American Nightmare [Kindle Edition]
George Cotronis (Editor
It’s the 1950s. There’s always something good on the radio, cherry red Cadillacs cruise the streets and everything is always perfect. Marilyn is still alive and the War is over. America goes to bed, nuclear annihilation postponed another day.
Welcome to the American Nightmare.
Nuclear families dabbling in the occult. Little League games in the summer, old blood spilled in the dust. Unspeakable things hiss and crawl, unseen along the 38th parallel, camouflaged under muzzle flashes. This is what happens behind the white picket fences and waving flags.
Praise for American Nightmare:
“Buried in the nostalgia and innocence of bygone days, American Nightmare is a riveting collection of dark stories that leaves the big-block motor running, as we sneak into a deserted alley to huff on a Pall Mall, our hair slicked back, a switchblade clicking open as the shadows close in around us. Behind a closed door, away from the manicured lawn, the music continues—guitar licks and a back beat that just won’t quit—drowning out the screams, as we pull the blinds down, wash off our tentacles, and cinch our masks on tight.”
—Richard Thomas, Staring Into the Abyss
Grandma Elspeth’s Enchiridion for Domestic Harmony – Rachel Anding
In the Blood – Mark W. Coulter
Chiaroscuro – Dino Parenti
Bow Creek – Raymond Little
Glow – Adrean Messmer
Lucy’s Lips – Madeleine Swann
Pear People from Planet 13 – MP Johnson
Ghost Girl, Zombie Boy and the Count – Chris Thorndycroft
The Two Monsters of Levittown – T. Fox Dunham
Double Feature – Neal Litherland
The Black Pharaoh of Hollywood – Ian Welke
The King – W. P. Johnson
A Night to Remember – Tim Marquitz
All the Beautiful Marilyns – Max Booth III
Sara Stanton is just a girl trying to make it through high school with as little emotional scarring as possible. Her whole world is turned upside down when a stranger, Hank, appears claiming that she is a werewolf.
Finding it to be true, she discovers it creates more problems than she can shake a stick at. For starters, her secret crush, Sam, won’t leave her alone, talking about monsters killing local pets and wildlife, and admits he now seems drawn to her. This seems in line with the fact that although no one can put their finger on it, they sense something is different about her. Those are all trivial though compared to the unsettling voice in her head that seems to know her every move, every thought, and her secrets. Like a ghost, he’s always lurking just out of view, terrifying her in her dreams. Is he a werewolf too, or something worse?
Either way, Sara knows she’ll eventually have to face him to save not only herself, but Sam as well. But what will be the cost?
A Season of Revenge (The Mound City Serial murder File) [Kindle Edition]
Retired Detective Mac O’Hara returns to the St. Louis Police Department to help solve a murder, only to find out there are four bodies and about to be more. The evidence points to implications of voodoo and black magic. But, the investigation takes on a new light, when Mac’s wife is kidnapped. Set in 1890’s St. Louis, where serial murder, revenge, and the occult, all add mystery and intrigue to the Mound City Serial Murder File.