The Farm – A Novella (A Tale of Horror and Suspense)
The Last Survivors: A Dystopian Society in a Post Apocalyptic World
Father of Lies: A Darkly Disturbing Occult Horror Trilogy
Hell’s Bells: Stories of Festive Fear by Members of the Australian Horror Writers Association
Prison of Horrors
Horror Stories: Bizarre Reports Of The Worlds Craziest True Ghost Stories And Hauntings
Rudyard Kipling’s Tales of Horror and Fantasy
Dracones Awakening: Book One
The Ghost Files
The Haunting of Ashburn House
Before You Sleep: Three Horrors
Time to Die
‘The twists and turns kept me gasping for more… Could not recommend this book any more highly!’Crime Book Junkie
He will predict your life… and your death.
Don’t ever cross his palm with silver.
He will reveal your most shameful secrets.
He will predict your death.
He is hiding a secret.
He is hiding a monster.
And all his predictions come true.
Investigating a series of chilling murders, Detective Jennifer Knight finds herself tracking a mysterious tarot card reader known only as The Raven.
As the death toll rises, Jennifer and her team build a picture of a serial killer on the edge of sanity, driven by dark forces. But these are not random killings. And the method behind the madness could be the most terrifying thing of all …
Especially when it seems the death of one of their own is on the cards.
Time to Die is an absolutely gripping serial killer thriller with a breath-taking supernatural twist.
Discover the other books in the DC Jennifer Knight series:
1. DON’T TURN AROUND
2. TIME TO DIE
3. THE SILENT TWIN
What readers are saying about Time to Die
‘Fan-bloody-tastic! I enjoyed this book so much that I forced myself to read slowly as I just could not bear for it to end … I thought the story was brilliant. The characters were creative and kept me hooked. The twists and turns kept me gasping for more… Could not recommend this book any more highly!’ Crime Book Junkie
‘Takes the reader on a creepy and thrilling roller coaster of a ride. It is the perfect mixture of crime and the supernatural. With a jaw dropping twist near the end, which I seriously did not see coming, this book is an absolute must read.’ By the Letter Book Reviews
‘One of my favourite five star reads of the last 12 months and I have read and reviewed 500 books over that period… I absolutely loved it for so many reasons, including the fact that it made for compelling reading and kept me intrigued from start to finish.’ Book Lover Catlady
‘I kept turning the pages long after I should have gone to bed. Top that off with a cracking twist that I didn’t even spy until the last minute and you have a winner.’Reading Room with a View
‘This is a well written supernatural detective story, with a surprising twist that I guarantee will keep you glued to the last page… at times I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough, it’s atmospheric, gritty and at times just plain scary, and what a twist at the end.’ The Book Review Café
‘Well done to Caroline Mitchell for writing one of the best sequels I have ever read. A truly gifted author who makes her characters feel real.’ Sean’s Book Reviews
‘Wow, what an amazing book with such a different twist – I loved it … I love this genre and have read a lot of crime/serial killer thriller books and this has to be one of the best that I have read this year.’ Donna’s Book Blog
‘There is a HUGE twist at the end of the story that I really didn’t see coming and had me reading through the chapter as quickly as I could, I was so eager to find out what happened… Caroline’s writing style is brilliant – descriptive, fast-paced and gripping and it is a book I thoroughly enjoyed. I’d strongly recommend this to anyone wanting a creepy, gripping crime thriller to sink their teeth into.’ Little Northern Soul
‘There are lots of page-turning scenes throughout as well as an ending that I didn’t see coming taking me completely by surprise. Loved it.’ Word Gurgle
‘A highly effective, gritty crime thriller with a paranormal twist with one of the best villains ever.’ Confessions of a Book Reviewer
‘Caroline Mitchell delivers a corker of a book! It kept me up until the early hours.’ Bye the Crime
Whatever you do, don’t look in the mirror.
Jaime thought he’d hit the jackpot when he found the antique mirror out by the curb, just waiting for a new home. Hours later the old mirror with the ornate gold frame was taking up pride of place in his apartment.
