The Dream Zone is our collection of weird and wonderful stories that are inspired by remembered
or imagined dreams.
Congratulations to our winners of this short story anthology to be published in paperback and e-book later this fall 2019! We are so happy for all the entries for our first three contests. We have condensed them into two books! The work was incredible and we were proud to select these amazing authors for "Tales from the Dream Zone!" They are in random order: "The Dream Keeper" by Leah Kuntz, "Barely Human" by Patrik Borosky, "The Vice Versa" by Angelique Fawns, "Sunday Afternoon Cocktails" by Ashley Memory, "Godflash" by Anne-Marie Yerks, "Little Moons" by Jacqueline Kenny, "One of Us" by Con Chapman, "In the Editing Room" by Maria Kamenetskaya, "Wishes" by Sandra Gould Ford, "Tethered" by Jeremy Schnee, "Dream Connections" by Alice G. Waldert, "Light of my Afterlife" by A.A. Rubin, and "Mist at Twilight" by Brian Burt. Please tag and share. We hope you share your good news. Congratulations!
His story “The Substance in The Shadow” has been named a Fiction War finalist, and his story “White Collar Blues” was nominated for the Carve Magazine/Mild Horse Press online short fiction award. Mr. Rubin holds a BA in Writing/Literature from Columbia University and an MA in Teaching of English from Teachers College Columbia University. He can be reached on twitter and facebook @thesurrealari.
Light of my Afterlife by A.A. Rubin
Lara, a ghost bound to a hospital room, longs for the days when the rooms had been lit by candles. The modern, fluorescent hospital lighting does not provide enough shadows for a ghost to be seen. She died because the doctor didn't come into see her in time and it's been too long. She's had it. This time she will get the doctor to see her, no matter what it takes. What does she have to lose?
Masha Kamenetskaya is a writer, editor and journalist, originally from St. Petersburg (Russia) but currently living in Budapest (Hungary). She writes both in Russian and English and co-edits a literary magazine, Panel.
The Editing Room by Masha Kamenetskaya
Beatrice is a film editor for a production company in Budapest were she lives with her husband and two teenage children. Somehow she senses her life falling into fragments like clips on the editing room floor. Her sense of time and reality become distorted until she doesn't even recognize her life anymore or the people in it. Not knowing what is real or true, she begins to wonder how she lost herself and will she find a way back to a whole self and peace instead of pieces?
Alice G. Waldert
Alice G. Waldert, holds an M.A. in Canadian Studies and is currently a candidate for an MFA in creative writing at Manhattanville College. In the true spirit of Carl Jung, she loves dream studies, dream analysis, dream journaling and most of all when her dreams have multiple layers of meaning and are precognitive.
Dream Connections by Alice G. Waldert
Tattoos, fires, faded memories, betrayal. "Dream Connections" is a true story about a couple who discover their past lives in China. Their future becomes intertwined but the hero of the story identifies who is the most faithful to their true sense of self.
Leah Kuntz is a senior creative writing student at Miami University, graduating in May 2019. During her time at Miami, she has received the Montaine Writing Award and the Greer-Hepburn Prize in Fiction for her work. She finds time to write both inside and outside the classroom, but ultimately would like to finish her novel. Her short fiction can also be found/is upcoming in Happy Captive Magazine and Garfield Lake Review. Leah is interested in classical ballet, fiction with strong female leads.
The dreamkeeper by Leah Kuntz
Diana, visits the nightmare world that exists concurrently to ours in order to rescue her best friend. Every person has a Ba or a "Dark Place," even you, and it is in this personal slice of misery that you are most vulnerable. The only problem: Diana may not know which is the dark place and which is her actual life.
To find out where to read more of his published work, and to read articles in his monthly series, ‘My Yesteryear Opinionated and Probably Irrelevant Analysis,’ check out www.jeremyschnee.com.
Tethered by Jeremy Schnee
Sally hasn't slept for five years, since her son Adam was born.A child with an unusual gift, he flies in his sleep. Sally has another problem, she's been living with a man who may not have the best intentions for either of them. If only she could fly to safety. But how would someone like her be able to follow her dreams?
Her writing is inspired by the natural world and farming communities; she’s fascinated by the powerful, complex interconnections between all living things. You can find more of her work in Allegory Ridge, Atlas and Alice, and Qu!
Little Moons Jackie Kenny
In a far off world, two young girls on a small island hunt for the little blue, shining moons that fall from the sky near their hometown beach. The girls are still young enough to believe the old tale that burying a whole uncracked moon stone in the yard of someone you love means they will be with you for life. Is it the moons, or the the cute boy next door, James, which begins to test their belief in childish ideas and the onset of new dreams that test their definition of love.
