©2016 by Rayne Hall 

Ten Tales

 

Themed Fantasy & Horror Anthologies

The Ten Tales books offer a delicious buffet of stories. Each writer interprets the theme in their unique way to give you ten different flavours in each book.

 

Beltane : Ten Tales of Witchcraft

If you meet a witch, will you know if they're the kind or the evil sort? If you hear about someone practising witchcraft, how do you judge if their magic is real? If rumours spread through your neighbourhood or mass hysteria sweeps through your community, will you be able to keep a clear head? If the only way to solve your problem is by resorting to witchcraft, will you desist or give it a try?
 
In this book, all the witches are real. They practice different kinds of witchcraft: Traditional, Stregheria, Santeria, Wicca and more. Some are good, some are evil, and others are in between, so beware of jumping to early conclusions.
 

Stories by:

 

Liv Rancourt, Karen Heard, Carole Ann Moleti, Rayne Hall,

Jonathan Broughton,

Debbie Christiana, Lawrence Barker, Mertianna Georgia,

Debra Dunbar.

Scared : Ten Tales of Horror

In this collection, you'll find scary stories for almost every taste, each penned by a different author with a different writing style and a different taste in horror. This allows you to explore your own preferences. Which story gives you the most delicious frights?

 

The authors have played with “What if” scenarios: What if the safe world we take for granted is changing and we don't know? What if a seemingly harmless object grows into a menace? What if an everyday occurrence turns into something nasty? What if a minor irritation is actually a sign that something big is underfoot? What if threats are outside our control? Picking up the phone, going to the toilet on the train or buying a birthday gift may be the start of a nightmare.

 

These stories don't seek to shock you with chainsaw massacres or to gross you out with mounds of gore. Rather, the authors aim to scare you in subtle ways, creating the kind of fear which creeps up on you, grabs you by the throat, and sometimes lingers long after you've finished reading.

Stories by:

 

William Meikle, Pamela Turner,

Deborah J. Ross writing as Deborah Wheeler, 

Rayne Hall, Karen Heard,

Jonathan Broughton, 

Donna Johnson,  Liv Rancourt, Grayson Bray Morris,

Tracie McBride

Dragon : Ten Tales of Fiery Beasts

Ten exciting stories - frightening, thoughtful and funny - about dragons by ten authors, edited by Rayne Hall.

 

The stories selected for this book have different writing styles, from tongue-in-cheek humour to exciting frights, and they present ten different kinds of dragon. Some of these dragons are evil, some are kind, and others just want to be left in peace. But they all are dangerous, and they are formidable foes when their ire is roused.

 

Leave your disbelief behind and travel with us to lands where dragons roam.

Stories by:

Candy Korman, Larisa Walk, Pamela Turner, Rayne Hall, William Meikle,  Jonathan Broughton, Wakefield Mahon, LL Phelps,  Mark Cassell

Seers : Ten Tales of Clairvoyance

Is clairvoyance a gift or a curse? Imagine getting a glimpse of what the future holds, and ask yourself how you would deal with the burden of this foresight.Is it right to interfere with the pre-ordained? Is it your duty to avert the doom, or will your meddling make matters worse? Is it even possible to change the future? What if those with the power to prevent a disaster disdain your warnings? What if you see what will happen, but have no idea when it will come to pass? Is your vision to be trusted? What if your interpretation of what you see is wrong?

 

In this book, ten authors share their visions of what it means to be clairvoyant, each with their individual way of telling a story and their own writing style. They seek to entertain you and at the same time to make you think.

Stories by:

 

Frederick Langridge,

April Grey, Jeff Hargett, Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, Carole Ann Moleti, Jack Nicholls,

Rayne Hall, Tracie McBride, Deborah Walker, Douglas Kolacki 

Undead : Ten Tales of Zombies

Welcome to the world of the not-quite-living. While zombies still have physical bodies, their minds are irrevocably changed. No longer governed by a conscience, incapable of reason, unrestrained by values of right and wrong, they often follow primitive instincts. If their new focus is overwhelming hunger, they let nothing get in the way of their urge to feed.  

 

Confronted by a zombie, how would you defend yourself and those you love? What if it was your friend, relative or spouse, with remnants of their old personality - would you protect them or kill them? Is a zombie an individual with human feelings and rights, or is it a menace to be destroyed?

 

In this story collection, ten authors share their visions of the undead, each with their own style of storytelling and their own imagination of how ghouls may impact our lives.