But there’s something wrong.
The mirror harbors a dark secret, and before long Jaime and his girlfriend Cassie find themselves up against a terrifying supernatural force that has its sights set on them.
A tale of haunting that will make you think twice before walking past a mirror.
I found myself drawn in and fascinated by this short story. When Jamie Beaumont finds an old ornate mirror someone had just thrown out, he was happy to retrieve it, just free for the taking, Of course, everyone knows not everything is actually free.Jamie is going to learn that lesson the hard way. The author does a great job with a short read that feels like a novel. I am really interested in picking up more works by this author.
This was a great short read! This new horror author grips you tight and doesn’t let go – captivating through the whole book – I was so engrossed in the story that I felt like I was there – everything else around me as I was reading this book just fades into the background – definitely a 5 star book – this is the second book I have read from this author and I love his writing style – will be looking for more in the future from this author!
FOLLOW HER VOICE
Nine strangers, linked by the inner whisperings of a mysterious little girl. Each must piece together the origins of their other-worldly abilities and the location of the white manor, where they will be reunited, and the questions that have plagued their existence will finally be answered. But someone else marks their every step. The sinister Mr Cradleworth has other plans for them, plans that could bring about catastrophic consequences, not just for earth, but the whole universe.
This epic tale covers half the globe, as it follows each character into the darkest recesses of their soul. Combining eighties-style horror with science fiction, this dark fantasy will take you on a journey you will never forget.
This has to be one of the most interesting books I have read! I love how each chapter is devoted to one or a set of characters. The story is about a group of people and one dog, who are drawn to one another by a little girl. They all have special gifts and each has unfortunate things happening in their lives. Why is everything happening? There are answers to be had, you need to read the book. I truly believe every page in this book is necessary to the development of the story. The characters are well written and come alive in the pages. T. W. Malpass has written a book that is well worth you time to read. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
T.W. Malpass had me at “combining 80’s style horror with science fiction” with his review proposal for the eerily good Sanctuary 12.
An obvious homage to the horror great The House on Haunted Hill, Sanctuary 12 brings a depth to the genre that covers a gamut of human emotion, undesirable predicaments, and an intelligent opinion on the power of humanity. The novel itself finds nine strangers who are invariably linked by the ominous, frightful words of a young child. This link amongst them commences their journey towards understanding things about themselves they did not quite know were there, as well as where this young girl is located.
Little do they know, however, is that every single step they take is being intricately planned and organized by the malevolent Mr. Cradleworth. It’s like a massive game for Mr. Cradleworth in that he will do everything and anything within his power to prevent these special nine people to understand their true worth, or to find the mysterious girl who haunts their minds and dreams.
As in many horror/fantasy greats, T.W. Malpass brings the chosen nine, and the reader themselves, on a journey that encompasses places around the world in all of beautiful and grotesque states. Each of these special nine present a different fragment of the human soul, from redemption to justice to hope. Consolidated together they are powerful forces, but taken singularly, they are just as powerful. Malpass demonstrates a quick wit and capacity to present tales that are intriguing and captivating. These nine characters are all interesting on their own, what with their unique backgrounds and lots in life. They could each very well have a standalone novel should Malpass decide to go down that meta-route. United, they are a force to be reckoned with, without all of the cliché super-hero fodder that Hollywood likes to inject into its readers and viewers.
Malpass accomplishes something that only a few authors have successfully achieved. He has created nine separate character studies that lead to a plot that is driven by the quest for discovery. However, it is not the obvious literal discovery of the child that seemingly unites them all that drives them, but it is the goal of understanding themselves that makes Sanctuary 12 such a riveting read. It’s more than a horror novel, it’s a study in every person’s quest to try to understand who they really are.
Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper
“Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper is Ghostbusters meets The Dresden Files. Fun and creepy.” -Daniel Arenson, USA Today bestselling author of Earthrise and the Song of Dragons series
Ellie Jordan’s job is to identify and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective, part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia, the most haunted city in the United States.
