Beyond The Door: Volume 1

Beyond The Door Anthology

Book 1
L. J. Emory Publishing
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A mystified archeologist, an Amish ghost,  and avenging angels are just a few of the stories found in Beyond the Door, Volume 1, a twelve-story supernatural anthology.

When multi-published authors get together for a play date, and are presented with a writing challenge they can’t resist, the results are not only surprising, they sometimes stretch the limits of their storytelling abilities.

In the pages of Beyond the Door, the demons at play will not be what you expect.

Where else can you find a robotic barista, a vengeful little girl, and a murderous goddess who wants to come out and play?

What else may be lurking Beyond the Door?

Interview with the Writers

Q: What possessed four otherwise normal writers to write such dark and horrifying stories?

A.B. Alvarez: It was the only way I could get them to unlock the basement door so I could get something to eat. Seriously.

Serena B. Miller: Wait a minute. You got out?

Jesse R. Lyle: The real answer is, A.B. didn’t see the sign that said “Push To Open”. Poor guy would have starved to death pulling on that door if we hadn’t opened it for him… we had to come up with some sort of story to help save his dignity.

Derek E. Miller: I was the last to say “Not It” when it came to there being a responsible adult watching these hooligans so I was stuck with them all weekend.  I went to dark places in my mind to escape the reality I was stuck in so figured I might as well put the dark places on paper.  

 Q: Serena B. Miller, what was it like writing a dark Amish story?
A: It was freeing, actually. I love and admire my Amish friends, but there is a dark side to the Amish that romance writers are expected to ignore. It is inevitable that a culture as strict as theirs can take a toll on the psyche. Sometimes that toll presents itself in extreme depression.

Q: Derek E. Miller, do you always wear a bulletproof vest when you write?
A: True story. Grandpa always did the dishes for grandma.  He would say, “Proven scientific fact.  No man has been shot by his wife while doing dishes.”  Well seeing how I’m not helping do dishes, laundry, or mowing the lawn when writing, I can’t be too careful. 

Q: Jesse R. Lyle, are the tattoos all over your body the inspiration for your story Ancient Runes?
A: Yes and No. The inspiration comes from knowing that everyone has a story whether big or small. And some of those stories are just like tattoos, some are hilarious or regretful, some are meaningful or spiritual, and yet some, are private reminders of a struggle or addiction one is trying to overcome. I guess the take-away is, be willing to listen, and pay attention to the people around you.  

Q: A.B. Alvarez, what is it with you and having to chop off body parts in your stories?
A: There was no hacking of body parts in the Kidnapping Anna Trilogy though there was a lot of computer hacking. I think I had pent up body-hacking impulses that came out in the abandoned farmhouse where we did our writing. It is also true that the farmhouse was not abandoned, not filled with cobwebs, and not dark and foreboding thereby keeping me up every night wondering if I was going to make it out alive. Except that it was.

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Serena B. Miller is an award-winning, best-selling author who has written multiple romances about the large Amish population living near her in Ohio. Two made-for-TV movies, An Uncommon Grace and Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, have been based on her novels. Serena also writes historical and contemporary fiction and is presently working on a line of cozy mysteries: The Secrets of Sugarcreek.


A. B. Alvarez was born and raised in New York and found he couldn't keep his love of the city out of his first published series. Every book in the series either takes place in New York, or has New York characters who bring a a fresh perspective to a story of loss, revenge, and ultimately of closure. He is already working feverishly on his next series.

Derek E. Miller spent five years as a military contractor in the war zone of Afghanistan. The experience left him with friends all over the world, an appreciation for our men and women in the military, and an uncontrollable desire to hit the ground whenever fireworks go off. It also gave him a desire to channel some of his experience into writing YA novels. His diary series, The Attic Diary, The Kamikaze Diary, and The Ghost Army Diary was the result. He also has a popular how-to book entitled: Military Contractor’s Handbook: How to get Hired… and Survive. 

