A Compendium of Characters

A Compendium of Characters
by Mason Bushell
Genre: Short Stories, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Adventure
The world of imagination is a magical place filled with fantastical stories. Inside A Compendium of Characters you’ll be drawn into myth, legend, and mystery on every page, and across various genres. You’ll meet aliens, vampires, angels, and maybe a ghost or two; discover stranded people, farmers with shotguns and people to save. There’ll be romantic liaisons, fairytale frolics, and mysteries to solve!
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Mason is a naturalist in every way and spends much of his time in the nature reserves by his home. His faithful dog Lucy is never too far away, especially when he is experimenting with the culinary arts. Mason loves a good mystery and dreams of opening a restaurant like the Workhouse soon.
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Adventures of Death, Reincarnation and Annihilation

Adventures of Death, Reincarnation and Annihilation
by Francis H. Powell
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Scifi Short Stories
What if the human race was considered irrelevant and then each being was just uploaded then locked away on hard drives called “brain pods” ?
What if a sub species was to come into fruition, then the human race turned on it, hunted it down before trying to annihilate it? Imagine you found out you were an ancient soul, who is reunited with another being from your former life?
Set in different times in a variety of settings and time periods, the past, the present and the future, the book explores the inevitable unknown that lies before us all “death”. Death can arrive in a multitude of forms. Each part of the book explores different themes. There are characters who following their demises have to face up to their lurid pasts. There are some who face annihilation and others who are in a crazy pursuit of world destruction. We are living in an age in which it appears that the doomsday clock is ticking ever faster, as we teeter over the edge of world destruction. The book aims to contain some ironic twists. Even as young children we build up nightmare visions of what death involves. The reader is often left to distinguish between what is real and what is not, as stories reside within stories and the storytellers can never be fully trusted. Not all the book is doom and gloom, there are Elsa Grun’s bizarre encounters with men and Shellys’ hapless husband Arnie.
From secluded beach houses, to obscure motels, to visions of heaven, which takes the form of the Hotel Paradiso, to the world of the future death is always a wild adventure.
Born in 1961, in Reading, England Francis H Powell attended Art Schools, receiving a degree in painting and an MA in printmaking. In 1995, Powell moved to Austria, teaching English as a foreign language while pursuing his varied artistic interests adding music and writing. He currently lives in Brittany, France writing both prose and poetry. Powell has published short stories in the magazine, “Rat Mort” and other works on the internet site “Multi-dimensions.” His two published books are Flight of Destiny and Adventures of Death, Reincarnation and Annihilation
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Aurea Mediocritas



Aurea Mediocritas: A Book of Short Stories
Short Stories
Date Published October 2019
Publisher: Page Publishing

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The term, Aurea Mediocritas, refers to the golden mean, a balance between two extremes. ­ e characters in “Queerious”, faced with insurmountable odds in a society unaccepting of same-sex relationships and the hidden secrets which have divided the family.

The story “In a Nutshell,” features an expedition in the Amazon, where an ancient ritual amulet is discovered by a young boy. He makes a wish on the amulet and rapidly began to age twenty-five years older. The boy’s father makes a bargain and faces the consequences of his sacrifice at a price too dear to pay. The father desperately searches to find a balance between dealing with his own demons and striving to save his son.

In “For the Sake of my Enemies,” a young Japanese girl immigrates to the USA and joins the international police task force she was assigned to a US Federal case. On an assignment in Japan to bring back a crime boss who has ed from prosecution, she unravels an old Japanese cold case and found the man who killed her father and brother. She struggles to and balance, revenge or her mission.






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Gaston D. Cox, a famous American writer, graduated from Irvine University College of Law and now lives in China. He fled the United States and came to China because of his wounds. First, he worked as an English teacher at Qiqihar University, then he transferred to Shanghai because he was not tolerant of the cold. He has been a university professor, legal adviser and medical representative for several years. Although a seven-foot man is a strong man, I have a delicate and sensitive heart. When I came to China, I was inspired and fell in love with writing. I published many books. The words are passionate and popular with many Chinese fans. His representative works include Cries of insanity, Aurea Mediocritas, Sounds of Silent, The Seventh Plague, and Life Cubed.