When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbing presence in the crumbling old mansion they’ve purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronting an older and more powerful evil that dwells within the walls of the house, stalking the living.
Ellie must quickly unravel the secret history behind the haunting in order to remove the ghost. She is aided by her new assistant Stacey, a recent film school graduate with a gift for capturing images and video of ghosts, and Jacob, a reluctant young psychic. Together, they will try to evict the dangerous spirits of the dead, whose threats to the family grow more terrifying every night.
“A brilliantly addictive, insomnia-inducing story following Ellie Jordan, a ghost tracker, who works a hazardous job investigating hauntings. Read before bedtime at your own risk!” -Alexia Purdy, bestselling author of the Dark Faerie Tale and Reign of Blood series
All I can think right now is wow..…this book was awesome! I have never read anything by this author,but it sounded promising, well it delivered 100%! I am a night owl with insomnia,so while scrolling through Amazon I stumbled upon this book and paid the 99 cents. I figured if it was good,then yay for me ,and if it sucked,I was only out a dollar. So,around 2am,while my family blissfully snores down the hall,I settled in for a night of reading. I was hooked from the start! I couldn’t put it down. I will openly admit to being spooked by the paranormal,and believing in it as well. Since childhood I have had my own personal experiences with spirits and the unseen. Yet,I,at 2in the morning,all alone began to read….and whether you are a believer or not, JL Bryan will make you one!!!! This book has everything you could ask for in a horror story. Family buys creepy old Georgian mansion and intends to open a B&B. Except,something doesn’t want them there. The young daughter is the first to notice things,and when she told her family they,like many adults,believed it was just her nerves because of the move and the “newness” of the house. Well,pretty soon the mother begins to believe her daughter might be telling the truth. So, in step s Ellie Jordan and Stacey Talbert -ghost trappers!
I don’t want to say anymore and give out spoilers. I know it kept me hooked,and a couple of times my mind played tricks,which is to be expected reading a wonderful book of this genre in the pitch dark,the only light the glow from my kindle. When someone can write a book that gets you going to the point of hearing your own “bumps in the night”,that is an author! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a wonderfully spooky,suspenseful book that gets your heart racing and makes you look over your own shoulders a couple of times. In this day,it is so hard to find a good horror,anything! But,this one was for me. Thanks JL I absolutely loved it! Off to get the second one ,’Cold Shadows’. And as always,to my fellow readers……HAPPY READING!!!!! 🙂
STAY OUT OF THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE
Few places on earth engender as much primal fear as the mysterious and forbidding Bermuda Triangle. With good reason.
A bizarre plane crash at sea leaves Bria Hunter and her high school classmates trapped in a chilling race for survival.
Will Bria and her friends escape from the evil presence before it’s too late?
In the mood for a nerve-shredding tale of horror on the high seas that keeps you turning pages with the lights on all night? Then grab Monstrum today!
“Addictive. Heartpounding. Fierce. For fans of Kelley Armstrong, Rick Yancey, and James Dasher.”
—Eve Silver, author of The Game series
A fun, quick, fast-moving story. There were times I would have preferred things to be a little more fleshed out, but with the quick pacing the author was trying to keep to, that wasn’t really possible. Overall the characters (and their dialogue) were portrayed fairly realistically in terms of how slightly smarter and more mature teenagers would act in such a situation, and the plot usually made sense and had some logic behind how things played out. The author wisely focused on the plot and the story of the monster (and its “relationship” with Bria) instead of having the teen romance be the main focus (with the story merely acting as a backdrop for the romance). One of the better YA novels I have read in a while. This author has a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to seeing where she takes the story in the future.
This is a 65,000 word story. *This is a 3 book series*
2nd professional edit done 2/17/16
There is a subplot with Taylor in this story for all you Crush lovers.
Julie (Taylor’s best friend from The Crush Saga) leaves Big Bear Lake when she is chased by evil that wants to consume her powers. She dyes her hair, packs her stuff, and goes on the run… She hooks up with a werewolf pack that is branched off from The Ice Pack. They vow to help her. But can she really hide from her enemies?
