May December Publications

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TW Brown is the author of the Zomblog series and the Dead series. He is deeply immersed in the multiple sequels of each franchise while trying to balance the duties of husband, father, friend, and band member as well as keeping busy reading and editing the numerous submissions for a variety of upcoming anthologies and full-length titles for May December Publications. He is a member of Horror Writers Association and has had short stories published by Pill Hill Press and Living Dead Press.
You can contact him at twbrown@maydecemberpublications.com or visit his website at www.maydecemberpublications.com. You can follow him on twitter @maydecpub and on facebook under Todd Brown and also under May December Publications.

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DEAD: Reclamation
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,130. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Years have passed since the dead rose and wiped out most of the living. Many survivors have gathered in pockets around the world. Some are bent on trying to restore what once was, others with a mind to create something new and better from the ashes of civilization, and then there are those who now thrive in the hellish chaos of lawlessness. DEAD: Reclamation
Homecoming
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,630. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2014 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Follow along as the hunters face yet another series of challenges. Some large, some small, but all focused on the same goal…the final destruction of the Monster Squad. Just another day at the office for this clandestine group.
Next on a very special That Ghoul Ava
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,990. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
There comes a time when a ghoul has to grow up and accept her role. Be it hero or villain, Ava Birch is about to make the choices in her life that may shape her future and have a drastic impact on those around her. Secrets will be revealed and a path will be chosen. The question remains...will Ava take it. Tune in and find out... Next, on a very special "That Ghoul Ava..."
The Late Night Binge Box Set
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 180,370. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2014 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Please step inside the May December Multiplex! Check out any of our multiple screens for tales that will titillate, tease, and terrify. Come check out a host of other nasty beasties. So pop some corn, pour a beverage of choice (alcohol is permitted provided you have appropriate ID), and pick out your most comfy seat. Hurry and find your seat, the show will start as soon as you are ready!
Rise of the Sicarii - a compilation of the Monster Squad series
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 364,850. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The largest threat to ever rise against mankind prepares its own twisted Apocalypse and the only thing standing in its way is the Monster Squads. Man and monster will fight side by side in an epic battle to the death to try to defeat an evil so great, it could only have been created by the hand of God, Himself.
My First Bloody Box Set
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 245,540. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
At the time of original publication, these authors had never before been published in horror...come check them out and see who has now continued in the genre.
Zomblog Saga Box Set
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 366,780. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Six volumes...one price. The entire Zomblog saga by Amazon Top 100 Horror Author, TW Brown is now yours.
DEAD: Spring (book 9 of the DEAD series)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 186,150. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Everything hangs by the thinnest of threads. In a DEAD world, nothing is certain and nobody is safe. As the first year of the zombie apocalypse ends and a new year begins, can a person hope that the coming of spring can be a starting point for re-birth? If not...then what is the point of trying to survive? Winter finally fades, the darkness recedes and gives away to DEAD: Spring
DEAD: Steve's Story
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Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 106,810. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Face it...you really wanted to like the DEAD series, but the jumping around was simply too dang distracting. "Just give me one story to follow!" you screamed. Well...your request was heard. This collection of books strip away all those other pesky tales and gives you 18 chapters of Steve's Story, The Geeks, or the Vignettes.
Blood Apocalypse Book 4 of the Monster Squad series
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,180. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Their mission: to keep the civilian populace safe from monsters that would do harm and hide all evidence of their existence. Now they face a threat so overwhelming that they must pull teams from across the globe and work with the very monsters they've hunted in the past to assist them in saving humanity.
Let's Scare Cancer to Death
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,110. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Cancer. For millions, there is no word that inspires more fear. It is about time to give some payback. Enter a cadre of talented authors with a common purpose: to SCARE cancer to death.
DEAD: Darkness Before Dawn
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,650. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Winter has gone, but the world is no less inhospitable. The survivors of this first winter now face some of the darkest and most soul-wrenching choices so far. From the outskirts of London to an island refuge in Oregon, small groups struggle to build a new life. DEAD: Darkness Before Dawn
Coalition of the Damned Book 3 of the Monster Squad series
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,890. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2014 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
When creatures of the night proved to be real, the best of America’s military came together to form an elite band of rapid response teams. Their mission: to face the challenge and keep the civilian populace safe from any who would do harm and hide all evidence of their existence.
