by Mikey Campling
Don’t be afraid. They’re just stories, aren’t they?Sometimes that noise you can hear upstairs is just the old floorboards creaking as they settle down for the night. Sometimes.But there’s no need to worry because, that face you saw at the window was just a reflection.
There’s no one else here. You’re alone. But that’s OK because you’re safe in your bed. And all those things you fear deep down in the dark reaches of your soul… well, they only happen in stories, don’t they?
A Dark Assortment is a collection of seventeen stories; a chocolate box of handmade treats. But beware – beneath each richly decorated shell, there’s a seed of delicious darkness.
These stories with a twist are perfect for fans of Edgar Allan Poe, and if you enjoy books like Ray Bradbury’s “Illustrated Man” and Roald Dahl’s “Skin” then we’ll get along just fine.Oh – before I go, I’ll wish you all Sweet Dreams.
by R. J. Joseph
Warm and cozy feelings of the maternal and all things domestic. Closest to hearth and homeâ?¦with only faint whispers of the dark and horrific underbelly. The things inside home that aren’t spoken of. Monstrous domesticity.
by Ute Perkins
Chuck could have never imagined the horror he would eventually face when he took up running the summer before his freshman year.
by Charity Becker
Mina Jewel swears the boogeyman slaughtered her abusive stepfather. But as far as the quiet town of Port Orchard, Washington is concerned, Mina is a cold-blooded killer and Cadric Jaden had been a saint.
After enduring nine years of psychiatric care and whispers of her guilt, Mina is hell-bent on clearing her name, exposing Cadric for the sadistic pedophile he really was, and uncovering the true identity of the strange being who saved her life.
Through a whirlwind of near-death experiences and sanity-shattering revelations, Mina discovers that Washington is a hotbed of supernatural activity, Cadric’s sinister plan didn’t die with him, and that she could hold the key to ending the suffering of millions. . .
But first she has to survive
by Toula Mavridou-Messer
The spookiest treat for Halloween’s right here. 178 pages of dark, twisted & mysterious goings on. -Â Jonathan Ross
Toula Mavridou-Messer has one of the most creative minds I have ever come across. In fact, her imagination knows no bounds! -Â LA Writers Center
Just. WOW. What a unique book! I loved this! This was a horror book with a mystery and a twist! -Â Word Forward
For those who like their humour black, satirical and with a Gothic twist this is a must read. Tongue in cheek all the way, the book is written in a style that satirizes the very language of Victorian, Gothic horror, paying a backhanded ‘homage’ to Dickens, Poe, Stoker and the Grimm brothers with a large dash of Washington Irving’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and the epic Beowulf,Â Grendel’s mother,Â thrown in. Gruesomely funny! -Â Sara Salyers
If you enjoy dark, but easy to read mysteries, I definitely recommend Mortal End: A Simmering Pit Of Jiggery Pokery by Toula Mavridou-Messer. This will be a great Halloween read! -Â Ellen P. Lafleche-christian
Mortal End brings together some of the best aspects of Grimm’s Fairy Tales mixed with larger than life characters in a Tim Burton-esq way and adds a dash of sexual content and some great humour all wrapped up in a fantastic writing style. -Â WJ Thompson
This is a fantastic read, Macabre and funny, witty and clever, no long journey should be attempted without it! The writer couples rich and vivid language with a superb plot that keeps you guessing -Â Dominic Wolf
This is crime fiction like no other! Fairy tales for grown ups with just enough humour to see you through the dark. -Â Amanda Goldman
This is Grimm in the best way – it’s a strange and twisted murder mystery. I enjoyed this book immensely. Wonderfully Dickensian names, completely twisted logic, weirdly gorgeous descriptions – it’s a totally bonkers dark fairy tale, with fantastic twists and turns and an unexpected ending. -Â Ally A
A truly delicious dark tale well worth the read. -Â Â Johnny KyriacouÂ
A gothic horror novel that has grabbed the attention of genre fans around the globe, combining true crime with Grimm to provide a fast-paced adult fairytale romp through the darkest recesses of your imagination.
by Ken Preston
“. . .delivers gore, scares, pathos, and even some laughs in a bloody bundle that is much greater than the sum of its parts.”
-David Dubrow, Gingernuts of Horror
“This was genuinely the best read I’ve had in a long time and I cannot wait for more from Joe Coffin!”
-Alli, Amazon review.
Get ready. Joe Coffin is on his way. And he’s mad as hell.
Joe Coffin is fresh out of jail, but going straight is the last thing on his mind. The sickos who murdered his wife and child are still out there, and he’s going to get revenge.
