#BadMoonRising: Mind-Shaft: A Paranormal Anthology by S. Burke #paranormal #horror

Today’s author shares her collection of paranormal short stories focusing on horror, romance, and suspense – something for everyone!  And she may or may not have stayed in a haunted hotel.  Welcome Suzanne Burke!

My grateful thanks to Teri Polen. I’m so delighted to be featured here today. It’s an honor to appear with the wonderfully talented authors taking part in this exciting tour.

Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

I still get a little spooked just thinking about this. My daughter and I had checked into a hotel on the outskirts of the small country town where we planned on relocating. She planned on catching up with friends in the area, and I looked forward to an early night. She’d headed off, and I enjoyed take-out Pizza and watched a vaguely entertaining comedy on T.V. I headed to bed and snuggled down for sleep. The sound of the television woke me. I figured my daughter had arrived home, and I was more relaxed and content in knowing that she was safe for the evening.

The television volume increased and I recall feeling surprised. My daughter is normally so considerate of other people. I finally gave up on sleeping and walked out to the only other room to ask her to turn down the sound. She wasn’t there. I looked at the television and grunted, a little surprised and annoyed with myself. I’m one of those people that makes certain all the power points are switched off before retiring for the night. Obviously, I’d missed one. I walked across to the tv and found it was indeed switched off from its only power source. I have no explanation that makes any sense to me at all. Suffice it to say I spent the next few hours sitting and watching the door. We checked out first thing next morning.

You’re home alone, but you hear footsteps in your house–what do you do?

Ah …good ol’ fight or flight? Well for starters I don’t call out in a shaky voice “Who is it?” Can you imagine the reaction if a voice that sounded vaguely like Darth Vader responded with an evil cackle, “I’m your immediate future.” Eeek! Seriously? Then of course, if I were a character in one of my books I’d go all Lara Croft on that intruder’s ass. In the real world, I would likely drop and roll under the bed and dial 911. Or Ghost Busters  … I do love those uniforms.

Are you superstitious?

My initial response would be, “Who me? No.” But if you ask me that question again on a Friday the 13th that happens to fall on a full moon … during a solstice … and I’m standing under a ladder stroking a black cat you’ll likely get a completely different response.

What’s your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I needed to think about this. I’ve never really looked at what schedule I keep. I’ve discovered that I don’t really have one. I’m disabled and can no longer work outside my home, and that hands me the luxury of time. Apart from regular meal breaks and the few hours of catch up time I spend with my daughter and grandson each day, I have the wonderful freedom of writing when and as the muse directs me. I can be found sitting up all night when a character grabs me and holds me hostage. I sleep very little but do tend to crash and burn when I ignore the warning signs and find myself needing to sleep for twenty-four hours straight.  Chaos anyone?

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I read voraciously. I like stretching my comfort zone and exploring genres and authors that are new to me. It’s so exciting when you read something truly memorable. I wind down by listening to music and enjoy watching a myriad of shows on Netflix.

What are you working on now?

I have just (yesterday) completed the 1st (Unedited) draft of my new book. This one is a full-length thriller  with the working title of “Whatever It Takes.” Set in Hollywood. Here’s a sneak peek at the book blurb.

James Kincaid had it all.

He’d made it the ‘A’ list in a town that prized and idolized winners above all else.

Then life began exacting a price that no man could be expected to pay as the people he cared about began dying by anything other than natural causes.

He couldn’t move on with the dream without knowing why.

Andi O’Connor was the woman he’d hired to do ‘whatever it takes’ to find him the answers.

Could this disenchanted, ex-homicide cop uncover the truth without adding to the growing list of those already sacrificed on the altar of a serial killer’s insanity?

MIND-SHAFT BLURB.

An Anthology of Paranormal short stories. Horror, Romance, and terrifying Suspense.

Sisterly Love. … Paranormal Horror. After the tragic murder/suicide of her parents, Pippa, at just Nineteen-years of age, finds herself taking on the full responsibility for raising her fifteen-year-old sister, Emma. Emma is … more than just a little different. The body count is increasing. Nothing and no one is as they seem.

