Coyote’s Ballad by Jacob Gillam
Coyote’s Ballad spins the tale of an ancient necromancer, Griswold Ritter Von Bitterlich, as he travels into the heart of the American Wild West to fulfill his end of a devil’s bargain and deliver a briefcase full of money to Israel Ramses Jackson II. Fearful of encountering the Spirit Coyote, a trickster whom Griswold skinned alive a lifetime ago, the necromancer tries to compel Israel to return East with him to avoid traveling to his ancient enemy’s lands again. When Israel rejects Griswold’s offer to abandon his ambitions to be the only black cowboy ranching Bison in the States, the necromancer takes matters into his own hands and tries to force Israel to come East with him before the mad spirit Coyote enacts her vengeance on the man who skinned her all those centuries ago.
The Secret Keeper by Bryan Partner
In this funny and deeply emotional trio of personal narratives, Bryan Partner uses wit and humor to examine moments that challenge, confuse, and disrupt. In Heroics, Bryan deconstructs what it takes to be a hero and confronts his own preparedness to answer the call. Death by Concorde explores the irony of a near-death experience and the imagined consequences of an end that never was. The trio rounds out with The Secret Keeper, the title story that steeps the reader in the fears, anxieties, and pains that both bind us and make us human.
The Gloom Chronicles: Morbid Atrocities by Brandon Salkil
Morbid, PA is dying. Savage monsters and vengeful demons are commonplace in the ruined town, and the citizens can do little more than sit idly in a state of grim complacency. Until, that is, Victoria Gloom arrives and vows to show the people of Morbid what iron-fisted justice looks like. With the help of reporter Alan Feeble, Victoria must confront the horrors that haunt the town before they draw it and its people toward a fate worse than death.
Whisper by Bret Nye
In a lonesome apartment in Southern Ohio, secrets and wonders lie in wait. Mourners and wandering souls come and go, looking for answers. But all good things come with a price, and eventually, everyone must pay up.. Whisper explores the lengths people will go to escape the truth, to paint over reality with excuses and illusions and denial.
Dust Boy by Haley C. Malin
In 1930s Oklahoma, a boy named Eliot tries to make the most of the time between dust storms. But with a father long gone to Tulsa, a sister recently deceased, a despondent mother whose faith borders on delusion, and a future as bleak as the horizon, Eliot struggles to be the man he knows his family needs.
Ultrasound, In the Wake of Balderdash, and Simon and the Boogeyman by Stephen Dudas
Selections from three poetry collections exploring fatherhood, apocalypse, and monsters.