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Megan Powell was raised on a steady diet of Star Wars, Dr. Who, Oz books, DragonLance and Greek mythology. Having absorbed what she could from upstate New York, she attended Bryn Mawr College and graduated with a degree in History. She lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband Larry, one large cat, one very large cat, and a fluid number of computers.
Meganís short fiction has been published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Eternal Night, Orchard Press Mysteries, Ideomancer, Here & Now, Underworlds, The Blackest Death Vol. 1 and several Double Dragon anthologies. Three novels (Waxing, Widdershins and Warlocks) are scheduled for release by Zumaya Publications.
Her editorial work includes the webzines Fables (www.fables.org) and Shred of Evidence (www.shredofevidence.com) and three anthologies (Nemeton, The Witching Hour, and Crossings). Three additional anthologies are forthcoming.
Megan maintains a homepage at www.meganpowell.net.
Georg has always known how his life would go. He would take over as Lord when his father died. But when his brother, Marcus, who has been studying with the wizards, suddenly dies, Georg is chosen to take his place. He is far from happy about this, but a member of his family has always been expected to work with the wizards. When they refuse to take his other brother, Edward. So he agrees to go.
Once there, he realizes there is something peculiar about his brother's death. Nobody seems to be willing to tell exactly what happened to Marcus. So he sets out to find out what happened. He begins by befriending the companions of his late brother. He soon finds out that his brother died from attempting to use a powerful magical relic. He also finds out that he also has the ability to use this relic. Will he agree to use this ability and accept his new position with the wizards?
Let your eyes adjust to the darkness contained within this unparalleled tome of terrifying poetry. Let yourself be drawn down into the mausoleum of decayed verbiage and grim visions, meeting the poets your mortician always warned you about. These seventeen international authors gathered in the cemetery are already well known within horror poetry circles for their diverse imaginations. Deftly shifting from free verse to sonnets, from grotesque to darkly comical, the Cemetery Poets scream from beyond the grave with deadly accuracy. Editor Peggy Jo Shumate asks, "Do you have a dread of shadowy places?" The answer, after reading Cemetery Poets: Grave Offerings, will undoubtedly be a resounding yes! Step inside the cemetery gates and
savor every wretched flavor of fear ever conceived.
Herman Melville said it best when he proclaimed that every path eventually leads to the sea. For it is the sea that holds our most sacred and terrifying fears, yet it also holds a glorious mysticism over us as a race, an attraction so strong that most of us flock to beaches, river banks, creeks, and lakes at every opportunity to stare out into the vast blueness and wonder: what's out there?
Take my hand, Dear Reader, and swim with me through this journey of sixteen tales of watery terror. As we swim, if something reaches out of the darkness and gropes for your ankle, if something pulls you deeper into the depths of liquid madness, if your breath is stolen from you and you find yourself inhaling nothing but muddied water... do not fear, for it is just the ocean reclaiming what is already hers: your soul.
Here is a collection of stories for those of you who shudder at the thought of gulping down one more of Aunt Ida's "famous" cookies, who dread facing another interminable discourse from Uncle Earl about pig farm economics. If the first few notes of "Away in a Manger" cause you to grab something sharp and look around frantically for an eye to stab it in this book was written for you.
Femmes de la Brume . . . Women of the Mist . . .
Will introduce you to the women of speculative fiction and characters that will forever reside within your memory as well as the Mist. These tales are born from the imaginations of beautiful mystical women. Separately, they shine, command attention? but together, they have become the Mist, inhabiting your dreams . . . or perhaps your nightmares.
BONUS: Included within the paperback is an introduction by Tamara Thorne.
Crossings features twelve stories at the intersection of genres, set in worlds disturbingly familiar and far distant. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, and romance elements converge to produce a whole greater--and stranger--than the sum of its parts.