American Nightmare [Kindle Edition]
George Cotronis (Editor
It’s the 1950s. There’s always something good on the radio, cherry red Cadillacs cruise the streets and everything is always perfect. Marilyn is still alive and the War is over. America goes to bed, nuclear annihilation postponed another day.
Welcome to the American Nightmare.
Nuclear families dabbling in the occult. Little League games in the summer, old blood spilled in the dust. Unspeakable things hiss and crawl, unseen along the 38th parallel, camouflaged under muzzle flashes. This is what happens behind the white picket fences and waving flags.
Praise for American Nightmare:
“Buried in the nostalgia and innocence of bygone days, American Nightmare is a riveting collection of dark stories that leaves the big-block motor running, as we sneak into a deserted alley to huff on a Pall Mall, our hair slicked back, a switchblade clicking open as the shadows close in around us. Behind a closed door, away from the manicured lawn, the music continues—guitar licks and a back beat that just won’t quit—drowning out the screams, as we pull the blinds down, wash off our tentacles, and cinch our masks on tight.”
—Richard Thomas, Staring Into the Abyss
Grandma Elspeth’s Enchiridion for Domestic Harmony – Rachel Anding
In the Blood – Mark W. Coulter
Chiaroscuro – Dino Parenti
Bow Creek – Raymond Little
Glow – Adrean Messmer
Lucy’s Lips – Madeleine Swann
Pear People from Planet 13 – MP Johnson
Ghost Girl, Zombie Boy and the Count – Chris Thorndycroft
The Two Monsters of Levittown – T. Fox Dunham
Double Feature – Neal Litherland
The Black Pharaoh of Hollywood – Ian Welke
The King – W. P. Johnson
A Night to Remember – Tim Marquitz
All the Beautiful Marilyns – Max Booth III
Plebs [Kindle Edition]
Corey Somerset, Tim Hayworth and Lee Hunter have had one hell of a good night.
And it isn’t over yet.
Celebrating their friend’s birthday with drunken debauchery and intoxicated antics they’ve just stumbled through a mini-wave of mindless vandalism and though they’ve wandered far out of the realms of civilization they are keen to keep the party vibe going.
When they encounter a band of mysterious fugitive women who call a bizarre encampment deep in the woods their residence it appears a strong likelihood that continuing the party is on the cards.
But it won’t come without a price.
The collective of unnerving lawless women are open to the suggestion but not without the threesome completing a request first, a seemingly straight forward barter proposition that will bring the boys face to face with something else that dwells in an unorthodox co-existence with the girls in the wilderness.
These are the Plebs and the shocking violent encounter the trio are unwittingly pitched into with these freakish feral fiends may be their first but it won’t be the last.
As the shiftless young men become inextricably entwined and involved with the agenda driven dangerous women so too do their fates, with them unravelling killer secrets, duplicity, bloodshed and brutality along the way that encompasses not just them but more of their friends, new enemies and old enemies.
A simple night of bad decisions escalates and snowballs into an expedition of terror spanning all the way home and beyond with Corey and his friends engulfed in a nightmare where the lines between man and monster blur.
Depravity, death and destruction reign supreme and it isn’t just the Plebs that want them all torn limb from limb.