When I was little, everything seemed okay because no one noticed the pattern for years. My life with gramma was stable and loving and pleasant. We were happy, so while we registered the misfortunes that continuously took place all around us, we suspected nothing—hell, for all I know, gramma never did. But I wised up right quick.
It started out slowly, unassumingly. First, my gramma’s friends started dying off. Heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms; some were fatal and others were merely damaging, but all were very sudden and severe. Granted, most of my gramma’s friends were around her age or older and most people chalked it up to midlife health issues; such things are to be expected, especially in poor coal country. But then Lena Harker—the mailman’s wife—took ill with cancer and wasted away before everybody’s eyes. She was barely thirty. Chris, the aforementioned mailman, was never the same after that; he quit his job and spent the last years of his life drinking himself to death. Two weeks later, gramma’s neighbor’s—a jolly couple called the Parkers—three-year-old granddaughter tripped down the front porch steps and snapped her neck; she was dead before she hit the ground. Two months later, her mother—the Parkers’ only child—drowned herself. Some said it was an accident, others speculated suicide. Either way, grief was the culprit. The Parkers were never jolly again.
All throughout my formative years friends, neighbors, and acquaintances had illnesses, had accidents, went broke, went crazy, went missing—oddly, no one thought any of it was strange. It seemed to be just a series of sad happenings over the courses of several lives. That was possible, reasonable even. After all, I was just a baby back then. Who would have connected the dots and realized that all the blighted individuals had been in my direct vicinity right before disaster struck?
by Meagan J. Meehan
Paperback: 110 pages
Publisher: Alban Lake Publishing LLC
Dawn Daniels has always been aware of the dark force within her; a possession that is both the bane of her life and her fierce protector, Dawn must find a way to accept her reality and embrace her destiny.
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Meagan J. Meehan is a published author, poet, cartoonist, and produced playwright. She pens columns for the Great South Bay Magazine, Blasting News, KidskinthaBlog, and Entertainment Vine. She is also a stop-motion animator and an award-winning abstract artist. Meagan holds a Bachelors in English Literature, a Masters in Communication, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology. She is an animal advocate and a fledgling toy, game, and shoe designer.
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This anthology is a harrowing tour of the northern landscape that
will leave you both dazzled and terrified.” ~David Morrell, New
York Times best-selling author of Murder as a Fine Art
accustomed to, nor a Canada that the world has grown to know and
love. Between the covers, you will discover a dark landscape that
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Stories of sacrifice, cannibalism, ghosts, and mystical forests, the
authors will plunge you into the country that is Canadian Dreadful.
Tyner Gillies, Vanessa C Hawkins, Repo Kempt, Nancy Kilpatrick,
Caitlin Marceau, Joe Powers, Robin Rowland, David Tocher, and Sara C Walker.
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deceived, stolen or abused my worldly sisters. The time of laughing
in the face of justice is over for, at least, one such man. His sins
have been exposed and when he attempts to place me on his list of
victims, he discovers that he made a fatal error.
for him as he realizes there’s no escape from the truth. The question
reality of the BDSM/Age-Play/Total Power and Erotic Exchange lifestyle.
the globe and discover the world through the eyes of both a Marine
Intelligence specialist and a BDSM lifestyler. I left the service to
go into hospice nursing and grief counseling, eventually working as a
marriage and family therapist for those involved in alternative
lifestyle development. This experience has allowed me to gain unique
inspiration for my books and offer realistic plots and relatable
submissives and dominants- teaching, training, listening and loving.
Our goal was to take the mystery and fear out of the lifestyle and
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to the now-booming world of Age-Play literature. Since that time,
I’ve devoted my ‘spare’ time to writing, researching, community
involvement, and private and group pro bono counseling in deviant
behavior, alternative lifestyle, and addiction recovery.
submissive side when I joined the service. My scenarios are pulled
primarily from either personal experience or observation, including
spending time in BDSM clubs as the safety/medical officer. My
multi-faceted background allows me to glean from many avenues and
give a unique and intelligent literary experience through elements of
fantasy and fiction. I also discuss the questions and psychology of
the lifestyle in a manner that is fun and informative, and based on
‘the real deal.’
two border collies in southern California. We practice a 24/7 D&S
relationship with speckles of AP (and many trips to Build-A-Bear),
and happily spend every moment together that we can. My hobbies
include my puppies, hiding my vanilla salt-water taffy where John
can’t find it, exotic art, collecting inspirational trinkets, and
developing my own paddle line. You can also see me as a featured
author/instructor in professional conference settings and as a
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