Black Heart Boys’ Choir

Black Heart Boys’ Choir
by Curtis M. Lawson
Genre: Horror
Great art demands sacrifice.
Lucien Beaumont is a teenage misfit and musical prodigy ostracized by his peers and haunted by familial tragedy. When he discovers an unfinished song composed by his dead father—a song that holds terrible power—Lucien becomes obsessed. As he chases after the secret nature of his father’s music, the line between gruesome fantasy and real life violence begins to blur.
To complete his father’s work Lucien believes that he and his group of outcast friends must appease a demonic force trapped within the music with increasingly sadistic offerings. As things spiral out of control he finds that the cost of his art will be the lives of everyone around him, and perhaps his very soul.
Curtis M. Lawson is a writer of unapologetically weird, dark fiction and poetry. His work includes Black Heart Boys’ Choir, It’s a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World, and The Devoured.
Curtis is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association, and the organizer of the Wyrd live horror reading series. He lives in Salem, MA with his wife and their son. When he is not writing, Curtis enjoys tabletop RPGs, underground music, playing guitar, and the ocean
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The Pain Colony

Audiobook Tour: The Pain Colony by Shanon Hunt

Author: Shanon Hunt

Narrators: Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard

Length: 14 hours 7 minutes

Publisher: Narrow Ledge Publishing

Released: Oct. 21, 2019

Genre: Horror

Six dead bodies with one disturbing similarity. An illicit genetic experiment. A secret society of true believers willing to do whatever it takes to become Pure. And this is only the beginning. DEA Special Agent Peter Malloy is no stranger to the devastating impact of drugs. So when six bodies turn up with surgical ports implanted in their spines, he’s sure a potent new opioid is the culprit. But when lab tests show zero evidence of any known narcotics, he fears something far more sinister. Allison Stevens thought she knew everything about her boss. But after he disappears, she’s stunned to discover his secret genetic research in pain tolerance. When she becomes the target of the FBI’s investigation, Allison has only one move. She must expose his illegal experiment. There’s just one problem. Some secrets will be protected at any cost. As Malloy and Allison get closer to the truth, they begin to realize they’re about to uncover the most chilling medical discovery in human history. If it doesn’t get them killed. The Pain Colony is a gripping suspense thriller–you’ll be plunged into terrifying twists of modern science, chilling tension, and shocking revelations that will leave you breathless. “A nail-biting page-turner you can’t put down!” –BookTrib “A shocking finale that even jaded readers won’t see coming!” –BookLife
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As a former pharmaceutical executive of 15 years, Shanon Hunt has firsthand experience with cutting edge medical advances. But it wasn’t until she took an interest in CRISPR and the near future implications of genetic engineering that she became inspired to write a suspense thriller. When she’s not plotting her next story, she enjoys being tormented by her frisbee-obsessed Australian Shepherd, hiking the wilds of northern New Jersey, and canyoneering in southern Utah with her husband, Steve. She lives in suburban New Jersey with Steve and their two teenage sons, Nick and Ben.
Narrator Bio Erin deWard is an Audie Award winning audiobook narrator and a classically trained stage actor. She is a long-time company member of The Strange Bedfellows, a Rockland County, NY based Shakespeare company and can be found directing, assisting another director, or on the lighting board for The Children’s Shakespeare Theatre in Rockland County, NY. She also directs English Language dubbing for IDC in New York. Erin has been working in the field of Audio Description (media accessibility for people who are blind) as a writer, voice talent, advocate, and trainer for over a decade. She is a proud and grateful member of SAG/AFTRA.
Narrator Bio Family lore has it that, when I was three years old, my parents took my two older brothers and me on a vacation to Puerto Rico. At some point during the sojourn, my parents … well … they lost me on the beach. After searching, frantically, (Or not, as the case may be. I mean, they DID lose me in the first place.) they found me in the hotel bar, sitting on a hooker’s lap, telling a story to a sailor. And THAT is when my life in performance & yarn-spinning began. The rest of my life has pretty much followed suit. Telling stories and becoming characters. I have over 40 years experience as a stage, film/TV actor and singer/songwriter/musician. And now, with over 325 audiobook titles, I’m so passionate about this industry – a medium that allows me to be immersed, for hours and hours, in wonderful characters and their tales. I’m grateful for the authors, narrators, & productions companies with which I work and so thankful for all the listeners!
  I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Shanon Hunt. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Q&A with Author Shanon Hunt
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I found Erin simply by listening to voice after voice on the Audible samples. I had to hear a hundred before I found her, but she was perfect. Her vocal range was just what I needed for my frightened and emotionally frayed female main characters, and I loved the real drama she puts into her “woman in distress.” She’s an amazing actor. Her reading of Allison in the final chapters of the book still gives me chills! And when Erin brought Noah to the table, for the idea of dual recording, which I hadn’t considered, I was overjoyed! They have a wonderfully complementary style. Noah reads my hardened, cynical cop perfectly.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • Since this story is a science/medical thriller, we did talk about the science. While I tried to avoid jargon in my exposition sections, I had a bit in the dialogue, which is naturally how a scientist would talk about his work. So, I recorded pronunciations and we had some discussions about a scientist (especially a young, smart one) would talk about his/her work. For example, one of my scientists is a 21 year old PhD genius. He explains DNA and genetic editing with the same casualness as my own 20 year old might talk about a movie or a video game.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • For me, it’s a momentum thing. It’s hard to get started, but once I’m about 30% into the story, and my characters have turned into real people in my mind, I tend to look forward to the next chapter. I don’t write an outline, so each new scene is also new to me, and I get excited to see what’s happening next, same as a reader would. And as the story starts to take form, I begin talking to my family about it (bringing my work home, so to speak), and talking about the characters as if they’re people I work with. “Layla’s in trouble, and I don’t know how to help her out of this bind…” The more real they become to me (and my poor suffering family) the more excited I get to writing the next scene.