RELEASE: The Sirens Call eZine Winter 2020 Edition – Issue 52 | FREE Online #Horror and #DarkFic #eZine #magazine @Sirens_Call

Issue 52 of The Sires Call eZine is out!

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Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce
the release of the Winter 2020 edition of

The Sirens Call

The 52nd issue of The Sirens Call eZine comes in at 200 pages on the nose and features 130 pieces of horror and dark fiction. Our Featured Artist, Allison Smith, offers 10 images along with an essay on being a Horror Artist; our Spotlight Poet, Marge Simon, offers us her take on poetic prose and a peek into her collaborative book, ‘War: Dark Poems‘, that she co-authored with Alessandro Manzetti; and our Spotlight Author, Lydia Prime, discusses how small things can become great endeavors with time and patience. She also offers us three excerpts from her short story collection, Itty Bitty Horror Bites.

Come grab a copy! No sign-up required, no tricks when you get there, just a free eZine packed full of incredibly talented writers and artists!

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Drops
Nina D’Arcangela

With each tear that fell from her cheek, another drop of laudanum fell from the pipette. Chewing her lower lip, she wondered if the choice she’d made was a just one. Closing her eyes, she drew forth a fond memory of her once vital son laughing as he played – a sound she’s not heard in some time. Her knees buckled as her resolve strengthened. A few more drops and his pain would be ended. Climbing the stairs, the glass of apple juice trembling in her hand, she choked back her own wailof agony.


Elixer
RJ Meldrum

The last tank was empty. The desalination plants were redundant, there was no seawater left. The humidity collectors had been scrapped, the air was too dry. It was over.

The vial was found in a storage room in an abandoned hospital. Five milliliters of distilled water. It wasn’t enough to…

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Savior

Savior by Mark Steinwachs. This week’s horror fiction from Pen of the Damned!

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I sip the mint flavored mocha that Maryanne set down in front of me moments ago. As always, the drink was exquisite. She has been a part of this earth almost as long as myself, and I’ve only been outlived by the man sitting next to me. No matter what certain books say, I was number two around these parts.

Drizzle patters the window in front of us, typical for a Portland morning. Relatively few people are out on Saturday compared to the bustle of a weekday. None of that matters in here though, most people walk by without giving a second glance, just another tiny, local coffee shop.

“It’s coming,” I say. “Each day I feel subtle ripples rooting deeper amongst them.”

            The man next to me looks exhausted. His eyes sink in slightly to his gaunt-skinned face. Even his close cropped white hair and beard seem ragged.

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RELEASE: The Sirens Call eZine Halloween 2020 Edition – Issue 51 | FREE Online #Horror & #DarkFic #eZine #magazine @Sirens_Call

Issue 51 of The Sirens Call eZine is out!

The Sirens Song

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce
the release of the Halloween 2020 edition of

The Sirens Call

The 51th issue of The Sirens Call eZine comes in at a massive 246 pages and features 176 pieces of horror and dark fiction. Our Featured Photographer, Pieter, offers 13 images along with an essay of his love of UrbEx photography; and our Spotlight author, Lee Andrew Forman, serves up his take on The Allure of the Haunted, along with an excerpt from his book, The Bury Box.

Come grab a copy for free! No sign-up required, no tricks when you get there, just a free eZine featuring the works of incredibly talented writers and artists!

Click on the cover for your #FREE download!

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Visit the web site to check out the other free issues of The Sirens Call!
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When the Skies Turn Black

When the Skies Turn Black by Lydia Prime, on Pen of the Damned!

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When the skies turn black,
I won’t look back
to see the stampeding hordes.
I’ll raise up my arms
and sound the alarms,
while the blood of humanity pours.
I won’t just give in
to mortal sin,
as the world crumbles to ash.
I’ll keep out of sight,
from celestial light—
paranoia spills out with a splash.
The smell of decay,
as they stumble away,
will do nothing to calm my nerves…
Alive, but just barely—
I will try to carry
the enchanted tome of lost words.
Hands to the sky,
I’ll look out and cry;
a witness to all it consumes.
It feasts and it lurks,
yet my magical quirks,
won’t slow the creeping doom.
So, when the sky’s torn,
the planet will mourn;
my hands will weave through the air—
I’ll mumble goodbyes,
while everything dies,
trying to vainly escape my despair.

