Synopsis: Clint is a laughable stalker who lives in a hoard with his decaying mother. Stella is his current fascination, but Clint has no idea what kind of woman Stella is. She’s playing a lifelong game and only she knows the rules. Now she’s made a wrong move and finds herself at Clint’s house, victim to his perverse attentions and bizarre behavior. Is it the perfect place to hide from her past or an insane prison from which she may never escape?
Theres a lot of story packed into these 49 pages!
Clint is a creepy little stalker with some severe mommy issues. When he finds that he has become the ‘stalkee’ – he believes it’s true love ❤️ Stella moves right in, bringing a lot of her own baggage with her. Clint’s mom isn’t very happy with the new arrangements, and she doesn’t let him forget it! He’s going to need to buy a lot more energy drinks to deal with this fresh Hell.
A young man’s visit to the carnival revels secrets of the Carnie culture that leaves him changed forever. Read what happened that compels him to go back to the Carnival, year after year, looking for the prize that eluded him.
A short story of 2500 words. Included is the prologue to the novel, “On the Lips of Children”
I can’t give a a description that’s more witty than the Amazon synopsis. A 30 year old man tells the story of one particular trip to the carnival when he was just 13 years old. He stands at a game on the midway, the one where you throw the dull darts an under-inflated balloons, and he’s admiring the prizes. The rock band t-shirts are off center and obviously bootlegged, but he wants one nonetheless. He knows he would peacock that shirt through the halls at school on Monday!
But, the barker came up with a better way for him to get that coveted shirt – and he could keep that five bucks in his pocket! Just cart a box of shirts from the trailer back to the midway – easy peasy, right?
Mark Mathews is from Detroit, too!
Another fantabulous Michigan author – we’re turning out to be one hell of a state for horror writers!!
Looks like the Michigan Madmen publisher should put out another anthology – I’ll see if I can introduce all the recent madmen to the original three 😉
This story first appeared as part of the Dark Carnival Project by writing blogger Pen and Muse – looks like I need to find the Dark Carnival Project! Sounds like something that should be included in the special post I’ve been working on!!
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.
DON’T FORGET – free download right now! Hurry, grab it, read it, and discuss it!! All comments are welcome!
#FunFact: Matt Schiariti contributed to The Carnival 13, benefiting SCARES THAT CARE , with some of our other favorites – Dan Dillard, Rebecca Besser, and Armand Rosamilia. F³ – Freaks, Fantasy and Fear!
Happy Friday The Thirteenth Horror Lovers!
There is that little inner voice that is whispering things in your ear today, trying to goad you into being a responsible ‘adult‘. It says things like “Unlucky things happen every day” and “Superstition ain’t the way” and “If anything, you’re probably a bit safer today, because many people are hiding out and therefore unable to drop a safe on your head.” LIES! ALL LIES!
Don’t listen to it.
Have we learned nothing from the multitude of horror movies we’ve watched over the years? At the very least, you should listen to the wisdom taught by Uncle Jason…
‘What does Shadow Girl do on Friday The 13th’, you ask?
I’ll tell you what I do! Besides posting these public service announcements to keep you safe, I do what I do best. I read. This year, I’m reading ASBO by Iain Rob Wright, and I’m going to be going back into recently finished books like THE SUMMER I DIED, STEPHEN KING, HOUSEMATES, and HIT, (among others) to sort my thoughts and tell you about them. I’ve been reading some amazing things, without stopping in between to review or discuss. ::finger of shame:: Bad Blogger! ::slaps hand::
What are you doing today?
You could be reading any number of Friday the Thirteenth themed books instead of rewatching the film franchise as it’s being looped on FX for 36 hours! [Or, you know, you could do that, too. Multi-tasking can be fun for horror hounds on days like today ::winks::]
CAMP BLOOD is the internet home of Jason Voorhees, and lists all the books and graphic novels that are attached to the movies in any way. The YA novels are written by multiple authors, and sound like so much fun… it’s a new quest of mine – to read them all. With lines like “I’ve got a little secret for you. The only time you’re safe―really safe―is when you’re dead.” [―Paul Sexton, Mother’s Day, P. 107], and so many crazy story lines (like in The Jason Strain by Christa Faust and Hate-Kill-Repeat by Jason Arnopp), I’m dying to get my hands on them all!
