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About April Yates
April Yates is a writer of dark and queer fiction, living in Derbyshire England.
Her debut novella, ASHTHORNE, a queer, historical horror-romance will be published by Ghost Orchid Press in 2022.
She has short stories appearing or forthcoming in Ghost Orchid Press, Black Hare Press and Black Ink Fiction.
She also suffers from a micro-fiction addiction, leaving them scattered across the web and in various anthologies.
Find her on Twitter @April_Yates_ or aprilyates.com
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We all have a fascination for things that scare us—the thrill, the heart-stopping jump scares, the terrifying suspense. From the youngest age, we’re fascinated by the fiendish and furry, the creepiest critters, the naughty and the nasty. Horror is all around us, from the clowns who hide under our bed, to the things we might drag up from the brook at the bottom of the garden, and the zombies who crawl our streets.
As author, Megan Feehley, so beautifully says; there is beauty just before the terror…a silken breath taken before the spill of righteousness…the warmth of a licking flame preceding the scald.
So, close the drapes, check the locks, turn on all the lights and get comfortable. But don’t close your eyes…
Never close your eyes...
Everyone knows the zombie apocalypse is bound to happen, these authors just bring it to you sooner than you expected. Authors from all over the globe spin terrifying tales of the infected and undying in just 100 words per story.
From soccer mom zombies to military experiments; reanimated commanders directing an army of zombies to a monster-esque meteorologist. Get a fresh take on an undead theme with Infection from Black Ink Fiction.
Here you’ll find cursed rock stars, demonic records, and deadly one-hit wonders. Wherever possible, we’ve listed the song inspiration along with the story, so you can sing along to your heart’s content.
Just be warned: you’ll never listen to these songs the same way again.
Alexis DuBon, Alice J. Black, Andrew McDonald, Anna Orridge, April Yates, Benjamin Langley, Bill Hughes, Birgit K. Gaiser, Caitlin Marceau, Cameron Phillips, Cara Mast, Carys Crossen, Charles E.P. Murphy, Christopher Wood, Clarabelle Miray Fields, Colin Leonard, Collin Yeoh, Connie Millard, D.K. Lawhorn, Dale Parnell, David Fey, Dorian J. Sinnott, Eleanor Luke, Emma Kathryn, Gary Kruse, Gillian Duff, Greggore Shepherd, Gus Wood,Guy Riessen, Hazel Ragaire, Holden Zuras, iliana coleman, Isaac Menuza, J.C. Robinson, J.R. Handfield, Jacqueline Mitchell, James Dick, Jameson Grey, Janine Pipe
Jen Frankel, Jessica Wilcox, Joe Haward, Julian Stuart, Justin Terry, K.A. Schultz, K.J. Watson, K.M. Bennett, Katie Young, Kim Mannix, Kristin Cleaveland, Laura Keating, Laura Shenton, Leon Lavender, M.M. MacLeod, Marc Sorondo, Marie McWilliams, Mario Aliberto III, Mary Rajotte, Maxwell Marais, Meera Dandekar, Melody E. McIntyre, Micah Castle, Monique Asher, Nikki R. Leigh, Patrick Barb, Patrick Whitehurst, Patrick Winters, Petina Strohmer, R.J. Joseph, Renata Pavrey, Richard Martin, Ryan Fay, S.J. Townend, Scarlett Lake, Sean Reardon, Sheri White, Stephen Daultrey, Steve Neal, T.L. Beeding, Tonia Markou, Toshiya Kamei, Vashelle Nino, Vivian Kasley, Warren Benedetto, Waverly X Night
