Free horror Kindle books for 31 Oct 12

Her Lover's Touch

Her Lover’s Touch

by Allen Dusk

An unsettling short tale of desire not intended for the squeamish.

A woman trapped alone in a mansion during a severe storm is tormented by the emotions and desires building inside of her. Stranded in the dark with only her hands and imagination to satisfy her cravings, she is forced to travel down an unnatural path in search of the ultimate release.



Halloween: Loss of Blood and Innocence

Halloween: Loss of Blood and Innocence

by C.D. Carter

C.D. Carter brings you nine stories exploring Halloween’s darkest side, the side void of childlike innocence. From tales of unknowing murder to a little girl’s analytical mind rejecting Halloween’s mysticism to a religious fundamentalist’s plans to undermine the holiday’s celebration, “Halloween: Bloody Loss of Innocence” posits that Halloween is anything but a children’s day for candy and costumes. Warning: These stories may keep you away from any and all Halloween parties. Read with caution.



Hapless Halloween - Twenty-Five Twisted Tales Of Terror And Suspense

Hapless Halloween – Twenty-Five Twisted Tales Of Terror And Suspense

by Linda Sawicki

Twenty-five short tales based on Halloween written by members of a writers’ group in upstate New York. Suitable for an audience 14 and older, although some may have adult content. Illustrated by members of the group as well.

“A Vampire Smoothie” by Linda Sawicki: Despite being a vampire, Morris Beale of the infamous Bloody Beales needs to donate his blood in order to rectify a curse.

“Karen’s Kitchen” by Terry Le Feber: Not the place you want to have your last Halloween meal.

“Gray Eyes” by K.L. Gore: Lucas needs his mother to believe his innocence, even when the evidence points to his guilt.

“Marian the Librarian” by Ellen Sorce: Marian meets the man of her dreams and gives her the shock of a lifetime.

“Would Descartes Have Taken the Fifth” by David Ennocenti: Michael Merde, thief extraordinaire, discovers one can still trip over the best-laid plans.

“A Warning” a poem by Sally Steele: What could this creature be?

“Going Home” by David Scheg: When Wilfred forgets to perform a simple task the spirit world is disturbed.

“The Coastal Seashell” by Cristina Wilhelm and Desirae Saiers: Trusting a voodoo man may have consequences.

“A Byzantine Dream” by John Caligiuri: What might the final day of Constantine XI Palaiologos’ life be like?

“Sara Foley Rests in Peace” by John Steele: Tommy and Eric meet a very adamant ghost.

“You Can’t Escape the Grave” by S. Arthur Yates: In 15th century France, Gabrielle – a free-lance mercenary – has to deal with a day beyond her wildest imagination. Situations that take her so far outside the world, she may not make it back.

“The Charge” by S. Arthur Yates: an extremely short story with a twist.

“A Ghost Story” by Sally Steele: There’s something not quite right at the Parker house.

“Barnaby’s Story” by Sally Steele: Baranby’s wife is about to have a baby, but he encounters a surprise on the way to fetch the doctor.

“Frozen” by Elle A. Rose: Verick lives on what is formerly known as earth, and Halloween takes on an entirely different meaning these days.

“Another Halloween” by Tippi Young: memories of her father on Halloween, 1945.

“Three Knocks at the Door” by M.E. Farruggia: Her father made a promise to her for Halo Day. Can he keep it?

“Faulty Foundation” by Carol DuPré: Selling a house can be freeing in so many ways.

“The Assignment” by Joe Tersigni: Shortly after Bridgett walks into his classroom, Professor Stoughton is summoned to rid the world of evil. Could there be a connection?

“Homeless” by Phillip Tomasso: Safety means constant vigilance for Char and Kyle. Can they avoid the dead?

“My Mask and My Halloween Epiphany” by Melanie Blow: A bad dream leads to harsh reality.

“Old School” by Pat Gore: Meeting with a professor proves to be a macabre learning experience for a student.

“Lightning by the Fire” by Mark Payton: These aren’t ordinary lightning bugs.

“The Healer” by Kate Stanford: Being a witness to an important woman’s death seals her fate.

“Fright Night” by Marie DeSimone: After a car accident, Van and Nat meet the oddest of situations.

“The Mad Hatter of Wardroom Cemetery” by K.G. Wehner: Mama Hattie discovers that the best revenge is success.



THE FEEDING - SHORT TALES OF HORROR AND MYSTERY (HORROR AND FICTION)

THE FEEDING – SHORT TALES OF HORROR AND MYSTERY (HORROR AND FICTION)

by Sean Beckz

Optimized for Kindle!

9 absorbing short stories without hope

“Who knows Beckz short stories knows that he can not expect a happy ending” Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger (Cologne Newspaper)

“The Feeding”. It contains 9 absorbing horrifying short stories. It is made with 55 pages and 187 KB as its file size on its soft copy. These compiled short stories are made in different kinds of horror stories including science fiction and others. The author of this book is Sean Beckz. He is a German horror fiction writer also known for his works full of despair. It is a mixture science fiction and horror stories. Like any other horror stories format, fear is slowly build up with unexpected ending. You will never expect to have happy ending when it comes to Sean Beckz works. If you find it pity for you, it means that this book is not for you. One of the stories included in the collections was also produced and also narrated in the radio.”



Annie's Trail (A Vardes Chronicle)

Annie’s Trail (A Vardes Chronicle)

by Aunt T Pathfinder

A descendent of Millie Cheavers, although unknowingly, Annie Pierson had responsibilities to the planet Vardes which no other bloodline had, obligations which pulled her out of her comfortable world and on the run as she struggled to understand her new abilities. She ran from the Priests of Vardavrish who wanted to control her abilities and also from the Five Families who enjoyed seeing Millie’s descendents die.

Healing a two hundred year old train wreck, cleansing the false time trapping hundreds of souls, Annie had no doubt she must answer the call of Vardes and heal the other souls clustered on her surface, souls she could sense in her mind as reflections calling her forward. But with so many souls, Annie was unsure where to start.

That’s when Michael came forward, a shape changer hidden at her side since she was three years old, himself only a boy when he swore to protect her, to love her.



The Haunting of Reindeer Manor (The Haunted Houses of Anderson)

The Haunting of Reindeer Manor (The Haunted Houses of Anderson)

by Kevin Guest

See the video trailer on youtube!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bznv-3hNQUc

Dr. Jonathan Anderson, chair of the psychology department of Dallas’s most prestigious university, received a rejection letter on his life’s work. The next day, October 31, 2008, he got a second chance, an article confirming the existence of ghosts at the infamous Reindeer Manor.

The current owner, who only goes by Andy, has been running the property as a Halloween attraction for years. However, it’s not the attraction that is of interest to Anderson, but rather its true history.

Upon visiting the manor, he struck a deal with the owner to rent the entire property for five days, under the condition that all Halloween props are removed.

Unfortunately for Dr. Anderson, he got his way…



TALES FROM TWO-BIT STREET AND BEYOND... PART I (TALES FROM H.E.L.)

TALES FROM TWO-BIT STREET AND BEYOND… PART I (TALES FROM H.E.L.)

by Drienie Hattingh

This book consists of spooky stories, written by twelve local authors, Lynda West Scott, Drienie Hattingh, Wendy Toliver, Christy Monson, Patricia Bossano, Michele McKinnon, Dimitria VanLeeuwen, Sandee Martin Drake, Kera Erickson, Rod Cohen, Brenda Hattingh and Caroll Shreeve. The stories are based on legends of Historic 25th Street, Ogden, Utah. This street used to be Ogden’s red-light district where many a murder took place. Al Copone reportedly said that this town is too rough for him.

Susan Squires: New York Times best-selling author of Companion Series, Da Vinci Time Travel Series and The Children of Merlin Novels. “These stories present plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning pages. Historic 25th Street is a living character in this anthology. We see it in its violent youth, its seedy downfall, and its resurrection as the historic center of a vibrant present. You’ll feel like you know the street, no matter where you live.”

Stan Trollip: Co-author of international award-winning best-sellers: A Carrion Death, Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu and Death of the Mantis. “Two-Bit Street and Beyond is a delightâ??a collection of short stories that bring to life the creepy past of Ogden’s historic 25th Street. Curl up and enjoy a wonderful read.”

Patrick Burns: Star of TruTV’s Haunting Evidence and co-author of The Other Side: A Teen’s Guide to Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. “After reading Tales from Two-Bit Street and Beyond, I’d love to spend a month exploring 25th Street and investigating the many paranormal tales shared by the writers of this book. The stories are quick to read and each one immediately draws you into the lives of the narrator and their brushes with ghostly unexplained encounters.”

