If you’re not into warm and fuzzy beach reads, What Remains is a great book for you this summer! Check out this amazing anthology by several talented authors.
What Remains is a 400+ page anthology bringing together 15 talented authors inspired by survival. You won’t find any pandemic stories here, but what you will find are creepy, bone-chilling, uncensored tales of grief, fear, loss, but also hope.
It’s published by independent publishers Inked in Gray, and has just been released on 26th July 2021.
The blurb for What Remains
Victory at all costs. Even at the price of our own life, the desire to survive transcends all rational thought.
What Remains brings together fifteen tales of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. From sacrificing loved ones or oneself, to doing what it takes to keep them alive, these stories shake the soul, rip out its insecurities and flay them on the page.
Careful who you trust. Some quandaries have no right answer when we cannot save what we love most—or when isolation, desperation, and betrayal leave you no choice.
Take the journey with us to see What Remains when civility, decency, and sanity have all but fled.
Each of the 15 stories takes on a different aspect of survival, within the sci fi, fiction, fantasy, and horror realm. Here is a sneak peek:
- R.A. won this year’s anthology contest with her story “Cold,” about a young man and his difficult choice between starvation and surrendering to the voice of the wind telling him to make the ultimate sacrifice.
- “A Cage of Moon and Stars” by David-Christopher Harris is a dark fantasy about betrayal and the struggle for survival as one civilization preys upon another through moonlight.
- Andy Dibble’s “Migration” takes us where risk and hope collide, and somewhere in between a migrating clan must survive and decide what values they take with them.
- “Taylor Manor” by LT Ward offers a new twist on the haunted house tale, one which will make you question walking into an unfamiliar place without the blessing of its owners.
- Ben Armstrong’s “Sleigh 54” is a horrific twist on magic and Christmas elves and what it really means to save Christmas.
- “Escape from the House of Asher-Fell” is a tale of nihilistic self-discovery written by Maxwell I Gold about a woman trapped in her own profound grief.
- Damir Salkovic gives us “Among Tall Trees” —a juxtaposition of survival vs tradition. A man must choose between one people’s right to their ancestral home and allowing that people’s continued destruction.
- Written by Lawrence West, “Threads” is a story about spiritual and mental sanity and how blurred the lines become in our desperation to achieve it.
- “Old Women” by Sharon Frame Gay is a powerful story about the women who endured and survived WWII, how one processes those experiences years later and how one may cope with past experiences once they live to see the morning.
- “I am Emergent” by Timothy Johnson is a story that pits love against love, and the moral quandary that arises when we fear we cannot save what we love the most.
- DL Shirey’s “Cathuranjalee” addresses isolation, desperation, and overcoming adversity at the hands of family and religion.
- In Dan Eveloff’s “The Algorithm,” we explore the theme of survival at the intersection of livelihood and technology.
- “Someday,” written by Valerie Hunter, is about making difficult decisions that do not have easy answers. Taking a chance could allow for a better future, but it could also end in death.
- Nicholas Barner has written “In Doctrine and In Deed” which is as the title states, taking us through the contemplations of a mother and her neurodivergent son in a cafe in Chicago.
- Thomas Canfield writes “A Dicey Proposition,” a social commentary on how totalitarianism has a micro-level affect on relationships between individuals.
If you’d like to learn more about the authors, check out their bios here.
International Giveaway: Paperback & Book Swag
If you’d like to win this mini survivor pack, just enter the giveaway below (open internationally). The mini survival pack includes a What Remains bookmark, a What Remains cover poster (8 x 11 in), a What Remains sticker, 2 Words Make Art bookmarks, a Words Make Art patch (3 x 3), and an Inked in Gray logo sticker.
Blog tour organised by R&R Book Tours
Thank you to Shannon of R&R Book Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for What Remains.
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