Publication Date and Brief Synopsis of Each Story
CHICAGO—The publication date of the much anticipated Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror – Volume One (DV1) was announced today by Grey Matter Press. The company’s premiere collection of dark fiction will be released and available for purchase on September 17, 2013.
“We are exceedingly happy to see the publication of this collection that will have readers cowering under their sheets,” said co-editor Anthony Rivera. “Everyone at Grey Matter Press is proud to see Dark Visions hitting the streets next month as it features a number of bestselling horror and fantasy authors with long histories in legacy publishing, national and international award winners, a selection of indie authors making huge waves, as well as authors whose work some may never have read.”
Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror – Volume One will be available for purchase on September 17. The collection will be published in both print and digital versions. Its companion volume, Dark Visions 2 (DV2), is slated for release later this fall.
When combined, the two volumes will make up a collection containing more than 25 tales of terror that the publisher hopes will keep horror lovers awake at night. The multi-volume collection is co-edited by Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.
“We believe that Dark Visions is going to be quite a surprising thrill ride for readers and fans of horror, both old and new,” said Lawson. “Within its pages, there’s something for everyone.”
STORY SYNOPSES FOR DARK VISIONS ONE (alphabetical by title)Collage by Jay Caselberg
What would you do if you lost your one true love? Most of us will be faced with that question at some point in our lives. That is, unless, we are the one lucky enough to get out first. It’s said that love hurts. But does it have to hurt this much?
Delicate Spaces by Brian Fatah Steele
There are places all over the world where the veil between the living and the dead is so thin that those on either side can sometimes see through. It’s when the dead choose to step across that line that it becomes a problem.
The Last Ice Cream Kiss by Jason S. Ridler
The mind of a disturbed child is a terrifying thing, like an abandoned building filled with dark and dangerous hallways. There are passages that should not be walked, doors that are better left unopened and rooms whose secrets were never intended be revealed.
Mister Pockets: A Pine Deep Story by Jonathan Maberry
Pine Deep, Pennsylvania is a typical small town with a not-so-typical dark and troubled past. But it’s just another ordinary day for young Lefty Horrigan until there is a mysterious murder and he come face-to-face with Pine Deep’s sole hobo. Has the trouble returned to “the most haunted town in America?”
Raining Stones by Sean Logan
A gruesome series of murders plagues San Francisco as the broken memories of an absent father point an alcoholic reporter in a direction he may not want to go. Are Lonnie’s dreams merely liquor-fueled hallucinations, or are they instead leading him down a darker path into the strange world of religious fanaticism?
Scrap by David A. Riley
Childhood should be a time for leisurely days spent playing in the sun. But for two abused brothers coming to grips with life on their new English estate, a day of adventure opens the door into a world of evil and sets in motion a chain of events from which there seems little hope of escape.
Second Opinion by Ray Garton
Greg is a failing author who hasn’t had a bestseller in years. But he believes he has just the right manuscript to revive his career. In need of a fresh set of eyes, he shares the story with a friend and fellow author who provides him with a bit more than a second opinion.
Show Me by John F.D. Taff
There is something very strange about Joe Middleton, and everyone on campus knows it. But that doesn’t mean the college junior is off limits when it comes to trying to get into his pants. But be forewarned, once you know Joe, you will never be the same again.
Thanatos Park by Charles Austin Muir
There are horrible things that exist just beyond the barrier of human perception. Sometimes we hear them in that steady, chronic drone of a world humming along around us. Other times we stumble onto the truth in the darkness, unprepared and incapable of grasping the sheer magnitude of our wholly inaccurate concept of reality.
Three Minutes by Sarah L. Johnson
For an orphan living in a group home, John doesn’t have much of a future to look forward to. Awakened each night by the same horrifying nightmare, he takes to sneaking out to the local lake in order to avoid the Dream Eater that plagues his sleep. His goal: to hold his breath underwater, for only three minutes.
The Troll by Jonathan Balog
The magic of summer is over, and the new school year has begun. Time that was once Marty’s to enjoy is now sure to be filled with the drudgery of homework and avoiding grade-school bullies. That is until he hears a strange voice calling to him from beneath a bridge. One he meets the troll, life for Marty become a whole lot more interesting.
The Weight of Paradise by Jeff Hemenway
Humans have tried for years to live their lives without worry. For some this might mean a desire for wealth, fortune or fame. For Alfie it means trying to fight off the deadly form of leukemia that’s killing him long enough to enable his scientist girlfriend to find a cure. But sometimes it’s important to be careful what we ask for.
What Do You Need? by Milo James Fowler
John wakes up in an unfamiliar place that appears to look like any run-of-the-mill 1970s motel room. But the problem is, it’s not the ‘70s. What is he doing here? How long has he been here? And whose is that terrifying voice on the phone?
***The long list of contributors to Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror (Volumes 1 and 2) features authors from 4 continents, including Jonathan Maberry, Ray Garton, Jay Caselberg, John F.D. Taff, Jason S. Ridler, David Blixt, J.C. Hemphill, C.M. Saunders, David Murphy, Edward Morris, Trent Zelazny, David A. Riley and many more. The complete list of contributors and their stories is available at the Dark Visions website: http://www.darkvisionsanthology.com.
“The stories in both volumes truly epitomize the concept of unrelenting evil, and we believe the cover artwork shatters that old cliché about not being able to judge a book by its cover,” explained Lawson. “When both volumes are combined side-by-side, the artwork creates a diptych that reveals the true vision of darkness that we believe haunts this collection.” Featuring the sinister image of a monster with a hideous glowing eye, the cover artwork, additional information and insight into the overall concept is available at the Dark Visions website: http://www.darkvisionsanthology.com.
***Grey Matter Press is a Chicago-based publisher whose mission it is to find and cultivate the best voices working in the dark fiction genre today. We are committed to producing only the finest products containing exceptional tales of horror, fantasy, science fiction and speculative fiction. More information about Grey Matter Press is available at: http://www.greymatterpress.com.