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Monday, May 26, 2014

Guest Post: Editor Alex Brown (Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness)

Alex Brown, one of the editors for Southern Haunts 2, is here to tell us about the illustrated anthology Devils in the Darkness and reveal the subject of the next Southern Haunts book!

Following the award-nominated, bestselling anthology, Southern Haunts : Spirits that Walk Among Us edited by Alexander S. Brown and J.L. Milvihill, we now present Southern Haunts 2: Devils in the Darkness edited by Alexander S. Brown and Louise Myers. Devils in the Darkness was inspired by the same sources which inspired book 1: Spirits that Walk Among Us - being both southern and folklore in nature.

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With book 1 we focused on spirits, but ghosts aren't the only entities that haunt the south and southwest. We have folklore regarding demons, witches, creatures, murderers, and more. Because of the diverse folklore throughout the south and southwest we have quite a bit that we can scare up for our readers.

As far as demons are concerned, I wanted Southern Haunts 2 to be about demons because it followed suit with the subject of being paranormal. Part 3 will be about witches, because the subject of the occult will follow well with some of the stories featured in volumes 1 and 2. In total, we plan for the Southern Haunts series to expand out to around 5 books due to the many legends we have to touch on.

With the authors featured in Devils in the Darkness we do have several returning names from Spirits that Walk Among Us. We also have a few never-before-published authors (fresh blood) and authors who I have respected for quite some time (names who didn't have the opportunity to submit to volume 1). Although the subject matter in volume 2 might be darker, this anthology is still suitable for both teenagers and adults. Also, what continues to make the Southern Haunts books shine, besides the frightening stories, is the amazing exterior art by Enggar Adirasa and the collection of interior art by Robert K (with one full page illustration for each story).
My favorite style of demon is the conniving kind, who likes to trick and use their wit to manipulate the human race. Volume 2 has quite a few villains who use such a wit with their actions. Another kind of demon that fascinates me is the one that is comedic in nature. My reason regards how a demon should not maintain a humorous quality, however, some do. I have to admit that I'm quite pleased that volume 2, like volume 1 has a diversity of comedy, drama, suspense, and horror.

Now, I invite you, Ghost Story Lover, to meet the Devils in the Darkness.

Southern Haunts volume 1 and 2 are available in both paperback and ebook download wherever books are sold. Southern Haunts authors can be found at conventions throughout the nation selling and signing copies of their work. Southern Haunts is published by Seventh Star Press. Be on the lookout for the upcoming Southern Haunts 3: Magic in the Moonlight due out in 2015!

About Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness:From the fiery abyss of the underworld comes 20 hellish tales from the south and southwest. Within these charred pages are stories that will introduce you to the many demons that stay hidden but are always nearby…

20 authors provide stories of possessed people, objects, houses, highways, and the devil’s favorite playground – the forest.

Dare to meet Deidless, a demon who is a buyer of souls. Discover what kind of demons men can summon. Read of battles between good and evil. Learn of ancient artifacts and stones that crave sacrifice. Finally, become acquainted with legions of evil.

Again, we invite you, sit back, dim the lights, and prepare yourself to meet the devils in the darkness.

Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness is the next installment in the exciting anthology series that began with Southern Haunts: Spirits That Walk Among Us.

About Alexander S. Brown, editor:
Alexander S. Brown is a Mississippi author who was published in 2008 with his first book, Traumatized. Reviews for this short story collection were so favorable that it will be released as a special edition. Brown is currently one of the co-editors/coordinators with the Southern Haunts Anthologies published by Seventh Star Press. His horror novel, Syrenthia Falls is represented by Dark Oak Press. He is also the author of multiple young adult steampunk stories found in the following anthologies Dreams of Steam Vol 2 & 4, Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells, and Capes and Clockworks. Look out for his controversial piece, “The Last Lamb” found in the anthology, Luna’s Children.

About Louise Myers, editor:
Louise Myers was born in New Orleans. During her teenage years, she was uprooted from everything she knew and was replanted in Mississippi. Though the transition was difficult, she is grateful for this change. She says this because she knows that both places are a world all to their own. She is the wife of a wonderful husband and mother of three beautiful children, as well as the proud parent of a spoiled mutt. She was assistant editor for Southern Haunts: Spirits That Walk Among Us and was proud to be part of The Southern Haunts Series once again. She is a beta reader, book doctor, editor, and author. Though this is her first story in print, she has been weaving tales for many years. With the gentle, yet firm, shove from a very special person, she has decided to dive into the world of print. She has many thoughts on several topics she’d like to write, mostly involving ghost stories.

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