Smart Rhino Publications just released its latest anthology, A Plague of Shadows: A Written Remains Anthology. We'd published one other anthology, Someone Wicked, with the Written Remains folks. That anthology was so well received and reviewed, Smart Rhino was happy to work with the guild again, this time focusing on stories on "hauntings and the haunted." Not your traditional ghost stories, mind you. We were striving for stories slightly (or majorly) beyond the norm. We weren't disappointed.
Some of the early reviews for the anthology were impressive!
"The tales in A Plague of Shadows are captivating and entertaining. Put simply, they are amazing. Without doubt, this collection of ghost stories is the best anthology I've read in years."
— Tony Tremblay, author of The Moore House and The Seeds of Nightmare
"This collection of 20 stories will leave you wondering what lurks in the gloom behind that half-open closet door or in the mists that shroud the streets in the wee hours of the morning. … Would send shivers up M.R. James' back and have Poe reaching for extra lamps. I recommend it highly!"
— JG Faherty, author of The Cure, The Burning Time, and Carnival of Fear
"A Plague of Shadows is this year's 'don't-miss' anthology. Some of the stories creep up on you, while others come at you full force. In the end, all of them will lurk in the back of your mind, just waiting for the lights to be turned off."
— Shaun Meeks, author of Shutdown and At the Gates of Madness
"This is the kind of book writers and readers need. Writers need it because it showcases their work and readers because it offers fresh perspectives on complex subjects."
— Paul Dale Anderson, author of The Instruments of Death series
"Gloriously dark and gripping, the stories and poems in A Plague of Shadows will burrow under your skin and make themselves at home. Highly recommended!"
— Christina Sng, Bram Stoker Award winning author of A Collection of Nightmares
"All the speculative fiction stories—whether they concern ghosts, engineering malfunctions, post-apocalyptic, cultural beliefs, and crime sprees—are exciting and compelling to read. Each story should be read in one sitting to appreciate the twists, turns, and surprise endings."
— Frank Hopkins, author of Abandoned Houses: Vietnam Revenge Murders
"Shadows take many forms: from past mistakes to uncertain futures, from unresolved relationships to unanswered questions. The shadows in the pages of this anthology are guaranteed to prey on your psyche and leave you gasping for breath."
— Suzie Wargo Lockhart, Executive Editor at Digital Fiction Publishing Corp.
As with Someone Wicked, we decided to publish fiction and poetry from WR members as well as guest authors, like Graham Masterton, Billie Sue Mosiman, and Jeff Strand. Here's the table of contents.
Starving Time -- Jane Miller
Bark of the Dog-Faced Girl -- Maria Masington
The Stories That We Tell -- Billie Sue Mosiman
For Number 11 -- Carson Buckingham
Bottom of the Hour -- Phil Giunta
Powder Burns -- J. Gregory Smith
Neighbors From Hell -- Graham Masterton
Finding Resolution -- Patrick Derrickson
The Fierce Stabbing and Subsequent Post-Death Vengeance of Scooter Brown -- Jeff Strand
On the House -- Jacob Jones-Goldstein
No Good Deed -- Gail Husch
Haunting the Past -- Jasper Bark
To Heart's Content -- Shannon Connor Winward
Twelve Steps -- Jeff Markowitz
Song of the Shark God -- JM Reinbold
Dollhouse -- Jennifer Loring
The Black Dog of Cabra -- J. Patrick Conlon
The Angel's Grave -- Chantal Noordeloos
Vindictive -- Weldon Burge
A Hanger in the World of Dance -- Stephanie M. Wytovich
We're very proud of A Plague of Shadows, and feel privileged to once again provide a venue for authors who create incredible fiction. We hope, if you read the book, you'll enjoy it and would be willing to post a review on Amazon, B&N, or wherever you like. Every review helps! The more support Smart Rhino receives, the better we're able to continue providing an outlet for great fiction.