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S.(haron) K. EPPERSON






  1. Epperson Biography
  2. Dumford Blood
  3. Brother Lowdown
  4. Border Land
  5. Kansas Blue (1993) (writing as Dylan Harson)
  6. Nightmare
  7. The Moons of Summer
  8. The Neighborhood
  9. Black Night (1996) (writing as S J Strayhorn)
  10. Green Lake

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S. K. EPPERSON
aka
Dylan Harson
and/or
S. J.
Strayhorn

BIOGRAPHY

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.


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DUMFORD BLOOD
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.
But Ben has more on his mind when he learns that his old girlfriend, Lura Taylor, has quietly returned to her troubled family after a term in prison. Ben finds he still loves her, but he can't forget his own pain and confusion over hte crime his saw her committ years ago.
Ben's investigations only bring him closer to home. He sees Lura walking alone after dark, clad in ghostly white. And Lura's cousin Michelle develops an intense, almost desperate rivalry with Lura for Ben's attentions. The police chief wants to call Cal's death a suicide, but Ben knows it holds the key to the other strange killings-and undercovering the truth leads him to terrifying secrets some people in Dumford will do anything to protect.

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BROTHER LOWDOWN
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.
Simon Brith is the cop. The talk around the station is that he's a gifted homicide investigator who's too intense-and who has a bad attitude toward women. The disfiguring scar at his lip signifies the darksome event of his childhood he hides within him-and which gives him an uncanny ability to read the minds of the killers he stalks.
Terra Donlevy is the heiress. She lives on the secluded farm outside of town, where she harbors the anger instilled in her by the terrible man who used her, as a teen, to satisfy his twisted desires. She is determined, even at the price of becoming a recluse, never to let a man lay a hand on her again.
As Simon and Terra discover each other's pain, and try to overcome their own, their lives are overshadows by the attractive drifter called Brother Lowdown by the indigents who gather to hear his impromtu homilies. But he is more an angel of death than of mercy, prowling the ctreets in a deranged quest for justice, seeking his mother, who mutilated and abandoned him as a child. In his desperate search he exacts his deadly penalty on any woman who excites in him has mother's fearful memory. When he catches sight of Terra Donlevy, his destructive wants reach fever pitch, bringing these three troubled people together in a way which nothing in their unquiet experience has prepared them for.

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BORDERLAND

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. . . .

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KANSAS BLUE

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.

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NIGHTMARE

Buried in Kansas's remote Flint Hills, a clinic for women suffering multiple personality disorders harbored a malevolent secret. One by one the patients turned up hideously mutilated, victims of their own alternate personas or an evil incarnate. As death followed death, the living became trapped in an ever-tightening web of dark desires and monstrous atrocities. And the only person who could stop the killing would let the madness grow until no one could escape the



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MOONS OF SUMMER

Colson, Kansas - such a nice town.
Everyone was friendly there: the police, the
neighbors, even the undertaker. But something
festered beneath the sunny surface and the
good old-fashioned hospitality - a wickedness
the living with grave danger.
Colson certainly was a good place to live, but
it was a horrible place to die. Before long, the
little community was overflowing with corpses
and unexplained deaths. If no one could stop
the shocking wave of murders, the local
mortician would be busy, the cemetery would be
full, and a season of murder and mayhem
would reign beneath...THE MOONS OF SUMMER

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NEIGHBORHOOD

Abra Ahrens's new neighborhood looked like quint-essential small-town America-a quiet little place with picket fences and friendly folks. But it didn't take her long to notice that beneath the Noram Rockwell exterior a hideous darkness was festering. There was something just a little...odd going on. And someone in town was decidedly unfriendly.

After all, someone had to be responsible for the horrible things that happened to young Cyndi Melo, and that someone wasn't about to stop with just her. Clearly Abra's pleasent community wasn't what seemed, but she couldn't know just how grotesque it really was. And the more she found out, the more she wanted to hide her welcome mat.

So come on over and look around the neighborhood, but be warned-you may never look at your own neighhood the same way again!

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BLACK NIGHT

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.

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GREEN LAKE

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.


SHORT STORIES

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




BENTLEY LITTLE DAVID ROBBINS TAMARA THORNE CAROL DAVIS LUCE ABIGAIL MCDANIELS
GARY L. HOLLEMAN ASHLEY MCCONNELL LISA GARDNER KATHRYN PTACEK CHARLES L. GRANT