Because good fangirls & fanboys follow the object of their latest restraining order on social media, and subscribe to their newsletters. If you’ve been very good, you might have received this beauty from Ash Ericmore –
It Is His Gift to Us, The Readers
Well, At Least To Us Cool Ones 😎
You can try to be naughty and subscribe now, better late than never, right? Or… What if it’s too naughty and you end up in next year’s book?!
This really is a awesome surprise, and the story itself is particularly brutal. And, Holy Snowballs, I did not expect that ending!!
That’s all you get from me. Except for one last little poke at ya, just to be festive… If you don’t find a way to get your peepers on a copy of your own, you’ll be missing out on the greatest opening line since once T’was The Night Before Christmas! (Ash, that is truly awesome, high five! 🖐️)
I think that deserves a 10 Christmas Tree rating, because it’s my site, and I’ll do what I want 😜 Hahaha!! Until next post – stay safe, stay healthy, and stay on Santa’s Nice List!
Christmas brings out the best and worst in many people the world over — thus, lighting a fire in the bellies of storytellers who wish to strike warm fuzzies or tantalising terror in reader’s hearts. You won’t find the warm fuzzy feeling here; that’s not what we do!Don’t forget the milk and cookies, you’re going to need some extreme comforting while reading this collection of frightful festive horror shenanigans!*
After releasing several best-selling anthology series, I wanted to do something new. Having worked with a tremendous number of authors over the years, I decided to gather some of my favourites together and do an unthemed book. [Best of Indie Horror, and The Best Of Indie Horror Christmas Edition] are the result of that idea. Inside the covers, you will find an array of styles covering a wealth of sub genres. I present you with, the best of indie horror. ~ Kevin J. Kennedy
I don’t have this blog just to #SupportIndieHorror, I LOVE reading indie horror, and that’s how this blog was born. Almost a decade later and things have only gotten better! And I’m far from alone – we’ve watched authors grow, get famous, watched their books turn into movies, it’s crazy! I love being able to turn to The Dark Defender and say “OMG, I’m friends with them!” We’ve watched this genre grow, too! It’s never been easier for us Extreme Horror fans to find someone new to check out. Keven put together a kick ass collection of indie authors for this book of crazy Christmas shenanigans! Some names you’ll surely recognize, and a few you’ll be reading for the first time here. Check out this line up…
The book begins the way all holidays should – with traditions! TRADITION by Steve Stred in this case. Jacob, a man obsessed with Christmas. His quest for this year’s family tree begins with a heavenly spa, but things go south (see what I did there 😂) quickly when Jacob makes his first cut into o tannenbaum.
From there, see what Lex H. Jones has in store on the TOP FLOOR: SEASONAL FURNISHINGS AND CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. One of the men on the night shift janitorial crew, Thomas, finds a weird door while cleaning the department store he works in. He follows the path up the stairs and finds a whole floor of outdated Christmas supplies, and displays! As he looks around, he can’t believe how different it is from the way things are today. Then he starts to get dizzy… Doesn’t it seem odd to him that the doorway was blocked off and hidden behind a mural? He didn’t even think that maybe there’s a reason it was so well hidden. Now look at him. SMDH.
When we make our way back downstairs, RJ Roles pits scam artist against scam artist in PENNIES FOR SANTA. The generosity of strangers is bypassing Todd and his bell-ringer bucket this year. Seems that Santa’s little elves are working on something of their very own this season. As for Santa, well, read on …
CLITORIS KRAMPUS is one of my standouts among these cheerful holiday tales. Zoltán Komor brings us a love story where Mrs. Claus still adores her husband after all this time, and goes to great lengths to prove it. And that’s only the beginning, honey!
Veronica Smith fills us in on the true story of those creepy little trolls that follow Santa around in LET THE DAMN ELVES DIE ALREADY. It’s about little Candace, who saw her first elf at age six. Ten years later she sees the elves again, but this time it’s on HER terms.
Another stand out story from this collection is THE MALL SANTA by Eric Butler. After a failed job, a missing sister, and an eighteen month hiatus, a group of ‘friends’ reunite for one more score – they are going to rob Santa! Santa might have other plans though…
Patrick Reuman tells us a bedtime story about Santa’s origins in SANTA CLAWS. His real name, how he knows if you’ve been naughty or nice, and what happens to the naughty boys and girls after their parents lay them down for a long winter’s nap and Santa Claws comes to town.
I love the nod to The Devil’s Rejects in A LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE by Matthew V. Brockmeyer. There’s a lot going on in this one, and is a little bleak. It’s a great story, but I kind of want to take a shower and shake it off, lol. There is a little light at the end of the tunnel – but not for everyone! Maybe that’s part of the miracle…
BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BAUBLES aren’t the only things in this festive short by David Owain Hughes. It also comes with hired assassins, zombie elves, and Klaws – you’ll find out exactly WHO he is when you read it.
