About Curiosity Quills: Darkscapes

Curiosity Quills Press explores yearning, regret, and fear with the Darkscapes Anthology — a spellbinding collection of dark fantasy, sci-fi, cyberpunk, horror, and detective fiction.

Delve into worlds of terrible family secrets, unexpected doppelgängers, a home invasion on an alien planet, androids and assassins, places and people who aren’t as stable as they seem, frustrated musicians going to desperate lengths — and more.

Jordan Elizabeth and W.K. Pomeroy - EXLEY AVENUE
In 1920s upstate New York, a tormented girl learns that her family’s new stone castle was built on a former cemetery, and in 2014, a former police detective uncovers horrible secrets

Benjamin Sperduto - LENA’S SONG
In the near future, two frustrated musicians and creative partners get in on the ground floor of neural firestreaming — but an old guitar creates an unexpected effect

Mark Woodring - SORRY FOR THE MOUSE
A veteran back from Afghanistan develops a strange hobby to stay sane — but it doesn’t work as well as he had hoped

J.R. Rain - SKELETON JIM
A skeleton detective who leads a double life as an Internet sensation takes a beautiful woman on as a client — and gets more than he bargained for

S.E. Bennet - OF LUSHER AND SLEEP
In this modern, alternative imagining of Romeo and Juliet, a veteran from an old-money family returns to London for his mother’s funeral and is confronted with a toxic history of two warring families — and a lost love

B.C. Johnson - ROOMIES
Housemates experience something deeply unsettling during an earthquake

Piers Anthony - IN THE SHADOW OF THE SONG
An American’s car is rear-ended by a lost Muslim traveler with diplomatic immunity; the traveler sings in the American’s place at his daughter’s school recital — with surprising results

Robert J Defendi - THE GIOVANNI EFFECT
A man who lives alone with his family on a terraformed wind turbine farm receives a disturbing visitor

J.E. Anckorn - FOUR HUNDRED EYES, SIXTY-FOUR HUNDRED TEETH
An existentially anxious former star of a London goth rock band, missing fame and creativity, regains something he thought was lost

Darin Kennedy - CIRCULAR ARGUMENT
A severely dehydrated man is trapped in an endless loop on an external tram-shuttle around his base — and his patience with the on-board AI is fraying

Andrew Buckley - MOSES AND THE TALKING BUSH THAT WAS INCONVENIENTLY ON FIRE
An exhausted Moses herds sheep for his father-in-law until a burning bush gives him a holy quest he’s rather reluctant to do

J.P. Sloan - FAIL HOUSE
On the night the Chinese land the first mission to Mars, unemployed roommates in a crumbling American city navigate through riots to their government-subsidized housing — but is it the safe place they thought it would be?

James Wymore - ICU
A workaholic lawyer wakes up in an intensive care unit with painful regrets

Tegan Wren - BOOTHEEL
An aged German soldier returns to the Missouri Bootheel where he picked cotton as a POW, digs up an old mirror — and dares to look at his reflection

Nathan Croft - SECOND SENTIENCE
In this New Weird goat fantasy, two caprifauns explore a lost city — and their possible past lives

Rena Rocford - LANDING A JOB IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR
When an Imperial assassin’s Keeper betrays the Empire, the assassin goes off-planet — to transition out of government work as fast as possible

Ann M. Noser - TRAPPED
A woman is trapped inside a body with Alzheimer’s disease

Matthew S. Cox - OUT OF SIGHT
Unwanted kids wake up in an escape pod after years in stasis, and an AI bracelet is their only chance to make sense of a wild uncharted planet

Randy Attwood - A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN
A processing plant worker on a cattle farming planet boards an interstellar ship to bring back a wife — and learns a hard lesson

Katie Young - THE ONE YOU FEED
A wolf hunter offers his services to a professional steer roper, hoping the cowboy will be his champion at the right time

Richard Roberts - HEART OF THE HARVESTER
A boy’s father sends him to a dangerous city populated with machines in order to bring back the heart of a harvester — but will the boy pass his test and become a man?

Reviews for Curiosity Quills: Darkscapes

I have been on a short story kick the last month but this book is the best book for short stories I have read in years! Curiosity Quills: Darkscapes by J.R. Rain and other wonderful authors came together and have such a awesome collection of stories! I so enjoyed each and everyone. I don't think I have ever been so happy with a short story collection like I have with this one and I have been going through short story books like crazy lately. My favorite stories, and it was so hard picking them out, included:
1. EXLEY AVENUE- a very [...]

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