By Derek Gunn
Zombies eating hamburgers and drinking whiskey! The American dream for the zombie apocalypse? Well not quite. Peter Giglio has presented a unique take on the now all too familiar zombie theme. Rather than becoming a ravenous horde that destroys civilisation, zombies become work drones that appear to be a great untapped resource. Of course the strain on the economy for the living is so bad they may prefer a full blown feeding frenzy rather than the slow death by economic ruin.
This is not a horror or a zombie novel. Well, it is but only in that both themes figure prominently. It is more a social statement that draws on humanity’s strengths and failures. Can a zombie love a living person? Are they self-aware? All these questions are posed in a surprisingly thought-provoking novel.
The publisher is quick to suggest that there are parallels to Philip K Dick and I can see where they are coming from. However, I felt Peter Giglio has managed to lift himself out of the mire of being merely compared to past masters and has created a story that stands on its own without the need for comparison. There really isn’t anything that I have read quite like this. It is disturbing, the longevity of the dead makes more sense in this story than in most and so comes closer to home; and it is worrying, our economy or way of life really could not support itself if we still had to feed the dead (I’m sorry ‘Second Lifer’ is the correct term) as well as the living.
Fifteen years ago Second Lifers began to rise after a young man, more concerned with love than in changing the world, makes a wish. The world changes drastically as the second lifers have to be cared for and fed, there are many parallels to this in our society and this is what makes to novel particularly insightful. No one reading this will be able to ignore the obvious message, but it is not all about the message either. There are moments of genuine humour, surprise, and shock.
Three desperadoes seek one last score before hanging up their guns. They’re lured by a virginal ingénue to a sleepy Mexican village by the promise of silver treasure. The gunslingers discover they’ve been tricked into rescuing the villagers from a pack of the most vicious werewolves that ever bloodied the pages of a book. Though they came for plunder, the gunmen can’t turn their backs on the doomed peasants and instead choose to fight as heroes. They plunge into a final battle that could well leave them as dog meat for the scheming and ravenous lycanthropes.
The story is a wonderful mashup between THE WILD BUNCH and THE HOWLING. What was the inspiration, I mean, why write about cowboys versus werewolves?
Westerns have a white hat versus black hat simplicity—the best ones come down to rooting for the good guys to kill the bad guys. Werewolves make effective heavies because you get two bites at the apple bad guy-wise—first as creatures then as bandits in human form. Plus having werewolves in it made a western hip and contemporary for readers. Mashup is just another term for cross-genre, an arena I’ve been working since I started.
You did a great job setting us in the place and time of the story. Lots of rich, compelling details. Is the Old West a favorite subject? How did you go about your research?
Guess I picked it up along the way. I’ve spent a lot of time on ranches around wranglers and horses in Wyoming, ride well, and am very familiar with firearms. Several years ago I wrote and produced a western in New Mexico with Mickey Rourke where we had plenty of horses, guns, and stuntwork that involved reenacting western situations in considerable realistic detail. For example, we had a quickdraw champion technical advisor who taught us stuff like gunfighters didn’t draw fast and pull the trigger—they drew and pushed the pistol and hammer under the palm of their other hand to fan and fire, often wearing a glove on the opposite hand for that purpose. But a lot of it was imagination, projection into what the moment-to-moment day-to-day details were for characters in this time and place. Research is overrated, in my opinion, and most of writing is dreaming stuff up. You fully imagine it, like John Irving says.
For centuries an ancient evil has slept beneath the streets of New Harbor. This Halloween, it wakes up.
(And NIGHTLIFE hits store shelves!)
Are you ready?
Described as “an action-packed debut horror novel from talented new writer Matthew Quinn Martin, NIGHTLIFE pits a feisty bartender and a mysterious loner against bloodthirsty terrors as alluring as they are deadly,”
“Thrilling, edgy, and scary as hell, Matthew Quinn Martin’s NIGHTLIFE is an outstanding debut and––along with Justin Cronin’s THE PASSAGE and Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels––it’s also one of the most original takes on the vampire novel I’ve ever read.” —Jason Starr, International bestselling author of THE PACK.
