Scary Snippets: Virtual Edition
Includes my story, “A Bug in the System”.
From the publisher:
“There are some who say that advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, and there is much about the digital age we still do not understand.
Machines are evolving faster than humankind can adapt, and it’s all happening amid the dark tapestry of the World Wide Web.
Take a deep dive into the heart of virtual terror alongside more than 20 horror authors as they connect you to evil artificial intelligences, haunted blogs and doomsday devices.”
Scary Snippets: Campfire Edition
Includes my stories “Homecoming” and “Nature Calls”.
From the publisher:
“Imagine you are alone. Surrounded on all sides by nothing but forest for as far as the eye can see. Then you hear a sound. It is like nothing you have ever heard. Is it a wolf? A ghost? A stalker? A monster from another world? Or something far far worse?Scary Snippets: Campfire Edition will have you rekindle your fear of the great outdoors with over 40 authors from around the world reminding you that terror is everywhere.”
Mother Ghost’s Grimm, Vol. 2
Forty-two authors have brought you another creepy collection of tales, sure to keep you up at night.
In this book you will find even more terrifying tales to haunt your mind. Cemeteries, spiders, gremlins, and ghosts – everything you fear the most. Just when you thought it was safe to turn out the light, Mother Ghost’s Grimm came back for round 2 of the fright.
Read…if you DARE. *Ages 7 & up!*
In the pages of this anthology, you will not find the Canada you are accustomed to, nor a Canada that the world has grown to know and love. Between the covers, you will discover a dark landscape that will challenge your perspective. From sea to shining sea, stories of a darker Canada will arise, and within them all a kernel of truth. Stories of sacrifice, cannibalism, ghosts and mystical forests, the authors will plunge you into the country that is Canadian Dreadful.
Deadly Bargain: A Colors in Darkness Anthology
Some deals should never be struck and some dealers should never be trusted. When faced with your heart’s desire, will you ignore that tingle in your spine or the hair rising on the backs of your arms? The offer- It’s too good to be true and you can feel it. The dealer smiles with a devilish gleam in his eyes. Holding out his tantalizing wares, his eagerness adds weight to the very air around you. It’s not a lot of money at all, sometimes it’s even free, he says and yet you know that this is the costliest item you will ever own.
Inside these pages you will find thirteen tales of horror, of deals that should never have been made and the horrible costs of those deadly bargains!
Cosmic Scream: Digital Horror Fiction Anthology (Digital Horror Fiction Short Stories Series One Book 5)
Ten tales of horror, together in one collection for the first time, presented to you by Digital Fiction Publishing!
Twisted Tails IX: Wunderkind
From inside the flap:
I suppose the first thing I need to do is define what Wunderkind means for this book. I’m pretty sure you’ve come across the word somewhere so you know a “normal” Wunderkind is a precocious child with mental capacities that are just a wee bit beyond amazing. A wonder (wunder). Here the Wunderkind is a good deal more than just bright. Our Wunderkind is capable of doing…things. He or she has talents that go far beyond learning the calculus at age three, or reading an entire set of encyclopedias at the rate of a book a day, or learning the alphabet on his or her way down the birth canal. No, this Wunderkind is extra special in the world of the Wunderkind.
Here you will find stories—10 of them in all—about folks with strange, unusual, sometimes dangerous talents that challenge the very fabric of the Universe. Some of our precious Wunderkind are all grown up, as children are prone to do if they are lucky enough to survive, while others are still on their way to their frightening adulthood. Whether adult or adolescent or youngster or toddler or infant, they are all…Wunderkind.
Passions become obsessions. Obsessions become manias. And sometimes, manias turn into nightmares.
What happens when one wants so badly that all else, including sanity and self, is consumed by the bonfires of desire? What happens when one achieves the dream, only to discover the nightmares lurking behind the illusions?
Firbolg Publishing’s fifth anthology, Enter at Your Own Risk: Dreamscapes into Darkness, explores the old adage of “Be Careful What You Wish For.” Journey down wishful thinking’s twisted pathways and discover what dark ends and detours await–with an introduction from Daniel Knauf, and featuring stories from D.H. Lawrence, Mary Shelley, A.M. Burrage, H.P. Lovecraft, and more Gothic masters from yesteryear and today… enter at your own risk, and be careful not to make a wish!
Blight Digest (Winter 2015)
The Winter 2015 issue of Blight Digest. Blight Digest is a three season magazine featuring 10 or more stories every 4 months that will feed just about any horror lovers tastes with a twist.
Twice Upon A Time: Fairytale, Folklore, & Myth. Reimagined & Remastered.
Not all stories end happily ever after, and not all stories only happen once upon a time. Sometimes Beauty is the only hope to save the Beast—not from a curse, but something darker. Other times, there’s a reason why Sleeping Beauty is slumbering—and waking her could quite possibly be the worst thing the Prince could have done…
Join Joshua Allen Mercier and The Bearded Scribe Press as they bring you on a whirlwind ride through fairytale and folklore, myth and majick. Treasured stories from your childhood are revisited and remastered into newly-treasured tales of hope and heartache, of adversity and adventure.
Edited by Joshua Allen Mercier. Cover artwork by Luke Spooner.
“Brilliant and imaginative, Twice Upon a Time is a fantastic anthology.” – Amazon review.
Read this book by the warming glow of an autumnal fire… Read it while lying in bed… Just make sure that the lights are on! These ten tales of terror are sure to keep you awake and entertained throughout the Halloween season and beyond. Prepare yourself for Fear’s Accomplice: Halloween!
“My favorite story was actually the first one, “Fashionably Late” because it was closest to the literary style that I enjoy reading. The cover artwork is amazing. Don’t worry, there is definitely something for everyone in this anthology. Vivid imagery, well imagined plots, and an all around spooky time. ” – Amazon review
This is a collection of short stories about what happens when things go from bad to worse. When no matter how hard you try, and regardless of your good intentions, the worst case scenario is inevitable. Everything doesn’t always work out in the end and not every ending is a happy one. Sometimes the only thing that helps you to feel better about your life is hearing about someone who has it even worse. Sometimes Hard Luck is the only kind of luck you’ve got.
“…my impression of this collection was a positive one. Life can be hard, and the stories here showed that well… ‘Good Samaritan’ – hard luck at its most ironic.” – Amazon review
Twisted Tails VIII: ParaAbnormal
Tales of the paranormal – with a twist! Editor J. Richard Jacobs brings you the latest installment in his award-winning series which features a cool dozen stories ranging from eclectic to downright creepy, all under one cover!
Featuring a pair of spooky tales by Joe, “Dream Vacation” and “Stick to the Script”.
Twisted Tails VII: Irreverence
Sixteen outstanding tales penned by thirteen world class authors make up this installment in the Twisted Tails series of anthologies. High quality writing that transcends many styles and genres, connected only by their irreverent theme.
TTVII was a Top Ten finalist in the 2013 Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll for best anthology.
The spine-tingling “Jumping at Shadows” is Joe’s initial foray into the horror world and marks the first appearance of his favorite character to date, the mysterious Shadow Man.