Halloween Promotion – Chill Bumps by Anthony Renfro

Today’s promotion is for Chill Bumps a collection of scary short stories by author Anthony Renfro.

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6 Tales of Horror and Suspense

The Man from the Road: A man suddenly appears on a road. He’s lost, confused, no clue as to how he got there. He starts to walk and stops suddenly. There’s a bonfire in a field nearby. He sees people dancing around this fire. They are performing some kind of ritual. He turns to flee, but he’s captured. No chance of escape. He hopes he is only dreaming, because all of this seems a bit too real.

A Haunted House Tale: Five college students on Halloween night set out to discover the secrets of the town’s most infamous haunted house. Will these students live to see the morning or will this house claim five more victims?

Demon Energy: A short story about 1 man possessed and tormented by a 1000 demons who must fight for a soul he is starting to lose. Will he ever find salvation or is his body now an eternal host of hell?

SHe: A monster stalks the city of Tampa Bay. This monster is only attacking women taking only the one thing it needs. Tim Roberts, a detective, is hot on this monster’s trail. Will he catch this monster in time or will this monster feed until it has its fill? Be careful Tim, this monster has a secret yet to be revealed.

Devil at the Wheel: A Joyride in a Chevy Chevelle. The car was just sitting there for the taking. What could possibly go wrong? Vinnie and Mike are about to find out what can and will go wrong once they turn the key. Evil awaits.

Killer Treads: A short story about a man who sees a flashy ad online advertising a twenty dollar treadmill. He buys the machine, too cheap to be scared, and realizes much to his dismay that this machine has a taste for blood. Big Bob better run like his life depends on it because in many ways it does.

 

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EXP: A Haunted House Tale

The passenger door opened.

Robert stumbled out of the car and into the busted, broken asphalt driveway. Weeds swished against his pants as he walked over to a nearby fountain and looked at it. In the center of this fountain was a moss-covered concrete statue of a kid on his knees about to roll a ball.

“Well, he’s out, better go after him,” Scott replied, pushing back the passenger seat so he could join his friend.

Kevin pulled the keys out of the ignition, and climbed out as well. Once outside the car, he leaned back in and looked at the girls. “We’ve come this far. Might as well see what all the fuss is about.”

The girls looked at each other as Kevin went around to the trunk and opened it up.

“What do you say, Suzy?”

“As long as you stay with me.”

“I’ll be right by your side, promise.”

“Let’s go then.”

The two girls climbed out of the car, and walked over to where Scott and Robert were standing in front of the fountain.

“Would you look at this place?” Kevin replied when he joined his friends.

“It is crazy scary,” Scott replied.

“Just the pot man. Come on. Let’s get the gear and get inside,” Kevin replied, walking back to the car.

His friends joined him a second later, and the gear was quickly swept up by all five of them. With gear in hand and five flashlights beaming, they walked over to the gate and stopped. This gate was attached to a silver rusty fence, which was broken in many spots as it made its way around the forgotten yard. Kevin pulled the gate open, and it let out a screech that sounded like a scream, as the rusty hinges were forced back into service. He stepped onto the broken sidewalk, which was mostly tall grass and weeds now, and led the way to the busted porch.

 

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Halloween Promotion – Demon’s Reach by Will Macmillan Jones

Today I have a New Release for you, it is currently available for pre-order. Demon’s Reach is book five in the Mister Jones Mysteries, by my friend Will Macmillan Jones.  This series is scary and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.   I will bring you the others at a later date.  It begins with The Showing.

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All families have secrets or skeletons in the cupboard, hidden away from view. Most of those secrets are better left undisturbed, for very good reasons. When Mister Jones agrees to deal with the Estate of a recently deceased cousin, he finds that the secrets hidden by his family are very dark indeed, and that the skeletons in this cupboard are very real – and not yet entirely dead.

