Thursday, September 29, 2016

Free Book Friday: September 30th through October 1st, 2016

Eleven Miles of Night: Reading #46:

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"Eleven Miles of Night": Reading #39

Monday, September 26, 2016

'Eleven Miles of Night': YouTube reading progress: Through #38 now posted!

"This place felt ancient, and yes—more than a little eerie. But was it going to be filmworthy? That was the question.
He whirled to his left as a branch snapped somewhere. He stared back into the inscrutable maze of trees. It was seriously dark now. He could see nothing unless he resorted to the night vision camcorder or his flashlight, both of which were now stowed in his backpack. He stopped and listened. 
If someone were walking toward me through those woods, they would be practically on top of me before I would even be able to see them, Jason thought.

He paused on the roadway, straining his ears for any telltale sound—a discernable footstep or another indication of sentient activity. To his relief, there were no more sounds—no footsteps or low growls. And thankfully no breathing. It had probably been nothing more than a raccoon or a possum. These woods would be full of such creatures. There would also be shrews, field mice, and probably bats as well. None of these animals would present any threat. When had a person ever been killed by a rampaging possum or a field mouse, after all? ....."

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

YouTube channel update: 'Eleven Miles of Night' Videos #29 through #33 online!

“Okay,” Jason said. “You’ve got my attention.” Jason had experienced the occasional feeling of being watched by an unseen presence. That was part of living alone, he had learned. Sometimes when you were by yourself, the heebie-jeebies were bound to get the best of you. But he had never heard voices. That would be something new for him—and most unwelcome. 
“It got my attention, too,” Anne continued. “But believe it or not, it also got to be a little annoying. I mean, every night I would fall asleep, and then I would be awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of somebody whispering my name—someone who seemed to be just beneath my bed.”.....

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Free Book Friday: 'Lilith: a novel' FREE on Amazon Kindle September 23rd

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With Lilith, the search for love can be deadly.

Someone is murdering Ohio men who use dating websites. The men are found in their homes, killed by a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Such is the work of the serial killer codenamed 'Lilith'. But who is Lilith? Is Lilith a 'she'? A 'he'? Or more than one person? 

These are the questions that Alan Grooms must answer. Grooms is a detective in the Ohio Department of Criminal Investigation (ODCI).

Together with his partners, Dave Hennessy and Maribel Flynn, Grooms will enter the anonymous world of Internet dating to set a trap of his own. 

This will eventually pit him against a homicidal young couple who kill men for profit, a couple who will kill anyone who stands in their way.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Today on YouTube: 'Eleven Miles of Night': Readings 18 through 28

"Jason was not frequent dreamer. Tonight, however, he dreamed. At some time during the wee hours of the next morning, he found himself back at his family home in Columbus, at the dinner table. His parents were both there; and he could discern that there were others in the room as well, though he was not to know their identities for the time being."

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Eleven Miles of Night, Reading # 16

"Achieve your dreams and then get married, he had determined. That means you have to be careful of Molly Russell. Of course, Molly Russell was not exactly corralling him to the altar. At the time he made this resolution, in fact, they had been nothing more than friends. But he knew that he already liked Molly a great deal. That meant that if things progressed beyond the friendship stage with her, he would fall and he would fall hard. Better for now to stick to the vacuous girls, the ones who didn't challenge him and didn't make him even contemplate the possibility of assuming the roles of responsible husband and provider."

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Eleven Miles of Night: Reading #15

"This was exactly what caused him to fear Molly, even as he was drawn to her. He knew that his filmmaking was his first love; and if a relationship with a woman ever forced him to give that up, a part of him would die a slow and agonizing death. Worse yet, torn from his true ambition, he would likely go the way of his father: into some sort of an addiction...." 

Happy Monday, 'Eleven Miles of Night' on Kindle

A Monday morning greeting to everyone who is tuning in to the video readings of Eleven Miles of Night.

You can catch the videos here, or directly on my YouTube channel. 

As I mention in the above video, Eleven Miles of Night is available on Amazon Kindle. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Viewer/reader sign-off via my YouTube serial fiction channel.

Have a good night, everyone!

Notes for new Twitter followers (and those considering following me)

(For regular readers of my blog: This will be a pinned tweet for my Twitter feed).

1.) You may not know who I am. I’m a writer, mostly of genre fiction. I write supernatural thrillers, crime fiction, and adventure tales. At present, I'm best known for the supernatural thriller Eleven Miles of Night. 

