While searching for his missing father, Luke discovers a portal to Lunaris: a realm much like our own, but with a dark twist—it's ruled by a cunning devil king. Trapped in a whirlwind of Satanic rituals and political uprising, Luke is torn between saving his father and protecting his friends from the king's demonic wrath.
Still reeling from the devastating blow of betrayal by her closest friends and confidants, Mina Jewel must put aside her personal pain to complete one last dangerous task before she leaves Presence forever.
In a panicked race against time to rescue a very special child, it soon becomes obvious that the psychopathic Surgeon has more torment in store than Mina can handle on her own. She must learn to cope with her crippling PTSD and gather new and unlikely allies to complete her mission and put an end to the terror gripping Port Orchard, Washington.
Will Mina be able to trust again, or will Aria, Presence, and the Latrator pack be lost forever to the Surgeon's blade?
A night of spooky fun exploring a haunted house takes an unexpected turn when Anthony meets the undead Emily. Their awkward, newfound bond attracts an eccentric group of demon-fighting paranormal investigators—as well the cult of dark mages holding Emily's soul captive for their mysterious schemes.
A rogue werewolf threatens the safety of Port Orchard, Washington, but all Mina Jewel can think about is the sudden flood of unrelated missing children cases. Between her private eye gig, a rash of unexplained and debilitating health issues, and her duties to Presence--an underground society of psychic investigators and practitioners--Mina barely has time to deal with her screwed-up private life. Time is running out for the little ones, and Mina knows it. Frustrated with her lack of leads, Mina becomes careless, endangering Presence and thrusting herself into a war between Lycans she doesn't trust and the people who fear, hate, and hunt them. Now Mina must decide who to side with, knowing if she chooses wrong, the missing children won't be the only ones to lose.
Peter Toombs never stopped loving Diana Ward. Not after they broke up; not after she married someone else; not after she died. Peter never got over how he failed Diana when she needed him most when they were in college. Even as he became a successful TV writer, his failure haunted him more than the monsters he created to scare others.
His obsession prompts him to lease Diana's childhood home in the small Utah town of Bern. He's convinced that if he lives there, she will come back for him. When he sleeps, he dreams of ghosts: Diana's, the ghost he believes should be in the house, and the ghost of someone he never met. The townsfolk, however, don't like having a stranger in Bern. They have secrets they don't want Peter to learn. Secrets about Diana and her death. Secrets about Peter and the ghosts that follow him.
Joined by his friend Connor and Diana's widower Aaron, Peter must survive Bern and discover the truth behind Diana's fate. Learning the truth could exorcise the ghosts from Peter's life or it could break his heart and bring him face to face with his worst fears.
Hundreds of years after the death of Earth, the Nations have built a thriving community of lucky refugees on multiple space stations orbiting the desolate planet's atmosphere. The Global Air Defense has finally achieved the ability for interstellar space travel, completing a space ship to travel the stars and find a new planet for the remaining human population. To make their plan work, the GAD must trust an ally they've only ever treated as a second-class citizen: the planet-bound, those left to fight to survive on Earth. Louise Wyndham, contact for the black market smuggling ring of Puget City, becomes the first planet-bound trainee enlisted in the GAD, rising quickly to graduate as the first planet-bound officer. But nothing can prepare her for the struggles of coming face to face with the ship-born and their generations of prejudices about the planet-bound. When the ship Hickory finds a planet that meets all of the criteria, Louise finds herself in a new fight; more than just a fight against her surroundings, more than just a fight to prove that she's capable―no matter where she came from. . . this is a fight for survival. Will the rest of the crew set aside their prejudices? Or will they lead themselves, and humanity, into destruction?
Mina Jewel swears the boogeyman slaughtered her abusive stepfather. But as far as the quiet town of Port Orchard, Washington is concerned, Mina is a cold-blooded killer and Cadric Jaden had been a saint. After enduring nine years of psychiatric care and whispers of her guilt, Mina is hell-bent on clearing her name, exposing Cadric for the sadistic pedophile he really was, and uncovering the true identity of the strange being who saved her life.
