Welcome Intergalactic Travelers 

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Tales From The Mare Inebrium
Dan L. Hollifield

http://darkoakpress.com/mare.html

Welcome Intergalactic Travelers

Come on in and enjoy the Mare Inebrium. We have a large facility and are sure we have something that will meet your needs and exceed your expectations. In the top floor of our building we have a very fancy restaurant with lovely views of the city spreading out into the far distance. The floors above the main bar contain various restaurants, shops, meeting rooms, and we even offer hotel rooms for the discriminating traveler.

Our main bar is quite large, with room for several hundred patrons at once. The walls are decorated with paintings and mirrors that can shift to show either reflections or discrete views inside one of our many themed bars. Our displays of alien artifacts are scattered about tastefully throughout while the full bar itself is up against the back wall of the main room. Our main bar features literally hundreds of varieties of beverages to meet any tastes no matter how exotic.

If open spaces and large crowds are not to your liking, then please patronize any of our wonderful themed areas. If you prefer with a bit more of an adventurous edge, please join the many Space Rangers and other militaries from around the galaxy in our Red Dog Saloon. If you desire a more private and civilized setting, please join our “gentleman’s club” at Piper’s and our small ballroom is the perfect place to take in a musical or theatrical performance. For you truly celestial types, deities, writers, artists, and other beings of enormous power, you will enjoy the Pantheon Room.

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Great Summer Time Read!

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Robert Krog

From sorcerers to space captains, from common criminals to common housewives, this collection contains the stories of a variety of characters from a diversity of genres. Fans of adventure, suspense, humor, horror, fantasy, and science fiction will find tales to treasure. Every story invites the reader into a world where things are not always what they seem, where events do not always turn out as one expects.

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*The Stone Maiden
“a creature protected beyond use.”
“I remember the days when I did things.”

*Gilbames the Unwise
“Came the Dark One, the Great Troll from the Northern Waste,”

*Acantha
“Why did you not take his foot like you took her arm?”

*The Hand of Darden
“Apprentice, heed my direction, walk carefully away from the light.”

*I Would Have My Bones in the Earth Facing North
“slain him, butchered him, and preserved him for later meals.”

*Nothing to Lose is Nearly Enough
“It takes ten days in the chamber to turn a physically fit man who is willing to give up the possibility of procreation into a steel-skinned warrior.”

*The Three Epiphanies of Seqeranc
“That is what the stones tell me. Be on your way.”

*A Fifty-Five Gallon Drum
“By the brilliant point of light coming from the tip of the welder, she saw a tiny, rotund form working away at some concave contraption.”

*Tell Me Your Dreams
“You murder me so gently.”

*The Fortunate Few
“You can’t escape the Dead King,” She clucked comfortingly to him as she dragged him into a dank, dark, stinking room

Summer is for Short Stories!

Let’s get your Summer reading season started right!

Moonlight Sonata
by Elizabeth Donald

 

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These are the dark, ethereal stories of Moonlight Sonata. Tales bound to disturb your sleep and chill your heart; a new collection from the award-winning author of Setting Suns and Nocturne Infernum, Elizabeth Donald.

All that can kill you is what you carry with you:
Imagine a haunted church, where the ground has turned sour and something walks in the shadows at night to the mournful hymns.
A silent covered bridge that no one dares to cross.
Angry spirits that cry out from beneath the ground of a cemetery that will not lie still.
An ageless man bound in love to a mortal woman, forever moving, forever haunted.
A police officer chasing a suspect into the woods – and suspects they are no longer alone.
A woman preparing to leave her husband, watched by unseen eyes in the corner of the room.
A voice that can speak only through a radio, a voice from beyond death itself.
A man haunted by an ageless face that brings tragedy to his life whenever it appears.
A girl whose imagination carries her beyond the point of no return in a future where dreams become reality – and so do nightmares.

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Cities of the Dead and Appearances!

Enjoy our very own Kalila as she gives a tour of the Cities of the Dead in New Orleans!

Appearances: Call and reserve your space early.  We are booking up quickly.

