Dark Dispatch Issue #2: Deadly Love is out now! Buy it here.
This anthology features deadly romances that cross-examine the nature and meaning of love.
One story examines emotions through an extraterrestrial’s eyes as an alien meets humans for the first time. The darkest aspects of humanity are revealed when the fantasy of their love is threatened. In contrast, we witness a man haunted by the memory of his flame, yearning to connect with her—even if it’s only a delusion. We also discover a woman who is prepared to die over and over again for an immature infatuation, but is her lover devoted enough to follow?
Let your mind wander to the dark places and share your horror love stories about relationships gone wrong.
Janette Barber is a six-time Emmy award winning writer/producer, best known for her work as supervising producer and head writer on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and Hot Topics Writer on ABC’s The View. She is a bestselling humor author (USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly) and has been, variously, a SiriusXM radio host, TVFN host, standup comic, spokesperson and actress. This is her first short story.
Rebecca Burton is a queer, neurodivergent writer from the UK, who disappears into the fantasy worlds in her head to distract herself from her day job completing people’s tax returns. She has previously had short fiction published in Fireside Magazine, Translunar Traveller’s Lounge and Dark Dispatch, and is currently seeking representation for her YA fantasy & Adult SF novels. When not writing, she can be found learning (too many) languages, drinking (too much) tea, and muttering about hair dye and k-drama on Twitter (@TyGrammarRex)
Julie (She/Her/Hers) is the author of many novels and short stories ranging from weird westerns to young adult, to fantasy and more. She lives in Colorado with her horses and dogs, and loves spending time in the mountains. She’s a member of SFWA and HWA. You can find out more at www.writerjacampbell.com
When he is not doing academic stuff (directing the undergraduate track in Literary Theory, Culture, and Criticism, teaching Horror Writing, Horror Literature, and Horror Film) at Butler University, J. Rocky Colavito researches and writes on a wide range of subjects (professional wrestling, horror media and literature, and food studies). He’s published the short story “Red Eye” in Dark Dossier, and has several projects, including two paranormal novel series involving two radically different occult detectives. Carl Kolchak is his role model; his spirit animal is the Raven, and, in a parallel life, he would have Fox Mulder’s job at the FBI.
Ron J. Cruz breathes and pens fiction in the shadow of the Sierra Mountains in the foothills of California. He teaches English Composition at Folsom Lake College, takes pictures of things that amuse him, competitively throws darts erratically at a board, and snootily sips wine while doing two of the aforementioned three activities. While not writing short stories, Ron enumerates lists of things that will hopefully remain forever unseen (and undone).
For more information on Ron J. Cruz, check out www.ronjcruz.com
Britt Foster writes queer speculative fiction that combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and horror. They’re particularly fascinated with other worlds, extraterrestrials, and nonhuman humanoids, and their work seeks to explore the wholeness of the sentient experience. They can be found on Facebook and Instagram, both @brittfosterauthor, on Twitter @brittfosterauth, or on their website, www.brittfoster.com.
Jameson Grey is originally from England but now lives with his family in western Canada – hence the somewhat bundled-up look of his author photo! His fiction and poetry have been published in anthologies by Ghost Orchid Press and Hellbound Books as well as online at Trembling with Fear and Dark Moments. He can be found at jameson-grey.com and occasionally on Twitter @thejamesongrey
J.D. Harlock is a Lebanese Palestinian writer based in Beirut. His short stories have been featured in The Deadlands, Sciencefictionary, and the Decoded Pride Anthology, his poetry has been featured in Mobius and Black Cat Magazine, and his articles have been featured in Mermaids Monthly, Interstellar Flight Press, and on the SFWA Blog. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @JD_Harlock.
R. J. Joseph is a Stoker Award™ nominated, Texas based writer who earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She has had works published in various venues, including the Halloween issue of Southwest Review and The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Series. When she isn’t writing, reading, or teaching, she can usually be found wrangling her huge blended family of one husband, four adult sprouts, seven teenaged sproutlings, four grandboo seedlings, and one furry hellbeast who sometimes pretends to be a dog. She occasionally peeks out on Twitter @rjacksonjoseph or at www.rhondajacksonjoseph.com
Christina Ladd is a writer, reviewer, and librarian who lives in Boston. She will eventually die crushed under a pile of books, but until then she survives on a worrisome amount of tea and pizza. You can find more of her work in Strange Horizons, Vastarien, The Dread Machine and more, or on Twitter @OLaddieGirl.
Hailey Piper is the author of Queen of Teeth, The Worm and His Kings, Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy, and other books of horror fiction. She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and her short stories appear in Year’s Best Hardcore Horror, Dark Matter Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, and elsewhere. She lives with her wife in Maryland, where they spend weekends raising the dead. Find her at www.haileypiper.com or on Twitter via @HaileyPiperSays.
Sara Tantlinger is the author of the Bram Stoker Award-winning The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes, and the Stoker-nominated works To Be Devoured, Cradleland of Parasites, and Not All Monsters. Along with being a mentor for the HWA Mentorship Program, she is also a co-organizer for the HWA Pittsburgh Chapter. She embraces all things macabre and can be found lurking in graveyards or on Twitter @SaraTantlinger, at saratantlinger.com and on Instagram @inkychaotics
Destinee Schriner loves anime, comics, crocheting, and everything romantic. One of her favorite things to do is sit down with a steaming fragrant cup of chai tea and write. Her dream is to tour and experience the beauty of Japan one day. She is an Air Force Veteran and has traveled all over the United States. Destinee identifies as bisexual and lives with her husband and daughter in Idaho.
Her short story, “Beware of the Iso-Onna”, was published in the 2019 anthology Of Kami & Yokai by Fantasia Divinity Magazine. Her debut novel, Bluebell, will be released in 2022 by REUTS Publications.