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Book: Beautiful Darkness 2

Story: Justice for Zowie J


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

Publication date: ‎ October 30, 2023

Book Genre: Horror

Story Genre: Psychological Horror

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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' YouTube channel, Zowie J's Good Stuff, was devoted to playing pranks and hawking his products. His gray t-shirt with the disco dancing dinosaur was part of that merchandise line, as evidenced by the Zowie J logo with its chunky letters and the rainbow-hued shooting star underlining it.

“Could this room get any grosser?” James groaned, pointing his phone camera at the water-stained white walls of the waiting room where he sat on a dilapidated Russian violet couch. “Also, like, what décor scheme were they aiming for in this dump? The walls say ‘institution,’ but this disgusting old sofa says, ‘Old West Whorehouse.’ The table with granola bars, beef jerky, and sports drinks is kind of avocado green; I feel like the 70s barfed all over me, but I don’t know if it’s the 1870s or the 1970s.”

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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