This month sees us spotlighting notable novellas, for those of you who enjoy a book that can be read over a couple of evenings. Check out the variety listed below;
The House That Jack Built by Dale Robertson
Old Man Jack is a myth, a legend that school kids use to scare one another. He was once a man who kept his life private, until events unfolded that didn’t go in his favour.
His house is seen as a challenge by the kids; a place of eeriness, menace and excitement, a chance to prove their courage to their peers – “Mess about in there and Old Man Jack will get you,” they say. Some children have explored the building and come back with elaborate stories of the supernatural to spread around the playground. Some haven’t come back at all, or so the tales go. No story is the same, so which one do you believe?
Sebastian, Tommy and Regan have heard all the talk, but are still eager to earn themselves legendary status.
They are about to find out exactly what happens in the house that Jack built. Buy UK and US
The Meyerstown Secret by Howard Carlyle
The Meyerstown Psychiatric Hospital will now become notorious for the horrific events which took place there. For year, the hospital’s history has been shrouded in a cloak of secrecy, until now. For those who worked there, it was a case of ‘whatever happens in Meyerstown, stays in Meyerstown…or face the consequences!’
For the first time ever, from first-hand accounts, diary entries, and interviews, this book exposes the dark and disturbing events that occurred.
The Meyerstown Secret is finally revealed. Buy here.
Read our review of The Meyerstown Secret here.
Rottingdean Rhyme by Nils Nisse Visser
Sussex, 1867. A broken heart drives Yard Pilkin from his native London to a small fishing village on the Sussex Coast. The locals are wary of strangers and initially keep their distance. After Yard makes some unlikely friends, he discovers that every man, woman, and child in the village conspire to conceal a secret. Buy here UK and US
Read our review of Rottingdean Rhyme here
Four by P.J. Blakey-Novis
From the author of Embrace the Darkness, Tunnels, and The Artist comes Four. Four friends spend a night away camping in the English countryside, each taking a turn to tell a horror story that will terrify the others. But the group soon discover that there is more to be afraid of than just some campfire tales, and that no one is as innocent as they seem. Buy here.
Read a review of Four here
Wolvz: Whispers of War by Toneye Eyenot
The war on humanity has begun…
Wolfhaven – ground zero – none in this town will survive the wrath of the pack. The first slaughter sparks the beginning of the end for humanity as the Wolfhaven pack descends upon the unsuspecting townsfolk to exact revenge for the killing of one of our own – Pharo, the mother of the pack, once feared and respected by our kind throughout the region, is no more.
Claude’s plan is bold yet carefully thought out; to spread from Wolfhaven, town by town, village by village, city by city; to rid the world of the human plague and put an end to the desecration of this wondrous planet. It all begins here.
As the ranks swell, the surrounding packs forming alliances and consolidating, select humans spared annihilation to be turned and assimilated as the moon casts her influence. Will our beloved Alpha’s grand plan come to fruition? Or, will pettiness, arrogance, and territorial pissing end this war before it begins? Buy here
I am Shona, first daughter of Pharo, and here my story begins…
Read our review of Wolvz: Whispers of War here
Reddest by D.J. Doyle
A sequel to Red. When you’re pushed over the edge, revenge is a dish best served in cold blood. Buy here
Read our review of Reddest, and Red, here
The Cimmerians by Theresa Jacobs
When Emersyn fled the big city for a quieter life in the Midwest, she left all her troubles behind – or so she thought. She quickly discovers her quaint new home has a past of its own. Ten years prior a young woman killed herself inside the front door. Since that fateful day, the locals avoided the house. Not one to believe in the supernatural, Emersyn, along with a new friend, take it upon themselves to conduct a seance for answers.
They get much more than they bargained for when they awaken an ancient evil. The same evil that haunted the past resident.
Now they must scramble with little time to stop it. When Emersyn’s past comes back to haunt her, and innocent people get hurt, she has nowhere to turn. Until a police officer inserts himself into her life, together they will do what they can to put an end to the deadly shadows forever.
Can evil this powerful ever truly die?
