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Resurrected Rituals - Steven Marshall, 110k words, 14.95 *New!
Pretty Death Music - Brett Graham, 93k words: $12.00. *New!
Algorithm of Nightmares - Jeff Parsons, 70k words: $9.95
Suspentia - Brett Matthew Graham, 70k words: $9.95
The Trespassers – Brett Matthew Graham, 88k words: $12.95
Soul Stealers - Steven Marshall, 30k word (novelette): $9.95
Gently Bleeding – Steven Marshall /Authors, 50k words: $12.95
Occultica – Steven Marshall/Brett Graham, 55k words: $12.95
The Banished – Steven Marshall, 71k words: $12.95
*All Steven Marshall novels: 5 for $50.00 - FREE S&H!
340 pages, 110,000 words: $14.95
*Now Available on Amazon.com*
All great events begin with one tiny action. These actions can have dire consequences. Ones that can lead to heartbreak, disease and perhaps the end of the world. Welcome to the lives of the characters that initiate this chain of events. They may not know each other, but their timelines and meeting points intersect, triggering a domino effect that changes their lives in ways they never imagined possible...until it becomes too late to do anything about it.
For this is not just their world. And this is not the lives they envisioned for themselves. This is their living nightmares come to life, leading up to their demise as they unleash brand new diseases that threaten to obliterate the existence of mankind. ...These are Resurrected Rituals.
Resurrected Rituals. Something Old, Something New and Something Blue. Wedded together as three: brought back to life, 6 tales from an old wicked tome, Rituals of Terror, presented alongside 6 new stories with a theme - all inextricably twisted together into a tragedy of cause and effect, and interspersed throughout, and ending with dark poetry.
Well-crafted, engaging, intriguing – these are the trademarks of a great novel in my humble opinion. Steve Marshall gets a great novel review from me because of his ability to scare a reasonably well-seasoned reader such as myself. I don’t scare easily, so, when I get creeped out by a book, I know that I’ve had the privilege of being entertained by words far above and beyond the norm.
How was I entertained? It was a damned good read. The characters are alive, the scenes are vivid and the plot flows smoothly within each of the sub-stories. His writing is seamless, so you don’t get lost in the words, you get caught up in the story. As to the places he’ll take you, well, you better be prepared.
There were many times in my reading of the book when I experienced the ‘Oh no, don’t you go there’ feeling. Understand: I didn’t want to read any more. Too much for me. But I couldn’t stop. I wanted to know. There were scenes in this book that took me out of my comfort zone, which is the point of a horror story. This book will take you to other worlds, dimly lit by moody atmosphere, somehow familiar, yet unfamiliar, like a dream that slips unknowingly into a nightmare come to life in the worst way possible.
The book theme revolves around shattered lives of people as common as you and I. Their tragedy begins as the whims of fate compels them to take action; sometimes inescapably, sometimes recklessly, always tragically, they attempt to take control of their lives, their emotions stretched to the limit of sanity. They experience the agonizing horror of mysterious afflictions, unforeseen misfortunes; never-ending calamity. For me, the intriguing hook is how these things start and how they’re expressed in different lives. From the simplest of moments in the one's life escalating, to the most gruesome: sitting on a park bench talking to stranger, kissing the wrong person, pure seduction, taking an airplane flight, being abused, hurting others, becoming infected and infecting others, and finally, all humanity succumbing to the plague within you.
The book mirrors the tapestry that is nature: the delicate life-thread of any one character is often interwoven with many others, sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes not. The characters don't know each other, yet through a colorful variety of places and timelines, their actions create a chain of events that unleash a plague of new diseases onto the world, and making a mysterious prophecy inevitable. We are interdependent - one mistake, one bad decision, one tragedy, can affect us all.
Last, but not least, there is the Dark Poetry section. The short poems have been spread, here and there, throughout the book, and at the end, the book has a section devoted to them exclusively. They're brilliantly crafted and clever because they paint a mental picture that captures the emotions of wondrous possibilities. One of the poems, A Thought in the Black, even won an Outstanding Achievement Award from The National Library of Poetry!
Bonus thriller points: if you have read two of Steven Marshall’s other books, The Banished & Soul Stealers, you’ll get to experience the full impact of this apocalyptic tragedy summed up in Resurrected Rituals. Although independent in themes, all are intertwined by the characters.
