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Table of Contents: DEATH’S REALM Edited by Anthony Rivera & Sharon Lawson

Grey Matter Press has posted the table of contents for the new anthology Death’s Realm edited by Anthony Rivera & Sharon Lawson.

Here’s the book description:

There’s something that awaits you. It’s up there on the road ahead, lurking in the darkness at the intersection between the Here and the Hereafter.

It’s at the crossroads of this existence and the next, where the forces of the Living and the Dead converge in a terrifying place known as Death’s Realm. And it’s here where forces from either side of the veil wage an everlasting battle in the struggle for control.

In your hands are sixteen stories of those wars.

Acceptance of what is coming is the only way to win.

DEATH’S REALM: Where the Here and the Hereafter Collide is a volume of terror that features sixteen tales of dark, speculative horror fiction from modern masters of the genre. DEATH’S REALM contains short stories from contributors that include two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author and World Fantasy Award nominee Hank Schwaeble; award-winning, Bram Stoker Award-nominated and Shirley Jackson Award-finalist Stephen Graham Jones; the Bram Stoker Award and Thriller nominated JG Faherty; editor-in-chief of the highly respected Jamais Vu magazine Paul Michael Anderson; critically-acclaimed authors Jay Caselberg and John F.D. Taff; emerging masters of modern horror Aaron Polson, Gregory L. Norris and Martin Rose; co-authors known for their disturbing horror fiction, Simon Dewar and Karen Runge; reader and reviewer favorites Brian Fatah Steele, John C. Foster and Jane Brooks; the Lovecraft-influenced Rhoads Brazos; and authors of literary fiction Jay O’Shea and Matthew Pegg.

Here’s the table of contents…

  1. “OMNISCOPIC” by Rhoads Brazos – Forever, mankind has sought proof of some existence beyond death, be that reincarnation or evidence of other realities. This terrifying Lovecraft-inspired story proves that sometimes the secrets of the universe are better left the mystery they are.
  2. “SOME OTHER DAY” by John F.D. Taff – Following the death of his mother, a young boy goes to great lengths to maintain the tenuous connection with his grief-stricken father, no matter the cost to himself or the rest of mankind.
  3. “HAUNTER” by Hank Schwaeble – Matthew has finally found love again after a tragic loss, but now the nightmares of the past are invading his new reality. And it seems that his terrifying history may be determined to repeat itself.
  4. “BURIAL SUIT” by John C. Foster – After his father dies a violent death, an ex-con embarks on a perilous journey to ensure the man’s soul safe passage to a peaceful eternity, risking his own in the process.
  5. “NINE” by Aaron Polson – An anthropologist’s obsession with a lost civilization becomes inexplicably intertwined with the devastating behavior of her two young sons that begins after the loss of their own father.
  6. “PENUMBRA” by Jay Caselberg – Newly deceased, a young man is determined to reach across the veil to the woman he left behind, refusing to let his untimely death stand in the way of their true love.
  7. “FOXHOLE” by JG Faherty – As the only survivors of a military unit engaged in a futuristic battle in the jungle, soldiers and childhood buddies stop at nothing to protect each other from the unseen enemy that pursues them.
  8. “DROWNING” by Gregory L. Norris – Swedish immigrant Edgard miraculously escaped death when he survived the sinking of Titanic. Having made a new life for himself in America, a terrifying force threatens to drag him back to the dark and icy waters of the North Atlantic.
  9. “THE WEIGHT” by Jane Brooks – Experiencing a debilitating pain that has her hovering at the edge of consciousness, a woman struggles against the torturous events of her past in order to remain among the living.
  10. “HARDER YOU FALL” by Brian Fatah Steele – The ability to communicate with the dead has provided Madeline a lavish lifestyle. Now, with a desire for something more, she must find a way to escape the influence of her nefarious mentor.
  11. “MIRRORWORLD” by Martin Rose – All Jude needed was the signature of a practicing Satanist on a legal document. What he got instead was an untimely death and a tortured hereafter, thanks to some very dangerous black magic.
  12. “MARCH HAYS” by Matthew Pegg – When WWII leaves him wounded, Sam finds himself in a familiar place, where pleasant memories of his youth are darkened by a terrifying specter.
  13. “HIGH ART” by Karen Runge and Simon Dewar – Raymond is living the life he always dreamed of now that his wife is out of the picture. But he quickly begins to question whether divorce would have been a less painful way to achieve his ends.
  14. “A PIRATE’S RANSOM” by Jay O’Shea – Somali pirates discover a disabled, abandoned freighter adrift in the warm waters of the Arabian Sea, yet it is mysteriously covered in ice. They soon realize they should have let this opportunity pass them by.
  15. “TO TOUCH THE DEAD” by Paul Michael Anderson – When our possessions are all that remain of our existence, future psychics from the People’s History Project are employed to catalog the energy we’ve left behind, with horrifying consequences.
  16. “YOU ONLY DIE ONCE” by Stephen Graham Jones – There are no pearly gates or angels on high to welcome the dead into the afterlife. Instead there is only an ominous plane of mysterious rooms, filthy shadows and terrifying creatures.

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Grey Matter Press (December 3, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1940658330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940658339
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