[Free eBook] As Kingfishers Catch Fire and Dragonflies Draw Flame by Philip McCormac [Supernatural Horror Police Procedural]

As Kingfishers Catch Fire and Dragonflies Draw Flame by Ulster-born England resident author Philip McCormac a standalone supernatural horror police procedural crime thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The story is a hybrid of supernatural horror and police procedural crime thriller, mixing in political tensions in Northern Ireland, when a demon bound during the 17th century finds a way to wreak havoc between Catholics and Protestants in modern Ulster, as detectives investigate the disappearance of local children belonging to a religious youth group amidst threats from the IRA and conflict with the Catholic Church which no longer acknowledges the possibility of demonic influence or the usefulness of exorcism.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Witchfinder General by Ronald Bassett [Film-Adapted 17th C Historical Thriller]

Witchfinder General by the late British author Ronald Bassett, an historical novelist who also wrote under the pseudonym William Clive, is a standalone historical biographical horror thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1966 by Herbert Jenkins and was adapted into the eponymous cult classic horror film (marketed in the US as The Conqueror Worm) directed by the late Michael Reeves and starring Vincent Price.

The story is a heavily fictionalized and sensational retelling of the exploits of the real life Matthew Hopkins, a 17tth century British lawyer who became a self-appointed fanatic witch-hunter during the English Civil War. NB: This was originally promoted as a horror novel due to some violent content considered worthy of warning more sensitive readers about at the time (circa the 1960s), which would probably be considered fairly tame today. YMMV.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] 5 titles via Libro.fm [Award-Winning Mystery, Self Help, Literary, Video Game Tie-In]

As a special treat for Independent Bookstore Day on April 27th, audiobook distributor Libro.fm is offering 5 free audiobook titles from major publishers.

The titles are a mix of self-help non-fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction, and horror video game tie-ins, plus a sampler, and can also be gifted to your friends. Here’s the promo featured on their front page, and links to the individual titles below:

  1. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven, read by the author himself, a motivational self-help book of tips and life lessons, based on a popular commencement speech to a university’s graduating class.
  2. The Blackhouse by Peter May, read by Peter Forbes, the Barry award-winning 1st novel in the Lewis Trilogy of police procedural mystery/thrillers set in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides islands, starring a native islander detective returning home from Edinburgh to investigate a suspiciously similar killing while delving into the depths of his own past.
  3. Hello Neighbor: Missing Pieces by Carly Anne West, a prequel novel setting up the premise for the hit horror video game where you play an aggrieved homeowner determined to rid yourself of the annoying people around you.
  4. Mother’s Group by bestselling author Liane Moriarty, read by Caroline Lee, a contemporary literary short story with a twist, centred around a group for new moms, one of whose members seems to be hiding a secret.
  5. Penguin Random House Audio Story Sampler 2019, a collection of extended excerpts from some of their popular bestsellers across many categories.

Offered through midnight Pacific Time on April 27th, available DRM-free worldwide from Libro.fm (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info).

[Free eBooks] 9 books from AmazonCrossing for World Book Day [International Mystery, Biography, True Crime, Historical, Literary, LGBT]

As a special treat to celebrate World Book Day on April 23rd, Amazon is once again making free 9 Kindle ebooks in selected countries from its exclusive Amazon Crossing imprint for world literature in translation, which includes many notable and award-winning international authors.

The giveaway lasts for another day through April 24th-25th depending on your timezone, and you can see the special Read the World promo pages for it with more info on the works, authors, and translators, here at the Amazon US main, Amazon Canada, and Amazon UK stores.

Here are some auto-search links to pull up what’s free in the participating local stores for US, Canada, UK, Australia, India, and I’ve direct-linked the free titles to the main US or UK store as applicable (change the country code in the URL to get your local store).

Available in all participating countries:

  1. An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew, a biography about a young New Yorker who rose to great social heights during the Gilded Age, by Dutch author Annejet Van Der Zijl

  2. The Hangman’s Daughter, 1st in the eponymous 16th century Germany historical mystery series, by German author Oliver Pötzsch (illustrated “Kindle in Motion” version for Canada & US only; regular version for UK, Australia, and India)

  3. The Murmur of Bees, literary fiction by Mexican author Sofia Segovia

  4. All This I Will Give To You, award-winning crime thriller set in Spain and starring an LGBT man who has discovered a trail of secrets behind his late husband’s death, by Spanish autho Dolores Redondo

  5. About the Night, historical fiction set in 1940s Jerusalem by Israeli author Anat Talshir

Only free in North America (2 expections for India):

  1. The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder and an Unlikely Investigator, true crime about the 2012 Swedish case of a missing and presumably murdered millionaire landowner whose body could not be found, by Swedish author Joakim Palmqvist (also free for India)

  2. Go: A Coming of Age Novel, literary fiction dealing with social and cultural issues surrounding a Korean student in a Japanese high school, by Japanese author Kazuki Kaneshiro (also free for India)

  3. The Passion According to Carmela, historical fiction set durnig the Cuban Revolution by Argentinian author Marcos Aguinis

  4. This Next Life or the Other, contemporary literary fiction about a radicalized and disillusioned youth fighting in Syria, by Norwegian author Demian Vitanza

Only free in other countries including UK, Australia/New Zealand, and India.