“Wait…your book has monsters in it? ACTUAL monsters? Where can I buy it? Like right now.” —Ethan Cross, International bestselling author of THE PROPHET.
Welcome, Matthew Quinn Martin, and congratulations on the release of NIGHTLIFE! So,
Halloween has come and gone; tell us more about what stalks the streets of New Harbor, what’s NIGHTLIFE about?
Jeeze, this type of question is always the toughest to answer––and it’s usually the first up too. You think I’d be better at answering it by now (or at least ducking it). I’ve noticed that readers/reviewers are doing a way better job than I could at describing the book…so let me just drop a few quotes in here: “An incredibly riveting, edge of your seat plot that [is] equal parts spooky mystery and gruesomely tragic horror novel.”––ALL THINGS URBAN FANTASY. “The ultimate Vampire book…not your modern, sexy, ‘I wanna get laid by a vampire book’…this [is] some scary stuff.”––WALL-TO-WALL BOOKS . “I don’t think I’ve actually read anything like it before, And I was not disappointed.”––THE BIBLIOSANCTUM. “NIGHTLIFE takes the tired old trope of vampires preying on humanity and give us something new, much fresher and infinitely more interesting by that cleverly simple trick of taking the idea of vampires back to their nastier, much less sexy basics.”––UNDER THE EFFING RAINBOW
In the fifth book in the Jake Helman Files series, private investigator Jake Helman returns to New York City after fighting the battle of his life on Pavot Island to save his best friend, Edgar.
He’s anxious to start a new life with NYPD homicide detective Maria Vasquez, but first he must search for psychic healer Laurel Doniger who disappeared while he was away.
As Jake investigates Laurel’s secret past, he’s drawn into a conflict with a being that has existed since the dawn of mankind. This creature is known by many names—Lilith, succubus, witch—but Jake and his allies will come to know her as the Storm Demon, and she’ll destroy New York City to take revenge on those who interfere with her plans.
Gregory Lamberson is a two time winner of the IPPY Gold Medal for Horror and a three time Bram Stoker Award finalist. He is the author of Johnny Gruesome, the occult detective series The Jake Helman Files (PERSONAL DEMONS, DESPERATE SOULS, COSMIC FORCES, TORTURED SPIRITS), the werewolf series The Frenzy Cycle (THE FRENZY WAY, THE FRENZY WAR), and the zombie novella CARNAGE ROAD, which is being developed as a motion picture. His upcoming novel THE JULIAN YEAR is the first TREEbook (Timed Reading Experience E-book).
Here’s my view of STORM DEMON:
STORM DEMON taps into a part of each of us that is hidden. No matter how rational we all are, how rational authors claim to be, there is another part of us, a part that is aware of death, of evil and of fate. This part is what draws me in, what makes me want to finish STORM DEMON, on a night with the wind howling and the rain tapping against my window.
The supernatural thriller, from Amazon’s 47North imprint, features characters from THE RED CHURCH, a Stoker Award finalist and alternate selection of the Mystery Guild Book Club, and DRUMMER BOY, a ghostly coming-of-age tale. The stories are set in the rural Southern Appalachian Mountains where Nicholson lives and are inspired by actual local legends.
“I enjoyed working with Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint for my Fear series, and I had been mulling a return to the world of my first novel,” Nicholson said. “When 47North offered the opportunity to write a serial, I jumped at it. I am always eager to experiment, and Amazon is proving progressive in its digital publishing approach. I’ll still be writing McFALL as it goes live so it’s a bit like walking out on a tightrope in flaming underpants over a canyon full of cobras. Or, perhaps it’s just another day in cyberspace.”
She was raised by her enigmatic grandmother, who held séances in her parlor, mystifying strangers who came to their home on smoky summer nights seeking messages from deceased loved ones.
Year later, she’s settled into a normal life with her husband Joe, and attending art school at Castell Community College in the evenings with her best friend Andrea. But Castell is much more than a school.
