Eric’s Story Has Arrived!

Are you ready to find out what happened to Eric? In Apocalipstick, he was attacked by Streakers and left for dead, but was he? Grab a copy of Eau De Parfum: Streaker #5 to find out.

The smell of Streaker lingers in the air.

I must be dead!

I woke up naked and covered in blood. Teeth marks littered my arms, creating holes and revealing muscle. Someone or something attempted to gnaw off my elbow.

I’m alone! So, maybe, I’m worse than dead.

If friends and family abandoned me, I must have turned into a Streaker. On second thought, it’s an easy “no” to eating body parts.

The idea of brains for dinner disgusts me.

I only see one option ahead, and that’s to find my family and ask why they left me as dinner for the undead.

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Don’t forget to download my free short story, “Carnivorous” for some more ghoulish, ghostly fun.

Early Present for the Holidays

Overwhelmed by wrapping? Need an early present for yourself? Check out my free short story, “A Charmed Life.”

Download it below. If you like it, grab a copy of my full-length novel, A Haunted Love.

A Haunted Love

Ash detests Halloween. Three years ago, her husband’s death during the same week left her scarred. Now, all she desires is a simple, ordered life in the small town of Humble, Connecticut, and time with the cutest boy ever – her nephew. That becomes impossible when her sister brings a handsome soldier, Cole, to her door. From the moment they meet, Ash has a hard time ignoring his good looks and those intense gray eyes that have seen enough war and heartbreak to fill a lifetime. What starts as a mutual attraction and a romp in bed leads Ash to face her demons. War has left Cole with more than just physical scars as well. But does serendipity, a ghost, or something sinister have other plans for them? When someone starts stalking Ash, Halloween turns to horror. Does Cole have what it takes to incinerate Ash’s doubts and keep her safe?

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Freebie Friday

Don’t have a lot of time this weekend? Need a quick read? Grab my free short story, “Carnivorous.”

Ghosts don’t lie. When a specter tells Natalie the carnival that arrived in town is dangerous, she believes it. Unfortunately, there’s nowhere to run and hide from evil, especially when ghosts haunt your daytime and your dreams.

If Natalie does nothing else right, she’s not going to enter carnival hell alone. She’ll bring a date.

If you like “Carnivorous,” grab a copy of “Apocalipstick from Amazon. It makes a great holiday stocking stuffer for horror, zombie, and vampire fans. Love urban fiction, stories of the apocalypse, dystopian worlds, and a twist of romance. This book has it all!

Still not sure, check out the review on Goodreads.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18388930-apocalipstick

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By Dakota Star

ℝ𝕒𝕧𝕖𝕟𝕠𝕦𝕤 𝔽𝕒𝕓𝕝𝕖𝕤: 𝕊𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕄𝕪𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕝 𝔼𝕟𝕥𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕝𝕖𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕥

By Quill and Lantern Publishing

If you saw me on the street and stopped to chat, you’d learn I’m a twenty-eight-year-old college graduate who works as an independent contractor for a marketing firm in New York City. My acquaintances have no idea I collect dying souls to send them to heaven, nirvana, hell, moksha, purgatory, hades, Valhalla, paradise, Summerland…To be honest, I’m not sure where they go. I collect them but never having met my boss, I’m not clear what happens after the deposit. I love my job and my life, but then I met the man of my dreams and everything went to hell.💀

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Is it Good When Genres Collide?

Love me some zombie romance, but this has become an interesting question for me after recently watching Midnight Mass on Netflix. The limited series started as a character study. After spending four years in jail for a drunk driving accident that led to a girl’s death, Riley returns to his small fishing community, Crockett Island, on a remote island off the coast of Maine. At the same time, a new priest, Father Paul, arrives. 

Described by Netflix as a “…twisty ensemble drama with supernatural thrills and slow-burn scares,” it would seem to defy an easy definition in terms of genre. I love that. I am a huge fan of space cowboys, zombie romances, and small-town horror-romance. The more of a mashup, the better.

The first five episodes were excellent as the audience learns more about the main character, his family, and his history. We are introduced to a host of eccentric characters including the devout Bev Keane (creepy from the get-go). Twisty, scary events coincide with the new arrivals including (spoiler alert) the death of a pet.  Is it the new priest, the ex-con attending AA meetings, the over-zealot townsfolk, or something worse? I didn’t know if this was a character study, a small-town mystery, a supernatural thriller, or a horror series. The last two episodes were such a disappointment when my mashup turned to a heavy-handed message about religion entombed in cliché horror elements. 

The point of my long-winded review is two-fold. Mashups are hard to do well as seen by many that fail to work. One would think I’d love Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but I can’t reconcile Jane Austin’s style with zombie death and gore. I like the idea of it but not the text as written. When elements don’t click, mashups turn into a disjointed, underwhelming experience.

Yet, when skillfully created, they’re my favorite entertainment. I’m a fan of Warm Bodies to Rocky Horror Picture Show to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as well such as Aliens, From Dusk till Dawn, and Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is pretty amazing too)

Classic texts such as Frankenstein are also hard to place in a single genre. Is it science fiction, horror, gothic fiction, or romance? I Am Legend by Richard Matheson overlapped zombies and vampires in his science fiction work. As someone who can never stick to a single genre when writing, mashups are my favorite.