∼ Lydia Prime

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Favorite Haunted Houses

What’s your favorite haunted house?

Here are a few of my own, besides of course, the Bury Box house…

The Amityville Horror

That house just looked so alive and menacing! It can’t be denied my list of favorites.

Poltergeist

One of the first horror films I ever saw. Scared me as a kid.

Hereditary

The house itself may not be haunted in the traditional sense, but the overall feel of the house in this movie, and the little model houses, gave this one a two-thumbs-up from me on really nailing the looming nature a house can have.

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An all new photo flash collection from Pen of the Damned!

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Five-fingered Footprints
Lee Andrew Forman

Blood draws my story on the agate floor. Fresh ink covers dried layers with the repetition of time. My five-fingered footprints scatter across my canvas, for within the cold box there is no room to stand. My freedom, nothing more than an arm’s length in any direction. Slight rumbles shiver the enclosure; new paint will be added soon. I’ve never seen the thing that keeps me here. Only felt its scathing, intimate touch on my naked flesh. The floor tells me it will soon be time. My body trembles as I await the inevitable approach of the stippler.


Witness
Nina D’Arcangela

As he adjusted the range, the minute clicks were barely distinguishable from the constant drone. I could see the look of shock and something akin to terror on his face as he stepped back and stared at me as if to question his own…

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The Bury Box Giveaway! #GETBURIED

And so it begins!

On October 13th, thirteen lucky winners will be announced to win a signed copy of my latest book, The Bury Box, and a bunch of awesome swag to go with it! Five of those winners will receive an even more awesome bundle of stuff, including their very own Bury Box!

I’ve made it quick and easy to enter. All you have to do is comment #GETBURIED on any contest or book related post, on any platform, whether it be this blog, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. If you can, tag me @leeandrewforman to make sure I see your entry, but I’ll be looking out for them just in case!

If you tag a friend and they enter the contest as well using #GETBURIED, you’ll get an additional entry! Boom! Double your chances of winning!

If you haven’t seen the launch video for the contest, check it out HERE.

Good luck to you all! There will be more info, some sneak peaks at the super cool prizes, and more videos, so check back for more!

OPEN Call for SUBMISSIONS: The Sirens Call – issue 52 Death of the Year/December 2020 | #Horror #DarkFiction #eZine #OpenCall #Reprints #fiction #stories #flash #poetry @Sirens_Call

OPEN SUBMISSIONS — The Sirens Call eZine — Issue 52

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Death of the Year/December 2020

As is our custom, we are ending 2020 with our Death of the Year issue. We’re calling for pieces that pay tribute to the end of life in the most heinous ways possible. You may choose to honor death in dark fashion by horrifying with it, respecting it, or fighting it to the bitter end; and we do mean the bitter end as your piece should contain an unnatural death, mortal or otherwise.

We are NOT looking for acts of crime or mundane content. So please, no murdered wives who were planning to file for divorce, or pleasant stories of grandma passing in her sleep – they will be declined.

We’ll be accepting short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, and poetry that fit the theme within the horror/dark fiction genre. We welcome reprints as long as you hold the copyright to the piece.

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Insemination

My latest flash fiction is up on Pen of the Damned! ‘Insemination’

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Nicolette rubbed her hands along her naked belly and knew her barren insides held no place for new souls. Her eyes peered into the mirror. Not to view her meager shell, but to converse with the only soul her body would hold: her own. There existed a question she must both ask and answer. Something dubious and unknown. Possibly dangerous. The doctor who gave her the news explained there was a way, though she may not like it.

As time fell short she realized the debate was only an illusion. Only one choice existed. She’d do what her doctor suggested. Nicolette never believed in alternative medicine, but her want for motherhood not only sent her heart to dark places, but her body as well.

The crumpled address in her pocket led her to an old brick structure, what might have been a factory back when they were a thriving industry…

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