Once home to a children’s hospital, the ghosts of the restless dead still roam the darkened hallways, and now they want something from Donna…and they’ll stop at nothing to get it…
By Ethan Cross
After a Near Death Experience (an ‘NDE’) radically transforms the life of eccentric billionaire Nicholas Sheridan, he recruits a team of other survivors to study the experience. Recreating the conditions that opened the gate to the unknown, they will discover amazing connections, common visions and dramatic abilities among people who have come back from the dead. But what they haven’t bargained for is that the gate opens both ways, and something else has escaped death. Something hunting them… Something hungry.
Tell us about NDE in one line.
David Sakmyster: NDE is our collaborative effort to create a thrilling horror novel about an extraordinary team of people who have had Near Death Experiences: how they cope with what they’ve seen on the other side, and also – what demons might have been brought back with them.
Describe your typical writing day. How do you balance your writing with marketing, editing, plotting, and all other commitments?
Steven Savile: I’m a slow riser, but stubborn. I force myself to do the arse-in-seat thing for at least 6 hrs a day, more if I can. It makes me look incredibly prolific but the truth is I’m just really really stubborn. In terms of juggling time, last year was weird. I ‘wasted’ about 3 months of it not actually writing but rather writing an incredibly detailed 130 chapter outline (around 25,000 words of outline here guys) for a last days of the Templar historical thriller. I was antsy. I really wanted to be writing prose. But my head was filled with plot. I’ve never done anything like that before, and honestly about 6 weeks in, I was really regretting it! I’m the worst marketer in the world, I must have had 8 blogs that generally manage 5 posts before fading into some unloved limbo. I have someone who does my website for me. She generally complains I never give her anything to put on it… I do, however, chat football (round ball… kicked, not you know, carried in hands and thrown) on facebook, as Dave can testify. I’m pretty fixated. I’m working hard at remembering I’m married and setting real time aside for life these days. It was harder when I was teaching, and writing, and trying to be a husband and have a social life… something had to give. Mercifully, it was the teaching.
A fantastic discovery is made – a unique species not seen since the dawn of time. A specimen smuggled out of the dark heart of the Amazon jungle. It will be the wonder of the modern times. But the creature brings with it something else not seen by modern man – a primordial parasite, and something that might have been responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs.
A team must travel back to the hidden place where the specimen was found. There, they find a world-within-a-world, a place where mankind is out of time, and where there are monstrous dangers.
“In a book that seems like Jurassic Park meets Indiana Jones, Beck manages to inject realism into a very unrealistic concept. This is a well-written and flawlessly-executed read, and I only have one complaint – it ends where it does. Please, Greig Beck, get the next two parts out on time!” –G.Brown – President, Australian Horror Writers Asc.
“If you love scientific/action/adventure stories, you should be reading Greig Beck. His stories never fail to keep you on the edge of your seat, in fear for the characters and in anticipation of their horrific discoveries.” –The Speed of Write.
“THE FIRST BIRD. Three words: I loved it – a sort of modern version of The Lost World – If you like action, adventure, mixed with fantasy and some horror, this is an author you don’t want to miss.” –TABULA RASA Book Reviews, India
Greig Beck is the multi-award nominated, best selling author of BENEATH THE DARK ICE, DARK RISING, THIS GREEN HELL, VALKERYN and BLACK MOUNTAIN. Today, his books are published globally in print, online and in audio format.
To learn more about Greig, please visit his website.
By Brian Knight
Like a dark cloud of foreboding, stories of horror can cast their ghostly silhouettes across our very souls. Ghost Shadows is a collection of thirteen such stories by modern day master of the macabre, Thomas M. Malafarina. From tales of psychological terror to those involving the demonic tortures of Hell itself, Malafarina seeks to cast his own ghost shadows across the souls of his legion of devoted readers.
Thomas M. Malafarina’s new collection, GHOST SHADOWS, is available this month, and Thomas is here with us to talk about it.
Tell us a bit about your new collection, GHOST SHADOWS, and a few of the stories you think really stand out.
