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Everything but zombies in the just-released anthology Tales From the Mist

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Vampire rats, witches, demons, shape-shifters, and ghosts make up the Tales From the Mist anthology just in time for Halloween. The only thing missing? Zombies. But not to worry, there's plenty to prickle the skin in this collection of chilling short stories.

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Tales From the Mist is a horror anthology made up not only of North Texas authors but from authors around the world like Australia and Malta. Tales From the Mist includes eleven original short stories from some new authors in the horror genre and one reprint from best-selling author, Scott Nicholson, author of The Home and Fangs in Vain.

Fort Worth author Rhonda Hopkins coordinated the anthology and I asked her, "How did you get this project going?

Rhonda Hopkins said, "Since it had been my idea, I coordinated the whole thing. It was a challenge working with so many authors, but it was fun and I learned so much from each of them. They all had different experiences and knowledge to share. Even when we disagreed, everyone was very professional. And it all came together beautifully, I think."

I asked Rhonda how she got involved in these anthologies:

"I had written "The Consuming" several years ago and decided it was time to publish it. So I asked the members of the Writer's Guide to EPublishing (WG2E) Street Team if anyone was interested in doing a horror anthology. I was surprised by the number who did. I actually ended up re-writing "The Consuming" from scratch and adding about five thousand words. I think it's a much better story now."

How did you get the writers for your anthology?

"For this anthology, Tales From the Mist, we kept submissions within our group, except for Scott Nicholson who graciously allowed us to reprint "Wampus Cat." We had a core team that read all the entries and decided which ones to include. We worked very hard critiquing those and then had the authors resubmit. Then it all went to an editor.

How did you put it all together?

"Greg Carrico, Tamara Ward, Stacey Joy Netzel, and Catie Rhodes and I read all the submissions and critiqued the ones we decided to include. Meredith Bond did all the formatting and conversions for us. Cate Dean assisted with getting us a cover designer and editor. Marty Young, a Bram Stoker nominated and Australian Shadows award winning editor, ficiton, nd non-fiction author, Natalie G. Owens, *lizzie starr, and Mitzi Flyte all shared their knowledge and expertise. Overall, we had a really great group for our first project."

Rhonda, the cover is gorgeous, who did it?

Cover design by Christine Pope at Indie Author Services, and the cover art is by Kathy Gold at Dreamstime.

Now that you've completed Tales From the Mist, what's next?

"D. D. Scott, who began the WG2E, recently asked us to take over doing the anthologies she had been doing, so we'll be opening up submissions to everyone for future anthologies."

Who or what is WG2E?

WG2E Street Team is just a group of people who got to know each other through the WG2E website and created a group to support one another. The anthology team is made up of 7 of those members.

D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble top 100 bestselling romantic comedy and humorous mystery author, as well as the co-founder of The Writer's Guide ot Epublishing and founder of The Reader's Guide to eEpublishing.

Rhonda continues,

"We just finished this one! LOL We're taking a break and then we'll start discussing what's next. We'll be developing guidelines based on what we learned from this experience. If anyone is interested in knowing more they can follow us on Facebook, and on our website Beach Book Blast.

We'll announce with submissions are open.

I'm personally working to finish Illusion of Safety, a romantic suspense that I hope to available within a few months."

You can find out more about Rhonda Hopkins and her books at http://rhondahopkins.com/my-books/

Released October 17, 2012, Tales from the Mist is a myriad of stories ripe with strong horror elements and powerful imagery.

The short story "King of Rats" by Greg Carrioco, a New York writer, will scuttle in your brain long after you read it.

"He’s a rather despicable creature who’ll do anything to stay in power over his pack of Alley Rats. He is vile and reprehensible in every conceivable way, and I hope you love him as much I do," says Greg Carrico on his website.

Rhonda Hopkins' short story, "The Consuming," "is the literary version of what films like Paranormal Activity tried to be," says author T. W. Brown, author of Dead: The Ugly Beginning.

The Tales From the Mist back cover blurb reads:

Tales From the Mist will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages. Authors included are: Scott Nicholson, Rhonda Hopkins, Marty Young, Cate Dean, Tamara Ward, Meredith Bond, Catie Rhodes, Greg Carrico, Mitzi Flyte, Natalie G. Owens, *lizzie starr and Stacey Joy Netzel.

Tales From the Mist is the book to read with the lights on, unless you are brave, very, very brave.

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