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About Steve Stred
Steve Stred is the Splatterpunk Nominated Author of 'Sacrament' and 'Mastodon.'
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Steve has released over a dozen novels, novellas and collections. He has appeared alongside some of horror's biggest names within some truly excellent anthologies.
He is a proud co-founder of the LOHF Writer's Grant and an Active Member of the HWA.
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Titles By Steve Stred
They say that third time’s a charm and for the third installment of the Books of Horror community Anthology, it’s a fact. With well over seventy stories submitted, there was just too much content for a single book. Volume 3 is being brought to you in two parts. You’ll find the book(s) you’re about to read filled with tales of horror that span the genre, crafted by veteran authors, as well as first time writers.
Matthew A. Clarke
Edward J Spock
John J. Hardic
Eugene C. McLean Jr
"An old-school creature thriller told with crisp pacing and kick-ass set pieces, Steve Stred's Mastodon is a monster-in-the-woods tale with some choice surprises and plenty of rampaging fun."
- Andrew Pyper, author of The Residence, The Damned and The Demonologist
17 years ago, Tyler Barton was born in the Rocky Mountains, while his parents were on a hike.
On that day, his mother disappeared, never to be seen again.
Now, history repeats itself.
On the 17th anniversary of her disappearance, Tyler’s father is flying home when the plane he’s on disappears – in the same area where his mother was last seen.
Undeterred by officials, Tyler decides to hike into the area in search of his father, hoping to find him alive and bring him back to safety.
But there’s a reason that area is prohibited to enter and even though Tyler doesn’t care, he’ll soon find out that the wilderness can hide some of the deepest, darkest fears known to man.
From the author of ‘Incarnate,’ ‘The Window In the Ground’ and ‘Ritual’ comes a new novel that’ll make you rethink your Summer hiking trip.
“Steve Stred's Mastodon reads like a cross between Gary Paulson's Hatchet and Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach Trilogy: a big-hearted adventure yarn with a dark and compelling mystery at its core.”
- Shaun Hamill, author of A Cosmology of Monsters
“Mysterious. Gripping. High-octane. Mastodon is not the typical creature feature.”
- Eddie Generous, author of Rawr and Behemoth Risen
“Mastodon is a jaw-dropping trek into a heart of darkness. Full of emotion, yet rife with grotesque imagery that only Stred can deliver.”
- David Sodergren, author of The Forgotten Island and Maggie’s Grave
“Mastodon is another tour de force from Canada’s master of dread. The journey into a forbidden wilderness cordoned off by the military is reminiscent of Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation, but as bleak, daring, and darkly comic as Harlan Ellison. The pace of the story never relents, its emotional highs are spectacular, and its lows will rip your guts out: a voyage and return epic with the balls-to-the-wall horror shows of S. C. Mendes’s The City thrown in. Stred should be held in the same regard as Straub and King.”
- Joseph Sale, author of Save Game and Gods of the Black Gate
“Mastodon is a compelling read that will leave you blistered and broken as you join a young man’s rescue mission into the Canadian wilderness inhabited by unspeakable horrors. Steve Stred masterfully delivers a story exploring the physical and emotional limits we push through in order to save the people we hold most dear.”
- J. A. Sullivan, horror writer and contributor to Kendall Reviews.
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
Eugene C. McLean Jr
R. Michael Burns
Matthew A. Clarke
Kevin J. Kennedy
G. Nicholas Miranda
GoldieAnn S. Brand
Brian J. Smith
Justin M. Woodward
EXTREME CONTENT WARNING!
This book contains scenes of extreme violence and sexual content. Do not purchase this book if you are easily offended or require trigger warnings!
Beginning in October, 2019, Steve Stred released three of the darkest, most depraved novellas – Ritual, COMMUNION, and Sacrament (**Nominated for a 2022 Splatterpunk Award for Best Novella!**).
These three novellas completed the ‘Father of Lies’ trilogy, telling the story of a disturbed man trying to open the cosmic gates and enter the Black Heavens to live forever. Inspired by Steve Stred’s research acquired while joining a real cult, the stories from the trilogy have already become favorites within the horror world.
Now, here for the first time, is the complete and definitive ‘The Complete Father of Lies Series.’
- All three novellas
- An exclusive foreword by Sonora Taylor
- An exclusive essay by cover artist Mason McDonald
- A bonus fourth story ‘Eucharist.’
- ‘The Battle Raged On and On’ essay from the author, answering reader questions about the trilogy
Not to be missed, this Omnibus will be available in ebook, paperback and hardcover!
Contains stories by Steve Stred, Kevin J. Kennedy, Lex H. Jones. Edward Lee & Calvin Demmer
Earth has crumbled. The survivors now live on the revolving ship designed by Mr. Eldridge and his company Empyrean, orbiting the planet. With selection day arriving, Lizzie isn’t sure what they want. Salvation or Eradication.
