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All E-books 99¢ Oct. 12th-31st at Uninvited Books: “Illuminating Darkness”

October 12 is Aleister Crowley’s 137th birthday and…

To celebrate the Evil One’s birthday, all e-books from Uninvited Books will be 99¢ from the 12th through Halloween!

“I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him,” said Aleister Crowley. “I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.”

 

 

October 12th ~ October 31st

Trick or Treat yourself to some of the finest contemporary dark fiction.

http://www.uninvitedbooks.com/page17.html

WOOD by Robert Dunbar

“Literary Horror at its best.” ~ Layers of Thought

GARDENS OF NIGHT  by Greg F. Gifune

“Dark fiction as it is meant to be written.” ~ Literary Mayhem

MARTYRS & MONSTERS by Robert Dunbar

“A masterpiece.” ~ Dark Scribe Magazine

LITTLE BOY LOST by T. M. Wright

“Brilliant.” ~ Horror World

WILLY by Robert Dunbar

“Profound.” ~ The Reading Review

DESCENT by Sandy DeLuca

“Not to be missed.” ~ Nights & Weekends

SHADOWS, Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature

“Required reading for all horror fans.” ~ Shroud Magazine

U N I N V I T E D   B O O K S

Illuminating Darkness …

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Giveaway: Sept. 21-25, Robert Dunbar’s “MARTYRS & MONSTERS” is Free at Amazon!

The Autumnal Equinox is Saturday, September 22nd.
Celebrate the season of the witch with a free Kindle download of Robert Dunbar’s
“MARTYRS & MONSTERS.”
Horror and Suspense, Science Fiction and Fantasy — a collection of dangerously dark fiction for adults … by the author of THE PINES, THE SHORE and WILLY.

THE PRESS about

MARTYRS & MONSTERS by Robert Dunbar

 

“Completely and utterly engrossing.”

Lambda Literary Foundation

 

“A masterpiece.”

Dark Scribe Magazine

 

“Not a book to read lightly.”

RAINBOW REVIEWS

 

“Brilliantly chilling … searingly erotic.”

The Edge

 

“Substantial amounts of panache and poetic insight.”

Cemetery Dance Magazine

 

“Provocative … vivid and visceral.”

GUD Magazine

 

“Never less than brilliant.”

The Black Abyss

 

“Hauntingly sensual … with a razor’s edge of eroticism.”

Hell Notes

 

 

Love hurts. Explore your darkness.

Find out more about this title and other releases from Uninvited Books at www.UninvitedBooks.com

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The Aberration by Bard Constantine

Review: From the opening scenes, it was clear the author of „The Aberration“ had a powerful vision and direction in which he wished the story to move, and he kept on pace throughout. The tension quickly builds as Guy Mann and a group of co-workers are trapped in the mill factory with the creatures described as “the Others” eagerly awaiting any opportunity to breach the locked security doors.  One moment’s weakness, and those creatures flow inside and the battle for survival begins.

For Guy, however, it is just another outbreak of the phenomenon called The Aberration, which he has been fighting throughout the ages of mankind. We are provided flashbacks into those past times when denizens from the “other side” have broken through to our world, and the type of bizarre, supernatural and/or bestial transformations they can take. Additionally, we are offered brief sketches of some of the people who fought alongside Guy, who were also mysteriously recruited to combat the shifting deadly creatures.

I found the writing quite stylish and distinct, though often I wished for less descriptive details for general things so such phrasing would be more outstanding for the dramatic, horrific parts of the story, of which there were plenty. The problems I had with the work overall were some editing issues, clarity in POV and conflicting or inaccurate descriptions. Sword-fighting and usage is a long-time interest of mine, for example, so naturally that caught my eye.

