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Guest Blog by Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath


Please welcome Matthew Franks to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. The Monster Underneath was published on April 5th by Samhain Publishing.



Guest Blog by Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath




My Recurring Dream By Matthew Franks

          Dreams have always fascinated me. Whether a seemingly random collection of images or a specific detail I thought about earlier in the day, I, like many others, wonder why we dream what we dream. After all, it’s a time when we are our truest selves, unhindered by the constraints of reality. Dreams are, in essence, our most unconscious fears, desires, and needs briefly come to life.

          Of all the types of dreams, none have aroused my curiosity more than recurring ones. I’ve heard of people repeatedly falling yet never landing. Others are chased by something every night but can never figure out what it is. In my own recurring dream, however, I’m neither plummeting into the void nor running away from a mysterious entity. In my recurring dream, I’m back in school.

          Mind you, there are variations on the theme. For example, in one version, I’m a second grader in an adult body like Adam Sandler in Billy Madison. In another, I’m in high school again because all of my credits were somehow deleted and my diploma was consequently voided. In yet another variation, I’m back in college forced to retake courses I’d failed but couldn’t remember registering for in the first place.

          In every case, though, once it’s over I feel like Val Kilmer in the eighties comedy classic Top Secret when he dreams he’s in high school only to wake up relieved to discover he’s back in a Nazi prison cell being tortured by two goons. Not that I’d prefer being flogged to going to school but, suffice to say, I’m glad to have that part of my life behind me.

          In The Monster Underneath, recurring dreams play a prominent role. Max Crawford, the protagonist, uses his psychic powers to enter the dreams of prisoners who often dream of the specific crimes that led to their incarceration. By doing so, he’s able to help rehabilitate them. It isn’t until the FBI has him enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox that things get a lot more unpredictable. The dreams he must navigate to get the leverage needed for a confession are the stuff of nightmares and make me thankful that my recurring dream pales in comparison. I hope you’ll check it out.





The Monster Underneath
Samhain Publishing, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

Guest Blog by Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath
Reality can be the difference between a dream and a nightmare…

Max Crawford isn’t a typical prison therapist. He uses his unusual psychic ability to walk with convicts through their dreams, reliving their unspeakable crimes alongside them to show them the error of their ways.

Max always has to be on his toes to keep himself grounded, but the FBI agent waiting for him in his private office immediately puts him on edge. The bureau wants Max to go way outside his comfort zone to enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox.

To get a confession and secure the future of his prison program, Max must gain Knox’s trust by any means necessary—and survive the minefield of secrets waiting inside a murderer’s mind. Secrets that could turn Max’s reality into a living nightmare.





About Matthew

Guest Blog by Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath
Matthew Franks lives in Arlington, Texas with his beautiful wife and children. He studied psychology and creative writing at Louisiana State University then obtained a Master’s Degree in counseling from Texas State University. When he’s not working on his next story, he’s counseling adolescents or trying to keep up with his three highly energetic daughters. You can connect with Matthew at: authormatthewfranks.com.





Twitter @MatthewFranks7

Interview with Somer Canon, author of Vicki Beautiful


Please welcome Somer Canon to The Qwillery. Vicki Beautiful, Somer's debut novella, was published on April 26th by Samhain Publishing.



Interview with Somer Canon, author of Vicki Beautiful




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Somer:  I’ve been writing fiction since I was in high school. I was a blogger for several years but I came back around to fiction about three years ago and started really trying to pursue it as a career.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Somer:  Pantser all the way! I maybe make a few vague notes, but even I usually don’t know much about the story until I get to writing it.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Somer:  Finding the time is a challenge, but I struggle most with Imposter Syndrome. I have a hard time talking about my writing to people and not feeling like I’m just a poser. Actually writing the story is much easier than telling people that it was I who wrote it.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Somer:  Stephen King is a big one, of course. I love the ease of reading with King’s work. I love how you can become so very attached to his characters and really feel for them when they experience the good ol’ Stephen King horrors. Charlaine Harris and Kim Harrison are big ones for me as well because they write these beautifully complicated characters and I can really relate to them as women.



TQDescribe Vicki Beautiful in 140 characters or less.

Somer:  If your best friend wanted you to fulfill their last wishes, would you really do anything for them?



TQTell us something about Vicki Beautiful that is not found in the novella description.

Somer:  A free cooking lesson! I strongly advise against using it, but you’ll learn something new!



