I’m very happy to post my review for ‘Moonlit Dreams, Moonlit Nightmares’, a horror anthology by Laura Seeber! Thank you very much to Blackthorn Book Tours for allowing me to take part! Click on the banner above for more details.
Moonlit Dreams, Moonlit Nightmares: an Anthology
Compiled and Edited by Laura Seeber
Publisher: Antimony and ELder Lace Press
Release Date: April 19, 2020
The moon has always been with us — tempting us, enticing us, and enthralling us through the
ages. Here you’ll find thirteen stories involving this heavenly body — sometimes tragic, magical,
and other times mysterious, or horrific, but always, memorable.
Contributors include both veteran and first time authors alike, and hail from around the world,
including the United States, India, United Kingdom, and Greece. The collection was compiled
and edited by Laura Seeber.
*I received a complimentary copy of ‘Moonlit Dreams, Moonlit Nightmares’ from Blackthorn Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
I’m always drawn to the moon’s power. It carries wisdom dating back centuries. I love how Laura Seeber’s Moonlit Dreams, Moonlit Nightmares carries that respect toward’s the moon’s magical abilities. In this book of 13 tales, we explore the worlds of those influenced by the moon. I really appreciated the stories that centered on bad omens (A Visitation) and dream symbolism (When the Moon is Full). The moon is a catalyst for significant change, and these stories highlighted the prominence of these journeys. Dreams also serve as the bridge to learn about restless souls, such as Receiving Room. This anthology does great work in exploring the delicate parts of the human condition. Sometimes we don’t love approaching the dark topics of humanity, yet it’s quite an interesting domain to explore!
I recommend Moonlit Dreams, Moonlit Nightmares to those who enjoy spooky thrillers and unsettling arrangements. This is an exceptional collection of stories!
Editor: Laura Seeber
Laura Seeber actually performed double duty on this anthology, acting both as a contributor and
editor (so any typo complaints- send her way!). When she’s not writing horror, mystery, or dark
science fiction, she spends her time divided between her young son and husband, her freelance
writing business, and Antimony and Elder Lace Press
Todd Taylor (“The Experiment”)
Todd Taylor teaches high school ELA, Creative Writing, and Theater in an inner-city Memphis-area
School. His short story, “The Experiment,” was published by Laura Seeber in the summer of 2019 in
an anthology called, Moonlit Dreams / Moonlit Nightmares. He has also written a play for his theater
class that is being performed at 3 different high schools, and has 2 completed novels he is looking to
publish. When Todd is not writing, he spends his time coaching track and field, playing guitar in a
local band, woodworking, performing weddings / funerals, or relaxing with Sudoku.
Shaun Avery (“The First Victims Club”)
Shaun Avery writes fiction in a number of different mediums, normally with a dark or satirical slant,
and often both at once. “The First Victims Club” comes from questions raised by watching horror
movies. A LOT of horror movies. He also loves comics, and has co-created a self-published one, more
details of which can be found here:
Unsurprisingly, this is also a horror.
A.P. Sessler (“The Sound of Stars”)
A resident of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, A.P. frequents an alternate universe not too different
from your own, searching for that unique element that twists the everyday commonplace into the
weird. When he’s not writing fiction, he composes music, makes art, and spends too much time
trying to connect with his inner genius.
His first novel House of the Goat came out in January. It’s an homage to the Satanic Panic genre of
Lori Tiron-Pandit (“Receiving Room”)
Lori Tiron-Pandit is a writer, editor, and Web communication professional. Her work celebrates
women’s lives and work, of both mystical and mundane significance, as well as their ancestral and
contemporary imprint on the world. Growing up with the “great” “classics” of literature, all men,
only very late did she realize that the male perspective was not all there was, that it was skewed and
small, and it ignored women’s views. Her work is rooted in the worlds of women she’s been lucky to
cross paths with.
Thomas Vaughn (“A Consultation by Moonlight”)
Thomas Vaughn is an author of literary horror and dark magical realism. He came from the debris
field of rural Arkansas where he persists in uncertainty. When he is not writing fiction, he poses as a
college professor whose research focuses on apocalyptic rhetoric. For him fiction serves as a tool to
mediate the terrible reality that encompasses all humanity. These works represent his clumsy efforts
to seek awareness in the face of a stillborn universe. And so he pulses, waiting for a reply in the void.
Cara Fox (“Anamnesis”)
Cara Fox is an English author trying to write her way out of the dark. She favors steampunk, horror
and Gothic romance, but you can find her anywhere that the stories sink their claws into you and the
wine flows freely. Her work has been published by Tales To Terrify, Empyreome, Broadswords &
Blasters and Horror Addicts, amongst others, and she is working on her debut novel, The Strange
Case of Doctor Magorian.
Parineeta Singh (“A Visitation”)
Parineeta Singh currently lives in Delhi, India, and has earned a Ph.D in Creative Writing from the
University of Surrey, as well as a Master’s Degree in the same field from the University of Newcastle-
upon-Tyne. Her work has appeared in many international magazines and anthologies, and we’re thrilled to have her talent showcased here as well.
Dawn J. Stevens (“When the Moon is Full”)
Dawn Juniper Stevens is the fiction pen name for Kara Kelso. She has been writing short stories and
poetry for nearly 30 years, with the past 20 years spent writing an assortment of business, hobby,
and nonfiction articles for a variety of businesses, websites, and projects. There aren’t too many
types of writing she hasn’t dabbled in at least once, but fiction remains her favorite. “Kira’s Tale:
Descend into Darkness” was released in 2013 and is currently available on Amazon.
In her spare time, she enjoys mostly non-fiction books for their source of education and learning
from another’s beautiful experience, as well as spending time with family and children. She also
enjoys sustainable gardening, music with soul, real life magic, and simply being surrounded by
nature. She lives in the Midwest.
For news and updates, find Dawn J. Stevens on both Facebook and Twitter.
Jesse Moak (“One Stormy Night”)
Jesse Moak is a lifetime writer and dreamer who has been perfecting his craft and pursuing the
dream of becoming a professional writer for some time. When he isn’t actively searching for an
agent or writing other stories, he spends his time exploring his other passion of retro gaming at his
Jamie Ryder (“Eleventh Hour”)
Jamie Ryder is a short story writer and pop culture content creator from Manchester, England. His
short stories and poetry have been published by Hyperion and Theia, Colp, EastLit Magazine, AEL
Press and more. You can find his other work on The Comic Vault, Yamato Magazine and The Rum
Sarah Walker (“Phosphene”)
Sarah Walker is an author and mixed media artist who currently lives in Lebanon Oregon. When she
isn’t busy writing, she spends her time creating art that explores the boundaries of reality.
Dimitris Psomadellis (“The Magic Circle”)
Dimitris is a life-long writer that has been perfecting his craft in Mytiline, Greece for a number of
years. “The Magic Circle” is his first published story with a professional publisher, and we have no
doubt it will be the first of many.
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