FOUR HOLIDAY eBOOK BUNDLES – Save up to $250! 74 Books!

FOUR HOLIDAY eBOOK BUNDLES – Save up to $250! 74 Books!

Crossroad Press is happy to announce  that Four Holiday eBook Bundles have been released.  There are more than 70 books across the four titles with a possible savings of more than $250! 

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REALMS OF WONDER – Fourteen novels of SF/F – each the first in an ongoing series. This is a savings of nearly $50 off the retail value on these books, an a great way to discover new and classic series novels from Crossroad Press:  Buy at Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords / Crossroad Press

Titles included in this collection: The Birth of the Dread Remora – by Aaron Rosenberg – Book I of The Tales of the Scattered Earth / The Parting – by David Niall Wilson – Book I of the Novels of the O.C.L.T. / Haydn of Mars – By Al Sarrantonio – Book I of The Masters of Mars Trilogy / City of Iron – By Chet Williamson – Book I of The Searchers Series / Exile – By Al Sarrantonio – Book One of The Five Worlds Trilogy / Blood River Down – By Charles L. Grant – Book I of The Quest for the White Duck Trilogy / A Malady of Magicks – By Craig Shaw Gardner – Book I of The Ebenezum Series / Symphony – By Charles L. Grant – Book I of The Millennium Quartet / Lost Things – By Melissa Scott & Jo Graham – Book I of The Order of the Air / The Phoenix Bells – By Kathryn Ptacek – Book I of The Land of Ten Thousand Willows / Heart of a Dragon – By David Niall Wilson – Book I of The DeChance Chronicles / No Small Bills – By Aaron Rosenberg – Book I of The Adventures of DuckBob / Five-Twelfths of Heaven – By Melissa Scott – Book I of The Roads of Heaven Trilogy / The Quest of the Thirteen – By John DeFilippis – Book I of The Medallion of Mavinor Series

A MURDER OF MYSTERIES – Featuring twenty novels of mystery and suspense by various award-winning and bestselling authors. For $2.99, you’re getting twenty novels, each the first book in a continuing series, containing almost 1.5 million words in total, and a savings of more than $70.  Buy at Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords / Crossroad Press

Titles included in this collection: Too Late to Die – by Bill Crider – Book 1 of the Dan Rhodes Mysteries / Death is a Cabaret – by Deborah Morgan – Book 1 of the Antique Lover’s Mysteries / P. B. – by Dave Pedneau – Book 1 of the Whit Pynchon Mysteries / Switch – by William Bayer – Book 1 of the Janek Series / Blood Moon – by Ed Gorman – Book 1 of the Robert Payne Mystery Series / The Turner Journals – by Robert J. Randisi – Book 1 of the Detective McQueen Series / The Hanged Man – by T.J. MacGregor – Book 1 of the Mira Morales Series / Pink Vodka Blues – by Neal Barrett, Jr. – Book 1 of the Blues Series / Dead on the Island – by Bill Crider – Book 1 of the Truman Smith Mysteries / A Hard Day’s Death – by Raymond Benson – Book 1 of the Spike Berenger Rock ‘N’ Roll Mysteries / Prophecy Rock – by Rob MacGregor – Book 1 of the Will Lansa Mysteries / The Changing – by T.M. Wright – Book 1 of the Biergarten Series / A Minor Case of Murder – by Jeff Markowitz – Book 1 of the Cassie O’Malley Mysteries / Sins of the Flash – by David Niall Wilson / Case File – by Bill Pronzini – part of the Bill Pronzini Mystery Collection / Rough Cut – by Ed Gorman – Book 1 of the Jack Dwyer Mystery Series / Murder, Sometimes – by Patricia Lee Macomber – Book 1 of the Jason Callahan Mysteries / Tango Key – by T.J. MacGregor – Book 1 of the Tango Key Mysteries / One Dead Dean – by Bill Crider – Book 1 of the Carl Burns Mysteries / Tangier – by William Bayer – Book 1 of the Foreign Detective Series

A HAUNTING OF HORRORS – Featuring twenty novels of horror and the occult by various award-winning and bestselling authors. For $2.99, you’re getting twenty novels containing over two million words in total, and a savings of more than $70. Buy at Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords / Crossroad Press

