Halloween Month – Bumps In The Night By Anthony Renfro

Today I have for you Bumps In The Night, a collection of short stories, by author Anthony Renfro.  There is also an excerpt from The Dragon.

 

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4 Stars out of 5: Unique stories

6 tales filled with gore and suspense.

The Headless Fountain Man

A simple photo. A quick snap shot. One woman’s perfect picture is about to become her scariest nightmare.

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.

Fear of the Scarecrow

This short story is about a desperate man hungry for revenge. Sometimes revenge comes with a price.

The Dragon

A simple machine. Able to answer requests. Able to play music. Able to turn on lights and answer questions. Fun and enjoyable technology, but what happens when this machine is able to manifest actual things. In this short story two guys worst fears will come to life.

Webs

A pyramid in the deep dry desert. What secrets lie within its walls? One explorer is about to find his greatest desire and his worst nightmare inside this ancient artifact.

A Haunted House Tale

This short story is about five students on Halloween night who discover the secrets and terrors of the town’s most famous haunted house. Will they live to see the morning?

 

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EXP: The Dragon

“This is too cool,” Pat replied. “Let’s see what else we can ask it. Dragon, what color is the sky?”

“It is blue,” she replied, softly, easily. “Would you want to know why?”

“No,” Doug replied, as he looked at his friend with a bit of anger in his eyes.

“What?”

“We can ask it baby questions all night, but let’s try something tougher? Let’s try something for giggles.”

“Like what?” Pat asked, almost knowing that whatever his friend was going to do was going to be bad. He had a way of getting both of them into trouble. It was his idea, of course, to break into this house.

Doug thought about the question for a moment, staring out the window, staring at the black of night draped all over the lake. Thinking of a question, a real doozy, he turned to face the machine. “Dragon, what is 666?” He asked, smirking like a kid standing in front of a cookie jar.

“That is the number of the beast. Shall I summon it or a demon for you?” Dragon answered with her soft female voice never once raising or lowering her tone.

Pat looked at Doug, and Doug looked at him. Pat saw in his friend’s eyes that dark mischievous look, and before Pat could tell his friend not to do it Doug’s mouth was opening, spilling out this next phrase.

“Sure, Dragon, summon a demon for me. A really nasty one from the deepest pits of Hell,” Doug replied, and laughed.

Pat punched Doug on the arm. “What the hell did you do that for?”

“Just thought it would be funny. Besides, it won’t do it. Machines can’t make things manifest like that. If they could, don’t you think I would have asked for a girl instead?” Doug replied.

“But they’re making these machines smarter these days.”

“So, she can now conjure up a demon out of thin air. Tell me you’re not that stupid.”

“Guess you’re right. That would be impossible,” Pat replied, and looked at the machine.

The machine did not respond to Doug’s command. It just sat there silent and lifeless, almost like it was thinking or pondering something.

“See, told you nothing would happen,” Doug replied, turning away from the machine that was now kind of given him the creeps. He didn’t like the fact that it hadn’t responded with a response that it couldn’t do the requested action. That bothered him for some reason, and he didn’t know why . . .

 

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Halloween Month -The Curse of Clyffe House By Will Macmillan Jones

Today I have The Curse of Clyffe House, book four in the Mister Jones Mysteries, by my friend Will Macmillan Jones.  As in all this series it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Curse of Clyffe House

 

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The Curse of Clyffe House is the fourth in the Mister Jones Mysteries collection

It was supposed to be a holiday, time away whilst his friend and neighbour wrote a book about their last adventure. But as soon as Mister Jones arrives at the holiday cottage things start to go wrong, and waking up to find a skeleton in his bed is only the start. Terror stalks this cottage and before long Mister Jones discovers an ancient Evil is plotting to wreak devastation across the land; and it will start with his death.

Poison, fear and a horrific Shadow from long ago stand between their survival: can Mister Jones and his friend defeat the Curse of Clyffe House and live?
Praise for the Mister Jones Mysteries collection on Amazon:

‘I could not put the book down’

‘Creepy and unsettling’

‘Don’t read alone in the dark’

‘Sparsely told in a classic horror style’

‘A mad rush into danger that horror lovers will adore’

‘A classic, Dennis Wheatley feel’

‘Read it in one sitting’

‘Two days later, I can still remember every detail’

 

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Halloween Month – Red Sky: Rising By Ben Archer

Today I have Red Sky: Rising by author Ben Archer.  A friend recommended it to me and I’m looking forward to reading it.

BEN ARCHER

 

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Humanity’s gone. People are still wandering around in these soulless husks, but all the beauty inside―love and compassion―has long since died. Now our dark, divided world is nothing more than a trophy to mankind’s failure. And all Hayden Flynn wants is to be left alone. However, when an ancient evil rises from the ashes, he realizes things could always be worse. …much worse.

