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Words With Fiends by Matt Schiariti

Words With FiendsWords With Fiends by Matt Schiariti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: When Morgan receives an anonymous invite to play his favorite mobile word game, he readily accepts. He quickly finds himself wishing he hadn’t. As the rules of the game bend and twist, so does his mind. The search to discover the mystery opponent’s identity soon becomes his whole world, but some questions are best left unanswered.
**At the time of this post, Words With Fiends is on sale, available for #FREE download on Amazon. Click a link & grab this SS! – (about 27 pages / appx 10,000 words)

I think we all have ONE game, one guilty pleasure – linked with our social networking so we have hundreds of possible partners at a moment’s notice. I had my Words With Friends phase, and a shorter affair with Hanging With Friends, (‘MY Game’ was Scramble). That pang of excitement every time you hear a new notification beep, or vibration.
What if that pang of excitement turned into a heart-stopping panic? Your opponent knows your dirty little secret and is getting more aggressive with each new word!
Morgan is as addicted to his Words With Friends app as Alex Baldwin! When he accepts a game invitation from ‘SeaShell’, he soon realizes that this is no ordinary game, it’s something much more sinister.
That girl he was with the other night, they we’re out in the middle of nowhere – nobody could have seen what happened, right? ‘SeaShell’ is becoming increasingly more hostile and accusatory with each new post, and Morgan realizes that SOMEONE KNOWS WHAT HE DID.
This is where we ride along with Morgan on his rapid decent to madness.

The author, Matt Schiariti, took the feel of an old Twilight Zone episode and blended it with today’s technology – and he couldn’t have done it better. It could have easily veered off track – right into Cheeseville, to become an entirely different kind of story. (Not saying that’s bad, cheesey can be fun!) But, he kept it classy – a classic feel with a modern spin, and I can picture this as the first in a series of similarly themed stories – if he wanted to explore that route.

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#FunFact: Matt Schiariti contributed to The Carnival 13, benefiting
, with some of our other favorites – Dan Dillard, Rebecca Besser, and Armand Rosamilia.
FÂł – Freaks, Fantasy and Fear!

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THE CABIN By Matt Shaw

The Cabin
Matt Shaw

The Cabin

This is one of the scariest titles I’ve read from Matt Shaw. I could feel that something big was going to happen, and it had me on edge throughout the whole story. I have never jumped from a book, until ‘The Cabin’, and I was hesitant to get out of bed after I finished. I only wish I had ‘The Cabin: Asylum’ ready and waiting for me when I finished. Read this with the lights down low, your feet under the covers, and – trust me – close the curtains!

When Craig was a child, he used to travel to the cabin with his father, a writer, to get away from everything for a bit. These are some of his favorite memories. Now, all grown up and an author himself, he thinks that some time at the cabin is just what he needs to finish his newest book. Unfortunately, his wife, Susan, thinks some time at the cabin with the kids sounds like a perfect family vacation. Not much quiet time for writing now. With his publisher already pushing him about his deadline, and his peaceful getaway turned into an outing, Craig is already on edge. The traffic, whining kids, and smart ass comments from his wife, are pushing him closer every minute – and they’re just barely on the road to Brattleboro. He passes the time telling his family stories his father told him as a child. Tales of the local asylum, insane patients, and suicides, all setting the tone for their arrival. What they find when they get there is not the quaint and peaceful retreat they were expecting. Vandalism, locals, and something sinister await them. And then, the night comes…