Review: Trapped Within: A Horror Anthology

Review: Trapped Within: A Horror Anthology

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Genre: Horror Anthology
Publisher: Eyecue Productions
Publication Date: 30th June 2017
Pages: 371

 

REVIEWED BY NEV

 

A copy of Trapped Within was sent to Confessions of a Reviewer by the man who put it all together, Duncan Bradshaw, in exchange for an honest review. This is said review. This book is published by Eyecue Productions.

Duncan Bradshaw is a man I have huge respect for, both in his capacity as a writer, and just for the fact that he is a really bloody nice bloke. I love his writing both in his novels, and his shorter stuff as well. He has already proven that he can put together a fantastic anthology, but this is his first attempt with his new press, Eyecue Productions.

As always, his attention to the very finest of details, always leaves me astonished. From the cover, to the font, to the way everything is set out, this man knows exactly how to pull it off.

This one is also a charity anthology with all proceeds going to the Stroke Association. Admirable in itself, but when you read the foreword in this book, written by Duncan’s wife, Debbie, it brings it home to you, just how difficult it is for family and friends when someone is unfortunately confronted with the after effects of a stroke.

If you do nothing else, and even if you leave this on your shelf for a month after you buy it, just buy it. The Stroke Association needs everyone’s help.

The last thing that made it undeniable that I was going to pick this book up was the quality of the line-up. Just look at that list of names!

This is what I thought.

 

THAT DAMN SLIT BY JAMES NEWMAN

Jesse and Shelly are brother and sister. More than that, they are twins. They always seem to get tasked with going hunting for their Granpappy, when he goes missing. He doesn’t remember a lot of things. One day, they know, they won’t find him.

One thing is certain when you read a story by James Newman. It will be good. Doesn’t matter what it is about. It will be good.

This tale is heart-breaking. It is scary. It is thought provoking. It is full of a level of emotion that a lot of writers can’t even seem to get in a four-hundred-page novel. It is perfection.

I need say no more. What a way to open an anthology!

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

WITH BLACKEST MOSS BY CHRISTINE MORGAN

Maude has had it tough. Her mother has died, her brother is an ass and her kids don’t speak to her because of her ass of a brother.

She needs to find some solace. Could it be in the shed?

Oh man, I loved this. Something struck very true with me with this one and I completely loved the idea of a troubled soul finding comfort in the clutches of something totally supernatural.

Trying to come up with a comparison to this story and I can’t.

All I can really say is that it holds an atmosphere that is truly calming and terrifying at the same time.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

CHAGRIN BY JONATHAN BUTCHER

James is having a tough time with his stepdad, Nigel. When he learns that Nigel is planning on having him move out, he has to wrestle with his conscience about what to do. Oh, and don’t forget the other two opinions.

Surreal is how I would define this one. I liked it, as in I liked the writing style and the imagination behind the story. It’s like an old wives’ tale, turned on its head.

It got a bit weird for me though so I’m not fully decided on this one yet.

General rating:
☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆

 

GEORGE BY DARYL DUNCAN

George feels like he has been left on the shelf by his wife, Doreen. He watches her descend into utter chaos on a daily basis, and can do nothing about it.

If only he could do what he used to.

This is fantastic. I can’t put it any other way. A story of regret but also a story of hope? I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure that out.

Do we all get our just rewards at the end? Again, I don’t know. This is a story that will scare you and leave you feeling empty at the same time.

It may just have you cheering at the brutal ending though.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

THE LONELY OF THE SCHARNHORST BY KEN PRESTON

Barry and Greg are going diving at the wreck of the Scharnhorst. Barry has been doing something he shouldn’t have, and Greg knows.

Could the dark past of the Scharnhorst be a help or a hindrance?

This is my ultimate nightmare. Open, deep water. Diving in it and…..well I won’t tell you but if, like me, you are the slightest bit claustrophobic, this will scare your pants right off.

Dark and atmospheric, this is one of the true definitions of being Trapped Within.

Scary stuff.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆

 

ALL IN THE EYES BY MARK CASSELL

Little Bobby hates going to his Grans for dinner. She always does this thing with her eyes and it leaves him feeling empty. And they never let him have any sweets.

I will be totally honest. I had to read this twice. I was in a busy place when I read it first and obviously missed the plot.

