Ghosts of Eagle Valley
Ask anyone in Eagle Valley, Virginia, and they’ll be happy to tell you the history of their little town. After all, it’s a fascinating story. Way back in the 1700s, some of the town’s bravest young men marched off to fight in the Revolutionary War. Later, Eagle Valley’s mill brought the American Dream right to their doorsteps. During the Civil War, families were split between staying loyal to Virginia or re-joining the Union. Even as recently as World War II, Eagle Valley locals fought for victory half a world away. The town of Eagle Valley is proud of its long history, and even more proud of the ancestors that built their town.
Of course, if you ask the ghosts that still haunt Eagle Valley’s streets, you just might hear another side of the story. In this four-story collection, the ghosts of Eagle Valley set the record straight. Every town has its secrets, and these skeletons are ready to come out of their closets.
Ghosts of Eagle Valley is the companion short story collection to Ellen Smith’s debut novel, Reluctant Cassandra. Available only on Channillo for Charity, proceeds from Ghosts of Eagle Valley will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
Chrysalis and Clan
This series is the complete first part of a novel, Chrysalis and Clan, that is due to be published in March 2017.
*This series contains explicit content, and some trigger warnings. Please be aware it is not for everyone.*
There is a war festering that threatens life as we know it, but it is a war we will never see. It is cloaked beneath the skin of our loved ones, our neighbors, and the strangers on the corner. And it is all consuming.
Beth is successful, grounded, and happy. That is until a disasterous visit with her mother, Ava, who is suffering from dementia. This visit, the final visit with her mother, plants seeds of doubt in Beth's mind about who she really is or, rather, what she really is. Beth chooses to indulge her doubt and curiosity by entertaining her mother's ludicrous claims.
But there is another side to the story. A side that not only believes Ava's tales of lineage, but is hell-bent on stopping them.
Chrysalis and Clan is a tapestry of ghosts, of extraterrestrial creatures, and of demons that will make you shudder each time you see the back of your eyelids.
Which side are you rooting for?
Titus Fogg hates magic, and with good reason. Born into a murderous family of cruel and powerful casters in modern Massachusetts, magic has contributed to every bad thing that has happened to him since birth. After finally managing to banish the most likely evil (but definitely dirty-minded) entity called Shade from his body to the sidelines as his shadow, Titus has the chance to have a normal, magic free, high school life. But, when Tess Roe, his classmate, neighbor and model of justice at their school realizes she can see the creatures Titus calls the Wyrd too, Titus must return to the world of the strange to help her. Soon Titus's dark past comes to light as he must prove that he isn't responsible for the death of one of Tess's friends, and the theft of a magical book that could lead to the destruction of Arkham.
A young woman undergoes various physical and emotional changes as she clings desperately to her insanity, all the while watching the relationships around her crumble and fall. As time carries on, new truths are revealed and old secrets emerge with the arrival of the nefarious "they". Watch and witness a verifiable plunge into the depths of madness and mania.
The Resurrection of Gideon
Vampire Gideon Gower was a monster. Ruthless, bloodthirsty, and violent. A swift and brutal death awaiting anyone who happened to cross his path. He existed this way for centuries, until a shocking encounter in the 1930s left him reliving heartbreaking memories of loved ones long dead, touching on a pain that he hadn't allowed himself to feel for three hundred and seventy years.
Fast forward to modern day.
Eighty-five years have now passed and Gideon hasn't preyed on a single human since that night, instead choosing to feed off of animals in the Everglades and hiding away in a small house in Miami. But the quiet of his self-imposed isolation is shattered by the unexpected appearance of Meegan, a beautiful woman from his grisly past who's determined to return him to the fiend he once was. As Meegan attempts to drag him back down into bloody temptation, Gideon has to decide. With the man and the raging beast within pulling him in two different directions at once, does he continue to fight his instincts or allow the baser, darker part to take over once again, the latter tremendously more appealing.
Eventually Gideon finds purpose in newly forged friendship and rediscovered family, but when a gruesome murder committed by Meegan during Prohibition comes back to haunt her ninety years later, threatening not only exposure for Gideon and herself, but the safety of his family as well, Gideon must do everything he can to protect them. Even if it means unleashing the side that he's tried to keep caged for eight and a half decades.
The question is, can he close that door again once it's opened? Gideon is willing to take that chance. For them. But at what cost to himself?
Allie comes home when her grandmother dies to finish the B&B that her grandmother had planned. While working on the house she finds a wooden box and opens a door to the past which changes her family in ways she could never imagine.