It’s often important for me to have empathy with or form some kind of connection to the main character, and admittedly I never developed that for Guy Mann, but that took nothing away from the story itself which is fast moving, packed with action and inspires you to imagine the terrible Others as well as what you might do if trapped in such a situation. I felt “The Aberration” could have used some revision in certain areas, but for the most part, I enjoyed this work of quite imaginative horror and feel the author will only continue to gain in ability and skill.

Update: The author has completed revisions to this work since my review was complete. I think its an excellent example of how writers, of which I am one (and have to make such revisions myself believe me), continue to add to the professionalism and growth of independently produced writing that as Mark Coker, the creator of Smashwords, states “can be as good or better than traditionally published book.”

Description: “When a freak storm engulfs a flourmill, the workers learn quickly that there is much more to fear than just heavy rain.

Something else arrives with the storm –macabre creatures that alter their shapes and features with every attack. In order to survive the night, the employees will have to rely on a man whose sanity is questionable. For he claims to have faced the same attacks before, over ages of time. He calls it an Aberration. A doorway that opens to a realm of nameless evils. What lies beyond wants to smother our world in darkness and perverse terror. It grows stronger with every passing moment, and all that stands between it and our world are the workers trapped in the building. Each person will be pushed to the very precipice of madness as reality distorts and the bizarre beings mount their attack. In the end, survival may not be enough to survive the Aberration…

The Aberration is a tale of mounting horror that will leave readers guessing until the very end. Author Bard Constantine blends creature feature horror with psychological terror, creating a story that both haunts and satisfies fans of both.

Prey that you survive the experience…”

  • Paperback, 157 pages, and in e-book
  • Published March 6th 2012 by Knightvision, Ltd (first published March 2nd 2012)
  • ISBN: 1470173913
  • Genre: Horror, Supernatural Fantasy, Dark Fiction
  • Availability: Smashwords, Amazon and other online distributors
  • Source: Author at The LL Book Reviews

Author Profile:

Bard Constantine writes far-flung fantasy, dystopian futures, and gritty YA among other things.

With his widening audience and steadily growing body of work, he is certainly a writer to look out for. Catch up with all his upcoming projects at his personal website: http://bardconstantine.com.

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De Mortuis Viventibus by Chad P. Brown

Review: “De Mortuis Viventibus” had a very authentic voice and cadence, which drew me into the theme and mood of this historical horror tale yet there were questions I would have liked answered that I didn’t find in the narrative. I wanted to know why the calvary suddenly abandoned the legion when it was attacked, and why Marcus also did so although he had been awarded the honor of carrying and defending its standard based on numerous acts of bravery. Yes, it was new terrain, but I just felt trained, seasoned warriors would have responded differently.

However, overall the story was quite believable even though mixing what is commonly known about Roman soldiers and events of those times with imagery of the supernatural and fantastic that were very well described. The author knowledgably blended history and fantasy together yet never lost an intruiging flair, and you truly were made to believe you were there in that world, that old forest in Germania.

For me, “De Mortuis Viventibus” was a true pleasure to read as it was set in one of the periods of European history I’ve found interesting and studied since I was young. That the author added a new twist to Roman history but he kept the protagonist Marcus completely in “character” for the time period was greatly appreciated. The author also definitely left me wondering what would happen next to the unfortunate soldier. Whether the author plans to make another installment or not, he created a vivid basis that made my imagination run wild with undead possibilities.

Description:”In 9 C.E., three Roman legions were destroyed in the Teutoburg Forest at the hands of the Germanic tribes, and the eagle standards of those three legions were captured, never to be recovered.

Marcus, the standard bearer of the 19th Legion, escapes the slaughter only to be threatened with the horrors hidden deep inside the Teutoburg Forest, the horrors born from the witchery which haunts the cursed land.”

  • Published: May 18, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781476447247
  • Availability: Smashwords
  • Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction
  • Source: Author

Author Profile:

Chad P. Brown was born in Huntington, West Virginia. He attended Marshall University, where he has earned a Master’s in Latin. His first horror novel, The Jack-in-the-box, was released in October 2011 and is available in paperback as well as various e-book formats. He is currently working on a horror novella, The Pumpkin House, as well as various short stories.

