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Susanne S. Brydenbaugh
Susanne S. Brydenbaugh has had over 50 publications appear, or slated to appear, in both web and print venues such as: Gothic.Net, Would That It Were, Black Petals, Dark Angel Rising (UK), The City Morgue Magazine, Rustlings of the Wind, Rogue Worlds, Twilight Times, Shadowkeep, The Murder Hole, and Short Stories Magazine. Her short stories are slated to appear in the anthologies: "Atrocitas Aqua" ("Horror from the Water"), "Femmes de la Brume" ("Women of the Mist"), "Spooky! Holiday Tales to Make You Scream", and a collection of poetry in the multi-authored anthology, "Cemetery Poets: Grave Offerings", (Hardback and ebook, Feb 2003) all from Double Dragon Publishing. She is working on her first novel, MIDNIGHT CRY, a Southern Gothic for future publication. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama with two German Shepherd Dogs and a weird breed of cat. She welcomes visits to her website: www.mywriterstooth.com
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.