Halloween Homecoming … A Halloween party is the perfect venue for serving justice on the menu. Leighton Caulfield and his Lawyer are about to get their just desserts. In a way that nobody is prepared for.

A Place So Cold … Children are missing! Time is running out. Can the stranger from Australia lead the rescuers to them in time?

Spin! …Doctor Cameron Christopher is concerned that his patient Holly Daniels is caught in a downward spiral into complex Dissociative Disorder. Using Hypnotherapy he takes her back to explore when the nightmares began. Nothing in his experience as a Psychiatrist prepared him for what lay dormant … and waiting.

The Director’s Cut … A Paranormal Romance beyond time. Award-winning Director, Christopher Manning is searching for far more than a location for his next blockbuster. The emptiness that has permeated his entire life is crying out for resolution. Join him as he seeks the answers.

Mind-Shaft … Victoria Denton served revenge swiftly and without mercy. Her future happiness seems assured. If only the past would remain where it should.

AUTHOR BIO:

Suzanne Burke resides with her daughter and grandson in a small country town located hundreds- of-miles to the west of her previous home in Sydney Australia.

Suzanne had long wanted to write, life interrupted and she didn’t begin her journey into the world of writing until she was in her early fifties.

Suzanne has written her memoirs under the author name of Stacey Danson, both her non-fiction books have ranked in the top 100 paid in kindle on Amazon. “Empty Chairs” and “Faint Echoes of Laughter” continue to earn wonderful reviews.

Suzanne writes her powerful Thrillers “Acts Beyond Redemption” and “Acts of Betrayal” and her Paranormal anthology “Mind-Shaft” as S. Burke.

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#BadMoonRising: Kind Nepenthe by Matthew V. Brockmeyer #horror #thriller

If you’re looking for an atmospheric horror story to read, I can heartily recommend this featured author’s book, Kind Nepenthe.  I also recommend following him on Instagram – he has some awesome horror memorabilia, and the pictures of his farm are outstanding.  Interested in haunted hotels?  Matthew’s your guy – it’s their family tradition to stay in them when given the chance.  Welcome, Matthew Brockmeyer!

You’re in a horror movie.  Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

Oh, I’d definitely be the comic relief. I love humor and comedy and consider myself to have quite the wit. I’d be the half-drunk skeptic, making fun of everything, including the creepy legends. Taunting and cajoling in a waggish and droll manner. But then, in a crazy plot twist, it would be revealed that I was actually the killer all along! Didn’t see that coming, did you?

If you were paid to spend the night in a haunted house, would you do it?

Of course I would! In fact, I’ve paid to sleep in haunted places. We’ve made it our family tradition to stay in haunted hotels whenever we get the chance. Some we plan our vacations around, other times, if it’s late and we’re driving through a town, we’ll just google “haunted hotels in the area.”

We’ve stayed in some pretty great ones.  One of my favorites is The Mendocino Hotel in the town of Mendocino (that’s where Angela Landsbury rides her bike in the opening to Murder She Wrote). It’s a historic hotel, right on the Pacific coast, that was built in 1878, and it features a fantastic restaurant. We’ve even stayed there a couple of times on Halloween, because they close the streets in town and have a great celebration with trapeze artists and knife throwers.

Supposedly a Victorian-dressed woman haunts the halls. She’s fond of men but dislikes women and will knock over bottles and turn the lights on and off, as well as other mischief. Many a guest have reported seeing flashes of her in the mirror.

I’ve asked waiters and the bartender about it, several recounted quite spooky nights closing up the restaurant when the lights flickered and things were not where they left them.

The most seemingly haunted of all of would probably be the National Hotel in Nevada City. Established in 1852, it is touted as the longest continuously running hotel west of the Rockies. This one’s been on tv a lot and featured in all kinds of documentaries. In fact, some claim Nevada City to be the most haunted town in California. The truth is, though, that the hotel is scary because it is literally falling apart. There are roped off sections deemed too dangerous to tread on, sagging steps, peeling wall paper, and there are water stains everywhere. Staying there can be terrifying, because of all the mold spores you’re inhaling! It’s definitely a spooky place, people report hearing the piano start playing in the wee hours and often the lobby reeks of cigar smoke, despite the strict no smoking policy.

