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Coming Soon! Vincent Courtney's What's Wrong with the Baby?
Coming Soon! Vincent Courtney's What's Wrong with the Baby?
THE FEAR IS GROWING

From the moment he saw the ancient castle rising out of the picturesque Scottish countryside, filmmaker Dan Martin knew he'd found the ideal location for his vampire horror movie. And nothing could make him leave. Not the eerie legends of soul-stealing beasts of the night…nor a bizarre series of freak accidents. Not even his pregnant wife's tragic miscarriage.

THE TERROR IS BORN

Except that now there is another fetus growing in Vicki's womb. But little Darian is not going to be a normal baby. The Martins' adopted ten-year-old son Marty will soon find that out. In fact, Marty will soon know exactly what his new brother really is.
NOW AVAILABLE! INFERNAL by Cheryl Low
Shrouded in Mystery

The locals call it Isla de los Perdidos.

Island of the Lost.

According to the legends, those who venture onto the shores of this cursed island never return.

Abandoned

Valarie DeNola and her sister Julie have chosen to ignore the legends and the warnings. They have been selected to lead a team of explorers to the island to discover the mystery surrounding it. But once ashore, they become cut off from the outside world, and what they discover is something they could never have prepared for.

Inhabited by Death

Now they must fight against an unknown presence that is picking them off one by one. No one can be trusted, and when even nature rises up against them, all seems lost. Their one hope is the extraction team they know is coming.

But will any of them survive to see it arrive?
NOW AVAILABLE! INFERNAL by Cheryl Low
Twisted Tales from Tornado Alley: A Collection of Short Fiction by Stuart R. West
Twisted Tales from Tornado Alley: A Collection of Short Fiction by Stuart R. West
Welcome to Tornado Alley, where the tales are as dangerous and as twisted as the storms
that ravage the great plains of Kansas.

Here, you'll meet an arachnophobe whose plans for a romantic weekend become
a nightmare far worse than anything she could ever have imagined.

Holidays are all about food and family, but this year there's a darkness hovering over
Don Carmelo's Thanksgiving feast.

A hen-pecked husband finally decides to heed his wife's advice to man up and become a man,
but will she like the changes in her husband?

They say you should never judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes. Harv Perkins is about to find out what it's like to not only walk in another man's shoes, but to wear his skin as well.

Ding, dong, the witch is dead, that's what the residents of Beckham County are proclaiming.
But down in the morgue, something is stirring.

All these and more! Eleven tales to thrill and chill you!
Ghosts of Gannaway by Stuart R. West
Evil lives deep within the mines of Gannaway.

Born of hate, it preys on the miners, feeds off their superstitions. It gathers strength from the dead and drives the living insane. And it has survived for decades.

It's up to one man to put an end to the evil and lay the ghosts of Gannaway to rest, but can he allay his own fears and conquer his own demons long enough to get the job done?
Ghosts of Gannaway by Stuart R. West
The Witching Well by S.D. Hintz
(Young Adult)
The Witching Well by S.D. Hintz
(Young Adult)
It's the end of the world...

...as Murray Macabe knows it. The security of his home life has been ripped out from under him when his mother was brutally murdered. Rejected by his aunt, Murray only has one place left to go, and that's to live the rest of his life with a woman he barely knows.

To Grandmother's House He Goes

At first, life with his grandmother doesn't seem like it's going to be that bad, but Murray soon learns his grandmother harbors dark secrets.

Double, Double Toil and Trouble; Fire Burn and Caldron Bubble

As bad as Grandma's secrets might be, they are nothing compared to the secrets held by the neighbors, three elderly women who have set their sights on Murray for their own dastardly purposes. Soon Murray finds himself fighting for his very life, and there's no one to turn to for help because everyone knows there's no such thing as witches.
Grave Marker Book 12, Vampire Worms by Neil Davies
When the first body appears drained of blood, Paul Walker automatically thinks the killer is a vampire. But vampires aren't real, or so he's been told by the local constabulary. But when he witnesses the murder of his sister by one of the vampires, he realizes the creatures are real; they're just different from what the books and movies have led him to believe. Now he only needs to convince the local police before the town is overrun. As he races back to town, though, he realizes he might be too late.
Grave Marker Book 12, Vampire Worms by Neil Davies
Evil Never Dies by Mick Ridgewell
Evil Never Dies by Mick Ridgewell
In the Spring of 1912, evil came to the small town of Kings Shore. A creature with a voracious appetite for blood took up residence within the town's shadows.

