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About Patrick Winters
Patrick Winters is a graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. As a student, he was a two-time co-editor in chief of the college's literary and art magazine, Forte, and is a member of the international English honors society, Sigma Tau Delta.
Winters is now a proud member of the Horror Writers Association. His works have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines and have been featured on various web-based offerings, including the Horror Tree, the Sirens Call, Deadman's Tome, Fantasia Divinity Magazine, Sanitarium Magazine, and many more. While appreciating an array of genres, his favorite to both read and write in is Horror, because he's just plain weird like that!
Winters is an avid listener of all things hard-rock and heavy-metal, a compendium of comic-book knowledge, can (and will) do a perplexing array of voice impersonations, and can bend his thumbs further back than any person should have the right/capability of doing. It is all quite odd . . .
A full list of his publications can be found at: http://wintersauthor.azurewebsites.net/Publications/List
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Hit and Run by Erik Handy
My Little Monica by Hari Navarro
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Let’s Play a New Game… by Jasmine Jarvis
Shock-in-a-Box by Jodi Jensen
Teddy Bear Picnic by K.T. Tate
The Tinker’s Dame by Kimberly Rei
A Wonderful Toy by L.T. Emery
Doodles by L.T. Ward
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Bad Hare Day by Maxine Churchman
Killer Performance by Meera Dandekar
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As author, Megan Feehley, so beautifully says; there is beauty just before the terror…a silken breath taken before the spill of righteousness…the warmth of a licking flame preceding the scald.
So, close the drapes, check the locks, turn on all the lights and get comfortable. But don’t close your eyes…
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That shiver you just felt? That’s a warning, and so’s this book. Thirteen stories of pure horror, blood-curdling violence and spectacularly bad decisions, inspired by the poor folks who fell foul of old Route Thirteen and Whiskey Pete’s.
Let this book be your warning. If you find yourself on that forsaken road, with the warming lights of Whiskey Pete’s upon your windshield, turn back. Or it’ll be your Last Stop
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- Patrick Moody
- Ben Hurry
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- Kelli A. Wilkins
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- Cullen Monk
- Douglas Ford
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- Clark Roberts
- Daniel Hale
- E. Seneca
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Platinum Star by C.A. Goodwin
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Marc Merodach by S.N. Graves
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Soldier and Servant by Carrie Gessner
Black-Blood by Chris Bannor
A Knight’s Sacrifice by Chris Hewitt
A Queen’s Sacrifice by Chris Hewitt
The Midnight Lands by Dale Parnell
Last Mistake by David Green
The Chosen One by David Green
The Revivalists by Dawn DeBraal
Beauty is Deadly by Destiny Eve Pifer
Counterfeit Tears by Diana Allgair
The King is Dead by Eric Butler
I’ll Love Them, Too by Gabriella Balcom
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Transformations by Georgia Atkin
The Hanged Woman by Hari Navarro
Homecoming by J.W. Garrett
Stone Hearts by Jacqueline Moran Meyer
The Great White Oak by Jodi Jensen
A Few Degrees by Joshua D. Taylor
More Than Guesswork by K.B. Elijah
Sleeping Beauty by K.T. Tate
The Bath Girl by Kaity Muse
Honest Gwen by L.T. Emery
Forgotten Tempest by Laurie Bis
Poisoned Fruit, Poisoned Reign by Leanbh Pearson
Clipped by Luis Manuel Torres
Tithe by Maggie D. Brace
Bejan Tower by Meera Dandekar
Eyes of a Queen by Megan Willette
Succession by Michelle Brett
You Will See by Patrick J. Gallagher
Dominion by Patrick Winters
Bloodlust Blade by Peter J. Foote
Matters of State by Raven Corinn Carluk
The Traitor Queen by S.O. Green
The Price of Vengeance by Sarah Matthews
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