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Cellar Door: Words of Beauty, Tales of Terror

Cellar Door: Words of Beauty, Tales of Terror [Kindle Edition]

Gregory L. Norris , Tracy L. Carbone , T Fox Dunham , Kerry G.S. Lipp , Rose Blackthorn , David North-Martino , Aaron Gudmunson , K Trap Jones , Carmen Tudor , James Ward Kirk

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Cellar Door... Linguists call it the most beautiful phrase in the English language based solely on the way it sounds. But as you can imagine, what it represents may be something far more sinister. In a spectacular display of poetry, artwork, fiction, and photography, the talent of fifty contributors is showcased within these pages. Voices from behind cellar doors all over the world come together in unison to whisper in your ear...can you hear them? Are they knocking on your cellar door? Each piece in this anthology has a beautiful title intrinsically connected to the tale that follows, and a door will be the common theme which connects the widely varied styles, genres, and stories told. Will you take your chances and find what's lurking behind your cellar door?

About the Author

James Ward Kirk Fiction is an independent publishing company specializing in horror, suspense and speculative fiction. We deliver quality fiction, poetry and art at an affordable price. A wide-open approach to fiction makes James Ward Kirk Fiction a publisher to follow. We provide the framework for promoting contributors and their work at the highest possible level. We work with new and established writers. Our number one goal is to provide the highest quality art, professional editing and design for maximum commercial impact.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1243 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615874975
  • Publisher: James Ward Kirk Publishing (13 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FG74MGK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #391,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for fans of the genre classics 11 Oct 2013
By megansspark - Published on
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This showed so much creativity! Poetry, visual arts, and of course, the stories. The content made me think of the wonderful old stories from bygone times, very subtle. Effective horror can hide in plain sight, only being recognized by those who- in certain slant of light- glimpse it. After being turned off from modern horror time and again, I wondered if I was stuck re reading the classics. But with persistence, you can find books such as this, which not only entertain, but also show the art is not lost. Encouraging to know there are people who still get it, and a fun read. A keeper.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect bursts of wonder at every turn! 4 Oct 2013
By MJWinton2 - Published on
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The first thing that captures me is the cover, an entrancing display of beauty and intrigue. The crow is the symbol for death in many beliefs, and as it sores effortlessly through a swirling chasm of light, you can't help but wonder what exactly awaits me on the other side. Shawna L. Bernard is masterful in her invite for the reader to explore the collection of stories that blend together into a harmonious vision as deceiving as the title they are bound to: Cellar Door. This anthology captures the imaginations we have tried to forget, those dark whispers that we dare not answer, providing a tantalizing array for every favored form of expression. From poetry to flash and short stories, Cellar Door delivers the perfect burst of wonder for everyone, whether you are seeking a short escape from the mundane or thirst for a mixture of nightmares that keeps going, consistently changing and keeping you in awe, this is the collection for you. I found what was lurking behind my cellar door. I invite you to discover what's behind yours...
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 29 Sep 2013
By DH Landreth - Published on
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I enjoyed reading this anthology because of the unique theme and also the fact that I hate it when people just give you a bunch of slasher stories when they're trying to create horror. This book didn't do that, yay! I really enjoyed the artwork too, very beautiful yet dark.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinister, alluring, and dark 28 Dec 2013
By Book Lover - Published on
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Dark, dank holes in the ground. Cellars. Sinister corners. Stale, damp air. In the anthology, Cellar Door: Words of Beauty, Tales of Terror, editor Shawna L. Bernard has compiled a collection of works in which authors draw a sharp contrast between the allure of the unknown down those steps and the terror of discovery when one reaches the bottom.
I applaud Bernard’s bold move on opening the collection with a poetry section. The selections are haunting and evocative. Theresa Newbill’s “Olive Branch” closes with the lines “an olive branch bearing fruit, not to be trusted; and thus highlights the disturbing juxtaposition of imagery through the anthology. Rose Blackthorn gives us “the dark has no end” in her selection “Beneath Yellow Roses.” The poets gently lure us into the seductive hush of the cellar.

The second portion, the flash fiction, sits hidden amidst the cobwebs of those dark corners. The poetry got us down those stairs. Now the flash fiction causes our breathing to intensify; our hearts to race with fear. Morgan Griffith, in “A Polished Poem,” says, “Not one of us was unaffected by the unnatural quiet and oppressive sense of foreboding.” The perfect imagery for those unseen terrors lurking just beyond our line of sight.

The final section, the short stories, tears the façade away to reveal the horrors within. Gregory Norris, in his story “Stray Cat,” tells us without hesitation that it is “out there.” We know it and there is nothing we can do. Tracy L. Carbone, in “Visions of a New York Loft,” asks, “But I’m safe now?” Quite simply, no you are not safe now.

Bernard has put together a great collection here. This is volume one and I look forward to future releases.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, imaginative collection 28 Sep 2013
By V. Tiley - Published on
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The beautiful cover art draws us in. Once inside we find an anthology based on a simple concept that can inspire both wonder and fear. What I love about this collection is the diversity of imagination. As a reader it took me back to discovering the limitless possibilities of dark fantasy when I stumbled upon the early tales of Ray Bradbury. There's truly something in these pages for everyone. My personal favorite is Rose Blackthorn's Pressed Flower Memories. Exquisitely creepy with fascinating secrets. But there are other gems as well among the poetry, art, flash fiction and short story offerings. Editor Shawna L. Bernard has done a superb job creating a sense of unity that compliments the freedom to create. The deeper I ventured the more I could imagine each author whispering their story to me. Looking forward to Volume 2.
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