Tuesday, December 14, 2021

New Mysterical-E #Mystery Column


Late, but the new Mysterical-e issue and my mystery books Author Snapshot column is out! Some great free fiction, too!

See issue: https://mystericale.com/current-issue/

Author Snapshot column: https://mystericale.com/article/some-books-for-winter-reading/

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Lizzie Borden in Pop Culture #zombies #musical #books

 Somehow I missed this!! 

Lizzie Borden's hometown paper, The Fall River Herald News, ran a story on August 4 - the anniversary of the murder of her father and stepmother in 1892. 

The story, 11 ways pop culture took a whack at the legend of Fall River's Lizzie Borden, included all kinds of interesting ways Lizzie has been immortalized and includes Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter. Check it out here.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Mischief Maker: A Loki #fantasy Blog Tour


 From the lead designer of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim comes an epic journey into Norse Mythology. What if Loki was never the bad guy?

Loki, once a god, now nothing more than a stage magician in modern-day Chicago…

…his enemies from a thousand years ago have long memories.

Victors wrote the history, and Loki was blamed for the sins of the Norse gods. They can’t let him live in peace.

He has to set aside his new life to settle old grudges while coming to terms with what it means to be a man.

And a god.

If Loki fails, the nine realms will fall.

This is not superhero fiction. Mischief Maker breathes new life into Norse mythology, reinterpreting the legends through Loki’s modern lens.

* Find the author at:  Facebook - - Goodreads - - Instagram

 Author Guest Post - On Writing Mischief Maker:

Every author has their own process. Mine is to write the story, beginning to end, focusing on the plot. Once that is done, I go back through and layer in other aspects. 

For example, in Mischief Maker, I went through the entire book and made sure Manny was present everywhere he needed to be and had something fun or important to say.

 Unfortunately, he was an easy character to forget. On another pass, I went through and added the pranks that Loki played on everyone. It's really easy to get caught up in the plot and forget to maintain things like this, so I take care of them with subsequent passes.

Review:  An interesting, original take on Norse mythology. While the action could have been sped up at times, the scenery and situations Loki finds himself in were engaging, as were the characters. And the pranks  added a fun aspect! 4 stars

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Mischief Maker, Bruce Nesmith

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Happy #Halloween Spooky Reading List! #zombie #monsters



 Bwaaaahhhhh! What's lurking in  the deep recesses of those bookstores for your scary reading pleasure?? Let's see what we can find to scare the bejeebers out of you! LOTS of good reading here! (And I've been adding more as I find them until this was published!)

Read with the Lights ON! haaa!



Ghosts of Brookhaven, Jack Wallen - During its heyday, the Brookhaven Asylum suffered a steady stream of Tuberculosis deaths, horrible passings, gruesome to witness. This refuge for those dying souls became the perfect environment for spirits to congregate. Some deceased strive to serve a higher purpose; some simply want to exist in peace. Betsy Potts is one such spirit. Crossing a threshold into the present, when the noble hospital has become a home for the Marchbanks family, the young victim of TB is not only faced with expelling a group of malevolent ghosts from the Brookhaven of old, but protecting a newfound friend from a different malignancy...one growing from within.

The Haunting of Dr. Bowen: A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River, C.A. Verstraete - Dr. Seabury Bowen—physician to the infamous Lizzie Borden—swears he’s being stalked by spirits, though his beloved wife thinks it’s merely his imagination.  Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim? Companion novella (without zombies)  to the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter series. Bonus: For however long it lasts, the price of the paperback is cut to $7.69!  Get it while it lasts! Kindle sale 99 cts!

Halloween & Horror & Monsters, Oh My!



American FreakshowThe Terrible Tale of Sloth BoySteve Niles - Bizarre and cruel story of a sideshow freak seeking redemption (maybe) and murder (definitely) in a Florida trailer park. Original graphic novel by 30 Days of Night co-creator. (also in Kindle and comixology.)

Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances, Lisa Morton - Follow the history of necromancy and talking with the dead, from Homer's Socrates to the famous Fox Sisters who enthralled seekers with their 'spirit rappings' at seances during the Victorian period. Fine art, ouija boards, the odd friendship between Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and more... 