TQWhat inspired you to write Vicki Beautiful? What appeals to you about writing horror?

Somer:  I had a dream that inspired the writing of Vicki Beautiful! It was one of those bizarre dreams that just won’t leave you and I had to sit down and try to make it as real as I could through story.

Writing horror comes, first of all, from a lifelong love of horror. My mother and my grandmother were both horror fans and I was raised with it always in my life. When my love of writing came into my life in elementary school, it was only a matter of time until I got the desire to give others the same kind of rush reading horror that I got. I love writing horror because every now and then I surprise myself with how deep I can go. I walk this life as a vaguely normal person, so seeing some of the things I’ve put to paper makes me pleased that that lifelong fandom of horror has rubbed off in fantastic ways.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Vicki Beautiful?

Somer:  I did very little research, actually. Types of cancers and ideal cooking temperatures were the extent.



TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Somer:  Vicki was the easiest character for me to write. I know a Vicki in my personal life and it’s someone that I love very much, so making that person a character was a piece of cake. The hardest character I think was the main character, Sasha. She has a lot of internal conflict as well as the conflicts with Ken and Brynn. The story is from her point of view and it’s on her to really pull off Vicki’s final wishes, something she does not want to do. It was hard for me to talk her into it.



TQWhich question about Vicki Beautiful do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Somer:  “Would you do it?” Honest answer: I’m not sure. Not a definite yes not a definite no.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Vicki Beautiful.

Somer:

“I can see why Vicki trusted you with this,” he said. “This will be beautiful, just like she wanted.” Then he turned and started walking back toward the house.



TQWhat's next?

Somer:  I’m still working and hoping for more published works, all horror. I’m still submitting and waiting for replies. So far, there are no certainties for me, but I am hopeful.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Somer:  Thank you so much for having me!





Vicki Beautiful
Samhain Publishing, April 26, 2016
eNovella, 68 pages

Interview with Somer Canon, author of Vicki Beautiful
One last taste of perfection…

Sasha and Brynn descend upon the showplace home of their girlhood friend, Vicki, planning to celebrate her surviving cancer to reach her fortieth birthday. As they gather around Vicki’s perfectly set dinner table, though, her husband shares devastating news. The cancer is back, and she doesn’t have long to live.

Her life is cut even shorter than Sasha and Brynn expect—the next morning, their friend is found dead, her flawless skin slit at the wrists. But a tub full of blood is only the beginning. Before the weekend is through, they are forced to question how far they’re willing to go to fulfill Vicki’s last wish.

A very specific, very detailed recipe that only the truest of friends could stomach…





About Somer

Interview with Somer Canon, author of Vicki Beautiful
Somer Canon is a minivan revving suburban mother who avoids her neighbors for fear of
being found out as a weirdo. When she’s not peering out of her windows, she’s consuming books, movies, and video games that sate her need for blood, gore, and things that disturb her mother.
Vicki Beautiful is her debut novella.



Find out more about Somer and her upcoming works at her website http://www.somercanon.com. You can also connect with Somer on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SomerM.






Interview with Somer Canon, author of Vicki Beautiful


Interview with Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath


Please welcome Matthew Franks to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews and The Monster Underneath Tour. The Monster Underneath was published on April 5th by Samhain Publishing.



Interview with Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Matthew:  I started writing short stories in the third grade. Initially, I wrote to pass the time between lessons, but inevitably it became my passion. In those days, I wrote in three genres - action adventure, horror, and absurd. In the action adventure stories, a superhero went around beating up bad guys. In the horror stories, a Jason Voorhees type character went around murdering people. As for the absurd stories, well, it may be best to just give an example. In one of them, a kid's ear pops off his head and takes on a life of its own. It cleans itself up, puts on a tux, and gets a job like a person. I still have some of those stories and love looking back at them every now and then.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Matthew:  Definitely a hybrid. It really depends on the story too. For The Monster Underneath, I knew where I was headed, but the subject matter allowed for a more stream-of-consciousness approach. In other works, especially fantasy and science fiction, I find it important to not only plot, but also ensure that the world, or worlds, of the story are well-developed ahead of time. If the setting is complete, I find it much easier to plot and navigate within it.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Matthew:  Finding time. I'm sure that's what a lot of writers say, but it's true. There's always a lot going on in the real world and finding that perfect balance isn't easy.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Matthew:  Many writers have influenced me over the years. William S. Burroughs, Ken Kesey, J.D. Salinger, Aldous Huxley, Tom Robbins, Stephen King, George Orwell, Larry McMurtry just to name a few. I grew up watching a lot of movies so they played a part as well. Horror films like Dreamscape and A Nightmare on Elm Street definitely influenced The Monster Underneath.



