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About Mark Lukens
Mark Lukens has been writing since the second grade when his teacher called his parents in for a conference because the ghost story he'd written concerned her a little.
Since then he's had several stories published and four screenplays optioned by producers in Hollywood. He is the author of many bestselling books including: the Ancient Enemy series, the Dark Days post-apocalyptic series, Sightings, Devil's Island, The Exorcist's Apprentice, Followed, and more. He is a member of The Horror Writers Association.
He grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida. But after many travels and adventures, he settled down near Tampa, Florida with his wonderful wife and son . . . and two stray cats they adopted.
He loves to hear from readers! He can be found on Facebook at Mark Lukens Books, on Twitter @marklukensbooks, and you can follow his blog at www.marklukensbooks.com.
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Nick Gorman, a billionaire movie producer, assembles a team of ghost hunters and scientists to investigate the Thornhill Manor on Devil's Island . . . the most haunted place in the world that no one's ever heard of. He's there to find proof of ghosts, evidence of an afterlife. But he's also there to uncover a secret hidden on the island that could change all of humanity.
The ghost hunting team is led by Shane Edwards, who lost his TV show in a scandal and now is a disgrace in the ghost hunting world; this is his last chance to redeem himself and revive his career. But as soon as he steps foot on Devil's Island, he realizes this is no ordinary haunted manor - this is a place where everyone will face horrors they never could have imagined, an island that brings their darkest fears to life.
As Nick gets closer to unearthing the secret on the island, Shane begins to wonder if any of them will survive their two-night stay on Devil's Island.
ACID RAIN: A mother and her daughter get trapped in a gas station with strangers as a storm suddenly moves in, unleashing rain that destroys everything it touches. But is there something worse waiting in the rain?
SAFE HAVEN: When the government, the Russian mob, and a drug cartel are after you, where do you go? There's a safe haven for the super-rich running from their troubles - a beautiful tropical island - but there's a heavy price to pay for safety.
HEALER: Meet a teenage boy who heals a woman at the brink of death after a car accident. When a man who witnesses the miracle abducts the boy to heal his sick wife, things go horribly wrong.
THE HAMMER MURDERS: Agent Ridley with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is called to the horrific and baffling murder of a family at a remote farmhouse with only one survivor - the youngest son, an eight-year-old boy who may hold the key to finding the monster who killed his family.
If you love horror, Halloween is probably your favourite time of the year. Well… It’s ours, too.
A mixture of authors from Collected Christmas Horror Shorts and Collected Easter Horror Shorts have come back together, and invited a few friends, to make this Halloween an extra special one.
Lock your door, dim your lights, add some pumpkin spice to whatever you are drinking and light your jack-o’-lanterns. This will be a Halloween you will never forget.
Table of Contents
John R. Little - The Halloween Phantoms
Lisa Morton - Pumpkin Rex
Richard Chizmar - Mister Parker
Christopher Motz - The Halloween Playground
Kevin J. Kennedy - Halloweenland
Mark Cassell - A Story of Amber
Peter Oliver Wonder - Dressed For Success
Christina Bergling - Black Widow
Stuart Keane - Hollowed Be Thy
Andrew Lennon - Girlfriend
Briana Robertson - Trick Turned Treat
James Matthew Byers - Jenny Greenteeth
J.C. Michael - The First Shot
Mark Lukens - The Coffin Man
Suzanne Fox - The Devils Fruit
Steven Stacy - Don't Fear the Reaper.
Seven hundred years ago the Anasazi people built massive cities in what is now the southwestern United States ... and then they vanished.
Stella, an archaeologist specializing in Anasazi culture, and David, a mysterious Navajo boy, are on the run from something terrifying. As they flee up into the snowy mountains of Colorado, they are carjacked by criminals escaping a botched bank robbery. Caught in a blizzard, they must take refuge in what they believe is an abandoned cabin. It's at this cabin that they will face horrors beyond their imagination.