Creepy Cross-Stitch, 25 Spooky Projects,  Lindsey Swearingen -All kinds of cool and spooky designs to cross-stitch. 

* Free download through Halloween! Monster Brawl - Assorted authors - Monsters battling monsters! (* Was free at time of writing.)

Pandemica, Jonathan Maberry - A shadow government prepares to launch "purity bombs" for ethnic cleansing, but there are things worse than death... Designer pandemics are colliding and mutating... Graphic novel, 123 pages, Kindle and comixology, 106 pgs. 

Past the Glad and Sunlit Season, Poems for Halloween, K.A. Opperman - Journey deep into October's heart with a few tricks, and some tricks, to those brave enough to follow the Jack-O-Lantern's grin into the night. Poems with eerie illustrations by "weird" artist Dan Sauer.



 Dr. Cushing's Chamber of Horrors, Stephen D. Sullivan - All kinds of monsters from a mummy, to vampires and the werewolf wreak havoc in the lives of the Cushing twins who run their father's waxworks museum. Classic Monster fun! 

Suburban Gothic, Brian Keene & Bryan Smith - Crossover sequels to Keene's Urban Gothic and Smith's The Freakshow. Home is where the severed heart is...  The Westgate Galleria Mall was once a sprawling, shining monument to American consumerism and suburban growth. Now, it is a crumbling reminder of how both have fallen-an architectural ghost, haunting the outskirts of society. That makes it the perfect filming location for a YouTube channel devoted to the exploration of abandoned places. But the mall isn't as empty as it seems and the residents have sinister obscene plans for them

The Devil's Instinct, Robert W. Walker - Dr. Jessica Coran, Medical Examiner and forensic profiler is called in on a case in Marietta, Georgia to help track down the elusive Eye-Snatcher, a gruesome serial killer who leaves his victims to choke to death on their own gouged out eyeballs.

Under the Dead Lady's Corset, A Dr. Jude Avery Thriller (Killing Time Book 2), Robert W. Walker - His latest thriller has the Chicago M.E. investigating mysterious deaths from previous eras, the remains found in Chicago's underground tunnels. Might the killer be a fan of Edgar Allan Poe's obsessive fear of being... buried alive? (See book 1: Under the Dead Man's Hat.)

Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark - How the Mistress of the Dark came to be who she is. Run-ins with Elvis, Sinatra and others.

Haunted and more Haunted


Haunted, (Arnaud Legacy Book 1), Lynn Carthage - Moving to my stepfather's English country mansion sounded so promising. But the Arnaud Manor is neglected and unwelcoming, and I get the feeling it isn't exactly uninhabited. Something wants to hurt us--especially my little sister, Tabby. The gorgeous guy I just met tells me terrible stories about the infamous Madame Arnaud who lived here long ago, and about missing children and vengeful spirits. The kind of stories that are impossible to believe--until you're living in one of them, fighting to protect everyone you love...

Haunted, (Harrison Investigation Book 1), Heather Graham Matt Stone doesn’t believe in ghosts. But there are those who are convinced his home, a historic Virginia estate that dates back to the Revolutionary War, is haunted. Pressured to get at the truth about some strange happenings at Melody House, he agrees to let Harrison Investigations explore the house. But Melody House holds much more than a simple mystery from the distant past. What it holds is a very real and lethal danger, one that will cast paranormal investigator Darcy Tremayne into a struggle against the worlds of both the living and the dead.

Haunted: An Epic Supernatural Thriller, Tony Marutano - Their therapist told them that a mutual project would be useful. That it would help them reconnect. Heal. That’s why when Marco Battista inherits a highly desirable property perched on a clifftop location in the idyllic fishing village of Porthcove, he and his wife see it as the perfect opportunity to turn their lives around. The plan is simple. Move-in, renovate, and get the property sold before deep winter.   Now, they just need to survive the terror inside. 

Horror Stories


Generation Slayer, Sylvester Barzey - Kindle Vella is a new serial story experiment that stars with several of the early serials free, and then you buy segments with tokens. (Check top right of serial page to get 200 free tokens.) Can Raven keep her secret while saving her city from the bloody fangs of the Reapers  - and not die in the upcoming war against the vampires?