Drawn once more by Fate into a world where magic and myth are all too real and danger lurks at every turn, Mister Jones confronts a past that seeks again to become the present, and to plunge his future into a rising Darkness.

Can he escape the Demon’s Reach?

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When Mister Jones discovers that he has been asked to be executor of the Estate of a cousin he wasn’t aware he had, he thinks that the request is innocent, a family matter. But when he travels to his late cousin’s home, he finds that the local village is a dark place, full of mistrust of his family and with unsettling whispers of a dark past.

Indeed, his arrival is enough to spark of an attempt by the villagers to destroy part of his late cousin’s home – and the first death. The mystery deepens as another lost relative finds Mister Jones – but is she all that she seems?

His first visit to his late cousin’s house is almost his last, for Mister Jones finds first evidence of Black Magical Rituals among the effects in the house, and then discovers that a Demon still walks the grounds. The Demon makes herself known to more than just Mister Jones, and the body count rises. Joined by another relative stranger who reveals that she is his half-sister, Mister Jones struggles to unravel the web of deceit and mystery and uncover the truth – only to discover that his half-sister is more involved than he believed and that the plot centers around his presence, there in the house. He is to be a sacrificial victim, in a Ritual that will restore his long-lost father to life – at the expense of Mister Jones’.

Can Mister Jones’ half-sister bring herself to sacrifice the brother she doesn’t know, for the father she fears?

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Halloween Promotion – Darkness Waits by Simone Beaudelaire & Edwin Stark

Today’s promotion is for Darkness Waits a novel by my friends Simone Beaudelaire and Edwin Stark.

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Hunting for a creepy read this Halloween? Open the gate and cross the threshold into our haunted house of mixed tales horror. Sample a variety of nightmarish visions. From ghosts to ghouls, mutants to monsters and every kind of bloodsucker in between, The Darkness Waits offers a creature for every taste.

Will you dare open the gate?

 

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Halloween Promotion – Nightlight Tales by Anthony Renfro

Today’s Halloween post is for Nightlight Tales a collection of scary stories by author Anthony Renfro.

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5 out of 5 stars – Terrific plots and plenty of chills and thrills

1. The Man from the Road: A man suddenly appears on a road. He’s lost, confused, no clue as to how he got there. He starts to walk and stops suddenly. There’s a bonfire in a field nearby. He sees people dancing around this fire. They are performing some kind of ritual. He turns to flee, but he’s captured. No chance of escape. He hopes he is only dreaming, because all of this seems a bit too real.

2. The Living Sand: Two boys discover a hidden beach and the evil deadly secrets that lie within its soft white grains of sand.

3. SHe: A monster stalks the city of Tampa Bay. This monster is only attacking women taking only the one thing it needs. Tim Roberts, a detective, is hot on this monster’s trail. Will he catch this monster in time or will this monster feed until it has its fill? Be careful Tim, this monster has a secret yet to be revealed.

4. A Zombie Christmas: Three men risk life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to bring happiness to surviving kids on Christmas Morning.

5. Need to Feed: Another year. Another massacre looming. When the sun rises on the Old West town of Saltwater Junction this town will face head on two fierce predators. Vampires who stalk you in the sunlight and werewolves that transform with the sunrise. This short story rewrites the legends and all you’ve ever known about these creatures of the night. Where do you go when there’s no place left to hide?

6. A Haunted House Tale: Five college students on Halloween night set out to discover the secrets of the town’s most infamous haunted house. Will these students live to see the morning or will this house claim five more victims?

7. A Zombie Thanksgiving: A woman risks life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to keep the Thanksgiving tradition alive.

8. Sandy and The Stranger: A road racing champion meets his match in the form of a stranger who may or may not be the ghost of James Dean himself.

9. Demon Energy: A short story about 1 man possessed and tormented by a 1000 demons who must fight for a soul he is starting to lose. Will he ever find salvation or is his body now an eternal host of hell?