You’ll find out that Matthew A. Clarke is about to bring us a fun yuletide yarn on the very first page of GOLDEN TICKET. The real ‘baubles’ show up one story late in the lineup! Telling your kids Christmas stories on Christmas Eve is a beautiful tradition, and it’s even more fun when you know you’re not supposed to be talking about this particular story. But, if you can’t talk about butt stuff on Christmas then what’s the point?
Kevin J. Kennedy wraps up this anthology by telling us a tale about a brother and sister that reunite to spend the holidays together for the first time since their parents died. Too bad they’re doing it in THE CHRISTMAS CABIN FROM HELL. Once they notice the three evil snowmen outside the only door, it’s probably already too late! I am really happy to tell you that this does not follow the typical horror movie formula, so Kev gets bonus points for that!
The Best of Indie Horror: Christmas Edition is available for FREE with Kindle Unlimited. Pick it up on Amazon now!
EDIT: That’s it for this one guys. It was scheduled to post days ago, but I screwed something up trying to schedule it, so… here we are. I have R&R many holiday horror anthologies over the years, I can’t get enough of ’em! Tell me what your favorite holiday collection is in the comments!
Steve Stred got me curious about other family holiday traditions… I want to hear about your family, and any weird things you might have to do every year. If you guys play along, I have a fun one to share with you!
Jon Athan, the illustrious author of The Abuse of Ashley Collins and Grandfather’s House, brings you his 50th novel with this story of family and tragedy, discipline and abuse, and good deeds and bad consequences.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
After tragedy strikes their home, Frederick Chandler—a stern, irritable, violent widower—pulls his teenage daughter, Sydney, out of school and locks her in his attic. He justifies his actions by claiming he’s protecting her from a cruel world while homeschooling her. But when a new neighbor moves into the house next door and their teenage son, Seth, interferes with his plans, Frederick begins to tighten his grip on Sydney—and Sydney starts fighting back. Discipline and homeschooling quickly turn into abuse and lessons of violence.Can Sydney survive her father’s wrath? Can Seth rescue her before it’s too late?
Amazon Product Description
Wow. Just… wow.
Jon Athan celebrates the release of his 50th novel with his bleakest story to date. I just wanted to shower and go to bed with my teddy bear. There are places where I just wanted to scream at the father, and times I broke down in tears for all Sydney has endured. The abuse is coming from every direction, and this twisted man who is her father finds ways to justify everything he is doing to his own flesh and blood. And once justified, the next step is so much easier to take, so it just gets worse, and worse.
And that’s just the first part of the story – minus an agonizing, gut-wrenching part that hasn’t been spoken of, so no spoilers here. Can Sydney’s salvation come from a teenage boy? Did you read Jeff Strand’s Autumn Bleeds to Winter? That gave me more faith to put into the teenage hero angle, so yeah, I can see that. But Jon Athan keeps things more true to life with the cluster fuck of events that follow here, every bad decision stacking up like a horrific Jenga. Watch out, because when those blocks come tumbling down, you still won’t be prepared.
Oh wouldja look at that! My formatting has turned out to be the author’s initials!
Grab your copy of THE GIRL IN THE ATTIC from Amazon, and don’t forget to leave a review at your favorite place (s) to leave reviews at!
I am surprised how much this story creeped me out!
Normally, I prefer to have Alexa read to me, or even the TTS in the Kindle Fire I have is pretty good – compared to my last Kindle anyway. My point being… I’m used to Alexa, and my older, British mom type reading me my extreme horror when necessary. In most of the audio books I’ve tried, the narrator pulls me out if the story, if I’m ever able to get there in the first place. That is not the case here. The woman doing the audio for Donn, TX made the story! I’m going to have to come back to edit her name in I think. I can only remember Micha. Just so you know, my fingers are crossed, and I’m hoping she comes back to narrate ‘every year’ 😉 In 1952 we are traveling with a young couple on a road trip to see her parents, and the ‘her’ is very, very pregnant. She is having a hard go of things, puking every few miles, and it’s time to take a rest for the night. In Donn, Texas. ♪ donn donn DONNNNN ♪ Head to Eric Butler’s website to get the lay if the land, and find out what happens during the couple’s siesta – you can download a copy of the written book, or listen to the audio free on the page. I am really excited to find out ALL the evils of Donn, TX!
Every month or so there will be another addition to the Donn, TX Universe. They will come out as eBooks and Audio Books. Around every 50,000 words produced, the stories will be collected into a paperback edition. This way there are a number of ways for you to enjoy and consume The Donn, TX Collection.
