Sunday Spotlight: Linger

Linger
An Anthology from 7DS Books

LingerCoverA million times we’ve been told the tales of the haunted. We easily forget the original victims. Revenge. Truth. Love. Confusion. Resistance. Lurk inside the pages and discover seven soul-filled stories of why our haunters LINGER

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Since this is a book one of my stories appears in, I’m going to give you a tidbit, a teaser if you will for my story that is contained within. Here’s a little bit from ‘Dead Things Don’t Play Nice’…

The tiny fingertips grasped the edge of the porcelain tub with all of their might, desperately trying to keep her head above water. The smooth surface was slippery but still the child strained, her knuckles turning white with exertion.

Trying a different tactic, the nails scraped at the hands that held her trapped beneath the surface. But drawing blood did not make those hands release her.

As she stared up at Mother, through the crashing waves caused by her frantic struggling, her eyes pleaded for release, for forgiveness, for anything that would stop the torment.

She knew Mother was sick. She’d even heard the doctor talking to her father when she was supposed to be playing quietly in her room. But Mother had been taking her pills and things had gotten better.

The ladies from Church barely came to visit anymore and she knew it made Mother very angry. She had seen Mother in the kitchen cursing them and promising herself she’d do something to make them notice her again.

Mother thrived on the attention she received; the pity in their eyes. It made her feel better, worthy in some odd way. The saddest part was that Mother had taken to hurting her own daughter just for the sake of that pity. First it was a broken arm, next a deep gash on her leg with a knife from the butcher’s block in the kitchen. Of course it had hurt, but she never stopped loving Mother. Believing that one day Mother would show regret for the things she’d done.

Instead it had gotten this far. It was late when Mother came into her daughter’s room, the smell of alcohol strong on her breath. In the background, the rush of water echoed against the tub’s walls down the hallway, the light from the open bathroom door dispelling the shadows in the far corner of her room. Mother sat down on the edge of the mattress, her hands busying themselves with different tasks like tucking her in and picking at a spot on the bed spread.

It took only a few moments for Mother to lift her up and whisk her down the hall into the bathroom. The heat of the water burned the tender skin as she was submerged, her lungs gasping for air. As hard as she fought, she was no match for the determination in Mother’s eyes.

One final gulping breath of water and she lay still; the fight easing from her muscles. Looking up, she knew Mother didn’t feel remorse—the big smile on her face was testament to her cruelty…

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Sunday Spotlight: Fear the Reaper (Anthology)

Fear the Reaper (Joe Mynhardt, ed.)

Fear the ReaperWARNING: 
THIS IS NOT JUST A BOOK

This is a journey into the life of Death; a journey through this world and the next on the words of twenty one of the best horror writers around.

Will you follow them to stare into the eyes of the Grim Reaper? Can you handle the true story of the birth of Death, or the minute details behind catching or escaping Death, becoming Death? Dying? These are not just stories but horrific experiences of pain and death: the deaths of lonely people, famous people, entire worlds, and the death of innocence and the pain of those left behind as they wait their turn, wondering what it will be like – no one is safe from the Reaper!

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Sunday Spotlight: Struck by Clarissa Johal

Struck by Clarissa Johal

STRUCK book coverThe shadows hadn’t been waiting. The shadows had been invited.

After a painful breakup, Gwynneth Reese moves in with her best friend and takes a job at a retirement home. She grows especially close to one resident, who dies alone the night of a terrific storm. On the way home from paying her last respects, Gwynneth is caught in another storm and is struck by lightning. She wakes in the hospital with a vague memory of being rescued by a mysterious stranger. Following her release from the hospital, the stranger visits her at will and offers Gwynneth a gift–one that will stay the hands of death. Gwynneth is uncertain whether Julian is a savior or something more sinister… for as he shares more and more of this gift, his price becomes more and more deadly.

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Sunday Spotlight: The Freshest Hell by Natasha Ewendt

The Freshest Hell by Natasha Ewendt

The Freshest HellDark secrets shared …

Dark spells invoked …

Death desired and death defied …

Goth Maggie and misfit Lily unite against school, family, society, normality and life itself. But can they fight the darkness within?