Another great one is the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, which, despite being built in 1862, has been kept up very nicely. It’s quite charming with a fabulous restaurant. Many a famous guest has stayed there, including Mark Twain, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, James Garfield and prize fighters, “Gentleman Jim” Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons.

Others are La Rose Hotel in Santa Rosa, the Benbow Inn, the Hotel Arcata, the Eureka Inn (which has the creepiest oil paintings ever in the lobby), and the Scotia Inn. Honestly, I’ve never seen a ghost at any of them, but they’re all very old and full of character.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I live on a little homestead/small farm so I spend a lot of time tending crops, spreading manure, irrigating, pumping water, planting seeds, and that kind of stuff. I really love being in nature and working with plants in the sunshine. I spend a lot of my free time reading and watching horror movies and quirky documentaries. I feel it’s important as a writer to keep up with what’s going on. I’m a family guy, too, and really enjoy being with my wife and kids. We have a blast together.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a novel about a cult of blood-worshipping pornographers. It’s been a little slow going, but I’m over halfway done now and feel like I just got to give it that final push. It takes place in the early eighties in the punk rock scene of San Francisco. The leader of the cult is a Charlie Manson type figure. I’ve been obsessed with the Manson Family since I was a kid. I can just barely remember my parents watching that made-for-tv movie Helter Skelter when I was a child (just watched it again recently, it holds up really well. Great movie). There’s something so fascinating about these beautiful girls giving up their lives to this weird little man: the power he held over them, how he was able to manipulate their emotions and fears. They had their own language and all kinds of crazy beliefs and dogmas. The sexual nature of their cult is also captivating and disturbing. As well as the paradox of peace and love hippies being bloodthirsty killers. Fun stuff for a horror novel!

“Riveting. Matthew V. Brockmeyer’s debut is country noir at its finest. Stephen King fans may have finally found a new favorite author in this haunting novel.” –Best Thrillers

Rebecca thought she’d find a hippie paradise when she moved to the desolate back hills of Humboldt County. A place to commune with nature and teach her five-year-old daughter how to live off the land. Instead, she discovered a nightmare.

Coyote is a washed-up pot grower. Strung out on pills and dealing with dropping prices and looming legalization, he wonders if it’s even worth it anymore.

Diesel Dan abandoned his son for a life of methamphetamine and prison. Now he wants to make amends. He’s going to be a grandfather. But his son is on the same dark road of drugs and violence that once consumed him.

These characters will come together in an explosive ending that will leave you stunned and breathless. But more than just a gripping horror novel, Kind Nepenthe is a deep examination into the nature of love and greed, lost ideals, and the essence of evil in one of the last frontiers of the American West.

Author Bio

Matthew Brockmeyer lives deep in the forest in Northern California with his wife and two children. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel Kind Nepenthe: A Savage Tale of Terror Set in the Heart of California’s Marijuana Country. His short stories have been featured in numerous publications, both in print and online, including, among others, Deciduous Tales, Infernal Ink Magazine, Shotgun Honey, Timeless Tales Magazine, Pulp Metal Magazine, Not One of Us, Body Parts Magazine, Alephi, Cultured Vultures, and the anthologies The Edge: Infinite Darkness, After the Happily Ever After, and One Hundred Voices.

Social Media

For more please visit his website: www.matthewbrockmeyer.com
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/matthewbrockmeyer/

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#BadMoonRising: Dying Days – Family Ties by Armand Rosamilia #zombies #horror

It’s Friday!!!!  This is Armand Rosamilia’s fourth time participating in Bad Moon Rising – he might have been the first person who signed up.  And friends – Armand has a Ouija board story guaranteed to give you goosebumps.  If that’s not enough, he also lived in a haunted house that previously served as a funeral parlor.  Don’t let me keep you – read on.

You’re in a horror movie.  Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

I really hope I’m the first person to die. Until then I’m probably the comic relief… although being the eye candy for the ladies would be cool, too.

Have you ever played with a Ouija board?

True story… as a kid my mother used to have her friends over to play with one. This was in the mid-seventies when it was ‘fun’ to mess with them. Once she started getting creepy messages she put it in the attic but it was on the kitchen table the next day, so she took it in the yard and burned it. I was about five or six and from inside I heard something scream. Still freaks me out thinking about it forty-plus years later.

Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

I lived in a haunted house, a former funeral parlor, in Keyport New Jersey. Lots of strange things happened in the house like basement lights turning on in the middle of the night, footsteps and whispering as well as faint music. A ceiling relief once crashed on my bed seconds after something told me to get up at 3 am. I also had a sixteen year old die on my couch in that house. Not sure why I stayed there as long as I did.

What is the hardest part of writing?

Getting my butt in the damn seat. Some days I get distracted by emails and podcast questions or problems. I do quite a few interviews for my two podcasts so that cuts into my writing time. We travel a lot, which also takes me away from the keyboard. Plus there are days I just don’t want to be creative. I want to watch TV or stay in bed and read. People call me and want to chat because I’m home. Anything having to do with the house I take care of so lawn maintenance, appliance malfunctions, cable problems, etc. means I’m waiting for someone to arrive to deal with.

What’s your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I developed a system that works for me. I jokingly called it The Mando Method and others have picked up on it and use it. At the top of an hour I write for 15 minutes. Nothing else. Just writing. I can average about 600 words in that time. Then the next 45 minutes I do other stuff like emails, coffee and wandering around the house, thinking about the next sprint. No matter what I’m doing, at the top of the next hour I stop and do another Mando Method sprint.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Roll up in a ball and cry. Or go to a baseball game. I read a lot. Watch way too much TV. My wife and I travel quite a bit, too. Spend time with our families and go out to dinner too much. She has a full-time career and if she’s traveling for work I get to go with her and write in the hotel room while she’s out doing her thing. After we get to go to dinner and explore the city we’re in.

A YA novella set in the Dying Days world from Armand Rosamilia!

Emalee and Mason are brother and sister, differently abled teenagers, both with Down Syndrome, trying to survive during the zombie apocalypse.

They both have unique powers that will be tested because sometimes it isn’t just the zombies that are threatening. 

Will they be able to protect one another and find safe haven from a world turned upside down?  

Dying Days: Family Ties Amazon Link

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Days-Family-Zombie-Novella-ebook/dp/B07CGRVZ5F

Print: https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Days-Family-Zombie-Novella/dp/1980872805

Author Bio

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping. He’s happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life…

He’s written over 150 stories that are currently available, including horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, thrillers and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels.

He not only runs two successful podcasts…

Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – interviewing fellow authors as well as filmmakers, musicians, etc.

The Mando Method Podcast with co-host Chuck Buda – talking about writing and publishing

But he owns the network they’re on, too! Project Entertainment Network

He also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool.

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal:

armandrosamilia@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorArmandRosamilia/

https://twitter.com/ArmandAuthor

https://www.instagram.com/armandauthor/

https://projectentertainmentnetwork.com/

#BadMoonRising: The Showing by Will Macmillan Jones #thriller #horror #paranormal

Forgive me if I’m a little late replying to comments over the next few days – I’m at a writer’s retreat (woo hoo!) until Sunday.  Hoping to get a lot of work done.

Will Macmillan Jones is a Bad Moon alumnus, and shares the first book in his paranormal mystery series.  He enjoys competing with his dogs in howling at the moon, and, in keeping with family tradition, looks forward to haunting his son.  Welcome Will!

Vampires, ghosts, werewolves, or zombies – which would you least want to meet in a dark alley?

A zombie, of course. Look, you have to maintain a certain sense of style, especially as a horror writer. Without style, there’s no fear or fun, just a gorefest. Which is all right in its own way of course, just not my preference. If you are going to meet a potentially gruesome end at the hands of a supernatural adversary, I think the victim has a right to expect a decent level of service and some quality conversation first. Neither of which you are likely to receive from a zombie. The ghost may be a bit quiet: but considerably less messy than the zombie. The werewolf’s conversational skills may be somewhat limited but his or her standards of hygiene and hair care are likely to be substantially better than that of the zombie, and that rather matters, doesn’t it? The vampire, being an urban dweller, is likely to be the most sophisticated of the lot. And finally, zombies are so last year; and I do like to keep abreast of fashion, even if I then choose to ignore it.

Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

My bed once started moving across the room in a jerky and uneven fashion. I was alone that night. There was no sound, and the thin curtains allowed but a weak and inadequate light from the street lighting outside to enter the room. It was however quite clear that there was no one else present to account for the bed’s movement – or not at first. Then, when I was thoroughly awake and discomforted my father appeared at the end of the bed, smiling in a gentle fashion, as though to reassure me that all was well and that no harm could come to me. The bed returned to its original place against the wall, this time more smoothly. What was creepy was that my father had died peacefully in a nursing home, holding my hand, some hours earlier that day. Although he had told me once that it was a family tradition that the newly dead should visit the eldest son on that night I had temporarily forgotten that information. I should remember to tell my eldest boy sometime, in the vague hope that he might remember when I visit him.

If you were paid to spend the night in a haunted house, would you do it?

As long as the fee was right and paid in an appropriate currency and location of my choice, of course. In my other life I’m a consultant in international taxation, and I’d like to benefit from the rewards of this endeavor. As a working tax consultant I’ve been threatened by experts. Occasionally the clients, but more commonly the taxation authorities and their employees and agents. I strongly suspect that the average spook would have to head off for some serious Professional Development Training and Study in order to compete with the Revenue. I’ve never been scared of the dark, or the noises that can be heard in the silence of the night. Nor have I been frightened by the full moon, although my partner insists that my habit of standing on the patio and howling in competition with our dogs when the moon rides high and full is evidence that Her influence affects me more than I might admit. (Her in this context being the moon, not my partner, who influences me in other ways.)  Certainly the quality of my dreams change and I think that my scariest scenes have probably been written at that time of the month. Sorry, I digress. Yes, after life with my ex wife, a haunted house would hold no terrors for me. I’d be there for the right fee.

What is the hardest part of writing?

Not becoming distracted by shiny stuff, Facebook, and tea. Not coffee. Never coffee. Yuk. Writers need to try and keep focused, and particularly for those (like myself) who work at home, avoiding distractions and maintaining a level of self discipline is vital. Whatever environment you select, distractions will drive in upon you like the Greek Furies, intent of ripping you apart from your manuscript, tearing your vision apart and scattering the remains upon the floor before you. It is your task to dismiss the distractions, focus and create.

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

An imagination. There are lots of artificial aids we can all employ, like word processors, speech to text software, spell and grammar checkers (not forgetting the indispensable aid of an editor of course), but first and last is an imagination. I write horror thrillers, and comic fantasy. Both are rooted in the real world, but without a sprinkling of imagination neither will come to life on paper. I’m also an oral storyteller, and I need to be able to close my eyes and see the scene I am weaving for my audience – imagination does that. All the other tools that are available and nice, but second rate compared to an imagination.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I do a lot of walking. Not just in the classical sense of ‘solvitur ambulando’, but getting out onto the high hills and fells of Cymru (South Wales), where I am lucky enough to live. The peaks here are by turn dramatic, beguiling, beautiful and full of myth and mystery. In a land where dragons, heroes and elves can be found around an unexpected corner, across a strange stile, or through a previously unseen gate: where the tarns and lakes are likely to hold strange and wonderous (if slightly soggy) maidens or monsters, who wouldn’t want to walk the hidden paths? Even at the risk of meeting a druid seeking his latest sacrifice… Writing is best done while sitting comfortably at a desk with a laptop or a notepad. But the inspiration for the words, ah that is to be found where the wind stirs the heather on a lonely moorside or where the high peaks glower down contemptuously on the lowly valleys.

