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About Lamont Turner
Originally from Cincinnati, Lamont Turner now resides in the swamps just outside of New Orleans where he collects all manner of occult and arcane lore, and performs forbidden and blasphemous experiments. When not busy communing with the damned, he tells scary stories to the four little demons who claim to be his children.
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With art by
David Garcia Forés
and Dean Wirth
And stories, poems and articles by
Maxwell I Gold
TS S Fulk
Lamont A Turner
Thomas L Owen
Jason P Burnham
Philip Scott Mandel
At the cutting edge of crime fiction, Mystery Magazine presents original short stories by the world’s best-known and emerging mystery writers.
The stories we feature in our monthly issues span every imaginable subgenre, including cozy, police procedural, noir, whodunit, supernatural, hardboiled, humor, and historical mysteries. Evocative writing and a compelling story are the only certainty.
Get ready to be surprised, challenged, and entertained--whether you enjoy the style of the Golden Age of mystery (e.g., Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle), the glorious pulp digests of the early twentieth century (e.g., Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler), or contemporary masters of mystery.
In this issue:
★ “Nothing Nefarious, Just General Badassery” by Daniel C. Bartlett: When a bored family man and his adventurous pal find buried treasure, they try to sell it only to find themselves pitted against a criminal crew set on ripping them off. Can the two friends come away with something to show for their efforts?
★ “Noble Vista Blues” by Joseph S. Walker: Anyone would be impressed by Paul Moore's luxurious home. Only Paul knows that it was built with dirty money, and only Paul understands how dirty he'll have to get to keep it.
★ “In The Beginning, The End” by Stephen D. Rogers: Some people just aren't meant for each other.
★ “Bad Times At Big Rock” by John M. Floyd: The small and remote settlement of Big Rock is in trouble. Its sheriff is dead, the town is ruled by two merciless killers, and there are no more heroes left in the West.
★ “All The Love You Can Handle For A Dollar” by Lamont A. Turner: To save a friend, Robert Doverman must find out who has gone to the trouble to counterfeit five-dollar bills, and how it all connects to a dead dancer with a fake name.
★ “Superficial Appraisals” by K.R. Segriff: Six ghostly women have vowed to avenge their deaths, but the arrival of a living comrade complicates the execution of their carefully laid plan.
★ “A Perfect Spiral” by David Bart: Rick and Maggie are forced in a new direction, but it involves killing people.
★ “Out For Delivery” by Gregory L. Norris: A rural letter carrier solves a murder by taking notice of the mail he delivers.
★ “Drive Through” by Keith Brooke: The quirky detective had run through all the standard questions. The vehicle's make and colour, the driver's description, the victim of the hit and run … But he had missed one very important question: Did you recognise the driver?
★ “Man Overboard” A You-Solve-It by John H. Dromey: Not all insurance claims are created equal. The investigative ability, and possible bias, of an adjustor can have a significant influence—good or bad—on the outcome.
Dark Magic is a collection of over two hundred bite-size drabbles of dark fantasy and horror.
Enter a world of curses and creatures, the hideous and the hexed, where love is cruel and victory is tainted. Where gods and demons hold sway over mortals, senses are enticed and spirits ensnared. Angels fall, dragons rise, shadows hide secrets and power comes from blood and bone and death itself.
From the creatures emerging from the center of the Earth to a sporting event on an unexplored planet and through the vast expanse of space, alien-kind is ready to help and teach us, or hunt and eat us. Sometime both.
In the 15 stories contained in this anthology, be prepared for moments of beauty between species, love and a home found on an alien world, exploration with violent endings, truth you don't really want to see, and even the very end of the Earth itself.
With stories from the following amazing authors:
- Chisto Healy
- Christopher T. Dabrowski
- Danielle Davis
- Devin Goff
- D.J. Tyrer
- Joyce Bingham
- Lamont A. Turner
- Maggie D. Brace
- Michael J. Scharen
- Phyllis Houseman
- Radar DeBoard
- Rich S. Allpen
- Trina Jacobs
- W.E. Wertenberger
(from the preface)
The most accessible of supernatural entities, arguably even more so than ghosts, the witch is a wildflower, ready to thrive anywhere she chooses to take root.