GHOST SHADOWS is an eclectic collection of horror and thriller short stories which I felt didn’t necessarily fit into any particular theme. I was trying to come up with a name for the collection when my wife emailed me a picture she took of her office window at work. Apparently, a bird had flown against the window at some point and the dust which collected on its body made a perfect shadow of the bird on the window. I loved the picture and not only was immediately hit with the book title GHOST SHADOWS, but based on what she told me about some of her coworkers impressions of the image, was inspired to write the short story “Ghost Shadow.” One of her coworkers said it looked like an angel, another thought it looked like a demon. If that’s not fuel for inspiration, I don’t know what is. The story “Ghost Shadow” is less a horror story and more a study in human emotion and interaction during times of stress.
How do you catch a banshee? The consequences of such dark magic are high and may cost your very soul. When a small theatrical company takes on the production of Christopher Marlowe’s play, “Doctor Faustus,” things don’t go as planned. Unexplained stage effects appear as cast members disappear, accidents seem more than coincidence, and an earthquake splits a busy downtown thoroughfare. And there’s a rumored ghost in the basement.
Anne Petty added, “THE CORNERSTONE is my take on the old ‘Doctor Faustus’ tale in which a writer sells his soul to Satan for fame and fortune. I became fascinated with the legend in college and loved what Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe had done with the tale. It got me to thinking what would the so-called Faustian bargain look like today, in our modern unsuperstitious age?”
Frank Michaels Errington rated THE CORNERSTONE five stars, saying Petty “has masterfully blended elements of Christopher Marlowe, John Dee, THE TRAGICAL HISTORY OF DR. FAUSTUS, and Irish prehistory of the Boyne Valley tomb monuments into a beautifully compelling story. I loved how all the major plot points came together, giving the reader a complete story, told well, with characters I came to love or despise. And despite the subject matter, I completely believed these events may have occurred. There is that ring of truth to the tale.”
The two most powerful entities in the universe have a meeting, and it does not go well. Only seven days remain before all life on Earth will be extinguished. Angels, witches, and demons must somehow set aside their differences and join forces to save the planet. God, who is frustrated and has lost faith in humanity, and the Father of Lies, who sees only opportunity, come to blows, and a powerful witch becomes the unlikely key to mankind’s survival. When neither God nor the Devil can foresee the outcome, what hope is there for the human race?
The real battle for Seattle continues in the sequel to Timothy W. Long’s best selling novel AMONG THE LIVING. AMONG THE DEAD finds the surviving characters from the first volume joining the military to take on the phenomenon known as the deaders.
Seattle is under siege by masses of living dead, and the military struggles to prevent the virus from spreading outside the city.
Kate is tired of sitting around. When she learns that a rescue mission is heading back into the chaos, she jumps at the chance to tag along and put her unique skill set and, more importantly, swords to use.
Lester finds a new way to deal with the situation: ignore reality with drugs. When he manages to find himself threatened, he joins with an unlikely ally to take the fight to the dead.
Meanwhile, Mike makes use of his journalistic skills to find the source of the virus, in the process discovering a way to escape the city. Two mysterious words fuel his mad quest: Lazarus Black.
By Gary Kriss
When the day finally comes that the pen slips forever from his hand, Jeffrey J. Mariotte says he wants only one thing on his tombstone.
Even then it’s not a sure thing that any will gather on Mariotte, a fifty-seven year old Arizona-based writer, who keeps rolling out dynamite thrillers along with other forms of fiction. This month sees the release of his forty-sixth novel SEASON OF THE WOLF (DarkFuse ). Yeap, pilgrim, you read that correctly—forty-six. But wait, it gets better. SEASON OF THE WOLF is also his fiftieth book, provided you don’t count comic books and graphic novels. His short stories and contributions to nonfiction books such as ITW’s THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS? Don’t even go there!
By J.H. Bográn
In the upcoming novel from Toby Tate, LILITH, something has come aboard the U.S. Navy’s newest state-of-the-art super carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, something supernatural and as ancient as time itself. And it’s taking over the crew one by one.