Network newsman Roland Millhouse arrived in town to interview Patricia Owens on the occasion of her 120th birthday. He envisioned a feeble old woman in a wheelchair. The woman he met was anything but. She possessed more energy than most people a half-century younger. And her life was far from boring.

Roland expected to leave Kings Shore with a fluff piece full of garden parties and church socials. What he got was a terrifying tale of death and monsters. A tale that would change his life forever.
The Goat Parade by Peter N. Dudar
Everybody loves a parade, and the devil is no exception -- especially when the parade will usher in a 1,000 years of darkness and suffering. There's a handful of people, though, who would like to foil Ol' Scratch's plans. Will they be able to successfully throw a wrench into the works and stop the Goat Parade, or is the world doomed to eternal darkness?
The Goat Parade by Peter N. Dudar
Lost Girl of the Lake by Joe McKinney and Michael McCarty
Lost Girl of the Lake by Joe McKinney and Michael McCarty
"In Lost Girl of the Lake, McCarty and McKinney have fashioned a vivid family remembrance of youth and days gone by that is both touching and terrifying."

–Bruce Boston, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Resonance Dark & Light

Lake Livingston: August, 1961

Mark Gaitlin is 15, the son of one of the wealthiest men in Texas, and on the most boring summer vacation of his life. His days are filled with the pomp and circumstance of country club life, while his nights are a parade of one embarrassment after another at the hands of giggling teenage girls.

But the piney woods above Lake Livingston are dark at night, and they hold many secrets for an impressionable youngster on the cusp of becoming a man. And one night, after skinny dipping in the lake with a mysterious local girl, Mark Gaitlin's life takes a crazy turn into the fire and brimstone religion of backwoods snake handlers and abandoned villages haunted by old family secrets. If he can survive the snakes and the ghosts and his own family's dark history, he just might make it out of the woods alive.

And something else...he just might become a man.
The Shadow Over Deathlehem: An Anthology of Holiday Horror for Charity
O little town of Deathlehem,
Within you death doth lie!
Beneath thy deep and rutted streets
Tormented souls do cry.
Yet in your dark streets shineth
A cold and ghostly light.
The fears and tears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

Well, here we are again, folks — Deathlehem …
… where Krampus isn't the only creature to fear
when the holiday draws near…
… where holiday treats aren't safe to eat …
… where not even the apocalypse will keep people from celebrating the holiday …
… where even Chanukah isn't safe to celebrate …

Twenty-five more tales to benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078J4WXQD

Print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998691267
The Shadow Over Deathlehem: An Anthology of Holiday Horror for Charity
Grave Marker 11, The First Suitor by A.P. Sessler
Grave Marker 11, The First Suitor by A.P. Sessler
Marrying above your station is never easy. The money, the great house, the gorgeous wife, and the mind-blowing sex, they all come with a price tag. That was something Howie didn't realize when he entered into this relationship. But now it's time to pay the piper and the price is more than he is willing to pay. Is there an out, or will Howie find out what happens when he refuses to make the expected payment?
Bram Stoker Award winning author Tom Deady's Weekend Getaway
A romantic weekend getaway turns into a nightmare for a young couple when a crazed gunman invades their rented cabin.

Only $2.99, or FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited!
Bram Stoker Award winning author Tom Deady's Weekend Getaway
The Demon Guardian by Neil Davies
The Demon Guardian by Neil Davies
It all started with the sibilant, unintelligible whispering and the movement of shadows within shadows. For Dennis Parkes, it was a sign of his worsening mental health. That is, until the day it spoke clearly and told him what it wanted.