What reviewers are saying about Ancient Enemy:
"Mark Lukens proves to be a master at escalation and evoking empathy for his characters; his settings are so realistic that one has the urge to grab a warm blanket (and then hide under it). Such a relentless tension drives his horror plot that he kept me up until the wee hours wanting to get to the bottom of the supernatural mystery." - A.M. Stickel: Editor of Black Petals Magazine (blackpetals.net)
"With Ancient Enemy, Lukens has shown the world that he can imagine and write with the best ... Mark Lukens will soon be a household name. Superb writing and my interest in Ancient Enemy never flagged for one moment." - Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite (readersfavorite.com)
"Mesmerizing!" - James Byron Huggins, author of CAIN and HUNTER
In 1988, Lydia Conner was abducted by aliens from her cabin near Specter Lake, Minnesota while her husband lay in bed, temporarily paralyzed. She screamed at him for help as she floated up to the ceiling in a blinding flash of light . . . and then she was gone.
In 2009, three film school students journey to the Specter Lake cabin where the abduction of Lydia Conner took place, bringing along Fran, Lydia Conner's daughter. They hope to capture proof of an alien visitation on film. They hope to re-create events from the abduction. They plan to use Fran as the bait . . .
. . . but they encounter much more than they ever could have imagined.
It starts when Stella, an archaeologist specializing in Anasazi culture, finds David, a young Navajo boy who stumbles onto their dig site in a remote corner of the Navajo Reservation. David's coat is smeared with blood and he's in shock from something he's seen, revealing nothing but his name. Soon Stella and the other archaeologists will discover that something is chasing David, an unimaginable ancient evil that will stop at nothing to get him.
After Stella escapes the dig site with David, driving north into Colorado, right into a blizzard, she's carjacked by a gang of criminals fleeing a botched bank robbery. All of them take refuge from the snowstorm in what they believe is an abandoned cabin. But after they find the owner's mutilated body stuffed into a freezer, they realize that something is out there in the blizzard waiting for them.
The Ancient Enemy wants things . . . you have to give it what it wants or bad things will happen. Very bad things.
Whether you like Easter or not, you’ll certainly have a different view of it after you read the stories contained within these pages.
Grab an Easter egg, dim the lights, get cosy and get ready for some chilling tales by some of the horror world’s finest.
C.S.Anderson – He Has Risen
Christopher Motz - Magic Awaits
Veronica Smith - It’s Not All About Bunnies and Chocolates
Peter Oliver Wonder - Easter Gunny
Mark Cassell - The Rebirth
Andrew Lennon - Trying To Write A Horror Story
Mark Lukens - Mia's Easter Basket
Lex Jones - SonnesHill
JC Michael - Lord of The Dance
Steven Stacy - Echoes of The Bunny-Man
Weston Kincade & David Chrisley - An Easter Prayer
Christina Bergling - Hatch
James Matthew Byers - Killer Jelly Beans from Outer Space (poem)
Jeff Menapace - Paying It Forward
Jeff Strand - Rotten Eggs
Lisa Vasquez - Bunny and Clyde
Mark Fleming - Sulphur
Suzanne Fox - Last Supper
Briana Robertson - Baby Blues
Latashia Figueroa - Easter Eggs
Amy Cross - Lamb to Slaughter
Kevin J. Kennedy - A Town Called Easter
After a dinner out with friends, psychologist Phil Stanton and his wife Cathy are followed home by a pickup truck. Phil thought he lost their pursuer on the way home, but when he pulls up to his house the truck is right behind them again. The truck leaves as Phil calls the police, but the stalker knows where they live now.
Over the next few days the terror escalates: Phil treats a mysterious patient with violent tendencies who issues a warning; Phil is haunted by nightmares, and Cathy hears him murmuring strange things and a woman's name in his sleep; and Cathy discovers clues that lead her to believe that Phil may know who their stalker is and why he has chosen them.
Dark things are beginning to turn up from Phil's past . . . and their stalker is just getting started.
