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Hex Publishers is an independent publishing house proudly specializing in genre fiction: horror, science fiction, crime, dark fantasy, comics, and any other form that explores the imagination. Founded by writers, Hex values both the author and the reader, with an emphasis on quality, diversity, and voices often overlooked by the mainstream.

Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas


Ancient peoples knew there were lands given over to shadow and spirit. The world is full of haunted places that exact a terrible toll on trespassers. Our forebears paid a heavy price to earn the wisdom and the warning they bequeathed to future generations.

Time transformed their precious knowledge into superstition, but there are those whose hearts beat in rhythm with the past and whose vision is not clouded by modernity. Seeking to reclaim humanity’s early secrets, the Umbra Arca Society was forged. For centuries, this private league of explorers dedicated their lives to uncovering the oldest mysteries of the Americas. Armed with boldness and guile, and equipped with only a compass, a journal, and devotion to truth, these adventurers braved cursed landscapes, dared unnatural adversaries, and exposed hidden civilizations.

Many did not survive.

None were forgotten.

Their stories are maps revealing the topography and contours of landscapes unimaginable and dark. The Shadow Atlas collects their adventures.

Table of Contents [+]

NEW GROWTH
Dr. Sara Cleto and Dr. Brittany Warman

THE SHADOW ATLAS I
Jane Yolen

DAUGHTERS OF THE BEAR
Lee Murray

MOON-EYED WOMEN
Kay Chronister

THE KEEPER
Angie Hodapp

WILL-O’-THE-WISP
Tiffany Morris

THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE
Betty Rocksteady

GOD SPELLED BACKWARD
Tim Waggoner

THE TIME THAT IS LEFT
Sarah Read

CINNABAR
Colleen Anderson

THINGS TO DO IN PLAYLAND WHEN YOU’RE DEAD
Gwendolyn Kiste

LOS VIGILANTES OSCUROS
Angela Yuriko Smith

SAND AND SALT
Mercedes M. Yardley

A NUGGET OF WISDOM
Sean Eads

YOU OUGHT NOT SMILE AS YOU WALK THESE WOODS
Annie Neugebauer

THE SHADOW ATLAS II
Jane Yolen

INVASION
Angie Hodapp

XIPE TOTEC
Mario Acevedo

THE HOLLOW PLACE
Gerardo Horacio Porcayo

BLOOD OF ANGELS
Owl Goingback

WAAY CHIVO
Jimena Jurado

XTABAY
Julia Rios

GUARDIANS OF MUNDO MAYA
Gerri Leen

BLOOD, LIKE CHOCOLATE
Stephanie M. Wytovich

THE SUGAR CASTLE OF ST. LUCIA
E. Lily Yu

LA CIGUAPA
Christina Sng

THE SHADOW ATLAS III
Jane Yolen

LA SAYONA
Christina Sng

THE DRUG DEAL
Marge Simon

BLOOD SISTERS
Christa Wojciechowski

DIABLO BALLENA
Jeanne C. Stein

TASTE OF SORROW
Warren Hammond

THE MASSACOORAMAAN
Christina Sng

FOR THE FIRES OF FLOREANA
Cameron E. Quinn

THE SCARLET TANAGER
Starlene Justice

YA-TE-VEO
Anastasia Garcia

YACUMAMA
Christina Sng

NO MORE PRYING EYES
Maxwell I. Gold

MOON UNDER MANGROVES
Juliana Spink Mills

IARA
Kathryn Reilly

DOOR TO DOOR
Josh Malerman

EL CULEBRÓN
Christina Sng

PUERTO COLÍCO
David Davies

A GEOGRAPHY OF UNKNOWN MAPS
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

“A host of sublime writers and settings create an entertainingly macabre collection."

Kirkus Reviews

“Think The DaVinci Code or Indiana Jones, but with more literary force."

Midwest Book Review

“Dead serious in its horror, yet delightful and inviting in its design and conceit, Shadow Atlas is a rare, beguiling treat, a collective fantasy with teeth, vision, and grounded in urgent, ancient truths."

BookLife Reviews

Edited by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge and Joshua Viola

Illustrations by Aaron Lovett

Release date: November 30, 2021

Published by Hex Publishers

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-7365964-3-2

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-7365964-1-8

eBook ISBN: 978-1-7365964-2-5

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