Titles included in this collection: Horrorween – Al Sarrantonio – Book 1 of the Orangefield Series / It’s Loose – B.W. Battin / Ash Wednesday – Chet Williamson / The Kill Riff – David J. Schow / Wire Mesh Mothers – Elizabeth Massie / The Beast That Was Max – Gerard Houarner – Book 1 of the Resurrection Cycle / The Evil – Hugh B. Cave – Book 1 of the Evil Trilogy / Blood of the Impaler – Jeffrey Sackett / The Fury – John Farris – Book 1 of the Fury Series /’ The Light at the End – John Skipp & Craig Spector / Lake Monsters – Joseph A. Citro / Prodigal – Melanie Tem / AfterAge – Yvonne Navarro / Ancient Eyes – David Niall Wilson / Child of the Night – Nancy Kilpatrick – Book 1 in the Power of the Blood world / The Dark’Un – Ronald Kelly / Gnelfs – Sidney Williams / Excavation – Steve Rasnic Tem / Thunder Rise – G. Wayne Miller – Book 1 of the Thunder Rise Trilogy / Hexes – Tom Piccirilli

A HAUNTING OF HORRORS Volume 2 – Featuring twenty novels of horror and the occult by various award-winning and bestselling authors. For $2.99, you’re getting twenty novels containing over two million words in total, and a savings of more than $70.  Buy at Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords / Crossroad Press

Titles included in this collection: The Convulsion Factory – Brian Hodge / Dust of Eden – Thomas Sullivan / The Weird Ones – Steve Vernon / Scary Rednecks and Other Inbred Horrors – Weston Ochse & David Whitman / Blood Samples – Jay Bonansinga / Untcigahunk: The Complete Little Brothers – Rick Hautala / Kiss Me Like You Love Me – Wednesday Lee Friday / Red Dreams – Dennis Etchison / The Shadows, Kith & Kin – Joe R. Lansdale / Tryptych – Jack Ketchum / The Forbidden Zone – Whitley Strieber / The Last Call of Mourning – Charles L. Grant / Shadoweyes – Kathryn Ptacek / With Wounds Still Wet – Wayne Allen Sallee / Black Leather Required – David J. Schow / Defining Moments – David Niall Wilson / Delightful Agony – David Whitman / Less Than Human – Gary Raisor / Dark Ride – Michael Laimo / The Nightmare Frontier – Stephen Mark Rainey

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Buried secrets

A week before Christmas, Dr. Daniel Jackson discovers that archaeologists in Iceland are excavating a Norse burial site that might have connections to the recently encountered Asgard race.

Concerned about what they might uncover, Daniel persuades General Hammond to let SG-1 travel to Iceland – much to the annoyance of the field archaeologists. But as the weather closes in, tensions build at the remote dig site and it becomes apparent that the archaeologists are hiding something…

In the frozen night of an arctic winter, Colonel Jack O’Neill and his team must battle to contain a nightmare from the past that threatens the future of the entire human race.

A MURDER OF MYSTERIES – 20 Novels – Only $2.99! $70 off!

A MURDER OF MYSTERIES – 20 Novels – Only $2.99! $70 off!

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The second of our series of holiday bundles, A Murder of Mysteries features twenty novels of mystery and suspense by various award-winning and bestselling authors. For $2.99, you’re getting twenty novels, each the first book in a continuing series, containing almost 1.5 million words in total, and a savings of more than $70 if each title was purchased separately. This bundle is only available for a limited time, so purchase your copy before it’s gone.