Carolyn Campbell: Author of three nationally-published books and 800 magazine articles in People, Redbook, Ladies’ Home Journal and Writer’s Digest. “This atmospheric and well-written collection of compelling stories is embodied with deftly rendered visions of the character of a city, intriguing insights into a variety of engaging personalities and fascinating revelations of a town’s colorful history, all sprinkled with a generous dollop of ghostly and mysterious fun. Pull up a chair and get ready to enjoy this spooky and spectacular treat!”

Caroll Shreeve: Author of Life Is Good, Victorian Details and The Wind Remembers. “Thirteen tease-your-mind stories enthrall with spooky twists guaranteed to give you shivers. The art of the short story is not dead. Neither are some mysterious ephemera you’ll meet wafting through this book!”

Natalie Curtis Pace: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. President of the League of Utah Writers (2010.) “From You’re Only Young Once, to Secrets of a Two-Bit Artist’s Model, expect to be entertained with stories of adventure, drama and ghosts. Each author’s twists and turns about Two-Bit Street keep you wanting more. Historic 25th Street is brought to life with the stories of the ghosts who call it home. The eerie tales will chill you to the bone, leaving you guessing about what is real. These are ghost stories at their best.”

Shanna Francis: Editor of The Ogden Valley News. “Take a walk back through time down Ogden’s most colorful street and relive the history, hauntings, and even horror that contributed to its nefarious reputation. This collection of hauntingly eerie tales by some of the area’s top up-and-coming authors will carry you on an unforgettable ride that you don’t want to miss, one guaranteed to leave you hanging onto the edge of your seat. You won’t want to put the book down once you’ve turned the first page; when you turn the last, you’ll be left hoping the stories will continue on. An excellent collection of short stories for a broad range of readers.”



Progeny

Progeny

by Patrick C. Greene

Owen Sterling is a reclusive author living in a secluded house deep in the woods. When he welcomes his son Chuck for a summer visit, the eleven-year-old suspects something is not right at his father’s home. His worries mount when he witnesses a confrontation between his father and some local hunters.

Zane Carver is the local gun-shop owner who confronts the author over Owen’s refusal to let anyone on his land for hunting or camping. He defies the recluse, taking a hunting party onto Owen’s property.

Soon, Zane and his buddies discover the writer’s secret . . . a deadly secret; a creature whose infinite rage they have unwittingly ignited . . . that is now hunting them.



Dark Passage

Dark Passage

by Griffin Hayes

Praise for the work of Griffin Hayes

“Nail-biters beware: Griffin Hayes will have you chewing off your arm!”
— Hugh Howey, best-selling author of WOOL

“Griffin Hayes brings to-the-point characterizations, a crisp writing style, and well-written action scenes.”
— Keith C. Blackmore, best-selling author of MOUNTAIN MAN



something black...

something black…

by Steven Montano

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 blackâ?¦

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

WARNING: Very violent, and filled with apocalyptic images of death and foul language. Not for young readers.

About the Author
Steven Montano spent years as an accountant who dreamed of being a writer before he realized, at long last, that the two weren’t mutually exclusive. Maintaining both jobs while raising a family, however, has driven him mostly insane.

Steven is the author of the popular Blood Skies series. He lives in Washington State with the coolest family in the universe.

Visit Steven’s official website, bloodskies.com



Are We There Yet? (Dark Crossings: Short Stories. Killer Endings.)

Are We There Yet? (Dark Crossings: Short Stories. Killer Endings.)

by Sean Platt

UPDATE: The full collection of six Dark Crossings shorts can now be found in Dark Crossings Volume 2 at one low price. www.amazon.com/dp/B0095PJOC6/

“Are We There Yet?” A Dark Crossings Short Story (Short Stories. Killer Endings.)

From the authors of the hit post-apocalyptic serial “Yesterday’s Gone” comes another dark ride into the unknown with the short story “Are We There Yet?”
Jay Stephens is a philanderer on his way to meet a lover. When he runs into some roadwork, he realizes he’s gonna be late. Fortunately, he has his trusty voice-activated GPS system, April.
April is reliable, has a sexy British accent, and has always helped him get to where he’s going . . . until now.
Jay is about to take an unexpected detour from reality and into the dark realms of “Dark Crossings.”
“Are We There Yet?” is a 6,600 word short horror story.

BONUSES INCLUDED IN THIS EBOOK:

Author’s Note for “Are We There Yet?”
The 13,000 word novella from the first Dark Crossings collection, “The Watcher.”
The first two chapters of the post-apocalyptic serial, “Yesterday’s Gone: Episode One”
The first two chapters of the paranormal dark fantasy serial, “ForNevermore: Episode One”
For a total of 34,100 words.

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Entanglement

Entanglement

by Maya Panika

There’s a serial killer on the loose and Angel Copperwheat knows his name, but the murderer is long dead and using Angel to power his quest to become a God. The police think Angel’s the murderer and maybe he is?

A tale of mirror worlds, kidnapped souls, murderous ghosts, quantum physics and the power of love.

Angel Copperwheat lives on the bubble-thin surface of what we call reality, surrounded by ghosts and the fractured moments of potential futures, living in more than one world. Angel has spent his life studying quantum physics, the magic of shamans, religions and myths and the threads that bind them, seeking the science of death and the afterlife, believing that nothing is inexplicable, merely unexplained, and always in hope of finding the answer to his biggest question, why me? Since he was a child, newly returned from the dead, Angel used his abilities selfishly, meddling with time and space in search of elusive happiness and the love he feels he doesn’t deserve.
The Reverend Forster, Vicar of St Swithun’s, knows who Angel is and what he is. Forster has tapped the cracks Angel opened in reality and used it to steal souls from the living, taking their power to fuel his quest to become a God. The empty bodies have been possessed by wandering ghosts and now Angel’s dull English home-town is a mess of blood, rape and murder. The dispossessed souls have charged Angel with putting the universe to rights; can Angel close the rift, restore lost souls to life, remain alive and keep his darkest secret, while holding on to the hard-won love of his friends in the now, the past and future?



Unrelenting Terror

Unrelenting Terror

by P.S. Power

Happy Halloween!

I love you, so please take this and be free. There isn’t much time left to find the way at all. I need you to remember now, and not live in the shadows of your mind anymore. Please come back to me…

This is the book that so many have been trying to suppress since it came out.

It isn’t for the weak, or the cowardly, at all. Many have read it and complained about the effects, which has caused more than a little controversy about the work. Have it for free today only, and save your copy, even if you can’t get yourself to read it, due to fear, because I don’t know how much longer it will be allowed out in the world.

What you’ve heard isn’t an urban legend…

There is a rumor a thing you’ve heard, an urban legend if you will. Some people in dark circles that know about such things claim that there’s a book that causes the person that reads it to be plagued by ghosts, spirits and possibly other, less savory, things.

This one, in fact.

It’s true.

Before you buy this, remember to ask yourself if you’re truly ready to experience the darkest things imaginable, because once you start reading, you will. Once you take that step there is no going back, no matter how much you wish it to be so. Please consider your actions carefully and commit to this when you’re ready, because some things should never be taken lightly. There is risk to starting this, but it doesn’t out weight the rewards. Not if you’re strong enough to face the truth.

There are things in the dark… waiting for you.

About the story:

This is a tale about a person very like yourself, who has lost the only person they’ve ever loved and seeks the power to get them back.

But there is a price for doing some things, and it must be paid in full. Always.

Special note from the author:

This book is literally meant to cause you to experience a haunting. Don’t say you weren’t warned later. Don’t complain to Amazon to have the positive reviews removed wither, just because it’s too scary for you. Things will happen to you, some of them far more intense than you expect, and it’s your own choice. Then again, life isn’t meant to be held at arms length, but rather lived to the fullest. This is a great place to start expanding horizons.



Angel in the Shadows, Book 1 (The Angel Series)

Angel in the Shadows, Book 1 (The Angel Series)

by Lisa Grace

The difference between vampires and angels? Angels are real.

