Blessings from the Darkness
Black Bed Sheet Books is proud to present an anthology of over 30 diverse authors with tales and poems to inspire, thrill and terrify!
Blessings from the Darkness is an eclectic collection of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, heartfelt prose, and everything in between, by a talented and diverse group of writers and published authors in dedication of, and in support of, our dearest friend: the award-winning and bestselling Author Yvonne Mason…..an inspiration, selflessly supportive, and a dear friend to many aspiring writers and indie authors. She believes in paying it forward: offering her knowledge and insights and friendship to kindred souls…… (taken from the dedication by G.J. Lentz). All sales of this anthology present and future are donated to her in support of her son, who at the time of this publication has been ill and out of work, and struggling to support his family due to an undiagnosed illness.
Featuring Scott Nicholson – Barbara Watkins – Rick Powell – Sage Sinclair – Matt Haynes – Vicky Carter – T.G. Reaper – Ian Bush – Cinta Garcia De La Rosa – Todd Propst – Christopher Adams – Luis Vera – David Schütz II – Shawna Platt – Sandy Rozanski – Sharon Sobolik – Alan Gravitt – Michael Gersony – Sheri Ann Richerson – Jynell Hull – T.O. Gade – Tara Atkinson – W. Freedreamer Tinkanesh – Mary Genevieve Fortier – Marvin Anderson – E.A. Irwin – G.J. Lentz
Kelly J. Koch –compiled & edited by
Kelly J. Koch is the owner of Dressing Your Book, a professional book design service, and the author of Tis the Season.
Scott Nicholson is the international bestselling author of more than 30 books, including The Home, The Red Church, Liquid Fear, the After post–apocalyptic series, The Harvest, Speed Dating with the Dead, and many more. He’s also written the children’s books If I Were Your Monster, Too Many Witches, Ida Claire, and Duncan the Punkin, and created the graphic novels Dirt and Grave Conditions. You can find him at https://www.hauntedcomputer.com or sign up for his newsletter for new releases, free books, and giveaways: https://eepurl.com/tOE89
“As a writer, I will go down any dark alley, inch my way through the tightest crawl space, and feed on your every fear. I will take your sense of calm and tear it to shreds. “Barbara Watkins
Barbara Watkins resides in Missouri with her husband and loyal boxweiler, Hooch. In her writings, she loves to evoke a false sense of security and expectations, as she leads her reader into a world of the unknown. Her articles on various subjects, short stories, and poetry, have appeared in The Heartland Writers Guild, 2008 New York Skyline Review, and several on-line publications. https://www.barbarawatkins.net/index.html
Rick Powell lives in Oak Forest, Illinois with his son, Brad. He has been a lover of horror his whole life. He once got lost in the woods near Bachelor’s Grove when he was 2 years old and has been lost in the woods ever since. His favorite authors include Lovecraft, Poe, Chambers, Bloch, Campbell, Ligotti, Machen and too many more to mention. He started out writing poetry and is currently working on his 4th short story.
It’s such an invigorating journey staring at a blank page and with a few words bringing that page to life. My thoughts become that of my characters and they soon rule my world. My entire being is consumed within the story that is unfolding. As a published author my only wish is to make the reader laugh, cry, become angry or cringe with fear. Keep reading because Sage just might surprise you.
Matt Haynes is a Sophomore College student. He is majoring in English. He has been writing since eighth grade and have loved doing it ever since. He prefers to write and read horror, but has tried other genres and had fun with it. This is his first time being published, so he is very excited. “I would like to thank the Phoenix writers for this chance and being so kind to me, and my friends and family for motivating me.”
I retired from a large mental health facility for the criminally insane in 2009. I was a Security Aide. I had worked there 20 years. It was the only job I ever had where I really enjoyed the work. Every day was something new. Since retiring, my husband of 43 years and I enjoy traveling and fishing. I am an avid reader and always on the lookout for a new author. I started writing a blog soon after I retired called “https://donttakemuch.blogspot.com“. I enjoy painting, gardening and writing. We have 3 daughters and soon will have 3 grandchildren. Jacy and Logan always give me something to write about. I love life and I am always ready for a new adventure.