Now, toeing the line between the living and dead, Hayden will use his elevated senses to prepare for the ultimate hunt.
Our salvation will rest on the weary shoulders of one man and a seemingly innocent girl, Quinn Merrin, that crosses his path.
Is it destiny or divine intervention that brought them together? Either way, Hayden and Quinn will stop at nothing to find him, even if it means leaving a path of bodies and blood in their wake. Because, after all, what price is too high for salvation?

 

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Halloween Month – The Clayton Chronicles By Edwin Stark

Today I have The Clayton Chronicles, horror tales of the undead, by my friend Edwin Stark.

EDWIN Clayton Chronicles

 

 

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Strange events are taking place in the small town of Nosfort, Massachusetts.

A corpse turns up with strange marks on its neck, key people in the town are disappearing – and who are those pale, sharp-toothed strangers the townsfolk can’t seem to notice?

For Sheriff Clayton Harris, there can be only one conclusion. But how can one lone lawman take on the nest of bloodsuckers that has taken root in his town? With the help of an undead sidekick, of course. Come inside and meet Sheriff Harris and Sherwin Williams, the sheriff/vampire duo that joins efforts to save the imperiled town of Nosfort from its impending doom.

Hop on a thrill-ride with Sherwin and Harris in an entertaining combination of mystery, biting and fun. Enter the small East Coast town of Nosfort in The Clayton Chronicles!

 

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Halloween Month -Portrait Of A Girl By Will Macmillan Jones

Today I have Book Two of the Mister Jones Mysteries, Portrait Of A Girl, by my friend Will Macmillan Jones.

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Does lightning ever strike twice? It would seem so for the unfortunate Mister Jones. After a harrowing encounter with the paranormal in The Showing, once again he again finds himself in mortal danger on the borders of that shadowed world.

An antique painting holds a strange fascination for him – and others. What does the girl in the portrait want from Mister Jones and from the others who become entranced by her beauty? And can she be stopped before she unleashes her ancient evil into our modern world in a lake of blood?

‘Portrait of a Girl’ is the second in the collection of Mister Jones paranormal mysteries.

An early reviewer of the book described it in this way:
This is a great read. I literally devoured it in less than 24 hours. If you liked The Showing… it’s better. Spooky. It reads a bit like Sheridan LeFanu or Guy de Maupassant. Awesome. Classic horror short story, except this isn’t short. It’s a full novel. Just wanted to clarify, it READS like a classic horror short story. Tight, spare and invoking tons of imagination.

 

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Halloween Month – The Village Of Lost Souls By Sam Kates

Today I have The Village Of Lost Souls by my friend Sam Kates.

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A fist fight that reverberates down the years. A family devastated by war. A flight from despair.

John Andrews leaves industrial Newcastle for a remote village in post-war Cornwall. A village of reclusive inhabitants, where the birds don’t sing. A village haunted by its past that intrudes upon the present.

He falls in love, but it is overshadowed by a series of increasingly terrifying events. He encounters members of a tragic family, sees his maternal grandfather, meets his older brother; not so remarkable, perhaps, except that all are dead.

Events spiral out of control and John is forced to battle to save what remains of his family, his first love, his very sanity. Not to mention his life.

The Village of Lost Souls is hungry to claim more…

 

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Halloween Month – The Showing By Will Macmillan Jones

Today’s post is for The Showing, Book One of the Mister Jones Mysteries by my friend Will Macmillan Jones.    This is an awesome series, I loved it, I will bring you the rest of the books over the next couple of weeks.

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‘His visit to the house has awoken that which was sleeping: how many must be taken before IT can be laid to rest?’

For Sale again is Mister Jones’ family home: a house he had known and feared since his childhood. On a nostalgic whim he decides to visit the house, with disasterous results. The house reacts to his appearance and the estate agent who is showing him around vanishes. Shortly afterwards the next agent appointed to handle the sale of the property also disappears.

Mister Jones wants nothing to do with the property. His visit has awoken old memories for him, and the memories are not pleasant. But it is clear that something else has also been awoken by his visit, and when he is begged to help find the young agent who has vanished, he can no longer avoid the responsibility of facing his legacy of evil, and dealing with the curse laid upon the house.

But what will happen when he faces IT, and who will emerge alive?
If you knew just how much of this story is true, how well would you sleep tonight?

The following books in the series of Mister Jones Mysteries are:
Portrait of a Girl
The House Next Door
The Curse of Clyffe House

You will find links to the next books in the collection on the author’s Amazon page.

 

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