Peggy Shumate

Peggy Shumate is a movie reviewer for DVD Empire. Market Manager/Staff Reviewer for Double Dragon Publishing. Her fiction can be found at more than 20-30 different E-zines and small press markets, and has appeared both print and electronic. Peggy Jo is a Terror Tale Scribe member, and a 2000 graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature (although, she scribes mostly in the horror vein). She is known by her psuedo: Brutal Dreamer. She lives in the Midwest of the U.S.A. with her husband of 18 years and two children: Isaac and Elizabeth and her cat, Shakira (Shackie Taques). She was Paul Kane's March 2002 Guest Writer and appeared in "Shadow-Writer's Anthology" by BJM Press June 2002. "Cemetery Poets: Grave Offerings" February 2003 Hardback release/ebook March 2003 release, and "Scary! Holiday Tales To Make You Scream Anthology" paperback & ebook: September 2003, all by Double Dragon Publishing. Visit Peggy Jo at: or

Titles Available from Peggy Shumate

Let your eyes adjust to the darkness contained within this unparalleled tome of terrifying poetry. Let yourself be drawn down into the mausoleum of decayed verbiage and grim visions, meeting the poets your mortician always warned you about. These seventeen international authors gathered in the cemetery are already well known within horror poetry circles for their diverse imaginations. Deftly shifting from free verse to sonnets, from grotesque to darkly comical, the Cemetery Poets scream from beyond the grave with deadly accuracy. Editor Peggy Jo Shumate asks, "Do you have a dread of shadowy places?" The answer, after reading Cemetery Poets: Grave Offerings, will undoubtedly be a resounding yes! Step inside the cemetery gates and
savor every wretched flavor of fear ever conceived.
Herman Melville said it best when he proclaimed that every path eventually leads to the sea. For it is the sea that holds our most sacred and terrifying fears, yet it also holds a glorious mysticism over us as a race, an attraction so strong that most of us flock to beaches, river banks, creeks, and lakes at every opportunity to stare out into the vast blueness and wonder: what's out there?

Take my hand, Dear Reader, and swim with me through this journey of sixteen tales of watery terror. As we swim, if something reaches out of the darkness and gropes for your ankle, if something pulls you deeper into the depths of liquid madness, if your breath is stolen from you and you find yourself inhaling nothing but muddied water... do not fear, for it is just the ocean reclaiming what is already hers: your soul.

Here is a collection of stories for those of you who shudder at the thought of gulping down one more of Aunt Ida's "famous" cookies, who dread facing another interminable discourse from Uncle Earl about pig farm economics. If the first few notes of "Away in a Manger" cause you to grab something sharp and look around frantically for an eye to stab it in this book was written for you.
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