Happy cover reveal day to this gorgeous collection of short stories! Divided into sections for the beautiful and the bizarre, the tales range from dark fantasy with sorcery and mermaids, to horror with monsters and unnatural animals. Putting this together has been a labor of love over the last year, and I’ve had the benefit of getting to work with incredible people throughout the process.
The cover itself was created by Shivana Brhamadat at SinsValentine.com. The lettering was done by my sister, Kelley M. Frank at MorbidSmile.com. It’s amazing seeing the talents of two artists combining together to make sure a beautiful piece.
This collection is available to pre-order today! Paperbacks will be coming soon!
The Impostor and Other Dark Tales
The beautiful and the bizarre
Something watches from the corner of the room, peeking through a crack, existing within an impossible space—what does it want?
The ghost of a lover returns at the end of a lifetime, carrying a dark secret—what will she say?
A woman struggling with identity finds herself in the arms of a dangerous woman with a mysterious curse—what will she find?
The beautiful and the bizarre exist side by side in this collection of fantastic and strange tales by prolific short story author, Marlena Frank. From dark fantasy stories of sharp-toothed mermaids and bewitched sorceresses to horror stories with ferocious bird beasts and golden-eyed monsters that live in the peripheral of human existence, these stories bring to life the creatures that haunt the nightmare world.
From heart-rending to heart-pounding, these tales will linger long after reading them.
Ever since I started a Ko-Fi shop back in October last year, I have been blown away by the support that I’ve received from fans. My readers are just incredible and I wanted to find a way to give back to them.
I’ve opened my Ko-Fi page to accept subscriptions. This means that I can post content there exclusively for my subscribers. For a small monthly donation, subscribers get a slew of perks:
For all of my books going forward, my Ko-Fi subscribers will get a thank you in my book acknowledgements. This will include both my print and ebook editions. They will also get a monthly shout-out on social media as a thank you.
Chapter sneak peeks will be given out months before they are available anywhere else, including my mailing list or my Facebook group. This includes my upcoming Wolves of Kanta series and my Impostor collection.
Subscribers also get access to my work behind-the-scenes, from incomplete cover art, to formatting my books for print, to struggles I run into with being a hybrid author, to trying to wrangle edits. If you want to see what goes into my books, this is where I’ll share the process.
Also, after being a subscriber for six months, I’ll sign and ship a paperback of your choice.
The minimum cost of subscribing is only $3/month, which is about the cost of a coffee (or a tea for me).
I hope this will be a fun way to let my fans be part of my books and help motivate me in my author career. You’ll get to join me as I stumble my way through self-publishing several upcoming books and ask any questions along the way.
If you can’t subscribe, you can still follow my Ko-Fi page for any public updates I make about book releases and items that get added to the shop.
A big thank you to my readers and fans who have supported me through this crazy year we’ve had! I look forward to where we go next. 🙂
If you go back and look at my Appearances page from 2020, it’s a bit of a mess. There were a ton of events that got scrapped due to the pandemic. Everything simply vanished–from a library visit I had planned to whole weekend conventions. Some events have disappeared completely and won’t be returning (RIP BookCon) but many will be back.
Slowly with the progress of vaccinations, it seems like shows are opening up again this year, and we’re able to make plans to get back out to see people again. Check out my updated schedule on the Appearances page.
Of course, I don’t expect things to go back to a complete normal for a long while. In addition to vaccines, we’ll be practicing safe distancing, masking up, and slathering on hand sanitizer the whole way. I’m just thrilled to be able to attend shows and talk to readers again!
Anyone else excited to be part of conventions again?
Batman: Fear Itself By: Michael Reaves and Steven-Elliot Altman
This was a refreshing tale involving not only a desperate horror author but also one of my favorite Batman villains, The Scarecrow. I really loved the analysis of horror writing “going too far” with scaring readers, and whether the potential liability falls on the shoulders of the author. Of course that question gets ramped up since this involves the Scarecrow.
I grew to like Ulysses Cutter, the afflicted henchman that worked with Crane. However I struggled to like Maggie as a character since we ended up having both Bruce Wayne and the Horror Author fighting over her attention. I had some issues with the ending, but if you read enough comics or watch enough comic book movies, it’s not terribly surprising.
I enjoyed the characters and the setup, and I chuckled multiple times at the literary references and classic horror movie references. I may be biased toward this story since I am a horror author myself. 😉
This was a short collection of horror short stories, but there was so much wry humor! I really loved “You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide” with the flip of expectations. I think my favorite was “Patches” though. Who could say no to the kitties?
Overall each of these tales left a lasting impression with some truly wonderful twists that made me smile. I loved the inclusion of artwork to really set the mood for each piece too! Overall this was a fun read!