Jesse R. Lyle wears many hats as he runs a computer tech consulting and repair business. He backed into writing short fiction after he and his D&D buddies’ campaigns started drifting into real life. However, the thrill of building Dungeon scenarios gave him a taste for creating new universes and odd characters. This anthology is his first foray into the world of published short stories.
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L. J. Emory Publishing
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Published on
Oct 31, 2018
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166
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9781940283418
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English
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Fiction / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
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Four authors. Twelve stories. Another writing session with only the 
unknown before them.

In the pages of Beyond the Door Volume 2 can be found stories about:
- a dangerous beauty seeking revenge
- the power of words
- an alien invasion
- espionage during the Civil War
- fraternity hazing with a dangerous edge
- election tampering from the future

The authors from Beyond the Door Volume 1 have come together again to 
mine their imagination for more visions of time lines only they could 
discover. Clones, child detectives, first ladies, and missing 
pregnancies mask a reality only they could survive to tell the world.

If an open door is an invitation then consider this a taste of what 
you'll find inside.

They are halfway through the deck.

Q: What was it like to write these stories without the others in the room with you?

A.B. Alvarez: Who says I wasn't in the room with the others? Just because they couldn't see me. I mean, I wasn't in the room with them. At all. Not under the bed or in the closet which BTW needs a good cleaning. I was home sipping a fine Merlot while watching the ships travel down the Hudson. While I wrote about pits covered in sharp pointy pieces of glass. That takes a lot of concentration and focus. And a good Merlot.

Serena B. Miller: After editing your stories, Alvarez, I think a little less Merlot might be in order? And please stay out of my closets. That last restraining order is still valid.   

Jesse R. Lyle: Bittersweet. Since I didn’t have to listen to the droning-thunderous striking of keyboard keys from overzealous-caffeine driven digits, I could actually think straight, but I didn’t get to trade attempted witty remarks with my fellow companions.

Derek E. Miller: It was a dream. I was home enjoying a fine Craft Artisan Amish made Root Beer listening to the neighbor’s dog bark way too much. But all that commotion was still  better than listening to A.B. Alvarez constantly make laser sounds as he would write his futuristic sci fi stuff. You definitely need a good Root Beer to write.

Q: Derek E. Miller, during your tour of duty in the military what was it like interacting with the aliens from Area 51?
A: Turns out I was well prepared.  Dealing with New Yorkers like A.B. Alvarez more than prepared me for interaction with an alien species.  One of them even gave me two t-shirts.  They have printed on them, "I Love Zork" and "The Big Abbsou." 

Q: Jesse R. Lyle, based on your fictitious medical degree from Johns Hopkins, did the details about genetics in your story help you make better breeding decisions about the multi-legged organisms you have running around your home?
A: Oh, without a doubt my fictitious medical degree helped more than a legitimate medical degree. And yes, she might be a genetically created multi-legged organism, but she’s my little multi-legged organism. MuHahahaha

Q: Serena B. Miller, after reading Sunny I can see you owning multiple guns and not being afraid to use them. Have you ever sneaked into a foreign country with the express intent of overthrowing its government?
A: That depends. Has California attained foreign country status yet?

Q: A.B. Alvarez, the last time you went time traveling did you find your doppelganger?
A: Is that question for me? I've never gone time traveling. If I did would I be here? Multiple time streams don't make any sense. That doesn't mean I haven't been visited by others who purport to be from a different time stream. Meet my doppelganger? Don't be silly. What would I do if I met myself? Kill him and take his place? Of course not! He might try to kill me and take my place. By the way: why did you call me A.B. Alvarez?


