BlackHearts Anthology


Series: Dreaming Rabbit Press Anthologies
Published by: Dreaming Rabbit Press
Release Date: 28 Feb 2018
Genre: Anthology, Dark Romance, Horror, Romance
Pages: 77
ISBN13: 978-1986338370
ASIN: B079Q96X5M

A collection of works about twisted love.

We all have that person we care about, but what happens when love transforms into something darker? Join us in reading these dark, twisted stories of love and what it leads people to do.

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No matter how much she cherished me and spoiled me, my heart never relaxed. The life I’d lived before wasn’t some fairytale. Men were trash. After I caught my boyfriend Jimmy screwing the next-door neighbor’s teen daughter, I’d kicked him out and left all his belongings on the side of the road. The apartment had been in my name and all he’d contributed was a few hundred dollars in cash his mother sent each month, but that mama’s boy wanted to waste it on trash. He’d never paid bills. Jimmy didn’t relish receiving the boot. After being displaced, that useless Neanderthal smashed into my room and battered the hell out of me.

I’d met Samantha that night. She’d required a few stitches in triage – though she remembers better than I do. Her car had hit a patch of ice and swung into a telephone pole. I used to think she did it on purpose, her view on life looked bleak most days, but she swore it was an accident. It left a nasty scar across the top of her forehead, a pale and jagged blemish on her sand-colored skin. It was laughable, because my nose had been bent and my eye had been swollen purple and the blood vessels had appeared, but Samantha had still found me beautiful. She told me every day like a mantra; she fell in love that night.

I hadn’t.

To be honest with myself, if I ever loved her at all, I couldn’t describe it. Even now, I am far more desperate than emboldened with passion. As a small kid, when my baby brother snagged the last cookie from the counter I got mad. I wanted what I didn’t have. That type of want and need is so nestled into my core I can’t help but cry out, but to call it love – I couldn’t do that. Samantha had noticed, but every day, she’d given everything she’d had. She smiled at me, cried with me, she supported the bitter and uneasy me.

I deplored relying on her, though I ate when she cooked, and I wore the clothes she bought. I relaxed into the hands that rubbed my neck and used everything she’d handed me with little fight, but I also treated her with sour looks and frustrated complaints. Small mistakes she made, I blew out of proportion. The times I caught her cowering, shoulders drooped and hands fiddling at her stomach, her eyes downcast, I shrieked at her with my every fiber. But, each time Samantha had wiped away her tears and retreated to her room, returning a few hours later with a smile. We’d lived a year like this.

Our first night together, I got drunk. It was a cool, late night on Valentine’s Day last year. I let my face heal and spent the morning with my mother, listening to her nag.


-14 Days by Xaneria Ann


Xaneria Ann – 14 Days

Xaneria Ann is a writer of fantasy romance with a flair for
the dramatic and a knack for drama. She is a sweets and caffeine-fueled
writer who loves rabbits, elves, and magic. If she is not writing or
making art, she is playing video games on the computer.


Donise Sheppard – Collapse

I have traditionally published a short story titled “Coal
Run Road” in the anthology A Haunting of Words, another short story
published by Tuck Magazine titled “Walk Tall”, and a short story titled
“Broken”, which is a twisted romance, published in the anthology
Relationship Add Vice. I have also been accepted for publication into another
anthology called Full Metal Horror, due to be released by summer for a story
called “Song of the Kelpie”. I have self published five young adult novels on


Colby Bettley – I See You

Colby Bettley is a Scottish author. She found her love of
writing at a young age when encouraged to read by her parents. She spends as
much of her spare time as possible reading and writing. She believes
literature is what makes the world a better place and that books can improve
the lives of many people if they allow them to. She thanks her mother for
encouraging her to read as a child and gives her credit for helping her achieve
her dream of becoming an author.


M. Wiklund – Merely A Flesh Wound

Melody Wiklund lives in Massachusetts but is
currently going to college at Benedictine College in Kansas. She has one
published novel, Eleven Dancing Sisters, currently out with Evernight
Teen. In her free time she loves knitting, sketching and reading. You can
find her blogging about reading and writing on tumblr at Melwikwrites.


Pyra Kane – The Continued Journal

Pyra Kane is a multi-genre author and dragon
enthusiast from Indianapolis, Indiana. Born in the year 2000, Pyra’s
writing journey and now-accomplished dream of becoming a published
author began at the age of fifteen, when she was introduced to her first
online writing community. She currently lives with her family in the
small town of Freeport in the land of alligators, aka Florida. When she
isn’t tapping away at her keyboard, Pyra spends her time getting lost in
thought, stalking her cat, and chatting with her many, many yet-to-bewritten

Cover Artist

Xaneria Ann

We would like to thank our contributing author, Xaneria Ann for her cover art for this anthology.

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