Through a whirlwind of near-death experiences and sanity-shattering revelations, Mina discovers that Washington is a hotbed of supernatural activity, Cadric’s sinister plan didn’t die with him, and that she could hold the key to ending the suffering of millions. . . But first she has to survive.
From the author of CRY DOWN DARK comes a frightening collection of short stories, poetry, and essays that will leave you screaming and begging for more.
In this nightmare room, you'll find living tattoos, a strange karaoke host, a vengeful widow, a salesman not that interested in making a sale, and more.
“An Appointment with the Knifeman” takes you inside the home of a serial killer, but who did we follow through the door? A disgruntled pharmaceuticals employee gets the better of his boss in “Hemingway at Work” and a teen girl learns that tattoos truly are forever in “Bury All Your Secrets in My Skin.”
If you think poetry can't be scary, wait until you read Tranchell's “Dead Again Tomorrow” about a man who dies every day … and wakes up each morning.
Collected here for the first time are Tranchell's horror movie columns “The Show Begins at 10:31” and a special essay on Stephen King.
ASLEEP IN THE NIGHMARE ROOM includes eleven short stories showcasing Tranchell's wide range of styles and characters; four poems that will stop your heart, make you laugh, and make you cry; and his own unique insights into the horror movies he's grown up with and the author who shaped much of his world.
Do you dare enter the nightmare room? If so, turn off the light, hide under the covers, and start to dream. Tranchell and his demons will be with you soon.
Kamielle is being hunted. With her mob-involved husband on her trail, she goes from Chicago to Oakland and thinks she has finally found peace…until someone tries to kill her. Again. FBI Agent Michael Carter isn’t looking for a woman to complicate his world. He’s looking for a serial killer who preys on prostitutes during the full moon. What he finds is a woman who seems to have a past she can’t get away from. When she almost dies, he becomes her savior. Michael looks into Kamielle’s past and finds out her husband is a very dangerous man. As they try to unravel the mystery that has become Kamielle’s life, they find standing together is easier than standing alone, and outrunning the hunter is harder than they expected.
Dark times are ahead for Mina Jewel and those she holds most dear. The return of an old nemesis, impossible creatures stalking the night, and a major threat to every Lycan in Washington State all converge to send Mina spiraling out of control.
But that's only the beginning. . .
This tale is the recollection of one woman’s desperate struggle to hold on to her family, her friends, and her very sanity when she stumbled into the trap of urban chicken keeping.
Everyone knows fresh eggs are better. Everyone knows chickens are a wonderful self sufficiency investment into the future of your family. You may be aware of a hundred other benefits regarding chickens.
Forget everything you think you know about chickens. You only know part of the truth.
No one speaks of their sexual deviance and dark unknowable rituals. Flock keepers have remained silent on the chicken’s potential to disrupt familial harmony through sleep deprivation, needy behavior, binge eating and random acts of violence.
Never before has the dark and twisted psychosis of the backyard chicken been revealed. . . until now.
When the dark riders come, death always follows. There is no escape, for they have no mercy. For thousands of years, this has been the only truth for the people of Ahwn.
However, the soldiers of Brynn have not given up. The prophecies tell of a great journey across the world and through the Sleeping Grounds, a land of magic and mystery from which no one has ever returned. The prize: a legendary weapon of immeasurable power. The only weapon strong enough to tip the scales in their centuries-long war. Whoever wields the weapon first, wins.
But countless lives have been lost in the search, because the final key was never found. . . until now.
When the dark riders raid her peaceful village, slaughter her family, and enslave her, Lilly, a sheltered young woman who knows nothing of the outside world, must fight for her life. Amid lies and deceit, death and magic, Lilly must pick a champion, knowing that if she chooses wrong, Ahwn will pay the ultimate price.
Why would a grown woman come to 13-year-old Rip McKay for help finding her four missing daughters? And could her story of coming from another dimension be true? Before Rip can ask too many questions of his mysterious visitor, he is swept away to Wyvernia, a realm where magical beasts roam the skies and evil lurks around every corner.
