STORYBUNDLE! DAVID MORRELL, CLIVE BARKER, MAYNARD SIMS, DAVID NIALL WILSON, BILL PRONZINI, STEVEN SAVILE, TONY BLACK, SEAN BLACK, STEPHEN GALLAGHER, TOM PICCIRILLI, ED GORMAN – ELEVEN NOVELS IN ALL! Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price beats $15, you get the five bonus titles: Cabal by Clive Barker, The Innocent by Sean Black Down River by Stephen Gallagher, Nightjack by Tom Piccirilli and Brotherhood of the Rose by David Morrell!
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From the creator of Pinhead to the father of Rambo, these MEAN STREETS are filled great heroes and terrifying villains. Experience some of the best crime and thriller writers out there today. Ever wanted to go to Edinburgh and experience the true grit of the city as seen through the eyes of Irvine Welsh’s (Trainspotting) favorite author. How about Newcastle in the midst of a civil war on its streets where the homeless are rising up? What about a mountain top monastery where children are being trained to be assassins? A seaside town in the grip of corrupt cops? A lost city, a legend, where monsters are supposed to have a safe haven? Run for your life through Vienna. Watch the blood spill across the streets of London… Gathered here are all the tales of the city, our cities, their secret lives ripped bare by writers who have sold millions of copies of their novels, seen their work adapted into movies and some of your favourite tv shows and won dozens of literary awards between them, some multiple times, including the World Fantasy Award, Lambda Literary Award, Seamus Award, Bram Stoker Award, Ellery Queen Award, Scribe Award, Anthony Award, The International Thriller Writer’s Thriller Master Award, Best Drama winner in the 2014 European Science TV and New Media Awards, Crime Writers Association Award, and the British Fantasy Award…
Buy our newest books at AMAZON.COM / BARNES & NOBLE / One of our first original series projects was the series The O.C.L.T. – and I’m happy to announce that a new book is up for pre-order in that series, another is on the way, and the first four books are now part of an Omnibus edition, so you can catch up to where we are. This omnibus contains:
Brought to Light – by Aaron Rosenberg
The Parting – by David Niall Wilson
The Temple of Camazotz – by David Niall Wilson
Incursion – by Aaron Rosenberg
It also includes a sneak preview of the tie-in novel No Laughing Matter by Kurt Criscione and an excerpt from the new novel – up for pre-order – Crockatiel – An O.C.L.T. novel. This book also features the character Cletus J. Diggs… it will release on May 1st, and the eBook is up for pre-order on all retail sites. If you are reading this newsletter, and would like a free copy of this book in return for a review, e-mail us at email@example.com.
Also new for April:
Shards – by Tom Piccirilli
Deep-Fried Homicide – a Laurel Falls Mystery – by Patricia Lee Macomber
Shadowman – by Dennis Etchison
Melody of Vengeance – by Michael A. Black
12-1: Twelve Short Thrillers & a Play – by Raymond Benson
Seacliff – by Felicia Andrews
The Great Apparitions of Mary – by Ingo Swann
The links above are to ALL Crossroad Press ebooks, ranked from lowest price to highest price. We have a good number of .99 books that are ALWAYS bargain priced… for iTUnes and Google Play you’ll have to put in the title, or the author to find the links on the appropriate dates (see below)
Until the 10th of April, you can get NDE – The Lazarus Intiative – by award-winning authors Steven Savile & David Sakmyster for only .99… From Steven Savile, International best-selling author of SILVER and the JACK STONE THRILLERS, and David Sakmystery, award-winning screenwriter and author of THE PHAROS OBJECTIVE and CRESCENT LAKE, a new, page-turning, supernatural thriller. After a Near Death Experience (an ‘NDE’) radically transforms the life of eccentric billionaire Nicholas Sheridan, he becomes obsessed with understanding the experience, recreating the conditions that opened the gate to the unknown. After recruiting others with similar experiences, they discover amazing connections, common visions and dramatic abilities among people who have come back from the dead. But what they haven’t bargained for is that the gate opens both ways. Something has escaped from death and is hunting them. Something hungry…
From the 10th through the 21st you can get Benjamin Kane Ethridge’s Bram Stoker Award-Winning novel BLACK & ORANGE for only .99 – Forget everything you know about Halloween. The stories are distortions. They were created to keep the Church of Midnight hidden from the world. Every October 31st a gateway opens to a hostile land of sacrificial magic and chaos. Since the beginning of civilization the Church of Midnight has attempted to open the gateway and unite with its other half, the Church of Morning. Each year they’ve come closer, waiting for the ideal sacrifice to open the gateway permanently. This year that sacrifice has come. And only two can protect it. Martin and Teresa are the nomads, battle-hardened people who lack identity and are forever road-bound on an endless mission to guard the sacrifice. Their only direction is from notes left from a mysterious person called the Messenger. Endowed with a strange telekinetic power, the nomads will use everything at their disposal to make it through the night alive. But matters have become even more complicated this year. Teresa has quickly lost ground battling cancer, while Martin has spiraled into a panic over being left alone. His mind may no longer be on the fight when it matters most… because ever on their heels is the insidious physical representation of a united church: Chaplain Cloth.
