The Broken III: Control by A. L. Frances

Great Horror Story!

In ‘The Broken’ series, lovers of deep suspenseful horror have been following a dark entity as it wreaks havoc on unsuspecting families, whilst steadily growing in power.

In ‘The Broken I,’ widower Matthew Honey, a once charismatic, successful businessman, lost his beautiful teenage daughter Eve to an evil entity which wove its way into their lives. Then, in ‘The Broken II,’ the entity moves on and devastates the lives of Alice Parkinson and her children.

Now we are on the third book, and deep in the Irish countryside, the haunted Moycullen Forest lies. This forest, and the Nunnery which it embraces, has been for many years the source of rumour and superstitions. It is said that those who enter the forest never return. Behind the convent walls, the sisters care for unloved children. Now they have a new member, Sister Jesselle, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. For Sister Jesselle is The Dark Empress, and she has only one vocation…

United in their pain, and desperation to get their children back, Matthew, and Alice’s husband Phil, team up with Chief Superintendent John Terry who has come to believe their story. The men will stop at nothing to discover the children’s whereabouts, and end the entity’s reign of terror. They can sense that time is running out, and so they are willing to stop at nothing. But will that be enough?

It is said that the best books are written from the heart, and that the author gives a little bit of themselves in them. I believe this is very much the case with this young author whose prologue for this story is very insightful.

I look forward to the next book in this excellent series, and thoroughly recommend this series to lovers of suspenseful, scary, horror stories.

About the Author:

A.L. Frances is a thirty-two-year-old British author.

The Broken is set to be a four-part series and marks A.L. Frances’ debut in literary fiction.

Born in Wythenshawe, South Manchester, she is the product of a broken home. Her formal education was cut short before she could gain any qualifications and she became a mother to three children by the time she was just twenty years old. At twenty-one A.L. Frances suddenly finds herself cast in the role of a single parent, destined to repeat the cycle of her own difficult upbringing.

Determined to give her children a better start in life, she moved to the countryside village of Hollingworth, and eventually settled into a career in law. It was during this transition that she found herself on a journey of self-discovery. Attending multiple mindset enhancing seminars in England, America and Canada, she was exposed to the tutelage of inspirational speakers such as Bob Proctor, Tony Robbins, and Mel Robbins among others. A.L. Frances was eventually introduced to Peggy McColl, a New York Times Best Selling Author. Standing on the stage, Peggy said the words that would inspire her into action. Peggy said, “Everyone has a book in them.” as she pointed into the crowd. It was at this point that A.L. Frances fell in love with the idea of writing her own book and telling her own story; one that would address one of her biggest fears: the vulnerabilities of broken homes.

At the age of twenty-nine, A.L. Frances decided it was time to start the next chapter of her life.

What follows is the start of her journey…

About the Book:

It’s been just over a year since Matthew Honey’s daughter, Eve, went missing, but he’s determined not to let the trail go cold. Phil Parkinson’s wife is dead, his five children taken. The only thing that’s keeping him alive is the hope of one day having them back in his arms.The pair team up with Detective Chief Superintendent John Terry in a race against time to save their children from the dark entity that would consume their souls in a bid to gain dominion over the world. Their quest takes them to a mysterious shop, a psychiatric ward and a foreboding nunnery in the depths of a reportedly haunted forest in Ireland, where nothing is quite as it seems.Matthew has a secret weapon on his side – but will it be enough to turn back the tide of evil and restore all that has been broken?

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Broken-III-Control-L-Frances/dp/0960105123/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=The+Broken+III&qid=1611227505&sr=8-3

The Broken II: Tainted Trail by A. L. Frances

Horror at its very best!

A broken man, the once charismatic, successful businessman, Matthew Honey is a drunkard who has lost everything. Well nearly… Back in the dark reaches of his mind, he knows his beautiful daughter Eve, possessed by an evil entity, is still alive, and he is determined that he will find her.

However, not everyone agrees, Chief Inspector Lamont is equally convinced that Matthew killed both his wife Lauren, then years later his daughter, and is intent on proving it.

Time has moved on, and so have the entities formerly known as Jess, and Eve. Their plans are growing and it is the unlucky family of Alice Parkinson who are their new prey.

Newly widowed Alice has been wooed by Jesse. He has quickly won her heart, and moved in with her and her children, becoming part of the family. Then the household dynamic changes again, with the arrival of Jesse’s daughter. However, not everyone is pleased, Alice’s mum Dorothy is not keen on Jesse. Is it just too soon, or is a mother’s instinct kicking in?

