WiHM Spotlight on Leigh M Lane

Leigh M. Lane has been writing for over twenty years. She has ten published novels and dozens of published short stories--penning the majority of her speculative and literary works under Leigh M. Lane and her mainstream and urban fantasy stories under Lisa Lane. She is married to editor Thomas B. Lane, Jr. and currently resides in the hot and dusty outskirts of Sin City.

For more information, visit her website at http://www.cerebralwriter.com.

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Synopsis: The final seals of the apocalypse are within the enemy’s grasp. Our trio—the demon, the shapeshifter, and the succubus—continue to battle the djinn hell-bent on world domination. With God and Lucifer missing, Heaven and Hell are more vulnerable than ever, while Earth has been reduced to a battleground of famine and despair. Will Lenny, Drew and Polly be able to unmask the Master and stop their evil plan? Or will the djinn succeed and our heroes find that their world has been forever Cast in Shadow?

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Synopsis: When all seems lost, when all the world has crumbled away, what will rise in its place?

In this highly anticipated conclusion to the World-Mart trilogy, George once again travels beyond the district in search of possible surviving family. What he finds along the way, however, changes everything he thought he’d known about the world—and the end of the world—as he knows it.

Travel alongside George, back through the deviant shanty-towns and beyond, to a place he’d nearly forgotten—and to another he never could have imagined existed.

WiHM Spotlight on Rena Mason

Rena Mason is the Bram Stoker Award® winning author of The Evolutionist and East End Girls. A longtime fan of murder mysteries, horror, sci-fi, and history, she began writing stories to incorporate her favorite genres along with career and life experiences into suburbia.

Currently, she is a resident of Reno, Nevada with her family but she grew up as a military brat and has lived in eight states ranging from Hawai'i to the Florida Keys. An avid SCUBA diver for over twenty years, she has done some wreck diving, ice diving, and just about everything in between. Travel has always been a big part of her life, and her favorite place to vacation is The South Pacific. To learn more about this author visit her website at: www.RenaMason.Ink

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Synopsis: Las Vegas suburbanite, Stacy Troy, dreams that everyone is dead. She dismembers the bodies of loved ones, stuffs them into a shopping cart, then takes them two at a time to the pile where she will burn their remains and say her last goodbyes.

Waking nightly to her own screams, Stacy is convinced she’s on the brink of a mid-life crisis and begins secretly seeing a psychiatrist. Dr. Light and his methods seem strange and unconventional, but his treatments work, and her circumstances improve. Until the nightmares return with a vengeance, taking on a life of their own.

Uncertain what to believe, Stacy carries on living the only life she remembers. Nosebleeds and head-splitting alarms only she can hear, become a regular occurrence. In physical and mental decline, the nocturnal world in her mind refuses to die. The images it reveals hold clues that lead her to a shocking discovery.

Threatening to unravel the last thread of her sanity, Stacy must make a heartrending decision...before her post-apocalyptic nightmares come true.

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Synopsis: Fiction and non-fiction. Reality and make-believe. Can you draw the line between the two? Do you know where real horror starts?
Blurring the Line is a collection of 20 horror short stories by some of the best writers around, plus 10 non-fiction articles to make you think twice about the world we live in – but then again, maybe some of the stories are real, and some of the non-fiction made up...
With tales from Tim Lebbon, Lisa Morton, James A. Moore, Kaaron Warren, Tom Piccirilli, Lisa Hannett, and more, plus frightening artwork by Alex Mcvey, Blurring the Line will make you doubt what you thought you knew, and open you up to possibilities you didn’t want to consider.
But how much of it all is real?

WiHM Spotlight on Heather Graham

New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Heather Graham was born somewhere in Europe and kidnapped by gypsies when she was a small child. She went on to join the Romanian circus as a trapeze artist and lion tamer. When the circus came to South Florida, she stayed, discovering that she preferred to be a shark and gator trainer.

Not really.

