PUBLISHER: CREATESPACE / SELF-PUBLISHED
Empty Hallways is my first published novel. Officially released at the end of June 2013, it falls into the category of supernatural fiction/horror.
David Hartlet is a troubled man. His demons are many and his option few. His only hope appears to lie in the care of the skeptical Dr. Schraeder. Schraeder, a scientist and psychologist with a lengthy history of caring for the mentally ill, believed David to be making more of his troubles than are actually there. What Dr. Schraeder, and even David himself, cannot know is that David’s troubles are far beyond his own scope. Many years before David’s visit to St. Marguerite’s Hospital, tragedy struck and left a mark upon the hospital that no amount of time could heal. That mark, deep and scarred over, was ripped open again by David’s own tormented heart. David and the rest of the denizens of St. Marguerite’s have found themselves face to face with the ugly spirit of the hospital, alive and aching for a revenge it believes it is owed. Can David and Dr. Schraeder find a way to stop the spirit? Or will they be forced to relive the dark secret of St. Marguerite’s firsthand?
GENRE: URBAN FANTASY
PUBLISHER: CREATESPACE / SELF-PUBLISHED
House of Thirteen: Book One is my second novel and the first installment of the series. It was released on Halloween in 2015. The series follows a house of immortals masquerading as caretakers for a historical home turned museum. Together, they care for the memories of the past that should not be forgotten while trying to keep some present-day secrets from being known by the modern world.
Everything happens for a reason… doesn’t it?
Ren never put stock in sappy clichés… at least, not until the day she died.
She’s alive – again – but in hiding, adopted by the strangest of foster families: The Delaneys. Now, part of a sisterhood drawn together by the same unknown force that spared her life, she will begin a journey she could never have imagined: leaving her everyday world for one much more bizarre. It will be harder than she imagines, but alongside her newfound sisters, Ren will soon discover that everything does happen for a reason, but sometimes, those reasons are better left unknown.
GENRE: SUPERNATURAL THRILLER
PUBLISHER: CREATESPACE / SELF-PUBLISHED
At Calendar’s End is my third story and my first serial project. In 2016, I endeavored to released one part of the twelve-installment story on the first of each month until the story was concluded. It was both stressful and exciting to attempt – and accomplish – such a feat. Along with my own frenzied schedule, I was joined in the challenge by artist Brian Ritson, who created a unique cover each month depicting that installment’s respective character.
At Calendar’s End is available in both serialized installments (for those of you who want to test out the story first, start with January) and in a collected Omnibus (for those of you who want the whole story). Both versions are available in paperback and ebook.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t draw some attention to the utterly delightful At Calendar’s End coloring book. Brian Ritson collected the line art for each of the individual covers, as well as some art pages just for the coloring book featuring quotes from each of the installments. It’s a delightful companion to the series and a wonderful addition to any collection.
Time is a fickle thing. Sometimes, so are those that wield it. But as the holidays set in and another year comes to a close, the beings that keep the cycle of time moving forward are being killed off. Whatever is killing them off seems to be taunting Ember, saving her for last.
With only a handful of days before the new year is supposed to begin, can she figure how to stop the killer before time – literally – runs out for everyone?
At Calendar’s End, Coloring Book:
PUBLISHER: JUST DUCKY EDITING
Threshold is a long time coming. Originally a manuscript I started writing back in 2007, frustrations led me to shelve the incomplete story. I would pick it up again later to blow the dust off, read through it, and try again – only to shelve it once more… actually, a few times more. The story would ruminate in my brain until Fall 2018, when I decided I needed to clear space in my head for some new ideas.
This is another contemporary horror story. Like Empty Hallways, I once again return to my love of old-fashioned horror tropes. I’ve done my haunted house story; now I’ll be introducing a bewitched artifact. The story revolves around an antique mirror, or rather, its unique properties. Have you ever taken a good hard look at your reflection? Are you sure it was your reflection? What if it was someone else? What if it was something else?
After the death of her grandmother, Cate inherits an antique mirror. The frame is detailed and ageless. The glass unmarred and impeccable. The reflection… Cate can’t quite put her finger on it, but there’s something wrong with the way her reflection looks back at her.
Cate assumes the mirror has a storied history, but it doesn’t seem to have any history at all. Previous owners have all died or disappeared, leaving Cate to piece together the origin of this mysterious heirloom. At first, this didn’t seem like a problem, but Cate’s ordinary life is twisting in unusual ways since taking ownership of the artifact. Plagued by nightmares and haunted by her own reflection, she can hardly close her eyes, afraid of what new glimmer she might find looking back at her. Perhaps it is exhaustion. Perhaps it is something else entirely.
