B2BCyCon Walk with the Monsters Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Blood Spring and the Walk with the Monsters Blog Hop!

Join us on the dark road as we explore the shadowy domain of horror. Come discover strange haunts and creepy corners where things really do go bump in the night.

Come, step on the path, the bloodthirsty creatures await…

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Aeryi huddled against the brick wall, pressed into a black corner of a backstreet alley. Danger stalked the hours after the twelfth bell chimed. Creatures emerged from shadowed alleys to hunt, beasts both otherworldly and mortal. She shivered, the echo of her dead father’s voice ringing in her head.

“Never be a victim, child. Never.”

Aeryi smiled, a cold lifeless salute, and leapt from her hiding place. She slashed her knife with skillful ease. Her prey, a poor drunkard, fell on the cobblestones his calf half-severed and bleeding.

“Come and feed,” she whispered, and the alley swirled with a dark pulse.

She watched as the air solidified, as pale hunched over creatures cloaked in smoke and incorporeal substance shuffled from the dark night. She stared as the unnatural things gravitated to the groaning man, who wriggled on the stones, still unaware of his fate. Her father’s voice again whispered in her ear.

“Sometimes a devil’s bargain is all you have.”

Some part of her wanted to look away, but she kept her gaze straight ahead on the unfolding scene. The beings swarmed the poor unfortunate soul with gnashing teeth and slicing claws, in screams and pleas of mercy. They devoured flesh and bone, drank of bile and blood, until not a scrap of body remained, and their meal was done.

One turned to Aeryi then, a ragged toothed smile peeking from an eternal black empty and its red eyes swirling in unknown emotion. “Good hound.” A semblance rasp of a voice addressed her. “Find us good meat.”

It raised its facsimile of a limb and patted her head with blood stained claws. Only experience and practice prevented Aeryi from shuddering. “Now find more. Still hungry.”

“Yes, master. As you command.” She gave a slight bow. “Another kill tonight. I’ll find you someone.”

Another smile and the thing and its fellows melted back into the shadows. Aeryi headed into the street to find another victim for the beasts that controlled her. The ever present murmur of her father’s voice followed her as she stalked the streets, the words he spoke the day he bound her body and soul to the creatures.

“One day you’ll understand. One day you’ll thank me. Better to be predator than prey.”

Whispers caught her attention. A man and a woman framed in a doorway.

Fresh meat.

As she crept along the shadows, knife ready to strike, she thought about her father, about his words. He was right about one thing.

Always better to be predator than prey.

Her father learned that last winter at the point of her knife. And tonight so would the couple kissing in the shadows.

Her masters needed to feed. She wouldn’t end as their prey.

Her father’s screams were his best lesson.

 

 © A. F. Stewart 2017 All Rights Reserved



If you like what you see, feel free to check out the rest of my website, click one of the follow buttons or signup for my newsletter (I don’t bite, I promise).

And here’s where you go for the next stop on the Walk with Monsters Blog Hop:  Angela Yuriko Smith. Many things await you there, haunted houses, vampires and more…

For the entire Blog Hop list you can check out the B2BCyCon Blog Hop Page (scroll until you find the horror listing)  or the B2BCyCon Horror Page.

 

 

The Stalk the Monsters Scavenger Hunt is Now Closed!

 

Stalk the Monsters Scavenger Hunt

As part of the B2BCyCon blog hop of horror, come join the Stalk the Monsters Scavenger hunt!

Somewhere on this site you will find a piece of the puzzle that will allow you to enter to win a grand prize pack of books and other goodies. Once you collect them all, (or as many as you can find), pop over to the contest page and enter!

What you need to find on this website:  A picture of a ship and a sea monster.

What you need to put on the entry form: The book title you find on the picture

Hint: It’s the cover of an upcoming book

 

The grand prize winner will be randomly selected from the entries.

