors in the field today.
"Fashions change, and the urbane vampire created by Byron and cemented in place by Stoker has had to move on . . . Are you, like me, ready for the new dusk?" —Ingrid Pitt, from her Introduction
Prepare to arm yourself with garlic, silver bullets, and a stake. Featuring the only vampire short story written by Anne Rice, the undisputed queen of vampire literature, and boasting an autobiographical introduction and original tale by Ingrid Pitt, the star of Hammer Films' The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula, this is one anthology that every vampire fan—vampiric feminist or not—will want to drink deep from.
From the classic stories of Edith Wharton, Edith Nesbit, Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon to modern incarnations by such acclaimed writers as Poppy Z. Brite, Nancy Kilpatrick, Tanith Lee, CaitlÃn R. Kiernan, and Angela Slatter, these blood-drinkers and soul-stealers range from the sexual to the sanguinary, from the tormented Good to the unspeakably Evil. Among those memorable Children of the Night you will encounter are Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Byronic vampire Saint-Germain, Nancy A. Collins' undead heroine Sonja Blue, Tanya Huff's vampiric detective Vicki Nelson, and Freda Warrington’s age-old lovers Karl and Charlotte.
Nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the International Horror Guild Award, and now revised and updated, The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women fulfils the bloodlust of the somnambulist horror fan, delivering the ultimate bite.
Hot on the heels of the best seller, EVOLVE: Vampire Stories of the New Undead, Nancy Kilpatrick does it again with twenty-two original stories that explore the evolution of vampires.
Vampires have Evolved and They are Here!
Kelley Armstrong, Tanya Huff and twenty-two other Canadian dark fantasy and horror writers re-imagine the future of vampires in this new collection of all-original short fiction. One of the most unusual and original vampire anthologies ever compiled.
“The intriguing Vampires appearing in Evolve all share a common link to the iconic character Dracula” - Dacre Stoker
EVOLVE includes works by:
Kelley Armstrong, Tanya Huff, Claude Lalumière. Mary E. Choo, Sandra Kasturi, Bradley Somer, Kevin Cockle, Rebecca Bradley, Heather Clitheroe, Colleen Anderson, Sandra Wickham, Rhea Rose, Ronald Hore, Bev Vincent, Jennifer Greylyn, Steve Vernon, Michael Skeet, Kevin Nunn, Victoria Fisher, Rio Youers, Gemma Files, Natasha Beaulieu, Claude Bolduc, and Jerome Stueart.
About the Editor:
Award-winning author Nancy Kilpatrick has published eighteen novels, over one hundred and ninety short stories, five collections of stories, and has edited nine other anthologies. Much of her body of work involves vampires. Nancy writes dark fantasy, horror, mysteries and erotic horror, under her own name, her nom de plume Amarantha Knight, and her newest pen name Desirée Knight (Amarantha’s younger sister!) Besides writing novels and short stories, and editing anthologies, she has scripted four issues of VampErotic comics. As well, she’s penned radio scripts, a stage-play, and the non-fiction book The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined (St. Martin’s Press — October 2004).
Nancy won the Arthur Ellis Award for best mystery story, is a three times Bram Stoker finalist and a five times finalist for the Aurora Award. [MORE]
About the Cover Artist:
Ex-gravedigger John Kaiine, self trained professional artist/photographer, is also the author of the critically acclaimed metaphysical thriller Fossil Circus and various short stories, including the short film feature Dolly Sodom. He lives in a house by the sea with his wife, Tanith Lee, and two black and white cats.
“The intriguing Vampires appearing in Evolve all share a common link to the iconic character Dracula” -- Dacre Stoker
"Vampire fans-this is a must read" -- Parajunkie, Blog with Bite
“With stories from genre veterans Kelley Armstrong and Tanya Huff, as well as a slew of newcomers, EVOLVE: VAMPIRE STORIES OF THE NEW UNDEAD is a worthy anthology for vampire lovers.” — Quill and Quire
Books in this series:
- Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead
- Evolve Two: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead
"Necro Files is practically perfect. Every story is an absolute hit…and why not? We’re talking John Everson, Bentley Little, Edward Lee, Joe Lansdale and George R.R. Martin, to name a few. All of the stories are dark and disturbing in their own ways, and, well, extreme. This is one anthology that horror fans, not just of the extreme variety, should have in their collections. Highly recommended." --Monster Librarian
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
George R.R. Martin - Meathouse Man
Joe R. Lansdale - Night They Missed the Horror Show
Ronald Kelly - Diary
Elizabeth Massie - Abed
Randy Chandler & t. Winter-Damon - I am He that Liveth and was Dead ... & Have the Keys of Hell & Death
Edward Lee - Xipe
Ray Garton - Bait
Gerard Houarner - Painfreak
Wayne Allen Sallee - Lover Doll
Charlee Jacob - The Spirit Wolves
Brian Hodge - Godflesh
John Everson - Every Last Drop
Mehitobel Wilson - Blind in the House of the Headsman
Monica J. O'Rourke - An Experiment in Human Nature
Graham Masterton - The Burgers of Calais
Nancy Kilpatrick - Ecstasy
Bentley Little - Pop Star in the Ugly Bar
Wrath James White - The Sooner They Learn
J.F. Gonzalez - Addict
Whether roaming into romance, haunting horror, sneaking into science fiction, capering into humor, meandering through mystery—no icon is more versatile than the vampire. Slake your insatiable thirst with the best sanguinary stories of the new millennium: terrifying or tender, deadly or delicious, bad-ass or beneficent, classic or cutting-edge.
