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Hunter Shea’s Trick for Treat Season: Asylum Scrawls Short Story Collection!

If you like creepy stories or are looking for some good scary reads in time for Halloween spooks, check out this new collection of short stories from one of my favorite authors, Hunter Shea!  It’s a .99 cents e-book packed full of fear. Yep, it truly is a cheap thrill! *wink*
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Asylum Scrawls is a collection by popular horror author Hunter Shea and an author named Norm Hendricks. Mike Chella did the book cover. After talking this over for many years, they finally took the plunge and wrote it just for your mental pleasure. I might not even need to go Trick-or-Treating now!

This really cool collection of horror stories is ONLY .99 cents until Halloween!! Anyone who downloads a copy and lets Hunter know (or doing so by posting on any of my posts about it too, or commenting below) through Facebook, Twitter or his email is eligible to receive a free e-copy of one of his novels.

Asylum Scrawls Collection, Synopsis~

Demonic possession, serial killers, monsters, beasts, the insane and the damned – they’re all here, safely tucked behind the bars of the asylum. These seven tales of the macabre and bizarre are sure to haunt you until the icy fingers of the grave claim you for eternity.

Here’s the Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Asylum-Scrawls-Hunter-Shea-ebook/dp/B00FTHBXWS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1382300587&sr=1-1&keywords=asylum+scrawls

Here’s an excerpt below from story of The Faceless Girl~

The windowpane shuddered, tiny ticks pattering against the glass. It had begun to snow. A chilly finger of wind wrestled through a gap in the wood frame.

“It’s all yours,” I said, imagining how cold it would be if we were wet and naked – at least when Eva and I were wet and naked.

Janice bounded out of the bathroom. “Let’s look at the others.”

It was like a game of one-upmanship, going from room to room, each succeeding ode to the gods of interior decorating richer than the one before it.

“How much does he make a picture?” I asked Eva.

“I think I heard over thirty-five million.”

It was a staggering thought. Each movie required him to be on set for three to five weeks. He made three to four movies a year. I decided at that moment to loathe Mick Harrison, despite his generosity, though in actuality, I felt this weekend trip was a ploy to get Eva into his bed. Was it working? To give voice to my concern would only make things worse. I had to ride it out in silence and give Eva the keys to my trust.

“This is a lot of house for a single man,” I said.

“I don’t think he comes up here alone,” Janice said, winking. I wondered if I should offer Janice to Harrison in Eva’s place. I could see that for her part, it would take little convincing.

A pair of white double doors capped the end of the long hallway, twin portals to a higher dimension. “That must be the master bedroom,” Eva said.

“Maybe we should leave that room alone,” I suggested. “I wouldn’t want him to think we were going through his coke stash or hidden videos of women in his bed. Every man needs his privacy.”

That got a laugh out of Johnny. We had our moments.

“He didn’t say not to go in there,” Eva said, her curiosity getting the better of her. She and Janice placed a hand on the doorknobs. “What do you think?”

I shrugged my shoulders. “I think that if you don’t see what’s inside, you’ll leave here with regret. Why, I don’t know, but I do know how you tick.”

“Just open the doors. Who the fuck cares? It’s just another bedroom,” Johnny said.

I swallowed a snide comment before it touched my tongue. Eva gave me an appreciative nod.

“Okay, here goes. This is where the magic happens!” Janice said with a mischievous grin.

They turned the knobs and swung the doors wide.

Eva screamed first. Janice piggybacked on her. Even Johnny grumbled a few choice curses, dropping his beer.

I found myself stepping back before I could see what had caused the raw fear to spread through them fast as a lightning strike. Janice, hopping on the balls of her feet and covering her mouth, blocked my view.

Moving closer, wedging myself between the girls, I experienced a moment of absolute death – my lungs, heart and brain ceased functioning for the space of one, maybe two seconds, but it was enough to douse my body with the chill and certainty of the grave.

It –she? – stood facing us, the guardian of the master suite, an opaque creature of light and shadow. She, yes, it was most certainly a she, wore a knee length dress, the print impossible to discern through the radiance that emanated from her. Small, fine-boned, with long, wispy hair that hung in loose strands past her shoulders.

The problem, aside from the glaring fact that she was not flesh and blood but more of a hologram, like Princess Leia played through R2D2’s tiny projector, was that she had no face. Amid the fine hair of her wavy bangs was a wavering haze, veiling all facial features. She was incomplete in many ways, yet with enough form to prevent any denial of her existence.

Author Hunter Shea, Biography~

hunter-headshotI’m the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. I don’t just write about the paranormal. I actively seek out the things that scare the hell out of people and experience them for myself.

My novels, Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal , Swamp Monster Massacre and Sinister Entity are published through  Samhain Publishing’s horror line.  I live with my family and untrainable cat close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

I’m also proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with my partner in crime, Jack Campisi. Our show is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. We explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun.

Feel free to contact me any time at huntershea1@gmail.com. Writing is lonely work.