Titles included in this collection:
Too Late to Die – by Bill Crider – Book 1 of the Dan Rhodes Mysteries
Death is a Cabaret – by Deborah Morgan – Book 1 of the Antique Lover’s Mysteries
A. P. B. – by Dave Pedneau – Book 1 of the Whit Pynchon Mysteries
Switch – by William Bayer – Book 1 of the Janek Series
Blood Moon – by Ed Gorman – Book 1 of the Robert Payne Mystery Series
The Turner Journals – by Robert J. Randisi – Book 1 of the Detective McQueen Series
The Hanged Man – by T.J. MacGregor – Book 1 of the Mira Morales Series
Pink Vodka Blues – by Neal Barrett, Jr. – Book 1 of the Blues Series
Dead on the Island – by Bill Crider – Book 1 of the Truman Smith Mysteries
A Hard Day’s Death – by Raymond Benson – Book 1 of the Spike Berenger Rock ‘N’ Roll Mysteries
Prophecy Rock – by Rob MacGregor – Book 1 of the Will Lansa Mysteries
The Changing – by T.M. Wright – Book 1 of the Biergarten Series
A Minor Case of Murder – by Jeff Markowitz – Book 1 of the Cassie O’Malley Mysteries
Sins of the Flash – by David Niall Wilson
Case File – by Bill Pronzini – part of the Bill Pronzini Mystery Collection
Rough Cut – by Ed Gorman – Book 1 of the Jack Dwyer Mystery Series
Murder, Sometimes – by Patricia Lee Macomber – Book 1 of the Jason Callahan Mysteries
Tango Key – by T.J. MacGregor – Book 1 of the Tango Key Mysteries
One Dead Dean – by Bill Crider – Book 1 of the Carl Burns Mysteries
Tangier – by William Bayer – Book 1 of the Foreign Detective Series

Realms of Wonder – 14 SF / F Novel Bundle All 1st in Series

Realms of Wonder – 14 SF / F Novel Bundle All 1st in Series

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The first of our series of holiday bundles, Realms of Wonder features fourteen novels of science fiction or fantasy by various award-winning and bestselling authors. For $2.99, you’re getting fourteen novels, each the first book in a continuing series, containing over 1.15 million words in total, and a savings of almost $50 if each title was purchased separately. This bundle is only available for a limited time, so purchase your copy before it’s gone.

Titles included in this collection:

The Birth of the Dread Remora – by Aaron Rosenberg – Book I of The Tales of the Scattered Earth
The Parting – by David Niall Wilson – Book I of the Novels of the O.C.L.T.
Haydn of Mars – By Al Sarrantonio – Book I of The Masters of Mars Trilogy
City of Iron – By Chet Williamson – Book I of The Searchers Series
Exile – By Al Sarrantonio – Book One of The Five Worlds Trilogy
Blood River Down – By Charles L. Grant – Book I of The Quest for the White Duck Trilogy
A Malady of Magicks – By Craig Shaw Gardner – Book I of The Ebenezum Series
Symphony – By Charles L. Grant – Book I of The Millennium Quartet
Lost Things – By Melissa Scott & Jo Graham – Book I of The Order of the Air
The Phoenix Bells – By Kathryn Ptacek – Book I of The Land of Ten Thousand Willows
Heart of a Dragon – By David Niall Wilson – Book I of The DeChance Chronicles
No Small Bills – By Aaron Rosenberg – Book I of The Adventures of DuckBob
Five-Twelfths of Heaven – By Melissa Scott – Book I of The Roads of Heaven Trilogy
The Quest of the Thirteen – By John DeFilippis – Book I of The Medallion of Mavinor Series

Upcoming .99 Titles from Crossroad Press

Upcoming .99 Titles from Crossroad Press

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Cat Magic – Whitley Streiber .99  from 27 November to 6 December : Some people in Maywell, New Jersey, commute to New York.  Some are working on a lab project that will change the world — if it is allowed to succeed. And some people are witches. Amanda Walker is not a witch — yet.  She’s an artist, looking for work — unaware that someone has a desperate need for her, a dark plan that may require Amanda to enter death itself. If she is allowed to live long enough to make the choice. Amanda’s tale is far stranger than she knows.  It is ancient beyond memory.  In times of great change it must be relived, in all its fear and hope, its wisdom and its passion. One of those times is now.

The Death Artist – Dennis Etchison – .99 from 26 November to 5 December :  “One hell of a fiction writer.” — Stephen King

First published as a limited-edition hardcover, The Death Artist collects 12 unforgettable tales that define the state of the art in modern horror.