Heather is the child of Scottish and Irish immigrants who met and married in Chicago, and moved to South Florida, where she has spent her life. (She has, at least, been to the Russian circus in Moscow, where she wished she was one of the incredibly talented and coordinated trapeze artists.) She majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over one hundred and fifty novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, horror, and Christmas family fare.

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Synopsis: A woman named Maria Gomez is murdered in Miami, apparently by her husband—who'd been presumed dead, slain by a crime boss. FBI agent Brett Cody can't believe it; dead or alive, the man had loved his wife. He also can't help feeling guilty, since he was responsible for protecting Miguel and Maria Gomez.

A few miles away, Lara Mayhew has just begun working at a dolphin research facility. She loves her new job—until a dolphin brings her something unexpected from the deep. A human hand. More body parts show up, and when Brett looks into the situation, he discovers that the dismembered corpse is Miguel's.

Soon, rumors of crazed zombies abound in the Miami media, and the Krewe of Hunters, an elite FBI unit of paranormal investigators, is called in. Brett and Lara find themselves working with the Krewe—and working closely together. An elderly crime boss who's losing his memory seems to be key to solving this case, but…there's no motive. Unless Brett and Lara can uncover one in the Miami underworld. And that means they have to protect themselves. And each other.

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Synopsis: Devin Lyle and Craig Rockwell are back, this time to a haunted castle in Ireland where a banshee may have gone wild ----- or maybe there's a much more rational explanation ----- one that involves a disgruntled heir, murder, and mayhem, all with that sexy light touch Heather Graham has turned into her trademark style.

WiHM Spotlight on Corrine De Winter

Corrine De Winter is a Bram Stoker Award winning Poet and author who has won numerous awards for her writing from the New York Quarterly, Triton College of Arts & Sciences, & The Rhysling Science Fiction Award. Her work has been applauded by such luminaries as William Peter Blatty ("The Excorcist" author) Tom Monteleone, Thomas Ligotti, Nick Cave, Stanley Wiater, James Sclavunos, Heather Graham, Harry O. Morris, and others.

William Packard, former editor of the New York Quarterly, was a mentor, publishing De Winter's work early on and inviting her to write "The Present State of American Poetry," a regular feature in the journal. At Packard's invitation she read her poetry at the New School and continued a rapport with Packard until his passing . Packard was a big supporter of Charles Bukowski and De Winter was published with him several times in his last years.

Her dark novella "The End of Desire" is available on Kindle.

De Winter is known for her poetry collection "Touching The Wound- Poems in memory of Kurt Cobain, which sold over 6,000 copies in the first year.

De Winter won the Bram Stoker Award in 2005 for her collection "The Women At The Funeral."

Five of her books have been Stoker Nominated.
A Naturalist, Philanthropist, Paranormal expert, Artist and the founder of "Small World Fund For Children ," De Winter lives between this world and the next.

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Synopsis: "Corrine De Winter creates magic with her words. She's a storyteller who does much more than tell a story--she weaves life into her characters--and real emotion into the reader. These stories are keepers--you might well want to pick them up again and again."

-Heather Graham, author, PHANTOM EVIL & "KREWE of HUNTERS Series

“Corrine De Winter is a virtuoso of forlorn Romanticism.”

–Thomas Ligotti, author of THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY

"A beautiful, exotic dreamworld exists in De Winter's writing.." –

William Peter Blatty, author of THE EXCORCIST

"De Winter's stories have a great quality to them- Saki's creepy succinctness mixed with the epiphanic resonance of Dubliners-era Joyce. Quite unique."

-James Sclavunos ( Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)

"Reading De Winter's work makes me a better writer. This is seriously good writing!"
- Tom Monteleone, author of IDIOT'S GUIDE to WRITING a NOVEL, and many others!

Corrine is available for readings. If you are interested in setting up an appearance, please email her at autumnsong@rcn.com.

