Free Horror #72
Newt's Update provides subscribers with news on the author's latest work, upcoming releases, and events. This week, he introduces two of his favourite authors from his writing group.
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I attempted the Hot Ones challenge at home with ten hot sauces of escalating potency. Sadly, however, despite advertising Scorpion chilli peppers, they were all watered down so much that neither Ed nor I achieved more than a mild blush. Eating my body weight in nuggets, however, was excellent.
Thank for everyone who bought THE BALLAD OF BARNACLE BILL. If you could spend a second to leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon, I’d really appreciate it. Word of mouth really helps us authors, especially self-published ones like me :).
I’m frantically working on the final touches of THE HORROR AT HARGRAVE HALL before it’s sent to my beta readers this weekend. It’s a hard deadline as it is also my mother’s birthday (the author GILLIAN MARY WEBB) so between shenanigans and overeating I won’t have much time to write.
A few dates for everyone
18th January - A new FREE short story, THE ENIGMATIC SKELETON, is released.
1st February - The Horror at Hargrave Hall is released on Amazon!
OUT THIS WEEK
FEAR OF FLYING, by A. E. Deakin. A FREE short story by a friend of mine from the FANTASY WRITERS’ CLUB UK. Fear of Flying is a mind bending horror story that proves that not all fears are unjustified. I really liked the internal monologue, exposing the unreliable narrator breaking down as the anxiety builds up within them. Mini Deaks has a wonderful way of infusing her horror with humanity and humour, making it a joy to read. Amy writes in a variety of genres and it is always a pleasure to hear her narrate her work in our writing meetings. After a few drinks, she is, however, an absolute menace on the karaoke machine. Her personal website with a new FREE story every month is HERE.
THE CANYON OF SE’L HATHORETH, by Ryan Bush. This short story, available to purchase on Amazon, is about as cosmic as it gets. It has a wonderful primal feel to it, exposing the reader to vastly powerful entities while infusing them with enough mystery to leave them wondering what exactly has happened. The historical setting really worked, allowing for a rich backdrop, especially for a short story. The combination of extreme weather, isolation and Native American folklore is a potent combination. Ryan is an American, Christian author from the FANTASY WRITERS’ CLUB UK. He writes both science fiction and fantasy across several genres. I’ve really enjoyed beta reading his work and hearing him read his stories at our weekly meetings. He has his own private website, HERE.
WHAT AM I WORKING ON NOW?
THE HORROR OF HARGREAVE HALL, I’m on the second edit! Yesterday I wrote -1.2k words. So that is magnificent progress :’D.
I’m in negotiations for the book cover for the first collected works of Newton Webb. It features sixteen of my stories.
The debut novel of Newton Webb, NESTOR LYNCH.
TALES OF THE MACABRE, the first compilation of my short stories and novellas.
The next novella - I… I don’t have a title for it yet, despite the fact I’ve written half of it already.
PROTECTORS by MARK JENKINS, FREE download.
Takeo Kita embarks on a solo mountaineering trip in the rugged Olympic Mountains of Washington state, and finds a strange artifact at the site of a tragic plane crash from decades earlier. The discovery propels him on a mythic action and adventure journey that alters the trajectory of his life and thousands of others.
DRAINED: A VAMPIRE NOIR by CODA LANGUEZ, FREE download.
Two detectives investigate the grisly murder of a suburban couple. At first, the primary suspect is their college-aged son. However, the evidence does not add up; the injuries, the damage to the home, and worse, a horrifying video denote that no human hands could've committed the crime.
The truth is much older and much more malicious than any human psychopath could be; humans are just mere cattle.
THE WEEPING LADY by A. F. STEWART, FREE download.
Rushing home to help with the search, she tumbles into family secrets, local legends, and worst of all, a ghost that haunts the nearby river. What connection does she have to the lingering spirit and is the ghost really responsible for her sister's disappearance?
What horrible mystery surrounds the truth about her birth mother?
Can Eva confront her tragic past and save her sister?
Or will the ghost finally claim its own?
OUR FEARFUL ROOTS by FAITH MARLOW, available for purchase on Amazon.
Dark memories are carried on the scent of roses.
Mary wants a better life for her family and hopes the house she inherited from her aunt in Alabama will be a sanctuary for them all, but Mary and the house share a terrible secret.
Roots run deep in the south, but secrets run even deeper.