ISSUE 17

This seventeenth issue of Tales from the Canyons of the Damned consists of five sharp, suspenseful, thought provoking short stories—each from a different featured master of speculative fiction.

D.K. Cassidy counts down 103 Days
Jason LaVelle invites us to Keep Rolling
Jon Frater ponders the Moon
Paul K. Swardstrom shares a comedic B-Movie Novelette
And Daniel Arthur Smith shares another clip from the Lost Tapes series

Tales from the Canyons of the Damned (canyonsofthedamned.com) is a dark science fiction, horror, & slipstream magazine we've been working on since 2015. What is Dark Science Fiction and Horror? Think of it as a literary Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, or Outer Limits, it's Netflix's Black Mirror in the short story format. And it's a bargain. Each monthly issue has three-to-five sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales from today's top speculative fiction writers.
These are Dark Sci Fi Slipstream Tales like you've never read before.

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the mortal mind to correlate all its contents.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

CONTRIBUTORS TO OUR LATEST ISSUE

D.K. Cassidy

D.K. Cassidy scribbles daily in various genres including Science Fiction, Magical Realism, & Urban Gothic. Her goal? Messing with your mind by transforming the voices in her head into odd stories. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her greatest fans: her husband Mark, twin sons Aidan and Jared, and four cats. When not writing, she loves to travel, run, knit, use the Oxford comma, and of course read!

Jessica West

Jessica West (a.k.a. West1Jess) is currently pursuing a state of self-induced psychosis, also known as writing. In the past, she has worked for Wal-Mart, a lawyer, and a bank. Now if she could just get a couple years experience with the IRS and the NSA, world domination is in the bag. Jess lives in Acadiana with three daughters still young enough to think she’s cool and a husband who knows better but likes her anyway. For more information, visit west1jess.com

Jason LaValle

J.N. Lavelle is an author and photographer from West Michigan. When he’s not spending time with his beautiful wife and four children, he’s probably at the dog park with his three pugs, Dragon, Dylan and Mr. Sparkles and his annoying dachshund, Lady. After he’s done playing with the pugs and tucking the kids into bed, he explores the paranormal world through his writing.

Jon Frater

Jon Frater is a librarian at MCNY. He writes science fiction and fantasy in his spare time and is preparing to release Book 1 of his new Expocalypse Weird series. He lives in New York with his wife and children.

Paul K. Swardstrom

Paul K. Swardstrom is a husband and a father, a music teacher by day and family man at night. I write when I can and am enjoying the ride. A Sun Devil who grew up all over but remembers Michigan fondly, I have settled in Oregon.

Daniel Arthur Smith

Daniel Arthur Smith is the author of the international bestsellers Hugh Howey Lives, The Cathari Treasure, The Somali Deception, and a few other novels and short stories. He also curates the phenomenal short fiction series Tales from the Canyons of the Damned. He was raised in Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University where he studied philosophy, with focus on cognitive science, meta-physics, and comparative religion. He began his career as a bartender, barista, poetry house proprietor, teacher, and then became a technologist and futurist for the Fortune 100 across the Americas and Europe. Daniel has traveled to over 300 cities in 22 countries, residing in Los Angeles, Kalamazoo, Prague, Crete, and now writes in Manhattan where he lives with his wife and young sons.

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Genres: Dark Science fiction, Horror, and Slipstream. Think of the Canyons as a literary Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, or Outer Limits—it's Netflix's Black Mirror.

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