The Last Minuters
When recent divorcee Margaret Ayinger decides to end her life, she wants to go out in style. For those who have done their homework and for whom money is no object there is only one place for that: The Precipice Hotel. Like a hospice for the terminally eccentric, it has stood for over a hundred years in a region plagued by yearly forest fires. Upon arrival, Margaret finds the old place nothing like what was advertised.
Oh sure, the staff are friendly. And the food? Positively four star! Something about it though just doesn't sit well with her. For instance, the people who randomly swan dive from their balconies late at night, the impossible thing living in her bedroom, and the automatons in black body stockings roaming the halls. Oh, and the purple monster named Fred who lives in the gorge.
“It’s just a light flickering, must be faulty wiring or something – isn’t it?”
Lot 149 is a paranormal story about Keira, a recently divorced woman who purchases a decaying old farmhouse with a truly spectacular history. Country living, a tidy divorce settlement and a job promotion that allowed telecommuting – this farmhouse would be a fresh start for both Keira and her son Tad, a break they so badly needed.
"Sure it needs work -- but don't we all?"
Leaving a big city job behind, Kiera embraces country living and is intent on raising pasture-fed pork and free-range chickens and the latest developments in organic farming; however, she soon realizes how much work is involved in restoring the farmhouse. To help with repairs, she calls in Frank, a local handyman and pest control guy.
“It’s a house with a history, that’s all. Plays tricks with your mind. Most old houses are like that.”
As Keira and Frank work on the house, several unnerving things begin to happen, and the secrets of the house begin to revel themselves. One of the locals, Joe Adams, fills Keira in on the previous owners:
They had two boys, long time ago, one of them had fits or somethin’.
Ain’t nobody seen that boy for decades. Most of us though they put him away –
He had a thing for cattle – bit of a freak, strange things always happened when he was around.
Ol’ Johnston down the way said he did in his whole herd, but nobody could prove nothing. And then there was the Smith child –
Now, decades later, Keira is the full owner in possession of the old farmhouse on Lot 149.
New Orleans Supernatural Weekly
Following a series of unfathomable attacks, journalist Sayeva Reardon decides to publish a (bi)weekly news magazine revealing the true nature of New Orleans' less mundane community. She regularly reports on stories ranging from the best to the worst in the city's supernatural underground, covering every creature and species without prejudice. But not everyone appreciates Sayeva's efforts in bringing what had so long been hidden from human eyes to light, and she soon finds herself fighting and running from danger at every angle.
The Power Of Creatures
2168, the last human survivors have fled to a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. Jeffery Reid has received intel that a missile will end all human life tonight. As a last resort, Jeffery and his assistant Maria has sent futuristic items into the past to eight warriors, in the hope they can change the future.
Each warrior will come against a supernatural creature. It's down to them to change the future. Teamwork and communication are essential. They have the ability to pass items between time and space, but will this really help them?
A fight to save the world and the human race. Can changing the past really change the shape of the future? Or will the ending always remain the same? Fate is fate after all, right?
The Death of All Ghosts is set in 1692 during the Salem Witch Trials. Our main character, Lora, is a ghotamery (someone who can see, touch and talk to ghosts). The incantation to pass ghosts on to the other side no longer works, and ghosts are coming to her for help; but with the witch trials surrounding her, she'll have to be discreet and be careful of who she can trust.
Army of Zombies Dexteria is at war, her coven is severely outnumbered compared to the growing zombie army. How do you kill zombies on a mass scale?
Vampire Sovereign Vampire King, Callum Knight, has had the toughest few years, from being in the wrong place at the wrong time to learning vampire life to becoming the ruler of the UK & Ireland. Now people want his power, his reign. It's to kill or be killed. To be Vampire Sovereign he'll need to defeat Queen Rachelle of the USA & Canada. It's not as easy as it sounds.
The Hunt for the Truth James' wife and kids were murdered by werewolves, he is on the hunt to expose their existence. Is truth really worth it, especially when James and Rachel's test of friendship comes into play?
They Reap What They Sow is set on Ribald's home planet Beschala, three clans coexist in harmony. When fire and ice attack Beschala, it's down to Ribald to fight for his life and the future of humanity.
The Knowledge of Creatures It's been a long wait for Kate and Alex who has helped each hero with their mission, now it's their turn but are they up to the task? Can they really stop the extinction of the human race?
Crossing the Streams
Non-human romance. Tarot-powered difference engines. The bureaucracy of the gate to Hell. These and more appear in this anthology of strange stories by Jeremy Zimmerman. This anthology collects five genre-bending tales from fantasy to steampunk to cyberpunk.
