For the next week, get the first Nowak Brothers novel, I KILL MONSTERS, for $.99! That's right, you can start reading the adventures of two foul mouthed and poorly trained monster hunters as they deal with zombies, ghouls, insectoid monsters, and more! Only on Amazon and available to read free as part of Kindle Unlimited!
Mikkel and Szandor kill monsters. They're not government funded, they're not from a time-honored lineage of hunters, nor are they rich kids with lots of toys. They're two twenty-something brothers from the poor side of town who have taken it on themselves to rid the streets and underground of creatures who would prey on the innocent. Donning gas masks and using makeshift weaponry, they delve into the labyrinthine sewer system of New Avalon to grapple with snarling zombies, flesh-eating ghouls, insectoid hive creatures, and more. It's a dirty job and it rarely pays, but someone has to do it.
Hired by a woman from the rich side of town who believes she's being stalked by monsters, the two brothers think they've finally gotten an easy job that will pay well. But as they follow the clues, things are not adding up. Kidnappings, jackbooted commandos, and mysterious emails are just the beginning. Soon they find themselves involved in something bigger than monsters. It's anybody's guess whether they'll come through it alive, much less get paid.
I Kill Monsters is an exciting punk rock urban fantasy for those who enjoy their protagonists with a mouth on them and a weapon in their hands.
Through Monday you can get my Victorian ghost short story, THE LAST GHOST, for free on Amazon!
In his ancestral home, a man puts his family's affairs in order, alone except for the ticking of a clock. But he soon finds that he is not alone as he is visited by a succession of ghosts. As he descends into fear, the hour gets ever closer to the arrival of the last ghost...
My private detective in a mental institution horror novel, THE LOST AND THE DAMNED, is free this weekend on Amazon! If that's the sort of thing you like, go grab it! And remember, as of late last year, there's now a sequel! PAPER MOON is available for your reading pleasure!
The Lost and the Damned on Amazon
Paper Moon on Amazon
THE LOST AND THE DAMNED
There is a darkness waking up in the Bellingham mental hospital. Around this evil, the building is twisting and distorting, becoming a place of monsters and murders. With each death, the darkness grows stronger. Doors are opening to other times and other places, reality is shifting.
Into this comes John Keats, a private detective more accustomed to catching infidelity than missing persons. In pursuit of a half a million dollar bounty, he has tracked down missing rock star Katie Vanders to Bellingham, but he has no idea what waits inside. It should have been easy money: go in, get the girl, and leave. But now that he is in the hospital, he has no way out. The exits are blocked, the hospital is falling apart, and something is chasing him. Even after finding Katie, there is no escape from this trap. His rescue mission has become a game of survival as the hospital twists apart across time and space.
As deadly secrets are uncovered, a malevolent intelligence is awakening. Can John and Katie figure out how to stop it and escape the hospital, or will they find themselves forever lost in darkness?
Private detective John Keats has another missing person case. Despite the horrors found in Bellingham hospital, the two years since THE LOST AND THE DAMNED have been normal barring nightmares. But the dark parts of this world are not done with him yet. Once again he makes a change from cheating spouses cases to do more traditional detective work, this time searching for the creator of a PBS children's show. The pilot of the show is almost finished, but the creator just disappeared without a single word to anyone. The studio thinks he quit from stress, but not all agree. Despite his work, paranoia and puppets are all John finds in the studio. But his investigation is not over. There's plenty of time for something black and horrible to reach across reality to call his name once more...
Preorders are now available for MURDER MONDAY, arriving March 27th! The third Dane Monday novel, it gives you your fill of ridiculous investigations, dark magic, and murderous puppets!
The past has come back to haunt Dane Monday! A master of murderous puppets has returned - ten years after Dane defeated him and sent him to prison. Immediately kicking his usually trusted partner Abby off the case for her own safety, Dane prepares to deal with the villain and not make the same mistake he made all those years ago. However, Abby refuses to be so easily cast aside and continues to work the case, uncovering secrets but also placing herself in harm's way. But the puppet master is not the only past that's returning and someone else has taken an interest in Abby's fate - particularly her demise. Can Dane and Abby stop the villains without losing their lives? Or will this be an unhappy Halloween for Dane Monday? Find out in Murder Monday!
