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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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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.
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.
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.
"A collection of terse, eerie, and delightful little creepers, each one like a swift uppercut to the solar plexus, proving that dynamite truly does come in small packages!"
--Ronald Malfi, author of Bone White
"Wow! With the amazing talent involved in this anthology, it's no wonder 100 Word Horrors is such a powerful gut-punch of horror!"
--Joe Mynhardt, Crystal Lake Publishing
“A delicious collection of tiny tales of horror."
--Kelley Armstrong, author of Bitten
"Each and every story will get you there, with a scare, in seconds. A terrific read for those who like their horror fast, sharp and brutal… like a good stabbing. Highly recommended!”
--Steve Gerlach, author of Rage
“Horror often is best served by the short form, and with 100 Word Horrors, you get the shortest of the short! This is a bag of Horror Candy that will make you cringe, reread, smile and savor, one twisted wrapper at a time.”
--John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Sacrificing Virgins
A drabble is a short form of fiction that is exactly 100 words long (not including the title).
Kevin J. Kennedy, has once again brought together the best of the horror world to bring you an anthology that is packed with creepy tales.
Between these pages you will find over one hundred drabbles, written by a wealth of talented authors. From the best indie horror authors to Bram Stoker award winners and Amazon top sellers. We have monsters, mayhem and madness. Come join us.
Edited by Brandy Yassa
Full author line up:
Antonio Simon, Jr
Billy San Juan
David Owain Hughes
Donelle Pardee Whiting
Duncan P. Bradshaw
Ellen A. Easton
Eric J. Guignard
James H. Longmore
James Matthew Buyers
Jason M. Light
Kevin J. Kennedy
Michael A. Arnzen
Michael Paul Gonzalez
Peter Oliver Wonder
Robert W. Easton
William F. Nolan
Kate Crawford's world was shattered when the Collapse came. One moment she was a university professor, and the next she was running for her life from rippers and a group of Dark Angels. She plans on traveling across the state, back to her home town in the mountains, a place she vowed never to return to. But before she can even get out of the city, she's trapped on the roof of a building with a possible madman as thousands of rippers overrun the streets below.
After escaping the city, Kate rescues a small girl, and then meets Max and Petra. The four of them stay together, deciding to travel to Kate's home town, a place she feels might be safe from both the rippers and the Dark Angels. But there are dangers waiting for them there, dangers they can't even imagine.
Ray and the others he's with work their way south, eventually crossing paths with Kate and the ones she's with. They band together to make one last stand against the Dragon and his Dark Angels, but Ray still has plans to find a place called Avalon, an underground bunker run by the CDC, a place he believes may have a cure for the Ripper Plague, or at least the answers he was promised.
Featuring stories by Richard Chizmar, Mark Lukens, Michael A. Arnzen, Eric J. Guignard, Veronica Smith, Lee McGeorge, James Matthew Byers & Kevin J. Kennedy
As society begins to collapse on a Friday morning, Josh drives into the city to get some lifesaving medications for his nephew. When he tries to avoid the mass of panicked people and gridlocked traffic downtown, Josh is arrested, beaten, and taken to a FEMA camp miles outside the city. Josh and the others are supposed to be at the camp for their protection, but he soon realizes that the camp is not what it seems to be . . . terrible things may be happening there.
At night, while making his plans to escape, Josh dreams of a beautiful blind woman who calls to him, inviting him to head south to join her and the others she's with. But there's someone else in his dreams, a man in the shadows with eyes that shine in the darkness, an evil man who will try to stop Josh and the others from getting together. But Josh can't worry about people he sees in his dreams, people that he convinces himself aren't real, because even though the chances of his sister and nephew being alive and uninfected are dwindling, he has to try to get to them.
First there were rumors of a plague that turned people into flesh-eating predators, into what the media had dubbed rippers. The economy collapsed, the government tried to restore order through martial law, but too many were infected, leaving only a small group of survivors.
Ray Daniels flees his home with his family, saving a blind woman along the way, a blind woman who others like Josh and Luke have seen in their dreams. Josh tries to find lifesaving medicines for his nephew, but he is detained at a FEMA camp where things aren't what they seem to be. Luke, a former enforcer for a crime family, tries to get out of town after the crime family comes after him. He travels south, joining forces with a woman who is nearly as deadly as he is.
Little by little, all of them get closer and closer to coming together, while trying to avoid the rippers and an organized gang of Dark Angels run by an evil overlord who calls himself the Dragon. But Ray has a plan, a safe haven to go to . . . if they can just make it there.
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.
Teri Holtz, author of a successful thriller series, has just gotten an email from a man who claims to be a serial killer. He doesn't believe the serial killers in her books are portrayed accurately and he just wants to help. Teri's agent, and even her own son, beg her not to respond to this man. But the emails have sparked a new idea for a book, finally breaking her writer's block.
But the more Teri gets to know the serial killer through the emails, the more it seems he knows everything about her life, including the disappearance of her twin sister, Tara, years ago. Has he been watching her all these years? Following her? Does he know something about her sister?
And then the murders start, murders where copies of Teri's books are left at the scene, murders very similar to the ones in her books. But Teri can't stop digging . . . she needs to know what happened to her sister.
Could this serial killer be the one who took Tara? Does he know where her body is? Could Tara still be alive after all these years? Is the serial killer coming after Teri to finish what he started so long ago? Read Stalker and find out.
Even though Jo wanted Ray and his group to stay at her store and help defend it, Ray believes he must go to Avalon - he knows something important is waiting there . . . the answers to the plague.
After Ray, Mike, Emma, and Josh leave for Avalon, Jo's store is overrun with rippers, driving her and the others up to the roof, trapping them there.
The Dragon uses Petra as bait to lure Luke and Max to Hell Town where he has laid a trap for them. Luke, Max, and Petra collide with the Dragon and his army of Dark Angels. Will they win? Will good triumph over evil? Will Ray finally find the answers in Avalon he's been looking for, or will he find something he was never expecting?
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.