That Ghoul Ava Kicks Some Faerie A^^
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,850. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Ava Birch is a ghoul. Welcome to the REAL WORLD of the Supernaturals where all that stuff you read is based on fact.
Zomblog: Snoe's Journey
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,200. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
WAR IS HELL!!! For Snoe Gainey, it is a phrase with a deeper meaning. Humanity has survived twenty years after the dead began to walk only to be brought to the edge of extinction by its own hand. But there is more... a zombie/human hybrid that embodies pure evil, and the last showdown to determine the fate of every living soul. All of this await in Zomblog: Snoe's Journey.
Whispers
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 149,380. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Some loves transcend time. Some loves were never meant to be. Some loves are cut short by the evil of others. When Sheriff James Tolbert and his fiancé were killed by a malicious rancher and his cutthroat minions, nobody could expect that the very passion that fueled their love would be the same passion that fueled ghostly revenge.
DEAD: Reborn
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,070. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Winter is losing its grip. Around the world, small bands of survivors fight to carve out a place for themselves, whether it is Sauvie Island or the British Isles...the struggle is the same. More horrors await, but with it, the first children of this new world bring hope... DEAD: Reborn
Trials and Tribulations
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,810. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Marcus, Helen, Becky, Sammy and Graham are no longer strangers, but friends. Pulled from the chambers of hell they thought that they had survived, that they were free to being their eternity far away from the fires and tortures that had greeted them. They were wrong!
Full Moon Rising Book 2 of the Monster Squad series
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,030. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Humanity has spent its time enjoying the peace that can only be had through blissful ignorance. For centuries, stories of things that go 'bump' in the night have been passed down and shared. When creatures of the night proved to be real, the best of America’s military came together to form an elite band of rapid response teams. Their mission: keep the civilian populace safe from those threats.
Zomblog: Snoe's War
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,120. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Snoe Gainey has spent her life trying to carve out her own identity in a post-apocalyptic world where her birth mother and father are two of the most infamous--if not notorious--individuals of the time. Now, she seeks to free her friends and family from the clutches of a rising force that wants her to pay for the past sins of her birth mother. This is... Snoe's War.
DEAD: Confrontation
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 138,720. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Several months have passed since the dead began to walk. The first winter has taken its toll in more ways than one as humanity continues to struggle to survive. Not every threat to humanity comes form the undead as so many have discovered man's ability to sink into depravity with the absence of law and order. Time and again survivors have fought, run. and regrouped.
That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,750. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Ava Birch killed herself and woke up a ghoul with an attitude and a hunger for the dead. With no manual and very little help coming from the supernatural community, Ava offers her services to the regional psychic. Things go from bad to worse when Ava discovers that there is a force behind these recent zombie sightings. Sometimes a ghoul would rather stay in bed!
Midnight Movie Creature Feature 2
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,300. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Please step inside the May December Multiplex! Check out any of our thirteen screens for tales that will titillate, tease, and terrify. Yes, come in and enjoy the show. And the best part is...your ticket is good for every screen! No need to sneak from one theater to the next...it is ALL included in the price of admission! Hurry and find your seat, the show will start as soon as you are ready!
Midnight Movie Creature Feature
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,280. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Please step inside the May December Multiplex! Check out any of our thirteen screens for tales that will titillate, tease, and terrify. Yes, come in and enjoy the show. And the best part is...your ticket is good for every screen! No need to sneak from one theater to the next...it is ALL included in the price of admission! Hurry and find your seat, the show will start as soon as you are ready!
Legacy of the Dead: Deliverance
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,850. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A group of survivors on a roof seek salvation from the hungry mouths of the dead. Supplies running low and tempers running high, it is only a matter of time before the first domino falls and sets into motion an extraordinary series of events that lead to a fabled place called Deliverance. It promises redemption from crumbling world – but at what price is freedom? Is it where nothing returns?
ZOMBIE: Lockdown
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,900. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Prisons are supposed to keep the people on the outside safe. When the dead walk, the very structures that protect society may become fortresses that protect those on the inside from the rest of the world... But can there really be any safe place when the dead seek to devour the living? And what happens when there is nobody left to turn the key?