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Yes! I absolutely love audiobooks because I take a two hour hike with my dog every day. Sometimes I get so lost in the story, I get lost in the woods. More than once I’ve had to say to my dog, “Sydney, let’s go home,” to have her point us in the direction of where I parked the car.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • The last 25% of the story gets really intense as the characters all come together at the Colony. As the race is on, the chapters become short and intense, moving quickly back and forth between the main characters. Listening to the story on audio, as the narrator changes quickly between Erin and Noah, is so dramatic! I think the audio format brings something extra to the story as it progresses to the climax.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • Much to my surprise, finishing a novel isn’t quite so black-on-white. I had expected a big celebratory moment. But the story came together in pieces. I wrote the last chapter very early in the book. I never typed “The End.” And once the story was finished, I rewrote it. (I rewrote it four times in total, with feedback from my editor.) So, it was about six months in the “finishing” stage. I can’t say I ever felt a moment that was worthy of an “open the champagne” except perhaps the day the book was published. And even then I was such a nervous wreck, I couldn’t enjoy anything. 🙂
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’m currently writing the last chapters of the sequel to The Pain Colony, which includes three point of view characters: Nick Slater, an investigative journalist, Josie Finley, a nineteen year old pregnant woman living in a fundamentalist town, and of course….Layla, a leader within the Colony. I’m super excited to keep the Colony world alive!
Q&A with Narrators Erin Deward & Noah Michael Levine
  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • Erin: I have never wanted to be anything but an actor. My parents called me Sarah Heartburn. Ha! I’ve been acting on stage since I was 8 years old. I studied in New York City as a teenager, went to college to study acting (and choreography), and have been acting ever since. When I hit a certain age, and didn’t feel like there were a whole lot of parts for women in that range, I started thinking about other ways to use my skills. I started with audio description – writing and recording additional tracks that make visual images and media accessible to people who have low or no vision – and then started thinking about audiobooks.
    • Noah: November 1st, 2012 … specifically, around 10:30am. It was a Thursday. It was sunny. Hurricane Sandy had just passed through my town of Nyack, NY, and I was without power (for what became 10 days). While I’ve been acting and performing most of my life. Never once, in all of that time, did the idea of being an audiobook narrator even crossed my mind. I, of course, knew about “books on tape,” but I never made the connection. I was sitting in a café charging my many electronic devices when a familiar face came into view. Gary – a guy I had known since my late teens. He was/is an audio engineer and was running the sessions when I was 18, recording for the first time with my band in 1980. So – back to the café … Gary and I are catching up. I tell him I recently moved back to NY from California. He asked me what I was up to. I had no idea. I’d only been home a few months and really didn’t know what my future held. He told me, in addition to all the music stuff he was continuing to do, he had been editing audiobooks for Audible for about 10 years. He knew my background and suggested I look into it. He gave me a contact name at Audible. I reached out, sent a demo. They gave me a book to do, to try me out … and I’ve never looked back. Over 325 books and counting … I look forward to the next 325. Yes – I TOTALLY stumbled into it.
  • What type of training have you undergone?
    • Erin: Before I ever auditioned for my first book, I took a one on one audiobook narration class with Eliza Foss, I did two multi-week group classes with Paul Ruben, and I listened to A LOT of books. So, in addition to my theater training, which includes all the usual suspects, I have trained with Eliza, Paul (on an on-going basis), Carol Monda, PJ Ochlan, Christina Rooney, and Jayme Mattler. I try to take at least one audiobook focused class per year.
  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    • Erin: I know there are people who will argue with me, but narrating is acting. Even when you are reading a non fiction title, it is acting. There are some authors who read their own books very successfully, but most do not and that’s because while they are intimately acquainted with the material, they are not acting it. A good oral storyteller is an actor, whether they see themselves as such or not. So, essential? Maybe not. Really a good idea? Definitely.
    • Noah: I think a background in acting is super important for a successful narration career. Many people think of audiobook narration as, simply, “reading out loud.” But it’s far more involved than that. Of all the branches of the acting world, audiobook narration is, arguably, the most intimate. We are performing directly into the listeners’ ears. There’s are no visual aids. Aside from all of the technical aspects of recording a book, bringing a nuanced performance to that, very specific setting, requires training and experience. In the same moment, a narrator has to be thinking about character arcs, changes in character voices, pacing, intentions, the tone of the scene, how best to convey the emotions and actable moments with authenticity … and … try to keep the brain/eye/mouth coordination going smoothly. It’s a hell of a lot of fun – but it’s not just reading out loud. Having that background in acting is critical.
  • How closely do you prefer to work with authors?
    • Noah: When possible, I like to get an idea of how the author hears their characters in their head. While bringing my own interpretation to the material, the author’s viewpoint can be very helpful in finding the right voices.
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
    • Noah: A least favorite part of narrating has to do with editing. I’m sorry to say this, but there are a LOT of poorly edited books. Missing punctuation, missing words, sentences that don’t make sense … I think it’s a disservice to the hard work that the authors put in to tell their stories, that the same sense of import isn’t given to what happens after the first couple of drafts are written. As a narrator, it pulls me out of the scene – out of the moment, which we all try hard to stay IN. But when we have stop and figure out how to read a sentence, it definitely impedes the flow of things. A favorite part of narrating is when a scene … a chapter … a book, even a whole series … just … CLICKS. I mean – you’ve got that flow going … the character voices deeply engrained … you are SO, deeply steeped in the scene and the emotion and the intention that the mechanics are on autopilot and you can just … do it. When you feel completely connected to the material and the story, and you don’t have to THINK – you just … do. It’s an amazing feeling!
