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#BookTour #BookSpotlight That Which Grows Wild by Eric J. Guignard

That Which Grows Wild
by Eric J. Guignard
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Short Stories
That Which Grows Wild collects sixteen dark and masterful short stories by
award-winning author Eric J. Guignard. Equal parts whimsy and weird,
horror and heartbreak, this debut collection traverses the darker
side of the fantastic through vibrant and harrowing tales that depict
monsters and regrets, hope and atonement, and the oddly changing
reflection that turns back at you in the mirror.
Discover why Eric J. Guignard has earned praise from masters of the craft such
as Ramsey Campbell (“Guignard gives voice to paranoid vision that’s
all too believable.”), Rick Hautala (“No other young horror
author is better, I think, than Eric J. Guignard.”), and Nancy
Holder ( “The defining new voice of horror has arrived, and I stand
in awe.”)
Stories include:
• “A Case Study in Natural Selection and How It Applies to Love” – a
teen experiences romance, while the world slowly dies from rising
temperatures and increasing cases of spontaneous combustion.
• “Dreams of a Little Suicide” – a down-on-his-luck actor unexpectedly finds
his dreams and love in Hollywood playing a munchkin during filming of
The Wizard of Oz, but soon those dreams begin to darken.
• “The Inveterate Establishment of Daddano & Co.” – an aged undertaker
tells the true story behind the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, and
of the grime that accumulates beneath our floors.
• “A Journey of Great Waves” – a Japanese girl encounters, years later,
the ocean-borne debris of her tsunami-ravaged homeland, and the
ghosts that come with it.
• “The House of the Rising Sun, Forever” – a tragic voice gives dire
warning against the cycle of opium addiction from which, even after
death, there is no escape.
• “Last Days of the Gunslinger, John Amos” – a gunfighter keeps a decimated
town’s surviving children safe on a mountaintop from the incursion
of ferocious creatures… until a flash flood strikes.
Explore within, and discover a wild range upon which grows the dark, the
strange, and the profound.
Eric J. Guignard is a writer and editor of dark and speculative fiction,
operating from the shadowy outskirts of Los Angeles. He’s won the
Bram Stoker Award, been a finalist for the International Thriller
Writers Award, and a multi-nominee of the Pushcart Prize. His stories
and non-fiction have appeared in over one hundred genre and literary
publications such as “Nightmare Magazine,” “Black Static,” “Shock Totem,”
“Buzzy Magazine,” and “Dark Discoveries Magazine.” Outside the glamorous
and jet-setting world of indie fiction, Eric’s a technical writer and
college professor, and he stumbles home each day to a wife, children,
cats, and a terrarium filled with mischievous beetles.

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Sneak Peek of When The Night Comes Out by Bryan W. Alaspa #giveaway


Scary zombies living on abandoned building place

The Elevator Game sample

The hands shot up. Mark walked back to the lectern and started taking the questions. They were the usual ones. The same ones that every time he did this the audience always wanted to ask. It was like they all got together online and planned out what they were going to say, when, and who was going to be the good guys and the bad. There were the skeptics and believers. Often, as now, he did not have to say much, but let them fight it out when certain issues were raised.

It went on like that and he was starting to feel tired, getting ready to indicate just one more question, when the skinny kid with the black beard and glasses perched on the end of his nose stepped up. Mark had noticed him near the back at the room, twitchy and nervous, wearing a parka with a big hood fringed in fur – far too warm for this time of year.

“Yes, you young man,” Mark said, putting on his best and most winning smile.

“Hello, Dr. Peterson,” the young man said. “What about your brother?”

There was silence in the room. Mark was momentarily stunned and he blinked in surprise. This was not the first time Todd had been brought up, but it had been a while. Todd used the last name “Wilson” for his online activities and the books he wrote, but sometimes you got an enterprising young man, like this one, who dug a little deeper and connected the names. It had been a very long time since someone had mentioned his brother, though, and Mark wasn’t prepared. It was always the little podunk college towns where this shit happened.

“What about him?” Mark happened.

“Well, your brother is Todd Wilson, right?” the young man was smiling now as if he smelled blood in the water. “The same Todd Wilson who’s become an Internet celebrity by conducting investigations into the paranormal? I believe he’s quite successful with his online podcast and YouTube channel and there’s been talk of him having some kind of ghost-hunting show on cable.”

“Yes, that is my brother,” Mark replied. Whenever people brought up Todd they always did it like this. As if the fact that his brother believed and did things differently than him was somehow some kind of accusation about his own work. “What does this have to do with me?”

“How does it feel to have a brother known for investigating the very things you decry?” the young man asked. “Does it bring tension? I guess I want to know what Thanksgiving dinner is like at your house?”
Mark laughed. When he did, so did others in the audience.

“Tell me, young man, do you have uncles or aunts or cousins or siblings that you disagree with? Not about these things, but maybe about religion or politics or things like that?”

The young man shrugged. “Yeah.”

“And yet you still get together with those people and you still love them, right? You still manage to have quiet holiday dinners and not come to blows?”

The young man looked a little sheepish. “Yeah, of course.”

“Well, that’s what happens when my brother and I get together,” Mark concluded. “We disagree about how we view the universe, but how my brother chooses to make a living does not factor into my work. Actually, you should read some of his books, they’re quite good. I just read them as fiction, whereas he would tell you that they were not.”
The young man opened his mouth as if he wanted to say more, but Mark held up his hand.