And when you’ve found all the items listed in hunt (or as many as you can find) here’s the last stop to be entered in the contest:  Horror at the B2BCyCon

 

Welcome to the Blood Spring #B2BCyCon2017

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Horror at the B2BCyCon

April 7th, 8th and 9th

Here’s our fabulous Walk with the Monsters Blog Hop
(Includes the  Stalk the Monsters Scavenger Hunt )

The blog hop begins April seventh.

Here’s our Blog Hop authors:

Naching Kassa
Nicholas Paschall
W. J. Howard
A. F. Stewart
Angela Yuriko Smith
C. A. Verstraete
Carol James Marshall

Monsters, Goodies and Games Await You in the Hop.

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Welcome to the Out of the Shadows Horror Genre Tour!

The tour begins April seventh.

Here’s a list of the dark delights we have in store for you:

Our Blog Hosts:

C. A. Verstraete
Debbie Frisenda Christiana
A. F. Stewart
W. J. Howard
Angela B. Chrysler
Karina Kantas
John Linwood Grant

Genre

Our Facebook Event: Horror Hall

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Other events where you can find the B2BCyCon horror authors lurking and cavorting with the monsters:

Author Showcase

Book Expo

Panels

Cover Wars

Character Tournaments

Story Time

Brain to Books Anthology

Author Interviews

Brain to Books Giveaway

Horror Hall

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Come Denizens of the Dark to Horror Hall!

Greetings all you fans of things that go bump in the night, you scribes of dark fiction! I invite you to enter into a place of shadows. Where the blood runs red and cold,  where shivers chase up you spine, and the monsters come out to play.

This is Horror Hall!

Horror Hall

This horror event is part of the Brain to Book Cyber Convention and happens on Facebook from April 7th until April 9th . Horror fans and authors alike can come and chat, post, discuss all things horror and have a good time. Share your stories, excerpts, talk books, movies, your favorite horror tropes. There will be discussions, authors popping in, and an updating of the B2BCyCon horror events. So please join us in the virtual world. We’ll be serving blood wine and eyeball appetizers.

Come to the Horror Hall

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Support the ThunderClap!

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I’m currently running a thunderclap to extend an open invitation to all horror writers and fans of horror fiction!  As one of the featured genres in the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo this April, horror will present scary goodies galore for both author and reader.

Welcome to the Blood Spring!

The horror events will bring forth dark terrors, human and non-human, oozing out from primal corners of the universe and the pages of author’s books to infest the convention.

Here are some of the horror event highlights:

The Book Expo

This is a book showcase on the Brain to Books Convention site, arranged by genre. So horror fans can go and browse with ease. No fuss, no muss.

The Blog Hop

A genre based hop for websites designed to showcase books and authors. The horror hop has a theme of Walk with the Monsters, and will focus on the terrifying creatures our authors create Zombies, vampires, ghouls, ghosts, demons, and serial killers are most welcome.  A scavenger hunt is also planned for the hop with a grand prize.

The Genre Tour

Here you get a taste of the top genres featured in the convention, with previews, sneak peeks and up close and personal looks at what these genres have to offer. The Horror Tour will bring chills, scares, books and creepy characters right to you, all under the theme Out of the Shadows, Welcome to the Blood Spring.

Panel Discussions

Live YouTube discussions on various book topics. The horror highlight is the panel: Horror, Thriller, Suspense…What is the difference? 

Character CosPlay

Authors don their best garb and resume the role of one of their characters (readers are also welcome). The picture is submitted along with a character card and you vote best costume. Zombie lovers unite! Also, vampires, demons, and the odd slayer or dark arts practitioner.

Cover Wars

This contest is all about judging those books by their covers. For three days, readers can vote for their favorite cover. So bring on your best and most gruesome horror cover!