I am so glad I read it a second time.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Mark Cassell is not an author. He is a storyteller. A bloody good one at that.

Now that the story has sunk in, it’s going to be a while before this one leaves my head.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

BAD JOHN BY ADAM HOWE

Sadie is out trying to get her next trick. When Bob comes along, she reckons she will be able to roll him easily. She wishes that bloody dog in the back would stop yapping though.

This is great again. None of the humour in this one I love with Mr Howes normal stuff, but there is a degree of smiling done at the end.

Again, using the theme of being trapped to brutal perfection.

There is always something very comforting about reading Mr Howes work. Even if it does kick you in the nachos when you read it.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

KILLING DOG AND TIGER BY GARRETT COOK

Anthony is constantly waiting for Dog and Tiger to come through the wall. They have him trapped. He just wants to get on with his life but he doesn’t want to anger them either.

This is surreal. I found myself wondering what the hell was happening a few times. You find yourself constantly on edge, just like Anthony is.

Then when it’s all explained, you still feel scared.

This is very powerful writing indeed. My first experience of Garrett Cook but it certainly won’t be my last.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

Q&A BY DUNCAN BRADSHAW

In our lifetime, we will face more questions than answers.

This story is one that I reckon you may need to read more than once. When I read it the first time, I, like the character, was left with more questions. By the end of the third read through, I was totally blown away.

This is one of the deepest, most brutal and scariest stories I have ever read.

And I will read it again.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

SCARAB BY DAVID OWAIN HUGHES

Jason and his crew are on what they will be their last job. There is enough in this one to set them all up for life, including the priceless scarab.

Some ancient things are best left where they are safe though. You never know what might happen if you steal them.

Not my favourite so far. It just felt a bit rushed for me with one or two “why did he do that” moments that didn’t seem realistic.

Still solid writing overall and the idea was great. Just not convincing enough for me.

General rating:
☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆

 

GHOST STORY BY ANDREW LENNON

Adrian is having a tough time sleeping. He thinks he is seeing ghosts. Is it just his mind playing tricks or is there more to this?

Oh, Mr Lennon, you had me going with this one. Then it all just seemed to end so abruptly. This was building into something and was getting the hairs on my neck standing on end then just seemed to fall away.

On the other hand, every time I read this man’s work it seems to be getting better and better.

General rating:
☆☆☆.5

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆.5

 

MY OWN WORST ENEMY BY L. DE CLIFFORD

Mr Barr has been injured in an accident. He is very lucky to be alive by all accounts. Turns out he is not the only one inside his head now.

This was a frustrating one for me. It scared the crap out of me because again, it is one of my worst fears come true. My mind is fragile enough without having to through this as well.

But it just didn’t get to where it was going. It needed to be a bit tighter and a bit more direct for me.

General rating:
☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆

 

THE MIRROR AND THE CHAIR BY CRAIG SAUNDERS

A man is being interviewed by police about the disappearance of his wife. The demons, and his own voice, in his head, will drive him nuts. Will the policeman notice.

Craig Saunders writes stuff that really puts me on edge. This is no exception. You feel fear and you feel nervous and panic and trapped. All through the eyes of someone else.

This writing just takes me to another level.

I had to put the book down for a while after reading this one.

Superb.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

THE DARKLING BY J.R. PARK

Darren is waiting in his Grandmother’s house for his parents and a solicitor to arrive to read his Grandmothers will.

The house still gives him the creeps. Mainly that one room that his Grandmother told him was dangerous.

Ever been waiting in a creepy old house for people to arrive and they don’t and your mind starts to wander and you see things that aren’t really there? Or are they?

This one definitely gave me the creeps. This is a stripped down to basics sort of story. No big airs and graces with it.

Just horror. Bloody good horror.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

BURY ALL YOUR SECRETS IN MY SKIN BY ALICE J. BLACK

Kelly and Richard are police officers investigating antisocial behaviour. When they visit a church to speak with the priest, Kelly thinks there is something very wrong with him.

Wow. This is some deep, deep stuff in this story. Half of this story is creepy; the other half is so dark I don’t quite know what to make of it.

I loved it though. I’m going to be thinking about this one for a long time.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

JUST EVENTIDE BY DAN WEATHERER

Matthew, Joel and Marcus are heading into the woods. The woods that they are forbidden to go into. Three young kids, all of them scared, haunted woods. What could go wrong.