She might be a force of nature, a mother, a maiden, a crone. Or she might not be a she at all, manifesting instead as a non-binary person, or a young boy looking to understand how he fits in in a man’s world. She is the knowing outsider, the cunning killer, the healing center, the avenger of the disenfranchised, and patriarchy’s perennial scapegoat.
Sometimes she acts as a window on other realities. Sometimes she stands as the dam holding these alien realities back.
In this volume, she’s dug her roots deep into the soil of the American Southeast. Here, you’ll find Baba Yaga reimagined as a Southern socialite, Kentucky granny witches, Texas water witches, Tennessee tricksters, North Carolina guardians, Georgia killers, Mississippi virgins, and Louisiana whores.
This collection is a love letter to the witch, in all her glorious and fearsome incarnations, because—you have to admit—even when she’s wicked, she’s still damned good.
Featuring stories by Lucy Bennett-Gray, Keily Blair, R. A. Busby, Rachel Coffman, Amanda Crum, Indigo Giordana-Altú , James Allen Grady, E.C. Hanson, G. Lloyd Helm, Rowan Hill, Valerie Hunter, Ruthann Jagge, Peter Lundt, Rod Martinez, Louise Pieper, Linday Pugh, Rie Sheridan Rose, Angela M. Sanders, Joe Scipione, J.J. Smith, Nathan Leigh Taylor, Lamont A. Turner, & B.F. Vega.
Some of the stories in this collection include elements of violence, violence against children, sexual assault, consensual sex, and profanity. It is a book about witches after all.
PRAISE FOR "GOOD SOUTHERN WITCHES"
"Like any successful conjuring brew, GOOD SOUTHERN WITCHES is that precise mélange of carefully-curated anthology ingredients: powerful tales, enduring voices, and enchantments of the darkest desires. Stir and serve freely upon devotees of macabre imagination."
—Eric J. Guignard, award-winning author and editor, including "That Which Grows Wild" and "Doorways to the Deadeye"
"Who knew there was so much old magic buried in the red dirt of America's South? If you like spellbinding tales of powerful women and dark witchery, then this brew's for you."
—Lisa Morton, author of "Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances"
Supernatural stories for LOCKDOWN.
Entwined by Trynda E. Adair
The Intention of Fire by Morgan Chalfant
Emily by Maxine Churchman
The Clock by R.F. Cooper
Play With Me by R.A. Goli
Ghost in a Gramophone by Dana Himrich
Pizzicato by Nerisha Kemraj
Fraternity Initiation by Andrew Kurtz
The Last Reunion by Jacqueline Moran Meyer
A Whisper So Quiet by Kelly Matsuura
Nackenschmerzen by Beth W. Patterson
Thems That Wait by Kimberly Rei
The Writing Desk by MacKenzie Richardson
Halloween Feast by MacKenzie Richardson
The Box of Souls by Lamont A. Turner
Green Hill Haunting by C.L. Williams
Death God antagonists are portrayed as villains, further popularising the view that Voodoo is centred around death and necromancy.
Here in Bones, we looked to explore some of these tropes in five-hundred-word stories.
So, adorn your top hat and tattered tuxedo, get cosy in the armchair, and enjoy twenty-six dark tales, inspired by the movies.