OK. We’ve covered READING for today. But, what other tips and tricks should you know to keep safe today? You should certainly avoid doing unlucky things!! I know you’re a rebel, but don’t purposely go stepping on sidewalk cracks today. Mothers around the world will thank you. Don’t try to be a bad ass, avoid walking under ladders, don’t run down the mirror isle of IKEA with a cart full of bowling balls, and stay away from umbrellas altogether. Here are 13 More Things You Should Definitely Avoid on Friday the 13th…
1. The internet.
The infamous Jerusalem virus of the ’80s (spread through floppy disks!) destroyed all executable files on infected computers every January 13. On January 13, 1989, the virus hit a bunch of IBM PCs in Britain. Keep the devices off.
2. The stock market. Friday, the Thirteenth *[free download] was a weird and popular 1907 novel about an evil trader named Bob Brownley, who wreaks havoc on Wall Street. The novel’s helped cement the date’s evil portents in pop culture with inimitably purple prose:
“Wall Street has lived through many black Fridays. Some of them have been thirteenth-of-the-month Fridays, but no Friday yet marked from the calendar, no Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday yet garnered to the storehouse of the past was ever more jubilantly welcomed by his Satanic Majesty than yesterday.”
And wouldn’t you know, 81 years later, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 190.58 points, on Friday, October 13, 1989 — sure, that’s peanuts compared to the market of today, but why risk it?
3. Vegas. Tupac Shakur died on Friday the 13th, 1996 after a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.
4. The movies. Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, was born on a Friday the 13th, and you don’t want to live his nightmares.
5. The streets.
A 1993 study published in the British Medical Journal found that hospital visits from vehicular accidents increased as much as 52% on Friday the 13th. Stay home.
Triskaidekaphobia expert Dr. Thomas Fernsler of the University of Delaware, known as “Dr. 13”, estimates that absenteeism costs the nation billions each Friday the 13th. So why even bother going in?
This school caught on fire on Friday the 13th of August, 2010. It could happen again.
8. The air.
Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashed in the Andes on Friday, October 13, 1972. The event is the subject of the movie Alive.
9. The water.
On Friday, January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia hit a rock in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Italy, partially sinking the ship and killing 30.
10. The outside.
Hurricane Charley made landfall in Cuba on Friday, August 13, 1992. It is still the eighth most destructive Atlantic hurricane in history. On April 13, 2012, a terrible tornado cluster hit the Midwest. Nature is to be respected. Be safe. (I’m using a clip from the weather channel, because the tornado footage from that day makes me cry)
11. The inside.
Even your house is not safe from today’s curse, at least if you want to sell it: housing sales are 32 percent less on the 13th, reports ABC News.
On Friday, August 13, 1993, the Royal Plaza Hotel in Nakorn Ratchasima, Thailand, caved in, killing 127 people. All six stories collapsed “swiftly and totally.”
13. Staying put.
According to NASA, an asteroid may SLAM into the Earth on a Friday the 13th in 2029. (Check out the freaky data & sciency stuff!) NASA says scientists are hoping it will not hit on April 13th, but ‘shave’ past us, being the brightest asteroid in recorded history. (Never fear! … There’s still a 3.9 in a million chance that 99942 Apophis will return to collide with us later this century.)
When newly weds Jason and Emily moved into their first home together they thought they had the perfect start to their new life together; a quiet house in the middle of the country away from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life.
Unfortunately for them, things take a supernatural turn when they realise the house isn’t quite as empty as they first believed it to be.