Amy’s expectation of a relaxing summer of housekeeping at a theme park hotel is shattered as guests and staff alike are overcome with carnal desires that cross all lines of decency. Can she escape with her sanity intact? Can she even make it out of the hotel?
Grab your phone, get on your app and get in on this, because WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE is only 50¢!
With GODLESS starting this event so hot and heavy already, the end of the month could bring on many party related injuries! (Oooo… I hope my eyeballs don’t pop out, I’m not real tight with Alexa’s new voice yet! 😲)
This is another one I have been really excited for, yay!! Oh, who am I kidding, I’M EXCITED FOR THEM ALL!!!
Don’t forget to leave a him a review in your favorite places, and visit him on social media & his website, (really – check that shit out).
You know about here is where I’d normally leave links for you to all the authors places to hide, and I already went and got them BUT I discovered something awesome on Mr. Robinson’s Facebook… LinkTree!! It’s so awesome! Go there! Do that! I opened my account in the middle of this, and I’m going to get it filled in now. Head on over to Godless and get your Disney-ish style freak on!
Hank loves his job as the night shift watchman. He sees all that goes on inside the walls of the depraved facility. It’s a playground for the filthy rich. The rules are simple; what the rich want the rich get.
Yiu can pick up NIGHT SHIFT right off of your Godless App, or scoop it up the dot com for only 99¢ PLUS you’ll automatically be put into the drawing to win a pretty bad ass Godless cranial accessories. You can’t beat that with a stick.
While you’re there, pick up Manic if you haven’t already. This is the one that made me fall in love with her – she’s my hero. Love Stumped is also waiting for you, so maybe just go all in for a menage et trois since it iS Lindsay Crook day.
7 days. 168 hours. 10,080 minutes. 604,800 seconds. A lot can happen in one week. What could go wrong?
Don’t forget to leave a review on your favorite place to leave reviews! #SupportIndieHorror. If you’d like to connect, you can hit her up on Facebook, or whatever your preferred social media platform may be.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some reading to do… Talk to you soon! Stay safe & stay healthy!!
WARNING – Once you start this book, you won’t be able to stop until the last book is finished. If you picked up this series before reading anything else from this author, Sanger Entertainment was born in the blood of Games The Complete Series Books 1-6. I was really excited about the idea of Sanger getting its own series, but I didn’t have a clue what it was going to be like. The reality of the final project exceeded my wildest imagination! It has everything I wanted – the casino, the collection crews, the underground fighting, and videos, etc. But so much more, too! (Note to author: I absolutely LOVE the pharmacy, nice touch!) And since this is Sea Caummisar we’re talking about, it has all the blood, gore, and always inventive deaths that keep us coming back for more. Beyond all that though…The story that continues throughout these books is outstanding! Together these guys – THOMAS, BRUNO, KURT, and MAX are like brothers, with PAULIE being the honorary, adopted little brother – they’ve grown Sanger into something untouchable. But when the wife and kids kind of family comes in to play, it’s not always so easy to balance. If it comes down to it, which family is more important? It depends on who you ask.
I’ll go over the stories individually at a later time, but it’s so hard to do! Sea Caummisar packs so much story into so few pages that I’m always feeling like I’m balancing on that very thin line between review, or spoiler.
Have you read this series already? Do you have a favorite? I like Kurt & Thomas the most, cuz Max lost his damn fool mind! But, then again, we can’t forget about Paulie… He may not be one of the four founding members, but he’s been here through thick and thin, and knows more secrets than the president should be privy to. It’s really hard to pick a favorite, innt? Gotta boogie for now, but say hey in the comments, let me know you’re still lurking!
P, L & N 💋
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Hey guys! First off, let me apologize again for the lack of content. Until things get straightened out over here, it’s going to be pretty bare bones.
For the moment, and I absolutely hate doing this, go ahead and slap that dot WordPress dot com back on the end of the URL, k? Update your bookmarks for the time being, and please forgive me for the ads coming back – that’s not me. That’s WP making their money.
NOW, BACK TO THE REASON WE’RE HERE –
THE NEW APP FROM GODLESS HORRORS!
If you’re reading this, then you need this app in your life. It’s everything we love about our community, and more!! As soon as you open it – FREE BOOKS! You don’t have to seek them out, they’re front & center. You start to look around and you realize that these are books you WANT, and authors you already know, and enjoy. Each day I see another author writing something exclusive, and letting it go for next to nothing. A couple author’s have pulled their books from Amazon completely, going Godless all the way. The authors are reading and supporting each other – it’s all very cool.
Underground + Indie Horror
Welcome to the Godless app!
Godless is THE underground + indie horror ebook + audio book store that amplifies the voices of self-publish/independent authors + publishers.
