Bloody Sheets by Andy Rausch

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As part of Blackthorn Book Tours, I was offered the chance to read and review the fantastic Bloody Sheets by Andy Rausch.

Synopsis: When a young black man is lynched in a small Alabama town, his estranged father — a crime world enforcer — sets out for revenge, embarking on a blood – soaked journey that will leave the ravaged bodies of dead Klansmen in his wake.

My review: Bloody Sheets by Andy Rausch is a revenge tale, and it had me gripped from the start. It’s a quick read, full of superb dialogue and brutal confrontations, as Will’s father sets out to take down the men who murdered his son. The story seems straightforward to begin with, but twists and turns as it progresses, in ways I did not expect. The violence was frequent, but believable, with just the right amount of gore. Overall, I found Bloody Sheets a very enjoyable tale, both thrilling and devastating in equal measure. I look forward to reading more from Andy Rausch.

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You can purchase a copy on Amazon UK and US

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NEW RELEASE!

Book One in our series of horror anthologies is now out! Based on the four Elements, this series brings together a wide variety of stories from some of the best independent horror authors. You can buy Book One: Earth here

img-20190728-wa0000571148011512256464.jpgBook Two: Air is now available for pre order at just 99p ahead of its release on October 1st

Air doubleBooks Three and Four will be released on November 5th and December 3rd respectively.

Standalone Short Story Recommendations

September sees us highlighting some of the best short stories available, ideal for a quick read in between longer books. So, check out a few of them, and maybe even discover your new favourite author!

The Artist by P.J. Blakey-Novis

The Artist STAND[8589]The Artist: A Short Horror Story, one of the stories from The Artist & Other Stories. A young man with a talent for drawing learns that his ‘gift’ comes with sinister implications. Buy UK and US

 

 

 

 

The House That Evil Made by Sarah Northwood

Evil HouseA creepy ten-minute read

To the outside world, she is an ordinary farm girl, but the truth isn’t always what it seems.

Desperate to discover the reason her parents don’t love her, she has no one to turn to when the house feels haunted.

If she tries to escape, will she get wrapped up in the truth of the house and will she ever get her revenge? Buy here

The Silver Feather by Joanne Van Leerdam

silver featherA graveyard.
A talisman.
A confrontation with evil personified.

When Phil loses the girl he loves, life as he knows it comes to a screeching halt.
Little does he realise that there is so much more yet to be lost.

This haunting, macabre tale will please all lovers of horror and dark fiction. Buy here

Last Call by Kaye Lynne Booth

last callThings aren’t going too good for Derek and he thinks his life his over, until he stops in for a Last Call. Will a bar in the middle of nowhere turn out to be his curse or his salvation? Buy UK and US

 

 

 

Crystal Bones and Gossamer Wings by Dona Fox

crystal bonesA box full of newspaper clippings, photographs, and tiny bones found under a dying woman’s bed leads to the discovery of the existence of an unusual group of children. Kept apart, these children grew up believing their fathers were the wealthy mortal men who had wed their pregnant mothers. One of these children was named Crystal, she was raised by a scientist who was obsessed with the secret of winged flight; her mother died during one of his tests and Crystal was sent to a foster home. As an adult, she’s searching for her father, while strange furies rise within her that become harder to control. Can she find her mortal stepfather? Will he have the answers? Can he tell her who she is, what she is, and what’s wrong with her? Will she find the others like her before it’s too late? Buy here

Because, Spiders by Pamela Morris

Because, SpidersNine-year-old Helen will do just about anything to avoid spiders, especially the one that she believes killed and ate the neighbor’s dog. Buy here

 

 

 

 

Journal of Freitous by Diny Van Kleeff

freitusFreitous is just about habitable, if you are taller than the Pelsopher – but when a new ship lands in the middle of the night, Official Documenter, Garb becomes suspicious about the motives of the strange Earthling Captain and his plans to harvest the planet’s most useless resource. Buy UK and US

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Dog Soldiers by K. A. Denver

dog soldiersA military man, taken by brute force, wakes up in a strange place where there is no honor amongst men. It’s survival of the fittest and to be the leader of the pack, he must claw his way to the top. Literally!