Return of the Phoenix Book 1 of the Monster Squad series
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,330. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00)
Humanity has spent its time enjoying the peace that can only be had through blissful ignorance. For centuries, stories of things that go ‘bump’ in the night have been passed down and shared. When creatures of the night proved to be real, the best of America’s military came together to form an elite band of rapid response teams. But during a routine mission, things go horribly wrong...
Highway to Hell
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 96,950. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Marcus, Becky, Richard, Helen, Sammy, and Graham. All complete strangers, different ages, backgrounds and even countries, but they all have one major thing in common…they all must DIE.
Dear Santa...
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Price: Free! Words: 17,770. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
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ALL PROCEEDS GENERATED BY THIS PROJECT WILL BE DONATED QUARTERLY TO AREA FOOD BANKS. Most of us have written letters to Santa. However, what would Jason Voorhees, a vampire, a zombie, or Medusa ask for? The call went out, and as usual, the horror community stepped forward with some fun, entertaining, tongue-in-cheek letters to the fat man up north. Keep the spirit of giving alive year round.
Dead: Siege & Survival
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,920. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
The first winter has come, and with it, new problems. No longer are the zombies the biggest threat to survival. With the global infrastructure gone, people are forced to do whatever it takes to survive...even the unthinkable.
Zomblog Compendium
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 366,780. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
Many tales have been told about the zombie apocalypse. Zomlog takes you from the safety of your world and lets you see the world through the eyes of a survivor. So leave your world behind and dare to enter the world where the walking dead surround you. However, they may only be part of the problem. There is no law…no order… The COMPLETE Zomblog trilogy awaits…
The Exoterrestrials
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,960. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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Ever walk through a spider web where there should not be one? Ever brush at your face and come away with nothing? The Dre'le'exx have been marooned on this planet for over four decades. Their mission: To purge societies of those deemed unfit. Watch what you think, because there is no such thing as a passing thought when monitored by these intergalactic exterminators. Beware The Exoterrestrials
Realms of the Undead
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,240. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
Enter into a realm where little effort is required to suspend reality. Four tales...each with its own twist... Welcome to the Realms of the Undead, where, for just a moment, you leave behind everyday life only to discover that your world may not be that bad after all.
Zomblog: Snoe
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,780. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Snoe Gainey has grown up in a world where the walking dead are simply a part of life. Raised by her adoptive mother, she has spent her entire life trying to distance herself from the legacy left by her mother. A name from the past rises from the ashes and sends Snoe on a journey where she will discover more about herself in a few weeks than she has during the first eighteen years of her life.
SPIDERS
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,740. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Spiders. For many, that word alone induces the chills. Already, some of you can feel eight hairy legs crawling along your skin. Did you just brush at something that wasn’t there? This collection of twisted tales have been spun for the sole intent of making you shiver and see things moving out of the corner of your eye. Can you make it to the end?
DEAD: The Special Edition Compendium
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 341,000. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00)
This is a compilation of the first three books in the DEAD series: DEAD: The Ugly Beginning, DEAD: Revelations, andDEAD: Fortunes & Failures. Each book also contains close to 10,000 words of additional material requested by YOU...the readers! This special edition allows you to sink into a DEAD world with your favorite people and not be "distracted" by those long absences as other stories intrude a
The Post-Apocalyptic Cookbook
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 102,570. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / Northwestern States
Foraging, Harvesting and Cooking in the Time of Zombies (or any other post-apocalyptic scenario)
Fresh Blood
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,130. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
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New can be scary. That is what we are counting on. Welcome to Fresh Blood, an anthology brought to you by newcomers or those not known for walking on the creepy side of the street. These tales are one way to add a chill to a hot night, or encourage you to burrow under your blankets on a cold fall or winter's eve... Lock your doors and look under the bed...then settle in with some Fresh Blood.
DEAD: The Gruesome Tale of Garrett and Kirsten
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Price: Free! Words: 28,630. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
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The Dead series by TW Brown is gaining fans. Perhaps you have missed out so far...or maybe you are considering the possibility of seeing what the fuss is about. This is one of the Vignette story lines that generates the greatest response from readers. It is a gruesome little tale, and not for the squeamish or easily offended. Remember, this is but a taste. So much more await you in the DEAD series
A Clockwork Orchard: Rivets & Rain
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,670. Language: Simple English. Published: June 27, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
Step inside the laboratory... Alternate realities where science and technology come alive has been the trademark of the genre known as steampunk. Tales of mechanical creatures and skies filled with airships sweep you up and take the reader to worlds that are just a bit different from our own...yet, somehow they seem strangely familiar.
