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HOS coverHis Other Son is a fast paced thriller, mixing action, suspense and the supernatural, to create a potent blend of intense intrigue. Character driven, pacy and page turning stuff.

Ray has never been the favoured son. Not interested in the family fortunes or business he lives life on his own terms.

His brother, the other son, the favourite, is dead. Stock senior, powerful and ruthless business man that he is, doesn’t accept his son’s death – especially as he was the one who killed him.

Now Ray has to battle more than the family jealousies and power struggles. He has to stop his father using the strange cult leader and his followers to bring the dead son back to life.

When Ray discovers the cult intend to hasten his dying mother’s demise in order to bring his dead brother back as a living dead zombie, the race is on to stop them.

With his sexy niece as a reluctant helper, Ray fights the cult leader and his band of followers, as well as his father and his brainwashed family, to save his mother and to ensure the other son stays where he should be, dead and buried.

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HIS OTHER SON is available from Amazon and Amazon UK.


“I think Let Death Begin is terrific. I loved it. It’s pacy, engaging, mysterious, and full of conflict and good scenes.” Advanced reader review

“With Dark Of The Sun Maynard Sims successfully ventures into thriller territory. And the fast-paced action builds to a surprising climax.” Publishers Weekly

“There are several twists and turns in Dark Of The Sun that I did not see coming and that is something I always enjoy.” Amazon

“Dark Of The Sun is awesome. Full of action, mystery and intrigue, with enough twists and turns to make your head spin. Believe me once you get drawn into this story you will not be able to put it down until you finish it.” Literary Mayhem

“Nightmare City is a page turner, plenty of supernatural thrills and action.” Horror Review

“One word describes this novel to a T: wow. A non-stop roller coaster ride of pure horror from beginning to end (Nightmare City)” Night Owl
“If you’re looking for a genre read with a lot of the red stuff, a quick pace and some cinematic action scenes you will definitely enjoy reading “Stronghold”,” Open Salon
“This is one of those rare novels you’ll never forget. (Stronghold)” Barnes & Noble

“Shelter, I’d recommend this for horror readers.” The British Fantasy Society

“Maynard and Sims really understand good storytelling. (Shelter)” Maximum Horrors

“Demon Eyes was very well written and fast paced. I enjoyed this one very much!” Hellnotes

“L.H. Maynard and M.P.N. Sims are a duo of talent to be reckoned with. I really enjoyed this book (Demon Eyes) and it’s one hell of a read.” Horror Bob

“Black Cathedral” is an exciting adventure in the dark fantastic, a dark and twisted “Mission: Impossible”. With this opening tale, Sims and Maynard have crafted an attention grabber that’s exciting and frightening.” Shroud

“Maynard & Sims — two of my favorite literary necromancers — have done it again!  Turn down the lights, lock the windows, curl up by the fire, and prepare for a long night…” Steve ‘The Grudge’ Susco

“Black Cathedral took me back in the day when all I read were the likes Stephen King, Rick Hautala, Peter Straub and John Saul. All of these guys are great masters of horror and Maynard and Sims have officially joined their ranks after finishing Black Cathedral. What makes these authors really appealing to me is that their writing reads so well.” The Novel Blog /

“In the space of a mere 3 novels, they have proven their ability to effortlessly put horror readers through the ringer time and again. Their novels don’t merely command your attention, they squeeze your nerves with death-grip power. This is real, unapologetic, scary stuff.” Gary Braunbeck, 5-time Bram Stoker Award-Winner.

“With their slick style and eye for the macabre, Maynard and Sims take their readers on a rollercoaster of sensory delight. If you’ve been crazy enough to miss them so far then grab their next book and jump on for the ride. Prepare to be thrilled and you won’t be disappointed!” Sarah Pinborough
“Maynard and Sims books just keep getting better and better, and Night Souls might just be their best yet. You are doing yourself a disservice if you do not give their books a try. I can only hope that there are more adventures in store for the intrepid souls of Department 18.” Famous Monsters Of Filmland
“Maynard and Sims give us a fresh story altogether here, (Night Souls) one that I highly recommend. The only problem I have with the book is that it ended…of all their books, this one is by far my favorite.” Horror Review

“The Eighth Witch is a consistently entertaining blend of supernatural horror and British drawing room mystery, and well-delineated characters escalate the tension as the story moves toward a surprising whodunit conclusion.” Publishers Weekly

“For anyone looking to read a good scary book then you should check out The Eighth Witch.” Fallen Angel


Maynard Sims are the authors of numerous books on Amazon. Check out their Amazon Author Page. And their website at


Novels, Shelter, Demon Eyes, Nightmare City, Stronghold, Dark Of The Sun, and the three Department 18 books Black Cathedral, Night Souls, and The Eighth Witch, have been published mass market and eBook. Their first four novels have been purchased by Amazon Publishing.

The fourth Department 18 book, A Plague Of Echoes, is for 2014, as are the thrillers, Let Death Begin, a mystery thriller, Falling Apart At The Edges, a crime thriller, and Through The Sad Heart, an action thriller. They have sold a standalone ghost story novel, Stillwater, and Department 18 book 5, Mother Of Demons. They are working on the Dark Of The Sun sequel.

Their first screenplay, Department 18, won the 2013 British Horror Film Festival Award for Best New Screenplay. They have also written scripts based on The Eighth Witch, and some of their ghost stories. They have completed two original, commissioned screenplays, a horror and a drama, both of which are being read.

Collections include, Shadows At Midnight, 1979 and 1999 (revised and enlarged), Echoes Of Darkness, 2000, Incantations, 2002, two retrospective collections of their stories, essays and interviews, The Secret Geography Of Nightmare and Selling Dark Miracles, both 2002, Falling Into Heaven in 2004, The Odd Ghosts, 2011, and Flame And Other Enigmatic Tales, and A Haunting Of Ghosts, both 2012.

Novellas, Moths, The Hidden Language Of Demons, The Seminar, and Double Act, have been published in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007 respectively. His Other Son, is published 2013.

Numerous stories have been published in a variety of anthologies and magazines, including the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, the anthology, Strange Tales, which won the World Fantasy Award 2004 and the Del Rey anthology, The Children Of Cthulhu.

They worked as editors on the first seven volumes of Darkness Rising, and the two annual Darkness Rising anthologies. They co-edited and published F20 with The British Fantasy Society. As editors/publishers they ran Enigmatic Press in the UK, which produced Enigmatic Tales, and its sister titles. They wrote essays.

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