The book starts with an idealistic summer backdrop; idealistic if you don’t pay attention to the food burning on the grill, or the huge puddle of blood drying on the pavement. I knew I was in for a ride when I had tears in my eyes at the end of the first chapter.
Fast forward in time a bit to meet Jason & Emily. Newlyweds who put off their honeymoon to purchase their dream home. They arrive, with their dog Roald, just before the moving truck. (Fun Fact: Notice the dogs name? – Leave me a comment if you get it.) We notice strange happenings before they’re even moved in. Once they are, Roald picks up on something – like all pets are known to do.
Jason begins to take notice when doors in the house start slamming closed, but he can’t find the source of a draft no matter how hard he looks.
To weird him out a little more, he gets a surprise visit from Aimee, a strange woman who claims to have once lived in his house. He thinks she looks looney, but, her husband, Ian, comes to collect her – promising it will never happen again. He tells Emily about it, and gets her properly bugged, too. (This bit plants a seed for our minds to silently cultivate while we continue reading.)
While laying in bed with Em that night, having a tiff about how unproductive his days are while she’s off at work, they hear a commotion coming from downstairs. He goes to investigate & finds one of the boxes he neglected to unpack had fallen over, spilling it’s contents onto the floor. He returns to bed, leaving the mess until morning, (and further irritating his wife). The next morning, when Em thanks him for picking up, and knowing he did no such thing, Jason starts to freak out. Could that woman have returned in the night? Is she here now? Roald, you didn’t do this, did ya? (To which he replies O.o – then licks his butt).
By the time Emily gets home from work, Jason has it all figured out. They are sharing their home with the ghost of an eight year old boy, Josh Tomsett, the son of the houses previous owners.
In my best Steffon character voice…
“This book has everything! Ouija boards, surprises, heartbreak, and twists… That thing from the movie Poltergiest where the living play games with the ghost in the kitchen!”
This is another of those stories that dragged my emotions through the ringer. I laughed out loud, cried, got angry, got scared… And, as it always happens to me, during one key moment towards the end… great big huge scary noise from the other room! (Upon investigation, it was the ‘shower caddy’, the thing holding all the shampoos and soaps, it fell right off the side of the shower at a perfect moment. It’s strange how things like that happen!
The only other thing I’ll say is this – we’re in Matt’s world, there are no happy endings.
* The Lost Son also includes a bonus story from the recently published collection SHORTS, titled AS I LAY STILL
I’m a closet geek. Well, as I like to say… geek by day, nerd by night!
In geek speak, an easter egg is a secret message, credit or screen hidden in an application, game, or DVD. Easter eggs typically include a bonus feature or item but can include the names of the developers responsible for the application, extra levels, or bonus content.
Even though the term brings to mind electronic bonus material, I use it for literary bonus material. Those hidden gems authors slip in once in awhile. Matt is famous for them. I try to point out a couple of my favourites from every story, without spoiling things. A couple Easter Eggs in THE LOST SON…
Remember me pointing out the name of the dog?
Roald. I won’t ruin what I said earlier, if you ‘get it’, leave a note in the comments. Need a hint? Read my interview LOW TEA WITH MATT SHAW.
JOSH TOMSETT, our lead ghost in this story, borrows his name from our friend Kim Tomsett, (aka wistfulskimmie)! I’m sure you’ve seen her reviews on Amazon, or chatted with her on Matt’s Facebook wall.
I think it is really cool that Matt interacts and includes his fans throughout his writing process.
At one point, Emily, (while trying to get in touch with Ian Tomsett), was put on the spot when asked for her name. In a pinch, she uses the name Nurse Ratched, (made me laff!!). In case you can’t place the name, Nurse Ratched is the antagonist in the 1962 Ken Kesey novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and in the 1975 movie of the same title. The overbearing, cruel, perfectionist nurse rules the asylum in the story with an iron fist.
Any book nerd like me has called at least one nurse by this name in their lifetime!! Used creatively, you can turn it into an insult on almost anyone!