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

Something Bad by Jeremy Essex
On a Front Porch on a November Afternoon by M. Regan
The End of the World and a Super 88 by Michael Ezell
Winning in Real Estate by Lara Frater
The Lost Tapes—Shane Starr by Daniel Arthur Smith

Tales from the Canyons of the Damned ( 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.

S. Elliot Brandis reads and discusses "Float" by Ernie Howard


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 anthology collections includingTales from the Canyons of the Damned, On Spec Magazine ,Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Baen Books The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF Vol. 3, and Once Upon a Time in Gravity City. His secret identity is that of a project coordinator in the Special Makeup Effects industry. (for an Emmy-winning shop!)

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

M. Regan

M. Regan has been writing in various capacities for over a decade, with credits ranging from localization work to scholarly reviews, advice columns to short stories. Particularly fascinated by those fears and maladies personified by monsters, she enjoys composing dark fiction and studying supernatural creatures.

Jeremy Essex

Jeremy Essex is a software developer from Suffolk, England. His e-book The Sound Of Time is a ghostly account of paranormal events in a South Devon office building. He the author of multiple short stories, including The Death Pool, featured in Kzine issue 19, The Phantom Of Higham Corner, from the anthology 9 Tales Told In The Dark, and Aberration, featured in Acidic Fiction online magazine.

Lara Frater

Lara Frater, published a non-fiction book Fat Chicks Rule! How to Survive a Thin Centric World. It was a guidebook on being a big girl in a thin world and included information on how to fat positive books, movies, and TV, where to find fashion, comfortable seating, and how to deal with fat hatred. A few months after the book was published, I did a companion blog with the same name that she still updates every Monday. She has published essays, poetry and short stories. In 2012, she published End of the Line the first in the series of three zombie novels that take place in a world almost dead of the flu and having to deal the zombies who rose from the ashes. End of the Line was followed by Stuck in the Middle in 2013 and Full Circle in 2014. She is also working on a three book dystopian series called Welcome to Pluto. I hope to have the first book out in 2016. She lives in New York City with her husband, author Jonathan Frater and has lots of animals and people in her house.

Daniel Arthur Smith

Daniel Arthur Smith is a USA Today bestselling author. His titles include Spectral Shift, 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 and Frontiers of Speculative Fiction. 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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Submissions are closed for Tales from the Canyons of the Damned

Tales from the Canyons of the Damned is currently closed to submissions. You cannot submit at this time.

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Word Limit: 500-5000 words.

Pay Rate: Original stories 3¢ per word for the first 5000 words.

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

Language: English (Translations are welcome.)

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