If you do not get totally sucked into this story, you’re lying. Perfectly paced, just the right amount of intrigue and back story with fear being the prevalent feeling throughout.

I would love to read this as either a novella or dare I say a novel. Dan Weatherer has got such a great writing style.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

AN EYE FOR AN EYE BY DAWN CANO

Christa is a vet. A typical animal lover, she is sickened when she hears about a brutal attack on a cat by two local boys. Normally a placid person, Christa decides that someone needs to take a stand against these thugs.

This is written like a statement from a condemned woman. From that point of view, it felt very stiff to me. It didn’t feel like it flowed as well as it possibly could.

Add to that some more extreme elements, this one was not one of my favourites.

General rating:
☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆

 

HE AND SHE IN HEAVEN AND HELL BY ANDREW FREUDENBERG

She has fallen. He has come to rescue her. Or has he? Let battle commence.

This is the true definition of good versus evil. Or is it evil verses evil? Hard to tell at times.

This was not what I was expecting at all but I really enjoyed it. It was straight to the point with a no holds barred fight where the stereotypical ideals were blown out of the water as far as I was concerned.

Loved the style of writing in this as well. Punchy. If I have a negative it would be that it was a little super hero-ish for me.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆

 

HABEAS CORPUS BY KITTY KANE

A judge is about to hear a case of a serial killer who is one of the most depraved people I have ever read about. The case is a bit close to home for the judge though and leads her down a path she would not normally go down.

This one I found hard to stomach. I don’t like extreme horror books and this one for me was definitely what I would class as extreme.

The subject matter doesn’t sit well with me at the best of times but this made me feel sick. Some would say that’s a result!

I would like to read something a bit tamer from Kitty.

General rating:
☆☆.5

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆

 

LOVE, EAT, PREY BY ASH HARTWELL

Hudson and Craig are on a romantic trip away, staying in a secluded cottage. After getting weird looks from the locals in the village pub, they decide to go back to the cottage.

That’s when the locals come looking for them. One of them is keeping a secret.

This one was interesting. I sort of guessed where it was going after seeing the name of the pub but didn’t figure everything out.

It’s a quick tale with plenty of blood and guts but again, ended a bit abruptly for me.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆

 

JINMENKEN BY ADAM MILLARD

Michael is out for a night’s fun with his girlfriend, best mate and his girlfriend. When he is assaulted they decide to leave but his anger is growing and growing and can surely only lead to tragedy.

One of the few straight things I have read from Adam Millard and by the gods can this man write. Everything is so tight, perfectly paced and word perfect.

Building the tension throughout, this one builds to a brutal end that you might have seen coming, but I doubt you understood the circumstances.

Brilliant stuff.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

OIL IS THICKER THAN BLOOD BY BENEDICT J. JONES

Captain Lehman is in control of an oil tanker and all seems to be calm like the sea. Until one of the crew sees something on deck that shouldn’t be there.

From the moment something happens in this story, I was crapping myself. I can’t put it any better than that.

And I won’t say anything else other than this is the story of the book for me so far.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

RAT-A-TAT BY KAYLEIGH MARIE EDWARDS

James and Kelly are going through some rough times. Things take a turn for the worse when James looks out his bedroom window one morning and sees something startling.

This one had a touch of the surreal to it but was wonderfully executed. Really captivating writing that just makes you read and read and read to see what is going on and what the outcome will be.

This had touches of The Twilight Zone in it to me. A story contained in one place that no one outside that place will ever know about and the complexities of what went on there.

And then the unseen evil…..

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

PAPER THIN ROSES OF MAYBE BY DAMIEN ANGELICA WALTERS

Joshua and Maddie are waiting for the end. The thin line between the real and the old is getting closer, and closer, every day.

Pure, unadulterated fear and emotion. Nothing more I can say about this one other than I loved it and what a way to tidy up an anthology.

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

Horror Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆

 

So, there you have my thoughts on Trapped Within. This is an anthology that is different from most I have read. I’m not sure whether the contributors were given a brief or not as to what their stories needed to contain, as in, a theme. They don’t stick to a true theme as such, but they will all leave you with a certain sense of being trapped. The thing I liked most about it though was the fact the trapped feeling was different in each tale.