TQDescribe The Monster Underneath in 140 characters or less.

Matthew:  A psychic enters the dreams of a suspected serial killer to help the FBI get a confession.



TQTell us something about The Monster Underneath that is not found in the book description.

Matthew:  There are several dream sequences in the book. In one of them, a bloodthirsty Christmas elf makes an appearance.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Monster Underneath? What appeals to you about writing Suspense / Horror?

Matthew:  I've always been fascinated by the concept of someone entering another person's dreams and discovering his or her deeper psychology. Writing a serial killer novel also interested me so the two came together. Suspense/Horror appeals to me because of its broad reaching umbrella. Even within sub-genres, you can take stories to new and even scarier places.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Monster Underneath?

Matthew:  I researched a lot about location, spoke to a criminal defense lawyer about the legal aspects of the story, and looked up little details along the way.



TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Matthew:  The easiest was Max Crawford, the protagonist. A lot of his thought process came from me trying to make sense of the situations he finds himself in throughout the book. The hardest was William Knox, the antagonist. It was challenging to write a suspected serial killer because, thankfully, I've never been one!



TQWhich question about The Monster Underneath do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Matthew:  Will there be a sequel?

Yes! In the sequel, the FBI gets Max to go into the mind of a coma patient to find out who tried to kill her.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Monster Underneath.

Matthew:  How about the first line - "Dreams may shed light on a person's mind, but the second I entered John Asher's dream, things got dark real fast."



TQWhat's next?

Matthew:  In addition to a sequel to The Monster Underneath, I'm also working on a middle grade Science Fiction novel. I'm very excited about both projects and can't wait to share them with the world!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Matthew:  Thank you for having me and all that you do for debut authors. You have a great website!

TQ:  Thank you!





Matthew Franks

The Monster Underneath
Samhain Publishing, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

Interview with Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath
Reality can be the difference between a dream and a nightmare…

Max Crawford isn’t a typical prison therapist. He uses his unusual psychic ability to walk with convicts through their dreams, reliving their unspeakable crimes alongside them to show them the error of their ways.

Max always has to be on his toes to keep himself grounded, but the FBI agent waiting for him in his private office immediately puts him on edge. The bureau wants Max to go way outside his comfort zone to enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox.

To get a confession and secure the future of his prison program, Max must gain Knox’s trust by any means necessary—and survive the minefield of secrets waiting inside a murderer’s mind. Secrets that could turn Max’s reality into a living nightmare.




About Matthew

Interview with Matthew Franks, author of The Monster Underneath
Matthew Franks lives in Arlington, Texas with his beautiful wife and children. He studied psychology and creative writing at Louisiana State University then obtained a Master’s Degree in counseling from Texas State University. When he’s not working on his next story, he’s counseling adolescents or trying to keep up with his three highly energetic daughters. You can connect with Matthew at: authormatthewfranks.com.





Twitter @MatthewFranks7







2016 Debut Author Challenge Update: The Monster Underneath by Matthew Franks


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update: The Monster Underneath by Matthew Franks


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge.


Matthew Franks

The Monster Underneath
Samhain Publishing, April 5, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 208 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update: The Monster Underneath by Matthew Franks
Reality can be the difference between a dream and a nightmare…

Max Crawford isn’t a typical prison therapist. He uses his unusual psychic ability to walk with convicts through their dreams, reliving their unspeakable crimes alongside them to show them the error of their ways.

Max always has to be on his toes to keep himself grounded, but the FBI agent waiting for him in his private office immediately puts him on edge. The bureau wants Max to go way outside his comfort zone to enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox.

To get a confession and secure the future of his prison program, Max must gain Knox’s trust by any means necessary—and survive the minefield of secrets waiting inside a murderer’s mind. Secrets that could turn Max’s reality into a living nightmare.

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk


2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge.


Brian Kirk

We Are Monsters
Samhain Publishing, July 7, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 312 pages

2015 Debut Author Challenge Update - We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk
The Apocalypse has come to the Sugar Hill mental asylum. 

He’s the hospital’s newest, and most notorious, patient—a paranoid schizophrenic who sees humanity’s dark side.