  • What would you say are your strongest narration abilities?
    • Noah: Hmm – I guess I would say – connecting with the emotional level of the characters and the story. Of course, that’s completely subjective. That’s one of the interesting things about narrating as opposed to reading. The listener, who may have read the book previously, and formed their own views of how the characters should sound, and react … as narrators … in a sense, we are forcing the listener to accept our interpretation of the material. But it’s my hope that I can offer a performance that resonates with the listener. Give them voices and characters that feel honest and believable. I love to work with accents and different voice styles. So, whether it’s doing a straight-forward American hero voice, or coming up with a Middle-Eastern/British hybrid – I hope to engage the listener in the world that the author has created.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?
    • Erin: Listen to a lot of books. You wouldn’t believe the number of people who think they want to do this work but have never listened to a book. Take classes – first in basic acting and then audiobook specific. You will stink in the beginning. We all do. But we learn from doing and listening and studying. Grow a thick skin.
    • Noah: Study. Train. Learn. This is a long-haul, not a sprint. Get yourself set-up for success in terms of recording space and equipment. Find out if certain genres work better for your skillset than others. Don’t take short cuts … do the work. Build relationships. Learn how to manage your time effectively – which can be very different from one person to the next. Take breaks. Breathe. Hydrate. If you’re stuck … head’s not in the game … Devil’s on your shoulder … stop. Take a walk. Come back with a fresh perspective. Respect the writing and the characters. Have fun. Give the listeners an experience they will enjoy.
  • How does audiobook narration differ from other types of voiceover work you’ve done?
    • Erin: I’m really bad at commercial voice work. Like seriously bad. I can’t find the rhythms that people who are good at it find. I can’t figure out where the emphasis should be. I get too stuck in my head. Audio description is lovely because you can match you tone to the tone of the media you are describing. It makes it really symbiotic and fun. English Language dubbing and Audiobooks are my favorite, though, because ACTING!
    • Noah: It differs immensely. With the exception of documentary narration, most other voiceover work is short-form, and, typically, limited in scope in terms of the number of characters to be voiced. The average audiobook is, I believe, 7 or 8 hours. I’ve narrated some that were 20, 30 or more hours. Then there are series that, when combined, can be well over 80 hours of material. When you consider that it can take 1.5 to 3 hours to record 1 hour of material, that’s a LOT of time to spend with the characters and their stories. And unless you’re doing Duet or Full-Cast narration, you are responsible for every character in the book. One of the first series I did, very early in my career, was 18 books long, with over 500 characters. It can be a daunting, yet exciting challenge. You get to voice every aspect of the story. It’s pretty, freakin’ cool. And, for the most part, there’s no “Director,” other than yourself. So all that, mixed with the sheer mechanics of recording, software, mic technique, battling a gurgling stomach, trucks thundering down the road outside, and the joy of immersing yourself in the material – it’s a pretty unique experience, and far different from a 30-second commercial or half-hour cartoon.
  • Do you read reviews for your audiobooks? If so, which ones stand out to you most, positive or negative?
    • Erin: Golly, I try not to. But when I’ve done a book that I think I’ve done a particularly good job on, I do. I tell myself it’s important because if there is a pattern that multiple listeners are reacting to, it’s important to know it. But really I’m looking because I want people to love the work I’ve put my heart and soul into. And then: my heart gets broken. Because there will always be people who don’t like your work. And that’s part of being an artist of any kind. You put yourself out there because you are driven to do the work. And some people may like it and some people may love it and some people may loathe it. And the anonymity of internet reviews makes it really easy for people to be really really mean.
  • What type of the review comments do you find most constructive?
    • Erin: The kinds that specifically say what worked well for them or what didn’t work for them. Saying “I hate her voice. Who ever thought it was a good idea to give HER a mic” doesn’t help me learn what I could have done differently and it doesn’t tell other potential listeners what the problems with the narration were. Similarly, “I love Erin and Noah” doesn’t tell me what I did that worked. I have to guess.
  • Any funny anecdotes from inside the recording studio?
    • Noah: Erin deWard and I have done over 60 books together. She’s such a great acting partner. And we have SO much fun in the booth. Primarily, because we both mess up a lot along the way. But rather than my sharing anecdotes here … I’d recommend listening to our outtake reels. Got to:, click on the “Duet Narration” tab, and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Hopefully, you’ll get some chuckles. Warning though – some of the material contained therein may be considered R-rated, or even NC-17 or X. Listener caution is advised. 😉
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As the book was going through its editorial reviews, I worked diligently on my author profile. I built a website, set up social media pages, all that publicity and marketing activities. Of course, they all request a photo, but I had a really bad profile picture, literally a capture of my head from a family photo. So I asked a friend/photographer, Catherine Babin, to do an author photo shoot. The photo shoot went was terrific. I took a dozen different “professional” photos, but I also wanted some photos of a colonist (a character type from the book) that I could use for marketing material. I bought white linen pants and a shirt, and took several photos in various creepy poses. Right about this time, my cover designer was looking for the perfect female colonist image to put on the cover, and we couldn’t find anything in stock photos. I considered some of my shots from the photo shoot, but none were right. I wanted a picture of my character Layla on the cover, and she’s much thinner than me. So, I bought a long blonde wig for $20, and ran back over to Catherine’s studio. She put on the white linen pants and shirt (we had to pin them behind her) and the wig, and her assistant took a dozen more poses. I selected the angry, clenched fist photo from that shoot, and now Catherine lives on as both the photographer and the model of The Pain Colony cover. Giveaway
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Sleepless Nights

