ISSUE 21

This twenty-first 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.

Michael Ezell shares a tale of Stranger Things
Will Swardstrom delivers A Cookie Cutter Story
Terry R. Hill drops in on the hospitals Third Shift
Amira Makansi and Jessica West team up to share a tale of the night
And Daniel Arthur Smith eaves drops on the Lacemaker

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 and Amazon's Electric Dreams 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.

Jason LaVelle reads and discusses "No One Will Believe You" by Jessica West

CONTRIBUTORS TO OUR LATEST ISSUE

Michael Ezell

Michael Ezell A former US Marine and police officer, Michael now resides in Southern California with his wife, two sons, and at least five too many rescue cats. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, as well as On Spec Magazine. His short story "The Good Food" was selected for "The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF Vol. 3" by Baen Books. He has optioned a feature film screenplay and also works in the Special Makeup Effects field as a Project Coordinator.

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

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.

Will Swardstrom

Will Swardstrom is a speculative fiction author. His latest novel is Blink, the first adventure in The Utility Company series, co-written with his brother Paul. He also has two full length novels, Dead Sleep and Dead Sight, and is at work on the finale in the trilogy. He also has three stories in The Future Chronicles anthology series (Uncle Allen in The Alien Chronicles, Z Ball in The Z Chronicles, and The Control in The Immortality Chronicles). Each of those anthologies has charted in the Top 5 on the SF Anthology list and The Alien Chronicles reached as high as #6 on the Overall Top 100 List. The Control from The Immortality Chronicles has been nominated for Best American Science Fiction. He also has a few stories set in Hugh Howey's WOOL Universe among his various other short stories and novellas. He lives in Southern Illinois with his wife and two kids.

Terry R. Hill

Terry R. Hill, a Texas native, was trained with two degrees in aerospace engineering. He has worked for NASA since 1997 with a very satisfying career as an engineer and project manager spanning programs from the international space station’s navigation software, to next generation space suit design, to exploration mission planning, to mitigating the health effects of space on astronauts. While supporting the manned space program has been a lifetime passion, writing of different worlds, alternate futures and the human condition has filled his spare time.

Amira K. Makansi

Amira K. Makansi makes wine by day and worlds by night. As a traveling winemaker and full-time writer, she divides her time between working in the cellars at wineries around the world and spinning worlds into existence. In addition to the Seeds trilogy, Amira is hard at work on a story tentatively titled POROUS, a dark psychological story about a girl who can find the paths between worlds - but is being hunted by shadowy beings who threaten to destroy her entire universe.

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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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