Shadow Child – Joseph A. Citro – .99  from 27 November to 6 December

The Damnation Game – Clive Barker – .99  9 Decmeber to 18 Decmeber :  Marty Strauss, a gambling addict recently released from prison, is hired to be the personal bodyguard of Joseph Whitehead, one of the wealthiest men in the world. The job proves more complicated and dangerous than he thought, however, as Marty soon gets caught up in a series of supernatural events involving Whitehead, his daughter (who is a heroin addict), and a devilish man named Mamoulian, with whom Whitehead made a Faustian bargain many years earlier, during World War II. As time passes, Mamoulian haunts Whitehead using his supernatural powers (such as the ability to raise the dead), urging him to complete his pact with him. Eventually Whitehead decides to escape his fate after a few encounters with Mamoulian and having his wife, former bodyguard, and now his daughter Carys taken away from him. With hope still left to save Carys, Marty Strauss, although reluctant to get involved in the old man Whiteheads deserved punishment, decides to get involved and attempt to save the innocent gifted addict from being another victim to the damnation game.

Hallowed Ground – Steven Savile & David Niall Wilson .99 8 December to 17 December : When a man known only as The Deacon set up camp outside Rookwood, a murder of crows took to unnatural, moonlit flight. The crows came to Rookwood; trouble soon to follow. Things were already strange in that God-forsaken town, but no one could have predicted the forces and fates about to meet in a dust-bowl clearing in the desert. A Preacher. A Demon. An Angel. A Gunslinger. A bargain with the darkness was signed in blood, and broken, and as such deals usually do, it went south. Now the fate of lost lovers, faith healers, ancient Gods and the Devil himself collide in a circle of wagons tended by the damaged and deformed, the saved and the shorn. There’s a power come to Rookwood, and this one-horse town is about to be transformed. Such deals are only made and broken…on Hallowed Ground.

Deep int the Darkness – Michael Laimo – .99  1 December to 11 December: Dr. Michael Cayle wants the best for his wife and young daughter. That’s why he moves the family from Manhattan to accept a private practice in the small New England town of Ashborough. Everything there seems so quaint and peaceful at first. But Ashborough is a town with secrets. Unimaginable secrets. Many of the townspeople are strangely nervous, and some speak quietly of legends that no sane person could believe. But what Michael discovers in the woods, drenched in blood, makes him wonder. Soon he will be forced to believe, when he learns the terrifying identity of the golden eyes that peer at him balefully from deep in the darkness.

The Man – Irving Wallace – .99 12 December to 21 December: The time is 1964. The place is the Cabinet Room of the White House. An unexpected accident and the law of succession have just made Douglass Dilman the first black President of the United States. This is the theme of what was surely one of the most provocative novels of the 1960s. It takes the reader into the storm center of the presidency, where Dilman, until now an almost unknown senator, must bear the weight of three burdens: his office, his race, and his private life. From beginning to end, The Man is a novel of swift and tremendous drama, as President Dilman attempts to uphold his oath in the face of international crises, domestic dissension, violence, scandal, and ferocious hostility. Push comes to shove in a breathtaking climax, played out in the full glare of publicity, when the Senate of the United States meets for the first time in one hundred years to impeach the President.

Edge of Justice – The Frank Powell Series Now in Audio

Edge of Justice – The Frank Powell Series Now in Audio

By Roger Dale Trexler
Narrated by George Kuch
Availalbe in digital audio from Audible.com

Prequel to The Cold Minute

Frank Powell wasn’t always Chicago’s finest detective. Before him, his father, Richard Powell, ruled the streets. Back then, Frank was a rebellious teenager, hanging out with the wrong people and doing the wrong things. One of those people was Guy Rodriguez, leader of the meanest street gang in Chicago… and Frank was falling in love with his girl.

Richard Powell had enough problems of his own. A vicious killer known to the press as The Cannibal was chopping up young women. Having to deal with a drunken teenager was the last thing he needed. But, when a young man named Tommy VanOtten is arrested for the crimes, things take an interesting twist. His lawyer, Robert Sinclair, had a secret of his own. He was The Cannibal and, by a strange twist of fate, he was given the job of representing the innocent young man accused of his crime.

Soon, father and son would come to an understanding… but it would be too late for either of them. For the wheels of destinies would bring the paths of two murderers together. Blood would be shed and the Powells were caught in the middle. Death would follow.

INFLICTIONS – New Collection from John McIlveen

INFLICTIONS – New Collection from John McIlveen

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An Introduction

By Christopher Golden

Compared to John McIlveen, I’m a lightweight.  Over the years I’ve written my share of gruesome scenes, not to mention my share of scenes in which I set out to inflict emotional pain on both characters and readers.  The darkness awaits us all, and I never flinch from pointing out the doorway that leads into it.  Sometimes I’ll open the door and show you what lies beyond.  Occasionally I’ll step over the threshold and take a few tentative steps beyond, shine a light into the worst of it just to let you know how bad it can get.  After that, I retreat as quickly as I came, but I don’t do that just for me.  It’s not purely out of cowardice.  I retreat because I know that’s what most of you want me to do.  It’s the best thing for us all.