Books 1 and 2 are in preproduction for a major movie through Motion Picture Pro Studios, which has been involved with five academy award winning movies.
Fifteen-year-old Megan Laughlin has a gift–or what seems like a curse at times. Megan sees angels and demons.
Megan knows her destiny is to protect her friends against dark angels who try to sway them into situations that can destroy their lives, their souls, and their eternity.
At school, she recognizes Judas, an über popular boy, as an evil angel hell-bent on destroying her and everyone she loves. As Judas spreads horrible rumors and overdoses two of her classmates at a rave, Megan realizes the enormity of his power. While classmates die, Megan, with the help of an angel, Johnny, and a team of friends will face the fight of their lives as they battle Judas.

Megan thinks God hasn’t given her any “special” powers, but discovers she has what she needs as she confronts Judas and his seemingly unconquerable power.

“Ms. Grace rocks the originality!” werevampsromance.org

“Lisa Grace creates a supernatural world, where the heroine is 100 percent human – a brilliant alternative to the vampire novels. If this is her first novel – I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for readers. A page-turner from start to finish.”  -Alexis Del Cid, CBS NEWS, KOIN-TV, Portland, Oregon

“Lisa Grace is a talented and exciting author. Suspense drips off each page. I look forward to her next work.” -Gretchen Hegelson, Book Reviewer, Phoenix, Arizona



The Goat (Signs and Sacrifices Series)

The Goat (Signs and Sacrifices Series)

by Melissa Yost-Haynes

The Goat, Volume 1, Signs and Sacrifices Series (3,686 Words, 31 pages)



Fat Vampire

Fat Vampire

by Johnny B. Truant

From the author of “The Bialy Pimps” comes a story of fangs and fast foodâ?¦

+++++

When overweight treadmill salesman Reginald Baskin finally meets a co-worker who doesn’t make fun of him, it’s just his own bad luck that tech guy Maurice turns out to be a thousand-year-old vampire.

And when Maurice turns Reginald to save his life, it’s just Reginald’s own further bad luck that he wakes up to discover he’s become the slowest, weakest, most out-of-shape vampire ever born, doomed to “heal” to his corpulent self for all of eternity.

As Reginald struggles with the downsides of being a fat vampire — too slow to catch people to feed on, mocked by those he tries to glamour, assaulted by his intended prey and left for undead — he discovers in himself rare powers that few vampires haveâ?¦ and just in time too, because the Vampire Council might just want his head for being an inferior representative of their race.

Fat Vampire is the story of an unlikely hero who, after having an imperfect eternity shoved into his grease-stained hands, must learn to turn the afterlife’s lemons into tasty lemon danishes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Johnny B. Truant is the author of “The Bialy Pimps” and the breakout “How To Be Legendary” (available at HowToBeLegendary.com) and is one of the co-hosts the popular “Better Off Undead” podcast with “Yesterday’s Gone” authors Sean Platt and David Wright. Both Better Off Undead and the trio’s Self Publishing Podcast are available on iTunes.



She's Not So Ordinary (The Chosen)

She’s Not So Ordinary (The Chosen)

by C.A. Milson

C.A.Milson’s new horror installment in “The Chosen” series, and based on the screenplay, “This Is No Ordinary Girl”.

Laura was once a girl who had everything to live for. A loving fiancee, a great job and two cats. That was until Jamiesonn came into her life, and in a whirlwind, everything she had was gone.

For the next 18 months, her life spiralled out of control, until “he” came along. Garry was charming, witty, and in a way, a light in the darkness.

But Laura is not all she seems to be, and her secret will be revealed.



Monsters (Horror Stories) (Tales of Terror Series)

Monsters (Horror Stories) (Tales of Terror Series)

by Christopher Fulbright

Christopher Fulbright’s Tales of Terror, Vol. 2: MONSTERS serves up six stories of beasts, creatures, and unnatural things that stalk the night. A mother and her daughter face a deadly manifestation of guilt when government weather control experiments go awry; a lonely werewolf has a rough night on the town but finds love in the unlikeliest of places; an ancient sailing vessel carries some savage cargo; a detective’s search for a missing couple at their backwoods home leads him to a staggering discovery of awesome, and horrifying, proportions. These tales and others complete this 21,000-word feast of frights.

Christopher Fulbright is the author of short stories, novellas, and full-length novels of fantasy and horror. His short stories have appeared in many venues–webzines, magazines, and anthologies–since 1993. Fulbright received the Richard Laymon President’s Award in 2008 from the HWA, and his short stories have received honorable mentions in “The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror” and “Best Horror of the Year.” Now he has complied some of his favorite works published over the past twenty years into these six volumes â?¦ tales of fright, tales of wonder, tales of witchery â?¦ TALES OF TERROR.

“Fulbright’s prose is every bit as sharp as America’s great pulp writers, yet there’s a humanity and a depth to his characters that has, on several occasions, left me slack-jawed in amazement. Fulbright is tough, passionate, and capable of scaring you like you haven’t been scared since childhood.” â??Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker award winning author of FLESH EATERS and MUTATED

“Christopher Fulbright’s fiction is steeped in the classic pulp tradition, yet is always fresh, original, and wholly entertaining. If you want an author who can actually deliver terror, look no further. Fulbright’s future is bright indeed.” â??Brian Keene, Bram Stoker award winning author of THE RISING and GHOUL

“Christopher Fulbright’s prose is lean and mean as a starving bobcat. As you read, you feel each sentence come straight from its claws, quick and sharp. By the end, you realize you’ve just been eaten â?¦ and liked it.” â??Charlee Jacob, Bram Stoker award winning author of DREAD IN THE BEAST and STILL



Cinema of Shadows

Cinema of Shadows

by Michael West

“West simultaneously warms the heart and chills the soul.” ~ Horror-Web



True Nature

True Nature

by Jere Ellison

Five years have passed since the Fall of the planet to the hordes of mindless, savage undead. Those not killed have learned to eke out a life of survival. The Ryder family is one such group, but when their father falls ill, siblings Jim and Katy must travel back into the nearby city of Baker’s Fort to get medicine. Katy sees this as an adventure, but Jim is haunted by the memories of the last days in that city.

While the wodies–short for “walking bodies”–are a threat, Jim and Katy soon learn the Clans of survivors in the city are much more dangerous. The siblings strike a deal with one such Clan: Help the Clan, and receive the medicine they need for their father. What starts as a supply run, however, quickly spirals out of control. As Jim and Katy travel further down the dark rabbit hole, they enter increasing horrors. Jim promises not to repeat the past, but can he stand against a darkness so great? Can Jim learn to resist the lifestyles the Clans have adopted, or will he find that savagery really is our truest nature?



The Fool's Journey

The Fool’s Journey

by Kristina Jackson

Witnessing a tragic crime at work brings Moira’s career dreams crashing down around her ears. An encounter engineered by fate brings hope of a fresh start.

Moving to a sleepy village in Wales, the city girl’s status quo shifts as she learn to heed the call of her tarot cards and her budding instincts as a witch and one-sided conversations with her new home’s ghostly guardian.

Her path seems straightforward but first she must solve the mystery of the chest in the attic and the handsome stranger next door.



Pray You Die Alone: Horror Stories

Pray You Die Alone: Horror Stories

by Andersen Prunty

A short story collection from Andersen Prunty, author of FUCKNESS and HI I’M A SOCIAL DISEASE. Contains “The Summer of Flies”, “Deathtripping in New Orleans”, “Durning”, “Air Cathedral”, “The Nowhere Room”, “Black Rosita’s Man”, and “Rayles.”



Darkness

Darkness

by Sheri Ann Richerson

Darkness, it’s inevitable, or is it? Green eyes appear every night, hiding their true identity behind the veil of darkness, inducing tortuous feelings that words can’t begin to describe. What type of creature waits patiently behind those piercing eyes, waiting for just the right moment to show themselves? Is it possible to fight them and win? Only time will tell if the green eyes that peer out on the darkest night will claim yet another innocent soul.



The Writing on the Wall

The Writing on the Wall

by Julie Morrigan

What if you only had as many days left to live as there are letters in your name?

What if an invisible hand shaped your destiny?

What if your night terrors were real?

These and other questions are posed in The Writing on the Wall, a collection of what might loosely be described as â??weird fiction’: strange happenings, dangerous artefacts, curses, cannibals, and witches. The stories tell of a world where no one is quite who you think they are and nothing is quite what it seems.

The collection comprises six short stories â?? including the prize-winning The Black Dog, a ghost story with a traditional feel that has been described as being in the style of M.R. James â?? plus the terrifying novelette-length title story.

A bonus story, Steven Miscandlon’s Frigid Air, will have you checking the contents of your refrigerator every half hour. Or possibly never opening the door again.