It has been seven years since David sent the Ancient Enemy back to its world in the ghost town that was once the town of Hope's End. He lives at his aunt's house now, but he knows the Ancient Enemy is back - he can feel it. He sees a serial killer in his dreams, a killer possessed by the Ancient Enemy, a killer who will stop at nothing, a killer who is coming for him. With Joe Blackhorn now dead, the only person David can turn to for help is Begay, the former captain of the Navajo Tribal Police.
Cole and Stella have lived in Costa Rica for the last seven years. They wanted to believe the terror of the Ancient Enemy was really over . . . but there were always doubts. And when Stella sees a horrifying vision in the jungle, she's certain that the Ancient Enemy has returned.
Former FBI agent Palmer's nightmares have returned, and when he's called in as a consultant on the recent copycat murders - re-creations of the massacre at the archaeological dig site seven years ago - he knows that the ancient evil is back.
Together, they are drawn into one last stand against the Ancient Enemy . . . but this time the battle will be fought in the Ancient Enemy's world.
CROW MANOR (January) - A young couple struggling with their finances gets an amazing opportunity to house-sit at a strange mansion where something horrible waits for them.
FEARS OF TORTURE (February) - A new twist on the hitman and an assassination.
SQUISH (March) - After a man stages a deadly accident, the dead come back to haunt him in a very peculiar way.
PURGATORY (April) - After a car accident, a family and their injured daughter are chased by the truck that hit them to a seemingly deserted town.
A KNOCK IN THE NIGHT (May) - A young couple staying the night in a remote cabin is terrorized by a stranger.
THE CLOSET MONSTER (June) - A young boy tries to convince his parents that there really is a monster in his closet.
THE TANK (July) - A man wakes up trapped inside a metal tank. He's not sure who put him there or why, he just knows that he needs to escape.
WELCOME TO PARADISE (August) - A young woman with psychic powers and her three friends become stranded in a town where the people won't let them leave.
VOODOO ASSASSIN (September) - A woman seeking revenge for the death of her sister finds her answer in a strange assassin.
THE SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN (October) - Three friends try to outdo each other with frights on Halloween night.
RATTRAP (November) - A young couple believes they have rats in the walls of their house - but their pest problem is much worse than they ever imagined.
THE VENDING MACHINE (December) - Nine-year-old Sammy discovers a broken vending machine that seems to grant his wishes, but he must be very careful what he wishes for.
What is the truth? What is reality?
Twenty-six-year-old Zach Hughes and his wife Michelle were just hoping to have a nice dinner at a restaurant on a Friday evening. As Zach is seated at the table, Michelle goes to the restroom . . . she never comes back.
After a frantic search, the only thing Zach finds is his wife's purse in the restroom with her keys, money, and cell phone inside. The police are called and a witness claims she saw Michelle leave with a man willingly.
But Zach believes his wife was taken. With no police help, Zach begins searching for his wife, unearthing clues. As he digs deeper into her past, he finds a secret life that she's been hiding from him.
Every night since Michelle's disappearance, Zach wakes up to find himself fully dressed, the lights on in his house, and his front door unlocked. Has he been sleepwalking? Where has he been going? What has he been doing? Could it be connected to his wife's disappearance? He films himself while he sleeps. What he sees on the video scares him to death . . . and it's only the beginning.
Pick up Sleep Disorders and discover the terrible secrets along with Zach.
In 1891, in the badlands of northern Arizona, Jed Cartwright, a bounty hunter and U.S. Marshal, transports a dangerous prisoner back to the town of Smith Junction. As they travel through the woods, they are attacked by what they believe are skinwalkers.
As Jed flees the woods, he finds a house where a family has been slaughtered. The only survivor is an eight-year-old Navajo boy, a boy traumatized by the horrors he has seen.
As Jed and the Navajo boy make their way north to Smith Junction, a sudden sandstorm diverts them to the small town of Hope's End. They take refuge from the storm in the saloon with some of the townspeople. But hours later, when the storm is over, they discover what has happened to the rest of the people in Hope's End . . . and the terror is only beginning.