Ambition is something most people have buried deep inside them. The problem is, most people are programmed to fail. Charlene, driven by a passion for supremacy, is unlike most people in that she will do whatever is necessary to make her desires real. What Charlene does not realise is that running deep within her bloodline is a connection to a game-changing predestined event. She will have to delve into black magic in order to rise to the position she so desperately craves. Touch Not the Horse is a supernatural thriller by Anthony Gavali. The setting is the city of Londons financial heart and a horse sanctuary in East Sussex. In this complexly woven modern-day tale of success at all costs, readers are transported back through a dark history, where the fight for control of the worlds resources has been burning for centuries. Two bloodlines seek to hold the balance of power, with only one outcome. These bloodlines have travelled down through the gauntlet of time to manifest in the twenty-first century with one aim: to fight the ultimate battle of control. Charlene holds the torch ready for the darkness. It will take the power of one man and one horse to stand in her way. They are armed with only the belief that humanity must be freed from the hands of evil. It once again falls to the few to save humanity from the bonds of eternal slavery. The question, however, is this: Will this belief be strong enough to withstand the cyclone that is about to hit them? Follow the story of Dean and his horse, Girlie, as they find themselves caught in this unavoidable dilemma against Charlene and the Devils servant, the evil Spirit which dwells inside her. Set around the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust in Uckfield, Tatsfield and other locations.
Who would ever say no to the master story tellers when they have to offer their darkest tingling Christmas mysteries and horror tales as a holiday present: The Silver Hatchet (Arthur Conan Doyle) What the Shepherd Saw: A Tale of Four Moonlight Nights (Thomas Hardy) Markheim (Robert Louis Stevenson) The Wolves of Cernogratz (Saki) Mustapha (Sabine Baring-Gould) The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance (M.R. James) The Christmas Banquet (Nathaniel Hawthorne) The Ghost's Touch (Fergus Hume) Glámr (Sabine Baring-Gould) The Ghosts at Grantley (Leonard Kip) A Terrible Christmas Eve (Lucie E. Jackson) Ghosts and Family Legends (Catherine Crowe) The Ghost: A Christmas Story (William Douglas O'Connor) Thurlow's Christmas Story (John Kendrick Bangs) The Mystery of My Grandmother's Hair Sofa (John Kendrick Bangs) The Abbot's Ghost; or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (Louisa M. Alcott) Old Applejoy's Ghost (Frank R. Stockton) Wolverden Tower (Grant Allen) The Christmas-Eve Vigil (James Bowker) Told After Supper (Jerome K. Jerome) The Box with the Iron Clamps (Florence Marryat) Joseph: A Story (Katherine Rickford) The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton (Charles Dickens) The Ghost of Christmas Eve (J. M. Barrie) The Dead Sexton (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu) Uncle Cornelius His Story (George MacDonald) The Grave by the Handpost (Thomas Hardy) Number Ninety (Bithia Mary Croker) At Chrighton Abbey (Mary Elizabeth Braddon) The Haunted Man (Charles Dickens) Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions (Charles Dickens) The Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) The Black Bag Left on a Door-Step (Catherine L. Pirkis) Between the Lights (E. F. Benson) Transition (Algernon Blackwood) The Kit-Bag (Algernon Blackwood)
Geoffrey Girard first appeared in Writers of the Future and has since written and sold more than sixty short stories of dark fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Collected here, for the first time, are sixteen of his best, and darkest, tales.

The man who collects chips of bone from his willing victims... A legendary evil is adopted by a small, and thankful, village... The doomed girl invited to take part in a deliberate tragedy... A horrific church choir assembled after the zombie apocalypse... The boy who harvests spiders for a shadowy woman of magic... A fearsome town where the children’s nightmares are all real... The pain, price and beauty of blood and first loves...

From the curse of ancient evils to futuristic retirement homes where the dead still rule, haunted graveyards, planets of torture where all are equal, hockey-playing demon hunters, dark sorcerers battling in Algeria, and even voodoo-cursed pirates. Explore the darkest, and most majestic, extremes of us all in sixteen unique tales that will entertain, horrify and keep you thinking long after the last page is turned.

Let the communion begin…

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Translatio
Collecting James
For Restful Death I Cry
Dark Harvest
Not Fade Away
Unto the Lord a New Song
Release Me
Psychomachia
Universal Adaptor
Misdirection
What You Know
H.E. Double Hockey Sticks
Where the Shadow Ended
Dead in the Water
Crawl
First Communions
Story Notes

“At times chilling, disturbing and even poignant, Geoffrey Girard’s debut collection, first communions, is satisfying and rich. Will leave you breathless, shocked and ultimately dying to read more of his work.”

