Thursday, 1 May 2014

What Waits In The Shadows...

The time is almost here. In some ways it seems far more than six months since I read and re-read my email from Don D'Auria telling me I'd won a place in Samhain Horror's Gothic Horror anthology competition. In other ways, it feels like just a few short weeks ago.

But now it's here. Our publication date has arrived. So, here's the blurb on all four of our stories:
  Castle By the Sea  - J.G. Faherty

How did they get here?  Will they ever get out?

Jason and Erika are having a wonderful time at the Halloween carnival...until their swan boat in the Tunnel of Love capsizes amid heavy waves and blaring, maniacal laughter. When they come to they are no longer in a carnival in Ohio, but standing at the edge of a sea in a raging storm. In the distance, atop a high, barren hill, looms an enormous castle.

Bootleg Cove - Devin Govaere

Who knows the secret of Bootleg Cove?
Young widow Willie Douglas recently moved to remote, isolated Bootleg Cove on the Chesapeake Bay with her four-year-old son. Her plan—to renovate and re-open an abandoned restaurant. Almost as soon as she arrived, a handyman showed up out of the blue, offering to help. Then Amanda and Sam, two apparently orphaned teenagers, came to her door in need of help and a place to stay.
But it’s not just the sweltering heat that’s wearing on Willie’s already fragile emotions.  Her mysterious handyman seems to know more than he’s willing to say, Amanda and Sam are acting very strangely indeed, and Willie’s beginning to realize that all three of her houseguests have more history with Bootleg Cove than she could ever have imagined. Willie is seeing too many things that she either can’t explain or refuses to believe.  But the most shocking revelation about Bootleg Cove is still to come… 

 Blood Red Roses - Russell James

The spirits of the dead cry for justice.  

In the waning days of the Civil War, orphaned teen Jebediah Abernathy has been indentured to one of the most notorious plantations in Mississippi, Beechwood. Ramses, the sadistic overseer, rules completely, unchecked by owners driven mad by the loss of their only son. Cruelty and torture are commonplace. And slave boys are mysteriously vanishing. But Jebediah is not completely alone. The ghost of his father and an escaped slave sorceress will lead him to the horrific truth about the disappearances—a knowledge that will probably cost him his life.

Linden Manor - Catherine Cavendish 

Have you ever been so scared your soul left your body?
All her life, Lesley Carpenter has been haunted by a gruesome nursery rhyme—“The Scottish Bride”—sung to her by her great grandmother. To find out more about its origins, Lesley visits the mysterious Isobel Warrender, the current hereditary owner of Linden Manor, a grand house with centuries of murky history surrounding it.

But her visit transforms into a nightmare when Lesley sees the ghost of the Scottish bride herself, a sight that, according to the rhyme, means certain death. The secrets of the house slowly reveal themselves to Lesley, terrible secrets of murder, evil and a curse that soaks the very earth on which Linden Manor now stands. But Linden Manor has saved its most chilling secret for last.

  I would like to thank Don D'Auria, Samhain Horror's fantastic Executive Editor, and Art Director, Scott Carpenter, who created our fabulously Gothic covers.

You can pre-order us on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo, or at the store on our publisher's website

Now, all that remains is for me to wish to happy reading. Oh - and if you think you see something moving in the shadows, Something that really shouldn't be there. Keep calm, it's only the next world. And it has a message for you...


  1. Congrats Catherine. These all look fabulous. Certainly not a dull moment here!!

    1. Thanks, Shey. I'm looking forward to reading all the others - and to hosting my colleagues on here!