Since first stepping through the portal, Berty has always found the Empire mysterious—full of secrets awaiting discovery. Revealing secrets comes with a price, especially magical secrets. His world begins to unravel. Unless Berty exposes the ancient magical secrets the Seven High Sages concealed from history, he could lose everything and everyone he loves.
Battles rage. Towns and farmland burn. The Empire Guard cannot defend it all. The anti-imperialists continue their invasion across the Land of Sages. At every turn, they seem to have the advantage. The only defense is an Empire united. However, fluid loyalties threaten to destroy the fragile threads that hold the peoples together. To save the lives of all who call the world in-between the portals home, Berty seeks a way to stop the Whispers.
But what lurks in the shadows will give you a fright.
Seventeen stories touch the unknown, the unseen, and the undead. Visit what we avoid. Step into the shadows of the moon.
Included stories (alphabetical by author):
Masks by Fred C. Adams
Under a Hunter’s Moon by Timothy Bateson
Afraid by Thomas Beck
The Reckoning: Hidden Remains by Spencer Carvalho
The Hunt by IE Castellano
The Hearth by Kevin Hayman
Bumps in the Night by Jovan Jones
The Lightkeepers by Renny Kalp
When the Wine Begins to Sour by Matt Kolbet
Stranger Nights by Jacob Lambert
Masquerade by Patrick MacAdoo
Remembering Natalia by James Park
Mr. Cool’s Final Halloween by Jay Seate
A Night Behind Bars by DJ Tyrer
Stingy Jack and the Boys by Kevin Wetmore
Home for Halloween by Kelli A. Wilkins
Halloween Bully by Edward M Wolfe
Nine stories quickening heartbeats.
Recoil by Shawn Jones
Artillery & Apparitions by DJ Tyrer
The Night Clock by Kevin Wetmore
Feeding the Machine by Matt Kolbet
372 by Keith Keffer
All That Lies by IE Castellano
When Voices Call by Thomas Beck
Whitehall Down by DJ Tyrer
Curtains by Fred Adams, Jr.
A holiday themed short based in the magical world of the epic fantasy series, the World In-between.