If you’re not into warm and fuzzy beach reads, What Remains is a great book for you this Summer! Check out this amazing anthology by several talented authors. Guaranteed to bring a chill to your hot days! Oh and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! You could win paperback and some cool swag!
What Remains: An Anthology by Inked in Gray
Publication Date: July 26th, 2021
Genre: Anthology/ Short Stories/ Fantasy/ Sci-Fi/ Horror
Publisher: Inked in Gray
Victory at all costs. Even at the price of our own life, the desire to survive transcends all rational thought.
What Remains brings together fifteen tales of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. From sacrificing loved ones or oneself, to doing what it takes to keep them alive, these stories shake the soul, rip out its insecurities and flay them on the page.
Careful who you trust. Some quandaries have no right answer when we cannot save what we love most—or when isolation, desperation, and betrayal leave you no choice.
Take the journey with us to see What Remains when civility, decency, and sanity have all but fled.
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Francis Newman received his copy of the hotly anticipated Cyber Love in the mail, a month before its scheduled release—a perk of being part of the Rowe Publishing House Family, as they liked to call it. Rowe had published his last twelve novels, though he’d found his early commercial success harder to replicate over the past decade or so. That was about the time self-publishing and electronic publications began eliminating seemingly every barrier of entry to the profession once reserved to those who weathered the “starving artist” phase before finally striking it big.
The author of Cyber Love endured no such struggle. There were no prior resume-building publications, no years of querying agents and publishers; hell, the author hadn’t even needed to edit the story beyond the first draft. Nevertheless, Cyber Love was the most anticipated book release of the century, maybe ever. That’s because the author was not human.
It was an algorithm.
Designed by a team of computer engineers and literary consultants, the algorithm’s inputs comprised every conceivable literary device: diction, theme, plot, tone, metaphor, satire, foreshadowing, mood, symbolism, characterization, action, dialogue, pacing, etcetera from history’s greatest authors, traditional and modern alike, spanning the past three centuries: Dickens, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Twain, Hemingway, Lovecraft, Dickinson, Steinbeck, Vonnegut, King, Rowling, Patterson. Their works, among hundreds of others, were part of the formula designed to create the perfect novel, one that appealed to every kind of reader. Even Doctor Seuss was used!
A perfect blend of artistic and commercial devices, Cyber Love had been praised as “the greatest literary achievement in the history of the written word.” And barring a revocation of the First Amendment, it represented the greatest risk to human authorship since Nazi censorship threatened the free world.
Francis read all 386 pages in one day. By God, it was tremendous. No, it was perfect. The story was as captivating as the ending was satisfying. The characters were so layered, complex, real. The prose was poetic, yet not pretentiously so. He’d never read anything like it.
It could never hit the shelves.
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About the Author: An award-winning literature teacher and die-hard horror fan, R. A. Busby is also the author of “Bits” (Short Sharp Shocks #45), “Street View” (Collective Realms #2), “Not the Man I Married” (Black Petals #93), “Holes” (Graveyard Smash, Women of Horror Anthology, Vol. 2), and “Cactusland” (34 Orchard, forthcoming).
“I was always instructed to write about what I know,” she states, “and I know what scares me.” In her spare time, R.A. Busby watches cheesy Gothic movies and goes running in the desert with her dog.
About the Author: David-Christopher Harris’ fantasy publications include “Olam Ha-Ba” in speculative fiction and poetry magazine Arsenika, “Last Call” in The Arcanist Magazine, “Falselight” on PageHabit, and “Children of Ozymandias” in 50WordStories, among others. He received his M.A. in Medieval Literature, which he uses exclusively to teach his cat Latin. He is currently querying.
About the Author: Andy Dibble is a healthcare IT consultant who lives in Madison, Wisconsin. He has supported the electronic medical record of healthcare systems in six countries. His work appears or is forthcoming in Writers of the Future, Star*Line, Sci Phi Journal, and others. He is Articles Editor for Speculative North magazine.
About the Author: LT writes mostly speculative fiction shorts and novels while spending her days raising her children and satisfying her never-ending thirst for knowledge through reading, meeting people, and first-hand life experiences. She has short story publications with Dancing Lemur Press, Me First Magazine, Jazz House Press, and forthcoming with Black Hare Press and Cardigan Press. She currently volunteers with WriteHive, a nonprofit literary organization.
About the Author: Ben is a young author who has been writing stories for over six years now. Recently he has been published in his town’s newspaper.
Maxwell I Gold
About the Author: Maxwell I. Gold is a Rhysling Award nominated prose poet, focusing on weird and cosmic fiction. He is a regular contributor to Spectral Realms, edited by Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi and his work has also appeared in Weirdbook Magazine, Space and Time Magazine, Startling Stories, Baffling Magazine, and many others.
His debut prose poetry collection, Oblivion in Flux: A Collection of Cyber Prose is forthcoming this August from Crystal Lake Publishing.
About the Author: Damir Salkovic is the author of novels Kill Zone and Always Beside You. His shorter work has been featured in the Lovecraft eZine, Dimension6 Annual Collection 2020, and in multiple horror, science and speculative fiction anthologies.
About the Author: Lawrence J West has been on his writing journey since he was fourteen years old and has always been drawn to fantasy, sci-fi, and horror because of the way these genres allow for the exploration of human experience in unique ways. Since becoming a husband and father he has also found that his writing has a greater degree of empathy and insight.
Lawrence can be found on Twitter.
Sharon Frame Gay
About the Author: Sharon Frame Gay is an award winning author whose work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Chicken Soup For The Soul, Typehouse, Fiction on the Web, Literally Stories, Lowestoft Chronicle, Thrice Fiction, Saddlebag Dispatches, Crannog, and others. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee.
A collection of her short stories, Song of the Highway, was released in August, 2020.
About the Author: Timothy Johnson is a writer and editor living outside of Washington, D.C. His published work includes the novels The Pillars of Dawn and Carrier as well as short fiction appearing in various professional and semi-professional markets. He is an MFA candidate in George Mason University’s creative writing program and an affiliate member of the HWA.
About the Author: DL Shirey lives in Portland, Oregon, where it’s probably raining. Luckily, water is beer’s primary ingredient. His stories and non-fiction appear in 60 publications, including Confingo, Page & Spine, Zetetic and Wild Musette.
About the Author: Dan Eveloff is a lawyer and sports agent living in Chicago, Illinois with his dog, Reuben. He studied accounting at the University of Kansas, and subsequently earned his law degree from Northwestern University. His short fiction “The Price of Recompense” has appeared in AHF Magazine, “Shakespearean Justice” in Aphelion Webzine, and “Prevenge” can be found in Close to the Bone Magazine.
About the Author: Valerie Hunter teaches high school English and has an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her stories and poems have appeared in publications including Cicada, Storyteller, Edison Literary Review, Other Voices, Room, and Wizards in Space.
Find Valerie on Instagram.
About the Author: Nicholas Barner has farmed, cooked, and written variously in Oakland, Chicago, Maine, and Los Angeles. He lives with his partner, Shelby, and their Dog, Nuni.
He can be found online at nicholasbarner.com.
About the Author: Thomas Canfield lives in the mountains of North Carolina. His phobias run to politicians, lawyers and TV pitchmen. He is still trying to plumb the logic of the sales pitch; The more you buy, the more you save. It never quite seems to work out that way in the real world. Canfield occasionally reviews books on Goodreads.
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