John McIlveen never retreats.  I won’t say he lives in the darkness.  Anyone who has met him will realize that’s impossible, that a man as kind and aw-shucks genial as John McIlveen can’t possibly live in the darkness.

But he does rent a little apartment there.

Just a cute little two bedroom place, a fourth floor walkup with hot and cold running sorrow and a lovely view of the fiery rivers of Hell.  He likes it there.  It’s his getaway from the world, a quiet place where he can forget about his troubles and ruminate on the ugliness so many of us encounter—or carry beneath our skins—every day.  John’s not afraid, you see.  He pulls no punches.  He doesn’t turn his back on the horrors that spring from humanity, he forges mirrors and holds them up, forcing us to look.

The bastard.

You need go no further than my favorite story in this collection, the vengeance tale “Paint it Black,” or the apocalyptic “Desolation” to understand what I mean.  The author is never afraid to gaze into the abyss.  It may gaze back, but John is unflinching.  In all of those horrific news stories, reporters interview neighbors who say “He seemed like such a nice man.”  If any of John’s neighbors dare to read this collection, they will most certainly be saying the same thing.  He seems like such a nice man.

He is, my darlings.  That’s why it’s called fiction.

He’s also got a wicked sense of humor, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

Back to the pain.  “Infliction” is an brutal tale about dark secrets, a theme which recurs throughout this collection.  “Roundabout” is a haunting story that puts the telescope onto the worst sins of the father, and “Portraits” is a close cousin.  The darkness in these stories bleeds over into the twisted sexuality of “Succumb” and “Make a Choice,” the latter of which also blurs the lines between horror and humor.

“Jerks” is full of humor and horror, tragedy and comedy.  “Playing the Huddys” and “Saddled Vengeance” are just all kinds of wrong.  They say that comedy is seeing someone slip on a banana peel and tragedy is when it happens to you.  “The Bore” walks on the razor edge between them quite artfully, making you laugh even as it fills you with a sense of real sadness.  It’s one of the most sorrowful stories I’ve ever read.

I’d not intended this introduction to tick off the stories one by one, but the urge to do so is almost overwhelming, because what makes John McIlveen a terrific writer is not just his skill as a storyteller but his range.  “A Mother’s Love” and “Smokey” and “Nina” all have themes of abuse, of broken people and a culpability that echoes through their lives.  There is love and humanity underlying the horror of these stories.  But in these pages you’ll also find masterfully clever short shorts like “Simon Says,” the beautiful sweetness of “Hope,” the perfectly executed be-careful-what-you-wish-for warning of “Finding Forever.”

Some of these stories will make you laugh and some will hurt you, possibly at the same time.  Little parts of you, tender bits deep inside, may be broken.  But they’ll heal.  If you need any help healing them, save the heartfelt and lovely “Devotion” for last.  I won’t say it isn’t a sad story—it’s about love and family and a plane crash—but somehow McIlveen makes it all okay.

Which makes me wonder if that isn’t what he’s been doing all along as he’s written these stories for magazines and anthologies over the years.  He may hold up the mirror to show us the darkest, ugliest parts of humanity and ourselves—and sometimes it can be so hard to look into that mirror—but maybe it’s that he knows someone has to do it.  Someone has to have the courage not to look away so we never forget how vicious the darkness can be…but also so that we know that even when things are at their darkest, we’re not alone.

It’s all going to be okay.  Trust me.

Trust John McIlveen.

He won’t protect you.  Not really.  But he’ll pick you up when you fall and he’ll put you back together again if you break.

The best writers always do.