So please spread the word and support the Thunderclap: Horror at the B2BCyCon

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A Halloween Story: The Ghost Tree

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The Ghost Tree

Shall I tell you a story?
Such an inconsequential story, in the grand scheme of universal things, but still quite important to some.
To those that died.
This story has many beginnings, the very first happened a century or two past (or perhaps three, it’s hard to keep track sometimes), the latest only a year ago on a blustery October day.
I remember that day very well (I wasn’t there at the very beginning, though the tale has been told to me).
Evening dusk had settled in, brushing the edges of sunset, and letting the shadows come out to play. I was where I always am. By the oak tree on the hill. I recall staring up, at one crimson leaf clinging to a branch high in the otherwise barren tree. The leaf swayed in the breezy northeast wind, defying the inevitable until it too drifted downward to join its fellows on the cold ground. One more decaying piece of vegetation in the colorful patchwork shroud beneath my tree.
I laughed when the breeze swirled the leaves; a crinkle and crunch sound sailing on whispered air. Around the tree trunk the gust circled, a dance of dead foliage in its wake, streaks of scarlet, lemon and carroty orange fluttering like a procession. It soared to the sky and showered mouldering colours to settle once more to the earth.
It was a beautiful moment.
A rare moment for me.
It didn’t last.
For a pair of happy lovers interrupted the quiet. I knew the pair, seen them often, here underneath the tree. A handsome young lawyer and his pretty mistress. Her face held such a radiant smile, so sweet, so beautiful.
Until the very instant he slit her throat.
Her bones are buried in the nearby woods. Her mother stills cries at night for her lost daughter.
But she’s with us now. A wandering spirit, waiting.
One of the Ghosts of the Oak Tree.
That’s what we call ourselves. Rather silly, but accurate. For this is where the murdered dead come… after. We all end here, every slain, pitiful spectre in the area. Summoned here… by something.
All the local lost souls come to the tree.
Rain says it’s because of the massacre that happened on the hill. Because of the innocent blood that soaked into the ground. It stained the tree she told me, gave it power. I’m not certain if I believe that, but she knows more of it than I do. She and her people were the first to die. The first story.
But there won’t be a story this year.
That poor smiling girl was the final soul we needed
We’re strong enough now.
We are legion.
And we know all the wicked secrets.
The dead are coming home.
For vengeance.

And as an added bonus, here’s a Halloween Reading from Horror Haiku and Other Poems.

Happy Halloween!

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Horror Haiku And Other Poems Cover Reveal

As promised, here’s the big cover reveal for my upcoming horror poetry book, out October 11th.

Ta Da!

 

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I think it’s suitably creepy.

 

And as an extra, here’s the book blurb:

Words linger…
In the darkness of shadows, in the distant screams.
They whisper past the drip, drip of blood.
The strange beauty of words hide, waiting for you.
Embrace the horror.

Venture past safe reality, into the world of terror told in verse.
Horror Haiku and Other Poems brings forth surreal dread and spins it in artistic countenance. From small chilling bites of poetry, to murky morsels of fright, come find where the words haunt you, where they live and die.

 

I’ll be doing an official release on October 11th, as part of the 2016 October Frights Blog Hop, and a poetry slam launch party on Facebook

 

Plus, there’s a Headtalker campaign for release day: https://headtalker.com/?p=81388

The Sirens Call eZine and More Updates

 

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Great news!

As mentioned in a previous post, my little horror story, Arthur’s World, was accepted for publication in the Sirens Call eZine. Well…

The Sirens Call eZine – Issue 28 Terrifying Tales is out!

You can check out the website page for the issue #28 link (along with links to back issues). Sirens Call Publications 

Or go here for the direct download:

http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/pdfs/SirensCallEZine_August2016.pdf

There’s a plethora of wonderfully creepy tales and poems to peruse, along with interviews and artwork. So do pop over and take a look.

 

And now for other Updates…

I will (despite life’s annoying interruptions) be publishing my new poetry book in October. It’s a collection of my horror poetry, Horror Haiku And Other Poems, and will come out in time to make Halloween extra creepy. I will be doing a cover reveal later in September for the book.

In other book news, Ghosts of the Sea Moon, is nearly finished, but the above mentioned life interruptions have slowed down progress on the novella slightly. It should, however, be ready for publication by the end of the year.

