PODCAST- FunDead’s Special Episode of Life After Midnight: Strange History, Salem Style

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We had an amazing time recording an episode of Life After Midnight recently, where we discussed our upcoming anthology, ‘One Night in Salem’ with Kristin and Allison! We talked about the gothic literary connections to Salem, and about historical connections within the anthology. Listen at the link below, be sure to subscribe, especially if you’re a history buff!

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FLASH FICTION *The Things We Do For Love*

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The Things We Do For Love
R.A Goli

He smells a bit funny tonight.
Sniff.
It doesn’t really matter as he is already taking off his torn t-shirt. Watching him undress makes me feel tingly between my legs. I move forward to help him unzip his jeans. He rips my t-shirt off in a desperate act of passion and it makes me moan in anticipation. He starts to kiss my neck and slips a hand up my skirt. He nibbles at my skin gently, licking and tasting, then he bites. Hard. I can feel my flesh tear and my own blood spill across my neck and shoulder. The pain is intense and I let out a warbled cry, my hands grasping his hair to pull him back. Tears prick my eyes and my breath quickens, but I resist the urge to move away from him. I love him. This is the only way we can be together.

I’m just glad that he doesn’t want to eat my brains.

He pushes me back onto the bed and then scrambles on top of me. I slide my hands up his chest, the skin mottled gray but mostly unblemished, and I look into his cloudy eyes, as he chews and swallows a piece of me. I wonder where he will bite next, how much I will have to endure before I can be with him. Be like him.

The door bursts open and a shotgun blast rings through the small room. I scream, as his head breaks apart and I am splattered in the gore and fragments of my beloved’s skull. I sit up, wiping the blood from my eyes, my face stinging from the shards of bone splintering my skin. I look down; he is still. Most of his skull is gone, his face torn away, leaving him unrecognizable. But, he smells so good. I pick up a limp arm and begin gnawing at his flesh.

I tear a piece off with my teeth and let it roll over my tongue before I begin to chew. It tastes better than the most succulent steak I have ever eaten, his blood sweeter than any red wine jus. I hear the click of the shotgun barrel as it’s reloaded and I look up, but my vision is blurry, everything has a yellow tinge. I put a hand to my chest and realize that my heart has stopped.

The man says, “I’m sorry pumpkin,” but it comes out in heavy sobs.

That’s when my slowing brain puts the pieces together and I realize who it is.

“Daddy, no,” I say as he raises the shotgun, aiming at my head. I put my hand up as though it can stop a bullet. I see it splatter in a thousand crimson pieces, in slow motion. And then everything is black.

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Flash Fiction *Night of the Lemmings*

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Night of the Lemmings

Ken MacGregor

By day, Bob was nobody. Forty-two; chubby; a greasy film clung to his skin; he was a background player.

Your eyes slid off him and onto someone or something more interesting.

But, at night, by moonlight, Bob was legion. He threw his head back, ecstatic in anticipation for what was to come.

His clothes hung suspended briefly as his new selves, tiny, furred, fountained from sleeves, from pant legs, spilling everywhere. The garments lay, discarded on the hardwood floor.

He split, fragmented into 200 tiny minds. Their unifying thought: RUN.

A moving carpet of lemmings defenestrated onto the fire escape. Leapfrogging riser-less steps, they scurried to the roof.

As one, the lemmings skittered across the gravel-laden tar. They crested the steel lipped edge and plunged.

Their hive-mind cried out: OOPS.

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My Father’s Buick

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My Father’s Buick

by David Gilman-Frederick

            Cyrus could scarcely believe his ears.

“You can’t seriously be saying,” he raised both eyebrows, “that you don’t make any decisions at all? That the Lord Jesus Christ does all your thinking for you? I mean, he chooses your outfits in the morning; they, like, magically appear, all laid out on your bed? Do you do your homework, Jeremy – or does your Heavenly Father? What kind of grades do you get?” he laughed without amusement, a friend without an r. “I mean, God what, God brushes your teeth for you . . . .”  He mimed this and then laughed again.

Sitting opposite him on the stoop, Jeremy slumped forward, pale and shivering. His skin was a sallow, hypothermic blue, despite the warmth of the early May evening. He focused on a spot on the step between his generic tennis shoes. He didn’t answer, just trembled and tilted his head in a gesture somewhere between a nod and a shake. Continue reading

Cover Reveal for ‘One Night in Salem’

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Autumn 2017, explore Halloween Night in Salem through a collection of short stories spanning four-hundred years. PRE-ORDER HERE.