Christopher Golden
Bradford, Massachusetts
October 11th, 2014

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New Titles for October – Halloween, Thrillers & More

New Titles for October – Halloween, Thrillers & More

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There’s a lot going on at Crossroad Press.  There will be more news following, holiday sales, a contest, and more – for now, here are four new releases for yoru Halloween pleasure… OCTOBER 10th NEVERMORE will be featured at Bookbub. From now until then you can buy it for only .99

NEVERMORE – A NOVEL OF LOVE, LOSS & EDGAR ALLAN POE – by DAVID NIALL WILSON – .99 through October 17 – On the banks of Lake Drummond, on the edge of The Great Dismal Swamp, there is a tree in the shape of a woman. One dark, moonlit night, two artists met at The Lake Drummond Hotel, built directly on the borderline of North Carolina and Virginia. One was a young woman with the ability to see spirits trapped in trees and stone, anchored to the earth beyond their years. Her gift was to draw them, and then to set them free. The other was a dark man, haunted by dreams and visions that brought him stories of sadness and pain, and trapped in a life between the powers he sensed all around him, and a mundane existence attended by failure. They were Eleanore MacReady, Lenore, to her friends, and a young poet named Edgar Allan Poe, who traveled with a crow that was his secret, and almost constant companion, a bird named Grimm for the talented brothers of fairy-tale fame. Their meeting drew them together in vision, and legend, and pitted their strange powers and quick minds against the depths of the Dismal Swamp itself, ancient legends, and time. Once, upon a shoreline dreary, there was a tree. This is her story.

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BUMP IN THE NIGHT – by ROB MacGREGOR – If you’re captivated by the spookiness of Halloween, when the veils between worlds are the thinnest, then BUMP IN THE NIGHT offers you the chance to explore the realm of ghosts and spirits and even alien encounters any day of the year.

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CASE WHITE – by THOMAS SULLIVAN – No work of fiction or nonfiction has done what CASE WHITE does in this monumental new novel by USA Today Best-selling author Thomas Sullivan. Set in the era of two world wars, this comprehensive work weaves together the bizarre mythology and eccentric beliefs that explain how a nation went insane for 12 years. Told through the compelling lives and loves of a pair of very unique characters, this tour de force will take you into a radical blend of religion and myth frighteningly similar to what is going on in parts of the world today. Certain to be a benchmark work of elegantly written fiction and historical perspective, CASE WHITE delivers a poignant people story played out on a grand stage.

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THE SKELETON INSIDE ME – by DAVID NIALL WILSON – A young girl receives a fright when her father brings home a new Halloween decoration. As the story progresses, she learns more about the “monster” in the box and her own body, and comes to grips with her fears. An amusing story for Halloween, rendered in clever rhyme and beautifully illustrated by Dan Monroe.

Available in Hardcover, paperback, eBook and Unabridged Audio – narrated by Gigi Shane (The Audiobook comes with a PDF copy of the book so you can show the pictures to your kids and follow along)

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AMERI-SCARES: ILLINOIS – THE CEMETERY CLUB – by ELIZABETH MASSIE – When twelve-year-old Hilary Wilson’s family moves from Pennsylvania to Justice, Illinois, she finds herself feeling angry, frustrated, and lonely. To make matters worse, bully Frank Simmons, whose favorite pastime is scaring people, decides Hilary should be his next victim. Along with his friends Audrey and Todd, Frank challenges Hilary to join his “Cemetery Club,” which meets inside the huge, imposing Resurrection Cemetery and consists of a series of creepy pranks. Hilary is determined to prove her courage and not let Frank’s spooky tricks scare her. Then Marjorie, a very strange girl Hilary befriends in the cemetery, comes to Hilary’s defense with even creepier tricks to play on Frank. But when Marjorie’s pranks become terrifying and seemingly impossible, Hilary has to convince Marjorie to stop. And she must find out once and for all who Marjorie really is.

THE ENTIRE AMERI-SCARES SERIES IS PERFECT FOR YOUNGER READERS AT HALLOWEEN!

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MISTER GLOW-BONES and OTHER HALLOWEEN TALES – by RONALD  – KELLY – Halloween is more than a holiday; more than a fun time of candy and costumes for the young. It is inoculated into our very being at an early age and there it remains. As we grow old, it grows dormant… but it is still there. For the lucky ones, such as us, it emerges every year, like a reanimated corpse digging its way out of graveyard earth to shamble across our souls. And we rejoice… oh, if we are the fortunate ones, we most certainly rejoice.

