Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chills, Thrills and Horro

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Five short stories including:
Grandma's House - A girl's rite of passage takes her through wolf-infested woods. 
Bullets and Banshees - A psychic is the only hope of a notorious Chicago gangster plagued by the wailing of a banshee. 
Theseus and the Minotaurs - The legendary warrior has to face more than just one monster in the labyrinth.

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When Jackie took her little sister, Karen, for a joy ride into Necropolis without telling her where they were really going, she only meant to have a good time. Give her a little scare. A desolate shell of its former self, Sin City still holds a certain temptation for those who like to gamble. But when the residents of the city awaken, what happens in Vegas... well, you know the rest.

"Wilson is a dark force to be reckoned with."--Trent Zelazny, author of Destination Unknown and Fractal Despondency

What Happens in Vegas... is a fast-paced short story set in the Empire of Blood series. The critically-acclaimed first novel from the series, Shining in Crimson: Empire of Blood Book One, is currently available to read for free in the Kindle Owners Lending Library

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Something strange is happening in the city. When Ian McCalister receives an end of night call to check out a routine disturbance in a wealthy suburb, he has no idea of the horrific reality that he is about to encounter--but this is to be the start of series of nightmarish events where even the very fabric of reality seems to be threatened. People are going missing, there's vague reports of unidentifiable, hellish creatures being sighted and worse a new drug craze is sweeping through the underground drug culture--a drug known only as Blue.
Enter troubled Art Student Josh Holt. Josh is being haunted by visions and voices, is he losing his mind again or is it the start of somekind of inner awakening? When his would-be girlfriend disapears and then is found in a mysterious coma, he and his friends are plunged into a nightmare shadow-world of meat puppet drug dealers, demonic entities and physic warfare as they search for some kind of answer. Along the way they meet the mysterious Carthy, who claims to be an agent from another realm of reality, their paths cross with the troubled cop Ian McCalister who is struggling with his own personal demons on his own quest for answers. But when they find the source of the Blue, the truth is far darker than any of them dreamed.
"Every angle of the room was warped, falling in on itself, holes discharging something like mucus existed where they couldn't. And it was all drifting, moving, flowing into itself and spreading out. It was a vision no psyche could withstand and it wouldn't fade--would never fade."

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TODAY THE WORLD GOT SICK...
The Peeling is a series of novellas set in a world ravaged by a deadly plague. Each book follows the individual story of one of the survivors of this horrible new existence. They can be enjoyed as standalone tales or as part of a larger, overall narrative.
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BOOK 1: Jeremy's Choice

Being a security guard at a news station meant Jeremy found out about the peeling before anybody else. But that didn't prevent the deadly, unknown virus from infecting his wife. After years of neglect, unfaithfulness, and lies, is it finally time for Jeremy to do right by the woman he loves? Or is it too late?

BONUS CONTENT - Also includes the following short stories:
-- The Peeling Of Samuel Lloyd Collins
-- Nigel
-- Animal Kingdom
-- Zombies Are Dead
-- The Hunt

-- Also includes the A - Z Of How To Survive a Horror Movie.

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A horrifying series of murders has shocked a stretch of America's southern heartland. Not only are women turning up dead, but the killer has removed their brains with chilling surgical precision. 

A new murder has sent FBI medical examiner Jessica Coran to Jacksonville, Florida, on a search for answers to the most appalling murder spree she has ever encountered. 

But even she can't anticipate the twist her investigation is about to take--one that will give millions of people a front-row seat for the next victim's death.

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After years of nothing but grueling training and the desperate dance of death that is the life of an acolyte Arbiter, D'Arden Tal has been named an apprentice. He has been assigned to learn from Havox Khaine, one of the greatest Masters in living memory.

For two years they have traveled across the known world, and now they enter a tiny kingdom on the edge of nowhere. Rumors abound that the monarch of this kingdom is insane, and has created a demented puppet court... of the dead.

D'Arden must learn what it truly means to be an Arbiter, as he makes his first real confrontation with the horrors of corruption. Something much worse lurks within the shadows of the king's mind than simple madness, and D'Arden will find reason to call him...

The Corpse King.

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Stream of consciousness tour de force - a first person narrative told by a lost soul that doesn't know who, where or what he is, a creature obsessed with escaping from chaos - the world eating monster that is growing more threatening by the hour.

The surreal pilgrimage begins on a walk through a decaying town, then across desert sand and finally into the bowels of the earth. This refugee from reality is either a victim of an otherworldly conspiracy or something much darker and much closer to home.

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As a boy, Cristian Chevalier was comfortable with the idea that Mother Nature had set humanity at the top of the food chain. But as a young man, abandoned by his father following the death of his mother, something strange is stirring within him that has a darkly different view of the world. Evolution’s true intent slowly reveals itself until Cristian is faced with a dreadful choice. Should he succumb to his true nature and join the ranks of the Silkie (an ancient and powerful entity set to inherit the earth) or should he fight for the human heart that he’s pledged to Rose?

Like it for less? This title is 60% off when you get it with any of the following bundles: Horror Bundle, Bundle of Laughs or Bundle the Lot!

