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When I was in high school back in the 1970s, I weaned on Dracula and Dark Shadows, and have always enjoyed a good horror or science fiction flick. I did not begin writing until 1990, when a college professor encouraged me to try writing to help process my grief over my mother's death. A Stephen King fan, I began with horror fiction, and work through my grief I did, for many of my protagonists were grieving over deceased parents.
My horror and science fiction short stories have appeared in The Vampire's Crypt, Alien Worlds, Detective Mystery Stories, The Ultimate Unknown, and other small press magazines. Night to Dawn published some of my tales before the former editor retired. I've been editing the magazine for the last four years.
My first novel, Twilight Healer, has gone through three printings. I've worked full time as a respiratory therapist over thirty years. In City of Brotherly Death and my other tales, I brought my medical background to the printed page, blending it with supernatural horror. Happily, the hospital where I've worked treats patients much better than the ones featured in my stories. That also goes for the nursing homes, for the most part. Sad to say, some of the abuses described have really happened, although I've taken artistic license to conceal identities.
I've begun publishing books through the Night to Dawn imprint. Tom Johnson's Savage Land of Jur enjoyed a four-star review. You can check out the Night to Dawn books available on www.bloodredshadows.com by going to the link for authors' names on the bottom of the page. I've been pretty active in the authors' online and in-person communities such as Horror Writers Association, twitter.com, www.facebook.com, WorldFictionWriters, and others. To read my blog or find out more about me and my projects, stop by at
www.bloodredshadow.com
www.facebook.com/barbara.custer
I live in Pennsylvania with my husband Michael. Like many of my characters, I enjoy collecting Mylar balloons. My other hobbies include movies, reading, and cooking. To contact me, e-mail me at barbara.custer@aol.com and put Night to Dawn on the subject line.

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Life Raft: Earth
By Barbara Custer
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 19,340. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
Trittonite Chibale warns Natalie Springer that an exploding star heading toward Earth will incinerate the planet. After lengthy negotiations with politicians, he and his pilots organize a fleet of ships to pull the Earth away from the exploding star’s path, an endeavor fraught with danger.
The Gunslinger's Companion
By Michael DeStefano
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,060. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2014 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
“Reminiscent of Steinbeck and Caldwell. The story of migrant workers in America, and a family’s desperate journey during dangerous times.”
Late Night Campfire Chillers
By Rajeev Bhargava
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 23,670. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2013 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
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The Aztec demon is unleashed. The green bottle is his “trick.” They’re his bait.
Blue Plate Special
By Harold Kempka
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,900. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2013 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
Twenty-five Tasty Tidbits of Horror Hal takes you right to the action in the Blue Plate Special anthology. This compilation of horror flash fiction dips, loops, and twists to churn your gut and draw out your primal fear without lengthy descriptions and back story.
Cold War Heroes
By Tom Johnson
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,430. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2012 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
Pulp goes Top Secret in this military comedy drama set in Europe during the height of the Cold War. A group of misfit MPs must confront spies and the black market while dealing with a boxing tournament on Post!
In the Time of their Restlessness
By Michael DeStefano
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,170. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2012 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
What do you get when you take a thief, Moose, self-mutilating sexual dependent, Holy Roller, womanizer, right wing atheist, and oppose them with an irrepressible antagonist? In the Time of Their Restlessness!
Savage Land of Jur
By Tom Johnson
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,930. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2012 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
Trapped in the Jurassic period of Earth’s predawn, Ron and Odette search for the Ancient Ones and a time portal that will return them to their own time. But even as they encounter an Ancient One, more danger threatens them in the savage world of Jur.
Trilogy of the Dead
By Barbara Custer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,690. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
Three short stories involving a vampire, zombies, and a revenant. The opening story, “Rebirth,” tells a poignant tale of a bullied teenage girl grieving for her mother. The residents in “Homes for the Dead” overwhelm an ill-tempered manager. A sickly woman in “Roses for Elaine” seeks to escape sordid conditions at a nursing home. Who will help her? Collectively, about 8,500 words.
Desk Job
By Rod Marsden
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,740. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2012 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
Lewis Carroll’s Alice thought Wonderland was strange. Sarah Hollingsworth knew her adventures in Office-land were twisted and downright bizarre. The office of the 1990s was a hunting ground where the unprotected were bagged and disposed of. The trick was not to be one of them.
City of Brotherly Death
By Barbara Custer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,900. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2012 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
William Penn never suspected that his beloved Philadelphia would turn into the city of brotherly death. But that’s what’s happening in Philadelphia and other major cities. And it’s only going to get worse. The dead are coming—revenants, vampires, and zombies—people who have scores to settle with the living. So padlock your doors and pack up your guns and survival gear.