SHORT STORIES and ANTHOLOGIES
Monster Attack, compiled by Samie Sands, is an anthology collecting 26 stories about werewolves, mermaids, creatures, demons, and maybe even a few beasts that you haven’t even heard of.
This anthology includes Leave the Light On, a story about an unlikely friendship between a boy and his… new best friend?
A Picture is Worth 1000 Words is a short story anthology compiled by Samie Sands as part of a fundraiser on behalf of World Kidney Day, raising money to fight Polycystic Kidney Disease. The efforts of the fundraiser include 18 stories and proceeds of the book go to benefit PKDcharity.org.uk.
My story Lake Effect is prompted by my own experiences and trepidation regarding the winters in northern Michigan.
Tales of Horror on Halloween Night boasts 34 stories compiled by Samie Sands that revolve around that most holy of spooky holidays: All Hallow’s Eve.
The Nain Rouge Incident is the first story to introduce a reluctant detective to the supernatural, John Angel. I hope to continue writing stories about Detective Angel in the future, perhaps culminating in a casebook of his adventures.
Mutate collects 21 stories that ask the question, “what does it mean to be human?” Compiled by Samie Sands, this disturbingly creative collection includes A Christmas Miracle, which just so happens to be my own creepy homage to immaculate conception.
Nightmares is a brief but delightful collective about the things that haunt your dreams. Compiled by Samie Sands, the anthology collects 11 tales from a number of talented authors.
Included is my story Black Mass. In it, I explore the nightmare world of waking dreams, sleepwalking, and the terror of not being able to decipher what is real from what is all in your head.
Doomsday collects the end of the 14 different worlds between its covers. How will it end? Only time will tell, but these authors have their own ideas.
Included is my story Last of the Regulars, my own foray into the world of post-apocalyptic survival. The story explores life as an everyday ordinary person when an unknown outbreak is unleashed, causing chaos and destruction and leaving average people to become survivors – or victims.
Love Hurts is a big collection – 23 stories about love and the adjacent dangers that we encounter when love is in the air from authors around the world. Love isn’t always flowers and roses. Sometimes it hurts…sometimes it kills…
My story In Memoriam looks at the relationship between a father and daughter as they deal with the another year remembering a young wife and mother taken by tragedy.
Nicole’s Recurring Nightmares. Eight horror writers were gifted with the name of a real person and told to do whatever they wanted to her. In the eight resulting stories, Nicole is tortured, terrified, and made monstrous. She won the right to have this done and the writers couldn’t wait to unleash their imaginations upon her. Welcome to the fifth edition of Recurring Nightmares, the special raffle prize at the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers’ annual Monster Mash for Literacy Bash, benefitting the Dominican Literacy Center of Detroit. These are Nicole’s Recurring Nightmares. We hope they become yours, too.
Included is my story, Organ Grinder, which follows Nicole as she attempts to elude one terrible monster and unwittingly stumbles into another.
Do you know of a store I should be working with? Please contact me and let me know! In the meantime, visit one of these lovely locations and drown them in your money and praises!
Book Cottage – 4200 Spring Arbor Rd. Jackson, MI
New & Used Bookstore, Local Art, Antiques and Collectibles. We are a new and used bookstore that strives to provide excellent customer service. We carry books, toys, local art, collectibles and antiques. Check out our awesome events!
Oddmall Outpost: Assembly of Odd – 772 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd. Akron, OH
BEHOLD! Oddmall Outpost: Assembly of Odd, 6000 square feet (and a parking lot) of amazing amazingnesses. It’s an overflowing cornucopia of raw, burning (not literally) creativity featuring the works of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of the world’s most innovative, imaginative, inspired, and original artists and crafters. Here weirdness is a virtue, imagination is unleashed, ideas are shared, fantasy is cherished, and all people are welcome. It’s a cosmic wonderland of creativity and you are the planet’s designated ambassador.
R & B Used Books – 12830 Saginaw Rd. Grand Blanc, MI
R & B Used Books is a family owned business devoted to meeting your reading needs. Catering to readers of all ages and types, we have 12 rooms of books with an inventory that ranges from general fiction and mystery to self-help, business, history, romance, western, adventure, children’s, sci-fi/fantasy and more we are sure that we can find something to please almost everyone. Just because it’s not listed here doesn’t mean we don’t carry it.Our vision is to bring back the joy and art of reading for recreation, information and entertainment.
Grey Wolfe Scriptorium – Clawson, MI
Unfortunately, the Scriptorium closed in December 2018. However, like any good idea, it’s hard to keep this one down. The lovely people behind Scriptorium are hard at work to bring something new and amazing to the author community. You can follow their continued efforts and online events at: Pages Promotions
Think Outside the Books – Ypsilanti, MI
We lost another wonderful store in mid-2018.