Michael Angel and J.D. Cutler present three tales of people facing their deepest fears....
Meet a nature photographer with a fear of sharks...who's been stranded on a tiny island when the tide starts coming in.... Discover the origin of three scars left on man's body: each one left by facing one of the seven deadly sins. And ride along the razor's edge of a deadly California highway...while a reckless motorcyclist puts everyone in harm's way.
Included in this three-story collection: "Shadow on the Sea", "Three Scars", and "A Road Painted in Scarlet".
Six stories of fantasy and speculative fiction await you... Visit a world where a wildland firefighter must use his mysterious powers to save his crew from a roaring inferno. Follow a gumshoe journalist as she tracks down a figure who's able to predict the future with terrifying accuracy. And see if a mercenary game hunter can collect his final prize - a woman with the most powerful psychic ability ever seen. So buckle up...because things are about to get strange.
Tom Garrick had a heart of gold, a jaw of iron, and heavy artillery in both fists. This orphan from the Windy City returned from the Korean War, determined to battle his way up the welterweight ranks, inspiring speculation about a title bid. Then he slugged it out with a top contender, who humiliated him over eleven rounds, cutting short his victory march. Now, for some mysterious reason, 'Tomato Can' Garrick is lacing up his gloves again, hoping for a shot at redemption.
"Fun short boxing story"
Visit a world where a wild-land firefighter must use his mysterious powers to save his crew from a roaring inferno. Follow an eco-tourist's frantic efforts to escape an African quarantine zone ravaged by a deadly virus. Meet a gumshoe journalist as she tracks down a figure that'sable to predict the future with terrifying accuracy. And tune into Texas station KRAP (don't touch that dial, there's KRAP on it!) as a pair of down-home country deejays try their damnedest to stop a murder...while they're still on the air.
He medically retired with his pension and a dream. He had always planned to open a Security Consulting firm. His dream would be made easier when the young Marines wealthy grandfather dies. The old man had felt the need to reward Brian for his heroic deed. The reward comes in the form of a long abandoned government research facility and a lot of cash. With the help of some old friends, and a few new ones, Brian finds himself quickly making his dream a reality.
What will happen when a fully-fueled bomber from the Air Force base just outside a large Texas city and piloted by a woman named Rory is flung by a fierce tornado into the country's largest, busiest shopping mall? Begin the day with the mall manager, his assistant, the chief security officer, and Howard the Weatherman - whose predictions are always uncannily accurate, and in this case - deadly.
Beautiful Katherine Collins, a young woman from nowhere, suddenly had it all. Her promising career as an up-and-coming cabaret singer in a swinging 1930s hot spot known as Simply Blues lands her smack in the middle of a tug of war the likes of which she'd never dreamed possible. On one side stands the man who had opened the door to her career but who refuses to allow himself any further claim to her heart, and on the other stands a man who will do anything to claim Katherine as his own.
"Take a trip back in time"
Till death do us part - or not. Bayou love stinks and forever is a long time. Caleb asks Mama Mae for help with his love life. For a price he gets what he wants, and more, and finds out forever is a very long time. Longer than a lifetime.
Detective Jack Dantzler has no clue why he has been summoned to the prison to meet with the Reverend Eli Whitehouse, a man convicted of committing a double murder 29 years ago. He is stunned when Eli claims to be innocent and wants Dantzler to prove it. But Eli only gives Dantzler a single clue-look at the obituaries in the local paper for a specific two-week period. Reluctantly, Dantzler agrees to look into the case. As he does, two more people are brutally murdered. And although Dantzler isn't aware of it, he is also a target.