Julie is eighteen years old, discreetly going about her life as the daughter of a witch. Her biggest concern is trying to convince her mother to let her marry her boyfriend, a werewolf.
Everything changes when, after a fight with her mother, Julie goes for a drive and ends up in a car accident. The other driver gets out of his car and attacks Julie with inhuman strength. She is forced to use magic to defend herself, and accidentally kills her attacker in the process. A few short hours later, the same man walks out of the hospital without a scratch on him.
Julie goes on the run, hunted by a coven of vampires long thought to be extinct. Even in a town full of Immortals, Julie is not safe. The only way for her to stop running is to defeat the vampires that hunt her. With help from two new friends and fellow vampires, Julie goes on a journey to find three rare ingredients to use in a potion that will destroy the entire coven that hunts her.
She constantly battles not only against vampires, shape-shifters and ghosts—but also with herself. Can she learn what it means to be part of a pack? The answer will determine her success or failure.
The Lonesome Dead
Beware the spirits of Lake Manuxet…
“Don’t look out towards Knob Island at night.” That was the warning Douglas’ grandfather gave him as a boy. Now returning to the shores of Lake Manuxet as a grown man, with his twin sister and their ailing grandmother in tow for a final, nostalgic visit, Douglas begins to experience frightful things in his cherished childhood vacation spot.
Just what is it that claws its way out of the lake each night, only to approach their cabin? What mysteries does the remote lake hold? Are the horrors Douglas experiences genuine, or is he simply inheriting the madness that seems to run in his family? What is the true nature of the cryptic warning his grandfather gave him so many years ago about the small island at the center of Lake Manuxet?
What begins as a sentimental pilgrimage to a once-enjoyable vacation spot rapidly deteriorates into a fight for survival and sanity.
The Lonesome Dead is a standalone novel of supernatural suspense and terror by Ambrose Ibsen.
A story of vengeance, murder and how sometimes you can not escape guilt. Nice characters, scary story about how guilt can kill. Ghost vengeance has no boundaries, and continue to haunt no matter how a person tries. Nice writing and captivating individuals. Recommended!!
I am so amazed at finding this book. i reject about 50 books for every one i read. much of this book could really happen, but it was horrible, regardless. the motive involved is really powerful. it is also scary, though. i got on his mailing list. i am spending all too much of my time musing over this book. more than haunting.
The #1 national bestseller for Stephen King’s rabid fans, Cujo “hits the jugular” (The New York Times) with the story of a friendly Saint Bernard that is bitten by a sick bat. Get ready to meet the most hideous menace ever to savage the flesh and devour the mind.
Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day, Cujo chases a rabbit into a cave inhabited by sick bats and emerges as something new altogether.
Meanwhile, Vic and Donna Trenton, and their young son Tad, move to Maine. They are seeking peace and quiet, but life in this small town is not what it seems. As Tad tries to fend off the terror that comes to him at night from his bedroom closet, and as Vic and Donna face their own nightmare of a marriage on the rocks, there is no way they can know that a monster, infinitely sinister, waits in the daylight.
What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inescapably drawing in all the people around him, makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has ever written. “A genuine page-turner that grabs you and holds you and won’t let go” (Chattanooga Times), Cujo will forever change how you view man’s best friend.
Hits the jugular. (The New York Times)
Just when your bloodpressure is back to normal, Stephen King is at it again…with a nightmare his fans won’t forget. (Kansas City Star)
He builds up the suspense, holds back the dynamite until you’re screaming for it, and then lets you have it.” (Minneapolis Tribune)
It grabs you and holds you and won’t let go…excruciating suspense…a genuine page-turner. (Chattanooga Times)
It is nothing less that the state of the art in horror fiction. (Atlanta Journal)
The master of modern horror has done it again…Reading Cujo is like having a razor blade drawn along the edge of you subconscious where all the demons and monsters are lurking. (Pittsburgh Press)
Lycan Fallout: Rise Of The Werewolf
The world of man was brought to its knees with the zombie apocalypse. A hundred and fifty years have passed since man has clawed and climbed his way from the brink of extinction. Civilization has rebooted, man has begun to rebuild, to create communities and society. It is on this fragile new shaky ground that a threat worse than the scourge of the dead has sprung. One man finds himself once again thrust into the forefront of a war he wants nothing to do with and seemingly cannot win. Follow along as Michael Talbot attempts to thwart the rise of the werewolf.
