Gifts from the Dark

A Miscellany of Dread


A stalker, leaving a trail of paper roses. A recurring nightmare, suddenly real. A young mother, fleeing those who want to take her child. An old lady, left alone in a strange land. A man, driving to see his girlfriend, on a road where a serial killer roams. A woman, striking a deal with the king of hell to save her soul.

A collection of stories & poems, each a small gift from the dark place where fear and dread dwell.

compiled by Angelika Rust / Cake & Quill

edited by Catherine Lenderi

cover design by Tabatha Stirling

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For some people, darkness is very real, and they need help to fight it.

We are donating all of our proceeds from Gifts from the Dark: A Miscellany of Dread to Step Up on Second, a nonprofit that supports homeless people in the Los Angeles area. We chose Step Up on Second because in addition to housing and vocational training, they provide support services and advocacy for the mentally ill.

Mental illness is intimately tied to homelessness—they make up a third of the homeless population in the United States. Lack of available treatment often leads to people falling into homelessness and complete abandonment. Worse, an estimated 80% of the homeless suffering mental illness have been victims of abuse. Since they are such a difficult population to work with, the mentally ill often don’t benefit from job training and other services available to homeless people because they need support to get a handle on their illness first.

In Los Angeles, a third of homeless people who have been hospitalized for mental illness eat out of the garbage as their primary source of food.

Gifts from the Dark: A Miscellany of Dread will titillate you with tales of demons, ghosts and serial killers. Buy a copy, and know that you are helping some of the most vulnerable people face demons of their own.


Read the reviews:

From the opening story depicting the dread of an unknown stalker, to the final contribution of a serial killer on the 10 Freeway, the stories, in the main, are as portrayed, dark and anxiety-inducing.

Video review by Erik Nelson


quote price of love

quote never again

quote wrong girl

quote walking through darkness

quote hippo

quote flight