For today’s FRIDAY FIVE I’m featuring five cool, creepy horror reads:
FRIDAY FIVE: HORROR
1. Mental Shrillness by Todd Russell
“Very twisted and I question my sanity for enjoying it so much!” –SeattlePI.com
The Mental Shrillness ward will shock with six twist ending horror tales:
Memorial Day Descent – experience a showdown between an old mansion and a soldier’s painful, recurring war memories. A first place story contest winner.
Pains in the Glass – Tim and Wanda love each other but neither sees the cracks in their flawed marriage looking glass. Today is the day one learns of betrayal so powerful that it will shatter, cut and bleed the other to pieces.
Dead Warmed Over – learn if it’s possible that a tortured man can love his wife too much. Ben’s intense love for wife Jackie is realized in a haunted bathtub. Another first place story contest winner.
Falling the Bobbitt Way – Tracy and John’s sweet marriage vow warps into sinister sadomasochism. Find out if they can break the vow and ever be the same.
Dueling Eyes – GAZE upon an unmoving glass eye compelling its host to entertain self-mutilation tendencies. WATCH as Madison tries to save Killroy in the dark, dirty alley from the glint of a malevolent mugger’s blade. STARE helpless as the cold steel and the glass eye attempt to complete a shocking mission.
The Illusion – There are things Damon Brooks wishes he could change about his life. He thinks he has it bad until a dying, misshapen creature shows him that the other side wants much more to change their deaths. Prepare for a nightmarish struggle at a carnival between good and evil.
At the end of Mental Shrillness author notes are provided for readers interested in each story’s history and what motivated the author to pen these strange, dark tales.
– Includes four additional stories written during the same era:
Father Knows Winners Best
The Clock Called Fate
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Politically Correct – exclusive e-book story!
– Bonus Mental Shrillness Author Notes
Available at: Amazon US
Amazon US (paperback)
Smashwords (all e-formats)
2. The Damned by William Ollie
It came on a Friday afternoon, wiping everything good from the land. It came, followed by Hell on earth, bands of brutes and nightmarish creatures, the hopeless and… The Damned.
Scott thought it had to be a joke when a raving lunatic heralding the end of the world broke onto the airwaves. Then an incident of bullets and blood left him in a place devoid of light, where rasping screams and whispered moans bubbled up from the darkness.
Now Scott has woken next to a bloated corpse in a deserted rehabilitation center. Outside, the world is dust and ash. People are screaming, people are dying.
And Scott Freeman’s nightmare has just begun.
3. Threads of Darkness by J.R. Leckman
Threads of Darkness is a collection of 4 horror stories by J.R. Leckman. Starting with an old fashioned ghost story in “They Don’t Exist,” Threads then explores the mysteries of the “Anasazi”, the end of the world in “Bucketheads,” and ends with an old west ode to H.P. Lovecraft in “The Quick and the Unholy.”
Availabe at: http://www.amazon.com/Threads-of-Darkness-ebook/dp/B005C6CF2I
4. The Kult by Shaun Jeffrey
“Shaun Jeffrey hits one out of the park with this creepy, character-driven thriller that starts with a jolt, stays in the fast lane, and plunges into the darkest territory of the human mind.”
–Jonathan Maberry, author of PATIENT ZERO
“Part mystery, part police procedural, part horror story, it’s one thrilling ride.”
–Nate Kenyon, author of THE REACH and THE BONE FACTORY
“The Kult is a creeping stalk through a shadowy labyrinth of thrills and terror. Shaun Jeffrey delivers a pulse-pounding novel of superb skill and unequivocal horror.”
–Jon F. Merz author of PARALLAX and the Lawson Vampire novels.
People are predictable. That’s what makes them easy to kill.
Detective Chief Inspector Prosper Snow is in charge of an investigation into a serial killer called The Oracle who turns his victims into macabre works of art. But Prosper harbours a dark secret of his own. He and his old school friends were members of a group called The Kult who made a pact to dish out their own form of vengeance on bullies. Now a member of the group puts their friendship to the test when he makes a far darker request: that they murder someone that raped his wife.
To get away with murder, the friends decide to blame it on The Oracle, but events take a chilling turn when the instigator turns up dead, his body fashioned into a disturbing work of art. Now, one by one, the members of The Kult are being hunted down.
Just when Prosper thinks things can’t get any worse, his wife is kidnapped and he knows that if he goes to his colleagues for help, he risks his dark deeds being unearthed. If he doesn’t, he risks losing all that he holds dear.
5.The Act of Laughing by Patrick Walts
Evan Barnes and his wife Audrey have just moved into their dream home, located within the exclusive gated community of Blackwell Estates. As they begin to delve deeper into the lives of their strange and somewhat eccentric neighbors, however, dark secrets are uncovered that will quickly transform their dream into an unimaginable nightmare as an ancient evil, resurrected from the sands of the Tunisian desert by retired archaeologist Dr. Donald Raines rears its ghastly head in the suburbs of Chicago.
About the author:
Patrick Walts currently resides in Oklahoma City with his wife, Kara and their ever-expanding menagerie of dogs and cats.
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