Stories included in this collection:
Mister Glow-Bones
The Outhouse
Billy’s Mask
Pins & Needles
Black Harvest
Pelingrad’s Pit
Mister Mack & the Monster Mobile
The Halloween Train
The Candy in the Ditch Gang
Halloweens: Past & Present
Monsters in a Box

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THREE SMALL COINKYDINKS – A DuckBob Spinowitz Adventure – By AARON ROSENBERG – (If you don’t think this is scary enough for Halloween, try having a duck’s hyead…) Bob Spinowitz was an average guy—until aliens abducted him and gave him the head of a duck. Then they asked “DuckBob” to save the universe, since their modifications meant he could. Talk about a backhanded compliment!

Amazingly, though, DuckBob did it. And thus became Guardian of the Matrix, which protects the cosmos from further invasion—as long as he’s plugged in. Literally.

But alien techie pal Ned just made the Matrix User Interface wireless. Suddenly, DuckBob is free again—the whole universe is at his alien-altered, webbed feet! Only problem is, could being unplugged mean he’s out of a job?

As a pick-me-up, Ned takes DuckBob to his homeworld—which looks just like Brooklyn. Odd changes are afoot, there, however—ones with potentially cosmic repercussions. Soon DuckBob finds himself struggling to stay alive. And to find lunch, which is equally important.

Can DuckBob conquer his doubt, rein in his freedom, and help save Ned’s world? Or will our avian-esque hero’s first unrestricted flight be the last—not just for him but for us all?

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Supernatural Suspense Storybundle – Clive Barker & 9 More!

Supernatural Suspense Storybundle – Clive Barker & 9 More!

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THE SUPERNATURAL SUSPENSE BUNDLE

Curated by David Naill Wilson

Suspense comes in all flavors and stripes. Though they are often sloughed off onto the horror genre, Supernatural Suspense novels have become a staple of the genre-bending best-sellers. Authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz have entrenched themselves in this sub-genre, and over the years an impressive group of talented authors have added their words, and their visions to the mix.

This Supernatural Suspense bundle is curated by Award-winning author, poet, and now publisher David Niall Wilson, who has been writing since the late 1980s and has well over thirty books of his own.

Of this bundle, Wilson says:

“I was very pleased to be afforded the opportunity to choose some of my favorite novels and authors and present their work in such an affordable and unique manner. In a suspense novel, the reader basically knows what’s going on – most of the mystery is pushed aside in lieu of eventful moments, fast action, harrowing escapes, and the imminent threat of something very bad happening. What I love best is that sort of a plot with either full-blown dark fantasy, or at least the hint – the question – of something supernatural behind the threat. It heightens the suspense, and though – like most thrillers – the reader is mostly aware of the threat from an early point in the story, there is always the chance that something evil and beyond the control of the protagonist, hero, or whatever character experiences it that will change the outcome completely.

Rather than choose books with a common theme, or style, what I strove for in this grouping is variety. These novels range from those where the supernatural is more in the minds of the characters, as in Elizabeth Massie’s Bram Stoker Award-Winning Sineater to – in the case of Clive Barker’s Weaveworld – a complete divergence into another realm.

My own novel, On the Third Day, concerns religion and miracles, and I’ll admit, that’s not too far from Thomas Monteleone’s Night of Broken Souls, but the take on the subject matter – the style of the suspense – is entirely unique in each. Pulitzer nominated author Thomas Sullivan’s novel Second Soul is a dark tale of spirits and guilt, while Aaron Rosenberg’s Incursion is the beginning of a series, the novels of the O.C.L.T. – and deals with ecological issues and Native American magic.

Brian Hodge takes readers from the dark visions of the rain forests to the darker streets of the big city in Nightlife, literary master Chet Williamson brings the darkness and his own deep knowledge of theater and stage to play in Reign , and Mike Baron draws on the seemingly endless secrets of the ancient world in his novel Skorpio. A wonderfully literate grouping of truly fascinating works…” – David Niall Wilson

The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:

  • Reign by Chet Williamson
  • Second Soul by Thomas Sullivan
  • On the Third Day by David Niall Wilson
  • Incursion by Aaron Rosenberg
  • Moonbane by Al Sarrantonio

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $12, you’ll get another five books:

  • Weaveworld by Clive Barker
  • Nightlife by Brian Hodge
  • Sineater by Elizabeth Massie
  • Skorpio by Mike Baron
  • Night of Broken Souls by Thomas F. Monteleone

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books, but after the three weeks are over, the bundle is gone forever!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $3): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of thrilling titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We’re currently featuring Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.
  • Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you’re not just getting seven books, you’re getting thirteen!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, Tweet us at @storybundle, Like us on Facebook, and Plus us on Google Plus. For press inquiries, please email press@storybundle.com.

