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About David Benton
Outside of his writing, David Benton has worn many hats, finding employment as a warehouse worker, landscaper, printing press operator, cheese maker, bricklayer, and janitor (long nights, impossible odds…). He is also a musician. Current projects include a collaborative novel with Bram Stoker Award-nominated author W.D. Gagliani and playing bass guitar with the heavy metal novelty act Beatallica.
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SNAFU: Wolves at the Door will bring the bite, with soldiers fighting for their lives against were-animals.
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In the blackest night or under the full moon, danger is lurking.
It’s survival at all costs when you’re fighting against an enemy that could tear you apart – or convert you to the other side.
Against the backdrop of an untamed wilderness or the dark depths of the city, the ultimate clash between the forces of man and nature rages on.
Whether battling the monster within or a war around them – these soldiers may find the cost could prove too great.
Soldiers fight to survive.
They fight each other, and they fight the demons inside.
Sometimes, they fight real monsters.
SNAFU collects stories of ancient myths, time travellers, horrors in the old west…
and the soldiers who fight them.
Featuring some of the best writers working in the field today.
Jonathan Maberry, Greig Beck and James A Moore lead the way, with a contingent of emerging authors to back them up.
Fight or die.
“When Mother Nature’s angry, she’s a bitch! Fauna will have you gripping the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. This is a non-stop eco-thriller and cautionary tale that will leave you looking at your pets with a different eye. This is also the best book I’ve read all year! Read it now! But maybe lock the doors and windows first.”
--John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant and Redemption
"We should have known that decades of messing with Nature would come back to bite us -- with a vengeance... In David Benton's exciting, realistic thriller FAUNA our world has finally decided we're the problem, and it's had enough of us. How would we cope if our apocalypse had fangs and four legs and didn't shamble at all? Reminiscent of Hitchcock's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's "The Birds" in approach, FAUNA will raise your neck hairs and chill you to the bone."
--W.D. Gagliani, author of Savage Nights and the Nick Lupo Series
"The animal kingdom runs amok in David Benton's wildly entertaining Fauna. Exciting, action-packed and disturbing in all the right ways, this man-versus-beast saga gallops at a fierce pace with bloodthirsty menace. Benton's scenes unfold with a cinematic crispness and intensity that keeps the pages turning. This book will leave bite marks!"
--Brian Pinkerton, author of Anatomy of Evil
"In Fauna, David Benton takes you on a globe-circling thrill ride through a gone-crazy world where the animals have taken charge and want revenge. It’s equal parts fantastic escapism and white-knuckle horror--a riveting read from the first page that touches on many of the ways humankind uses things and takes them for granted."
--Christian Larsen, author of The Blackening of Flesh and Losing Touch
"[Benton] combines the visceral brutality of an Ed Lee or Richard Laymon with the globe-trotting skills of James Rollins, resulting in an exciting romp that evokes The Zoo by James Patterson, but with a message."
Take a medium-sized cult and their best demonic summoning. Mix with a dash of strange psychic powers. Generously add murderous reanimated corpses, inbred cannibal rednecks, sex-starved half-naked coeds, horny football players, and a surprise creature or two. Sprinkle in a fancy log cabin mansion, a labyrinthine set of tunnels, and a secret ritual chamber. Stir. Bake on high at 666 degrees.
You know it's gonna be one killer party...NOMINATED FOR THE SPLATTERPUNK AWARD (2020, Best Novel) and for the INDIE HORROR BOOK AWARDS (SPLATTERPUNK)!
"[Killer Lake] was awesome...if you're a fan of Edward Lee and Richard Laymon you may really, really dig this book!"
--Paperback Mania (YouTube review)
"Rosemary's Baby meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre! Deadly rituals, a secret coven and a cavalcade of unclad co-eds. Killer Lake is a devil of a good time!"
--John Everson, author of Nightwhere, The Devil's Equinox, and Covenant
"Many of the classic tropes and archetypes--jocks, sluts, the nice girl, the rich boy, the bad boy, the misfit, the alcoholic wreck of a professor, the bumbling country cop--are well-represented, but with some surprising twists... Entertaining, fast-paced, splattery, shameless, lowbrow and delightfully trashy. I read the whole thing in one day..."
--Christine Morgan in The Horror Fiction Review
A high powered CEO undertakes a highly unusual therapy to take his career to the next level…
A mother frantically searches for the child as the world burns…
Featuring new fiction by Adam Millard, Matt Shaw, Bracken MacLeod, John Boden, Duncan Ralston, Rich Hawkins, Glenn Rolfe, George Daniel Lea, Tim Curran, WD Gagliani & Dave Benton and Kristopher Rufty.
A charity anthology.
Edited by Jack Bantry & Kit Power
"Love At First Sting" (4600 words) first appeared in the UK magazine SPLATTERPUNK HORROR (2012). This is the story's first appearance in the US.
A contract killer fulfills his grisly mission, only to have his employer complain the target isn't dead. Mr. Walker knows he killed Mr. Fenning's wife -- the unspeakable things he did to her are not to be denied. So why is Mr. Fenning calling him in a panic? Mr. Walker has no choice but to check it out. And maybe he'll have to silence Mr. Fenning, too.
WARNING: This story contains extreme violence and is intended for adults only.
About the Authors
David Benton is a published short horror story author and also the touring bass player for the heavy metal parody band Beatallica. His collaborations with Bram Stoker award-nominated author W.D. Gagliani can be found in the e-book collection: Mysteries & Mayhem, as well as anthologies such as Malpractice: An Anthology of Bedside Terror. Current projects include a zombie novel (co-written with W.D. Gagliani and Bram Stoker award-winning author John Everson) and a battle of the classic monsters (co-written with Gagliani and rising star Mark Zirbel).
W.D. Gagliani is the author of the horror-thrillers Wolf's Trap (finalist for the Bram Stoker Award in 2004), Wolf's Gambit, Wolf's Bluff, Wolf's Edge (Samhain Publishing), and the hard-noir thriller Savage Nights. Samhain has also recently reissued Wolf's Trap as both ebook and trade paperback. He has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous anthologies, magazines, and online publications, and he has been an active book reviewer since 1986. With collaborator David Benton he has published the adult horror, suspense, mystery, and erotica story collection, Mysteries & Mayhem, and short stories in various anthologies including Dark Passions: Hot Blood 13. Recent publications include an article on Wilbur Smith in the book Thrillers: 100 Must Reads (edited by Morrell & Wagner), an article on writing zombies in Writing Zombies! (Rymfire Books), and an article on writing werewolf fiction in the October 2011 issue of The Writer magazine. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), the International Thriller Writers (ITW), and the Authors Guild. He has just sold a 5th Nick Lupo horror-thriller, WOLF'S CUT, to Samhain Publishing.
"Gagliani and Benton are a writing team made in horror heaven. Brilliantly relentless, sometimes nasty, and completely worth it, Mysteries & Mayhem is not only highly recommended by Dreadful Tales, but also a must have for anyone needing a W.D. Gagliani fix at a low price. Bonus Material in this collection includes Icewall by WD. Gagliani, Corrupting the Monkeys by David Benton, and After The Fifth Step by John Everson - all of which are stunning in their own right, and a wonderful addition to an already stellar collection of shorts." -- Dreadful Tales