Fortnightly Update #2

In an attempt to keep everyone updated with what we’ve been doing, we’re planning on creating a post once a fortnight with any news. Due to the situation with Covid-19 we are now home schooling which has slowed things down considerably. It has also meant that we have had to cancel the Brighton & Hove Book Fayre which was due to take place on April 25th. This will now be a virtual event via Facebook (details here)

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We have managed to get some reading in and have posted new reviews on the website for Eden by Tim Lebbon, and Hag’s Breath and The Dragon Has Wings by S.P. Oldham.

The second book in our new series of horror anthologies, B is for Beasts, is now available for pre-order at just 99p ahead of release day on May 13th. We are currently close to starting work putting C is for Cannibals together (more details to follow soon).


Author Antoinette Corvo has also released a zombie short story, available through Kindle for just 99p and includes some great artwork within the book.

The Ivory Tower ebook

Author P.J. Blakey-Novis has put together a rather special booklet of flash fiction.  13 is a 12 page, signed and numbered print limited to 250 copies and available exclusively through this website. Cover art by Art Autopsy

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April Spotlight – Novellas

Novellas are a great way to try out a new author without committing to a full-length novel, or for those of you with less spare time for reading. Here are a selection of recommended novellas, mostly horror, from a variety of writers.

A Halloween Tale by Austin Crawley

AHalloweenTale300Five teenagers enter the neighborhood haunted house looking for spooky adventures for Halloween. What they find is more than they bargained for, but now they can’t get out!

Tesha has always been a practical girl and tries to stay out of trouble. When best friend Phillip, his brother and two other friends plan to break into the spooky house known as Number 23 Hazelwood Avenue on Halloween to see what all the stories are about, she wants nothing to do with it, but protecting her friends is in her nature.

The history of the house will reveal itself in unexpected ways through a diverse mix of discarnate entities and supernatural phenomena. The harrowing struggle Tesha and her friends face to escape the inherent evil that rules the house and its potentially lethal traps will haunt their nightmares forever… if they survive! Buy UK and US

Four by P.J. Blakey-Novis

FOURFrom 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



Dirges in the Dark by Antoinette Corvo

DirgesInTheDarkWhen actress Cassidy May lands the lead in the story of Hellen Grimaldi’s life, she believes it could be the boost her career needs. However, the more she looks into the past of Hellen and the shocking events which led to her death, the more fearful Cassidy becomes about taking the role. Did Hellen truly summon demons during that fateful performance? Was Cassidy about to unleash the same hell that Hellen had? What dark forces were really at play behind the curtain? Buy here


The Cimmerians by Theresa Jacobs

tjWhen 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? Buy here

The Waning by Christina Bergling

The Waning 340x550Beatrix woke up in a small metal cage, a persistent dripping sound her only company. Lost in the darkness. Reeling to remember. She had been leaving work to celebrate her promotion, a promotion that was the culmination of her entire ruthless, driven career; a promotion that would cement her status with her marketing firm enough for her to take her relationship with her girlfriend out of the lesbian closet. Beatrix had finally made it. And then she was here, disoriented and petrified in a black she could not define. Yet the reality of her Master may be even more terrifying than the crushing darkness and enveloping isolation. He appears as an ominous shadow in the doorway of her cell, and he never speaks to her. Instead, he teaches her the language of pain and torture, of submission and obedience, of domination and possession With each passing day, the fight and hope in Beatrix begins to shrivel and wane. With each savage beating, her survivalist instincts rise up to overwhelm the person she was. With each dehumanizing condition, she begins to forget who she was and the life from which she was ripped. Can Beatrix ward off the psychological breakdown of her Master? Can she resist the temptation to survive and thrive through submission? Either Beatrix will succeed at surviving and escaping the torments of her Master or her Master will succeed at breaking her completely and reforming her into his design for a human possession. Buy UK and US

Screechers by Kevin J. Kennedy & Christina Bergling

screechersIn 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

Reddest by D.J. Doyle

reddest*****WARNING: Content may disturb and offend. There are scenes of a sexual nature*****