Prepare for chills and terror as you encounter the unusual, the unsettling and the downright horrific in The Writing on the Wall. Light the lamps. Lock the door. And whatever you do, don’t look behind you.



The Murder of Crows

The Murder of Crows

by David H. Sharp

When the sky is drenched with death, there is nowhere to hide.
Deep in forest the mutant crows were growing ever restless. Feasting on the indigenous wild life they had stripped the national park to its very bones. Now their cravings had pushed them in a search for other sources of flesh. Picking off lone walkers and weekend ramblers they had started to satisfy their bloodlust. But now the murder of crows was multiplying and their hunger was increasing, the thirst for human flesh was now too much to bear. Soon they would leave the darkness of their forest to enter the surrounding towns and city. No man woman or child would ever be safe again. The hunters had now become the hunted.



Winds of Change

Winds of Change

by Jason Brannon

A shooting star marks the beginning nightmares for the small town of Crowley’s Point. Those who venture outdoors instantly transform into piles of salt. Is it the result of biological experimentation gone awry? A terrorist’s plot? Or is it the fulfillment of a horrific Biblical prophecy?

Among those stranded in the local hardware store are a newlywed couple who may be hiding a secret, a hard-living family of four who are known primarily for their aversion to the law, and an elderly man that found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. As the carnage spreads and the mystery deepens, those trapped inside stumble across clues that hint at fallen angels, omens, and widespread bloodshed. And all signs indicate that one of the group who isn’t what they seem.

Will the survivors root out the impostor before it’s too late? Or will they all themselves transformed into piles of salt, blown asunder by Winds of Change?

“It is a rare treat to find a modern horror writer whose work is truly a mirror of the darkest corners of the world we all share. Jason Brannon is one to watch.”–Stephen Susco, screenwriter THE GRUDGE and PULSE

“A wild ride and then some… I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!”–James Newman, author of
MIDNIGHT RAIN

“Should make it to everyone’s must read list.”–James A. Moore, author of SERENITY FALLS



Drink for the Thirst to Come

Drink for the Thirst to Come

by Lawrence Santoro

Here There Be Monsters: The fifteen stories of Drink for the Thirst to Come lead the reader into the darkest corners of the imagination. The people who inhabit these places are demons or angels; here, life ends horribly or stretches to the darkest eternity. Here, the world dies whimpering, ends with a bang, or goes down with the clack of a billion tiny teeth. Here, you’ll find all the standard tropes, vampires, zombies, ghosts, ghouls. You may not recognize them, not right away. They might be standing in a quiet corner or walking in a sunny field or seated next to you on a bus, they might be pulling up to the gas pump or, hell, they might be you, sitting there, reading the book.



Flux

Flux

by Mark R Faulkner

Iain is looking forward to the weekend when a number nineteen bus shatters his body, but broken bones are the least of his worries.

In this disturbing yet darkly funny novel, Iain’s near death experience is not a vision of exquisite godliness with light at the end of a tunnel. Instead he experiences a place of darkness and heat, inhabited by foul creatures, the sounds of suffering and a beast.

During a long recovery Iain becomes plagued by nightmares and premonitions, shadowy apparitions, a magpie, and a vile old man. They all have a message, that something wants Iain and it won’t give up easily.

Iain’s friends do their best to cheer him up in the best ways they know how, until the unexpected events of one sunny afternoon mean that he is on his own, caught up in the age old battle of good versus evil.



Dark Crossings: (Short Stories. Killer Endings)

Dark Crossings: (Short Stories. Killer Endings)

by Sean Platt

From the creators of the groundbreaking post-apocalyptic series Yesterday’s Gone, and the vampire thriller Available Darkness, comes six unforgettable short stories, daring you to experience the darkness of their worlds.

Available as single stories or in the full collection, Dark Crossings is best enjoyed with the lights on.

PULL THE TRIGGER — Ellie’s husband owes money to some powerful people. The only way she can save his life is to do one “simple” job — retrieve a mysterious box and kill the courier. But can Ellie pull the trigger? Nothing is at it seems in this pulse-pounding mysterious thriller.

CHRIS WAKES UP — You know those zombie stories where survivors must make their way through a world plagued by walking dead? This is a tale from a zombie’s perspective, as Chris wakes up infected, alone, and hungry. As he struggles to hold onto his humanity, he finds himself the unlikely protector of a young girl seeking safety. Can he protect her from others? Can he protect her from himself?

RESPERO DINNER — In the not-too-distant future, Xavier is the guest of honor at an exclusive dinner. It’s a night filled with friends, family, and regrets. Respero Dinner is a thought provoking tale of love, loss, and the choices we make in life.

THE VISITOR — Blind and dying, writer Mary Fletcher is waiting out her final days in a nursing home. Unlike most of the other residents, Mary refuses to dwell on the past –until a mysterious visitor shows up. A visitor who sounds exactly like the love of her life who she believed to be dead. Who is he? What does he want?

DINER FADED — Zach hops into his car and hits the open road, angry and eager to put a couple of states between he and his girlfriend. Zach pulls into a diner, hungry and with a gas tank on fumes. He gets more than he ordered and something he may never escape.

THE WATCHER — Since the death of his young daughter, Frank Grimm’s life has completely unravelled. Barely connected with his wife, he now sits in his home office, watching his neighbors live their lives. And when nobody’s looking, he sometimes breaks into their homes. There’s only one house on his street he hasn’t broken into. And then one day he sees someone in the window of that house . . . watching him.



Jeepers Reapers (The Reaper Series)

Jeepers Reapers (The Reaper Series)

by Melissa Yost-Haynes

Jeepers Reapers Volume 1 The Reaper Series (5,279 Words, 37 Pages)



Freya (Ereptor, Story One)

Freya (Ereptor, Story One)

by Brad Sewell

“In a world of zombies, I killed humans.”

As humanity struggles to survive a global catastrophe fueled by reanimated corpses, seventeen-year old Sandra struggles to cope with life in the new reality while mourning the deaths of her parents. Her father’s dying grin and request for a dignified death marks Sandra for a new role in a new life. Survivors give her one task while they strive to reclaim all that was lost.

Kill the living.

Renamed Freya, she and others like her are told to kill the most freshly infected. While Soldiers shoot and kill zombies, Freya looks into knowing eyes as she pulls the trigger. What toll will the shattered world take on the next-generation goddess?

This story is a novelette, approximately 14,500 words in length.



Satan`s Vertebrae (The Revealing)

Satan`s Vertebrae (The Revealing)

by Natas Reverse

A world much like ours spins in a dark direction, as an underlying fire builds in relation to a form of cable T.V. fueling the battle between good and evil.
So much is riding on the choices made by a powerful corporate family that is now almost extinct! The Vertebrae will take you`re eyes on a journey of witch is misted with drugs, smathered in the fight game, encrusted in a high society underworld, where true redemtion is promised through just pain.
The type of hurt that is only felt, through absolute loss. By the end of this dark tunnel a true hero for the comman man will fight forward.
Satan`s Vertebrae is pure occult, it has been described as unusual and engaging. This story is the first step of a very strange revealing, and should be entered with respect and caution.



Electric Chair or Taser Fried Malicious Deaths: Good Cop, Bad Cop

Electric Chair or Taser Fried Malicious Deaths: Good Cop, Bad Cop

by Melissa Yost-Haynes

Electric Chair or Taser Fried Malicious Deaths: Good Cop, Bad Cop Second Edition (9,439 words 109 pages)



We Are Only Human

We Are Only Human

by Melissa Yost-Haynes

We Are Only Human (3,591; 42 pages)



NECESSARY EVIL

NECESSARY EVIL

by Janelle Taylor

1990 – Atlanta, Georgia

Is there a serial killer on the prowl? Or is someone just yanking the blindfold off Lady Justice?

“The Bible says, “If men strive, and hurt a womanâ?¦
He shall be punished. Though shalt give life for life.
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand,
Foot for foot, Burning for burning,
Wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”
I say, “Heaven and victims raged
As another beast was set free.
Taking an eye for an eye was left up to me.
If Justice is blind or her hands are bound,
Rejoice, Good Citizens, for I am around.”

It was signed The Avenger in typed print

Now justice had a name and Lt. Dan Mallory and his squad had to stop him from avenging heinous crimes against women.

But The Avenger proved smarter and more deadly than any killer they had ever
tracked. No clues. No forensics. Nothing – but a trail of mutilated bodies of men the courts had set free on technicalities.

Were the victims connected? And were they really victims or just finally paying for their crimes?