“Now, I think that’s all for tonight,” he said. “The hour grows late and I know I’m tired, so let us get to the book signing portion of the evening before I’m up signing books until dawn.”

The young man looked disappointed, but soon the rest of the audience was up and Mark was off to the signing table. The line seemed to stretch out to infinity beyond him, and he posed for photos and signed dozens of books. He was expecting that young man to show up and try to continue his conversation, but the fur-trimmed face seemed to have lost interest.

Hours later, when Mark met up with his publicist and they headed for the car that would take him back to the hotel, he ran his hands through his hair.

“I hate when they bring up Todd,” Mark said as they settled into the back of the car. “I wonder if they bring up me at his signings?”

This tour his publicist was a young blond girl right out of college. She chewed gum and Mark though her name was Penny, but was never sure so he avoided using her name as much as possible.

What happens when the night comes out? When the darkness comes in from the sides and closes in all around, what lurks within?

BONUS: Foreward by Patrick C. Greene, author of Progeny and The Crimson Calling
An elevator in a high-rise building becomes a gateway for terror and madness

A German U-Boat during World War I becomes a haunted nightmare

A radio signal in the middle of the night reveals the horrors lurking beneath a simple, small, peaceful town.

A little girl with a best friend you would NOT want to cross finds herself in mortal danger.

And a couple moving into a new house discovers an old abandoned well that may have no bottom, or it may just be a portal into Hell itself.

These are tales of unrelenting horror and terror from the mind of Bryan W. Alaspa, author of RIG, Sapphire, Storyland, S.P.I.D.A.R. and other tales of horror, terror and suspense. Five stories that will make you wonder what lurks – when the night comes out.

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3x ebook copies of When the Night Comes Out

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Reviews

Book Review: Daymares by Kenya Moss-Dyme

Title: Daymares

Author: Kenya Moss-Dyme

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Purchase: Amazon.com

Daymares is a collection of horror stories that were full of surprises. Kenya Moss-Dyme shares seven stories each one a little more disturbing than the first one, but very enjoyable. My favorite is “Her Things” about a husband whose dead wife does not want others touching her things in the house.

The stories are well written, suspenseful with well-developed characters that love to scare you. The book has a wonderful cover, which truly captures the meaning of the title and content. Overall, it is an entertaining book worth reading especially if you love the horror genre. I would like to see “Her Things,” made into a short film; it would be exciting to see it play out on screen.

I look forward to reading more of this author’s work and definitely recommend Daymares to others.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

Meet The Author

Meet The Author: Shonda Jabang

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Shona V. Jamadi-Jabang is a Jamaican-American. She is a 9th and 10th grade language arts teacher at Lakenheath American High school as well as a part-time writing instructor with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC – Europe). She lives with her husband, Lamin, and two dogs. Shona Jamadi-Jabang originally grew up in the UK but has lived in Jamaica, Canada, and the US before returning to the UK to work as a teacher. She has a BA in English, an MS in Education, and MA in Creative Writing (MCW). She enjoys writing stories, poems, and plays that are based on her cultural background – an amalgamation of all the in which she has lived. Shona has just published her first collection of short stories and poems entitled Ethereal Voices under her pen name Shona Jabang and was also recently awarded The Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize for her story, “The Sea Witch,” which was published in the The Caribbean Writer.

Get to know the author:

Who is Shona Jabang?

Shona Jabang is a Jamaican-American author who has recently released her debut collection of short stories and poems entitled Ethereal Voices.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I have always enjoyed writing and reading as many books as I can. I am a voracious reader, and I enjoy stories from all cultures that cover a variety of complex themes and issues. I love to travel, do my artwork, and I love animals.

What has influenced your writing?

My writing has been influenced by my Jamaican heritage, my upbringing, and my travels.

Where do get the inspiration for your characters?

I am inspired by stories my mother used to tell, Jamaican myths and legends, religion, and superstition. I also enjoy stories that are different in terms of their subject matter and somewhat fatalistic characters.

Who would be your ideal reader?

Anyone who has a thirst for learning about different countries, fantasies, and complex relationships will love my stories and my poems.

Do you consider yourself a poet as well as a short story writer?

Many of my stories are full of poetry and imagery. I have two stories that are written in a distinct poetic format, which is a very intriguing manner to write and to read a story – poetic fiction.

What are your plans for the future?

My plans are to keep writing. I would like to write a collection of short stories revolving around my ancestry, which I have managed to trace back to the 1850s on both my maternal and paternal sides. I already have a title in mind.

Find the author:

https://www.facebook.com/etherealvoices

https://etherealvoicesbyjabang.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/tajjee7777

About The Book

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The short stories included in Ethereal Voices by Shona Jabang are reflections of so many aspects of Jamaican life. However, with stories set in Africa, the UK, and America, each story has its own unique take on what it means to be from the Caribbean. The stories span the 1920’s to the 2000’s. The reader cannot help but become caught up in the drama and longing expressed in these colorful stories where themes of social mores and norms and struggles with and impact of emigration are all wrapped in the complexities of relationships in the Jamaican community. This collection of stories and poems overflow with vivid imagery, poetry, rhythmic tones, and symphonies of poignant moods.

Get the book:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ethereal-Voices-Shona-…/…/1326520814

http://www.amazon.com/Ethereal-Voices-Shona-Ja…/…/1326520814