Stairs in the Woods - Russell Newquist

Stairs in the Woods

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I first posted our call for submissions for Silver Empire’s “Stairs in the Woods” anthology nearly two years ago. Several events transpired behind the scenes that caused us to delay the initial release. And then something crazy happened…

The submission page went viral. That was kind of strange, but it happened. And we ended up with a ridiculous number of submissions – more submissions for this single anthology than for all other Silver Empire anthologies combined. For months now I’ve had to fend off the questions: “when is the stairs anthology coming?”

Well, we finally managed to comb through all of the submissions. We finalized our list and culled it down to “only” 34 stories. And now I’m thrilled to tell you all that not only is Secret Stairs – A Tribute to Urban Legend now available, but it’s also the #1 New Release in horror anthologies!

You can get the Kindle edition on Amazon for only $0.99 if you buy it by this Saturday. The paperback edition clocked in at $24.99 because this turned into a beast at 668 pages.


You mustn’t talk about the stairs.

There they stand, surrounded by nothing but forest, pristine as the day they were built. No sign remains of any other structure around them, no ruins of long forgotten buildings. They look… wrong. They feel wrong. Bad things happen if you get too close. Horrible things.

You must never, ever ever talk about them.

Thirty-four of today’s best up and coming writers provide wonderfully unique interpretations inspired by the urban legends of the Internet age. Tales range from science fiction to fantasy, horror to mystery, and one writer even penned a romance!

But you must never tell anyone about the stairs!

Containing the stories:

  • Nothing Ever Happens Here by Richard Paolinelli
  • Star Thistle by J. Comer
  • Let Him In by Josh Dygert
  • A New Trail Off Of Old King?s Highway by Michael Reyes
  • The Strange Stairs at the Aldebourne Estate by Kristen Brand
  • Exclusive Scoop by J. Trevor Robinson
  • The Flash-Back Stairs: A Story of Betrayal by Patrick T. Luce
  • The Peacock House by Matthew Pegg
  • Where The Wood Thrush Sings by NB Williams
  • The Refuge by Dawn Witzke
  • Upon The Stair by Daniel Humphreys
  • Grand Staircase to the Yellow Court by R.C. Mulhare
  • Another Dead Man?s Curve by Chris Ingram
  • Game Warden by Russell Newquist
  • Stepping Stones by Jarrett Mazza
  • Reap Dance by James G. Hancock
  • Descending Stairs, 1699 by Meghan Casey
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread by Michelle Mellon
  • Sobek’s Staircase by Jeremy Megargee
  • The Curses We Carry by Russell Mahon
  • Stranger?s Wood by J.S. Arroyo
  • Stairway Back to Jonathan?s Farm by Dan Allen
  • The Thirteenth Step by MJ Mars
  • Cajun Ray by S.D. McPhail
  • W/M by Isobel Horsburgh
  • The Sentinel by Richard W. Watts
  • Sleep, Child by A.G. Lopes
  • The Lost Ones by Karen Thrower
  • Ready For Seven More by Christopher Lansdown
  • Fire and Pine by Bethany C. Gotschall
  • Stairway to? Where? by William Lehman
  • The Dead Always by Darren Todd
  • Missing Persons by Jonathan Bronico
  • Cedar Road by Mocha Pennington
Russell Newquist

My name is Russell Newquist. I am a software engineer, a martial artist, an author, an editor, a businessman and a blogger. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science, but I'm technically a high school dropout. I also think that everything in this paragraph is pretty close to meaningless. I work for a really great small company in Huntsville, Alabama building really cool software. I'm the owner and head instructor of Madison Martial Arts Academy, which I opened in 2013 less to make money and more because I just really enjoy a good martial arts workout with friends. I'm the editor in chief of Silver Empire and also one of the published authors there. And, of course, there is this blog - and all of its predecessors. There's no particular reason you should trust anything I say any more than any other source. So read it, read other stuff, and think for your damn self - if our society hasn't yet over-educated you to the point that you've forgotten how.

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