California. Close your eyes and say it: California. Images of perpetual sunshine, swaying palm trees, and blue waters lapping at sandy beaches. That one word conjures visions of gold and fame, luring dreamers to its mythic shores. The original peoples lived in an abundant paradise. The Spanish found a familiarity to their homeland. The Gold Rush, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley promised instant wealth. But the beaches are only a sliver of this vast land. Beyond it lie expanses of deserts, mountains, and rugged coastline cutting it off from reality. Isolated, California reveals a dark side—wraithlike fog of the northern coast, dense shadows in ancient forests, and hellish heat of vast deserts. It is to these places you will journey. Within these pages, you will find stories of primeval specters, soured fantasies, transplanted vampires, bizarre geography.
This is the reality of nightmares…
This is California Screamin’.
Edited by Danielle Kaheaku
Introduction by Jonathan Maberry
Foreword poem “Between the Dreams and Screams” by Lori Lopez
“The Dark Watchers” by E.S. Magill
“Agency Cost” by Aaron Smith
“The Mount of Death” by Kevin David Anderson
“The Perfect Playground” by Chad Stroup
“Manananggal” by Billy San Juan
“Feed Your Muse” by R.W. Goldsmith
“Bumming Smokes” by Brian Asman
“Kenneth is Drowning” by James Jensen
“Goddess Feast” by KC Grifant
“June Gloom” by Kevin Wetmore
“Hidden Depths” by Alexandra Neumeister
“O For a Muse of Fire” by Nickolas Furr
“In the River” by Jean Graham
“Eyes of the Salton Sea” by Sarah Read
This is not an official HWA publication, nor paid for by the HWA. This is being created by a collective of HWA SD Chapter members as an effort to expose local authors and support struggling writers through our upcoming scholarship program.