Con Chapman is a Boston-area writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, and various literary magazines. Writing is not his full-time job, so he has to find time as best I can at the beginning or the end of the day and hope that the muse can find him (assuming he’s awake in the morning, and not too tired at night). Readers can find his work on his author page at Gerbil News Network.
One of Us by Con Chapman
Rachel was, without a doubt, the most popular woman on campus. So many of the women were drones, the men horny, that it left her a fairly broad canvas on which to paint her personality. Her hot boyfriend was in a band and she had everything she ever wanted until she lets two acquaintances come over after a party to talk about dreams and astral travel.
Her poetry and prose have recently appeared in Ginger Collect, Okay Donkey, The Disappointed Housewife and Coffin Bell. New poems are forthcoming in Turnpike, The Phoenix and The Red Clay Review. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she’s a two-time recipient of the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. For more, check out her fruit-inspired blog, Cherries and Chekhov, at ashley-memory.com.
Sunday Afternoon Cocktails by Ashley Memory
Shy newlywed, Christina promises to drive to her husband's work party ahead of him with her best casserole dish in hand; despite the worrying nightmare from the night before. Surprised by a tiny house full of bombastic strangers, Christina becomes increasingly unsettled at their random comments seem to become a mad hatter tea party with her at the center of their dark humor she cannot begin to grasp.
Briant Burt writes speculative fiction. He has published more than twenty science fiction and fantasy stories in various magazines and anthologies. His short story “The Last Indian War” won the Writers of the Future Gold Award and was anthologized in Writers of the Future Volume VIII. His debut novel, Aquarius Rising Book 1: In the Tears of God, won EPIC’s 2014 eBook Award for Science Fiction.
Mist at Twilight by Brian Burt
Nothing terrifies neuroscientist Tammy Bryant more than the cruel advance of Alzheimer's, especially as she watches helplessly while the illness devours her father. She pours all her energy into an experimental treatment that might reverse his slow descent into oblivion… or might just kill him faster.
Journalist. You can find her fiction in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Gateway Review: A Journal of Magical Realism, and World Writer’s Collective. Other samples of her work are at http://www.fawns.ca & give her a shout @Raingirl51
The Vers Vice by Angelique Fawns
Was college Freshman, Sherri, in love with Indira or was she her arch enemy. The psychology class experiment seemed to point out that they were the best dreamers, or was Sherri the best dreamer of all?
Her novel “Dream Junkies” was published by New Rivers Press in 2016, and she continues to publish short stories and articles regularly. Her work has appeared in “Good Housekeeping,” “Redbook,” “Marie Claire,” and in literary journals like “Juked” and “Streetlight.” She loves attending writing conferences and traveling to literary destinations. Find her on Twitter @amy1620. Anne-Marie is represented by Vicki Marsdon of High Spot Literary Agency.www.dreamjunkies.nyc.
God Flash by Anne-Marie Yerks
LeShey lives in a futuristic world where she can have anything she wants. All her memories are stored online, food grows in her aquaponics bay and her smarthouse is a dream. Even her cat can be brought back to life by genetic cloning, she's not sure about how it works. Her only problem throwing a birthday party...or maybe the problem is her attachment to this life of fantasy.
He recently self published an eBook titled “The World of Ato.” As for other short story publications, there is “Barely Human” published by The Flying Ketchup Press and “Dancing Colors” published by Curating Alexandria in May 2019. He may even have a secret love story that he’s working on. Reach out to him on all social media sites, and enjoy getting lost in his worlds!
Barely Human by Patrick Borosky
A teddy bear and a small girl have an unusual meeting. Each can only bear to see the other suffer so much before they must act.
Sandra Gould Ford
Sandra Gould Ford is an author, educator, and former steelworker who presents arts experiences to encourage, refresh, enrich creative thinking, and inspire. She is an active member of the Author’s Guild and Science Fiction Writers of America. Sandra established a writing program at a mega-jail, co-produced two major writers conferences, and published an international literary journal. Sandra perseveres with her creative writing: to make suffering endurable, evil intelligible, justice desirable,
Wishes by Sandra Gould Ford
There's no such thing as a coin that grants wishes, or a husband who loves his wife enough to make her miss him when he's gone.
Kēvin Callahan has a BFA from Drake University, post-grad work at San Francisco Art Institute, Larry Abramson, The Ox-Bow School, Art Institute Chicago, and Phil Hanson/Michelle Grabner. His award-winning artwork hangs in collections throughout the United States, and in Canada, Europe, and Israel. After a career in graphic design, he has published a novel and two short story collections, plus numerous poems often in conjunction with his art. His distinctive modern portraits and figures are shown
Tangled, a Tale of a Walk in the Woods
John Morgan, tech expert, suddenly feel oddly compelled to go on a vacation out west and take a long walk in the woods. He's even more concerned when he discovered the old walking stick he picks up along the way, seems to be pulling him in a specific direction.