Ink Stains Anthology, Vol. 7

Ink Stains 7

Available in print and eBook at your favorite online bookstore (January 30, 2018)

Ink Stains Anthology, Volume 7 coverDecay. The word inspires images of mold-encrusted carpets in abandoned hotels, forgotten toys in the rain, and rusting roller coasters. Those who call themselves urban explorers are obsessed with it, perhaps because of its profound sense of sadness. If we are still and listen, we can hear the whispers of a brighter past. This pervasive ghost doesn’t only haunt the physical world; it invades our bodies, minds, relationships, and societies. It is inevitable; we are helpless to stop it.

In these stories, one man is suddenly stalked by the same hooded figure that pursued his terminally ill father, while another stalks the world’s evil at great cost to himself. A woman who has recently picked up smoking undergoes a monstrous transformation, another reels when she sees her boyfriend for what he truly is, and North Pole elves experience heartbreak for the first time. There are more: fifteen tales in all by authors Elizabeth Allen, Kaitlyn Downing, Dorianne Emmerton, Bri Faythe, Jackie Logsted, Robert Mayette, Megan Neumann, Pablo Patiño, Daniel Pearlman, Christopher Petersen, Travis D. Roberson, Heather Sullivan, Page Sonnet Sullivan, Mary Thorson, Taro Turner, and Rhonda Zimlich.

These are the things we lose; we die a little each day.

Some of us just more quickly than others.

What’s inside

“As We Rot” by Taro Turner

“Christmas in Connecticut” by Robert Mayette

“The Depths” by Elizabeth Allen

“Heroes” by Jackie Logsted

“The Mating Habits of the Late-Adopting Smoker” by Dorianne Emmerton

“Stikini” by Travis D. Roberson

“The Fate of Worms” by Page Sullivan

“Ignorance Is” by Rhonda Zimlich

“Black-Hooded Caller” Pablo Patiño

“The Cold Gets In” by Mary Thorson

“Do the Faceless Remember” by Megan Neumann

“Suicide in Reverse” by Bri Faythe

“The Leaf People” by Heather Sullivan

“Letting in the Cat” by Kaitlyn Downing

“Overdrawn at the Time Bank” by Daniel Pearlman

About Ink Stains

Ink Stains, a quarterly anthology published by Dark Alley Press, is about shining a stark light on the shadows of life, exploring those dimly lit corridors, and unearthing those long-buried secrets. We don’t believe good will always triumph over evil or that someone will always be around to save the day. Sometimes all we have is ourselves. And the stories that keep us turning the page.

Meet our Guest Editor

Kristi Petersen Schoonover‘s short fiction has been featured in The Adirondack Review, Barbaric Yawp, The Illuminata, Carpe Articulum Literary Review,  Afternoon, The Haunted Traveler, I Like Monkeys, New Witch Magazine, MudRock: Stories & Tales, Toasted Cheese, and many, many others; by far, however, her favorite short pieces are those she wrote specifically for anthologies as diverse as Unnatural Tales of the Jackalope, Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification, From the Corner of Your Eye: Cryptids, and Bugs.

Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney World (Admit One Literary Theme Park Press, 2010), her collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks, has been called “spooky alchemy at its finest” by Famous Monsters of Filmland’s Peter Schwotzer; her Pushcart-nominated novel Bad Apple (Vagabondage Press Books, 2012) was noted “deeply disturbing in the best way possible” by SciFi Saturday Night.

She served as co-editor for Read Short Fiction and was the recipient of Norman Mailer Writers Colony Winter 2010, 2011, and 2012 Residencies. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and Literature from Burlington College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College; prior to all of that, she was a student at the University of Rhode Island, where up until 2014 she was a member of the Pearlman Writers Group.

She serves as co-host for Dark Discussions, a horror film podcast.

She lives in the Connecticut woods with her housemate, Charles, her husband, Nathan, and three cats, and she still frequently goes to bed with the lights on. Visit her at

Book specs

“Ink Stains Vol. 7” was released January 31, 2018 by Dark Alley Press. ISBN:978-1946050076$16.95 trade paperback; $2.99 digital. 274 pages. Guest Edited by Kristi Petersen Schoonover.