A gory little short story. Buy UK and US

 

 

Christ on a Bike! by D.J. Doyle

COABA short spinoff story from The Celtic Curse: Newgrange, just for a little giggle. I hope this to be the start of something bigger for Father Jack and his posse.

Father Jack and his pontification of priests are on their travels to conduct an exorcism. Demons can lurk in every corner.

Can Father Jack overcome the demons within? Buy here

 

Night Terrors by P.J. Blakey-Novis

NightTerrors CoverWaking at 2.44am, each night the same, one man struggles to hold on to his sanity. Are his fears the result of an over-tired imagination, or something more sinister? Night Terrors is one of the short stories from Collection IV: Karma & Other Stories. Buy UK and US

 

 

 

A Perfect Memory by Dona Fox

a perfect memoryI am going to die here. My name is Mindy Mason; I’m a student from the University. I volunteered for one experiment; it was to be for one day only. I want to go home now. I know Wendy has a knife, and she will kill again. How can I stop her? Buy here

 

 

 

The Bet by K. A. Denver

the bet‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, names will never hurt me…’

This spooky little short shows us how pride really can come before a fall.
Greg and Bob take on a bet they think will clear their names, but they soon discover there is more to fear than being labelled a coward. Buy UK and US

 

OMFG! by D.J. Doyle

OMFG!Father Jack is at it again. This time, Jack is working to close a rather large portal. Buy here

 

 

 

 

The Last Woman On Earth by Lee Smart

The last woman on earthNatalie is the only person untouched by a strange virus that warps its victims into hideous monsters, creatures of tooth, claw and mutated flesh. After weeks of surviving and evading the infected, the monsters have finally found her. With her home surrounded and barricaded against the horde with seemingly no way out, Natalie prepares to make what maybe her final stand against the twisted horrors who hunger for her blood…

Previously released as part of ‘Stories from the Outer Dark: Vol 1’, now available as a single short story. Buy UK and US

Quad by Toneye Eyenot

QuadHere in this short story, we have a protagonist, trying beyond hope to keep it together while recounting the terrifying events that have led him to this undisclosed location. Left to his own devices, trapped in a steel and glass box, and writing what may well be his final words, you are dragged into the darkness of his mind.
The rising insanity, as the narrative shifts haphazardly between stifling claustrophobia and full blown chaos, will take you on an unnerving journey where you will not only question his own hope for survival, but for the very survival of humanity itself. Buy here

A House Out Of Time by John Decarteret

A House out of TimeSeveral people come across a house on a quiet road. They are immediately put on edge by the lady of the house who does not speak and sends them to a guest bedroom. A window dominates the setting and the view with its ever changing landscape, sends the occupants of the room into a state of fear as their lives are threatened by different dangers. They try to find a way to escape, and survive the House Out of Time. Buy here

 

Our spotlighted books for the rest of the year are listed below, so keep an eye out for those.

October – 31 days of Horror

November – Fantasy Books

December – Children’s Books

August Spotlight – Books in a Series

August is a great time for relaxing on the beach, or in the garden, so check out this selection of books which have at least two in a series. Covering a range of genres, there is sure to be something to suit anyone’s taste.

Affinity’s Window & Awakening by Douglas L. Wilson

Affinity's windowAffinity Bell, a lonely child whose only companion is the threadbare doll she’s christened Mr. Moppet, roams the empty halls of Bell Manor attempting to escape the evil that pursues her. The Others, the horrifying creatures only she can see, attack young Affinity at every opportunity. But Mr. Moppet will protect her, he’s told her so, and Mr. Moppet knows magic.

Tanner Dann, a world-weary writer searching for proof that ghosts actually do exist, is being called by an unknown force to Bell Manor. Will the two powerful psychics he’s hired help him to discover the proof for which he’s been searching, or will they too be dragged down into the noxious pit that is Bell Manor?