Stories by:

 

Jeff Strand, Matt Hults,

Rayne Hall, Tara Maya,

Jonathan Broughton,

April Grey, Paul D Dail, 

John Hoddy, Tracie McBride,

Douglas Kolacki 

Bites : Ten Tales of Vampires

Are vampires to be pitied for their vulnerabilities, or envied for their powers? How do we know who is a vampire? How do we know what vampires want from us? What if they are expressions of our own forbidden desires?  What if the victims give their blood willingly, in return for a boon? What if they drain from their victims not blood, but something more precious - their courage, their faith, their ability to love? Is what they offer a fair exchange for what they take? Do you yearn for thrills, for immortality, for everlasting youth? Would you be willing to pay for this with your blood, your life, your soul?  

 

Ten authors probe these questions in their tales. Each story in this book explores a different concept of vampires, a different question, a different danger. To reflect the authors' individual voices, you will find both American and British words and spellings in this book.

Stories by:

 

Douglas Kolacki, Lana Bange, April Grey,  Liv Rancourt,

Rayne Hall,  Jim Bernheimer, 

Carole Ann Moleti, Pamela Turner, Jonathan Broughton,

Debbie Christiana  

 

Cutlass : Ten Tales of Pirates

Pirate stories are exciting. They give us a taste of adventure and daring, of freedom and romance. While historical reality was unglamorous and brutal, in fiction, we enter a world of excitement, set sail for a great adventure, enjoy freedoms outside the confines of society and law, fight on the side of righteous rebels or defeat the villains and find buried treasure.

 

This story collection contains ten pirate yarns, some spiced with sprinkles of realism, others peppered with fantasy, all seasoned with the salt of adventure. While this is a fiction book for adults, the stories are suitable for older children.

Stories by:

 

Jonathan Broughton,

Margo Lerwill,

Douglas Kolacki,

Kris Austen Radcliffe, 

Rayne Hall, KJ Kiegan, 

John Blackport

Spells: Ten Tales of Magic

The authors of these ten tales have spun yarns based on the premise that magic is real, but it requires skill to harness its force, and abuse brings danger. Suspend your disbelief, and find out what happens when people use magic to gain power, healing, wisdom or love.

 

Some stories take place in fantasy lands, others in the world you know. Some are short, others long; some are funny, others poignant; some aim to entertain, others to make you think. Each author has a different vision of magic, a different way of telling a story, and a different writing style. See which of them resonate with you.

Stories by:

 

David D. Levine,  

Tara Maya, Jeff Hargett, Cherie Reich, Rayne Hall, Douglas Kolacki,

T.D. Edge, C.J. Burright,

Pamela Turner

Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts

Exciting, spooky and scary stories for everyone, edited by Rayne Hall. Ten authors spin creepy yarns, each with a different writing style and a different way of telling a story. Allow these fantasy and horror stories to haunt you, and see which story resonates most with you.

Stories by:

 

Tracie McBride, Carole Ann Moleti, Douglas Kolacki,

Rayne Hall, William Meikle, 

Grayson Bray Morris,

April Grey

Of all paranormal creatures, demons are the most dangerous. Intelligent and deceitful, they are masters of disguise and crafty manipulation. They stir evil desires, exploit moral weaknesses, disguise the boundaries between right and wrong, plant convictions in the victim's mind, and persuade humans that they want the thing the demon aims to bring about.

 

Every culture in the world has demons, but their shape, nature and purpose varies so much that it would be impossible to give a single definition.

 

In this anthology, ten authors share their vision of demons, some drawing from their ethnic and cultural backgrounds, others inspired by observations from real life, all blended with the writers' vivid imagination. 

Fiends: Ten Tales of Demons

Stories by: 

 

Mark Cassell, Jake Elwood, Heide Goody & Iain Grant, Debbie Christiana, Kelda Critch, Mitch Sebourn,

Rayne Hall, Pamela Turner,

Douglas Kolacki, Tracie McBride

Cogwheels: Ten Tales of Steampunk

A collection of entertaining, exciting, thought-provoking stories.

 

Explore the relationship between humankind and technology, ponder social issues and enjoy the costuming, etiquette and gadgetry of an age that never was but might have been.

 

To celebrate the tenth volume of the Ten Tales anthologies, this book contains two bonus stories.

Stories by:

 

Day Al-Mohamed, April Grey, Joanne Anderton,

Nied Darnell, Bob Brown, Jonathan Broughton, 

Mark Cassell, Rayne Hall, 

Kevin O. McLaughlin, 

Liv Rancourt, Kin S. Law, Morgan A. Pryce