Creepers, Crawlers and Horrors

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Look no further! These horror authors have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of new books. Available for free until the end of March!

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Without minds we are zombies. Without bodies we are ghosts. That’s why they call it THE SPLITS.

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This is the story of Michael, a troubled boy growing up amidst a zombie epidemic.

It’s also about the people around him – his worried mother Claire, and his aloof aunt Anna, whom the disease seems to pursue.

Then there’s Lupe, a disgraced scientist whose disquieting research may hold the answer to defeating the infection.

Gradually these characters learn the secret of the Splits – the victims are much, much more than just walking corpses. And for Michael, it is closer to home than he ever could have imagined.

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A young couple’s journey through a nightmarish hellscape.

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The UK population has been decimated, the towns and cities pillaged; survivors like Nate must scavenge to support his family, and Ruby is just looking for somewhere to call home. But when a bloody encounter brings them together, only to change their lives forever, do they look for answers or accept their fate? Dark, thrilling, and tragic, The Risen explores a new kind of existence where the undead aren’t the only threat to humanity.

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Can children scare you?

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Aren’t children lovely? Most are. 

Philippa’s mother was killed. Philippa didn’t care. She now lives with her ‘half-brother’ Nick, a French lady and a large dog. They all live in a beach house in Hua Hin.

An English film make-up expert comes to Thailand to enjoy a second honeymoon with her husband. To say, he has an ‘eye’ for the ladies is true, in more ways than one.

Gail is naturally upset when her husband goes off to enjoy his holiday without her. The children decide he needs to learn a lesson. Was he being set up for murder? The victims all lose a body part. Is there a message hidden in the deaths?

Skylab, fresh from the temple, along with her boyfriend, Kev, set finding out. They team up with a friendly Thai detective to solve these crimes. 

The action moves to from Hua Hin to Pattaya for a fast, hard-hitting surprise. Horror when you don’t expect it!

This is book three in the ‘No Worries’ series.

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A local Sheriff’s daughter gets caught up in a string of murders. Luckily, Anonymous is the only one who can help make her feel safe again. He’s the man destined to take down the worst of the worst.  

In the course to learn about his mysterious past and solve the case, Anonymous must overcome the Sheriff’s hellbent stance on keeping him from taking the lead. The question is—-is it merely pride that has the Sherriff so twisted, or is he perhaps keeping bigger secrets?

From bestselling author John Greyson comes In the Blood of Justice, part one of Anonymous, a thrilling series of short stories about a lost man who’s contracted to kill with no recollection of his past. Follow him in each story and see if he finally solves the mystery behind his identity.

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They’re not undead; they’re just angry.

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The DataMind meditation app has revolutionized the world, making people smarter, happier, and more productive. But a programming glitch in the final update causes billions of users to experience uncontrollable rage and aggression.

Nick, an ordinary high school senior in Fairbanks Alaska, is suddenly thrust into this life or death arena. He and his brother must escape the zombie-like hordes of blood-thirsty maniacs and seek refuge north of the arctic circle.

The four-hundred-mile journey tests the boys, their wits, and their trust in each other. They think they’re fighting to stay alive; but little do they know, they’re fighting to save mankind.

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Fall into a world where fear is the currency and the price is your life.


In 1946, the aswang hunters of Fear University are renowned throughout our secret world of fear and monsters. But I am not one of them. With my weak heart and frail physique, I will only ever be a professor at the university, relegated to teaching students about ’swangs—creatures that can change into wolf-like creatures and use fear like magic.

When legendary hunter Dermot Kelly comes to the university to execute a secret government mission, he not only turns my small world upside down, but his unit’s presence also makes everyone at the university nervous.

I decide that a Halloween party is just what we need to decompress. To take our minds off war. To loosen up and have a little fun.

But at Fear University, Halloween 1946 will forever be known as the night of the Tick Tock Massacre.

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A few days in the woods… What could go wrong?

