Sunday, October 28, 2012

Horror to start the Week
A free short story taken straight from the pages of THE MONSTER’S CORNER, an all original anthology from some of today’s hottest supernatural writers, featuring stories from the monster’s point of view.

SPECIMEN 313 is the story of a meat-eating plant named Max, surviving in the greenhouse with his mad doctor keeper when he gets a new female neighbor.
The old woman loves the woods, loves the childhood stories of the wolves chasing little girls in the woods. So today when she felt well, it’s time for a walk in the woods. As she slips away from her nasty servant, she goes for a walk in the woods. Only to find, some of those tales were real…

A Walk in the Woods is 1,823 words.
A free short story taken straight from the pages of THE MONSTER’S CORNER, an all original anthology from some of today’s hottest supernatural writers, featuring stories from the monster’s point of view.
In THE LAKE, Abbie LeFleur, a lifetime Bostonian, who hides her scales, webbed feet, and an incredible hunger for people, has relocated to Graceville to start her life anew when she sets her eyes on a young student in her English class
How much would you pay for a night of passion with your favorite celebrity?

After her untimely passing, the body of a world-renowned actress falls into the hands of an unscrupulous restorative artist. Using the funeral home in which he works as a den of sexual depravity, he auctions off a once in a lifetime opportunity with one of Hollywood’s most beloved starlets.

One bidder, however, has something else on his mind.
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)
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.

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?

Twenty years ago, the dead destroyed the world of the living. The survivors scattered in the wake of the Scourge, erecting small towns in the worlds' most sparsely populated areas.

For young Gabriel, the walking dead are merely the memories that haunt the eyes of those old enough and lucky enough to have survived. He is more concerned with his hard life in America's desert, where his chores keep him busy and the husks of books stashed beneath the cellar of the library are his only freedom.

Until the circus comes to town.

"Circus of the Dead" is a novelette of approximately 10,748 words.

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.

An ancient city, entombed beneath a museum that seeks to understand the brutal race that once inhabited the underground world.

A young woman with special empathic powers offered a job to create an exhibit of the city's artifacts.

Underneath, they wait for her.

Underneath is a ten-thousand word novelette, approximately fifty pages.

Unrelentingly suspenseful, The Glimpsing is the haunting tale of Portia Childress, a former model who discovers that her playboy ex-boyfriend Jack is having an affair with her best friend Gabrielle. Enraged to the point of murder, she offers Jack the painting of a woman in a brilliant red dress. Soon a mysterious woman begins to haunt his bedroom, determined to lead him and his lover deep into a paranormal world of vengeance and murder.

The Glimpsing is both eerie and unsettling, a crafty supernatural thriller that adds one layer of mystery to another until it culminates in a finale so explosive it becomes impossible to put down

After serving in the Pacific, Rick Conner returned from the war and opened a detective agency. He finds things, and his services don’t come cheap. An old buddy from the Corps points him toward a job. But his new client, the eccentric millionaire Lazlo Belzoni, puts Conner immediately on guard.

Belzoni claims to be a doctor but seems more of a mystic. He’s looking for a stone that was stolen from him. It’s supposed to be some kind of relic. Conner is skeptical, but what’s it to him as long as the good doctor pays top dollar. Rick finds the stone. And the moment he lays his hands on it, the game changes. He goes from hunting a thief to being hunted himself.

What’s stalking him is far worse than he ever could’ve imagined.

“A Chunk of Hell,” Steven Sidor’s prequel to his stunning new novel Pitch Dark, is a runaway train of a story that will draw you into an adventure that has only just begun.

A driven sculptor struggles towards a creative breakthrough, only to discover his small town’s twisted past has broken into the present through his efforts.

Something in the Cellar is a collection of two dark short stories. 

The title story follows a mother, Sandra, who is hiding a rather large secret in her cellar, in the form of her murdered husband. Struggling to do right by her child, Sandra tries to convince herself to face up to her fears. Does she have the courage to tackle the situation, and deal with the body once and for all? This story was first written in 2011, but makes its published debut here in revised form.

The year is 1888 and as Jack the Ripper begins his bloody campaign, the infamous serial killer is not alone. 
Who could possibly be more terrifying than Saucy Jack? 

Edward Sinistrari, Satanist and convicted murderer, escapes the gallows of Newgate Jail and plots his bloody revenge, orchestrating the `Autumn of Terror'. 

Following the escape of Sinistrari from the hangman's noose, Detective Chief Inspector Charles Collingwood is charged with the task of hunting him down. He is closing in on Sinistrari when his daughter Lucy is abducted; snatched by Sinistrari to be ritually sacrificed at a Satanic Black Mass. 

Can Collingwood save Lucy before she is brutally murdered? 

And who or what is Sinistrari?

Set many years after the zombie apocalypse, Hell Comes for the Hurried follows a group of weary survivors in their trek north through a wasteland of ruined cities and quickly takes a turn for the worse. Some things are worse than death; guilt and cowardice chief among them.

Short Story, approximate word count: 5, 277

What starts out as a relaxed dinner party with friends quickly turns into a nightmare for Tony Tanner as the clock rolls over to midnight. Thrust into a world where the only living things are the men and women who fall through the cracks of midnight, Tony must solve the riddle or die trying. 

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