The past has a horrible habit of haunting us all. Sometimes it surfaces in regret and a lifetime of what ifs. Sometimes, it is horrors made real in other-worldly beings hell-bent on revenge for wrong-doings.
Join authors Diane Arrelle, Marc E. Fitch, Andrea Hansell, Ann Liska, Derek Muk, Olga Munroe, Clint Orr, Terry Sanville, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, and K.W. Taylor as they explore the darkest deeds that keep us up at night, the past that cannot be undone, and the heavy chains these ghosts trap us in. This collection of literary tales gives life to ghosts, both real and imaginary, and all the sins of the past that haunt us in the present.
From grieving, betrayed lovers to guilt-born demons, those that haunt the characters in these stories crafted by our authors bring pain, heartache, stunning revelations, and a stark reminder that the past will never die.
Aithne is a warrior kidnapped from her homeland during a Viking invasion and taken to a settlement in Iceland. Forced to marry her captor, she becomes pregnant shortly before he leaves for the raid that will claim his life. Once born, her daughter, Brenna, exhibits a strange appearance and abilities; Aithne fears that Brenna, heir to her father's land, will take the one thing Aithne has left. Spurred by the dark sorcery she learns from the relics that her late husband’s mother left behind, including a magic mirror that allows her to spy on whomever she likes, Aithne descends into a madness leading first to Brenna’s exile then to murder.
Awakened from her apparent death by Gunnolf, a prince harboring a dark secret, Brenna is tasked by the dwarves who raised her from childhood with taking revenge on her mother.
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Currently open to short stories, serializations, essays, narrative non-fiction, poetry and art in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, and magical realism.
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