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By Desiree Byars



Patchwork is the debut horror collection from Desiree Byars. Stitched together inside are four individual short stories, each a unique tale. Dive under the Patchwork quilt and snuggle with some new friends: Bailey Marie, the neglected, spiteful child.

The ASMR addict who can’t be satisfied.

The dead man who dug his way out to reunite with his wife only to find things aren’t the same anymore.

The grown woman who bands with her inner child to slay her life’s biggest demon.

They’re eager to meet you …

Includes the stories:
“Bailey Marie”
“Dear Cricket”



Patchwork is the debut release of author Desiree Byars. It contains four dark and intense short stories with very edgy subject matter. I find Byars’s writing, characters, and stories to be daring and provocative. Here is what others had to say:

Christine Morgan, author of Lakehouse Infernal,says: “Raw, relentless, and unflinching, these stories cast a cold harsh spotlight into the darkest corners of disturbed psyches; even the humorous interlude goes some horrible places.”

Author and co-owner of Pugnacious Press, Pippa Bailey had this to say: “Dark, depraved, and thrilling. Patchwork tears you apart with tales of trauma, abuse, and suffering wrapped in a delicious quilt of stunningly crafted prose. I would warn readers that this will take them on an emotional rollercoaster, but it’s a ride they need in their life. 10/10”

Christina Eleanor of Voracious Gnome gives insightful commentary on Patchwork: “… these are really tough subjects for anyone to handle. While reading, I felt these stories could really be someone’s reality. Desiree Byars did a great job bringing to light subjects that usually do not receive much attention. If anyone is trying to understand what someone who has been abused or victimized in any way could be feeling or going through, this book can help them see and empathize with their point of view.”

Author Jae Mazer expressed her appreciation also: “As an avid reader of all things horror, this collection satisfied so many appetites at once. Dark, uncomfortable, complex and well-developed characters–I love all four stories.”

I am not giving a content review myself because I had the distinct honor of editing this treasure of horror.

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About the Author: Desiree Byars

Desiree Byars loves all things horror. When she’s not writing it, she’s reading it, watching it, or playing video games. She lives with her husband and several rescue animals.

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