Dark Tales From Elder Regions: New York

Cover of Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York Illustrated by Luke SpoonerDARK TALES FROM ELDER REGIONS: NEW YORK

Edited by Jessica Burke & Anthony Burdge

Illustrated by Luke Spooner of Carrion House

Introduction by Peter Rawlik

Stories by 19 Authors
(See About and Table of Contents below)

Afterword by Brian J. Cano

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Color Cover with 20 Black & White Internal Illustrations (each story is illustrated)
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“Roebling’s Monster is a magnificent piece of prose poetry, of fantastic, almost theistic monologue, and sets the stage for every story that comes after it. In one incredible work we are transported away from the mundane New York City and into a dark phantasmagorical version where anything is possible, but there is always a price.”

—From the Introduction by Peter Rawlik (Author of ReAnimators & The Weird Company)

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Hand of Bone by Wilum H Pugmire Illustrated by Luke Spooner
Hand of Bone
Illustrated by Luke Spooner

There is a reason New York City is called “The City that Never Sleeps,” and it is not for reasons we have all become accustomed to.

This anthology of 19 urban horror stories explores the dark corners, shadowy alleys and mysterious underworld of all five boroughs of New York City providing the true reason why The City Never Sleeps.


Introduction by Peter Rawlik
1) “Roebling’s Monster” by Leanna Renee Hieber
2) “The Hand of Bone” by W.H. Pugmire
3) “Beautiful Dreams” by DJ Tyrer
4) “The Professor’s NY Adventure” by Gordon Linzer
5) “Now Departing” by John Peel
6) “Leaking” by David Neilsen
7) “The Sixth Borough” by Gregory Norris
8) “Retro Viral” by Andrea Janes
9) “Broken Glass” by Jordan Mapes
10) “Wallflowers” by Lilah Wild
11) “The None Percent” by Warren Frey
12) “The Vintner of Little Neck” by Chris Tuthill
13) “The Last Train to New Haven” by Kevin Wetmore
14) “E-Ville” by Frank Collia
15) “Rosebank NNL” by Daniel Russo
16) “The Mad Monk” of St Augustines by Colleen Wanglund
17)“Remembering Peter” by Christopher Mancuso
18) “Ghosting” by Jessica Burke
19) “The Lonely Boat” by Anthony Burdge

Afterword by Brian J. Cano

If you love New York City in all its shapes and guises (and who doesn’t?) and are a fan of well-crafted horror fiction of every variety, you’ll relish the new Myth Ink Books collection of 20 vividly weird stories all set in The Big Apple, Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York. These highly inventive tales tap into the city’s luridly storied past as well as the gritty opulence of its present and are rich in historical detail and cultural nuance. It’s almost like a trip to NYC and far cheaper than an airline ticket. So grab your reading glasses, pack your carry on bag, and get ready for some delicious shudders, cheap thrills, and heady visions in the city that puts the Gothic into Gotham, with this fine selection of stories that bring chilling nightmares to the city that never sleeps.

– David Barker, author (with W. H. Pugmire) of The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal (Dark Renaissance Books, 2014)

Set in the nooks and crannies of New York City, each tale in this volume reveals a particular kind of darkness that can only be identified once the light of examination is cast upon it. From the alleyways of Manhattan to abandoned ruins in Staten Island, you will embark on a timeless journey – but it is not one navigated via a subway map, but rather with a spiritual map. Each story will reveal more about the enduring question: Why do we fear the dark?

—From the AfterWord by Brian J. Cano (Haunted Collecter & SCARED!)


Remembering Peter by Christopher Mancuso Illustrated by Luke Spooner
Remembering Peter
Illustrated by Luke Spooner

I’ve not written too much fiction in my own career, however it was Edgar Allan Poe, Lovecraft, Mary Shelly and Bram Stoker that inspired my art and love for all dark things and the fiction contained here ranked pretty close to the level of what I would call a modern tribute to the horror genre inspired by the Romantic and Victorian authors of old.
~Corvis Nocturnum (E.R. Vernor)

Author of: Allure Of The Vampire; Our Sexual Attraction To The Undead, and most recently, Zombie Nation; From Folklore to Modern Frenzy.

A few highlighted authors:

Pete Rawlik has been reading and collecting weird books and literature since the Seventies and ran a bookstore dedicated to the genre for twenty years. In 2011 gave it all up to pursue writing Lovecraftian fiction. His first novel Reanimators was published in 2013, the sequel The Weird Company was released in 2014. He lives in South Florida where he studies Everglades ecology and tries to keep three children from being eaten by crocodiles. His wife has recently assured the public that his collection of Lovecraftiana poses no public health threat. Click Here to Visit his Amazon Page

Gregory Norris is a full time writer with some 4,000 stories, articles, books. with work regularly published in fiction anthologies and national magazines. Mr. Norris worked as a screenwriter on two episodes of Paramount’s STAR TREK: VOYAGER, and was a columnist and staff writer at Sci Fi, the official magazine of the Sci Fi Channel. Norris is the author to the guide of all-things-Sunnydale, THE Q GUIDE TO BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, his latest book, SHRUNKEN HEADS: Twenty Tiny Tales of Mystery and Terror, was released last September. Mr. Norris has contributed a tale called, “The Sixth Borough,” which illustrates a characters search for a mysterious borough of NYC.

Lovecraftian Author W.H. Pugmire is a full-time underground author of Cthulhu Mythos fiction. Pugmire has written a macabre story based in the same Dutch Reformed Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY that inspired Lovecraft himself to write “The Hound,” which is entitled “The Hand of Bone.”

Legendary author John Peel has written for numerous genres, Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy and many others. Peel is the author of Doctor Who books and comic strips. Notably, he wrote the first original Doctor Who novel, Timewyrm: Genesys, to launch the Virgin New Adventures line. In the early 1990s he was commissioned by Target Books to write novelisations of several key Terry Nation Dalek stories of the 1960s after the rights were finally worked out. For our volume Mr. Peel has written a tale set in Manhattan entitled: “Now Departing.”

Actress, playwright and author, Leanna Renee Hieber is the award-winning, bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels for adults and teens. Her Strangely Beautiful saga, beginning with The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, hit Barnes & Noble and Borders Bestseller lists and garnered numerous regional genre awards. Ms. Hieber has written “Roebling’s Monster,” a tale set in Brooklyn, for the collection.

David Neilsen is a slightly unhinged individual who has written a number of mildly disturbing short stories as well as an upcoming YA supernatural adventure. Before lurking in the darker recesses of the New York metropolitan area, he spent ten years begging in Hollywood, culminating in a television pilot optioned to 20th Century FOX and the straight-to-DVD feature film, The Eliminator (go on and rent it, he dares you). A classically-trained actor, David can often be found roaming Westchester County and nearby environs working as a storyteller, specializing in the twisted and macabre. His one-man show, H.P. Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu, has sent audience members into madness throughout greater New England and he would dearly love to bring it to your neck of the woods and drive you utterly insane as well.

David has contributed his story “Leaking,” for this anthology