Tales from the Blog (8/20/2017): Devil at the Wheel 12

“I don’t know, Vin!”

“Fellows, please relax. You have nothing to fear. I’m here to take you on a trip.” The voice from the radio sounded like it was echoing out of some deep dank crypt where scary wet things slithered around in the darkness.

“Trip?” Mike asked, trying to sound calm. “I don’t want to go on no trip with you.”

“I’ve had enough of this. I’m breaking the fucking window and getting the fuck out of here!” Vin reached for the glove box, hoping to find something hard enough to break glass, and just as he reached for the handle, the seat belt lifted up into the air, slid across his body, and clicked into place.

Mike’s seat belt did the same thing.

The boys were now trapped in their seats . . . to be continued next Sunday at 6 A.M. Did you miss a post? Check out the Category “Tales from the Blog” in order to catch up. Have a great Sunday.

Tales from the Blog (8/13/2017): Devil at the Wheel 11

5 RPM

The radio fell silent, as the car sat there and idled or did it growl–the boys could have sworn they just heard that noise coming from underneath the hood.

Mike and Vinnie looked at one another.

“Mike. What the hell’s going on?”

“I don’t know, Vin.”

“You must have been running her too hard?”

“Please. My uncle runs her harder than this.”

“Hello, Gentleman.” The radio replied, as the door locks clicked into place, trapping them.

“What the hell’s going on, Mike!”

The boys yanked on the door handles, but they weren’t budging no matter how much they tugged on them . . . to be continued next Sunday at 6 A.M. Did you miss a post? Check out the Category “Tales from the Blog” in order to catch up. Have a great Sunday.

Self-Publishing Updates and A Free Read – AWOL and Chill Bumps

This novel is back to one complete unit. I had it split up into two parts, but that didn’t help sales so I thought it might be time to pull the book back to the way it was meant to be. The only problem is the paperback is now $16.00 dollars, but the EBook is reasonable at $3.99. Today and tomorrow you can get this EBook at the whopping price of FREE!. That’s right, on 8/11 and 8/12 this book can be all yours free of charge. So, run on over and grab yourself a copy if you feel a desire to do so.

Here is the synopsis: How far will he go to get home? Will Vampires, Werewolves, Monsters, and Aliens deter him? What will he endure to find his family? Acclaimed author Anthony Renfro has a problem. As his fans wait anxiously for his next release, a character he has created tumbles out of the pages of his book and comes to life. With no clear story or plot in Anthony’s head, he must work together with this character in order to find out what story he belongs in before the critics and fans come pounding on Anthony’s door. AWOL: A Character Lost is a horror/science fiction novel about an author’s worst fears come to life.

EXP: The character sat up, shook the cobwebs free, and then stood on wobbly legs, leaning on the wall for support. “Hello?” He asked, looking around, blind in the dark, naked from head to toe.

A lamp appeared beside him. “At your right foot there is a kerosene lamp. Pick it up and turn it on.” As I write this, the words light up in big bright letters on the wall – neon words of pink and green. The character nearly falls over with the surprising light. When he gathers himself, he looks up at the wall. We can now communicate.

“Who are you?” The character turns on the lamp, and the small round room fills with light. He is standing on the concrete floor of a large silo, with infinite blackness above – stretching to the top of my imagination. “Where am I?” 10 doors surround him; they are black, dark, and ominous, with silver words written on them, reflecting the light.

“My name is Anthony, and I am the author who made you. I don’t know your name. I’m hoping you will find it along the way.” I paused. “You’ve stumbled out of your story, and you are back at the spot where I first created you. The problem is, I don’t know what story you came from.”

The character – five eight to five nine in height – read the words on the wall, and his heart sank.

“You stumbled out sometime last night, and I found you when I went in to search my brain for something to write about.”

This collection of six short stories is only available in EPUB. It isn’t available on Amazon, but you can get it anywhere else EBooks are sold (like IBooks, Nook, Kobo, etc.). It is currently on sale for $2.99.