Once again, Mike Talbot get himself in a whole heap of trouble! Of course, through no fault of his own doing – of course not! LOL – he has survived the zombie fallout, watched his family die and what is he left with but his own sarcasm and no one to dish it out to – until Tommy and Azile bring him back from the “dead” and show him that he is the ONLY person to “save the world” (once again).
Now, we can only hope Talbot gets out of his own way and help his friends, and, with the help of new friends and a new puppy – he gets down to business of saving the world the Talbot way!
Not everything that goes bump in the night is a vampire or zombie – now, we have to deal with Lycanthropes and Werewolves! Woo-hoo!!
Great story and a great beginning to a new series from Mark Tufo.
You don’t have to have read the zombie fallout series to enjoy this new series by Mark Tufo. Mark brings the crazy back – and in a whole new way of goodness!
Don’t Turn Around
You don’t know him. But he knows you.
Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.
As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.
When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper – from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.
Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play …
With her mother’s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer – but to save herself and those she loves.
A heart-stopping supernatural thriller to engross fans of Rachel Abbott, Paul Finch and James Oswald.
What reviewers are saying about Don’t Turn Around
‘With a brilliant cast of crime characters, and a plot that was enough to make me feel dizzy, this was a compelling book that I just couldn’t get enough of. Every word, every page, every murder, every guess… I couldn’t wait for the final piece of the jigsaw to fit into place… the word ‘thrilling’ just doesn’t do this justice.’ Becca’s Books
‘This is a fantastically written story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and I really didn’t want to put it down and was gutted when it ended but what an ending it was and one I didn’t see coming at all.’ It’s All About the Books
‘This is a promising and well written supernatural detective story, with a surprising twist. One to look out for!’ Northern Crime
‘Loved this book! A strong, independent, smart heroine and a hair raising plot made this a read in one sitting book!’ Books for Avid Readers
‘It was truly a great read and well written… I recommend it to everyone that enjoys murder mysteries with a twist.’ Word Gurgle
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FUNHOUSE OF HORRORS: Graphic Novel
“Love a good ghost story? So do I… or at least I did until my life became one. My name is Stone and this is my story. Let me take you on a trip back to when I had only one voice in my head, MY OWN!”
And with just those few words the doors to the Funhouse of Horrors opened to the world. Now the international smash hit series that has readers around the globe seeing ghosts, has entombed all four bestselling books into one huge creepy crawling monster of a tale. In this collection you can, if you dare, go behind the Funhouse doors and discover the bones of what made this thriller… in the “History of a Good Scare”. Or if you are feeling brave, look under the floorboards and brush aside the cobwebs to see never before released scripting and artwork. Hear from author, Jazan Wild, and artist, Rudy Vasquez, in their own words, just what it takes to wake the dead! Truly, we are dying for YOU to come inside.
So, Enter If You Dare… Jazan Wild’s Funhouse of Horrors Graphic Novel!
The story takes a jump in time and it sets up the rest of the issues to be stand alone stories with the same main character. Fun story and again great art.
I downloaded this as an ebook for free, not expecting much, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this series! This was my favorite of those published so far. I enjoyed this story best because of the several twists involved. It reminds of The Tales from the Crypt comic and television series. I look forward to reading the next!
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The Silent Twin
I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …
Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.
Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.
A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?
A darkly gripping, page-turning thriller that will enthrall fans of Rachel Abbott, Alex Marwood’s The Wicked Girls and Mark Edwards.