Sleepless Nights
168 Horror, Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense Short Stories
by Tobias Wade
Publisher: Haunted House Publishing LLC
Publication Date: February 1, 2019
The news said 33 miners were trapped when the mine collapsed.
And why wouldn’t they? 33 people were pulled out of the ground.
The men were buried 700 meters below the surface. There was no way in or out.
But the miners who were rescued all said the same thing:
They said there were only 32 miners during the cave in. That they counted and they counted—every day—every few hours to make sure everyone was taken care of.
Then one day they count again, and there were 33. A stranger was in their midst.
Something escaped from the earth during that rescue that never should have seen the light of day.
Demons, monsters, psychopaths, undead, mad-experiments, and terrifying paranormal encounters.
The last confession from a serial killer will take your breath away.
Why should you be afraid to leave an audio-recorder on overnight? What could go wrong if you meet the Devil on Tinder? Why does your reflection smile more than you do? The Grim Reaper’s scythe isn’t to harvest you. He’s there to protect you from what’s waiting on the other side.
Early readers are saying:
“As a huge horror nut I love being freaked out of my mind, being taken for a dark spin, and then being left with goosebumps dotted on my skin.”
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“From the first story to the last, this book was enjoyable in that spine-tingling kind of way. It’s been a very long time since I’ve read anything that has wormed its way into my brain and had me thinking about it hours or days later.”
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“I swear there isn’t a clunker on here. You’d think even a solid compilation would have one or two lame ducks, but every last story in here is thrilling and terrifying and fantastic.”
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Fast, exciting, satisfying stories, filled with compelling mysteries and shocking twists.
Mega-collection with 168 chilling stories, over 700 pages include Amazon-Bestselling Collections 51, 52, and 53 Sleepless Nights, as well as 12 bonus tales from Brutal Bedtime Stories.
Easy to fit in a story during the day, or to keep you awake all night long.
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Former neuroscience researcher, born again horror writer. During my studies, it struck me as odd that I could learn so much about why humans behave without understanding the intricacies of human nature. It occurred to me that I learned more about the depths of human experience from reading Dostoyevsky than I ever had from my text books, and I was inspired to write.
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E.V.A.IN.E.: Book 1 There Was a Place
Horror Romance, Science Fiction
Published: October 19, 2016
Publisher: Page Publishing