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A man who's never had to sleep learns the consequences of defying nature...
Another short story from the surreal collection CONFESSIONS OF A VELOUR-SHIRTED MAN.

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'THEY' is a short story by Vincent Hobbes. It was first released in January, 2010 in the anthology, The Endlands.

A relaxing road-trip becomes madness as two couples find themselves trapped in a blizzard.

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They say life is a journey, but the path between life and death is never straight. You never know what to expect on the dark road between here and there. Follow the dark road to see where it leads.

Contains all ten original Dark Journeys short stories, plus an added bonus zombie apocalypse tale titled, "Two Weeks."

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In the seventh Ghosts book, Beth tries desperately to protect her sister Elise from the dark forces that are gathering across town. But when a familiar face arrives, Beth realises she might be powerless to prevent Elise falling victim to a terrible fate.

Meanwhile, Lucas Everard realises that the end of the world is approaching, which means he has only one more chance to avert disaster. But Emily has other plans, and will stop at nothing in order to ensure that the day of judgement arrives.

This is the seventh book in the Ghosts series. Each book is approximately 20,000 words, and they are designed to be read in order. This book contains violence, swearing and sexual scenes.

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Meet Michael Anderson, a writer who believes the key to his bestselling fiction is research.
It's not enough for him to imagine situations for his characters, he has to convince himself they could actually happen.
The plot-point he's working out one snowy Saturday in his isolated country house involves a dentist stuffing a billiard ball into the mouth of his patient, a man he knows is sleeping with his wife.
Staring down at his pool table, Michael has only one question; is it possible?
And there's only one way to find out...

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I remember the Forgotten Future.

Where destiny is epilogue and the bygone is prologue. I have witnessed the Weapons of the Gods fall into the hands of the Humanity Brood. When the Gods themselves fall victim to their own mechanisms.

I have journeyed to the crossroads, places that cannot be found until their entrance coincides with your next impending footfall, where the space between spaces demands its audience in full.

I have lived through the Death of the Gods and witnessed their return, committing their teachings to memory. Would you presume to bare witness?

Have you heard the tale of the Vampire?

Yes, of course you have, but what have you learned of their secret? If I could provide you with just a slither of comprehension, would you gleam a portion of this knowledge for yourself? Or would you just cry in the dark praying for the Sun?

Yes, Brothers and Sisters, I remember the Forgotten Future very well indeed.

Come and sit with me child, for I have a story to tell.

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In a world overrun by the living dead, every victim has a story. These are some of those stories. This collection of six short stories from a world ravaged by the LZR-1143 virus tell the tale of six different people, all of whom fell victim, in different ways, to the deadly plague.

From the pilot of a commercial aircraft, overwhelmed in midair, to the lonely soldier stranded high above a world of the undead, the six characters each face their own fears and mortality in different ways.

This 20,000 word short-story collection features a unique selection of characters from the original zombie novel by Bryan James, LZR-1143: Infection, and from the recently released sequel, LZR-1143: Evolution. Each character appears only fleetingly in the longer novels, but each has their own unique thread in the LZR-1143 storyline, all of which are exposed in these short excerpts from their final hours alive. 

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ELMWOOD'S BEST DETECTIVE IS ABOUT TO MEET ITS WORST VILLAIN!
 
An ancient evil has returned to continue the study it began over a century ago, and it's looking for volunteers.

Isaac Winters is the perfect test subject. He's a detective with a damaged past, and something to prove.

It moves like a virus from person to person, carefully selecting its next host, and leaving a trail of incinerated bodies in its wake. Accompanied by a partner short on experience, Isaac must uncover and defeat this faceless villain before it takes from him the greatest gift he's ever recieved.

His daughter.

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This short novel first appeared in the Cemetery Dance anthology "Brimstone Turnpike." Each character was to be given a brief encounter with a wise old man named Johnny Divine, and one object that would affect the outcome of the story. In award-winning author Harry Shannon's entry, Sam Kenzie is an LAPD cop who can't escape his obsession with a serial killer due to demons of his own.

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Albert Shipway is an ordinary guy, an insurance negotiator who likes booze and women and never having to say he’s sorry.

And he thinks this is just another day, another lunch, another order of kung pao chicken. Little does he know that he’s about to meet a little old lady who knows his greatest fear. A little old lady who knows what’s hiding in his heart. A little old lady who dishes up a big stew of supernatural revenge, with ingredients as follows: First you take one psychotic ex from a family of serial killers. Next add a pinch or two of an irrational childhood fear. Now thoroughly mix in an angry sister, a life-stealing great-granddad, and a notorious mass murderer—who happens to be dead but doesn’t know it. Let it stew and froth and bubble thoroughly....

In just a matter of minutes, Albert’s life turns upside down and he enters a world where magic and evil lurk beneath the fabric of Southern California. And all his choices have brewed a perfect storm of broken hearts, broken promises, shattered families, and a couple of tiny problems. Namely, killer mice and a baby.

Albert Shipway is finally getting a chance to right some wrongs.

That is, if it’s not too late.

