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About Kevin Candela
Kevin Candela grew up in Southern Illinois on the rich fantasy and science fiction of the 1950s and 1960s. So inspired was he by the movies and TV shows of that era that he ended up spending almost two decades as an aerospace engineer, a time he now regards as "background building" for his writing. Honing his communication skills teaching physics and engineering at local colleges and universities, he completed his first work - a "fan fiction" sequel to the 1998 American Godzilla movie - in 1999. He began work on his Dragon's Game Trilogy the same year, his last in the aerospace industry, and self-published the original version of Mushroom Summer, the trilogy's first installment, through AuthorHouse Books in 2005. Since 2014 he's been self-publishing prolifically and currently has seventy-six published works including several novella series and nearly thirty novels...along with over fifty audio books released with many more on the way. He also shows up in a lot of indie anthologies. A big fan of the supernatural, D and D and rock and roll--especially the Stones--Kevin lives with wife Jackie, who acts as his editor on top of everything else she does, and a number of cats who mostly don't mind public mentions like these. (Photo by Jason Myers)
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Left virtually leveled in the wake of a devastating hurricane, the Caribbean resort island of Ste. Genevieve is without water, power...and hope.
Horrifying creatures have been loosed from a secret lab, leaving the handful of survivors of the storm under siege by nightmarish beasts with raking talons and fiendish cleverness. Though small, the monsters are utterly ruthless, and though at first they carefully seek out only one person at a time their resolve and boldness continues to increase such that they are soon hunting down the last of the human prey...an army of vicious predators determined to exterminate the species that created them. Breathtaking action and nail-biting suspense dominate this harrowing tale that pits a weakly defended group of tourists and island employees against veritable living demons. Will anyone survive? There's only one way to find out.
Time Weathers didn’t so much mind the car breakdown...just another hassle, albeit at an extremely inconvenient locale. But now reality itself is threatening to do the same, and she’s not quite as adaptable to that. Time was just minding her own business, ambling along on an old road under the blistering Nevada sun, hoping for the kind of road rescue help you aren’t typically going to find in the middle of the desert anyway, when the disconnected phone in the dusty booth outside the dilapidated gas station she was passing began to ring. Curiosity finally won out and she answered, expecting the whole thing to be a prank despite the remote location—after all, who ever went by the nowhere spot? The thing was, not only was someone at the other end of the line: it was someone famous...someone important...someone, above all else, who’d died in the 1950s. And now Time is running out—to save the world—and it’s all because she’s convinced that Albert Einstein is really trying to get her to stop a potentially disastrous experiment based on his work. First in a series of “calls from famous ghosts” by the mind behind the Piper Gods, Krakenstein and Bob the Interdimensional Trucker. Future installments will feature other hapless modern day folks answering more phone calls that shouldn’t even be happening—calls coming from other long gone names, both famous and infamous. That’s right: The messages won’t all be coming from noble scientists—just “ghosts” with the clout and drive to use the time-spanning, dimension-crossing “telephone line.”
That’s what 27 writers want you to consider here in this collection of the strange and terrible, the shocking and amazing, the frightening and awe-inspiring. Assembled here for easy perusal are some of the finest tales of ghosts, zombies, witches, cryptozoological freaks, monsters and aliens of the past year.
Lock the doors, latch the windows, draw the shades and dig in.
In the shadows, otherworldly creatures lurk…under the gravestones, the dead begin to rise… and in that old house down the lane, ghosts rattle their chains. For once more, Trick-or-Treat Thrillers brings you our pick of the best Indie paranormal short stories for 2020. Before you begin to read our selection of 13 stories, however, we recommend you first check under your bed, in your closet and outside of your window.
You never know what may be coming your way.
Whether it is a monster from your worst nightmares, an ancient evil that should not still live, a mysterious entity hiding near your home, or even your own demonic family members waiting to pounce, our authors know what frightens you.
Darkness lurks among these pages…dare not keep it waiting…
The strange and highly compelling saga of ordinary people receiving extraordinary phone calls from "ghosts" continues: In "The Lazarus Equations," something mysterious is happening beneath an otherwise ordinary turbine on an Oklahoma wind farm. The sight of robotic drones toting person-sized boxes into the base of the structure along with hazardous materials compels locals to contact authorities, but when those authorities vanish it's obvious that what's happening is big--and sinister. Next up in "Anachronia," we travel to fabulous Anachronia Island, a Westworld-type super resort in the South Pacific where synthetic employees wait hand and foot on a host of celebrities including Wilson Mandine, who was last seen in the first Ghost Phone story helping Tyme Weathers and her friend Dredge save the world from a deadly experiment. Something is going on in Anachronia that's not all on the up and up, and Wil and her friend of need Tip Darvin, a podcast celeb investigator, are determined to figure out what it is. And in the edge of the seat action thriller "The Gossamer Incursion," Wil, Tyme and friends join forces to infiltrate the inner workings of Anachronia founder Mercutius Hitchwood's enigmatic company Hitchwood Contingencies as they seek to uncover the dark truth about the mega-company's world changing new process of implanting human consciousnesses into artificial (and therefore more or less immortal) bodies! The excitement, chills and wondrous action just keep coming.
Flash forward four and a half decades: Midlands is a ghost park. Closed long ago and nearly forgotten even by the locals, it sits shrouded in undergrowth and hill-topping forest surrounded by upscale new homes. Ringed with a decaying fence, hidden from sight, it presents a huge temptation to a group of bored thrill-seeking youths who are about to learn that terror is, in fact, immortal. (Strong language, adult content, graphic violence, sexual situations. Not suited for younger readers or listeners or sensitive types.)