Enter At Your Own Risk: Dark Muses, Spoken Silences

Enter at Your Own Risk: Dark Muses, Spoken Silences

Some of the most enduring masterpieces of Gothic fiction are as intriguing for the stories they don’t tell as for those they do. The narrator of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” has confessed his side of the tale, but other stories lurk behind the walls of that basement death chamber. The headless horseman is a ghost story legend, but what other secrets lie buried beneath the Sleepy Hollow earth? Have you ever wondered exactly what H.P. Lovecraft’s mythic monster Cthulhu has been dreaming about in his underwater tomb, or how an ancient book can take on a life of its own? As for Polidori’s hypnotic Vampyre, the archetype for decades of vampires to come, perhaps the blood-thirsty swath he cuts through London society is not what it first appears. In Firbolg Publishing’s third volume of the Enter At Your Own Risk series, ten modern storytellers give voice to the mysterious characters lurking within four classics of Gothic literature. As you read the original stories, a sinister whisper drifts in on a cold chill; the flame of the taper on your bedside table flickers.There is more here. You can hear it crawling out of the growing darkness. The siren song of the unspoken nightmares not yet told. Then the whisper becomes a scream…

With an introduction from acclaimed author Gary Braunbeck, Dark Muses, Spoken Silences invites you into the hidden shadows of four of the most famous dark fiction tales ever told.

Are you brave enough to enter?



Enter at Your Own Risk: Dark Muses, Spoken Silences


Dark Muses is a wonderful anthology filled with original retellings of four classic tales. And those tales are retold with gifted voices and fresh new perspectives. Sadness, love and an array of emotions are expressed poetically, intensely and with clarity.

All of the contributors in this collection are gifted authors, and once you’ve read these stories The Black Cat, Cthulhu, the headless horseman and Polidiri’s Vampyre will never seem the same. I am blown away by the beauty, terror and imagination of this brilliant book.

Sandy DeLuca

Author of Manhattan Grimoire and Hell’s Door


“DARK MUSES… has a fascinating premise, taking gothic masterpieces and writing new stories within those old tales. It was good to re-read some of the old tales, and each of the new stories is well done, fitting nicely within the classic’s framework. Highly recommended.”

Gene O’Neill

Author of Taste of Tenderloin and The Confessions of St. Zach


“Audacious, innovative, shocking – a kaleidoscope (where all the colors are dark).”

~ Robert Dunbar

Author of The Pines and Willy









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Enter at Your Own Risk; Dark Muses, Spoken Silences is available now on Amazon.com.