Reporter Hunter Singleton and his wife Lisa, guests invited aboard to witness a routine training mission off the coast of North Carolina, soon learn that the CIA is on board as well, and that some of the ship’s crew are acting irrationally, even violently. When an unexpected monster hurricane slams New York, the ship rushes to assist in the aftermath, and Hunter, Lisa and the crew are faced with the terrifying realization that whatever has come aboard the Ford must be stopped before it is set free on the streets of Manhattan. The clock is ticking…and Time itself is running out.
By Don Helin
In his novel, THE BURNING TIME, JG Faherty delivers a novel so thrilling that Brett J. Talley, author of the Bram Stoker Award nominated THAT WHICH SHOULD NOT BE says, “JG Faherty has delivered a fantastic novel that will delight fans of dark fiction. Horror drips from every page, and his mastery of folklore and the Cthulhu mythos adds an air of reality to THE BURNING TIME that’s impossible to ignore. I highly recommend it.”
Wherever The Stranger goes, evil follows. Wild dogs roam the fields. Townspeople turn on each other in murderous fury. Innocent women throw themselves off bridges. Swimmers disappear, victims of a deadly beast that haunts their waters. And the worst is yet to come. The Stranger plans to open a gateway to the nether realms and release the Elder Gods to bring forth Chaos on Earth.
Only one man knows the truth, a country mage whose family has fought The Stranger before. But can he defeat his ageless enemy before Hastings Mills is nothing but a smoking ruin and the townspeople become unwilling blood sacrifices to the Old Ones? With only the help of a young woman and her teenage son, he will have to use all of his arcane knowledge to thwart his adversary and prevent the final apocalypse. In Hastings Mills, THE BURNING TIME has arrived.
By Ian Walkley
If you’ve sworn never to read a zombie novel, then Derek Goodman’s second novel might be the time to re-consider. Derek takes a new perspective on the zombie apocalypse, adding a humanity and complexity that sets it apart from other stories in the genre.
The main character, Edward Schuett, has just woken up in an abandoned department store to discover that the zombie uprising has come and gone, and he has been a zombie the entire time. Except something is different, because Edward is becoming human again. And that might not be something the rest of the world is ready to deal with.
Rhiannon Frater, author of THE FIRST DAYS: AS THE WORLD DIES, says the book “Delivers a unique take on the genre and is one of the best zombie novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading. It’s now one of my absolute favorites.”
Derek, you mentioned on your blog that you loved reading speculative fiction, sci-fi and horror. Which authors do you feel in these genres have inspired you?
Stephen King was my biggest influence. I always read voraciously as a kid, but it wasn’t until I discovered him that it ever occurred to me that I might want to write as well. The other person that had a profound influence on me was Joss Whedon. He has a way of blending big action with little character moments, and that’s something I’ve tried to achieve ever since.
Jenda, Matteo, and Soborgne have escaped to Vajdahunyad Catstle in Budapest in search of a safe hiding place from the Dracul. When Matteo confesses all his secrets, the girls learn their part in an ancient prophecy that foretells the destruction of humanity.
Soborgne disappears with the strange man from her dreams and Jenda is left trying to convince the others of her friend’s innocence. While Soborgne is busy relishing the life of a vampire unrestrained and learning the dark secrets of her own life, Celeste calls together a meeting of the Coven and the Clan–a group of vampires and witches–to prepare for war against the Dracul. Jenda learns the key to finding Soborgne and preventing the prophecy, but it comes at a steep price.
Four centuries ago witch hunters killed the seven Yardley sisters.
Now Department 18 must battle…the eighth witch!
Four hundred years ago six of the seven Yardley sisters—all witches—were hunted down and killed. The seventh lived long enough to give birth to a daughter. Now, centuries later, that daughter has resurfaced in the town of Ravensbridge, more powerful than her mother or aunts ever were. She has honed her powers, can change shape at will, and has only one ambition—to bring her family back from the dead to seek vengeance against the descendants of all who slaughtered them. Ravensbridge once lived in fear of the seven Yardley sisters, but they have yet to experience the terror of…the Eighth Witch.
By Basil Sands
Wife and mother of five children Catherine Jordan, author of SEEKING SAMIEL, writes from a background that seems pretty normal, except maybe that, in her writing at least, she is channeling a female anti-Christ named Eva.
