Title: One Bite at a Time
Author: Brandon Faircloth
Genre: Horror / Short Story Collection
In One Bite at a Time, Faircloth showcases a collection of twenty-five short horror stories ranging from creepy to spine-chilling. The first in the collection centers a little girl whose new obsession with drawing takes a sinister turn. A deadly popular app, a haunting childhood toy, a scarecrow that’s come to life–the diverse stories that follow continue the theme of life reimagined through frightening tales of the ordinary gone odious.
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Title: Our Frail Disordered Lives
Author: Mary M. Schmidt
Genre: Horror / Paranormal / Demonic
In Our Frail Disordered Lives, one demon breaks free of his binds in Hell to prove his boss wrong—that is, the Devil himself. Roach has been a demon since the fall of Lucifer, but Hell isn’t what he thought it would be. With his failure to meet Satan’s standards at his current job and a seven hundred-year-old grudge he’s holding, Roach is ready to go rogue. His exploration of the Upper World introduces him to humans that give him the perfect opportunity to show Satan who’s really boss.
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Title: You Saw Something You Shouldn’t Have
Author: Brandon Faircloth
You receive a text from an unknown sender early in the morning and it says: You saw something you shouldn’t have. Also the title of the book, this tale of a mysterious creature taunting a man as everything and everyone in his life suddenly vanishes is just one of seven short pieces in this collection of spooky stories. Ghosts, murders, magic, and monsters fill the pages of these horror stories that are just as thrilling as they are fun.
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Amber Fang is the only vampire she knows of. She lives on the run, hunting down murderers for food and trying to finish her degree in Library Sciences. Amber has mad research skills and stretchy pants, but the world is more complicated than her mother told her.
Amber Fang is a boss ass bitch and I love her. Brutally matter-of-fact and self aware, she spends a lot of time alone in Amber Fang: The Hunted interrogating herself and the world. She is acidly observant and is good company as she and the reader navigate author Arthur Slade’s carefully thought-out and realized urban fantasy landscape.
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Title: The Outsiders: Book One
Author: Brandon Faircloth
Genre: Science Fiction / Thriller
When Jason witnesses his grandfather hauling a woman’s lifeless body into the backyard under the cover of night, he is understandably concerned. After confronting his grandfather the next morning at breakfast, Jason is pulled into increasingly elaborate justifications for murder that quickly become a truth stranger than fiction.
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The first time I had to put Douglas L. Wilson’s Affinity’s Window down because I was too scared was on page 51. If you think that sounds like it’s not very far into the novel, that’s because it isn’t. The sun was going down, the back of my neck had begun to prickle, and I was seriously considering the possibility that there was a little girl on a tricycle watching me. I closed my e-reader and turned on all the lights.
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Title: What Lurks Beyond the Veil
Author: Stephen Paul
Genre: Supernatural / Science Fiction / Mystery / Thriller
This paranormal thriller recounts the story of how three unlikely twenty-somethings, Shawna, Colton, and Adam, take on an apocalyptic threat with the help of an FBI agent and Mariah, an inter-dimensional being.
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Title: The Beasts of Electra Drive
Author: Rohan Quine
Genre: Literary Fiction/Magical Realism/Horror
Aptly titled, The Beasts of Electra Drive tells the story of a video game designer’s revenge on the “Dreary Ones,” the corporate leaders at Bang Dead Games, the company where he worked until recently.
They’re about to release a new, glamorous social media software, Ain’t They Freaky!, designed to fuel the tabloid-style view of the world—cutting others down to build oneself up—and Jaymi Peek feels that something is wrong. Despite owning an opulent house on Electra Drive and two nearby rental properties, something is missing…and then he has an epiphany.
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Title: Pray Lied Eve 2: Further Tales of the Untoward
Author: Lydia Peever
Genre: Horror – Short Stories
This collection of six unrelated short stories spans a few subgenres of horror from the psychopathic to the fantastical. Death, however, circulates as a recurrent theme with tales hitting on different aspects or relationships to deaths both tragic and unnatural. Fittingly, Halloween is central to several tales which update existent folklore to create single-sitting reads of dark urban fantasy.
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Author: Anthony Knott
Genre: Fiction, Southern Gothic, Crime
This novel reads somewhat like a memoir or a snapshot of the past. The summer in Tennessee enters as almost another character to the story of young Rodney, a boy tottering on the brink of puberty. He’s interested in everything and regularly writes down what he hears, but he struggles to know what to do after witnessing a series of disturbing events committed by an older, local boy adept at violence and threats.
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