Dark Discourse

Deadsville: 1 Town. 2 Authors. 13 Tales of Horror


deadsvillDeadsville is a collection of ALL NEW horror stories from authors T.D. Trask and Dale Elster, set in the fictional upstate town of Rock Creek, NY. The book in your hands is your personal invitation to join them as they reveal the darkness lurking there, hidden within the people who walk its streets. Haunting the places daylight never finds. Waiting for your arrival.

Excerpt from Dale Elster’s story, “What Happened on Black Hill Road”:
Something was alive inside the ancient oak that towered over the property. She heard his voice that first night as she slept in a room that was not yet her own. He sang to her, moaning softly the words to a song only she could hear. He played his music for her: scraping sounds that pierced her soul like thorns. He danced for her,sliding his shadows over her walls. Through her dreams, he told her his story.
He chose her for the house, whose wooden bones had once been harvested from his own flesh. He had been sacrificed then, but he lived on in the house. In giving her the house, he gave himself to her, but these gifts were not free.
His name was Thorn Man.
And he required a sacrifice.
Excerpt from T.D. Trask’s story, “Knacker Man”:
And I swear I did not kill her. How could I kill the love of my life? The only woman in the world for me?
But she was there, bony arms draped over the lowest branch . She was hanging there, head tilted back, eyes blank and staring. Her nightgown was sliced open horizontally, the blood, oh my god, the blood was everywhere. On the brown grass, the rotting apples, the rough bark of the tree trunk. A crimson puddle and something else rested between her splayed legs on the grass.
She had been opened up, her intestines lay in an unruly pile between her feet.
And on her face.
Her beautiful face.
Was the look…
…of ecstasy.
I explained to the Sheriff I didn’t do it. True, my knives from the diner lay next to the tree. True, I was covered in her blood, but that’s only because I tried to put her insides back. And when that didn’t work, I stumbled back to the house and called for help…
Dale Elster is a horror and dark fiction author living in upstate New York with his wife and two children.
His short fiction has appeared in anthologies by NorGus Press, Collaboration of the Dead, the Stealth Fiction anthology, “Daylight Dims, Volume 2” and DEADSVILLE – his first-ever collection of horror short fiction!
His house may or may not be haunted.
But it definitely is.
TD Trask is a freelance writer, copywriter, and Web site designer living in the great city of Binghamton, NY. His hobbies include following politics, movies, books, and, of course, the paranormal.
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