The Gate by Jason Brant

Bryan Armstrong and Kyle Detwiler, two college students on the cusp of graduation, are the lucky winners of a contest to become interns on the paranormal television show The Specter Slayers.

Their excitement turns to jubilation when they discover that they’ll be aiding in the investigation of The Danver Church, one of the most haunted places in America. Nestled in the remote mountains of Pennsylvania, the church is world renowned for the massacre that occurred there forty years earlier.

Accompanied by best-selling horror author Katie Upshaw, they attempt to survive a dream job that quickly turns into a nightmare. The church, adorned with satanic symbols and imagery, is the home of things far worse than any of them could have imagined. Continue reading

Dark Passage by Griffin Hayes

Tyson Barrett used to be happy. Used to have a family, a son, a thriving business. Now he has nothing but long sleepless nights broken only by nightmares so terrifying they threaten his sanity. So when he is asked to join an underground drug trial that will “cure” him, he agrees.

But this cure comes with a terrible price. One that will force him to confront a dark past he thought he left buried up at Sunnybrook Asylum. One that will put his soul at risk, and will threaten everything he ever loved.

The mind is full of halls. And some of the darkest passages lead to rooms better left closed. Continue reading

Helmort : The Story That Inspired ‘Dracula’… by K. V. Witten

July, 1890
For twenty years, Doctor Erik Binson has hidden himself away in a private asylum outside Whitby Bay, England. Now Abraham Stoker has sought him out to deliver a letter from a mutual acquaintance – a man Erik hasn’t seen since 1870.

Inspired by what he heard that night, Mr. Stoker published his gothic masterpiece, ‘Dracula’, seven years later…

(edited to add: This is a full-size novel, approximately 80,000 words.)
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Zombie Town by Griffin Carmichael

From city to suburbia, zombies are all the rage as they rampage on their quest for sustenance, taking down strangers, friends and neighbors alike, without pity or remorse.

Here are nine short stories about the times when the dead walk and the living fear.

MY BIG FAT ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: What better place to be when the dead rise than the local fitness center.

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT CAROL: Suburban life can be deadly dull. Or maybe just deadly.

FIGGY PUDDING: Holidays are known for feasting and jubilation, but one restaurant manager comes to regret keeping the doors open one Christmas eve.

NEITHER RAIN NOR: Public servants are said to be a dedicated lot, but carrying on with business as usual after the zombie apocalypse is taking it a bit too far.

SILENT: Little children look forward to a visit from Santa with great anticipation, but there’s nothing good coming down the chimney this year.

DARKNESS FALLS: Even a sturdy fallout shelter isn’t any protection when the super flu everybody’s been predicting lays waste to the world.

FLASHLIGHT: All she wanted was a flashlight so she could see what all the ruckus outside was about. Sometimes it’s better to remain in the dark.

IN THE MEADOW: Winter has come to a small Nebraskan town, bringing huge snowfalls. But nobody is in the mood to build a snowman.

RITUALS FOR THE LIVING: Long after the dead have risen, the survivors learn to cope with new ways of living and dying. Continue reading

Breathing Dust by Victoria Champion

Along the windswept shore of the Black Sea, Sofiya resists the calling of The Way, an ancient path of witchery her grandmother wishes for her to walk. As she emerges into womanhood, she struggles against the growing influence of her magical inheritance in a desperate attempt to be with the young fisherman she loves. Her tragic and terrifying visions reveal that The Way has a darker path, and its hunger for her is approaching like a terrible storm. Continue reading

Song of the Mourning Dove by Victoria Champion

A sensually macabre retelling of two fairy tales by The Brothers Grimm, these dark fantasy short stories are about love, fear, and deception. In the title story, Song of the Mourning Dove, two young lovers have a romantic tryst in an ancient forest and encounter a horrifying evil that threatens to tear their love apart. In the bonus second story, The False Prince, a beautiful princess discovers that forbidden pleasure comes with a terrible price.

These stories contain mature subject matter and are intended for an adult audience.

This ebook contains the short story Song of the Mourning Dove. Also included is a bonus story The False Prince. Combined, these two original stories by Victoria Champion are 9800 words, and approximately 39 pages. Continue reading

Mama by Robin Morris

As the Conover family drives from L.A. to Chicago strange things begin to happen. Nine year old Michael sees a face form in the window of the family car. Two creepy children stare at fourteen year old Alison at a motel. A car follows the family for many miles, then hits their car and drives away.

Wherever the Conover family goes, wherever they look, they see a large woman and her children coming closer. The woman and her children are superhumanly strong. They can enter a locked room without opening the door.

Confused and scared, the Conovers can’t comprehend what is happening to them. Everywhere they turn they see the woman and her children. The woman is Mama, and as she teaches her children, like a lioness teaching her cubs to hunt, the Conovers realize that they are the prey. Continue reading

Try Not to Burn by Michael Matula

Three strangers must join forces in order to escape from Hell.
Brandon Morales, a rookie cop with a shadowy past, shot dead at the age of twenty-two.
Samantha Reiss, a female bank robber, killed by lethal injection.
Jane Calrin, a teenage girl who ate a bullet to cap off a tear-stained murder-suicide.

All they have to do is pass a series of tests, avoid the wanton clutches of their fellow inmates, brave nightmares made flesh, and keep from being swallowed by the constantly evolving mass of Hell itself.

Of course, none of those obstacles might matter one lick, as the three of them might all just end up killing one another before their quest even begins.

Only God knows for sure. Continue reading