First Day of Summer #8Sunday #RainbowSnippets #SnipSun

  


Genre:

Poetry plus a supernatural coming-of-age story (vampires). 

Buy Link:

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Publication Date:

February 15, 2024

Ebook Price:

$1.99 or free with Kindle Unlimited

Book Blurb:

The poems, story, and thoughts included in this brief volume were inspired by the independently produced album Wayward and Upward by Spinoza Gambit. The story Prodigal Moon and the poem 401 Rush were included in the Wayward and Upward anthology published by Off Topic Press.

I opted to publish this book on my 59th birthday. It would be a wonderful gift to learn that my work inspired you or led you to learn more about the Wayward and Upward album and anthology.

With love,

Ornery Owl

Book Length:

49 pages

Excerpt

Deborah Virgo and Valentins Hines met on the first day of summer 2017. The youngsters lived at the wrong end of Fox Avenue. The electricity had been turned off in Valentins’s house, but he didn’t mind sitting on the covered porch painting figurines. His mother, Doriend Hines, was gone most of the time, working at the Daily Grind Bistro or The Zealous Whistle Tavern or staying overnight with old folks who paid her under the table for her caregiving services. Doriend was a workaholic who would have been thriving monetarily if not for being a functional alcoholic and opioid addict with a love of gambling.

Valentins was sitting on the porch at dusk, painting a vampire figurine for his haunted house, when a wraithlike girl with an alabaster complexion and waves of xanthic hair flowing to her mid-back entered the gate.

Author Bio

Ornery Owl is a wise old bird who seeks the truth behind the lies. She uses her observations to heal the wounded soul. In essence, she is the spirit of an odd little bird whose wings were clipped at a young age. She is at once a whimsical manifestation of poetic expression and a fierce protector of those targeted for derision by an angry and unsympathetic world. Depending on how you perceive her, she can be either a goddamned delight or your worst nightmare.   

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Ornery Explanations

Sometimes I promote the same thing on more than one blog hop because my puny brain gets overwhelmed and then I become emotionally dysregulated. I hope you can understand my position.

It makes sense to promote this story on these three blog hops. It fits the Rainbow Snippets theme because there are gay characters who play significant roles. Neither Snippet Sunday nor Weekend Writing Warriors have genre restrictions, although most authors who participate in Snippet Sunday are romance writers. The main relationship in this story is a platonic friendship, but I would say it qualifies as a love story anyway.





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Killing Me With His Seductive Gray Eyes #MFRWHooks

   


Genre: Gay Romance, Holiday Romance, M/M Romance, Romantic Comedy

#bisexual #m/m romance #polyamory #role playing

Heat Level

5 Flames

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

ASIN: ‎ B0CP9WP2DF

Publisher: ‎ Naughty Netherworld Press

Publication date: ‎ December 23, 2023

Length: 14,500 words (Novelette)

Blurb

Parsifal returns home to spend the Christmas holidays with his family. As he arrives at the airport, he is greeted by his brother Hart and his ex-boyfriend Bobby. Bobby is accompanied by his new boyfriend Seth. As they spend the day together, Parsifal notices something peculiar. Bobby seeks comfort from Hart rather than Seth after a minor accident at the park.

Meanwhile, Parsifal finds himself drawn to hot nerd Seth. The more time they spend together, the more Parsifal believes the feeling is mutual.

However, Parsifal's Christmas holiday is about to get even crazier. His redneck relatives are coming over for Christmas Eve dinner, and Parsifal is dreading the chaos that is sure to ensue. Between his family's quirky behavior and Seth's enticing presence, Parsifal’s vacation is shaping up to be anything but relaxing.

This is the second book in The Shape Of Heat series. It can be read as a standalone, but the first book, Awakening, should be read first if you wish to know more about the background of Parsifal and his girlfriends Candi and Luisa.

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Ebook: Just 99 cents.

Snippet

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Hart gave me a great big bear hug and put my bags in the trunk. I settled in the passenger seat. Bobby and Seth, who had flown into Nashville from Los Angeles, were riding in the back.

Bobby reached around the seat to hug me. He was still the same golden-haired, freckle-faced ray of California sunshine that I remembered. Seth was quiet and had a brooding artist vibe about him. He had shaggy coffee-brown hair with long wedge bangs and a pale complexion. He smiled shyly when he shook my hand.

