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Horror Book Spotlight: Gretel by Christopher Coleman @c2coleman


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Dark Fantasy, Horror


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“One of the best collections of strong female characters that I’ve seen in a long time.”–Errant Dreams

Alone. Frightened. Captive. If you hear someone approaching, RUN. She is not there to help you.

There is an ancient evil in the Back Country, dormant for centuries but now hungry and lurking. When it sets its sights on an unsuspecting mother one routine morning along an isolated stretch of highway, a quiet farming family is suddenly thrust into a world of unspeakable terror, and a young girl must learn to be a hero.

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Excerpt:

She’d never gotten used to the taste.  Even with the life and strength that teemed in every molecule, the russet fluid always went down heavy and crude.  Like swallowing a fistful of thin mud that had been lifted from the bottom of a river.

There was a time in the early years of her life—this second life—when she was forced to mix the liquid with soup or tea, or to stir it into the batter of the sweet confections and pies that even today she took pleasure in baking.  She had experimented relentlessly with temperatures and combinations—using ingredients she wouldn’t have otherwise fed to a cockroach—hoping to create a formula that, if not tasty, was at least palatable enough to override the involuntary rejection by her mouth and throat.

But she’d had little success, and soon began believing the more she tampered with and diluted the delicate recipe, the more the regenerative effects were diminished.  Her nails and hair didn’t seem to grow quite as quickly, and her teeth, though they were restored, felt as if they had just a bit less length and severity.

Of course, it was plausible she was entirely wrong about the effects of the tampering, and she accepted the possibility that her observations were paranoid inventions of an overprotective mind.  But she also wasn’t taking any chances, and over time she had trained herself to drink the mixture straight.  After all, it took mere seconds for the solution to make it over her taste buds and down to her belly.  After that, it was ecstasy.


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About the Author:

Christopher Coleman lives in Maryland with his wife and two children. He received his degree in English Literature from the University of Maryland and has been writing professionally for over five years.

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Mystery & Magic Contemporary Fantasy Feature: The Worlds Beyond Scripture Series by Byron Fortin @ByFortin_Author


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Contemporary Fantasy


Through the Psyche of Ambrosia

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Meet Ambrosia as he is invited by a wealthy philanthropist to leave behind his life of general obscurity, safely sheltered from society, to enter a world of intriguing characters in the big city of Hartland. He’s not ready for what lies ahead though, and this adventure is just beginning to heat up…. He will soon meet a set of twins, throwing him into a love triangle he cannot possibly understand. But if he only knew what was to come, he may have never stepped onto that plane. He becomes terrorized in a dream so seemingly real his mind cannot seem to let go of it, and is plagued by disturbing images of infatuation from another time. Afraid he is spiraling into madness, Ambrosia seeks out the help of those around him. Yet he has no idea what he is about to uncover. There may be more mystery and magic in his new home than he ever cares to admit.

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Through the Psyche of Ambrosia – Part II

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Journey with Ambrosia through an evening of fantastical ravishments as the residents of The Nebula celebrate their most sacred of days, Samhain, in this second installment of the Worlds Beyond Scripture series. Can the seductive Regina solve the riddle of the mystifying written words that haunt Ambrosia and echo through his soul, or will the night of thinnest veil propel him further down the spiral of madness to a complete breakdown of his reality? The runes foretell a choice to be made… Will it be his Star shine, or Summer love that wins out these passions to completely hold his heart in her hands? Or might that heart fall into the grip of yet another, more mysterious maiden that may not be so gentle?

How one man can sustain such feats and provide such rigorous pleasures… well, there is much more to his story than even he knows. But others do, and discovering their secrets may bring more to bare than he can handle.

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Two if by Dark Reverie – Part I

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Ambrosia wakes to find he has survived the night… Or has he?

Honestly, he doesn’t know and can’t remember how he got in his bed, or any other happenings having transpired since taking the elixir the night before. The world he now finds himself in is one of chaos, being ripped apart by natural disaster, while at home a terror erupts in the Hartland with people gone missing and a new set of grisly murders. To make matters worse, there’s something the matter in his mind; constant flashes plague thoughts run amok, making fractured images appear that he can’t quite grasp hold of. Lucid dreams won’t let him be and follow him around in a house that at times seems itself alive.

Unsure of what to think, Ambrosia seeks out those closest to him: companions who would help, and the solace of a lover’s open arms. She means everything to him, so why does he feel that he just can’t hold on? There are still many things he does not yet know, but with every moment he’s getting closer to discovering the truth. What answers will he find there appearing on the other side?

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Supernatural Fantasy Feature: The Halloween Chamber: Revenge of the Corvids by Mr Richard E Harding


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Supernatural Fantasy


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1953 – The abbot of Grimsfell abbey employs a professor of psychiatry to investigate the cause of an evil transformation of some of his monks, who appear to have become possessed by demons. He reveals a twisted, tangled underworld of Satanic revenge from the distant past by three former monk brothers and their witch sister who escaped capture for their crimes centuries before by becoming immortal corvids – three ravens and a crow. At noon each October 31st, deep beneath the abbey mausoleum in the secret Halloween Chamber, they temporarily regain human form and summon the Demon of Revenge to evoke a miasma of insidious evil influence into the underground river tunnel that runs beneath the abbey grounds. A bizarre discovery links the abbey to World War II Nazi Germany.

