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About Mike Duke
Mike was a cop for almost 12 years, but for the last 14 years, he’s been teaching Military, Law Enforcement, and Bodyguards high speed, tactical, and off-road driving as well as hand-to-hand Combatives and Blade tactics. He enjoys martial arts and has been a practitioner since 1989 of various styles. Filipino blade arts are his favorite. Since he was a teenager, he’s loved reading, writing, and watching movies, particularly in the horror and sci-fi genre. He’s also been a prolific reader of theology and has dabbled in philosophy as well. He has a beautiful, smart wife who is amazingly supportive and a son and daughter who are both graduated. His babies now are a German Shepherd named Ziva, a Daddy's girl who loves to play... even when he’s writing, and a Border Collie mix named Joey “The Bandit” who will steal anything and everything he can, even the toys right out of Ziva’s mouth. Mike is a lover of music, as well, and it is an integral part of his writing ritual.
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TO: Captain Kharritov, Queen Antares super freighter
FROM: Yuan Tee Mining Industries
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Retrieve alien vessel
SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Extract colonists
SPECIAL ORDERS: All colonists are expendable, if necessary, to achieve primary objective
The survivors of the alien massacre at Gambler’s Hope mining colony have anxiously waited six months for their rescue to arrive, but now their nightmare may begin again.
The station and colony comms are down and neither the colonists nor the Antares knows why.
A Recovery Team is headed to investigate the station without any knowledge of the alien monstrosity trapped on board.
A ship has been sent to the surface to retrieve the alien vessel, not knowing what it holds hidden inside.
Captain Kharritov is determined to succeed, no matter the risks. Can the survivors convince him not to return to Earth with a deadly cargo capable of wiping out every living organism on the planet?
It’s time to break out your new Christmas slippers, rip open a box of chocolates and pour yourself a drink. Lock your doors and get comfy. You’re in for one helluva ride.
Merry Christmas from all of us!
Contains stories by:
Amy Cross, Michael A. Arnzen, Christina Bergling, Andrew Lennon, J.C. Michael, Lisa Morton, Mike Duke, C.S. Anderson, Mark Cassell, Peter Oliver Wonder, Suzanne Fox, Matthew Brockmeyer, James Matthew Byers, Kevin J. Kennedy, Weston Kincade, Matt Hickman, P. Mattern, Mark Fleming, Veronica Smith, Steven Stacy, Chris Motz & Sara Tantlinger.
Edited by Brandy Yassa
Featuring stories by Amy Cross, Mike Duke, Matthew Brockmeyer, Lex H. Jones, J.C. Michael and Kevin J. Kennedy.
Featuring a never-before seen story by J.F. Gonzalez, alongside several other delicious horrors!
Maynard and his fellow survivors are trapped onboard the Queen Antares, moving at faster than light speed through the abyss of space with the alien amalgam in control of the ship.
They have one goal.
Survive long enough to take back the ship and stop the ravenous alien creature from reaching Earth.
That’s all that matters now.
But with an insatiable monster of vastly superior might hunting them throughout the ship, will they last long enough to make a difference?
Can they even hope to make a difference against such insurmountable odds, or is it all simply a meaningless, desperate Hail Mary effort in the face of an unstoppable alien juggernaut?
What flavor is your nightmare?
Forty-nine authors have come together to tell us theirs. Each story is unique in its horror but all should be read with the lights on and the shadows kept at bay, because some stories tend to stay with you even after the book is closed.
From established authors, to people putting pen to paper for the first time.
Books of Horror presents its inaugural Community Anthology.
Staci Layne Wilson
Matthew A. Clarke
Eugene C. McLean Jr.
Kevin J. Kennedy
Joshua E. Borgmann
Justin M. Woodward
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
That noise in the dead of night. The shadow that slips by almost unnoticed. The fear that pulverizes your sense of reasoning and pushes you deep down under seven layers of covers. There is no escaping it, and when the dark forces of the universe come after you, the world will know exactly what you are made of. Will you run? Will you fight? Maybe you’ll join forces with the darkness that rips through your quiet little life. Everyone’s dying to find out.
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 R.E. Sargent, Steven Pajak, Jane Alvey Harris, Red Lagoe, Kayla Krantz, RJ Roles, Peter Rocha, Mike Duke, Cassandra Angler, Matthew A Clarke, Gerald Dean Rice, Alan Derosby and L.K. Pinaire.
Except it’s not a vein of metal at all. And when they reach it, something monstrous and hungry emerges to feed.
The fight for survival has begun, and the odds of living are low and dropping quick.
“OMFG it was EPIC!!! The whole book was ‘holy sh%t!’ after ‘holy sh%t!’ and even some iconic ‘you gotta be f#@$ing kidding me’s!!!’ in there. Your creature is friggin outstanding! I mean so frickin sick and original! Like a friggin … mutated alien blob hydra! Perfection! It made my heart pound and I almost crapped my pants in one scene. You f#@$ing rule!”
- Brad Tierney, Uber Kick@$$ Amazon and Goodreads Reviewer
We will take you on a trip through hell, to vampire torn lands, find out the perils of collecting too many books and on many more terrifying adventures.
We have made a grave error in vigilance, brothers. The dark comet has drawn near. The cultists have selected a vessel. He dreams of the hidden place, where the Gods Sleep, banished there by our Lord.
After centuries of inactivity, Korrobbathith and his followers are attempting, once more, to open the gate.
We must move with haste if we hope to stop them.
You know the consequences of failure. Korrobbothith and the other gods will walk this earth again, and I fear, this time, they will not remain in the shadows. None of us - man, woman, or child - will find refuge from their barbaric reign unless we submit and serve them.
God help us all if we are too late.