Thom Futrell (T.G.Reaper) is an award winning bestselling author of more than forty books and screenplays, two of which are now full length feature films. https://www.facebook.com/AuthorT.G.Reaper
Ian Bush has been writing stories for twelve years. His first self-published novella This Story Has Soul was released in 2010. His novella Wishes For The World Around You was published from a 2012 writing contest ran by 2 Moon Press of Marshall, Michigan. In October of 2013, his short story The Devil Is In The Details was published in the anthology Satan’s Holiday. Ian Bush is currently spending his days writing and enjoying his time with his wife, Samantha. To contact Ian Bush, send him an email at Iancbush@Gmail.com
Cinta Garcia de la Rosa
Cinta García de la Rosa is the author of the children’s interactive book The Funny Adventures of Little Nani, a funny collection of short stories for children, following the adventures of Little Nani, a little girl who wants to be a witch to help people. You can find that book on Amazon and Createspace. As an eclectic writer, she also writes all kind of short stories, not only for children, and she is nowadays working on different projects, as well as on Book Two of the Little Nani series.
You can follow her on the following sites:
Facebook: Cinta Garcia de la Rosa (Author)
A whirlpool of light and fire surrounds the Wanderjahr, as it careens through the dimensional rift in time.
The Wanderjahr, having been badly damaged earlier while in orbit above the planet Metsys, struggled to maintain its speed in order to exit the tunnel at the exact proper place and time. The planet Metsys, now a burned out fragment of a world far behind them at the other end of the tunnel, was not done with them yet, for one hundred and fifty thousand Kilometers behind them, a Varrilion Interceptor was closing fast. Somehow, it had gotten into the tunnel just before Metsys’s destruction.
The interceptor was quickly gaining on them as the Wanderjahr tried desperately to get away………… C. ‘98/2007
I wrote that as the beginning of the last episode I would write for the series back in 1998, an episode called “The Varrilion swarm”.
However, who am I kidding, this stuff is excessively addictive and too cool to stop writing now. I wrote the original premise for the storyline in August of 1979 when I was fifteen. I set myself up as one of the main characters, and basing other characters off TV heroes, and other people I knew, I wrote fourteen completed episodes before I finished High school. I literally have been painting, drawing, and writing science fiction theme’s ever since. I would love to see this project published as a true graphic novel, and I know it has the potential to be so much more. For this artist and writer, the most important part of the whole thing was the story, and how these almost ordinary characters dealt with these outrageous situations and remained friends.
I want my Wanderjahr series, to be an incredible accumulation of experience condensed into one idea. That is what any form of art is about to me.
A balance. A balance between the familiar and the contrived, a balance between something in your heart, and somewhere you want it to go.
And that’s what any form of art should do, from the movies and all of that state of the art animation, to the painter, the writer, the poet, the sculptor, the dancer, to the kid drawing something in art class….you the reader, and I the artist don’t who will be viewing, or reading what I’m doing now, I do not know what it will mean to them, but if I am true to myself, then maybe the work I do will touch their hearts in some way.
A writer and an artist (though not much ever makes it to the public), Chris Adams only wishes for happiness, for himself and for others.
You can e-mail him at email@example.com. You’d be surprised how nice he can be, but only if you’re nice to him.
Writing was something he’d love to do. Instead he spends most of his time thinking. Thinking of would could happen, what will be but more importantly what can never happen. He’s written stories about children who can see 3 seconds in the future and the tough world they grew up in called 3 Different Seconds and another novella about a man who steals a diary from one of his victim only to continue her confessions with his own in Diary of a Madman.
Life has a way of connecting people and L. Vera is one of those that you want to connect with, because he’s not afraid to be different. Well if he knew how to be any other way, we wouldn’t have any of these stories now would we.