Discover the other books in the DC Jennifer Knight series:
1. DON’T TURN AROUND
2. TIME TO DIE
3. THE SILENT TWIN
What people are saying about The Silent Twin:
‘This was everything I hoped it would be and then some. Dark, dangerous, intense, and with a killer plot that held me completely captive, it is my favourite yet from Mitchell.’ Becca’s Books
Caroline Mitchell is one hell of an author! With every book in this fantastic series her writing just goes from strength to strength.’ Booklover Catlady
‘It’ll take you on a heart-thumping, breath-taking rollercoaster of a ride and make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. I highly recommend this book, I loved it.’Deecees’s Books
‘A real page turner that makes the hair on your arms stand up. ’ Sean’s Book Reviews
‘Extremely well written, the suspense is palpable, and the last 20 pages or so are breathtaking…A really good whodunit with several suspects to keep the reader guessing.’Strong Book Reviews
‘I actually read this in a morning and was completely glued. She has developed a style that just immerses the reader, totally absorbing and completely engaging. 5*/5’ Postcard Reviews
‘This book is FANTASTIC and I thoroughly enjoyed reading every single word of it. I wasabsolutely hooked from the word go…left my heart pounding and my brain whirring. Caroline’s writing style is quick paced, descriptive and is one that definitely keeps a reader’s interest…Definitely an author to get excited about. 5/5. ’ Hollie in Wanderlust
‘5 Stars …This book was amazing, I was instantly hooked…My jaw dropped so many times while reading. ’ Steph and Chris’s Book Review
‘By heck I was NOT disappointed…I read this book twice…totally wowed away all my expectations…bold, gripping and really confident …my number 1 book of the year…anawesome read…I could not put it down.’ Laura Prime Blog
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The Horror Squad: An Apocalyptic Tale
With the world now plagued by rotters, it’s up to my team and I to take care of the living and take out the dead.
W T F??? Grab you by the cajones from the get go. I honestly was thinking some of these guys were total tools, but can understand why they were the way they were. This is definitely a no holds barred, kill or be killed ZomPoc story. I cannot wait to start reading more books by TJ Weeks. Awesome!!
This is the first book that I have read from TJ Weeks but it will not be the last. I really enjoyed reading this book because I was reading about a few friends and now I a wondering if they will survive the zombie apocalypse! If you like this genre than this is a book worth reading. I hope the second book is almost done!
From the first page I was hooked on The Horror Squad. TJ’s style of writing is a wonderful read. It’s a story about the Zombie Apocalypse written in the first person. The descriptions of what is going on is in detail and adds many layers to the story. It follows a group of people that when they find out what is happening, they band together in order to survive the nightmare that was thrust upon them. With the undead all around them, they gather up their belongings and head to where they can be relatively safe. The families pool their resources and find a place to try and survive the nightmare they are just beginning to understand. You will find yourself immersed in the characters stories and won’t want to put the book down.
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The Bad Box
Sarah Temple hopes to find a bit of peace and quiet when she leaves her abusive boyfriend, but instead she finds a world of horror. It’s bad enough that a sadistic serial killer and another maniac are both trying to murder her, but what’s worse is the mysterious Solitary One who controls both of them, a malevolent entity that the serial killer describes as a living darkness, a man and yet not a man, something that’s alive and yet not alive, something that wants to appall the world.
Trying to flee from the two killers, Sarah finds herself running deeper and deeper into a deadly supernatural trap, a place where people are buried alive, where ghastly apparitions mutter in the dark, where demented killers prowl, where a crumbling haunted house can drive its victims mad with terror, and where something buried for a very long time may walk again.
Harvey Click’s previous novel, HOUSE OF WORMS, had a decidedly Lovecraftian, pulpy atmosphere. This new one, THE BAD BOX, has a more modern, gloomy feel, ala King or Rice. This is not to say that Click is copying anyone…goodness no! His narratives have a style that I hope no Big City Editor ever convinces him needs to be smoothed out. It’s hard to talk about this book without fear of giving away important details, and I don’t want to diminish anyone’s pleasure (or is it agonizing torture? ) of reading this story of constant surprises.