Selection is supposed to be the highlight of a student’s life. To jump and find your forever life.
But one question lingers for Lizzie, more than any other. What if you jump and miss your orb?
“In an overpopulated ship revolving above Earth, teens must leap for Salvation. But what exactly does that mean? In The Future In the Sky, a mind-bending post-apocalyptic study of survival, betrayal, and revenge, Stred solidifies his place as a creator of fresh nightmares. Take a leap of faith and read this book.”
- Lee Murray, three-time HWA Bram Stoker Award - nominee and author of Into the Ashes.
“Dark science fiction with a compulsively readable writing style and a strong emotional core.”
- Tim Waggoner, HWA Bram Stoker Award-Winning author and author of Your Turn to Suffer.
“In this coming-of-age tale set on a near-doomed generation ship, Steve Stred blurs the boundaries between internal and external realities. With straight-to-the-point prose and efficient narrative beats, he builds an unsettling portrait of
post-adolescent Lizzie that is raw and ambiguous, capturing the uncertainty of every young person who struggles to discover who they will become in an unknown future.”
- Joanna Koch, Shirley Jackson Award Finalist and author of The Wingspan of Severed Hands
“Using a crisp, cut-to-the-chase writing style, Steve Stred has penned a fascinating, dark sci-fi tale with The Future In the Sky. Following Lizzie’s quest for truth and purpose in a dystopian world fraught with half-truths and secrets was a page-turning experience I won’t soon forget.”
- Jeremy Hepler, HWA Bram Stoker Award nominated author of The Boulevard Monster and Cricket Hunters
“A bleak and beautiful portrait of the future, told with Stred’s unique and amazing skill. I loved it.”
- Sonora Taylor, author of Seeing Things and Little Paranoias: Stories
This anthology will dance readers through an array of styles and horror sub-genres, including bizzaro through the looking glass of unique Christmas ornaments; such treats always come with a price. Discover the dark secrets between the Claus’ and Krampus that you’ll never forget. There’s a touch of sci-fi when a lone worker discovers a hidden department in a derelict store. There are family horror tales of obsessive tradition, reunion, and mayhem. This edition promises something festive to satisfy a cornucopia of horror pallets.
In this invite-only anthology, KJK Publishing presents 11 new tales of frightful festive horror shenanigans from: Matthew V. Brockmeyer, Eric Butler, Matthew A. Clarke, David Owain Hughes, Lex H Jones, Kevin J. Kennedy, Zoltán Komor, Patrick Reuman, RJ Roles, Veronica Smith and Steve Stred.
Don't forget the milk and cookies, and be good kids — someone is always watching. Those damn elves are not to be trusted!
Over 100 drabbles by some of the finest horror authors writing today.
Edited by Brandy Yassa
Andrew Lennon - Enter Night
P. Mattern - The Fungus Among Us
RJ Meldrum - Invasion
RJ Meldrum - One Night Stand
C.A. Verstraete - A Mother's Love
Valerie Lioudis - Too Many
Steve Stred - Click
Steve Stred - Cursed
D.E. McCluskey - Work
Mark Matthews - A Vampire and Her Jar Full of Leeches
Dennis Mombauer - The Rusted Island
Theresa Jacobs - The Muse
Michael D. Davis - June Bug
Michael D. Davis - The Doctor's Hobbies
Chad Lutzke - Nothing
J.C. Michael - True Potential
DS Ullery - Number Thirteen
Scott Paul Hallam - The Crate
Anthony Giordano - La Lamentación
Kevin Cathy - The Tree
Kevin Cathy - Narrative
Kevin Cathy - Admitted
Ellen A. Easton - Into the Woods
Sheldon Woodbury - The Altar of Bones
Sheldon Woodbury - Halloween Ride
Sheldon Woodbury - The Midnight Circus
P.J. Blakey-Novis - Stray
Chris Hall - The Evacuation
Larry Hinkle - Three Wishes
J.C. Michael - The Dead that Lived
Joe X. Young - Black Light
Terry Miller - Dollface
Evans Light - That'll Show Her
C.S. Anderson - The Difference
Alyson Faye - The Necklace
RJ Roles - Tits to Die for
RJ Roles - Passing the Torch
RJ Roles - Delicious
RJ Meldrum - The Apocalypse Will Be Televised
Kerry E.B. Black - Blood and Ashes
Ron Davis - Crimson and Clover
Rhys Hughes - The Special Day
Tristan Drue Rogers - Flightless
John Boden - A Fleeting Thing
John Boden - After
Ryan Colley - Masks
Ryan Colley - Operation
Kerry E.B. Black - Flames