The vividly dramatic writing of British born A. L. Frances, the author of this enthralling horror story, takes her readers deep into their terrified minds.

A father, determined to find his daughter, and a family in peril.  As the horrors unfold, twists and turns mask the plot of this exciting story.

If you are a lover of deep terrifying stories which leave a prickle at the back of your neck, then this is the story for you. Highly recommended!

About the Author:

A.L. Frances is a thirty-two-year-old British author.

The Broken is set to be a four-part series and marks A.L. Frances’ debut in literary fiction.

Born in Wythenshawe, South Manchester, she is the product of a broken home. Her formal education was cut short before she could gain any qualifications and she became a mother to three children by the time she was just twenty years old. At twenty-one A.L. Frances suddenly finds herself cast in the role of a single parent, destined to repeat the cycle of her own difficult upbringing.

Determined to give her children a better start in life, she moved to the countryside village of Hollingworth, and eventually settled into a career in law. It was during this transition that she found herself on a journey of self-discovery. Attending multiple mindset enhancing seminars in England, America and Canada, she was exposed to the tutelage of inspirational speakers such as Bob Proctor, Tony Robbins, and Mel Robbins among others. A.L. Frances was eventually introduced to Peggy McColl, a New York Times Best Selling Author. Standing on the stage, Peggy said the words that would inspire her into action. Peggy said, “Everyone has a book in them.” as she pointed into the crowd. It was at this point that A.L. Frances fell in love with the idea of writing her own book and telling her own story; one that would address one of her biggest fears: the vulnerabilities of broken homes.

At the age of twenty-nine, A.L. Frances decided it was time to start the next chapter of her life.

What follows is the start of her journey…

About the Book:

Matthew Honey is a broken man. He has lost his wife, his daughter, his business, his dignity and nearly his mind. Worse, he is under investigation by the police for the crimes against his family. Yet as dire as his situation is, Matthew will never give up on his quest to find his daughter Eve and rescue her from the evil that has continued to plague them.Alice Parkinson has lost her one true love, the father of her five children. When handsome Jesse comes into her life she sees a chance to make a new start. But soon Alice and the children are tormented by terrible nightmares. The kind that you don’t always wake up from. It’s not long before Alice’s mother, Dorothy, realises there is something very wrong in her daughter’s house and vows to get to the bottom of it.Will Matthew and Dorothy discover the truth before it’s too late? Only time will tell, and as the evil that taints their lives tightens its hold, time is of the essence…

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Broken-II-Tainted-Trail-ebook/dp/B08HN9MK6D/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

The Broken by A. L. Frances

If you love a creepy, suspenseful story, then this is a book for you!

Charismatic and handsome Matthew Honey seems to have it all, an impressive seaside home, a successful business and a beautiful daughter Eve. Yet although this is in part true, those who know him understand that this immaculate, accomplished man is hiding behind a façade. Years ago he lost his beautiful wife, Eve’s mother, Lauren, in a tragic accident. Self-preservation mode has become his way of life, and his only reason for living, his lovely daughter who is now sixteen.

However, as we all know, life can change in an instant, and his world is turned upside down when he meets the alluring Jess. Captivated, and immediately under her spell, he finds himself obsessed by her. Eve, although originally terribly hurt by another woman seeming to usurp her mother, seems eventually to warm to her too.

Yet, although their daytime hours are happy, Mark and Eve’s nights are consumed with terror. Matthew, is even questioning his sanity. Is he just feeling guilt for daring to love again, or is there some other, far more sinister reason for his nightmares?

As this intriguing horror story unfolds, the author takes her readers on a terrifying journey deep into Matthew and Eve’s psyche. There, we discover a place where an evil entity dwells. But what does it want?

This incredibly absorbing horror story captured me from the very first page. The first book by this young English author, it is the first of a four part series. Born in South Manchester and now a mother and living in Hollingsworth, A.L. Frances decided to write her first book at the age of twenty-nine, and I can’t wait for her next one! Highly recommended!

About the Author:

A.L. Frances is a thirty-two-year-old British author.

The Broken is set to be a four-part series and marks A.L. Frances’ debut in literary fiction.

Born in Wythenshawe, South Manchester, she is the product of a broken home. Her formal education was cut short before she could gain any qualifications and she became a mother to three children by the time she was just twenty years old. At twenty-one A.L. Frances suddenly finds herself cast in the role of a single parent, destined to repeat the cycle of her own difficult upbringing.

