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: 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: 106,970. 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.
DEAD: Box Set 1
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 312,720. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
The DEAD box set Vol 1 contains the first 3 books of the DEAD series The Ugly Beginning, Revelations, Fortunes & Failures
DEAD: Box Set 2
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 338,600. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
The DEAD box set Vol 2 contains the second 3 books of the DEAD series (Winter, Siege & Survival, and Confrontation) The DEAD saga continues...
The Tower
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,120. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Once there was a race of beings not of angels and not of man.... A cross-breed between the divine and the mortal, known as the Nephilim. Some adapted and moved on to become as gods among men, scattered over the continents by the floods intended to kill them, to create varying forms of divinity in their image. One in particular, Nemesis, began the Immortal War - the bloodiest war in human history.
Lamia
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,490. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Nemesis and Lamia return to continue the story begun in NEMESIS. The mysterious cult of women resurfaces across a landscape of deepening horror, and with darker intent. When the impossible continuously happens, it's always best to find a friend in a major deity. And when the world goes to war around them, Nemesis and Lamia both find that even immortality has its limits.
Zomblog: Snoe's Journey
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,720. 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.
Prisoners of Fate
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,740. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
A common plight can make for strange bed-fellows... Ebon and Shetland had one thing in common: they both had altered forms as the result of a magical twist of fate, and neither of them were happy with it. After years of research at Magic University, Ebon was convinced he had a method to fix their conditions, and he was prepared to use it - without the approval of the faculty or the dean.
The Drawing of the Siblings
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,580. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Amidst the lands of Khelnirthai darkness lingers. It seed's born of a long, tireless war waged among the Gods of this world, and fought over within the ranks of men and woman, and the wicked children and monsters of those heavenly forces.
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
Dead Men Tell No Tales
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,470. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
(5.00)
Set in an alternate timeline – where the Great Plague of 1666 is replaced by an Undead Curse – DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES tells the story of how the curse ended and what was left behind as a legacy of it. It is also the personal growth of a character – Daniel ‘Drake’ Davies – going from free-spirited, but somewhat cynic buccaneer to an Ahab-like soldier bent on revenge.
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.
Providence
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,750. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
There’s no place like home, especially if the only home you've ever known wasn't really home at all. The refuges from Fervor have been running since they left their island “home” in hopes of finding something better - something real. They didn't find it at Elevation and they didn't find it at Windlea either. Their quest has now brought them to Providence.
Bigass Squirrels
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,630. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00)
During the biennial Cheese Days festival, a pack of monstrous squirrels bedevil Larry, a young pot-dealing bartender who is seeking anonymity and a new beginning in a small Illinois town after suffering a very public disgrace.
DEAD: Confrontation
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 138,710. 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. Yet, there seems to be no res
Whisper to a Scream
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,500. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Detective Pete Marsh left Chicago searching for quiet existence, devoid of crime. Little did he know that life in a small Florida town would attract him to an enigmatic woman and into the murders of a serial killer who comes to be known as the "The Shadow Man". The woman holds the key. She is the target. Will Pete be able to save her?
Five
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,190. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
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What would you do if you knew you were going to die? Arthur J. Jones, formally homeless turned billionaire, tells you his weird story of wishes, questions, and why truth can be uglier than number 42. Yeah, it sounds crazy, but that’s what FIVE is all about: one perception of reality.
That Ghoul Ava and The Queen of the Zombies
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,770. 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: 66,300. 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!
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?
Nemesis
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,970. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2013 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
NEMESIS is the first novel in a trilogy, beginning with the first days after the resurrection of an insane amnesiac deity called Nemesis and the soul imprisoned within him. His encounters with a vampire named Lamia lead him on a journey to discover the truth about who and what he really is, and why he was resurrected.
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.
Agape
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,510. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Joshua Dobbs is a 23-year-old harpy (half demon, half angel), who is sent to live on Earth in human guise after being banished from Heaven while still an infant. Because of his demonic half, Joshua was denied entry to eternal bliss, but the Heavenly Father showed His infinite mercy by giving the harpy a chance to prove his true character on Earth.
Transcendence
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,370. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Arriving at Windlea, the refugees from Fervor encounter a chilly reception. The latents there do not welcome them with open arms, as had originally been expected, nor do they include the Fervor refugees in their planning to confront the scholars. Even worse, Elliot appears to have abandoned the youths he once championed, either out of a sense of hopelessness or an overwhelming guilt.
Zomblog Compendium
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 221,870. 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…
Elena
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,500. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Teddy Schoendienst is a brilliant but isolated teenager, troubled by constant sexual fantasies. One night, he sees a beautiful young girl walk out of his closet. Her name is Elena and she promises to fulfill all his fantasies if he promises not to tell his small family, his father and his beloved sister Ellen, about her. He gladly agrees and she fulfills her part of the bargain. He falls in love w
The Exoterrestrials
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,980. 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
Goddesses of Lilith
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,900. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Lilith, the first wife of Adam, finds she must make the choice between obedience and equality. Her decision will change the Fate of the world forever. As she gains allies from across time, she realizes she also makes her own share of enemies. Lilith must find a way to keep her followers growing, while her own sons plot to destroy her goals.
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: 325,870. 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
(5.00)
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: 28,740. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(3.00)
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
Casualties of War
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,970. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2012 by May December Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
When Reid Blake opened his Renegade magic academy in Anthis, the city neighbouring Magic University, he knew it would cause conflict – but he didn’t realize it would result in an all-out war. After some of his opponents stooped to the dirtiest of tactics, Reid now finds himself in a life-or-death situation with only a trio of inexperienced youths and a couple of old friends to help him.
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.
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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
Summer of Zombie 2013
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Price: Free! Words: 63,170. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
9 Horror Authors get together to show you a little bit about who they are and what they do. Come check them out!

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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