2.) For me, social media is all about stories, as that's what I do. I mostly use social media (YouTube, Facebook, my blog, and Twitter) to get my stories “out there” in the world. I use social media, in other words, to serialize my novels and short stories for an online audience.

3.) I do make occasional posts about writing, publishing, and related items. But most of my social media presence is dedicated to storytelling, and to introducing readers to my stories. If you follow me, you’ll mostly get serialized fiction.

4.) This means that I don’t post much in the way of standard social media stuff: cat pictures, political screeds, or ‘memes’. (I’m too busy writing stories.) 

5.) As noted above, I don't take much part in the back-and-forth social media debates about politics, etc. This doesn't mean that I wouldn't like to hear from you, though! I’m reasonably responsive on Twitter, as well as on my blog, YouTube, and Facebook. 

6.) I post/tweet multiple story/blog updates each day. Mine is an active Twitter feed.

7.) I would love to have you as a Twitter follower. But even if you decide not to join me on Twitter, you'll still be welcome here at my blog, or on my YouTube channel.) 

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So now you know what I do on social media in general, and on Twitter in particular. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for following me!

YouTube serialized fiction updates

As of this (Sunday) morning, I've posted through reading #11 of my horror novel, Eleven Miles of Night

I'm also serializing the short story, "Last Dance with Emma". (This is now complete on YouTube through reading #5)

Please see my YouTube channel to watch/listen.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

'Eleven Miles of Night': Reading #8

As Simon Rose finished his description of the Shaman’s Highway and its history, Jason feared that the hint of a repressed smile would show on his face. Jason did not define himself as a coldly rational atheist. To the extent that such matters occurred to him at all, he supposed that he would have acquiesced to the existence of God and the human soul. However, Simon’s story was over the top.

“I sense a skeptic in the room,” Simon said without a trace of resentment. No doubt the ghost-hunter was accustomed to dealing with skeptics.

“Well, I—” Jason began, struggling to decide how honestly he should respond.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Suburban mystery, 'Our House' FREE on Amazon Kindle September 16th, 17th

Some dream homes are deadly…Appearances can be deceiving.

On the surface, 34-year-old Jennifer Huber seems to have it all: a handsome, loving husband, a six-year-old son whom they both adore. A respectable job.

Jennifer and her husband have just purchased their first house: The neo-Tudor house at 1120 Dunham drive appears to be their “dream home”.

But everything is not what it seems: The previous owner of the house has an unusual—and ultimately violent—attachment to the house. After the Hubers move in, sinister things begin to happen: Dead animals appear in closets, strange figures disturb the Hubers’ sleep in the middle of the night.

There is more to the house at 1120 Dunham Drive than meets the eye: As Jennifer uncovers the secrets behind the home’s history, she finds herself drawn into a web of lies, violence, and sexual betrayal. 

All the while, Jennifer struggles to contain a secret of her own—and to combat an act of blackmail that could destroy her marriage.

From the author of the crime novel ‘Blood Flats’, and the horror novel ‘Eleven Miles of Night’, ‘Our House’ is a riveting thrill ride through the dark undercurrents that might lie beneath the placid surface of a suburb near you.

"The Girl She Used to Be" online reading

From my Hay Moon short story collection. The entire story is read in a single video. 

Eleven Miles of Night: Reading #7

"Text entry entitled “The Shaman’s Highway”, from the paranormal website,

“Between the small city of Wagosh, Ohio and the town of John’s Mistake, there lies an eleven-mile section of U.S. Route 68 that locals refer to as ‘the Shaman’s Highway.’ Over the past one hundred years, there have been numerous reports of paranormal phenomena along this roadway. These include unexplained voices and sounds coming from the surrounding woods, and sightings of ghostlike apparitions, hellhounds, and various other unidentified creatures. Near the southern terminus of the Shaman’s Highway, there is a nineteenth-century covered bridge that is believed to be haunted by the spirit of a witch. The witch reportedly lived in the area around the time of the Civil War...."

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Eleven Miles of Night: Reading #6

“I assume that you were most interested in the second one,” Jason said now. A waitress in a colorful Indian sari brought them their entrees—tandori chicken with naan and saffron rice. 

“Good guess,” Simon said with a smile. “You showed a real intuitive grasp of the subject matter. Tell me, do you have a special interest in the supernatural?”