Determined to give her children a better start in life, she moved to the countryside village of Hollingworth, and eventually settled into a career in law. It was during this transition that she found herself on a journey of self-discovery. Attending multiple mindset enhancing seminars in England, America and Canada, she was exposed to the tutelage of inspirational speakers such as Bob Proctor, Tony Robbins, and Mel Robbins among others. A.L. Frances was eventually introduced to Peggy McColl, a New York Times Best Selling Author. Standing on the stage, Peggy said the words that would inspire her into action. Peggy said, “Everyone has a book in them.” as she pointed into the crowd. It was at this point that A.L. Frances fell in love with the idea of writing her own book and telling her own story; one that would address one of her biggest fears: the vulnerabilities of broken homes.

At the age of twenty-nine, A.L. Frances decided it was time to start the next chapter of her life.

What follows is the start of her journey…

About the Book:

Matthew Honey’s life has never been the same since his wife died in a hit and run. His only comfort is his daughter, Eve, and the corporate empire he built with his wife, which now sustains them both.When Matthew meets Jess, he isn’t sure he’s ready to bring another woman into his life – especially as Eve finds this hard to accept. But Jess is irresistible, and he quickly falls for her charm and wit, eager to bring some normality back to his family life.Soon hallucinations begin to plague both Matthew and his daughter: visions of a dark, dangerous entity that comes at night. Matthew starts to question his sanity, while Eve begins to feel strange.Will the Honeys find a way to fix their broken hearts and make their family whole again? Or will they be torn apart forever? It’s time to find out what cards fate has dealt them…

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Broken-L-Frances/dp/0960105107/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=EX3K925E64KV0R8XP8P4

Stories to Creep You Out Until Dawn: 10 Eye-Bulging Flash Fiction by Khaled Talib

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I  love a good horror story, and let’s face it, in this busy day and age we don’t always want, or have time to read long books with complicated plots, we just want to sit for five minutes and unwind.

Well the author Khaled Talib, has in this book, given us horror story lovers the perfect opportunity to indulge in our favourite genre whenever we get the opportunity.

This is a great collection of creepy stories which sent shivers down my spine. From unexplained circumstances to ghostly spirits and strange happenings. These are the sort of stories whispered round camp fires, and told in hushed voices, because they have their foundation in real life – they are true!

I loved reading this book, the stories were all very short, but had completely different story lines, each with their own special twist. I thought the variety was great and highly recommend it.

About the author:

Khalid

“Welcome to my page. Don’t worry, I’ve disarmed the electric fence.”

Khaled Talib is a former journalist with local and international exposure. His articles have been published and syndicated to newspapers worldwide, and his short stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines.

His novel Smokescreen was listed “Thriller of the Month” on e-thriller.com’s September 2014 issue. The novel is being represented by The Evan Marshall Agency for foreign translation rights.

Talib is also the author of The Little Book of Muses, a book of aphorisms for writers. It has now has been translated into Spanish and Italian.

The author, who resides in Singapore, is a member of the UK Crime Writers Association.

About the book: Ten real- life bone chilling stories from evil spirits, ghoulish figures to the paranormal, the supernatural, the unexplained, and things that do more than just go bump in the night.

Available from Amazon in Kindle format: https://www.amazon.com/Stories-Creep-You-Until-Dawn-ebook/dp/B01HTJ4FN2?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc#navbar

 

Benton: A Zombie Novel by Jolie Du Pre

513BdF2egIL__AA160_I have to say first off that I really liked this book, it is a really enjoyable story, and what made it even more pleasant, in my opinion, is the fact that it does not go overboard with graphic blood and guts descriptions but instead focusses on building up a really good story and characters.

At the beginning we meet Jennifer Benton hiding in her bedroom in Waterbank, Illinois. She’s hiding from her mother who has, like most of the people around been turned into a zombie. But she can’t hide forever, and so she makes a break for it and thus begins her adventures.

Soon she has the good fortune to meeting up with a group of other young people. Preparing well, they decide to make a run for it to Texas where one of them, Mark has a family ranch. However, the trip has many surprises in store for them as they discover other survivors, get to know each other, and their true natures come to the surface…

The characters are all very different, some you love, some are frustrating and others you could easily hate, however, this is the first book in this series and I for one cannot wait for Volume 2.

 

About the Author: Jolie du Pré is a full-time author, editor, article writer, blogger, and monster lover.

