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.
About the author
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.