Juliette’s Monday Book Club: Halloween Countdown

 

Get out your flashlight and hide under your blanket!

What do you read to give yourself the scary creeps?

There are a lot of great horror authors out there. Below is my own personal suggested horror reading list. I’ve read all of these and would read any of them again. Most are available online or at your local bookstore.

You might have seen movie versions of some of these books. Please READ THE BOOK. For example, Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris will terrify you and you’ll find so much more in the book that was left out of the film.

Tales to Chill Your Bones To by Michael Haberfelner

A Feast Not So Fancy by Mandy White

Dysfictinal 3: Down the Psyco Path (Disfunctional Fiction) by Mandy White

The Feeder by Mandy White

THE by Nathan Tackett

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

Gone South by Robert McCammon

Perfume: A Story of a Murder by Patrick Susland

Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Frankenstein by Marry Shelley

Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

The Shining by Stephen King

Needful Things by Stephen King

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Turn of the Screw by Henry James

World War Z by Max Brooks

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Creepies: Twisted Tales from Beneath the Bed By WPaD (Writers, Poets, and Deviants)

Creepies 2: Things That Go Bump In The Closet By WPaD (Writers, Poets, and Deviants)

Creepies 3: Nightmares on Deviant Street By WPaD (Writers, Poets, and Deviants)

Weirder Tales By WPaD (Writers, Poets, and Deviants)

Feel free to leave your own scary/creepy/uncomfortable horror reading suggestions in the comments below.

The countdown to Halloween is ON. Happy Reading.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

Short Story Sunday: Friends Forever

“My son is living a nightmare no child, nobody should ever have to deal with.”

Dr. Michael Trent spoke with the police for God knows how many times in the past three months. This time it had been about Christopher’s death. He ran his hand through his hair and sent the detectives out the front door of his home. Upstairs Hunter lay in bed in a state between life and death, sanity and insanity, between the real work and a nightmare.

It had been just another camping trip. The five boys had been camping in the woods on the edge of town for years – since they were in 6th grade. They were good kids. The parents never had to worry about them getting into trouble.

On a warm summer night, when they were all sixteen and seventeen, they camped together for the last time.

After they’d all climbed into their sleeping bags, after a night of hotdogs, smores, a few swiped beers, and a lot of talk about school, girls, and their plans after graduation, it happened.

Hunter, Christopher, Dylan, Kyle and Sam. Best friends forever. They’d always be with each other. Always.

While asleep under the stars something grabbed Hunter’s sleeping bag and dragged him into the woods. The other boys could hear the trashing, the crunching, the tearing, and the screams.

Something huge, like a shadow, like a bear, or as one of the boys put it “The Hulk”, stood over Hunter and looked from the darkness with glowing dark eyes. It could have been anything.

Hunter’s once handsome face was an unrecognizable bloody pulp. His left arm was mangled and almost fleshless. It was a miracle that the was alive.

That was in July.

On the night of August 1st Dylan was walking home through the park they’d all played in as kids. He stopped to sit on a swing, thinking about what had happened three weeks before. He never thought of himself as vain, but his friends joked he looked like an Italian Model. Poor Hunter. Tears flowed down his face.

Then mid thought Dylan was slammed to the ground by an unknown force. His head was held as if in a vice. Pain like no other exploded his entire being as someone, something  ripped off his entire lower jaw. In the morning his mutilated body was found by a woman walking her dog. She never slept easy again.

A few weeks later Kyle was at the grocery store picking up flour for his mom. She was making him a birthday cake. She knew he was in mourning for his best friend but she wanted him to have the cake. Sam and Christopher would be there.

Kyle never made it home. He was slammed against his car and an unknown thing, a creature, something too violent to be a man, took his arm. It tried to get at his face but was scared off with the yelling of other grocery store patrons.

By then nobody in town let their teenagers out at night. On a Wednesday night Sam took the garbage out to the street. The creature jumped him and took his scalp. Then it took his heart. The scalp was never found. His heart was found in the garbage can, still warm.