 

Author’s Website: http://www.joliedupre.com/

 

Benton is available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Benton-Zombie-Jolie-Du-Pr%C3%A9-ebook/dp/B00KFPP3Q6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1421073699&sr=1-1&keywords=Benton

in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Benton-Zombie-Jolie-Du-Pr%C3%A9/dp/061598603X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1421073699&sr=1-1

and in Audiobook format from Audible http://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/Benton-A-Zombie-Novel-Volume-One-Audiobook/B00NUA9BWK/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1421074446&sr=1-1

The Dark Man by Stephen E. Crockett

dd1f42_da2f28c7488f7331362ae568ace64cd5_jpg_srz_245_378_75_22_0_50_1_20_0A real page turner.

Can where we live affect the person we become? Do such things as dark forces and evil presences exist, and can they remain patiently at a place for a long time, waiting for their next victim?

In the summer of 1972, twelve year old Scott Clemmons lives on a farm with his parents in the small town of Advance, in North Carolina. What goes on behind closed doors stays there, family affairs are nobody’s business but their own, and nobody interferes.

And so, young Scott and his mother live in a state of perpetual fear, bullied, and scared for their safety, under the tyranny of his alcoholic father.

Then, one day he notices a big black bird which speaks to him, and starts to see a mysterious dark man around the farm. Unhappy and scared, at night he has strange dreams… Is he going mad?

As this story unfolds, the tragic events that summer at the farm, and the influence of the big black bird, change Scott’s life forever.

However, despite his childhood, as an adult, he returns to the farm and discovers that Jane, the neighbour’s daughter is still there. As their relationship develops, they begin renovating the old farm together.

Scott soon discovers, however, that the big black bird and the mysterious man are still there, they have just been patiently waiting for him to return. Also, in the barn, he finds his father’s stash of whisky.

From then on, as life spirals into an alcoholic blur and the demons in his head overtake his life, you have to ask yourself is, is Scott imagining it all, or, are there really evil forces at work?

As the horrors increase and his mind begins to lose all sense of reasoning, looking into the mirror, what is he seeing? Is the monster in the mirror really his dead father? The warped imaginings of a mind on the verge of entering insanity? Or, could it be that the mirror really a portal to somewhere even more monstrous?

Well, you’re in for an interesting read. This story is very cleverly written, one would think that the answer is easy, however, there is a twist in the tale, and the answer is kept a secret right until the end…

I look forward to reading more of this authors imaginative stories.

 

About the Author: The books previewed on this website represent my work in the adult horror genre. My stories are drawn from real life experiences so a good part of each is, in effect, true. Of course I have taken a writer’s liberty with each but the truth is never forgotten no matter how I twist the facts. As a result every one of these books can be traced to a specific location and a specific person or group of people. They begin with the horror story “The Dark Man,” (2009), which is based on a true story that occurred in Advance, North Carolina and as implied by the narrative is still occurring today. I followed that with “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin,” (2010), a bird’s eye view into the daily life of a heroin addict, from addiction to destruction, to a valiant struggle to get clean and live a sober life as a recovering addict.

The personal view of addiction portrayed in Black Tar is followed by a collection of short stories entitled “Wicked Tales from a Twisted Mind” (2011). This book contains five stories which are either very personal or were drawn from the local news. They include serial killers, suicide, homicide, heroin addiction and two tales of occult tragedy. This collection of incredibly interestingly stories range from those who dabble in the occult and unfortunately lose their lives, to murderous newlyweds (It’s in the Will) and drug abusers (“Smack”) and people so tired of living they just want to die. (“Suicide.”)

These are followed by the lovable “Devil’s Kin” (2012), a work of total fiction that feeds off the words “wraith and “fetch.” “Devil’s Kin” is a writer’s project. It’s just one of those books that wells up inside you and demands to be written. You may find it interesting and it my not be your cup of tea. It was a blast to write, and I laughed the whole way so I hope you enjoy it.

My next offering is another collection of short stories entitled “Skeleton Keys.” Skeleton Keys was released in April of 2014. In it I return to the characters and territories of my first two books. “Skeleton Keys” cover subjects ranging from religious fanaticism, to drug abuse, homelessness, suicide, demonic possession and murder. As you can see I stick to my chosen subjects with true stories that can be considered skeleton’s in my closet. Understanding these stories is to understand me. Each key opens its own particular door and a possession of one kind or another is waiting behind each one.