“Seth Dinapoli,” he said, his voice cool and whispery like the winds outside a haunted castle.

“Parsifal Matveev. Pleased to meet you.”

"The pleasure is all mine," Seth said, unaware of how he was killing me with his seductive gray eyes peeking from behind his dark curtain of hair.

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Lil's Musings

I’m sure this problem isn’t exclusive to writers with ADHD, but having a brain with wacky wiring combined with the proclivity for second-guessing myself doesn’t help.

I have been struggling to wrestle a story into submission for this year’s Passionate Ink anthology. 

http://passionateink.org

With the March 16th deadline looming and having given this story three chances to straighten up and fly right, I’ve shelved it in favor of a quick and dirty plot that will hopefully realize who’s boss.

It isn’t that the story I was working on was bad, it’s just too damn intricate to be confined to 10,000 words.  


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The Problem With Overzealous Accusations of AI Usage

 

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This adventure is part of the College Guys Coming Of Age series. The story ends on a happy note without cliffhangers.

In his freshman year of college, Zenobios Dumitru was a formidable defensive tackle for the Mataneu Marauders. Rather than pursuing a professional football career, he decided to serve his country. He was critically injured during Operation Neptune Spear. He returned to Louisiana with a purple heart, a patch over his left eye, and scars on the left side of his body and face.

Zenobios manages the Heroes sports bar, a popular hangout for the Wolf Bay Buccaneers. He supports his elderly, disabled mother who suffered a stroke in 2018. He has also taken custody of his niece after losing his sister in a drive-by shooting incident in 2019.

Bayo Wulf is the arrogant starting quarterback of the Wolf Bay Buccaneers. He and his rowdy crew constantly cause problems for Zenobios. A group of Mataneu Marauders players come to Wolf Bay seeking revenge after Bayo injures Zenobios during an arm wrestling match. During the ensuing brawl, Bayo’s best friend Aeschere Dane is critically injured. As Bayo sits at Aeschere’s bedside in the hospital, he realizes his hard-partying ways have turned him into a person he doesn’t like very much.

Can Bayo atone for his actions against Zenobios? What will he do about his growing attraction to the man his fellow gridiron tough guys call Grendel?

I wrote the above blurb for the story I'm working on for potential inclusion in the Passionate Ink anthology. I pasted it into WordTune, which is a grammar and spelling checker similar to Grammarly and ProWritingAid. WordTune suggests possible changes to certain sentences, which I sometimes accept, sometimes forego, and other times laugh at because they sound entirely ridiculous. 

To sum things up, the above blurb was entirely created by a flawed human being who is terrible at writing blurbs and run through an AI proofreader of the type that has existed for about fifteen years. None of it was created by an AI. However, when I ran the blurb through an AI checker, it was flagged as potentially containing material created by Copyleaks or ZeroGPT. I have never used either of those programs. 

Here is what the blurb would look like if it was written by an AI. I had QuickWrite (which I use to create writing prompts, occasional images for blog posts, and sometimes filler scenes that are rewritten before I ever submit a piece for publication) create a blurb for the same story. I have not edited QuickWrite's version of the blurb in any way.

In the heart of Wolf Bay, where pride and power collide, a heated showdown between two men will test the limits of forgiveness and unexpected desire. 

Bayo Wulf, the charismatic and cocksure quarterback of the Wolf Bay Buccaneers, has always been the ruler of the gridiron and the king of his domain. But when his arrogance crosses paths with the enigmatic Zenobios Dumitriu, a combat veteran turned owner of Heroes Sports Bar, a storm of animosity begins to brew.

Zenobios, known as Grendel to Bayo's mischievous circle, has endured relentless torment at the hands of the quarterback and his friends. When a chance arm wrestling match leads to a debilitating injury, Zenobios seizes the opportunity to unleash the fury of his former teammates, the vengeful Mataneau Marauders.

Caught in the crossfire, Bayo's loyal companion, Aescher Dane, falls prey to the escalating violence, leaving Bayo with a choice: continue down the path of destruction or awaken to the harsh truth of the person he has become.

As Bayo embarks on a quest for redemption, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to Zenobios, forcing him to confront a powerful attraction that defies the boundaries of friendship and leaves him questioning everything he thought he knew about himself.