Luckily he’s in good hands. Dr. Eli Alpert has a talent for healing tortured souls. And his protégé is working on a cure for schizophrenia, a drug that returns patients to their former selves. But unforeseen side effects are starting to emerge. Forcing prior traumas to the surface. Setting inner demons free.

Monsters have been unleashed inside the Sugar Hill mental asylum. They don’t have fangs or claws. They look just like you or me.

Guest Blog by JG Faherty - A Discussion of Horror? - June 25, 2015


Please welcome JG Faherty to The Qwillery. I had the pleasure of meeting JG at BEA in May. I'm thrilled that he's sharing his thoughts on what is horror with us today.

JG's most recent novel is The Cure and most recent novella is Winterwood both published on May 5, 2015 by Samhain Publishing.



Guest Blog by JG Faherty - A Discussion of Horror? - June 25, 2015




A Discussion of Horror?
Guest post by JG Faherty

I write horror. At least, that's what I tell most people, and that's how I tend to get categorized. Of course, like most writers, I do more than that. I write science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, and pieces that fall into various sub-categories such as paranormal romance, paranormal erotica, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, weird fiction... the list, like the possibilities for stories, is probably endless.

Being labeled a horror writer – or any other kind of writer, comes with built-in advantageous and disadvantages. Genres have ready-made target audiences, but the various terms can also push away potential readers with a pre-cast prejudice. "Horror? Oh, that's all blood and guts. I don't like that." "Paranormal romance? Oh, that's for girls." "Science fiction? No, I like stuff with more adventure."

Which leads me to the idea of definitions, and back to the title of this blog. What is horror? Perhaps if more people understood the term they'd be more apt to browse some titles and see that there's plenty under that umbrella to pique their interest.

For me, horror encompasses anything that is "dark fiction." Pieces of writing that exist to create a sense of fear, unease, terror, or just plain chills in the reader. Horror isn't just entrails flopping on the ground, nor is ghosts wafting across a darkened moors or a possessed child spouting bad language and last night's dinner with equal ease. Horror is a feeling, or perhaps a set of feelings, and they are not beholden to any one category of fiction. Which is why my go-to term, dark fiction, is more accurate. You can think of it as books meant to be read in the dark, or books that have a dark tone, or books that involve dark acts and creatures of the dark.

Dark fiction also allows for the inclusion of other genres, which is appropriate. Just because something is sci-fi or fantasy or gothic doesn't mean it can't be dark. And by dark I am referring to things worse than criminal activities. I discuss this with parents, librarians, and teachers all the time, especially when I hear "I don't read horror." Or "I don't want my kids to read horror." The truth is, you do. And they do. Don't believe me? Look at these examples:

Frankenstein: Technically, it's as much science fiction as it is horror.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Either science fiction or early steampunk, your choice. But the horror aspects – giant squid, murder, mysterious dangers – are all there as well.
Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Time Machine – both a mix of sci-fi and horror. Same goes for the Invisible Man and old Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.
Dracula: A classic gothic romance with a vampire tossed in to change things around.
A Christmas Carol – ghosts, ghosts, and more ghosts. Maybe the first urban fantasy?
The Grimm fairy tales – you must be kidding. Cannibalism, torture, monsters... horror at its very best.

I could go on, but you get the picture. Many of what we today call 'classics' are in some part – if not all – horror. Yet we don't classify them that way. They are 'fiction.' They are 'gothic.' They are 'children's tales.' It demonstrates how there once was a time when we didn't need so many labels. It was all just fiction, and you called it for what it was: scary fiction, romantic fiction, adventure, etc. But descriptions turned into labels, and then labels into categories in book stores, and categories begat sub-categories... and now we're stuck with so many sub-genres that it can be overwhelming when searching Amazon for a book, or discussing your favorite kind of story with someone.

Lots of readers like the idea of specific labels, because they have a certain type of fiction they prefer to read, any searching online for those types of books is a lot easier when you can turn to ready-made, corporate-approved labeling. You like Twilight? Young adult paranormal romance is for you. The Harry Dresden books? Check out all our urban fantasy titles. Soldiers hunting werewolves? Military paranormal horror is your safe place. And so on.

Yes, it makes things easier when you want to buy a book. But it also hinders the joy of finding new things to read, of expanding your horizons. Remember when you would go into the local bookstore and the only labels they had were Science Fiction and Horror? You never knew what you'd find, and you often had to search both categories because sometimes things got classified oddly. (I'll never understand why my local Barnes & Noble back in the 1990s always put the Saberhagen Dracula books in the sci fi section.) You would look at all the titles, examine the covers of anything that looked interesting, and maybe walk out with something new to try. A ghost story instead of vampires. An unknown writer instead of King or Straub. Some stores even dropped the horror category altogether and just placed them in Fiction. Part marketing strategy as horror bottomed out, but also weirdly accurate. Because it's all just fiction.