“Ocular: the Haunting of Peacock Hill” (2014) is by far the best book I have ever written. It is a delicate blend of truth and fiction and makes for one hell of a read. Editors and reviewers alike describe it as a triumph on my part. “Topping perfection with yet more perfection.”

To be honest there are stories in these collections that scare me and when asked about their autobiographical nature I can only say; “I have been writing about one subject or another for as long as I can remember. When you write all the time you never lose anything. You may not know how subjects are going to develop but you have faithfully captured them, in files and folders, and they stand ready to be a part of one story or the other. High School drew the writer in me to the surface and it became an obsession that I have fed every day of every week for as many years as I can remember.

The early years of my life, particularly my late teens and early twenties were heavily influenced by substance abuse and a lifestyle that is best left alone. Living through such danger is no small feat but to emerge with stories to tell is an accomplishment that is almost never heard of. But here I am ready to reveal my treasures. To tell my stories and regale you with tales from which it may seem impossible to survive. Mine is a soul shaped by gritty, life changing experiences. Living it and writing it down as it happened and then weaving its various parts into a whole is not an easy thing to do.

I spent twenty-odd years studying the Kabbalah, The Golden Dawn and all forms of mystical-magical practice. The grandest knowledge I have ever gleaned from active research and practice is the mechanics of Precession and the impact that the Great Year cycle had on Judeao-Christian theology. During this period I sharpened my instincts and developed my writing skills. As a result I produced two books. “The Prophet Code” (2001) and “Bible Prophecy” (2007). The Prophet Code was first, however Bible Prophecy is better so the first is out of print while the second can be found on Amazon.com as a paperback on in Kindle form and on the CreateSpace book shelf. As proud as I am of Bible Prophecy I am not, nor have I ever claimed to be a theologian and while precession is certainly a lofty subject and the wisdom revealed in Bible Prophecy, is a knowledge worth obtaining, I never planned to spend my life writing about religious subjects.

This period instilled in me a strong desire to write stories where truth guided my pen so I weave truth and fiction in every story I write. I am blessed with a keen sense of literary creativity and am able to draw from a reservoir of dramatic experiences that have shaped my world and colored my life. The subjects captured in the books I have published are the result of the last ten years of writing and the last forty years of living. I have always felt it reasonable to assume that experiences and certain veins of knowledge could be turned into books. For that reason I have always felt it critical to write down everything that crosses my path. “Weak ink is better than a strong mind.” Nobody can be expected to remember everything – or with time anything – so writing down everything is critical to story telling.

There’s a lot of death and substance abuse in my writings and they are mirror images of my life. I have lost a lot of friends to drugs and car accidents and truthfully I am amazed to be alive myself. But that’s life when you lose yourself in drugs for a long period of time. Heroin and alcohol are unforgivable and I’m just lucky to be alive. So I’m sharing my experiences and while I may be accused of giving certain stories a romantic slant the truth still comes through and the nasty, gritty side of drug addiction is not lost or forgotten. It is what it is and if your going to write about it you might as well tell the truth. My stories are not precious and light. I spend a lot of time writing about the darkness of heroin abuse and the horrors of being homeless, penniless and friendless. Drugs will do that to you and the road back to soberity is a long one but should you live through it the adventure can only be described as incredible.

The decision to turn my stories into books has been a long, hard road and writing at a professional level takes long hours and patient editors. I’ve been blessed with good help along the way and while my support has changed from time to time I have a team of editors and artist that make my books the success they are. So read “The Dark Man” and “Ocular: The Haunting of Peacock Hill” because they are both good horror storys and you won’t expect what you find therein. You should also read “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin” because its a cautionary tale that deserves reading. The same can be said of “Wicked Tales From a Twisted Mind” because of the short stories “Smack” and “Suicide” although there are some other interesting stories in that book and these two particular stories don’t go like you might think. “Skeleton Keys” is another collection of short stories that deals with the subjects of religious poison, heroin addiction, suicide and homelessness. It marks the end of this portion of my writing. Passions and subjects change so I plan to keep writing and you can look forward to future publications.

Author’s Website: http://www.stephenecrockett.com/

About the Book: Scott Clemmons lives in a world of hurt. Abused by an alcoholic father who murders his mother when he is only twelve years old, Scott must deal with his own increasing paranoia and insanity. An hallucinatory crow helps him murder his father to avenge his mother’s death and then attempts to protect him from attacks that Scott believes is launched by his father’s disembodied soul. As he spirals into alcoholism he must defend himself from a dark man who haunts the farm on which he lives and seeks to destroy everything that he holds dear. Scott fights hard to live a normal life and for a few short years is able to do so. However, as time passes the dark man consumes each and every part of his life, from his sanity to the love of his life and in the end this evil aberration consumes Scott as well.

