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“Interview With The Vampire” – “From Hell”

Published April 18, 2017 by Shadow Girl

 

It’s been five years since the grisly events in Whitechapel, and the man believed responsible for the crimes, Jack the Ripper, has yet to be captured. Charles Hapgood is writing a book about the murders, and has agreed to meet with someone who has information on the case. Everything about this meeting is unusual, so when the writer invited the stranger into his home at 9:00 p.m., he is already on edge.The man introduces himself as Mr. Miller, and begins to tell Hapgood that he would like to hire him to write his memoirs. Ignoring Hapgood’s obvious irritation, and his many requests to leave, Miller finally brings the conversation back around to the murders, and Annie Chapman. He produces a piece of evidence, unknown to everyone but the investigators, and Charles Hapgood finally understands.
The man sitting in front of him is Jack the Ripper, and he has a story to tell.

We’ve heard the theories, seen the movies, and researched the case online for ourselves. We KNOW this story. Right?
Wrong.
Michael Bray takes us deeper, and gives us a voyeuristic introspective of the MAKING of the Ripper.

 

Part two of I WAS JACK THE RIPPER will be available on May 19th, 2017.

(I can’t wait until May 19th! I’m totally invested in this story, and I can’t wait for more!!)

Christmas Shopping by Angel Gelique

Published December 7, 2016 by Shadow Girl

A tale of Christmas mayhem…

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All Jilly Carson wanted to do was get a little Christmas shopping done with her best friend, Peyton. But when Peyton can’t meet her at the mall, Jilly finds herself feeling anxious and alone as her mother’s cautionary words echo in her head:
“Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t put yourself in that position again. You remember what happened last time….”
When a tall, blonde-haired stranger begins to stalk her, Jilly does everything she can to avoid him.
Feeling scared and vulnerable, she finally decides to leave the mall.
But the blonde-haired man won’t let her flee quite so easily….

 

Download a little bit of horrific holiday fun from Angel Gelique this season and help prepare yourself for the joys of shopping – the crowds… the Christmas music… people in general… ugh! Shoot me now! 

17 year old Jilly Carson just wants to get a little shopping done and be left the fuk alone in the process – too bad the blonde haired stranger can’t take any not-so-subtle hints!

A game of cat & mouse ensues – and there is definitely some blood splatter left on the trap! 

You can get this eBook for FREE (all formats) at Smashwords,  and it’s available FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, or just $ .99 on Amazon.

OFFLINE by Kealan Patrick Burke

Published July 16, 2016 by Shadow Girl

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this #ss by Kealan Patrick Burke!
It was a quick read, but there is a lot of suspense, and cat-fishing going on in the 42 pages of Offline. It’s written in a style that resembles social media posts, and an online chat log. Offline mightAlternate OFFLINE Cover sound like an idea that’s been done before, but I didn’t see what was coming until it smacked me in the face!
Will I be reading more from this author?
Well… I searched my Kindle library for Kelan Patrick Burke and found that I already own Dead Leaves: 8 Tales from the Witching Season, book one of The Turtle Boy series, and a very recent download of The Novellas. Sour Candy has been haunting my TBR list for a minute – (I know because that red cover grabs my attention every time I peruse my unending TBR list!) – so I scooped that up, too. (I’m @ 41% btw). I still want to grab Kin, (I know! I’m shocked that I don’t already have it, too!), and Secret Faces.  Oooooo… I just saw KPB’s Theater Macabre – I need that, too 😉

I have made peace with the fact that I will die with an unfinished TBR list.
#DontJudgeMe

♥ Peace, Love, and Necrophilia ♥
   ~sg

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JEREMY: EVIL HAS ONE NAME by Matt Hickman

Published May 5, 2016 by Shadow Girl

King Jeremy The Wicked

Clearly I remember
Pickin’ on the boy
Seemed a harmless little fuck
But we unleashed a lion
Gnashed his teeth
And bit the recessed lady’s breast
How could I forget

Jeremy is a pretty normal eleven year old, but things are about to change.

His parents are virtually absent in his life, and his home is a lonely place to be. He doesn’t want for material possessions, all he really wants is his parents time and affection.
Instead they spoil him with expensive gifts to compensate for not spending any time with him. His dad’s priority is his work, and he is rarely home – working late or off on another business trip. His mom considers him to be nothing but a hindrance – she doesn’t have time for that in her all-important, self-involved life. She’d rather spend time with her friends than with her own flesh and blood.

He has two best friends; Cole and Samuel. The trio have been practically inseparable since kindergarten. They stay out of any real trouble, and do well in school. They’re not considered the ‘popular kids’, but they’re not outcasts either.

Within two weeks of starting high school together – all that changed. A minor altercation in the lunchroom turned into constant bullying by two other students. The trio did their best to avoid the bullies, and Jeremy even tried to talk to his mom about the problem. He said “They’re making my life a complete misery”, and she just blew him off with a ‘boys will be boys’ attitude as she got ready to leave for a shopping trip with her friends. The very next day Jeremy and Samuel were attacked by one of the bullies, and a freak accident landed them in the hospital putting Jeremy in a coma and fighting for his life.

Jeremy was a good kid.
He didn’t mean for any of this to happen.
But something sinister rises inside him when he awakes, and for the first time in his life… he feels alive and truly powerful.