Several horror cliches present themselves, but are handled in unexpected fashion. One thing I like about Harvey Click’s stories is he is able to write about characters far different from his own point of view. So many authors have characters that seem to have the same opinions and persona as their creator. Click’s character’s are always fascinating,and often not someone you’d care to be stuck in an elevator with.
Once again, fans of his previous book will find this one somewhat different, but still quite exciting, thoughtful and fun. Oh, and gruesome. Yeah, gotta have that in a Click novel,and this one doesn’t disappoint. I have to admit that at one point, reading it late at night, I, old curmudgeon that I am, got goose bumps. The common can become hellish. Click’s descriptive prose will have you feeling those same goosebumps too.
Outage Boxed Set: Books 1-3
This specially-priced bundle contains the first three books in the OUTAGE series:
*Outage 2: The Awakening
*Outage 3: Vengeance
ABOUT OUTAGE: When an early snow ravages the small town of Plainfield, the residents are stripped of heat, power, and mobility. They’ll soon wish they had protection. Somewhere outside, something else is lurking. Waiting for the chance to strike…
I have loved werewolves ever since seeing Lon Chaney’s role in the Wolfman. But the movie and book world has never really caught up to the potential of this mythical character. I have been flustered over the lack of good monster books until I was introduced to T.W. Piperbrooks first Outage novel by a good friend. He initially recommended it to me knowing of my hatred of all things winter, but once I got into the short novel I discovered the true horror of the tale: Werewolves! I waited and grabbed up these books as each came out, and my only wish is that I had been able to grab them all up in a collection. It is much better to be able and “devour” a great story in one stretch setting as opposed to waiting for each segment to come out, and now new readers will have this luxury. Forget zombies; push aside vampires; go for the gusto with the wolves! Only Jeff Strand with his pair of wolf novels “Wolf Hunt 1 &2” have been able to satisfy my urge for unadulterated monster mayhem as much as Piperbrook has with the Outage series. Read and enjoy; and then go our and get a copy of the original Lon Chaney Wolfman to watch. No better combo can be had!
So, I have never read anything by this author before, but I am always looking for something new and interesting to read so I download anything that catches my eye. That can really go either way. I was pleasantly surprised by these books. It took me a while to actually start reading them, but once I did, I read all three in two days. The story really sucks you in fast. There isn’t a slow, boring build up to the action, it starts off pretty fast and you get the characters’ back stories on the way. This doesn’t hurt the character development or your ability to identify with the characters at all. If anything, it is a much more entertaining way of doing it rather than wasting the first several chapter learning all about a character or setting. If you have ever lived in the Northeast, yo will have an understanding of what a flash snowstorm that knocks out the power quickly does to your perception of the world around you already so you will be able to identify. If you haven’t just know that pretty much everything the author says about it is pretty dead on accurate. The first book introduces the main characters, the setting and the situation. The second book goes into the full scope of the situation and the third book goes into the fight to survive. This is a different, more modern take on the werewolf story. It maintains a lot of the classic lore about the monsters, but updates them a little to make them more believable in today’s world. There really is no downtime in these books. The characters are either fighting or on the move to the next attack. It will certainly keep you entertained and along for the ride. It also isn’t some sappy, happy ending for all type of book so be careful what characters you get attached to. There is a lot of deceit and even more death. This is gory, messy, well detailed death so don’t be squeamish (I assume that if you read horror novels, you probably already aren’t). The author does a very good job being descriptive in all aspects so you get a very clear mental picture of all the surroundings, beasts and carnage. Is this the best book I have ever read? No. Is it super entertaining and do I plan on downloading more from this author? Absolutely. In fact, I downloaded Outage 4 the minute I finished Outage 3 and am starting it as soon as I finish this review. Releasing these books as a boxed set was a smart move because the individual books are short, but I would have downloaded 2,3 and 4 separately after reading 1 in a heartbeat. This series really pulls you in that fast.