6 Tales of Horror and Suspense

The Man from the Road: A man suddenly appears on a road. He’s lost, confused, no clue as to how he got there. He starts to walk and stops suddenly. There’s a bonfire in a field nearby. He sees people dancing around this fire. They are performing some kind of ritual. He turns to flee, but he’s captured. No chance of escape. He hopes he is only dreaming, because all of this seems a bit too real.

A Haunted House Tale: Five college students on Halloween night set out to discover the secrets of the town’s most infamous haunted house. Will these students live to see the morning or will this house claim five more victims?

Demon Energy: A short story about 1 man possessed and tormented by a 1000 demons who must fight for a soul he is starting to lose. Will he ever find salvation or is his body now an eternal host of hell?

SHe: A monster stalks the city of Tampa Bay. This monster is only attacking women taking only the one thing it needs. Tim Roberts, a detective, is hot on this monster’s trail. Will he catch this monster in time or will this monster feed until it has its fill? Be careful Tim, this monster has a secret yet to be revealed.

Devil at the Wheel: A Joyride in a Chevy Chevelle. The car was just sitting there for the taking. What could possibly go wrong? Vinnie and Mike are about to find out what can and will go wrong once they turn the key. Evil awaits.

Killer Treads: A short story about a man who sees a flashy ad online advertising a twenty dollar treadmill. He buys the machine, too cheap to be scared, and realizes much to his dismay that this machine has a taste for blood. Big Bob better run like his life depends on it because in many ways it does.

Chill Bumps

Tales from the Blog (7/23/2017): Devil at the Wheel 8

This light made it look meaner, more evil, like it could almost drive itself. It was painted black with a red racing stripe running from hood to trunk, and each tire had white lettering on the side.

“It’s beyond words, Mike, beyond words. I’ve heard you talk about this car before, but I have never had the chance to see it till now.”

“Impressive, isn’t it?”

“I’ll say. I hope Velle looks like this when I finish her restoration.” Vin ran his hand over the polished exterior and peered into the car.

It was as neat and clean on the inside as it was on the outside. It had black cloth seats, chrome shifter, chrome handles for the windows, leather steering wheel, and a brand new powerful sound system.

“Let’s take her for a spin,” Vin replied.

“I thought you’d never ask,” Mike replied, opening the garage door. He then turned back to Vin. “We need to do this real quiet like. We drift it down the driveway, and then ease it out into the street maybe push it until we’re off the block. You cool with that?”

“As long as I get a chance to drive her.”

“We both will. Let’s just get this done, and hope the neighbors don’t see or hear us.”

The boys were quiet as a mouse, and they had the car down the street and off the block without anybody noticing them.

It would have saved their lives if someone had . . . to be continued next Sunday at 6 A.M. Did you miss a post? Check out the Category “Tales from the Blog” in order to catch up. Have a great Sunday.

Tuesday Promotions (7/11/2017): Nightlight Tales (SHe)

5 out of 5 stars – Terrific plots and plenty of chills and thrills

13 tales of terror.

13 tales that will have you reaching for the nightlight before you go to bed tonight.

SHe

He took her hand, and led her to the bed. He undressed her, and she allowed it. He kissed her, caressed her, and made her feel more alive in a bed than any other man she had ever known. When he was finished making love to her, she was nothing more than a puddle of ecstasy on the soft cotton sheets.

While she lay there, the man climb on top of her again, and started kissing her neck. She moved and gyrated to the kisses, expecting to be whisked away to happy land again, anticipating it so much that she almost exploded.

A stinging pain found her neck, as the man sunk two rainbow-colored fangs into her skin. It pierced her flesh, drew the tiniest trickle of blood.

She started to scream, but she found she had no breath, as he sucked the estrogen from her body. He drained her in minutes, and snapped her neck once he was finished . . .

The stories in this chilling collection are as follows.

1. The Man from the Road: A man suddenly appears on a road. He’s lost, confused, no clue as to how he got there. He starts to walk and stops suddenly. There’s a bonfire in a field nearby. He sees people dancing around this fire. They are performing some kind of ritual. He turns to flee, but he’s captured. No chance of escape. He hopes he is only dreaming, because all of this seems a bit too real.

2. The Living Sand: Two boys discover a hidden beach and the evil deadly secrets that lie within its soft white grains of sand.

