Sorry I haven’t posted any freebies the last couple of days, but I don’t always have time to create these blog posts as it takes a bit of time to get all the links and such together. This should cover everything that I personally thought looked like good freebies over the course of the weekend however. As always, click the cover art and/or book title to get to the book. Also, prices can change at any time, I have no control over that.
Since I have previously read both of the following books for review in the past, I’m posting them here at the top as highlights with my personal review of the books. Both of these are amazing reads, so don’t miss out on them while they are free!
Love crime? Love noir? Love bizarro? Love comedy? If you said yes to any of these questions, then Squid Pulp Blues is for you! The book is made up of three novellas and has been described as squishy-noir, and contains all of the genres I just listed.
The first novella, The Haberdasher, is about bad drugs, missing feet, and other weird things that Red Henry Hooper is up against after obtaining parole. The Longheads is the second novella and has probably one of the most interesting, yet disturbing characters I’ve come across in a bizarro title to date… Peachy, a diaper-wearing gangster. I’ll leave it to your imagination about exactly WHY Peachy wears a diaper, as it’s best to find out for yourself. Peachy is actually not the main focus of this story, however. The story centers on a group of veterans called the Longheads who are tracking down other characters who end up having a run-in with Peachy. The final novella in this collection is titled The Apocalypse Donkey. This was my favorite of the three stories, though they are all extremely good. The Apocalypse Donkey is about Simon, the artist of a popular comic book, who is on his way to an autograph session when someone hands him a package. Unfortunately, it’s a case of mistaken identity and the package isn’t really for him. Once this is discovered by the other party, the chase is on!
All three novellas in Squid Pulp Blues are loosely connected, making for an even more interesting read. Characterization is one of the strongest points of Squid Pulp Blues, as is the case for all of Krall’s books. Each story contains several characters and each and every one of them has special attributes/features that are unique to them. I keep thinking that Krall will run out of ideas for new and interesting characters, but he hasn’t disappointed yet. Randomly gross, most often hilarious, and almost always full of squid references, this is one of Jordan Krall’s finest works. I would recommend this to anyone as there is something in it for everyone. Highly recommended!
Contains: Adult Language, Adult Situations
Review also posted at MonsterLibrarian.
YOU. Yes, “you”… are a poor soul in the hospital on your last legs. And as it is, you’ve “given birth” to one of the most horrible “people” ever possible…
MORBID. Born from “your” rectum, Morbid dispatches many other patients in the hospital in extremely horrendous and painful ways. However, the main suspect of these murders isn’t Morbid, but instead…
WESTPHAL. Living with his ghost step-dad, Sammy, and his pet aborted fetus, Chip, Westphal works as a night shift nurse, getting stuck with all of the worst patients. All those that no one else wants to fool with. Just to get through the day, Westphal has to dope himself up with the strongest narcotics possible and that doesn’t always help make things easier.
These three characters, as well as a host of other interesting “people” make up Steven Rage’s You Morbid Westphal. Both the characters and story format are unique- Rage has created a one-of-a-kind voice with this novella, which has enough story to fill a full-length book. A large chunk of the story follows Westphal day-to-day as he suffers through many horrendous tasks at work, in his dreams, and even just trying to obtain more drugs along the way.
As soon as I read the final chapters of this book I was ready to re-read it. I ended up waiting a few months before doing just that, but after a second read, I would be more than happy to do so yet again… and again… and again… You Morbid Westphal is one of those novellas that never get tiresome, as you pick up something different with each read through. You Morbid Westphal is not for the faint of heart, as it is full of numerous crude scenes that Rage describes in graphic detail. For many seasoned horror/bizarro readers, this will be a plus, but for those that can’t handle things over the top, beware! Highly recommended!
Contains: Adult language, Adult Situations, Sex, Rape, Violence, Gore, Heavy Drug Use
Review also posted at MonsterLibrarian.
HORROR & THRILLERS
A janitor, a former junkie, a cab driver, a waitress, a high school senior. Strangers in life, they each receive a blue card in the mail. Now they are connected in death by blue cards found on their bodies. The enigmatic letters on the cards mean something to the killer, something Homicide Detective Jayson Weis has to decipher before he can rid the city of this madman. Confronted with the bodies of the present, haunted by the bodies of the past, Weis knows there will be more bodies in his future unless he can stop the Card Killer. When the few witnesses can’t agree about the killer, not even the race and sex, Weis begins to dread the possibility of a second killer. His relationship with long time girlfriend Lois Fremont is deteriorating. The pressure from City Hall mounts. His own uncertainty about his future dulls the edge of his investigation. Help comes from an unexpected direction, a paraplegic teenager who has also received one of the cards.
A personal loss throws medium Tess Schafer’s beliefs into question and severs her communications with “the other side”. Unable to move on with her life, she takes a healing vacation to a haunted resort on the coast of Maine. Her arrival triggers a spike in paranormal activity and the return of her spiritual connection.
