Gothic Horror

SCREAM OF THE DAY FOR WEDNESDAY

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Hearts Strange and Dreadful by Tim McGregor

Hearts Strange and DreadfulTim McGregor

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Death has come to town.

New England, 1821--Hester Stokely, an orphan with unusual abilities, struggles to find her place in the pious town of Wickstead. A house-servant in the employ of her uncle's upright family, Hester is treated as little more than a pariah by the judgmental townsfolk.

When a deadly plague comes to town, Hester becomes indispensable as a healer. Yet as Hester watches the town's residents rapidly fall ill, she realizes that something more dangerous than disease has come to Wickstead.

Soon the buried dead are exhumed on rumor of superstition, and occult fires burn fiercely into the night. As the townspeople turn on each other, a mysterious traveler arrives, furthering the growing paranoia.

Hester must confront the dark forces which have invaded Wickstead, or all who live there may be lost… their souls included.

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FREE & BARGAIN EBOOKS – {02-04-2021}

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The Mall by Bryant Delafosse

The MallBryant Delafosse

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"At just under 8 million square feet and towering four stories, with one subterranean level for time-saving transport, the Mall of the Nation is home to 1600 stores and an additional three stories of residential apartments.
Boasting a 30 screen movie theater, a five star resort-style hotel and two five star restaurants, the Mall is everything you ever wanted in one place.
You may never want to leave."

When single mother Lara Myers finds herself suddenly homeless with her two children, she takes refuge for the night in the Mall of the Nation, a completely automated retail complex that never closes. When a catastrophic event occurs, the Mall is locked down, causing Lara to be separated from her ten-year-old son Owen .

Trapped and desperate, Lara enlists the aid of Simon whose job it is to maintain and repair the Mall's army of Bots. Lara finds herself in a life and death struggle to save her family from homicidal and supernatural forces to which Simon may hold the key.

For they discover that they are not alone and that something does not want them to escape from….

The Mall


About the Author
Bryant Delafosse was born and raised in Southeast Texas. He holds a degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a screenwriter. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife, son, and Miniature Schnauzer, Luna.

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Switchboard by Andrew Post

SwitchboardAndrew Post

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After two raids turn up zero evidence, narcotics detective Dwayne Spare infiltrates a crumbling apartment building where a suspected manufacturer of krokodil is hiding--but finds something much worse. The chemist Gerald Metzger isn't after money; he's lulling his most 'dedicated' customers into catatonia, to make contact with an eldritch being.

When Dwayne's cover is blown, he becomes Metzger's new test subject, an involuntary pilgrim into a world where "it's all just in your head" is far from a reassuring statement.

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Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent by Jennifer Anne Gordon

Beautiful, Frightening, and SilentJennifer Anne Gordon

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WINNER KINDLE AWARD FOR BEST HORROR/SUSPENSE 2020 WINNER Best Horror 2020 - Authors on the Air Awards, Finalist for American Book Fest's Best Book Award Horror 2020Finalist for Book of the Year - Authors on the Air 2020

"I read this book over several weeks, early mornings before my family woke, and I loved every moment, savoring sentences, taking screenshots of passages to revisit, and shaking my head in admiration. The writing is incredibly beautiful, rhythmic, and precise, and Gordon's use of objects laden with emotion is masterful--watch for her teacup, rope, and red crayon; watch her weave and stuff and loop those red hairs, how they come back, how you'll find them in your own pockets. This is horror in love with life, and an author in love with language. You will encounter scenes you won't forget. Be ready."
- Diane Zinna author of The All-Night Sun

Adam, a young alcoholic, slowly descends into madness while dealing with the psychological scars of childhood trauma which are reawakened when his son and wife die in a car accident that he feels he is responsible for. After a failed suicide attempt, and more group meetings that he can mention. Adam hears a rumor of a Haunted Island off the Coast of Maine, where "if someone wants it bad enough" they could be reunited with a lost loved one. In his desperate attempt to connect with the ghost of his four-and-a half year old son, he decides to go there, to Dagger Island, desperate to apologize to, or be condemned by, his young son. Adam is not sure what he deserves or even which of these he wants more. While staying in a crumbling old boarding house, he becomes involved with a beautiful and manipulative ghost who has spent 60 years tormenting the now elderly man who was her lover, and ultimately her murderer. The three of them create a "Menage-a-Guilt" as they all come to terms with what it is that ties them so emotionally to their memories and their very "existence". Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent is a poetic fever dream of grief, love, and the terrifying ways that obsession can change who we are.