“I won’t spoil the ending, but I will offer that the imagery in this tale is so wonderful that the settings sometimes transported me away from the main character’s conflict. The scenes in this story, like Impressionist art, consist of ordinary subjects displayed in mesmerizingly vacillating light. Whereas I usually care most about plot and about character development, these descriptions were so robust that I would gladly read additional pages of Zimmerman’s work just to reimmerse myself in his language.”
– KJ Hannah Greenberg, Tangent, regarding “A Crazy Kind of Love”
“Unchained Melody is a sharp, beautiful blow to the heart. Zimmerman wrote a heroine who is recognizable; a woman who is defining herself, on her terms.”
– Lillian Cohen-Moore, author of The Imperial Companion, and Hatavat Chalom
When relatives of recently departed Elizabeth Cartwright set foot into her plantation estate with ideas of making a quick buck, what they find instead may just be their undoing. Hobbies of the infirm abound, alongside evidence of the cruel sport that obsessed Ms. Cartwright in her twilight years. Hideous secrets are buried under inches of dust and neglect. Their echoes through the cavernous space hint at deviance, senility, and even a little magic. Then, of course, there are the trophies to consider. Plenty of wall space still remains...
Friday the Furteenth
Michael Myers. Jason Voorhees. Leatherface. Freddy Krueger. The pantheon of slashers is getting a new member: The Beaver.
She's rabid, angry, and loose in an over-65 community. Who will live? Who will die? Come back next month to find out.
The Warlock Case Files
It's tough being a warlock in Washington, DC. Magic doesn't pay the bills, and sometimes you have to take on other jobs.
I'm Dafydd Smith, and I'm a warlock. No, not the "sold my soul to the devil" type warlock. The "male witch" kind. (Everyone gets those confused, so don't feel bad.)
One day I'm minding my own business, heading out for a bite to eat after a hard day exorcising ghosts, when I run into a vampire. Yeah, you heard that right. A vampire. With his fangs in some guy's neck. It was kind of sexy and scary all at the same time.
What did I do? Well, read on, and I'll tell you how I got rid of a ghost haunting a vampire. And if you enjoy that one, there will be more stories. Hanging around with a vampire appears bring on all sorts of supernatural stuff. Who would have thought it?
I'm changed the frequency to once a month, and I will be adding a new short each month until I get back to working on the next book.
Cover Image Credit: Captblack76 | Dreamstime.com - Vampire Portrait Photo
Leticia Sarabi is adjusting to being back at home after having left as a teen. Time has not stood still in her absence. The boy she loved all her life is a grown man with a wife, and her own family is much smaller than it was after the death of her grandfather. Her childhood nightmares have returned to haunt her, and Leticia is realizing that all those that surround her are not as they seem.
Andalucia Rioux is madly in love for the first time, and imagines a life where her boyfriend will be welcomed into her small and cloistered town. When the Fates seemingly deliver her and her family a cruel blow that will resurface years of memories and pain, she has no choice but to follow the tradition that has been paved by those who came before her.
A modern retelling of the minotaur myth. this fragmented narrative weaves threads of beauty and horror spread against a midwestern landscape full of labyrinths, ghosts, and the sort of monsters that live inside us.
Follow this series as strange and unexplainable encounters are shared.
Many of these happenings are true, however, events are creatively embelleshed for entertaining fiction.
Ghosts I Have Met and Some Others
This series contains an amusing collection of ghost stories by the American author and satirist John Kendrick Bangs.
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Cross and Circle
Evie and Carlotta are expecting the imminent arrival of their first child when an unusual group of men claims to have come for their son. Building off of a pendant that one of the men wears and her own research into pecked crosses across the world, Evie uncovers secrets related to the organization the men serve, pecked crosses, and her wife's family history.
Lightning Strikes Twice
Jason Arnan is a confused spiritual seeker, prone to depression, who engages in astral projection. Abaddon Enfer, a restless demon, schemes to posses Jason's body by exploiting these openings. While Jason's spirit is in an idyllic dream world, Enfer dives toward the void his spirit has left in hopes of possessing a human form. Michael Santi, an angel, rushes to intercept Enfer. During the great struggle that ensues, bolts of lightning infused with otherworldly particles from the combatants strike Jason's body. He is imbued with both the angelic power of healing and the demonic power of manipulative control as well as other surprising characteristics that threaten to pull him apart as he seeks opportunities for doing good deeds while fighting dark urges.
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*This series contains explicit content, and some trigger warnings. Please be aware it is not for everyone.*
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