Dark Lit Market

A selection of dark fiction works for sale from Denver Horror Collective members.


BOBBY CREW

Dining With Devils

From devils lurking in the woods, to devils slithering inside of you, this collection of horror stories takes a dark dive into the hell you create when you get a little too close to your demons. You might even find that sometimes your demons are the ones who love you the most.


DESI D

“If I Shall Wake” in Terror at 5280′

A neighborhood won’t let its residents forget the past. One taste draws two lovers into a nightmarish addiction. A harsh winter forces strange creatures down from the mountains.

At sea level, where it’s safe, things like this can’t happen. But when you’re sky high in Denver, Colorado, anything goes…including your sanity.

Beware of Terror at 5280’, Denver Horror Collective’s local horror fiction anthology featuring 22 dark tales set in and around Denver and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains penned exclusively by local authors.


CLAIRE L. FISHBACK

The Doll Room

A room with many small doors, a dream hitchhiker, furniture that moves itself. A middle-aged housewife who desperately wants to be noticed. In these pages you’ll find strange encounters, dolls with secrets, and creepy children. Haunted ears. A long-lost daughter come home. Nightmares come true.

Stories that explore grief, time, relationships, decisions, and everything in between.

Stories that haunt… and inspire.

Welcome to The Doll Room


ELANA GOMEL

The Cryptids

An invasion like no other is threatening the Silicon Valley. A cutting-edge quantum communication technology has unleashed a flood of cryptid sightings. From headless Mothmen to dog-faced cats, strange beasts are prowling the streets and emerging from the woods, spreading a deadly epidemic of mind-blindness. Children mutate into protean monsters; people are carried away by thunderbirds; and those who survive fail to recognize themselves in the mirror. 

Cryptozoologist Sharon Manley, a stranger in a strange land, thinks she knows what is going on. But who is going to believe her if her information comes to her in dreams? Torn between two countries and two men, she finally embarks on a one-way odyssey into the heart of the cryptid Earth to uncover its shocking secrets. Her quest takes her to the forest of flayed bears, to the beach colonized by Mothmen, and finally to the golden city of Hell. There she has to confront the enigmatic cryptid masters and to make the choice that will determine the fate of more worlds than one.


LANIE GOODELL

Salvagium

Summer Eastman has lost everything in her world. Her best friend, the family she chose, is murdered and she has no one to whom she can turn. Using the inheritance he left her, Summer buys an old Victorian home in Brattleboro, desperately seeking to escape the nightmare her life in New York has become. The house holds secrets, however. Secrets that can destroy Summer. With the help of town handyman, Cullen O’Conner, Summer must figure out what’s going on in her home, before anyone else dies.


E.A. GREEN

Real Skin

Until it’s you, one can never understand just how soul-destroying it can be when a family member, friend, or acquaintance just up and vanishes. That depth of darkness knows no bounds when they’re declared missing and unfindable. Detective Jarrett Jefferson knows that portion of Hell’s fiery pits all too well.

Ride along with the Detective as his first official case turns out to be unlike anything he has ever investigated: a serial killer given the name S.S.K.

Why Settle For FAKE SKIN, When You Can Have REAL SKIN?


CHARLES W. JONES

Daughter of Illusion

Eli Thompson has witnessed many disturbing things in his life. When he receives a vision of despicable acts and isn’t sure what to do until a voice tells him that he needs to leave his comfortable home in Wyoming and go to Denver. Upon his arrival, Eli still doesn’t know why he’s there until his senses lead him to a restaurant in LODO where a grisly act has occurred.

After Detective Jonas Wechsler arrests Eli for being at a crime scene, they discover that other crimes involving a vanishing perpetrator are entwined with the same Fallen Angel, Agrat bat Mahlat, who desires to bring about change to the world by sacrificing men to Samael. Quickly, they learn that there are other players in this vile plan, one a pawn to carry out the Fallen Angel’s orders and two siblings, who were separated at birth.

Against heir Watchers’ wishes, Eli and Jonas decide to confront Agrat, finding themselves in a precarious predicament.


SHANNON LAWRENCE

Bruised Souls & Other Torments

Fear resides in the soul.

A welcoming widow with a twisted appetite; a war-time evil lurking behind the face of a child; a father’s love gone horribly wrong; a deadly government solution; a new job with a demonic pay scale; a woman trapped in a mysterious house with no memory of who she is or how she got there. These are a mere glimpse of the terrors that lie in wait in this collection of horror short stories, sure to grip the psyche and torment the soul.


MATTHEW LYONS

The Night Will Find Us

They say never go into the woods at night…

School’s out for summer and that means one thing to Parker, Chloe, and their four friends: a well-deserved camping trip in the Pine Barrens, a million-acre forest deep in the heart of New Jersey. But when old grudges erupt, an argument escalates into the unthinkable, leaving one of them dead and the killer missing. As darkness descends and those left alive try to determine a course of action, the forest around them begins to change…


CHRISTOPHE MASO

“Feast of the Senses” in Consumed: Tales Inspired by the Wendigo

Hunger that changes you…consumes you…turning you into a nightmare version of what you once were. From desolate snowy mountains and apocalyptic wastelands to New York’s sex clubs and virtual encounters, Denver Horror Collective brings you, dear reader, visions of horror inspired by the Wendigo.