Let's take my most recent novel The Cure as an example. In the 1980s or 1990s, it would have sat on a shelf mixed in with all the other horror novels, right between Dennis Etchison and John Farris (not a bad place to be, am I right?). The story of a woman who has the power to both cure people or kill them just by touching them. But she can't control it. Now her life is in ruins and she's on the run from the government and two criminal organizations. And all the while, this power is growing. Changing.

Now, however, I can't just market it as horror. Because there are whole subsets of readers who wouldn't bother to look at the back cover and see what the book is about. So I also market it as a paranormal thriller and as a story about a woman's retribution against the people who've abused and wronged her.

And what about my other books? They run the gamut of subcategories:
Carnival of Fear: classic monster horror
The Burning Time: Southern Gothic
Cemetery Club: Zombies
Cult of the Black Jaguar: Supernatural Pulp Fiction
Legacy: Lovecraftian quiet terror
Fatal Consequences: Ghost story
Thief of Souls: Suspense/Revenge, with a twist of supernatural
Castle by the Sea: Gothic tragedy
Winterwood: Fairy Tale

And my short stories – science fiction, sword and sorcery, mysteries, thrillers, weird fiction.

All of it with a dark twist, to be sure (although I've done some humorous horror as well), but nevertheless not traditional 'horror' as most people think of it. Just plain old fiction.

That's why my business card doesn't say Horror Author. It reads: JG Faherty, author of Dark Fiction, Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. Cover all the bases, that's my motto.

So now let's get ready for comments.

What does horror mean to you? And how should it be labeled?

*My thanks to Sally and The Qwillery for having me on!)





The Cure
Samhain Publishing, May 5, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 264 pages

Guest Blog by JG Faherty - A Discussion of Horror? - June 25, 2015
She was born with the power to cure. Now she’s developed the power to kill.

Leah DeGarmo has the power to cure with just a touch. But with her gift comes a dark side: Whatever she takes in she has to pass on, or suffer it herself. Now a sadistic criminal has discovered what she can do and he’ll stop at nothing to control her. He makes a mistake, though, when he kills the man she loves, triggering a rage inside her that releases a new power she didn’t know she had: the ability to kill. Transformed into a demon of retribution, Leah resurrects her lover and embarks on a mission to destroy her enemies. The only question is, does she control her power or does it control her?




Winterwood
Childhood Fears
Samhain Publishing, May 5, 2015
eNovella

Guest Blog by JG Faherty - A Discussion of Horror? - June 25, 2015

You’d better watch out!

No one in Anders Bach’s family believed his old tales of Winterwood, a place where Krampus and his Wild Hunt rule a frozen land and where bad children don’t get coal for Christmas, they get baked into pies or forced into slavery. But now the Yule Lads have kidnapped Anders’s grandsons, and he has to rescue them before they’re lost forever. Anders and his daughter must cross the divide between worlds and enter Winterwood, where evil holds sway and even the reindeer have a taste for human flesh. By the time the sun rises, they’ll learn the awful truth about Winterwood: there is no escape without sacrifice.





About JG Faherty

Guest Blog by JG Faherty - A Discussion of Horror? - June 25, 2015

JG Faherty is the Bram Stoker Award®- and Thriller Award-nominated author of five novels, including his most recent, The Cure, seven novellas, and more than 50 short stories. He writes adult and YA horror/sci-fi/fantasy, and his works range from quiet, dark suspense to over-the-top comic gruesomeness. You can follow him at twitter.com/jgfaherty, www.facebook.com/jgfaherty, and http://jgfaherty-blog.blogspot.com/

Childhood Fears - 2nd Horror Anthology from Samhain Publishing


I took a bit of time yesterday to start preparing the May 2015 genre list and noticed these 4 eNovellas from Samhain Publishing. The 4 eNovellas will be published in digital format on May 5th, with a print version collecting the 4 novellas out this fall. Don't look if you are coulrophobic (afraid of clowns) or creepy pandas scare you.


Scarecrows
Author: Christine Hayton
Series: Childhood Fears
Samhain Publishing, May 5, 2015
eNovella

They do more than frighten birds. Much more.

