S. K. EPPERSON
S. K. Epperson is the author of Borderland, Nightmare, The Moons of Summer, and most recently The Neighborhood, all published by Donald L. Fine Books. The author makes her home in Witchita, Kansas.
As soon as Edie Jackson's baby is born, the population of Dumford, Kansas, will reach 1,000. But the peacefulness of the small town is shrattered when local garbage collector Cal Horn meets a sudden, voilent death, and mutilated bodies of pregnant animals start turning up. Someone in Dumford has a grisly obcession with murder, and Edie's brother Ben Portlock, a young, good-guy cop, is trying to try find out who.
Witchia, Kansas: a small city with big-city problems. A city where a serial killer is at large, brutalizing and killing young women. A city where three people-a cop, and heiress, and a drifter-are haunted but cruelity-tinged past that threaten to erupt into present volience.
Not much has changed in remote in Denke, Kansas, since the pioneer days. For more than 100 years, its citizens have worked far outside the laws of man and nature, hunting down strangers, stealing their money and their lives. But the time has come at last for every one of them to pay for their unspeakable crimes. . . .
In the great tradition of The Big Sky and The Way West, Kansas Blue is a sweeping novel of Americana set in the wake of the 1862 Homestead Act, dramatized by three families of would-be homesteaders at the edge of "civilization" as they'd known it, with little in common except the hunger to stake claims for a new life in the West. At the novel's center is Louise Danielle Coopersand, whose husband returned from the Civil War suffering from injuries to body and spirit sustained at the bloody Battle of Pittsburgh Landing. But "Danni" is fiercely loyal, convinced that in a new place he will recover. Escorting the small wagon train on its way west from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is former Union Cavalry Lieutenant Austin Bourke, who has weathered the war and infuses Danni with instant confidence, and ultimately more than confidence. The way West for the Coopersands and the other families becomes a relentless struggle against storms, floods, and ex-Confederate soldiers turned outlaws. Kansas Blue is a boisterous, authentic tale set against the backdrop of the American West of nearly a century-and-a-half ago, a fresh reworking of classic western themes that speaks to today's equally intense yet very different times.
Colson, Kansas - such a nice town.
For years, Eugenia Fairfax has been haunted by terrifying dreams of her unhappy childhood at Vadegrift Hall, an orphanage built over a 19th-century army fort. Now she has returned to Kansas with her daughter Lena in the hope of finally exorcising the demons of the past.
Nothing has changed in the small town of Fort Grant. Vadegrift Hall still stands. The townspeople still whisper behind Eugenia's back. Chilling stories still abound about a young girl named Martha who disappeared one dark, cold night. Then Lena begins an affair with a man once convicted for the brutal slayings of two women. And as the town is suddenly rocked by a series of murders that mirror crimes of long ago, Eugenia's worst fears are about to come true...
With the unerring skill of a consumate storyteller, S.J. Strayhorn gives us the spellbinding story of two women haunted by the ghosts of the past.
A suddenly widowed and penniless woman is forced to move into her sister's vacation cabin on Green Lake. But instead of quiet and solitude, she finds herself immersed in a world of depravity, blackmail and - ultimately - murder. And what should she think of the tall and taciturn Native American who lives next door? From one of the most sophisticated novelists utilizing the explosive mating of the terrifying and the deceptively prosaic, comes this hair-raising story of a most unlikely couple who find themselves dangerously alone in an alien world.
Carousel, (pm) When the Black Lotus Blooms, ed. Elizabeth A. Saunders, Unnameable Press, 1990
The Cause, (ss) Gauntlet #4 ’92
Graveyards in the Dark, (pm) When the Black Lotus Blooms, ed. Elizabeth A. Saunders, Unnameable Press, 1990
The Heavens, (ss) The Horror Show Spr ’86
The Lady of the House, (ss) Phantasm #1 ’94
Night Class, (vi) Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine: Issue One, ed. Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Pulphouse, 1988
Slide Number Seven, (ss) Women of Darkness, ed. Kathryn Ptacek, Tor, 1988
The Snake Man, (ss) 2AM Spr ’90
The Son Also Rises, (vi) Cemetery Dance Spr ’91
The Suicide, (pm) Once Upon a Midnight, ed. Jame A. Riley, Michael N. Langford & Thomas E. Fuller, Unnameable Press, 1995
To Love Is to Die, (pm) Once Upon a Midnight, ed. Jame A. Riley, Michael N. Langford & Thomas E. Fuller, Unnameable Press, 1995
Trick of the Night, (pm) When the Black Lotus Blooms, ed. Elizabeth A. Saunders, Unnameable Press, 1990