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Nightscapes: Tales of Dark Fantasy
by Erik VanBezooijen
Release Date: 07/06/12
Genre: Horror
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Publisher: Hazardous Press
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Kindle 2.99
Author Page: Erik VanBezooijen
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A collection of seven short stories spanning a wide gamut of styles and genres, from ghost stories to historical fantasies to surrealist horror to contemporary fantasies. 
 
Story summaries:
Solstice: After a mysterious photographer visits to take her picture, a disfigured girl named Evelyn escapes from her thankless job as a circus freak to work for him as a model.
 
The Woman On the Stairs: A surreal, hallucinatory tale about a nameless girl wanders a bizarre fantasy world, trying to remember who she is and where she came from. She meets an oracular owl who helps her to piece together the fragmented memories of her traumatic past life.
 
The Martyr and the Whore: As he meditates in his prison cell on the eve of his crucifixion, a man known only as the Martyr is disturbed by an unexpected visitor--a witch who begs him to allow her to take his place on the cross. The Martyr denies her this favor, and suffers devastating and unexpected consequences.
 
The Coldest Blood: A ghost story set in the American Old West, a young gunfighter named Philip becomes embroiled in a violent love triangle between himself, a secretive woman named Claudia, and her sadistic former lover.
 
Orpheus: A heroin addict is transported to a fantasy world he illustrated when he was a young boy, and tries to rescue his mother when he learns that she has been imprisoned in a castle.
 
The Seasonal Man: Billy and Sophie, a pair of young children, discover a man in a forest nearby their playground--a man who claims to be a patron god of change and progress, now rendered powerless because Satan has stolen his hands. In trying to aid the crippled god by stealing back his hands and rescuing the cosmos from stagnation, the two children find their friendship tested--with violent and troubling results.
 
Between Two Rivers: A young girl who has recently been killed in the Rape of Nanjing returns to the ruins of her city as a ghost, and searches for her family.
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