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Erotic Gothic Horror: The Family Tree by John Everson

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Gothic, Erotic Horror

Its roots are old…and twisted!
The blood of the tree is its sap. It has sustained Scott Belvedere’s family for generations. It’s the secret ingredient behind the family’s intoxicating ale and bourbon, among other elixirs. But only when Scott inherits The Family Tree Inn, deep in the hills of Virginia, does he learn anything about his family, its symbiotic history, or the mammoth, ancient tree around which the inn is literally built. And after he stumbles upon the bony secrets hidden in its roots, while in the welcoming arms of the innkeeper’s daughter, he realizes that not only is blood thicker than water — it’s the only thing that might save him from the hideous fate of his ancestors…

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About the Author:

John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of eight novels of erotic horror and the macabre, including his latest, the Fountain of Youth thriller THE FAMILY TREE, as well as the Bram Stoker Award-nominated tour de force NIGHTWHERE, the Bram Stoker Award-winner COVENANT, its sequel SACRIFICE and the standalone novels THE 13TH, SIREN, THE PUMPKIN MAN, VIOLET EYES. He also is the author of four collections of short horror fiction, including his latest, SACRIFICING VIRGINS.

John shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of fake skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, Alan Clark illustrations and a large stuffed Eeyore. There’s also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can’t really play but that his son likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it’s usually only to brew another cup of coffee. In order to avoid the onerous task of writing, he occasionally records pop-rock songs in a hidden home studio, experiments with the insatiable culinary joys of the jalapeno, designs book covers for a variety of small presses, loses hours in expanding an array of gardens and chases frequent excursions into the bizarre visual headspace of ’70s euro-horror DVDs with a shot of Makers Mark and a tall glass of Newcastle.

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Mystery Feature: In the Graveyard Antemortem by Stephen Stromp @StephenStromp

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Mystery, Suspense, Horror, Young Adult


“An engaging, creepy mystery packed with emotion and heart. A fun novel with just the right amount of darkness.” - Scream Magazine

Winner of Amazon’s reader-powered Kindle Scout program. Seventeen-year-old Lisa Jacobs is determined to solve her father’s gruesome murder. But before she can investigate in her own small town, she is forced to spend the summer with her Uncle Clayton, the owner of Grand Hallow–a massive funeral and mortuary operation the size of a small city. Her move to Grand Hallow only deepens the mystery as she begins to suspect the strange and chilling occurrences there are linked to her father’s death. With the help of her acid-tongued best friend and deadbeat brother, Lisa must unravel the secrets of Grand Hallow–before it’s too late. In the Graveyard Antemortem is a mystery/suspense novel with a healthy dash of horror.

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Without warning, I felt a hand grasp my shoulder. “It’s the morgue,” said a deep voice directly behind me. Startled, I spun around to see a man who looked remarkably like my dad. The resemblance took my breath away. He smiled cautiously. It was my dad’s smile, the one that formed into a mischievous smirk no matter if any mischief was in fact intended. He had his same soft facial features, his salt-and-pepper hair, and his hazel eyes. It was uncanny. It was as if I were looking at my father all spruced up for a graduation or wedding, wearing a suit and clean-shaven. Only it wasn’t him. Just some pieces of his DNA. He held out his hand. And as I shook it, life came back to my stunned lungs. “Hello, Lisa. I’m Clayton.” He cleared his throat apprehensively. “Your Uncle Clayton.”
“Hello,” I replied meekly. “Thank you for all of this. I mean, taking care of my dad’s funeral.”
“It’s the least I could do,” he said while wringing his hands.
“You’re telling me,” snapped Tina. “A room next to the morgue?”
“I do apologize about that. If you and your friend would be more comfortable—”
“It’s fine,” I assured him. He adjusted his collar and looked down the hall behind him as if someone were watching from the shadows. He was pleasant, yet seemed preoccupied, his eyes shifting every which way. It could’ve just been his nerves. I imagined he was just as nervous meeting me as I was meeting him. Yet it also could’ve been because he was simply incredibly busy with the responsibilities that came with running such an enormous and complex place.
“So.” Tina couldn’t help herself. “Why did you want Lisa here so bad? She was just fine in Ruthsford, ya know.”
“Tina!” I protested, secretly wanting to hear his answer.

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About the Author:


My stories tend to have a dark twist. And I like to mix different genres depending on where the story takes me. I wrote a short novel titled ‘Cracking Grace,’ a dark fantasy that explores relationships, loss and spirituality. ‘In the Graveyard Antemortem’ is a mix of mystery, suspense and horror. Join my email list at to keep up-to-date on my new releases.


