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RELEASE: Essence by Ela Lourenco

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of…

Essence by Ela Lourenco

Essence_ElaLourenco_front_coverKatra is a Fae Hunter in a world once ravaged by a terrible war. Having lost all memory of her childhood and rightful identity, her duty is now to protect the tentative peace brokered by the varying races of the supernatural world.  When an evil darkness begins to spread, draining young witches of their power, Katra must find a way back to her true past in order to save the future.

Enduring many trials as ever-increasing powers awaken within her, Katra must also struggle with the mixed emotions her new partner, Blade – a Black Dragon – is rousing within her. Together they must battle the shadows that plan to devour the world they know and prevent its decent into another thousand-year war.

Can Katra hold onto her strength as the truth of her very being begins to unravel? Can she bear the weight that ancient prophecy has placed on her young shoulders? Or is her destiny to regain her true self, only to lose the world she is sworn to protect?

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ELA_ESSENCEABOUT THE AUTHOR - Ela Lourenco lives in sunny Scotland with her two daughters and husband. She has a passion for reading and all things supernatural, particularly where there is a whodunit involved! Ela can often be found in the kitchen baking yet another cake as she ponders her next story.

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SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: The Sirens Call Issue #14 – Old School Horror

Submissions for Issue #14 of The Sirens Call are now closed. Submissions for our flash contest are also closed.

Sirens Call Publications would like to thank all the authors who submitted their work to us for consideration. We will be in touch shortly.

Our next issue, featuring stories and poetry of Old School Horror will be available for download before the end of the month. In the meantime, please consider downloading and reading any of our back issues for free on our website – www.SirensCallPublications.com!

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RELEASE: Dusk and Summer by Joseph A. Pinto

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the re-release of

Dusk and Summer by Joseph A. Pinto

DuskAndSummer_JosephAPinto_FrontCoverOnlyDoes Heaven await beneath the waves? One man needs to know.

When his dying father whispers a cryptic message to him, he has no choice but to summon his courage and begin the quest of a lifetime. It’s a race against time to realize his father’s wish and fulfill his own destiny; it’s a discovery of the unbreakable bond between father and son. It’s a journey of the heart that unfolds where only the Chosen exist – in the moments between Dusk and Summer.

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“A poignant, metaphoric conversation between son and father. A story that will warm your heart.”

–Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D., bestselling author of The Ditchdigger’s Daughters

The author will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

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JosephAPinto_HeadShot_3x4_9702_SeaLightAqua_5contrast_borderABOUT THE AUTHOR – Joseph A. Pinto is the horror author of two published books and numerous short stories; he is a member of the Horror Writers Association as well the founder of Pen of the Damned, a collective of angst and horror driven writers. Indulge in his unique voice on his personal blog josephpinto.com and PenofTheDamned.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JosephAPinto. Joseph hails from New Jersey where he lives with his wife and young daughter.

 

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Sirens Call Issue #14 – Old School Horror

With the number of emails we’ve received from authors who have just seen the open call for the 14th issue of The Sirens Call, we’ve decided to extend the deadline to March 31, 2014!

So… Here it is again!

Old School Horror

For this issue, we want horror.

We don’t want murder mysteries, we don’t want cleverly couched tales of the supernatural, and we don’t want slasher/gore pieces. All we want is straight up horror.

That’s all we’re looking for… Be it a short story, flash fiction, drabbles, or poetry; whatever form you choose to write in, just be sure it’s spine-tingling horror!

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2014

*All submissions MUST be submitted to: Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com

For full guidelines, please visit our website!

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OPEN CONTEST: The Sirens Call Flash Contest

We’re running a special contest in the April eZine – the 14th issue of The Sirens Call.
It’s a flash fiction contest based on the image directly below!

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The flash must be 400 words exactly – no more, no less – and inspired by what you see in the photograph, not counting either the title or your name.

We’ll be awarding the top three picks by featuring their flash in the April eZine, and gifting them with a $10 USD Gift Card to Amazon!

We’ll choose the top three based on relevance to the image, composition (how tightly written the piece is), and how well it conveys an effective story in 400 words.

All the normal rules apply: NO PEDOPHILIA, NO BESTIALITY, and minimal slasher/gore for shock value only if you’d like to be considered seriously. The eZine theme does not apply to the contest, but we would like something that is in the horror genre.

