Sobrenatural by Samir Karimo

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Sobrenatural : supernatural surrealistical scary stories  by Samir Karimo.

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Get ready to enter in a supernatural world where nothing is not what it seems: who is valkyrie? Is D. Juan a demon or an angel?, who is UMBRAE?, Fear the killing nose! Find out the true story of Frankenstein and little red riding hood? Life and death are friends or sisters? What is a killing selfie. Don’t miss it with a cover by Juan Miguel Aguilera.



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Author Samir Karimo pictureIn this book, which is the english version of the portuguese and spanish ones, I tried to create something different. Through the book you will find new words, and other strange things, even the title is SOBRENATURAL and not Supernatural because I wanted to make this book more exotic. The book cover was made by the ESFS Awards winner JUAN MIGUEL AGUILERA. By using characters well known by the reader you have to imagine that you are having a dream, or nightmare, in which nothing is normal, rather is “out of natural”. Although the stories are mostly of the flash type, there are two bigger and they are “Valkyrie” in which I make a kind of tribute to ancient Indian, Greek stories. It’s a story about a man who buys a damned house in which lives a she-demon, an IBlisia, who wants to get his body, soul and aura in order to get younger. But to fight her, his aura will search from sorcerers and will try to get a special pill to revert the “statueing” process. The main character calls Vikramodisseus who is a tribute to Vikram, from Vikram and the vampire and Odysseus from Odyssey. The other big story is dedicated to D.Juan and it calls “Seducer’s Journal” in which the reader will find the origin of D.Juan’s Myth. He was a young man who sold his soul to a devil and so he had to sacrifice beautiful young woman whose blood he has to drink to feed a special parasite which lived in his brain.
Other flash stories are The unbearable lightness of being… in which a person has personality disorders and an HYDIAN (from Mr. Hyde) virus will try to make him more crazier.
In Dulcinea, what a hell of a girl imagine this girl having a flirt with a snake and living in a grave.
In Imagine a day… the final sentence of the text corresponds to the final sentence of the title and that’s why is a “overlapped” story , a real surrealistically one in which you will find Oscar Wilde as D.Juan’s attorney and literature’s undertakers and other strange characters searching for the true about what is Literature.
In Sideral santa claus and Christmas golden drop, based on jason’s golden fleece, Santa Claus will search for the golden drop to restore the Christmas spirit. To do it he has to speak with the three Kings’ cousins who have the special Christmas ingredients.
In Harlequin Carnavalin you will find the Mardi Gras Alien God who lands in Venice to better know our traditions, but in this special day he will find a special robotic woman who will seduce him.
About the pre texts, “a neologism specially created to this book” there are several ones.
The first is “damned words”, a tribute to kafka stories in which Words are chasing people.
In Shadows, the Umbrae (alien shadows) are searching recipients for their body.
In Destination we find a strange talk between Life and Death.
In Pain an alien species will try to invade us through our kidney.
In Vetala we will find out the true story about the dinosaur’s extinction and how it’s related to vampyres (vetala, sanscrit word to vampire) and count’s Dracula armor.
in little red riding wood and Frankenstein finally those characters will reveal who actually they are, one is descendent of a werewolf and other will travel through dimensions to get his body parts back.
In killing nose, an ancient alien king will ally to Jack the ripper to try to invade our dimension.
In killing selfies Death himself appears and criticizes our way of living and “shining ” in social networks
Finally in Divine Musick dedicated to my muse we find a young lady, a “musick” who travels around the cosmos in searching for the ideal music and people.
And I was almost forgotten there’s a character called Introduction which remind us Fernando Pessoa, Pirandello and Unamuno’s characters. Those three are one of the source of my inspiration to this book.

(Samir Karimo, June 2017)

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Better Luck Next Time by Aralyn Kraft

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Better Luck Next Time is the first book of the Nothing But Time paranormal fantasy series by Aralyn Kraft.