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A world exists where the Incomparable Beauty of an Alien Technology Meets Its Ultimate Challenge: To remain Protector of Their Secret Transcendent Yet to Be Born.

Set within their spiral galaxy, between the expanse waves of Mira and Axis Prime, an exploring society called Deneva has created the answer to a harmonious continuance in the universe. One citizen of remarkable insight and intelligence, Dr. Shesgal Ollemanhalu, has created a transferable, virtual representative from his doctorate work in the natural world to aid his people in establishing the natural development of genesis in order to save his race. He name his virtual creation, E.V.A.IN.E. She is the carryover of Shesgal’s doctorate breakthrough in behavioral progression that leads to transcendence. The revelation which was meant only for his world becomes Shesgal’s remarkable change to life in the universe. It is known by the greater name of E.V.A.IN.E. World Foundation. In the search for fulfillment beyond their own survival, others, along with Shesgal would develop nature’s greatest creation; a super being of transcendent capability who can lead them all into their place of higher belief in the universe.

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E.V.A.IN.E.: Book 2 Lessons Learned from the Old Makers
Publisher: Page Publishing
Date Published: March 26, 2018

All life forms dream. Even the overlooked organism in the soil beneath our feet which ventilate the soil. Many of these have extended life spans exceeding our own. Likewise among this category are variations that achieve remarkable transformations to their physical makeup. The struggling caterpillar, which has the ability to acquire a state of metamorphosis, can attain a winged form capable of drinking the nectar of its culminating attainment…its philosophy if you will. Thereby fulfilling its destiny. The passage of time has shown the prediction to evolve a thought to take a form that will result in an action of beauty and resounding results. My daughter will also dream one day following this pattern of evolution and guard the flower’s nectar for the future transcendent and its proclamation to the universe. The “fractal key” will propel my created daughter to acquire a complexity that surrounds the observer and instructs him to abolish the excess that is defeating its efforts to become something more than before…To transcend!

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Jackson Burrows currently lives in Deep South Texas along the perimeter of the Rio Grande. Earlier in Life, he worked in many occupations ranging from an agricultural tree farmer to a gravedigger at a cemetery. During the Vietnam conflict, he was drafted from Oklahoma State University during his sophomore year through the ‘lottery system’ developed by the Nixon administration to fill up the ranks for the already lost war. After serving in the USCG search and rescue detachment, he rode the deep sea ships of the merchant marine. In 1981, he became an emergency services personnel and eventually completed his employment of twenty five years as a fire captain and emergency medial tech. He is now retired and has completed the first book of his novel he developed those many years ago when he attended OSU.