As for Christopher, poor Christopher, was home alone while his parents were out at a party. It drained his blood. His face, like Hunter’s was mangled. The only things left were his brown eyes and his right ear. The neighbors called the police when the two family dogs would stop howling.

After the death of Christopher the attacks stopped. The creature or whatever it was had left. Still the threat of violence and unknown horrors lingered over the town.

Two years later Kyle started his first year of college. He’d decided to go to the local Community College for two years and then transfer to UC Irvine to study medicine, or maybe political science. He liked the beach and sunshine. It would be a good school for him. Getting along with one arm wasn’t that bad. It was the nightmares that paralyzed him.

Hunter was accepted to Princeton. It was on the other side of the country and away from his memories. He’d always be in touch with Kyle. They’d always be friends.

As he walked across campus girls smiled at him and approached him. Other young men shook his hand and gave him bro hugs. He’d smile and was thankful to be alive. The scars were fading, thanks to his dad’s skills as a plastic surgeon. Actually, he looked good. He looked different but kind of handsome he thought.

He missed his friends but they’d always be with him. Christopher’s ear and nose, Kyle’s left arm, Dylan’s jaw, and Sam’s thick brown hair.

Winter came and the memories of the horror was starting to fade. Dr. Trent was hanging Christmas lights, humming Jungle Bells. He heard something in the bushes. Darn it, the cat must have gotten out. He glanced over and called the cat’s name. It was the last thing he ever did.

~ end

 

 

Thanks for allowing me to try my hand at writing horror …over morning coffee.

October 20, 2018.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

Creepies 2: Things That Go Bump in the Closet

Just in time for Halloween! I am proud to present:

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Creepies 2: Things That Go Bump in the Closet

From the masters of horror at Writers, Poets and Deviants:
Prepare for terror…

  • An exterminator meets his match in a family’s attic…
  • A cuddly toy with a disturbing origin is all the rage…
  • A boy’s survival of a deadly accident turns out to be more curse than miracle…
  • A man asks a vampire for a favor and gets more than he wished for…
  • A strange device collects and stores the rage from people bent on revenge…
  • An exquisite chess set in an old pawn shop sets the scene for terror…
  • A young man’s WW2 bayonet carries an evil history…
  • Something is alive in the outhouse…

Enjoy these chilling tales and more in volume 2 of WPaD’s popular Creepies series.
But leave the lights on…

Featuring works from: Mandy White, Nathan Tackett, Marla Todd, Diana Garcia, Jade M Phillips, David Hunter, Michael Haberfelner, Mike Cooley, David W Stone, A K Wallace

Original Cover Art by Jason Kemp

 

Bela by Jason Kemp

Bela by Jason Kemp

Image courtesy of Illustrator/Author, J. Harrison Kemp, Tenkara Studios. All Rights Reserved. Permission Required.

Remember, as always, a percentage of the proceeds of our paperback anthologies and kindle books is donated to MS charities.

The authors write for the love of writing and to help an important cause. Also, because we love some our fellow authors afflicted with this disease very much!

 

Special note and appreciation and with a huge shout out, goes to the very talented illustrator and author, J. Harrison Kemp for his outstanding cover art. His intent was to give the anthology cover a comic book vibe and, I must say, he achieved that goal! You can learn more about him by clicking J. Harrison Kemp’s Facebook page——> Tenkara Studios

CLICK HERE for download (paperback edition coming soon)

Special thanks go to Mandy White and Val Fox for their hard work and long hours editing and putting this scary good publication together. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Thank you Diana Garcia at zoltanaofthedesert.wordpress.com for the additional information.

Other WPaD Publications:

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Fantastic stories with cover art by Jason Kemp

A hot book for cold winter nights. The ultimate in romance!

A hot book for cold winter nights. The ultimate in romance!

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Short Story Sunday: Camp Stories

Halloween is almost here so today I’m sharing a camp story. My kids used to sit around the fire and say “It was a dark stormy night. The Captain and his shipwrecked crew sat around the camp fire. One of the men said “Captain, Captain, tell us a story.” And the Captain began “It was a dark stormy night. The Captain and his shipwrecked crew…”

Camp Stories are usually light, sometimes silly, a lot of urban myth and a lot of tradition mixed into a tall tale that everyone knows and still sits through over and over and over.