Adam, a young alcoholic, slowly descends into madness while dealing with the psychological scars of childhood trauma which are reawakened when his son and wife die in a car accident that he feels he is responsible for. After a failed suicide attempt, and more group meetings that he can mention. Adam hears a rumor of a Haunted Island off the Coast of Maine, where "if someone wants it bad enough" they could be reunited with a lost loved one. In his desperate attempt to connect with the ghost of his four-and-a half year old son, he decides to go there, to Dagger Island, desperate to apologize to, or be condemned by, his young son. Adam is not sure what he deserves or even which of these he wants more. While staying in a crumbling old boarding house, he becomes involved with a beautiful and manipulative ghost who has spent 60 years tormenting the now elderly man who was her lover, and ultimately her murderer. The three of them create a "Menage-a-Guilt" as they all come to terms with what it is that ties them so emotionally to their memories and their very "existence".Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent is a poetic fever dream of grief, love, and the terrifying ways that obsession can change who we are.

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Broken World by Kate L. Mary

Broken WorldKate L. Mary

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Follow a group of survivors on a journey that spans eleven books and twenty years as they search for safety in a world overrun by the dead...

When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down and she's faced with a choice: give up or accept a ride from redneck brothers, Angus and Axl. Vivian knows getting in the car with strangers is a risk, but with time running out, she's willing to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.

The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has already been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian and the others realize that no electricity or running water are the least of their concerns. Now Vivian must learn how to be a mom under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus's aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.

While searching for a safe place to go, the group meets a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, he might be their only chance for survival...

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Spirit Talker by Theresa Dale

Spirit TalkerTheresa Dale

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The first book in a new series from the author that brought you the Rose's Ghost Trilogy and Asylum.

Shya's no stranger to events of the paranormal sort – the women in her family have passed down their strange gifts for as long as they know. But the early loss of her mother has meant far less guidance for Shya than they'd both hoped for, and now she finds herself floundering as she faces darker elements of the spirit world.
She's grateful for her friends in The Seers group… at least they take her seriously, and even provide insight she couldn't have gleaned herself, thanks to their incredible collection of supernatural gifts. But none of them are prepared for the fight that looms ahead, and it's not only a possessed child's life that hangs in the balance – the demon wants Shya most of all.

Will The Seers succeed in saving both souls when Shya's gifts are turned to work against her?

Join Shya and The Seers on an adventure that will have you in its grips and leave you wanting more.

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FREE & BARGAIN EBOOKS – {01-29-2021}

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Mary Choppins by Alan Spencer

Mary ChoppinsAlan Spencer

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This nanny was known to be strict. Now she's downright homicidal!

Brandon Huggins is reunited with his childhood nanny, Mary Cunningham, after she decapitates his fiancée. Mary insists she's only trying to give him back something that was taken from him as a child. She shows him a syringe filled with a neon green substance. The nanny will stop at nothing to administer this strange concoction.

He runs from the lunatic woman with questions flooding his mind. The police can't help him. An old family physician who knows Mary Cunningham's story can't save him. He only knows Mary and her followers are murderous and hellbent on turning the world into innocent fun-loving children. It's all about playtime, and Mary will ensure those who deserve this life will get it, and those who don't will surely perish in the most macabre of ways.

Only Brandon can stop the newly dubbed Mary Choppins from inflicting her plans upon the world. One thing is for certain. A spoonful of acid helps the screaming come out!

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Mr. Shivers by Robert Jackson Bennett

Mr. ShiversRobert Jackson Bennett

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Discover Robert Jackson Bennett's stunning debut, "set during the Great Depression and reading like a collaboration between Stephen King and John Steinbeck" (Publishers Weekly -- starred review).

In the ruins of the Dust Bowl, thousands have left their homes looking for a better life, a new life. But Marcus Connelly is not one of them. He searches for one thing, and one thing only: Revenge.

Because out there, riding the rails, stalking the camps, is the scarred vagrant who murdered Connelly's daughter.

One man must face a dark truth and answer the question -- how much is he willing to sacrifice for his satisfaction?