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Synopsis: A woman's ethereal tale of falling in love, and trying to wrestle with unrequited love. Eventually she is given the opportunity to erase her memory of past loves, and must decide if she will surrender or hold onto them. Written in diary like format, this novella is rife with the beauty and horror of life and love.

Old world girls and women will love the gothic, yet modern feel of these passages.

WiHM Spotlight on Marge Simon

Marge Simon's works appear in publications such as Strange Horizons, Niteblade, DailySF Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, Dreams & Nightmares. She edits a column for the HWA Newsletter and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She has won the Strange Horizons Readers Choice Award, the Bram Stoker Award™, the Rhysling Award and the Dwarf Stars Award. Collections: Like Birds in the Rain, Unearthly Delights, The Mad Hattery, Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls, and Dangerous Dreams. Member HWA, SFWA, SFPA.


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Synopsis: Bram Stoker Award winner Marge Simon and Nebula Award winner Mary A. Turzillo team up to create a stunning collection of phantastic verse, dark and light. Simon and Turzillo use call and response, a succession of phrases usually played by different musicians, where the second phrase responds to the first, with their dual poems, such as "Lady M" and "Not About Shakespeare." Some poems are science-fictional, such as "The Castaway Bar" and "Foreigner," some are dark, like "This Undead Hand" and "Black Roses," and some unclassifiable. Yet each one is a variant of sweet poison.

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Synopsis: Dark family secrets... Demon lovers.... Treacherous beauties... These are just some of the Dangerous Dreams you will find in the latest offering from Marge Simon and Sandy DeLuca. With illustrations by Marge Simon, each poem in this collection is penned by both Simon and DeLuca, making Dangerous Dreams a truly collaborative effort.

WiHM Spotlight on Carole Gill

Carole Gill is published by Creativia. She writes paranormal romance and horror combined. Her acclaimed 4-novel series, The Blackstone Vampires is a case in point.
2014 - Amazon Bestseller in Dark Fantasy - THE BLACKSTONE VAMPIRES OMNIBUS
2015 - Amazon Bestseller in Vampire Horror - THE BLACKSTONE VAMPIRES OMNIBUS
eBook Festival of Words 2014
Best Horror: The House on Blackstone Moor and
Best Villain: Eco

Top 10 Books - 2013 - The House on Blackstone Moor
Aoife Marie Sheridan - ALL THINGS FANTASY
Publisher, Ultimate Fantasy Books
92 Horror authors you need to read right now,
Carole Gill - The Blackstone Vampires Series. ~Charlotte Books Examiner,

Justine: Into The Blood Book One - Blood and Passion Series is on sale at Amazon.
Book 2, Anat: Blood Princess, follows.

I, Bathory, Queen of Blood, a novel about the Blood Countess Erzsebat Bathory is due to be released in the summer.

For dark horror fans there is, Carole Gill's House of Horrors and the novel, Circus of Horrors.

In 2000 she was selected by Northwest Playwrights of England for further development. Short stories and novels were what she preferred to write.
Her story, The Devil's Work is being broadcast web and television in the Fragments of Fear Program in 2015.

Blog: http://carolegillauthor.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carole-Gill-Author

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Synopsis: A vampire prince and a beautiful Parisienne meet in the 18th century City of Light.

Born in pre-Revolutionary France and orphaned as a child, Justine Bodeau is taken in by a family friend who employs her as a seamstress. Eventually, she winds up to work in the court of Queen Marie Antoinette. A strong-willed survivor, defeat does not occur to her. When she fights off an attack by an aristocrat and kills him, she is given refuge but is soon betrayed and winds up on the streets of Paris, where she is attacked and killed by rogue vampires. But for whatever reason, love will not let her die.

Justine goes from wishing to be destroyed to wanting to survive, when she feels passion for the one who brought her back, Gascoyne — the one they call the Vampire Prince of Paris.

Justine - Into The Blood is a powerful story of betrayal, passion and revenge in 18th century France.