THOMAS C. MAVROUDIS

Bergdorf & Associates

Down and out Abraham Kos has been a contract hand to the 72 Spirits of Solomon (demons to some, djinn to others) ever since his attempted suicide. The jobs Abe performs are generally simple, if questionable, but the most recent task posed by Abe’s handler, Bergdorf, is proving unusually difficult. To complicate matters further, a powerful young woman named Rayne has been assigned the same task. To win the ensuing game of “keep away,” Abe will have to enlist the aid of his telepathically linked twin nieces, a brujo in training, and his dementia-afflicted father.


MICHAEL PICCO

Scenes From the Carnival Lounge

There are fates worse than death.

Far, far worse fates, indeed…

Scenes From The Carnival Lounge is a collection of odd tales featuring all manner of dreadful fates. Here you’ll explore that strange shadow world between waking and sleep; that twilight where angels whisper to their avid acolytes; where immortality and revenge come at an immense cost; where love and betrayal cross paths with deadly consequences; where things long-buried and lost come back to dreadful life.

So, come and explore the Carnival Lounge and remember: that which does not kill you only makes you… stranger.


JOSH SCHLOSSBERG

Malinae

The absentmindedness. The nonsensical ramblings. The blank stares. Ward Ayers, physically disabled and confined to his Jersey Shore home, can only watch in dismay as his beloved wife Malina slips further and further into dementia.

But when Ward catches a glimpse of a strange appendage in place of Malina’s tongue, he fears the woman he’s loved for half a century isn’t succumbing to Alzheimer’s but transforming into something…not quite human. As he tries to make sense of his wife’s disturbing changes, he starts wondering if he’s the one losing his mind. 

Until, finally, Ward uncovers the dark force behind Malina’s decline and must plumb the depths of sacrifice and selfishness to reclaim his wife and preserve humanity’s future.


CORY SWANSON

Geminus: A Time Travel Novella

Time is a fickle thing. Is the future as fixed as the past?

Cassie and Helen are twins spawned from a bolt of lightning that struck their mother while she was pregnant, as if from Zeus himself, or so their mother told them.

Like millions of other twin’s they share a special bond.

However, their bond is unlike any other, for Cassie remembers the future while Helen experiences the present. A fact the girls and their mother have kept secret from the world.

As Cassie and Helen head off to college their lives are about to be irrevocably changed forever.


ANGELA SYLVAINE

Chopping Spree

Eden Hills, Minnesota is famous for one thing—its ’80s inspired Fashion Mall. When high school junior, Penny, lands a job at one of its trendy stores, she notices her teen coworkers all wear a strange symbol they won’t explain.

Suspicious but wanting to belong, she agrees to stay after closing for a party in the closed store. Her fun turns to terror when Penny discovers a mortally wounded boy and learns there is a killer loose in the mall. Soon the teens are running for their lives. 

Will Penny discover the truth behind the mall cabal and survive to slay another day, or will she fall victim to the galleria of gore?


BRENDA TOLIAN

“Snake Man” in Twisted Pulp Magazine #3

Twisted Pulp Magazine is an anthology collection of art, articles, stories and other manglings of the English language. If you dream of a time when kitsch was king and pulp was a bit pulpy-er, then the noir, sci-fi,horror, black comedy, and more in Twisted Pulp Magazine is for you. If you don’t yearn for the days of camp, mysterious magazines, and satire then it probably isn’t.


K.D. WEBSTER

Adrian’s Children: Blood Work

What happens when your blood becomes changed? What happens when it changes you?

Everyone knows vampires aren’t real…right? But what if they were? And what if it wasn’t a ‘what if’? Mr. Crisp would like to have you for a drink and talk about it.

Set in a modern-day era where monsters only exist in myths and movies, Adrian Crisp is the world’s first vampire!

But if he has it his way…he won’t be the last.


JEAMUS WILKES

The Music of Vengeance

The Music of Vengeance rides hard as a tale of a military-trained assassin in pursuit of the pestilence known as the “Rat-Catcher.” Preceded by a glimpse into the hell our rat-race world has become, the harrowing showdown delivers in the realm of world-ending, flesh-creeping horror.


JOY YEHLE

Dread

Nate Camden, a fourteen-year-old who dreams of becoming a Navy SEAL, has just moved into Dark Pine Hills.

There are rumors that the surrounding forest is haunted. But that’s not the worst of it. Strange kids have come knocking. They want to come in and they won’t take no for an answer. Judging by their soulless black eyes, they may not even be human.

As soon as people begin seeing the Black Eyed Kids, terrible and deadly occurrences begin to take place. Are they causing it or warning of worse things to come? Nate will not only have to face the terrifying reality of the Black Eyed Kids, but also his worst fear about himself if he’s going survive and protect the ones he loves.