Summer crashes to an end on a winding road. Just like that, football superstar Joel Harper finds himself rolling his wheelchair into a new school in a strange town. Soon he’s making friends of misfits, taking lessons in Iron Maiden, and trying to keep away from a ruthless bully with a penchant for switchblades. Little is he aware, something ancient and wounded has awoken deep beneath the tiny mountain community, and when it surfaces, all of Honaw will know its pain.
Poor Things is Daniel Barnett’s third novel, following Longreave and The Safe.
Cherry blossom lipstick: check
Smokey eyes: check
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check
For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.
Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally.
Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance.
Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim…
Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?
Thriller writer J.A. Konrath, author of the Lt. Jack Daniels series, digs into the vaults and unearths a technohorror tale from the depths of hell…
1906 – Something is discovered by workers digging the Panama Canal. Something dormant. Sinister. Very much alive.
2009 – Project Samhain. A secret underground government installation begun 103 years ago in New Mexico. The best minds in the world have been recruited to study the most amazing discovery in the history of mankind. But the century of peaceful research is about to end.
BECAUSE IT JUST WOKE UP.
When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert , he has no idea he’s been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon.
He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan.
But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn’t just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth…
ORIGIN by J.A. Konrath All hell is about to break loose. For real.
ABOUT THE KONRATH HORROR COLLECTIVE
The Konrath Horror Collective is not a series. It’s an ongoing collection of horror and technothriller novels that can each be read as a standalone. Some feature characters who appear in more than one story.
If you are a more sensitive (or adventurous) reader, the Konrath scale rates specific categories from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) to give you some idea if this is your kind of book.
ORIGIN by JA Konrath Scary – 6
Violent – 7
Funny – 5
Sexy – 4 Crossover – Characters from ORIGIN appear in HOLES IN THE GROUND and HAUNTED HOUSE
The creepy short story that introduces the ‘Ghost Hunter’ series of novels! Malachi Hunter’s abiding passion for the occult and supernatural has made him a loner and social misfit. Unfortunately, his lack of self-confidence has always prevented him from fulfilling his ambition to become a ghost hunter. That is until he meets Anna Spalding. In a misguided effort to impress her, he agrees to investigate a property managed by her father’s letting agency. His investigation has consequences that none of them could have anticipated…
Mal’s story continues in ‘A Matter of Faith,’ ‘Of Gods and Ghosts,’ and ‘Blood Ties.’
I would have been a beautiful woman by now. But when a body turns to dust before its time—when the mold is broken early—the spirit, like a casting, takes the mold’s last form. Though my awareness has grown, I retain the likeness by which I was last known: a girl of six years.
My soul has not passed over because I have not yet let it. I have grown and have learned to become patient. I am patiently awaiting my passing over, but I must have one thing before I am swept away by Elijah’s fiery chariots.
I must have vengeance.
The wind outside moans through the trees, telling me that my time is coming. It warns me to be careful, that vengeance is cold, too, and empty. But how can anyone trust the wind? Nobody knows where it comes from, or where it goes.
Vengeance will be mine.
Kelsea Stone can’t remember her childhood, and frankly, she doesn’t really care. She’s doing fine on her own in L.A. without any family to tie her down. But when she finds out her estranged birth parents have died and left her their house in Canaan Valley, West Virginia, she discovers more than just an inheritance waiting for her in the mountains.
When a mysterious box of gold doubloons shows up at his door, Garrett Unger has no idea that time and space will begin to distort, leading him to join forces with pirate Sullivan Cox against an ancient Aztec god.
Cameron Shale is a Harvester, an agent of the Church whose duty is to save the kingdom’s people by gathering the essence of those chosen to be sacrificed. He does his saving not with a surgeon’s knowledge, or a Priest’s prayers, but with the sword. They call him a murderer. They call him the Reaper. His kind are hated—and he more than the rest—but they are also necessary.
For there is evil waiting, a plague ready to wipe out all those in its path, and it is only with the essences of those sacrificed that it is held at bay. They survived it once. They will not survive it again. But when a shadowy figure known only as Memory emerges leading a rebellion against the Church and king, Cameron is forced to ask questions about a past that has haunted him his entire life. The kind of questions that can only be asked with steel. The kind that can only be answered in blood.
Reaper’s Awakening is another entry from Jacob Peppers in the great Epic Fantasy tradition of Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, and Brent Weeks.
For a town on the brink of desolation, desperate measures must be taken to make sure the town doesn’t become a ghost town and corpse-ridden wasteland.
The year is 1870. Post Civil War, the Reconstruction era. Many states, cities and small towns are still in recovery, one of these places is the town of Toomswood which has been taken over by outlaw Javier “Bones” Jones. Things only get worse when a mysterious stranger rides into town making an offer and cutting a deal with Jones.
The man gives Jones super point-pin dexterity and accuracy among other like abilities, however in return he has placed a curse on Jones, making him a leader to the Undead. After finding out his curse Jones makes the most of it and soon kills turning his gang into an army of the walking dead. The stranger tells Jones he will also lead Undead Civil War soldiers who are now bloodthirsty confederate madmen.
It’s up to Emerson Shaw, a quiet, humble young freelancer with his own personal demons to stop Jones and his men. Along with his best friend and townspeople who will join them, Shaw must find a way to stop Jones from destroying and terrorizing the town and turning it into a literal walking Ghost town.
A classic western battle of good versus evil that will shape up a town during the post Civil War era. Guns will be blazing, boots will get muddy and plenty of blood will be shed in this fast action paced weird westen and gory horror. A gruesome gunslinger of a tale packed with dark imagery and soaked in carnage.
Los Angeles County park ranger, Jack Carter, is about to discover that not all is as it seems in his tranquil life. Once responsible for patrolling the many public parks, in particular the popular Griffith Park with its famous observatory and zoo, Jack is about to discover that a whole new kind of animal roams his woods.
The undead kind.
It begins when his brother, on leave from the military, arrives sick. Deathly sick. Jack’s concern turns to alarm when his own flesh and blood turns on him, forcing the park ranger to take drastic measures.
Now searching for answers and help for his brother, Jack finds himself on the run from a lethal group of government agents—and from something monstrous that stalks his woods. Something not of this world…and hungry for flesh.
**Acclaim for the novels of J.R. Rain**
“Be prepared to lose sleep!”
—James Rollins, author of Bloodline and The Blood Gospel
“I love this!”
—Piers Anthony, author of On A Pale Horse and Luck of the Draw
“J.R. Rain delivers a blend of action and wit that always entertains. Quick with the one-liners, but his characters are fully fleshed out (even the undead ones) and you’ll come back again and again.”
—Scott Nicholson, author of Chronic Fear and After: The Shock
“Dark Horse is the best book I’ve read in a long time!”
—Gemma Halliday, author of Spying in High Heels and Unbreakable Bond
—Aiden James, author of Destiny of Coins and Cades Cove
“Moon Dance is a must read. If you like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter, be prepared to love J.R. Rain’s Samantha Moon, vampire private investigator.”
—Eve Paludan, author of Taking Back Tara and New York Minute
“Impossible to put down. J.R. Rain’s Moon Dance is a fabulous urban fantasy replete with multifarious and unusual characters, a perfectly synchronized plot, vibrant dialogue and sterling witticism all wrapped in a voice that is as beautiful as it is rich and vividly intense as it is relaxed.”
—April Vine, author of Unbound and Intrigue in India
“Is it possible to redefine two genres in one book? I don’t know, but J.R. Rain has left a lasting impression for the vampire and mystery genres.”
—P.J. Day, author of King’s Blood and The Sunset Prophecy