Has it been a minute since you’ve checked the gallery? Swing by and see what you’ve missed. Today’s additions include a psycho quote from Bret Easton Ellis, (American Psycho that is!), and some sharp words provided by Shaun Hupp.
The Maniacs With Knives post led me to obsess over Rayne Havok even more, (if you’re wondering…check out the review, haha!!) But – I’m dying on this new background I’m working on for Boy’s Will Be Boys. I’m trying to be TOO clever, I think. We’ll see. BOLO for new Ed Lee, and Wrath James White #BleedingMemes, posting soon!
Well, like most things in life, tonight’s discussion can be summed up in the words of Bukowski…
Keep checking back even during the remodeling, just wear your mask to avoid the dust and debris 😉 Until next time…
I don’t know how things are where you live, but Michigan’s governor has added visits to family members to our ‘stay at home’ order – unless it’s a medical emergency. That sounds like a great reason to stay home and read!
Some #HolidayHorror suggestions
What do you) get when a group of psychopathic killers take on a family of mutated freaks? A whole lot of bloody good fun and Daniel I. Russell delivers it in spades!
This story will take you on a tearful journey as you explore a volatile mother-daughter relationship. Sometimes sometimes love doesn’t conquer all…
(Free today on Amazon)
I Try My Best
This is a short story about one woman reliving her past failures and dealing with the guilt she faces daily.
Noun Latin for “Felon of himself.”
1. A person who commits suicide or an unlawful malicious act resulting in his or her death.
2. An act of deliberate self-destruction
*A story that made this reviewer get a little emotional, and this discussion a little squishy. Don’t get used to it.
The Darkest of Fiction
This isn’t the extreme horror of Shaun’s that we’ve discussed in the past, but it is ‘the darkest of fiction’. Taken from the introduction: “The monster in this story is not some creature hiding in your closet or a thug in an alleyway with a knife. It’s something everyone can and probably has struggled with. Some writers would stay away from this topic to protect their readers. I won’t do that. The subject matter is meant to make you uncomfortable. If it makes you angry, good. If it makes you cry, good. I hope my words use your emotions as paints and splash them across a black canvas. And no. I did not mean ‘blank.’” Felo De Se is just what his profile promises – ‘a story that will tug at your heartstrings one moment and the next, shake you to your very core, sending you on an emotional rollercoaster into the darkest corners of your imagination.’
When his life went down a dark path and was too much for him to handle, Jeremy Price took the only option he thought he had left. Jeremy ended his life and now his family and friends have to deal with the aftermath. Only Jeremy will be there with them as well.
This is not the end of Jeremy Price.
His spirit will not move on to any sort of afterlife. He must wander his hometown, watching those who cared for him. His wife and two kids. A friend. His father. A childhood acquaintance. They all ask themselves why Jeremy did what he did, trying to solve a puzzle no one really wants to solve and one, Jeremy might not even have the answer to.
This story is tearing me up inside, and I keep imagining how Shaun had to feel while researching, and writing, (or dealing with personally). It’s a hard subject to talk about from every angle. Quoted from story: ‘It’s impossible to describe and even harder to survive.’. My dad said something once that really stuck with me, “Suicide is contagious”. Sadly, it’s true.
I realize that Jeremy Price is a fictional character, but I really wish I’d known him.
Every story within these pages seems to reach out and touch me on a very personal level, (if it isn’t something specific in my own life, it is specific in someone’s life very close to me.) Every one.
Each character could be me, or someone near and dear to my heart.
The six bonus stories included here are no exception. (We’ll sort through the extreme horror characters later, but I’m sure we’ll find ourselves in there somewhere, too.)
I can’t seem to articulate all the emotions I’m experiencing today after all the feels, but no matter what the future holds, TODAY… I want to be a better person.
Bonus Content includes six short stories: Jon’s Cabin: Touching, and inspirational – the power of love is limitless. Fly Me Home: Oh my Dog. You know that one country song that you can’t listen to because you instantly turn into a snotty and blubbery mess? Multiply that song times 10. The Bench: A lifetime of thoughts can pass in a matter of moments.
An entire life can be changed, and damaged even quicker. I Try My Best: What a roller coaster. I know Ashley’s mom. A Different Kind of Love Story: This is a truly amazing story.
I’m afraid to blink because I’ll ruin my eye make-up, but my heart is full of warm fuzzies from this Different Kind of Love Story. Poor Man’s Coat: ‘People do not value what is truly priceless.’ Outstanding story! I’m running out of ways to tell you how much I’ve changed today.
P.S. I caught that shout out to William Malmborg 👍 Always a classy move.
To a regular person, they’re just tools. . . A chef uses them to prepare a meal. A surgeon uses them to save lives. To the maniacs in this story, however. . . Theirs is a much darker purpose. For them, the first cut is NOT the deepest. It’s just the beginning. . .
This is Book 1 in theManiacs with KnivesSeries, from #MichiganMadman Shaun Hupp’sUnapologetic HorrorLine. The author is NOT sorry this book contains:Gore,violence,dismemberment,rape,swearing,anda dozen other thingsyou wouldn’t want your grandmother to talk about at her Sunday church group. If you’re asensitive reader, this book is probablyNOT for you.
IT’S TIME TO MEET YOUR MAIN MANIACS!