‘His visit to the house has awoken that which was sleeping: how many must be taken before IT can be laid to rest?’
For Sale again is Mister Jones’ family home: a house he had known and feared since his childhood. On a nostalgic whim he decides to visit the house, with disasterous results. The house reacts to his appearance and the estate agent who is showing him around vanishes. Shortly afterwards the next agent appointed to handle the sale of the property also disappears.
Mister Jones wants nothing to do with the property. His visit has awoken old memories for him, and the memories are not pleasant. But it is clear that something else has also been awoken by his visit, and when he is begged to help find the young agent who has vanished, he can no longer avoid the responsibility of facing his legacy of evil, and dealing with the curse laid upon the house.
But what will happen when he faces IT, and who will emerge alive?
If you knew just how much of this story is true, how well would you sleep tonight?
The following books in the series of Mister Jones Mysteries are:
Portrait of a Girl
The House Next Door
The Curse of Clyffe House

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Author Bio

Will Macmillan Jones lives in Wales, a lovely green, verdant land with a rich cultural heritage.  He does his best to support this heritage by drinking the local beer and shouting loud encouragement whenever International Rugby is on the TV.  A just sixty lover of blues, rock and jazz he has just fulfilled a lifetime ambition by filling an entire wall of his home office with (full) bookcases.  When not writing, he is usually lost with the help of a satnav on top of a large hill in the middle of nowhere.

He writes Dark Fantasy, fantasy he fantasises is funny, and books for children. Some of his pieces have won awards but he doesn’t like to talk about that as it draws attention to the fact that other pieces haven’t.

Social Media

Websites:

www.willmacmillanjones.com

Twitter:  @macmillanjones

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#BadMoonRising: Demon’s Blood by Shari Sakurai #horror #LGBT

Happy Hump Day!  Shari Sakurai isn’t quite sure if she worked with a ghost or a human at a previous job, and feels a cat is a must-have for writers.  Sounds like she’s my kind of people.  Welcome Shari!

You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

I have pretty good survival instincts so I’ll say I’d be the final person. I do also have a wicked sense of humour so I would provide some comic relief too!

Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

I used to work in an old Georgian building which had a basement that went under the entire city and used to be part of the city’s jail. When I was working there it was used to store documents and files. Once I had to go down there to put some files away and there was an old man down there doing some filing. He said he used to work here and that he came back on a voluntary basis to help out. We chatted for a few minutes and then I went back upstairs. As I went by reception I told the receptionists about him. They looked a bit alarmed and said that he had been dead for years! To this day I don’t know whether they were messing with me or whether I actually spoke to a ghost!

If you were paid to spend the night in a haunted house, would you do it?

Absolutely! In fact I’d probably do it for free! I love being scared and staying in a haunted house would be an amazingly terrifying experience!

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

Laptop, music, an endless supply of Dr Pepper and a cat. Why a cat? They make great muses and writing companions. My cat Tash often sleeps on my laptop case and when I need a break she’s always wanting to be petted or play with one of her toys!

What’s your work schedule like when you’re writing?

It varies depending on what I am working on. I try to write something every day even if it is just a paragraph, but much of my writing schedule focuses on the weekends when I have more free time. At the moment the schedule is quite light. I’ve got my current work in progress and a little side project I’m working on. In a few months’ time I expect it to be heavier again as I’m also going to be starting the next novel in my Perfect World series.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the sequel to my vampire novel Demon’s Blood. Determined to save his lover from the demon Kurai’s possession, Thane returns to Japan and begins his search for Takata Koji; Taku’s sire and the only vampire who has the knowledge to save him.

Immortal blood is precious and Kokawa Taku’s makes him especially unique.

After vampire hunters force them to flee Tokyo, Taku and his lover, Thane, try to make a new life for themselves in England. But three months later Thane is still tormented by nightmares of the fire that almost cost them their lives. This leads to carelessness and the discovery of one of his victims.

When faced with threats from all sides Taku tries his best to protect them although his actions are met with disapproval and anger from Thane. Unknown to his lover, Taku is also struggling to keep hidden the truth of what really happened three months ago.

However, it is only a matter of time before Taku’s past and bloodline catches up with him.

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I11W9FE

Author Bio

Shari Sakurai is a British author of paranormal, horror, science fiction and fantasy novels that almost always feature a LGBT protagonist and/or antagonist. She has always loved to write and it is her escape from the sometimes stressful modern life!

Aside from writing, Shari enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to (loud!) music, going to rock concerts and learning more about other societies and cultures. Japanese culture is of particular interest to her and she often incorporates Japanese themes and influences into her work.

Shari loves a challenge and has taken part and won the National Novel Writing Month ten times!