10. Killer Treads: A short story about a man who sees a flashy ad online advertising a twenty dollar treadmill. He buys the machine, too cheap to be scared, and realizes much to his dismay that this machine has a taste for blood. Big Bob better run like his life depends on it because in many ways it does.

11. A Zombie New Year’s Eve: Becky and Joe are separated in a Zombie Apocalypse and risk life and limb in order to reunite for their New Year’s Eve kiss.

12. Devil at the Wheel: A Joyride in a Chevy Chevelle. The car was just sitting there for the taking. What could possibly go wrong? Vinnie and Mike are about to find out what can and will go wrong once they turn the key. Evil awaits.

13. A Vampire at Christmas: A Vampire uses his riches and immortal skills to bring joy to those in need during the Christmas Season.

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EXP. A Haunted House Tale

It was one of those old houses, the ones you see in all the scary films or the ones that are among the scary stories told to you when you were just a kid, a ramshackle Victorian home a century old, vacant, empty, haunted.

A car pulled up in front of this house and stopped. Its lights spread across the weedy overgrown lawn, and the dead landscaping. This light also highlighted a large front porch. This empty porch was now sagging in all the wrong spots.

Inside the car were five people, aged 18–25. Kevin, Scott, Robert, Suzy and her girlfriend Nancy. They all attended the local college together, and they studied very similar subjects. It made them instant friends.

They were out on this night, and at this house for one reason, Halloween. They wanted a good scare, and a cheap thrill to make this holiday perfect. Little did they know, they were about to get everything they desired, and so much more.

 

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Halloween Promotion – The Living Sand by Anthony Renfro

Today’s Halloween story is The Living Sand by author Anthony Renfro.  We have an excerpt to give you a taste.  Anthony writes great stories, enjoy.

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A short story about two boys who discover a hidden beach and the evil deadly secrets that lie within its soft white grains of sand.

4 out of 5 Stars – I like mine with a twist!

4 out of 5 Stars – Creepy tale.

 

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Seth rolled his eyes, and tried to ignore his friend. He tried to zone into the happiness he should have been feeling, and that’s when something caught his eye, something behind him, something on the wall beside the entrance to this beach. “Junior! Get over here! Get over here now!”

“Man, you’re a buzz kill. Most twelve year olds shouldn’t worry this much.”

“If I turn thirteen, I’ll remind myself of that. Now get your ass over here now!”

Junior let out a sigh and walked over to Seth. “I’m here. What is so damn important?”

“The wall,” Seth replied, turning Junior’s face, and pointing him towards it.

If Junior could have pissed cold yellow ice, he would have, at that moment.

On the wall, was a skull and crossbones symbol, blood red, dripping and running like it was bleeding or freshly painted?

Below this skull and crossbones there was a message:

‘let yea who pass here be warned, this be the devil’s virgin sand, he be the beast that walk amongst the ground, he be the beast inside the grains, life is in the sand, if you be here when the moon is full, use the seas water, mix it with the sand, whatever is created, next night, the devil’s life it will have’

After Seth read this message out loud, a mouth appeared on the red skull. The mouth opened up revealing large sharp teeth and a black empty portal. Two red eyes appeared in the empty black eye sockets a second later, and then this symbol laughed at them, laughed an evil sinister laugh.

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Halloween Promotion – Riptide by Claudette Melanson

My first Halloween promotion of the month is for Riptide by author Claudette Melanson.  Claudette has also given us an excerpt, enjoy.

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In order to tear herself free from the deadly pull which is drawing her under, Maura must enlist the help of her preternatural family, exposing her newfound friends to a danger none of them have ever had the misfortune to face before. Can she be saved or will the riptide drag Maura under…along with those she loves the most…

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“Maura! Drop him,” growled a voice saturated with darkness. I obeyed. Gavin crumpled to the ground, lacking the strength to remain upright.