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The Dark Verse

From the Passages of Revenants
The Dark Verse Vol 1
by M. Amanuensis Sharkchild
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Armored Books
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Horror
#1 Free Best Seller in Horror Anthologies
Twenty-six short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that will follow you to the visions of your sleep.
The Dark Verse is a multiverse of Lovecraftian horror, spanning different realms and times, that touches upon evils that transcend the knowable. Whether a galactic entity that casts flesh off the wicked, a scientist harnessing the power of metamorphosis, or a diabolical overlord that torments souls in a dimension of unrelenting pain, there is no escape from the occult horrors that await you within the innumerable folios of The Dark Verse.
This is Sharkchild’s first collection of grim and ethereal tales.
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In the Blood of Death
The Dark Verse Vol 2
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
Twenty-six short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that will follow you to the visions of your sleep.
This is Sharkchild’s second tome of terror. It is a complete experience on its own and does not need the first DARK VERSE volume to be enjoyed.
Beyond the Grip of Time
The Dark Verse Vol 3
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal Winner for Horror
2015 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner for Horror
2015 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner for Best Cover Design – Fiction
Twenty-six short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that will follow you to the visions of your sleep.
This is Sharkchild’s third tome of terror. It is a complete experience on its own and does not need the previous DARK VERSE volumes to be enjoyed.
Within the Depths of Soul
The Dark Verse Vol 4
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
2019 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner for Horror
2019 Book Excellence Awards Finalist for Horror
Twenty-six short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that will follow you to the visions of your sleep.
The Dark Verse is a multiverse of Lovecraftian horror, spanning different realms and times, that touches upon evils that transcend the knowable. Whether a stadium audience dazzled by the mystic power of alchemy, a gargantuan entity that plummets to the earth calling out a single human’s name, or a world where all doorways leading to it usher death, there is no escape from the occult horrors that await you within the innumerable folios of The Dark Verse.
This is Sharkchild’s fourth collection of grim and ethereal tales and can be enjoyed independently from the other Dark Verse volumes.
Beneath the Crown of Chaos
The Dark Verse Vol 5
Thirteen short stories and a novella of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that will follow you to the visions of your sleep. Whether a cosmic assassin able to annihilate any living entity across all of existence, a universe where physical size is a direct relationship to magical power, or a realm where money is made of living and dead flesh, there is no escape from the occult horrors that await you within the innumerable folios of The Dark Verse.
This is Sharkchild’s fifth collection of grim and ethereal tales. It is currently being funded on Kickstarter and is estimated to release at the end of Spring 2020. Back the book now and get your name on its pages.
M. AMANUENSIS SHARKCHILD is an award-winning author and publisher of a growing series of Lovecraftian horror short stories called The Dark Verse and of the dark fantasy novel, The Spirit Collectors. His self-published books are praised for their illustrious hardcover binding and artwork and have won six awards. The Dark Verse is also a podcast through which Sharkchild releases new short stories on a regular basis. The style and atmosphere of his writing is often compared to the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
He lives in lurid wakefulness and lucid dreams, overtaken by visions that uncontrollably seethe in a torrent of horror and fantasy. As a zealot of the imagination, he embraces the strange, the bizarre, and the great unknown. His path of creation has only just begun.
Some of Sharkchild’s other projects include Dark Energy Discoveries and Gravescabs. Dark Energy Discoveries is an EBM music project containing his rich vocal layers and soundscapes that are embodied by a virtual group of inter-dimensional beings who have joined forces to explore the ever-expanding reaches of existence. Gravescabs are reversible plush covers that are placed over a base plush toy called a Skell. is home to his distinct creations.
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Underground: Revelations
Underground Book 1
by John Grover
Genre: Horror
THEIR LAST REFUGE COULD BE THEIR TOMB… Underground: Revelations The war the world feared finally came except this was a different kind of war. One fought between the living and the dead. The living lost.
Liam, a former soldier in the war against the dead, had done everything he could to hold back the enemy but in the end he joined the other survivors in the only safe place left— underground.
Now Liam helps keep the last of the living safe in the subway tunnels, scavenging food by day, hiding by night, all the while haunted about how they lost the world above them. He always believed the dead had help but he could never prove it.
He would soon learn he was right all along and that there is no safe place to hide from extinction—underground just might turn out to be everyone’s tomb after all.
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John Grover is a fiction author specializing in Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi residing in Massachusetts. John grew up watching creature double feature with his brother on Saturday afternoons. This fueled his love of monsters, ghosts and the supernatural. He never missed an episode. In his spare time he loves to cook, garden, go to the theater to watch horror movies with his friends, read, talk about food, bake amazing desserts, play with his dog Buffy (yes named after the character in the TV show) and draw-badly.

Some of his favorite TV shows and influences are The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Darkside, Space 1999, Battlestar Galactica, X-Files, Night Gallery, Monsters, Star Trek, and much more.

He completed a creative writing course at Boston’s Fisher College and is a member of the New England Horror Writers, a chapter of the Horror Writers Association.

Some of his more recent credits include Best New Zombie Tales Vol 1 by Books of the Dead Press, The Book of Cannibals by Living Dead Press, The Vermin Anthology, The Northern Haunts Anthology by Shroud Publishing, The Zombology Series by Library of the Living Dead Press, Morpheus Tales, Wrong World, The Willows, Alien Skin Magazine, Aurora Wolf and more.

