Crooked Ways (full cover image)
. . . is a small collection of stories and poems centered around the theme of Halloween. It is the Ambage’s third foray into publication and features stories from seven authors, including Nate Deisinger and Caleb Peiffer (author of The Second Death). From the classical approach of horror and suspense, to the religious take of All Hallows’ Eve; from unusual job opportunities, to unknown evils; the stories here explore the many different interpretations of Halloween.
Contributing Authors: E.R. Alwardby, Nate Deisinger, Nicholas Foireann, John Matz, Nicole Michelle, Andrew Page, and Caleb Peiffer.
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Constellations (full cover image)
. . . is the second anthology of short fiction published by the Ambage, the first being X:15, a collection of flash fiction pieces organized around fifteen different themes. Constellations presents thirty-odd short stories written specifically within the genre of science fiction, featuring stories from returning authors such as Nate Deisinger, Will Krueger, John Matz, Andrew Page, and Caleb Peiffer (author of The Second Death), as well as several new authors.
From the farthest reaches of space and time to the familiar realms of everyday life; from the cold impersonality of the outside world to the intensely personal worlds of imagination, belief, and the mind—the stories represented here explore a broad network of styles, themes, and experience, honed for the enjoyment of all readers.
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X:15 (full cover image)
. . . is the first Ambage anthology. The stories in this book form a collection of flash fiction pieces written by 15 of these authors–who share a great love and passion for writing–for 15 different themes, edited and critiqued by other members in the spirit of the original competition.
From paranormal horror to historical fiction to more lighthearted fare, this anthology provides an abundance of genres and styles, tailored and twisted to the ideas and designed to be enjoyed by readers of all genres alike.
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The Second Death, by Caleb Peiffer.
Meet Pattrick Clayton, a farmer in a somnolent Lancaster town, affable, charming, loved by all. Since his father died, and since he lost his brother in the World War, he has struggled to come to terms with the death that pitilessly pursues him. It only becomes worse when, to add to his grief, his aunt is found dead in her home. Not a year has passed since the armistice, and the beloved town gossip has been poisoned-and to all appearances, she poisoned herself.
Pattrick can’t believe it any more than the rest of the Claytons, no matter what the police say. Investigations continue, but before any one can make up their mind, another death strikes the family, this time even closer to home. And this time there’s no doubt-it’s murder.
From the nearby city of Philadelphia comes retired private inquiry agent, Leo Westmacott. At first he’s only an old family friend come to pay his respects; but there’s no turning his back when duty calls, and soon he’s playing the role of sleuth once again. Now he has to readjust himself to the detection game and get to the bottom of these murders. The complaisant Pattrick Clayton agrees to help, and they are soon joined by Leo’s dependable secretary, the charming Miss Slaytor. The deeper they inquire into the lives and minds of the people of Mockingbird, the more they realize that life is no more innocent, no more docile, and no less dangerous in the country than on the backstreets of Philadelphia. Where human nature resides, danger lurks. . . .
Flavored with heart and steeped with wisdom, The Second Death is more than a study in murder and mystery but in loss, family, friendship, and death itself. A vivid cast of characters will light your way along an ingenious maze of secrecy and deception while the enigmatic Leo Westmacott will leave you completely in the dark until the final moment.
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