Website: http://www.chadpbrown.com

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Brandon Ford’s “Decayed Etchings”-A Collection of Dark Fiction Now Available!

A Press Release:

SYNOPSIS

In his first collection, Brandon Ford delivers 18 brand
new, never before published tales of the dark, twisted,
and macabre. Buried within these gnarled pages, you’ll
discover jilted lovers, cheating spouses, bizarre fetishes,
acid trips, and roaming sleepwalkers. You’ll meet noisy
neighbors, struggling writers, vengeful females, and
even a monster or two.

With Decayed Etchings, you’ll dive headfirst into a
world of ghoulish delights that will surely satisfy even
the most jaded gorehound. In this world, there is
always something lurid hiding beneath. You need only
scratch the surface.

Trade Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Black Bed Sheet Books (July 4, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0-9833773-9-9
Suggested Retail Price: $14.95 US
Category: Fiction/Collection
Genre: Horror/Dark Suspense
Primary readers: Adults

PRAISE

Crystal Bay:

“A very enjoyable read. I can’t wait to see what [he] does next.” –Garry
Charles, Hammerhead

“Brandon Ford is the new Prince of Horror, soon to be King.” –Ryan
Nicholson, Star Vehicle

“Ford shows a knack for setting suspense. He’s a promising new talent.”
–Kevin Lucia, Higher Education

Splattered Beauty:

“Absolutely delicious. Drags the reader along on one hell of a bumpy
ride.” –Robert Dunbar, The Pines

“Brandon Ford is a burgeoning master of crimson escapism!” –Tim Ritter,
Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness

“I expect to see Brandon Ford win awards and go far.” –Nicholas
Grabowsky, Red Wet Dirt

Pay Phone:

“Disturbing, bloody, and vicious. Pay Phone is not for the weakhearted…”
–Scott A. Johnson, Dread Central

“Truly terrifying and chilling right down to the bone. This one comes
highly recommended.” –Ed Demko, Bloodtype Online

“Ford has an obvious gift…” –Richard Perez, Permanent Obscurity

BRANDON FORD BIOGRAPHY

Brandon Ford (b. August 28, 1981) grew up in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He started writing at the approximate age of 8 and spent a lot of time testing the waters with various genres. He wrote dramas, comedies, essays, plays, and, of course, thrillers. There were few things he took pleasure in crafting more than a good old-fashioned scary story. Throughout grade school, as well as high school, he continued to build his portfolio with various works (mostly short stories and novellas, but a few plays here and there). He’d pass around these manuscripts to friends and teachers for feedback. Knowing others enjoyed his work and craved more inspired him to keep going.

A few months shy of 23, he sat down to pen his first novel, which became Crystal Bay. Arctic Wolf Publishing, a small press based in Georgia, picked the book up a few years later. Shortly thereafter, he completed Splattered Beauty, an ode to his favorite Scream Queens. In 2009, he teamed up with Alan Draven and Jessica Lynne Gardner for Creeping Shadows (Pixie Dust Press), a collection of three short novels. Ford’s contribution, Merciless, was heavily inspired by a real-life kidnapping that took place in California in 2002. In March 2010, Arctic Wolf released his third novel, Pay Phone. Ford has also contributed works of short fiction to several anthologies, including Abaculus 2007 and Abaculus III (Leucrota Press), Sinister Landscapes (Pixie Dust Press), Raw: Brutality As Art (Snuff Books), and The Death Panel (Comet Press). Some of his biggest influences have been writers like Jack Ketchum and the late Richard Laymon. In his spare time he enjoys reading, watching bad TV, and all things horror. He still resides in South Philadelphia.

For merchandise of all kinds as well as a sample of the collection of stories and his thoughts, visit Brandon Ford’s website “Sleepless Nights”:

http://www.writerbrandonford.blogspot.com

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