Swanhilde

When amateur ghost hunters Jake Maxfield and Elton Hoggarth discovered the stone with the letters G and J engraved into it, they suspected they might have made a significant find, but because of the worsening weather, they are forced to abandon their amateur dig. They send their photos to a university contact, who confirms that they have indeed discovered something important.

Gjallarbru

Can this bridge be behind Dennis's situation? And does it explain the strange darkness that has settled over Ottmor Wood and the surrounding area? Or is something more sinister at work? And are Dennis's motley group of friends enough to beat back the darkness and save their hometown — and the world?
Norther Frights: An Anthology by the Horror Writers of Maine
Lonely, haunted roads, insanity, ancient curses, and strange creatures that go bump in the night: these are the types of tales that make up the rich tapestry of Maine’s legends and lore, and they are exactly the types of tales you will find within these pages.

Northern Frights is the first anthology from the "Horror Writers of Maine." There are names in this collection you might recognize, ones you should, and after reading it, ones you'll never forget. Sit back, keep the lights on, and read some horror from native Mainers.

With stories from:
Martin Campbell, Duane E. Coffill, GD Dearborn, Peter N. Dudar, E.J. Fechenda, Jeremy Flagg, Joshua Goudreau, James Graham, April Hawks, Harold Hull, Leslie J Linder, John McIlveen, Holly Newstein, Dale T. Phillips, Glenn Rolfe, Leon Roy,
Angi Shearstone, Katherine Silva, Juss Stinson, Lynda Styles, Wicker Stone, Morgan Sylvia, and Thomas Washburn, Jr.

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071D7W7RF

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/northern-frights

Print: https://www.createspace.com/7012084
Norther Frights: An Anthology by the Horror Writers of Maine
Grave Marker Book 10, The Freaks Come Out at Night by Joseph Rubas
Grave Marker Book 10, The Freaks Come Out at Night by Joseph Rubas
The Mole People have long been part of New York City's mythology. An urban legend, much like the alligators in the sewers. But the Mole People are no myth; they are real, and they are being recruited into an Army of Darkness with one purpose: to claim the city for its own

Frank Burger, a NYPD homicide detective, and Harvey Goldblum, a paranormal investigator, have both uncovered the plot, but when they reveal the truth, will anybody believe them? Or will the lights of Broadway go forever dark and will the City that Never Sleeps become a playground for the undead?
Grave Markers, Vol. 3
The third volume of Grave Markers, featuring Full Moon in the West by Dominic Stabile, Bottled Spirits by Adrian Ludens, and The Dance by S.L. Williams
Grave Markers, Vol. 3
Dan Foley's Gypsy
Dan Foley's Gypsy
Tim Ritter is dying. Cancer, the Big C, was eating him alive and he only had a few months left to live. Or did he?

When a gypsy at a country fair offers him a chance for a new, cancer-free life, he has to decide if he is going to live out the death sentence the doctors have handed him or if he is willing to give up the life he has lived to become her instrument of vengeance for a crime that had been committed fifty years in the past.

Does he really have a choice? A chance at a new life versus a slow, painful death …

Tim chooses life … and the consequences that come with it.
Grave Marker Book 9, THE DANCE by S.L. Williams
Be careful what you wish for.

She wanted fame. She wanted love.
She couldn't have both.
Grave Marker Book 9, THE DANCE by S.L. Williams
Grave Marker Book 8, BOTTLED SPIRITS by Adrian Luden
Grave Marker Book 8, BOTTLED SPIRITS by Adrian Luden
Truman Bonner is used to battling personal demons, but an encounter with a parasitic imp leaves him shaken to the core. He locks the imp in a secret cell beneath Deadwood, hoping never to encounter the evil entity again. Then Truman's wife disappears from their homestead after a late-night argument, and Truman and his son, Isaac, set out to bring her safely home. Confronted by a series of harrowing supernatural ordeals, the trail leads them back to the imp's macabre prison. Casualties mount, innocence is lost, and before the family is reunited, more than one person will have made a deal with the devil.
GRAVE MARKERS, VOL.2
The second volume of Grave Markers will feature Tolerance by Hal Bodner, Shriek of the Harpy by Sebastian Bendix, and The One Who Lied Next to You by Russell Coy.
GRAVE MARKERS, VOL.2
Dominic Stabile's Full Moon in the West
Dominic Stabile's Full Moon in the West
Get ready for a showdown with evil!
Dread and Breakfast by Stuart R. West
WELCOME TO THE DANDY DROP INN, WHERE EVERYBODY
IS TREATED LIKE FAMILY!