David Schutz II
David, a former Shakespearean actor, has successfully written, produced, directed, and acted in his own St. Louis based crime drama, “La Borgata: No Man Is Without Enemies” in the early 2000’s. Although David’s background was primarily as an actor/director/screenwriter, his love of great works both in Shakespearean plays and classic horror has brought him to try his hand at writing short horror fiction. He has been published in the anthologies “Satan’s Holiday,” “Welcome To Your Nightmare,” and the upcoming “Temporary Skeletons.” “Wyntersburg,” another story within the genre of horror, appears here in this anthology as his latest. David is married to Mary Genevieve Fortier, a successful, published poet and another contributor to this anthology. They live happily together in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Shawna Platt (also known as Angel Shadow) has published a poetry book, Wicked Winds, which became a bestseller, Clover Hill, and Shattered Sanctuary. She publishes the literary magazine, Shadows & Light, and is an editor at Black Bed Sheet Books. She is a regular contributor to Peter Shepherd’s Cultivate Life! eMagazine. Some of her self-help articles are available via Podcast at iTunes (free of charge) through Cultivate Life! eMagazine by Trans4Mind. Podcast #’s: 11, 13, 17, 22, 33, 76, 77, 127, 155, 156, 157, 158, and 239. As a survivor, Angel Shadow dedicates much of her time to the prevention and awareness of child abuse and domestic violence and is a contributor to Yvonne Mason’s domestic violence awareness website. On March 18, 2010, she was the guest on the 60th episode of The Funky Writer Radio Show. Angel Shadow’s article, Human Relations and Dynamics, was featured on the International Beat (InBeat) ‘Writer of Note’ Program.For more information, visit her website at: https://www.angelshadowauthor.webs.com
Born in Boston, married, had big family. Moved to Maine, raised the three youngest. Studied and worked in nursing. Retired to full time writing. I love a challenge.
My name is Sharon Sobolik, and I was born in Omaha, Nebraska and still reside in Omaha. I am an avid animal lover, and have rescued many strays over the years. I currently have 2 kittens (Shamus and Daisy) that I have adopted and an older cat (Snickers) that was in need of a forever home.
I love to read, write and do creative things, such as crafts. When I was younger I enjoyed writing short stories, and forgot about that passion, until I had some experiences with life after I thought about writing a book about my life after death experiences because it was something very close to my heart, and I believe could ease someone’s pain by sharing my story and my experiences. I have shared my stories with Yvonne Mason in her book “Pennies from Heaven” and I will share them with anybody that will listen.
Alan Gravitt grew up in East Point Georgia and graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Physics and from Georgia State University with a M. Ed in Science Education. Served with the Blackhorse Regiment during the Vietnam War as an Artillery Chief of Section. During his working career, he Taught Physics, Math and Engineering and for 25 years owned or managed several engineering companies focusing on robotics, automation, Water treatment technologies and high strength materials. Other interests include sailing, woodwork and camping.
Michael Gersony lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He has previously been published with two books and is preparing his third for publication. He enjoys writing and does most of it in a coffee shop in town.
Sheri Ann Richerson
Sheri Ann Richerson is a leading pioneer in the self-sufficiency movement. For the past 19 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting organic gardening, natural health and self-sufficiency through all forms of media. Her career includes years as a nationally acclaimed best-selling author, radio host and guest on a variety of shows – showcasing her expertise on homesteading and gardening. Additionally, Ms. Richerson is a speaker, columnist and a blogger for hundreds of websites, magazines and newspapers. Sheri lives in Marion, Indiana. For more information, please visit her writing website at https://www.SheriAnnRicherson.com, her gardening website at https://www.exoticgardening.com or her homesteading blog at https://www.experimentalhomesteader.com. Be sure to subscribe to the Experimental Homesteader podcasts on iTunes.
Sheri Ann Richerson
Author – #1 Best Seller Complete Idiot’s Guide to Year-Round Gardening,
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Seed Saving & Starting, 101 Self-Sufficiency Gardening Tips & more! https://www.experimentalhomesteader.com
Jynell Hull lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and son. She is an avid reader and dabbles in many creative hobbies. Currently she has published three novels.
Tom Gade Olausson is an established horror author/poet and paranormal investigator.
Published world-wide, Tom’s poetry has appeared in many horror genre magazines, was a Top Ten Finisher in the P&E Readers Poll, has
a short horror video filmed and produced by Cruzical Film&Media based on his horror poem Children of Evil, which you can discover at IMDB.com.