Early one morning in the fall of 1964, Robert searched for his missing six-year-old daughter, Cathy. He found her asleep in a nearby cornfield, covered in blood and holding a small axe. A few feet away lay the mutilated body of her classmate Emily.

Assumed guilty of murder, Cathy lived in a hospital for insane children. She always gave the same account of what happened. She talked of murderous scarecrows that roamed the cornfield on moonlit nights. Her doctors considered her delusional. The police, her neighbors and the press thought she was dangerous. And so she remained incarcerated. No one believed her. That was a mistake.




The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave
Author: J.H. Moncrieff
Series: Childhood Fears
Samhain Publishing, May 5, 2015
eNovella

Sometimes evil looks like a fuzzy teddy bear.

Still grieving the untimely death of his dad, ten-year-old Josh Leary is reluctant to accept a well-worn stuffed teddy bear from his new stepfather. He soon learns he was right to be wary. Edgar is no ordinary toy...and he doesn’t like being rejected. When Josh banishes him to the closet, terrible things begin to happen.

Desperate to be rid of the bear, Josh engages the help of a friend. As the boys’ efforts rebound on them with horrifying results, Josh is forced to accept the truth—Edgar will always get even.






Winterwood
Author: JG Faherty
Series: Childhood Fears
Samhain Publishing, May 5, 2015
eNovella


You’d better watch out!

No one in Anders Bach’s family believed his old tales of Winterwood, a place where Krampus and his Wild Hunt rule a frozen land and where bad children don’t get coal for Christmas, they get baked into pies or forced into slavery. But now the Yule Lads have kidnapped Anders’s grandsons, and he has to rescue them before they’re lost forever. Anders and his daughter must cross the divide between worlds and enter Winterwood, where evil holds sway and even the reindeer have a taste for human flesh. By the time the sun rises, they’ll learn the awful truth about Winterwood: there is no escape without sacrifice.




Nightmare in Greasepaint
Authors: L.L. Soares, G. Daniel Gunn
Series: Childhood Fears
Samhain Publishing, May 5, 2015
eNovella

Some family legacies are best left buried.

Will Pallasso has brought his wife and young son, Billy, back to his childhood home to settle his late mother’s affairs…and remove all traces of his haunted past. But now hideous memories are coming back to Will, and Billy has started suffering from night terrors. Returning to this house was a big mistake. Some memories should not be disturbed, and some nightmares will not stay buried forever.
Especially nightmares that wear greasepaint spattered with blood.





The Press Release

Samhain Horror announces accepted authors for upcoming Childhood Fears anthology
Second Samhain Horror anthology to be published in May, 2015

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) October 15, 2014

International publisher Samhain Publishing® today announced that executive editor for Samhain Horror Don D’Auria has selected authors for the second Samhain Horror anthology. The anthology, titled Childhood Fears, will be published in two parts. First, the four individual novellas will be published as ebooks in May, 2015. Then, all four novellas will be combined for print and will be published in trade paperback in October, 2015. This is the same model of release used for Samhain Horror’s highly successful Gothic horror anthology collection, What Waits In The Shadows, which was published in 2014.

The anthology call for submissions was once again very popular among horror authors. Out of more than one hundred submitted works, the four selected manuscripts are:

Nightmare in Greasepaint, by L.L. Soares and G. Daniel Gunn
Scarecrows, by Christine Hayton
The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave, by Holli Moncrieff
Winterwood, by J.G. Faherty

“We were excited to receive so many excellent submissions for this second anthology call at Samhain Horror, resulting in four remarkable tales of horror from the depths of childhood memories and fears,” says D’Auria. “In addition to welcoming back author J.G. Faherty, we are proud to introduce authors Christine Hayton, Holli Moncrieff, and L.L. Soares and G. Daniel Gunn as new Samhain authors.”

To learn more about this title and all Samhain Horror books, and to order books at a special discounted rate, visit the publisher online at http://www.samhainhorror.com.

About Samhain Publishing

Samhain Publishing® is an international publisher of ebook and traditional print fiction, whose diverse array of titles include all genres of romance fiction, award-winning horror fiction, and Retro Romance® fiction—a program which enables previously print-only titles to reach a new e-reading audience. An acknowledged expert in digital publishing since its founding in 2005, Samhain is dedicated to ensuring extraordinary stories reach every reader. To learn why at Samhain “It’s all about the story…”, visit Samhain Publishing online at http://www.samhainpublishing.com.

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