It's the worst snowstorm Missouri has ever seen, and nine strangers, each harboring their own secrets, find themselves sharing a roof at the Dandy Drop Inn.

CHECKING IN'S EASY, …

Tommy and Heather Goodenow, the inn's only scheduled guests, are young newlyweds brought together by God himself. They plan to start their life together by carrying out the Lord's work, and God help anybody who gets in their way.

Harold Carsten, an accountant for the mob, is on the run with $700,000 stolen from his employer.

Winston Ashford is a man on a mission. His mission? Retrieve the money Carsten stole and make sure the man never does it again.

And then there's Rebecca Stanchfield and her six-year-old daughter, Kyra; they're risking their lives running from an abusive past.

… CHECKING OUT'S A BITCH.

Jim and Delores Dandy wouldn't dream of turning anybody away, especially not on the worst night in Missouri's history, because that just wouldn't be neighborly.

Before the storm is over, blood will flow.

Who will survive to see the storm finally pass?

https://www.createspace.com/6796182
Dread and Breakfast by Stuart R. West
Jonah Buck's Substratum
Jonah Buck's Substratum
Deep within the salt mines miles beneath the streets of Detroit, someone — or something — is picking off the miners of the Detroit Salt Combine. The company appears to be more concerned with the protection of their equipment than with the loss of their employees, so the miners take it upon themselves to approach the Attican Detective Agency to find out what's happening to their friends. Jasper O'Malley, an agent with a reputation for getting things done (at great cost), is assigned to the case.

Teamed with Sadie Dupree, a geological expert, and Amelia Rio, an ace driver for one of the Organized Crime families, Jasper ventures underground to investigate the fate of the miners. But there's another factor operating within the labyrinth of tunnels, a factor that would kill to keep their illegal operations undiscovered. And still another factor has infiltrated the hired detective's own group. Yes, there's a Judas working with Jasper, a traitor who knows the secrets of the mines, and who will stop at nothing to keep the mine's secret. Can Jasper track down whom or what is responsible for the miners' disappearances, or will he and his one true ally suffer the same fate as the unfortunate workers?

https://www.createspace.com/6796781
Russell Coy's The One Who Lies Next to You
Angie Berg thought her husband was having an affair. The truth was far worse than she could have imagined, and not her fairy tale life has turned into a nightmare she never dreamed she'd find herself in
Russell Coy's The One Who Lies Next to You
Cranial Leakage: Tales from the Grinning Skull, Volume II
Cranial Leakage: Tales from the Grinning Skull, Volume II
A religious order, believing themselves to be entrusted by God with certain secrets, will stop at nothing to keep those secrets safe

A haunted movie theater holds the key to a famous Scream Queen's return to life

In an attempt to recapture his glory days at the height of the apocalypse, a bitter, insecure security guard commits a desperate act

There is no art without sacrifice, as an aspiring poet is about to discover

A random act of kindness turns into a nightmare for one family

A demon goes out of his way to do good deeds, much to the confusion of his trainee

Three detectives receive an assignment that lands them in an evolutionary nightmare

A night auction that deals in human suffering attracts a clientele out of our worst nightmares

Available on Amazon (print and digital) and Kobo Books)
Dan Foley's REUNION
Something lurks beneath the surface of Cooper Lake.
Something hungry. Something intelligent.
Something that preys on those who venture too close to its domain.
The native Indians had a name for it.

ONIARE

In 1939, its victim was a young drifter. Dave Longo fought and killed it then, but it won’t stay dead.

