Tales for the Camp Fire: A Charity Anthology Benefiting Wildfire Relief


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In November 2018, fire broke out on Camp Creek Road and raced through Butte County, California. By the time the fire was extinguished, the town of Paradise had been scoured from the map. Nearly 100 people died. Damage ran to an estimated $16 billion. The disaster has been named the Camp Fire, in memory of its place of origin.

The horror writers of Northern California rallied to raise money for the survivors. Tales from the Camp Fire ranges from fairy tale to science fiction, from psychological terror to magical realism, from splatterpunk to black humor, all rounded out by a messed-up post-apocalyptic cookbook. Through these pages roam werewolves, serial killers, a handful of ghosts, plenty of zombies, Cthulhu cultists, mad scientists, and a pair of conjoined twins.

All profits from the sale of this anthology will be donated to Camp Fire relief and recovery efforts.

More details:

The publisher’s website has updated events and interviews with all of the contributors: http://www.ellderet.com/campfire

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Table of Contents:

In the Face of the Fire | Loren Rhoads
California’s Worst Natural Disaster | Chad Schimke
Cooking with Rodents | Nancy Etchemendy
The Ninth Skeleton | Clark Ashton Smith
The Wolf Who Never Was | John McCallum Swain
The Quarry | Ben Monroe
Seven Seconds | Erika Mailman
The White Stuff | Gerry Griffiths
Still Life with Shattered Glass | Loren Rhoads
Fable of the Box | Eric Esser
Ada, Awake | L.S. Johnson
Graffiti Sonata | Gene O’Neill
John Wilson | Clifford Brooks
River Twice | Ken Hueler
Leaving the #9 | E.M. Markoff
Folie à Deux | Ross E. Lockhart
Unheard Music in the Dank Underground | Sumiko Saulson
Mukden | Sean Patrick Hazlett
Little Pink Flowers | Roh Morgon
Road Kill | Jeff Seeman
The Relic | Crystal M. Romero
The Twins | G. O. Clark
Vivified | Chad Schimke
The Patron | Anthony De Rouen
My True Name | John Claude Smith
You’ll Never be Lunch in This Town Again | Dana Fredsti

Ordering info:

You can order your copy of the book — or a gift for someone who will enjoy this sort of thing — from Amazon.

ebook: https://amzn.to/2vA71O8

paperback: https://amzn.to/2Lkfwrl

Advance praise:

“A brilliant editor and author, Rhoads skillfully weaves together a collection of new and old yarns to create an exemplary tapestry of horror literature that will spook fans of the genre for years to come.” — Moaner T. Lawrence, author of “The Great American Nightmare”

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Promotion so far:

i09 highlighted the book in its Bookshelf Injection series: https://io9.gizmodo.com/check-out-the-sparkling-new-sci-fi-and-fantasy-books-co-1833977402  

John Baltisberger interviewed me about the book for his Madness Heart Radio podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/loren-rhoads-tales-for-the-campfire/id1434970877?i=1000435123434

A. F. Stewart did a video interview with me yesterday about the book: https://www.facebook.com/afstewartauthor/videos/851364795199095/

And it’s been featured in the Petaluma Argus Courier:

and Calaveras Enterprise:

The story behind my story: https://lorenrhoads.com/2019/04/19/behind-still-life-with-shattered-glass/

How I came to edit the book: https://lorenrhoads.com/2019/05/02/out-today-tales-for-the-camp-fire/