Let Us Take You Deeper Into the Dark Realm of Nightmares

Let Us Take You Deeper Into the Dark Realm of Nightmares

I have been mightily stressed as of late, and so I thought, maybe what I needed was a little bit of terror to soothe my soul. Perhaps a little bit would have been fine. Perhaps—just perhaps—a little bit would have calmed me. But I didn’t get that. Not with this collection of shorts. No. Not at all. Instead, I received a near-lethal dose of the stuff, and it turns out that it was exactly what the doctor ordered. (Though I’m not sure what sort of doctor would prescribe it or why I would go to...

Terror Traps You in a Web of Nightmares…

Terror Traps You in a Web of Nightmares…

What’s so terrifying about the dangers of this world is how close they can get to us without us even realizing it. When I was a small child, I lived on a cul-de-sac with a little park at its end. Between my outgoing and wonderful family and my adorableness, we were on good terms with all of our neighbors. It was a picturesque little place. It was safe. One day, I went to the park, sat on a swing, and waited for a playmate to show up. I was disappointed when only two teenage boys arrived. One...

A Deadly Homecoming Awaits Shane Ryan…

A Deadly Homecoming Awaits Shane Ryan…

How are you holding up? Are you worried about Shane, or are you confident that he’s going to make it through unscathed? This is what’s keeping me up at night, what’s making me fret as I sit and write this letter to you. Oh, I’m not worried about Shane dying. He’s far too stubborn for that. Shane’s the type of person who’ll meet Death head-on, a Lucky Strike in his mouth and defiance in his eyes. You know this as well as I do. But you see, I’ve been walking through Shane’s neighborhood, his...

A New Night Takes You Deeper Into the Dark Realm

A New Night Takes You Deeper Into the Dark Realm

Fear is exhausting. I’m sitting in my chair, mentally drained from this Night Terrors collection. I know I skipped ahead again, and I should have waited. I think we’ve established that I don’t like to wait. Although, in hindsight, I should have. I won’t be sleeping well tonight. There are too many monsters in this volume. Too many beasts, human and inhuman, eagerly waiting for me to go to bed. I may not go to bed. I might sleep in my chair for a while. I am relatively certain that there are no...

A Violent Storm Looms on the Horizon…

A Violent Storm Looms on the Horizon…

Well, here we are again on the haunted island of Sainte Isabel, in lockdown and in trouble. At the end of the previous book, Sara struggled free of the spirit of Catherine Le Foix and Victor Lemaitre, the Devil Ship captain, had to postpone his plans to massacre everyone. However, a few months have passed and things are getting ominous again. Strange things—unpleasant things— are happening at sea. Sara and her pal Keri both feel they are being watched by someone, or something, in the trees....

Lose Yourself in the Shadows of the Night…

Lose Yourself in the Shadows of the Night…

Right now, the sun shines in the sky, and the birds sing as they settle down to eat at the feeders. It is a day, a morning, where we should be able to settle in and enjoy the sunlight. I’m not certain about you, but I can say, with complete authority, that I will not be doing so. It’s my own fault, really, why I’m not enjoying this day. How can I? I made the foolish decision to read ‘just one or two stories’ of the new Night Terrors book in bed last night. I haven’t slept yet. Yes, yes, I...

The Shadows Have You in Their Grasp…

The Shadows Have You in Their Grasp…

Killers don’t stick out in a crowd, good intentions don’t quell the bad intentions of others, and even the best-laid plans can’t account for every eventuality. For me, there’s nothing more unsettling than being forced to recognize exactly how vulnerable I am. Perhaps it’s because these little reminders seem to pop out of nowhere? A random noise in a quiet house... Spotting a stranger out of the corner of my eye as I start down an alley... Parking alongside a windowless van and feeling someone...

Shane Ryan Is About to Face His Deadliest Enemy Yet…

Shane Ryan Is About to Face His Deadliest Enemy Yet…

How does it feel to be riding with Shane again? Are you enjoying his company? I know I am. Shane is a hard man prepared to do a hard job. This story is no different than the others. Not in that sense. There’s something wrong in Plainfield, Connecticut, and Shane’s taken a little trip to see how bad it is. I’d like to tell you that I don’t sit down with Shane and discuss his plans, but that wouldn’t be exactly truthful. No, Shane isn’t real in the sense that you or I could sit down and have a...

The Darkness Knows What Scares You…

The Darkness Knows What Scares You…

Have you ever entered a building and been terrified? You don’t know how you know, but you’re positive, absolutely, and undeniably certain, that each room holds some fresh horror. Each room houses a nightmare you didn’t know could exist, a terror waiting to whisper in your ear, and to place a cold hand on the back of your neck, guiding you deeper into the darkness. That’s what we have here. There’s something fundamentally wrong with these stories. They’re dark, and, well, you and I, we know...

Dark Power Greater Than Anything Has Been Unleashed…

Dark Power Greater Than Anything Has Been Unleashed…

Years ago, when I had first heard the legend of the Bell Witch, I had been instantly fascinated. Who could blame me? It’s practically tailor-made to hook the mind of a horror fan. There’s a family tormented by a menacing ghost, a rage that even death couldn’t quell, mystery, murder, mysterious monsters lurking in the shadows—and a witch! What more could an overactive imagination want? I had no idea at the time that this legend would serve as the sounding board for one of my most beloved...