Lt. Dan Mallory had his suspicions. Crime reporter James Starr knew more than he should about The Avenger and his victims. And Starr also knew more than he should about Mallory’s past.

New York Times bestselling author Janelle Taylor brings you a psychological thriller that will shock you with its intensity as she takes you into the darkest regions of revenge. When justice really becomes blind, the Avenger steps in and becomes a Necessary Evil

NECESSARY EVIL is not for the faint of heart.

GRITTY DARK GRAPHIC VIOLENT SPELL-BINDING

A page turner that will leave your heart pounding – and make you check the locks on your doors and windows

Warning – this book and its violent scenes and language is for mature audiences only.

NECESSARY EVIL also gifts you with the first chapters from Janelle Taylor’s next psychological thrillers: UNNECESSARY EVIL and DANGEROUS DECEPTIONS



Darling: A Companion For Devil

Darling: A Companion For Devil

by J. Paul Stephens

This is the second of three novelettes designed to introduce the main characters for a capstone novel entitled Ember due Autumn, 2013.

Read Devil and Darling! They’re great fun for horror fans!

Darla has always been an outsider but when she discovers her birthright she begins to accept that it should have always been the others that where on the outside looking in.



Weeping Willows

Weeping Willows

by B. J. Robinson

A young couple tries to outlast another couple and survive a haunted mansion to win a honeymoon in Hawaii. Angela peeked out the window. “They’re beautiful. What are they?”
“Beautiful and deadly if ingested.” Kevin stressed. “Oleander bushes.”
Angela glanced out the window again. “They sure bloom beautiful flowers. It’s hard to think something so pretty could be so deadly.”
“Yes, their beauty is deceptive, like a woman.”
When I was a little girl, Daddy was in the process of building my mother a home on an Angie, Louisiana red cliff. I remember standing on the edge and looking down into what was an abyss to me. Of course, I was small so perhaps that cliff wasn’t as high as it appeared and the gulley may not have been as deep. This story was born out of that experience and the use of my writer’s imagination. Daddy sold the house in Angie before he finished it and moved us to another part of Louisiana so Mom could be near her people. He knew he wouldn’t be around much longer. We lost him when I was four on Christmas Day, so I have only my early childhood memories of Angie, Louisiana, which neighbored Bogalusa, Louisiana, and a paper mill we could smell when the wind blew. When the wind blew just right, we could still smell it all those miles away in our new Louisiana home. This is a contemporary short story set in Louisiana.



Cultivating Love

Cultivating Love

by Linn Henderson

Sometimes relationships should die. Sometimes boyfriends should go away — and stay that way. And sometimes an ax makes a better best friend than any diamond.

Includes a sample from The Bee Lady’s Amulet, also by Linn Henderson.



Dead Beat

Dead Beat

by Remy Porter

Haven, Population: 2000.
A place where Johnny sleepwalks the beat, counting down the hours to the end of another police shift. Burying the secret deeper.

But this is the day the world ends. The infection has spread unchecked, and now the dead have domain. Johnny is thrown into a fight to survive. The shattered community around him willing to do anything to stay alive.

But as putrefacted bodies close in, it’s the villager’s rotten hearts he begins to fear the most … And beyond them the puppetmasters who started it all.



Magia Rising

Magia Rising

by Monique O’Connor James

New Orleans is teeming with warring witch clans. Their world goes unnoticed by the people of the city,unseen by the masses. Nixon was one of those people, oblivious to the battles brewing around him. That is, until his eighteenth birthday.

Abandoned and on his own after the deaths of his parents…he’d grown used to being alone. Now he’s discovering strange powers, learning secrets about his ancestors, and falling for the wrong girl–or is she the right one? In this new world he can trust no one…even the dead tell lies. Friends are enemies,
and enemies hide the truth. Who can he trust? What’s real and what’s illusion?



What Would Boricio Do? (Dark Crossings)

What Would Boricio Do? (Dark Crossings)

by David Wright

UPDATE: The full collection of six Dark Crossings shorts can now be found in Dark Crossings Volume 2 at one low price. www.amazon.com/dp/B0095PJOC6/

For fans of “Yesterday’s Gone” and “Dexter,” comes a killer with no remorse and just two rules.

From the writers of the post-apocalyptic serial thriller, Yesterday’s Gone, comes this Dark Crossings short story featuring Yesterday’s Gone’s fan favorite, serial killer Boricio Wolfe in this solo outing which takes place before the events of Yesterday’s Gone.

WHAT WOULD BORICIO DO? (FATHER OF THE YEAR)

Boricio Wolfe abides by only two rules:

1) Always use the best ingredients when cooking.
2) Don’t shit where you eat.

The only way a serial killer can keep a (somewhat) normal life is to stick to the rules — especially the second one. Boricio has finally found a job that doesn’t make him homicidal, and is working his way to working in the restaurant of his dreams. All he has to do is keep out of trouble and impress Mr. Jules, a man who owns some of the best restaurants in the state.

And Boricio is on the fast track to being a top chef… if he just sticks to the rules.

But how long can Boricio stick to those rules when a young kid with an abusive father comes into his restaurant, just begging to be killed?

Because nothing sets Boricio off quite like abusive fathers.

Should he turn a blind eye?
Should he just leave well enough alone?
Or should he give the kid an early Christmas gift and kill his prick of a father?

What Would Boricio Do?

(11,498 words)

WARNING: What Would Boricio Do? is an adult story with adult depictions of violence and sexual activity. This work is meant for adults only.

This is a story where a serial killer/rapist is the main character. He is vile, crude, and a monster. If this isn’t your cup of tea, stop reading now because you WILL be offended.

Really, REALLY offended.

If you think that vulgarity is a sign of ignorance, then this book is gonna be a whole lotta duh, duh, and more duh.

You might even be tempted to save anyone from buying such trash by writing one star reviews and writing about how we’re monosyllabic monkeys who are ruining literature as you know it.

Which is how we know we’re writing good shit.

If you’re still here, welcome!

You get us.

You get that while bad words aren’t necessary, sometimes they are â?? especially when you’re writing about monsters.

Because there’s only one thing worse than a book full of profanity, and that’s a book where Boricio says, “Isn’t that some beer battered bull doody?”

We hope you enjoy this look at Boricio before the events of Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 1 as much as we enjoyed writing it!

Thank you for reading,
Sean and David



Rise & Walk

Rise & Walk

by Gregory Solis

The walking dead descend upon a paintball competition in the mountains. Two brave young women join forces with two thrill seekers in a terror filled struggle against the undead.

Low on ammunition and supplies, the survivors use anything at hand to fight off the flesh hungry horde. As the party makes their escape they soon realize that there is nowhere to run when the dead Rise and Walk …

“Fast-paced, bloody, engaging and exciting, Rise and Walk is a blast from beginning to end.” ~ David Moody, author of Autumn

“Zombie fans, you NEED to get this one!” ~ Remy Porter, author of Dead Beat

“Solis definitely has a knack for bringing the dead to life.” ~ TheZombieReview.com



If You Don't Finish Reading This, Everyone You Know Will Die (Dark Crossings: Short Stories. Killer Endings.)

If You Don’t Finish Reading This, Everyone You Know Will Die (Dark Crossings: Short Stories. Killer Endings.)

by Sean Platt

“If You Don’t Finish Reading This, Everyone You Know Will Die” A Dark Crossings Short Story (Short Stories. Killer Endings.)

From the authors of the hit post-apocalyptic serial “Yesterday’s Gone” comes another dark ride into the unknown with the short story “If You Don’t Finish Reading This, Everyone You Know Will Die.”

Anthony has OCD. He’s convinced that if he doesn’t give into his compulsions, bad things will happen to those around him.
His doctor proposes that Anthony avoid giving into his compulsions in order to prove that Anthony’s fears are without substance.
But what if they’re not?
Anthony is about to take an unexpected detour from reality and into the dark realms of “Dark Crossings.”

“If You Don’t Finish Reading This, Everyone You Know Will Die” is a 7,400 word short story.

BONUSES INCLUDED IN THIS BOOK:

Author’s Note for “IF You Don’t Finish Reading This, Then Everyone You Know Will Die”
The 5,600 word short story from the first Dark Crossings collection, “Chris Wakes Up”
The first two chapters of the post-apocalyptic serial, “Yesterday’s Gone: Episode One”
The first two chapters of the paranormal dark fantasy serial, “ForNevermore: Episode One”

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Zomby Dick or, The Undead Whale

Zomby Dick or, The Undead Whale

by Herman Melville

Ishmael was raging after zombies killed his wife and child. He became a legendary member of the reviled Militia, fighting the undead horde that had begun to lurch out of California three years earlier. Laudanum helped blunt the pain of what he had seen and done, and from what he had yet to do. Finally, bone-weary and spent after completing that last horrible task, Ishmael wallows in the November of his soul. He flees the plaguey land to ship aboard the ill-fated Pequod, ruled by mad dismasted Captain Ahab.