I know people use the old cliché when it comes to anthologies about there being something for everyone in the book. I hate that cliché, but I have to say, with Trapped Within, it is very true.

There are stories in here that quite clearly weren’t for me. They may be right up your street. There were stories in here that I absolutely loved. You may not. But there is something for everyone. That is certain.

Some of my favourites? That Damn Slit, George, The Mirror and The Chair, Jinmenken and Oil is Thicker Than Blood. All very different stories but they all stood out for me in their own unique ways.

For the overall package? I cannot give this book any less than full marks. The way it has been put together is wonderful. Duncan Bradshaw is a man who always puts his heart and soul into everything he does, and it shows again with Trapped Within. The amount of talent, new to me, and old, is immense. The fact that every penny made from it is going to charity is an added bonus.

Just go buy the book and support this great cause and support Duncan. If we are lucky, he may just give us another one of these down the line.

 

General rating:
☆☆☆☆☆ something for everyone.

Horror rating:
☆☆☆☆☆ horrors of every kind!

 

If you would like to help support Confessions of a Reviewer, then please consider using the links below to buy Trapped Within or any other books from Duncan or any of the contributors. This not only supports us but also lets us know how many people actually like to buy books after reading our reviews.

Thanks.

 

Book Synopsis:

Twenty-Four stories of horror, with all proceeds going to The Stroke Association

EyeCue Productions has brought together some of the brightest names in independent horror, to shock, scare and frighten you. With a diverse range of stories, there is something for everyone inside. Not only will this anthology keep you entertained for hours, you’ll also get a nice warm glow inside, knowing that you’ve helped a charity.

Contains original work and reprints from:

Alice J. Black

Duncan P. Bradshaw

Jonathan Butcher

Dawn Cano

Mark Cassell

Garrett Cook

L de Clifford

Daryl Duncan

Kayleigh Marie Edwards

Andrew Freudenberg

Ash Hartwell

Adam Howe

David Owain Hughes

Benedict J Jones

Kitty Kane

Andrew Lennon

Adam Millard

Christine Morgan

James Newman

J.R. Park

Ken Preston

Craig Saunders

Damien Angelica Walters

Dan Weatherer

Delve inside these pages, and pray that you don’t become…Trapped Within.

 

 

The man who put it together: Duncan Bradshaw

 

There is no finer sight in the world than Duncan P. Bradshaw brandishing the holy ukulele of fun, which he found in a two pence grabbing machine, whilst on holiday in the south of France. Despite his inability to play it, the way the light reflects off the polished fretboard, is really rather magnificent.

When he isn’t making up bios to make him sound majestic and amazing, he types words into the magical machine of letters and numbers, forming them into sentences, and in turn, stories. Best known for his zombie fiction, Duncan just wants to write down the events which run around his head, and refuse to die.

And for more about Duncan, visit his site or find him on social media:

    

 

 

The Authors

 

James Newman

James Newman lives in North Carolina with his wife and their two sons.  His published work includes the novels MIDNIGHT RAIN, ANIMOSITY, THE WICKED, and UGLY AS SIN, and the collection PEOPLE ARE STRANGE.  Next up are two new novels, DOG DAYS O’ SUMMER and SCAPEGOAT (co-written with Mark Allan Gunnells and Adam Howe, respectively).  When he isn’t writing, James loves listening to loud rock n’ roll and watching University of North Carolina basketball.

 

Christine Morgan

Christine Morgan recently relocated from the Seattle area to the Portland area, beginning a new, more-social phase of her life among the local horror/bizarro weirdo creative community. They like how she brings goodies to readings and events. In addition to her several books and dozens of short stories in print, she’s a regular contributor to The Horror Fiction Review, the editor and publisher of the Fossil Lake Anthologies, and dabbles in many various other writing-related projects. Her other interests include history, mythology, cooking shows, crafts, superheroes, gaming, and spoiling her four cats as she trains toward eventual crazy-cat-lady status.

She can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/christinemorganauthor and https://christinemariemorgan.wordpress.com/

 

Jonathan Butcher

Jonathan Butcher lives and writes in Birmingham, UK.

From the day he was able to transcribe ideas onto paper, he has been writing strange stories. He hopes he never stops.