Welcome To ITW’s Big Thrill, Catherine.
Tell us about SEEKING SAMIEL:
This novel is about the perils of desire—wanting the wrong things for the wrong reason. Who hasn’t ever been bitten by that little demon? I wanted the story to be a horror/thriller because that’s what I like to read, but I’d found a lot of those stories were either over the top or just not relatable. So my response was to make the story relatable with “desire” and to make it as realistic as possible with a cool twist. Demons, in my belief, are real. My twist was making Eva, the main bad girl, the anti-Christ.
If Eva was going to be the anti-Christ, then I wanted to make her a demon. The only female demon I’d ever heard about was Lilith–Adam’s first wife before Eve. And then I stumbled upon Lamia, a female demon who is half serpent, half human. Eva is both Lilith and Lamia; she is the reincarnated offspring of the first female and the serpent.
By J. H. Bográn
Horror is a subgenre from which I’ve tried to stay away. As a child, I was exposed to some terrifying movies-The Omen, The Exorcist and Prince of Darkness-so when it was time to choose reading as a habit, horror dropped to the bottom of the list. Fast forward a few years and when you become a parent teaching your kid to face their fears; it hits you that you must do the same to avoid being a hypocrite. You know, “do as I say and not as I do” and all that Jazz, right? Therefore, Horror is what I’m reading now, and I turn to The Big Thrill to find new releases, like this one:
Thomas M. Malafarina is the author of some of the most frightening and nightmare inducing horror stories you may ever read. His new book titled FALLEN STONES was published by Sunbury Press, Inc.
The story begins when Stephanie Wright and her family inherit and move into a luxuriously renovated rural Schuylkill County farmette she believes all of her worries are over. But then her husband, Jason stumbles on a small ancient family burial site on the property. He decides to destroy the headstones, keeping the gravesite a secret so not to spoil his wife’s newfound happiness. But sometimes the dead have their own agenda. When Stephanie begins researching her family genealogy she uncovers a terrible family tragedy, the true unholy reason for what they originally perceived as good fortune rears it hideous head.
Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction through the island and Lea barely escapes with her life.
In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers two orphaned boys—twins. Filled with a desire to do something to help, to make something good of all she witnessed, Lea impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island—husband Mark, a child psychologist, and their two children, Ira and Elena—aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature—or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.
When a young sound engineer scores a job recording rock icon Billy Moon’s new album at Echo Lake Studios, it looks like a chance to rise above slave wages and build a life with the girl he loves. But Jake Campbel is finding it hard to concentrate, holed up in a haunted church with a paranoid rock star and a producer who just might be the Devil incarnate.
Billy Moon’s claim that he sold his soul to his producer is the kind of thing Jake would ordinarily dismiss as the ravings of a burnt out artist, but when the ghost of a woman hanged for witchcraft reaches out with messages played on the piano, and whispered into a microphone, Jake can’t help but trust his ears. And those messages are beckoning Billy to a black pool in the winter woods.
Jake isn’t ready to believe that producer Trevor Rail is the Devil, but he has a growing suspicion that Rail may be plotting Billy’s death to provoke platinum sales. And if the ghost can’t save Billy, Jake may be the only one who can.
The destinies of a serial killer and a police officer intersect during their search for a missing child. Both run a labyrinthine gamut populated by malevolent, unknown creatures.
William Chandler, former prosecutor, repulsed by his past inaction, seeks to redress it. He spills the blood of child abusers, and then attends the funerals of his own victims in order to come to terms with himself by truly understanding the nature of violence.
By J. H. Bográn
In CRESCENT LAKE, Nick Murphy, a mob informant trying to atone for his crimes – and his role in a tragic accident that killed his wife and daughter – is placed into a witness-relocation program and sent to a small, scenic town believed to be the perfect hideout. But from his first day in Silver Springs, he finds himself in a different kind of life-and-death struggle, one where his past sins have come back to haunt him. He and FBI agent Audrey Harper are quickly caught up in supernatural events and bizarre miracles, and must contend with a town besieged by religious fanaticism – and an enemy that can raise the dead.
