Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Preditors & Editors Reader's Poll for 2013 is now complete. Here are the awesome results (Our member winners are in bold type face).

Standings for Horror Short Stories

1. Waterless, Rose Blackthorn, Buzzy Mag
2. Taut, Shaun Meeks, Smart Rhino Press
3. 9 Vials of Blood, John B. Rosenman, Chase Enterprises Publishing
4. Fish To Die For, Keith Milstead, J. Ellington Ashton Press
5. Game of Straws Origins, SB Knight, Knight Stalker Press
6. The Testament of Charlie Fairweather, Stephen M. DeBock, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, LLC
7. What the Butler didn't See..., Teel James Glenn, Fiction Vortex
8. Skin Deep, Carson Buckingham, Smart Rhino Press
9. Ophie and the Undertaker, Shebat Legion, Perseid Press
10. Loneliness Makes the Loudest Noise, Monica J. O'Rourke, HW Press
11. Death of the Spider, Micki Peluso, Chase Enterprises Publishing 
11. Butcher, Carrie Lynn Barker, The Foliata Oak
12. The Dying House, B.E. Scully, Anthocon
13. Haunt, Jeffrey Kosh, Grinning Skull Press
13. Darkness, Darkness, Fred Andersen, Uncial Press
13. What About Mom?, E. J. Ruek, Chase Enterprises Publishing14. Highway 24, Jeff Chapman, MuseItUp Publishing
14. Devil Inside, William Cook, King Billy Publications
14. Forever, in Pieces, Kurt Fawver, Villipede Publications
15. I Live in the Gut, Gary McMahon, Crystal Lake Publishing
15. Welcome to Hell, CK Houghton, Wordsmith Literary Publishers
15. I Sea Monsters, Paul Copeland, J. Ellington Ashton Press
15. Eat Shit and Die, Frank J Edler, StrangeHouse Books
15. The Unknown Caller, Craig D. B. Patton , Anthocon
15. Dead Jimmy and the Selkie, Iseult Murphy, Drabblecast
15. Drowning in Tears, Stephen Zimmer, Hellscapes Volume 1, from Seventh Star Press
15. Ten to Midnight, Suzie & Bruce Lockhart, Horrified Press
15. The Ghouls, Jarod Anderson, The Were-Traveler
15. The Infestation, Kay Jakabs, SNM Horror Magazine
15. Coffin Dirt, Tom Wescott, Mystery and Horror, LLC
15. Shock Therapy, Sam Bellotto Jr, Double Dragon Publishing
15. The Final One Percent, Desmond Warzel, Blood Bound Books

Standings for All other Short Stories

1. Of Jasmine and Pomegranate, Mike Arsuaga, Boroughs Publishing Group
2. Zvonek 08 Feline Intelligence, Anne H Petzer, Gypsy Shadow Publishing
3. Det. Lupèe: The Impossible Cases, James Secor, Chase Enterprises Publishing
4. Lies and Paine, Cyrus Keith, MuseItUp Publishing
5. What the Indian Saw, Teel James Glenn, Pro Se
6. The Midnight Zone, Elizabeth Delisi, Tirgearr Publishing
7. Love Potion #9.5, Kat Holmes, MuseItUp Publishing
7. Ritual, Salvatore Buttaci, All Things That Matter Press
7. Love and Other Wounds, Jordan Harper, Out of the Gutter Online
8. A Christmas Accident, Melissa Keir, Secret Cravings Publishing
8. The Only Gifts We Give, Ian Florida, Every Day Fiction
8. Rags to Riches, Penny Estelle, MuseItUp
9. Forbidden Destiny, Lia Michaels, Sassy Vixen Publishing LLC
10. The Winggirl, Whitley Weston, Secret Cravings Publishing, 10. Daddy's Girls, Josie Coxx, Pole Publishing

