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The Jungle and Other Stories: Tell-Tale Publishing's 5th Annual Horror Anthology

Now in its fifth incarnation, Tell-Tale's horror anthologies have become an annual benchmark of emerging talent and well-told stories. The select seven featured here will yank you backward and forward again in time, visiting the exotic and the seemingly mundane, at a pace and a pulse calibrated for Halloween chills. Beware of a cat named Sabrina and a Celtic goddess with a passport to Salem – yes, that Salem. An old farmhouse could hold more vivid memories than just its mortal foundations, and think twice about rescuing the sister of a young boy if you find yourself in a desert. Twins may not be what they seem, so hang onto your hat (and your head). For that matter, hang on to your whole body unless you want to risk permanent eviction. Also, you may never use steak knives again.

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The Gotten

No one knew about the doorbell until the news story of the boys’ mysterious disappearance.

If certain people couldn’t own the doorbell or if it rejected them, they wanted to destroy it and the boys behind it, calling it a hoax.

Ivor and Inge Borg have been tracking Astrid Sims, who has escaped from the ancient Norse myth as Skuld, the weaver of the future, fate and destiny of humankind. She’s the norn of the future. Urd of the past and Verdandi of the present. Ivor and Borg need her return so they can continue to spin the threads of life and decide the fate of all human beings. Skuld was reborn and escaped into a new childhood existence. She emerged as a teenager in the 1950s and later as a wife and mother in an American heartland town.

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Let There Be Dragons

​In a post-apocalyptic world, dragons, elves, vampires and demons war for control of Earth. A girl with powerful Gifts is the only hope the world has to destroy Slygon, a demon from the Pit come to rule all.

​With the aid of a half-orc, his friends and a fairy, Annabelle tames dragons and rides to fight Slygon on his home territory. On a mission to rescue her sister from Slygon’s power, Annabelle will stop at nothing. When everyone around her is saying it’s time to quit, Annabelle is just getting started.

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Descendent of Salem

Dylan would do anything to be reunited with his dead wife. He continues to profess his love for her every night when they make out in the cemetery. Anne just wants to be left alone, to practice her witchcraft, steal orgasms from trespassing teenagers, and live the life of a modern, independently wealthy hermit. Like a fly buzzing around the potato salad at a summer picnic, they’re a perfect match.

When a treasure hunting YouTuber discovers a cave with ancient symbols on the bottom of Lake Huron, their lives collide. It turns out, Anne and Dylan are part of a forgotten race that hold the key to humanity’s future, but their common destiny has an expiration date. They’ll have to uncover ancient secrets, reconcile their feelings for one another, and figure out their powers.

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Dark Desire

The secrets of the Louisiana Bayou bubble up like swamp gas, as the Vampire’s unbridled passion for the beautiful Maggie Newsome consumes his darkened soul. The love she pledged to Collin Fitzhugh is crumbling to dust with each bite and night of lust she experiences with Grayson Gerrard. With one more bite before she becomes his forever, only her fiancé and a shriveled-up Voodoo Witch stand between Maggie and a dark eternity.

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Celtic Fire

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Doorway to Hell

When hordes of hungry vampires and demons flood San Francisco through a doorway from their wasted world, a hero must step up and fight.

Konrad Pengill, a Berserker, and Lei Hua Jiang, a Kung Fu master, hear the voice of a dragon inside an egg smuggled into San Francisco to save the city. The thrill ride is on as Konrad, Lei, and the dragon battle the demons and their desire for each other. The doorway must be closed or the nightmare will never end. Will Konrad be able to overcome the demons or will San Francisco sink in a bloodbath?

Terrifying, yet filled with crazy comedic moments, Doorway to Hell will take you into the sewers of San Francisco, to Alcatraz and finally, into another dimension.

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Mrs. Murray's Home

Home is where the heart is, or so they say. It’s also been said that a home is a person’s castle. But home is also with family and friends. Mrs. Murray longs for home, the family home, a castle an ocean away. The Brownies also crave home, the same castle Mrs. Murray considers home. And Granny? Mary’s Granny hasn’t been home since she was Mary’s age. It’s time to visit the homeland, Scotland. Mary’s excited to tag along with Granny, Mrs. Murray and the Brownies. And then there’s the witch. The one they thought they’d killed. And the treasure. The one they had found. And it all ties together, for better or for worse. Join the adventure in book 3 of the popular “Piccadilly Street Series”.

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Raksasha

What happens when monsters collide? Sometimes a new abomination is born. Our seven brothers continue to use their gifts to fight the spread of evil. They are scattered, battling on several fronts, trying to stem the tide of bloodsuckers moving across the land and figure out how to deal with new opponents that are being created as the evolution continues. Xiang shi, Raksasha, Vampire . . .