When you’re pushed over the edge, revenge is a dish best served cold-blooded. Buy here




Wolvz: Whispers of War by Toneye Eyenot

wolvzThe 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 are 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? I am Shona, first daughter of Pharo, and here my story begins… Buy here

Butchers by Todd Sullivan

butchersKidnapped, turned, and locked away in a concrete basement, high school student Sey-Mi is taught the ways of the damned. Her captors, beautiful and malignant, cruel and insane, torture her until she pledges allegiance to the Gwanlyo, a secret organization of vampires now obsessed with bringing her into their ranks. Enter Cheol Yu and Hyeri, rogue members who want to liberate vampires and set them upon humankind like a plague. Their first act of rebellion is to persuade Sey-Mi to join them in their twisted objective of unraveling this draconian society of the dead. Before they can do that, they will have to dodge the Natural Police, an order within the Gwanlyo whose objective is to hunt down and butcher any vampires that break the organization’s strict rules, and who are currently tracking Cheol Yu for murdering one of their own. Hyeri, who is no stranger to the organization’s wicked methods of agonizing punishment, is hell-bent on bringing them down, and is prepared to lead Cheol Yu through the dark, abandoned streets of the Gwanlyo’s compound where Sey-Mi is being held captive. She doesn’t intend to go in unarmed, however. Hyeri has a plan – one that might just burn the Gwanlyo to the ground. Will Sey-Mi place her loyalties in the Gwanlyo that rules through terror? Will she side with rebellious conspirators who strive to bring hell to the world? Or will she carve out her own path through the flesh and bone of anyone who stands in her way? Find out in Butchers, a novella of extreme horror. Buy UK and US

Hollow Men by Todd Sullivan

hollowMen from South Hanguk undertake quests to gain social standing, to stand above their peers, to make names for themselves. To become heroes. Few ever return. Ha Jun, sixteen years old, possesses a glyph sword crafted in foreign lands. Alongside a soldier, a knight, and a monk, he travels across the country to destroy a demon lurking beyond the running trees of Naganeupseong Fortress. Accompanying them is the dark elf, Windshine, who emigrated to South Hanguk from her own war-torn country centuries ago. Distrusted by the people of South Hanguk, Windshine has the Emperor’s protection and is tasked with recording the valiant acts of quest groups battling creatures born from nightmares. Ha Jun becomes drawn to Windshine as they near Naganeupseong Fortress, but when he discovers the blood connection between the demon and the dark elf, he will either succumb to his fear, or rise up and become a hero. Buy UK and US

The Manningtree Account by Becky Wright

The_Manningtree_Acco_Cover_for_KindleThe Manningtree Account, a historical supernatural
thriller Novella. Why not read the extended edition, Daughters of the Oak

1646 – A time of English Civil War, when life is cheap, death common and superstition consumes the hearts of God-fearing folk. The life of a healer is precarious, dwelling in the shadows of normal society. Ostracised, their time running out as the self-appointed Witchfinder General scours the countryside for the Devil’s whores…

2016 – One dark night, one sleepy town, one family gripped by terror. The EAPI paranormal team are called to investigate dark poltergeist activity. But, as the eternal night finally loosens its grip, it seems that some evil deeds are never forgotten, reaching out from beyond the grave to exact their revenge… Buy UK and US

We Can Order the Same or Taste Each Other’s by Mark Anthony Smith

mark‘We can order the same or taste each other’s’ is the first Novella by Mark Anthony Smith. It follows a couple in love who talk about love through ordering food. What happens beyond death? This Novella speculates about that as well as lots of other contemporary issues. Read it from 1 – 3 April 2020 on InkPantry



Keep an eye out for our future monthly spotlights;

May – Poetry

June – Anthologies

July – Audio Books

August – Books in a Series

September – Standalone Short Stories (under 10k words)

October – 31 Days of Horror

November – Fantasy Books

December – Children’s Books

Fortnightly Update #1 – Free Books!