Standings for Anthologies

1. The Soul That Screamed, Horrified Press
2. Nightmare Stalkers & Dream Walkers, Horrified Press
3. The Best of the Horror Society 2013, The Horror Society Press
4. The Speed of Dark, Chase Enterprises Publishing
5. Allegories of the Tarot, Word Webber Press
6. Sharedc Whispers, Champagne Books
6. Dreamers in Hell, Perseid Press
7. Fresh Fear: Contemporary Horror, James Ward Kirk Publishing
8. Dandelions of Mars; Tribute to Ray Bradbury, Whortleberry Press
9. Twisted Tails VII: Irreverance, Double Dragon Publishing
10. Still Dying 2, Rymfire Books
11. The Art of Love, Whiskey Creek Press
11. Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera for a New Age, Every Day Publishing
12. Eulogies II: Tales from the Cellar, HW Press
13. Someone Wicked, Smart Rhino Publications
13. Shall We Dance?, Dancing With Bear Publishing
14. 'Tis the Season for Seduction, Sassy Vixen Publishing LLC
14. Bleed, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing
14. Enter At Your Own Risk: Dark Muses, Spoken Silences, Firbolg Publishing
14. Tales from the SFR Brigade, SFR Brigade
14. The Crimson Rope, Evernight Publishing
15. Horror Library Vol. 5, Cutting Block Press
15. Persephone's Song Anthology, Keith Publications
15. Shifty, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
15. Gingersnaps & Candy Canes, Dancing With Bear Publishing
15. Shifters: A Charity Anthology, Hazardous Press
15. After Death..., Dark Moon Books
16. Harboring Secrets, Cherokee McGee
16. Until The End, Horrified Press
16. Mechanized Masterpieces: A Steampunk Anthology, Xchyler Publishing
17. Fear the Reaper, Crystal Lake Publishing
17. Shadow Masters an anthology from The Horror Zine, The Horror Zine
17. Murder, Madness, and Mystery, Feed The World With Words
17. Naughty Sleepover, Decadent Publishing
17. O Little Town of Deathlehem, Grinning Skull Press
17. Roses Are Red, Diamonds Are Blue, Muse It Up
17. Southern Haunts: Spirits That Walk Among Us, Seventh Star Press
17. Zippered Flesh 2: More Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad!, Smart Rhino Publications
17. DOA 2 : Extreme Horror Collection, Blood Bound Books
18. 31 Devotions for Writers, Family Friendly Fiction
18. The Demonolgia Biblica, Western Legends Press
18. Best Tales of the Apocalypse, Permuted Press
18. What We Carry Home, Ascent Aspirations Publishing
18. Falling Over, Infinity Plus
18. Wee See a Different Frontier, Publishing
18. Doorways to Extra Time, Spencer Hill Press
18. A Dash of Madness: A Thriller Anthology, Xchyler Publishing
18. Unidentified Funny Objects 2, UFO Publishing
18. Tales of the Wold Newton Universe, Titan Books
18. Blood Addict, Excessica
18. For the NIght is Dark, Crystal Lake Publishing
18. The Other Half of the Sky, Candlemark & Gleam
18. All Hallows' Evil, Mystery and Horror LLC