In Darkness, Delight: Fear the Future, Penn Jillette and others - Book three in the series. Twenty-two original tales offer "visions of  horrifying futures that await us all" by Bram Stoker winners and others including Lisa Morton, Sheldon Higdon and more.  Renowned magician Jillette's story, "The Pain Addict," was adapted for a sci-fi anthology TV series and is in print for the first time.


 Night Terrors & Other Tales, Lisa Morton - Creepy stories run the gamut from an abused child finding comfort in Frankenstein's monster, to a wealthy man searching for his fate as he rots from within. Read with the lights on! 

Sliced & Diced 2: A Collection of 13 Dark and Twisted Short Stories, Joan De La Haye - A hunter hunted, a typewriter causes havoc, a glimpse at the true cost of real estate in Hell and more... 

The Hypno-Ripper, Donald K. Hartman -  Hypnotism - and Jack the Ripper? Second volume in the Hypnotism in Victorian and Edwardian Era Fiction series. Two stories originally published during the time of the Ripper killings have the Ripper as an American who travelled to London to commit the crimes under the influence of hypnotism. It also includes an interesting biography on one of the story authors, Edward Oliver Tilburn a man of many faces including accused embezzler, self-proclaimed medical doctor, snake oil salesman, past editor of the Rand McNally Publishing Co. in Chicago and a former World's Fair secretary.  

Review: **(The stories can be rambling at times as Victorian fiction can be sometimes, but they keep you reading. Interesting stories and a fascinating bio. Worth the read!)




How to Survive A Zombie Apocalypse Page A Day Calendar 2022, Scott Kenemore - A zombie every day! 

 Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete - Think you know the Lizzie Borden story? You know... Lizzie Borden took an axe.... She was acquitted but... what if she did kill her father and stepmother for a good reason? Because they'd turned into.... zombies! Follows the real-life events of the trial with some twists!

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall, C.A. Verstraete - The story continues past the trial. Now Lizzie and the citizens of Fall River must battle a new surge of flesh-eaters, this time with a heartbreaking twist: the infected creatures are friends and family, hidden away by their grief-stricken caregivers. When her sister Emma becomes a pawn in the growing war against the undead, Lizzie has no choice but to pick up her axe again. With the help of her charming self-defense instructor, Pierre, she vows to end the horrific zombie menace, once and for all. But can she overcome her personal demons and the rampaging monsters, no matter the cost? NOTE: There are spoilers if you haven't read book 1.

Run From the Dead, Angry Eagle Publishing- A dozen new zombie stories. *** Includes my new story, "Of Life, Death and the Krieg." Makes you wonder - are zombies really undead or are they something else? Other linksUK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09K6PYV2H - CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09K6PYV2H - AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09K6PYV2H

** For another viewpoint, see The Fun of Writing Zombies at my website blog. **

The Hidden Dead: Zombie Word Search, Ian Woodhead - Word search words from various zombie books by indie authors. Fun idea! 59 pages, paperback.

Zombie Coloring and Story Book for Kids and Adults, Red Mountain Books (Ian Woodhead) - Zombie author offers a new format, coloring and read a story! 69 pages, paperback.

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

A Prophecy of Wings Blog Tour #fantasy #fairytale

  Welcome to today's guest, Jane McGarry, author of 
 A Prophecy of Wings .  See giveaway below.

About the Book:

A betrayal, a prophecy, a kingdom in the balance. Sixteen years ago the evil Dahlia overthrew the kingdom of Roshall Grove, the heart of the Fairy World.

A prophecy foreseen by Edwina, a powerful enchantress, remains the only hope to topple her iron-fisted rule. Now, Lina, a simple peasant girl, learns her future is linked to this prophecy. Edwina brings Lina to the Fairy World to fulfill her destiny—conquering Queen Dahlia. Separated from the enchantress by agents of the dark queen, Lina begins a perilous journey to join the Resistors, who await her return to mount their attack. Thrust into this strange world, Lina must navigate relations with a host of different fairies and animals, never knowing who seeks to help or to thwart her.

