Today’s author you should know is John W. Smith.
John is an author of horror and dark fiction. He’s got a couple short story collections available (I’ve read Nightmares of a Madman and loved it!) as well as the novel Tainted Blood and a new upcoming dark novel called Death’s Retribution. He’s a talented writer of dark stories which kinda counters his friendly and helpful personality.
I first met John at the St. Louis Indie Book Fair in 2016. We were seated next to each other and soon discovered we wrote similar material. We ended up naming our little corner the Dark Corner and had a great time getting to know each other. He then invited me to share a table at PennedCon in St. Louis last year and we sold quite a bit of books and met a bunch of new readers. John has been so helpful to me, sharing new events and supporting my work with reviews and more.
From his Amazon page:
John Smith is a features and short story writer who has grown into longer works. His professional career began as an award winning military journalist. He is the au-thor of numerous works, including the award-winning book of short stories, Dark Dreams. Other works in-clude Nightmares of a Mad Man, A Dark and Stormy Night, an anthology, and three Kindle short stories, Spirit Dagger, Colonial Scum, and Hungry Things. John has been an avid reader of dark fiction since an early age and has used books, magazines, and movies to en-courage his imagination. Tainted Blood is his first novel.
John currently lives in Illinois with his Basset Hound, Barkley P. Howl.
Check out his other books on Amazon or get more info on his website johnwsmithauthor.com.
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Today’s author you need to know is M.D. Parker.
I first met M.D. Parker through mutual Facebook friends and was soon introduced to his writing. I read his collection The Ghosts Between and loved it! They are dark short stories (which I love!) and I knew I found a new author to follow. Not long after, I was invited to participate in the Trumpland charity anthology and we’ve stayed in touch ever since.
I can say that M.D. Parker is a tireless writer, always working on a new project and looking to release a horror novel in the future. He’s an advocate for other indie writers and his storytelling ability is top notch. If you like dark short stories, check out his collection The Ghosts Between or if you want to try some alternate future dystopian tales, check out the Trumpland anthology helmed by M.D. Parker.
From his Amazon page:
I am originally from the Oregon Coast but am currently living and writing full time on the road. My lovely wife and I (and our two furry companions) are writers, bloggers, and vagabonds. Currently, we share the crazy, and often confusing ride, that is our life on Twitter and Facebook. You can find my writing, in the form of short stories in various online magazines and my first published collection, “The Ghosts Between” was made available on Amazon. I am also a proud contributor and organizer of the multi-author charity project, “Trumpland: An Alternative History Of The Future.”
Currently finalizing a soon to be published sci-fi novella and working on my first full-length horror novel.
Check out more at his website writeontheroad.com.
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Today’s author you should know is Simon Bleaken.
Simon is a prolific short story writer who writes primarily horror and science fiction. I was first acquainted with Simon while working with Schreyer Ink Publishing with their Twilight Madhouse short story collections. I was in Vol. 1 and Simon’s work appeared in Vol. 2. I got a chance to read the collection ahead of publication and his story was one of my favorites. I’ve since read more of his excellent work, most notably his own short story collection A Touch of Silence and Other Tales.
From his Amazon page:
Simon Bleaken lives in Wiltshire in the United Kingdom where he writes short stories, mostly in the horror, fantasy and Sci-Fi genres.
Outside of writing, his interests include Egyptology and ancient history. He is a keen supporter of environmental causes.
He is also a member of The Pagan Federation, OBOD (The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids), The Druid Network, and The Friends of the Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft. He also supports the Stonewall charity and Greenpeace.
His work has appeared in magazines and book anthologies in Britain, the USA and Japan.
I can’t say enough about Simon’s talent and generosity when it comes to his fellow writers and human beings. He’s an exceptional writer and someone you ought to check out.
Here’s a guest post he offered for the blog back in February which also includes an excerpt of his writing.
Go to his Amazon page to learn more and find many of the collections featuring his short stories.
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Hey everyone, I have a new release alert to share with you!
The good folks at Hellbound Books have a new short story collection called Shopping List 2 that’s available in paperback (and ebook soon) with one of my stories in it!
I’m so excited to be part of their growing stable of authors. They’ve published a couple short stories by my friend Thomas Gunther (an amazing writer you need to check out) and a novel by my friend and supremely talented author Pamela Morris.
Shopping List 2 carries on the premise of “These authors are so good, I’d read their shopping list!” Each story also has a shopping list submitted by the author and it could be a real list or made up one. You’ll have to buy the book to see which one I did! My short story A Tiny Piece of Soul will entertain and scare you. It’s probably the darkest piece I’ve published to date.
Anyway, if you’re a fan of horror, you gotta check out this new collection. I’d appreciate the support. Thanks! You can get it on Amazon here: Shopping List 2.
So…I have a new collection of horror stories releasing November 1st. It’s called The God’s Eye: A Collection of Horror Short Stories and features 4 stories for your reading pleasure.
While waiting for the release of the sequel novel to The Selection I decided to package 4 stories for my readers (all 4-5 of you!) to give you something new from me. Unlike my previous collections of stories, these are not flash fiction.
The God’s Eye includes the previously published story “The God’s Eye” which is a nod to the Frankenstein mythos with a different touch. The second story titled “The House Across The Street” is about murder in a small town and is a story I’ve wanted to write for quite a while. Following that is “Roosevelt Is For Lovers,” a disturbing tale about a married couple looking to rekindle their love. Finally, “Duardo” is a companion story to “Roosevelt Is For Lovers” and delves deeper into the happenings at the Roosevelt Hotel.
