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“Being a zombie, not so easy”. That could have been Dave Connor’s six word memoir.
“At first he couldn’t remember how he’d ended up in that shallow grave; he just knew it was hell to claw his way out, and that the taste of its dirt would remain in his mouth for the rest of his time on this earth”
Expect the unexpected in this existential resurrection thriller!
A teenage boy discovers more on Halloween than he bargained for. A child realizes his mother is a powerful witch. A hero comes to understand the truth of what lies within him. A hitman discovers he’s meant for more than breaking bones. Seven tales of terror fill the pages of this collection of short stories of the supernatural. Be prepared to have your spine chilled and your stomach churned. Not for the squeamish.
How chilling can a short book of short stories get? Evidently just this chilling. This is one scary book from an even scarier author – if the contents of this book are to be believed and I think they are. Don’t read these stories if you plan on sleeping soon after, but do intend on reading them.
– Holly Littlefingers, Smashwords.com
Hattie Locke has a gift: when she sings, the dead dig themselves from their graves to listen. As a death-siren, her life has always been this way.
Then the dead begin to show up in numbers far beyond expected. With each song she sings, they grow pushy and demanding, rushing the stage to reach her. Trapped in a place where her dreams of music become her nightmares, Hattie is left with nowhere to turn.
But then she meets a boy, who promises freedom from her curse.
Now Hattie wonders: is ridding herself of her voice worth losing the music she’s lived to create?
Quake: Echelon Press LLC, October 2009.
Voted Top Ten Young Adult Book for 2009 Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll!
Frank Fisher is nothing. He wants to be something. When a mysterious young woman named Bonnie offers assistance by injecting seeds of inspiration directly into his brain, Frank finds himself involved in a twisting mystery full of addiction, desperation and self-discovery. Broken Bulbs, a novella by Eddie Wright, tells the story of the lengths one young man will go in the pursuit of “somethingness.”
Praise for Broken Bulbs:
“…a brilliant and stunningly original work, by far the best novel I read in 2008.”
- Alternative Reel
“as authentic as they come, experimental without trying to be intentionally obscure, dark without making you doubt humanity, smart and energetic. In short, it’s great writing.”
“…it’s about obsession, self-negation, love, even God (“The Everything”), making Broken Bulbs an entirely unique take on a subject. It’s a science fictional, hard-boiled, poetic vision of drug addiction and hamsters (read it!) A great addition to a genre that has never existed before.”
- Self-publishing Review
“…this slim volume is the bastard child of Memento and William S Burroughs, absolutely not for the faint of heart nor for anyone seeking a nice, simple beach read.”
- Jason Pettus, The Chicago Center for for Literature and Photography
“An existentialist’s dream, the author has dug in deep and laid bare the raw emotion so candidly that we can actually feel the futility, the desperation, and the humour.”
“Philip Dick would be proud.”
- POD People
“…the absolute perfect spot-on portrait of the mind of an addict.”
“The first chapter alone is a nauseating churn of short choppy staccato sentences, random thoughts and actions, that read like beat poetry at a slam.”
“The whole thing is filled with crazy quips and one liners worthy of a high lighter so you can memorize and use them later.”
- The LL Book Review
“…strangely complex and fascinating.”
- Kaye Trout’s Book Reviews
You set the price
England may look like a peaceful island, but it swarms with ancient forces: old gods hungry for a touch of worship; mysterious spectres that can grant wishes, no matter how destructive those wishes might be; pre-historic cultural memories that can raise hungry spirits; and then there’s the mysterious haunted washing machine unhappy with the new detergents. To combat evil forces, the Church of England calls on a special breed of men (yes, they’re all men–and that is part of the problem). The Theological College of St. Van Helsing trains its students to combat evil forces–except when those students go renegade and fight their fellows.
With St. Van Helsing restricted to men only, women with talent lack a place for proper training, which makes them both dangerous and tempting targets for dark forces. Penny Bailey finds herself confronting a hungry fertility god, a misdirected love-spell and the horrors of the perfect diet.
Author Vanessa Knipe continues her stories out of St. Van Helsing (after 2008′s WITCH-FINDER) with another strong series of adventures. Knipe writes with a compelling mix of darkness and tongue-in-cheek humor. While theological students confronting evil by calling phrases from the Book of Common Prayer sounds amusing, Knipe makes it both real and dangerous. More so even than in WITCH-FINDER, darkness underpins these stories–the title, HARD LESSONS is definitely hard-earned.
Connie Hillman must come to grips with what happened in the remote Huron Mountains, where she survived an encounter with ghosts, giants and cannibalistic Weendigo.
Connie reflects on horrific events in the ancient Huron Mountains, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Her former lover (and PhD advisor) Phil Waverly stumbles upon an ancient ceremonial site, which he believes will prove his theory of a Pre-Columbian Bronze Age civilization in the Great Lakes region. Can Connie stop Phil from opening a portal between worlds?