Fedallah, ancient Parsee mystic and zomby master, shares arcane knowledge with Ahab in the quest for the White Whale, including the secret of two rare zomby types, and a recipe for immortality. On deck, all is not as it seems to Ishmael, whose dark past continues to haunt him.

On The Pequod with crazy Captain Ahab, Ishmael and his tattooed friend Queequeg are in even greater peril than they were ashore. The secrets Ishmael discovers in Ahab’s log change everything he knows about Ahab’s insanity, the source of the undead plague, and the life-cycle of zombies.

Couldn’t get through the original? Want to re-experience the yarn? Melville’s enduring classic has been shamelessly edited to cut the boring bits and the addition of Ishmael’s tragic backstory and Ahab’s logbook add dark fathoms of depth to Melville’s epic.



The Bone Fire (a mystery of the shaman spirit world)

The Bone Fire (a mystery of the shaman spirit world)

by Gordon Reid

Praise from Amazon reviews for Gordon Reid’s debut novel, An Inquisition of Demons:

â??I soon found I could not put the book down.’

â??This is a very satisfying book to read.’

â??The story here is fantasy of the highest order.’

â??Gripping, exciting and thought-provoking.’

â??A totally gripping read. Highly recommended.’

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Now here is Gordon’s second novel, The Bone Fire.

Homeless people are disappearing from the streets of Edinburgh. Nick Cosgrove’s niece Alison has vanished too, and he’s been asked by his estranged sister to find her. But what is the meaning of his dream: a girl hanging from a cross under alien stars, trapped between a bonfire and the restless ocean?

Jason is a 14 year-old boy, adrift in a new school, in a strange city. When he is befriended by his charismatic classmate Lee and the mysterious stranger Owen, his life begins to take off. But both Lee and Owen hide secrets, and Jason has a lot to learn – and Owen is a man on a mission.

As the various strands come together, the solution to these mysteries will challenge all their beliefs about life, and especially – as the story builds to a climax in the desolate, twilight shamanic spirit world – death.

An original fantasy featuring a cast of characters including Merlin the magician and an Arthurian knight newly awoken from slumber under the bald Welsh hills, The Bone Fire is both a compelling mystery story in its own right and a profound meditation on what happens to our souls when we dieâ??

â??if, that is, we are fortunateâ?¦



These Strange Worlds: Fourteen Dark Tales

These Strange Worlds: Fourteen Dark Tales

by Daniel Powell

“In Powell’s twisted stories, the bizarre thrives right alongside everyday ordinariness. Girls turn into crayons, zombies lure the living with irresistible Ponzi schemes, hotel suites turn macabre band managers. All the while, menace lurks in the most mundane thingsâ??in the smile of a genial salesman, in the unassuming hitch hiker on a lonely road, even in babies. In â??Buy it Now’, an innocent online purchase changes a man’s life forever. A wall in â??Brinn’s Mural’ gives new meaning to the word â??self defense’ when it is threatened by neighborhood vandals. A man discovers a changeling in place of his baby, in the deftly plotted shocker, â??Usurper’. â??9 Curzon Place’ tells the tale of an apartment inducting musicians into a ghostly rock band of its own making, while an old campus building in â??The Light in Greenbriar Hall’ houses an unpleasant surprise for anyone foolish enough to intrude on its solitude. â??The Graduate Student’, the story of a college professor with a unique approach to balancing his work and his writing , offers a darkly humorous take on the theme of the undead. And after reading â??Dinner at Shorty’s’ , you might never step into a diner on a lonely road again.” – Lavanya Karthik, BOOKPLEASURES.COM

Supernatural narratives represent an important component of our storytelling heritage.

These storiesâ??including fairy tales, urban legends, penny dreadfuls and modern pulps, among many othersâ??leave a resonant echo throughout popular culture. In THESE STRANGE WORLDS, Daniel Powell’s first collection of dark short fiction, these influences collide in fourteen startling and entertaining stories.

The lone survivor of a worldwide flu epidemic grows strangely attached to her parasitic partnerâ?¦

A malevolent London rental has a voracious appetite for rock stars, and it’s building one hell of a bandâ?¦

A wealthy oil trader is offered a glimpse into another dimension, but is the cost more than he can possibly bear?

From Satanic salesmen to zombie Ponzi schemes; from murdering murals to alien invasions, and other curious encounters along the way, These Strange Worlds takes readers on fourteen excursions into the realm of the uncanny. A mixture of new and previously published short stories, Powell’s first collection embodies the spectrum of imaginative possibility that is the hallmark of compelling speculative fiction.



Hellbent House

Hellbent House

by Randy Chandler

Haunted by a house seen only in her dreams, Ava locates the old plantation house in the real world and makes the mistake of venturing inside. She lands in the middle of an honest-to-goodness ghost story with murderous roots in the Civil War, but in this hellbent house, there are things far worse than ghosts. And one of them is hungry for Ava’s soul.

Hellbent House is a novelette length story with an alternate ending, approximately 35 printed pages.

Also included is an excerpt of Randy Chandler’s previously out-of-print and hard-to-find novel HELLz BELLz, now available on Kindle and Nook.



The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On

by Ryan Schneider

A traveling circus comes to town and sets up their tent in the field where the resident children like to play. On opening night, the entire town is in attendance, packed into the tent with the aromas of warm peanuts, popcorn, and sawdust. For one little boy, it will be an evening he will never forget.



Bloodline Of Darkness (The Chosen)

Bloodline Of Darkness (The Chosen)

by C.A. Milson

In an ancient world, a darkness was unearthed. 5,000 years ago, that Darkness walked among men and they were heralded as Gods, and for a season, prosperity was given to the Northern Tribes, until Legion appeared among them and destroyed all but a handful of the Ancient Ones. Today, a hero must take his place amongst his forefathers and rectify the events that changed the world he knows. But will he overcome the darkness that rules his own heart?



Mab

Mab

by W. H. Stirk

Beneath the earth lie eldritch horrors, and when they live again nightmares haunt the dreams of men.

In the small Cornish town of St Veryan, a young boy goes missing and a local journalist, Angela Pellow, is sent to investigate the incident. While there, she uncovers old stories surrounding a mysterious, deserted chapel, the Tabernacle of the Levites, as well as tales of a creature, the Mab, who was once believed to have visited a plague on the town.

As St Veryan is afflicted by suicides and strange events, she draws on the help of an old friend to pierce the mysteries surrounding the Tabernacle and the malevolent figure, Arthur Dean, who once presided over its bizarre rituals dedicated to a forgotten god that lives beneath the earth.



Diner Faded

Diner Faded

by David Wright

For fans of “The Twilight Zone”

From the creators of the groundbreaking post-apocalyptic series Yesterday’s Gone, and the vampire thriller Available Darkness, comes one of six unforgettable short stories, from the “Dark Crossings” anthology.

This is a single short story from “Dark Crossings.” You can also buy the full book, with all six stories, now available at Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006K5SO1G/

DINER FADEDâ?? Zach hops into his car and hits the open road, angry and eager to put a couple of states between he and his girlfriend. Zach pulls into a diner, hungry and with a gas tank on fumes. He gets more than he ordered and something he may never escape.



Chris Wakes Up

Chris Wakes Up

by Sean Platt

A different take on zombie fiction…

From the creators of the groundbreaking post-apocalyptic series Yesterday’s Gone, and the vampire thriller Available Darkness, comes one of six unforgettable short stories, from the “Dark Crossings” anthology.

This is a single short story from “Dark Crossings.” You can also buy the full book, with all six stories, now available at Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006K5SO1G/

CHRIS WAKES UP â?? You know those zombie stories where survivors must make their way through a world plagued by walking dead? This is a tale from a zombie’s perspective, as Chris wakes up infected, alone, and hungry. As he struggles to hold onto his humanity, he finds himself the unlikely protector of a young girl seeking safety. Can he protect her from others? Can he protect her from himself?