Science Fiction Book Feature: Tumbleweeds by Louis Psaltiras

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Science Fiction/Horror/Apocalyptic/Science Fiction Horror


Release Date: October 5, 2016

In 1960, an alien object crashes from space to a remote rural farm in a sparsely populated town of Yarrawonga, Australia. Strange and macabre unexplained incidents begin occurring amongst the town’s population— murders, humans undergoing alien mutations, and zombie attacks are frequent, then the incidents abruptly stop!
Decades later the macabre murders and alien mutations resurface. The Pappas siblings Olivia, a forensic coroner; Daniel, a physics professor; and Addison, a law enforcement officer begin to investigate. They suspect an alien conspiracy involving innocuous looking Tumbleweeds.
Is the alien object the catalyst for all this evil? Or is this part of an invasion involving a sophisticated alien race? Who will believe Olivia, Daniel and Addison? Who will stop this evil? Government super powers are alerted around the world, to do battle against the annihilation of the human race…

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Halloween 2016 New Release: Twisted: A Horror Anthology With 9 Amazing Authors @auth_LWilliams

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by Lindsey Williams, Katherine Bryant, Bartholomew Aloiscious, R.G. Westerman, Stacy Overby, Juliet Meredith , T.S. Dickerson, Sarah Buhrman, Nelda Kai Dahl

Release Date: 10/31/2016

The world is full of horrors if you’re a woman. Vengeful spirits, crazy cowboys, homicidal hillbillies, the grossest case of post-partum depression ever, possessed stuffed animals, and a demented Poseidon – to name a few. So what’s a girl to do?

Well, get this book for starters. Then try not to lose your marbles (or your lunch) as you go about your business after reading some of the most mind-bending horror around. Then you can share all the gory details with your fellow horror fans, if you think they can handle it.

Just remember, always keep it Twisted.

This tragic tome includes thirteen tales of terror from some of the hottest new names in the game:

Fountain of Youth
Rancho Viejo
Bringing Baby Home
Scavenger Hunt
Taste So Good
Blackpool Quarry
The Spectre
Karma Incarnate
Freeze Burned
Mirror Mirror
A Strange End

*Not for readers under 18*

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Young Adult Horror Feature, Guest Post, and Interview: Revenge, Lust and Voodoo by Dina Rae @haloofthedamned

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Paranormal, Young Adult, Horror


Release Date: 9/29/16

Lucien Nazaire is an old Haitian priest with a checkered past. He longs to find the perfect apprentice to carry on his life’s work of black magick. He hires Jake, a neighbor boy, to help him with odd household jobs and then takes him under his wing.
Sixteen year old Jake LaRue lives with his abusive uncle. Voodoo becomes the perfect solution to get him out of a helpless situation.
Henry Novak, an autistic teen and Jake’s only friend from school, becomes obsessed with Haiti and the dark arts. He wants to be included in Jake’s Voodoo lessons.
The newly learned magick gives both boys the power to manipulate those they hate and lust. But their dreams soon unravel once the Voodoo spells wear off.

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“You’re a God-damned slut!  Whore!  How could you?  He was touching your…All over!” Pete bellowed.
“How dare you!  You’re the one who told me to get up on the stage and make some real money!” Leah screamed back.  T.J. tried playing mediator, but his slurred words were ignored.
“But then a lap dance?  You waste no time, you little cunt!  Kinda like you’ve been stripping since you started working there and lying about it!”
“If you weren’t such as lazy drunken slob then maybe I wouldn’t have to work!  Someone has to pay for things around here.  You sure ain’t…”
Oh no!  Smackdown time! thought Jake, too afraid to move.  He hated it when his uncle got like this.  These violent moods were usually alcohol induced.  The familiar sounds of slaps, thuds, cracks, and painful moans were on the other side of his bedroom door.  He heard Rhianna’s crying in the background.
“Rhi, go back to bed.  Mommy’s alright!” yelled T.J. who was trying to calm Pete down.
Jake rolled out of bed and army crawled to the doorway.  Looking through the opening that separated the door from the carpeting, he saw Leah’s head bloodied.  She lay limp on the floor.  Pete stopped hitting her.  His whole demeanor changed.  With a wolfish expression, he began to unbuckle his belt.

About the Author:

dina rae

Dina Rae brings an academic element to her novels by weaving research and history throughout the stories. Big Pharma, Big Agri, Big Conspiracy is Dina’s first nonfiction work.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and dog outside of Dallas. She is a Christian, avid tennis player, movie buff, teacher, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and syndicated radio programs. When she is not writing she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Stephen King, Brad Thor, and George R.R. Martin. She also enjoys reading about religion, UFOs, New World Order, government conspiracies, political intrigue, and other cultures. Revenge, Lust and Voodoo is her newest paranormal, YA novel.

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Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?  I started writing seven years ago.  After I finished my first book, I couldn’t stop.  Five novels and one nonfiction later, writing has become a big part of my life.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?

