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{Review} DOORBELLS AT DUSK: Halloween Stories, Edited by Evans Light

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{Review} DOORBELLS AT DUSK:  Halloween Stories, Edited by Evans LightDOORBELLS AT DUSK: Halloween Stories Published by Corpus Press on September 3, 2018
Genres: Bizarro, Contemporary, Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Haunted House, Horror, Mystery, Noir, Occult & Supernatural, Psychological Horror, Supernatural, Suspense, Weird Tales
Pages: 292
Format: Paperback
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Halloween horror, dark fiction and suspense short stories.
Carve your pumpkins and turn on the porch light,
Halloween frights begin with the sound of… Doorbells at Dusk.

Doorbells at Dusk is a treasury of brand-new Halloween tales from both modern masters and rising stars of dark fiction, horror and suspense.
Halloween has always gone hand-in-hand with horror. The holiday gives many children their first taste of terror, the discovery and overcoming of fears. For those who find they love a good scare, that first taste can grow into a voracious appetite.

That might be why you’re looking at this book right now. If so, you’ve come to the right place.

These are the thrills you crave, packed into a collection that’s pure Halloween.
Featuring stories by:
Sean Eads
Amber Fallon
Charles Gramlich
Joanna Koch
Curtis M. Lawson
Lisa Lepovetsky
Adam Light
Evans Light
Chad Lutzke
Josh Malerman
Jason Parent
Thomas Vaughn
Joshua Viola
Ian Welke
Gregor Xane
About Corpus Press:
Corpus Press is a publisher of horror and weird fiction, specializing in modern pulp that emphasizes plot over gore. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the press has garnered praise from SCREAM Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Horror Novel Reviews, Hellnotes and others for its Bad Apples:Slices of Halloween Horror series, the anthology Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love, and for its short story collections and novellas.

DOORBELLS AT DUSK: Halloween Stories, is a Halloween-themed anthology featuring fourteen all new short stories, edited by Evans Light. As is usual in any collection, certain stories will appeal more to different people. However, the background of Halloween gives these tales an additional boost of interest, as most horror-readers can’t get enough of this season. The stories range from psychological, to visceral, and even pure observation.

Here are a few of the stories that really stood out to me, personally.

–“The Rey-Mother”, by Curtis M. Lawson: In this tale, it was the setting that caught my undivided attention–a cornfield maze. This one just doesn’t want to leave my mind, and keeps popping up when I least expect it (always a good sign with a book). “. . . he had no desire to be “better”. David did not wish to change.” You will NOT catch me in one of these mazes, ever again . . .

–“Adam’s Bed”, by Josh Malerman: Ronnie may not be the most “attentive” of fathers, but when his young son spends his birthday–on Halloween–with him, he sure makes up for it by sparing no expense to impress the neighbors. Or is there another reason Ronnie likes to have his house filled with people? I just loved the internal “voices” of the main character in this one.

–“Keeping Up Appearances”, by Jason Parent: I really enjoy Parent’s writing style–atmospheric, strong, and with an unapologetic dose of dark humor. There were some moments where I caught myself smiling at certain scenes . . . This makes me question my own outlook on occasion. A riveting tale from beginning to end. “. . . The pieces of the puzzle were coming together slowly, yet he had no idea what picture they were forming . . . “

–“Offerings”, by Joanna Koch: I can’t say much about this one without giving anything away. However, here is a word of caution–be very careful with what you say to strangers on the street. This one could be nightmare inducing!

–“The Friendly Man”, by Thomas Vaughn: This one gets the dubious distinction of being my favorite in the collection. A great story all around with visceral descriptions, a street full of trick-or-treaters, and a dark thread of comedy laced all throughout. (Seriously, the way I enjoy these morbidly sarcastic moments so much makes me wonder about my own sanity . . .) Nonetheless, the tone really made this story memorable. “Death is always standing right behind you.”

There were many other tales that stood out strongly in this anthology, all for various reasons and styles. Overall, a great seasonal collection that you’ll want to re-read in the years to come.

Highly recommended!

About Authors (Doorbells At Dusk)

About the Contributors

Sean Eads and Joshua Viola are writers from Denver, Colorado. Sean has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, Lambda Literary Award and the Colorado Book Award. His first short story collection was published in 2017. Joshua is the owner of Hex Publishers. His latest anthologies include Blood Business and Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow. His upcoming novel, Denver Moon, will also be released as a comic book.

Amber Fallon lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two dogs. A techie by day and horror writer by night, Mrs. Fallon has spent time as a bank manager, motivational speaker, produce wrangler, and butcher. Her obsessions with sushi, glittery nail polish, and sharp objects have made her a recognized figure. Amber’s publications include The Warblers, The Terminal, Sharkasaurus, Daughters of Inanna, So Long and Thanks for All the Brains, Horror on the Installment Plan, Zombies For a Cure, Quick Bites of Flesh, Operation Ice Bat, and more.

Charles Gramlich lives in the piney woods of southern Louisiana. He is the author of the Talera fantasy series and the SF novel, Under the Ember Star. His stories and poetry have been published in magazines such as Beat to a Pulp, The Horror Zine, and many others.

