Take a Deep Breath and Dive Beneath the Surface of Shallow Waters—Where Nothing Stays Buried!
With 19 Dark Fiction & Horror tales diving beneath the surface of life, death, and the mystery that lies beneath.
Shallow Waters is the official monthly flash fiction contest hosted by the multiple award-winning Crystal Lake Publishing (including the HWA’s Specialty Press Award). Every month a new contest/theme is issued online and via our newsletter. The best submissions are then posted on Crystal Lake’s Patreon page (an exclusive behind the scenes community of readers and authors), where patrons read daily entries and vote for the winner every month.
What you’ll find in these Shallow Waters anthologies include the winners as well as the most popular of our finalists. This is the final volume in the series, but do keep an eye out for a special paperback edition. Or you can find Crystal Lake Entertainment on Patreon to enter or vote on future contests.
Volume 9 includes:
Introduction by Joe Mynhardt
“In My Mind, the Deep Calls” by Maxwell Marais
“Motel 8” by Francesca Maria
“Read Me If You Forget” by Gregg Stewart
“No. It Doesn’t” by Jay Bechtol
“One Wrong Number” by Andrew Martin Robinson
“Salt” by Tom Deady
“Welcome to the Race” by K. J. Shepherd
“Senseless Act of Violence” by Evan Bond
“The Dullahan’s Reckoning” by Claire Davon
“The Manual” by Jay Bechtol
“Pagliacci’s Ghost” by Naching T. Kassa
“Rain” by Jim Horlock
“Corporate Types” by Derek Clendening
“A High Degree of Difficulty” by Tom Deady
“Shadow Dust” by Diana Olney
“S/MART” by Jonah Buck
“Unholy Night” by Francesca Maria
“The Cut” by Amanda M. Blake
“Fifteen Years” by Jay Bechtol