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About Essel Pratt
Essel Pratt is a purveyor of horror and fantasy, conjuring tales that haunt souls and inspire imagination. As a student of psychology and teller of tales, Essel writes to share the complex nature of his imaginings with the world. His ever-expanding catalog of short stories spans multiple anthologies and collections, ranging from whimsical fantasy to bizarre horror, including everything in between. Dedicated fans have praised his creations, labeling his talents as prolific in substance.
Hailing from Mishawaka, Indiana, his passion for writing began in the early years as his imagination taunted from within, begging for a release. Dabbling in art at first, he found that the stories that pleaded to be told could not be imprisoned by ink and paint alone. His most notable and prevalent accomplishments include Final Reverie, Sharkantula, and the multiple short stories that have garnered a following of their own, such as the adventures of Detective Mansfield.
Inspired by C.S. Lewis, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Harper Lee, William Golding, and many more, Essel doesn't restrain his writings to straight horror, instead exploring the blurred boundaries of horror within its competing genres, mixing the elements into a literary stew.
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Buy a ticket, turn the page and transport yourself back to a time when
families cowered in their cars at drive-in movies. A time when monsters towered over lovers who huddled in the dark as aliens invaded, giant insects screeched and malicious, nuclear-fueled beasts destroyed cities. This is more than a double feature; it is a marathon of thrills and frights that dare you to turn the page. It is the drive-in and like the ghoulish denizens that once stalked its screens... it will never die.
So grab a soda and a big bag of popcorn and delve into these chilling tales by some of our very best horror writers, including New York Times Best selling authors Clive Barker, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Christopher Golden, Mike Mignola, S.G. Browne, Paul Moore, Elizabeth Massie, Ronald Kelly, William, F. Nolan, Lisa Morton, Taylor Grant, Joe McKinney, and so many more.
"I cut my horror teeth on creature features every Saturday night and grew up loving monsters. DRIVE-IN CREATURE FEATURE fuses everything I loved about monsters when I was a boy with adult sensibilities and a wicked sense of humor. These 19 stories that run the creature feature gamut and are written by some of the most talented writers in the genre will more than satisfy the appetite of any hungry monster lover." – Ray Garton, author of "Night Life" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Resurrecting Ravana."
“An insanely fun anthology with every kind of creature you could hope for…and some you’d never expect!” — Jeff Strand, author of "Dweller."
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Blood Type: An Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge is predominately a collection of stories that represent the most cutting edge science fiction-based vampire fiction. Think SF-based vampire fiction like I Am Legend and Necroscope and how they affected the vampire genre when they were first released. Dark Vampire SF that goes where the genre hasn't before.
It is not just an anthology of hard science fiction, however. This book also contains examples of science fantasy as well as some classic vampire stories including an updated reprint from William F. Nolan. Also includes brand new stories from Peter Watts (from the Blindsight/Echopraxia universe), Laird Barron, Tim Waggoner, Bram Stoker Award-winning author Benjamin Kane Ethridge, John Palisano, Jason V Brock, Peter Giglio, Jonathan Templar, Taylor Grant, and many more!
JWK Fiction brings you a collection of poetry, flash fiction and short stories dealing with beginnings that maynot be as rosy as everyone around us often seems to think newborns are.
Certainly, not everyone will enjoy every story in this collection, and that is okay. It is not meant to be loved by all, but instead provide a sample of how horrors encapsulate the B-Movie genre and plant the seeds for new ideas and nightmares.
Come along for the ride if you dare, as Rejected for Content 4 takes you down roads with only one true destination awaiting at the end. Ride actual roads with damaged, deranged souls, and travel along the highways if the mind where psychosis, darkness, and the depths of brutality and perversion dwell.
These stories have all been rejected for content: these stories will all take you on the highway to hell. It's a long way down.
Featuring K. Trap Jones, Eric LaRocca, Essel Pratt, T.S. Woolard, Amanda M. Lyons, Brian Glossup, Kindra Sowder, John Ledger, Jonathan Edward Ondrashek, James Longmore, S. A. Mckernan, David Owain Hughes, Rebecca Kolodziej, Michael Fisher, Rebecca Pate, Peter Oliver Wonder, Josh Davis, Roma Gray, Lyndon D. Johnson, G. Zimmerman, Mark Woods, William Bradley, Jay Helmstutler, and Toneye Eyenot.
Warning: Strong violence, explicit sex, coarse language, blood, and gore.