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Synopsis: Step into Carole Gill's House of Horrors... if you dare.

In this horror collection you'll find stories of vampires, zombies, murderous midgets, demon clowns, evil dolls, haunted cemeteries, a real shop of horrors, taxidermy gone haywire, serial killers and more!

Your worst fears and nightmares dished up for you with extra helpings of blood-curdling terror!

WiHM Spotlight on Linda D Addison

Linda Addison born in Philadelphia, PA is an American poet and writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Addison is the first African-American winner of the HWA Bram Stoker Award®, which she won four times for her collections Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes (2001) and Being Full of Light, Insubstantial (2007) and How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend (2011) and Four Elements (2014).


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Synopsis: You’ve heard their voices before, but never like this: from three-time HWA Bram Stoker Award winner Linda D. Addison and multiple Rhysling Award nominee Stephen M. Wilson comes Dark Duet. Two different voices, in harmony, creating verse that sings and moves on the page, taking the reader through time and space on an infinite symphony of self-exploration. Come dance with them and you may find your own song.

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Synopsis: Who doesn’t need to know How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend? From the first African-American to receive the HWA Bram Stoker award, this collection of both horror and science fiction short stories and poetry reveals demons in the most likely people (like a jealous ghost across the street) or in unlikely places (like the dimension-shifting dreams of an American Indian). Recognition is the first step, what you do with your friends/demons after that is up to you.

WiHM Spotlight on Elizabeth Massie

Elizabeth Massie, a ninth generation Virginian, has been writing professionally since 1984. Many of her works are in the suspense/horror genre (Sineater, Hell Gate, Desper Hollow, and more), but she also writes mainstream fiction (Homegrown), media tie ins, educational materials, and poetry (Night Benedictions). Her first novel, Sineater, won the Bram Stoker Award. Her Tudors novelization (season 3) won the Scribe award. She is currently working on Ameri-Scares (Crossroad Press) a 50 novel series of spooky books for middle grade readers (age 8-12), as well as new novels and short works for adults and a nonfiction book about being an unchurched believer.

A member of Amnesty International for more than 30 years, she also writes numerous letters on behalf of victims of human rights abuses worldwide. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, well-known illustrator, Cortney Skinner, and enjoys hiking, geocaching, knitting, singing, traveling roads she's never been on before, eating an occasional Pop Tart,and visiting amusement parks (the older, the better.)

She founded and for more than three years managed the Hand to Hand Vision project (on Facebook) that raised money to help others during these tough economic times. Though she has a home office, she likes to work at Starbucks a couple days a week. There she can feel like part of the human race. And have a chai.

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Synopsis: It begins when hardheaded mountain matriarch Granny Mustard decides she wants to live forever. Then she dies. Her slow-witted but equally hardheaded granddaughter Jenkie decides to pick up the ball and run with it, taking Granny’s unperfected immortality moonshine recipe, a socially-inept friend named Bink, and dreams of fame and fortune to an abandoned, isolated trailer up in Desper Hollow.

But slow-witted doesn’t stand against the terrible mountain power Granny initiated. Jenkie’s experiments with the immortality moonshine only worsen the trouble with Granny’s original recipe, bringing dead critters and a few stray folks back to a state of hungry, vicious, mindless animation. Now a stash of the living dead is locked up in the back of the trailer, a howling herd that has Jenkie terrified. And Armistead, one of the red-eyed living dead, seems way too alert for comfort.

Mountain resident Kathy Shaw and Hollywood reality show pitchman Jack Carroll find themselves caught up in the growing terror surrounding Desper Hollow. They can’t avoid it and must face it head on. So must Armistead, who fights the fog of his ghastly condition to discover the truth of who he really is.