Finally reunited with the Resistors, Lina must find the strength to lead her people and fulfill the prophecy. Meanwhile, Dahlia prepares for the battle, which will ultimately decide the survival of her reign, while reflecting on the path that brought her and her foe to this moment of reckoning.

A fairy tale with an ending twist, A Prophecy of Wings is loosely based on Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen and examines the ideas of predestined fates and the subsequent, sometimes unforeseen, consequences.

Author Interview:

What inspired the story?

 The story is a retelling of Thumbelina. I remember taking a copy of Thumbelina out of the library over and over when I was little. On the cover, the tiny girl was sitting inside a flower and it simply fascinated me. Though I loved the story, the ending never quite satisfied me so I decided to do my own take on it.

 What was your favorite part of the story?

 My favorite part was telling the story from the antagonist Dahlia’s point of view as a parallel to Lina’s, the protagonist. Many times, the villain’s story is unknown and her motivation seems only out of pure evil. I wanted to make Dahlia more dimensional for the reader. I hope it gives more insight into the decisions each one makes.

 If you had to live in this setting, what would you choose?

 The Fairy World in A Prophecy of Wings can be a daunting place. Lina finds several places of refuge, my favorite of which was with the rabbits. I would choose this place for its comfort and hominess.

 What do you want readers to know about your characters?

 I like to write strong female protagonists with enough self-doubt to resonate as authentic with readers. My Not Every Girl trilogy has a heroine, Olivia, who is brash right from the start. Lina from A Prophecy of Wings needs time to develop her strength over the course of the story. My aim is to create characters young adult readers can see part of themselves in and provide a feeling of connectedness with the world.

How much of your own life inspired the story and how?

 Well, I was certainly no heir to a lost throne. In fact, my childhood was filled with some unfortunate tragedy. This led to my love of reading, especially fairy tales. They offered both an escape and a belief in the hope that things will work out in the end. I hope my writing provides the same.

 What work did you do before writing this book? How did it prepare you (or not) for writing this and other books?

Before writing, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over ten years and then became a stay-at-home mom. The pharmaceutical job helped prepare me for the business side of publishing, which is a critical piece in being a successful author. Being a mom helped prepare me for multi-tasking, unwanted disruptions, and limited time—all issues writers must deal with when authoring any kind of work.

 What's next? 

My next work is another retelling of the lesser-known Italian fairy tale, Biancabella and the Snake. I stumbled upon it a while back and felt a strong connection to the story.  I am also working on a Greek mythology retelling. Stay tuned for more details.

 What do you want readers take away from this book?

 Adversity makes you grow either kinder or crueler—the choice is yours. 


Giveaway: 2 winners will receive an authographed copy of A Prophecy of Wings. See https://woorise.com/thebookreviewcrew/a-prophecy-of-wings

A Prophecy of Wings

 About the author: 
Reading was always a big part of Jane’s life. Creating her own stories developed out of this love. To date she has published the Not Every Girl trilogy, a YA Fantasy Adventure. Her latest novel, A Prophecy of Wings, is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, Thumbelina. She lives in New Jersey with my husband, two sons and two extremely spoiled cats. When she is not running around with her family or writing, she can be found curled up with a good book and said cats.

Find the author at:


https://instagram.com/janemcgarryauthor/  @janemcgarryauthor - https://twitter.com/JMcGarryauthor



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New #Zombie Anthology and new story! #halloween #horror


 New Zombie Anthology!

Run From the Dead: A Zombie Anthology features a dozen new stories with layers of horror and the depths some people go for survival. BONUS: A world scavenger hunt! Each stoiry contains a certain set of words. Can you find them?

In my story, "Of Life, Death, and the Krieg," a man "wakes" to a new, nightmarish world amid a horde of zombies. Is he alive... dead... or something else?

BUY: Kindle & Print /US - Amazon UK
Amazon CA - Amazon AU

Stories include: 

Project:Seize by Angela R. Watts
Where the infected are more than a horror but a product of ... Was it a mistake?

Undying Love by Ben Black
An ending you never saw coming.

Popping the Cork by Teel Jame Glenn
Where there are more than one kind of zombie and these are terrifying.