If you want to stay updated with his fiction writing, follow him here:

www.facebook.com/jonathanbutcherauthor

Let’s keep things weird.

 

Daryl Duncan

Daryl Duncan was born in Northern Ireland sometime in the early seventies and was deemed too damn ugly to be taken outside so his mother made a nest for him in the family attic, where he was fed pages from horror novels dipped in Farley’s rusks. By his mid-teens, he had taught himself to read and found it ultimately more satisfying reading the pages than devouring them. So he read horror and never looked back.

Nowadays Daryl still lives in Northern Ireland with his wife Karen and their two boys, Lewis and Scott. He is part of an amateur production group called ‘Dead On Films’ who made their first horror/comedy feature in 2015 entitled ‘Vapours’ and they plan to make some more when Daryl gets off his lazy hole and writes another script. As well as this, Daryl does occasionally try his hand at stories and wrote his first novella, ‘Skud’ in 2016 and it’s available somewhere on Amazon. He is currently working on a novel entitled ‘Keelshem’ which he hopes to release sometime before his death. You can find him on Facebook but he will probably ignore you, just kidding. (No, he actually will).

 

Ken Preston

Ken Preston lives in a cellar on the street where Jack the Ripper was born. He writes dark fiction for adults and young adults.

Go get the entire first season of Joe Coffin for free, plus more free books every month, exclusive content and competitions and giveaways, by signing up to his VIP list at kenpreston.co.uk

 

Mark Cassell

Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK with his wife and a number of animals. He often dreams of dystopian futures, peculiar creatures, and flitting shadows. Primarily a horror writer, his steampunk, dark fantasy, and SF stories have featured in numerous anthologies and ezines including Rayne Hall’s Ten Tales series and horror zine, Sirens Call.

His best-selling debut novel, The Shadow Fabric, is closely followed by the popular short story collection, Sinister Stitches, and are both only a fraction of an expanding mythos. His most recent release, Chaos Halo 1.0: Alpha Beta Gamma Kill, is in association with Future Chronicles Photography.

For more about Mark and his work, or to contact him directly:

Free stories: http://www.markcassell.com

The Shadow Fabric mythos: www.theshadowfabric.co.uk

Twitter: twitter.com/Mark_Cassell

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorMarkCassell

Blog: http://www.beneath.co.uk

 

Adam Howe

Adam Howe is a British writer of fiction and screenplays. He lives in Greater London with his partner, their daughter, and a hellhound named Gino. Writing as Garrett Addams, his short story Jumper was chosen by Stephen King as the winner of the On Writing contest, and published in the paperback/Kindle versions of King’s book.

His short fiction has appeared in places like Nightmare Magazine, Thuglit, Mythic Delirium, and Year’s Best Hardcore Horror. He is the author of Tijuana Donkey Showdown, and two novella collections, Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet, and Black Cat Mojo. Stalk him on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter @Adam_G_Howe

 

Garrett Cook

Garrett Cook is the author of Time Pimp and A God of Hungry Walls. He is the editor in chief of Eraserhead Press’ New Bizarro Author Series.

 

David Owain Hughes

David Owain Hughes is a horror freak! He grew up on ninja, pirate and horror movies from the age of five, which helped rapidly install in him a vivid imagination. When he grows up, he wishes to be a serial killer with a part-time job in women’s lingerie…

He’s had several short stories published in various online magazines and anthologies, along with articles, reviews and interviews. He’s written for This Is Horror, Blood Magazine and Horror Geeks Magazine. He’s the author of the popular novel “Walled In” (2014) & “Wind-Up Toy” (2016), along with his short story collections “White Walls and Straitjackets” (2015) and “Choice Cuts” (2015).

https://www.facebook.com/DOHughesAuthor/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Owain-Hughes/e/B00L708P2M/

http://david-owain-hughes.wix.com/horrorwriter

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4877205.David_Owain_Hughes

https://twitter.com/DOHUGHES32

 

Andrew Lennon

Andrew Lennon is the bestselling author of Every Twisted Thought and several other horror/thriller books. He has featured in various bestselling anthologies, and is successfully becoming a recognised name in horror and thriller writing. Andrew is a happily married man living in the North West of England with his wife Hazel & their children.