He is the author of several collections, including the recently released Terror in Small Doses for Amazon Kindle as well as various chapbooks, anthologies, and more.

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Body Farm Z

Body Farm Z
by Deborah Sheldon
Genre: Horror
To solve murders, you must understand the process of decomposition. Australia’s newest body farm, the Victorian Taphonomic Experimental Research Institute, is hidden in bushland some four hours’ drive from Melbourne. Scattered across its 150 acres are human donor cadavers and pig carcasses arranged to mimic some of the ways in which police might find murder victims: exposed to the elements, buried in a shallow grave, wrapped in tarpaulin. Forensic scientists and graduate students meticulously track each stage of putrefaction. Today, Detective Rick Evans of the Homicide Squad is at VITERI for the re-creation of one of his cold cases. A human donor will be locked inside a car. But the donor has other ideas… So begins a facility-wide outbreak of the reanimated dead.
I’m an award-winning author from Melbourne, Australia. I write short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum.
My latest releases, through several publishing houses, include the horror novels “Body Farm Z”, “Contrition”, and “Devil Dragon”; the horror novella “Thylacines”; the crime-noir novellas “Dark Waters” and “Ronnie and Rita”; and the dark fantasy and horror collection “Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories” (winner of the Australian Shadows Best Collected Work 2017).
My short fiction has appeared in many well-respected magazines such as Quadrant, Island, Aurealis, SQ Mag, and Midnight Echo. My fiction has been shortlisted for numerous Australian Shadows Awards and Aurealis Awards, long-listed for a Bram Stoker Award, and included in various “best of” anthologies. I’m also guest editor of this year’s edition of Midnight Echo.
Other credits include TV scripts such as Neighbours and Australia’s Most Wanted, feature articles for national magazines, non-fiction books published by Reed Books and Random House, and award-winning medical writing.
Publisher: Severed Press
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Tales from the Storm

Tales From the Storm: Vol 1
A Collection of Horror Stories
by C.R. Langille
Genre: Horror
The storm rages on, leaving death and destruction in its path. With the chaos comes strange tidings and wicked ordeals. From C.R. Langille, author of the Dark Tyrant Series comes a collection of weird and horrifying stories spanning all across history: the Spanish Conquest; the Old West; present day; and even a desolate, apocalyptic future. Haunted hotel rooms, mysterious, mind-bending spots, infernal cargo, and misplaced wishes abound in this collection. Stories Included: The Spot Brine & Blood The Deep Well All Aboard Damned The Scratch Horishi Tom Only one thing is certain when the storm passes by–nothing will ever be the same again. Goodreads * Amazon

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C.R. Langille has been searching the darkness for the ultimate scare for over a decade. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, he began crafting nightmares for others to enjoy. He and his family live in Utah. His stories can be found from Dark Fantasy Press, Dark Moon Books, Griffin Publishers, Fictionvale, Sirens Call Publications, and He’s an avid hunter, martial-artist, table-top gamer, and amateur survivalist. He is an affiliate member of the Horror Writer’s Association, a member of the League of Utah Writers, and received his MFA: Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.
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Ice Rift Series

Ice Rift
Ice Rift Series Book 1
Ben Hammott
Genre: Science Fiction / Action / Adventure / Horror
Humans have always looked to the stars for signs of Extraterrestrials.They have been looking in the wrong place.

They are already here, entombed in a spaceship beneath Antarctic ice for thousands of years.

The ice is melting and they will soon be free.A huge rift in the ice is discovered in Antarctica that stretches for 18 miles, (29 km) and 820 feet (250 meters) apart at its widest point.

When environmental scientists enter the ice rift to check out an anomaly on NASA’s satellite scans of the area, they discover something far more life threatening than the raging blizzard trapping them in the rift. They are unarmed and unprepared for their ensuing fight for survival.

Note – Though Ice Rift – Salvage, is a continuation of the story from Ice Rift, it was brought about by readers feedback saying they would like to read a follow on book. Ice Rift can be read as a complete story. There is no cliffhanger or abrupt ending.

