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This Way Darkness by Latashia Figueroa

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EXCERPT FROM WRAPPED IN SMALL FLESH AND BONE, from the short

stories collection, THIS WAY DARKNESS by Latashia Figueroa

Linda pretended not to notice these things. But the day I found my wife hiding

from Jenny under the kitchen sink, shaking uncontrollably, I knew she could pretend no

longer.

They had been playing hide-and-seek. When Linda hid in a closet, she heard

Jenny call her as she searched the house but her voice was not her own. Linda described

the voice as something not human. She spent the rest of the day hiding from our child

until I came home.

We sent Jenny to a doctor, a specialist. His findings: there was absolutely nothing

wrong with our child. She was extremely intelligent and that was the probable cause for

her acting out. In short, with all his degrees and years of study, the only diagnosis the

doctor could come up with was “She’s bored.”

I would not allow Linda to be alone with Jenny again. I worked from home.

Linda was a nervous wreck and the child knew we feared her.

We began to lock our bedroom door. Linda held me so tight I thought my ribs

would crack. She jumped at every little sound and, to be fair, so did I.

We could hear Jenny’s bedroom door open; the pitter patter of her tiny feet

running across the hardwood floor. We could hear her breathing heavy, right outside

our door. The doorknob would often turn. And then we could hear her run away, her

bedroom door closing gently.

It was all too much for my Linda. She cried herself to sleep nearly every night.

“This is my fault, Robert. I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.”

I tried soothing her. I stroked Linda’s hair the way she liked until I could feel her

body finally relax in my arms.

“She’s going to kill us,” Linda said before she drifted into sleep.

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Cover Reveal: 100 Nightmares by K.Z. Morano

K.Z. Morano is one of my favorite authors among the very talented group of Friday Fictioneers. I always look forward to reading her work and this upcoming release will be no exception.

I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of the cover reveal blog blast. And I’ve got to say this is one of the most awesome covers I’ve ever seen.

So without further ado, I present your next great read:

Copy of 100 nightmares ebook cover

COMING THIS APRIL! — official date TBA

100 NIGHTMARES by K.Z. Morano is a collection of horror stories written in exactly 100 words and accompanied by a few illustrations.

It takes a brief encounter with death to cause enduring nightmares.

A single well-placed blow could maim you for life…

One well-placed word could haunt you forever.

 

Micro-fiction is a blade—sharp, swift…

Sometimes it goes for the jugular, killing you in seconds.

Its silver tongue touches your throat and warm blood hisses before you can scream.

 

Sometimes, the knife makes micro-cuts in the sensitive sheath of your sanity, creating wounds that will fester throughout eternity.

 

Take my 100 words daily like a slow-acting poison or read them all and die of overdose.

Your call.

It’s your suicide after all.

 

The Author

K.Z. Morano is an eclectic eccentric… a writer, a beach bum and a chocolate addict who writes anything from romance and erotica to horror, fantasy, sci-fi and bizarro fiction. Over the past few months, her stories have appeared in various anthologies, magazines and online venues. Visit her at http://theeclecticeccentricshopaholic.wordpress.com/ where she posts short fiction and photographs weekly.

For more updates on the story collection like K.Z.’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/100Nightmares


Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

This week’s photo challenge is “Selfie.” This is me with my newest book, which isn’t even out yet and I’m already halfway through (note the fortune cookie fortune I’m using as a book marker). I won it in a contest. That’s how I do. It’s The Bird Eater by Ania Ahlborn. Yeah, I know. I covered up the title… oops! If you like horror, I’d recommend reading her books. Tell her Adam sent you. It might not get you a discount, but hopefully it’ll bump up my street cred, which is holding steady right around none at the moment.

Yes, I'm aware that I could use a shave.

Yes, I’m aware that I could use a shave.


Recommended Reading: The Horribles by Nathaniel Lambert

The Horribles By Nathaniel Lambert

The Horribles is one of those little gems you don’t know what to think going into it, but it ends up being more than worth the read. It’s relatively short but that doesn’t detract from the story. I’m a big believer in making the length fit the story rather than forcing the story to fit into a certain length. This book is a perfect example of that. Adding anything more to the story would have likely taken away from the work and made it that much less interesting.

The story revolves around a reclusive shut in whose parents were murdered when he was a boy and what happens when he finally ventures out of his home. I won’t say any more as I’d rather not ruin it for you, but suffice to say, what happens is definitively horrible.

I picked this up as a freebie during one of its free promotion days on Amazon and I don’t regret it one bit. You never know what you’re getting when you pick up a book that doesn’t cost you a dime. Sometimes they’re garbage, sometimes they’re gems. This book is definitely in the latter category. The reviews on Amazon speak the truth.

Buy it, read it, love it. You’ll thank me later.


Recommended Reading: Darlene Bobich Zombie Killer

Darlene Bobich Zombie Killer by Armand Rosamilia

If you’re a fan of zombies, Armand Rosamilia has got you covered. Darlene Bobich Zombie Killer is one of his many zombie themed offerings. It’s the only one I’ve yet had the pleasure of reading with my busy schedule, but a few of his other works will get their chance to impress me shortly.

Basically, Darlene Bobich is a woman who had the unfortunate luck of surviving an ongoing zombie apocalypse and this book chronicles her journeys through a world crawling with undead and just as deadly un-undead (living) through a series of connected stories. She’s has to kill quite a few undead and even a few of the un-undead along the way. You can’t help but wonder how she’d been dealt such a crappy hand yet still continues pushing forward into a future unknown. She earns a spot on my list of epic badasses just below the almighty Ash Williams.

My only gripe with Armand’s Darlene Bobich isn’t with the content itself. It’s with the cover image. The woman on the Darlene Bobich cover looks way too similar to Laura Croft, the Tomb Raider chick, to be coincidence (in my opinion), but that isn’t really how she is described in the collection of stories inside the book. She starts off a bit overweight and ends up looking somewhat anorexic due to the lack of readily available food, neither of which could be used to describe Laura Croft. Sorry, Armand, it needed to be said.

All things considered, griping about the cover and not the content itself is a good thing. Do yourself a favor and pick up Darlene Bobich Zombie Killer. It’s an enjoyable little read.