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An orphan in a school for troubled boys, thirteen-year-old Jace yearns to find a place he belongs.

When his wrestling coach invites him on the team-building camping trip with several older boys, the Cool Crowd, Jace jumps at the chance. Until one night he’s stalked in the forest by … something. But then he doesn’t remember what happened.

And that’s only the beginning of the weirdness. He begins to lose stretches of time. Strange dreams and night sweats plague his sleep. And the worst part: no one believes him. Did something terrible happen or didn’t it?

And does he really want to know the answer?

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His dad leaves sixteen year old Chris to die during a deadly viral outbreak.

Can Chris learn to survive on his own?

Will he give in to the disease ravaging his body?

Chris has to chose between staying human or becoming a Fetch.

He alone will decide his fate.

Enter the world of the Fetch, where survival might be the worst thing that’s ever happened to you.

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Get your FREE copy of Master of the Forest: An Award-Winning Horror Novel (Preview)


Our hero leaves his backdoor Russian town and heads to Moscow, never to be poor again. With each day, he grows more and more desperate until he meets an old geologist with an intriguing and surprisingly profitable offer: to join him on his trip to the depths of Siberia, the largest forest on the planet, and become a “black digger” – one of those who find and excavate mammoth tusks with the purpose of selling them as ivory to the highest bidder.

With nothing much to lose, our hero agrees, venturing to the edge of the Earth, beyond the borders of civilization and into the untouched wilderness. There, thousands of miles from home, in a race against the clock before the cold seals the ground, he has to face nature, other diggers, his inner demons and, most importantly, the enigmatic “Master of the Forest” – a prehistoric creature and the origin of all local legends, who ferociously protects his domain.

This is a sample of the full book

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If you could look into a persons mind, what if you didnt like what you saw?

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Darren Bolton is a therapist with a difference. Blessed with the ability to read minds, his gift has given him an easy life, so far.

When a new patient walks into his office, her thoughts disgusting and vile, Darren’s life will change forever. Pulled into a hidden world, Darren will learn that things get a lot stranger than telepaths as he comes face to face with the supernatural.

Suspected for a murder he didn’t commit, Darren must learn about this secret world, and quickly, if he hopes to survive.

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Six dead bodies with one disturbing similarity.
An illicit genetic experiment.

Sometimes science breaks bad.

DEA Special Agent Peter Malloy is no stranger to the devastating impact of drugs. So when six bodies turn up with surgical ports in their spines, he’s sure a potent new opioid is the culprit. But when lab tests show zero evidence of any known narcotics, he fears something far more sinister.

Allison Stevens thought she knew everything about her boss. But after he turns fugitive to flee federal charges, she’s stunned to discover his secret genetic research in pain tolerance. Although the FBI watches her every move, she’s obsessed with finding what else he’s hiding … despite the unknown dangers.

Their search for answers leads them to a dark, disturbing cult, where true believers seem perilously addicted to suffering, devoted to becoming Pure.

The Pain Colony is a riveting dark suspense novel that moves at an unrelenting pace—you’ll be plunged into terrifying twists of modern science, chilling tension, and shocking revelations that will grip you long after you finish the book.

Buy The Pain Colony today and read what thriller fans are hailing as the best ending since The Sixth Sense!

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School of Rebirth and Reincarnation

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This is the story of a man named Noah. 
He dies in the first chapter. 
And that’s where his story begins.

Follow Noah’s childlike spirt through the School of Rebirth and Reincarnation as he attends occult classes, haunts the living, and learns how to live again. All who enter the school must learn from their previous lives to guide who they will become.

Do you want to be born again as a new child?

Or would you rather possess a living human and live their life?

Or be born as an animal, or a demon, or linger on as one of the undead?

The road from death is more dangerous than it seems, and even the dead must fear what scheming plots the Trans Dimensional Department really has in store for them.

