Wednesday, June 6, 2012

What Do You Fear Lies Under the Bed?

Confession time:  Visitors for IWSG (bless you, Alex, for starting this group) I had a bit of an early breakdown.  You can check that out here.  You can stick around for this additional confession - as a kid, I watched A Nightmare on Elm Street (I shouldn't have, I know, but I couldn't help myself lol!!!) and would have sworn on a stack of bibles that Freddy Krueger was under my bed.  I know, he attacked in your dream but I refused to let any part of my body dangle from the bed during the night.  Silly now.  Creepy back then.

Call it a thrill on my part to share in the announcement of the release of this new anthology.


Sirens Call Publications has recently released their first Anthology titled

“Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed”

Twelve of the hottest names in Independent Horror have crafted tales that will ensure you leave the lights on the next time you crawl between the sheets. Remember your Childhood Nightmares? Ever wonder if you were the only one with the crushing fear you couldn’t talk about? Peel back the layers of self-imposed silence on forgotten fears and discover if there really was strength in numbers all along…
Those whispered tales of monsters hiding under the bed, or of the demons lurking in the shadowy corner where we dare not glance for fear that seeing them will make them all too real. Oh, how the innocent landscape of a child’s imagination lends fertile soil to horrors ready to be sown on the slightest of sounds; the tales and the terror they wreak on our youthful minds never quite leaves us.
We asked the authors in this collection to reach into the forgotten recesses of their twisted minds and share with us the tales of nightmares that can only thrive in the hidden corners of a child’s imaginings; the bogeyman under the bed, the outlandishly fiendish creature lurking in the dark, the slight murmur of sound coming from the hall… did you close the door completely?
Explore the myriad terrors that only a child can twist from nothing into some ‘thing’ in the span of a single rapid breath. Do you dare delve into your own memories? Perhaps you’ll start sleeping with the lights on again...
Tell us, who is Under the Bed?



Contributing Authors:  Colin F. Barnes, Nina D'Arcangela, Phil Hickes, Amber Keller,
Kim Krodel, Lisamarie Lamb, John McIlveen, Kate Monroe, Brandon Scott,
Joshua Skye, Julianne Snow, and Jack Wallen


Conquer your fears and pick up a copy of Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed from:
                Samshwords.com (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony, PDF)
Print:     Amazon.com, CreatSpace.com


Read selected excerpts from what has been keeping us up at night, wondering what is Under the Bed?

 ‘Telling Tales’ - Phil Hickes
“She’s here for yet another visit with her cat, Demdike. None of which sounds too bad, you say? Lots of young boys have stuffy old grandmothers and aunties that they have to put up with. And cats are cute and fluffy.
But Peter’s Aunt Alice scares him. In fact, she frightens him to death. And her cat is just as bad, with fur as black as its soul.
That’s why he’s reluctant to go upstairs; because soon, Aunt Alice will be up to tell him a bedtime story. It’s become something of a custom. Peter was delighted when she first offered to come and tuck him in. Despite feeling a little nervous in her presence, and a tiny bit afraid of her pinched, lined face, white hair and bony limbs, she was a welcome female presence. For the first few minutes it had been enjoyable too. She wrapped the sheets tightly around him, clicked off the overhead light and turned on the lamp. He felt warm and snug…”
But then she began to tell him the stories…”

‘The Confession of a Confirmed Has-Been’ - John McIlveen
“I behaved for the first three months. I simply observed the Hansons’ way of life, as I had with the two previous families. In my condition I witness traits and habits often unnoticed by people in a more physical state, like Scott's insistent nose picking and compulsion to wipe his findings on my fireplace, or Bruce’s fixation with himself. If he spent any more time flexing in front of a mirror, I fear he'd get himself pregnant.
I do grant people the privacy of their bedrooms and the facilities, I’m not immoral - though discovering that Karen roams the house in nature's garb when alone was pleasing. I may be dead, but I’m still a man.
My condition is also what allows me to view Kimberly with utmost anonymity. In my spectral cloak, I track Kimberly about the house, watching as she involved herself in childhood fantasies, oblivious to all else. I walked with her through the garden, rejoiced with her, celebrating each discovery with open-eyed wonder. I wallowed in that beautiful youthfulness that fades as we become involved in the trivialities of adulthood…”

‘Bent Metal’ - Nina D’Arcangela
“I’m now in full blown panic mode racing down the stairs to the echoing sound of the police dispatcher screaming into the phone “stay in the house - don’t go near the corner!”
I hit the front hall and see that the door is wide open… oh, God please, oh please, oh  no… don’t let Alan be out there, please let the door be open for some other reason – maybe mom or dad went out to help, please let that be it.
I’m only three houses from the corner; three houses from the wreckage in the street; three houses from my own sanity shattering…. The second my bare foot leaves the safety of the house and hits the front porch I know something is horribly wrong. Somehow I know its Alan, and he’s in trouble.
The dread that overcomes me is suffocating. I can hardly breathe as I try to run towards the street… but my legs feel like I’m running in quick sand. I’m moving as hard and as fast as I can, but the corner may as well be a mile away in my distorted perception.
Oh God! My head is spinning as fast as my legs are churning, someone is screaming – I think it might be me! Finally I make it to the corner and see what an unholy mess of tangled metal the two vehicles that couldn’t avoid each other have become…”

Please visit the Sirens Call Publications web site for an extended preview available for download.

