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An amazing international group of authors came together to create DEPTHS OF DARKNESS - A psychological horror anthology just in time for Halloween.  As my readers know, horror is not my typical genre, but it sounded like a fun challenge.  Initially, I had no idea what to write about so I quizzed my friends (who are mostly cops) and decided to loosely base the story on a bizarre incident that happened decades ago. Enter a routine call that ends up being too strange to dismiss, a manhunt, a SWAT callout, a creepy middle-aged man that lives with his mother, and an evil sociopath. The result? Pyrohypnosis (my contribution to the anthology). What is truth and what was born from the wild imagination of a writer? I'll never tell. Get your copy today.  In addition to my story, there are nine other authors participating in this anthology.  Keep reading to learn more.


In 1969, aged 17, Tom left his native Glasgow to join the British Army. He enjoyed a colourful military life serving mainly in West Germany but with short postings elsewhere. Highlights of his service were: patrolling the streets of Belfast, serving in the walled city of West Berlin, working as a military training instructor, and latterly, serving in the first Gulf War. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, and was grateful to complete his career in 1992, sound of mind and limb.
A second career followed which saw Tom work in retail for 25 years. Once again, not content with 9 to 5, he dealt with recruitment, training, discipline and support. He travelled UK-wide in management and support roles and spent many years establishing new stores and teams.
Tom considers writing as his third career. He started in 2007 and has written novels, short stories, and poetry in a wide range of genres. Justice is a key component in much of his work.

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Sylva gave up a job in academia and now works as an author /illustrator. Sylva and her family own a woodland, and she can often be found sitting on a log by the campfire, pondering story plots. Adventures in their own enchanted woodland, hunting for fairies and stomping in muddy puddles, inspires Sylva to write stories to entertain her three girls. 

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Penny Luker was a Head Teacher in Cheshire and then a tutor with the Open University. Now she enjoys singing in a choir, playing the piano and many forms of art. Since 2008 she has been writing and publishing books, including stories for children and adults, poetry and Young Adult fiction.

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To paraphrase John Le Carre, Soldier, Shunter, Walker, Writer, would be a good summary. Now retired after careers in the military and then the railway, UK based P.A. Rudders now divides his time between family, his love of the outdoors, and pursuing his writing ambitions. Having written numerous short stories, including a three-book Creature Tales horror series, he is now working on his first novel.

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Sarah Stuart trained dogs for the professional stage and has met producers, directors, choreographers, backstage staff, and hundreds of actors from beginners to international stars of stage and screen. Her first four sizzling-hot, romantic suspense novels drew on this experience and won prestigious awards. Her YA Richard and Maria books were written at the request of her young teenage niece. Sarah donates 100% of her royalties to charities dedicated to protecting endangered species and ill-treated animals worldwide.

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Lacey Lane is an author who loves pole dancing, crafting, nail art, reading and karaoke. She writes horror and non-fiction. Lacey's other passions include reading and gardening.

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After taking a BA (Hons) degree in history, John worked for a huge American publishing conglomerate at their subsidiary company in the UK for 10 years, climbing the greasy pole of corporate stardom with the inevitable disillusionment to be found at the very top. Nowadays he works at any old full-time job, 42 hours a week, but isn’t particular about what line of work it is in, as long as it doesn’t stress him out to the point where he is unable to concentrate on his writing to his heart’s content. His only regret is that he did not start writing earlier than he did, for he is convinced that if he had, he would have got much further in his writing career by now.

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Theresa Jacobs believes in magic, fairies, dragons, and ghosts. Yet she trusts science and thinks that aliens know way too much. Though she still works 9-5 for the man, she has published a horror novel, two Sci-Fi novels, three horror novellas, many anthologies, children's books, and poetry. She is also an ex-contributor to 1428elm..com an online horror magazine. When she is not at work she spends her time, reading, writing, exercising her dog, and binge-watching TV shows, with her longtime partner and fiance. She is also a big movie buff and a sci-fi nerd at heart.

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As a recluse, Pam Kesterson tends to live in her head. But family, friends, and business won’t let her do that 100% of the time—being a recluse, that is. Pam incorporates all her interests into her writings, many of which are under pseudonyms. Her passions include researching, scuba diving, sky diving, hiking and running, horseback riding, parasailing, traveling to exotic places, in her imagination and for real. Pam has a deep love for animals, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. That’s why the animal kingdom becomes the subject of many of her books and stories. She’s comfortable writing about the strangest topics, which makes her a natural at science fiction, the supernatural, and horror genres. In all her adventures, she cannot help conjuring up new ideas, always creating things—many things, dreaming, and interpreting her dreams.

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As you can see, we have a variety of authors who write in vastly diverse genres. Depths of Darkness is only $0.99 or FREE on Kindle Unlimited and a great way to sample a few amazing stories. You can find additional works from a wide range of international authors on the Indie Author Support and Discussion website.



5 comments on “Depths of Darkness”

  1. Theresa Jacobs Reply

    Great blog, thanks for all your hard work. I’ve shared across all platforms 🙂

  2. Tom Benson Reply

    A spectacular post, Melanie, and if I hadn’t already bought the book and read all the stories at least twice, I’d buy it again.
    This is a tremendous boost, not only for the anthology but also for the individual authors and the IASD group.
    A slick and professional article.
    Many thanks for all your hard work, oh yes, and Pyrohypnosis, that creepy story of yours which is hard to forget.

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