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About Kevin Folliard
Kevin M. Folliard is a Chicagoland fiction writer with a degree in English and creative writing from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. His published fiction includes the scary stories collections Christmas Terror Tales and Valentine Terror Tales, the dark fantasy novel Jake Carter & the Nightmare Gallery, and the young adult horror adventure Violet Black & the Curse of Camp Coldwater. Folliard's work has appeared in Sanitarium Magazine, and he has also worked on films and web series for the Champaign based studio Neon Harbor, including the acclaimed videogame parody Press Start series.
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What happens when, either by accident or design, we find ourselves in possession of the wrong coat?
Eighteen writers answer this question through short fiction, poetry, or memoir. Within these pages are ordinary people whose wrong coat affects their lives in surprising, sometimes life-changing ways. Their journeys are poignant, funny, sometimes chilling.
You'll meet a fascinating array of characters:
A rabid Chicago White Sox baseball fan confronting a horrible choice in a barber shop;
A vulnerable high school girl in the midst of a secret friendship with a man on a bus;
A poet who is approached by a pauper with an intriguing request;
A shy girl living in the shadow of her popular Queen Bee twin sister;
An older woman afraid of falling whose vertebrae comes from cadavers;
A rich Parisian lady and her two pampered poodles who ruthlessly compete for her favor;
A woman who encounters a man from her college days;
A mysterious person plagued with questions that go unanswered;
A man not exactly mourning the death of his selfish twin brother;
A woman who wonders what to do with a windfall that isn't rightfully hers;
A college student not quite prepared for a brutal winter storm;
A coat check girl in love with a rich, older married man;
A single mom who wins an unusual prize;
A struggling actor with ADHD tendencies and a father who disapproves from the grave;
A young woman who has just escaped an abusive boyfriend;
A young Midwestern man visiting his exotic Argentinian girlfriend in Buenos Aires;
A school boy searching frantically for something he lost;
A mother who discovers something disturbing about her teenage daughter;
A man whose wife is expecting their first child.
The eighteen writers in this anthology explore how wrong coats can become instructive or vindictive when they've left their rightful owners. Learn what can happen when the wrong coat meets the wrong person.
It could happen to you.
Your worst nightmares come true.
Razor-sharp teeth. Vicious claws. The soul-piercing eyes that stare you down right before it pounces. What will you do when it’s you against a purveyor of pure evil? You think it’s just a dream? Think again. These nightmare creatures have transcended the pages of the books they were written into, they’ve ripped their way from the silver screen, and now they are coming for you. There is nowhere to hide—they will find you. But the question remains. Do you have what it takes to conquer the beast or will you let it destroy you?
The Better Off Dead series delves into the farthest corners of your mind, where your deepest, darkest fears lurk. These masters of horror will haunt your dreams and stalk your nightmares, taking you to the edge of sanity before pushing you to the brink of madness!
With stories by Scotty Milder, Elana Gomel, Hannah O'Doom, Scott Harper, Bridgett Nelson, Brian Asman, Sandra Stephens, Henry Herz, R.E. Sargent, Red Lagoe, Frank Beghin, Kevin M. Folliard, Steven Pajak, Matthew R. Davis. Foreword by Bram Stoker nominated author Jeff Strand.
Classic authors include: Arthur Conan Doyle, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, H. Rider Haggard, Robert E. Howard, Rudyard Kipling, H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, James De Mille, Fitz-James O'Brien, Jonathan Swift, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells.
(Cover by Adrian Baldwin)
In a fairy tale world, 17-year-old Prince Cedrick thirsts for adventure, romance, and an escape from the pressures of his overbearing mother, the Queen Regent. Cedrick’s older brother Roderick bas been recently crowned king, and his mother now plots to have her second born wed to a suitable noble woman.
Cedrick’s childhood friend Garth urges him to “sow a few wild oats,” while he still can, and sends him on a quest after a beautiful long-haired maiden, trapped in a tower beyond the haunted place known as Crows Town. In the deserted misty streets of Crows Town—formerly the Kingdom of Cherrywood—Cedrick encounters the spirit of an ancient witch who summons a murder of crows, kills his horse, and sends him wounded into the forest on the other side of the mountains.
The siren song of Raven, the witch’s adopted daughter, draws Cedrick to her tower. Broken and weak, however, he finds himself unable to climb to her rescue, and instead hoisted upward by enchanted tendrils of long dark hair.
Under the power of Raven’s healing magic, Cedrick experiences an awakening…but whether that awakening is for good or for evil…you’ll have to read 'Tower Of Raven' to find out…
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Embrace the dark.
Yet Jake and Luke's reunion is soured by the doctor's nightmarish agenda. Soon, protecting the world of sleeping innocents takes Jake on an adventure past the boundaries of imagination.
For all those moments of relationship woe, these stories of treachery, mistrust, and blind passion will remind readers of all ages that singlehood is safety.