The Dark Man is available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Man-Stephen-Crockett-ebook/dp/B00D6T8K0E/ref=sr_1_11?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1420214727&sr=1-11&keywords=the+dark+man

and Paperback http://www.amazon.com/The-Dark-Man-Stephen-Crockett/dp/1490392831/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1420214727&sr=1-11

Ocular: The Haunting of Peacock Hill by Stephen E. Crockett

Ocular_Kindle_CoverWhen his father decides to use his inheritance money to buy and renovate a run-down house in Peacock Hill, south-eastern Virginia, fifteen year old Stephen finds it hard enough leaving their home, and everything they had known on Tangier Island in Chesapeake Bay to start a new life many miles away. Little does he know that their new home has a secret and its history explains why Peacock Hill, which used to be a thriving place, alive with laughter and families, now stands alone surrounded by acres of farmland.

The family looking around their new home, cannot understand how an old closet could have been missed, but there it is, standing out strangely among its newly painted surroundings. Stephen, given the job of sorting it out, soon finds himself drawn to a fascinating old mirror whose frame appears to be covered in ancient symbols, unlike anything he has seen before…

It is not long before he discovers that the mysterious mirror is indeed not what it appears, it holds terrible secrets and inside is a gateway to…. Well you will find that out yourself.

With his parents busy, the troubled teenager has only two elderly ‘neighbours’ Gaggey and Grandma to turn to, and their advice to guide him. Luckily, Grandma has her journal, and the couple possess an uncanny memory of the house’s past. However, will the pictures he has found, and their shared knowledge be enough to save the family? 

If you are looking for a good scary story, containing all the ingredients a horror fan could wish for, then I cannot recommend this book enough. Demons, poltergeist, possession and ghosts are all there, liberally sprinkled with tortured cries and screams and brilliantly brought to life by the author’s vivid imagination and wonderfully descriptive writing.