“Millicent!” I was beyond relieved to find it wasn’t her fair-haired sister. Her brow drew in and downward with anger, but she still allowed me to rush into her arms. “I got my elixir!” I announced, like a child who’d earned an A on her test. “And look at my fangs! They’re huge! They came in all the way, and that has to mean I’m soooo close to the final change.”

“And what if you had changed?” Her tone was full of scolding, and she held me at arm’s length so as to drive her warning home with the obsidian daggers that were her eyes. “You would have eaten him up, like a big, bad w…vampire. And stop looking so proud of yourself! You obviously require more supervision than previously considered. Honestly, can you not keep yourself out of trouble?”

I felt the need to defend myself just a little bit. “I’m a vampire changeling with no training.” I shrugged in helplessness. “And I’m still a teenager. With no parents around to help me.”

That visibly softened her up. “Well…you do make extremely good points.” Her eyes had shifted heavenward but fell on me once more. “But you must understand that with every foolhardy, immature move you make, you only reinforce Aldiva’s opinion of you and add merit to her solution.”

“What solution would that be?” I asked meekly, fear invading my voice.

Gavin groaned, offering her the opportunity to easily sidestep my question, not that I believed she would have been truthful with me anyway…and did I really want to know? Surely my father would never let her do away with me?

We stood over the other teen, slumped drunkenly against the building wall. “Do you have any food in your pack? Preferably juice or sweets?”

“No…that’s kinda what caused all this. I went all day without eating.”

“Foolish!” Her loud sigh was rife with agitation. “Why would you… Oh, never mind! Does he?” When I looked confused…“Oh, for god’s sake, Maura. Search his pack for food.”

Why was she being so mean? She’d seemed to be on my side during my encounter with Aldiva…which could only mean either my father or Aldiva herself were exceedingly enraged by my latest blunder…and she feared for me more than she was angry…which was somehow far worse. I concentrated on trying to distinguish between the individual contents of the pack in the diminishing light. “I found an energy drink,” I offered, holding it up.

“Well, they are full of sugar. It will have to do for now.” She took it, cracked the top and held it to his lips. At first, the liquid ran over them and down his chin, but Millicent pried his mouth open further, placing a finger against his bottom teeth. He began to drink on his own. “That is promising.”

“Thank goodness,” I breathed.

“Can I ask you something?” The lecture had returned to her tone, and I wondered what level of tongue-lashing I was in for.

“Sure?”

“Just how did you plan to make your friend here forget this magical evening? Hmmm?”

I smiled self-assuredly at this. “Compel him.”

“Com…wha??” Gavin was becoming vocal. Progress. Maybe I hadn’t drained him to the point of death after all. That was certainly a relief.

“And…has that always worked out for you?”

I felt my cheeks start to burn. “Well, no…but…” How could she know that? The only explanation I could think of was Val’s blabbering mouth. He’d witnessed my failure at compulsion firsthand—on more than one occasion.

“And what if it had failed this evening?”

“Well…I would have just…ummm…”

“Yes, just as I thought. You would have been in even bigger trouble. See now why you need to think things through, Maura?” Her tone sounded more pleading than harsh.

I really hadn’t thought about the conclusion at all. I’d just been hungry. So hungry. “I’ll eat next time, I prom-om-ise.” My words ended on a sob.

Although Millicent came across as a total badass most of the time, anyone who got to know her even a little could see what a soft heart she actually had. “Oh, Maura…. Now, you stay here,” she told Gavin, her eyes locked on his. She came to me and folded me into her embrace. “Poor sweet girl. I know it must be hard. You just found your father, only to have him torn right back out of your life. And it is the first time in your life you had to be without your mother, no?”

“Yes. I miss Caelyn,” I admitted into her soft black hair.