In convention news:

– The Efestival of Words went well and a good time was had by all.

– I recklessly volunteered to run the horror genre for the Brain to Books Cyber Convention, so I’m actively looking to recruit horror authors for the event. If you have published a horror book, and are interested in participating in B2BCYCON, please leave a comment. You can check out the convention FAQ page here:  http://braintobooks.com/b2bcycon-faq/

Registration for B2BCYCON doesn’t begin until October, but feel free to check it out, or ask me questions.

 

 

 

Smashwords Sale

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Just a little reminder that for the ENTIRE month of July all my ebooks are either half price or free at Smashwords!

That’s right, I’ve enrolled all my books in the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale!

All you need to do to grab the deals is use the coupon code listed on each book’s page at the checkout. You can find a listing of all my books at my Smashwords profile: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/scribe77

 

 

 

Indie Pride Day/Brain to Books Book Blast

 Happy Indie Pride Day!

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Today I’m celebrating!

Not only is it Canada Day, but also Indie Pride Day. So I’m spotlighting one of my books today, both here and as part of the Brain to Books Indie Pride Day Book Blast. I’m also spending the day doing not one, but three spots as part of the B2B Indie Pride Day Author Showcase hosted over on Goodreads.

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Now, with no further adieu, here’s my book…

Killers and Demons II: They Return

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Evil is back, with a greater appetite for death.

Killers.

Demons.

They lurk forever in the shadows, smile at you in the morning, and haunt your dreams at night. You can’t hide, you can’t run, and there’s no escape. You can only scream when they come for you.

Killers and Demons II:  They Return is a collection of thirteen tales, blending short stories and flash fiction, tales where the blood lingers on your tongue or spurts quickly from the swift cut.

Available on Amazon

And Smashwords

Excerpt From Killers and Demons II: They Return

How Do You Take Your Tea?

“My condolences, my dear. I hear your husband has taken ill. It must be a trial to see such a fine gentleman unwell and abed. I hope it isn’t the grippe? My great aunt Matilda suffered with that malady only last year, and it fair did her in, poor thing. She hasn’t been the same since.”

Sunbeams sprinkled through the window and scattered prettily over the china as Mrs. Millicent Grey nodded over her tea, and feigned the expected air of sadness and commiseration for her guest, Mrs. Rowley. The third attendee—Millicent’s companion, Jane—demurely smiled and nodded. They gathered in Mrs. Grey’s sumptuous parlour for the visit, surrounded by all the creature comforts and a lavish spread of food and beverage.

Mrs. Grey fluttered her eyelids as if she held back tears. “His illness is quite vexing, but not the grippe, thank heavens. His doctor believes it’s severe dyspepsia and has dispensed a tincture.”

“Good to hear. It’s odd though, it coming on so quick. But it happens like that, don’t it? Hopefully he will be well soon. Illness can be such a trial. Such a trial.”

Millicent sighed to maintain the acceptable social demeanor. “Yes, it’s been an anxious and worrisome time.”

She sipped some tea to hide a slight smile. In fact, she felt relief in her spouse’s sickness, and barely gave him a stray thought other than to rejoice in his absence from her daily life. She married a most tedious man who could scarcely hold a thought in his head, let alone carry on an enjoyable conversation. Nevertheless, a woman must make the best of her situation and take advantage of her opportunities. Even if it meant tiresome husbands.

~*~

Here’s a few place I share my books and updates: 

Twitter

Facebook 

Amazon Profile

 

Plus, starting today and running ALL MONTH I’m participating in the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale. My books will either be free, or half price for the entire month of July! You can check out the catalogue of books at my profile: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/scribe77

You can also find Killers and Demons II: They Return featured at the Brain to Books Indie Pride Day Book Blast, along with tons of other great books.

Check out the post here:

Killers and Demons II

Check the entire Brain to Books Indie Pride Day Book Blast here:

2016 Brain to Books Book Blast

 

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