In "Showdown in Wolf Bay," the battle for self-discovery and acceptance takes center stage, as Bayo must navigate a treacherous path strewn with unpredictable twists and turns. Will he find the courage to right his wrongs and mend the shattered bonds, or will he succumb to the darkness that threatens to consume them all?

Prepare yourself for a riveting tale of redemption, unlikely alliances, and the undeniable power of love in the face of adversity. The clash between Bayo Wulf and Zenobios Dumitriu will leave an indelible mark on their lives, shaping their destinies in ways they could never have anticipated.

I ran QuickWrite's blurb through the AI checker. It was flagged as potentially containing material generated by Copyleaks, but not ZeroGPT. Apparently, QuickWrite is more human than I am.

I honestly like QuickWrite's blurb better than mine and may incorporate parts of it. I readily admit that I suck at writing blurbs. 

Recently, many publishers have started stating that if submissions contain material suspected of being written by an AI, the author submitting the material will be blacklisted. Due to the reasons I have explained above, I am opposed to this approach. The overzealous use of gatekeeping will only result in erroneous accusations and discourage writers who cannot afford to hire a professional editor for every project and rely on programs like Grammarly, ProWritingAid, and WordTune to help them self-edit. There is a close resemblance between the current approach and the welfare system in the United States, where the purpose is to catch those who scam the government rather than help those who truly need assistance. 

The craft of storytelling has always incorporated tools such as writing prompts. For many years, those of us not making Kingly sums of money have used proofreading software to improve the readability of our work. Barring all but the elite from publication will harm the literary landscape rather than improve it. 

I would rather have a few AI-generated stories slip through the cracks than have the craft of writing become limited only to those individuals with the monetary means to always hire a professional editor or have innocent people accused of wrongdoing and perhaps give up on writing altogether. Most people will not have an artificial intelligence program write their story and claim it as their own. Ultimately, the bad actors will be exposed.

Ornery Owl Has Spoken



The Station From the Snow Globe #SnipSun

   

Anthology:

For the Love of Winter

Anthology Genre:

Holiday Romance

Buy Link:

https://books2read.com/b/baqw6y

Publication Date:

December 6, 2023

Ebook Price:

$3.99 (Amazon pre-order)

Book Blurb:

Bake your cookies, light some candles, trim your trees, and be enchanted with thirteen sweet-to-spicy Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year's novellas that will sweep you from colonial days to contemporary times—each bearing a gift of happily-ever-after grand finales. This joyous collection is...

A Winter Mating by Lia Davis. He returns to Willow Glen with one goal, to claim his mate. Convincing her that she belongs to him will be his toughest challenge, but he's not above using seduction to get what he wants.

One Night at Christmas by Danica Winters. As the busy owner of a veterinary clinic, Emily Avery always has her hands full of puppies but empty of the one thing she really isn't sure she wants anyway—a man. When the kind-hearted Derek Night makes an emergency call to help his mom's naughty pup, they both must step outside of their shells and let the magic of Christmas and one mischievous pup bring them together.

The Christmas Crash by Tessa Lyons. Sparks fly when a relentless optimist and a grieving veterinarian are snowed in together at Christmas. Can they rediscover the magic of the season and find love in the most unexpected place?

His Christmas Date by Sara J. Walker. In this heartwarming story of seasoned romance, Dino Dudley and Hilde McQuire must navigate family drama and their own emotional baggage to find true love.

Jordyn's Christmas Gift by Marie Morton. Jordyn Billings, a busy marketing executive, is gifted a holiday getaway to Chateau D'Or by her family, where she discovers an unforgettable and life-changing Christmas gift.

Four Chanukahs and a Wedding by Merrie Angel. Widowed and alone in 1973, Millie explores a professional photographer's life, and stumbles upon Adam--an insatiable adventure seeker related to Jackie Kennedy. Will they find a way to ignite a flame that burns far beyond Millie's expectations and set ablaze their own festival of lights?

Recipe for Romance by Gloria Ferguson. Ashley McClain wants to win the Holiday Bake-Off with her late mom's cupcake recipe. Can she join forces with her friend and neighbor to claim the prize and a bit of romance just in time for Christmas?

Before the Rising Sun by V.L. Czerny. Their romance blighted at a colonial ball, Gertrude and Nicholas, forgetting their past acquaintance, are maneuvered by the Christmas spirit to set love loose and so refashion time's expected plans.

