Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dark Tales of Lost Civilzations

Few anthologies make me kick myself for not being a part of them as much as this one. I have yet to read all of the tales contained here, but have no doubt that Eric Guignard has some serious winners. Joe Lansdale for one, and my friend Aaron J. French for another, Rebirth in Dreams his tale of mind altering transcendence gave me a smile and knowing he is from the mystic city of Tucson (great used bookstores there) I have to wonder how much of this trip of a tale may be true???

Here's to hoping Eric does a sequel.

From the back cover ~
Darkness exists everywhere, and in no place greater than those where spirits and curses still reside. Tread not lightly on ancient lands that have been discovered by this collection of intrepid authors.
 
In DARK TALES OF LOST CIVILIZATIONS, you will unearth an anthology of twenty-five previously unpublished horror and speculative fiction stories, relating to aspects of civilizations that are crumbling, forgotten, rediscovered, or perhaps merely spoken about in great and fearful whispers.
 
What is it that lures explorers to distant lands where none have returned? Where is Genghis Khan buried? What happened to Atlantis? Who will displace mankind on Earth? What laments have the Witches of Oz? Answers to these mysteries and other tales are presented within this critically acclaimed anthology by the enclosed authors.


TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Introduction by Eric J.Guignard
Angel of Destruction by Cynthia D. Witherspoon
The Door Beyond the Water by David Tallerman
To Run a Stick Through a Fish by Mark Lee Pearson
Quivira by Jackson Kuhl 

Directions by Michael G. Cornelius
Quetzalcoatl's Conquistador by Jamie Lackey
K├Ânigreich der Sorge (Kingdom of Sorrow) by C. Deskin Rink
Gestures of Faith by Fadzlishah Johanabas
Bare Bones by Curtis James McConnell
British Guiana, 1853 by Folly Blaine
The Nightmare Orchestra by Chelsea Armstrong 

The Funeral Procession by Jay R. Thurston
Requiem by Jason Andrew
Gilgamesh and the by Mountain by Bruce L. Priddy
Buried Treasure by Rob Rosen
The Small, Black God by Caw Miller 

In Eden by Cherstin Holtzman
We Are Not the Favored Children by Matthew Borgard
Rebirth in Dreams by A.J. French
Whale of a Time by Gitte Christensen
Sins of our Fathers by Wendra Chambers
The Talisman of Hatra by Andrew S. Williams
Sumeria to the Stars by Jonathan Vos Post
The Tall Grass by Joe R. Lansdale

The Island Trovar by JC Hemphill

2 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

The mere mention of lost civilizations fires my imagination. I think it must be true for all of us who write "this sort of stuff."

David J. West said...

I imagine so Charles.