Having always been a big horror fan, Andrew spent a lot of his time watching scary movies or playing scary games, but it wasn’t until his mid-twenties that he developed a taste for reading. His wife, also being a big horror fan, had a very large Stephen King collection which Andrew began to consume. Once hooked into reading horror, he started to discover new authors like Thomas Ligotti & Ryan C Thomas. It was while reading work from these authors that he decided to try writing something himself and there came the idea for “A Life to Waste”

He enjoys spending his time with his family and watching or reading new horror. For more information please go to www.andrewlennon.co.uk

 

L de Clifford

Louise de Clifford currently lives somewhere in the vast plains of south Wiltshire and often talks about living everywhere else one day, when she wins the lottery of course. When asked she will tell you that the most interesting thing about herself is her three cats, Jambi, Fraggle and Nermal, which may actually be true as they have their own Instagram page and have more followers than she does.

As well as writing, Louise loves anything creative and arty, especially singing and has been in a band with her wannabe rock god husband who plays drums. She recently decided that, as she hasn’t played her violin for a decade, that she is going to stop telling people that she can play violin…so maybe you should just forget anything about the violin…unless you want to buy a violin?

Not that she has any spare time with all the amazing ideas she is always coming up with, but in her spare time she likes to read, draw, go camping, swim, walk and other things that you generally put into the ‘hobbies’ section of a CV and regret during each interview. Oh, and procrastinate – she’s really good at that.

 

Craig Saunders

Craig Saunders is the author of over a hundred novels, novellas and short stories including ‘Masters of Blood and Bone’, ‘RAIN’ and ‘Deadlift’. He writes in many genres, but horror is his favourite.

Craig lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and children, likes nice people and good coffee. Find out more on Amazon, or visit:

www.craigrsaunders.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/craigrsaundersauthor

Twitter: @Grumblesprout

 

J.R. Park

J.R. Park is horror author based in Bristol, UK. Using pulp horror as his base palette, Park has been experimenting with the genre since his first book Terror Byte was released; a techno-noir-horror with a nod to Shaun Hutson. The bleak brutality of his third book Upon Waking was coupled with an unusual narrative that both confused and received critical praise.

As well as his full length books, he has had short stories published in collections by Knight Watch Press, Sinister Horror Company and Matt Shaw Publications.

His influences are cited as cheese before bed, misheard conversations and the pregnant emptiness of darkened rooms.

Find out more at www.JRPark.co.uk

 

Alice J. Black

Alice lives and works in the North East of England with her partner and slightly ferocious cats! Alice has always enjoyed writing from being a child when she used to carry notebooks and write stories no matter where she went. She would be the girl in the corner scribbling away while everything went on around her. She writes all manner of fiction with a tendency to lean towards the dark side.

Dreams and sleep-talking are currently a big source of inspiration and her debut novel, The Doors, is a young adult novel which originally came from a dream several years ago. Several of her short stories have been included in anthologies with Burning Willow Press, Dark Chapter Press and JEA and she is always working on more. When she’s not writing, she always has a book attached to her hand and will read from whatever genre suits her that day.

www.facebook.com/alice.j.black.doors

@alicejblack

https://alicejblack.wordpress.com/

 

Dan Weatherer

Dan lives in Staffordshire, where is married to his wife Jenni and is a (proud) full-time dad to his daughter Bethany, and his son Nathan.

Although an award-winning film-maker and an accomplished playwright, Dan’s passion for books is evident in his output.

Completed novels The Underclass and The Tainted Isle are currently with his agent. Expect to see The Dead Stage, a book detailing Dan’s experiences as a novice playwright appear via Crystal Lake Publishing in 2018.

Visit www.danweatherer.com for more information about Dan and his work.

 

Dawn Cano

Author of stories such as Sleep Deprived, Bucket List and Cash Out, Dawn Cano gets a kick out of making people sick. Often referred to as the ‘Queen of Extreme,’ when she’s not thinking of gruesome ways to kill those around her, Dawn frequently roams the Pennsylvania countryside, staring at Amish people and trying to pet cows.

Check out her books here:

https://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Cano/e/B01C80B12U/

And find her on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/dawn.cummings.716

 

Andrew Freudenberg

Andrew Freudenberg is a writer of dark and speculative fiction. Although he has always loved to write, he is also easily distracted. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries he was distracted by music, both making it and running clubs and a record label.