Joanna Koch is a fan of folklore, fairy tales, and anthropology. Her short fiction has been published in journals such as Dark Fuse and Hello Horror and included in several speculative fiction anthologies. Joanna is an MA Contemplative Psychotherapy graduate of Naropa University who currently lives and works near Detroit.

Curtis M. Lawson is a writer of unapologetically weird, dark fiction and comics. His work includes It’s A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World, The Devoured, and Mastema. He is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association, and the organizer of the Wyrd live horror reading series. He lives in Salem, MA with his wife and their son.

Lisa Lepovetsky has published fiction and poetry widely in the small press, professional publications and anthologies. Her work has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Cemetery Dance and many other magazines, and such anthologies as Dark Destiny, Blood Muse, and HORRORS!, among others. She earned her MFA from Penn State, and her most recent book is VOICES FROM EMPTY ROOMS, a collection of dark poetry.

Adam Light resides in northeast Florida with his beautiful wife and daughter, and their aptly, though perhaps not so imaginatively named Walker hound, Walker. He haunts a cubicle by day, writes horror stories at night, and virtually never sleeps. He is the author of several short horror stories, some of which have been published in his first collection Toes Up: Horror to Die For. He also has stories in the Bad Apples anthology series and Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love.

Evans Light is a writer of horror and suspense, and is the author of Screamscapes: Tales of Terror, Arboreatum, Don’t Need No Water and more. He is co-creator of the Bad Apples Halloween anthology series and Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love. Evans lives in Charlotte, North Carolina,surrounded by thousands of vintage horror paperbacks, and is the proud father of fine sons and the lucky husband of a beautiful wife.

Chad Lutzke lives in Battle Creek, MI with his wife and children. he has written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue, Cemetery Dance, and Scream magazine. His fiction can be found in a few dozen magazines and anthologies including his own 18story collection Night as a Catalyst. Lutzke is known for his heartfelt dark fiction and deep character portrayals. In the summer of 2016 he released his dark coming-of-age novella Of Foster Homes and Flies which has been praised by authors Jack Ketchum, James Newman, John Boden, and many others. Later in 2016 Lutzke released his contribution to bestselling author J. Thorn’s American Demon Hunter, and 2017 saw the release of his novella Wallflower. His latest, Stirring the Sheets, was published by Bloodshot Books in spring 2018.

Josh Malerman is an American author and also one of two singer/songwriters for the rock band The High Strung, whose song “The Luck You Got” can be heard as the theme song to the Showtime show “Shameless.” His book Bird Box is also currently being filmed as a feature film starring Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, and Sarah Paulson. Bird Box was also nominated for the Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the James Herbert Award. His books Black Mad Wheel and Goblin have also been nominated for Stoker Awards. Unbury Carol is his latest novel.

Jason Parent is an author of horror, thrillers, mysteries, science fiction, and dark humor, though his many novels, novellas, and short stories tend to blur the boundaries between these genres. From his award-winning first horror/mystery novel, What Hides Within, to his widely applauded police procedural/supernatural thriller, Seeing Evil, Jason’s work has won him praise from both critics and fans of diverse genres alike. His work has been compared to that of some of his personal favorite authors, such as Chuck Palahniuk, Jack Ketchum, Tess Gerritsen, and Joe Hill. Jason grew up near Fall River, Massachusetts, the setting for several of his novels. He has lived in New England most his life, currently residing in Rhode Island.

When he is not writing fiction, Thomas Vaughn is a college professor whose research focuses on apocalyptic rhetoric and doomsday cults. Most of his writing seems to stray through the realms of literary horror and dark magical realism. He has been fortunate enough to have stories accepted in four different magazines and anthologies in 2018 so far. He wrote the story in this one just for you.

Ian Welke grew up in the library in Long Beach, California. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University, Long Beach, he worked in the computer games industry for fifteen years where he was lucky enough to work at Blizzard Entertainment and at Runic Games in Seattle. While living in Seattle he sold his first short story, a space-western, written mainly because he was depressed that Firefly had been canceled. Following the insane notion that life is short and he should do what he wants most, he moved back to southern California and started writing full time. Ian’s short fiction has appeared in Big Pulp, Arcane II, the American Nightmare anthology, and the 18 Wheels of Horror anthology, amongst other places. His novels, The Whisperer in Dissonance (2014) and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated End Times at Ridgemont High (2015) were both published by Ominum Gatherum Media.

Gregor Xane is the author of Taboogasm, The Hanover Block, and Six Dead Spots. His work has been featured in Stupefying Stories, Dead Roses, and the popular Halloween anthology series, Bad Apples. He is perfectly symmetrical.

About Corpus Press

Corpus Press is a publisher of Horror and Weird Fiction, specializing in modern pulp that emphasizes plot over gore. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the press has garnered praise from SCREAM Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Horror Novel Reviews and Hellnotes for its BAD APPLES: SLICES OF HALLOWEEN HORROR series, the anthology DEAD ROSES: FIVE TALES OF TWISTED LOVE, and for its short story collections and novellas.

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