When Maggie moves to the small town of Groveside, Tasmania, she and Lily become fast friends, discovering they have more in common than their taste in alternative music: a disdain for all things “normal”, along with psychic abilities – and the same dark secret. The girls’ rebellion culminates in a dalliance with the dark arts that could have eternal consequences. When those consequences come to bear a decade later, they are plunged into the demon world. Suddenly the darkness within and blood lust become literal matters of life and death. A new world of darkness forces Lily and Maggie to question what they really value — including each other, and life itself.

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Sunday Spotlight: Netherword by Lisa Morton

Netherword (Chronicles of Diana Furnaval) by Lisa Morton

NetherworldCoverIn nineteenth-century Victorian England, a young widow finds that she has inherited more than her late husband’s property: The Furnavals serve as the ancestral keepers of supernatural portals scattered around the globe. When demonic entities begin crossing over from the Netherworld, Lady Diana realizes that a war is brewing, and she must be the one to confront it.

Accompanied by a young Chinese sailor named Yi-kin, her feline guardian Mina, and a mysterious scholar, Stephen, Diana will begin a journey to solve the mystery of her husband’s death and prevent the apocalypse.

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Sunday Spotlight: Timothy C. Hobbs

Timothy C. Hobbs is skulking the internet this week in support of his Monsters Unleashed Blog Tour! Below is a smattering of Timothy’s work…

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“I am a drinker of human blood and an eater of human flesh, a monster dressed in the skin of a man.” So states Charles, the main character of the novel, after being infected with a virus transmitted by an insect vector.

The Pumpkin Seed opens in India near the Nepal border in the late 17th century. A commissioned officer of the East India Company is seeking a profitable new trade route into China. Indian bandits of the Thuggie clan attempt to stop this further invasion by the British and release a plague of insects, which carry a unique virus. This organism not only infects humans, it transforms the chemical and physical nature of the host’s body. Longevity, resilience and the need to feed on human blood and flesh make the host an efficient killing machine, especially in regard to the human race.

The novel follows the characters through 17th and 18th century England and India, culminating in present day Austin, Texas. Set in the orphanages of London and in the vile body snatching trade, a host of characters, who are as despicable as their deeds, search for the truth and a cure for their malady.

The Pumpkin Seed takes us through the vices of greed, hate, love and despair and creates a modern novel that puts colonialism in the spotlight and asks difficult questions about this generation’s guilt for the crimes of its ancestors. This novel is a classic vampire tale with a twist, told beautifully from the point of view of the vampire.

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At the top of a steep cliff, a derelict church serves its congregation of dust, cobwebs, and birds roosting in the rafters. One human occupant lives there hidden in the cellar. He is cursed to never walk in the tortuous sunlight, cursed to roam the woods on the cliff at night in the form of a hideous beast struggling with the violent desire to kill while striving to preserve remnants of his own humanity.

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It’s Halloween in Jasper, Texas and Butch and Suzy are driving with their dad to trick or treat at the strip mall and the local churches. They didn’t count on the truck breaking down, getting lost in the woods, or coming across the ordinary old cabin, but there’s nothing ordinary about the tenants – two spinster sisters who have been waiting eternally for children to call their own.

Music Box Sonata is the second story from Once Upon a Time in Texas, a collective series of dark variations of popular fairy tales by Timothy C. Hobbs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Timothy C. Hobbs (1950 – ) was born in Temple, Texas. His older brother was a lover of horror movies and literature. Tim naturally followed his brother’s lead and was seduced by all things that go bump in the night. Tim started writing horror stories in the sixth grade and has never stopped since.

The Smell of Ginger, The Pumpkin Seed and Music Box Sonata are published through Visionary Press Cooperative, where Tim is a contributing member. He has a novel coming out later this year with Angelic Knight Press.

You can find him on Twitter and on his Amazon Author Page.

Monsters Unleased

Sunday Spotlight: Wrapped in Red

Wrapped in Red from Sekhmet Press

WrappedInRed13 Authors.

13 Stories.

Unlimited Vampire Nightmares.

Thirteen crimson concoctions sure to tempt your teeth, from the ancient to the modern, from the Carpathian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean to the Wild West, you are sure to find your… type – Wrapped In Red.

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