The problem is, Joe Coffin is in much deeper than he realises, and his wife might not be as dead as he believes.
Violent, gory, profane and explicit, Joe Coffin is for mature readers only.
Interview with the author:
Q – So, what makes the Joe Coffin series special?
A – A few different things, really. I love vampires but I’m not interested in the sparkly romantic types crowding the bookshelves at the moment. In writing Joe Coffin I wanted to go back to the idea that a vampire novel should be full of gory horror, and that the vampires would be nasty and almost indestructible. But I also love British crime movies, and I thought why not pit my vampires against a British gang and throw in a gutsy female journalist as well, with a sprinkling of humour amongst the brutal action.
So yes, the Joe Coffin books are a mix of genres. The other thing to bear in mind is that they are written in episodic format, much like a TV series. That way they remain tightly plotted and fast paced.
Overall, the Joe Coffin series is written to keep you turning the pages – and I’ve made sure there’s never a dull moment.
Q – What’s with this Season One in the title?
A – Again, it’s the TV series format. I love Netflix and Amazon Video, and I binge watch my TV shows now, instead of how I used to watch them, one episode a week. I wanted to reflect that idea in the books, and I hope you will want to binge read all four episodes in each season of Joe Coffin.
Q – What order should I read the books in?
A – You need to start with Season One and work your way through. If you don’t start at the beginning you won’t have a clue what’s happening in the later books, as the story is tightly tied in together and progresses as you read on.
Q – So, why should readers give these books a try?
A – If you like modern horror, or vampire novels, I think you will like this series of books. Even if you’re on the fence about the horror aspect, but enjoy violent crime fiction, I think you may well love these books. And they are lightning fast, with smart dialogue and great characters, and a hero you will love in mob henchman Joe Coffin.
Thanks for reading!
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by Alexa Grave
It all started with those darn shoes.
Dorothy is stuck in Oz with a trio of off-the-wall, diabolical munchkins, intent on putting her on trial for killing the Witch. She’s all for a little bullying, at least when she’s dishing it out to the kids back home. But these munchkins go too far when they force her into the Witch’s silver shoes and parade her down the yellow brick road like cattle to be judged by the Wizard of Oz.
This story received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future Contest for the 4th Quarter of 2009.
by Mike Driver
Contains 8 Short Stories from the bestselling author of Fall, Leaves, Fall.
THE MAGIC CABINET – What is the secret of the Magic Box?
BRIAN’S CLOSET – Brian is a just a typical teenager, or so his Mother thinks.
THE INFORMER – A mysterious magazine is left lying on a train, why wouldn’t you pick it up?
POPPETS – A cowardly man tries to face down a dangerous drug dealer
NOW WASH YOUR HANDS – An elderly woman thinks she may have seen a ghost
NIGHT MILLING – Lights out at the unmanned grain mill
THE MISTLETOE KISS (A Hard-Boiled Bliss Mystery) – Bliss is on the trail of a killer
NUMINOUS – Numinous’s count is almost complete.
Mike’s short stories have been published in over 30 different magazines; Fall Leaves Fall is his debut novel.
Reviews of Mike’s fiction
“..Night Milling ..was wickedly gratifying.” – Tangent
“..Poppets ..was another highlight..an excellent story.” – Peter Tennant
“..Driver interweaves these various elements with skill.” – Whispers of Wickedness
For more information about Mike visit MikesFictionPage on Facebook, please leave a comment or review if you enjoy the book
by Jack Croxall
Wye is losing hope. Sixteen and travelling through a rich wilderness with three other teenagers, she should be having the time of her life. And she might be if it weren’t for the thing hunting her; the tireless creature desperate to tear her and her friends limb from limb.
Through the remembered lessons of her favourite writers, Wye has been trying to make sense of the cruel world she’s found herself inhabiting. But it’s not working. Wherever she turns there are monsters and memories, both of them poised to devour her if she can’t find a way to live with herself. What follows is Wye’s last chance at salvation, what follows is her journal.
Wye is standalone dystopian novel from Jack Croxall, author of Tethers.
by S.A.M King
Haunted ducks, flesh eating fiends and a Bo-Peep with no sheep. These stories feature all the classics with a twist or three. Enjoy your Halloween with these absurd sweet treats. Parentals be advised: Cussing, poor humor, duck nudity and the normal naughty carnage enclosed.
Margaret’s about to discover the big city has no limits.
Wade isn’t a smooth talker, but he’s a great stalker. You’d think he’d notice he’s being stalked.
Taylor’s losing marbles over a bad day, too bad it gets weird before it gets worse. Nothing is what it seems is a sound statement.
