If you enjoy a good piece of flash fiction as much as I do, you won't want to miss this Kindle-only anthology from Bram Stoker Award-winning publisher Crystal Lake Publishing. In my story, "The Chance of a Lifetime," a Victorian actor’s career comes to a sudden end due to a flare-up of gout during an opening-night performance at the Delphi Theatre. He is left with only one chance to exact revenge on the inflexible house manager. Will he take it?
Watch me read "The Chance of a Lifetime" on my YouTube channel.
Still Warm: Dig Two Graves, Vol. II
If you've read volume one of this illustrious anthology series from Death's Head Press, or if you simply have a craving for a passel of great revenge stories, this book is for you. Don't miss Pete Mesling's tale, "InPerson"—but beware: it leaves scars.
—Available as a paperback and e-book from Amazon!
Don't miss Pete's contribution: "InPerson"
Other Recent Publications:
Pete's poem in the sixth volume of the acclaimed Poetry Showcase series from the Horror Writers Association offers a brief glimpse of how the world might end, not with a whimper but a bang.
—Available from Amazon!
Don't miss Pete's contribution:
"A Return to Chaos"
Pete's poem in issue 22 of The Literary Hatchet—"Black Skull"—is his answer to the question, What if a cowboy poet were to turn his hand to the horror genre? Read the entire issue for free as a PDF or order up a print copy.
—Available directly from The Literary Hatchet!
Don't miss Pete's contribution: "Black Skull"
Pete's poem in issue 15 of The Literary Hatchet—"The Primal Sympathy"—is an ode to William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, and Dr. Seuss. Read the entire issue for free as a PDF or order up a print copy.
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Don't miss Pete's contribution: "The Primal Sympathy"
Pete's short poem, "Gratitude," isn't the only draw in this outsatnding new volume of poetry from the Horror Writers Association. Michael Arnzen, Lucy Snyder, Marge Simon, Bruce Boston, and Lisa Morton—to name a handful of the talents within—are also sure to chill your blood.
—Available as paperback and e-book from Amazon!
Don't miss Pete's contribution: "Gratitude"
PRAISE FOR PETE'S WORK ...
"Reminiscent of the best and darkest work of David Morrell and Dan Simmons, the new collection by Pete Mesling, NONE SO DEAF, crackles with malignant life and death. You can smell and taste these stories, which are written with a surgeon's eye for detail and a mortician's sense of drama. Highly recommended!"
—Jay Bonansinga, New York Times best-selling author of THE WALKING DEAD: INVASION and SELF STORAGE.
"We've got the genealogical report in on Pete Mesling. There's some Fredric Brown. Some Kafka. And even some Brautigan. But mostly there's Mesling. And that's 100% unique and original. As is NONE SO DEAF, this memorable collection."
—Mort Castle, author of MOON ON THE WATER and NEW MOON ON THE WATER
"Pete Mesling's NONE SO DEAF gave me a serious dose of the creeps. Herein lies an assemblage of horrors that, when it isn't reminding you of Bradbury at his grimmest, will have you double-checking the locks and turning on all the lights. Wonderful stuff indeed."
—Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE TURTLE BOY, KIN, and SOUR CANDY
"Claustrophobic and terrifying; you'll be holding your breath."
"Flashes of darkness ... moments of the macabre captured like the snapshots
of a scream … or an impaling. Short, fast, and deadly moments of discovery!"
—John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of COVENANT and SACRIFICING VIRGINS
"With his debut collection of mad scientists and classic monsters, childhood wonders twisted into nightmares, and Twilight Zone-style morality plays, Pete Mesling reminds us what's fun about horror—and adds serious chills along the way."
—Norman Prentiss, Bram Stoker Award-winner, author of INVISIBLE FENCES
"Lean and masterful prose. Buy this book."
—Wayne Allen Sallee, author of THE HOLY TERROR and PROACTIVE CONTRITION
"This is bizarre stuff."
—Thomas F. Monteleone, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB and THE MOTHERS AND FATHERS ITALIAN ASSOCIATION
"Pete Mesling's NONE SO DEAF explores the darkest regions of the human soul in readable tales that take no prisoners."
—Nancy Kilpatrick, NEVERMORE!: TALES OF MURDER, MYSTERY & THE MACABRE
"A terrific new author. His work is fresh and different."
—John R. Little, author of MIRANDA, THE MEMORY TREE, and SOUL MATES
"Pete Mesling's fiction is definitely the kind of old school horror I grew up with. Short, sharp shocks that touch on the fears we all have—stuff like claustrophobia, the anger of strangers, carnivals, spooky houses. Definitely give them a whirl!"
—Paul Kane, Bestselling and award-winning author of PAIN CAGES, THE HELLRAISER FILMS & THEIR LEGACY, and LUNAR
"Pete Mesling's NONE SO DEAF takes the reader on a whistle stop tour of American gothic, traditional and modern, with unsettling carnivals, kids breaking into decrepit houses on a dare and corrupt preachers in the Wild West. Nasty new stings in the tail alternate with tilted perspectives on horror tropes for this box of entertainingly poisoned chocolates."
—Narrelle M Harris, THE OPPOSITE OF LIFE
"Pete Mesling is a brawler of a writer. Whether his touch is light as a feather, like Bradbury, or a hard left hook, like Lansdale, he has you exactly where he wants you."
—John Bruni, author of TALES OF QUESTIONABLE TASTE
"NONE SO DEAF spans the horror spectrum from fearsome to fun in the spirit of SKELETON CREW and STRANGE HIGHWAYS, making it a great read for any fan of the genre!"
—Matt Hults, Author of HUSK
"Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, Mesling pulls the rug out and down the trapdoor you fall, spiraling into expertly crafted nightmares. I’m already looking forward to Pete’s next offering!"
—Robert Essig, author of IN BLACK and PEOPLE OF THE ETHEREAL REALM