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Author: William Knight
A grotesque figure emerges from the sodden undergrowth; lost, lonely and starving it is mown down by a speeding car on the edge of a remote forest. Ghostly apparitions haunt a rural Northumberland community. A renowned forensic scientist is troubled by impossible results and unprecedented interference from an influential drug company. Hendrix ‘Aitch’ Harrison is a tech-phobic journalist who must link these events together. Normally side-lined to investigate UFOs and big-beast myths, but thrust into world of cynical corporate motivations, Hendrix is aided by a determined and ambitious entomologist. Together they delve into a grisly world of clinical trials and a viral treatment beyond imagining. In a game of escalating dangers, Aitch must battle more than his fear of technology to expose the macabre fate of the drugged victims donated to scientific research.
Author: Edward Kent
Publisher: Edward Kent
For Ed Kirk, your, normal sixteen year-old high school student, the world changed the day he awoke to a plague that had turned almost everyone around him into flesh-eating zombies. Now, fighting the virus himself, he must find a way out of the small town he used to call home. Fleeing from the hordes of living dead, he and his girlfriend, Lisa Jane, fight for survival and cling to the hope that they can find help and a cure for the virus that is slowly eating away inside Ed, and that will eventually turn him into one of the undead creatures they are desperately trying to escape. Can they find a way to survive before it’s too late?
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Author: Pavarti K Tyler
Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
Consumed by Love is the story of a couple who must face one partner’s supernatural transformation. This short piece is written in the style of a classic horror story with a dark take on the addictive nature of love. At just over 5,000 words, this fun story is the perfect short diversion from your daily grind. It’s available free at most online sites.
Author: Rohan Quine
Publisher: EC1 Digital and the Firsty Group
Alone in his skyscraper office one night, Jaymi undergoes a transformation that changes his life: he acquires the power to see into others’ minds, and then to control and project their thoughts. Realising the power of this, he hypnotises a media mogul into broadcasting an electrifying extravaganza of sound and vision emanating from Jaymi, the like of which has never been witnessed before. However, one of the mogul’s underlings has more subversive plans for milking Jaymi’s talent, involving the theft of others’ imaginations and intimate memories for commercial gain. This huge broadcast plunges Jaymi and his friend Alaia into the underbelly of Asbury Park – a seaside town once thriving but now half-forgotten, whose oceanfront is almost a ghost town. Ruled by gangsters and drug dealers, headed by Lucan, it is populated by lost souls and the beautiful who have fallen on hard times. Blackmailed into thieving the most private and primal parts of their imaginations, Jaymi discovers a web of secrets and provocations simmering beneath the surface of the town, about to explode. Delving into the most extreme possibilities of imagination, personality and love, The Imagination Thief explores the universal human predicaments of power, beauty, happiness, hopelessness, good and evil.
Author: Jenny Twist
Series: The Mantequero Series
When June went to Spain for Christmas she met the man of her dreams. Night after night he came to visit her – and day after day she got thinner and thinner. In Spain they have a different kind of vampire!
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Author: James Schannep
Series: Click Your Poison
3 Unique Storylines. Over 50 Possible Endings. Just one question... Will YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? Everyone has their plan; what they'd do to survive if and when the zombie apocalypse happens. Now you can see how you'd hold up against the legions of undead without needing to call the CDC because crazed bath salts users are trying to eat your face off. Here's how it works: You, Dear Reader, are the main character of this story. Live, die, and rise again based solely on the merit of your own choices. The boards are in place, so that should buy you some time, but they won't hold forever: -Fend them off one by one with my Louisville Slugger. I don't care if I have to battle the whole town! Go to page 55 -I'll grab what I can and head up to the attic. Spiders and rats over zombies any day! Go to page 170 -Down into the basement. I've already got some stuff down there, and it works in the movies! Go to page 301
Why is the ghost of a distressed woman running through a corridor in the Paris metro? Kay, a translator, finds herself being drawn into a puzzling web involving two gifted musicians, a maker of beautiful jewellery and a morose but attractive bookseller with a passion for poetry, who may have caused his wife’s death. Key to the mystery is the fate of a missing black cat. The story of secrets and betrayals unfolds against the backdrop of present-day Paris, with its boulevards and cafés, tiny flats in old buildings, bridges over the Seine, and not least the dark underground maze of tunnels and corridors that make up the metro. Should limits be set to love? And what are the consequences of sexual jealousy? They will all find out – except, perhaps, the cat.
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