Yes, the holidays are upon us. Could it be elves that lurk at night, squirreling away our precious free time while we sleep? Is it the egg nog or the figgy pudding that make the hours disappear, leaving our days ever shorter as the invitations and shopping lists and honey-dos lengthen? We have the solution to save your seasonal sanity ~ short fictions, from Hammer & Anvil Books!
NIGHTMARES is a compilation of short tales spanning a range of personal creative chaos. We live in a world of collective assaults on the psyche; here, a nightmarish gallery of colorful muggings takes a variety of story-telling shapes. From the apocalyptic to the tragic, the Biblical and existential, the experimental to the demonic, mirrors of belief are held up to the author’s many voices – and to the reader’s. Under the spells of Lovecraft and Aesop, author J. Eric Castro returns to the streets where he grew up and makes them yours.
Somewhere in an idyllic Midwestern forest is a facility advertised as a Catholic correctional school for delinquents. But FATHER DUNNE’S SCHOOL FOR WAYWARD BOYS is anything but idyllic. Within the confines of its walls good and evil do battle, within the students and among the priests, innocent (and not so innocent) victims caught between the worlds of a distant God and a very nearby Satan. Author Kyle Hemmings (PHANTASIZER) crafts a mosaic of internal demons and zombies, exorcism and pagan myth, doppelgängers and reawakened ghosts, lost brothers and erotic longings for mystic bare-footed goddesses. With undertones of Vonnegut and Lovecraft, FATHER DUNNE’S SCHOOL FOR WAYWARD BOYS will lodge in every reader’s imagination as a house of repressed and self-destructive desires haunting every room.
British chef and author Samantha Memi takes lovers of short fiction on a tour de force of the kind of dark humour unique to Londoners. With titles such as Kate Moss Versus the Millipede, Lamborghinis Don’t Cry, Rebellious Shoes, The Lizard’s Don Giovanni, and (ahem) The Virtuous Qualities of a Used Tampax, readers know they are in for an E-Ticket wild ride across the indie lit landscape. Fasten your lap straps!
The sheer immensity of slaughter and dispossession has paralyzed the minds of us all. It has made amnesia a world necessity. How else could anyone have endured the loss of so much that we have loved? To find continuity, to preserve sanity, this has been the heroic struggle of our ignorant murderous age. FROM THE EMPIRE OF FRAGMENTS is a collection of four short stories and a novella recounting the lives of a Cambodian dancer, a West Indian indigent, an Indian sitar player, an Albanian professor, and an Amazonian native. Their stories deal with love, memory, fidelity and continuity in the face of profound loss. Lovers of short fiction will be entranced by the command of language and sheer human drama used to weave these unforgettable bittersweet tales.