Crossroad Press Author Curates Cyberpunk Storybundle

Crossroad Press Author Curates Cyberpunk Storybundle

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THE CYBERPUNK BUNDLE

Curated by Steven Savile

A quick visit to Wikipedia will confirm that “cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction in a near-future setting. Noted for its focus on “high tech and low life,” it features advanced science, such as information technology and cybernetics, coupled with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.” But for me it’s always been about the radical change in social order over the high tech. It’s been about hackers, artificial intelligences, and megacorporations, and tend to be set in a near-future Earth that’s absolutely dystopic, not some far-future setting in a galaxy far far away. What’s important is the extraordinary cultural impact of the technology being twisted in ways its creators could never have imagined. And, thanks to Blade Runner, it will always have the echo of film noir inside my head.

It’s dark. It’s gritty. It’s exciting and the books included in this bundle are designed to showcase that very trend, available September 10th through October 1st. You’ll find a vast and dizzying array of ideas here—important ideas, because that’s what this kind of science fiction is all about. There’s social commentary. There’s angst. Heartbreak. Heroes. It’s a grim near future we’re facing. We see it in the news every day. So it’s hardly surprising that some of our best writers have taken this bleak future and laid it bare.

StoryBundle’s Cyberpunk bundle is curated by bestselling author Steven Savile, a man who certainly understands the genre. His brand new novel, as yet unreleased (it’s debuting here in StoryBundle first, a month before it will be available anywhere else for sale!) is a heartbreaking example of a future you wouldn’t want to live in, brought about by choices no man should have to make. He’s just written a cyberpunk computer game for a major studio, too. Joining him are New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, Kevin J Anderson, David Farland, Kindle sensation Michael Bunker (whose Pennsylvania will challenge the way you think about SF), Rob MacGregor and his writing partner, Billie Dee Williams – none other than Lando Calrissian himself!), Melissa Scott & Jo Graham (with a collaborative novel and a solo novel from Melissa), brilliant British novelist Keith Brooke and one of the founding fathers of science fiction, Frank Herbert. There’s a complete trilogy of incredible novels from David Bischoff and something really special, a debut novel from an exciting new writer who David Farland describes thus: “If Wordsworth had written cyberpunk he might have done something like this.” That’s Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus, by Milo Behr.

Says Savile, “Some of these writers are among my favourites in any genre. I can honestly say I adore each and every one of the books in this bundle. I’m incredibly excited to share them with you, especially the opportunity to help launch what I think will be a dazzling career for Milo, one of David Farland’s students. Why do I think you should pay attention? David’s other students include Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, oh, and Stephanie Meyer. He knows a thing or two. More than anything, I think the books here do a fantastic job of showcasing the dark cities and darker edges of where this world is going and can’t help but capture your imagination in the same way that Philip K Dick and other great writers captured mine. I really hope you enjoy them.”

The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:

  • Resurrection, Inc. by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Lost Things by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham
  • The Infinite Battle (Star Hounds: Book 1) by David Bischoff
  • PSI/NET by Billy Dee Williams and Rob MacGregor
  • The Accord by Keith Brooke
  • On My Way to Paradise by David Farland

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you’ll get another six books, including the next two books in the Star Hounds series!

  • Immortal by Steven Savile
  • High-Opp by Frank Herbert
  • Pennsylvania by Michael Bunker
  • Dreamships by Melissa Scott
  • Galactic Warriors (Star Hounds: Book 2) by David Bischoff
  • The Macrocosmic Conflict (Star Hounds: Book 3) by David Bischoff
  • Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus by Milo Behr

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books, but after the three weeks are over, the bundle is gone forever!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $3): You decide how much five fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of thrilling titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We’re currently featuring the ALS Association, Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.
  • Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you’re not just getting seven books, you’re getting thirteen!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, Tweet us at @storybundle, Like us on Facebook, and Plus us on Google Plus. For press inquiries, please email press@storybundle.com.