Please use the standard eZine guidelines for formatting, and submit to Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com

In the subject line, please use
‘eZine14, Flash Competition, (your title), (your publishing name)’

DEADLINE: MARCH 30, 2014

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WiHM 2014: Featuring the Ladies of The Sirens Call Issue #13 [Part Seventeen]

February is Women in Horror Recognition Month, a movement that was founded to support and assist female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure and networking. In honour of the event, Sirens Call Publications devotes its February issue of The Sirens Call to supporting the cause and featuring the excellent talent displayed by ladies writing horror.

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First up today is ‘Burial Rites’ by Katie M. John which starts on page 156…

“Ever since sixteen year old Lillian Gladstone had been unfortunate to have been locked in the play-chest as a playful prank, her worst fear was being buried alive; the thought of suffocating on her own screams plagued her dreams for years.

In an attempt to know her enemy better, Lillian had become obsessed with all things death – it was an obsession that both her parents and her peers thought too weird to be loveable, and so Death ironically became both her dearest companion and her most fearful foe.

Lillian didn’t know that necrophilia was anything other than some sick pervert wanting to sleep with dead people; which is true, but not the only presentation of the psychological disorder. A Greek word, it means lover of Death; ranging in intensity from an interest in the aesthetics of death to a grave addiction…”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Katie lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. She started writing poetry at the age of fifteen and has since gone on to write an Amazon UK best-selling Young Adult fairy-tale series, ‘The Knight Trilogy’ and stand alone novels, ‘Beautiful Freaks’, a Parnormal-Gothic-Detective novel, and ‘When Sorrows Come’, a contemporary tragedy, loosely based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. She is currently working on book one of ‘The Meadowsweet Chronicles’; a tale of modern witchcraft, blending American and English occult folklore.

Twitter: @KnightTrilogy
Blog: http://www.katiemjohn.blogspot.com

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Next is C. A. Verstraete’s ‘The Perfect Gifts’ which is on page 161…

“Such everyday niceties like greeting cards, holidays and celebrations vanished once the Zs came to town. And now that he’d turned zombie, such things didn’t matter to Spence anymore, either.

Roaming the near empty streets, he did notice the windows displaying old cards and pretty things left behind by the fleeing hordes of people. For some reason, the messy but odd assortment of turkeys, hearts and even Santa-decorated items touched a yet-human part inside him. He stood and stared at the colorful display from his remaining good eye, the images and colors stirring something buried deep within.

Ever since he’d been scratched by his crazed former friend, all Spence knew was blinding, raging hunger and a need to keep walking, to go back…”

17_CVerstraeteABOUT THE AUTHOR Christine Verstraete’s stories have appeared in various anthologies including, Feast of the Dead – Hors D’ Oeuvres, Timeshares from DAW Books and coming in Athena’s Daughters. In her recent book, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, 16-year-old Becca faces life as a part-zombie with odd quirks no girl wants to be noticed for. 

Blog: http://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com
Website: http://cverstraete.com

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And rounding out this last feature is an excerpt from The Coven by Angie Gallow. You can find an interview with Angie starting on page 162…

“Tell me again,” Maurice Sorel paced his office furiously. “What happened?”

Sebastien Vilmont leaned against a polished end table. He was battered, covered in dirt and grime. His trousers were grey in patches from colliding with the ground; his blouse held tears and was spotted with drying blood. He wiped his mouth with one hand while the other hand held him against the table.

“I told you. We were ambushed,” Sebastien claimed. He had taken his hand away from his mouth and looked at Maurice. His deep jade eyes glowed behind the roaring fireplace. He and Maurice studied one another before Maurice turned away to his desk where a crystal bottle filled with red liquid awaited him. Maurice lifted the plug from the bottle with nervous hands and poured the contents into three matching crystal glasses. He passed one to Sebastien and the other to his son, Alaric, as he stood at his friend’s side.

The office door was locked and the three men stood alone. The stillness lingered heavily on the room. Sebastien watched Maurice sip from his glass as he moved in circles reminding Sebastien of a caged panther. Sebastien leaned forward to relieve his frame from the ache careening up his spine as he leaned against the table…”

WiHM2014_logoABOUT THE AUTHOR - Angie Gallow was born in Chicago and currently attends Columbia College Chicago. This is her first novel.