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Eleven O'Clock Fright: A Novel by Joshua Scribner

Eleven O'Clock Fright: A NovelJoshua Scribner

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Shortly after the death of his wife, Dr. Kurt Snaber packs up and moves to a new state to start over. Unfortunately, he brings with him the disembodied voices of his overbearing mother and dead wife. On the advice of a friend, he turns to meditation to silence the unwelcome voices. Little does he know that while meditating he'll witness something that will change his life forever or that it will return every night at 11:00 o'clock.

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FREE & BARGAIN EBOOKS – {01-27-2021}

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Slander Hall by Matthew Tait

Slander HallMatthew Tait

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Fifteen years ago the affluent gated-community of Slander Hall was the setting of the largest mass suicide in U.S history, dozens of men and women committing the ultimate sacrifice and embracing the covenant of their leader to shed their bodies for a life in outer space. Now a modern ghost town, it boasts only the decaying and derelict phantoms of a withered populace. Cedar Jarrell, sole survivor of the holocaust that claimed so many, returns to the dark heart of Slander Hall on a final pilgrimage where not all who take the journey will survive …

Also included in this second edition are two more tales – stories that put the reader into a disturbing world of lunacy and paranoia that could be just around the corner for any of us. In Doll Steak, an average man is trapped within a room of sinister dolls and quickly learns that staring into the abyss only amplifies his worst fears. With Terrica, Matthew Tait invites you to a small town where vehicular manslaughter is a way of life ... and highways are a preying ground for monsters.

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Dead Willow by Joe Sharp

Dead WillowJoe Sharp

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The town of Willow Tree has a secret …

The massive Weeping Willow towers over the landscape, its leafy tendrils an enormous canopy that shields the town and its residents from the outside world. It makes Willow Tree into a world all its own … and its residents into a family like no other.

Eunice Pembry ran the town like a loving matriarch … and like any mother, she sometimes had to discipline her children.

Colonel Davis loved only one thing more than the town of Willow Tree … and she made him do detestable things to prove that love.

Annabel Jeffers would make the ultimate sacrifice for the town … but there was always one more thing to give.

Jess Granger, stringer for the internet rag The Paranormal Investigator, would stumble onto their secret, and it would change her life … but not all change is good.

As high and as wide as the tree goes, the roots go even deeper, down into the soil of the 150 year old cemetery beneath. What it does down there is the real secret of Willow Tree.

It is a secret worth dying for … but will dying be enough?

From the sickly creative mind that brought you Viral House and The New Wizards!

Welcome to a zombie horror that's out of this world!

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Kraken's Keep: The Danger In The Deep by Jean Kilczer

Kraken's Keep: The Danger In The DeepJean Kilczer

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A routine dive takes a drastic turn for marine biologist Tess Hoffman and her boyfriend, when a monstrous underwater creature of unknown origin attacks them.

To study the dangerous deep-sea denizen, they team up with a ragtag crew of scientists and explorers, including the heroic Culley and George, a brilliant scientist.

Stranded within the confines of their research vessel, they soon understand that their scientific mission has turned into a fight for survival.

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★★★★★ - "This story was intense - it's obvious the author knows about diving. I felt like I was right there."

★★★★★ - "Well done with a depth to each character that speaks of seasoned character development. Many unforgettable moments in this book will stay with me for a long time."

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SCREAM OF THE DAY FOR THURSDAY

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The Route of Ice and Salt by David  Bowles

The Route of Ice and SaltDavid Bowles

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A reimagining of Dracula's voyage to England, filled with Gothic imagery and queer desire.

It's an ordinary assignment, nothing more. The cargo? Fifty boxes filled with Transylvanian soil. The route? From Varna to Whitby. The Demeter has made many trips like this. The captain has handled dozens of crews.

He dreams familiar dreams: to taste the salt on the skin of his men, to run his hands across their chests. He longs for the warmth of a lover he cannot have, fantasizes about flesh and frenzied embraces. All this he's done before, it's routine, a constant, like the tides.

Yet there's something different, something wrong. There are odd nightmares, unsettling omens and fear. For there is something in the air, something in the night, someone stalking the ship.

The cult vampire novella by Mexican author José Luis Zárate is available for the first time in English. Translated by David Bowles and with an accompanying essay by noted horror author Poppy Z. Brite, it reveals an unknown corner of Latin American literature.