Kerry E.B. Black - As He Was
Toneye Eyenot - Sleep, My Darling
David Owain Hughes - The Rich Get Richer
Simon Cluett - Bait
Toneye Eyenot - Dirt Nap
John T. M. Herres - A Place I Know
Ryan Woods - The Room Upstairs
Howard Carlyle - Painting the Walls
James Matthew Byers - A Penny’s Penance
Andrew Lennon - Possessed
Terry Miller - Death Rattles
Dean M. King - Too Late
Terry Miller - Dead Girl Speak
Jason M. Light - Gun Control
Justin M. Woodward - Gravemakers and Gunslingers
Aron Beauregard - Hot Car
Matthew Cash - My God Lives on the Mountain Top
David Owain Hughes - Tribal Beard
Hazel Lennon - Picnic
Martin P. Fuller - Die, Die, Dead
Howard Carlyle - The Tools of His Trade
Duncan Thompson - A Bedtime Story
Jim Goforth - Hack
Stuart Conover - Be Careful What You Wish For
S P Oldham - Noisy Neighbours
Ron Davis - Machines of War
Becky Narron - Mistaken Identity
Chris Miller - The Thing Beyond the Veil
Norbert Góra - Houston, I Have a Circus Here
Leigha Desmond - The Call
Patrick Winters - The Dolmen of Austburg
Paul Wennersberg-Løvholen - The Dead Don’t Die
Paul Wennersberg-Løvholen - 158 Days Later
Andrew Lennon - Honey, I’m Home
C.M. Saunders - Naughty Step
Zoey Xolton - The Arena
Theresa Derwin - Used Parts
Martin Zeigler - Blackout
Andrew Lennon - Dreams
Robin Braid - Loch
Robin Braid - Next Door
Suzanne Fox - Sweet Dreams
Essel Pratt - Somniphobia
Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason - Wooden Suit
Tremble as you rediscover the darkness that came before, the darkness that could eat the world. Within these pages gods of fable, creatures of lore, and ancient rituals have been brought back to life in over two hundred drabbles of exactly one hundred words each.
Delve into the madness created by award-winning horror and fiction authors from around the world. We dare you to remember the fear of the unknown, and to dive headfirst into ancient mysteries.
The old gods have awoken, and with them lose chaos will reign again.
Alice de Sampaio
Amber M. Simpson
C. Marry Hultman
David A.F. Brown
Emma K. Leadley
Heidi Ann Willits
Heinrich von Wolfcastle
Joel R. Hunt
Joshua E. Borgmann
K. B. Elijah
Kerry E.B. Black
Kevin J. Kennedy
Mark Anthony Smith
Matthew A Clarke
Michael D. Nadeau
S. C. Morgan
Sean P. Chatterton
Stacey Jaine McIntosh
Willem V Much
Once Eldridge’s right hand man, Albert Harkins has been exiled to Earth.
Only Earth is supposed to be uninhabitable.
As the reality of the Empyrean lies are exposed and Harkins learns more and more about what Eldridge’s ultimate plans are, his hatred grows and vengeance floods his vision.
Return to the world of Empyrean, Lizzie and the future that exists within the orbs.
Not all that you see is real and not all that you know is true.
‘The Bandaged’ will answer some questions and ask some more, but ultimately it’ll be up to you, dear reader, to see if you can unravel the mystery before you.
The follow up to ‘The Future In the Sky,’ for fans of ‘The Hunger Games,’ ‘The 100,’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland.’
”‘The Future In the Sky’ is a compelling literary treat – wholly original, surprising and ultimately moving. I’d recommend it to anyone.”
-Tim Lebbon, HWA Bram Stoker Award winning author, author of ‘The Silence,’ ‘Eden’ and ‘Relics.’
“Reminiscent of Bradbury, The Future in the Sky is an intimate, character-driven exploration of coming of age in a grim future. Dread builds from the first chapter and doesn’t let up.”
- Laurel Hightower, author of Crossroads
“I was only three pages in when I knew this story would be one I read in a single sitting. A sci-fi work of dystopian existence driven by Lizzie’s gut-wrenching fear and a need for the truth. Steve Stred’s characters jump from the pages, becoming part of your world, causing you to care what happens. Stred doesn’t waste a single sentence in this must-read novella.”
- Cindy O’Quinn, HWA Bram Stoker Award nominated author of Lydia
“Steve Stred has presented a tale of surreal, dark science-fiction here that asks questions of place and belonging, of duty and desire, and might leave you questioning your own choices... or lack of them.”
- Alan Baxter, award-winning author of Devouring Dark and Served Cold
“The Future In the Sky’ proves Stred can’t be restrained by genre”
- Gavin Kendall, Kendall Reviews