Unexpected Angels by C.L. Hart. Sometimes the best things come together when everything is falling apart.

Christmas Market Magic by Tessie Benton. Sydney Hawthorne hires an escort for a business date, but he's not what he appears to be, and their mutual deception sparks desire while careers hang in the balance.

A Merry White Christmas by Sally Murphy. Merry London, tasked with organizing an opulent Christmas ball for the McPhersons, faces an unexpected challenge in the form of Joel McPherson, whose fiery charm threatens to melt her icy exterior and unravel her meticulously laid plans.

Lavender and Love Restored by M.J. Gates. Chief architect Jess Carlson is restoring a haunted historic hotel and helping a friendly spirit while reclaiming her life and love before the hotel's grand reopening on New Year's Eve.

Marry Me by Midnight by Leah Miles. Navy SEAL Kendall Nelson can't manage a successful proposal, and single mom Luisa Sanchez has no time for romance.

Proceeds benefit the First Coast Romance Writers, an independent non-profit organization helping writers hone their craft and expand their knowledge of the publishing industry.


Snippet

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Dom pulled into a charming little railway station. A shiny silver train sat on the tracks, looking incongruously modern next to the quaint yellow building decked out in holiday finery.

"This is the station in Pika's snow globe," Macario noted.

"It is indeed," Dom confirmed. “We’ve arrived just in time!”

Dom carried Macario’s duffel bag to the train.


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100 Words from C. L. Hart

I wouldn’t have admitted this when I was younger, but having a routine is critical for my ADHD brain. Otherwise, I spiral into frustration and hours wasted playing mobile games. 
I try to rise between 5:30 and 6 AM so I can participate in the Monday-Thursday Passionate Ink writing sprints. (http://passionateink.org). This gets my day off to the right start. 
I’m always working on multiple projects, so I utilize the Saturday Passionate Ink sprint (11 AM to 1 PM MST) to work on a secondary project.
This routine helps me keep a handle on the many irons in my fire.

About the Author:

C. L. Hart, the owner and sole employee of Naughty Netherworld Press, is spoken of in hushed tones. She is described as The Mad Scribe of the Northeastern Colorado Plains, The Terrible Old Woman, and The Author That Should Not Be.

When not penning sanity-destroying works of dystopian fiction, Lovecraftian fantasy, or old-school horror with the occasional sweet romance thrown in to upset the cosmic apple cart, Ms. Hart enjoys creating baked goods she hopes will be considered palatable.

Ms. Hart shares a home in a remote rural town of 134 souls with her adult son and three cats. Her sense of fashion is best described as Early Twenty-First Century Unmade Bed. This disabled former nurse can usually be found arguing with herself about subplots or rehabilitating eldritch horrors.

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I Think I Got Punked #RainbowSnippets

    


Book: Beautiful Darkness 2

Story: Justice for Zowie J

ASIN: ‎ B0CC6ZFCL3

Publisher: ‎ Dragon Soul Press; 1st edition (October 30, 2023)

Publication date: ‎ October 30, 2023

Book Genre: Horror

Story Genre: Psychological Horror

Buy Link:

http://books2read.com/BD2

Price: $4.99 ebook

$24.99 paperback

Book Blurb:

In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level. Discover ghosts, demons, and your worst nightmares. Read at your own risk.

Featuring stories by Stephen A. Roddewig, Warren Benedetto, Barend Nieuwstraten III, Dylan Roche, Edgar Mahaffey, Toni Mobley, C.L. Hart, and J.E. Feldman.

Story Blurb:

When social media influencer James Zhao, better known as Zowie J, agrees to spend twenty-four hours in an abandoned mental asylum, he has no idea of the horrors that await him. He is held prisoner by six vengeful women in monstrous masks who torture him while accusing him of various offenses. Can James escape the hell he finds himself in, or will he pay the ultimate price?  

Snippet

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I’m here on a dare, and I think I got punked. Hang on, babies, I need a drink of water; I feel like I’ve been sucking on a pair of sweaty old socks or, like, a jock strap or something--Ew!”
James sipped from a gray metal water bottle featuring a stylized skull adorned with red gemstones in its eye sockets. The Zowie J logo was visible beneath the skull. He swished the water around in his mouth before swallowing. Afterward, he procured a breath mint from a white tin decorated with the Zowie J logo.