And while a ruthless mob assassin closes in on Nick’s location, Reverend Bright plans to expand his dark ministry across the country. Nick and Audrey must overcome their own dredged-up sins, and then rally the few residents that have somehow resisted the Reverend’s influence. They will make a last stand against the whole town; but first, they must confront what rests at the bottom of the nearby lake – the source of the Reverend’s unholy power.
By Jeff Ayers
Scott Randall is a corporate VP on top of the world. To celebrate a massive new deal, he’s going to drive from Detroit to LA. But before he leaves, he makes a bad mistake. He cruelly dismisses a homeless panhandler on the street. Along the road, he swears he sees the panhandler again. Then again. And again. Soon he sees the man—who calls himself the Nightcrawler—even in his dreams. No matter how frantically he tries, Scott can’t escape his relentless pursuer. He thought he was going to LA. But the Nightcrawler has a very different destination in mind.
It began with a cow that just wouldn’t die. It would become an epidemic that transformed Britain’s livestock into sneezing, slavering, flesh-craving four-legged zombies.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, the fate of the nation seems to rest on the shoulders of three unlikely heroes: an abattoir worker whose love life is non-existent thanks to the stench of death that clings to him, a teenage vegan with eczema and a weird crush on his maths teacher, and an inept journalist who wouldn’t recognise a scoop if she tripped over one.
As the nation descends into chaos, can they pool their resources, unlock a cure, and save the world?
Three losers. Overwhelming odds. One outcome . . .
Yup, we’re screwed.
In the deepest reaches of space, on a ship that no longer exists, six travelers stare into the abyss…and the abyss stares back.
Brett J. Talley thrills us with more. “Man has finally mastered the art of space travel and in a few hours, passengers can travel light years across the galaxy. But there’s a catch—they must sleep during the journey, and with sleep come the dreams. Only the sleepers know what their dreams entail, for each is tailored to his own mind, built from his fears, his secrets, his past…and sometimes his future. On board, they’re forced to face secrets they’ve buried deep beneath the surface, while discovering a dark truth that could change everything they know about their world. Fundamentally, the novel is all about the unknown—the unknown of space and what lurks in the shadows.
IF GOD DOESN’T SHOW is an apocalyptic novel about a group of survivors who must stop the destruction of all mankind. Thaddeus Archer, an ex-police officer, whose missing daughter holds the key to the mysterious force that threatens to lay waste to our world. It’s a race against time for the broken and desperate and Archer must trust the only man who understands what’s happening, Gibson Blount, an agent of a secret government agency that doesn’t officially exist.
Both men must overcome their differences and personal demons in a world besieged by the re-animated dead, natural disasters, and Cthulhu.
By Don Helin
In Sutton, Vermont, in 1843 a coven was formed devoted to Satan. The cabal of devil worshipers was recruited by Satan’s ever loyal servant, the purely evil Moloch. One coven member broke rank. She and her family were soon slaughtered by fellow coven members out of revenge for frustrating their promise to Satan and his covenant of promised unimaginable rewards.
Somehow an infant child survived. This child was hunted relentlessly by the other members without success. Now the descendants of that first coven, several generations later, are closing in on the last descendant of the infant that had escaped that fateful night. The fulfillment of the Evil Agreement is getting, oh so very close! And then the unimaginable happens!
By Basil Sands
The Frenzy War is the second novel in Gregory Lamberson’s werewolf series “The Frenzy Cycle,” which began with The Frenzy Way. Two years have passed since Captain Tony Mace stopped Janus Farrel, the rogue Wolf who stalked Manhattan. Mace has preserved the secret existence of the peaceful Wolf shadow species, but now a team of assassins descended from the Spanish Inquisition have come to NYC to exterminate the Wolves. The FBI and NYPD form an elite task force to prevent a city wide panic, and Mace is appointed the leader. Multiple factions engage in a secret war that threatens to ignite genocide, and Mace’s reporter wife is hot on the story.