Hecate

Hecate

by W. H. Stirk

After the death of his wife, Maurice returns to the small Cornish village they had once visited before the birth of their children to try and recapture pleasant memories. The place he now finds is almost completely deserted, but who is the woman he sees naked in the fields, and what terrible secrets will he discover about his wife’s past? An ancient horror is worshipped in the woods and coves of this idyllic place, and Maurice will soon realise why he has been brought back once more.

Hecate is a long horror story (c. 15,000 words) by W.H. Stirk. Drawing on traditions of ghost and horror stories that include M.R. James, Arthur Machen and H.P. Lovecraft, it is a powerful and disturbing tale of the hidden world that exists alongside our own.



Rise Of The Darkness (The Chosen)

Rise Of The Darkness (The Chosen)

by C. A. Milson

Author C.A. Milson explores the line between good and evil in the new, thrilling page turner, The Chosen: Rise of the Darkness and introduces the reader into a terrifying world that will have you guessing until the very end. In his latest piece of work, Milson tells the story of Alex Manning, a man who finds himself entertaining a strange fascination with a powerful demon by the name of Jamiesonn and the town that will fall victim to the peril of this devil if someone doesn’t intervene. What Alex doesn’t know is that his draw to investigate this evil source of power is because he is being called by his destiny to stop the takeover of the world by warring factions of the underworld.



Monsters (A Dark Crossings Short Story)

Monsters (A Dark Crossings Short Story)

by Sean Platt

UPDATE: The full collection of six Dark Crossings shorts can now be found in Dark Crossings Volume 2 at one low price. www.amazon.com/dp/B0095PJOC6/

From the writers of the post-apocalyptic serial, Yesterday’s Gone, comes another Dark Crossings short tale of terror for fans of The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and short dark fiction.

MONSTERS

10-year old Sheldon Harrison is afraid of monsters.
Every day he has to walk along a long stretch of woods where a Monster is rumored to live.
But that Monster isn’t as scary as the bullies which torment him. And the only way to avoid the bullies? To take a shortcut . . . through the woods.

(Word count: 13,892 words + a bonus 866 word Author’s Note)



A Pine Box Vacation

A Pine Box Vacation

by Mr. E

This e-Book is a smart, adrenaline infused action ride. These unique and experimental action stories cut right to the action and never let go, filling every reader with eager anticipation and excitement.

This is a reader’s black buffet of dark and foreboding horror / action mixed with sarcastic and hilarious crime noir. BLEEDING OUT is an edgy story in this collection bridging the gap between action and horror and deals with a father’s struggle to survive against a flesh eating virus. On the other hand, WE WERE THE PEOPLE is a tongue in cheek exploitation of the modern crime story, complete with outlandish dialogue, explosive battles, unforgettable characters and taboo topics. SABACHO is a sister story dealing with the formation of one of the main characters. THE CHURCH is a psychological conflict between a preacher’s job and his own conscience. And THE JOURNAL OF THOMAS RED is a history buff’s dream come true. The story is loosely based on the real southern hero, Lewis Redmond and his exploits and confrontations with the American Government post civil war. Finally, PINE NEEDLES is a terrifying look into the mind of a deranged killer in southern Appalachia.
Filled with memorable characters, intense gun fights, witty dialogue and much more, these stories read more like a movie than a book, allowing even the most impatient reader to envision the action frame by frame. This collection is a treat for anyone interested in action / adventure, crime noir, politically taboo topics or just an exciting read.



The Silver Coast and Other Stories

The Silver Coast and Other Stories

by Daniel Powell

Collected here for the first time, THE SILVER COAST AND OTHER STORIES features eleven disquieting explorations of the human condition.

Retribution and reunion. Mutation and madness. Famine and hunger and war and disease.

These tales investigate the dark margins of human curiosity.

What really happened in Muhammad Ali’s last fight?

Does Florida’s skunk ape exist and, if it does, where did it come from?

What lurks beneath that slipcover on the side of that old house at the end of the street?

Go aheadâ??take a peek! Satisfy your curiosity, and take a long walk down the rocky sands of the Silver Coastâ?¦

THE SILVER COAST AND OTHER STORIES had me longing for my favorite college writing classes, where unbridled creativity was encouraged and transforming this creativity into words was required. It is often so hard to find the courage and motivation to sit down and write, but stories like the ones in The Silver Coast get the imagination rolling and the words flowing.

~ Meaghan McKeron, BALTIMORE READS



The Room

The Room

by John Brunton

Enter Darkness . . . . . .

This debut short story from writer John Brunton will take you into the heart of darkness and then beyond, from its outset the room contains strong violence and adult content throughout. The room is not for the faint of heart

Are you brave enough to go through the door ?



Hunting the Ghosties

Hunting the Ghosties

by Melissa Vance

After being on the losing end of a supernatural battle, Sunny Drake flees from her home only to find out that she is alone in this. Determined to help others who may be in the same predicament, she establishes BOO-B-GON, the only paranormal research business in her community.
Ridiculed and labeled as entertainment she fears the loss of her business. That is until she investigates a haunted popular bar.
With results far exceeding her expectations, she becomes an overnight success, but can she find the ghost’s killer before the killer finds her? Find out and join the charming SunnyD as she works her way through the paranormal.



Hide And Seek (Dark Crossings)

Hide And Seek (Dark Crossings)

by Sean Platt

UPDATE: The full collection of six Dark Crossings shorts can now be found in Dark Crossings Volume 2 at one low price. www.amazon.com/dp/B0095PJOC6/

From the writers of the post-apocalyptic serial, Yesterday’s Gone, comes another Dark Crossings short tale of terror for fans of The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and short dark fiction.

It’s just an ordinary day at the park â?? kids playing with one another, parents watching after their kids, sitters watching their charges, and a host of strangers lurking about.

All while young mother, Robin, sneaks off to send sext messages to her lover while she’s supposed to be playing hide and seek with her four year old daughter.

But in Dark Crossings, games aren’t for children.

And there are no winners.

Warning:
Hide and Seek contains sexually graphic language and is intended for adults only.

(Approximately 8,500 words plus a note from the Author)



When Gymkhana Smiles

When Gymkhana Smiles

by Gretchen Rix

A young and pretty black girl stands at the cusp of adulthood, only one last ceremonial act left before she takes over leadership of her predatory and fearsome family.

And there it sits, all tied up in the chair in the middle of the apartment living room, waiting, but not willing. Not willing at all.

As her family has traveled the southern and eastern shorelines of the United States for generations, they travel now, taking strangers by force (and sometimes family as well) for their time-honored and hugely messy sacrificial rites. And when Gymkhana smiles about this particular nasty twist to her plans, they’d better run.

This is a short story and not for children, either. Chilling, ugly, unforgettable, cringe-worthy. Enjoy.



Gnomus & The 7th House

Gnomus & The 7th House

by Ty Schwamberger

“Gnomus” is a 2,200 word short story. The tale centers around Steven whom is newly retired and is becoming increasingly annoyed by his wife’s “to do” list. Little does Steven know Deborah has an unique way to make sure he completes everything on her list.

The follow-up to the previous story is 6,600 words and entitled “The 7th House”. This tale takes place at a haunted house attraction where Steven exacts his revenge on Deborah’s nasty little way of making him do what she wants.



The Lesser Repository

The Lesser Repository

by DaVaun Sanders

Mankind flourishes in a distant future ruled by densely populated Cities. After the biggest arrest of his life, Detective Ben Reiner plays a dangerous game with Maddix Wynn, psychopath cult member of the Cullers and suspected of killing thousands.

Eager to secure his own career in City Thirty-Eight, Reiner plays a dangerous bargaining game with the Culler. Maddix agrees to take Reiner to free an imprisoned child hostage on one condition: Reiner must show evidence of the Lesser Repository to his superiors.

The detective’s gamble at being a hero fails when he discovers the hostage is no child at all. It’s the prelude to the end of the human race. Now Reiner faces an unspeakable choice. Help the Culler complete his grisly work, or allow the world’s last renewable resource to run out forever: the human soul.



The Forest Children

The Forest Children

by Ryan Schneider

This is what happens when children fail to heed the warnings of their parents and become lost in the woods.



Romance is Dead

Romance is Dead

by Matt Shaw

She had no idea why she killed him. Frying pan to the back of his head. Repeatedly. She just finally snapped at the lack of romance in their marriage. The lack of love. Perhaps her subconscious simply thought, â??If Romance is dead – why shouldn’t he be dead too?’ It didn’t matter why she did it. The only thing that mattered now was to hide her crime. Easier said than done with her neighbours breathing down her neck, asking awkward questions. That and the fact that, in his death, she was finally starting to realise why she loved him in the first place.