Jur: A Story of Pre Dawn Earth
By Tom Johnson
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,990. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2012 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
A young French girl disappears in the jungles of Africa in the early 1930s. A young American adventurer hears about the missing girl and goes in search of her, only to follow her through a time portal, where they end up in the Jurassic period of Earth's prehistory.
Tales of Masks & Mayhem V4
By Tom Johnson
Price: $5.25 USD. Words: 100,670. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
Continuing in a great tradition, five stories in pulp action, adventure, and thrills are included in this anthology! “The Hooded Hunter”, “Prophet of Peril”, “The Crimson Mask’s Justice” “His Master’s Voice,” and other thrillers.
Pulp Echoes
By Tom Johnson
Price: $5.25 USD. Words: 90,560. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
PULP ECHOES presents seven new stories in the pulp tradition, both new and original characters: The Bat returns in “Blind As A Bat,” The Crimson Clown returns in “The Crimson Clown – Killer,” and Nibs Holloway battles Dr. Death in “Till Death Do Us Part.” The Black Ghost is back in “Carnival of Death,” Captain Anthony Adventure in “Terror in theNorth Country,” The Black Cat in “A Cat among Dogs,” and Senora Scorpion in “Senora Scorpion.”
The Prodigy of St. Pete's
By Michael DeStefano
Price: $5.25 USD. Words: 113,090. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2011 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
Andy stands alone in the hallway, trembling, his sweaty hand clutching to the doorknob. He knows what lies on the other side of the door and what he must do. Though, should he summon the courage to open it, the world that he has come to know will end. The question is, can Andy Trumaine, the once orphaned boy, sacrifice himself for another?
Betrothal, Betrayal, and Blood
By JoAnna Senger
Price: $5.25 USD. Words: 71,370. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2011 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
How does a small, self-contained city react to a brutal murder in its only tourist attraction? Hush it up? Blame an unknown outsider? Find a scapegoat? Then what? Ask Karl Kelly and Vito Kostowki, San Tobino detectives baffled by the outrageous murders of various visitors to Milady’s Manor: nothing taken, nothing left behind, unrelated victims, no clues.
Demon in my Head
By Gerald Browning
Price: $5.25 USD. Words: 52,110. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
Human/Vampire hybrid Gabriel Brimstone walks between the worlds of the living and the dead. He hunts vampires and slays them with remarkable ease. However, the years have taken their toll on him physically, mentally and emotionally. Guilt-ridden Brimstone must wrestle with his innermost demons by acknowledging his thirst for human blood.
Twilight Healer
By Barbara Custer
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,030. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2011 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
Twilight Healer is a vampire romance, where a timid, bullied respiratory therapist finds new life as a vampire. But it isn't until a war threatens her life that Leslie learns how smart she really is.
Three Go Back
By Tom Johnson
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,160. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2011 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
When their teleport vehicle malfunctions, becoming a time machine, it sends three young girls on a journey of discovery they never expected. From the Ice Age through the Cretaceous, Permian, Carboniferous, and finally to the beginning of the Earth’s evolution of life, they experience their world’s prehistoric past in all its splendor and terror, coming away with the joy of knowledge a
The Spider's Web
By Tom Johnson
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,230. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2011 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
In 1980, a treacherous Chinaman created a web of events that culminated thirty years later in a reign of terror and death. As the streets of his city run red with blood, The Black Ghost searches for the mysterious killer, who is motivated by revenge, and this time the city’s paladin may be faced by his greatest foe, the Spider!
Disco Evil: Dead Man's Stand
By Rod Marsden
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,590. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2011 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
When Paul becomes a vampire, he brings a new technique in curing people of bad manners. He will seek out the destroyers of "make love, not war" and drink their blood. In many cities of the world, he recruits from the living to aid him in his great work. As a walking corpse, he makes his stand - a dead man's stand.
Ghost Dance
By Rod Marsden
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,600. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2011 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
If Helen Kiln wanted a quiet, no-nonsense life she should never have become a psychic for the PSI division of the Sydney, Australia branch of the Secret Compass. Of late there were ghosts to sort out, vampires on the loose, a Gypsy warning to heed and a young man becoming a monster to befriend. With any luck she’d get in her morning cup of coffee and donuts!
New Beginnings
By Pat McCain
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,370. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2011 by Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Category: Fiction
When two misty entities invite Alexandra Williams into their ancient world, she will find more than her roots as she travels through Scotland and discovers a three hundred year old mystery and a love story. On the way to a happy ending and a new life, Alex gets a taste of life in 1692 Scotland, which her ancestors lived and died for.


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  • The Metamorphosis of Timothy Dunn on Oct. 31, 2011
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    Timothy Dunn reads nicely. Timothy is a well drawn character, and the story made a great page-turner. I would strongly recommend it from anyone who loves science fiction.