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About Duncan Ralston
**GROSS OUT - a sequel to WOOM - out now!*
Duncan Ralston is the author of the horror collections GRISTLE & BONE, VIDEO NASTIES and IN EVERY DARK CORNER, the novellas WILDFIRE, WOOM, and EBENEZER, and the novels SALVAGE, THE METHOD, GHOSTLAND Trilogy, THE MIDWIVES and GROSS OUT.
For 7 FREE dark fiction short stories/novellas including the prequel to GHOSTLAND, "The Moving House," visit www.duncanralston.com.
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"I believe pain lingers," Angel said. "Do I believe in spirits? In the supernatural? Probably not."
The Lonely Motel holds many dark secrets... and Room 6 just might possess the worst of them all.
Angel knows all about pain. His mother died in this room. He's researched its history. Today he's come back to end it, no matter the cost, once and for all.
Shyla, a plus-sized escort, thinks the stories Angel tells her can't be true. Secrets so vile, you won't want to let them inside you.
But the Lonely Motel doesn't forget. It doesn't forgive. And it always claims its victim.
"This book is a wet dream of abnormal sexual psychology." - Mort Stone, My Indie Muse
WARNING: Don't buy this book if you have a weak stomach, if you're easily disturbed, or if you're looking for a light horror read. THIS IS NOT THAT BOOK. Seriously. You've been warned.
Revenge is on the program at this year's Splatterfest convention!
Horror authors, critics and fans from all over the world have gathered to share stories, enjoy each other's company, and to take part in the yearly Gross Out contest, a fan favorite.
But some attendees have arrived with ulterior motives. Clay Kayden, whose story at the last in-person Gross Out contest got him "canceled," wants to tear down the convention from the inside. Moira Mead is desperate to impress her favorite horror director, who's promised to option a story based on the weekend's readings. And Clay's former mentor, Guest of Honor David Ennis, just wants to find his muse again… no matter the cost.
In a weekend filled with violence and horror, no one will be spared from trauma, and only one author can reign supreme.
(Gross Out features characters and situations from the novella, Woom. While this not a direct sequel, it does continue Shyla and Angel's story from that fateful night in Room 6 of the Lonely Motel.)
WARNING: Do not buy this book if you have a weak stomach, if you're easily disturbed, or if you're looking for a light horror read. THIS IS NOT THAT BOOK. Seriously. You've been warned.
PEOPLE ARE DYING TO GET IN. THE GHOSTS WILL KILL TO GET OUT.
Be first in line for the most haunted theme park in the world - Ghostland! Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to offer, safely protected by our Recurrence Field technology! Visit Ghostland today - it's the hauntedest place on earth!
After a near-death experience caused by the park's star haunted attraction, Ben has come to Ghostland seeking to reconnect with his former best friend Lilian, whose post-traumatic stress won't let her live life to the fullest. She's come at the behest of her therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler, who tags along out of professional curiosity, eager to study the new tech's psychological effect on the user.But when a computer virus sets the ghosts free and the park goes into lockdown, the trio find themselves trapped in an endless nightmare.With time running short and the dead quickly outnumbering the living, the survivors must tap into their knowledge of horror and video games to escape… or become Ghostland's newest exhibits.
Featuring an interactive "Know Your Ghosts" guide and much more, Ghostland is a rollercoaster horror thrill-ride loaded with scares, gore and heart - perfect for fans of Stephen King and Blake Crouch.
Praise for GHOSTLAND:
"Well done to Duncan Ralston for making every horror hound’s childhood dream a reality!" - Tony Jones, Ink Heist
"I think this will be one that many people will be talking about for years to come." - Steve Stred (author of Ritual), Kendall Reviews ★★★★★
"GHOSTLAND is over-the-top extreme horror (Don't say I never warned you) but it is also wonderful." - Mallory Haws, The Haunted Reading Room ★★★★★
"This book is a gripping page turner that will surely be a crowd pleaser, and, in my opinion, deserves to be a major mainstream success for Ralston." - Adam Light, author of Panacea ★★★★★
"This is absolutely the best thing he's written." - Justin M Woodward, author of Rotten Little Things
LIFE, DEATH AND BEYOND, THE PAST, THE PRESENT AND FUTURE COLLIDE IN AN EPIC BATTLE OF GOOD VERSUS EVIL IN THE FINAL BOOK IN THE GHOSTLAND TRILOGY.