Lincoln just wants to enjoy the perks of his Mom’s absence without his little sister and a possessed rubber duck butting in. Throw in an ex-delinquent with a questionable history and stir the cauldron. Caution: This story might leave more questions than answers.
Elisha and Pearl managed to survive the zombie apocalypse, their parents and wild animals. But what’s waiting at the end of their yellow brick road? Hint: There’s no place like home.
by Ariana Torralba
After the bus wreck and being hit into a coma, Avery awakens to see the changes from when bombs were dropped during her sleep. Continuing to travel west, she is joined with new friends and a few old friends as they travel together in search of the group SGC (Survivalist Group of California). While traveling, they face more evolved undead and a group looking to kill all survivors they come in contact with.
by J.K. Barber
Deep in the ocean’s darkness live the Merwin, sinister sea creatures who have never seen the light of the sun. As the city of Mervidia flourishes, its inhabitants scheme and grasp for power. Queen Beryl, the last of the royal bloodline, has been brutally assassinated. The High Houses scramble to seize Mervidia’s crown, posturing for rank and the possibility of having a race other than the ethyrie wear the Fangs for the first time in Merwin history. The blood of a nation is spilt, turning kin on kin and house upon house, all in hopes of sitting on the throne and ruling the Deeps.
by Aline Riva
Book One in a new series of adventures, telling the tale of psychic investigator Aidan Hex and his partner Ivy Fortune, who are helped with their investigations by Tripp, a ghost with a kind heart – but also, with more than a few lustful incubus tendencies.
After Hex and Ivy are thrown together by chance and encounter Tripp, the three of them form Hex and Fortune Investigations – and their new business will take them on a journey into the strange, the frightening, and occasionally humorous realms of the spirit world.
Adding to this, Tripp, unable to resist the urge to walk abroad on All Hallows Eve, chooses to seduce Ivy – leaving her with a pregnancy that was certainly not planned. But then as her relationship with Hex turns to love and Tripp begs forgiveness, what follows will bind the three of them together as a family, and together, they will make a great team as they continue to take on cases that lead them deeper into the strange world of the paranormal.
by Lillian Duncan
Is evil real? Does it prowl around like a lion searching for its next victim?
Sam Langstrom knows the answer to those questions. He’s known since he was a child. Evil is not only real, but his birthright.
But can a man change his destiny?
With God’s help, Sam believes he’s put the ghosts of his childhood behind him. Now a preacher with a wife and a child of his own, life is good. Right up until that moment when his house explodes in front of his eyesâ??with his new-born baby inside.
The ghosts are back.
He has one chance to save his child, but to do so means to turn his back on God. Will he accept his birthrightâ??bow down to the evil? Will he give the lion its final victoryâ??his soul?
by Valentine King
Two horror stories in a single volume for when time is short…
It’s my eighteenth birthday and downstairs my parents are waiting with Uncle Paul and Aunt Judy to give me the same sickening gifts they’ve forced upon me every year since I was born. But this year things are going to be different, this year I’m going to fight back.
Trick or Treat
Two boys played a trick on old Mrs Jenkins twenty years ago on Halloween night. It cost one of them their lives and now the survivor has tracked her down to enact revenge on another blood soaked Halloween.
Warning – These extremely graphic short horror stories may offend some readers.
by William Massa
Note to readers:Â COFFIN COLLECTORÂ is a short story and makes for a quick, self-contained read featuring a chilling new villain. It can be enjoyed without having read all the other titles.Â Â
After his fiancÃ©e is slain by a murderous cult, Delta Force Operator Mark Talon dedicates himself to a new mission – hunting down twisted occultists around the globe and stopping them before they can unleash the forces of darkness upon an unsuspecting world.
In COFFIN COLLECTOR, Talon heads to Italy to face a chilling coffin maker who has acquired the casket of a famed practitioner of the dark arts.
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by Dave Williams
When you leave for a trip, who knows you’re gone from your house? Family and friends, sure. Neighbors, perhaps.
So does the chauffeur who drove you to the airport. Alan Tinsley takes advantage of working for a car service to know when clients will be away from their houses for several nights. Some houses are easier, since they don’t have a security system — and these houses are on his list for a night visit to steal valuables.
The Resnick house has been on Alan’s list for a while, and now it will be empty for a few nights, since Mr. and Mrs. Resnick are spending a long weekend in Chicago.