About the Author: The books previewed on this website represent my work in the adult horror genre. My stories are drawn from real life experiences so a good part of each is, in effect, true. Of course I have taken a writer’s liberty with each but the truth is never forgotten no matter how I twist the facts. As a result every one of these books can be traced to a specific location and a specific person or group of people. They begin with the horror story “The Dark Man,” (2009), which is based on a true story that occurred in Advance, North Carolina and as implied by the narrative is still occurring today. I followed that with “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin,” (2010), a bird’s eye view into the daily life of a heroin addict, from addiction to destruction, to a valiant struggle to get clean and live a sober life as a recovering addict. The personal view of addiction portrayed in Black Tar is followed by a collection of short stories entitled “Wicked Tales from a Twisted Mind” (2011). This book contains five stories which are either very personal or were drawn from the local news. They include serial killers, suicide, homicide, heroin addiction and two tales of occult tragedy. This collection of incredibly interestingly stories range from those who dabble in the occult and unfortunately lose their lives, to murderous newlyweds (It’s in the Will) and drug abusers (“Smack”) and people so tired of living they just want to die. (“Suicide.”) These are followed by the lovable “Devil’s Kin” (2012), a work of total fiction that feeds off the words “wraith and “fetch.” “Devil’s Kin” is a writer’s project. It’s just one of those books that wells up inside you and demands to be written. You may find it interesting and it my not be your cup of tea. It was a blast to write, and I laughed the whole way so I hope you enjoy it. My next offering is another collection of short stories entitled “Skeleton Keys.” Skeleton Keys was released in April of 2014. In it I return to the characters and territories of my first two books. “Skeleton Keys” cover subjects ranging from religious fanaticism, to drug abuse, homelessness, suicide, demonic possession and murder. As you can see I stick to my chosen subjects with true stories that can be considered skeleton’s in my closet. Understanding these stories is to understand me. Each key opens its own particular door and a possession of one kind or another is waiting behind each one. “Ocular: the Haunting of Peacock Hill” (2014) is by far the best book I have ever written. It is a delicate blend of truth and fiction and makes for one hell of a read. Editors and reviewers alike describe it as a triumph on my part. “Topping perfection with yet more perfection.” To be honest there are stories in these collections that scare me and when asked about their autobiographical nature I can only say; “I have been writing about one subject or another for as long as I can remember. When you write all the time you never lose anything. You may not know how subjects are going to develop but you have faithfully captured them, in files and folders, and they stand ready to be a part of one story or the other. High School drew the writer in me to the surface and it became an obsession that I have fed every day of every week for as many years as I can remember. The early years of my life, particularly my late teens and early twenties were heavily influenced by substance abuse and a lifestyle that is best left alone. Living through such danger is no small feat but to emerge with stories to tell is an accomplishment that is almost never heard of. But here I am ready to reveal my treasures. To tell my stories and regale you with tales from which it may seem impossible to survive. Mine is a soul shaped by gritty, life changing experiences. Living it and writing it down as it happened and then weaving its various parts into a whole is not an easy thing to do. I spent twenty-odd years studying the Kabbalah, The Golden Dawn and all forms of mystical-magical practice. The grandest knowledge I have ever gleaned from active research and practice is the mechanics of Precession and the impact that the Great Year cycle had on Judeao-Christian theology. During this period I sharpened my instincts and developed my writing skills. As a result I produced two books. “The Prophet Code” (2001) and “Bible Prophecy” (2007). The Prophet Code was first, however Bible Prophecy is better so the first is out of print while the second can be found on Amazon.com as a paperback on in Kindle form and on the CreateSpace book shelf. As proud as I am of Bible Prophecy I am not, nor have I ever claimed to be a theologian and while precession is certainly a lofty subject and the wisdom revealed in Bible Prophecy, is a knowledge worth obtaining, I never planned to spend my life writing about religious subjects. This period instilled in me a strong desire to write stories where truth guided my pen so I weave truth and fiction in every story I write. I am blessed with a keen sense of literary creativity and am able to draw from a reservoir of dramatic experiences that have shaped my world and colored my life. The subjects captured in the books I have published are the result of the last ten years of writing and the last forty years of living. I have always felt it reasonable to assume that experiences and certain veins of knowledge could be turned into books. For that reason I have always felt it critical to write down everything that crosses my path. “Weak ink is better than a strong mind.” Nobody can be expected to remember everything – or with time anything – so writing down everything is critical to story telling. There’s a lot of death and substance abuse in my writings and they are mirror images of my life. I have lost a lot of friends to drugs and car accidents and truthfully I am amazed to be alive myself. But that’s life when you lose yourself in drugs for a long period of time. Heroin and alcohol are unforgivable and I’m just lucky to be alive. So I’m sharing my experiences and while I may be accused of giving certain stories a romantic slant the truth still comes through and the nasty, gritty side of drug addiction is not lost or forgotten. It is what it is and if your going to write about it you might as well tell the truth. My stories are not precious and light. I spend a lot of time writing about the darkness of heroin abuse and the horrors of being homeless, penniless and friendless. Drugs will do that to you and the road back to soberity is a long one but should you live through it the adventure can only be described as incredible. The decision to turn my stories into books has been a long, hard road and writing at a professional level takes long hours and patient editors. I’ve been blessed with good help along the way and while my support has changed from time to time I have a team of editors and artist that make my books the success they are. So read “The Dark Man” and “Ocular: The Haunting of Peacock Hill” because they are both good horror storys and you won’t expect what you find therein. You should also read “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin” because its a cautionary tale that deserves reading. The same can be said of “Wicked Tales From a Twisted Mind” because of the short stories “Smack” and “Suicide” although there are some other interesting stories in that book and these two particular stories don’t go like you might think. “Skeleton Keys” is another collection of short stories that deals with the subjects of religious poison, heroin addiction, suicide and homelessness. It marks the end of this portion of my writing. Passions and subjects change so I plan to keep writing and you can look forward to future publications.

Authors Website: http://www.stephenecrockett.com/#!

About the book: Within every mirror there is a reflection and within every reflection there is a world. It may be as simple as your face in the morning or as complex as the world behind you. But not every mirror projects a simple reflection of what is placed before it. Some mirrors have depth and in that depth there hides another world. A realm you will never see unless you go looking for it. Sometimes you find it, most times you don’t. Those that do open themselves up to a realm beyond our physical world. A place where dreams hide and nightmares come true. Where monsters are real and where a simple man can quickly find himself hunted by creatures he knows nothing about and has no control over. Though rarely seen by mortal eyes this realm exists and certain mirrors are doorways between the physical world and a realm in which demons have their being. So handle your mirrors with care because some of them are not what they seem and your life, should you get trapped by one, will never be the same.