Evil flows through the heart of Bell Manor, pulsing and ebbing like some hideous tide. Will it drag Tanner and his friends down into its gaping maw, or will they battle back at Affinity’s Window? Buy Affinity’s Window here – UK and US

AwakeningAll souls feed the fire.
Special Agent Ted Kelwick is a man divided, a tortured soul playing both sides of a dangerous game. In this sequel to Affinity’s Window, old enemies re-emerge to carry on the deadly bidding of their dread master, and to conquer the mysterious power they sense hidden deep within Ted.
The Pez, a notorious serial killer that escaped capture, a murderer whose heinous crimes against humanity sent Ted’s life into a downward spiral, has returned to kill again.
Ted soon discovers that the Pez’s strings are being pulled by another, that his bloody killings are part of an ages old ritual to enslave human souls. Drawn into these ritualistic murders by the serial killer’s puppet master, Ted fights for his very survival, and his sanity, as the ancient power that lies within him begins its awakening. Buy Awakening here – UK and US

The Broken Doll & The Broken Doll: Shattered Pieces by P.J. Blakey-Novis

NEW TBDIn a small town in southern England, a chance encounter triggers a catastrophic series of events from which no one will emerge unchanged. When Sebastian Briggs meets Ella, she needs his help. The type of help required, however, is far from what he had expected; dragging him down a path of lust and violence. As a married father of three, Sebastian must fight between his loyalty to his family and the desire he feels for another woman, a woman full of secrets and with sinister intentions. What begins as a simple conversation between two strangers soon escalates beyond any expectations, tearing apart Sebastian’s home life and leaving death in its wake.
The debut novel from P.J. Blakey-Novis is a fast-paced tale, full of twists, crimes and steamy passion. Buy The Broken Doll here

NEW TBDspAfter trying to outrun his problems, Sebastian Briggs is pulled back to his home town to confront his past, with devastating consequences. Having to deal with his estranged wife, and the unstable woman who tore his life apart, Seb discovers that he is now a wanted man; the net quickly closing in with the threat of violence around every corner. Shattered Pieces is the nail-biting follow-up to The Broken Doll, bringing the twisting tale to a shocking climax. Buy The Broken Doll: Shattered Pieces here

 

The Unravelling & The Volunteer by Sarah Northwood

The Unravelling with raven badgeA gripping psychological thriller that will have you hooked till the end.

Jennifer Ranger’s life is finally heading in the right direction. Her teaching job gives her the power to make a real difference in her students’ lives, and her relationship with her boyfriend, Greg, is better than ever.

After a long, exhausting day, Jennifer heads out to find the last thing she ever expected under the windshield wiper of her car.
Life quickly starts to unravel and she’s plunged into a world of paranoia and darkness.

Will Jennifer ever emerge from this new life of fear, or will she lose everything?

Out of the ashes, a killer rises…. Buy The Unravelling here – UK and US

volunteer[656] new ebook cover 23.01.17It’s so hard trying to keep up with my studies and earn enough money to stay out of debt. At times like this, I wish Mum and Dad were still around, but no amount of wishing will change what’s happened. They are gone, and sooner or later I’m going to have to get used to that.
The advert for those volunteer studies looks promising though. They only test the drugs they already know are safe, don’t they? It’s loads of money too, just for a few days. It really could get me out of a hole and maybe it will give me time to think about things, get my head straight. Buy The Volunteer here – UK and US

Kingdom of Jior Series by Wendy L. Anderson

Of Demon KindPrince Lorn of Jior is what’s left of an evil empire. King Kullorn was the epitome of evil. Together they led demon hordes reaping death and destruction. Kullorn is killed, leaving Lorn alone to wallow in the desolation of defeat. Years later, Lorn is accused of following in his father’s footsteps and kidnapping Princess Lililaira. Risking capture, imprisonment and death Lorn attempts to learn who is using his name to start another war. During a rescue of the Princess, Lorn is badly wounded and they must fight to remain together as he is healed by her, body, heart and soul. Buy Of Demon Kind here – UK and US

