From the twisted minds of: Michael Fisher, Amanda M. Lyons, T.S. Woolard, R.T. Sirk, Essel Pratt, Dona Fox, David Maxson, Ken Goldman, Nick Hatfield, Sharon L. Higa, Deb Hoag, Richard D. Ramsey, William Bove, and Stuart Keane.
An Urban Legend takes many shapes and forms. From the peculiar glance of a neighbor’s dog, the weird face you see in the food on your dinner plate, or even the shadowy figure on the side of the road, an urban legends plays upon those instances of wonder and mixes them with fear. Within Urban Legends: Emergence of Fear, there are 14 stories, some similar and some very different, each touching a varied aspect of the urban legend theme. Seemingly harmless at first read, their terrors are destined to materialize when least expected, at the sound of a creaking door, while driving down the highway, or when leaving a bar in the dead of night.
As a husband, a father, and a pet owner, Essel's responsibilities never end. Other than a family man, he works a full time job an hour from his home, he is a writer for the Inquisitr, a full time student on his journey to a degree - while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, and is also the Chief of Acquisitions and Executive Assistant for J. Ellington Ashton Press. His means of relieving stress and relaxing equate to sitting in front of his dual screens and writing the tales within the recesses of his mind.
Inspired by C.S. Lewis, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Harper Lee, William Golding, and many more, Essel doesn't restrain his writings to straight horror. His first Novel, Final Reverie is more Fantasy/Adventure, but does include elements of Horror. His first zombie book, The ABC's of Zombie Friendship, attacks the zombie genre from an alternate perspective. Future books, that are in progress and yet to be imagined, will explore the blurred boundaries of horror within its competing genres, mixing the elements into a literary stew.