Abi Marie Palmer, Adrian David, Alex Shenstone, Alexis DuBon, Alice Mae Jameson, Anastasia Garcia, Andrew McDonald, April Yates, Ashley Hawk, Belicia Rhea, Blaise Langlois, Blen Mesfin, Brandon Applegate, Brianna Malotke, Brooke Percy, C. A. Chesse, C.J. Dotson, Caitlin Marceau, Caity Scott, Cara Mast, Carla Eliot, Caytlyn Brooke, Clarabelle Miray Fields, Clay F. Johnson, Clint White, Cody Mower, Collin Yeoh, Cristina Dos Santos, Dale Parnell, E.C. Hanson, Elizabeth Eckstein, Emerian Rich, Emma E. Murray, Emma K. Leadley, Emma Kathryn, Eric Fomley, Fliss Zakaszewska, Fusako Ohki, Georgia Cook, Hazel Ragaire, Helen M. Merrick, Ian A. Bain, Isaac Menuza, J.A. McCready, J.C. Robinson, James Dick, Jameson Grey, Joe Haward, Josh Sippie, K.J. Watson, K.L. Lord, K.M. Bennett, Kathryn Bea, Katie Young, Kristin Cleaveland, Kyle McHugh, Laura Keating, Laura Shenton, L.W. Blackwood, Mackenzie Hurlbert, Marc Sorondo, Maria Ann Green, Marisca Pichette, Melissa Rose Rogers, Micah Castle, Mike Murphy, Nico Bell, Nikki R. Leigh, Patrick Barb, Philine Schiller, Renata Pavrey, Richard Martin, Russell Nichols, S. J. Wilkes, Sean Reardon, Stephen Johnson, Steve Neal, T.L. Spezia, Thomas E. Staples, Toshiya Kamei, Vivian Kasley, Waverly X Night, Wren Andrea, Yukari Kousaka, Yuki Fuwa
A.J. Van Belle, Alice Austin, April Yates, Caitlin Marceau, Cecilia Kennedy, Emma Kathryn, Evelyn Freeling, Faye Snowden, Kristin Cleaveland, Lindsay King-Miller, Michelle Mellon, Nico Bell, Nicola Kapron, Nicole M. Wolverton, Petina Strohmer, Sally Hughes, Saoirse Ní Chiaragáin, Varian Ross, Vashelle Nino, Victoria Nations, Vivian Kasley
A romantic Gothic treat perfect for fans of Sarah Waters and The Haunting of Bly Manor, Ashthorne is the debut novella by Derbyshire author April Yates, who was inspired to tell this story by the Ice Age art carved into the walls of local caves.
Praise for Ashthorne:
“Lush, powerfully-written, elegiac and disquieting, Ashthorne confirms April Yates as one of the brightest and most talented new stars in the queer horror firmament. It’s grisly, it’s gothic and it’s gay as hell: you’re going to love it”
-- T.C. Parker, author of Hummingbird
"From the very first page, you know Ashthorne House is going to be trouble, and you can't resist. It's dripping with atmosphere and comfortingly familiar, especially if you love a historical manor house setting, but wraps a modern voice around a romance that's to die for. If you've ever thought 'I wish Downton Abbey could be scary and queer', and who among us hasn't, really, then this is the book for you."
-- Alex Woodroe, author of Whisperwood, editor at Tenebrous Press
"Ashthorne is a harrowing tale that you won't be able to put down, especially when it hurts."
