15 Freebies for #FridayReads!
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We’ve got something for everyone this week: science fiction, fantasy, horror, and free comic books from the Star Wars and Alien franchises.
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|Mort Morte by David Henry Steery|
"MORT MORTE is a brilliant satire, a sad commentary on the dark side of life, and a hysterically disturbing story."
On my third birthday, my father, in an attempt to get me to stop sucking my thumb, gave me a gun.
“Today son, you are a man,” he said, snatching the little blue binky from my little pink hand.
So I shot him.
So begins Mort Morte, a macabre, coming-of-age story full of butchered butchers, badly used Boy Scouts, blown-up Englishman, virginity-plucking cheerleaders, and many nice cups of tea.
|Genre: Dark Humor|
|Maggie for Hire by Kate Danley|
When monsters appear in Los Angeles, Maggie MacKay is on the job. No one is better at hauling the creepy crawlies back where they belong. No one, that is, except her dad, who disappeared in the middle of an assignment.
Now an elf named Killian has shown up with a gig. Seems Maggie’s uncle teamed with the forces of darkness to serve bottomless refills of humans to the vampires. Ah... family... Can't live with them... can't... well... Maggie's going to have to figure out if she can kill him.
|Genre: Urban Fantasy|
|Ink Stains Volume 2|
Trust. Sometimes it is freely given. Other times it is hard-earned. Either way, it’s is a fragile thing. Give it to the wrong person, and it just might cost your life.
From random encounters with strangers in the night to lovers turned enemies, from “I swear I didn’t know!” to “Who’s laughing now?” our authors dissect reasons betrayal is inevitable, no matter what the relationship, and the sometimes fatal consequences of such actions.
|Genre: Horror/Dark Fiction Anthology|
|The Tale of Storm Raven by Steph Minns|
Nick, a London musician and bookstore manager, falls for a goth beauty he meets online. However, Suzy has a problem. No one believes a ghost is gradually taking over Suzy’s life, until Nick and his friend Zac start to investigate. But is it too late though for Suzy, who is gradually spiraling into a sordid decline?
|Genre: Occult Short
|Paradise Lot by R.E. Vance|
The gods are gone. All of them.
Their last message to humanity was: ""Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We're leaving. Good luck."" At first no one took them seriously. Until, that is, all the denizens of all the heavens and hells started showing up on people's doorsteps.
Creatures that were once thought of as myth are now refugees striving to adapt to life on earth. Trouble is, after eons of living forever, they're not very good at being mortal.
|Genre: Urban Fantasy|
|The Girl In Between by Laekan Zea Kemp |
Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.
|Genre: Coming of Age Fantasy|
|Testing Zero by N.G. Simsion|
Zero prefers to keep his life simple. Although he is easily one of the largest and cleverest boys in his year, he runs from any sign of confrontation. His best friend—his only friend—is nothing like him. Obsessed with the world outside of the city walls, Lefty is always pushing the boundaries set by society's Elite. It’s only a matter of time before they have gone too far and they’re forced to face the horrors of the "old world" on their own. Can they survive and learn to coexist with the dangerous Remnants of the old world? Are the Remnants of the old world even the worst of their problems, or do the Elite of their own society pose an even greater threat?
|Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction|
|Stronger Than Magic by Melinda VanLone|
Tarian Xannon stands to inherit the water artifact, one of four elemental objects that grants the user enormous power and responsibility. With it she'll lead the secret magical Society, hiding in plain sight in the modern world.
But when Tarian is blindsided by a demon-like creature who steals her blood, it launches a chain of events that marks the beginning of change for her family and the world.
As Tarian struggles to contain the chaos, her world unravels. Each step she takes makes things worse. In her quest to save her family, she might end up destroying the things she tries so desperately to protect.
|Ink Stains Volume 3|
The past has a horrible habit of haunting us all.
Sometimes it surfaces in regret and a lifetime of what ifs. Sometimes, it is horrors made real in other-worldly beings hell-bent on revenge for wrong-doings.
From grieving, betrayed lovers to guilt-born demons, those that haunt the characters in these stories crafted by our authors bring pain, heartache, stunning revelations, and a stark reminder that the past will never die.
|Genre: Horror Dark Fiction Anthology|
|Star Wars Obsession Free Comic Book Day 2005|
Check out this precursor issue to Revenge of the Sith! With the battle between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance heating up, who will prove victorious? An explosive, high-flying adventure you have to read to believe!
|Genre: Science Fantasy Comic Book|
|Floor Four by A. Lopez Jr.|
A tale of horror with a twist of the Twilight Zone. The old abandoned Saint Vincent Hospital is said to be haunted by the ghost of David Henry Coleman, the notorious serial killer, known as The Mangler. Coleman died on the fourth floor after being shot by police. For the three Jr. High boys, their curiosity gets the best of them as they explore the old hospital, despite ‘Old Man’ Jake’s warning. No one knew of Jake’s dark connection to the killer and the hospital. And now, on the anniversary of The Mangler’s death, a group of high school kids are planning a private party on the haunted fourth floor. Jake must keep everyone out and protect them from the true evil that lurks on Floor Four.
|Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt|
Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict "aunt," she's not even sure who she is. M's dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly--literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly mundane life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never dreamed of.
|Genre: Young Adult Science Fantasy|
|Aliens: Free Comic Book|
In the dark, crowded basement of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, a cultural biologist studies the history of mankind's deadly interaction with "Xenomorphic Alien Species." But something lurks in the darkness that may make the biologist's Alien encounter far less academic! Aliens: Free Comic Book Day is the frightening prequel to Aliens: More Than Human.
|Genre: Science Fiction Comic Book|
|Island of Fog by Keith Robinson|
A lonely, foggy island is home to eight families. Hal and his classmates have always wondered what happened all those years ago on the mainland, that unseen place Out There beyond the fog, and after an astonishing discovery in the woods the children are more determined than ever to find out what their parents are hiding. But their lives are turned upside down when Abigail reveals her closely guarded secret. According to her, the children are slowly changing into mythical monsters! Are they freaks of nature, or subjects of a sinister experiment?
|Genre: Young Adult Science Fantasy|
|Bound by a Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins|
Keira is content in her small, medieval village - well, sort of. Her mother is pressing her to marry, but her suitors are less than desirable. So when handsome Aaron Drake arrives in the village and focuses his attention on Keira, she cannot help but be interested. But Aaron is not the only new arrival in the area - a fire-breathing dragon has also taken up residence in the mountains, not far from the remote alpine castle that Aaron calls home. What exactly is the connection between Aaron Drake and the dragon? Why is his arrival coincident with the arrival of a beast? And when the dragon rescues her from the unwanted attentions of some village boys, who will set out to rescue her from the huge, scaly, fire-breathing monster?
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