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Exquisite Poison is published Thursday, August 4 by Phantom House Press

ATASCADERO — News from Atascadero’ very clean Christianna Marks posted a short story in an anthology published today – Thursday August 4th.

Christianna Marks’ short story “Snake Skin and Pleather” is included in Phantom House Press’ “Exquisite Poison” anthology, out today (August 4). Photo by Christopher Michael Everett Photography

“Exquisite Poison” is an anthology – a collection of short stories – published by Phantom House Press (PHP). Founded by a husband and wife team in 2021, it is an independent book publishing company.

The founders said, “Phantom House Press was born out of the fog that dwells between genres. We are a home for the hybrid, the pioneer and the weird. If a writer’s work doesn’t seem quite suitable in other places, they might just find a home in our house.


When PHP announced its intention to publish the anthology, it asked the authors to send in their samples for a chance to appear in the published book.

“We wanted a collection of works by authors who write in different genres, all pointing to the same theme – just to highlight the beauty and diversity of all genres and genre crossings,” the founders explained.

Writers for Exquisite Poison wrote under a specific theme with the following synopsis:

“We picked their poison and made it count. Something they can’t live without. Whether soft or quietly deadly, we overwhelmed them with a medley.

It’s more than they can bear – Read on if you dare. Exquisite Poison is a collection of poems and short fiction films across a range of genres. The “poison” can be a real death toxin, an addiction, an intoxicating romance, a compulsion… read on and find them all.

Marks’ story was chosen from several entries. His little storySnake Skin and Pleather,” is set in the early 2000s and is oddly tied to the poison anthology theme.

The The Snake Skin and Pleather synopsis reads:

When Cathy first saw The Huntsmen perform live, she left everything behind to follow the band on their North American tour in 2000. Now, six months later, even though they never spoken, she is more in love than ever with lead guitarist, Robb Barr. The only problem; his heavily pregnant wife and bandmate, Georgie.

You can find the “Exquisite Poison” anthology at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or through Phantom House Press and wherever books are sold.

For more information about Phantom House Press, visit

You can follow Marks’ writing adventures on his Instagram, here @bluebowgrl

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