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Magic and Witches Fantasy Feature: The Part That Doesn’t Burn by Sam Poling @SamuelPoling


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Fantasy / Dark Fantasy


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Tirgearr Publishing

In an overpopulated city-state where technology and magic are forbidden by the corrupt church, young witch, Mirabel Fairfax, plots the creation of a deadly plague to cull the burdensome rabble. That is, until she falls in love with the very alchemist she has been deceiving. Now, with soul-hungry geists flooding the city, the church scrambling for their prey, and her own mind at war with itself, Mirabel must decide what she’s fighting for before she loses everything to the evils of Autumnfall.

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A geist, two-thirds down the corridor, drifted closer. Its face partially lifted from its head, hanging a few inches from where it belonged. The glowing wisp mimicked the body it used to have, but poorly. The translucent skin melted and slid ever downward. She knew the face would contort any moment: the precursor to assault. And it had the gut-wrenching violet hue. Of all the geists to enter first, it had to be a damned giftgeist. She had no hope of generating enough magic to destroy it before it reached them.

The broken door started to grind open. She fit her thin body part way into the opening. Her heels dug into the carpet and her back braced against the door’s narrow edge, with her hands pressing against the wall. “Felix, pull.”

The geist twisted into a monster far fiercer than before; its face warped into elongated grief and its jaw stretched to the side to give a dry, raspy howl. Passengers meandering into the hall heard it. They slung their own screams and ran the opposite way. The worst decision during a geistline incident: running toward the rear of the train. They wouldn’t live long.

She reached above her head and flicked her fingers. “You want electricity, you fromping door? H-have some.” More white flashes fluttered between her fingers with each flick. “Come on, I had this spell mastered yesterday.”

“Mirabel? Mirabel,” yelped Felix. “It’s-it’s coming.”

“Simmer. I am focusing.”

“Focus faster!”


About the Author:

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Sam Poling has been writing fantasy and science fiction for the thrill of it his entire life, from short stories to screenplays. His love for each of the sub-genres led to dedication to writing genre-skirting fiction with all the elements that make up the human condition. He holds a strong enthusiasm for medical studies and currently works as a medical assistant in a large clinic while taking classing for nursing. He also serves on a health and safety committee, including disaster preparedness and infection control. His interest in epidemiology and medical science tends to spill over into his writing endeavors.


Paranormal Spotlight: Princesses of the Night by Tich Brewster and Teresa Fuentez @TichBrewster @TeresaFuentez


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New Adult / Fantasy / Paranormal / Magical Realism


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Royal Blood Book 1

Release Date: 9/19/17

Tanya is a hardworking college student but her whole world is turned upside down when she meets a mysterious man on Halloween. All that she thought was fiction is now her reality. A night life filled with fangs and blood—and an evil vampire that wants her dead.

She and her friends are the chosen ones, destined long ago, to save this world from destruction. That’s not easy when your enemy is your sire’s son.

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He chuckled. “You’ve already lost.”

It was so dark, she could barely see. Remembering there was a lamp in the corner with a clap-on, clap-off setting, she clapped her hands. Nothing. Oh, right. No power. Using the flashlight app on her phone, she shined it toward them but it wasn’t enough. He pulled the woman to the other side of the room, into the shadow of a large filling cabinet.

Wrapping a muscular arm around the woman’s waist to hold her in place, he brought the knife he was holding in his other hand to the base of her throat. Dear Lord, what was going on in this store? Who was this man, and who in the world was this poor, defenseless woman?

Needing to know her identity, Tanya took a couple of steps in their direction. The woman’s short, dark-brown curls moved where her captor’s breath was blowing next to her ear. She shined her light at the frightened young woman. Big, bright-blue eyes were staring back at Tanya, pleadingly.

Taking another small step forward, Tanya gasped. “Danny, is that you?” Dannika Wile, Tanya’s cousin and best friend, was the one in danger, and there was no way Tanya could save her from this crazed maniac.

At Tanya’s advance, the intruder pressed the knife into her cousin’s throat a little more, and a droplet of blood formed beneath the blade. As if smelling the tinny odor, he smiled at Tanya in a manner that reminded her of a lunatic.

Tanya was struggling to breathe as she whispered, “Oh jeez, mister.” She wanted to advance and help her cousin, but she knew it would do more damage than good so she stayed put. “Look, just let her go. I’ll give you whatever you want, just let her go.”

The shadows concealed him well enough she couldn’t see his expression, but his laugh said it all. The fear coursing through Tanya’s body amused him.

Surely this was a nightmare and she’d awaken any moment. At a last attempt to save Dannika, she said, “Hey, I have access to the safe. I mean it, whatever you want, it’s yours.”

“You have nothing that interests me, little girl.” In one swift movement, he sliced through Dannika’s neck.

Dannika’s eyes meet Tanya’s briefly, and the terror there was enough to make Tanya scream. A split second later, Dannika’s body fell limp. “No,” Tanya screamed at the man standing before her.

“You’re next,” he growled. Cackling, he brought the knife up to his mouth and licked the blade clean.