Ghosts wreak havoc in the streets of Duck Falls, and Lilian Roth has gone underground, hiding in the Laramies' backyard bunker. With the town under military quarantine, the death toll continues to rise. And Hedgewood's massive infrasound array stands to wipe out every "ethereal" within its radius, Ben Laramie and his friends at the Temple among them.
Setting the ethereals free from Ghostland was only the beginning for Rex Garrote. He's returned to the remains of his house to tear open the Dark Rift - a realm of terrifying impossibilities between the living and ethereal planes - and unleash its nightmare creatures upon the world.
The End of Everything is on the horizon, and Lilian and Ben are humanity's last hopes. Facing their greatest fears and insurmountable odds, they must return to Ghostland through the Dark Rift's deadly, ever-changing landscape for a final confrontation between good and evil, to stop Rex Garrote once and for all.
"I’m in awe at the scale of storytelling Ralston has delivered." - Steve Stred, author of Window In the Ground
SINISTER FORCES GATHER IN DUCK FALLS. SOON, THIS SMALL AMERICAN TOWN WILL BECOME A BATTLEGROUND FOR THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY.
Six months after the "Ghostland Disaster," Duck Falls has become a reluctant tourist trap, and a new home to the activist group Ghosts Are People Too. When the Return to Ghostland televised event ends in yet another tragedy, ghosts once again fall under scrutiny… along with the effectiveness of the Recurrence Field.
Away at college, survivor Lilian Roth has discovered she's able to communicate with spirits. She and her best friend, Ben Laramie, use the skills they've acquired to free ghosts from their hauntings. But Rex Garrote, the mastermind behind the Ghostland Disaster, is raising an army of ghosts to slaughter every living person on Earth.
Left with no choice but to fight, Ben and Lilian must recruit their own army of freed ghosts, and prepare them for war. Will it be enough to save the world?
"This story has everything readers will love – emotional depth, redemption, grief as well as scares, gore and carnage." - Steve Stred (Kendall Reviews), author of Incarnate
"I enjoyed the entire thing cover to cover." John Lynch (Night Worms)
"Afterlife has left me impatient for what comes next. Bring on book 3!" - My Indie Muse
"Intelligent, character-driven horror tales." - Jack Ketchum, Bram Stoker Award–winning author of The Girl Next Door
Baby Teeth - When doctors tell her she can never be pregnant, Candace learns that not every child is a gift.
Beware of Dog - Disgraced soldier Dean Vogel returns to his hometown and confronts the bullies, and a violent incident, from his past.
Viral - A reporter uncovers what really happened to the latest internet sensation, a troubled teenage girl who vanished on camera.
Artifact (#37) - Gonzo pornographers learn a brutal lesson following a tragedy they inadvertently caused when life imitated "art."
//END USER - Anti-social conspiracy theorist Mason Adler's life is turned upside-down when he begins receiving eerily personal and prophetic spam that could be heralding the Apocalypse.
Fat of the Land - A couple discovers the secret of a tourist town's prosperity may lie in its sinfully delicious cuisine, and they might be on the menu.
Scavengers - When successful restaurant owners confess to a grisly series of small town murders, their neighbor learns the gruesome truth that led them to kill. In Knee High, Nebraska, someone--or something--has been stalking household pets in the dead of night... but would they rather be hunting us?
Short and novella-length fiction from the twisted imagination of Duncan Ralston, author of Salvage and WOOM.
16 horror tales in the tradition of Stephen King, Richard Matheson and The Twilight Zone!
Video Nasties - After discovering a box of old video tapes outside an abandoned warehouse, a young film enthusiast inadvertently releases horror director Nicolo Funelli and his "video nasties" from VHS imprisonment.
How to Kill a Celebrity - New hire Annie Watkins's pre-emptive obituaries at Live @ 5 New Orleans News seem to be killing off famous people.
Cuttings - A used delivery van causes Katie and Gavin's lives to take an unimaginable wrong turn into very dark territory.
Mental - A teen orphan with a unique ability is held captive in a secret government lab, forced to submit to their whims.
He Is Risen - Vacationers become a grotesque part of the Easter festivities in a small English town.
These are just a handful of the 16 dark tales that await you in Video Nasties. Tune in, sit back, and turn up the terror. But don't touch that dial… it just might kill you.
