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About the author

Clarence Carter is best known for The Blacktop Kings, Shadows & Keyholes and The Latchkey Kids. He has also been featured in a handful of anthologies. Born and raised in Maine, Carter has long appreciated its beautiful landscape and has drawn inspiration from its ebb and flow. He draws inspiration from his adventures and the people he meets, creating stories that are often equal parts compelling and terrifying. 

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A Girl Named Mishka

Available on Amazon

Mishka is a young girl whose father is a powerful Russian mafia boss. After her mother's death, which is rumored to be at the hands of her father, Mishka escapes to America and pursues her dream of modeling. However, her dream is soon stolen when she's kidnapped by a crazed truck driver. In the midst of her turmoil, Mishka must find the courage to keep moving forward and to not let her past define her.

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The Rejected Ones

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Over the course of my decade-long writing career, I've crafted numerous tales that failed to find a home within the finicky short story market. However, that doesn't mean these gems are without merit. Sometimes a particular trend or style simply passes me by. In fact, I've rounded up ten intriguing tales that never quite fit in elsewhere - and they all make up a peculiar collection I like to call "The Rejected Ones."

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Damn Ernie

A war veteran finds himself trapped in a nursing home against his will. Determined to escape, he employs a series of humorous pranks and malicious jokes to try and get kicked out. However, the staff and residents are unprepared for his antics, leading to a hilarious and unpredictable journey.

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When his brother attacks, Kyle Cliff’s world shatters. Caught between poverty, hockey, and his abusive brother, Kyle must confront his fears and fight to save the one person who has always been there for him - his grandmother. Follow Kyle as he navigates a world of treachery and betrayal while struggling to save his future and protect the ones he loves.

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Available on Amazon

From the twisted mind of Clarence Carter comes a chilling compilation of heart-stopping terror. Beware each dark and malicious story offers a unique look into the bizarre, where a single sentence can lead you places you may never return from.

Enter a world of terrors, unleashing an array of strange horror that will leave you breathless. Unthinkable horrors, nightmares made real. If you dare explore Shadows & Keyholes, don’t turn out the lights.

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Follow amateur BMX rider Liza Sanderson as she transforms a group of misfits into champions and fights tooth and nail for success and an escape from poverty. When rumors of arson threaten her community, Liza doesn't back down. She's determined to seek justice - no matter what obstacles, including her rival team Double Feature, stand in her way.

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Will Decker dreams of winning a trophy like his brother, but wonders if he has what it takes. When he discovers a pie eating contest, he decides to give it a shot. With determination and a little luck, Will wins the contest and earns his own trophy. Join Will on his fun and exciting adventure towards achieving his goal.

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Jack is an aging bank robber who lives a double life. Straddling morality and the law, Jack knows he can't keep his life of crime for much longer. But when a daring heist yields unexpected results, Jack's life is upended as he discovers he’s been double crossed.

As his criminal empire is collapsing, someone from his past comes to stay. With danger lurking around every corner, Jack must elude his pursuers while navigating a world of deceit and suspense. Will Jack prevail, or will his past catch up to him in a violent and ruthless way? Find out in No Honor Among Thieves.

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The Quiet Game

The rules are simple, stay quiet and stay alive. After running away from a troubled-teen school, Gordon Xavier finds himself trapped in a prison beneath a doctors office. He isn't alone. The sinister doctor who's captured him has made quite the name for himself by selling biological materials to the elite.



Published by Inked In Gray

The world isn’t black and white. Why should our stories be?

There is often a moment when we discover the world is nothing like the fairy tales we grew up with. It’s grittier, darker, more complex. Perception isn’t always reality. Sometimes there’s another layer, another angle that demands acknowledgement. Each tale within The First Stain peels back those preconceived layers to expose the cracks in our not-so-perfect world.

The First Stain showcases stories with a twist—from haunted visions to heartbreaking omens; vigilante justice to survival amidst metaphysical hellscapes. Enter a fantastical world where karma is Law—merciless and unforgiving. Discover the addiction of memory, and the regrets secreted therein. Within The First Stain, fears become nightmares. Nightmares become reality, and sometimes, the worst that could happen, comes to pass.

These thirteen short stories by new and published authors delve into the themes of death, justice, family, redemption, and ugly truths bound in beautiful lies.



Coffin Blossoms. A reminder that hope does spring eternal. In death itself there is often beauty, life, and on rare occasions even humor. The twenty-four stories in this anthology straddle the line between humor and horror in unique ways. Some wearing a wry smile. Others with tongue firmly in cheek. Ghosts, demons, vampires, myths, monsters, and murderers turned on their heads and shaken ‘til dizzy, then presented for you here, in the pages of Coffin Blossoms…



Terror lurks just out of sight. But it won’t stay hidden for long…
A terrifying science experiment unleashes a phantasmal killer from beyond the grave. An ancient tome devours the minds of all who dare read its endless pages. And a donut shop waitress discovers a sinister secret ingredient, that keeps customers coming back for more…
Scare Street is proud to present a breathtaking new collection of diabolical tales. Every page unleashes a new terror, torn straight from the darkest shadows of the night.
You’ve seen them before, just out of the corner of your eye. Dark, slimy things, slithering through the shadows when you turn off the light.
And now you hear them, scraping on the door of your bedroom, as you pull the covers over your head.
And as their footsteps creak across the floor, you wonder…
Will this be the last sound you ever hear?

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Get ready to experience a new level of terror with Paramnesia, the first of four horror anthologies from GrendelPress. Featuring a collection of original short stories from a diverse range of talented writers, this book will take you on a journey through the depths of the human psyche, exploring the darkest corners of the mind and the horrors that lurk within.

Each tale is expertly crafted to keep you on the edge of your seat, with twists and turns that will leave you gasping for breath. From spine-chilling encounters to psychological thrills that will make you question your own sanity, Paramnesia is a must-read for horror fans looking for their next fix. Don't miss out on this chilling collection of stories that will haunt your dreams long after you've turned the last page.


COLP: Desert/ Dessert

Desert - A waterless, desolate area of land with little or no vegetation, typically one covered with sand.
Dessert - The sweet course eaten at the end of a meal.

Infinitely different, but easy enough to mix up.

Colp: Desert/Dessert features seventeen short stories from new and returning authors. Some are about deserts, some are about desserts, and some are about both.

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Home Sweet Horror

In your home, you feel comfortable, at But what happens when your home isn't safe? What if your home turns out to be your personal hell? The things that go bump in the night really are in the closet and under your bed. Ghosts whisper in your ears, appear in mirrors, leave you feeling unhinged. What's lurking beyond when you unlock your front door?

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Published by Clay Vermulm

A five-star Icelandic restaurant that specializes in mythical creature cuisine faces devastation when the creatures being served decide to fight back. A first time home-seller attempts to put her family home on the market and move on with her life, but first has to confront the lingering spirit of her father. A young boys discovers an angel under his house, only to discover not all angels come from heaven. A young woman brims with excitement to help raise her new niece, but soon has to confront the reality that this baby may not be of this world. These are just a few of the terrifying tales featured in Bad Spirits.

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