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Snaked by Duncan McGeary
Puget Sound, Washington, USA.Within the Juan de Fuca fault, monsters stir.
A coastal town nestled just outside Seattle, Everett is a picture-perfect paradise, but the Indigenous myths tell of when the darkness came out of the ocean and killed everything, the world cleansed and begun anew.
An unusual specimen washed up on the shore has Professors Charlie Wice and Carol Wheatley buzzing with excitement, but what the ocean has spat out is far more dangerous than either could imagine.
As the darkness slithers closer, and the deaths start to mount, the residents of Everett and St Aloysius Island are locked in a battle against an enemy as implacable as they are numerous.
As the earth shakes once again, another battle looms on the horizon – fast flowing and deadly.
Who will survive when the ocean bares its fangs?
“Pure pleasure. The world needed this book.”
—Rudy Rucker, author, The Ware Tetralogy
Congregations of the Dead by James A. Moore & Charles R. Rutledge
In the small town of Wellman, Georgia, Sheriff Carl Price wants nothing more than to ticket speedsters and stop drunks from killing each other in the local bars. Unfortunately things aren’t working out for a simple life.
His best friend, private investigator Wade Griffin, has taken on a case he normally wouldn’t, to try and build his P.I. business and get out of the mercenary game, which leads to trouble with a major regional crime boss.
With a missing teenager and a child abduction to solve, and tension brewing from the other-worldly Blackbourne clan, Griffin and Price have their hands full. But something dark rears its head in the form of a new mountain church and its mysterious and charismatic leader, Reverend Lazarus Cotton.
Once more, Griffin and Price must use the deadly skills learnt in their past, and call upon even deadlier associates when the problems escalate out of their control.
Congregations of the Dead is a redneck adventure-horror of the darkest kind. In the small town of Wellman, Georgia, it’s a damn hot summer.
“I enjoyed Congregations of the Dead so much that it just vaulted to my favorite novel of the year.”
—Horrorworld dot org
“Moore and Rutledge have got the southern, small town feel nailed in Congregations of the Dead.”
—Barry Hunter, Baryon Review
Man with the Iron Heart by Mat Nastos
In May of 1942, Scottish soldier Ian MacAndrew parachutes into the heart of Nazi-occupied Prague on a mission. His success could alter the course of World War 2. MacAndrew and his men are set to kill Reinhart Heydrich, the man best known as The Butcher of Prague. When things go from bad to worse, the veteran soldier finds himself thrust into a battle of myth and legend. With the marble-skinned warrior Donner Grimm at his side, MacAndrew must face off against necromancers.
Nazi berserkers, and the power of the demons known as the Jotnar, all vying to bring about Ragnarok and the end of humanity. Nazis, Norse Gods, and Lovecraftian monsters: what more could you ask for in the midst of World War 2?
Mat Nastos is an artist, director, and writer for film and television. His work has been published by DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Playboy, and Warp Graphics, and has been seen everywhere from the SyFy Channel and Cinemax to the Disney Channel. He lives in Jurupa Valley, California.
Primordial by David Wood and Alan Baxter
Sometimes, the legends are true. When eccentric billionaire, Ellis Holloway, hires renegade marine biologist, Sam Aston, to investigate the legend of a monster in a remote Finnish lake, Aston envisions an easy paycheck and a chance to clear his gambling debts. But he gets much more. There is something terrible living beneath the dark waters of Lake Kaarme and it is hungry. As the death toll mounts, Aston faces superstitious locals, a power-hungry police chief, and a benefactor’s descent into madness as he races to find the legendary beast of the lake.
David Wood is the cohost of the podcast Authorcast. He is the author of The Dane Maddock Adventures. Under his pen name, David Debord, he has written the Absent Gods fantasy series. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Alan Baxter is a British-Australian author who writes dark fantasy, horror and sci-fi, rides a motorcycle and teaches Kung Fu. He is the author of MageSign, RealmShift, and The Alex Caine series. He lives in Australia.
-“Primordial has everything you’d want from a monster story – great characters, a remote location and a creature with bite! Mixing history and lore with science and action, David Wood and Alan Baxter have penned a thriller that is hard to put down.” —Jeremy Robinson, author, Island 731
SNAFU: Black Ops
The very sharpest edge of any military throughout history. Now, they face their greatest challenge yet. Undead, mutations, monsters, all the things no-one ever believed could happen are here in the pages of SNAFU: Black Ops.
Read tales from existing bestselling series by Jonathan Maberry, Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Hank Schwaeble, John O’Brien, and James Lovegrove, along with some of your SNAFU favourites in this collection of the very best stories by the very best writers of military horror.
-“I’ve read the entire SNAFU series and I can wholeheartedly recommend ’em — every one of them delivers the goods.” — Tim Miller, director of Deadpool
Fathomless by Greig Beck
Carcharodon megalodon – the largest and most fearsome predator to have ever existed on our planet. Rumors of its existence in our modern oceans have persisted for centuries. Now, in a new adventure, the rumors explode into brutal and terrifying reality.