—Chesya Burke, author of Let’s Play White and The Strange Crimes of Little Africa

“A collection of stunning breadth. Girard knows just where to stick the knife, when to start digging, and when to ease back and let you catch your breath.”
—Jennifer Pelland, two-time Nebula-nominated author of Unwelcome Bodies and Machine

“A masterful trip to the dark side of the street, and Geoffrey Girard is your experienced, spellbinding tour guide.” —Matt Wallace, author of Envy of Angels and Lustlocked

“Geoffrey Girard peels back the ordinary world to reveal the darkness underneath. His stories, a tour of literary voices, compel the reader to think... with images and ideas that will haunt. first communions showcases the breadth and power of Girard's work.”
—Maurice Broaddus, author of the Knights of Breton Court trilogy

 

Four authors. Twelve stories. Another writing session with only the 
unknown before them.

In the pages of Beyond the Door Volume 2 can be found stories about:
- a dangerous beauty seeking revenge
- the power of words
- an alien invasion
- espionage during the Civil War
- fraternity hazing with a dangerous edge
- election tampering from the future

The authors from Beyond the Door Volume 1 have come together again to 
mine their imagination for more visions of time lines only they could 
discover. Clones, child detectives, first ladies, and missing 
pregnancies mask a reality only they could survive to tell the world.

If an open door is an invitation then consider this a taste of what 
you'll find inside.

They are halfway through the deck.

Q: What was it like to write these stories without the others in the room with you?

A.B. Alvarez: Who says I wasn't in the room with the others? Just because they couldn't see me. I mean, I wasn't in the room with them. At all. Not under the bed or in the closet which BTW needs a good cleaning. I was home sipping a fine Merlot while watching the ships travel down the Hudson. While I wrote about pits covered in sharp pointy pieces of glass. That takes a lot of concentration and focus. And a good Merlot.

Serena B. Miller: After editing your stories, Alvarez, I think a little less Merlot might be in order? And please stay out of my closets. That last restraining order is still valid.   

Jesse R. Lyle: Bittersweet. Since I didn’t have to listen to the droning-thunderous striking of keyboard keys from overzealous-caffeine driven digits, I could actually think straight, but I didn’t get to trade attempted witty remarks with my fellow companions.

Derek E. Miller: It was a dream. I was home enjoying a fine Craft Artisan Amish made Root Beer listening to the neighbor’s dog bark way too much. But all that commotion was still  better than listening to A.B. Alvarez constantly make laser sounds as he would write his futuristic sci fi stuff. You definitely need a good Root Beer to write.

Q: Derek E. Miller, during your tour of duty in the military what was it like interacting with the aliens from Area 51?
A: Turns out I was well prepared.  Dealing with New Yorkers like A.B. Alvarez more than prepared me for interaction with an alien species.  One of them even gave me two t-shirts.  They have printed on them, "I Love Zork" and "The Big Abbsou." 

Q: Jesse R. Lyle, based on your fictitious medical degree from Johns Hopkins, did the details about genetics in your story help you make better breeding decisions about the multi-legged organisms you have running around your home?
A: Oh, without a doubt my fictitious medical degree helped more than a legitimate medical degree. And yes, she might be a genetically created multi-legged organism, but she’s my little multi-legged organism. MuHahahaha

Q: Serena B. Miller, after reading Sunny I can see you owning multiple guns and not being afraid to use them. Have you ever sneaked into a foreign country with the express intent of overthrowing its government?
A: That depends. Has California attained foreign country status yet?

Q: A.B. Alvarez, the last time you went time traveling did you find your doppelganger?
A: Is that question for me? I've never gone time traveling. If I did would I be here? Multiple time streams don't make any sense. That doesn't mean I haven't been visited by others who purport to be from a different time stream. Meet my doppelganger? Don't be silly. What would I do if I met myself? Kill him and take his place? Of course not! He might try to kill me and take my place. By the way: why did you call me A.B. Alvarez?


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It—publishing just as the second part of It, the movie, lands in theaters.

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
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