***Note special free short “The Followers” at the end of the book, approximately eight pages. This story can be read before as a prologue, or after for fun. Buy here
Screechers by Kevin J. Kennedy & Christina Bergling
In the apocalyptic fallout of the burned world, the screecher is a massive beast evolved to kill and built for survival. One screecher abandons its home among the crushed remnants of a city and moves to explore the wider world. Unbeknownst to it, one of its surviving nephews decides to tag along.
Far away, across the dusty sand dunes, three men flee the smoldering ashes of their community along with their regrets, looking for a new place to survive.
These two stories, of screechers and humans, alternate and dance around each other before the creatures and men intersect and weave into one story.
In the scorched remains, everything struggles to survive. The end of the world produced mutated monsters beyond imagination. When worlds collide, when man meets monster, who will survive in this new world? Buy UK and US
Read our review of Screechers here
Chalk Outline by Veronica Smith
Jake and Darius are seasoned homicide detectives that have seen their share of murders. But even they can’t get used to children as victims. During one investigation the meet, and become intertwined with Jessica, the mother of one of the killer’s victims. She reveals a rare gift that may help them catch the killer. Jake is sceptical but Darius puts his faith in her. But when the latest child victim is close to one of their own, they go into overdrive to find the killer. Will Jessica’s gift be what helps them learn the identity of the killer? And for Jessica – is it really a gift or is it a curse? Buy here
Sparky the Spunk Robot by Dani Brown
Dreams die in sheds in Suburban Hell, traded for garden decorations so the neighbours can see how well everyone conforms. Matthew was a popstar, once. His band went on and made it without him, so now every night he goes to the shed to jerk off over his keytar, the one Karen wants him to give up so that she can get higher-tier garden decorations. But too much semen could break his beloved instrument, so Matthew builds Sparky, a robot that takes his cum.
One night, Sparky comes to life, but soon discovers he has no voice. And why would he? Matthew built him to swallow spunk, not to speak. Left in the shed after he serves his purpose, Sparky sets out on a journey to find a voice. Along the way he meets Sandy, a robot like him, only Sandy is powered by a different man, an evil man. Together, Sparky and Sandy scour every inch of their neighbourhood, breaking into nearby garden sheds, exposing the neighbours, all in search of a voice for Sparky the Spunky Robot. Buy UK and US
Essence Asunder by Feind Gottes
A gut-wrenching, stomach-churning journey into one man’s private hell – Essence Asunder is one brutal novella!
One man. Two fiends. A cold, dark basement. A table of torture devices. A garrotte chair. Jacob Falgoust has woken into his own private Hell where Pain and Misery greet him with open arms. A reason wrapped in riddles of beauty and pain may be his only chance to escape the suffering. Jacob must find the answer before is very essence is torn asunder. Buy here
An Angel Fallen by Andy Graham
You’re eighteen. Bored. Dad’s away a lot. Days it’s business, but you’ve seen the lipstick stains. Mum’s home. Too much. Keeping the world gin market afloat on her own. There’s Ariel, the family maid. She’s cool. The one piece of this messed up world that makes sense. And then there’s Raph.
Raph’s the leader of your gang of two. He gets off on doing those things to the animals you both catch; the slicing, crushing, and maiming. Buried a few alive, too. His relationship with that hammer of his is sick.
You run with Raph because, well, nothing else to do out here, right? Except if your folks found out what you’ve been up to, there’d be hell.
Then you find it. Whatever it is.
It can’t be what you think it is. Those things don’t exist. But it’s staring at you. Asking for help. Is it dying? Can these things die? You need to do something for it. Raph wants to do something to it.
Time to choose. Do you run with the human devil you know, or take a chance on the thing that fell from the heavens?
An Angel Fallen is a supernatural horror novella of divine retribution from British author Andy Graham. On a day when the world is struggling to stay sane, and is being ravaged by biblical plagues, what price will two teenagers pay for their past? Buy here
Nine till Five by Dale Robertson
Bored at work?
Love to break the mould?
Damien feels the same way. When disturbing occurrences begin to take place however, he thinks he’s found the excitement he is craving. Is there a logical explanation or is something more sinister going on? Buy UK and US
Our spotlighted promotions for the coming months are listed below, so keep an eye out for those;
May – Poetry
June – Anthologies
July – Audio Books
August – Books in a Series
September – Short Stories (under 10k words)
October – 31 Days of Horror
November – Fantasy Books
December – Children’s Books