For volume six, Rejected for Content is heading off to work. When good jobs go bad. When bad jobs get worse. Bastard bosses. Disturbed co-workers. Places where the most unhinged of souls would never dream of working in their wildest nightmares. When workplace relations break down beyond fixing. Or strengthen, in ways that are just plain wrong.
Successful job applicants include Jonathan Edward Ondrashek, Thomas M. Malafarina, Lucretia Stanhope, Michael Noe, David Owain Hughes, Dani Brown, Brent Lorentson, Andrew Bell, Evan Romero, Tabitha Thompson, Josh Davis, Sam Morgan Phillips, G. Zimmerman, Essel Pratt, Amanda M. Lyons, Howard Carlyle, Roy C. Booth & Axel Kohagen, Garvan Giltinan, Kitty Kane, William Bradley, Mark Leney, and Toneye Eyenot
Warning: Strong Violence, explicit sex, coarse language, blood and gore.
From hundreds of fathoms down, or lurking just beneath the surface, to brazenly navigating the nautical domain, these deadly threats are just waiting for unsuspecting souls to take to the waters.
So come on, take the plunge. Dive on in. The water is fine. What exists within it, is another story.
If you’re looking for an array of Horror stories to sink your teeth into, look no further than Memento Mori…pay the Ferryman, and prepare to take the ride of your life.
The title, Memento Mori, is Latin and literally means: “Remember you too must die.” An ominous-sounding phrase, the saying derived from Puritan settlers who would often display tokens of death as a reminder to the living of the fragility of life…not to mention the eternal punishment awaiting those who wallowed in wickedness.
Death has always been a fascination to the living, meaning different things to different groups of people. Edgar Allan Poe nailed it when he said: “The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
There is a wealth of truly incredible talent within these pages, each storyteller attempting to explore that very question. Her is a healthy book full of decidedly unhealthy stories. With Death being the key element in each one of those stories, you might be expecting a morbid ride, but rest assured, there are quite a few pieces of comedic gold lined inside this skeleton’s spine, along with the many that will send a chill down your own.
Cover art by David McGlumphy, stories by Vyvecca Pratt, Nikolai Misura, Carolyn May, Georgia Lennon, Kent Hill, Matthew Hickman, Andrew Lennon, Alison Clifford, William Bove, Kevin Candela, Jennifer Redmile, Toneye Eyenot, Tabitha Baumander, Kerry E.B. Black, Lemmy Rushmore, Tristann Jones, Essel Pratt, Carly Jane Denyer, Matthew Cash, Mark Woods, Ashley Hunt, Amanda M. Lyons, Michael Noe, Roy C. Booth, Chad Michaels, and Justin Hunter
Where do you go after you’ve been to hell? Quite simple, really. You go insane.
If you thought hell was the worst place you would ever find yourself, you’re wrong. Dead wrong. Now, all the horror, the sordid sights and scenes, the bloodshed, the depravity, the perversion experienced before are going to culminate in only one thing. Sheer lunacy.
Welcome to a place where madness dwells, insanity rules supreme and nothing is ever quite as it seems. With tales of asylums, twisted, disturbed souls who either belong here, or certainly should, heinous deeds and unhinged mental states, Rejected For Content 5: Sanitarium is here to plumb the darkest depths yet.
These stories have all been rejected for content and the scribes responsible for them should all be institutionalised.
Featuring Toneye Eyenot, David Sgalambro, Evan Romero, Howard Carlyle, Mark Leney, David Owain Hughes, RD Cervo, J.L. Lane, G. Zimmerman, Thomas M. Malafarina, Matthew Weber, Michael Fisher, Amanda M. Lyons, Andrew Bell, Mark Nye, Brent Lorentson, Tamara Fey Turner, James Cavahl, Zachary Smith, C. A. Viruet, Christopher Ridge, Essel Pratt and K. Trap Jones.
Warning: Strong violence, explicit sex, coarse language, blood and gore.
This quote, made famous from the 1941 werewolf film classic, The Wolf Man, is the embodiment of the terror within man of that which can’t be controlled – The beast which resides within us all. The curse (or blessing, depending on one’s perception) of the werewolf has inspired many films and many books, which now brings us to Full Moon Slaughter. Within this tome, you will find a large and diverse collection of tales; stories which are dark, brutal and haunting. Tales true to the wolf or other shifter within. Accounts of Lycanthropy, of curses, lunatic carnage and full moon mayhem. Welcome to the slaughter. It’s time to unleash the beast within!