Redemption of the FallenFive years have passed since Lorn liberated himself from Lan-Loe, his evil father’s Sorcerer. Legends were born from tales of the great battle between Lorn and a black-winged demon, of Lan-Loe’s death, and the defeat of demon-kind. Ever since that time, people have been flocking to Jior to make their homes there, and the Kingdom of Jior is revived. Lorn is crowned King of Jior, Lililaira is Queen and they rule peacefully side by side.
Now a new war threatens everything they have built and everyone they love. One hundred miles away from the City of Jior, the combined armies of Vedt march toward Jior intent on slaying everyone in the kingdom and taking revenge for Lorn’s past evil deeds. With the forces of the whole country coming against them, Lorn and Lililaira have little hope of defeating their enemies.
In the midst of impending war, strange dreams plague Lorn’s sleep at night. He feels that something is waiting, something he needs very badly, something is calling him!
When he answers the call, he learns that he is a descendant of a race of winged people that profess to be from the Heavens. He also learns more about his past and is given hope for the future, but that hope comes with a high price. Lorn is given a choice: he can save his family or watch them die.
Lililaira and their daughter are taken prisoner by her father, the King of Skoria, Lorn must call on all his resources to rescue them. Forced out of the protective walls of Jior, he must face his many enemies who use his wife and daughter as bait. King Lorn must deal with old enemies and new friends, but will he be able to tell the difference? Buy Redemption of the Fallen here – UK and US

Heirs of JiorThe saga continues in book three, “Heirs of Jior“! Perilous adventures await Lorn and Lily’s children in the third installment of the Kingdom of Jior series.

This set of adventures starts out with Princess Lyra Song, young and beautiful, stepping into maturity. She and her family attend the funeral of a dear friend. During this sad time, she pursues her hopes and dreams endeavoring to explore a betrothal with the Heir of Krickgold. However, when she is mistaken for a witch by a Lord from a neighboring country, her dreams are dangerously interrupted. Waylaid, taken prisoner and thrown into an iron cage, the delicate Princess of Jior is charged with a crime she didn’t commit and she must do whatever it takes to escape or be wrongfully executed.

Prince Vannier of Jior, known to the Ny-Failen as Little Wing, has been devastated by what happened to his sister Lyra Song, but life must go on and he goes forward with his plan to marry his childhood love. The day of the wedding ceremony he finds his betrothed with another man and now he must face devastating reality and some difficult choices. When his younger brother Dark Star goes missing, Vannier must set aside his own problems to go into the Violent Mountains and find who has taken his little brother. Amidst the turmoil of the hunt, Vannier must face danger, loss, and possible heart break.

Dark Star, the youngest Prince of Jior, has been changed forever by the events of his capture and he remains troubled and unable to find peace. A mysterious compelling draws him away from the safety of his home and family. He sets off on his own to investigate and finds a black castle and a beautiful sorceress in dire need of his help. Dark Star must face a demon from the Hells to free them both.

After two other heart wrenching, adventure packed books “Heirs of Jior” promises another enrapturing escape into the Kingdom of Jior. Buy Heirs of Jior here – UK and US

The Bennett & DeMarko Series by Aaron S Gallagher

jennie subWhen ex-police officer Harry, and hooker Toni Bennett form a team of private investigators the cases and the mysteries never end. As the series starts, Harry is asked by a friend on the force to look into the murder of a hooker close to his apartment. He has no idea how dark his world is about to get. When one body becomes several, and the suspicion of his former colleagues turns to him, Harry is faced with a tough choice – back off, or keep pushing. as his feelings for Toni grow, so does the series and their partnership. Buy the series here

Dark Tales from the Den & Darker Tales from the Den by Dona Fox

tbm horror experts - dona fox - dark tales from the denFind within seventeen unsettling tales that will ooze under your skin, cozy little tales that twist slowly strange and violent-delightfully dark. There’s a mean doll, a box full of bones-and newspaper clippings, a bank robbery gone horribly wrong-for almost everyone. Daddy’s last train, and the train Uncle Frank catches again and again, a haunted carousel that sparks up the night, an alien abduction, a meeting with the evil Lilith. Foxes. A girl you wouldn’t want to meet in a bar-if you value your ink, a drug of the future with certain finality about it. Many graves dug, barns to die in, and ghosts and more ghosts. Seep into this book. Buy Dark Tales from the Den here

tbm horror experts - dona fox - darker tales from the denSeventeen darker tales. Stories of death, ghosts, and wicked delusions. Poisons, secrets, and lovers from the past. Murders by curse, serpents’ fangs, herbs, and flowers. The discovery of crystal bones, the smell of singed gossamer wings, the sound of a wooden puppet dancing in the dark and the touch of a cold hand beneath the grave. Includes the novella “CHRYSTAL BONES AND GOSSAMER WINGS.” Buy Darker Tales from the Den here