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Jack Barrow has traveled back in time to save his family from a sadistic killer. All he has to do now is convince Dr. Sims at Bellevue Heights Mental Institution that he isn't crazy.

Note: This short story is 3000 words (around 12 pages)

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Ok so I'm a vampire... as long as I don't sparkle. But what if I don't want to be a vampire? It's a total inconvenience. I miss bacon and I faint at the sight of blood...So I roll to therapy to try and sort things out. Man, have I got issues...

This short story is part of the collection, "Demons and Other Inconveniences" also available on Kindle!

From the author of "What Tangled Webs" and "The Unauthorized Autobiography of Ethan Jacobs"

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What would you do when faced with the end of the world? When Alex Kemp is faced with that possibility, he realizes that he is the only one who can save his family. Life and death decisions, sacrifices, and betrayal all stand in the way of Alex's family and survival. When vague news reports of a strange quarantine begin spreading across the city, panic ensues, plunging Alex into situations that he never thought he would see again. Confusion from city officials and the general public cause mass hysteria and senseless violence. Alex has seen this before, has seen the consequences of what is about to come. Alex chooses to save his family in anyway that he can.

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The link between Heaven and Hell is nothing less than a soul. Fleeting…fragile…easily corrupted. And the thing that goes bump in the night is nothing more than a heart, pounding out songs of desire, obsession, and fear.

To My Demons is a haunting examination of dark side of the human condition. Some of the stories have been previously published; some have not. Some have a decidedly supernatural element, while others are all too real. From a murderer’s ghastly recollections, to rotting, shambling reminders of a man’s misdeeds, to a modern day fable of oppression and liberation, To My Demons is an exercise in exorcism.

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No one would ever forget the night the carnival came to town.

Vincent Carlson used to have a good life. He lived on a small farm in Doverton, Wisconsin, with his loving teenage daughter, Leanne. His biggest worries were tending his corn crop and being a good dad to Leanne. But that was before the seedy little carnival came to town, bringing with them the tiny humanoid creatures called “Haunchies”. For Vincent Carlson—and the whole town of Doverton—that was the night everything changed.

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The end of the world is here.

A mysterious commuter train crash leaves no survivors, but that’s just the beginning. Within 24 hours, most of Washington’s population has vanished, and chaos spreads like wildfire as murderous shadow creatures ruthlessly hunt down the scattered survivors.

Now a desperate band of refugees struggles to stay alive as they race across a deserted countryside in search of safety. But there are two among them who are not what they seem.

One is the cause of all of this madness. And another has been chosen to stop it.

Something evil is coming. Something sinister. Something black…


This 44K word novella is a stand-alone work of horror fiction.

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Echoes of a storm is a dark, gritty, character driven adult fantasy set in a fictitious medieval land in which monsters are very real. It follows the life of a girl called Kathleen from the age of 3 to 18 and the people who shape her life.

Below is the opening paragraph from the book

"Her softly falling tears echoed the rain, as she watched him walk away. He did not cry but then his life had made him forget how. So in the gentle rain, just past midnight, she found herself crying for a man, a fool, who could not."

I hope you enjoy

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After discovering her blood is powerful enough to cure werewolves, and having been rescued from death by none other than Adam Goldman, Rose McKay is now forced to confront the reality that she needs his help if she’s going to survive.
Despite being a werewolf himself, and having killed Dan Kendal, Adam tries to convince Rose that he’s not dangerous, and insists they go into hiding to avoid being discovered by Devlin Cage, an embracing werewolf who will stop at nothing to see her dead.
Refusing to leave her father behind again, Rose talks Adam into staying, promising to go with him at the first sign of trouble, and it isn’t long before they rekindle their romance, blissfully unaware of the horrendous fate that awaits the pair of them.

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Like most towns, Ridgeware has a dark history. Its inhabitants know of the history, apart from newcomer Gary Strand. Strand has recently moved from London to experience the "quiet life" and finds there is more to the town than meets the eye.

David Dawson is a family man, and like other residents, knows of the dark history surrounding Ridgeware and the woods, and the infamous story of Killer Kelly.

To the adults, Killer Kelly was a character from years back that massacred his family. To the children, Killer Kelly is a ghost that is still present and lives in the same shack where he killed his family, which is situated on the common hill, between Ridgeware and the woods.

This thriller is written as seen through the eyes of an adult, and also that of the three children, Alan, Neil and Steven Dawson, David Dawson's son.
Packed with developing eerie stories, innocent friendship, and scenes of terror, "The Woods of Red Hill" dissects each character and tells the reader how they have been affected.

This story comes to a dramatic and bloody conclusion, and is not for persons under the age of 18.

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Modern desperation meets Dark Ages cynicism in a deadly fight for survival.

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Judd Cody is a rich and successful man. But he is afraid. His parents died young. He knows death waits for him too.
Judd tests fate to dispel his fear. He jumps out of planes and climbs mountains, Each time his doubts of his immortality return.
Finally, Judd pays a doctor to kill him and bring him back to life. He lives but a Demon comes to claim his soul. Only a higher power can save him.

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