Beast in the Bluegrass (A John Braughton Supernatural Investigation)

Beast in the Bluegrass (A John Braughton Supernatural Investigation)

by Doug Myers

An ancient beast has surfaced in the Bluegrass and has struck at the heart of the community’s very identity: its thoroughbred horse racing industry. Can supernatural investigator John Braughton find a way to stop the beast before the Bluegrass overflows with blood?



The University of Perdition (An EBook Horror Series)

The University of Perdition (An EBook Horror Series)

by JULIE WILLIAMS

College students who dare to attend The University of Perdition can earn five precious credits if they are willing to brave an independent study course entitled, Abnormal Behavior 101.

Examine for yourself the case study files that explore how courageous and curious students learn there is nothing in life that is impossible or unbelievable.



Breaking the Girl

Breaking the Girl

by Ryan Schneider

A teenage girl flees the home of her abusive stepfather, only to find her new life fraught with peril even more menacing.



The Halloween From Hell (The Horror Quadrilogy)

The Halloween From Hell (The Horror Quadrilogy)

by Trevor Smith

Courtney Sellers believes she is just an ordinary teenager. She has good looks, good friends and a loving family but somebody is about to try and take that all from her. It starts with a threatening phone call, followed by a brutal murder at a Halloween party. Before long, Courtney is caught in the web of a serial killer who will stalk and kill those closest to her until she has no-one left to run to.



The Beginning Of The End: Book One (The T.B.O.T.E. Series)

The Beginning Of The End: Book One (The T.B.O.T.E. Series)

by Michael Edward

Ethin is an evil being from another world that was defeated in battle and exiled. He has found a way to escape his banishment and return to those who defeated him. His offspring can penetrate our world, a world that has nothing to do with his war. Bound by territory, his evil offspring must end 100 humans in 24 hours. If they succeed Ethin will be freed. He will unleash his armies onto Earth and he will become powerful enough to return to his world. He will finish his war and he will end those who banished him. Can Earth survive Ethin’s rage for revenge?

The Beginning Of The End: Book One is the first book of the action-packed horror series T.B.O.T.E.



The Beginning Of The End: Book Two (The T.B.O.T.E. Series)

The Beginning Of The End: Book Two (The T.B.O.T.E. Series)

by Michael Edward

Book Two has more action, more terror and it begins right where Book One left off. Ethin’s border expands and the survivors know that they have little time. They must find a way to end Ethin and his offspring. If they fail then Ethin will be free to spread his evil and conquer all of Earth.

The Beginning Of The End: Book Two is the second story of the action-packed horror series T.B.O.T.E.



The Halloween Hero

The Halloween Hero

by Ty Schwamberger

The Halloween Hero is a 5,200 word story centering around a little boy named Billy. Billy’s parents aren’t the best to be around, so he spends most of his time staring out his bedroom window and dreaming of a better life. His favorite time to look out on the world are during the hours he’s supposed to be in bed.

It’s during one of these late night watching sessions, Billy sees “something” lurking in the shadows. After much trepidation, he decides to go outside and investigate.

Where his worst nightmare comes to life.



When Darkness Beckons

When Darkness Beckons

by Sophie Duncan

This title was created for All Hallows Read 2012.

Catcher of Souls by Natasha Duncan-Drake

When Miles sets foot inside The King James pub he knows instantly there is a disembodied soul in residence. The question is, is the soul responsible for the deaths that have happened on the site or were they just accidents. It’s Miles’ job to catch troublesome lost souls, but when danger strikes he might just be too late.

Some Things Are Stranger… by Sophie Duncan

Life is weird enough for Jake being a werewolf on the run from The Pagan Dawn, ruthless hunters determined to wipe out all ‘paranormal scum’. His luck runs out when he is ambushed after a Halloween party and, badly injured, he dives into the shadows of an abandoned warehouse with his pursuers on his heels. Yet, Jake discovers that he is not alone and his encounter with a goofy hobo, who talks about the place being haunted, teaches him that all strangeness is relative.



White Zombie (White Zombie Anthology)

White Zombie (White Zombie Anthology)

by Richard Evans

A flu-like virus ravages the Earth killing everyone within 24 hours. Only the black race seems immune. This blessing soon becomes a curse as the rest of Earth’s population rises as flesh-hungry zombies. Contains 11 scary short stories by various authors.



A Wry Smirk from the Dark Side

A Wry Smirk from the Dark Side

by Lesley Hale

Four stories on supernatural themes. The Spell has a child seeking drastic solutions to parental bickering. The Changeling takes a new look at an old myth. In Dearest Departed a widow takes her first steps towards independence and in Caring for God the circle of life and death is completed high up in a mountain monastery.



Bastet

Bastet

by Brett A. Fernau

A dark tale of an evil man and the cats who destroy him.



Discomfort Zone

Discomfort Zone

by Glen Batchelor

A collection of short stories intended to take the reader out of their comfort zone. Murder, horror and supernatural, some humourous while others are plain nasty. ‘It’s like being constantly poked by a lunatic’ and ‘the author must have taken some serious drugs’ are what two readers have said. These stories contain sex, profane language and violence.



Final Girl

Final Girl

by Colin Lalley

Greg is a vicious masked killer, and he knows the story all too well: a monster is on a rampage when it’s done in by the “final girl”. Now one young girl has decided to take the fight to them and take out the monsters before they can strike. Greg must band with the mankind’s worst fears – Scarecrow, Mr. Marrow, the Spider Queen, and others – to fight back. But even if they survive the final girl…will they survive each other?

“Final Girl” reinvents classic horror monsters and delves into the world of horror fiction. Fans of horror films and stories, as well as deconstructions like “The Cabin in the Woods” and “Scream”, will love this “behind-the-scenes” take on paranormal and horror thrillers.



Judah's Tribe

Judah’s Tribe

by Rebecca Erickson

In this short story, a group of monster hunters travel to a small town to battle an force of evil that has taken over that town. Their leader is Judah, a former priest. He binds this group together and they use their different talents to banish this evil.



Late: a ghostly tale.

Late: a ghostly tale.

by Louise West

Long after the children have escaped for home, a lone schoolteacher is working late. But is she really alone? Is someone there that she can’t see? And what do they want?

A chilling ghost story to enjoy and share on dark, winter nights. Just make sure you’re not the one who has to switch off the light…



Miami Spy Games (Episode Four) (Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun)

Miami Spy Games (Episode Four) (Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun)

by AK Waters

The zombie attack at the Setai has the ACES team scrambling to keep up. The Russian Zombie Gun is on the move, and the team is one step behind. The team is scrambling, and Jennifer Sanchez is close to the breaking point.

The Miami ACES team continues their search for the Russian Zombie Gun in the gripping fourth installment of Miami Spy Games.



Midnight: Century of the Vampires, Book 3 (Vampire Dystopia)

Midnight: Century of the Vampires, Book 3 (Vampire Dystopia)

by AMI BLACKWELDER

DRM free for your converting convenience
Word Count: 14,700 with color graphics!

The world is no longer the way we remember. Few are even still alive to recall the days when midnight didn’t mean cowered away & hidden. Out of sight became our only way to survive since the…Century Vampires. If you want to live, trust no one.

After Mark looses Aura, he wants to make sure it is not forever and fights to get her back. Read the conclusion to the Midnight: Century of the Vampires and find out what happens to all your favorite characters.



Old Wounds

Old Wounds

by Clayton Snyder

Sometimes the past refuses to stay in the past.



The Tale of Pumpkin Jack

The Tale of Pumpkin Jack

by Alex Schiffer

A short story just in time for Halloween. The Tale of Pumpkin Jack tells the story of how Jackson Crawley grew up, how he died, and how he continues to haunt the pumpkin patch. Appropriate for kids 8+



When Ardo Met Ozzy (The Storm Series)

When Ardo Met Ozzy (The Storm Series)

by Alan Scott

I wanted to write a series of short stories, between 1500 and 3000 words, to promote my Storm series of books. I am hoping these stories will:

a. be easily accessible to new readers of the series
b. add something new to those who have read “Echoes” and/or “Scions”
c. be self-contained stories

However, most importantly of all, I hope they will be entertaining.

The fourth and final of these short promo stories is “When Ardo Met Ozzy”. It takes place roughly half way through “Scions of the Storm”.

My next project will be a third book in my Storm series of books.

I hope you enjoy and are entertained.

Alan



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