We proudly present our first anthology: Gifts from the Dark – A Miscellany of Dread.
A collection of stories & poems, each a small gift from the dark place where fear and dread dwell. A sometimes creepy, sometimes spooky, sometimes funny read, just in time for your Halloween night.
Halloween is a time when we celebrate the dark. But for some people, the 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.
My own story, The Killer 10, offers a cameo of a misunderstood psychic, living on the streets. I mention the difficulties of finding a toilet—but homeless people face everything from police violence to hunger. 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. This Halloween, buy a copy, and know that you are helping some of the most vulnerable people face demons of their own.