Twisted tales, incredible journeys, and dangerous paths spread out before Rip and his band of unlikely new friends as they race the clock to find the missing girls, evade a wicked assassin, and uncover secrets about Rip's own past.
Following an anonymous tip left at her office, Mina Jewel begins investigating a bizarre string of random murders. When she finds herself under “The Surgeon’s” blades, she realizes there’s nothing random about the murders at all, and the crazed serial killer has bigger plans for Port Orchard, Washington.
Between a suffocating heatwave, her volatile dealings with Justice, and a difficult physical recovery, Mina’s gifts are going haywire. Without help, she’s afraid she’ll lose control and her Fury will burn everything in its path.
But there’s no time for recovery or fixing her personal problems. When the Surgeon targets Mina’s pack mates, a disturbing pattern begins to emerge. For their safety, the pack is sent away, and it’s up to Mina to stop the killer alone.
Just when she thinks she’s figured it out, her investigation takes her down a path she never imagined possible. A path leading to betrayal, cover-ups, and another piece of the puzzle of her traumatic childhood.
In 1890 a disease that turned sane men into ravenous werewolves swept through the United States like wildfire. On the brink of humanity’s extinction, Nikola Tesla and a mysterious order of scientists known as the Tellurians revealed a bold plan: the uninfected would abandon the Earth’s surface by rising up in floating salvation cities, iron and steel metropolises that carried tens of thousands of refugees above the savage apocalypse. The remnants of mankind huddled fearfully in the clouds, waiting for the werewolves to devour each other.
Twenty years later, only one salvation city remains aloft, while the beasts still rule the world below. Elijah Kelly, an infected Thunder Train crewman exiled to the ground, ranges ahead of his beloved home, determined to keep it safe no matter the cost. But a telluric deadzone has caught Wardenclyffe in its riptide, forcing it toward airspace where its miraculous machinery will no longer function. Desperate to neutralize the deadzone before the flying city crashes, Eli discovers a brutal truth: humanity still exists on the ground, paying a terrible vampiric price for their survival.
Faced with an impossible choice between sacrificing thousands of innocent lives or betraying the rebels fighting for their freedom against an oppressive regime, Eli will be forced to rely on an unlikely ally lurking deep within his own blood to defy the inevitable.
Jon Carter is dangerous, deadly, and always works alone. Hardly anyone knows anything about him except he does the jobs no one else in the CIA can. Then his new boss pairs him with a desk-jockey and former ballerina for an undercover mission to Russia. Not ready for the fast-paced world of Black Ops, Elana Miller quickly realizes Jon is her only hope for survival. But can she survive the heat of pretending to be his lover or will she get them both killed? When everything goes terribly wrong, Elana has to become the operative she never expected to be. Running for their lives, the two learn nothing is as it seems and everyone runs out of time before they expect to.
When the Port Orchard police come to Mina Jewel for help, she knows it should be an interesting case. But not even the promise of a preternatural mystery can keep her interest very long with all the other crap on her plate. A sudden rush of missing teens and no clues to track them with, an enemy from her past resurfacing without warning, and a life-shattering revelation bring Mina face to face with one of her worst fears. And all this before she's even recovered from losing her baby or truly accepting her Lycanthropy. But there is no time for Mina to pick up the pieces of her broken life when innocent lives are at stake. How far will Mina push herself for the greater good. . . and at what cost?
In 1890, a disease that turned sane men into ravenous werewolves swept through the United States like wildfire. On the brink of humanity’s extinction, Nikola Tesla and a mysterious order of scientists known as the Tellurians revealed a bold plan: the uninfected would abandon the Earth’s surface by rising up in floating salvation cities, iron and steel metropolises that carried tens of thousands of refugees above the savage apocalypse. The remnants of mankind huddled fearfully in the clouds, waiting for the werewolves to devour each other.
Yet, twenty years later, only one salvation city remains aloft, while the beasts still rule the world below. Time has taken its toll on the miraculous machinery of the city, and soon the last of the survivors will plummet to their doom. But when Elijah Kelly, a brakeman aboard the largest of the city’s Thunder Trains, is infected by the werewolf virus, he discovers a secret world of lies and horrific experiments that hide the disturbing truth about the Tellurians.