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Gen Alpha-Z

Gen Alpha-Z
by Various Authors
Genre: Mixed Short Stories
Gen Alpha-Z is a powerful little book that packs a massive literary punch. The sequel to the successful debut, The Originals, Gen Alpha-Z is a breath-taking collection of 25 original stories written by talented young writers aged between six and 21 years around the world. These hugely talented authors entered The little BIG Book Competition run by The Lil’ Author Skool in 2018-2019. Judged by an independent panel, eight stories selected to be in this new anthology won and a further 16 were chosen as stand-out stories that merited publication. Launching on Universal Children’s Day – 20th November 2019 – #GenAlphaZ is set to be a huge success that showcases the astoundingly high quality of writing by today’s children and teenagers – the next generation of authors are already showing what they’re capable of and it’s incredibly excited for the future of literature! Introducing the freshest voices in original fiction.
The Lil’ Author Skool is a not for profit organisation. It was founded in 2016 by London born author A. Bello, who wrote her debut novel ‘Emily Knight I am…’ at aged 12! .We are passionate about encouraging young people to read and write and want to give them as many free and affordable opportunities. The Lil’ Author Skool is part of The Author School (GB Entrepreneur Awards Finalists 2016) and we help young writers aged 5-21 years old. The little BIG Book Comp started in 2016 and The Originals is our first book.
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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.
Grab a copy now.
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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The Gothic Shift

Audiobook Tour: The Gothic Shift by Brian David Bruns

Author: Brian David Bruns

Narrators: Scott Bennett, Brittany Morgan Williams, Thomas Stone, Gary Furlong

Length: 9 hours 41 minutes

Publisher: Brian David Bruns

Released: Mar. 31, 2017

Genre: Horror; Short Stories

Winner of the International Book Awards for Best Short Story Collection, The Gothic Shift is a beguiling collection of the macabre and supernatural from best-seller Brian David Bruns. “The Gothic Shift” begins with a man who comes into a restaurant every day to gulp down vast quantities at the shrimp buffet, while his forlorn waitress seems to gain weight on his behalf. Here Bruns achieves a delightful balance of whimsy and the grotesque, with a glimmer of moonstruck romance. “The Finger People” is a fine study of Civil War squalor and carnage – spotlights the Union attack on the Confederate stronghold Fort Henry. A timid rebel cook discovers something even grislier than the usual horrors of war: ghouls feeding off the dead…and the living. “The Ghost of Naked Molly” takes us back to old New Orleans on the eve of the Louisiana Purchase, where the ghost of a gorgeous octoroon slave mistress complicates the political schemes of a local grandee by parading around his house in the nude. “The Penultimate Mr. Nilly” visits the crew of a ship stuck in the Arctic ice in 1859 as they slowly go mad from hunger. The ultimate solution – prompted by a stitched, velveteen toy wolf – gives a completely new twist on survival of the fittest.