In about 2010 he remembered his love of writing. Since then his short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies. He currently lives in the English West Country, where he and his Ninja wife are raising an army of sons.

 

Kitty Kane

Kitty Kane aka Becky Brown hails from the south of England where she lives surrounded by squirrels. She is also one half of writing duo Matthew Wolf Kane, and has been published both in collaborations and stand alone stories. Kitty is the author of stories that have appeared in Full Moon Slaughter and Down The Rabbit Hole Tales Of insanity from J Ellington Ashton Press, and has several more stories in forthcoming releases from JEA. She also was part of the first V’s charity anthology battle challenge from Shadow Work Publications, in which she won her battle, and made some life long friends. She has also has her work in a Christmas anthology from BURDIZZO BOOKS which was called twelve days in which Kitty cheerfully roasted babies in front of the open fire.

Kitty is currently editing her first solo anthology, The ABC of murder coming soon from Anthology House. She has lots of exciting projects lined up this year including her own novella, a MWK collaboration novella, many short stories and lots of general madness.

Kitty says of her writing style that it errs on the side of bizarro, but she enjoys writing classic horror also. A lifelong fan of all things horror, you will find her generally up to no good. Her eyes are brown, her hair is subject to change…one steadfast thing with her though, she can never be accused of being sane.

 

Ash Hartwell

Ash Hartwell has had over fifty short stories published in anthologies from, JEA, Stitched Smile Publications, Nocturnicorn Books, and Open Casket Press, to name a few. JEA published his collection of shorts, Zombies, Vamps and Fiends in 2015 and his debut novel, Tip Of The Iceberg, is out mid-2017.

He was born, lives in Northamptonshire and is planning not to die for a while.

 

Adam Millard

Adam Millard is the author of twenty-two novels, twelve novellas, and more than two hundred short stories, which can be found in various collections and anthologies. Probably best known for his post-apocalyptic fiction, Adam also writes fantasy/horror for YA/MG, as well as bizarro fiction for several publishers. His work has recently been translated for the German market.

 

Benedict J. Jones

Benedict J Jones lives in London. He writes crime, horror and western fiction. He has had over thirty short stories published as well as the collections “Skewered; And other London cruelties” and “Ride the Dark Country”, novellas “Slaughter Beach” and “Mulligan’s Idol”, and the novels “Pennies for Charon” and “The Devil’s Brew” both featuring his ex-con turned private eye Charlie “Bars” Constantinou.

 

Kayleigh Marie Edwards

Kayleigh Marie Edwards is a writer who can’t imagine why anyone would be interested in what she writes in her bio; after all, she’s not Stephen King or Dean Koontz or Anne Rice, or even Stephanie Meyer. But since we’re here, there are some important things you should know:

If you put cake near her, she’ll eat it

– She loves Stephen King and if you have any way of introducing her to him then she begs that you, in the words of the brilliant Captain Picard, ‘make it so’

– She has an excellent zombie apocalypse plan

K.M.E mostly writes comedy and horror fiction, stage plays, and articles. Most of her inspiration comes from real-life conversations, so be warned that if you’re in close proximity to her and you say something stupid, you’ll probably be used as material for an upcoming story.

She can be found scribbling away at www.spookyisles.com, or responding to requests at www.gingernutsofhorror.com, where she has a page called ‘Challenge Kayleigh’. She boasts that she adores horror to the point of being capable of writing a positive review of any horror film – no matter how poor public opinion of it may be, so throw a challenge her way (there are prizes).

You’re not still reading this, surely? The only reason this bio is this long is because she asked how long it had to be and was told ‘exactly 256 words’.  (true story – Ed)

The secret of life is… oh, she’s hit the word-count now so there’s no time for the answer, sorry.

 

Damien Angelica Walters

Damien Angelica Walters is the author of Paper Tigers (Dark House Press, 2016) and Sing Me Your Scars (Apex Publications, 2015). Her short fiction has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award, reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and published in various anthologies and magazines, including the 2016 World Fantasy Award Finalist Cassilda’s Song, Nightscript, Cemetery Dance Online, Nightmare Magazine, and Black Static. Find her on Twitter @DamienAWalters or on the web at http://damienangelicawalters.com.

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