Fans of the supernatural, the surreal, and the macabre will love the terrifying mystery waiting for them on the other side.

Read now.

What early readers are saying:

This is a unique take on what happens when a human or animal dies, especially with one character in particular who finds out he is special in ways he could never imagine. It is a horror story, with a little comedy and mystery, and a lot of suspense to it. 

This is a book very enjoyable, with some thoughts about life and death that will make the lector think about their own beliefs. Excellent book with a new kind of plot and well written dialogues that make the action very fluid. I highly recommend this book!

From the very start, this book pulled me in and kept my attention. It really makes you think and wonder what happens when we die. I appreciated the full descriptions of Noah, the professors, demons and other characters in this story. I could visualize what was happening while reading. It is certainly a different way to look at death and souls. Well written and one of the more interesting books I’ve read yet. 

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A young boy wakes up from a nightmare and knows he is someone else.

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His terrified mother is sure that her son is possessed.

Sara Caine has done everything to quash her paranormal gifts, wanting nothing to do with that world. She’s pushed away everyone who helped her, especially Father Johan Luken.

When Sara Caine and the small family collide in a Venice, California alleyway, the paths of their lives inextricably change course as they delve deeper into the mystery of the missing soul.

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In a night of terror, only one family will remain…


In a land of sword and sorcery, treachery is afoot…

The realm of Vo’Arum is ruled jointly by two great families, the Mestarns, and the DeNagas. For centuries these two families have worked together, using their hereditary gifts to enhance the lives of all in their realm.

While playing in a corridor in the Manor Lodge both great families occupy, Mila loses her cousin’s ball down a manhole. The search for the ball reveals the beginning of a sinister plot. In a night of terror only one great family will remain.The other must escape Vo’Arum, or die

“Reading this after reading the BirthRight trilogy, I cried several times. I now can really understand how deep the evil and hate between the two families go. The fact this is from a child’s perspective makes it all the more real. I want more, more of this universe! I am so captivated and consumed in the universe created by Nicole MacDonald every single time! What an amazing series”

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Dark hearts, cold blood.

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Four friends meet every Halloween in their local pub. But who is it that knocks on the front door on the stroke of midnight? And why are they all so afraid when that door opens?

A young girl finds herself in the care of her grandparents on a ramshackle farm. But what do they know about her mother’s disappearance? And what other dark secrets have they hoarded that she might be better off not discovering?

An editor reads a short story about a girl imprisoned in a cellar whose only contact with the outside world is through competitions. But is it just the writer’s talent that convinces her the story might be true? And if she does nothing about it, what happens when the author’s words run dry?

A childless couple invoke an ancient fertility rite guaranteed to give them the baby they crave. But what will they have to pay in return? And will the would-be father prove to be as desperate to start a family as the child’s mother when that price is revealed?

A time-traveller has the opportunity to change history forever. But are the consequences of his actions as straightforward as he supposes? And if he fails, or even partially succeeds, will that make the future better or worse?

DARK HEARTS is a collection of thirteen heart-stopping, thought-provoking short stories destined to linger in the mind’s sleepless corners, even with the bedside lamp left on all night.

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Always lock your doors.

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Everyone has nightmares but the silent girl from Tatum’s is crossing over to reality and when she does, someone dies. In a quiet little neighbourhood, murders are about to rock the community’s happy existence but only Tatum can make the connection between seeing the girl from her nightmare and the deaths that are occurring. The second time it happens another person dies.By the third time Tatum is left needing answers.She has to ask, is she next? “Twisted and dark, Tatum will leave you wanting more. “ – Toni Cox, Author of the Elemental Saga. Book 1 of The Butcher Book Series.

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It’s in the Woods!

…Alan heard a rustle in the bushes behind him. He spun around to spot a shadowy, blurry movement in the trees, just as he had before. But this time, the THING was surging towards him…

When three students set out into the WOODS to make a short film, they immediately find themselves LOST. Soon they come face-to-face with STRANGE and BAFFLING encounters that send them on a DANGEROUS and EPIC adventure where there’s more at STAKE than they could ever imagine!!!