The Bones of a Dead God by Alannah K. Pearson
Fast or Slow by Andra Dill
Louisiana Voodoo by Ashleigh Cattermole-Crump
The Bones Know by Brandi Hicks
The Truth Was in the Bones by Chris Bannor
Doctor John by David Green
Soul Stealer by David Green
Bones Don't Lie by Dawn DeBraal
Mr Saturday by Eric Butler
Hedge Witch by Gabby Gilliam
Law of Threefold by Jodi Jensen
The Switch by Joshua E. Borgmann
Good Dog by Karen Bayly
Sung by L.J. McLeod
Cheap Labour by Lamont A. Turner
Sleep Tight by Lauraine S. Blake
Miss Evita by Luis Manuel Torres
An Impressive Spectacle by Lynne Phillips
Voodoo Queen of New Orleans by Lynne Phillips
Edge of the Knife by Maggie D. Brace
Crucial Binding by Meera Dandekar
Oliver Jones, Boy Detective by Michelle Brett
Pinned by Michelle Mellon
The Guédé by Patrick Winters
A Shift in Life by Sophie Wagner
Throwing Bones by Stephanie Scissom
Original tales about the other, moodier season of change
Some of the short stories and poems in Autumn Noir unfold as gently as a wisp of chimney smoke. Others bring the heart-thumping thrills of an end-of-summer storm. All feature characters as vibrant as fall foliage and dialogue as crisp as autumn air. Join the down (but maybe not quite out), the struggling, the wicked, the forlorn, and the broken-hearted as they stumble and sometimes fall all the way down. To paraphrase Bette Davis, “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy read.”REVIEWS
"Some stories leave you hanging and gasping for more, some make you chuckle at the clever wickedness of seemingly innocent sneaky characters, some leave you shocked over twists at the end. All are worth reading. Autumn Noir: An Unsettling Reads Anthology is the perfect book for a cold night before a blazing fire."
— Kathleen Kaska, author of the award-winning Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series
"Autumn Noir contains stories that get under your skin... an exciting collection of stories, some will make you smile, others will send a chill down your spine, and others will keep you guessing the outcome. I loved it!"
— Kathryn Lane, award-winning author of the Nikki Garcia Thriller Series
Find some of your favorite authors and discover some new ones. Includes tales by Bev Vincent, Bethany Maines, Teresa Trent, Brandon Barrows, Stephen D. Rogers, and many more from the crime, mystery, noir, suspense, and thriller genres. Includes the following stories & poems:
- ‘A Slice for Stanley’ © 2021 Teresa Trent
- ‘Abscission’ © 2021 Dustin Engstrom
- ‘An Orchid to Die For’ © 2021 Wendy Harrison
- ‘Anathema’ © 2021 Robin Knabel
- ‘Autumn Heat’ © 2021 Oisin Breen
- ‘Death & Flying Saucers’ © 2021 Matthew Kresal
- ‘Escape Velocity’ © 2021 Bev Vincent
- ‘Every Single Funeral’ © 2021 Bethany Maines
- ‘Golden Silence’ © 2021 V.S. Kemanis
- ‘Hand Shadows’ © 2021 Rikki Santer
- ‘Hope Is an Opiate’ © 2021 Bob McNeil
- ‘Killer in a Diner’ © 2021 Nathan Squiers
- ‘Let It Go’ © 2021 Brandon Barrows
- ‘Misunderstood’ © 2021 Elif Offner
- ‘Nineteen Creaks’ © 2021 Peter DiChellis
- ‘Perdita’s Shoes’ © 2021 Kat Devitt
- ‘Poor Insect’ © 2021 D.P. Blanchard
- ‘Sensing the Fall’ © 2021 Stephen D.
Lovecraftiana: the Magazine of Eldritch Horror - Walpurgisnacht 2021
Featuring the works of
Lee Clark Zumpe
John B Rosenman
Lamont A Turner
Scott J Couturier
For Death it is a promise.
We tend to like to avoid the concept of death, but it keeps finding us.
So we put together a book.
But what to call it.
We were sick of death coming in and taking friends and family, giving no regard for us except to leer from the darkness.
The answer came, in a callout to Steven Colbert: we opted for Deathiness.
Death didn’t like that.
I believe it was her fault (oh hell yes, death is a woman) that I found myself being carried out of the house with a couple of pulmonary embolisms and realizing that most people who were in my condition met the grim reaper.
So I resolved to change my life, be a nicer person, give up cheese products and…
Nah, I decided to invite the B Cubed family on board to talk about it and maybe have a laugh at Death’s expense.
So Death, be warned:
We’re Coming for You!