This collection of BRAND NEW Kolchak short prose fiction stories is a real scream!
Matthew Baugh, James Chambers, Cathy Clamp, Ed Gorman, Mark Graham, CJ Henderson, Tracey Hill, Nancy Holder, Nancy Kilpatrick, Rick Lai, Marilyn Romatka, Ricky Sprague, & Dave Ulanksi
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A modern Vampire drama in 3 Acts:
- Act 1 - Passion Play
- Act 2 - Theatre of Cruelty
- Act 3 - Metadrama
Meet the Cast of Characters:
Cheryl - recently undead, wandering afraid and alone through the dark night.
Nightshade - a mercurial vampire who is not exactly happy to see this new revenant.
Aleron - Creator of both Cheryl and Nightshade. Ancient, Mysterious...an Alchemist.
Both Cheryl and Nightshade have had a relationship with the one who turned them into otherworldly blooddrinkers. These two are engaged in battles both emotional and physical, charged by hidden agendas, laced with attraction and repulsion, all of it amorous, amusing, dramatic and deadly. The crucible that completes the triangle and brings them together also keeps them apart: Aleron, who is MIA!
The Curtain is about to rise on this modern, fast-paced theatrical drama in novella form.
Written by master storyteller Nancy Kilpatrick, who guides you behind the scenes to the actors' tantalizing and explosive private world.
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Sit back, relax, and enjoy a unique vampire fantasy, a novella like none you've read before!
LET THE SHOW BEGIN!
"I am always happy to encounter a Kilpatrick offering that I have not yet read. The characters are well steeped in theater history and the writing is seasoned with fitting lines from famous dramas...a quick read with sexy and interesting characters. I recommend Vampyre Theatre as an enjoyable, contemporary vampire tale. It is engaging and well written."
Elaine Pascale, Reviewer
"All of them [the characters] were gifted with fascinating personality aspects that absolutely hooked the reader. Excellent stuff."
Andy Boylan, film and book reviewer
copyright 2019: Nancy Kilpatrick
Vampir King Hades braves the Sapiens city to warn his enemy, the beautiful Queen Liontyne, that a virus threatens to annihilate her population. He is shocked that this sharp-tongued ruler doesn't care. But what affects her world affects his—and far more than blood is on the line.
Queen Guin finally sees a chance to reclaim her stolen throne and escape her vampir captor, King Necros. But with treachery and betrayal from all sides, Death leads and follows her and the price of her crown might be impossibly high.
The Thrones of Blood series of vampire novels for adults is exciting, fast-paced and sexy. It's very clear that no one writes vampire novels quite like Nancy Kilpatrick!
"This latest entry in Nancy Kilpatrick's Thrones of Blood saga is like Game of Thrones with fangs—richly layered, luxuriantly savage, carnal and creepy, a feast for fiends. Read one, you'll want more." - Craig Spector, bestselling author of The Light at the End and Underground
"Nancy Kilpatrick's command of the language is precise, sensual, and addictive, drawing you sinuously from one page to the next. Do yourself a favor and let her lure you down the less trodden paths of desire and danger!" - P.N. Elrod, author of The Vampire Files series
"Even the undead are vividly alive." - Lois Tilton, author of Darkness on the Ice
"The aspect of vampire mythology explored in Book 5 is the vampire fear of fire. I don’t want to give anything away, but this is handled with a magnificent outcome. I had no idea how the fire issue would play out and was thrilled with how expertly Kilpatrick wove it into the climax. The Thrones of Blood books can be read separately, but I wouldn’t recommend it as you would lose the panoramic view of this edgy and intriguing world. I am anxiously awaiting Book 6!" - Elaine Pascale, reviewer
a vampire novella
A sassy, legally-blind psychic.
A three centuries-old Transylvanian vampire.
Enemies. Each with their own endgame. Compelled to form a fragile alliance where every encounter crackles with as much attraction as repulsion.
This fast-paced, modern vampire novella vibrates with danger, treachery and Dark Romance. The plot twists and turns, the stakes are the highest, and nothing is as it seems.
Created by master storyteller Nancy Kilpatrick, readers are definitely in for an exciting, fun read.
Let the Wild Hunt begin!
"I enjoyed every drop. "Wild Hunt" is a stand-out tale. Honestly, I would pay much more than I did for that story."
Lydia Peever, reviewer
"Wild Hunt is an enjoyable companion to Kilpatrick’s Thrones of Blood series, yet it also reads as a stand-alone, since it does not contain the royal realms. Wild Hunt is a sexy and erotic read that will please vampire aficionados."
Elaine Pascale, reviewer
"[Wild Hunt] showed a twisted humour that really worked... The story is marvellously enclosed and eschews the need for follow up (whilst opening a vista that could also legitimately be explored)."
Andy Boylan, reviewer
"Nancy Kilpatrick writes with intelligence and depth, her stories both innovative and captivating. What I find most impressive in her tales is how brilliant and emotionally driven they are."
Moonlight (aka Amanda), reviewer
"Vampires from Nancy Kilpatrick's imagination become some of the most wickedly unique I have ever read."
Sam Reeves, reviewer
Copyright © 2019 - Nancy Kilpatrick
Savagery of the Rebel King—Vol 4 in the exciting Thrones of Blood series—is a fast-paced rollercoaster ride in a plot that twists and turns and threatens to spin out of control. Readers will be glued to their seats!