As the spirits of two young lovers reach out to her, Tess soon finds herself in the middle of much more than a tragic love story. Why are they afraid and why are they warning her away? Personal doubts, skeptics, a growing sense of menace and a distracting attraction to another guest will not stop her from uncovering the resort’s secrets.
This omnibus contains the novels WHERE DARKNESS DWELLS and THE NIGHTMARE WITHIN. A monster of a volume, this single ebook is over 195k words (or 700+ pages if in print).
WHERE DARKNESS DWELLS
Summer, 1934. Two boys, searching for a local legend, stumble upon the Underground, a network of uncharted caverns. Time holds no sway there; people no longer age and their wounds heal as if by magic. By morning, one boy is murdered, while the other never returns.
Below a town ravaged by the Great Depression, an immortal society thrives, built on the backs of slavery and pervasive immorality.
THE NIGHTMARE WITHIN
Maury can pull dreams into the waking world, giving them corporeal form. From a boy named Kevin, he removes a nightmare dubbed Mr. Freakshow. Mr. Freakshow knows the rules: a dream becomes immortal by killing its dreamer. When the nightmare escapes his confinement, he has but one goal.
Will Kevin survive his nightmare?
OTHER HORROR & THRILLERS
Crack in the Glass by Jonathan Carter
Dead Man #1: Face of Evil by Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
The Fall by Reverend Steven Rage
Medi-Evil 2 by Paul Finch
The Empty Heart: A Collection by Derek Murphy
Merciless Pack by R. Thomas Brown
Flashes From the Grave by Lisa McCourt Hollar
Eyes of the Seer by Peter Dawes
Falling Awake by Charles J. Harwood
McGrave by Lee Goldberg
Covert Reich by A.K. Alexander
Rotten Apple: Seven Sins, One Deadly City by Simon Dunn
The Innocent by Vincent Zandri
Hunt, Hunted. Murder, Murdered. by Michael McBride
Dead But Not Buried by Iain North
Mayhem: A Collection of Stories by R. Thomas Brown
Brujas Behind Bars by David Bain
Dirty Eden by J.A. Redmerski
The Grid by Amy Cross
Welcome to Demos by Jonathan Lister
Monster Story by McCarty Griffin
Final Cut by Jonathan Carter
Nocturnal Cravings 2 by Various Authors
TWISTED FAIRY TALES
Horrors! While out on a lovely boating jaunt with her sister Lorina and Charles Dodgson (otherwise known as Lewis Carroll), poor Alice finds herself caught up in the tentacles of madness. Inspired by the brilliant and haunting Dreamlands works of the pre-eminent author of horror-fantasy, H.P. Lovecraft, CTHULHU IN WONDERLAND: The Madness of Alice hurls the reader down the Zoog Hole and into Wonderland to experience the sanity-leeching terror of Cthulhu, Shoggoths, the Jabberwock, the demoniac Duchess, the tyrannical Queen in Crimson and the King in Yellow himself. Filled with macabre, sophisticated and antediluvian humor, CTHULHU IN WONDERLAND is certain to leave a permanent aethereal scar upon the reader’s already frail and faltering psyche.
From the author of THE NECRONOMICON ~ THE CTHULHU REVELATIONS and the editor of THE COMPLETE ALICE IN WONDERLAND.
(Disclaimer: Publisher not responsible for death, dread metamorphosis, transmogrification, loss of sanity, permanent neural damage or horrific titillation. If you experience a trans-dimensional journey lasting longer than 4 hours, cease all bodily activity and go the emergency room immediately. Read at your own risk. Ingredients: Earth-Shattering Revelation 43.6%, Apocalyptic Waking Nightmare 33.1%, Things Man Was Not Meant to Know 23.3%. May contain trace amounts of morbid amusement and partially hydrogenated peanut oil.)
OTHER TWISTED FAIRY TALES
Blackstone & Brenwen: The Mirror & The Meretrix by Andrew D. Mellusco
Snowy & the Seven Wharves by Patricia Green
Royal Historian of Oz by S.D. Brown
Meet Vivian. She’s a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot — a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.
Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.
Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn’t easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?
Warning: This book contains very explicit sex scenes, intended for mature readers over 18 only.
OTHER PARANORMAL ROMANCE/EROTICA
Just One Taste by C.J. Ellisson
Another Sip by C.J. Ellisson
Echo in the Dark by Marc J. Riley
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Part One by Amileigh D’Lecoire
Love Immortal by Kelly Wallace
Seattle’s demons are scared and wreaking havoc in the rainy city. They’ve burned their way through the Seattle underground, threatened to topple the Space Needle, and sent a twenty foot statue rampaging downtown.
It’s up to Nathaniel Grimlock, the teenage Demonkeeper, to control them, but when he discovers what’s stirring them up—a legendary monster known as the Demoneater—he finds that he’s in over his head yet again!
MORE PARANORMAL YA
Dead, Sweet Angel by Susan MacQuoid
Changes by Patricia Reed
Marty Boggs & The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb by M.T. Acquaire