For the next few days you can get DAMNED LIES STRIKE BACK for just $.99! New to the series? You can get the first book, DAMNED LIES! for free! Now you too can read about snarky and unlikely adventures of a horrible liar!
In addition, this weekend you can get my novel, VOICES OF MADNESS, for free!
Damned Lies is the true story of things that never happened. It is a fictional memoir of fantastic events. It is a chronicle of self-cloning, of adventure, of magic, of bare-fisted hobo boxing tournaments, of zombies, and more. It's the autobiography of a wild summer adventure out beyond the fields we know. It's the secret of what's hidden in a government bunker, it's the story of helping a nun with a crossbow hunt a vampire, it's the explanation of why you can't have that death ray you really wanted. It's a cautionary tale of just why cloning yourself is a really terrible idea.
Damned Lies is a big fish story for those who don't fish. It's a shaggy dog story for cat lovers. It's the scifi fantasy humor memoir we'll all wish we dictated on our deathbed. It's why we can't have nice things.
Damned Lies Strike Back
Damned Lies Strike Back follows in the great tradition of sequels in that it is bigger, bolder, and dripping with franchise potential. Like a good sequel, it answers all the unanswered questions of the original (except for the ones it doesn't). It is exactly the sequel this world needs.
This time around, our intrepid hero and friends battle the evil apocalyptic plans of his homicidal clone and a dangerous cult. At the same time he is facing his clone in the present day, he recounts the story of his first year in college where he formed a mystery gang to stop the nefarious plot of evil college professors. It all leads to a climactic sword fight and then a desperate epic battle against a true evil that we all know well...
Voices of Madness
Compelled by screaming voices, sorcerer William Drake travels across America in a desperate attempt to free himself from his misery. But the end of his pain may mean the resurrection of a god long banished from our world. Ripped apart and trapped, this god has gone mad over the centuries.
As Drake carries out his plans, there is collateral damage. People die, prized possessions are stolen, vengeance is sworn. His actions disrupt the lives of four unlikely heroes who band together in an awkward alliance to stop him. Armchair occultist, Taoist exorcist, college dropout, and punk rock musician - they are a strange set of companions, but they're all that stand between Drake and the mad god.
Will these four heroes stop Drake in time? Or will the voices spur Drake on to the resurrection of a cosmic madness?
First off, go get DANE MONDAY SAVES CHRISTMAS (WITH HELP) like I mentioned in the last update. It's free and you'll love it.
Now let's talk about Kickstarters. There are people doing cool stuff out there. I happen to know two of them, and they're looking for help funding this projects.
First is Yarr, the Pirate ArrrPG hardcover. It's a pirate themed pen and paper roleplaying game. I did a review way back when of the rules system. It's a fun light rpg, suited to playing with kids or drunk (or both together!) The rules have been out there digitally, but this is supporting a hardcover run. If this is your sort of thing, check it out!
Second is the Banner Saga 3. The third in a trilogy of video games with a viking theme. The first two games are out there to play, and this campaign is for the final chapter. The project is already funded, but you might want to slide a few bucks their way to reach the stretch goals.
BANNER SAGA 3 KICKSTARTER
Have a great weekend!
More Dane Monday sales as we prepare for the third book, MURDER MONDAY, next month! First, from today through the 15th, you can get the second book in the series, BURNING MONDAY for only $.99! Get your fix of Dane Monday ridiculous villains, including pyrokinetic martial arts, werewolf bikers, and a giant serpent!
Already read BURNING MONDAY or just looking for something shorter? Then check out DANE MONDAY SAVES CHRISTMAS (WITH HELP) which will be FREE from 2/16 through 2/20! This holiday-themed short story is set after BURNING MONDAY, and sees the return of an old familiar face from MANIC MONDAY. Haven't ready any Dane Monday? That's okay! While readers of previous books will find familiar faces, the story stands on its own merits.
Fan of the Nowak Brothers? Then you might find DANE MONDAY SAVES CHRISTMAS interesting as well, as it features Szandor Nowak teaming up with Dane Monday! This short story occurs in between JABBERWOCK JACK and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MONSTER HUNTER, and may answer a question or two from the latter.