When the beast in his blood surges forth, Elijah must choose between the lives of those he loves, and the city that is humanity’s last hope of survival.
Kinsley Preston's life is good: she has her fabulous best friend, Rachel, loving parents, and a solid career choice. When a series of devastating events leave Kinsley the inheritor of the Book of Protection, and crazy Aunt Marie, Kinsley learns that a normal life isn't part of her future. Thrown into a world she's not even sure she believes in, Kinsley discovers a past, present, and future filled with vampires, shape shifters, and tragedy. As she learns her role in all of this, she realizes that her life will never be the same; luckily she has crazy Aunt Marie and Rachel to help her along. Oh, and that gorgeous college professor who lives next door.
Someone is messing with Mina Jewel's head, and she's about to crack. Desperate for a solution, but worried about backlash if her hunch is wrong, Mina steps outside of Presence to seek answers to an impossible question. What she discovers will obliterate everything she's ever known about Presence, her family, and herself.
But Mina doesn't have time for self-pity or to rage at the world. The future of one innocent child hangs in the balance. To right the wrong, Mina must make a choice, knowing that lives will be destroyed no matter what she decides.
What happens when you challenge a group of fiction writers to take an everyday, normal, ho-hum situation and give it a smack upside the head? The answer is a trip into the sometimes dark, sometimes goofy-but always entertaining-alternate reality we call our minds. These playgrounds in our brains, these forests of many delights, this is where writers dwell. This is where we tend the gardens of the obscure, the weird, the unexpected. This is the state in which authors truly live and breathe, at home among our creations, deeply involved in our worlds and the emotions they elicit from readers. . . and from ourselves. Every moment of every day we are crafting our own realities, giggling to ourselves, or causing our own hearts to skip a beat. Where one man sees a dog, we see a fully-shifted lycanthrope stalking his prey. Where one woman sees a child playing in the sand, we see the world's youngest explorer discovering dinosaur bones or alien artifacts. People don't always understand us or our crazy tales, but we don't mind. We're all proud to call ourselves Blyssfully Abnormal.
Giants are mean and hate everyone; dragonflies are food, not friends; and nobody is as important as the toads. That's what the Wise One says, at least. But one curious little toad, fresh from the pond, asks, "Why?"
In fact, he has a lot of questions, so Brother Toad sets off into the Big Wide World, seeking answers. Along the way, however, he finds trouble. . . big trouble. When the giants pollute and destroy his wetlands, it's up to Brother Toad to save his family.
With the help of some unlikely friends, Brother Toad learns the truth about the giants, the dragonflies, and the Big Wide World. In the end, he proves that everyone is important, and that even one little toad can make a big difference in the world—he just has to be brave, curious, and clever.
Based on a true story, this family-friendly tale encourages everyone to ask questions, explore the world, and learn about the people and creatures in it. With an emphasis on conservation and kindness to nature, this book blends an action-packed story, beautiful, hand-painted artwork, an informative non-fiction section, and a special invitation from the author to create a wonderful book for all ages.
A portion of each sale will be donated to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Washington state.
**All ages, educational. Intended for adults and children.
Bird's Town Presents: Chick Rebuilds (Play the game from Joyrocks!)
When the evil Bloodhound Cat Gang destroys Bird's Town and kills or enslaves most of the inhabitants, Chick, a brave little bluebird, follows his instinct to the peaceful island of Green Valley, far from any feline danger. Or so he thinks. While Chick tries to rebuild his life and Aviaria-a safe haven for all birds-he discovers that Green Valley has a dark secret all its own. An ancient avian civilization vanished, seemingly, without a trace.
Further exploration of the island uncovers a trail of vague clues about the ancient avians' doom. A doom they predicted. A doom they could not stop. A doom that could arise once more to wipe out Aviaria and everybirdy and everything Chick holds dearest. Now it's up to Chick and a ragtag flock of refugee birds to piece together what really happened on Green Valley so long ago, thwart the sinister plot, and save all birdkind from extinction.