This volume also includes The Buck of Mulligan Plains. Henry Kincaid is hunting the biggest buck he has ever seen. A renowned outdoorsman, Henry always sought to be at one with the northern wilderness. Yet he never dreamed of attaining his goal in quite this manner. Meanwhile his lover, Lilith Gordon, fears she will lose him forever.
Future volumes in this series will involve ghosts, ghost ships, succubi, enchanted fish, sea monsters, pirates, mermaids, haunted forests and haunted mines, Manitou, fairies, daemons, the Eater of Souls, and much more.
This book captures your interest in the beginning with Connie Hillman’s grandfather telling about an unusual character appearing to help him.
It builds from that to the strange happenings in the mountains.
– Betty L. Pfeiffer, Amazon.com
Zombies, it seems, are everywhere, hunting down humans, consuming brains, and generally engaging in poor hygene. Bob the Zombie, one of the rare ‘Type B’ intelligent zombies, discovers he has a knack for leadership, which is fortunate. Zombies need a lot of leadership.
Bob takes us through his adventures and problems, trying to keep his horde ali–uh, undead, worrying about what the human scientists are doing, and figuring out clever ways of using his not-so-clever brothers and sisters to do maximum damage to humans. Bob also has the odd moment to think about his former species–humanity–and wonder if what the zombies are doing to them is really so much worse than what they continually do to themselves.
FORWARD, SHAMBLE! is darkly funny, insightful and a lot of fun.
$3.99 (but only $1.00 until Dec 16, 2009)
Sue Lange again engages the mind as she entertains the senses through Uncategorized (publ: BookViewCafe.com), a collection of randomly genius short stories. Re-defining the aspect of “Theater of the Mind,” this progressive sci-fi author takes advantage of new multi-media tools that technology affords the modern reader. In this, her latest book, the short story meets old-time radio buckled up in a time machine and blasted into the future. In this thought-provoking collection, Lange grabs the reader with an “audio download” and segues into her eclectic set of short stories with the aggressive delivery of a beat poet and the timing of a stand-up comedian. Her Uncategorized readers are certain to be a good crowd, for they will find themselves laughing out loud and at the same time nodding in agreement. You can find Lange at her website.
When suffering grows too great, when injustice becomes overwhelming, when evil stomps with too heavy a boot, in those moments, justice and vengence become one. For those moments, the Skullmask lives. In appearance a simple leather mask in the shape of a skull, Skullmask gives its wearer the memories, skills, and physical ability of all of those who wore it before. The Skullmask demands only one thing–vengence.
Author Teel James Glenn creates a powerful adventure harkening back to the days of pulp fiction and ‘Weird Tales.’ Skullmask is priced at $3.99, but between now and November 12, it’s only $1.00.
Skullmask–its wearers can be killed, but Skullmask only gets stronger
Becoming a zombie is definitely a life-changing (or even unlife-changing) event. For Bob, Bob the Zombie, it’s an opportunity to discover his true self. Bob discovers he’s become one of the few intelligent zombies in the midst of a zombie infestation. It’s up to him to help his people escape from a Detroit surrounded by fully-human soldiers. Along the way, though, there have to be some chances for good eats.
Motor City Shambler is a charming first-person account of one zombie’s unlife and struggles. It’s only $3.99, but discounted to $1.00 between now and July 16 to celebrate its release.
$3.99, or $1.00 until 16/07
Horror, Humor, and Heroes is a collection of twelve short stories, one novella, and a preview for my next novel that should contain enough variety to entertain you readers. Sample some of my finest offerings, such as – a guardian wolf fearing the coming of man, a producer willing to do anything to bring the first pay per view live werewolf hunt to the world, a zombie running for congress, a vampire trying to get his life insurance company to pay up, a six year old girl, who makes a cookie people will do anything for, the story of the first child born on the Moon, or a draftee in a war against science gone awry. This collection includes the novella, Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. It is one of my favorite endeavors and anyone who has ever cracked open a comic book will appreciate this story about a down on his luck bad guy forced into the reluctant role of world savior. Also inside is a preview of my forthcoming series Battle Maidens.
Fast, Funny, and Fun
This is an excellent collection. I would say that I am not a huge reader of the horror genre, but none of the stories are what I consider to be truly “dark”. That being said, this isn’t a book for children. There are quite a few surprises, and Jim’s humor is out in force. Personal faves are “Charlie Horse”, “The Rally”, and “Confessions”. “Adventurer’s Beware” alone is worth the price of the book. Give it a try, you shouldn’t be disappointed.
– J. Spurk “book hammer”, Amazon.com
“There are stronger forces than a solitary woman’s prayers.”
In the ’70s Julia accompanied a mad man on an unforgettable road trip from Providence to Miami. She encountered demons, decadence and death. She was helpless and subservient as pain and blood became a fact of her life. She finally escaped from that hell on earth. However, the demons and the dead followed her throughout her life. For twenty-one years they came to her in dreams. They manifested onto her painter’s canvas and they called to her from the darkness.