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Synopsis: The year is 1909. Coney Island is a wild, bright, malodorous, noisy, and garish place, luring work-weary folks in with its dangerous roller coasters, bizarre shows, tantalizing displays, and promises of "improper" gaiety to be remembered. Suzanne Heath, a ticket-seller for Luna Park's amusements and a reluctant psychic, has been called in by police Lieutenant Granger to help find and stop a murderer whose victims have been hideously mutilated. Suzanne feels compelled and obligated to offer her assistance even as doing so recalls memories of her childhood and youth when her psychic talents only brought about rejection, heartache, and pain.

Suzanne's one true friend is Cittie Parker, a young man who ran away from the Colored Waifs' Asylum and now performs as a bloodthirsty Zulu drummer in Dreamland. He knows of her abilities and fears for her safety. As Suzanne digs deeper into the grisly Coney Island murders and her own past, she finds herself and Cittie caught up in a nightmare where worlds converge and collide, where death gleefully beckons and insanity grins like a devil at the gate of hell.

WiHM Spotlight on Lisa Mannetti

Lisa Mannetti's debut novel, THE GENTLING BOX, garnered a Bram Stoker Award and since then she has been nominated three additional times for the award in both the short and long fiction categories: ("1925: A Fall River Halloween"; "Dissolution"; and "The Hunger Artist"). Her story, "Everybody Wins," was made into a short film by director Paul Leyden starring Malin Ackerman and released under the title Bye-Bye Sally. "Dissolution" will soon be a feature length film also directed by Paul Leyden (Come Back to Me, The Factory).

Recent short stories include, "Corruption," in Nightscapes Volume 1 (September, 2013), the Bram Stoker nominated tale, "The Hunger Artist" in Zippered Flesh II (February, 2013) and a sequel to "Everybody Wins," called "Almost Everybody Wins in the anthology, Insidious Assassins.

She has also authored THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER AND HUCK FINN (new adult and YA editions from Smart Rhino Publications), two companion novellas in DEATHWATCH, (new edition Nightscape Press, December 2013), a macabre gag book, 51 Fiendish Ways to Leave your Lover, (Bad Moon Books, Feb 2010) as well as non-fiction books, and numerous articles and short stories in newspapers, magazines and anthologies.

Forthcoming works include additional short stories and a novella about Houdini, THE BOX JUMPER to be published in August 2015,

She is currently working on a historical, paranormal novel, RADIUM GIRL about the dial painters tragedy in the post WW I era.

Lisa lives in New York.

Visit her author website: www.lisamannetti.com
Visit her virtual haunted house: www.thechanceryhouse.com

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Synopsis: “Magic’ is the operative word for this moody novella. The magic of Harry Houdini serves as an overriding backdrop here, but another kind of magic permeates these pages—the magic of fine writing. Don’t expect the usual linear plot, because there is no direct narrative. Vivid dreams, surreal images, hypnotic memories, all serve to flesh out an unsettling tale that sweeps us into a new fictional dimension. Read The Box Jumper and share the magic.”
— William F. Nolan, author of Logan’s Run and screenwriter of Burnt Offerings

“A haunting tale of madness and mystery. Mannetti leads the reader through a thrilling maze of illusion and scandal surrounding world-famous magician and psychic debunker, Harry Houdini. As elusive as a magic trick, the story unfolds through the dubious memories of one of his former assistants who suffers from various illnesses throughout the story. Mannetti’s words entice the reader to explore a lewd world of liars and lust. As the layers of intrigue unfold, the reader is compelled to keep reading and isn’t disappointed.”
— Sèphera Girón, Flesh Failure, author of Flesh Failure and Captured Souls

“In Lisa Mannetti’s magical The Box Jumper, readers are treated to intriguing premises and finely wrought characterizations rooted in the hazy past of a bygone America. As usual, Mannetti’s driving narrative propels this fascinating portrait of illusionist Harry Houdini and the strange goings on in and around—even beyond—his world. Highly recommended to all who love a great story, excellent writing, and memorable characters with a haunting literary flair.”
— Jason V. Brock, author of Milton’s Children and Disorders of Magnitude

