Saturday, May 26, 2012

Horror blurb fest weekend!

Pop some popcorn, and keep the lights on this weekend for the first Horror Blurb Fest!

Horror writers, post your blurb in the comments section below:

- Title and author
- Blurb
- Buy link

One blurb per author, please.

Readers, get ready for your TBR list to grow! And whatever you do, don't check that noise in the basement. :)



  1. Hewhay Hall by Susan Roebuck

    An unsung hero's destiny--Slater's house of horrors.

    Fire-fighter Jude Elliott loses part of his leg trying to rescue a family held hostage during a terrorist attack. He journeys to mysterious Hewhay Hall, where it is told there are wondrous, magical cures. Little does Jude know that his destination is Slater The Prince of Envy's lair where courageous souls are tormented... Can Jude escape Slater's house of horrors, or will he suffer for all of eternity?

    Buy link:

  2. Dreaming, Not Sleeping by Julia Kavan

    Short story - approx 2,500 words

    Some nightmares are simply too good to resist.

    A woman is tempted away from the safety of her husband's arms by a skillful night time visitor. But nothing is as it seems...

    Buy link:

  3. Diavolino by Steve Emmett

    Novel - eBook and paperback

    Paradise is just one step from Hell...

    The chance to build a dream home on a private island in Italy's most beautiful lake offers architect Tom Lupton the fresh start he's been yearning for. But when he arrives with his family on Diavolino, he finds the terrified locals dead set against his arrival. The island, whose very existence has been shrouded in secrecy for half a millennium, has a dark history that no one cares to remember, and as the locals' opposition to Tom grows, so grows a brooding evil that will lead them to the very doors of Hell...

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  4. Shadows Of The Past by Richard Schiver

    As the last days of the Mayan calendar count down the battle between good and evil is joined. Washington D.C Homicide Detective Sam Hardin and Vietnam Vet Jack Griffith go head to head in a fight to the death from which only one can emerge victorious. While in the balance hangs the future of all mankind.

  5. Some call more of my books horror than I do. The only book of mine published as horror is Hugger Doll, though I did do a collection of my dark tales as an ebook titled Ten Past Midnight. Whiskey Creek Press has two dark tales in Vol 9 of their Whiskey Shots. I grew up reading H.P. Lovecraft so one of those is a take-off on his sea people tales. Also read all of A. Merritt and, of course, the grand master, E. A. Poe. My website has buy links for all of these and some are also on Amazon. Jane, who enjoys the dark side.

  6. Cold Sparks: Two Chilling Novellas of Horror
    from Peter Giglio and Catherine Cavendish

    A Spark in the Darkness by Peter Giglio

    On the final day of her second life, Edie returns to the family she abandoned five years earlier. Edie is not merely a vampire, she's a of the vanishing race of beings whom the vampires need to keep their kind alive. But being dead has taught her much about life, and Edie's determined to destroy the evil thing she's become. For something has changed within her, something almost alive in her dead soul. But can a single spark in the darkness be enough to save all she holds dear?

    Cold Revenge by Catherine Cavendish

    Some dinner invitations are best ignored...

    For no apparent reason, Nadine, Maggie, Gary, and Nick are invited to dinner at the lavish home of top fashion writer, Erin Dartford. But why has she invited them? Why doesn't she want her guests to mingle? And just what is it about the mysterious Erin that makes them want to run for their lives? Little do they know that as they prepare to eat their first course, an evil as old as mankind is about to be unleashed. And revenge really is a dish best served cold...

  7. Ever Since by Ralph Hartman

    It’s not about getting fixed—it’s knowing you aren’t broken.

    Tony Fuller has a terrible secret. He’s running from what he’s done—a horrible thing he can never undo. Outcast and bullied, diagnosed and treated as a borderline dissociative, Tony’s life is utter chaos. But if the ancient Naztec teachings are right, he’ll have one more choice, one last chance to get it right...

  8. A Kind of Judgment by Natalie G. Owens

    A short tale of horror.

    A vignette of noir fiction, if you will.

    Life can be Hell...