This will be the first in what in we hope will be fortnightly updates as we have so many things going on (the best way to keep up to date is still to subscribe to our mailing list at

Last Friday saw the release of the first anthology in a series of 26: The A-Z of Horror. A is for Aliens has been receiving great reviews already and is available at


We are currently open for submissions for short horror stories for books C-E in the series, with details at

March also saw us relaunch the superb horror novel Madman Across the Water by Caroline Angel on the 17th. This is a fantastic book and you can grab a copy at


If you’d like to find out more about our books, our author services (including free promotion opportunities), or send us any submissions, everything can be found on the website.

For today only (March 18th) you can grab all four of the Elements of Horror anthologies for free!! Book One: Earth, Book Two: Air, Book Three: Fire, and Book Four: Water

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Lastly, if you’re an Audible customer we can offer free codes in exchange for an honest review on any of the books by P.J. Blakey-Novis. There are a limited number available but we do have some for both UK and US for Tunnels, The Artist, Karma, Short Horror Stories, Four, and The Broken Doll. UK only codes left for Embrace the Darkness. Elements of Horror Books One & Two are coming to audio within the next few weeks.

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March Spotlight – 99p/c e-books

This month we have put together a list of bargain e-books, many of which are only at this price for March so now is time to grab a bargain. From novellas to poetry collections, standalone short stories to full anthologies, there is something to suit a range of tastes.

Four: A Horror Novella by P.J. Blakey-Novis

fourFrom 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



Elements of Horror Book One: Earth

Elements of Horror - EarthElements of Horror Book One: Earth, is the first in a series of four horror anthologies based on the Elements. Within these pages you will find a variety of stories from some of the best independent horror writers on the scene today, including Theresa Jacobs, R.C. Rumple, David F. Gray, and many more. Fall into sinkholes, brave the tales of witchcraft, grotesque creatures, and demons, and feel the terror of explorations gone wrong. Buy here



Sudden Death by Theresa Jacobs

There’s An App For That.

When James’ roommate vanishes, he begins to investigate.
After finding his friend’s phone, frozen, locked in a mysterious game loop, James elicits the help of fellow students to uncover the mystery.
They soon discover that this is no regular game.
What they find is more than a game. Much more
Whatever you do, don’t click ‘download now’, or you’ll be next. Buy here

A Proclivity to Prurience by Cheryl Butler

ProclivityJoe’s controversial approach to life is fuelled by his fixation on Abbie, and a beautiful wedding offers the perfect opportunity for him to seduce her – everyone loves a wedding, don’t they? The only hurdle is Eddie – Abbie’s son and Joe’s best friend – but inebriated and forcing an end to the evening, he inadvertently assists Joe’s quest and a suitably indulgent night beckons. But what should have been a culmination of Joe’s eleven-year obsession descends into chaos and devastation, wrenching Joe from all he’s known for the majority of his life. Accustomed to getting what he wants, it’s not until he really gets what he wants that his world unravels and his control slips away. Be careful what you wish for, be careful who you wish for, for obsession comes with a price… but is it a price worth paying? Buy UK and US
Explicit – strictly 18+

Chills and Thrills Collection: Books 1-8 by S.K. Gregory

BoX set 3 BookThe Chills & Thrills Collection contains all 8 Chills & Thrills Tales. Short horror stories for horror fans.

Road To Terror – Aria is running from something she can’t quite remember. When she meets Stella and Killian, they seem like they can help her, but someone is after Aria. Someone with deadly intentions.

Crashed – When Crystal crashes into Jax, she is worried that she will go to jail for drunk driving, but she has bigger things to worry about. Jax may seem like a normal teen, but he is hiding a secret. Injured in the crash, his wolf side is unleashed. Crystal is in danger, will she survive the night?

A Flash of Light – Cass spots a light flashing in a nearby building. Is it another survivor signalling for help? She leaves the safety of her building to investigate, but with the world overrun by demonic creatures, creatures with the ability to hijack human bodies, will she make it back?