The Ghost With One Black Eye

Daniel Mayfield had traveled far and was exhausted. He led his horse to a house off the side of the road. It was a mansion, but appeared to be abandoned. On the door was tacked a paper that said “Enter those who dare. Beware the ghost with one black eye.”

Dan was so tired he didn’t care. He took care of his horse then went inside of the old dark mansion. Upon finding a comfortable room and lighting a fire, he fell onto a comfortable bed and immediately went to sleep.

At 1:00 am he woke up upon hearing a voice.

The voice said “I’m the ghost with the one black eye. I’m the ghost with the one black eye. I’m the ghost with the one black eye.” Then all was quiet.

Dan went back to sleep but at 2:00 am he woke again hearing the same voice.

The voice said “I’m the ghost with the one black eye. I’m the ghost with the one black eye. I’m the ghost with the one black eye.” Then all was quiet.

Dan went back to sleep but at 3:00 am the ghost was back.

It said “I’m the ghost with the one black eye. I’m the ghost with the one black eye. I’m the ghost with the one black eye.” Louder and louder it said “I’m the ghost with the one black eye, I’m the ghost with the one black eye, I’m the ghost with the one black eye.”

Dan unable to take anymore stood up and yelled “And if you don’t SHUT UP you’re going to be the ghost with TWO black eyes.”

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Have a good week everyone!

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

More from Short Story Sunday

Short Story Sunday is a regular feature on Vampiremaman.com.
Expect the unexpected … and a lot of fun! Click on the title to go to the story.

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FREE DECEMBER 26, 2012 Creepies – Tales From Beneath the Bed

FREE DECEMBER 26, 2012

Creepies – Tales From Beneath the Bed

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A New Horror Classic!

 

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Looking for a little hair raising fun? Download this wonderfully creepy, scary and fun anthology from the WPAD group.

A desperate father, on the run with his daughter reveals a terrifying truth about his child… Who is the bogeyman, really? Hear the real story – directly

from the monster himself… A tiny burger joint along a desert highway – it appears to be a refreshing oasis for a traveling family… or is it? A psychic investigates an apparition of a little girl and uncovers a shocking tale…
Enjoy these chilling stories and more in
Creepies: Twisted Tales From Beneath the Bed.


This creepy collection of short stories by various authors is a fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, in support of one of our writers, who lives with MS. 50% of all royalties will be donated to MS research.

 

Creepies: Twisted Tales From Beneath the Bed [Kindle Edition]

Marla Todd (Author), J. Harrison Kemp (Author), Nathan Tackett (Author), Mandy White (Author), Zoltana (Author), A.K. Wallace (Author), David W. Stone(Author)

 

 

 

 

 

FREE HALLOWEEN HORROR – Twisted Tales from Beneath the Bed

FREE SCARY STUFF For Halloween

Free – October 30-31

The Internationally Acclaimed

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You’ll want to get under the covers with a flashlight for this one!

An Anthology from the WPAD Group (Writers, Poets and Deviants)

Get ready for Halloween! 

Creepies: Twisted Tales From Beneath the Bed [Kindle Edition]
Marla Todd (Author), J. Harrison Kemp (Author), Nathan Tackett (Author), Mandy White (Author), Zoltana (Author), A.K. Wallace (Author), David W. Stone (Author)

A desperate father, on the run with his daughter reveals a terrifying truth about his child… Who is the bogeyman, really? Hear the real story – directly from the monster himself… A tiny burger joint along a desert highway – it appears to be a refreshing oasis for a traveling family… or is it? A psychic investigates an apparition of a little girl and uncovers a shocking tale…
Enjoy these chilling stories and more in Creepies: Twisted Tales From Beneath the Bed.
This creepy collection of short stories by various authors is a fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, in support of one of our writers, who lives with MS. 50% of all royalties will be donated to MS research.
Download your copy at: Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009JXJU8C


This is the same talented group (of my favorite authors, including my regular human alter ego) who brought you Nocturnal Desires!