I’m very proud of all of them.  I like to put a lot of research and history into them.  It’s always fun to learn new things and hope my readers take away something that they didn’t know before reading the books.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?  Yes.  I am writing The Sequel, a sequel for my novel The Best Seller.  It’s a sci-fi alien/Nazi/time traveler novel that will come out this spring.

What do you enjoy most about writing?  It provides an escape from everyday life, which is exactly how I feel about reading.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?  Yes, all the time.  I loosely plan my stories and then just let it fly.  Sometimes the characters as well as the plot go to places I hadn’t seen before.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?  In Revenge, Lust and Voodoo I particularly like Jake.  He is a poor foster kid who gets jacked around all of the time-a target for Voodoo and other dark cult-like religions. I also love Lucien, the Voodoo priest.  He’s a selfish son-of-a-b but has a good side to him as well.  He’s complicated.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?  I loved writing one of the revenge scenes that involved Jake’s abusive uncle.  Not to give the story away, but he gets what he deserves.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?  Don’t expect to get rich.  So few writers do.  Write for the craft of it, the fun of it, and the escape of it.  If it’s something you truly love, you can officially call yourself a writer.  My biggest tip is this-just because you wrote a book doesn’t mean you’re done.  Promotion is just has much work, but I love doing radio.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?  I love Jim Marrs, Dan Brown, George R.R. Martin, Brad Thor, George Orwell, and Stephen King.

What about television shows? Movies?  I love Homeland and Game of Thrones.  American Horror Story is also pretty awesome.  My favorite movies are The Matrix, I, Robot, The Omen, Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, Devil’s Advocate, The Perfect Murder, and The Notebook.  There are so many more.  A good movie is just a good movie.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?  There are so many fantastic books out there.  The Stand (King), Brave New World (Huxley), and 1984 (Orwell) are probably the most thought-provoking books that I’ve read.  I also was moved by the Left Behind Series (LaHaye and Jenkins).  Politics and religion fascinate me.

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? Escape, imagination, creativity, therapy, obsession, compulsion, dream, ambition, accomplishment, and insanity!

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Enjoy Revenge, Lust and Voodoo!

Guest Post by Dina Rae:

With the so-called zombie apocalypse approaching, one must be educated about the different kinds of zombies before prepping for defense. First, there is the most common and believable-the human that turns into a zombie because of mental collapse, disease, infection, and/or radiation. They stagger around dazed and confused and cause panic to others. Then there is the man-made monster kind or the kind Hollywood and horror authors like me tend to capitalize on.

Zombie interest continues to fascinate the world. Jeffrey Dahmer drilled holes then poured acid down his victim’s heads in hopes of creating his own zombie. His madness didn’t work. Can man make his own zombie? Are these monsters real?

According to Wade Davis, author of The Serpent of the Rainbow, zombies are real. They are a product of the Voodoo religion. He was originally hired by a pharmaceutical company to find out about the drugs Voduists used in their death rituals. He believed that datura also known as zombie’s cucumber was a plant that could medically make one who ingested it appear to be dead for a certain length of time. Sounds like the stuff Juliet Capulet used to fake her death. Could Shakespeare have known about the magical zombie-making plant?

Datura or sometimes Cimora, a close relative of Datura’s, eventually wears off but leaves the victim in a state of confusion, highly susceptible to the art of persuasion. Presto! A zombie slave is at the captor’s disposal. Mr. Davis didn’t just find his datura flower, but witnessed zombie phenomena as he immersed himself within the Haitian culture.


Revenge, Lust and Voodoo is a unique blend of paranormal, romance, and fantasy. Besides The Serpent and the Rainbow, I read volumes of other Voodoo material and watched hours of TV specials. Some of the terms I learned can be found below:

Bokor: A wizard who practices black magic, a zombie maker.
Loa: deity/spirit
Ghede Family: A family of loas known as the spirits of the dead. Three barons rule the family. Baron Samedi is the loa of resurrection. Baron Kriminel is the most feared loa associated with cannibalism and souls. He’s honored on The Day of the Dead. Baron LaCroix is the loa of the dead and sexuality.
Poppet: Voodoo doll
Ti-bon-ange: “little good angel” The part of the soul that represents a person’s individuality.
Gros-bon-ange: “great good angel” Part of the soul that is collected into a reservoir of the Cosmos or spirit world.
Baka: Voodoo spirits in animal form.
Loup Garou: werewolf
Djab: a devil
Dessounin: Death ritual that separates the gros-bon-ange from the body.
Bizango Society: Secret society of Vodouists. They have Freemason-like qualities such as aprons, secret handshakes, oaths, hierarchy, and symbols. Legend states they change into animals at will. They are known for stealing black cats and boiling them to death for Voodoo services. They drink each other’s blood from a human skull chalice.

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