Praise for Video Nasties:
"There isn't a dud in the collection, and each story offers readers something fresh and diabolical. Fangirl for life." ★★★★★ Review
"I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a great slasher, splatter, terror filled wild ride. Rarely have I read an anthology that had me hooked on every story like this one did. I was sad to come to the end." ★★★★★ Review
"Jam packed with stories that will make your skin crawl and your mind race, your heart pound and your stomach churn, Video Nasties is one you do not want to miss!" ★★★★★ Review
Over 400 pages of dark fiction. Get this monster collection now.
How hard will you fight for the one you love?
Frank and Linda's marriage has begun to unravel. When old friends tell them about an unconventional couples therapy retreat called "The Method," they jump at the chance to attend. One last attempt to stay true to their wedding vows - 'til death do they part.
Run by the enigmatic Dr. Kaspar, Lone Loon Lodge is a secluded resort deep in the Montana wilderness. The staff is friendly and eccentric. The couple joining them is seductive.
When hunters "accidentally" shoot one of the guests, events quickly spiral out of control. Realizing they can only trust each other, Frank and Linda must set aside their personal issues and work together to survive.
Nothing is what it seems at Lone Loon Lodge, and only one thing is certain: Love Is Pain.
2020 edition includes an unproduced screenplay adaptation with an alternate ending.
**Praise for The Method**
"The story builds steadily and really picks up to a breakneck pace for the final third." - SCREAM the Horror Magazine
"Intense and full of action, this is definitely a fast-paced read." - Horror Novel Reviews
"This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you write a dark thriller that could also be called a horror and make it stand out from the rest." ★★★★★ Review
"Even in the midst of nonstop action and violence, twists and turns, mysteries and revelations, the author still manages to craft two compelling characters in Frank and Linda that you grow to deeply care about and root for." ★★★★★ Review
Thirty years ago, the town of Peace Falls was flooded to build a hydroelectric dam. To this day, its ruins remain below the surface of Chapel Lake—including the church, miraculously undamaged after all these years, its steeple visible above the water.
When his younger sister's body is found washed up on the shore, Owen Saddler follows in her footsteps to the cabin she'd rented on Chapel Lake, diving among the ruins below the surface.
Soon he's caught up in a decades-old mystery of the religious mania that divided the town in the late-'70s, and the sudden disappearance of Reverend Crouch and several of his parishioners—a mystery the citizens of Chapel Lake had hoped would stay submerged beneath the water, in the ghost town below.
**Praise for Salvage**
"A quietly-unnerving ghost story with a strong element of mystery behind it." - DLS Reviews
"Beautifully written with realistic characters and a plot that keeps you hanging on until the very end." - Ginger Nuts of Horror
"Something I could easily see penned by Stephen King." ★★★★★ Review
"A fantastic debut novel." ★★★★★ Review
Grab this chilling ghost story now!
On tour with his latest book, true crime writer Martin Savage discovers one of his most-dangerous subjects has escaped. The so-called "Witch Hunter," a delusional murderer of women and their unborn children, holds a deadly grudge. He'll stop at nothing to get his revenge, and destroy everything Martin cares about.
With nowhere to run, Martin and forensic psychologist Sheila Tanner flee to the town he left when he was a boy, after his mother was locked away in a psychiatric facility. A town hidden deep in his past, where no one would think to look for them.
But things are not what they seem in Barrows Bay. The idyllic island holds terrible secrets. An ancient evil lived here long before the first Irish settlers crashed upon its shores in a coffin ship. An evil wearing the innocent faces of elderly midwives who've delivered every child in the Bay for two hundred and fifty years.
Martin and Sheila think they’re safe in his childhood home. But Martin’s mother has plans for them. Plans that require sacrifice. And sacrifice requires blood.
Horror, tragedy and comedy collide in the third diabolical collection of horror from Duncan Ralston, author of Ghostland and WOOM, featuring the stories: Head - A hitman takes a flight with his latest victim's severed head in a bowling bag. The Boats - A rich man takes a twisted form of revenge on the man sleeping with his wife. Prick - A sentient appendage terrorizes an apartment complex. The Burden - A scientist pushes much further than she should while researching a way to communicate with her father despite his debilitating disease. The Passion of the Robertsons - A religious couple kidnap an atheist to teach him the true meaning of Christmas, no matter how hard he struggles. Where the Monsters Live (a novella) - A father goes undercover in a sex offender colony seeking revenge on the man who abused his daughter. Imaginary Monsters (a screenplay) - A psychologist moves to the small town of Dark Pines, where his patients' inner demons manifest as terrifying monsters in reality. Take an unforgettable journey into a world of nightmares. But be warned... you can't unsee what you'll find in the dark.