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Brian David Bruns has adventured in over 60 countries to gather material for his bestselling books and won dozens of literary awards, including the USA REBA Grand Prize. He has been featured on ABC’s 20/20 and was anointed Sir Brian by Prince Michael, Regent of the Principality of Sealand (yes, really). Sir Brian writes of his global experiences with a self-mocking wit and an astute insight into human behavior. His historical fiction seamlessly blends his love of travel and adventure with the fantastical–a sort of Indiana Jones meets Bram Stoker. He is devoted to veterans organizations, such as Operation Homefront and Wounded Warriors Project, to which he’s donated thousands of his books. After several years residing in Dracula’s actual hometown (yes, really), he and his Romanian wife now live in Las Vegas with their two old rescue cats, Julius and Caesar.
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Q&A with Author Brian David Bruns
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • I had Gary Furlong firmly in mind for my story of an Arctic exploration ship getting stuck in the ice. The characters range from American to British to French. I had already worked with him for my nonfiction series Cruise Confidential, where he nailed literally dozens of global accents. He was excited about this project—until he read the story! He admitted to being overwhelmed by the intensity of the horror tale and it affected him for a few days afterwards. I was secretly pleased, of course, because it’s supposed to be a bruiser. Belated apologies, Gary!
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • I think any story can and should be shared audibly. Perhaps this is because I’m a natural storyteller who insists upon telling every single experience to every single person I meet. It’s amazing I have any friends left at all. But yes, audio is even better than print when regional dialects come into play. They can really transport a listener to the correct time and place. It was a real pleasure casting narrators for the vastly different regions in The Gothic Shift.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • There are four stories in this book, ranging from 18th century New Orleans to the Civil War to the explorer-era Arctic to modern-day Chicago. I heard each of the characters in my own mind. Obviously it was my job to convey those voices to the reader, but it was a delight to hear others’ takes, especially from professionals. They are often superior to what I was imagining. If there is any way to transport listeners out of the present, its with a solid—and correct—accent.
  • How did you select your narrators?
    • Gary Furlong was foremost on my mind, and it was his suggestion to work with J. Scott Bennett, whose gravelly voice was precisely what I needed for the story of The Ghost of Naked Molly. I needed a man who could convey an aged, arrogant gravitas as well as a bear of a rough frontiersman. He excelled at both. For my tale of the Civil War I wanted a Southerner, as the story is told from a Confederate cook’s point of view. Thomas Stone was a fantastic find, a native Southerner who managed to capture the somewhat ‘slow’ sense of the main character. Finding a spunky young woman for the titular story was much more difficult. There aren’t so many teens doing audiobook narration! But Brittany Morgan Williams is a young actress who I was thrilled to find.
  • 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?
    • The narrators were all selected based upon the location of their stories’ setting, so most of the time they knew better than me. I’m amazed how all four narrators intrinsically understood what I was looking for in each character. It’s really remarkable. I’d like to think it’s because the text is that good, of course. The reality is that the narrators are that good. I was particularly smitten by how Brittany narrated her main character (in the titular The Gothic Shift story) as spunky but clearly overwhelmed. It really added a lot to the story.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • I am a globetrotter and was a travel writer for some time. Seeing all these amazing places and encountering the histories, the people, the myths, it was all too awesome to not share. The tales I weave and the mysteries therein are entirely from my own mind, but they are reliant upon some fascinating and disparate settings. I’ve sailed the North Atlantic, visited the old mansions of New Orleans, and been a waiter outside of Chicago. I know that latter doesn’t sound so fascinating, but believe me, the people you meet while doing so certainly are! The bizarre antics of Mr. Arno were observed. The final novella, about the Civil War, is a topic near and dear to me. I am a member of the Civil War Trust, preserving the battlefields to remember what happened and, more importantly, why.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • It’s true I’m always in danger of burning out because I have too much on my plate. But that’s because I love what I do. I’m a slave to my passions. Maintaining enthusiasm is easy when so much of the world inspires you: just go see some! Logistically, however, I do switch from one project to another constantly (I have to) and that gets me excited all over again because they are all so vastly different.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • In the Penultimate Mr. Nilly a ship is trapped in Arctic ice and the crew slowly goes insane. Having worked at sea I know how fundamental it is to the experience to hear the disparate accents from the crew. We all read in our own voice, I suspect, so hearing the different voices really emphasizes just how far from home you are. Gary Furlong has proven a master of dozens of accents. Dude’s amazing.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • This is a truly difficult question for a history lover, like identifying your favorite song: too much stuff gets you excited! I’m particularly drawn to the Victorian age and would love to see some different places in that era. I’d love to see some areas before we destroyed them (who wouldn’t want to see a herd of wild buffalo miles long thundering over a virgin prairie?). Likewise I’d love to see some of the Old West boomtowns in their heyday. I’ve seen ghost towns that once had tens of thousands of people and literally hundreds of saloons, but now just a handful of buildings in the weirdest, most desolate and remote locations. Ironically none of that is featured in The Gothic Shift, but they are in other books I’m writing now.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I am learning to narrate my own books for release in 2020, as well as release a series of historical fiction thrillers AND a series of romcoms. I’m way too busy and clearly in denial about being able to handle it. Loving what I do helps, of course. This winter will see From Romania with Love, (a romcom) and next spring The Widow of Half Hill (Gold Rush mystery).
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Mysteries and Strange Events

Mysteries and Strange Events – Nine Short Stories
by Drew Jones
Genre: Mystery
Mysteries and Strange Events Volume One brings together an evocative debut collection of nine short stories from the author Drew Jones. They are fantastically wide ranging in subject, and includes Jaguar cars, railway accidents, strange salvage operations, commercial espionage, greed, science fiction and ghosts – and every reader will find a favourite within the book. They will all make him stop, think, and question. This amazing mix is completed with some light humour as the flamboyant sleuth – Mr Theodore Halfpenny, makes his first appearance.
This irresistible book will be your perfect companion as you commute to work, struggle through a long haul flight, or just to keep at the side of the bed after a long day.
My name is Drew Jones and enjoy writing about mysterious and strange events. Some of my ideas are derived from my interest in classic cars, military airfields and the paranormal. I normally write in my study in Wales with my Labrador dog Monty at my feet, and many ideas and plots are thought through on our walks together in the woods. There are lots of ideas buzzing in my head, many involving our sleuth Theodore Halfpenny, who will appear in Mysterious and Strange Events Volume 2 – which I hope to start work on soon!
I have really had fun putting this collection together – so I hope you have enjoyed them too. Perhaps you have read them on your commute to work, on a plane as you travel towards your holiday, or as a quick read at the end of a long day.
As with all authors, I would be grateful if you would leave a review on Amazon – it only takes a second, and is always much appreciated.
It would be very nice to hear from all my readers, so if you would like to contact me personally, please email at: Andrewjones888@btinternet.com
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That Which Grows Wild