She ran with the opportunity to lighten the conversation. “Oh, but would you not be in the worst trouble if she heard you call her that!” Oh great. Everyone was telling secrets about me. What else had Millicent learned about me that had, perhaps, even been shared with the others? “Come now,” she cooed at me, “let us take care of your little problem. After, I will take you home, and from now on, I promise to spend more time with you. Whether Aldiva or Maxwell approve or not!”

I knew the smile spreading across my face was heartfelt despite the fact I could feel the dried blood cracking around the outer edges of my lips.

After making sure Gavin was still immobile, she turned back to me. “Okay, so show me these full-grown fangs of yours.”

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Coming Soon – Demon’s Reach by Will Macmillan Jones

Today I have a pre-order book for you called Demon’s Reach, it’s the fifth book in the Mister Jones Mysteries, by my friend Will Macmillan Jones.  These are awesome books and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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All families have secrets or skeletons in the cupboard, hidden away from view. Most of those secrets are better left undisturbed, for very good reasons. When Mister Jones agrees to deal with the Estate of a recently deceased cousin, he finds that the secrets hidden by his family are very dark indeed, and that the skeletons in this cupboard are very real – and not yet entirely dead.

Drawn once more by Fate into a world where magic and myth are all too real and danger lurks at every turn, Mister Jones confronts a past that seeks again to become the present, and to plunge his future into a rising Darkness.

Can he escape the Demon’s Reach?

 

Praise for the previous book, The Curse of Clyffe House on Amazon:
4.4 out of 5 stars
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 3.0 out of 5 stars

This is the fourth in the series of Mr. Jones supernatural mysteries. I’ve read this one and the first and I think they’re a hoot. If you are tired of “classic” ghost stories in which maybe the room temperature drops 2 degrees, or maybe there’s a little girl peeking in the window, or maybe a “shadow” passes over someone’s face, and if you want a ghost story that slaps you in the face every few pages, well this might be right up your alley.

The Jones books start off mildly. Mr. Jones visits his childhood home, or a neighbor buys a cursed antique thingy, or, as here, Mr. Jones goes on holiday to a remote cottage with a neighbor who wants some quiet company while she finishes writing a book. Then, some things go bump in the night, maybe there’s a ghostly apparition, maybe the lights keep going off. But, once we’ve laid the classic groundwork, anything can happen. NO SPOILERS, BECAUSE I’M EXAGGERATING, but you might get aliens, demons, ancient gods, sea creatures, or any variation on some of the eldritch things that writers like Lovecraft would pull out of the Elder Days.

Now, anybody can write books like that. I just started one a paragraph ago. But, Will Jones brings a fair hand to the table. His Mr. Jones is both solid and respectable, and steady under duress, but also open minded to the unknown. How many mildly bemused but doughty middle aged men do you find as heroes in these sorts of books? Supporting characters, here the neighbor Sheila and later the investigator Eric, have some spunk. The scenes are always nicely set – here we’re on the Welsh Coastal Path in a holiday cottage next to an abandoned creepy farm under the shadow of an ancient even creepier hill fort. This would be fun if all Jones did was walkabout at night on the Path in the fog looking for apparitions, (which, by the way, he does a lot). Heck, even listening to ghost stories in the local pub was fun.

It’s usually about half way in that the author pulls out all the stops and goes epic. AGAIN, NO SPOILERS, but in this book the plot just keeps spinning out, (remember the ancient fort/barrow), until, as the book blurb says, Mr. Jones confronts an ancient evil intent on wreaking devastation, one bemused middle aged hero at a time.

Will Jones alternates chapters between his hero’s first person account and a more traditional third person narrative. Instead of being annoying this makes the hero’s travails more personal and immediate, and helps to sell the more outrageous aspects of the story. When you combine this with a generally unsettling atmosphere, a vaguely uneasy nod to Welsh legend and pre-history, derelict buildings, a remote location, and a cliff above a raging sea, well, that’s a fine recipe for ghosty fun. Even when it’s a bit over the top, and this book is unabashedly over the top, it’s a ripping yarn.

 

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