 

Our Teenage Years & Life On The Road by T. J. Wray

Our Teenage YearsThis is the first book in the (My Life) series. This book is about two best friends growing up in their teenage years in a small town. All the wild adventures and stories from my childhood. After my parents divorced and we went on the run for 11 years. This book includes my first job, girlfriend, prom, drivers license, my first car and many other first we all did in our teenage years. But really this book is just about LIFE. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. Please enjoy. Buy Our Teenage Years here – UK and US

90sThis is the second book in the (My Life) series. The first book was about my Teenage Years. This book is about more grown up and adult experiences. Marriage, children, and jobs.
After breaking my back and going through major back surgery, I had to spend a year and a half in rehab and physical therapy learning how to walk again.
Then I needed a knew career, and a knew adventure. This book will take you down the road to that adventure..Please Enjoy Buy Life on the Road here – UK and US

 

The Community Chronicles Series by Jenn Lees

The Crash coverMartin Moffatt is on track to a successful life with a promising career ahead, supported by his family’s wealth after he graduates from his Scottish university.
But his plans go awry when Derrick Lloyd, black market entrepreneur, kidnaps him off the street after the stock market crash and holds Martin for ransom.
Shona McGrath, a waitress from a rough part of Edinburgh is a woman with a cause–any cause. When Shona is abducted, she is thrown into Martin’s new life.
The world they knew will never be the same.
But some things never change, like the desire to be free, the strength of the human spirit–and love. Buy The Crash here – UK and US

Attachment-1[2010]The world is turned upside-down and with it the life of young Scottish nurse, Caitlin Murray. The stock market crashes, surpassing the dive of 2008 and the world descends into a dystopian chaos. Banks close, homes are repossessed, jobs are lost, and companies fold.

Caitlin’s future held such bright prospects, now surviving is her number one priority. During the violence a capable and brave military-type stranger takes her to safety.

Scott Campbell knows an awful lot about her… and her apparent destiny.
He seems to be the only safe option, but can Caitlin trust him?
Should she stay with Scott and believe his outlandish claims of time travel and her own fate as a leader in a now very different world?

Hidden away in Glencoe with Scott in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, danger and hardship await Caitlin. Scott is determined to not only mentor her into the resourceful, skilled, and passionate leader he knows her to be, but he will do everything in his power to ensure she survives to their future.

Along the way she’ll be hardened by loss and softened by love.
But is Scott telling Caitlin the whole truth?
If only she knew the future. Buy Stolen Time here – UK and US

SAVINGTIME_FINAL_LOW[857]Could a chance meeting in the past, and a vision belonging to the future, be part of the same timeline?
2061, forty-three years after the stock market disaster which changed the world.
Rory, Militia man and son of Caitlin and Scott Campbell, lives in a self-governed Community that exists independently from the Scottish Government.
Nuclear physicist, Siobhan Kensington-Wallace, has lived underground in the Scottish Government Bunker since the Crash. Along with the other children of the Brains Trust, she has been brought up to believe they are the elite who will bring restoration to Scotland.
Their opposing worlds collide when Rory discovers a submarine leaking radiation into a sea loch in the North Western Highlands. Forced to work together to save Scotland from annihilation, Rory and Siobhan discover more is at stake than neutralizing the current nuclear threat.
Will their attraction cause fallout of another kind…or will their allegiances divide them forever? Buy Saving Time here – UK and US

The Kirk Sandblaster Series by Oli Jacobs

Kirk Sandblaster – A sci-fi comedy series following the adventure of Kirk Sandblaster, devil-may-care rogue and all-around black hole of common sense. Join him and his partner-not-in-crime, Xlaar, as they search for treasure, discover new planets, save the economy, and travel through time itself! Find out more, and purchase, here UK and US

