Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths Volumes I & II compiles international anthologies of short fiction on the complex relationship between Life and Death.
“Life asked Death, ‘Why do people love me, but hate you?’
Death responded, ‘Because you are a beautiful lie, and I am a painful truth.’ ”
Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths Vol. I
There’s an ironic beauty between humanity’s love of Life and fear of Death. Life seemingly brings joy, happiness, hope, and love. Death can end sadness, illness, suffering, and pain. We asked writers to “Let the title and quote take your imagination, your story, wherever it wants to go.”
Join them now as an international blend of authors, both fresh and seasoned, bring you an exceptional menu of speculative fiction, mystery, realism, horror, and the supernatural. If your palate varies from the macabre to the dramatic, Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths provides an assortment of tasty treasures that will chill, delight, and give you food for thought.
Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths Vol. I Table of Contents:
- “Family Ties” by Cara Fox
A metaphysical tale of life, death, and familial bonds.
- “Red Carnation” by Brandon L. Summers
A thought-provoking supernatural drama of duty and death.
- “With Infinite Complacency” by Steve Cameron
A sci-fi saga about the end of the world, cosmic lies, and bananas.
- “Death and the Horse” by Terri Bruce
A whimsical fantasy portraying Death, equines, and characters of myth.
- “The Fall” by Paul K. Metheney
On the cliff’s edge of suicide, a mortal questions God’s power.
- “A Picture of You” by Timothy Vincent
A sci-fi drama of infidelity, self-deception, murder, and love.
- “The Half-Dead Man” by Michael J. Hultquist
A macabre narrative of family, fear, and the final truth.
- “The Bet” by Paul K. Metheney
Immortal entities wager on a man’s choice of life or death.
- “In Dark Places” by Robert James
In the wake of her husband’s death, a woman seeks the truth or madness.
- “Again and Again” by A.G. Lopes
A supernatural and international story of love, coincidence, and fate.
- “Conscius Sibi” by T. Gillmore
A sci-fi story uncovering deceptive origins and the fantastic truth.
- “Ghost Trap” by Douglas Clark
An urban fantasy of spectral demons. Who ya’ gonna call?
- “The Firekeeper” by J.M. Williams
A mystical legend of Native American folklore.
- “Heaven’s Eyes” by S.R. Betler
A supernatural and epic tale of a woman’s deadly encounters.
- “The Devil’s Embrace” by S.D. Hintz
Other-worldly and unholy vows: Till death (or the neighbors) do us part.
- “Slosh” by J. Ryan Blesse
A graphic narrative of betrayal, pain, and death as real as today’s headlines.
- “Guardians of the Dead” by J.M. Williams
A Native American legend of the Afterlife.
- “The Planet of Purple Forests” by Carrie Gessner
A science fiction tale of war, lies, honor, and betrayal.
- “The Look” by Robert Petyo
The drama of a divorcee suspecting her ex of the worst kind of lie.
- “Selfie Warfare” by Shaun Avery
Social media takes a fatal and supernatural turn in this fantastic thriller.
- “The Forgiveness Booths” by EB Pollock
A science fiction mystery separating truth, lies, and justice.
- “Pinot” by Devin Bradley
A dramatic thriller about lies and love and the final glass of wine.
- “Pondering Eternity Over Waffles at Last Call” by JCC Downing
Vacations and celestial philosophy can boil down to romance and truth.
- “One Night in Memphis” by LJ Hippler
Flash fictional tale takes a page from reality exposing a shocking truth.
Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths Volume II
Most believe that Life promises light, bliss, and wonder. Death scares most with its shadow of mortality, darkness, and destruction. But what if those may be, if not lies, just facets of the complicated entities that bookend our existence? Life does not mock Death but feeds it. Death is not the cessation of Life, but an alteration of reality. What would you do if faced with either truth?
An international galley of authors brings us the second repast of tales featuring the complex relationship between Life, Death, and humanity. From the supernatural to the sublime, these writers, both novitiates and accomplished, serve up a banquet of speculative fiction across a wide spectrum of genres. Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths Volume II will continue to feed your craving for the fantastic.
Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths Volume II LINKS:
- Supernatural, horror, speculative fiction, thriller
- Anthology of short stories
- Over 300 pages of thought-provoking fiction & fantasy
- A mixed-genre collection of tales both fascinating & fantastic
Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths Vol. II Table of Contents:
- “The Unchosen” by Trece Angulo
A new fantasy revealing the deadly lies behind The Choosing.
- “Alabama Shaman” by Nathan Batchelor
The South rises again … as golems in this spellbinding urban fantasy.
- “The Burnings” by Michael D. Burnside
A futuristic fusion of fanatics, fear, and faith.
- “Of Thain Blood” by Tara Curnow
A fantasy of a lie driving two brothers asunder.
- “The Knights of the Secret Order” by V. Franklin
Urban vignettes connect the truth and holiday miracles.
- “Grace, Regardless” by Kevin Henry
A futuristic gunslinger faces gangsters and self-delusion in this urban fantasy.
- “Answers” by Kathryn Hore
Two eternal enemies stalk the other only to reveal their true relationship.
- “Finals Week” by Daniel M. Kimmel
A supernatural tale about life, death, and that one exam you wish you had aced.
- “The Lion Devours Its Young” by Paul Lubaczewski
A dark fantasy reveals the fatal truth of character.
- “Portals” by J. Michael Major
This modern fantasy depicts how a picture can be worth more than a thousand memories.
- “The Tally Bone” by Lauren Marrero
A historical twist of the supernatural and hidden lies.
- “Bella Muerte” by LJ McLeod
Bewitching mythological creatures entice resort divers.
- “The Truth in the Dark (What Lies in the Dark)” by Paul K. Metheney
Two modern tales combine the supernatural, serial killings, and hidden truth.
- “My Forever Love” by Donna J. W. Munro
A family’s horrific legacy brings new meaning to “to have and to hold.”
- “Death’s Day Off” by Donna J. W. Munro
Death is the cocoon. The job has rewards.
- “Unfinished Business” by Jay Seate
A haunting supernatural story of familial failure.