43 comments:

  1. Did your mother wag her finger at you for watching a scary movie at such a young age?

    Scary is much easier to take now. :)

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    1. LOL!!! My mother definitely did some finger wagging. She was the one who helped me deal with the nightmares from watching what I wasn't supposed to watch in the first place.

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  2. Ooooooh, those excerpts sound exciting! Too well do i remember the dream sensation of running in quicksand, or the terrible creaking places of Grandma's house... Sounds great, Angela! But you're all grown up now, you can get up from under that bed.. Besides, you'll be covered in dust bunnies and we all know those things have TEETH!!!!

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  3. Not silly - I still know people (adults) who won't let body parts dangle off the bed b/c of that same reason!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Jennifer. I don't feel so alone :-)

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  4. My fear related to something much more insidious - demonic possession. Ever since The Exorcist, that was the one thing that freaked me out. I couldn't even keep a copy of the book around!

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    1. That was one seriously FREAKY movie!! Don't even think I could try to read the novel.

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  5. Scary movies didn't scare me when I was a kid (although they scare me now). But, when I was a kid I used to hate cleaning my room so my mom made up this lie that all your toys come to life at night and if they find themselves in a messy pile, they get mad. I was always so scared to go to sleep, afraid that my toys will all gang up on me and attack me. Needless to say, it got me to clean up my room real fast.

    As for the Nightmare movies, I didn't watch those until my adult years. They never grabbed my attention but my ex-husband loved them so I watched them with him a few times.

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    1. Wow, your mom had a good strategy to get that room cleaned :-)

      Sometimes, I wish I'd never watched the Nightmare movies *smh*

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  6. I used to love scary movies and books, and I mean LOVE! This sounds like an anthology that is right up my alley. I may have to check it out. Thanks for featuring it!

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    1. I hope you do get to check it out and that it is scarily enjoyable :-)

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  7. I still love scary movies, everything except the really gory ones. I saw Nightmare when I was a kid, too. My parents didn't know I was there. They thought I was in bed, but I was hiding and watching from under the rocking chair. ^_^

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    1. Ha! Same with me regarding the Nightmare movie. I was supposed to be in bed but watched from a shadowy corner in the hall :-)

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  8. I'll have to stay away from this one!

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  9. I'm a coward so this definitely isn't for me.

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    1. Cowards unite! Let's all hold hands and sing something loud that will keep the monsters at bay.

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  10. LOL, I never did get into those movies. I don't read a lot of horror but this anthology sounds interesting.

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    1. Raelyn, I still question my decision to watch them. But I was kid. What real decision making skills did I have then? lol!!!

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  11. I never worrird about what was under my bed. That's where all my stuff went when I was supposed to clean my room. Too crowded under there for anything scary.

    Now about that closet...

    Angela - Congratualtions! You're the winner of last week's Caption Contest on my blog. Watch for an e-mail from me about your prize.

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    1. Aha...the closet. Hmmm....

      And thank you LD!!

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  12. Now that you're an adult, will you be able to read this book?

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    1. That is actually a good question, Alex. Honestly, I don't know lol!!!!

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  13. Ack! Angela...I never, NEVER, watch scary movies - and have only on rare occasion dared to read a scary book. Big chicken here...lol. But it's good you featured it, because practically everyone I know loves scary reads! :} Hope you've had an excellent start to June!

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    1. Thank you, Nadja. It's been a great start. Working each day and wishing you well with each passing day as well.

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  14. If this book had come out 30 years ago, I would have read it. But now I don't read or watch anything scary. ...might give myself a heartattack.

    What do I fear is under the bed? Way too many dust bunnies. :)

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    1. Just hoping the dust bunnies don't have sharp jagged teeth :-)

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    2. Gee, thanks, Angela. Now I won't be able to sleep tonight. ;)

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    3. Sorry, Linda. My imagination is just so crazy lol!!!

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  15. I DO NOT DO HORROR!!! I get scared too easily :)

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    1. Now if I had learned that lesson early on, I might not have gotten all scared and stuff behind Krueger. I probably would have just skipped it :-)

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  16. I used to be afraid of what was under the bed. But now we have a platform bed with drawers on the bottom. Nobody can be under my bed (unless he fits in a drawer).

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    1. My imagination is working...but I better not :-)

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  17. I"m like Susanna, I'm so chicken when it comes to horror! Still, it looks really, really tempting...

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    1. I'm telling you, all us horror-fraidy cats should get together, maybe watch something with a sci-fi kick-ass main character or something.

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  18. I like scary stories - always have! Heh. But there are a couple of movies that I won't ever watch again.

    I think I'm gonna get this anthology. The excerpts sound awesome. Thanks for such a great recommendation :-)

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  19. I do like a good scary story, but I won't read them in bed (just in case), and I won't read them if I'm in the house alone at night. Things sometimes lurk in the kitchen too.

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  20. Ditto a previous commentator. The Exorcist scared me because it took the Devil seriously. He's not a joke figure and horror fades in humour or trivialisation. The only other horror that got me was 'The Shining' with Jack Nicolson.

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  21. I really don't want to look under the bed. I'm blissfully unaware as to what the cats do under there.

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  22. I like the sound of this anthology.

    I never thought about what was under the bed. I was more afraid about what was outside the window.

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  23. Even as one of the authors featured in the book, I can certainly appreciate the comments that have been posted. I have my moments with horror, and I certainly feel that apprehension that builds in the pit of my stomach. Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed is not for the faint of heart but it is a very good collection! I hope those you that appreciate a good horror short check it out :)

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  24. This is a perfect read for summer up at the cabin in the woods. It's fun to get creeped out.

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