Ice Rift: Salvage
Ice Rift Series Book 2
Action adventure sci-fi horror set in Antarctica.
The spaceship entombed in the huge iceberg calved from the Pine Island Glacier drifts towards the warmer air and ocean temperatures of the South Atlantic. The race is on to claim the alien technology before the ice melts and releases its hold on the trapped alien vessel.
The mission: Board the spaceship and salvage as much alien technology as possible before the doomed vessel sinks to the bottom of the ocean.
The obstacles: A disintegrating iceberg, a collapsing spaceship, an armed Russian salvage force intent on claiming alien technology for themselves, an approaching storm, and the biggest obstacle of all—the spacecraft’s alien inhabitants.
The aliens have another mission—survival—and when opposing species clash, there can be only one victor.
Ice Rift – Salvage is the sequel to Ice Rift, which needs to be read first to gain the most enjoyment from the story.
Ice Rift: Siberia
Ice Rift Series Book 3

ICE RIFT – SIBERIA is the 3rd book in the best selling Ice Rift series. Ice Rift and Ice Rift – Salvage need to be read first to gain maximum enjoyment from this novel.

Having stowed aboard the Russian vehicle transporting the alien weaponry salvaged from the doomed Antarctic spaceship, the surviving fragment of EV1L arrives at a secret underground complex in the remote wilderness of the Siberian tundra.

It will hide.

It will feed and grow.

It will breed.

When all is ready, EV1L and her hoard of vicious offspring will emerge from the facility and head for the nearest city to start their conquest of Earth.

When the Americans intercept a plea for help from the secret facility and learn of the alien menace, a crack team is rushed to Siberia. Their mission is to destroy the alien creatures before they escape.

If they fail, it could bring about the end of human civilization.

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Ben was born in England, but currently lives in Germany.
He loves to laugh and make others laugh, something which he is particularly good at. He is a joker, a hoaxer and someone who loves mysteries, especially if they involve a long lost treasure.
Apart from writing he likes nothing better than to be travelling in his motorhome around Europe seeking out mysteries and hunting for long lost treasures, which invariably lead him below ground to explore caves, caverns and old mines. These then become ideas he can use in his books.
Currently based in Germany, if he is writing a book with a location in Europe, he will often drive to the area to get a feel of the place, the smells and the sounds of the streets, the people and the landscape, and will write down descriptions for later use.
Ben’s research into the mysteries he has sought to solve is so thorough he often discovers snippets of information no one else has. His research has been used in many documentaries and his hoaxed discoveries detailed in his Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar book were featured in a Hollywood movie.
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Payback’s a Witch

Payback’s a Witch
by Breanna Hayse
Genre: Horror
Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned– but when that woman is a witch, hell is nothing but a tropical vacation.
I’ve been summoned to pronounce sentence on the men who have conned, lied, deceived, stolen or abused my worldly sisters. The time of laughing in the face of justice is over for, at least, one such man. His sins have been exposed and when he attempts to place me on his list of victims, he discovers that he made a fatal error.
An eternity of suffering is nothing compared to the fate I have in mind for him as he realizes there’s no escape from the truth. The question
remains: how high a price should be paid to heal the pain he caused?
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BDSM/AP lifestyler Breanna Hayse strives to give her readers truth and reality of the BDSM/Age-Play/Total Power and Erotic Exchange lifestyle.
Who am I?
I’m a native Californian gone ‘wild’, and had the opportunity to travel the globe and discover the world through the eyes of both a Marine Intelligence specialist and a BDSM lifestyler. I left the service to go into hospice nursing and grief counseling, eventually working as a marriage and family therapist for those involved in alternative lifestyle development. This experience has allowed me to gain unique inspiration for my books and offer realistic plots and relatable characters.
In 2004, my husband, John, and I joined forces to work with both submissives and dominants- teaching, training, listening and loving. Our goal was to take the mystery and fear out of the lifestyle and mentor people in safe, consensual and healthy relationships.
My first book, The Game Plan, was published in 2012 and opened the door to the now-booming world of Age-Play literature. Since that time, I’ve devoted my ‘spare’ time to writing, researching, community involvement, and private and group pro bono counseling in deviant behavior, alternative lifestyle, and addiction recovery.
I was formally ‘dungeon trained’ as a Domme before discovering my submissive side when I joined the service. My scenarios are pulled primarily from either personal experience or observation, including spending time in BDSM clubs as the safety/medical officer. My multi-faceted background allows me to glean from many avenues and give a unique and intelligent literary experience through elements of fantasy and fiction. I also discuss the questions and psychology of the lifestyle in a manner that is fun and informative, and based on ‘the real deal.’
I live with my husband, musician, and fellow-author, John Hayse, and two border collies in southern California. We practice a 24/7 D&S relationship with speckles of AP (and many trips to Build-A-Bear), and happily spend every moment together that we can. My hobbies include my puppies, hiding my vanilla salt-water taffy where John can’t find it, exotic art, collecting inspirational trinkets, and developing my own paddle line. You can also see me as a featured author/instructor in professional conference settings and as a Sexpert for
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