Pursuit by J.J.Y. Sharpe
The most fearsome of the zombie world... the ones that think.

Mud and Blood by C.A. Moll
A horrible account of trying not to be seen by the ravenous horde.

Tastes Like Chicken by C.A. Moll
Did zombies always crave human flesh?

When One Door Closes by C.A. Moll
Can Matt make it home?

Gifts from the Sea by S.P. Oldham
A master of the horror and zombie genre this story leaves us with a feeling of wonder.

Of Life, Death and the Krieg by C.A. Verstraete
Makes one wonder if zombies are really undead or if they are something else.

Monstro by Philip Harris
What happens with zombies crash the party is anything but funny.

Darcy and the Horde by S.E. Griffin
A regular in the Angry Eagle Anthology books S.E. Griffin does not fail to bring it in this latest gust of horror.

Wrath by DJ Cooper
Prominent author of the apocalypse DJ tries her hand at zombies. A mother faced with the unthinkable. Could you?

Friday, October 22, 2021

Fantastic New Story News!

 I'm cross-posting since I have different audiences on my two blogs.

Some Big News!

Recognize this logo??

Well, I just got word, my short Christmas mystery titled so far - "Killer Christmas Cookies" was accepted in Woman's World Magazine! (You know, the newstand mag?!!) It's kind of a cute, funny, quirky story.... Hey, I don't write dark and zombies all the time. ha!

So far it'll be in Dec. 20,  on sale Dec. 9-15. I'll post more news and the cover when I get it.

I am just so tickled!! This was a fun story I got a quick idea on. I seem to do best with holiday mysteries, it seems, and was working on a Halloween one, but it was too late, so I got a Christmas idea instead. So... just so happy!!! Now I'll have to think of another one. I can't wait to see this in print!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Today's #Halloween story: The #Dollhouse

Flash of Halloween!!

* Enjoy a fun, spooky, even scary Halloween story every day in October! Thanks to author Jack Wallen for organizing this! 

Oh, you had to know that I would somehow figure out a way to include a creepy dollhouse in a story! 

** My new story, "The Dollhouse," will be up (check after 7:30 a.m., central time) today, Thursday, Oct. 21 here - https://monkeypantz.net/the-dollhouse

** Follow along every day to Oct. 31! All stories will post here on Jack's website: https://monkeypantz.net/ **

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Effacement Blog Tour #SciFi #dystopian The Future?


Today I welcome Hieronymus Hawkes, author of Effacement. 

* For more details & the next stops on the Blog Tour, see the BookReviewCrew page.

About the Book:

A future where offline privacy is illegal. A lethal plot permanently deleting people in power. One determined genius caught in an assassin’s sights.

2037. Dr. Cole Westbay is proud of having helped eliminate crime. Groomed to take over the company that makes the surveillance chip everyone is required by law to have, he’s alarmed by a series of suspicious deaths the hardware caused. And after launching an investigation, the brilliant scientist panics when he awakes with his mandatory neural link ripped out and his recently recorded memories erased…

Arrested for the federal crime of failing to have his life fully documented, Cole struggles to get back online and clear his name. And as his paranoia grows while the bodies continue to pile up, he fears government enforcers, friends, and even his fiancĂ©e may be in on the scheme to set him up for a deadly fall. Can the embattled scientist crack the conspiracy before his enemies hit CTRL+ALT+DEL on his life?

Interview with  Author Hieronymus Hawkes:

What inspired the story?

I read the blog of Charlie Stross, a Scottish science fiction writer, and he talked about the keynote address he gave to the USENIX 2011 conference in Boston on what the future is going to look like up through the next 500 years. He talked about lifelogging and how it will be a disruptive technology within 20 years.

If you had to live in this setting, what would you choose and why?

It’s only 15 years from now, so most of us will be living in this setting potentially. The only real difference is the neurochip in my story, but similar technology is already being developed, so who knows. I would likely embrace the neurochip, since I’m usually an early adopter of technology.

What were the hardest and easiest parts of writing this book?