Twitter: @AngieGallow
Facebook: Angie Gallow, Author

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WiHM 2014: Featuring the Ladies of The Sirens Call Issue #13 [Part Sixteen]

February is Women in Horror Recognition Month, a movement that was founded to support and assist female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure and networking. In honour of the event, Sirens Call Publications devotes its February issue of The Sirens Call to supporting the cause and featuring the excellent talent displayed by ladies writing horror.

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First up todays is ‘Inside Out’ a short by Marjie Myers starting on page 147…

“The sun was up and as such, so was I.

62 years 10 months 1 week and 3 days of training and I was about to graduate. I had thought about this day for a long time.

My trainer had been quiet and unpredictable as a child and I had adopted a similar nature.

I recall the many times we spent out in the woods, catching small creatures and toying with them, toying until it was no longer toying, teasing until it was no longer teasing, tormenting until it was no longer tormenting, torturing until it was death.

Once we peaked at death we would begin again, carefully selecting which creature would be next as we worked our way up the food chain. It was a slow process. The first guest we had was a frog; whose demise was brought about by a boot thwacked down on his head…”

16_MarjieMyersABOUT THE AUTHOR - Marjie Myers, grew up in Buckinghamshire, England. She has been creating stories since she learnt to read although its only in the last couple of years that she has been writing them down. Having lived in Africa and now returned to the UK she still enjoys the occasional adventure. Not tied to any genre she prefers to follow where her characters take her.

Twitter: @MarjieMyers
Website: www.TheSuddenlyKateShow.com

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Next up we have Candy Burke’s ‘Wretched’ gracing the pages on 151…

“This is fucked up.”

Mel shifted on the bench. “I know, Harry.”

“We get no choice in which jobs we take, have no benefits… Hell, I haven’t had a vacation in forever.”

Mel sighed and nodded. “I know, Harry.”

“I had half a mind to quit. Just march in and tell the boss I’ve had enough. Maybe retire to Hawaii.”

Mel rolled his eyes. “You’re not going to quit.”

“We’re never welcomed. Nobody wants to see us coming in the door. They’d rather have a visit from the IRS.”

Mel tightened his grip on his wooden staff. “The old man in Cincinnati last week was glad to see us.”

“Yeah? Well, he’s the exception.” Harry brushed the back of his hand under his nose. “I really don’t want to be here.”

16_CandyBurkeABOUT THE AUTHOR - Candy Burke writes contemporary romance; stories that are sometimes sweet, sometimes steamy, and almost always spiked with suspense. She weaves her fiction in the wee hours, has a love of flavored coffee, and indulges her dark side in flash fiction and tales of horror.

Candy resides in North Carolina with her true life hero, three dogs, a cat and a goat.

Twitter: @thecandyburke
Website: www.candyburke.com

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And finishing up this feature is ‘Watch It Weep’ by Selena Kenworthy beginning on page 153…

“Good morning Father, are you here to see Alice Beesley?” the nurse asked him as he stepped through the double doors to Ward A3.

“Yes err… Nurse Hallet is it?” he was looking at her badge to discern her name as she greeted him. A short, stout, motherly looking woman with a kind smile. “She’s in a single room up this way Father. Very poorly, she collapsed at the supermarket on Bridge Street and was brought in here. She’s desperate to see a priest before it was too late. She must want to put a few things right in case of the worst. She’s a tough old thing managed out there on her own on that farm until into her eighties. Pretty good going if you ask me.”

Father Christie smiled and nodded as the nurse chatted. It was one of his most satisfying duties making people near death feel a little happier by listening to their worries or confessions, whatever they wanted to say. He felt it made the passing into the next realm easier for them…”

16_SelenaKenworthyABOUT THE AUTHOR - I am a busy mum of three using writing as an outlet for my strange imagination. I am striving to finish that elusive novel and also want to continue writing short stories.  I used to be a nurse in what seems another life. I love reading fiction of all kinds but I am definitely drawn to stories about the darker side of life or death.

Twitter: @SelenaKenworthy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Selena-Kenworthy/467448106717829

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If you like what you’ve read so far, why not download the issue for FREE? There are other wonderful pieces of fiction and poetry waiting for you!

The Sirens Call – Issue #13 – Women in Horror (Second Annual Issue)

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