Nightscript — Vol. VI

Nightscript 6 Cover

Cover art: Yaroslav Gerzhedovich (via Shutterstock)

Today I am pleased to reveal the contents of volume six of Nightscript, and would like to extend a big note of thanks to everyone who submitted a tale for consideration. It was a privilege to read your work.

Here, then, are the “nightscripters” of 2020:

Dauda’s Return — Timothy Dodd
The Patent-Master — LC von Hessen
Let Your Hinged Jaw Do the Talking — Tom Johnstone
The Best Thing About Her — Ralph Robert Moore
What Crows Mean — Julia Rust
A Postcard From White Dunes — Jeremy Schliewe
Baddavine — Dan Coxon
Beyond the Lace — Charles Wilkinson
The Gods Shall Lay Sore Trouble Upon Them — Christi Nogle
A Photograph — Alexander James
The Owner— Francesco Corigliano
Passed Pawn
— Selene dePackh

The Death Bodies of Kanggye — Kurt Newton
Loneliness — James Owens
Victims of a Transitional Time in Morality — J.R. Hamantaschen
The Whisper Gallery — Amelia Gorman
Long Rock — Gary Budden

Volume VI will be released on October 1st. Preorder information can be found here.

Until then, I hope you’ll check out the previous editions of Nightscript, available in either print or e-edition.

New to the anthology? Check out this Special Bundle Offer.

Nightscript — Vol. V

N5 Cover 1Today I am thrilled to reveal the contents of volume five of Nightscript. As with previous years, the quality of submissions was outstanding, making it particularly difficult to narrow down the final ToC. I would like to extend a big note of thanks to everyone who submitted tales for consideration. As ever, it was a privilege to read your work.

Here, then, are the “nightscripters” of 2019:

Mother Sylvia — Patricia Lillie
The Brambles — David McGroarty
American House Spider — Shannon Scott
The Plague Victim — Samuel M. Moss
Sometimes We’re Cruel — J.A.W. McCarthy
The Orchard — Sean Logan
Mr. and Mrs. Kett — Sam Hicks
Jason’s in the Garden — Simon Strantzas
The Parchment Thief — M.K. Anderson
The Border — Dan Stintzi
Sin Deep — Tracy Fahey
Paradise Point — M.R. Cosby
The Surgeon — Mary Portser
The Surrey Alterations — Charles Wilkinson
Eternal Roots of Lane County — J.C. Raye
Wed — Brady Golden
The Valley — Casilda Ferrante
Sitting Shiver — Adam Meyer
One For the Wolf — M. Lopes da Silva

Volume V will be released on October 1st. Until then, I hope you’ll check out the previous editions of Nightscript, available in either print or e-edition. (New to the anthology? Check out this Special Bundle Offer.)

Thank you for your patronage and support!

Nightscript — Vol. IV

Today I am thrilled to reveal the contents of volume four of Nightscript. As with previous years, the quality of submissions was outstanding, making it particularly difficult to narrow down the final ToC. I would like to extend a big note of thanks to everyone who submitted tales for consideration. As ever, it was a privilege to read your work.

Here, then, are the “nightscripters” of 2018:

“Sugar Baby” — V.H. Leslie
“There Has Never Been Anyone Here” — J.T. Glover
“The Thing in the Trees” — Joanna Parypinski
“By the Sea” — Steve Rasnic Tem
“A Harvest Fit for Monsters” — L.S. Johnson
“The Monkey Coat” — Daniel Braum
“Seams” — M. Lopes da Silva
“A Gut Full of Coal” — Mathew Allan Garcia
“Crow Woman” — April Steenburgh
“The Dandelion Disorder” — Charles Wilkinson
“Of Marble and Mud” — Farah Rose Smith
“All is There Already, Just Not Seen Yet” — Armel Dagorn
“Half-Girls” — Cate Gardner
“A Different Sunlight” — Jackson Kuhl
“Cinnamon to Taste” — Christi Nogle
“The Strigoaica” — Ross Smeltzer
“Swim Failure” — Jennifer Loring
“Visions From the Autumn Country” — Tim Jeffreys
“Stella Maris” — Elana Gomel
“Rainheads” — Mike Weitz
“My House is Out Where the Lights End” — Kirsty Logan

Volume IV will be released on October 1st. Until then, I hope you’ll check out the previous editions of Nightscript, available in either print or e-edition.

Thank you for your patronage and support!

The Outer Dark, ep. 27

For the third year in a row, Nightscript has been featured on The Outer Dark, an award-winning podcast hosted by the inimitable Scott Nicolay. This time around the focus is on a special Night Time Logic event which took place in November of last year. It features a panel discussion and readings by four Volume III contributors: Daniel Braum, Inna Effress, David Surface and Julia Rust. There is also a short interview with yours truly as well as the organizer of the event, the above-mentioned Mr. Braum. Fans of Nightscript are sure to enjoy this unique presentation.

The Outer Dark, Episode 27: “A Strange & Darksome Night”

Datlow’s Ninth “Horror”

Nightscript received a nice mention from Ellen Datlow in the ninth edition of her long-running Best Horror of the Year series. To wit: “Nightscript II: An Anthology of Strange and Darksome Tales is a nicely packaged all-original anthology of twenty-one weird tales, some of them quite dark. The strongest are by Charles Wilkinson, Gordon White, Matthew M. Bartlett, Kristi DeMeester, Malcolm Devlin, Ralph Robert Moore, Gwendolyn Kiste, and Eric Guignard.”

Best Horror is currently available on Amazon or at your local bookstore.

Nightscript — Vol. III

nightscript-3-half-coverToday I am thrilled to reveal the contents of volume three of Nightscript. As with previous years, the quality of submissions was outstanding, making it particularly challenging to narrow down the final ToC. I would like to extend a big note of thanks to everyone who submitted tales for consideration. It was a privilege to read your work.

Here, then, are the “nightscripters” of 2017:

“The Flower Unfolds” — Simon Strantzas
“A Place With Trees” — Rowley Amato
“What Little Boys Are Made Of” — Malcolm Devlin
“Grizzly” — M.K. Anderson
“Might Be Mordiford” — Charles Wilkinson
“Palankar” — Daniel Braum
“The Gestures Remain” — Christi Nogle
“House of Abjection” — David Peak
“The Undertow, and They That Dwell Therein” — Clint Smith
“Downward” — Amar Benchikha
“The Familiar” — Cory Cone
“Liquid Air” — Inna Effress
“The Beasts Are Sleep” — Adam Golaski
“The Witch House” — Jessica Phelps
“On the Edge of Utterance” — Stephen J. Clark
“Homeward Bound Now, Paulino” — Armel Dagorn
“The Affair” — James Everington
“When Dark-Eyed Ophelia Sings” — Rebecca J. Allred
“We, the Rescued” — John Howard
“Twenty Miles and Running” — Christian Riley
“Something You Leave Behind” — David Surface
“Young Bride” — Julia Rust
“The Other Side of the Hill” — M.R. Cosby

Volume III will be released on October 1st. Until then, I hope you’ll check out the previous editions of Nightscript.

Thank you for your patronage and support!

A Lineage of Shadows, Redux

I had the honor last year of appearing on The Outer Dark, a podcast hosted by World Fantasy Award-winning author Scott Nicolay. The program has since shifted platforms, appearing now on the essential web-presence This is Horror. Scott was kind enough not only to remaster the original interview, but to record a second segment wherein we discuss Nightscript Volume 2.

Give it a listen, if you’ve the time and inclination.