Stories We Tell After Midnight: Volume 3

Come! See the Terror Bird! Don’t get too close, though, these animatronics can be tricky.

Look! There on the field! Does that little girl stand a chance against the ghosts of a town’s unspoken past?

What did you find there in the ground, Robin, beneath your shovel blade? Could it be the answer to everything you’ve ever wanted?

From deserted islands to an isolated cabin in the Carolina woods, from an Arizona film set to a small Mexican town, from a bloody riverbank in Vietnam to the coal-choked streets of Cheapside, the Stories We Tell After Midnight series has invited the reader into a world of shadows almost forgotten by the cold glare of the modern world. This, the third and final volume of the series, offers up more tales of revenge, of hunger, and of the false light of redemption—but only to those who once more dare turn the page.

 

Published March 2021 by Crone Girls Press

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The Ballad of the Blue Sidewinder

 

by David J. Thirteen

In this weird western, an apprentice witch and his master journey out beyond the boundaries of civilization to collect a bounty on a creature from beyond the stars. The monster they seek leaves towns in ruins and twist the world around it into something bizarre and alien. With his jinx-shooter on his belt, this young witch hopes to prove himself whether his master thinks he’s ready or not.

 

  • Kendall Reviews

    "When I pick up anthologies, I usually have a good sense of the type of stories I’ll encounter, but that was not the case with Coppice & Brake, much to my absolute delight. These tales are almost beyond imagination, directly tapping into that place where nightmares are born. From grizzly body horror to dark science fiction, this collection runs the full gamut of superb speculative fiction."

    "'The Anomaly' by David J. Thirteen also grabbed my attention. Having read some of Thirteen’s other work I knew I’d be in for a treat, and this one did not disappoint. In this tale, Oswald’s grandson brings home a scrapped metal calendar which has a mirrored backside. But there’s a splotch in the mirror, an anomaly, which begins to grow every night after Oswald’s encounters with something evil. These nightly visits are like terrifying experiences of sleep paralysis and leave Oswald a little weaker every day. As well as providing a creature that left me wanting to sleep with the lights on, the story also delves into complexities in family relationships as the roll of caretaker shifts between generations. It reminded me of the poem “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas, but set in a horror story, which is a great combination in my opinion."

    - Review By J.A. Sullivan

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