Well hello, my little pineapple frittata – allow me to introduce myself…my name is Mallum Colt, proprietor of Colt’s Curiosity Corner, located smack bang in the middle of Shallow Creek. With Halloween still lingering in people’s minds, STORGY Books wants to celebrate all things eerie by publishing an anthology of dark fantasy and horror fiction dedicated to all things that go bump in the night.
Think The Twilight Zone, Tales of The Unexpected and Creepshow all rolled into one. Does that make your flesh tingle, my little withered umbilical cord? I hope it does, I really do.
The quiet town of Shallow Creek has a long history of ghost stories and tales of the macabre. Every few generations this strangeness crawls out from the dark places of the quaint settlement’s imagination, seeping into our own reality. We are living through uncertain times now. Let the Creek lure you quietly to the safe place…
Shallow Creek is an anthology of new horror stories and strange fiction with a sting in its barbed tail, edited by Tomek Dzido of STORGY Books. It collects together twenty brand new unsettling stories that draw upon the ethereal landscape of quiet towns just short of the outskirts of infinity for inspiration. Some of the stories within this tome explore the realms of the supernatural, whilst others are firmly rooted in gritty realism, but they all engage the reader with terror in abundance.
My little devilish concubine, we’re looking for £3,500 to help cover the cost of the book. We will take the money and give it to a selection of deserving people, including: The cover artist, the designer, the illustrator and the Printers.
We’ve got Kickstarter exclusives on offer, including T-shirts, bespoke-made bookmarks from illustrator Amie Dearlove and a chance to have your name in the book as part of the amazing community that supports indie publishing. It all kicks off on Friday 2nd November, and the team at STORGY would appreciate it immensely if you could pledge towards making this anthology a printed reality.
Welcome to Shallow Creek.
SHALLOW CREEK SHORT STORY COMPETITION
What makes Shallow Creek unique? I unveiled a competition earlier this year, calling out to all horror enthusiasts to contribute towards the anthology. Hundreds answered the call and were all summoned to the town, where I personally handed them a specific character, location and item to create tenebrous and twisted tales to disturb your thoughts and tickle your ankles from underneath the duvet at night. They were given a map to explore the darkest regions of our little community – Arkady Asylum, where the patients may not be as mad as the people supervising…a fairground with more than a fun-house to keep the punters entertained…but there’s so much more to discover, and when you read my anthology you may find a certain character in one short story popping up in another…it’s a glorious concept and one the authors found an enjoyable challenge. In the end, twenty authors produced tales so delightfully morbid that the STORGY team couldn’t pick a winner themselves. They had to call in someone who knows horror
COMPETITION JUDGE – NAOMI BOOTH
Naomi Booth is an award-winning writer and academic, included in the Guardian’s Fresh New Voices: 50 Writers You Should Read Now (2018) and shortlisted for the Not The Booker Prize (2018). Her first work of fiction, The Lost Art of Sinking, was selected for New Writing North’s Read Regional campaign and won the Saboteur Award for Best Novella 2016. Her debut novel, Sealed (Dead Ink Books, 2017) is a horrifying tale of body mutation and environmental contamination, described by the Guardian as “not for the faint-hearted… a marvellous first novel”. Her uncanny short fiction, “Cluster” was long-listed for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2018. Naomi is Subject Director of Creative Writing at York St John University.
– Tide –
– The Soil of Stonier Hearts –
– Blood Moon Bob –
– Arrowhead –
– Anchor –
J. Stuart Croskell
– Dave Danver’s Final Foray into All Things Woo Woo –
– Secret Ingredient –
– The Fulmar’s Cry –
– Strange Brew –
– Pentameter –
– Janet’s Vision of Love –
– Knock, Knock, Knucklebone –
– And The World Fades to Black –
– Behind These Eyes –
– We Live In Dirt –
Adrian J. Walker
– Backwards –
– The Lurid Trance –
– Distraction –
Michael To is an illustrator based in London with over a decade of experience. While studying animation, he discovered his love for concept art and illustration. He is greatly influenced by films, gaming and art. You can follow him on Instagram @toart0.
HarlotVonCharlotte is an artist living and working in London – she graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2009 with a BA(Hons) in Illustration, subsequently discovering that the years spent there were a complete waste of time. She primarily focuses on figurative illustrative artwork of the slightly odd and macabre persuasion and has also used sculpting, painting, figure drawing and graphic design to create new styles and unique works of art. She is currently experimenting with laser cut acrylic collages. She collaborates with other artists for live drawing events. Her client list ranges from corporate to personal commissions.
Rob is a Graphic Designer from London who has worked with clients ranging from Nike & The British Film Institute to The Churches Conservation Trust. He recently designed the cover for the novel The Boy From Aleppo Who Painted The War, which was serialised for BBC Radio 4.
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STORGY BOOKS 1ST PRINT PUBLICATION
SUCCESFULLY FUNDED ON KICKSTARTER
Twenty-four short stories, exclusive afterwords, interviews, artwork, and more.
From Trumpocalypse to Brexit Britain, brick by brick the walls are closing in. But don’t despair. Bulldoze the borders. Conquer freedom, not fear. EXIT EARTH explores all life – past, present, or future – on, or off – this beautiful, yet fragile, world of ours. Final embraces beneath a sky of flames. Tears of joy aboard a sinking ship. Laughter in a lonely land. Dystopian or utopian, realist or fantasy, horror or sci-fi, EXIT EARTH is yours to conquer.
EXIT EARTH includes the short stories of all fourteen finalists of the STORGY EXIT EARTH Short Story Competition, as judged by critically acclaimed author Diane Cook (Man vs. Nature) and additional stories by award winning authors M R Cary (The Girl With All The Gifts), Toby Litt (Corpsing), James Miller (Lost Boys), Courttia Newland (A Book of Blues), and David James Poissant (The Heaven of Animals), and exclusive artwork by Amie Dearlove, HarlotVonCharlotte, CrapPanther, and cover design by Rob Pearce.
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