Jen & Troy – Jen’s parents are out of town, and she just wants to have a little fun with her boyfriend, Troy. She hears noises and thinks that Troy, being the wonderful boyfriend that he is, has snuck inside while she was in the shower to fulfill one of her kinkier fantasies. She finally finds him, but realizes that something is wrong when he turns around… Troy wouldn’t be wearing her dad’s face as a mask. Oh shit!
“Guys that wear other peoples faces don’t get scared.”
Kim & Rich have been married for 5 years. She loves him, and he beats her. But he always says he’s sorry, so it’s OK (I just rolled my eyes so hard I saw my brain). The past couple of days have been especially bad, though – so Kim ruining tonight’s dinner was the straw that broke Rich’s back. What happened next was just a simple accident – one that could have been avoided if they had any ketchup in the house.
Alex & Owen begin as strangers in a bar, drinking & telling stories. The tales get taller as they tend to do when alcohol is involved, so can we believe Owen when he confesses that he’s the infamous Bay River Slasher – the most prolific serial killer to never get caught? Probably, because the ‘Holy Shit’ moment comes when Alex finally tells Owen who HE really is.
Ben & Erin are my absolute favorite characters! ‘Ben’ – The Artist, and Erin – The Masterpiece. ‘Ben’ has been reading too many books by Matt Shaw, and wants to be Art when he grows up. Erin just wants these things taken off of her face!
Loc 645 / 32% Erin is forced to look in the mirror after her first session with The Artist. She has her eight fingers and two thumbs sewn onto her face – read the story for more details.
“Erin nodded slowly, trying not to shake the fingers sewed to her face like she had done earlier.”
Aannddd… this is what I pictured…
Each story continues as the book progresses, meshing together here and there, and proving to be one of my main sources of hilarity so far this year! ESPECIALLY ‘Ben’ & Erin’s parts. I have FIVE highlights showing where I busted out laughing, and exactly what I was thinking as I tried not to pee my pants, (see gifs above for an example). (The tool shown is a costotome, something The Artist likes to use when he’s feeling creative. I needed to see it, so I thought you’d enjoy it, too.) I don’t want to spoil all the fun, so I’ll refrain from sharing all my twisted, and hilarious thoughts. Just promise me one thing… when you’re reading this book and you get to Loc 1443, play ‘BOING!’ sound effect. Then finish up and come back here so we can chat and giggle!
I’ve completed the 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge, and have read about 128 of 125 books… so far – (that is just the Goodreads challenge, not Shadow Girl‘s personal goal… I am far from finished!)Just try to stop me – It’s not even October yet!
I may be 36 books ahead of [the GR] schedule, but do you realize just how many books on my 2016Must Read list are not even published yet?! (not to mention my ‘don’t judge me’list or my ‘guilty pleasure’ list – No. I have no shame).
OMG, these authors are killing me!
But, I wouldn’t want to go any other way.
Big, BIG, HUGE thanks to the minds behind the mayhem.
You guys are a large & very important part of my life, and I’m lucky enough to call many of you my friends. Thank you for the journeys so far, and I can’t wait to see where we’re going next!! P, L & N ♥ ~sg
CUSTOMERS NOTE: This title is recommended for Kindle Unlimited users who can download these short, creepy single stories as part of their subscription at no extra cost.
Jim has a very special surprise in store for his wife Kristen.
Tomorrow is their anniversary, and he wants to make sure she has an evening that she will never forget. Something tells me that it’s a night that neither of them will ever forget – no matter how hard they try.
I’m really lovin’ everything that’s been coming out of Dark Chapter Press– (‘the killer publisher for readers who demand more – more scares, more gore and ultimately, more horror!’). From what I’ve read so far, Dark Chapter Press and it’s authors are not just pushing out the same old horror. Books A and B in The Dark Chapter Press A-Z series caught me off guard! I read a lot of horror, and I can usually see what is coming a mile away – but these two both smacked me in the head, laughed, and said “not today, sister!” (Watch here for the reviews for the KIDS anthology, and a couple others – I’ll be posting soon!)
I TRY MY BEST is a heartbreaking short story from one of my favorite Michigan Madmen, Shaun Hupp.
Raising a child as a single parent is never easy.
Being the single parent of a special needs child can be even more difficult, but it’s better than being married to someone who refers to his own daughter as a burden, and uses her as an excuse to walk away from the family he vowed to love and protect – till death do us part.
Ashley’s mom tries her best.
Sure, she gets overwhelmed sometimes. Yes, she is tired, and yes, she struggles. But, she tries her best.
Maybe if she tries hard enough… maybe if she is nothing short of perfect… just maybe that day will come when Ashley is returned to her. Maybe Ashley will come back.
This book also includes a preview for Shaun’s new release JON’S CABIN.
♪ ♫ ♪ Braking up is hard to do ♪ ♫ ♪
Megan Weber is about to find out just how hard breaking up is.
Sadly, the night that Megan decides to explain her feelings to Nick is the same night that he shows up with an engagement ring in his pocket planning to propose to her.
She did love him, once, but not in the way that he needed her to.
That was about a year ago. Megan is finally happy, and she has moved on with her life. Unfortunately, Nick has not.
Nick is determined to fix things, by any means necessary.
I thought I knew where the story was heading – but I was caught off guard!
I really hope that the author will revisit Dustin one day – introduce us to him as an adult, and touch on the nature vs. nurture battle that will be raging within him.