“Lisa Mannetti’s The Box Jumper is a passionately told story of love, memory, and how we can be possessed by both. Mannetti is, simply put, a master of the dark historical fantasy, and in The Box Jumper she has all her talents on full display. The only really frustrating thing about her stories is how she manages to make perfection look so easy.”
— Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dog Days and Plague of the Undead

“Lisa Mannetti has given us a look into the life of a fascinating historical character and cultural icon. Her novella brims over with dark suspense and a brilliant re-creation of a New York long gone. As always, she writes with passion and originality. A great story.”
— Tom Monteleone, Bram Stoker and Locus Award-winning author of Night of Broken Souls and Eyes of the Virgin 

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Synopsis: Set in 19th century Hungary and Romania, The Gentling Box is the Bram Stoker Award-winning novel about a half-gypsy horse trader named Imre and the terrifying choices he must make in order to save the family he loves from the curse known as the hand of the dead.

After a vengeful sorceress inflicts him with a mortal disease, Imre discovers, to his horror, that the only way he can prevent his beloved wife Mimi and their young daughter Lenore from falling prey to the terrifying gypsy curse is to confront the single most horrendous moment of his life. He must decide if he can, once again, face the dark, hideous secrets of the gentling box.

WiHM Spotlight on Rose Blackthorn

Rose Blackthorn writes speculative fiction from the high mountain desert of eastern Utah.

She has published numerous short stories which have appeared in such places as Stupefying Stories, Necon E-books, Interstellar Fiction, BuzzyMag, Siren's Call and Massacre Magazine. She has also appeared in many anthologies including The Ghost IS the Machine and Fear the Abyss by Post Mortem Press, Eulogies II: Tales from the Cellar by HorrorWorld, Equilibrium Overturned by Grey Matter Press, Wrapped in Black by Sekhmet Press, and Twice Upon a Time by The Bearded Scribe Press.

Her poetry has appeared in Jamais Vu, Eldritch Press Online, HWA Horror Poetry Showcase, and Widowmakers. She has also released a poetry collection Thorns, Hearts and Thistles through Eldritch Press. She is a member of the Horror Writer's Association, and more information can be found at:


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Synopsis: In the blighted lands of Cryx, death is the inevitable price of power.

The fearsome sorcerer and pirate Darragh Wrathe has long terrorized the oceans of western Immoren in the name of Toruk the Dragonfather, but the great dragon’s blessings are a double-edged sword, and the blighted energies Wrathe calls forth to destroy his enemies are slowly consuming him. Now with death an ever-present shadow at his side, Darragh Wrathe makes a pilgrimage to the black isle of Skell at the heart of the Nightmare Empire. There he will present himself to the enigmatic necrotechs of Cryx and seek to replace his failing body with the dark science of necromechanika. But immortality comes with a steep price, and Darragh Wrath must barter more than his flesh to prove himself a worthy vessel of Toruk’s power.

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Synopsis: From the darkness of the abyss to the subtle shift of shadows dwell creatures that prey on us all.
Be they straight-up monsters or nightmares behind a human mask, they track us and they kill us.
Sometimes, they play with their food, where death would be a kindness. But there is hope.
There are those who search out the monsters, those who hunt the hunters.
These are their stories. 

Featuring 13 stories of military horror by some of the best known and emerging writers in the genre.

1. Apex Predator -- N. X. Sharps & Tim Marquitz
2. Two Birds, One Stone -- Evan Dicken
3. Non Zero Sum -- R. P. L. Johnson
4. Only Stones -- Christine Morgan
5. That Old Black Magic -- James A. Moore
6. Ngu Tinh -- D. F. Shultz
7. Warm Bodies -- Kirsten Cross
8. The Bani Protocols -- Rose Blackthorn
9. Hungry Eyes -- Seth Skorkowsky
10. The Secret War -- David W. Amendola
11. Outbreak -- V. E. Battaglia
12. Droch Fhola -- Brad C. Hodson
13. Bonked -- Patrick Freivald