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A Note From C. L. Hart
I feel like a lot of the rules of blogging and indeed of writing, promotion, and life are designed to exclude those who don’t fit within society’s parameters of normal. Write what you know—except not that! Give your blog post a personal touch. No, not that personal, you’ll alienate your audience! Be real—no not that real! Post pictures of yourself, but before you do, realize you need to be conventionally attractive or it’s open season for ridicule.

As a rule-breaker, I say fuck that noise. I’ll never be popular or pretty. I’m going to do things my way.

About the Author:

C. L. Hart, the owner and sole employee of Naughty Netherworld Press, is spoken of in hushed tones. She is described as The Mad Scribe of the Northeastern Colorado Plains, The Terrible Old Woman, and The Author That Should Not Be.

When not penning sanity-destroying works of dystopian fiction, Lovecraftian fantasy, or old-school horror with the occasional sweet romance thrown in to upset the cosmic apple cart, Ms. Hart enjoys creating baked goods she hopes will be considered palatable.

Ms. Hart shares a home in a remote rural town of 134 souls with her adult son and three cats. Her sense of fashion is best described as Early Twenty-First Century Unmade Bed. This disabled former nurse can usually be found arguing with herself about subplots or rehabilitating eldritch horrors.

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Kitty Wells is one of my inspirations. She may never have called herself a feminist, but she was a pioneer who paved the way for women in the music industry. 

A Feeling of Calm #SnipSun

  

Anthology:

For the Love of Winter

Anthology Genre:

Holiday Romance

Buy Link:

https://books2read.com/b/baqw6y

Publication Date:

December 6, 2023

Ebook Price:

$3.99 (Amazon pre-order)

Book Blurb:

Bake your cookies, light some candles, trim your trees, and be enchanted with thirteen sweet-to-spicy Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year's novellas that will sweep you from colonial days to contemporary times—each bearing a gift of happily-ever-after grand finales. This joyous collection is...

A Winter Mating by Lia Davis. He returns to Willow Glen with one goal, to claim his mate. Convincing her that she belongs to him will be his toughest challenge, but he's not above using seduction to get what he wants.

One Night at Christmas by Danica Winters. As the busy owner of a veterinary clinic, Emily Avery always has her hands full of puppies but empty of the one thing she really isn't sure she wants anyway—a man. When the kind-hearted Derek Night makes an emergency call to help his mom's naughty pup, they both must step outside of their shells and let the magic of Christmas and one mischievous pup bring them together.

The Christmas Crash by Tessa Lyons. Sparks fly when a relentless optimist and a grieving veterinarian are snowed in together at Christmas. Can they rediscover the magic of the season and find love in the most unexpected place?

His Christmas Date by Sara J. Walker. In this heartwarming story of seasoned romance, Dino Dudley and Hilde McQuire must navigate family drama and their own emotional baggage to find true love.

Jordyn's Christmas Gift by Marie Morton. Jordyn Billings, a busy marketing executive, is gifted a holiday getaway to Chateau D'Or by her family, where she discovers an unforgettable and life-changing Christmas gift.

Four Chanukahs and a Wedding by Merrie Angel. Widowed and alone in 1973, Millie explores a professional photographer's life, and stumbles upon Adam--an insatiable adventure seeker related to Jackie Kennedy. Will they find a way to ignite a flame that burns far beyond Millie's expectations and set ablaze their own festival of lights?

Recipe for Romance by Gloria Ferguson. Ashley McClain wants to win the Holiday Bake-Off with her late mom's cupcake recipe. Can she join forces with her friend and neighbor to claim the prize and a bit of romance just in time for Christmas?

Before the Rising Sun by V.L. Czerny. Their romance blighted at a colonial ball, Gertrude and Nicholas, forgetting their past acquaintance, are maneuvered by the Christmas spirit to set love loose and so refashion time's expected plans.

Unexpected Angels by C.L. Hart. Sometimes the best things come together when everything is falling apart.

Christmas Market Magic by Tessie Benton. Sydney Hawthorne hires an escort for a business date, but he's not what he appears to be, and their mutual deception sparks desire while careers hang in the balance.

