Something’s rotten in the waters around Ludlow. It’s turning townsfolk into the Brethren—pale and lifeless apparitions, monstrous reflections of themselves. The Brethren crave only the Light in the Dark, under the command of the horrifying Angel in the Depths. Guided by the shadowy cult leader, Mal Lazarus, who is intent on taking over the town, the Brethren stalk the streets of Ludlow, taking victims to the Mercy River, to a fate far worse than death. Standing in the way of the Brethren are only a handful of people—a photographer, an art teacher, a student, a priest, and a federal agent—all trying to stop the Brethren from taking over Ludlow. But is it too late for the town, and too late for the last Breathers of Ludlow to prevent Lazarus from realizing his dire dream in the service of the Light in the Dark?
Covering four specific horror-related themes: Halloween, ghost stories, nautical terrors, and cosmic horror, The Asterisk Anthology: Volume 1, brings readers eight extraordinary tales from new authors of weird fiction, winners of the Nosetouch Press calls throughout 2017.
Nosetouch Press is proud to bring these eight horror short stories to readers in this first annual anthology, for fans of supernatural and weird fiction everywhere.
The 1970s were a transitional decade. The hangover from the swinging 1960s, and before the plastic, neon decadence of the 1980s. Fueled by war, popular protests, flagrant abuse of power, environmental shocks, and economic discord, the 1970s were a synthesis of paranoia and partying in a rapidly changing world. Blood, Sweat, and Fears: Horror Inspired by the 1970s takes readers back to that diabolical decade, in an unforgettable collection of ten stories that conjure the nightmare of the 70s for a new generation.