In summary, if you don’t like horrific real-life tragedy (and I totally understand that sentiment), then maybe this book isn’t your cup of tea and you should probably pass on reading it. For an obviously well- written novel, you might give it a 3 out of 5 stars, a modest rating simply because you’ll have avoided reading the uncomfortable parts and will miss out on the true overall experience. However, if you like getting scared, truly scared, from psychological horror, then this book would rate a much higher star value for you.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
300 pages, 93,500 words: $12.00
*Now Available on Amazon.com*
Have you ever heard a song so catchy, you couldn't get it out of your head?
Everyone has, but this particular song is different. This song has the power to alter your perception, to modify the world around you. It opens up forbidden gates within your mind, releasing your deepest, darkest fears.
Four poor souls in Cannon's Mouth, Ohio are about to find out that this song is more than a little ditty you hear on the radio. And after listening to it, they will be forced to fight for their lives against their own personal nightmares.
This is not just a simple melody.
This is not a catchy tune.
This is Pretty Death Music.
“When your life becomes a dream from which you cannot wake, your nightmares slowly take shape within your own darkness, forming shadows of helpless fear, anxiety and horror. The end of sanity is near and, even though you can sense it, it is not yet defined, and is quite inescapable.” ~Jeff Parsons
Experience the dangers of knowledge without wisdom and the need to acquire magical power without the restraint to wield it, as a shaman encounters a corrupt secret agent…The desperation of a woman about to die may override the price required to stay alive from a greedy doctor…The sadistic need to hurt the one she once loved leads to the ultimate act of selfishness by a woman too jaded by her marriage to care…In a last effort to cure a disease, the government requires a few human guinea pigs for their new experiment…A conscious awakening occurs in an inanimate object that only wants to cure people’s pain…The best of intentions lead to the deadliest of consequences as a man is possessed by a demon who must do good to be spared from Hell…Hope flourishes as a devastating plague strikes down mankind in a post apocalyptic world of grim uncertainty...
Some legends are made from the evil that men inflict upon others, just like in the Salem witch trial days…Mining operations go too deep when a team of explorers uncover an ancient myth from yesteryears past…A boy’s personal Hell is discovered when a tragedy occurs where only a strange man can show him just how the truth will set him free…Some hidden memories should be best left buried underneath the surface, where an old abandoned science lab created more than they bargained for…A rich traveler learns a valuable truth from the simple servants he employs and discovers it in a mountain of buried secrets at the Temple of Reflection. A man discovers his haunted past from the very house he inherited from his family where evil atrocities occurred -- and learns the truth of how his parents were really murdered….An archeological expedition uncovers a dark, ancient awakening as the last surviving team member reflects about it in retrospect to an ambitious journalist...
This book features 7 SNM Mag published stories and 7 new tales of nostalgia.
“Parsons has a Dean Koontz story telling style with a Clive Barker imagination.”
~Wendy Brewer, Copy Editor for Jack Ketchum and Edward Lee
“Jeff Parsons combines historical to modern-day horror with dark fantasy, which you rarely see these days -- let alone ever!”
~Kerry Morgan, Pandora’s Imagination
“A New SNM Mag Legend is born with incredible imagination and a wide variety of engaging stories. Astonishing originality for a first-time new author novel.”
~John Arthur Miller, Liquid Imagination
From the 2009 SNM Horror Author of the Year, Brett Matthew Graham, SNM Publications loudly presents his 2nd print novel featuring his 6 SNM Mag published stories, 4 new ones, and a collection of his dark poetry in this ensamble called Suspentia.
"Brett Matthew Graham is a master of suspense, and he..."
Suspentia by Brett Matthew Graham on sale at Amazon.com: $9.99
A burn victim in a convalescent home eagerly awaits to see the mysterious Dr. Spindle…A claustrophobic man falls prey to the wondrous powers of a magic hypnotist…A butcher vents his growing frustration of his boss and his recent breakup…A man tries to protect his friend and exact revenge on the town jerk… A hemophiliac clown faces his worst fear of bleeding to death in costume.
A shape-shifting mother and daughter conspire to take over the body of a celebrity actress to steal her identity and fame…A strange man owns parasites that can recreate people from their photographs…A young pop star gets more than he bargained for after he signs a contract…A room of strangers reveal their darkest secrets to a dangerous entity…A clockmaker pushes his skill to the very limits of reality and beyond.
It’s brilliantly intertwined in this masterpiece where suspense and dementia come together as one seamless nightmare...
“Not too many authors can pull off first-person present-tense stories like Graham. His words breathe as you read them. His stories are layered with sub-plots within stories. His characters are diverse and unique, as well as memorable. Graham is the modern-day thinking man’s horror. File this book between Poe and Lovecraft, where it belongs.”
