“Familiar” by Ken Pelham. Is it research or witchcraft? Science or magic? A young Bostonian discovers the connection between her disintegrating marriage and a mysterious accident on the dark wet highway to Salem.
“The Legend of Johnny Bell” by Elle Andrews Patt. Ah, Johnny Bell. His heart is in the right place, but he’s not the sharpest machete in the zombie apocalypse. Finally, an author has found a good use for Pomeranians.
“The Antiquary’s Wife” by William Burton McCormick. Folk legend, prejudice, and suspicion haunt a young American couple traveling the Ukrainian countryside of the 19th century. This novelette was a Finalist for the prestigious Derringer Award.
“Kev” by Michael Sears. Two boys out on a late-night lark, looking for thrills, a little breaking and entering. You take into account the things that could go wrong but forget that the world has real-life flesh and blood monsters among its vast web of living things.
“Insecurity Complex” by Jade Kerrion. What’s a self-respecting ghost to do when everyone is so over-entertained with their gadgets and personal electronics? Short, sweet, and funny. Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award.
“A Dream Within A Dream” by Bria Burton. Our memories and realities are shaped by that which we need to be true. A young girl struggles through family tragedy in this haunting story inspired by Edgar Allan Poe.
“Texting April” by Parker Francis. Consumer electronics puts a horrifying spin on the traditional ghost story. Text messages will never be the same. Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award.
“Gabriel” by Melanie Terry Griffey. We’ve all brought home a stray at one time or another, and loved that poor beast as if it were family. Not all strays are what they seem. Winner of the 2010 Flights of Fantasy award.
“The Alexandrite Necklace” by Daco Auffenorde and Robert Rotstein. Vanity, jealousy, and jewelry to die for steer a Hollywood actress on an upward career arc. But every arc must ultimately reach a zenith. A modern retelling of Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace.”
“Beating Cats” by John Hope. Addiction preys upon innocence in this dark, disturbing tour of the human psyche, the monsters within us, and the slide into depravity.
“Three Two One, Wake Up” by M.J. Carlson. Science fiction in the tradition of Philip K. Dick meets horror in the tradition of Jack Finney and H.P. Lovecraft. Are your friends and neighbors really who you think? Are you better off not knowing?
“Die Fabrik (The Factory)” by Charles A. Cornell. In a dieselpunk vision of Nazi Germany, weapons research and genocide become one in a nightmarish, secret factory in this novella.
The Barrens by F. Paul Wilson. New York Times Bestselling Author. A cosmic horror tale in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Genuine pinelands lore painted with a Lovecraftian palette. Creighton reenters his old girlfriend's life, saying he's researching the myth of the Jersey Devil. But he has a much darker agenda.
Control+Alt+Delete by Rachel Aukes. Amazon Bestselling Author. In the near-future where we are monitored every minute of every day, a law is passed that grants an Artificial Intelligence system the power to instantly "reform" anyone deemed a threat to society.
The Agent by Michael Koogler. Up-and-Coming Author. What would you give to have it all? What would you offer up for fame and fortune? Would you give up your very soul? Would you give up even more? Andre Rossell is an aspiring horror writer with a problem. He hasn't published anything. His life is a waste. He's going nowhere. Until his agent calls...
The Girl Next Door by E. McCarthy. New York Times Bestselling Author. In the old yellow fever wing of a female dorm in New Orleans, an empty sealed room holds nothing but a chair. Or does it? Student Sadie is determined to find out, at the risk of her own sanity... and her boyfriend's life.
Taps by Patrick Freivald. Bram Stoker Award-Nominated Author. A series of mysterious tapping sounds leads Molly into a darkness from which she may never emerge. Forward Base Fourteen by Patrick Freivald. Bram Stoker Award-Nominated Author. One of the last survivors of an outpost on the alien world of New Phoenix, Sarah DeSouza fights on against the Takers, who kill, reanimate and control their victims.
Funeral March of a Marionette by Lance Taubold. Award-Winning Author. Fourteen-year old Corey has always been picked on ... and worse by other kids and his stepfather. Through the magic of music Corey's nutcracker doll collection comes to life to do his bidding and to enact his revenge.
Gris Gris by Kathy Love. USA Today Bestselling Author. Elizabeth visits Madame Lucrece Dumas, New Orleans' most powerful Voodoo priestess, certain the Creole voodooiene can conjure a spell to protect her from a terrifying curse. But Elizabeth soon discovers there is something stronger than Voodoo magic. Revenge.
Where Billy Monasco Lay by Paul Mannering. Award-Winning Author. A band of outlaws making a run for Mexico wait by the Penasco River for the rest of their gang. Plagued by guilt after the horrific deaths of a bank full of innocent townsfolk, they meet God's justice in the form of a dead boy.
Alabaster Nights by Elle J. Rossi. Up-and-Coming Author. A Vampire with a soul. A Huntress with a knife. In Nashville, Blood equals Power. Will one taste of Josie Hawk cost Keller everything?
Snapped! by Richard Devin. USA Book Award Winner and Debut Author. No one knew where or when or how... it just happened. They Snapped. That's what people said. They Snapped. There wasn't any single sign, like you might expect there to be. No twitching or dying or convulsing. No outbreak of flu or some wide-spread contagious disease. Snap. They were human ... and then ... they were not.
Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Awards:
"Lilith," by Antonio Simon, Jr., won 1st Place for Published Short Story.
"The Pisces Affair," by Daco Auffenorde, won 3rd Place for Published Short Story.
"Manteo," by Elle Andrews Patt, won 3rd Place for Published Novella.
"The Strange Case of Lord Byron's Lover," by Parker Francis, won 1st Place in General Category, and was also 1st Runnerup for Published Book of the Year.