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“Six Miles to Bastogne” selected for publication in new horror anthology December 8, 2015

Posted by ambrosestolliker in News.
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Last night, I received great news – my story Six Miles to Bastogne will be published in a new horror anthology from DAOwen Publications called Muffled Scream I: Corner of the Eye.

Here’s the skinny on the story:

Europe. Early 1945. The German army is in retreat in the wake of a disastrous defeat at the Battle of the Bulge. The Allied armies relentlessly pursue their enemies east in a bid to bring six years of war and inhuman atrocity to an end.

Caught in the middle of it all is Corporal Tom Galloway and a squad of American soldiers. All Galloway wants to do is get home alive and in one piece, and with the Germans on the run, that day seems almost within reach. Then, something happens. While transporting a small group of German prisoners – including a stone-faced SS captain – back to headquarters, the squad’s truck breaks down less than a dozen miles from the Allied lines near the Belgian town of Bastogne. Making matters worse, the truck’s radio also mysteriously malfunctions, and the squad is cut off from all forms of help on the edges of the wild and supposedly haunted Ardennes Forest.

Feeling pressure to get the Germans back to headquarters for interrogation, the squad’s weak and ineffectual leader, Lieutenant Cargill, orders his men into the Ardennes with the German prisoners in tow. Not long after, deep-rooted divisions within the squad begin to take hold. Galloway faces off against the cruel and unbalanced Sergeant Rawls, pitting half the squad against the other. The deeper into the woods the men go, the uglier the tension between those loyal to Galloway and those loyal to Rawls becomes. The situation goes from bad to worse when, within hours, it becomes obvious that the squad is hopelessly lost and there appears to be no way out of the forest.

I’m very grateful that the editors at DAOwen read my story and have agreed to publish it in their anthology. It was a lot of fun to write and I can’t wait to see it in print.

Publication details to come soon.

Yours,

A.S.

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