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About Gareth Spark
Gareth Spark writes dark fiction from and about the moors and rust belts of the North East where grudges are savoured, shotguns are cheap and people get by in the economic meltdown any way they can. His work has appeared at Near 2 The Knuckle, Out Of The Gutter, Line Zero Shotgun Honey, and many more journals/zines. Gareth Spark was born in the middle of a blizzard on New Year's day, 1979. He grew up in Whitby and published his first book, a collection of poetry called "At The Breakwater" at age 22. He has since published two further collections "Ramraid" (Skrev Press) and "Rain in a dry land" (Mudfog) as well as the crime thriller, "Black Rain" (Skrev Press, 2004) and the collection of short stories "Snake Farm" (2015). He reviews fiction and poetry for various on-line journals.
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Rogue the second anthology from the Near to the Knuckle website brings you a whole host of talent all bringing you their best stories featuring Rogue's.
This anthology was brought to you by this list of Rogues:
Gareth Spark, Tess Makovesky, Gabriel Valjan, Craig Furchtenicht, Paul Brazill, Richard Godwin, Aidan Thorn, Gary Duncan, Dave Jaggers, Walter Conley, Cal Marcius, T Maxim Simmler, Mark Cooper, Bill Baber, Robert Cowan, Ryan Bracha, Matt Mattila, Graham Wynd, Benedict J Jones, Liam Sweeny, Alan Griffiths and Keith Nixon
Each of the accomplished authors in this unique anthology chose a Springsteen title as a starting point, and in the criminally inclined spirit of the Boss, drove headlong to wherever that inspiration called. The destinations are as wildly diverse and far-reaching as the songs that influenced them. Some arrive at hope and redemption; others end up smoking in a ditch. One thing’s for sure: you sign up for this ride, and Trouble in the Heartland will transport you somewhere unforgettable.
Marwick takes a last sip of his drink and slams the glass down upon the table. They will pay for their sins, revenge is a dish best served bloody as hell. He stands and strides out of the bar and into the Spanish sunlight. There would be a reckoning.
Close To The Boneyard: A Near To The Knuckle Anthology
From the archives of the online fiction site, Near To The Knuckle. We have picked thirty tales that featured on the site. We have writers from across the globe. You won't be disappointed with award winning authors spinning yarns coated in cordite and specks of blood.
Wasted by Chris Leek - Two survivors come to terms with what may be their last moments on Earth.
Never Bet on the Dead Guy by C S Dewildt - In this mix up of Hillbilly Noir and zombie mayhem, rednecks have invented a new and disturbing way to entertain themselves.
Love and Snowmen by Ryan Sayles - The end of the world cannot stop this man from getting to the woman he loves.
Timejacked: Side Effects May Vary by Chuck Regan - A zombie outbreak during World War I is the best thing to happen to a time travel vacation company.
A Wordless Place by Benoit Lelievre - There is no cure for love during the zombie apocalypse, but there are certainly work-arounds.
The Unwalking Dead by C T McNeely - Patient Zero of the zombie apocalypse is not at all who you think.
Which Way I Fly by Gareth Spark - During the final days of life on earth, survivors try to protect a creature which may hold the cure to infection.
Where else can you find zombie wrestling, nanite enhanced WWI undead soldiers, Chilean toilet demons, psychotic love, and nihilistic, soul crushing angst? In this fun-filled romp through the apocalypse!
Gloves Off is a collection of dark stories from the cream of the literary crop. These stories have one thing in common: they will come at you, all guns blazing. There’s a story lurking down every dark alley. Just when your back is turned a plot-twist is ready to attack.
The stories in this anthology are mainly crime, but there is also grim humour and the supernatural; dark tales for an adult audience featuring hit men, mobsters, bikers and stalkers. Are you prepared for the bloody scenes within?
This anthology was spawned from the dark, talented minds of:
Gareth Spark, Richard Godwin,
Paul D. Brazill, Aidan Thorn,
Pete Sortwell, B.R. Stateham
Brian Panowich, Ryan Sayles,
Chris Leek, David Barber,
Vic Errington, Graham Smith,
Walter Conley, Tom Pitts,
Allen Miles, Jim Spry,
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw, Mike Monson,
Everybody's here for a reason...
At St. David's asylum for the criminally insane there
are twelve residents. They call us that. Not inmates.
We all have a favourite colour. A favourite
member of staff. A favourite method of receiving
torture for the purposes of science.
We all have our reasons for being here.
Why don't you come and hear them?
Twelve Mad Men is a groundbreaking literary collaboration. A novel which has a series of stories woven into the narrative, and featuring the finest independent authors from across the globe.
The number one best selling author of Strangers Are Just Friends You Haven't Killed Yet and Paul Carter is a Dead Man, Ryan Bracha, voices the narrator as he embarks upon his first shift as a night guard at St. David's, and as he meets the residents there, it soon becomes apparent that there's something very wrong in the water...
The phenomenally talented writers involved in this innovative and ambitious project are:
Paul D Brazill (Guns of Brixton, A Case of Noir)
Gerard Brennan (Fireproof, Wee Rockets)
Les Edgerton (The Bitch, The Rapist)
Craig Furchtenicht (Dimebag Bandits, Night Speed Zero)
Richard Godwin (Mr Glamour, One Lost Summer, Apostle Rising)
Allen Miles (18 Days, This is How You Disappear)
Keith Nixon (The Fix, The Eagle's Shadow)
Darren Sant (Tales From The Longcroft, The Bank Manager and The Bum)
Gareth Spark (Black Rain, Shotgun Honey)
Martin Stanley (The Gamblers, The Hunters)
Mark Wilson (dEaDINBURGH, Head Boy)
And narrated by Ryan Bracha (Paul Carter is a Dead Man, Strangers are Just Friends You Haven't Killed Yet)