Newt's Nightmares #98
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Greetings, my wicked darlings!
2024 already, good lord, it’s been a blur. What a year, Dry January seems a poor reward for all that work, but alas, here we go *sips his tea*.
In 2023, I unleashed a barrage of chills and thrills with twenty free short stories, a novel, and not one, but two collected works. I also launched a new audiobook series that's been tickling your eardrums and there's plenty more to come.
Now, let's talk about what's brewing for 2024. Get ready for "Tales of the Macabre, Vol. 3," the thrilling conclusion to our first trilogy. For those who love a good binge, a special edition compiling all stories from Volumes 1-3 in chronological order is also in the works. I hate to think how many pages that’ll be. The bookshelves will be groaning.
And yes, while "Tales of the Macabre, Vol. 4-6" is on the horizon, I'm pondering a detour back into novel writing, but something much darker and delectable than Nestor.
On a side note, if you're itching for a quick horror fix, I've got just the thing. Dive into "Fear of Flying" by the brilliant Deaks, a free short story that's sure to send shivers down your spine. You'll find it on her Substack, and I highly recommend subscribing—her free stories are nothing short of spectacular.
Also, for a seasonal Christmas fix, check out Ryan Bush’s free story “The Wreath.” I really liked the cosmic horror elements and wish I’d written it.
Here's to another year of eerie adventures and macabre tales. Cheers, my fellow horror aficionados! *raises his now tepid mug of tea in salute*.
Your ole’ pal, Newt.
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Coming up this month, I have some ghoulish treats in store for you with two free eBooks and four free audiobooks!
10 January 2024 - The Girl in the Glass (eBook)
A man is haunted his entire life by the spectral appearance of a woman in his reflection, who inches closer with time, threatening his sanity and his soul.
12th January 2024 - The Enigmatic Skeleton (Audiobook)
The contents of an Anglo-Saxon museum incur an investigation with deadly consequences.
19th January 2024 - The Green Man (Audiobook)
In the depths of Sherwood Forest, two brothers are haunted by an eerie silence and a mysterious presence.
24th January 2024 - Darius The Dazzler (eBook)
The roaring twenties New York, glamour, stage magicians, cursed contracts and of course, murder.
26nd January 2024 - 12 Minutes (Audiobook)
A text message arrives, triggering a terrifying countdown.
2nd February 2024 - The Coconut Killer (Audiobook)
Okay, so technically this is February, but it’s before the February newsletter due to the vagaries of dates, so I’ve slipped it in this issue.
Coming out is a terrifying experience for anyone, but for Sam, it is murder.
In case you missed them, in December, we went a bit mental with the free stories (I hope they didn’t get caught in too many spam filters):
13th December - The Glaistig (eBook)
After surviving narrowly escaping a murderous phantom in Scotland's eerie highlands, a farmer lets a lost woman into his home. But you can only outrun your past for so long.
Held captive in her father’s basement, Amelia struggles to escape. But reality isn’t always what it appears to be and soon she will learn an earth shattering secret.
20th December - The Croydon Ripper (eBook)
As the body count rises in 80s Croydon, a terrified new librarian descends in a journey towards madness.
22th December - The Black Fog (Audiobook)
When the black fog rolls in, death follows. In 1950‘s Grimsdyke, two lovers encounter a horror unlike any other.
27th December - A Chemical Connection (eBook)
LSD, accountancy, bell-bottoms, unfortunate haircuts, and my personal favourite: Death.
When young Jackson moves into the 'Grand Dame', an old boarding house in New Orleans, he becomes enamoured with the music emanating from his neighbour’s room.
Free Horror Stories
Horror Story Compilations
Johnny Bones, by Britton MC Jensen, Early Review Copy.
After the brutal murder of his family, Jonathan Vale left his home in the British Colony of Virginia to seek the power of resurrection. His journey would involve a secret cult of necromancers, a tribe of native warriors, a crew of pirates, and a monster in the deep south of Colonial America.
This man would soon become Johnny Bones, one of histories most infamous forgotten pirates.
The Undead Sorceress, by JF Garrard, FREE on Kindle Unlimited or available to buy on Amazon.
Ever since Tamara became a vampire, things have gone downhill. Her grandma runs off with her daughter’s soul and then her husband thinks she’s gone crazy. The only thing certain right now is that she has to save her daughter, no matter what the cost.
Caught in the middle of a war between vampires, sorceresses and warlocks, she discovers an alternative history to the world she thought she knew.
Brightside, by Mark Tullius, FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or available to buy.
Joe hates his life. His ability to read minds gets him thrown into Brightside, a prison town far from society. Sure, he gets a new girlfriend, but the oppressive environment combined with their exposed thoughts increasingly wears at their relationship over time.
After a horrible tragedy, some of the telepaths decide to make their escape. But they’re up against a vicious pack of guards who see the prisoners as dangerous freaks. Can the group’s unique abilities free them from Brightside's oppressive confines, or are they doomed to live in captivity and slowly lose their minds?
BISHOP, by Candice Nola, FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or available to buy.
"Caught between an ancient evil and a man with nothing to lose, a young girl's fate hangs in the balance."
Erin Rogers and her daughter Casey have been missing in the Alaskan wilderness for five days. Troy Spencer is determined to find his sister and niece at any cost. Once there, a local tells Troy about a loner, Bishop, a man shrouded in secrets, who may be his only hope.
Clash of Goddesses, by R.A. Goli, FREE download.
Gna' is sent to the Underworld to negotiate the release of Frigga's son, Baldur. Gna' must fight a sorceress, fend off an attack from hellhounds, solve riddles, and face Hela's army of undead in her attempt to secure Baldur's freedom.
The Hanging Tree, by Joseph J Dowling, FREE download.
Detective Craig Cornell is called to a triple-murder at an isolated house near Exeter, New Hampshire, the latest in a sequence of gruesome deaths which stems back 300 years. A White Oak at the rear of the property may hold the key. According to local legend, a woman was accused of witchcraft and hanged from it. As the bodies pile up, Cornell is haunted by horrific visions.
Is it his past catching up with him, or does the tree really hold an ancient, evil spirit?
The Cold, by Claudine Marcin, FREE download.
William R. Hollandsworth III is rich and powerful; both admired as well as feared. He’s also dying. But he’s thought his way out of bigger problems than this.
Will he find a way to cheat death, or has he finally met his match?
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If you enjoyed this email, then please consider Tales of the Macabre, Vol. 1. My first collected works on Amazon containing sixteen short stories and novellas by Newton Webb.
Newton Webb Bibliography
Available on Amazon
2022 – The Heir Apparent, Novella
2018 – The Morrígan, Novella
2017 – Nestor Lynch, Novel
2013 – Festival of The Damned, Novella
2012 – The Platinum Service, Novella
1958 – The Black Fog, Short Story
1864 – Smoke in the Sewers, Novella
1832 – The Horror at Hargrave Hall, Novella
1818 – The Ballad of Barnacle Bill, Novella
1194 – Hunted, Short Story
Read a collection of free short stories or listen to free audiobooks by Newton Webb on his website.