--John Arthur Miller
From the 2009 SNM Author of the Year Brett Matthew Graham, SNM is proud to present his debut novel, The Trespassers. Not only has Brett co-authored a novella with the Senior Editor, he has been published at SNM 8 times, including 4 Stories of the Month. Graham continues to haunt us with stories to this day.
By Jeani Rector - The Horror Zine
This review is for: The Trespassers (Paperback)
The very first two sentences in the book The Trespassers reads:
"No one in the airport terminal could see Raymond Shepard's skin crawling. They couldn't see it twisting like a bed sheet thrown over a swarm of eels."
It begins with a crawling sensation on the arm or face. Slapping at a non-existent insect does no good as the sensation vibrates through the body...and changes the person.
Alex and her brother Eric live in a big house on top of a big hill, all inherited. Their property overlooks the small town of Cannon's Mouth. Alex has fainting spells and Eric is a drunk, much like the rest of the town's inhabitants. In fact, the young people in Cannon's Mouth are mostly drunks and losers that hang out at the Good Times Pub.
Alex and Eric witness the town changing into something different... something very violent as the residents of Cannon's Mouth morph en mass into murderers who kill in a frenzy of savage, crimson rage. This has happened once before, a long time ago. What is it and why is it happening again?
The Trespassers by Brett Matthew Graham begins with action and reads fluidly all throughout. The book has a polished feel as though written by a professional. It has been carefully edited by Steven Marshall of SNM Magazine fame, so you won't see any of the typos or grammatical errors too often found in other books these days.
In fact, The Trespassers has been published by SNM Book Publishing. The 6 x 9 book has a hefty feel, weighing in at 350 pages, and sold for the amazingly low retail price of $12.99. With crisp, white pages and an eye-catching cover, this is a nice book.
About the plotline: the character development goes on a bit too long in The Trespassers and there are an awful lot of characters to keep track of; but these things can easily be forgiven by the excitement Graham's writing can generate.
The descriptive prose pulls in the reader. Brett Matthew Graham has the ability and the talent to keep the reader absorbed with the fear and the violence that befalls Cannon's Mouth.
Graham creates such unique events as a woman who leaks water from her feet, a "morning after the basement party" filled with amnesia-sufferers that has nothing to do with alcohol-induced blackouts, and a morphed woman pushing herself through the rusted bars of a jail cell, deliberately breaking her own bones in order to fit better.
The Trespassers contains a lot of twists and turns. The ending is very satisfying and throws yet another surprise at the reader. All in all, despite the violence and mayhem, the reader relates to the characters and feels sorry for most of them. Although all of us have known losers who never amount to much after high school, we still would never wish the events from The Trespassers to happen to any of them.
Or would we?
Complete theme novella. 30k words, 160 pages. $9.95
The lost souls of the dead have found a way to enter the minds of the living. Like patient fisherman, they cast their proverbial rods into the abyss and hook the living through their dreams when they are most vulnerable. They can reach you in a coma or a deep REM sleep. They can access you through extreme inebriation via alcohol or hallucinogenic drugs. They can take over your personality and evict you from your body and assume control. To others, everything else appears to be normal, but you’re merely a ghost of your former self. Everything about you remains the same…except your personality. Everything that was once yours now belongs to them. They own your very flesh. Now you must become a fisherman if you want to regain your body…
Alex Diamond faces a new dilemma within his skipping dream from which he cannot wake. Malicious lost souls of the dead are trapped in Purgatory and have found a new home in his body. A new host of multiple personalities have taken over his mind after he wakes from a coma and he can only look on from afar unless he, too, becomes a Soul Stealer.
Alex is only just one of many unreported cases that have fallen victim to one of the greatest secrets of the human and inhuman mind, which neither science nor religion has the capacity to understand, let alone solve. What will it take and require of him to gain back his body and live life again? What infernal wisdom and secret arcane knowledge will he gain along the way?
*Buy Occultica for $14.00 (6x9) glossy paperback.
Presenting the new short story collaboration novel from Senior Editor Steven Nicholas Marshall called: "Gently Bleeding." This new novel features the works of SNM and select SNM Authors of stories they wrote together, including the Gently series found in Bonded By Blood I, II & IV. 6 stories, 215 pages, 50k words.
John Arthur Miller
Steven N. Marshall
Also on sale at Amazon.com for $12.95
Short Story Author Collaborations with SNM.
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Complete theme novel. 70k words, 220 pages