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Eleven Miles of Night: Reading # 5

"The second film, A Haunting at Travis Books, was a bit more interesting. A bookstore owner in a nearby Cincinnati neighborhood had complained of paranormal activity. The one-hundred-fifty-year-old building in which Travis Books was housed had a troubled history: Sometime around the First World War, a young woman had apparently hanged herself in the attic. 

This woman, it seemed, was dead but not yet departed. The bookstore’s owner and a handful of his patrons had reported hearing the creaking sound that a rope makes when it swings back and forth with a heavy object attached to one of its ends. Cold spots suddenly chilled the air without warning, even during the height of summer. Books and other objects would occasionally disappear from the main downstairs store area, only to appear later in one of the bookstore’s back offices. According to the owner, these missing objects sometimes even made their way to the very attic where the long-dead woman had taken her own life....." 

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Eleven Miles of Night: Reading #4

"Students milled about them, their pace and conversations buoyed by early June levity. A warm summer breeze swept into the corridor through a set of metallic doors that were propped open to allow a flux of students in both directions. To Jason’s surprise, no one else seemed to recognize Simon Rose, either. Cable television and the Internet had minted a lot of second-tier celebrities in recent years, Jason knew. 

Simon Rose’s domain was cable TV. Ghost Hunting with Simon Rose was a regular staple on the Biography Channel—or possibly TLC. (Jason couldn't remember which one for sure.) And, of course, both authorized and pirated clips of the show could be found throughout the Internet....."

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Eleven Miles of Night: Reading #3

“Hello?” Jason responded. Jason knew immediately that he had seen this man somewhere on television—or perhaps on the Internet. Jason was barely twenty-one years old, and he could count his middle-aged acquaintances on two hands—not including professors and relatives. This man, who was balding and had flecks of gray in his beard, was neither of the above.

“I thought you were going to keep walking,” the man went on. “I was beginning to wonder if I was going to have to run you down and tackle you.” These words were phrased as an offhand joke; but Jason could detect a slight ripple of irritation beneath the observation. This was obviously not a man who was used to being ignored.....

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Eleven Miles of Night: Reading #2

Chapter 1

Four days earlier…

The portly, fortysomething stranger hailed Jason Kelley in the corridor of the University of Cincinnati’s Old Chemistry Hall, just as the latter was exiting Video Journalism 201. And Jason, oblivious, walked right by the unknown man without even slowing down.

Jason’s thoughts were still lost in the lecture that had just ended. The professor who taught Video Journalism 201, Dr. Reinhold, was a transplanted Californian, a PhD who had worked for a time with Universal Studios. Dr. Reinhold had feverishly lectured the class through the end of the hour, even though it was the last week of classes, and everyone was feeling lazy in the early June heat. That was Dr. Reinhold for you: He was passionate about his subject matter, unlike so many other profs, whom you could tell were only going through the motions.....


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My YouTube channel: new introductory video

I love YouTube. (Or maybe I'm just a ham for the camera...Who knows?)

Below is the new introductory video for my YouTube channel. I thought I would share it with regular readers of the blog:

Eleven Miles of Night: Reading 1: Preface: The Bridge

Preface: The Bridge

He stepped into the darkness of the covered bridge and told himself: Only a few more miles to go, if only your nerves and your sanity hold out, that is. 

The inside of the bridge’s enclosure smelled of mold, mildew, and the unseen waters that ran beneath it. It had the dank, black feeling of the bottom of a well....

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Eleven Miles of Night, video readings: Introduction

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by. In the videos that follow, I'll be reading from my supernatural thriller novel, Eleven Miles of Night.

I've always regarded this as one of my scarier stories, and some reader-reviewers have been kind enough to agree. 

Eleven Miles of Night is a tale about a haunted road in Ohio. 

This is the setup:

Jason Kelley is a young, struggling filmmaker looking for his first big break. When the semi-famous cable television ghost hunter Simon Rose approaches him about a freelance project, Jason is understandably thrilled. 

He isn’t fazed by the fact that his assignment is a walk down the Shaman’s Highway, an eleven-mile stretch of rural Ohio roadway that is reputed to be haunted by malevolent spirits, hellhounds, and demonic forces. Jason is an agnostic in regard to the supernatural. 

He isn’t prepared for the reality that awaits him on his walk through eleven miles of night—nor the more human violence and heartbreak that he will face along the way....