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FREE & BARGAIN EBOOKS – {11-15-2020}

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Grave Maker by John Meany

Grave MakerJohn Meany

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Murderers rarely advertise who they are, or how many people they have killed, or how they have no remorse whatsoever walking through their day-to-day lives with blood on their hands.

This story is about one of those cunning killers, a ruthless taker of lives and an unsuspecting teenage guy who is lured into her deceitful web.

Recent high school graduate and amateur surfer Jeff Dean is enjoying the easy life. He lives in a beautiful home on the Jersey Shore, has zero bills to pay. However, when his mother kicks him out of the house on his eighteenth birthday for misbehaving, his peaceful standard of living is ruined

Several weeks later when Jeff, broke and homeless, meets a gorgeous older woman in New York City, she gives him a place to stay and the two eventually become lovers.

Soon though, with his sex hormones raging out of control, it becomes apparent to Jeff that his new girlfriend, an aspiring fashion designer, is leading a secret life, his new girlfriend confesses that she has a shady past. Against his better judgment, Jeff becomes a part of that same deadly world. And before long the couple are forced to go on the run across the United States, before the FBI has a chance to apprehend them for the senseless murders of more than a half dozen innocent people.

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Shadows in Summerland by Adrian Van Young

Shadows in SummerlandAdrian Van Young

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"An extraordinary novel sure to enchant readers of Sarah Waters as well as those looking for a thrilling and transporting gothic tale." --Julia Fierro, author of The Gypsy Moth Summer

The author of The Man Who Noticed Everything, an award-winning collection of short stories, presents his debut work of full-length fiction, "a witty and disturbing horror novel . . . as if Henry James had written an issue of Tales from the Crypt" (Bennett Sims, author of A Questionable Shape).

Loosely based on the lives of spirit photographer William H. Mumler and his wife, Shadows in Summerland transports readers to 1859 Boston, where those who promise access to the otherworldly--mediums, spiritualists, and psychics--are celebrated. This embrace of illusion and intrigue provides the perfect hunting ground for con artists and charlatans--men like William Mumler.

When William teams up with Hannah, a shy young girl who sees and manifests the dead, they are welcomed into the drawing rooms of the city's elite. But the couple's newfound fame and fortune draw grifters and rogues into their circle, including someone who will bring the afterlife closer to them than they could ever imagine.

Spanning three decades, Shadows in Summerland "recalls an era no less gullible than the present one . . . Van Young's prose skillfully illuminates his gothic tale of greed, obsession, and murder" (Publishers Weekly).

"A fabulous and weird addition to the contemporary fantastic." --Laird Barron, author of Black Mountain

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The Chapel by S.T. Boston

The ChapelS.T. Boston

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Nestled in the quiet and remote Cornish village of Trellen, The Old Chapel should be the ideal holiday getaway; but it's not, for something is wrong with The Old Chapel. Very wrong.

Desperate to find answers as to why a dark-robed figure stalks its rooms, and the tortured cries of infants echo through the building at night; owners Sue and Tom Reed call on the help of ex-police detective - turned private and paranormal investigator, Mike Cross and his team to find a rational explanation behind these seemingly unexplainable reports. Before the team get a chance to investigate the renovated seventeenth-century chapel; now an idyllic holiday let; eighteen-year-old Ellie Harrison and her five-year-old brother, Henry, vanish without a trace from the building in the middle of the night.

Soon Mike Cross and his team find themselves embroiled in one of the strangest and most inexplicable missing persons cases of recent time, and in a race to unravel the dark and twisted past of The Old Chapel before they, Henry and Ellie become its next victims.

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Eight Cylinders by Jason Parent

Eight CylindersJason Parent

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Sebastian "Seb" McAlister has run out of luck in Vegas. Cornered by a trigger-happy gang and shot through the stomach, he makes a desperate escape in his supercharged Hellcat. Fate guides Seb safely out of Sin City and into the desert, but as his wheels fade into the horizon, he fades into darkness.

He awakes among a tiny community in the middle of nowhere. A mountain range circles the hodgepodge of shacks like prison walls looming high. And the warden that resides in those mountains is big, ugly, and deadly--a creature straight out of a Lovecraftian nightmare.

If Seb hopes to escape that wayward way station, he'll need enough cunning to outwit a force beyond comprehension… and a fast car. With a little luck and a ragtag group of would-be monster mashers racing alongside him, Seb just might have a shot of making it through the mountains alive.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing--Tales from the Darkest Depths.

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