Tom also investigates the paranormal and has a complete arsenal of professional tools. Working a fellow investigator and his psychic stepdaughter who truly sees the dead, the three of them are always trying to find the most haunted locations in Scandinavia. Ask for help and help shall be given.
Tom resides in Laholm, Sweden, with his family.
Tara Darlene Atkinson was born in East Point (Atlanta), GA July 8th 1979. She graduated from Obion County Central High School (Troy, TN) in 1997. She has worked as a home health care provider, in nursing homes, and also in the natural health industry. Since childhood she has had a great passion for the genre of horror in both print and film. She is the author of the short story “Night Vision” which is published in the book “Satan’s Holiday” compiled by Yvonne Mason. She currently resides in Carrollton, GA.
W. Freedreamer Tinkanesh
Little is known about the apparently quiet W. Freedreamer Tinkanesh. The few unearthed bones are still disconnected: dreams, books, no gender, tattoos, wolves, invisible energies, permanent puzzlement. W would be (in alphabetical order) a versatile artist, a chocolate fiend, an independent musician, a tree hugger and a speculative writer.
W’s writings have appeared in some unknown, obscure zines and in various anthologies.
W is the author of novel ‘Outsider’, featuring “vampires and lesbians enjoying rock music in London”, released in spring 2012.
‘The Faithful Hound’ was previously published in the (no longer available) anthology ‘Eclectica’ in October 2011.
Mary Genevieve Fortier
Imagine and Dream… two words that best describe the mind of this poet. An avid lover of the written word, Mary has penned many poems of various genres since the age of seven, having first been published by nine.
Mary grew up reading, watching, loving anything horror. Her darkside so to speak. Classic authors whose pens have etched greatness in works that not only create shivers down the spine but inspire movement of the soul — Such remarkable writers as Poe, Shakespeare, Browning, Gibran just to name a few, gave Mary that special element that drives every poet to place their essence upon parchment. This became the ethereal foundation of her poetic form.
Writing as such gave way to countless poems/prose and other works, many of which found publication in anthologies. Today she has not merely found a new voice but added an intrinsic octave to her repertoire. The genre of Horror, both poetic and fiction.
Mary’s poetry has been described as mystical, melodic, flowing with a unique grace that at times has been likened to the old world poets. Her horror poetry has been deemed as “Poe-esque” by many.
She has most recently been accepted for publication in four horror anthologies, “Bones”, “Satan’s Holiday”, “Welcome To Your Nightmare” and the soon to be released, “Temporary Skeletons“ In addition, she is featured in two episodes of The Wicked Library Season 3” – Episodes 307 and 307.1 (Bonus)- a podcast. A Christmas episode is in the works.
Currently, Mary has a position as a columnist, “Nighty Nightmare”, for https://www.stayingscared.com, a Horror website.
Marvin Anderson was born very early in his life and spent most of his formative years as a child. His love for storytelling and performance lead him to stand-up comedy, acting, and internet radio. Marvin has written several sketch and one-act stage shows in addition to performing stand-up and improv. He is the host of two internet radio shows, A Man’s World (https://www.amansworldradio.net) and The Undercard (https://www.facebook.com/radioundercard) Marvin lives in the Detroit area with his wife and their fur-babies.
E. A. Irwin resides in California, writes fiction and poetry, often crossing genre boundaries just to keep life interesting. Her motto: Success lives between your ears.
Author of the short story series Myth to Life: The Rise of Riley McCabe, she is currently working on its first full-length novel. Her work has appeared in various anthologies, as well as print and online magazines. Her online home can be found at https://www.eairwin.webs.com
G.J. Lentz lives, works, and writes in the American Midwest. He has had six short-stories of varying genre (fiction and non) published of his own and with other talented writers since 2011. He enjoys and explores writing in fantasy and science-fiction, as well as horror and paranormal. When not working and writing he enjoys swapping postcards with folks from all over the world, brewing beer and mead, and taking it easy with his faithful and furry feline companion, Oreo the Cat. You may follow his meanderings online at:https://www.facebook.com/gjlentz...
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