 

 

 

JEREMY: EVIL HAS ONE NAME on Amazon

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THE FUNERAL: An Extremely Twisted SHORT STORY by Matt Shaw

Published May 3, 2016 by Shadow Girl

“Before a funeral, there needs to be a death.”

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WARNING:

This is A SHORT STORY. It is intended for KU members who have been requesting short, sick, bedtime stories. As part of KU they are able to download this title for free.  If you wish for a longer story to read, do not purchase any of the F*cked-Up Shorts titles.  A good place to start would be The Black Cover Books (for lovers of extreme horror).

 

 

* What doesn’t kill you fucks you up mentally. *

The Funeral deals with grief, loss and redemption.
“You can expect twists & turns – be ready to feel a wide range of emotion.”
Never has a truer sentence been written.
Jason is a character that I can relate to.
He’s going through a bad time in his life right now. He is consumed with destructive thoughts, and wrestling with personal demons. Throughout the entire story I found myself laughing at one sentence, close to tears in the next sentence, and nodding my head in agreement at another.
Jason answers a late night phone call that gives him an ‘unexpected distraction’ from his self destructive thoughts, and it’s time for our second ride on that roller coaster!
It is so easy to see parts of myself in Jason, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who will feel this way.

I often find myself wondering if parts of certain stories are based on real events in the author’s life. I did that a lot in this book, especially when Jason thought about moments of happiness that the he shared with his mom. (Matt – go hug your mom!) Not every memory is a great one, there are regrets – just like real life.

The ending was a very unexpected script twist! Trust me… this is one that you wont see coming.

*BONUS POINTS for the ‘failed gas oven suicide attempt’!!  
(Depression + OCD = hilarity!)
*EVEN MORE BONUS POINTS for Jason’s reasons to pass on each method on the internet’s ‘top ten’ list.

 

The Funeral on Amazon
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The Funeral on Goodreads
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Smitherd and Shaw ~ Are You Sure? A New Podcast ~ Coming Soon

THE DUMPING GAME by Stephen Donald Huff

Published May 1, 2016 by Shadow Girl

 

I recently had a chat with Stephen Donald Huff in the comments of a review I posted for another one of his short stories, (check out SHIT on it’s Amazon page. and read my review HERE).

Stephen recommended a few titles that he thought I might enjoy based on my review of SHIT  – he suggested Perverse (“a semi-biographical sketch”), Mr. Accident, Horrid Torrid, and, this book especially – The Dumping Game. I’m really happy that we finally connected, and that he told me about some of his favorites because picking my next read gets difficult when there are so many new (to me) titles to choose from

Because he stated that The Dumping Game  is “a personal favorite and also semi-biographical”,  it’s the one that I chose to download first. Now… the actual Dumping Game is on my “Things To Do Before I Die” bucket list >.<

What is The Dumping Game?

As its name implies, it begins with garbage and ends with garbage, but its ultimate goal is the destruction of human lives and the dismantlement of otherwise happy families.

We get to follow along as the game progresses from ‘a harmless prank to a journey into madness‘.  Whenever I found myself starting to empathize with the ‘prankee’, my inner demon poked her little head out and laughed manically while making a mental list of potential victims!  3:)

Now I need to find out which parts of this story are ‘semi-biographical’! Care to chime in on this, Steve? We want details!

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Stop by the Official Website of Stephen Donald Huff @ StephenHuff.com

You can buy THE DUMPING GAME, check out other titles from Stephen Donald Huff, and follow him via his Author Page on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUCKET LIST by Dawn Cano

Published May 1, 2016 by Shadow Girl

This is a book of extreme horror.

Please do not purchase if you are easily shocked or offended.

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 5/5 Revenge Stars

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Let’s talk about this as the people we really are deep down inside,  not the everyday face we project to strangers and coworkers.  We are the readers, the writers, and the lovers of true horror – so, let’s not pretend that we don’t have a rough outline of what we would like to do in any number of different situations. We’ve watched enough CSI and Forensic Files to help us feel pretty confident about our chances of getting away with… things – even our host Bill Curtis would agree! 😉

What would you do if you found out that your spouse was cheating on you?

What if it wasn’t a ‘just’ a one night stand, but a three month affair?

What if you found out that your lying, cheating spouse had a three month affair with someone who infected them with HIV, and they’ve lovingly shared it with you?

Mike Hickman is pondering these exact thoughts in Dawn Cano’s new short BUCKET LIST.  Needless to say… Mike is pissed!  He is going to make sure that his wife Emilia dies a very slow, and very painful death. He thinks “she owed me”, well… she sure is gonna pay!  Like us, Mike has watched a fair amount of horror movies and read a metric fuck-ton of horror books – so he has some pretty nifty ideas in store for his loving wife.  He even pulls out a recent title from one of his favorite extreme horror authors to use as a guide… this is gonna be FUN!

Our Dawn has become one hell of an author!  Her work leans a little more towards the extreme horror side, but she is writing great books without compromising her stories for mere shock value.  Another thing that I appreciate while reading Dawn’s work… whether she’s hidden something in a little quote that only a select few will ‘get’ right away, christened her characters with noteworthy names, or just taken the direct route and specifically named other authors and/or books… she ‘pays tribute’ to the people that have influenced her, and helped get her to where she is today. I think that is awesome, and it gives me a warm fuzzy ❤

I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us!

 

 

You can buy Bucket List on Amazon, and visit Dawn Cano’s Amazon Author Page to check out her other work.

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