Peter R. Talley Books

It Dances Now

When Cecil Gibbs's mind shatters during the American Civil War, he becomes a battlefield horror. The man slips through the shadows, carving the wounded like art as the war's first serial killer. However, once word of Cecil's atrocities hits the ears of Union command, they send in a Pinkerton by the name of Oliver Lamb to investigate. Through his perilous tracking of Cecil, Oliver learns that Cecil might not be alone. Witnesses have glimpsed a shadowy figure dancing along Cecil's side, whispering instructions to the broken surgeon as he continues his onslaught. 

A Forest Only Whispers

DLG Publishing 

A Forest Only Whispers is a romantic witchcraft story about Melissa, a contemporary witch that lives with her mother and Nanny in a charming New England village. Years ago, her high school boyfriend, Rían, disappeared in the nearby woods, and since then Melissa has never been the same. Now a college student, Melissa spends time with her family, the O’Phelans, her coven sisters and best friend, Hellwise. While the story starts off with a simple family tradition of baking Nine Maidens Pie during the Autumn Equinox, the reader learns that Melissa is sneaking off to join her sisters in praise. As the plot continues, Melissa joins her modern day coven as they go into the legendary Limingdover Woods, where Rían disappeared. 

Rogue Planet Press: Candlemas Cthulu Anthology

The Offering

When Captain Garvey accidentally leads his crab vessel off course, his worst fears are that his crew will refuse to work for him next season. That is until his nephew, Danny, claims to see a drowned woman underneath the frigid depths. While Captain Garvey initially tries to convince Danny that it’s his imagination, he must concede when the crew later pulls the tangled woman from one of their crab pots. Danny swears that the beautiful unconscious woman held in their galley was hideous when he last saw her, and is an omen of terrible things to come.

Castabout Art & Literature: Halloween Anthology

The Lantern Quietly Screams

When four history students researching the Underground Railroad can’t find records on the old network near the Blue Ridge Mountains, they put out an ad in the paper. Luckily, an archivist, and descendent of a former slave-gone-guide ,agrees to drive up to tell her grandmother’s tale. However, as the group waits along the base of the dark mountain, ghostly lantern lights flicker in the wood line. Luckily, their source arrives before anything else eerie can happen, or so they think. 

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Unfading Daydream Magazine 

Time Will Tell

When Jasper, a company man with a guilty conscience, works through his supper, he finds himself starving for a late night meal. Unfortunately for him, protestors have been demonstrating outside of this corporation’s megaplex day and night because of Jasper’s push to raise prescription costs. Desperate, he scampers to a local diner, but finds that he’s possibly being followed by a middle aged stranger. Jasper takes refuge within the restaurant, and nearly forgets about the stranger due to a newscast about linear particle reversal. That is until the stranger enters the diner, confirming Jasper’s worst fears. 

Unfading Daydream October 2019 Book Cove
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BLK Dog Publishing's Power Loss Anthology

It Snows Here

The day the lights went out is remembered as Day Zero. It wasn’t just the lights, it was the phones, the computers and just about everything else that makes modern society what it is.Power Loss tells the story of eight individuals, by eight different authors, each trying to come to terms with the black out and survive in a world that has changed forever. 

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Transmundane Press Anthology

Time Will Tell (3rd release)

When Jasper, a company man with a guilty conscience, works through his supper, he finds himself starving for a late night meal. Unfortunately for him, protestors have been demonstrating outside of this corporation’s megaplex day and night because of Jasper’s push to raise prescription costs. Desperate, he scampers to a local diner, but finds that he’s possibly being followed by a middle aged stranger. Jasper takes refuge within the restaurant, and nearly forgets about the stranger due to a newscast about linear particle reversal. That is until the stranger enters the diner, confirming Jasper’s worst fears. 

The SCRIB Arts Journal

The Cold Toed Giant

When giants once walked the land, one in particular, the Cold Toed Giant, wished for nothing more than to live in his cozy mountain. However, when his kin force the Cold Toed Giant to find a wife, the Cold Toed Giant resigns to acquire a bride in haste, so he can return to his home. That is until he meets a mysterious beauty along the peaks, who wants nothing more than to claim his heart. 

Inlandia Literary Journal

Time Will Tell (2nd release)

When Jasper, a company man with a guilty conscience, works through his supper, he finds himself starving for a late night meal. Unfortunately for him, protestors have been demonstrating outside of this corporation’s megaplex day and night because of Jasper’s push to raise prescription costs. Desperate, he scampers to a local diner, but finds that he’s possibly being followed by a middle aged stranger. Jasper takes refuge within the restaurant, and nearly forgets about the stranger due to a newscast about linear particle reversal. That is until the stranger enters the diner, confirming Jasper’s worst fears. 