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Don’t Ever Sneak Around Abandoned Cabins in the Woods: Why? Read The Witching House by Brian Moreland

Congratulations to Brian Moreland today on the release of his novella The Witching House!  Witches might be a new trending theme for books right now, but I’ve always loved stories of witches.  Even when I was little, and not allowed to watch, talk, or even think about scary topics (my mom didn’t like it and I had horrible nightmares of a genie), I WAS allowed to read stories of witches. Maybe it was due to Wizard of Oz, or my paperback Tilly the Witch book, but regardless my mom was okay with storybook witches.  I’d pretend I liked only good witches and then imagine myself dressed as an evil witch with only some redeeming traits. Ha!  I was thrilled when she sewed me a black witches costume and cape one year for Halloween when I was about 8-years-old, so much so, I still have it.

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Continually over the years, I’ve liked, hated, and either way been enthralled by witches. When one of my favorite authors, horror writer Brian Moreland, decided to put out a novella called The Witching House, I was ecstatic to see what kind of evil tale he had come up with that surrounded witches.

The Witching House, by Brian Moreland, and its short story prequel, The Girl from the Blood Coven, was a completely original tale in which we are led to wonder who a demented serial killer might be that murdered 25 witches who lived as a coven in the Texas woods.  By the end of the prequel, I was entranced by some sick individual and needed to find out what heinous explanation he had for committing the atrocities we read. The shocking conclusion was enough to make me want to start right in on The Witching House IMMEDIATELY, which would take me forward into the present day.

The Witching House pulls us in at the start with a group of four, two couples, who go on a ghost hunt adventure. As I read, I catch myself waiting around every corner for something sinister to appear or happen. For a little while I am learning about the characters, especially Sarah and Dean, as Sarah works to overcome her fears. I listen to their banter and everything seems normal.  As a floor board creaks or a shadow is seen out the corner of an eye, the book begins to seep in creepiness.  Soon enough, we understand that the ghosts of the Blevins Coven are not the only supernatural forces in this cabin.  As well, everyone is not who they seem!

It was pure entertainment to explore the musty cabin with them and even experience the horror they begin to unravel.  Brian spins an unique and imaginative tale of what lurks in the basement of a secluded cabin.  Being always torturously petrified of my childhood basement, I now have proof of why! I want to share with you so badly what is lurking there and why the whole idea is so incredibly cool. But I can’t spoil it, because I really want you to read this book! You’ll love it!

Instead, I will say that I did LOVE the way that Brian connected the supernatural entity in the basement to nature. It has been one of my very favorite things that I’ve seen him do with a book yet.  Growing up in the woods, and with that eerie basement again where it was always damp and cold, mildew liked our old stone, and moss was forever on everything around our house, I could totally relate to how these parts of a property or home could also become a part of the supernatural as they take on a life of their own.

Brian manages to give us not only a fun story in these shorter works, but he packs in good magic vs. black magic and how they relate to each other, underlying themes of overcoming fear, attributes of cults in history and how they can lead to dangerous ends, family relationships (even strange ones), and romance! Plus he adds mystery, suspense, and additionally, hope! And curses….oh, the CURSE!

This book is a definite WIN, worth the money, and I urge you to read both The Girl from the Blood Coven and The Witching House before summer is over! They’re a manageable length for quick reading, but packed full of amazing prose that you won’t want to put down.  You’ll read them both in one sitting and they are pretty inexpensive too. I hope I see more exciting tales like this from Brian in the future.

I would highly recommend this novella to any horror genre lover, but also to any mainstream readers who want a more pulse pounding tale.  There is some romance, but not overly explicit, and he keeps it low on the blood/gore meter, which is why it’s great for overall reading by anyone who just wants a good creepy time.

* I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

The Witching House, Synopsis~

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In 1972, twenty-five people were brutally murdered in one of the bloodiest massacres in Texas history. The mystery of who committed the killings remains unsolved.

Forty years later, Sarah Donovan is dating an exciting man, Dean Stratton. Sarah’s scared of just about everything—heights, tight places, the dark—but today she must confront all her fears, as she joins Dean and another couple on an exploring adventure. The old abandoned Blevins House, the scene of the gruesome massacre, is rumored to be haunted.

The two couples are about to discover the mysterious house has been waiting all these years, craving fresh prey. And down in the cellar they will encounter a monstrous creature that hungers for more than just human flesh.

ORDER The Witching House at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Samhain Horror (30% off for limited time).

Author Brian Moreland, Biography~

368_Facebook_authorBrian Moreland writes novels and short stories of horror and supernatural suspense. His first two novels, Dead of Winter and Shadows in the Mist, are now available. The Witching House released August 6, 2013, and novel The Devil’s Woods will release December 2013. He loves hiking, kayaking, watching sports, dancing, and eating cookies. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas where he is diligently writing his next horror novel. You can communicate with him online at http://www.brianmoreland.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HorrorAuthorBrianMoreland

Twitter: @BrianMoreland

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1150022.Brian_Moreland

Brian’s Horror Fiction blog: http://www.brianmoreland.blogspot.com

Coaching for Writers blog:  http://www.coachingforwriters.blogspot.com

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