Beyond the Veil:
A Collection of Short Stories
by Sheri Velarde
Here are eighteen stories of horror, dark fantasy and sci-fi, and just plain dark and weird from author Sheri Velarde. Several have been previously published in various anthologies throughout the years, but are collected together for the first time ever. Also there are some new stories here to round out this unique collection.
*From short story Everything Went Red
"I closed my eyes, hoping for darkness. Instead, the orange-red glow which now permeated our world still managed to seep in. Did true darkness even exist anymore? I wondered if any of us would ever know. Our world was dying, and I doubted we could find a way to stop it.
Deciding that sleep would elude me again, I got up and went to what we called a library. We were in a large bunker, deep underground. You would think I’d have to turn on lights to walk around, but no, the glow from above somehow had sunk down and embedded itself in the very walls. The radiation was spreading. It seeped into us right now even as most of us slept. The end was near, and we would go out with a whimper instead of a roar.
I went into the quiet room which housed our books and meager computers. I had read the history books about the world before the red, before the war, at least a dozen times. They sounded more like fairytales, for we did have a copy of those as well, than history. Yet, I knew it all to be true. I had been born in those times even if I didn’t remember them. My father and I had survived the initial blasts and fights, though we had lost my mother.
My father was ex-military and had helped us set this base up, helped us survive. Then he went on a mission one day and never came back. I was ten. That’s when the library, the books that told of my father’s time, became my solace. Over time, I had become our little colony’s historian, our record keeper, our researcher. Alana the Wise was my nickname. I didn’t feel wise. My research meant nothing. The past could not help us. I could not help us."
Beyond the Veil: A Collection of Short Stories by Sheri Velarde
Release Date: October 26, 2021
Sheri Velarde lives in New Mexico with her loving wife.
Being an avid reader since an early age, she’s wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She has been writing all her life, and has been publishing her work for about a decade. She specializes in all things paranormal and that go bump in the night, though she writes everything from romance to horror. Her heart truly lies in exploring unknown worlds or adding the supernatural to our world. If it goes bump in the night or has magical connotations, Sheri writes about it.