    A single choice is like a hidden hand of cards that can lead to victory or downfall. Born in the rural South, Lena finds herself half way across the world decades after escaping abuse and neglect. Now, she faces the demons of her past while a terrible darkness awaits.

    Buy links: (US) (UK)

  9. I didn't read horror novels for years when my kids were growing up. Too scary for me, but now I'm back to loving them. So many now to add to my list.

  10. Ghosts Can Bleed by Tracie McBride

    Alien landscapes and mythic societies...creatures of the night and the more terrifying monsters of the human psyche... Be warned: Ghosts Can Bleed... but it's not just the blood you should be worried about... By turns terrifying, darkly comic, surreal and stomach-churning, these forty one stories and poems from award-winning author Tracie McBride open the veins of the world to show humanity in a different - and much darker - light.

  11. Cades Cove by Aiden James

    Buried deep in a ravine in the picturesque Smoky Mountains is a very dark secret. David Hobbs, vacationing with his wife Miriam, inadvertently stumbles upon a small cloth ‘keepsake’ bag and a broken tooth. A human tooth. The action opens a doorway that had been closed for nearly a hundred years and unleashes hell on earth, or at least hell in the lives of David and Miriam.

  12. Apocalypstick by Greg Carrico

    Apocalypstick contains two deliciously dark short stories: Finding Home, a creepy supernatural horror, and Killing Tiffany Hudson, a post-apocalyptic tale of two genetically modified people who must decide the fate of humanity.

    Finding Home

    If you have ever glanced at a stranger in the grocery store, and wondered what their life must be like, and then followed them home to peek at them through their plantation blinds, and then slipped through that unlocked sliding door at night just to look around; if you stood next to their bed to watch over them while they slept, and thought I could live this life, then please seek help. Weirdo.

    But on your way to the hospital (or the police station), walk a few steps in the shoes of a troubled man on a quest for a new home and a new life, while he deals with a few disturbing personal issues. Finding Home is a short paranormal horror story that lets you test-drive the lives of strangers in a perfectly legal, non-creepy way.

    Killing Tiffany Hudson

    Is there any line you wouldn't cross to save the life of a loved one? Is there any price you wouldn't pay? A young man battles with the consequences of his answers to these questions, in this post-apocalyptic short story, where right masquerades as wrong, weakness as strength, and deadly monsters as... camels? Well, sometimes, yes.

    1. I like him--he's silly.

  13. Saint Sanguinus, a Dark Ages vampire novel by Julia Phillips Smith

    An elite brotherhood stands between humans and vampires, preventing one side from annihilating the other. Who are called to this service? Only those warriors who curse God with their dying breath.

    Welsh warrior Peredur falls to a spear before he can claim Tanwen for his bride. Raging on the battlefield, Peredur utters the curse that seals his fate and leads him to another life. Using the power of a saint whose bone makes up an amulet, Peredur takes on the trials to become a true member of the brethren.

    Yet his need for the chieftain’s daughter Tanwen still burns.

    Tanwen resists her father’s command to take a husband. The only one who understands her sorrow is Cavan, the wise woman’s son. When he promises that he can reunite her with her beloved, she agrees to his terms. But does Tanwen truly understand the depth of the price that must be paid?

  14. Be Not Afraid, a horror story with a Christian twist, by K.R. Morrison

    War is imminent. Evil has overtaken the world, although the world does not know or accept it. Demons and divinities are myths to a thinking, logical society. God Himself must intervene on the behalf of that minority who still love Him, and a war is brewing that will decide supremacy.

    God's subjects must retain their faith in the midst of every evil the Enemy can throw at them. Lydia, because of her strong faith, is particularly seized upon by Vlad, a demonic vampire. He brings her to the brink of despair, which only causes her to cling more tightly to her faith in her Savior. When she is miraculously taken from Vlad's imprisonment, Vlad finds and then harasses her friends and family--unaware of the saints and angels who are gearing up for a counterattack against him and his kind.

    The faithful are tested to the ends of their abilities. Will they be able to stand fast against the power of Death, remembering that God is with them? Or will the Father of Lies rise triumphant?


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