Territory of Lost Souls – Alice has finally escaped from home, but finds herself trapped in an abandoned train station in the middle of nowhere. She is not alone, her companions are lost too. Alice has entered the Territory of Lost Souls and she has a choice to make. Stay or run?

Love You To Death – Ravenna has lost the love of her life, but she isn’t about to let death come between them. As a powerful witch, she can raise him from the dead, but what will it cost her?

Man In The Mirror – Mandy can’t see the man in the mirror, but he is haunting her daughter Amber. He wants to take her away. Can Mandy stop him?

She’s Here – Halloween, 1983
A nurse settles at her station for the night, hoping it will be a quiet one. When one of the sanatorium patients starts to scream, she soon discovers something lurking in the shadows.

Black Vials – Camille will do anything to get her hands on the latest designer drug…
There is a new drug available, one that has to be taken to be believed. Camille is trying to get her hands on it, but it is proving elusive. As she learns more about it, she soon discovers that the black vials don’t contain an ordinary drug. Drugs don’t give people superhuman strength and they don’t make a person’s eyes turn black.
Camille is in over her head, can she get it off the streets before people are killed?

The Chills & Thrills Tales are available as individual stories. This collection is a limited edition boxed set.  Buy UK and US

18+ For Mature Audiences Only. 

Hearts of the Matter by Mark Anthony Smith

hotmA collection of Haiku, some of which have been commended in National magazines, to celebrate Hull winning the ‘City of Culture’. Poems include the passing of time and the falling of leaves in Autumn. Buy UK and US


A Demon’s Gift by L.S. O’Dea

demonsIatee the Punishment Spirit is powerful, deadly and currently, a stuffed teddy bear.

He and the gods haven’t seen eye-to-eye on punishment, justice and killing for a long, long time.

The gods want a kinder, gentler demon but Iatee won’t change, so the gods have punished him.

For decades his spirit has been confined to one toy after another but the gods are finally giving him a chance. All he has to do is make one child love him and he’ll be free.

His dreams are shattered when he’s gifted to a child as payment for a vile act. Can he make her love him and save her from the horror of her life without sacrificing his freedom? Buy here

Red by D.J. Doyle

Red Promo Image -- with award*****WARNING: Content may disturb and offend. There are scenes of a sexual nature*****

A depraved past has shaped a man into the twisted serial killer he is today. His obsession with the color Red, and his lust for blood, leads to inventive ways to kill his captives. Who is his next victim, and can she be his salvation? Buy here

Bramble and Other Stories by Dale Parnell

Bramble and other stories - Dale Parnell cover imageWhat if the world was a darker, stranger place than you imagined? The people who live on Old Market Street have always taken the track for granted; an old decommissioned railway line that ran along the bottom of their gardens. But then one day, bramble vines start making their way through the gaps in their fences, and as one family discovers, this is just the beginning. Bramble and other stories offers tales of ghosts, monsters and intergalactic refugees. Tales of technology just out of our reach and stories that show just how powerful an idea can be. Bramble and other stories is the second short story collection by Dale Parnell. Buy UK and US

Force of Chaos by Lin Senchaid

focLucas doesn’t want to grow up to be like his father. What teenager does? But for Lucas it’s not the same because his father is the devil himself and Lucifer expects his incarnated son to embrace his destiny as the Antichrist. Lucas has other ideas.A California high school is the perfect environment for an adolescent boy with special abilities to play down being ‘different’ and seek friends, rather than followers, but what teenager could resist using his powers to get to class on time or deal with the school bully? When a local group of self-styled Satanists kidnap the girl he loves, how far will Lucas be willing to go to save her from the very people who seek to enlist his aid? Buy UK and US

You can also find a selection of standalone short horror stories from P.J. Blakey-Novis permanently at 99p each Amazon. Got to the author page to learn more here

Keep an eye out for our next monthly promotions, the details of which are listed below;

April – Novellas

May – Poetry

June – Anthologies

July – Audio Books

August – Books in a Series

September – Standalone Short Stories (under 10k words)

October – 31 Days of Horror

November – Fantasy Books

December – Children’s Books