And we're doing it with these great stories:
In "The Bodies We Carry" K.G. Anderson , one of the great up and comers.
In "The Miracle Man" Jim Wright gives another chilling look into the world he created for the Best Selling Alternative Apocalypse.
In "Instructions for My Executors" Clare Marsh treats us with a poetic look at death and what the family should do.
In "Rule 49" (perhaps my favorite) has Maureen McGuirk looking at death as a real entity and shows us their many faces.
In "Spoons", Jay Wilburn dips into a well of thought and sensitivity as he makes death into a gentle journey that is not taken alone.
And "Gallows Humor?" Michael Mansaray takes a unique look at the inevitability of death that must be read to appreciate.
"For What is a Man" is David Foster's quest for an answer to the question with no real unswer.
"Mudpaws and the Tall Thing" Frances Rowat is a touching story reminiscent of the work Mike Resnick that sees the worlds end from the perspective of a lovely dog.
"A Comedian’s Valediction Forbidding Mourning" is the wonderful Larry Lefkowitz's reminder to laugh.
"The Thing Underneath" is a wee bit of horror by James Van Pelt.
"Have You Ever Been Experienced?" is an old theme made fresh by Paula Hammond, as she shows the power of being addicted to death.
"Death’s Scout" is Mark O. Decker thoughtful poem that I'll let you read rather than read about. It's that good.
"Papercut" by Larry Hinkle will make you throw this book out the window in disgust and horror, only to stop the car and retrieve the book to read it again.
"Death's Doorway" is Diana Hauer's incredible story of those who walk beside us through that final gate.
"Missing" by Robin Pond is that story that makes you want to read a hundred more just like it.
In "Final Questions," Chris Kuriata, adds to the duties of death to in this thoughtful look at unanswered questions of the dead.
"The Borrower", by Katie Sakanai speaks to the value of the human spirit across space and time.
"Three O’Clock" is Lamont Turner's nicely done story on making the best out of a bad situation.
"To Do Right", by Cory Swanson, shows us a better way to die. A good end to life is not to be underestimated.
"Old Forgotten Grave" by Bill Camp is a familiar but comfortable reminder that all of us will be forgotten.
"Ashes," by my dear friend Lizzy Shannon is a touching look at the end of life.
"The Devil’s Backbone," by Larry Hodges, brings his trademark humor to what happens when the Devil takes on the Good Humor man.
We watch them feast upon the dead and wonder if our own corpse might be the next feast.
Though often minuscule in size, the fear that embodies us when seeing them can paralyze us.
And one bite can render a grown man dead in mere minutes.
In this collection you will find fictional stories of terror centering around bugs of all kinds including
A horde of termites overtaking a man’s body
A son watching his mother's mental health decline from dementia
A very special way to make honey
And many more creepy crawly stories guaranteed to remind all of us that if it were not for size; we would not be the dominant species upon this earth.
Featuring authors: Alanna Robertson-Webb,Ben Hare, Charlotte O'Farrell, Drew Starling, Edward Ahern, Hekter Kaztro, Jason Holden, JH Adams, Joanna Koch, Johnny Hempseed, JRT McMahon, Kenneth Sampsell, Kyle Harrison, Lamont Turner, Mama Creep, Marcus Cook, Mark Mackey, Mark Towse, Matt St. Cyr, Melody Grace, Michael Borge, Michael Squid, Michelle River,
N.M. Brown, Nicholas Lay, Radar DeBoard, Scott Savino, Tim Mendees, Tor Anders-Ulven, AND Wil Dalphin
The Ringmaster leads his motley crew, performing for the masses day in and day out. Trapeze artists, the human cannonball, the lion tamer, and of course…the clowns. They smile through the show, entertainment in their blood, but what happens when blood is what they crave? When the audience becomes unwilling participants in a show they never bargained for and clowns have a rivalry…the Ringmaster puts on a performance you’ll never forget.
Come to the Big Top, where 45 international authors let you run away to the circus just like you’ve always dreamed–or feared. In Black Ink Fiction’s Circus of the Damned, you’ll find thrills and scares on every page.