That Which Grows Wild
by Eric J. Guignard
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Short Stories
That Which Grows Wild collects sixteen dark and masterful short stories by award-winning author Eric J. Guignard. Equal parts whimsy and weird, horror and heartbreak, this debut collection traverses the darker side of the fantastic through vibrant and harrowing tales that depict monsters and regrets, hope and atonement, and the oddly changing reflection that turns back at you in the mirror.
Discover why Eric J. Guignard has earned praise from masters of the craft such as Ramsey Campbell (“Guignard gives voice to paranoid vision that’s all too believable.”), Rick Hautala (“No other young horror author is better, I think, than Eric J. Guignard.”), and Nancy Holder ( “The defining new voice of horror has arrived, and I stand in awe.”)
Stories include:
• “A Case Study in Natural Selection and How It Applies to Love” – a teen experiences romance, while the world slowly dies from rising temperatures and increasing cases of spontaneous combustion.
• “Dreams of a Little Suicide” – a down-on-his-luck actor unexpectedly finds his dreams and love in Hollywood playing a munchkin during filming of The Wizard of Oz, but soon those dreams begin to darken.
• “The Inveterate Establishment of Daddano & Co.” – an aged undertaker tells the true story behind the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, and of the grime that accumulates beneath our floors.
• “A Journey of Great Waves” – a Japanese girl encounters, years later, the ocean-borne debris of her tsunami-ravaged homeland, and the ghosts that come with it.
• “The House of the Rising Sun, Forever” – a tragic voice gives dire warning against the cycle of opium addiction from which, even after death, there is no escape.
• “Last Days of the Gunslinger, John Amos” – a gunfighter keeps a decimated town’s surviving children safe on a mountaintop from the incursion of ferocious creatures… until a flash flood strikes.
Explore within, and discover a wild range upon which grows the dark, the strange, and the profound.
Eric J. Guignard is a writer and editor of dark and speculative fiction, operating from the shadowy outskirts of Los Angeles. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award, been a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award, and a multi-nominee of the Pushcart Prize. His stories and non-fiction have appeared in over one hundred genre and literary publications such as “Nightmare Magazine,” “Black Static,” “Shock Totem,”
“Buzzy Magazine,” and “Dark Discoveries Magazine.” Outside the glamorous
and jet-setting world of indie fiction, Eric’s a technical writer and college professor, and he stumbles home each day to a wife, children, cats, and a terrarium filled with mischievous beetles.
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Scenes of Mild Peril

Scenes of Mild Peril
by David Court
Genre: Horror / Sci-fi / Satire , Short Stories
Across thirty disquieting stories, we’ll encounter such tales as, “Sovereign’s Last Hurrah”, featuring a team of retired super-powered villains embarking on one last caper with their legendary super-hero rival.
“A Comedian Walks into a Bar”, in which a hungry and ambitious amateur learns that the fabled secret of comedy may come at too high a cost. “83”, where the interview for a dream job becomes a nightmare, and “In Vino Veritas, In Vino Mors”, where a dying wine collector takes part in a very special tasting session, courtesy of a very special visitor.
You’ll encounter possessed little fingers, magic swords, sanity-defying factories, stranded astronauts, lovecraftian librarians, virulent plagues, and pork scratchings … all with a twist in the tale, courtesy of the equally twisted mind of David Court.
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David Court is a short story author and novelist, whose works have appeared in over a dozen venues including Tales to Terrify, Strangely Funny, Fears Accomplice and The Voices Within. Whilst primarily a horror writer, he also writes science fiction, poetry and satire.
His writing style has been described as “Darkly cynical” and “Quirky and highly readable” and David can’t bring himself to disagree with either of those statements.
Growing up in the UK in the eighties, David’s earliest influences were the books of Stephen King and Clive Barker, and the films of John Carpenter and George Romero. The first wave of Video Nasties may also have had a profound effect on his psyche.
As well as being a proud VIP writer for Stitched Smile Publications, David works as a Software Developer and lives in Coventry with his wife, three cats and an ever-growing beard. David’s wife once asked him if he’d write about how great she was. David replied that he would, because he specialized in short fiction. Despite that, they are still married.
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Writing Tasks

Wayfarer 8 will be Wayfarer Freedom.  I’m nearly ready for production.  I have a group of short stories ready for production but I don’t have a name for the book.  I also have to think about a cover and name.  These stories have gone to my test readers.

I have a second set of short stories which I have to edit, then I will decide whether they will be individual short stories or if I will do them as a book.  Wayfarer 9 has gone through a number of edits.  I need to come up with a name.  I have several in mind but I’m not in love with any of them.  I also need to work on the cover.

I’m apparently in edit mode right now because I keep working through all of these different manuscripts.  I’ve got a number of projects going and I hope I can get some of them cleared up in the next couple of weeks.

Hopefully in the next month, I’ll be able to get the four projects (two Wayfarer novels and two short story groupings) completed and through production.  I’ve also got a number of marketing things I’m working on for getting people interested in my crochet patterns.

I have to keep reminding myself it’s one step at a time.  I can only do one thing and keep moving forward.  It’s a matter of working hard, keeping focused, and keeping at it daily.