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Just in time for Halloween season, I have a story appearing in this new anthology, See Through My Eyes, edited by Amber M. Simpson and Madeline L. Stout. The cover gives me chills! I haven’t read it yet, but who can resist a good ghost story–better yet, a ghost mystery?

From the publisher:

A scream slashes through the quiet night, a chill pierces your skin. The shimmering image of a woman forms in the mist, singing a haunting lullaby. She beckons. Will you go? Featuring 25 haunting stories, SEE THROUGH MY EYES is certain to chill you to the bone and make you wonder who is real and who is not. The Living? Or the dead? Join us as the dead seek to claim their revenge upon the living! With stories by: Jonathon Cromack, Raven McAllister, KC Grifant, Jaap Boekestein, Sammi Cox, Victoria Dalpe, Russell Hemmell, Benjamin Langley, Paul A. Freeman, Joni Chng, DJ Tyrer, Darren Todd, Cyndie Goins Hoelscher, Amber M. Simpson, Patrick Winters, Victor H. Rodriguez, Michael J.P. Whitmer, Edmund Stone, R.A. Goli, Ken Goldman, Paul Stansbury, Anna Shane, Vaggelis Sarantopoulos, Jeff C. Stevenson, and Anusha VR. Edited by Amber M. Simpson & Madeline L. Stout.

 

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I’m excited to share a sneak peak of the cover for an upcoming anthology on disaster-related horror stories, which will include my tale “What The Storm Brings.” The book, published by Stitched Smile Publication, is a charity effort to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. I’m greatly looking forward to this book for two reasons: I’m pleased to see authors and editors putting their talents to help others, and I’m also very intrigued to read a collection of disaster-related horror stories, one of my favorite sub-genres (when it’s safely in the realm of fiction).

More details, including publication date and donation information, soon to come!

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After a bit of a publishing drought, some good news came through the last few weeks. I have stories appearing in five publications this fall. Three are available for order this month, just in time for Halloween! Details below:

Horror Bites Magazine

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The October 2017 issue of Horror Bites Magazine features a reprint of WHAT STORMS BRING, a tale of what happens when a superstorm brings more than just wind and rain to an East Boston apartment. From the editor:

Horror Bites Magazine is an online horror magazine. In each issue of Horror Bites Magazine, we cover the spread of horror found in the web’s darkest nooks and crannies, from creepypasta to creature features, to fiction almost too weird to be called horror.

Zen of Horror author and Horror Bites Magazine editor Kelby J. Barker

 

California Screamin’

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I am thrilled to share that one of my stories will debut in an anthology showcasing 14 Southern California-based horror authors. California Screamin edited by Danielle Kaheaku with an introduction by New York Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, debuts in late October 2017. Check out that amazing cover!

From the webpage:

California.

Close your eyes and say it: California. Images of perpetual sunshine, swaying palm trees, and blue waters lapping at sandy beaches. That one word conjures visions of gold and fame, luring dreamers to its mythic shores. The original peoples lived in an abundant paradise. The Spanish found a familiarity to their homeland. The Gold Rush, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley promised instant wealth. But the beaches are only a sliver of this vast land. Beyond it lie expanses of deserts, mountains, and rugged coastline cutting it off from reality. Isolated, California reveals a dark side—wraithlike fog of the northern coast, dense shadows in ancient forests, and hellish heat of vast deserts. It is to these places you will journey. Within these pages, you will find stories of primeval specters, soured fantasies, transplanted vampires, bizarre geography.

This is the reality of nightmares…

This is California Screamin’.

 

Into Darkness Peering

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Into Darkness Peering by Alban Lake Publishing, is a collection of dark tales inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” and features a reprint of one of my ghost stories.

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
    But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
    And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore?”
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!”—
            Merely this and nothing more.
–Edgar Allen Poe 

 

 

“Drabbles” are exactly 100-word stories, flash fiction taken to an extreme. The challenge is to incorporate style, character and plot–all within a paltry 100 words.

“Turning Tides,” my scifi-horror, environmentally themed drabble, was first published at The Horror Tree‘s “Trembling with Fear” January 29, 2017 edition and later at The Drabble. Read at the links or below:

Turning Tides
By KC Grifant

The quivering masses bobbed above the shipwreck, trailing a plum-colored cloud.

Maggie tapped on her underwater camera. With the warming ocean temperatures, jellies were reproducing at unprecedented rates, spawning never before seen species.

It was beautiful until tentacles wrenched off her snorkeling mask. She kicked upwards but felt both electrified and numb. Neurotoxins, she thought. Her mind glommed around an emphatic declaration:

Ours.

Each flick of the buzzing tentacles onto her face imparted a new vision: massive jellies swallowed ships, clogged harbors, suffocated whole cities. Her throat gasped, desperate.

Ours.

The continents sparkled with purple dust, the seas liquid amethyst.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jellyfish#/media/File:Moon_jellyfish_at_Gota_Sagher.JPG

My story BETTER HALVES and other unsettling paranormal and cosmic tales are now available in the print issue of Lovecraft eZine (#36), published by Mike Davis.

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I wouldn’t want to run into that creature at night!

 

 

I am honored to have my story reprint, “What the Storm Brings,” included in this Stoker finalist anthology with a number of excellent female horror writers. FRIGHT MARE – WOMEN WRITE HORROR is now available on Amazon in print and ebook format. Check out that eerie cover!

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My latest horror story, BETTER HALVES, and other disturbing tales are available in the new issue of the excellent Lovecraft eZine (#36). This piece was conceived at a Cape Cod inn whose owners had a strange obsession with mirrors…

Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments! Also check out the wonderfully disturbing illustration by SandPaperDaisy Art.