Dark Visions Vol. 2: No Story From Me, But Get It Anyway!

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My friends at Grey Matter Press have announced that Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror – Volume Two will be available for purchase in ebook version for the Amazon Kindle on December 17. A trade paperback will follow shortly thereafter. The company hopes to have both versions available in time for the upcoming holiday season.  There’s no story from me in this volume, but there are plenty of people I know & like, such as J. Daniel Stone, Jane Brooks and Trent Zelazny.

Weighing in at more than 300 pages long, Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror – Volume Two contains 14 exceptional tales of darkness from some of the most talented minds penning genre fiction today. Included in the collection is the work of John C. FosterCarol Holland MarchChad McKeeJ. Daniel StoneDavid BlixtDavid SiddallC.M. SaundersJane BrooksPeter WhitleyDavid MurphyKenneth WhitfieldA.A. GarrisonRhesa SealyJC HemphillEdward Morris and Trent Zelazny. This second volume in the multi-volume anthology is, once again, edited by Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.

“We believe very strongly in the talent included in both of these anthologies,” said Sharon Lawson. “But Dark Visions – Volume Two is going to be an even darker and more disturbing journey into the underbelly of our society. From supernatural thrillers, to deeply moving tales of frightening personal introspection, to an exploration of the truly monstrous in our world, there’s going to be something for everyone in its pages.”

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TABLE OF CONTENTS and STORY SYNOPSES FOR DARK VISIONS VOLUME TWO (in order of appearance)

Mister White by John C. Foster

Abel is a master spy who’s turned espionage into a thrill-ride of a career. That is until a meeting one fateful night in a snow-covered Austrian cemetery goes horribly awry. Paranoid and hunted by a sadistic, supernatural evil, he finds himself on the run in a frightening battle for his life.

Dreaming In and Out by Carol Holland March

Imprisoned in a world of personal isolation, there seems to be no escape for the wife of an abusive husband until she begins dreaming of an enigmatic woman in white. With each recurring nightmare, she’s drawn into an ever-darkening world where the true horror that is her life is ultimately revealed.

Moonlighting by Chad McKee

On the streets of New York there is a secret darkness hiding around every corner, even in the daytime. Two stockbrokers, looking to add excitement to their boring lives, are quickly drawn into a horrifying world they never knew existed when they get caught up in a terrifying game that exposes how truly evil the heart of man can be.

Wormhole by J. Daniel Stone

The only surviving son of an alcoholic, Jason is obsessed with the concept of death and aches to understand the reasons for his mother’s suicide. With the assistance of a friend and paranormal researcher, the two seek to capture on film the last horrifying moments of life. Will they be satisfied with the terrifying results?

Remember Me by David Blixt

A confused young man who’s lost his memory is walking a dark and lonely road when he’s offered a ride from the strange driver of a horse-drawn carriage. What seems to be his good fortune becomes a hellish journey of torment when he’s presented with a horrifying offer that he can’t refuse.

The First Years by David Siddall

Every society is rife with monsters. Some live down the street, disguised as menacing teens. Others wrap themselves in secrets and are the neighbors next door. But the source of true evil, is far more common than we’d like to believe.

The Elementals and I by C.M. Saunders

Big pharma is big business. And fierce competition demands extreme methods in order to develop the next wonder drug. To what horrifying lengths will a greedy corporation go to market their frightening, mind-altering drugs to unwary consumers? They’ll do whatever they need, no matter the ominous consequences.

Release by Jane Brooks & Peter Whitley

Inside a house on the last cul-de-sac at the end of world a young couple is coming to grips with the nightmarish horror that’s devastated their suburban community. It soon becomes frighteningly clear that there are many terrible things in life that yearn for release.

Water, Some of it Deep by David Murphy

Sometimes the darkest places on Earth are those with the shiniest veneer. And often, the darkest of souls hide in plain sight behind the smiles on the most innocent of faces. What terrible force is it that attracts the like-minded to a quaint seaside resort in the Irish countryside, turning it into a home for unspeakable evil?

Acceptance by Kenneth Whitfield

What should have been a relaxing cruise for an alcoholic husband and his nagging wife quickly becomes a nightmarish journey through personal introspection as a series of horrifying events break out on the ship, rocking both the boat and the couple to their core. Sometimes, there’s just nowhere to run from your own demons.

Variations of Soullessness by A.A. Garrison

Born into the world without a soul, Easter is terrifyingly large man who was put on this Earth to carry out the horrible work of a cruel God. And one nocturnal visit to the home of an author famous for his gut-wrenching prose puts the gruesome plan into action.

Chapelston by Rhesa Sealy

For the last twenty years, a series of unsolved murders have haunted ex-cop Connor Mason. He now finds himself back at the scene of the crime attending the funeral of his dead partner. Soon he is drawn back into the web of unspeakable evil by the dangerous forces that refuse to release their grip on his soul.

Last Call by JC Hemphill

Newscaster Maurice Townsend was at the top of his game until he lost is all in spectacular fashion. Drowning his sorrows on the shoulder of another patron in an Atlanta dive bar, the two men spend a night of commiseration that sets in motion a chain of terrifying events that have an everlasting effect on both their lives.

City Song by Edward Morris & Trent Zelazny

Throughout the world there are populations of forgotten people. They are cast-offs, rarely seen, and thrive together on the periphery of societal perception. They live according to their own dangerous rules and code of conduct. If not for one member this group of Portland homeless, they would meet the most horrible end.

And don’t forget Dark Visions Vol.1 , with a story by me, “Show Me.”  Get it here.

 

About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 80 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in the great, unspoiled vastness of the Midwest. He has a tremendous wife named Debbie, three pugs, Sadie, Tovah and Muriel, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. View all posts by John F.D. Taff

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