Down with the Fallen: A Post-Apocalyptic Horror Anthology
by Christine Stabile | Release Date: November 07, 2017Back
16 POST-APOCALYPTIC HORROR STORIES
One day the world as we know it will end.
Will it become a place of stark divisions where the lower class's best hope is a quick death, or a world infested with the undead? Maybe the end will come quietly at our own hands, or as a crack in the Earth's very surface, or at the hand of an alien race hell-bent on our destruction? Will a hero be there to save us or will they be the end of us?
Do you really want to know?
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"There were bodies but they weren't bodies anymore. It's like he had rearranged their atoms, blended and melted them together. It was around seven or eight feet tall. Flesh, melted and fused, arms and legs and screaming mouths and wide open eyes, all as one. Skin stretched and distorted, veins and intestines interwoven across the surface like twine over a ball. It was the enemy. It was a horror of meat and tissue.
And then one of the eyes blinked and all I remember was rushing for the exit, falling to my knees outside, retching into the dirt, gasping for air."
-Men of Tomorrow, Jack Lothian
"But you don't really know what I am talking about, do you? Well, if you had asked Beth, she probably would have regaled you with all the details, beginning to end. 'Cause she followed it, you know? She didn't work, choosing to stay home with Biya till she started first grade. So Beth followed it night and day while it was happening until-- Well. She followed it. I wish I had followed it. I keep going over it in my head now, wondering if I had taken it more seriously at the beginning, if I had seen how quickly it was becoming scary, how I might have decided to get my family out of the city. I heard some people did that. I heard a lot of people say they were going as far as Canada."
-To Market, To Market, J.C. Raye
"His hand wrapped around my ankle, and he yanked me backward. I dug my fingernails into the tile floor. The strain as my nails began to separate from the cuticles was the most bearable pain that I would feel for a long time."
-The Monsters of Bear Mountain, S.E. Stone
Jack Lothian - Men of Tomorrow
Tobey Alexander - Thirteen Days
M.B. Vujacic - Freshmint
Rohit Sawant - The Pack
Mary Victoria Johnson - Heathfolk
J.C. Raye - To Market, To Market
Jeremy Megargee - The Rip
S.E. Stone - The Monsters of Bear Mountain
Marvin Brown - Grandfather's Room
Jessica Clem - Slits
Jordon Greene - Forbidden
Irina Slav - A Year Later
Christine Stabile - Dry Leaves
Garrett Kirby - The Other
Hekter Kaztro - The Many Faces of the Beautiful People
Gregory L. Norris - Vortex
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About Christine Stabile
Christine Stabile is retired. She is an active member of two critique groups and the Diamond Valley Writers’ Guild in southern California. She loves having more time to work on her short stories and novel. Dry Leaves is Christine’s first published short story.
About Garrett R. Kirby
A lover of all things horror, Garrett Kirby writes his bone-chilling tales with a sense of glee. His goal: to scare his readers, and have one heck of a time doing it. A newcomer to the writing scene, Garrett introduces himself with his first piece of literary work, The Other.
About Gregory L. Norris
Gregory L. Norris is a full-time professional writer, with work appearing in numerous short story anthologies, national magazines, novels, the occasional TV episode, and, so far, one produced feature film (Brutal Colors, which debuted on Amazon Prime on January 2016). Gregory judged the 2012 Lambda Awards in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category and his stories have obtained Honorable Mentions in Ellen Datlow’s Best of Books and the Roswell Awards.
About Hekter Kaztro
Hekter Kaztro is a young storyteller striving to revive the world's childhood nightmares. Inspired horror masterminds from throughout the ages, from H.P. Lovecraft to Wes Craven, he writes to exploit man's most profound fears and remind you of the monsters lurking in the dark. Born in Anaheim, California, he now studies Film at Florida College of Jacksonville. This is his first published story.
About Irina Slav
Irina is an energy journalist by trade and a lifelong fantasy and horror fan with a degree in English. She's been writing fiction since her teens and she still keeps her first unsuccessful novel attempt in a secret drawer as a reminder of the long way any author has to go before they produce something thats worth reading.
About J.C. Raye
J.C. Raye is a Professor of Communication at a small NJ college, teaching the most feared course on the planet: Public Speaking. She has won numerous artistic & academic awards for her projects in the field of Communication & Media, and seats in her classes sell quicker than tickets to a Rolling Stones concert. Her short fiction can be found in anthologies with Scary Dairy Press, HellBound Books, and Books & Boos Press.
About Jack Lothian
Jack Lothian is a scriptwriter for film and television. Currently he is showrunner and lead writer on Strike Back for HBO / Cinemax. His fiction has appeared in Helios Magazine Quarterly and Parsec Ink's Triangulation: Appetites, as well as the graphic novels Tomorrow and Laptop Guy for BHP Comics.
About Jeremy Megargee
Jeremy Megargee has always loved dark fiction. He cut his teeth on R.L Stine’s Goosebumps series as a child and a fascination with Stephen King’s work followed later in life. Jeremy weaves his tales of personal horror from Martinsburg, West Virginia with his cat Lazarus acting as his muse/familiar.
About Jessica Clem
Jessica Clem is a writer, marathon runner, and Stephen King fanatic currently based in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been published in Ms. Magazine, and various local publications in Omaha. She is happily single and spends her days with a beloved Yaris named Egg.
About Jordon Greene
Jordon Greene is the Award-Winning & Amazon Bestselling Horror Author of To Watch You Bleed and They'll Call It Treason. He is a full stack web developer for the nation’s largest privately owned shoe retailer and a graduate of UNC Charlotte. Jordon spends his time building web applications, attempting to sing along to his favorite rock songs, reading and, of course, writing. He lives in Concord, NC just close enough and just far enough away from Charlotte.
About M.B. Vujacic
Mijat Budimir Vujacic is an economist by trade, storyteller at heart. He is a published author of three horror novels written in Serbian: Krvavi Akvarel, NekRomansa, and Vampir. He believes a strong work ethic is the root of all success, and that it is best to err on the side of action. A fan of all things horror, he is also an avid gamer, hobby blogger, hookah enthusiast, and a staunch dog person. He lives in Belgrade, Serbia.
About Marvin Brown
Marvin Brown is the author of suspense novels Jigsaw Man and Covet, as well as the nonfiction work The House the Lord Built. He is a regular contributor to Insomnia & Obsession magazine. Brown lives in Akron, Ohio, with his wife and two daughters. Brown's film reviews are available on the Internet Movie Database.
About Mary Victoria Johnson
Mary Victoria Johnson is the author several published novels, including The Other Horizons Trilogy, The Ashes and the Sparks, and The Inventress, as well as an upcoming novella series from EPIC/ABDO. She normally writes young adult stories, but branched out to the other side for her story Heathfolk. Mary is a student at the University of Victoria and lives in British Columbia, Canada.
About Rohit Sawant
Rohit Sawant’s fiction has been published in Kill Those Damn Cats - a Lovecraftian anthology, After the Happily Ever After, and Flash Fiction Magazine. He lives in Mumbai, India. Enjoys sketching, films, and his favorite Batman is Kevin Conroy.
About S.E. Stone
S.E. Stone grew up in a suburb of a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she finds any excuse to live-tweet ghost hunting TV shows and to wander through antique malls.
About Tobey Alexander
Tobey Alexander has always suffered from an overactive imagination. Having decided to commit his imagination to paper in hope of inspiring his own children to embrace their creativity it has been an enlightening journey, to say the least. A full-time worker, husband and father to three finding time to write has always been the challenge. Tobey's only hope is that his overactive imagination can be enjoyed by others and provide an escape from the mundane and every day.