Newt's Nightmares #99
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Greetings, my wicked darlings!
What do we have coming up this month? Well, it's as much of a mystery to me as it is for you, seeing as my poor copy editor has suffered from a post-viral infection which has resulted in her eye swelling and failing to drain properly.
So, while I can confirm that a wonderfully frightful array of audiobooks is on the way, I'm not certain if you'll receive any eBooks this month. If my copy editor rises from her coffin feeling sprightly, then I hope to send tales of Viking savagery and office warfare your way. This will lead to a less regimented schedule this month, and instead, I'll send out two eBooks whenever possible.
I certainly shan’t be slowing down on my writing as I’m doing the #FicOffFeb challenge with my writing group. 14 stories in 28 days!
As for audiobooks, we have a creature feature theme! You can look forward to meeting Christian Angels, Viking Draugr, and the fearsome Celtic Glaistig.
Until next time, when hopefully we have happier news. Either way, it'll probably end up as a horror story ripe for publication.
Your ole’ pal, Newt.
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Coming up this month, I have some ghoulish treats in store for you with three free audiobooks!
9th February 2024 - The Iron Door (Audiobook)
Giovanni strives to save his wife's soul from Hell by any means necessary.
16th February 2024 - The Blood Eagle (Audiobook)
When construction workers unwittingly unleash an ancient evil from its crypt, unsuspecting friends Jack and Carla find themselves at the epicentre of a grim battle.
23rd February 2024 - The Glaistig (Audiobook)
In 15th-century Scotland, a land enshrouded in mystery and drenched in blood-soaked legends, Duncan's life is irrevocably altered by a sinister encounter.
In case you missed them, in January, we released the following:
10th 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 was February, but it was before this 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.
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Horror Story Compilations
The Damnable Asteroid, by Leigh Kimmel, FREE to download.
Danger comes from the sky. Seryozha and his pod-brothers were miners on a distant asteroid.
It was a lonely life, and a lot of hard work, but they could take pride in work accomplished.
And then their asteroid captured a mysterious object. One that drew their minds even as it left them profoundly uneasy.
Wedding of the Torn Rose, by Brian Mendonca, FREE download.
As the rehearsal dinner for Lydia's arranged wedding unfolds, tension simmers amidst foreign customs and whispered conversations. The Throatian Royal family, draped in magic, is keen to forge an alliance with the Darian Kingdom. Meanwhile, Lydia, now fully aware of her royal responsibilities, summons Kaine for a private meeting in the chilling stillness of the graveyard.
Her impending wedding signifies more than a pact of sword and sorcery, and something else—dark and twisted—stirs in the shadows.
Windlyn Vale, by Tobias Youngblood, FREE download.
All eyes turn to Siv, their seer and protector. His investigation brings him beyond their borders to the Eternal Desert, a place with secrets lost to time. What he discovers there will unravel the fabric of his reality. It will challenge his faith and risk his sanity. But the greatest threat of all lies within Windlyn Vale, where an ancient evil stirs just beneath the surface. A creature that lives only to destroy. Now, it will rise again. With a burning hatred as deep as the abyss.
House of Mud, by Joseph J Dowling, FREE download.
Mud. It got everywhere. Clung to their possessions and sneaked into places Suzie never realized mud could reach. She remembered a time when she’d thought sand was a pain in the ass, but never again in her miserable existence would she complain about a little beach-crotch. It’d been so different when they’d arrived on the godforsaken plot, full of excitement and hope, long before the earth spat out those old bones. It seemed like yesterday and forever ago.
Sour Roots, by Shawn Burgess, FREE download.
Roger and Gertrude Davis enjoy an idyllic existence in the small Appalachian town of Harper Pass. With vast landholdings, a successful business, and love for the family they’ve built, they’ve avoided the suffering The Great Depression has wrought on the area until it all comes crashing down on a sweltering summer day in 1932.
With the twin daughters they dote on gone missing and ominous signs of foul play evident, a suspect quickly emerges. But not everything is always what it seems. Amidst the murder, madness, and mayhem, they soon learn there’s blood to pay when the past comes calling.
The Undead Sorceress, by JF Garrard, FREE download.
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.
Sombre Stroll, by Mark Tullius, FREE download.
In this short story collection you'll find yourself:
- an overworked father trying to protect his son.
- an injured construction worker questioning reality.
- a sensitive teenage girl watching a mixed martial arts battle to the death.
- an aging DJ granting a sick girl’s glorious last wish.
- the fifth and final tale is a shocking jaunt through the author’s mind, full of juicy revelations and admissions. These bizarre and bloody tales will leave you begging for more.
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?
Necrosis, by C. L. Schneider, available to purchase.
How far would you go to survive—when every breath could be your last?
Amidst the chaos and fear of an apocalyptic virus, a mother fights to protect her daughter from the rotting remains of society. Navigating a frightening new world where survival is paramount and trust is a gamble, infection is only a misstep away. Despite her doubts and imperfections, Amy’s love and resolve are without question. But are they enough? Can she shield her daughter from the violence and savagery, and keep them both alive another day? For, at the end of the world, there’s no second chance. With a single bite, necrosis will set in.
Sink your teeth into this zombie survival story with a twist ending you won't see coming!
Dark Petition, by Jacob Marsh, available to purchase.
How could they just let it happen? Why would someone let them in?
Owen is constantly drawn to the terrifying, supernatural, and unexplainable mysteries of the world. He can always find a rational explanation, but new stories are always calling to him.
Drawn to Birch Island by recent sightings of Black Eyed Kids, Owen hopes to make his journalist debut by cracking the case on this modern urban legend. But the longer he spends searching, the less sense everything makes.
Dark Disasters, by Candace Nola, available to purchase.
See what happens when twelve spectacular authors rise to the challenge to combine the worst natural disasters imaginable with something evil and nightmarish hidden at its core.
Curated and edited by Candace Nola, with a foreword by Patrick R. McDonough, Dark Disasters features stories by Kristopher Rufty, Tim Meyer, Caitlin Marceau, Lucas Mangum, Rebecca Rowland, Andre Duza, Brennan LaFaro, Judith Sonnet, Bridgett Nelson, Michael Moore, Tony Evans, and Kate Kingston.
Run from the Dead Books 1-3, by Joanne Nundy, available to purchase.
The dead are rising and violently attacking people on the streets of the UK. Driven by an insatiable hunger for flesh, they attack anyone who dares to go out.
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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.