A Merry White Christmas by Sally Murphy. Merry London, tasked with organizing an opulent Christmas ball for the McPhersons, faces an unexpected challenge in the form of Joel McPherson, whose fiery charm threatens to melt her icy exterior and unravel her meticulously laid plans.

Lavender and Love Restored by M.J. Gates. Chief architect Jess Carlson is restoring a haunted historic hotel and helping a friendly spirit while reclaiming her life and love before the hotel's grand reopening on New Year's Eve.

Marry Me by Midnight by Leah Miles. Navy SEAL Kendall Nelson can't manage a successful proposal, and single mom Luisa Sanchez has no time for romance.

Proceeds benefit the First Coast Romance Writers, an independent non-profit organization helping writers hone their craft and expand their knowledge of the publishing industry.


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“Would you like to put up a wanted poster at the station?” Dom wondered.

“Would the station master mind?” Macario asked.

“He’s giving you permission,” Dom laughed.

“I’ll email you one. I appreciate your help.”

Macario was no longer concerned about the speed at which the car was traveling. In fact, he hardly noticed the rain pouring down outside. It made no sense to his normally suspicious mind, but he trusted Dom completely.

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About the Author:

C. L. Hart, the owner and sole employee of Naughty Netherworld Press, is spoken of in hushed tones. She is described as The Mad Scribe of the Northeastern Colorado Plains, The Terrible Old Woman, and The Author That Should Not Be.

When not penning sanity-destroying works of dystopian fiction, Lovecraftian fantasy, or old-school horror with the occasional sweet romance thrown in to upset the cosmic apple cart, Ms. Hart enjoys creating baked goods she hopes will be considered palatable.

Ms. Hart shares a home in a remote rural town of 134 souls with her adult son and three cats. Her sense of fashion is best described as Early Twenty-First Century Unmade Bed. This disabled former nurse can usually be found arguing with herself about subplots or rehabilitating eldritch horrors.

Follow C. L. Hart

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The Hops



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Not Here for Rehab #RainbowSnippets

   


Book: Beautiful Darkness 2

Story: Justice for Zowie J

ASIN: ‎ B0CC6ZFCL3

Publisher: ‎ Dragon Soul Press; 1st edition (October 30, 2023)

Publication date: ‎ October 30, 2023

Book Genre: Horror

Story Genre: Psychological Horror

Buy Link:

http://books2read.com/BD2

Price: $4.99 ebook

$24.99 paperback

Book Blurb:

In a world where so many dark things go bump in the night, terror awaits around every corner as these authors take horror stories to the next level. Discover ghosts, demons, and your worst nightmares. Read at your own risk.

Featuring stories by Stephen A. Roddewig, Warren Benedetto, Barend Nieuwstraten III, Dylan Roche, Edgar Mahaffey, Toni Mobley, C.L. Hart, and J.E. Feldman.

Story Blurb:

When social media influencer James Zhao, better known as Zowie J, agrees to spend twenty-four hours in an abandoned mental asylum, he has no idea of the horrors that await him. He is held prisoner by six vengeful women in monstrous masks who torture him while accusing him of various offenses. Can James escape the hell he finds himself in, or will he pay the ultimate price?  

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James turned the cell phone camera towards himself and waved. “What’s up, guys, it’s Zowie J, here at the old Garden Springs Mental Hospital in beautiful boring Laniby. Where the fuck is Laniby, you might ask? Well, it’s about six miles south of Victorville. If you’re now wondering where Victorville is, which I imagine most of you are, it’s in Southern Cali, but it sure as hell ain’t LA or San Diego. I’m not here for rehab or anything."


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About the Author:

C. L. Hart, the owner and sole employee of Naughty Netherworld Press, is spoken of in hushed tones. She is described as The Mad Scribe of the Northeastern Colorado Plains, The Terrible Old Woman, and The Author That Should Not Be.

When not penning sanity-destroying works of dystopian fiction, Lovecraftian fantasy, or old-school horror with the occasional sweet romance thrown in to upset the cosmic apple cart, Ms. Hart enjoys creating baked goods she hopes will be considered palatable.

Ms. Hart shares a home in a remote rural town of 134 souls with her adult son and three cats. Her sense of fashion is best described as Early Twenty-First Century Unmade Bed. This disabled former nurse can usually be found arguing with herself about subplots or rehabilitating eldritch horrors.

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