Wake the Witch
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,700. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
May December Publications proudly presents: WAKE THE WITCH. Prepare to have a spell cast over you by this collection of bewitching tales; each one cast out by well-trained sorcerer or sorceress with a heart of gold. These charms and incantations were offered gratis as a spell of protection and assistance for people around the world suffering from tragedy and heartbreak.
Dead: Winter
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,260. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Winter is coming... As survivors around the world struggle to get their feet under them in a world overrun by the walking dead, a new problem rears its head. As unstoppable as any horde of zombies, the seasons march on, heedless of the fragility of the human race. The first winter is approaching. Dead: Winter
First Time Dead 3
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,780. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Welcome to the third installment of First Time Dead. Each of these writers has something in common with Robert Kirkman, Max Brooks, and Brian Keene...they are now published writers in the zombie universe. As hard as it may be to believe, even those three previously mentioned authors once lived in obscurity. One day, somebody read their work and believed in them...
In The Arms of Nightmares
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,760. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
Behind the black and white snapshots of VE-Day celebrations and after the roar of the swinging trumpets dies down, a madman hunts his prey. Arthur Reilly hears jazz when he kills. Bebop is his sound of murder. where deviance reigns, his genius is awakened. It’s hard to keep out of the bright lights of high society—and it’s even harder to kill unnoticed.
The Book of Joseph
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,790. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
During the final stages of construction of the Olympic stadium in London, England, an ancient text written by the husband of The Virgin Mary is discovered. The text, quickly named “The Book of Joseph” sends shock waves around the globe. With the backdrop of the Olympics and the world harmony they instill, God unleashes His wrath upon mankind as promised in the Book of Revelations. God help us.
Dead: Fortunes & Failures
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,650. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2011 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00)
It has been months... Steve has seen the worst in himself...and others. Kevin is the last geek standing, and a reunion with an old acquaintance puts him back in charge of a group of survivors. Juan struggles with Mackenzie's past DEAD: Fortunes & Failures.
Vampires Aren't Pretty
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,480. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2011 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
When did the King of the Undead become a glamour boy or poster girl? Vampires are creatures of unholy legend who prey on human victims. Inside this vault you will discover that vampires do not sparkle or seek out humans as friends and companions. In these pages, fangs flash and blood will spill. Grab a cross, some holy water, and sharpen your stakes...and remember Vampires Aren't Pretty!
Cryptic
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,930. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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1800 England - Ed and Brock are grave robbers selling stolen body’s to pay for food. When a grave robbery goes wrong, Ed tracks Brock to an estate where a Lord has been infected by a virus that leaves him hungering for human flesh. To survive, Ed must outwit zombies, a race of primitive creatures, and human foe alike to escape a terror that has been waging underground for hundreds of years.
Midnight Movie: Creature Feature
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,620. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2011 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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Welcome to the Midnight Movie Multiplex where we never close! Inside you will find the cheesy and the cheeky... Tales of terror with just the right touch of audaciousness...Horrific monsters...bumbling professors...damsels in distress...and fish... Get you popcorn and take your seat...the show is about to begin. Please...as a courtesy to others, switch your cell phones off or to
Four in the Hole
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,160. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2011 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Zombie. Vampire. Lovers of the undead, gather round for a quirky quartet of tales sure to scratch your necrotic itch. Here be vampires...and here be zombies. Why should you be forced to choose? It really is okay to love them both. Enter THE DEADLANDS...STAGNANT WATERS...THE NIGHT WE DIDN'T GO HOME...And ROAD KILL COUNTING BOOK ... FOUR IN THE HOLE awaits.