Baranof Island, Gulf of Alaska, 1952
Jim Granger is searching for a place of legend. Known as ‘Bad Water’ by the island’s elders, it’s reputed to be home to many dangerous creatures. Through a seam in a cliff face, Jim finds what he seeks. He also finds, too late, that the water demon he was warned about is horrifyingly real.
Today, Cate Granger is following in her grandfather’s footsteps. Along with a team of scientists and crew, she accidentally releases a creature from Earth’s primordial past into today’s oceans. The giant Megalodon shark follows its instinct and a genetic memory of a home that once existed millions of years ago along the Californian coast. Nothing is safe on or below the water as the monster stakes its claim on the world’s oceans.
Now Cate and her team must do battle with a creature that has no rival, knows no fear, and regards humans as nothing more than prey.
Greig Beck is the author of the Alex Hunter series and The First Bird series. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
-“A fast-paced underwater adventure featuring intrepid explorers, cutting-edge technology, and antediluvian creatures of every description — well conceived and solidly executed.” — Michael R. Collings, blogger, Tales from the Bookworm’s Lair
Into the Mist by Lee Murray
WINNER – Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel 2016
When New Zealand Defense Force Sergeant Taine McKenna and his squad are tasked with escorting a bunch of civilian contractors into Te Urewera National Park, it seems a strange job for the army. Militant Tahoe separatists are active in the area, and with its cloying mist and steep ravines, the forest is a treacherous place in winter. Yet nothing has prepared Taine for the true danger that awaits them. They backtrack toward civilization, stalked by a prehistoric creature intent on picking them off one by one. With their weapons ineffective, the babysitting job has become a race for survival.
Taine draws on ancient tribal wisdom as he becomes desperate to bring his charges out alive. Will it be enough to stop the nightmare? And when the mist clears, will anyone be left?
Lee Murray is the author of Battle of the Birds, A Dash of Reality, and Misplaced. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
-“Cinematic and evocative, Into the Mist is a tension-packed expedition into primordial terror . . . It is a tightly woven tale that has a highly original setting and features some great scenes of gore as the best beings to pick off the team one by one.” — Adrian Shotbolt, blogger, The Ginger Nuts Horror
-“… a tension-packed expedition into primordial terror… [Murray] is an author to watch.” — Greig Beck, best-selling author of the Arcadian series.
Angel of the Abyss by Hank Schwaeble
Never one to leave well enough alone, ex-special forces interrogator and demon magnet Jake Hatcher went looking for trouble and found it. Finally able to be with the woman he truly loves, his bank account swollen beyond proportion, life for anyone else would seem charmed, but his good fortune came at a steep price.
Two years after witnessing his former lover, Vivian Fall, disappear into perdition, Jake may finally have been offered a way to free her. But the forces determined to stop him are hidden, and a deal with the devil cannot easily be trusted. Jake must discover for himself if he has what it takes to survive a battle of wit and wills with both an unknown contender for the Throne of Damnation and the being that has been its occupant since the dawn of creation.
Hank Schwaeble is an attorney. He is the author of American Nocturne, Damnable, which received the Bram Stoker Award for best first novel, and the author of Diabolical. He lives in Magnolia, Texas.
-“A bumpy ride through the shadowy back roads of the author’s mind. It’s strange, strange country and the scenery isn’t always pretty . . . but it is one hell of a ride.” –Jonathan Maberry, author, Patient Zero
-“Stunning!” — Joe McKinney, author, Dead City
Jade Gods by Patrick Freivald
As the world frays into occultism and terror, Matt Rowley stands at a crossroads. To rescue his comrade, Isuji Sakura, he must betray the oaths he swore to his country, a country that with every passing day becomes more dangerous to those around him. As Nephilim reveal themselves as modern-day gods demanding sacrifice and worship, Matt’s unique abilities draw him away from his wife and son, whose own powers have made them targets of zealots and government extremists. When a killer crosses the veil to seek revenge on Matt for killing him, he brings gibbering horrors into the real world that render life and sanity to slake their insatiable thirst.
Patrick Freivald is a four-time Bram Stoker Award nominee, a teacher, a beekeeper, and a high school coach for competition robotics. He is the author of Black Tide, Black List, and Jade Sky. He lives in Springwater, New York.
-“An ass-kicking action-fantasy that takes no prisoners. Lightning fast, brutal and way too much fun. Highly recommended!” — Jonathan Maberry, author, Dust & Decay, on Jade Sky
American Nocturne by Hank Schwaeble
American Nocturne is a tour de force of dark fantasy from two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author Hank Schwaeble, a collection of original, first-time stories of horror and noir alongside a select number of his published short fiction combined in what Edgar Award-winner Robert Jackson Bennett describes as “a hardboiled journey into the spectral nightscape at the edges of Americana.” A merging of Sin City and LA Confidential, with a touch of Twilight Zone for added spice, American Nocturne includes what could be the last authorised Carl Kolchak/Night Stalker novella.