Standings for Book/e-book Cover Artwork

1. Fantastic Futures 13, Roy Mauritsen
2. Walker's Run A Sanctuary Novel, Book One, Marion Sipe
3. Echoes, Charlene A. Wilson
4. Relics, Maer Wilson
5. Enchanted Skean, Vonnie Winslow Crist
6. Dark Liaison, J.D. Brown
7. An Alexandria Winter Anthology, 2013, Renée Barratt
8. Second Time's the Charm, Melissa Keir
8. A Wandering Warrior, Aidana WillowRaven
8. Cardinal Desires, Deron Douglas
9. Four Days, Eli Wilde
9. Faizah's Destiny, C.K. Volnek
10. The Soul That Screamed, Jude Hunt
11. Sirion, Ivano Massari
12. Mortimer, Karri Klawiter
12. Someone Wicked, Cover art by Jamie Mahon, Design by Amy York
12. Blame it on the Sun by Jamie Hill, Cover art by Michelle Lee
12. Harper's Wish, Krista Ames
12. Itsy Bitsy Spider, Kimberly Shursen
12. In This Kingdom by the Sea, Cover Art by Bev Haynes
13. Haunted Hills, Judith B. Glad
13. Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age, Paul Pedersen
13. soundbyte, Cat Connor
13. Detour Trail, Becca Barnes
13. Winter's Sweet Kiss, Annabelle Blume, Lily Carlyle, Shaya Roy, Michelle Ziegler, Terri Rochenski
14. Blood and Fire, Ally Shields
14. Code Name:Ghost, Natasza Waters
14. Det. Lupèe: The Impossible Cases, James Secor
14. ORACLE, Delilah K Stephans
15. Fresh Fear: Contemporary Horror, William Cook
15. She Rides, Adelle Laudan
15. Scent of a Killer, Covers By StruZa
15. Magic in Outer Space, James Hartley
15. Memoirs of a jobseeker, Ivano Massari
15. The Rules, Mark Troy
15. The Partisan's Wife, Cover art by Michelle Lee
15. Breaking Glass, Lisa Amowitz
15. Christmas Goes Green, Kate Pagel
15. Mai Tais and Mayhem, M. S. Spencer Cover art by Dawne Dominique
15. Quest of the Hart, C.K. Volnek
16. Shh! It's a Secret, Geoffrey Hewer-Candee
16. Mystical Wonders - Second Chances, Dawne Dominique
16. A MARRIAGE BARGAIN, Blaise Kilgallen
16. The Dsiappearing Rose, Renee Duke
16. Adam and Sheree's Family Vacation, Giselle Renarde
16. The Finder Series, Renee Barratt
16. STORYTELLING - The Indispensable Art of Entrepreneurism, Rudy A. Mazzocchi
16. Payton's Woman by Marilyn Yarbrough, Cover art by Sheri McGathy
16. The Speed of Dark, Zentao
16. The Antique Love, C.K. Volnek
16. The Storm-Wing, Lorinda J. Taylor
16. Karma Visited, Chelle Cordero
16. Severed Ties, Angie Skelhorn
16. Outmaneuvered, J.L. Hammer
16. China Blue, Kat Attalla
16. Allegories of the Tarot, Kris Austen Radcliffe
16. Country Captured, S. Willett
16. Anything You Want, Dawne Dominique
16. Anselm, a Metamorphosis, Ardy Scot
16. The Protector Series (Books 1-3), Carolyn Wren, Design by Dawné Dominique
The Speed of Dark Wins
Readers' Favorite International
Bronze Award for Fiction Anthology

The Speed of Dark Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
“The Speed of Dark” is a horror anthology of short stories written by an assortment of authors, and published by Chase Enterprises Publishing. Editor Clayton Clifford Bye states in his Introduction that “horror” means many things to different people. It can mean an intense feeling of fear or shock or disgust. It can mean terror, dread and fright. He quotes Lovecraft as defining horror as a profound sense of dread. He quotes Stephen King as identifying three levels of “scary”, terror, horror, and revulsion. In “The Speed of Dark” the editors were going for a different level of horror, they hand-picked 27 authors to craft “disturbing” horror stories. They succeeded admirably. Don’t expect to sleep well after reading this book. Some of these stories will stay with you for a long, long time, continuing to disturb you long after you have read them. Many of the tales in this collection are superbly written. They also happen to be very disturbing. One can be forgiven for wondering about the mental state of some of these authors. But for a fan of horror, there is much to revel in within the pages of this compilation. I believe that every word used above to describe “horror” represents an emotion you will feel during the course of reading this book. Some of the stories have unexpected endings, which create the horror you will feel. Others start out with disturbing circumstances, and maintain that sensation of uncomfortable dread throughout. The editors at Chase Enterprises Publishing have tapped some brilliantly twisted minds to contribute to their anthology. In their effort to produce “disturbing” horror stories they have succeeded far beyond what I expected, even in spite of the introductory warning. Horror fans take note, “The Speed of Dark” is a book you must add to your library. Now.

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