The hardest part was making the main character relatable/likeable, which are two different things. I wanted to write about a person that is dealing with anxiety disorder, but not make them come off as too whiny. I don’t think I accomplished that in the first iterations. I ended up doing a gender swap for most of the characters and it opened my eyes to how I was depicting a few of the characters and it really informed my rewrite.The easiest part? Probably writing Kasia, she has a real attitude, and she was really fun to write. I am playing with the idea of doing another novel centered around her. 

What do you want readers to know about your characters?

I tried to give them all depth. Nobody is one thing, all good or all bad. My antagonist is presented more one-sided, though. I had originally written him with a softer side, but I think him being more menacing works. He does have a mother, though, and he loved her. =)

How much of your own life inspired the story and how?

I used some of my own life experience to inform the characters life choices. Especially Cole, as he wanted to get married early. I did too. It didn’t end well for me.

I had written a book, quite badly, by the way, and had some friends be honest with me and let me know how bad it was, so I decided to go back to school and get and MFA in writing. This story was based off my thesis novel, although it barely resembles it now. I learned a great deal. Certainly, and MFA is not necessary for everyone, but I had been out of school for more than twenty years and hadn’t paid that close of attention in my English classes, so it really helped get me back to where I needed to be. I was lucky to get a really talented mentor as well.

What's next?

I’m working on a space opera trilogy…vampires in space. The first book is basically done, and I am writing the second book as we do this interview.

What do you hope readers take away from this book?

Effacement isn’t really designed to send a message per se. the idea is to entertain. But, hopefully we learn to take personal privacy seriously going forward into the future. Social media is a very important part of so many people’s lives now, especially among our youth, and I can see where we can go off the rails if we don’t pay attention.


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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

#OctoberFrights: Fall Reading List #apocalypse #ghosts #zombies #mystery

Leaves are starting to Fall (nooo!), so it's time to hone that reading list for those cozy nights in your favorite chair with a cup of hot tea or something. Some cool new reading here! (The top photo only shows a small selection!)

And the Halloween Reading List with even more spooky reading is also coming up, so stay tuned! The thing I like about doing these lists is I find some authors and books new to me, as well!

Apocalyptic - Post-Apocalyptic

Flood - A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller (The Reset Series Book 1) , Kellee L. Greene - How do you carry on after losing everything? They intended to save the planet but at the speed of light, the world catastrophically changed into a dark and deadly place. Millions of people lost their lives but for those who remained, the fight for their lives set. As those who remained worked to find a way to survive amid the destruction, others began a quest to take control of what was left. The race to survival is on, but in the end, will anyone win?

Pandemic, A.G. Riddle - A hundred miles north of Alaska, a US Coast Guard vessel discovers a sunken submarine at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. It has no national identification. It doesn’t match the records of any known vessel. Deep within, researchers find evidence of a scientific experiment that will rewrite our basic understanding of the human race.

The Edge of Collapse: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller (Book 1), Kyla Stone - In the dead of winter, an EMP attack destroys the U.S. power grid. No electricity. No cars or phones. The country is plunged into instant chaos. But for Hannah Sheridan, it's the best day of her life. For the last five years, she's been the captive of a sadistic psychopath--until the EMP releases the lock of her prison. Battered but not broken, she emerges into a hostile winter wilderness with nothing but her determination to survive. Reclusive ex-soldier Liam Coleman  believed he was prepared for any disaster, until the EMP took everything he'd ever cared about in a matter of seconds. Two hundred frozen, perilous miles stand between them and their destination in rural Michigan. But the killing cold isn't the only threat, for Hannah's captor isn't about to let her go...

Unexpected World, (EMP Survivor Series Book 1), Chris PikeAssistant District Attorney Dillon Stockdale is on the phone with his daughter when an EMP obliterates the entire electrical grid of the United States. Anything relying on a computer is fried, including the plane his daughter is on. Gripped with the terrifying realization the plane has crash-landed somewhere in the expansive and dangerous landscape of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin, Dillon sets out to rescue her before it’s too late. He's determined, well-equipped, and nothing will stop him. Or will it?

Edgar Allan Poe


Freebie: Love Letters to Poe, issue 1 - Sign up for the newsletter here and get the first issue of six Poe-inspired stories free through September. * Listen to the free podcast on Audible.