Featuring a rousing Introduction by NY Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, American Nocturne is a feast for the imagination, a smorgasbord of stories for those who like their thrills dark and dangerous.
Hank Schwaeble is an attorney. He is the author of Angel of the Abyss, Damnable, which received the Bram Stoker Award for best first novel, and the author of Diabolical. He lives in Magnolia, Texas.
-“Stunning! One of the finest collections in the last ten years!” — Joe McKinney, author, Dead City
-“Dark, surprising, moving and twisted . . . a dazzling collection.” — David Liss, author, The Day of Atonement
Cry Havoc by Jack Hanson
“Join the military, see the world” still has the same draw in the future of 2410 as it has throughout history.
The military only becomes more enticing with the thrill of fighting alongside cosmopolitan alien races and intelligent dinosaurs. Yet for the cadets in their last year of Ganymede Military Academy, they have other worries than simply what the next year in the Janissary Corps will bring.
Jane Harper is a master tactician, but cannot look someone in the eye to speak. Paris Fairnought is greater in all physical aspects to his fellow cadets, but hates the price that was paid for his superior abilities. Salem Winchester is pretty, poised, and looks perfect on the outside, but inside she fears that she will fail as a Janissary. Sand Falconer has a smile for everyone, but his small stature makes him a target for malcontents. Into the midst of these four teenagers, full of self-doubts, steps Assault Sergeant Alexander Black, on special detail to instruct them. The veteran of over a hundred close combat assaults, he has been tasked with molding them into an elite fighting quartet, and he will not be alone in this endeavor. A deadly Khajali Schismatic will show them the meaning of conviction and how to apply to their battles on and off the battlefield. Having turned his back on the wanton, pillaging culture of his people, he knows what it means to walk away from everything to be true to yourself. The Old Blooded, the self-aware and intelligent dinosaurs who fight alongside humanity, will teach the team the wisdom that the dinosaurs have learned through hard struggle in over sixty years of combat. These external forces act upon Epsilon Squad, and the four cadets begin to bond in spite of themselves. That bond allows them to survive a disastrous live patrol, and brings them together when a monster from Black’s past arrives and brings all the dark secrets of the Terran Empire with it.
Can they overcome their flaws and become the heroes they were born to be and, as their motto says, cry havoc?
Jack Hanson is a law enforcement agent who has served in the US Army as a paratrooper in Afghanistan and Iraq. He lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona.
–“A coming of age tale in the tradition of Ender’s Game but with boots on the ground. Expansive, sharp, and well-realized, Hanson weaves a tale of futuristic war that will have people scrambling to sign up and join the fight.” — Tim Marquitz, author, Armageddon Bound
–“Jack Hanson creates characters with emotion and growth, as deftly as he builds complex military science fiction. Cry Havoc is a steady progression from raw recruit training to an epic battle with the return of super-powered heroes of myth, an unexpected return of insidious enemies, and injuries for all — both physical and emotional. And there’s an armored T-rex with a friggin’ railgun.” — Kane Gilmour, author, Resurrect
FUBAR by Weston Ochse
A collection of war stories, articles, and essays, this book compiles more than 20 years of work written by military veteran Weston Ochse. His pieces combine his illustrious career as an armed serviceman with his brilliant and cutting edge fiction. Included are works such as “Fugue on the Sea of Cortez,” “Hiroshima Falling,” “On Tranquility Tides I Ride,” and “Rhythm.”
Weston Ochse is an American author and educator. His first novel won has won the Bram Stoker Award and his short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is the author of Grunt Life, Grunt Traitor, and Seal Team 666. He Lives in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
–“Weston is one of the best authors of our generation.” — Brian Keene, author, The Rising
–“Weston Ochse is to horror what Bradbury is to science fiction — an artist whose craft, stories and voice are so distinct and mesmerizing that you can’t help but be enthralled.” — Dani Kollin, author, The Unincorporated Man
–“Every story engages. Every essay or article intensifies . . . and at the core of that meta story, lies a warrior constantly defining and re-defining himself.” — Michael R. Collings, reviewer and blogger
SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror
War is hell . . . Soldiers fight to survive. They fight each other, and they fight the demons inside. Sometimes, they fight real monsters. This book collects stories of ancient myths, time travelers, horrors in the old west . . . and the soldiers who fight them. Featuring some of the best writers working in the field today, this book includes works from Jonathan Maberry, Weston Ochse, Greig Beck, and James A. Moore who lead the way, with a contingent of emerging authors to back them up.
Fight or die.
–“Consistent quality and extraordinary variety.” — This is Horror, blog