Website: http://www.sharisakurai.com

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#BadMoonRising: Broken Shells by Michael Patrick Hicks #horror #occult

If you’re in the mood for a quick, spine-tingling read guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck and have you squirming in your seat, I highly recommend this author’s featured novella.  I’m a bit claustrophobic and found myself short of breath while reading Broken Shells.  Give it a try – I dare you.  Welcome Michael Patrick Hicks!

You’re in a horror movie.  Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

I’d probably be the skeptic who’s the first to die!

Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

I was standing alone in the kitchen, looking for something to eat in the refrigerator when I felt the warm tap of a finger on my neck. The hairs there and on my arms stood on end and I could feel a presence, but when I turned around nobody was there. I was still alone, but it sure as hell didn’t feel like it. I was creeped out for a good while after that one.

If you were paid to spend the night in a haunted house, would you do it?

If the price is right, yeah! Despite the creepy experience above, I actually don’t believe in ghosts or the supernatural or stuff like that, but I am still curious and open to the possibility. Especially if I’m getting paid!

What is the hardest part of writing?

These days, the hardest part is finding the time to actually write. Having two very young children at home, one of whom just entered his terrible threes, and working a full-time office job really eats up a lot of hours in the day. By the time I could conceivably write, I’m brain-dead and ready for bed!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I am a voracious reader, so when I’m not writing books of my own, I’m consuming plenty of other author’s works. Books are my life, and I am constantly reading or trying to squeeze in some listening time for whatever audiobook is on my Audible app.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on finishing the final book in a trilogy of historical horror stories that are set in the early days of America, post-Revolutionary War. The first two books are novella-sized installments, and over the course of writing this third book it’s ballooned into a full-fledged novel that’s taking me quite a while to write and research. I’m hoping to have all three titles ready for launch in 2019, and should be able to release them in pretty quick succession once everything gets all nailed down. Stay tuned!

About BROKEN SHELLS

“A fun and nasty little novella…If you’re a big creature-feature fan (digging on works like Adam Cesare’s VIDEO NIGHT or Hunter Shea’s THEY RISE) you’re going to love this book.” – Glenn Rolfe, author of Becoming and Blood and Rain

“An adrenaline-fueled, no punches pulled, onslaught of gruesome action! Highly recommended!” – Horror After Dark

“Lightning fast…high octane fun.” – Unnerving Magazine

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.

Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

When Antoine steps foot on Dangle’s car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle’s secrets do not kill him first.

Purchase links

Amazon: http://mybook.to/BrokenShells

iBooks: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/broken-shells/id1344210353?mt=11&at=1010ly9R

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/broken-shells-michael-patrick-hicks/1127746858?ean=2940158726231

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/broken-shells-2

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Michael_Patrick_Hicks_Broken_Shells?id=KEBKDwAAQBAJ

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Broken-Shells-A-Subterranean-Horror-Novella-Audiobook/B07CJWGBBS

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/broken-shells-a-subterranean-horror-novella-unabridged/id1375757606

Author Bio

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella, Mass Hysteria, an Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards Horror Finalist, and Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalist. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

In addition to his own works of original fiction, he has written for the online publications Audiobook Reviewer and Graphic Novel Reporter, and has previously worked as a freelance journalist and news photographer in Metro Detroit.

Michael lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

Social Media

Website: http://www.michaelpatrickhicks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormichaelpatrickhicks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MikeH5856

#BadMoonRising: Track 9 by Sue Rovens #thriller #suspense #horror

Today we welcome Sue Rovens and her thriller, Bad Fish!  Read on to discover how a nasty hotel became the inspiration for her book, and how she feels about Ouija boards (I’ve decided no one has had a good experience with them).

Have you ever played with a Ouija board?

Yes, but I think they’re evil. I know…it’s just an old parlor game. But there is a deep-seeded belief in me that tells me playing with one opens the door to evil. I think it stems from growing up in the late 60’s and early 70’s and watching scary movies by myself.

Are you superstitious?

I think it depends on the circumstance. I don’t particularly seek out going against superstitions. For example, I won’t open an umbrella in the house on purpose or walk under a ladder, but if I knock over the salt shaker, I will toss some grains over my shoulder. I certainly don’t think black cats are bad luck – Noodle (my 5.5 year old kitty) is a great ball of purr! I also don’t consider Friday the 13th especially bad – although it does mean that my paycheck will be smaller on account of how we get paid at the university.