The Filmic Cuts Series by Oli Jacobs

Collections of short stories that range from horror, to comedy, to just plain absurd. Meet planet-eating children, dark detention rooms, reality-altering scripts, deadly games of chance, and much, much, MUCH more… Find out more, and purchase, here UK and US

The Unwilling Recruit & Fool in the Ring by John Evans

unwilling recruit coverJournalist John Hunt is known for taking any risk
necessary to get the story. That is until his careless
ambition leads to a hefty price. Reporting in Syria, John
leads his cameraman Andrew three miles out of the safe
zone. An explosion strikes. No one should have survived.
But John did. After six months of rehabilitation, John is
finally out of the hospital, he’s also out of work, and a
horrific disfigurement is a constant reminder of that day.
Already skating the edge of sanity, he is pushed further
when his deceased cameraman pays him a visit. Both
men should have died that day, yet one survived. Why,
and to what end? THE UNWILLING RECRUIT is an
entrancing supernatural thriller. Written with immense
descriptive detail, it immediately captivates you from the
opening hook, and refuses to release you until the very
end. Built with layer upon layer of mystery and suspense,
you will be feverishly reading through the pages, trying
to discover the truth between the lies. Buy The Unwilling Recruit here – UK and US

foolSix weeks have passed since that night in the Club Exodus where  former war correspondent, John Hunt first discovered  the gruesome power at his command.  Unable to control or even understand his abilities he turned his back on his old life. It was a futile attempt to loose himself in obscurity as Destiny still had plans for him.
A mugging gone terribly wrong leaves Hunt on the run.  Hunted now by the Police and Government Agents, he seeks refuge on a travelling Circus. But this Circus holds a dark secret and it is not long before Hunt finds himself, once more, at the centre of a desperate battle for survival against supernatural forces he can barely comprehend.  Buy Fool in the Ring here – UK and US

The Gift & Bloodline by Michael Keyton

giftAn occult ‘Downton Abbey’ involving Satanists, aristocrats, and Nazis.

Born in a Liverpool slum, Lizzie McBride is the daughter of an Irish seer who dies when Lizzie is barely twelve, leaving her in charge of two younger sisters and a grieving father. When her father commits suicide, Lizzie is caught between two worlds.
An aunt and uncle decide the three orphans would be better off with them in America, but Lizzie has other ideas and her life changes forever.

Pursued by her aunt, Lizzie cannonades into the young and charismatic magician, Aleister Crowley who, for his own reasons, takes her under his wing.
He introduces her to Lady Gwyneth Morgan, daughter of the richest family in Wales and sister to the flamboyant occultist, Evan Morgan.
At this point Lizzie doesn’t realise her gift— the power to unlock Hell.
When the occult world discovers this, governments and powerful individuals seek her out.
Only one man can protect her: the magician John Grey.

The Gift is the first book of a trilogy, beginning in 1912 and ending in 1941. The three books trace the magical rivalry between two sisters, Elizabeth and Elsie McBride, interweaving between historical events. Buy The Gift here – UK and US

gift2How long can a soul escape Satan?

Bloodline is the second book in The Gift Trilogy, which traces the occult rivalry between two sisters, Elizabeth and Elsie McBride. In the first book, Elizabeth escapes the forces that seek to corrupt her. In Bloodline, Elsie faces the same struggle—one even more intense with both her soul and the world at stake.

The struggle is played out against a backdrop of approaching war as magic manipulates key figures and real life events in the unseen shadow of Hell. Buy Bloodline here – UK and US

Our spotlighted promotions for the coming months are listed below, so keep an eye out for those. If you have a book you’d like included, simply email the cover image  and link to redcapepublishing@outlook.com, stating which month is the best fit for the story.

September 2019 – Short Stories (under 10k words)

October 2019 – 31 Days of Horror

November 2019 – Fantasy Books

December 2019 – Children’s Books

January 2020 – New Releases (books out within the last 30 days)

February 2020 – Women in Horror Month

March 2020 – 99p/c e-books

April 2020 – Novellas

May 2020 – Poetry

June 2020 – Anthologies & Collections

July 2020 – Audio Books