Horror

My Inhuman Condition

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My Inhuman Condition by A. Lopez Jr. & Damien Smith

This is my latest release and went to Amazon around Halloween in 2017. This short story of horror found its genesis in the form of a night terror. A young man, Damien Smith, came to me after having a vivid, but horrific nightmare. We collaborated to dig in and uncover the core of his nightmare and built the dark world around it. The final product is a fast-paced story where lives are changed at every twist and turn.

This title is available exclusively at Amazon until early February 2018. After that, it will be available in all eBook stores and outlets.

Here’s how it went down…

Landry Locker is a high school sophomore living in a small desert farming town in Arizona. What he wants most in life is to make it  through high school, get into a good college, and attain a high-paying  job. In the meantime, he’d love nothing more than to gain a friendship with his secret crush, Kat.

Much sooner than he imagines, he gets his chance, but fate had something else in store. A once promising night turns grim, leading Landry and everyone he cares about into a dark and unforgiving world. His life and the lives of everyone around him are changed in one short night.

This short story is dark and fast-paced and doesn’t look back until the fates of Landry and his friends, including Kat, are revealed. Even in a small town, one night can change everything in the blink of an eye. When the night gives way to dawn a shocking and painful truth is soon revealed.

To find out more about what drives My Inhuman Condition, please visit the webpage.

Thanks for reading,

~ALJ~

Cover Reveal – Night Dreams 6 SOUL REAPER

ND6SOUL REAPER, the 6th episode in the Night Dreams series will be released October 30th, just in time for Halloween. Soul Reaper connects the cliffhanger in the fifth episode, and takes us further into the lives of Michael and Sarah and reveals how Joseph begins to lose control of his gift, putting everyone in danger. The three must work together to solve the mystery and evil of the beast stalking Patterson Lake and the souls taken over the last hundred years. This episode brings us one book closer to the seventh and final episode of the series. As always, each episode is a novella with 20,000 to 25,000 words each.

Keep writing, keep reading!

ALJ

“Malevolence” – Night Dreams 5 ~ Cover Reveal and Release Date

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Night Dreams #5 Malevolence Cover Reveal and release date: June 1st at all eBook retailers and soon in print.

“Something evil lurks in those woods.”

Malevolence introduces new characters into the series, namely a ten-year-old boy named, Michael. His bike rides into the woods opens a door to a beautiful and fascinating worldat first. But it becomes a world he wishes he’d never unveiled. The only good thing about the woods is, Sarah – a girl he meets, around his age, who tries to help him understand the true meaning of the dark side of the woods. Michael begins to have strange visions and violent nightmares, leading his parents to seek help.

The line of help eventually leads to Father Lombardi, who in turn, reaches out to his good friend, Dr. Joseph Rickettes. Joseph finds himself dealing with his own recurring nightmare about Andrea, which seems to never end. After hearing Michael’s account of his dreams, things move fast and Joseph unknowingly opens another portal into the dark and evil world that took his wife’s life. A dark and violent world, he is not sure he is ready to face again.

Cover Reveal for Concordant Vibrancy Anthology

I am proud to be a part of the Cover Reveal for Concordant Vibrancy! My short story Til Death Do Us Part The anthology is based on a theme of Unity with each story making its own connection to the theme. All Authors Publishing House is putting it all together. Here’s a look:

Cover Reveal

Welcome!

Today we are happy to present you with the cover of
Concordant Vibrancy: Unity, An All Authors Anthology

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Before we show you the cover, lets tell you a little bit about Concordant Vibrancy.

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Blurb:

All Authors Publishing House, a subsidiary of All Authors Publications & Promotions, is pleased to present its first short story anthology, Concordant Vibrancy.

Concordant Vibrancy represents the interweaving of unity and uniqueness through the eyes of eleven incredible writers. Through the array of genres, all of these talents share a phenomenal love of writing which aims to leave imprints in the reader’s imagination.

Short stories in this collection:

Butterfly Mask” by Nicola McDonagh

Messarii’s Blood Hunt” by D. John Watson

Seven Days” by Harmony Kent

Touch Me” by Andrea Houtsch

and we” by Adonis Mann

Til Death Do Us Part” by A. Lopez, Jr.