From the 21st through the 30th you can get Joe R. Lansdale’s BUMPER CROP for only .99 – This collection of 26 stories contains some of Joe R Lansdale’s favourite and most violent dark horror tales. ‘God of the Razor’ introduces the dark god behind serial killers. A martial arts fight to the death between a reluctant champion and a sadistic alpha male, is featured in ‘Master of Misery’. Human sacrifice, to ensure prosperity or as a coming-of-age ritual, are themes of ‘On a Dark October’ and ‘Duck Hunt’. In ‘The Fat Man’, young boys learn the hard way that some mysteries should not be investigated. Many of the tales are truly weird, such as ‘Chompers’, the story of the false teeth with an appetite. All stories are individually introduced by Lansdale, who explains the humorous, weird, and sometimes sad genesis for each.
You are most cordially invited to my slightly different author event on April 11 at 2 PM, celebrating not just the release of my latest novel, “By the Sea,” but also the art of fiction and one of the finest independent bookstores in the country — Malcolm & Christine Bell’s Mystery & imagination/Bookfellows in Glendale, California.
More information on “By the Sea” can be had on my blog at:http://tinyurl.com/
The slightly different bit? The only copies of By the Sea, either hardcover or trade paperback, that will be available that day will be those that you have PRE-ORDERED FROM BOOKFELLOWS by calling Christine at 818-545-0121 by March 25.
Now why in the hell would we do this? Because I’ve arranged with my publisher, Handsome David Niall Wilson of Crossroad Press, to give Bookfellows a larger than normal bookstore discount for those pre-orders. So, every book you buy boosts a bit of the profit going to the store. And you get a discount as well. The hardcover retails at $29.99, but you’ll get it for $26.00. The trade paperback retails for $16.99, but you’ll get it for $15.00.
“By the Sea” is a modern comic adult fairy tale with an ensemble cast of Cinderellas. Instead of a kingdom by the sea, our story takes place in and around a residential hotel by the sea. The architecturally eclectic Briers Hotel is situated on Leech Beach, a not particularly inviting beach, being often fog-bound and always scruffy. But it’s the perfect setting for our Cinderellas, male and female, who put up with the scruffy-ness of life while striving to make it through their various personal seaside fogs. Theater; art; antiques; old movies; sex; more sex; death; fast and slow cars, chicken shit and cow poop; military bearing and erotic emissions — not to mention the wicked witch, the sea serpent by the sea shore, the village ogre, the village idiot, and several Prince Charmings — all figure into this merry tale with a multitude of happy endings.
More information on “By the Sea” can be had on my blog at:http://tinyurl.com/
Bookfellows was Ray Bradbury’s favorite bookstore in his late years, as I detailed in one of my blogs on The Huffington Post, which you can find athttp://tinyurl.com/rbfav. But the important thing to note about Malcolm & Christine’s gem of a bookshop, is that it is the only independent bookstore in the Los Angeles area, maybe in the country, that has an emphasis on fiction. They have a heavy stock of fiction including mysteries, thrillers & suspense; science fiction & fantasy (the Mystery & Imagination half) and mainstream & literary fiction (the Bookfellows half). This makes Bookfellows an incredibly important resource for lovers of this most important of art forms.
