[Free eBook] Secret Strangers by Thomas Tessier [Psychological Suspense Horror Thriller]

Secret Strangers by Thomas Tessier, a two-time recipient of the International Horror Guild Award, is his standalone horror suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Macdonald This is a psychological horror crime novel (apparently non-supernatural, despite having been filed as a paranormal) centred around a teenager who uncovers a secret about their neighbours which she and her boyfriend decide to use for blackmail, only to find the tables turning upon them as events spiral out of control.

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[Free eBook] Wicked Things by Thomas Tessier [Supernatural Horror]

Wicked Things by Thomas Tessier, a three-time recipient of the International Horror Guild Award, is his standalone supernatural horror thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 2007 by Dorchester’s Leisure Books imprint and won the International Horror Guild Award. The story takes place in the obligatory seemingly-idyllic small town which reveals layers of terrible dysfunction and bizarre happenings of which the locals dare not speak, when a stranger begins looking into a series of murders in the deceptively picture-perfect place.

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[Free eBook] Starfall Muta by Alan David [Science Fiction]

Starfall Muta by Alan David, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage standalone science fiction survival novel with horror elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1975 by Robert Hale as part of their Hale SF line under the pseudonym Graham Garner. The story involves a shuttlecraft incident which strands several crewmembers on the surface of an inhospitable alien planet with hostile inhabitants, while they try to carry out their original mission as well as find a way to make it back to their ship.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] For Want of a Horse: 23 Tales of Supernatural Stallions, Magical Mares, & Paranormal Ponies [Fantasy & Science Fiction Anthology

For Want of a Horse: Twenty-Three Tales of Supernatural Stallions, Magical Mares, and Paranormal Ponies edited by Evey Brett, is an sfnal anthology collecting equine-themed short stories, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This contains mainly fantasy & horror-oriented (but also a few science fiction) shorts, including international folklore retellings, classic public domain literary tales, and newer stories by living authors who are known in the sf/fantasy field, such as DAW-published Deborah J. Ross.

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[Free eBook] Shockwaves by Thomas Tessier [Horror]

Shockwaves by author Thomas Tessier, a two-time recipient of the International Horror Guild Award, is his vintage standalone horror thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1982 by Fontana. The story stars a college student stuck in a loveless marriage, who encounters a charismatic new lover and a dangerous serial killer (who in best horror thriller tradition, may or may not be the same person, as she begins to suspect).

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[Free eBook] Adventures: Volume I: 1922-1926 by Mike Resnick [SFnal Historical Pulp Fiction Satire]

Adventures: Volume I: 1922-1926 by Mike Resnick, a prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author, is the 1st collection in his The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones series of satirical sfnal pulp fiction adventure tales, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This was originally published in 1985 by Signet’s New American Library imprint. The series consists of retro-historical interconnected short stories starring an unrepentant conman plying his trade in situations which comedically spoof old school pulp fiction adventure tropes, including encounters with science fiction and fantasy elements such as aliens and dragons (not in this particular volume, IIRC). Each volume takes our “hero” to a different continent, and this one has stories set mostly in and around Africa during the 1920s, and features cameo appearances from pastiches of classic characters such as Tarzan. NB: although the send-ups of unfortunately period-accurate social and other prejudices are mostly meant as satire, YMMV if you understandably just don’t want to read about stereotypical colonialist and sexist attitudes in your leisure entertainment.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through the month of February, directly from the publisher as their Free Book of the Month selection.

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[Free eBook] Bloodthirst by Marc Alexander [Historical Supernatural Horror]

Bloodthirst by New Zealand author Marc Alexander is his standalone historical supernatural horror thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Hamlyn using the Mark Ronson pseudonym, and is also known under the title Blood-Thirst from a later reprint edition. The story is set during one historical time period and draws upon the personage-turned-legend of another, as WWII German soldiers retreating in Hungary take refuge in a crypt, where they awaken the malevolent and bloodthirsty 17th century spirit of notorious “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Báthory, unleashing an ancient (well, late medieval to early Renaissance-ish) horror upon an unsuspecting “modern” world.

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[Free eBook] Whispering Corner by Marc Alexander [Supernatural Horror]

Whispering Corner by New Zealand author Marc Alexander, is his standalone supernatural horror thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1989 by Arrow using his Mark Ronson pseudonym. The story stars an author who retreats to a seemingly idyllic countryside house in search of inspiration for his next novel, only to find it haunted by a terrible local reputation and perhaps something more.

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[Free eBook] Hundreds of Free Books from Open Road Media [All Genres Fiction & Non-Fiction]

As a special holiday treat, publisher Open Road Media is making free literally hundreds of ebooks in every genre, for a limited time.

ORM was founded by ex-Random House editors, and has made a specialty of bringing back into print older works by well-known authors in their fields, as well as publishing newer works by them as well.

The freebies in their catalogue includes authors such as Howard Fast (author of Spartacus, the novel which the movie was based upon), Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple, also the basis of a film), Pearl S. Buck (Nobel Prize winner), and many more.

A very brief sampling of the genres and authors available (there’s literally probably something for every taste):

  • For non-fiction: history (Walter Lord, author of A Night to Remember, which a film about the Titanic was based upon); political history (Rebecca West); literary & arts criticism (Mary McCarthy); travel writing (Laurence Durrell); cookbooks (James Beard); biographies (Marion Meade); autobiographies (Candy Darling, a celebrity involved with Andy Warhol); author advice (Richard Curtis, a former literary agent)
  • For fiction: science fiction & fantasy (Andre Norton, Jane Yolen, Robert Silverberg, Poul Anderson, all SFWA Grandmasters); historical fiction (Cecelia Holland); westerns (Paul Lederer); murder mystery novels (Susan Dunlap); suspense thrillers (Geoffrey Household); LGBT novelists (National Book Award-winner Paul Monette, Jane Rule, and more); romance (Elizabeth Chadwick); YA suspense (Caroline B. Cooney); YA fantasy (Bruce Coville); YA horror (Diane Hoh); childrens’ picture books (The Berenstain Bears series)

Offered in the US only, at Amazon only, through December 20th or 21st. Unfortunately, it looks like the promotion was withdrawn early on the 19th. Nice while it lasted, though.

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[Free eBook] The Fates by Thomas Tessier [Sci-Fi Paranormal Horror Mystery]

The Fates by Thomas Tessier, a two-time recipient of the International Horror Guild Award, is is his hybrid science fiction paranormal mystery/suspense horror thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1978 by Futura. This is set in a small town where cattle mutilations and strange lights have been showing up at a surrounding farm, and the townspeople all have varying ideas as to what could be the true, terrible cause as they look deeper into the mystery.

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