DANE MONDAY SAVES CHRISTMAS
Dane and Abby ride again - in a modified El Camino using experimental rocket boosters! And that's not even the main story! After a brief stint of ghost drag racing, Dane follows a lead which brings him far below the city where he and Abby escape the jaws of death to find a strange device. Before they can find out what it is, the device is stolen by an outlaw motorcycle club who are harboring a violent secret. Meanwhile, their friend Wong's long buried past is coming back to haunt him with an explosive vengeance. In this Dane Monday adventure there's fire, a gigantic beast, mystical martial arts, a long buried past, and howling enemies. Chinatown is ready to burn - can Dane and Abby stop it? Find out in Burning Monday!
DANE MONDAY SAVE CHRISTMAS (WITH HELP)
In this New Avalon Holiday Special, Szandor Nowak (I KILL MONSTERS, JABBERWOCK JACK, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MONSTER HUNTER) and Dane Monday (MANIC MONDAY, BURNING MONDAY) team up to save the city of New Avalon from a nefarious plot on Christmas Eve! A strange legion of charity collecting Santas that have popped up around the city with the aim of carrying out a plan that could be deadly come Christmas morning. This leads our two heroes on an adventure involving robots, bombs, energy weapons, and a rocket powered sled! Can they save the holiday in time? Will Szandor discover the true meaning of Christmas? Find out in DANE MONDAY SAVES CHRISTMAS (WITH HELP)!
Get MANIC MONDAY, the first Dane Monday novel, for free for the next few days!
Dane Monday deals with weird stuff. Mad scientists, sorcerers, robots, time-travelling cats, cyborgs learning the concept of love, and more. Whether it's a death ray, a doomsday ritual, or simply magic gone wrong, Dane Monday is there to stop them. He's even got a rogue's gallery of megalomaniacal villains who want revenge. Armed only with his wits, some reluctant allies, and a satchel full of gadgets, Dane steps forward to save the city of New Avalon.
While investigating an abandoned building, Dane encounters the remnants of a magical ritual shortly before the building explodes in spectacular fashion. Narrowly escaping this destruction with his new ally, the aspiring journalist Abby Connors, Dane follows the threads of this mystery while evading a menagerie of homicidal robots, kidnapping thugs, and the wrath of a mad scientist. At the bottom of it all is a scheme to destroy New Avalon involving a century-old architect, a historic hotel, and something not of our world.
Can Dane and Abby brave the dangers and the strangeness to save the city of New Avalon? Find out in Manic Monday!
For the next few days, you can get my mashup Lovecraftian mythos and hardboiled detective novella, CTHULHU, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR, for free on Amazon!
Cthulhu's partner, Dagon, has been found floating dead in the water at the docks. The Elder Gods have given him three days to find Dagon's killer, or Cthulhu is going to take the fall for it. Starting on the trail of a femme fatale that had hired Dagon, Cthulhu begins searching for the Pnakotic manuscripts and finds himself on everyone's hitlist. Navigating a web of lies and betrayal, he becomes involved with a rogue's gallery of untrustworthy Old Ones who are after the coveted Silver Key. As things hurtle towards their inevitable conclusion, he discovers to what deadly lengths the others will go to obtain the Key.
Get the third Nowak Brothers novel, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MONSTER HUNTER, for $.99 through the weekend!
Support your local monster hunter! And specifically, support Szandor Nowak, because he needs help. After an unfortunate and unwilling break from monster hunting due to debt and poor health, Szandor is getting back into the business, riding along with older, more experienced hunters to get a feel for the work. This should have been easy and boring, but instead it all goes wrong. In a dark alley, Szandor finds a man hidden in trash. When he tries to help, the man's head explodes bloodily and spontaneously... and all over Szandor. This seems a horrible but otherwise anomalous encounter, so with no leads or reason for the man's death, Szandor continues on with his reckless life and hunter ride alongs. But when he encounters a second man whose head also explodes, Szandor's life starts to fall apart - his relationships, his friends, even his chance at hunting again. He even finds his brother Mikkel turning his back on him. But in the blackest night of loneliness, he finds a new hope - a mentor and a friend. But with this comes a hidden secret of Avalon's darkest places, a hidden underbelly he didn't know about. Things are going to hit the fan in Szandor's life - an army of monsters, a police homicide investigation, and his back against the wall. When all doors are closed, when he finds himself all alone, can Szandor fight a war he knows he can't win?