But is the house really empty? Alan’s about to find out what it’s like to not be alone in the house, his car, his apartment, and his head. And with another person in the house, what will Alan do to avoid the police being called about him breaking in?
by Kody Boye
With a dwindling food supply, a lawless gang, and the encroaching dead threatening their existence, Dakota Travis and his best friend realize they may no longer be safe in their abandoned apartment building. They flee into the wasteland that was once South Dakota to find safety. There, they encounter the last remnants of the United States military and take shelter within a converted asylum. But their safety is anything but guaranteed. Now, surrounded by the undead, tensions run high between these two friends and the soldiers. Food is in short supply, and shelter may only be temporary. The commanding officer is quickly succumbing to insanity, while his right-hand men rule indiscriminately with iron fists. And once Corporal Jamie Marks begins to make advances, Dakota realizes the undead may be the least of his worries, especially amongst men who already hate him.
by Christine Makepeace
This is what happens when a heist goes wrong, and dreams feel too real. When a woman lost at sea calls out to a girl lost on land. When the wax figures that line the walls threaten to advance. And when sadness makes it difficult to speak.
This is a collection of 8 stories that push desperation to a darkened place. If you can find your way back, rest assured, you’ll never be the same.
by Ciana Stone
An insatiable need burns inside him that can only be quenched by one thing… her.
Augustus’ people had spent years in talks with the humans, moving toward the day when the Seven, the preternatural races of beings on earth could “come of the darkness” and integrate with society. He had pulled himself away from the peace he’d found on Santuary, his ranch in Texas, to lend his efforts toward the goal. And despite his misgivings, they were mere weeks away from signing an agreement.
Then he saw her. He had to have her, no matter the risk, no matter the cost. Nothing would stop him. Not even her.
Layla felt like she was living a dream. Her paranormal romance about a woman being abducted by a Vampire and the love that developed between them had become a hit. She was being sought after by publishers, film producers and even interviewed on one of the biggest morning news shows in the country.
Life is good. Well, until she passes out in the back seat of a limo after a book signing, and wakes up tied to a bed. Then things aren’t so swell. Turns out life can mirror fiction. Just like the heroine in her book, she’s been abducted.
By a Vampire. And to make matters worse, he’s pure sex in jeans. And he doesn’t intend to let her go.
He might not intend on her leaving, but she’s dead set on it. It’s a battle of wits and wants as passions flare. A contest to see who will emerge the victor and who will end up on their knees.
by Bill Carrigan
Roger Kent, a young student, accepts an invitation to join his aunt Esterleen’s little colony of displaced persons at her mansion in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. She believes that her guests, if true to themselves, find their ‘true destiny’ at Seldom Go By. Roger is drawn to Valerie Wilson, who tips him to his aunt’s eccentricities.
These include her harboring of an ‘old beau,’ Dr. Clyde Oppian, a disgraced obstetrician. Oppian’s wife evicted him because of his cheating with Linda Schneider, a gorgeous, affected troublemaker. Esterleen tolerates Linda to keep Doctor Clyde around. But Linda won’t let Roger alone. Their brief affair, which she advertises, upsets everyone. And the murders begin.
Roger is accused of a ghoulish slaying and must prove his innocence. He is further caught up in Valerie’s peril as she becomes entangled in intrigue and commitment. They find that things are seldom what they seem at Seldom Go By. Events proceed along gothic lines, with mounting tension. You may want to slip the last two chapters lest they make an indelible impression.
Bill Carrigan, author of seven novels and a collection of short stories, had a long, rewarding career as a science writer and editor at medical research institutions. Now retired, he lives in Sarasota, Florida, and writes fiction. Check out several of his novels on Kindle.
by Deborah J Hughes
Past Lives, Reincarnation and Ghostly intrigue all play a part in this creepy supernatural drama!
When Robert and Mary Michaels buy an historical estate in Paddington, Massachusetts, they are hopeful it will give them what they need…solace for their daughter Lynn. Of course, they have no idea the place is haunted by young Clara Mallory. Lynn, however, soon discovers this little secret and the two girls form a quick bond. But they are meant to be much more than friends and once the parents find out what’s going on, all hell is going to break loose. First, however, Robert’s new psychiatric patients must help him suspend disbelief and accept what he has always thought to be impossible. For their troubles stem not from this life, but another, one in which they committed a horrendous crime. And now everyone is in place to make right what went horribly wrong before. But at what cost?
by Xavier Braze
Your wife is sick with the undead plague.
You’re back at your childhood home in Los Angeles to pick up the cure.
You know things are not right in Bradbury.
And you don’t want to be here. After all, you left Bradbury for a reason…
What happens next is up to you! In this Choose-Your-Own-Survival gamebook, you pick your own path to salvation, death, or something in between. There are over a dozen endings and paths to choose from. Be mindful of the zombies, ex-girlfriends, nannies, and, oh, welcome back to Bradbury, homie.
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