The latest Ink Stains Edition!

Ink Stains 8

Available in print and eBook at your favorite online bookstore (April 24, 2018)

Cover of Ink Stains vol 8 featuring a black and white photo of hands wrapping around a tree

Ink Stains Anthology, Volume 8, featuring Guest Editor Tamela J. Ritter (April 2018)

The world is a beautiful and terrifying place, where the lands have secrets of their own.

There’s a rustle in the trees in the French countryside. Is it the wind? Or the soldiers who should have died just once?

The fields of India encircle the shaman as he performs rituals that can take away a life or bring it back.

The woods next to a lake in New England hide a camp full of archetypes and a psycho who may or may not wear a mask.

There’s something about a place in time folded into a tale that becomes a character of its own, something that tantalizes and mesmerizes. From the twisting, gravel roads of New Zealand to the dusty, hard-lived ranches of the American West, we travel the world to find the disturbed, the mysterious, and the heart-wrenching.

Authors Luke Bandy, Nick Barton, S. B. Roark, Michael D. Burnside, Gwyneth Cooper, Dana Himrich, Brooke Reynolds, Kevin Roller, and Nidhi Singh introduce us to their worlds and invite us in to see it as they do.

We might never be the same.

What’s inside

“The Roaches Respond” by Kevin Roller

“Shambling Blue Line” by Michael D. Burnside

“A Taste of Your Own Medicine” by Nidhi Singh

“Poppy Lane” by Dana Himrich

“Bliss” by S. B. Roark

“Rock Bottom” by Nick Barton

“Sunday the 15th” by Luke Bandy

“Night Drive” by Gwyneth Cooper

“Livestock Auction” by Brook Reynolds

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

Tamela J. Ritter’s writing has been featured online and in print in Outside In, The Fandom Universe, The Mary Sue, Piedmont Literary Anthology, Ink Stains, Every Other Thing, Ripple Effect—where her story “Lucy Too” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize—and Musings, where her short stories “Allen Quinn” and “Less Than a Dollar a Day” won Best Fiction two years in a row.

Her first—and hopefully not last—novel, From These Ashes, was published in 2013 by Vagabondage Press’ Battered Suitcase imprint.

Behind the scenes, she has worked as editor, publisher, and slush pile reader for Vagabondage Press’ Dark Alley Press and Battered Suitcase imprints, Whatever Literary Journal, and Tears of the Phoenix, a literary charity that raised money for organizations such as the libraries of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

When she’s not busy plotting, writing, blogging, and slush pile reading, she can be found baby wrangling in Northern Virginia and planning her next adventure in her quest to travel the world.

Book specs

“Ink Stains Vol. 8,”  April 24, 2018 by Dark Alley Press. ISBN:978-1946050090$15.95 trade paperback; $2.99 digital. 202 pages. Guest Edited by Tamela J. Ritter.