I’ve had these stories around for a while and thought they’d be better out in the wild instead of on my computer. They’re longer stories, clocking in at about 5,000 words per story, and a little bit darker too. Whereas my previous collections could be considered PG13 material, I feel like these are closer to R rated, especially the last two stories.
You can pre-order it now for only .99 on all major ebook stores. Just go to books2read.com/godseye and choose your store. I hope you grab the stories (and they grab you back!)
Please share the good news to anyone who might be interested in the book. I certainly appreciate all your support and hope to continue providing new stories for your enjoyment.
Happy Labor Day everyone!
If you live in the United States, many businesses are closed today in observance of this holiday. I hope you get to enjoy it. Maybe by reading a few good books?
I wanted to remind you about the free ebook deals I’m running which expire today.
You can get all 3 of my books for nothing but you gotta hurry because the free deal ends today.
Grab the books at the links below and feel free to share with others who might enjoy my dark short stories or my young adult scifi novel.
(Almost) Average Anthology
Moments of Darkness
Even if you don’t read them right away, get the books while they’re free so when you have some time, they’ll be there ready to go.
Thanks so much for all your support. It’s because of readers like you I get to do what I do.
Hey everyone, I’m super excited to share the release of a new horror anthology called Twilight Madhouse Vol.1 from Schreyer Ink Publishing.
It’s a collection of ten short horror stories by ten different authors. In it, you will find my story “Achievement Unlocked,” a dark tale of a video gamer taking it to the next level.
All day today we’re having a release party on Facebook. Come by and say hi and you might win a few things.
As an added incentive, between now and the end of August, if any of you purchase the anthology and email a screenshot of your purchase page to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will send you a FREE ebook of any one of my three books. You choose which one and I’ll send you a copy. That’s a 2 for 1 deal you can’t pass up!
So don’t delay, click that little purchase button and enjoy ten creepy and dark tales. Get your copy of Twilight madhouse Vol.1 today!
Happy end of year/New Year everyone!
To celebrate the occasion, I’m offering my latest collection of dark fiction short stories for FREE on Amazon from Dec. 31st through Jan. 2nd. Take a moment, click the link below (or the cover on the side of the page), and get your copy of “Moments of Darkness.” When you do, please share the good news with your friends, family, and followers so they can get their copy too.
If you’ve got a Kindle or the Kindle App, you can claim your free copy through Jan. 2nd. Hurry before the promo is over!
“Moments of Darkness” can be found here.
Today (Dec. 15th!) is my birthday and what better way to celebrate than with gifts! But, I’m not asking for them, I’m giving them!
Today through the 17th, you can get my first collection of dark fiction short stories (Almost) Average Anthology for FREE on Amazon. It’ll cost you a click or two to grab my collection that’s been called “unique, innovative, and teaches you to truly expect the unexpected.” Get it here: (Almost) Average Anthology
And while I’m at it, I’ve discounted my second collection of dark fiction short stories Moments of Darkness to only .99 on Amazon! As one reviewer said, “Each of the 14 stories draws you deeper in to the twilight world of a dark mind and always with a twist.” Get it here: Moments of Darkness
Get all thirty stories for a total of .99! Please accept my gift and share with others, it would mean so much to me.
Dark, creepy, and scary stories are perfect for this time of year. I enjoy a good horror movie or book and in the days leading up to Halloween, I can’t get enough.
I want to share a few books to get you in the Halloween mood that you might not have read. These authors are not as well known but that doesn’t mean their work isn’t excellent.
“The Butcher Bride” by Vince Churchill. I met Vince at a con in St. Louis in June. Great guy! He’s hilarious and we had a great competition going. In the end, he won the “Golden Screw” but it was close! (Go ahead and ask him when ya get the chance!) This book reminds me of 80’s slasher flicks. And I Love those kinds of movies. It’s set in a small Illinois town and centers on a haunted house around Halloween. Give it a try! Vince is an excellent writer who clearly loves horror and does it right.
“Nightmares of a Madman” by John W. Smith. Despite his common name, John is not a common writer. I met him in St. Louis in May of 2016 and instantly hit it off. He has a couple short story collections featuring dark fiction similar to my two books. This is his debut collection and I was entertained from the beginning. Dark, twisted plots with some unusual characters fill this volume of stories. It’s certainly worth a read.
“Sea Sick” by Iain Robb Wright. I came across Iain on Twitter and I’m thankful I did. He’s got an excellent writing voice and in this zombie novel, I couldn’t get enough. I say “zombie novel” but trust me, it’s not your run-of-the-mill story about zombies. There’s an interesting plot twist that makes it a highly entertaining read. I have four more books of his I intend on reading but I can’t recommend this one enough.
“Moments of Darkness” by…me! (I had to do at least one shameless plug, right?) It’s my second collection of dark fiction short stories perfect for when your reading time is limited. My stories are often referred to as “slightly darker than Twilight Zone” which I take as an excellent compliment. I recommend this book but try it for yourself and let me know what you think!
There you have it.–four books to set the Halloween mood. Have you read any of these? Do you have others you’d like to recommend? Do so in the comments below and maybe help us discover new voices in dark fiction. Thanks!