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Fading Light - out now!

The wait is over. Fading Light is here…

Brought to you by Angelic Knight Press, Fading Light, a collection of horror, dark fantasy and science fiction stories from a host of authors, is available to buy from Amazon from September 2012.

Edited by Tim Marquitz, writer of the "Demon Squad" series, Fading Light concentrates on what lurks out there in the dark.

The light has failed: the era of man is at its end.

Born of darkness, the creatures of myth, legend, and nightmare have long called the shadows home. Now, with the cruel touch of the sun fading into memory, they've returned to claim their rightful place amidst humanity; as its masters.

Fading Light collects 30 monstrous stories by authors new and experienced, in the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, each bringing their own interpretation of what lurks in the dark.

It's a great pleasure to play a part in this one and, already, the anthology is earning rave reviews:

"Fading Light is a perfect example of a well constructed anthology. A great unifying theme, talented authors, and more than two dozen short stories to sink your teeth into. Reading this reminded me of boyhood nights spent curled up in front of the television watching The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, or The Outer Limits, which I’m sure was exactly the point. Enjoy it on a storm night…but be sure to leave the lights on and the doors locked." -- Michael Sullivan, author of The Riyria Revelations

"Tim Marquitz has collected an extraordinary array of bleak and thrilling stories from some of the best writers in the game and a crop of marvelous newcomers with Fading Light. Read it before the darkness arrives and the world ends!" ~ Ed Kurtz, author of Bleed and Control

"With it's stellar lineup of authors and the great premise that gives them room to weave their magic, Fading Light accomplishes what far too many fail to: it stands out from the pack as something unique, terrifying, and wholly readable from first pages to last." -- Bryan Hall, author of The Southern Hauntings Saga and Containment Room 7.

Jake Elliott, contributor of "Rurik's Frozen Bones", has pulled together previews of a large selection of the stories here, and on the official Fading Light Facebook Page there are some short excerpts to tantalize the tastebuds.

My contribution is called, "Wrath", and it is a modern take on the story of the Passover from the book of "Exodus".

I wrote "Wrath" specifically to take a crack at the anthology as the theme stirred something within me, and I made a conscious decision to stay away from any sci-fi related probable cause for the world to be eclipsed by darkness. Instead, I went for a biblical angle. If God could give us the light then I'm guessing He could pretty much take it away at a whim.

"Wrath" follows a reformed alcoholic trying to win back the trust of his family with the aim of regaining custody of his young son. The end of the world certainly throws a spanner in the works!

Here is the intro, and a slightly longer peak than is revealed on the official Fading Light page.

I doubted the existence of monsters.

Mankind were the monsters. The rapists, the pedophiles, the murderers. They were out there. They were real. In truth, I always thought the dark things we saw on film, or read about in books, were just projections, the parts of ourselves we couldn't accept. We rationalise the demons within us.

I want to laugh, but I'm not capable, even in scorn.


Who would have thought our need for things to be explained, for things to fit, would end it all?

I used to be a policeman, a long time ago, and I saw the very worst we could be, every single day. Because of this, I've always thought it easier to believe in monsters than to face up to the neighbour who beats his wife, or the pervert who snatches children from the school gates, or the tanks that roll over broken bones on desert tracks.

Mankind were the monsters, was what I used to think.

But things change. Now I know the truth, and a real monster dominates my thoughts.

Outside, the darkness finally lifts. A crimson dawn is heralded by a thousand screaming sirens. Light creeps in from the base of the curtains. The world has changed forever.

I slug back the last of the whisky and the bottle slips from my grasp. The remnants of an old, well-loved foe trickle into nothing.

I raise the gun. My hands tremble.

Fading Light is available from Angelic Knight Press from September 1st 2012

The e book is priced at $5.99. You can buy it here on Amazon from September. You could even leave a review. There is also a companion ebook available here at $0.99 which contains bonus stories of the monstrous.

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Mark Lawrence, Gene O'Neill, William Meikle, David Dalglish, Gord Rollo, Nick Cato, Adam Millard, Stephen McQuiggan, Gary W Olson, Tom Olbert, Malon Edwards, Carl Barker, Jake Elliot, Lee Mather, Georgina Kamsika, Dorian Dawes, Timothy Baker, DL Seymour, Wayne Ligon, TSP Sweeney, Stacey Turner, Gef Fox, Edward M Erdelac, Henry P Gravelle, & Ryan Lawler, with bonus stories from CM Saunders, Regan Campbell, Jonathan Pine, Peter Welmerink, & Alex Marshall.