3/24/18 Hernando Topic: The Beginner’s Guide to Writing for Publication
When do you call yourself a writer? Writing style- Pantser / Plotter. Why did you become a writer? What is & purpose of – Beta Readers, a Critique Group or Writer’s Group. Genre Blending – Where Do I Fit In – How to decide what genre you write. Balancing the day job while writing. Did you choose the genre or did it pick you? Do you write with an audience in mind? How do you keep from giving up before the story is finished?
Hernando Public Library – 370 W Commerce St – (662) 429-4439 – 10am – 1pm Central Time

4/19/18 Writing Series – Keeping it Fresh –
Tips to keep your readers engaged. Foreshadowing. How to hint at what’s to come. Select your main characters, but use smaller characters to provide fresh tension, support or humor.
7pm Germantown Community Library – 1925 Exeter Rd. 901-757-7323

5/15/18 Writing Shorts – Keeping it Tight –
Writing Vivid with Fewer Words
7pm Germantown Community Library – 1925 Exeter Rd. 901-757-7323

6/21/18 Crafting Successful Love Scenes –
How to build tension and were to draw the line. Tease, none or all out.
7pm Germantown Community Library – 1925 Exeter Rd. 901-757-7323

6/30/18 Hernando Topic: Writing Romance! Polish your work and make it shine – before you hit send!  Rules are meant to be broken sometimes, but you must learn them before breaking them. The Rule of Three – One of the oldest techniques in writing used to create engaging content. Have you finished your first short story or novel? Formatting 101 – Follow the Guidelines. Grammar & Punctuation – Common Mistakes that Drive Editor’s Crazy.
Hernando Public Library – 370 W Commerce St – (662) 429-4439 – 10am – 1pm Central Time

Darrell Award Winner!!!

Darrell Award Winner!!!
Best Midsouth Short Story
Winner – From Hair to Eternity by Phyllis Appleby (as seen in Malice in Memphis: Elmwood Stories)

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The amazing storytellers of Malice in Memphis specialize in taking historical locations and fictionally embellishing them with new characters, mysteries, and murder. They have now taken on Memphis’ finest and oldest active burial ground, the famous Elmwood Cemetery.

Founded in 1852, it is the final resting place of over 75,000 residents. From the common to the infamous, from the powerful to the famous, they are all here. The tapestry of life and death in the Mid-South is laid out in a beautiful garden cemetery with sweeping vistas, massive ancient trees, and spectacular monuments from the Victorian age to modern sculptures.

Malice in Memphis is now adding their special touch to the myriad of stories drifting among the mausoleums.

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The Tales:
A Love Story by Mary Balsamo
An Elmwood Misadventure by Juanita D. Houston
A Part to Die For by Richard Powell
Bloodline, by Angelyn Sherrod
Date Night by Larry Hoy
Forget Me Nots by Elaine Meece
From Hair to Eternity by Phyllis Appleby
Grave Robbers by Kristi Bradley
Graveyard Grace by Barbara Christopher
Headshrinker by Susan Wooten
Hold Please by Lynn Maples
One Dare Too Many by Annette Miller
Public Death Private Murder by Carolyn McSparren
The 21st Battalion Will March at Dawn by Dutch Warren
The Furnace Room by James C. Paavola
The Yellow Fever Revenge by Jackie Ross Flaum
Unsolved Forever by Thomas Kienzle
A Very Worthy Human Being by Richard Powell
Returning to Russwood Park by Barbara Christopher
One Big Foot in the Grave by Phyllis Appleby
Rainbow Lake by Kristi Bradley
Fort Pillow Escape by Juanita D. Houston
Holding On To You by Angelyn Sherrod

Writing Contest from Malice in Memphis

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If you think that you have what it takes to be the next world heavy-weight champion writer on the block — then HIT US WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!

We want to see what you can dish out in between those piles of laundry, leftover spaghetti and that late night creative spell where you just have to write down that one inspiring idea. So here’s your chance to write it down in 300 to 500 words and see if it pays off. The Malice in Memphis “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” Writing Contest runs from March 1 until May 1. Entry fee is $10 per submission. That’s right…per submission. So that means you can do the one-two sucker punch, hit us with all you’ve got (meaning you can submit as many entries as you like) and cross your fingers that you come out a winner. So enter as many times as you want.

Finalists will be notified on or before June 15. Winners are announced on the Malice in Memphis website, the Malice in Memphis Facebook page and the Dark Oak Press website.

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