The Madness Tree is the second book in the Shadows, Trees & Odd Mysteries series that follows the mysterious myths, odd occurrences, and terrifying tales that revolve around the little-known Naynab trees.

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Title: The Madness Tree

Volume & Series: Book #2 in the Shadows, Trees & Odd Mysteries (STOM) series

Genre: Children’s/ YA Fiction – Fantasy/Adventure

Word Count: 22,220 (approx)

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Don’t let her in…

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Mixing with others never came as naturally as mixing paint to artist Samara. Troubles with classmates and family leave her alone, trapped in her struggling mind. Only the girl with dark hair understands. A spectre, watching from afar but creeping closer with every brushstroke, determined to keep Samara all to herself. As the boundary between life and art blurs, Samara knows she must finish her painting before it consumes her.

But will the finished piece keep the girl outside at bay? Or destroy everything Samara desires?

Come to the art show with Outside, the first of the Mind Terrors series by Shadows Award finalist D. I. Russell.

A thriller of obsession, confession, and the agony of art.

What readers are saying about D. I. Russell:

An imaginative and thoughtfully written novel loaded with clever ideas and a sly sense of humour. Horror DNA on Entertaining Demons.

A tricky balancing act that he pulls off with panache. Shroud Magazine on Samhane.

The cast is tragic, flawed, and highly believeable. Bizarre Book Review on Mother’s Boys.

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Dreamcatchers can’t ward off nightmares if your nightmare is your reality?

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Moving to a small town is the last thing Melanie wanted, but her entire family, even her identical twin, Emily, assures her it’s the best thing for her family. But Melanie knows it’s just another form of punishment, because that’s all her family does to her—punishes her. Emily just wants her sister back, wants to recover their twin bond after she broke her sister’s trust. But something evil is waiting in their new house… When Melanie falls into the clutches of an ancient darkness, Emily is the only one who can save her. Will their bond be strong enough to break the curse? Or will Emily lose her sister forever?

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Welcome to the waiting mortuary where embalming is free of charge for the living or the dead.


For seventeen-year-old, Sebastian Trawler the summer is supposed to mean parties, sleep, and hitting the beach with friends, but when his parents start to suspect he’s been lying about working at a local restaurant, he decides to take a real job that requires the least amount of effort. He finds it when he’s hired to work for an eccentric mortician who believes the corpses are moving around at night.

Watching dead bodies is supposed to be easy money but as Sebastian finds out there’s no such thing.

Horror and mystery meet in this fast-paced gruesome tale by L.V. Pires.

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When They came, we thought They were our salvation. We were wrong.

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I was never afraid of monsters—at least, not until They came: the visitors from outer space.

Now They’re in our skies, on our streets, always watching, forever waiting.

At seventeen, I’m just about to graduate from the Juvenile Education System and declare my career of choice. The Midnight Guard—who protect our community from the vicious things that lie outside our walls—calls to me.

It’s hard, dangerous work, with grueling hours that offer little sleep, but it’s the one thing I know will help make a difference in our ever-changing world.

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A Storm is Coming.

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Originally published in Dark Tides: A Charity Horror Anthology with Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and more, benefitting the United Way of Hampton Roads Tragedy Fund.

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Born in England before The Beatles became famous. I worked in the printing and allied trades, starting as a compositor, anyone remembers those? Eventually grafting as an editor. Twenty years on a lifestyle magazine. With my wife and children, we have lived in Thailand for over thirty years, and love it. Now? I write thrillers, with a touch of humour. 'No Worries' series, book number one, 'Not Far Enough From Worries' book two, 'Worry No More' published at the end of 2018. 'Children With No Worries' was released in August 2019. All published with Book number 4, as yet unnamed is being written, it's about Thai black magic. Dark thrills!

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