At Godless, you can get exclusive horror that you can’t get ANYWHERE else. You can also get exclusive, original, monthly series that lean more toward serialized television shows.
If you’re looking for extreme horror, splatterpunk, bizarro horror, ghost stories, zombie tales, or anything that explores the dark side of fiction… look no further.
Venture outside of the mainstream and embrace the darkness!
There is nothing like Godless and there is no easier way to get into indie horror than with the Godless app!
Check out what one of the authors on the Godless platform has to say, (it should be printed on the app’s description!)
So, is there anything that I forgot to mention? Questions? Comments? (Didja miss me?) Was the whole thing not bloody enough? Just give me a minute! Check back and I’ll get you a peek at some of the content, share my Godless wishlist, and tell you what I’ve already finished! Leave your anythings in the comments and I’ll be back to check your math. Until next time sweeties…
Billy Silver, a low-life, self-downtrodden junkie, needs some cash to get his next fix. After getting kicked out of his own band, Shit Fist, losing his girlfriend, and left with no other options, he decides to sell his flesh to the ink of a needle at a newly opening tattoo shop.The mysterious artist, Talia, tattoos a cryptic design he’s never seen. Shortly after getting inked, compulsions burn underneath his skin. His need to satisfy a newly arisen addiction to self-mutilation begins a descent into darker places than his miserable life never dared go. Eventually, violence against himself is no longer enough to satisfy his cravings. The urge to commit the grotesque brings his brutal tendencies to others… To strangers, to acquaintances, to his prostitute ex-girlfriend…When Billy finds out his band replaced him, with a new vocalist singing his lyrics on stage, Billy’s desires reach their peak, and Talia, behind the fire of his rage, bears witness to all.
Synopsis / Amazon Product Description
I don’t know if I would have found this book if I wasn’t in the Splatterpunk FB group, and it certainly helped that the author is there, too. But, I must say, those guys DO know their horror, and have damn fine taste, so… it would have been mentioned. Either way, now I need to make sure you never wonder the same thing – you need to check out Daniel Volpe’s latest story ‘Billy Silver‘!
The story is dark, it’s gritty, and I kinda wanted to wash my hands when it was over. It’s the perfect backdrop for the characters you’re about to meet. You feel the loneliness, the abandonment, the despair… Hell, you almost feel the needle go into your arm! Perfect time to add a trigger warning, wouldn’t ya say? There is some intense addiction horror here, so blahbidy blahbidy trigger warning.
We interrupt this review with breaking news…I just learned that I’m not allowed to use Addiction Horror as a category. I like to make sure I save my drafts every couple minutes, and the latest draft would not save. “You are not allowed to assign those perimeters”… WTF? I back tracked and tested, and it’s those two words next to each other. Well. Alright. Apologies to Mark Mathews, I guess. This is weird, I used the term with Aron Beauregard recently with no trouble. This must be a new thing. I must research! (I can still say ‘fuck’, so I won’t go into panic mode just yet.) (and p.s., I love how this post’s tags read like ‘101 Reasons To Read This Book!’ ) Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming –
Where were we? So, after a particularly shitty night, Billy wakes up and those all too familiar feelings start crawling in… he needs to score, and soon. This time his hustle is… selling his skin! Lol, no! Not like that! He goes to a new tattoo shop that is about to open, and he is going to let an artist work on him so she can refresh her skills before the shop opens for business. (I’d do for a hundred bucks.) He can feel a difference in his body almost immediately. He’s essentially traded one addiction for another, but this new desire isn’t like any drug he’s ever done before. He doesn’t want the high. He wants pain. When he finally gets home and gives into the urges that overtake him, self-mutilation doesn’t even come close to describing the things he’s doing! He just fucking brutalizes his self, (loves it), but the violence and depravity can’t satiate the dark urges. He needs more – so he goes out and gets it!!
It’s 🎉 time for another warning! Yay! Some animal violence is hinted at in here, but it’s not bad. I don’t think it’s much to worry about, but blahbidy blahbidy trigger warning.
This is a great book, it’s different – no cookie cutter, or assembly line horror here. I love it! I’m excited to go pick up SCARED OF THEDARK, and BITS OF BONE. All three books are available on KU, so you can read for free if you’re a subscriber.
2020 may have been a dumpster fire of a year in every other aspect, but we’ve definitely gotten some great books to read! Extreme Horror has finally gotten some recognition. Books by new EH authors are flying off the shelves, and our favorite EH authors continue to disturb and terrify us in exciting new ways. I’m proud to be a member of this community, in good company with some truly outstanding people!
What book has made a definite impression on you this year? Talk to me! Post your answers, and whatever else you’d like, in the comments. Until next time – stay healthy, happy, and horrifying 👹