Become a Successful Indie Author, Craig Martelle - Tips  for independent publishing from the man behind the 20Booksto50K writing group on FB. Other books in the series are also free via Bookfunnel: Release Strategies; Collaborations; Pricing Strategies.


Dragons' Magician, Steve Rouse CAN DRAGONS AND MANKIND JOIN FORCES TO SAVE EACH OTHER? An evil wizard tries to conquer the dragons' kingdom in a fight to reunite dragons and humanity. 

Ghosts and Monsters

The Feminine Macabre Vol. II: A Woman's Journal of all Things Strange and Unusual - Essays from women around the world on tarot, cryptids, folklore and more etc. 427 pgs.

The Haunting of Dr. Bowen: A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River, C.A. Verstraete - Dr. Seabury Bowen—physician to the infamous Lizzie Borden—swears he’s being stalked by spirits, though his beloved wife thinks it’s merely his imagination.  Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim? Companion novella (without zombies)  to the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter series. Bonus: For however longit lasts, the price of the paperback is cut to $7.69!  Get it while it lasts!


The Library of Hope,  Karla Brading - UK author brings an old ghost story to life as her book is brought to the US on Kindle. When the four George sisters are told they must leave the comfort of their coastal English home to stay with their estranged father in the South Wales valleys, they never imagined they'd find themselves without the one thing they love most:

Books. A house with no reading material. An abandoned library full of glorious opportunity.

An independent bookshop owned by an eccentric woman and her robot companion. A family of unique children with incredible talents, who will stop at nothing to bring books into their lives...Welcome to The Library of Hope.

The Love-Haight Case Files Book 1, Jean Rabe and Donald J. Bingle - Supernatural beings are willing to fight for their legal rights! Since the Summer of Love, the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco has been known for attracting weird and unconventional souls, but things got even stranger when the monsters moved in

Magic has returned to the world and with it a host of supernatural creatures—not just vampires and ghosts, but sentient gargoyles, ghouls, sprites, faeries, and more. The frightened citizenry, holier-than-thou bigots, headline-seeking reporters, and harried police refer to them as OTs (Other-Than-Humans), but Thomas Brock and Evelyn Love believe even supernatural creatures have legal rights. * Winner of three Silver Falchion Awards from Killer Nashville.

The Love-Haight Case Files Book 2, Fighting for Other-Than-Human-Rights, Jean Rabe and Donald J. Bingle - (Releases Sept. 20) Continue the series with more cases and more monsters as lawyers Thomas Brock and Evelyn Love fight for the rights of their supernatural creature clients in the City of Love. There's even an awesome Gargoyle with a "ton" of personality! Zombies, vamps and more!



Enola Holmes and the Black BaroucheNancy Springer - Fifteen-year-old Enola Holmes, younger sister of the famous Holmes family, has the wits, skills, and sleuthing inclinations of  both her brothers. them both. When a young professional woman, Miss Letitia Glover, shows up on Sherlock's doorstep, desperate to learn more about the fate of her twin sister, it is Enola who steps up. It seems her sister, the former Felicity Glover, married the Earl of Dunhench and per a curt note from the Earl, has died. But Letitia Glover is convinced this isn't the truth, that she'd know--she'd feel--if her twin had died. (Loved the TV movie, too!)

Medium Dead: A Toni Carey Mystery, Book 2, Kate Thornton - Toni Carey is busy moving into her uncle's cottage when Sheriff's Detective Peter Martin sends her a visitor. The women of Loma Vista are under the spell of a charismatic preacher, and some have disappeared. Can Ray Collins actually contact the dead? When her visitor is found dead at the Plato Institute, a low-key think tank at the edge of town, Toni becomes intrigued by the murder. But the chief suspect is a charming sleep doctor who may hold the key to Toni's dreams.


Murder Outside the Lines, Krista Davis - With Halloween just around the corner, the fall colors in Georgetown are brilliant. As manager of the Color Me Read bookstore, coloring book creator Florrie Fox has arranged for psychic author Hilda Rattenhorst to read from Spooktacular Ghost Stories. But the celebrity medium arrives for the event in hysterics, insisting she just saw a bare foot sticking out of a rolled-up carpet in a nearby alley. Is someone trying to sweep murder under the rug?

