These are summaries of the top 9 short stories.
- Echoes in the Oasis – Sumiko SaulsonIn a post-apocalyptic world where transmogrified beings, merged together by a eugenics program are the norm, a young girl is destined to save the world from demon-infested patients.Hero: is Imani, an African-American girl.
The sturgoid (sturgeon with mutated wings) and Echoes are the monster
- NightmarescapesIn a town…where nightmares are solid, a mother is trying to find a way out for the good of her young daughter. She has to fight ghost-like creatures that can control her nightmares and a Spider monsters from her own imagination.
Hero: An African-American mother.
Monster: Spider Nazi with her ex-husband’s head.
#3 Lost Cause
An abused runaway girl falls into a cruel relationship with a drug addict until her repentant mother summons a protective guardian.
Hero: Mother or daughter.
Monster: Rapist or Lion Monster
#4. Other One for the Mural
A homeless, mute girl checks into a shelter and then we discover she has an entity attached to her that likes killing people for art.
Hero: Mute girl.
Monster: Smiler. An entity that is either killing people or causing the girl to kill, or is it a multiple personality?
#5. The Guardian
A man and wife are having an argument in their car at night when they swerve and crash. The woman tries to get help for her injured husband as a monster stalks them.
Hero: Native American woman
Monster: The Laughing Man, a legendary creature who stalks you while you sleep.
In a post-storm disaster town, a police woman is searching for survivors when she discovers a little girl in an abandoned house. Following her, she falls into an underground hole and is faced with a scary tree-creature.
Hero: Native American Police woman.
Monster: Tree creature.
#7. Whiskey Noir
A local PI is pulled into a frightening situation with a local bar owner who is being threatened by something they can’t define.
Hero: African-American Bar owner.
Monster: Some sort of shadow monster, or the bar itself?
#8. Mum Goes back to Pakistan
A young girl visits her mother in the hospital who claims a spirit is coming to get her. The girl thinks it’s all in her mother’s head until she witnesses his presence herself.
Hero: Young East Indian girl
Monster: Nahim, a creepy monster/spirit.
#9 The End Steps Forth
In a world taken over by large-mouthed aliens who want to eat the natives, a family tries to survive.
Hero: Alien mother and wife.
Monster: Drumpf – creepy large-mouthed aliens
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