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Sugar Daddy: A Horror Thriller
Originally self-published in 2011, the short story “Sugar Daddy” quickly developed a cult-following and went on to win the Red Adept Reviews Indie Award for Horror.
A sequel beckoned. The author eventually caved, and with tongue planted in cheek he penned what many felt was an even crazier outing than the original.
Now, due to popular demand, “Sugar Daddy” and “Sugar Daddy 2” have been updated and combined into one terrifying and off-the-wall tale for your reading pleasure.
Author’s note: This story also appears in WARPED: A Menapace Collection of Short Horror, Thriller, and Suspense Fiction.
Several years ago, I read a short story titled “Sugar Daddy” by an author named Jeff Menapace. This was, I believe, his first published story. Sugar Daddy was such an original, creepy horror thriller that I went on to read the sequel, and since then I’ve read every short story and novel written by Mr. Menapace. After writing horror stories, he’s written several crackerjack psychological thrillers. But Sugar Daddy was where it all started, and I’ve reposted my Amazon and Goodreads reviews below.
It seemed like such a simple, foolproof plan. The five would-be thieves would break into the mansion at 1507 Elmwood, heist a small fortune in priceless antiques, fence the loot, and get away scot-free.
The plan couldn’t fail. The mansion was owned by a single woman who was away from the house for several hours. The thieves even had the house key. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, just about everything, actually, as the five thieves were in for an unimaginable horror fest in one of the most macabre stories that I’ve read in a long time.
Author Jeff Menapace has written a dandy horror story. It was a short, terror-filled tale that took me less than an hour to read. This was truly the stuff of nightmares, the kind of story that could cause some readers to wake up screaming in the middle of the night.
I hope I’m not one of them.
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In the tradition of Stephen King and Dean Koontz – intended for mature audiences. Jack Tremont moves his family to the quiet mountains of Western Maryland hoping to leave behind a troubled past and restart his life. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a nightmare when his daughter Sarah is targeted by Nate Huckley, a mysterious and horrifying stranger driven by a dark, ancient power who will stop at nothing to abduct Sarah. When Sarah goes missing, suspicion falls on Jack and he must uncover the secrets of the small mountain town of Prescott City and face the evil secret hidden there. As he digs further, he learns the conspiracy reaches more deeply than he could have imagined. He must soon face the question, What is a father willing to do to save his child? The answer? Anything. Anything at all.
Gunhus delivers a taut supernatural thriller…the powerful Nate Huckley terrifies, and the assorted cast of human antagonists add to the white-knuckle tension. All the chops of an action-packed horror tale.” – Kirkus Reviews
Death, Life, or Love—Unbounded Always Play for Keeps
There are only two ways to kill Unbounded, and fire isn’t one of them—as law school dropout Erin Radkey learns the hard way. By fluke of a recessive gene, she has become Unbounded, a nearly immortal being with paranormal abilities.
Erin’s Change separates her from her loved ones and alters everything she believes to be true. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. Caught in a battle between two Unbounded groups, the Emporium and the Renegades, she is also hunted by a secret mortal society sworn to eradicate the Unbounded gene.
As Erin plunges into this dangerous new life, she must carve out her own place in the madness, protect her mortal family, and decide which group she should join. Her unique ability is vital to both groups in the race to secure an identification software that spells death for all Unbounded—or enslavement for the entire mortal world. Some will stop at nothing to use Erin as one more pawn in a battle that has spanned centuries. Erin’s undeniable attraction to Ritter Langton, whose family was massacred by opposing Unbounded two hundred and forty years ago, complicates her choices. There are no second chances. Death, life, or love—Unbounded always play for keeps.
Non-stop action, terrifying consequences, and powerful romance make The Change an exciting addition to the world of romantic urban fantasy.
Praise for the UNBOUNDED series:
“Excellent and well written!”
“I recommend reading the entire series”
“High action and adventure”
“Teyla Branton belongs right alongside Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison, Jennifer Estep, and Kelly Armstrong.”