3. SHe: A monster stalks the city of Tampa Bay. This monster is only attacking women taking only the one thing it needs. Tim Roberts, a detective, is hot on this monster’s trail. Will he catch this monster in time or will this monster feed until it has its fill? Be careful Tim, this monster has a secret yet to be revealed.

4. A Zombie Christmas: Three men risk life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to bring happiness to surviving kids on Christmas Morning.

5. Need to Feed: Another year. Another massacre looming. When the sun rises on the Old West town of Saltwater Junction this town will face head on two fierce predators. Vampires who stalk you in the sunlight and werewolves that transform with the sunrise. This short story rewrites the legends and all you’ve ever known about these creatures of the night. Where do you go when there’s no place left to hide?

6. A Haunted House Tale: Five college students on Halloween night set out to discover the secrets of the town’s most infamous haunted house. Will these students live to see the morning or will this house claim five more victims?

7. A Zombie Thanksgiving: A woman risks life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to keep the Thanksgiving tradition alive.

8. Sandy and The Stranger: A road racing champion meets his match in the form of a stranger who may or may not be the ghost of James Dean himself.

9. Demon Energy: A short story about 1 man possessed and tormented by a 1000 demons who must fight for a soul he is starting to lose. Will he ever find salvation or is his body now an eternal host of hell?

10. Killer Treads: A short story about a man who sees a flashy ad online advertising a twenty-dollar treadmill. He buys the machine, too cheap to be scared, and realizes much to his dismay that this machine has a taste for blood. Big Bob better run like his life depends on it because in many ways it does.

11. A Zombie New Year’s Eve: Becky and Joe are separated in a Zombie Apocalypse and risk life and limb in order to reunite for their New Year’s Eve kiss.

12. Joyride: A Joyride in a Chevy Chevelle. The car was just sitting there for the taking. What could possibly go wrong? Vinnie and Mike are about to find out what can and will go wrong once they turn the key. Evil awaits.

13. A Vampire at Christmas: A Vampire uses his riches and immortal skills to bring joy to those in need during the Christmas Season.

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Tales from the Blog (7/2/2017): Devil at the Wheel 5

2 RPM

Vinnie was there at 8 on Saturday, as usual, right on time. He might have been a lot of things, but being late wasn’t one of them. He was dressed just like always, jeans, sneakers, and tee-shirt. Tonight’s t-shirt had the name Iron Maiden splashed across the front of it with a shot of Eddie in all of his vicious Eddie glory.

Mike showed up about twenty minutes later, as usual, not on time.

Vinnie wasn’t pleased when he saw his friend stroll up the driveway. “Where the hell have you been? I’ve been hanging back in the shadows afraid someone would see me here, about pissed myself twice.”

“My old man got to going off about God and baptism again. He had one of those religious groups over. It was all I could do to break out of there. Man, he’s such a hard ass when it comes to that stuff. I guess he didn’t like my Metallica shirt.”

“At least it ain’t like my old man.”

“I think I would take the beating over what I got tonight.”

Vin, who knew, no one would like a beating like he usually got from his old man, jumped the conversation back to a happier topic . . . to be continued next Sunday at 6 A.M. Did you miss a post? Check out the Category “Tales from the Blog” in order to catch up. Have a great Sunday.

Cover Reveal and A Free Read: It Sleeps at Dawn

Yes, you might have seen this one on its promotion day recently, but it wasn’t free then. It is free today (6/29) so be sure to grab your copy at the links below.

This is one of my favorite covers that James (goonwrite) has ever created. When I saw it I knew that I had to have it for this story. There was nothing I was ever going to create that would capture this short story this well. I was so tired of Vampires with guns moving in slow motion. I wanted my Vampire to be the traditional kind, one who toys with his victims, drinks their blood, sleeps in the day, and uses their fangs to kill. I think this cover just conveys that so well.

You might also be interested to know that this title was inspired by a Slayer song “At Dawn They Sleep.”

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This short story is about a Vampire who stalks the Appalachian Mountains. A traditional Vampire who uses fangs instead of guns. He hunts. He kills. He sleeps at Dawn.

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXYPP02

UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01LXYPP02

AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01LXYPP02

CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01LXYPP02