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In a secluded cabin deep in the woods, Raven has lived most of his life sheltered and content to hunt side-by-side with his best friend, far away from so-called civilized society and all the darkness that brews within. Parts of this world aren’t kind to half-elves, nor any sort of magic. In the forest, Raven and Sebastian can find peace and avoid all those who would prosecute them.

That is, until Sebastian’s mysterious death. With his beloved home destroyed and only a magical—and perhaps deadly—book to guide him, Raven must set out on a journey to understand the book’s cryptic prophesies of war and assassination in a faraway land.

But Raven is not alone in his quest, and soon he finds himself traveling with a Healer whose talents conflict with his pacifist morals, a promiscuous and self-destructive mage, and a lore priestess with a secret she’s determined to keep quiet.

Incredibly outnumbered and with the clock working against them, the four must fight to stop the impending massacre of an entire kingdom, defeat a secretive foe, and save thousands of innocents from a terrible fate. But as it turns out, all this has happened before…and last time, they lost. With threat of failure urging them on, it won’t be long before the past catches up to them.

Can they change the course of history or will time run out and leave the world forever scarred?




A Word from the Author

Author Aralyn Kraft PictureOnce upon a time, a tad over twenty-five years ago, a notion wormed its way into my brain as my hubby and I were playing a role playing board game with some friends. We started a new campaign and told the people they needed to play with a back story for their creation and use real time physics to qualify certain events. Over the course of the next year – with lots of pizza, chicken wings, and fun, was born the main characters for this book based on our friends who played, instead of the characters they’d chosen.

Each one is a culmination of their own unique views and flaws, courage and cowardice that was drawn partially from real life and some from my imagination. When I began writing Raven’s character, I knew there was going to be a lot of research into phobias, anxiety, and loneliness. Can a person be lonely and not know it? Can a person be in a crowded room and still feel like there’s no one there? Then we have Gillian who is brash and promiscuous and yet a little shady as opposed to Nebroc who is just – well, Nebroc. He’s funny, loves jokes, is an outcast for being a passive Healer who won’t fight. There’s truth to each personality, but I had to dig to bring them to life.

With quite a few tweaks and eleven p.m. through three a.m writing, came what I’ve cherished since publishing it – a story I’ve enjoyed putting heart and soul into writing and sharing.

(Aralyn Kraft, June 2017)

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The Rain by L.A. Frederick

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The Rain: The Government Rain Mysteries is a dark scifi urban mystery novel by L.A. Frederick.

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New Hampton is bloodthirsty. The streets are a cesspool. Greed and corporate necessity rule the overcrowded city.

A mysterious doctor, his young protégé and a monstrous enforcer are playing gods, their wanton destruction going unchecked. The city’s Mayor seeks vengeance and believes the doctor’s work is the key to achieving redemption. These men will change the city forever, for better or worse remains to be seen.

Crime is rife on the streets and only a few brave, have-a-go heroes, seem willing to plunge themselves into the depths of depravity to intervene and, ultimately, save the city from forces it is seemingly oblivious to.

A handful of extraordinary individuals must decide where they fit in within the changing landscape of the indomitable city of New Hampton. Run? Hide? Fight? The ramifications of their decisions will echo throughout the city.

New Hamptoners look out for number one, slaves to the omnipresent man. Can the city survive this maelstrom or will the meddling powers-that-be doom everyone…

Q – So, what makes the Government Rain Mysteries special?

I’ve always enjoyed reading dark, mysterious books that leave me desperate for answers, and the Government Rain Mysteries are my interpretation of the macabre, urban, mystery genres.

I’ve forever been engrossed with science fiction that touches on the unexplainable, that baffles, intrigues and gets you turning to the next page hoping to find the answers. With The Government Rain Mysteries, I hope to leave the reader puzzled, gripped and, potentially, a little uneasy and questioning. How is that possible? Why are they doing that?

The Government Rain Mysteries are a brutal look at an urban setting with gruesome science fiction thrown in to leave the reader confused, gripped and potentially a little scared…




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