Coalesce” by Da’Kharta Rising

Her A to Z” by C. Desert Rose

Lester’s Release” by Synful Desire

The Authentic Snap” by Queen of Spades

Alma’s Unsung Angel” by Y. Correa

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It was important to portray both the unification and individuality of each author as well as the theme of this anthology on its cover. In the introduction of Concordant Vibrancy, Y. Correa, the creator of All Authors P&P explains it this way, “like leaves on a tree, we are all connected. Mother Earth, the best example of unity mankind has.

Without further ado, we present you with the cover of Concordant Vibrancy created by All Authors Graphic Design.
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Now available for Pre-Order at:

Amazon.com

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State of Horror – Illinois/New Jersey

Two separate anthologies – 26 tales of horror! Both will be released on Tuesday, August 26th in ebook and print formats. My story Ritter House, will be part of the State of Horror – Illinois anthology put together by Charon Coin Press and edited by Jerry Benns.

State of Horror: Illinois

State of Horror Illinois coverIn the depth of winter the field lay barren and cold. The remnants of the recent harvest push through the layers of wind-driven snow. Fields are divided by highways and county roads leading to small towns and solitary farms. Hard to imagine this cold, barren place is alive during the summer. Summertime finds the farms full of life as the vast expanses of cultivated fields come alive with towering stalks of corn. At that time of year the heat, oppressive and heavy, rules this domain and is in stark contrast to the harsh desolation of winter.

Driving North on one of the many interstate highways, one would leave the rolling hills near the Kentucky border behind and travel into the river plains of the Midwest. Traversing through the area, small towns dot the landscape with their little houses, fenced yards and front porches, along with streets laid out in perfect grids. The small towns and fields seem to transform as the car moves farther north along the highway skirting the expanse of larger cities that pop up throughout the state. Then arriving at the final destination of the third most populated US city, Chicago, the essence of Illinois is felt with every mile.

Leave the safety of your world behind and travel the highways to the darker side of Illinois. Let your imagination run wild as you weave a tale of unspeakable horror.

TABLE OF CONTENTS  “ “ “ “ “ “

Acknowledgement

IntroductionJerry E. Benns

Out Come the WolvesClaire C. Riley

Ritter HouseA. Lopez, Jr.

Chicago MikeDella West

The Ghosts of MorseJulianne Snow

Drowning in the HazelEli Constant

In Chicago, The Dish Is So Deep, No One Can Hear You ScreamFrank J. Edler

Chicago BluesStuart Conover

My Porcelain MonsterEric I. Dean  115

Piasa RemainsHerika R. Raymer

Vishnu SpringsDJ Tyrer

Dying Days: Great MistakesArmand Rosamilia

What‘s Eating the MobP. David Puffinburger

Seek No Longer the BelovedJay Seate

Author Biographies

 

State of Horror: New Jersey

State of Horror: New JerseyThe wind blows off the Atlantic and the sun beats down on the lotion lathered beach goers while the waves rumble and crash on the shore. Who would have guessed that these beaches once inspired a story that would resonate with moviegoers for decades afterwards. In 1916, a string of vicious shark attacks horrified New Jersey for twelve days, leaving communities shocked and running for the safety of dry land. Later, author Peter Benchley took inspiration from the headlines and penned Jaws, moving the location to New York’s Long Island, but the core of the fear was derived from the Jersey Shores.

The state of New Jersey, bordered by New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, is rich with history as it was one of the original 13 colonies settled, and played a huge part as the country began to take shape. The topology of the state lends a unique opportunity for setting a story, with the northern hills at the base of the Appalachian Mountains and the southern coastal plains. New Jersey is one of the most densely populated areas in the country, however, in a matter of hours, you can leave the cities behind and discover winding roads bordered by green foliage, or get lost in small towns that borders the Atlantic Ocean. The possibilities are endless to weave a modern or historical horror story using the vast settings of New Jersey.

The Pine Barrens of New Jersey holds the legend of the New Jersey Devil, the thirteenth child of Mrs. Leeds, said to be cursed upon birth by his mother and terrifying the countryside for centuries to come. In the original release of State of Horror: New Jersey, authors Scott M. Goriscak, Diane Arrelle, Christian Jensen, and T. Fox Dunham wrote their own twist on the New Jersey legend. Each story by these authors building upon the core legend of the devil, which has been inspiring the imaginations of generations. The upcoming re-release of the State of Horror Anthology will contain the updated versions of these stories and many more chilling tales inspired by the settings of the New Jersey landscape.

Look for these titles and more in 2014 from Charon Coin Press.