Which Reality Are We?

Melissa Franco has completed a variety of poetry. Her work has appeared in Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, Infernal Ink, Twisted Dreams Magazine, and lastly, Tales of the Undead: Suffer Eternal. 


Which Reality Are We?

Melissa Franco

Dreams are just dreams
Reality is just reality


Dreams are reality
Reality are Dreams


A reflection of a reflection
A bloodline within a timeline


What is time but minutes, hours, and days
We work the cruel reality and chase our beloved dreams
We power dreams and soon forget these realities


Sanity is insanity within the reality of forgotten dreams
Travelers of reality run into corruption and greed
We walk into dreams only in time to eventually become lost


Soon we forget ourselves in a corrupt society of sin
Soon we forget the dreams we once powered within


So what is a dream, but something that does come from the hidden realities
A family bloodline cascading through the timelines of the forgotten dreams



When Mercy Calls

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If your phone rings tonight with an unknown number you will have to pick it up, because it may be Mercy Ellis on the other line. You may not like what she tells you, but you have no choice.


Danyelle (aka D.M. Slate) resides in Colorado, where she’s lived for most of her life. She attended college at the University of Northern Colorado completing a business degree, and now works as a financial analyst.  Danyelle is married to her high school sweet-heart and together they have a young daughter and son.

D.M. Slate’s first sci-fi horror novella was released in 2009 and was voted best Sci-Fi Horror story of the year by two independent review groups.  Her first mystery-horror novel was released in 2010, followed by a second paranormal-horror novel in 2012.  A steady stream of dark fiction short stories have been released since 2009.

In 2014 D.M. Slate won the Wicked Woman Writer’s Challenge hosted by HorrorAddicts.net with her audio story Photo Finish.  Her film Don’t Play With Your Dinner was an Official Selection in the Colorado Creative Short Film Contest in 2014 at the Mile High Horror Film Festival.  This short movie marks Slate’s debut into film directing and producing.

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White Stripes


Do you ever worry you’ve been driving too long? Those road stripes can become hypnotic. Maybe they’re a sign of something.

Mary Edigo lives in rural New Hampshire where the deer peek in bathroom windows. She works for a direct mail company to pay the bills and her part time gigs include writing stories and pet sitting. She has previously won 2 writing contests in the now defunct local paper, and had an article published for the local community paper. Her real love is horror, so she reads, writes and watches a lot of it. She is currently doing final edits on her first novel, hoping to get it published soon, and in the middle of writing her second.

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Gothic Blue Book V Featured Fiction Writer


Burial Day Books is honored to announce our featured fiction writer for GOTHIC BLUE BOOK V, Maria Alexander! Maria Alexander is a produced screenwriter, published games writer, virtual world designer, award-winning copywriter, interactive theatre designer, prolific fiction writer, snarkiologist and poet. Her stories have appeared in publications such as Chizine Magazine, Gothic.net and Paradox, as well as in acclaimed anthologies alongside legends such as David Morrell and Heather Graham.

Her debut novel, Mr. Wicker, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Publisher’s Weekly called it, “(a) splendid, bittersweet ode to the ghosts of childhood,” while Library Journal hailed it in a Starred Review as “a horror novel to anticipate.” She’s represented by Alex Slater at Trident Media Group.

When she’s not wielding a katana at her local shinkendo dojo, she’s being outrageously spooky or writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats, a pervasive sense of doom, and a purse called Trog.

Gothic Blue Book V Featured Poet

Stephanie M. Wytovich


Burial Day Books is honored to announce our featured poet for GOTHIC BLUE BOOK V, Stephanie M. Wytovich! Stephanie M. Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine, and a well-known coffee addict. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated poetry collections, Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, and An Exorcism of Angels can be found at www.rawdogscreaming.com, and her debut novel, The Eighth, will be out in 2015 from Dark Regions Press. Follow Wytovich at stephaniewytovich.blogspot.com and on twitter @JustAfterSunset.