The Devourer is an occult psychological horror novel by Chris Chelser.
Paris, 1858: Mercedes Fabron, pragmatic wife and childless mother, has her hands full running her husband’s fashion shop and navigating social etiquette. All of which would be considerably easier without uninvited ghosts haunting her night and day.
Out in the streets, people are dying of an undetermined cause. The newspapers speak of an unknown disease, the police speak of accidents. But when a dead man is found in her stairwell, Mercedes has every reason to suspect something
much more sinister. Only the ghosts know the truth, but they are too afraid to tell.
As if they are scared to death of what is out there.
A Word from the Author
The Devourer began as an excuse to apply my love of ghost stories to the fascinating Paris of Victor Hugo. An innocent enough story, until its characters held up a mirror so dark I could barely stomach the thought of writing another word.
To save her daughter, Mercedes Fabron must first save herself: from society’s unrelenting prejudice, from the silent pain of an old loss, and from the emptiness inside that threatens to consume her. A constant daily struggle in itself, never mind the insatiable hunger of the destructive ghost that has set its sights on her!
Blood is thicker than the water under the bridges of the Seine. Beneath the creepy ghosts and soul-eating demons, The Devourer is ultimately about two people dealing with the scars of loss, depression and suicide – and surviving.
(Chris Chelser, September 2017)
Astoria Strange is a supernatural horror thriller by W. B. Cushman.
Ted Davis works as a reporter for the Astoria Times. Once a month he writes a column about people, places, and things out beyond the rather wide arms of normal. The column: Astoria Strange. W.B. Cushman, author of ‘Ring Around the Rosy’, returns with eleven tales of the supernatural, woven together in horror and wonder. With each story a collection of watchers and protectors in the small town grows – to watch, to protect. Includes the novellas ‘Art Theft’, ‘Mary Anne’, and ‘Elsbeth’s Story.’
A Word from the Author
Strange things happen in the coastal Oregon town of Astoria. Ted Davis, reporter and columnist, writes about many of them. But not all – not the most fantastic, the unbelievable, the sometimes deadly. Those stories are known only to Ted and the group of friends he’s gathered along the way – watchers and protectors of their town. Only in this book, Astoria Strange, can you find those stories.
(W. B. Cushman, May 2017)
Worlds Apart – Short Story Anthology by K. Morral.
This collection of supernatural and fantasy stories brings the reader multisensory experiences where mists sweep across city streets and urban canals. A slate quarry and tropical island bring light, colour, but no easing of drama whilst dilapidated city streets and a damp living room are haunted by characters seeking resolution.
Paul and Lynette work for a ghost tour company and find their Halloween shift is more thrilling than they anticipated. Rosara lurks through the Backstreets dispensing justice for the forgotten inhabitants. Josie lives alone, living with a memory that ties her to the canal, while Paradita battles with the urge to leave her tropical paradise to find herself. Zoe seeks to encourage her mother to leave her home, whilst Roxie is forced to reveal a secret truth as she rushes to save the life of her colleague.
A Word from the Author
I love reading and writing fantasy, and have been doing so for many years. Worlds Apart is my first step into publication: an exciting and terrifying one that I hope will be the beginning of an enjoyable long journey.
The collection of short stories included within this anthology were written several years ago for competitions, sadly without success– the exception being Revelation written specifically for inclusion in this anthology. Three of the stories are ghost stories, whilst the other three each follow a different fantasy creature (dragon, mermaid and vampire). They have been combined into this anthology because of their shared emphasis on setting. Each story is written to bring the reader to the place of the action, to share the sights, sounds and smells that the characters experience during these tense dramas. I hope you enjoy the experiences.
(K. Morral, November 2016)
Available from the 5th of December. Visit https://kmorralfictionphotography.online/fiction/ for full details on price and how to order.