If you were paid to spend the night in a haunted house, would you do it?

Under certain conditions. 1. How much am I being paid? ($100? Forget it. $50,000? Maybe) 2. Am I allowed to bring other people? 3. What kind of haunting?

So. Many. Questions.

 How do you develop your plots and characters?

I listen. I watch. I notice. I read. Most of my plots and characters are pulled from nuggets of real life. In Badfish (my first novel), I based the motel on a place where I ALMOST stayed (it was too nasty – which is where I got the idea for the story). In Track 9 (my second novel), I based it off of the train station I saw in Munich back in 1996. For the new book, Buried, I combined two ideas – one, from an episode of Hoarders, and two, from a story I read awhile back about a funeral home NOT burying the bodies and reusing materials.

For characters, most of them are VERY loosely based on people I’ve met, known, or seen (probably similar to most other authors).

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?

Good writing is certainly an influence – Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, and more recently, Benjamin Percy to an extent, are three examples. However, the more I write, the more I find my own style.

I prefer to write to the story and the characters. I don’t necessarily write in “pretty prose” or in an esoteric literary style. That’s fine for some, but it’s not for me. That’s why I love Jack Ketchum’s way around a sentence/page/paragraph – it’s all about moving the story forward and understanding the characters and not so much about the minutiae. If a writer takes four pages to describe the weather, I check out.

What are you working on now?

Right now (2018), I am working on my third novel, Buried.

Blurb:   Priscilla Wyatt is a hoarder who lives next to a funeral home and cemetery in Foote, Indiana. When Weenie, her dachshund, comes home with a ghastly find from a grave, Pris’s desire for a new collection spirals out of control and plummets headfirst into the macabre.

Gerald Zenith, proprietor of Sommerville Funeral Home, could care less about the dead. Between running scams, bilking families in mourning, and keeping a necrophiliac-leaning subordinate in check, Gerald’s hands are full enough. He doesn’t have time to concern himself with a middle-aged woman who pokes around the cemetery during the wee hours of the mornings.

By the time Pris unearths someone she knows, hell has already broken loose within the walls of Sommerville. Some secrets are too big to stay buried.   

This novel will be put under the suspense genre, though there are bits of horror. It’s actually very character-driven; much more than straight horror books tend to be.

After a catastrophic railway accident leaves a trail of carnage and devastation in its wake, the small train station in Rain, Germany is shuttered.

Six months later, Gary and Grace Wolf, returning home after their belated honeymoon, find themselves trapped inside the now defunct terminal. What they discover within its walls leads them to make harrowing decisions. What they learn about each other pushes them to the brink of disaster.

Back in Bloomington, Illinois, their best friends, Mike and Sarah Waverly, await their return. A few hours before the plane is scheduled to land, Mike becomes tormented by troubling premonitions concerning Gary and Grace. Driven to find out the truth, Mike finds himself battling mysterious and inexplicable obstacles that plunge him into his own personal hell.

Everyone’s fate hangs in a precarious balance as the clock runs out.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Track-9-Sue-Rovens/dp/1544012292

Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review for Track 9: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-5440-1229-2

My Blog: http://suerovens.com (follow me! I interview authors of ALL genres!)

Author Bio

I am an indie suspense writer who has written two novels and two anthologies of short horror stories. My third suspense novel, Buried, is currently being read by beta readers. The plan is to have it available for the public sometime in 2019. All my books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

I wish I could say that I write full-time (for a living), but no. I work at Illinois State University as the Stacks Maintenance Manager in Milner Library. I’ve been with ISU for 27 years (in various positions throughout the library).

I have a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology and Recreation and a Bachelor’s in Speech Communication from ISU. Long ago, I held an EMT-B certification.

When I’m not writing, I’m either running, watching weird movies, lifting weights, herding Noodle (our 5½  year old enormous black cat who weighs about 18 pounds) and our year old kitten, Monkey, around the house or hanging out with Charlie, my “partner in crime”.