Ocular: The Haunting of Peacock Hill is available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Ocular-Haunting-Peacock-Stephen-Crockett-ebook/dp/B00MP1I9J6/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1418895683&sr=8-9&keywords=stephen+crockett

and Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Ocular-The-Haunting-Peacock-Hill/dp/1500789887/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1418895683&sr=8-9

Precipitous Tales by H. P. Lovecraft – Narrated by Neil Hellegers

GulliversTravels_Cover_9780979377754A creepy short story collection.

 

I have to say straight away that I absolutely loved all four of these creepy stories and think that the voice of Neil Hellegers was excellent for them, as his narration left me with shivers running down my spine.

There are four short stories in this collection by this classic and well known author.

In the first, The Nameless City, a brave explorer decides to explore an abandoned city in the desert and is shocked at what he discovers…

The Tomb tells of the effect a lifelong obsession with his families crypt has on a young man.

Another tells of a sailor, adrift at sea, who awakes to discover himself in a different world.

The last, but not least is a haunting tale of a student, and the music he loves to hear, until he realises that it serves a sinister purpose.

If you fancy cuddling up (preferably not alone) in front of a fire, turning the lights down low and thoroughly un-nerving yourself, then this is definitely the audiobook for you.

 

Precipitous Tales is available from Amazon and Audible in audiobook format:

http://www.amazon.com/Precipitous-Tales/dp/B00OQI3III/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413963700&sr=8-1&keywords=precipitous+tales

http://www.audible.com/pd/Classics/Precipitous-Tales-Audiobook/B00OPFPBUK/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1413963530&sr=1-1

 

 

Resurrection: A Zombie Novel by Michael J. Totten

51XkthxQW4L__SS300_When a group of the last survivors of the most devastating virus the world has ever known get together they realise that they must find somewhere to live in safety.

But where? Humans, transformed into flesh eating zombies roam the earth, is anywhere safe, and will they survive?

This is a gripping zombie novel with a great storyline which has many twists and turns, not least of them being, what is the secret which lies behind the eight missing weeks of survivor Annie Starlings life?

As the story unfolds, the true personalities of the survivors begin to show, and with time come revelations and remembrance…

 

Resurrection is available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Resurrection-Zombie-Michael-J-Totten/dp/0615964338/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1413385171&sr=8-1

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Resurrection-Zombie-Michael-J-Totten-ebook/dp/B00IY1GV32/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413385171&sr=8-1&keywords=resurrection+by+michael+j+totten

It is also available as an audiobook from Audible http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Resurrection-Audiobook/B00L3QHIPU

 

Terror at White Otter Castle by Bonnie Ferrante

This short story is based on a true story and I found it a very enjoyable read.

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About Terror at White Otter Castle: Laurel, Aster, and Beth have been best friends since grade one when they created the “triangle of power”. In September, as high school graduates, they will head off in different directions. Because Laurel fears it will be the end of their friendship, she convinces the others to join her on an end of summer trip – a nine-day canoe expedition to White Otter Castle, deep in the Northern Canadian forest. Unknown to her, the hundred-year-old log castle is has a dark secret. The “triangle of power” faces the ultimate test when the dark forest holds a terror they never imagined.

This campy little novella is sure to give you a shiver and a smile.

About Bonnie Ferrante: Bonnie Ferrante writes for adults and young adults. Bonnie loves living in Northern Ontario, Canada even though she spends most of the long winter indoor writing. She chants, bikes, gardens, reads, stitches, volunteers, studies the Dharma, paints, plays/works on the computer, attends live theatre, enjoys being trounced in scrabble by her husband, Fred, and is often found ripping up pieces of her yard or stripping furniture. She hates cooking and cleaning and loves her robot vacuum, (too bad it can’t move the furniture). Her son, stepsons, and extended family keep her young. Once upon a time, she was a grade school teacher. She has entirely too much imagination and not enough opportunity to indulge it.

Review by Susan Keefe:

When three totally different girls, who are best friends, leave high school they decide to go on a camping trip to visit White Otter Castle.

Deep in the wilderness, this imposing building has a dark history and soon the girls find themselves having an adventure which will test their friendship to its very limits.

Based on a true story this is a very enjoyable read.

Available at Amazon on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Terror-at-White-Otter-Castle-ebook/dp/B00FCDQ8EM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

and in Paperback format http://www.amazon.com/Terror-at-White-Otter-Castle/dp/0992103711/ref=tmm_pap_title_0