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The Raven Queen and Other Tales

Welcome to Tell-Tale’s 4th Annual Horror Anthology. We think the ancient and more modern legends explored in this edition will make you sleep with the lights on for days.

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Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure

There is a hidden treasure in the grand old mansion on Piccadilly Street, in a place called London, but not the real London of English fame. There’s also a lot of mystery and a murder that’s been unsolved for decades. But it’s the treasure that captures Mary’s interest. Mary lives in this house along with her family, her Brownie friends and a ghost. When the ghost reveals her secret about the hidden treasure, there’s no stopping Mary, her Brownie friends, or her enemies from searching for this treasure. Why the intrigue? Apparently there’s a little bit of magic connected to this treasure. And so the adventure begins. Who will find the treasure first?

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The Revolutionist

Two different families escape from the political tyranny of their respective homelands, the Josephsons from Sweden and Matias and Kurt Bauman, brothers from Germany and Austria Hungary, with the aid of a Viennese opera diva, Sophie Augusta Rose, and Jean Guenoc, a former Jesuit priest, family friend and protector and partisan of the French underground.

Their journey brings them to America in the throes of the industrial revolution during the 1890s and early 1900s. Ingrid and Olaf Josephson settle on a small wheat farm in North Central Minnesota to raise their children, Newt and Julie.

Among the Jewish entrepreneurs forced to leave Germany and Austria-Hungary, Matias and Kurt Bauman re-establish their transportation company in Chicago, Illinois.

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The Keeper's Secret: Tell-Tale Publishing's Annual Horror Anthology

Whether it’s history itself getting lost in the stone silence of a lighthouse or the time flow of medieval armor clashing from the grave into the now of your mind, this year’s honor roll of top stories from Tell-Tale Publishing will pull you up in your chair and set your pulse racing. But that’s what you want…isn’t it? There will be thoughtful dilemmas to keep you pondering, moral choices and choices for the oldest of reasons – love – and above all the test of love versus fate. Nowhere will fate be more exquisitely tangled than in the tale of a young woman trapped between the terror of sexual abuse and the unknowns in the magical world of a Jinn. And just as you think you’ve felt it all from rescues and would-be rescues each twisted with karma, steel yourself for one more.

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Red Jacaranda Leaves

In a world of magic and mysticism, peace and prosperity reins in the Akuwa and Piripiri kingdoms, however, something brews in the midst, and the wily witch doctor, the Sangoma, sees it in his visions, and will do anything to quell the threat. Even reintroducing the ancient art of purification. Princess Nia of the Piripiri tribe faces this bloody destiny, but her mother, Queen Zandile has other ideas. In the Akuwa Kingdom, bastard born Xolani befriends a water dragon, the Nyaminyami, and attempts to protect his tribesmen, and in due course, the kingdoms, from natures recoil at the rites of passage.

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The Children of Resurrection Garden

From "The Stephen King of Manitoba" comes another macabre tale that will keep you reading past your bedtime...and you will keep the lights on, even if you finish. At the Midnight Hour beware of what lurks in the shadows.

Clear Vista, California is a picturesque town overlooking a tranquil bay on the Pacific. Quiet. Friendly. It’s a great place for children to grow up.

That is, if they grow up.

But an unusual number of children in Clear Vista don’t live long enough to grow up. A car accident. A hit-and-run. A tumble down the basement stairs. A suicide. So many tragedies fill the plots in the local cemetery, Resurrection Gardens. The worst is the disappearance of the eight-year-old Loewen twins, Heidi and Holly. When their bodies are found in the cemetery’s tool shed, the horrified townsp

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Dead Friends Running

Two friends rush off to Pennsylvania when they find out their friend who was treated for the virus ends up dead. They hope to find a way to save their best friend, who just received the same treatment in a hospital of NJ, but in their attempt they end up trying to survive another zombie attack.

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Vagrant

Logan Hall is a Vagrant, one of the disenfranchised living beneath the mega city of New Washington. The Vagrants have to hide from the Company who is rounding all of them up and shipping them to newly discovered planets to work in the mines. That’s what happened to Logan’s father.

Shayna is one of the privileged. She has a chip, a credit disc, and lives in a shiny stainless steel and glass high-rise above ground. Shayna is allergic to corn so she is one of the few above ground people who is not stoned on Sopore. Sopore is a drug found in genetically altered corn. It’s in almost all food. The Vagrants know about Sopore and avoid it.

These two teens from wildly differing environments meet by accident and fall in love. Logan will stop at nothing to rescue his friend Raj, captured and

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