Fade to Noir
Book 2 of Malarkey's Anthologies
By Ross Young, SJ Covey, Peter James Martin, NT Anderson, Evelyn Chartres, Jon Ford, Halo Scot, A.C. Merkel, Eaton Krone, Rose J Fairchild
When the light fades and the shadows whisper, do you ever ask yourself if it's something sinister?
As the veil of night settles across the land, can you imagine things you can't quite understand?
There are worlds of wonder beyond our reckoning, worlds where reality is torn asunder...and they beckon...
From fifteen different authors, we bring you tales of those things that walk among us. The inexplicable, the strange, and perhaps deranged, are all contained within the pages of Malarkey's ImaginOmnibus.
What lies behind the mundane reality coating our world in a veneer of easy-to-digest simplicity?
We bring you tales that just might be true, to enable you to see things anew.
Allow Malarkey's ImaginOmnibus to show you...
Some stories are stronger than others, but they all have their own charm. Some have touches of parody, comedy and whimsy, while others are downright tragic or ghastly. My personal favourites are 'Skies of Blue' by Jon Ford (a gritty cyberpunk neo-noir thriller) and The Displacement Artist by David DeWinter (which is as disturbing as it is profound). A really great anthology. Well worth the read of like the macabre and mysterious!
Other Books In Malarkey's Anthologies
They Walk Among Us
Thirteen stories of magic and mystery reveal things that exist if you're prepared to scratch the surface of reality. Within these words, you will find witches, demons, ghosts, vampires, angels, werewolves, centaurs, dragons, and creatures of the night, it's a monstrous menagerie to cause delight.
Ross Young was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in a hospital that has since been knocked down. He spent his childhood in a variety of international locales and uses this fact to affect an air of the windswept and interesting, badly. He enjoys diving and travelling and has lived and worked in various interesting places.
Dead Heads is his debut novel and forms part of a series of books set in the city of Gloomwood. He does not write from experience as, despite his appearance and demeanour, he is not dead. You can find him @rossyoungsulk on twitter.
SJ Covey lives in Penistone with her husband and their Labrador. Her debut novel, book 1 FamiLIES, of the YA fantasy series The Order, is soon to be released, with further books in the series to follow at a later date.
SJ recently won FLAMETREE PRESS–BEST ORIGINAL HORROR for her short story, Grace me with your presence. You may recognise one of the characters from this anthology, he has blue eyes.
@BILIGRATES is a stand alone short story.
Peter James Martin
Peter James Martin is Teesside born and bred, having spent all his life so far in the quiet town of Thornaby on Tees, which is nestled snuggly right next to the River Tees. When he’s not writing he’s spending his days with his family, surviving the rigours of two boys and two Shih Tzu dogs.
NT Anderson is a published author of steamy romance and the co-founder of the publishing imprint Tepris Press. A lifelong lover of the written word, she spent years working in hospitality, restaurant management, and even pole dancing before becoming a full-time writer in 2009. Nikki's first trilogy, The Acts Series, was released in 2021/2022. More books
will be forthcoming in 2023.
In addition to writing, Nikki is also a radio presenter with a catalog of shows for the UK-based audio production company One Flower Two Turtles that can be found on mixcloud/com/NaturallyTwisted.
She currently lives in the Endless Mountain region of Pennsylvania. When she isn't writing, Nikki can usually be found keeping odd hours, spending time with family and friends, talking to the characters in her head via candlelight, and plotting her next adventure. Several furbabies keep her on her toes, including two spoiled dogs, a pudgy cat, and a feisty horse.
She fancies herself to be a pirate, especially on Saturday nights when she breaks out the rum.
Evelyn Chartres is the nom de plume for a self-published Canadian author. The writer of seven Gothic fantasy novels, Evelyn released her debut novel, The Portrait, in 2016, and her latest, Dark Hearts, in 2022.
A fan of the phrase “live to eat,” Evelyn shares her recipes on this website. These recipes have a loose focus on French-Canadian cuisine, which feature deep-dish meat pies, seafood, and desserts that are rarely seen outside of La Belle Province.
Evelyn is currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is busy laying the foundations for her next book featuring Clara Grey.
Jon Ford lives in Worcestershire, UK.
He lives with his awesome Wifey, their lovable puppy, Vixen, and the demonic hell-puppy, Lyssa. They all live under the watchful gaze of their cat-overlords Lana and Gale.
No awards to brag about, but he's working on it.
Currently writing two series of books.
The Ballad of the Songbird is an urban fantasy saga with sci-fi overtones. Book 1 ‘Hunters’ and book 2 ‘Blood to Earth’ are out now. Book 3 ‘Tooth & Claw’ will be mid-2023.
The Femme Fatales is an ongoing sci-fi superhero series. Book 1 ‘The Scorched Sky’ and a tie-in novella ‘Knightingale’ are out now. Book 2 ‘The Broken Ground’ will be out later in 2023.
Halo Scot is a dark fiction author of book monsters, many of which bite. Reviews and press are available on HaloScot.com. Halo has been featured in Publishers Weekly and BookLife. Also, as a founding member of QueerIndie.com, Scot has appeared at Brooklyn Book Festival and Pop Pride Week, an event hosted by ReedPop, BookCon, and New York Comic Con.
Halo pretends to be cool, dark, and mysterious, when in reality, Scot is a clumsy and awkward creature who eats shadows and harbors a severe distrust of ladybugs. Prone to chaos, this nightmare-dwelling beast aims to achieve galactic domination through a void-screaming expertise, dormant telekinesis, and aggressive cackling. To summon this obscure and skittish writer, one must align the following items in a circle as an offering: three shots of whiskey, two bowls of jelly beans, something shiny or lit on fire, and a printed photo of Nicolas Cage as a duck.
A.C. Merkel is the Author/Creator of Her Name Is Murder series and Witch VS. Witch.
Merkel creates characters you'll love by infusing stories with empathy, magic, wonder, music and inclusivity.
A.C. is a founding member of https://Queerindie.com
Eaton Krone is a sci-fi satire author who denies being the author of his own life, as it’s riddled with way too many errors and scenes that cannot be edited or (preferably) deleted. He lives with his unofficial other half in Cape Town, South Africa. His mind lives somewhere else.
Rose J Fairchild
Rose lives in Upstate New York with her family and furry companions. She is a clerk at a local library and adores creating programs for her “Library Littles.” Currently, Rose is working on a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” called “Between Feather and Flame.” It s a thorny take on “Beauty and the Beast” with a dash of heat from a feisty main character based on her late grandmother. Rose’s grandmother and daughter have been her greatest muses. It has been thrilling to include some of her Gram’s real-life adventures in her novel, and she looks forward to sharing it with the world.