In her introduction to the book, Billie Sue writes, "I hope you enjoy these works and spend a few hours in reading pleasure. That’s what all writing is about anyway. Not who wrote it. Not the gender of the author. It’s the story. It always was and always will be." No one ever says that a woman wrote "Frankenstein". Fans merely point out that it is a great book. That is what we have here--a great book. And Ms. Mosiman has accomplished exactly what she set out to do with this anthology. She captured the Horror, and it is indeed sublime.
The Authors and Their Stories:
Contance Craving - Raven Dane
The Goblin Box - Hillary Lyon
Tintype - Elizabeth Massie
The Whole of the Wideness of Night - Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Snow Angel - Amy Grech
Secrets of the Sargasso - Morgan Griffith
The Ouroboros Bite - Marie Victoria Robertson
Here I Lie - Lorraine Versini
Sakura Time - Loren Rhoads
Promises, Bliss, and Lies - Rose Blackthorn
Backslide - K. L. Nappier
City Girl - Kathryn Ptacek
What Storms Bring - KC Grifant
Pegasus - Mara Buck
Third Time’s a Charm - Tonia Brown
Ballerina - Sarah Doebereiner
One Hour Before the Dark - Mary Ann Peden-Coviello
Dead Messengers - Lucy Taylor
Sin - C.W. LaSart
Sense Deprived - Kristal Stittle
Editor: Billie Sue Mosiman
"The gene-splice baby of Philip K. Dick and Poppy Z. Brite." -- John Skipp, from his introduction.
WARNING: THIS BOOK IS A PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCE.
From the moment you start to turn the pages, it will soak into your central nervous system, subtly and subversively reprogramming you at the DNA level. Each of these ten stories is engineered to disrupt a different psychic threshold. Pierce the layers between dimensions. Unleashing visions, demons and demiurges of the deepest collective unconscious, both beautiful and terrible.
From deeply haunted Southern gothic strangeness to interplanetary quests of illuminating doom and profound cosmic transformation, Ecstatic Inferno is a heroic dose of hallucinatory modern speculative fiction, uncut and unforgettable.
So taste the brain of Autumn Christian, where every line of idea-drenched, intoxicating prose bleeds with razored wit and revelations so sharp they poke holes in the night. Side effects may include: flashbacks, unshakeable awe and terror, the sense that your reality will never be the same.
ENJOY YOUR TRIP!
Autumn Christian is a fiction writer who lives in the dark woods with poisonous blue flowers in her backyard and a black deer skull on her wall. She is waiting for the day when she hits her head on the cabinet searching for the popcorn bowl and all consensus reality dissolves.
She's been a freelance writer, a game designer, a cheese producer, a haunted house actor, and a video game tester. She considers Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Katie Jane Garside, the southern gothic, and dubstep, as main sources of inspiration.