Our event will be introduced by Jeff Cannata, fine actor, popular internet TV host, and brilliant podcaster (We Have Concerns — a top iTunes podcast), who also happens to have recorded a wonderful performance reading my novel, “Traveling in Space,” for the audiobook book edition which came out last year.
I will speak on moving from genre to genre in the writing of fiction, and read from Chapter One of “By the Sea.”
We will have munchies and libations, and there will be a RAFFLE!!
When you pick up your pre-ordered copy of By the Sea from Christine you will be given a raffle ticket, and at the end of the event we will raffle off a few obvious and a few unique items — detailed in the various postings below.
If you cannot make it on April 11, or live outside of the Los Angeles area, but would still like to support this maker of fiction and the bookstore that loves my kind of scribbler, call Christine at 818-545-0121 and order the book by March 25, and I’ll sign it for you that day. Christine will then send it off to you poste-haste.
I do hope you can join us on April 11 at 2 PM for a celebration of telling tales, creating characters, crafting scenes, and of this most wonderful of bookstores wherein such arts are cherished and given a clean and well-lighted place.
Crossroad Press would like to take a special moment to congratulate author and poet TOM PICCIRILLI – who have now become the first Crossroad Press author to make the list of finalists for The Bram Stoker Awards, presented by The Horror Writer’s Association … Forgiving Judas is an original poetry collection, available currently in digital in all formats and available soon in print.
Tom has been with Crossroad Press longer than almost any other author. We have been grateful and proud to work with him, and all of us are happy that he has been recognized once again for his talent.
You can get a copy of this award-nominated volume by clicking any of the links above. It wil be available soon in print, and we’ll announce pricing and availability.
Crossroad Press’ own PATRICIA LEE MACOMBER will be curating a storybundle of COZY MYSTERY titles for Storybundle.com starting today. These storybundles are a great way to discover new books and authors at a very reasonable price, while also supporting some worthwhile charities. What follows is the actual blog post that will appear at Storybundle.com – I couldn’t say it better – starting with a note from Patricia Lee Macomber:
I can think of no better cure for the winter blues than curling up with a good book. In that vein, here are fourteen great books by nine great authors. This Cozy Mystery Bundle offers a variety of books to appeal to a broad range of readers, each of them hand-picked by me. And as always, you decide the price you pay. And please keep in mind that a portion of the proceeds goes to charity.
Here there are happy characters and dark, humor and suspense. You can get a good dose of ah-ha moments and a few prickles of fear. The bundle includes my own book, Murder, Sometimes, the first book in the Jason Callahan supernatural mystery series. It also includes books by perennial favorites, Bill Crider and Ed Gorman, as well as some new and rising stars. There are two boxed sets included in this bundle, as well, bringing the total number of books to fourteen.
This bundle only runs for three weeks, so you’d better get ’em while they’re hot. There is no better way to give the gift of reading to your friends, too. The first five books are available for the nominal price of $5 (or more if you’re in a charitable mood) and for $14 (or more if you’re in a charitable mood) you will receive the four bonus books. – Patricia Lee Macomber
The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:
- A Minor Case of Murder by Jeff Markowitz
- Deadly Blessings by Julie Hyzy
- The Kewpie Killer by Falafel Jones
- Lexy Baker Cozy Mysteries Boxed Set 1-4 by Leighann Dobbs
- Murder, Sometimes by Patricia Lee Macomber
If you pay more than the bonus price of just $14, you’ll get another four books:
- One Dead Dean by Bill Crider
- The McKinleys Mystery Series Boxed Set 1-3 by Carolyn Arnold
- New Improved Murder by Ed Gorman
- Death is a Cabaret by Deborah Morgan
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!
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 $5): 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 exceptional 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 you’re getting fourteen total books (which includes two boxed sets)!
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.
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.
PULL NO PUNCHES
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.
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.
October 11th, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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:
Pins & Needles
Mister Mack & the Monster Mobile
The Halloween Train
The Candy in the Ditch Gang
Halloweens: Past & Present
Monsters in a Box
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?