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 Freakshow, The Terrible Tale of Sloth Boy, Steve 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.
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.
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!)
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 links: UK: 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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