It returned in 1956 to claim the lives of two young men. For Dave, its return was a reunion in Hell.

It's now 2014 and the creature has returned, but Dave Longo is not around to face it a third time. The task becomes the responsibility of Ryan Lowell, a child the oniare had terrorized back in ’56, but can he overcome his childhood fears to vanquish the oniare once and for all.

Print: https://www.createspace.com/6371508

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Reunion-Dan-Foley-ebook/dp/B01I7BFUFS

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/reunion-116

Dan Foley's REUNION
ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters: Alien Encounters
ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters: Alien Encounters
They come in peace.
Or do they come to "serve" man?
Silent observers or the destroyers of the human race?

17 tales of out of this world thrills and chills!
Grave Markers: Volume 1
A 3-in-1 compilation featuring Richard Black's "Nikolis Cole: The Low-Rise Saint", Sebastian Bendix's "Rock, Paper, Scissors", and Joshua Rex's "Coattails".

Print only. Digital versions of the novelettes are available individually.
Grave Markers: Volume 1
Shriek of the Harpy
Shriek of the Harpy
Movie theaters are a magical place, and the Downtown Nickelodeon is no exception, as junior film archivist Muriel Sharpe is about to find out.
Tasked with the job of going through the old theater's archives before the building is demolished, Muriel doesn't hold out much hope of unearthing anything rare, but what she finds is a treasure trove out long-thought-lost films. Acting on instinct, and against her better judgement, she threads up the old movie projector and inadvertently awakens the magic of the old Nick. She's swept away in a passionate romance, dodges bullets with an infamous gangster, but nothing could prepare her for the horror the theater unleashes with Shriek of the Harpy, and soon she's in a fight for her very life as she tries to escape the one place she considered to be a safe haven.

Available at Amazon.
Monsters
"I killed my parents when I was thirteen years old."

And now, with the murder of Missy Blake twenty-two years later, it's time for Jack Greene to finish what he started.

When the co-ed's mutilated body is found, the police are clueless, but Jack knows what killed the pretty college student; he's been hunting it for years. The hunt has been going on for too long, though, and Jack wants to end it, but he can't do it alone. The local police aren't equipped to handle the monster in their midst, so Jack recruits Major Kelly Langston, and together they set out to rid the world of this murdering creature once and for all.

Available on Amazon.
Monsters
Tolerance
Tolerance
When children start disappearing from the streets of West Hollywood, Chris Driscoll thinks he knows who is responsible. Has the owner of WeHo's hottest new eatery been serving up succulent baby barbecue, or has there been a HUGE misunderstanding?

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo Books.
Deathlehem Revisited: An Anthology of Holiday Horrors for Charity
Available at Amazon.
Deathlehem Revisited: An Anthology of Holiday Horrors for Charity
Coattails
Coattails
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo Books.
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo Books.
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Nikolis Cole: The Low-Rise Saint
Nikolis Cole: The Low-Rise Saint
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo Books.
A Pig's View of Heaven
Twenty years ago, a young woman was murdered, then raped. A short time later, within the narrow confines of her grave, she gave birth to a child. Now that child is grown and walking among us, and that can't be a good thing.

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo Books.
A Pig's View of Heaven
Dead Men Tell No Tales: Shadows of the Caribbean, Book 1
Dead Men Tell No Tales: Shadows of the Caribbean, Book 1
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo Books.
Return to Deathlehem: An Anthology of Holiday Horrors for Charity
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo Books.
Return to Deathlehem: An Anthology of Holiday Horrors for Charity
Cranial Leakage: Tales from the Grinning Skull, Volume 1
Cranial Leakage: Tales from the Grinning Skull, Volume 1
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo Books.
O Little Town of Deathlehem: An Anthology of Holiday Horrors for Charity
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo Books.
O Little Town of Deathlehem: An Anthology of Holiday Horrors for Charity
ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters: Night of the Gigantis
ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters: Night of the Gigantis
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo Books.
From Beyond the Grave
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo Books.
From Beyond the Grave
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