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From the cursed settlers to the Great Salem Fire of 1914, from the whispers of war in 1812 to the story of a bullet hole in an alley on Gedney Street. Bear witness to things both lost and forgotten in the passing of decades and remember tales of a city long gone, for Salem is different on every other day of the year. One night remains a celebration of the darkness wrapped up in the arms of specters still haunting the place in which they lived and died. Travel through time, glimpsing the Witch City on the most important night of the year, October 31st.

OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE TBA, EXPECTED LATE SEPTEMBER, 2017. Pre-order now to ensure your copy and a special pre-order bonus, TBA.

Featuring stories by:

Erin Crocker, Kathleen Halecki, Linette Kasper, Elizabeth Sweetman, Nancy Brewka-Clark, Jim Towns, E. D. Margay, L. W. Bellin, Jonathan Nichols, Jeremy Megargee, Samantha Lucero, Heddy Johannesen, Daniel LeFever, R. C. Mulhare, Steve Zisson, Chad McClendon, Kevin Lewis, Patrick Cooper, Charles Reis, Benjamin N. Thomas, Few More TBA

Upcoming Events

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July 29th, 2017

FunDead will have a booth at the Plastic City Comic Con at the Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg, MA.

August 5th, 2017

The Witch House of Salem is graciously once again hosting FunDead Publications for our ‘Entombed in Verse: An Epitaph for Salem’ release event and live reading! Event begins at 7pm, with readings to start by 7:30. You can reserve a copy of the book to be picked up at the event HERE. The Witch House is located at 310 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970.

August 17th-20th, 2017

FunDead will be supporting the Jewelry City Steampunk Festival by selling books at their table at NecronomiCon in Providence, RI. A portion of the profit will go toward funding this amazing new event. Shop The Grand Emporium of Weird at NecronomiCon for only $5 for the general public, admission is included for anyone already attending the convention!

September 21st-October 15th

FunDead will be attending and helping with several events throughout the NEW Salem Horror Fest! Details to come, RSVP on Facebook to get up to date information as it is available!

September 22nd, 2017

FunDead will be present at Salem Horror Fest‘s Opening Night Party at the Peabody Essex Museum! We will be part of the evening’s displays, including a very special selection of The Cemeterrarium pieces, by Laurie Moran!

September 23rd, 2017

FunDead is partnering with The Eastern Point Lit House at 261 Main St., Gloucester, MA for an evening of dark story and poetry readings. Join us for ‘From the Depths’, reader list TBA. Event is from 7pm-9:30pm. See Facebook Event for more info here.

October 7th, 2017

FunDead will be at Salem Horror‘s Women With Guts night at the Cinema Salem. We will be reading at this amazing event, which shines the spotlight on women in all aspects of the horror business, from film, to print, and all the in-between. See the Facebook event page here for ticket and event info.

‘Entombed in Verse’ Releases Info & Book Trailer

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Souls long gone still wander among the living in Salem. The sound of gallows swinging lingers in the wind. Salem is a boneyard, and like its cemeteries, it mingles four centuries of history with buds of new life sprouting up between the crevices. History is carved into the gravestones, but the death throes of autumns and icy morgue of hundreds of winters have worn away the words, eroding fact into legend. Accusations and confessions have crumbled away into poetry, under the spring shade of new leaves, surrounded by wildflowers.

FunDead Publication’s first poetry anthology is in the final stages! You can pre-order your copy HERE, to be shipped on or before the release date of August 5th, 2017. 

IF YOU’D PREFER TO PICK UP YOUR COPY AT OUR RELEASE EVENT ON 8.5.17 at THE WITCH HOUSE, PRE-ORDER HERE, INSTEAD.

This anthology includes poems by:

Amber Newberry, Laurie Moran, Erin Crocker, Rie Sheridan Rose, Jon Bishop, Alec Firicano, Samantha Lucero, J.H. Crone, Cynthia Morrison, Destiny Eve Pifer, Conrad Audette, Cindy Veach, Joanna Costello, Anusha VR, L.J. Paxson, Heather Wagner, Chris Denmead, Marc Sorondo, Monika Bielecki, Jon Etter, Melissa Pleckham, Nancy Brewka-Clark, John Etter, Sebastion Herzfeld, Samantha Lucero, R.C. Mulhare, Ariella Ruth, G.E. Smith, Phil Storey, Hannah Jane Bones, Bret Valdez, Alec Anthony Firicano.