With her hauntingly beautiful reimagining of archetypal monsters from classic horror, Anne Rice was the undisputed queen of contemporary gothic literature. Her contribution to the movement first established by Shelley, Stoker, and Stevenson revitalized and continues to inspire dark fiction writers and readers. Dancing in the Shadows pays tribute to Rice’s legacy with tales from today’s most innovative authors, drawing from the darkness where vampires and witches, mummies and rougarous, spirits and demons move to the music of nightmares.
Featuring stories by C. W. Blackwell, Anthony S. Buoni, Holley Cornetto, Stephanie Ellis, Douglas Ford, Lee Andrew Forman, Holly Rae Garcia, KC Grifant, Greg Herren, Christine Lajewski, Tim Mendees, Scotty Milder, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, E. F. Schraeder, Angela Yuriko Smith, Morgan Sylvia, Lamont A. Turner, Gordon B. White, and Trish Wilson ; edited by Elaine Pascale and Rebecca Rowland
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"Anne Rice's Gothic legacy lives on in every single dark and beautiful story contained in Dancing in the Shadows. From graveyards to manors, the past to the present, abandoned chapels and aquariums, there are people and creatures of all kinds waiting to draw you in and never let go. I loved this anthology."
"Anne Rice fans, rejoice! Dancing in the Shadows is a gothic delight."
"Dancing in the Shadows not only gives you that proprietary Anne Rice blend of gloom & thrill in spades, it also shows how beautifully those rock-solid foundations can be built upon by new voices, exceptionally cultivated and curated by Elaine Pascale and Rebecca Rowland."
"It's like invitations were sent out to the dark underworld of horror, and this is the party celebrating the legacy of Anne Rice."
Anne Rice welcomes Sugarplum to her cat family (2012)
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The mysterious man at Uncle Lyman’s funeral was involved in an unusual relationship with the deceased. Uncovering the secret of their closeness could prove to be deadly.
Generational magic produces a scrying mirror that acts as a portal for an angel. Unfortunately, angels are not always benevolent beings.
A medium moves into a home in New Orleans only to discover it is haunted by two spirits: one spirit she longs to help; the other she fears for good reason.
One must never forget the fundamental rule of the swamp: stay inside on the night of a full moon. If she had remembered, Evangeline would not be fighting to save her lover from the curse of the Rougarou.
Stuck in an eerie airport on the way to find a miracle cure, a woman learns that there is a price attached to magic, and that there is no place to hide from the paranormal.
The appearance of “the dark man” has a disturbing connection to the death of an aquarist’s lover. At the Spinnacker, the creatures outside of the tanks are just as deadly as the ones within.
“Every death is a tragedy” unless one stands to inherit a mansion because of it. The residue of a family’s dark past casts an odorous bouquet on the freshening wind.
Jack and his pregnant partner have the good fortune of inheriting an apartment building. They also have the misfortune of tangling with its feline occupants who want more than shelter from the storm.
A pandemic forces the healthy to trade their blood for sanctuary. Unknowingly, one couple becomes valuable to a supernatural faction that has predatory needs.
Break ups can be bad, especially when grudges are held after death.
When you are captive and alone, the smallest forms of life can offer the largest means of escape.
Flipping houses can uncover hidden treasures attached to desires to reveal the mysteries of the past, but some secrets are best kept buried.
The predator becomes prey when a ghost takes a corporal form to stop a serial killer from murdering women.
Clara has agreed to an unusual procedure but ended up consenting to more than she bargained for.
Famous monsters join together to reanimate an ancient mummy in an attempt to create an army of the undead.
A woman wants to be admitted into an ancient trauma society based on her past with her evil brother, but her story must be seen to be believed.
An evil preacher is creating a tableau for a psychopathic God, yet the model for his art has other conclusions in mind.
A young girl who is reeling from recent trauma, finds a book that tells the tale of a Governess. While the story itself is new, the setting is all too familiar.
After years living amongst concrete, Eli returns to her childhood home in the forest where the spirit of her late mother is imbued in every piece of nature. Eli had been told “you find what you seek” and what she finds is magic in the woods.