-- Caitlin Marceau, author of Palimpsest and This is Where We Talk Things Out
A. Whittenberg, Aaron E. Lee, Alexis DuBon, Andrew McDonald, Anna Sanderson, Annabel Record, Antonia Rachel Ward, April Yates, Austrian Spencer, Benjamin Lawrence, Brianna Malotke, Caitlin Marceau, Cara Mast, Carys Crossen, Caytlyn Brooke, Claire Hunter, Claire Loader, Clay F. Johnson, Colin Leonard, Dale Parnell, David Fey, Dee Grimes, doungjai gam, E.M. Alores, Edward Brock, Eilidh Spence, Elford Alley, Emma K. Leadley, Emma Kathryn, Emma Murray, Eric Raglin, Erin M. Brady, Evelyn Freeling, Ezekiel Kincaid, Fusako Ohki, Gabbie Frulla, Georgia Cook, Gus Wood, Hazel Ragaire, Helen M. Merrick, Isaac Menuza, J.C. Robinson, J.J. Kīmmorist, J.R. Handfield, Jameson Grey, Jeremiah Dylan Cook, Jessica Wilcox, Joe Scipione, Josh Sippie, Julia Ross, Julie Sevens, Kati Lokadottir, Katie Young, Keely O'Shaughnessy, Kevin Skirrow, Kirin Sasa, Kristin Cleaveland, Laura Keating, Laura Nettles, Laura Shenton, Laurence Sullivan, Lily Tupa, Lyndsey Croal, M.M. MacLeod, Matthew Barron, Meera Dandekar, Melody E. McIntyre, Micah Castle, Michelle Mellon, Mike Murphy, Nerisha Kemraj, Nicola Kapron, Nicole M. Wolverton, Paige Johnson, Patrick Whitehurst, Patrick Winters, Petina Strohmer, R.J. Joseph, Robyn Pritzker, Ryan B. Green, Sean Reardon, Sheri White, Skye Pagon, Sophie Sadler, Stephen Howard, Tiffany Michelle Brown, Toshiya Kamei, Umiyuri Katsuyama, Vivian Kasley, Yukari Kousaka
Contributors: Adam Down, Alexis Dubon, Andrew McDonald, Anja Hendrikse Liu, Antonia Rachel Ward, April Yates, Arlo Gorevin, Benjamin Langley, Benjamin Lawrence, Brianna Malotke, Bry White, C.J. Dotson, Caitlin Marceau, Cara Mast, Charles E.P. Murphy, Claire Hunter, Cody Mower, Collin Yeoh, Dale Parnell, Danielle McCabe, Eilidh Spence, Elford Alley, Emilian Wojnowski, Emma K. Leadley, Emma Kathryn, Freddie Åhlin, Fusako Ohki, Gus Wood, Guy Riessen, Helen M. Merrick, Holden Zuras, Isaac Menuza, J.C. Robinson, J.J. Kīmmorist, James Dick, Jameson Grey, Jennifer Canaveral, Jeremiah Dylan Cook, Joe Butler, Joe Scipione, John Lane, Julia Ross, Justin Terry, K. Van Dam, K.J. Watson, Kamome Ashizawa, Kathryn Bea, Katie Young, Kelly White, Kimberley Rei, Kirin Sasa, Kristin Cleaveland, Laura Keating, Laura Nettles, Leeroy Cross James, Leon Lavender, Lindsay King-Miller, M. Lopes da Silva, Marc Sorondo, Marcelo Medone, Mario Aliberto III, Matthew Barron, Meera Dandekar, Micah Castle, Michelle Cook, Myk Pilgrim, Nick Watts, Paige Johnson, Patrick Barb, Patrick Tumblety, Patrick Winters, Paula Hammond, Petina Strohmer, Russell Nichols, S.O. Green, Scarlett Lake, Scott McGregor, Sean Reardon, Serena Jayne, Steve Neal, Toko Hata, Toshiya Kamei, Victor Nandi, Yukari Kousaka, Yuki Fuwa
Kathleen Foxx, founder/host of badasswriters podcast
A Quaint and Curious Volume of Gothic Tales; 23 stories of madness, pain, ghosts, curses, unspoken secrets, greed, murder, and one of the creepiest collections of dolls ever. Ranging from traditional gothic themes to more modern tropes, this anthology is sure to please the reader…and send a cold shiver or two down their spine.
So, come on in; enter the parlor, find a place by the fire, and experience the beautiful, dark, and occasionally heartbreaking stories told by the authors. The editor, Alex Woodroe, has passionately and carefully curated a powerful volume of stories, written by an amazing and diverse group of contemporary women writers.