One of Us: A Tower District Mystery Book 1, Lorie Lewis Ham - First in a new series from the publisher of Kings River Life and the Mystery Rat's Maze Podcast.  Children’s book author Roxi Carlucci finds herself starting over again after her publisher drops her book series. With no income, she has to pack up her life on the California Coast, along with her pet rat Merlin, and move in with her cousin, P.I. Stephen Carlucci, who lives in Fresno, CA. When he talks her into helping out with a community theatre production, little does she know someone would be murdered during a rehearsal, and that she and Stephen would be hired to find the killer.


Sins of Edom, Carl Brookins - Third in the Senior Sleuth series. When the beloved pastor of a church is murdered, members ask Marjorie Kane for help. The former exotic dancer turns to her partner, retired army intelligence officer, Alan Lockem, in help unlocking the mystery.  Together the duo take on puzzling cases of all sorts that may involve multiple law enforcement agencies, information trading, and nearly every other questionable activity of which humans are capable.

The Best Mystery Stories of the Year, Lee Child, editor - Short mysteries from noted authors like Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates, plus short story authors including Michael Bracken, John Floyd and others. 

The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries, Otto Penzler, editor - (Releases Oct. 19)  If you like your mysteries with gaslights, Bobbies and London fog, enjoy favorites from classic authors like Arthur Conan Doyle to Oscar Wilde, Dickens and more. 640 pages.

Under a Dead Man's Hat: A Jude Avery ThrillerRobert W. Walker - Two Chicago medical examiners go after the toughest serial killer cases. Coming soon - the sequel, Under a Dead Woman's Corset, Robert W. Walker is a mystery featuring Edgar Allan Poe. See Prospective Press .(A new cover is coming!)



Bunker: Mission Critical Series, Book 1, Jay J. Falconer - Cyber-Attacks. EMPs. Invasion. War. When the end comes, few will have the ability to survive. When a coordinated EMP attack takes out the nation’s power grid, a small town finds itself at ground zero of an all-out invasion.With limited options and no time to prepare, the citizens have no choice but to turn to a mysterious drifter, Jack Bunker, for help.The former combat engineer has the skills to keep them alive, but he won’t be able to do it alone, not against an overwhelmingly superior force. Somehow he’ll have to find a way to transform the mild-mannered townsfolk into military-grade warriors and lead them into battle, despite his dark past that leads some to wonder whose side is he really on?

Crawlerz, Book 1: Red Sky in the Morning, RS Merritt - Are you ready for the end?An ancient tomb is unearthed live on cable TV after months of hype. It's billed as the archeological equivalent of Shark Week. The actual footage takes a turn no one ever expected. Those minutes of footage will be combed over by governments worldwide seeking to understand what horror came out of that tomb. They watched the news for weeks as an infection spread quickly across the globe. The videos posted online of people ripping into each other like cannibals on PCP were unreal. The support from the authorities was a joke. No one had a plan in place for this. At least not a plan that involved saving everyone...

Empty Graves, Jonathan Maberry - (Releases 9/1) 15 zombie tales span genres and Maberry's career. Includes a new unpublished story, from Wildfire Press.   


 Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete - Think you know the Lizzie Borden story? You know... Lizzie Borden took an axe.... She was acquitted but... what if she did kill her father and stepmother for a good reason? Because they'd turned into.... zombies! Follows the real-life events of the trial with some twists!

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall, C.A. Verstraete - The story continues past the trial. Now Lizzie and the citizens of Fall River must battle a new surge of flesh-eaters, this time with a heartbreaking twist: the infected creatures are friends and family, hidden away by their grief-stricken caregivers. When her sister Emma becomes a pawn in the growing war against the undead, Lizzie has no choice but to pick up her axe again. With the help of her charming self-defense instructor, Pierre, she vows to end the horrific zombie menace, once and for all. But can she overcome her personal demons and the rampaging monsters, no matter the cost? NOTE: There are spoilers if you haven't read book 1.

Here Be Zombies,  Twelve tales of zombies and zombie hunters explore "Alice's Adventures in Underland" and more. 

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