Running Wild A Blind and Terrible Thing

Running Wild Press

A Blind and Terrible Thing (2nd release)

When Hitchiti Park Rangers, April and Ian, have to investigate a grizzly murder, they suspect that it’s Hank Wadley, an escaped convict from a nearby state prison. However, as they continue the manhunt, April recollects the stories of her people, the First Nation, and the rumor of the Tall Man that wanders the area. Is it just a person they’re after or is it something more? And if it is just a man, does April have the guts to do what she’s always feared…taking a life?

Hide & Seek Anthology

The Dilemma of Old Furnaces

    When Eden, a handicapped boy with a brain that’s as sharp as his insecurities, goes to his offbeat Grandmother Irena’s cottage one frigid winter morning, he begrudgingly thinks back to all the tall tales she once told him about fairies and monsters. However, as revisits her old home, Eden looks back on all the adventures the pair used to enjoy, and wonders if he’s being too hard on his strange but loving Grandmother Irena. Then a dragon tries to eat Grandmother Irena’s cat, and the only one that can stop it is Eden. 

Terror Tales

It Dances Now

When Captain Garvey accidentally leads his crab vessel off course, his worst fears are that his crew will refuse to work for him next season. That is until his nephew, Danny, claims to see a drowned woman underneath the frigid depths. While Captain Garvey initially tries to convince Danny that it’s his imagination, he must concede when the crew later pulls the tangled woman from one of their crab pots. Danny swears that the beautiful unconscious woman held in their galley was hideous when he last saw her, and is an omen of terrible things to come.

101 Horror Proof Czykmate A Lantern Quie

Czykmate Productions: Haunted MTL Horror Anthology

The Lantern Quietly Screams

When four history students researching the Underground Railroad can’t find records on the old network near the Blue Ridge Mountains, they put out an ad in the paper. Luckily, an archivist, and descendent of a former slave-gone-guide ,agrees to drive up to tell her grandmother’s tale. However, as the group waits along the base of the dark mountain, ghostly lantern lights flicker in the wood line. Luckily, their source arrives before anything else eerie can happen, or so they think. 

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Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine

A Horse for Us All

Killian Black is a ruthless highwayman on his last shilling due to a treacherous epidemic in eighteenth century England that’s forced everyone into hiding. Luckily, he’s heard rumors of a royal convoy riding from the King’s country estates, a score that’ll replenish his pockets and pay for his many vices. The only catch, his informant can’t confirm that there’s riches in the royal carriage, so it’s up to Killian to investigate. 

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Scarlet Leaf Magazine

Urban Fantasy: The Modern Fairy Tale

When we imagine Urban Fantasy books, we may dream up wizards trotting along dirty streets or dragons soaring between skyscrapers. But why do readers enjoy this outlandish genre? In this blog, Urban Fantasy: The Modern Fairy Tale, we’ll see that we’ve been using fairy tales of old much as we use urban fantasy today, forged by the fires of contemporary issues. Join me in examining urban fantasy’s market hurdles, and how we can help preserve these modern fairy tales for decades to come.

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Please See Me Magazine

The Dilemma of Old Furnaces (2nd release)

    When Eden, a handicapped boy with a brain that’s as sharp as his insecurities, goes to his offbeat Grandmother Irena’s cottage one frigid winter morning, he begrudgingly thinks back to all the tall tales she once told him about fairies and monsters. However, as revisits her old home, Eden looks back on all the adventures the pair used to enjoy, and wonders if he’s being too hard on his strange but loving Grandmother Irena. Then a dragon tries to eat Grandmother Irena’s cat, and the only one that can stop it is Eden. 

Drunken Pen Writing & Podcast

A Blind and Terrible Thing

When Hitchiti Park Rangers, April and Ian, have to investigate a grizzly murder, they suspect that it’s Hank Wadley, an escaped convict from a nearby state prison. However, as they continue the manhunt, April recollects the stories of her people, the First Nation, and the rumor of the Tall Man that wanders the area. Is it just a person they’re after or is it something more? And if it is just a man, does April have the guts to do what she’s always feared…taking a life?

Crimson Street Magazine

It Dances Now

When Cecil Gibbs's mind shatters during the American Civil War, he becomes a battlefield horror. The man slips through the shadows, carving the wounded like art as the war's first serial killer. However, once word of Cecil's atrocities hits the ears of Union command, they send in a Pinkerton by the name of Oliver Lamb to investigate. Through his perilous tracking of Cecil, Oliver learns that Cecil might not be alone. Witnesses have glimpsed a shadowy figure dancing along Cecil's side, whispering instructions to the broken surgeon as he continues his onslaught. 

Ariel Chart Journal

The Ocean Sisters Three

Long ago, when the world was young and the forgotten walked the Earth, three sisters of the ocean visited the sea kissed towns of men. Though Sister Gold and Sister Blue were welcomed, the fishing villages trembled at the sight of Sister Grey. This fear drove Sister Grey into malaise, and soon she no longer visited dry land. Without her presence, the clouds never cried and sun never fell. Soon, the people of the surface regretted their foolishness, and begged for Sister Grey’s return. 

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