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Books

Grim Winter Box Set
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 939,490. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Thirteen Terrifying Tales to Taunt you Through the Night

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  • Chocolate-Covered Eyes: A Sampler Of Horror on Jan. 09, 2012
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    Chocolate-Covered Eyes: A Sampler of Horror by Lori R. Lopez has a little something for everyone. I am always eager to read something by somebody I have never read before. It is how you find that special gem. This book is one of those gems. Having said that, I enjoyed MOST of the stories found in this tome. Yet, to be fair, I have never read a collection or anthology and loved EVERY story. First and foremost, as an indie title, I will applaud how clean this book reads. Many indies tend to be sloppy with spelling, grammar, and punctuation issues. That is not the case here. We always miss a few, but this is a well edited book. So, from the beginning: Chocolate-Covered Eyes—this was my first encounter with horror poetry outside of Poe. It was clever and fun. There were some very creative rhymes. My favorite was “mouthful of clippers” and “heavy-duty nail clippers”. I actually chuckled a few times and when I finished, I had to find my wife and read it out loud to her. Heartbeat—was a fun take on a zombie story from a kid’s perspective. It was not standard apocalypse material. There was a strange co-existence. It could easily be seen as every youth of a single mother viewing his world and seeing a mother’s potential suitors as monsters. Overall, this story left me feeling like I would like to revisit the central character and his band of cohorts. Nuance—for some reason, I just couldn’t get into this tale. Here is where Ms. Lopez’s use of words hurt her in my opinion. This had the makings of a gritty story. However, she let her prose style that works so well in her poetry get in the way. Too many (as my college writing teacher used to call them…and probably still does) five-dollar words. You don’t need masticate when chew works just as well. The word choice took the edge off the story and I simply could not immerse myself in it. Unleashed: Tail One—hands down my favorite of the bunch. There is a lot more going on here than first glance leads you to believe. Having the POV switch from a dog to a cat to a detective was done with spectacular results. I actually bookmarked this for my daughter because she loves quirky stories. By story’s end, I was fairly certain the detective was up to no good, but Lopez makes no attempt to answer all the reader’s questions, which lets the mind stew on this piece long after you read it. Beyond The Stump—This story takes advantage of the style that worked against Lopez in Nuance. There is a dark, gothic undertone that feeds the reader with images of grainy black-and-white horror classics. This is an ideal candidate for a screenplay, provided it is done sans color. The Tree as the central figure is powerfully symbolic and used with storytelling expertise that would make Mary Shelly proud. It is a piece of horror-lit you can hand to your snobby friends who tell you comedies should not be nominated for Academy Awards as they sip from a ten dollar bottle of water and nibble on a cheese with a name you can’t begin to pronounce. Bedeviled—I immediately thought of Scott Sigler’s book, Infected. The story is not flashy, but it is engrossing. It is a fast read and my second favorite in the collection. Be warned, if you get the heeby-jeebies watching insect documentaries…stuff cotton in your ears before engaging yourself with this tale. Macabre—When I pick closers for my anthologies, I try to put the strongest story at the end to leave an imprint. This story was okay, just not my favorite. I don’t think I ever got swept up by the main character. I found the narrative to be too long-winded at times. It was good, but not great. All in all, this is a fine collection. It has intrigued me enough to want to read more works by Lori R. Lopez.
  • Dead Earth: The Green Dawn (Book 1) on Jan. 27, 2012

    This is the first title by Mark Justice and David T. Wilbanks that I have read. I am a fan of at least 80% of what comes out of the vaults of Permuted Press, and this series shows promise. It is well edited and very clean, so no real distractions to derail the reader...just open the cover (or power up your ereader of choice) and enjoy. The story has many of the stock elements of the standard zombie tale. The nice thing here is that, while not being entirely explained, the source of the zombie uprising is well explained. That is an element many of these stories skip all together, so it was nice to get the WHY. The central character, Jubal Slate is a small town cop who watches his hometown fall. Depth-wise, there is not much going on. The surrounding characters don't feel like much more than cardboard cutouts, but they do their part to advance the story. I did like how the character Fiona was dealt with (sorry, no spoilers). Now for a few criticisms...this book takes A LOT of the elements of THE STAND. Intentional or not, you can't read this book and not see the striking similarities. Some of the dialog seemed awkward at times. Hopefully it will flow better in the sequel. Also, the finale seemed rushed (again, no spoilers) and there was a scene where a helicopter followed a car into town...then just wasn't there anymore. I will give the second book a go This story has promise and sets up a unique and "alien" twist on the zombie story