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What untapped magnificence lies dormant in the subconscious mind, just beyond our ability to reach? And what monstrosities lurk there, trapped in the shadowy recesses, waiting to be released? These are the quintessential questions that haunt my daily existence.

And so I journeyed into the dark depths of the tortured soul with five of my author friends, to bring you a collection of paranormal and speculative short fiction and verse.

At its heart, my story UNDERCURRENTS is a a super-hero origin story. But it is also a cautionary tale, one that might make you wonder how much you really want to know about yourself.

Diedre Morneau is like any one of millions of people in today’s world, plagued by a common yet debilitating medical condition for which there is no explanation or cure. The desperate drive to escape her suffering takes Diedre on a dark and dangerous journey that ultimately ends with the beginning of another.

Intrigued? I hope so.

If not, don’t worry. There’s more:

From Jodi McIsaac, Pro Patria Moria is the tale of an Irish soldier who encounters fairies offering magical aid, but will that magic help save those he holds dearest?

In Kate Maruyama’s Akiko, a curse laid in Japan finds its mark in the City of Angels.

Anne Charnock’s The Adoption explores a new age of sexual equality and reproductive freedom where bio-engineered foetuses are gestated in artificial wombs. But what becomes of tomorrow’s orphans?

J.D. Horn gives us Pitch, wherein a goat-faced boy sets out with a rifle to kill his father, the Devil, in 1950s rural Georgia.

The Guardian from the Sea by Jason Kirk is weird fiction in verse form, in which a wheelchair-bound mermaid finds love in an adult-video store, and barely escapes to regret it.

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An eclectic collection of speculative short stories by Anne Charnock (2013 Philip K. Dick Award finalist), Jodi McIsaac (“A Cure for Madness,” the Thin Veil series), Kate Maruyama (“Harrowgate”), Roberta Trahan (The Dream Stewards epic fantasy series), J.D. Horn (“Shivaree,” the Witching Savannah series), and award-winning poet Jason Kirk

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