When another murder occurs, true madness begins to unfold. Guilt, longing and terror erupt. A secret caller lures Julia to her descent, haunting and tempting her until she realizes that she must confront her past and perhaps the Devil himself.
“Sandy DeLuca’s Descent is an intelligent, wonderfully written, highly original tale that lures the reader deep into a labyrinth of nightmare landscapes and horrors that haunt the body, mind, and ultimately the soul.”
—Greg F. Gifune, author of Heretics,
The Bleeding Season, and Deep Night
Three years have passed since Isiah’s run in with Samuel Harrigan and the Devil. He has some time on his hands – a perfect opportunity to track down the evil Sorcerer, Harrigan’s mentor. It should have been a simple enough task, but the Sorcerer has more followers than Isiah ever imagined, and a plan bigger than anyone could have dreamed.
With the help of some powerful new friends Isiah desperately tries to track down the Sorcerer and his cult of blood before they manage to change the world forever.
In this long-awaited sequel to the highly acclaimed RealmShift, Baxter once again keeps a breathless pace and blistering intensity with gods, demons and humans entangled in magic and conflict. This is dark fantasy at its best.
“Don’t let fear of Yath-vados stand between you and a great read!” – Van Ikin – Editor, “Science Fiction”
“a fast paced supernatural adventure that will leave readers rethinking how they view the Cosmos.” – Julie Dawson – Bards & Sages
“…a gritty tale of blood rituals, mystery, and mysticism… grabs hold of the reader and doesn’t let go.” – David Wood, Author of Dourado and Cibola
“difficult to pin to any particular genre … fantastic qualities … horrific at times. “MageSign” is a great addition by Alan Baxter, and I highly recommend it.” – William Estep, clubreading.com
Two very different women flee into the Texas Hill Country on the first day of the zombie rising. Together they struggle to rescue loved ones, find other survivors, and avoid the hungry undead.
The best damn zombie novel ever!!!
It finally happened, the online sensation from a couple of years ago has reached book form. I read this story in its online serialized form, and even then, I thought it was ready for publication. But if you read it then, don’t worry, Ms. Frater has some surprises up her sleeve, it’s still the the most amazing zombie novel you will ever read.
But just calling it a zombie novel does not do it justice, it is an epic story, dealing with love, death, relationships, and redemption…and zombies of course. You will fall in love with many of the characters, and tear up when, as happens in zombie novels, some of them die. You will cheer on the characters in the fort, as they make their last stand against the zombie hordes, and you will hiss at the bad guys, as they try to take what they want for themselves.
Even if you are not a fan of zombie stories, you will love this one, I had a friend of mine at work, that had never even read a horror novel, much less a zombie novel, read this story, and she was floored. She absolutely fell in love with the characters, and actually cried right there at work when her favorite one died.
I don’t want to spoil anything, it is best read going in cold, so that you can discover the wonder and excitement of this book for yourself. Do yourself a favor, order it today, you will be glad you did, and you will be on pins and needles waiting for the second installment in the trilogy.
– Max, August 18, 2008, Amazon.com
In East Texas, a young woman awakens buried under the forest floor. After struggling out of her grave, she not only faces her terrible new existence but her sadistic creator, The Summoner. Abandoning her old life, she travels across Texas hoping to find answers to her new nature and find a way to defeat the most powerful Necromancer of all time.
Once again Rhiannon delivers the goods. If you have not already read her Zombie novel As The World Dies READ IT NOW. If your looking for more of her style of brilliant story telling then BUY THIS BOOK! She has taken the vampire genre and finally kicked it out of its romantic, pathetic grave and revitalized it fully. This book will draw you in from page 1. You will absolutely not want to stop until you’ve read the whole thing. Her characters will come alive and the pace of the novel will never let you down. It’s amazing. Everything Rhiannon touches is gold, pure gold.
I love it Rhiannon, give us MORE!
– Terrence Patrick Rooney
Chris Thomas is an aspiring writer trying his best to make it, a thing hard enough to do with a failing economy, the constant threat of terrorism, and a chaotic war bristling overseas. He thinks life simply couldn’t get any worse. But things can, and do, get worse. They always get worse. He—and the rest of the world—is quickly, and abruptly sucked into a thing of ancient evils hiding behind the modern horrors of the world’s greatest scientific minds. A thing shrouded in the enigmatic mysteries of a government agency keeping its secrets quiet even as their pet project pulls the world toward an ending no one expected, least of all them. Chris is faced with the duties and love of family, and a hellish journey home. But it is, he resolves, a thing he must do. If the world is about to end, he doesn’t want to face it alone. In the end Chris finds the story he knows he was born to write, but in the face of writing it, he is no longer sure he wants to live long enough to see it through.