  1. Winter Men, historical fiction set in mid-century Germany dealing with the conflicts between two opposing brothers during the rise and defeat of Nazism, by Danish author Jesper Bugge Kold (not free in India)

  2. Still Waters, 1st in Sandhamn Murders mystery series by Swedish author Viveca Sten (not free in India; I’ve read this, and it’s the start of an enjoyable series which is on sale for just $0.99-$1.99 in Canada & US this month)

  3. The House by the River, a family saga following five sisters in Greece, by Greek author Lena Manta

  4. The Great Passage, award-winning literary fiction about an unexpected friendship that springs up between a retiring Japanese dictionary compiler and his eccentric co-worker, by Japanese author Shion Miura

Additionally still free in Canada & Australia (leftovers from a previous world literature promotion):

  1. Pathological, a biomedical science fiction thriller by Chinese author Wang Jinkiang

  2. Valley of Terror, a biomedical horror thriller by Chinese author Zhou Haohui

Offered through midnight Pacific Time on April 24th, available at Amazon.

[Free Audiobook] The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke [Historical True Crime Horror Podcast Tie-In]

The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by [Aaron Mahnke] is a standalone tie-in companion in the Lore series of supernatural-themed true crime and horror podcasts, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for October and is narrated by the author himself. The Lore (now adapted to a TV series) features scary non-fiction, presenting true crime in a dramatic horror story fashion, themed around historical cases which often have links to superstitious and supernatural elements, as well as investigating spooky local folklore beliefs in their own right.

This tie-in companion spotlights the dark side of human nature and beliefs, exploring incidents such as the 19th century Mercy Brown case of alleged vampirism rooted in panic over tuberculosis in Rhode Island, a supposedly enchanted doll which was the inspiration behind the Child’s Play franchise of horror films, accounts of both real-life and folkloric cannibalism, séances, and other intersections of crime and superstition featured in the podcast, adding bonus materials.

Offered worldwide until noon Eastern Time on October 31st, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free Audiobook] Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley [Classic Science Fiction Horror]

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by the late English author Mary Shelley is is a standalone classic science fiction horror novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for October, and is narrated by Simon Vance. NB: This is a different reading than the Penguin Random House audio version offered last month.

The novel was originally published in 1818 and was later heavily revised by the author in the 1831 edition best known today as one of the first modern science fiction/horror tales, and an enduring favourite adapted into many media as well as the source of the iconic monster. The story is centred around an ambitious scientist and the new creature he creates via an unorthodox experiment, exploring themes of discovery, tragedy, and humanity.

Offered worldwide throughout October, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free eBook] The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle [Award-Winning Lovecraftian Historical Horror]

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle is a standalone historical horror remix novella, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books imprint.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for October and won the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella, and was also a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards, and is apparently in development for an AMC television series. I read it for Hugo Voting last year, and rather liked it; enough so that I bought some of the author’s unrelated sfnal novels when they went on sale.

The story is a subversive riff on H. P. Lovecraft’s 1927 tale The Horror at Red Hook about the dark occult underbelly of a Brooklyn neighbourhood, retelling its events from the perspective of a young black street musician from Harlem who becomes involved with the plans of an eccentric white millionaire seeking to raise the Great Old Ones.

Offered through October 12th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobook] Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [Classic Science Fiction Horror]

Frankenstein by the late English author Mary Shelley is is a standalone classic science fiction horror novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for September and is narrated by Jim Weiss. The novel was originally published in 1818 as Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was later heavily revised by the author in the 1831 edition best known today as one of the first modern science fiction/horror tales, and an enduring favourite adapted into many media as well as the source of the iconic monster.

The story is centred around an ambitious scientist and the new creature he creates via an unorthodox experiment, exploring themes of discovery, tragedy, and humanity.

Offered worldwide until just before noon Eastern Time on September 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] Stained by Lee Thomas [Award-Winning Horror]

Stained by Lee Thomas, a Lambda Literary and Bram Stoker Award-winning author, is a standalone horror thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was originally published in 2004 by Wildside Press and won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. The reprint is a 10th anniversary edition which comes with a new introduction by the author and a foreword by Steve Berman.

The story follows the aftermath of one man’s confrontation with a sadistic serial killer, which left a disturbingly increasing blight upon his soul.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBooks UPDATE] 9 free comics from Dynamite [Superhero, Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi]

As part of the promotion for The Dynamite Women Comics Bundle from Groupees, a tier of free comics is being offered, courtesy of publisher Dynamite.

UPDATE: the bundle has been extended a few more days for the September 4th long weekend, the $20 tier has been boosted with 35 extra comics (automatically added for previous purchasers)

At the $0 minimum price for the free tier, 9 issues are offered:

  • Barbarella #1, a revival of the French science fiction comic book series which inspired the cult classic 1960s film
  • Red Sonja #0, starring the heroine from pulp fantasy author Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Conan adventures
  • Sheena, Queen of the Jungle #0, a Tarzan-inspired pulp adventure series starring a protector of the wilderness
  • Vampirella Magazine #1-3, reprinting stories from the Warren era of the cult classic horror drama series
  • Vampi #1-3, a revival of the Vampirella series, recasting her as a superhero in the 21st century

In addition to the free tiers, more levels of comics are available from $1.99 to $19.99, with titles including the Charmed and The Bionic Woman TV series tie-ins, urban fantasy author Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series adaptation, modern adventures of classic characters Betty Boop and Miss Fury, pinup queen Bettie Page and horror hostess Elvira, popular comics creator Garth Ennis’ Ninjette, and more.

Offered DRM-free worldwide until 4:30 AM Eastern Time on August 31st, available at Groupees (requires account signup with billing address, but no payment info).