They were looking for an adventure—a night of harmless fun. Miguel has a map. Kristin's friend has the equipment. The mine leads to the cave, and the cave is where they'll find their fortune.
But down in the darkness, something waits.
It needs them.
The caves hold a secret. They're Inhabited.
(90,000 words, Horror / Suspense)
It wasn't her fault.
It wasn't Lizzy's fault that she saw the cloaked people out in the yard. It wasn't her fault that she was drawn by the moonlight to watch them as they advanced on the house. And it definitely wasn't her fault when people began to die. Lizzy didn't want the strange dreams where she saw how they were killed. Even her sister was starting to suspect her.
It wasn't fair because it wasn't her fault.
Lizzy was claimed.
(100,000 words, Horror / Occult)
Welcome to Camp Sacrifice.
You'll find your cabin clean and comfortable, but please bring the following items to get the most out of your vacation this summer:
1 - personal story of bone-chilling fright
1 - mirror for summoning spirits
1 - sharp knife for things that stalk the night
1 - shovel to dispatch the undead
Oh, and be sure to cancel your autumn plans.
(120,000 words, Horror / Occult)
Thomas has found the biggest story of his career, and he can't believe his luck. He's sitting in the prison cell that at one time housed each of The Big Four, the state's most notorious murderers. There's only one problem: he's beginning to understand what drove them to commit their crimes. He's beginning to feel their madness.
Years later, his son suffers a curse. Every night, he's compelled to transcribe his father's stories. If he misses a single night, he'll do something terrible. It has happened before. James has given up everything to his curse, and it controls every moment of his life. James can only imagine what will happen if one of the stories gets out. In the worst case, people will die.
And the worst case is coming.
(90,000 words, Horror / Suspense)
Surviving the end of the world wasn't enough. Driving away an alien invasion wasn't enough. Faced with certain death, Robby's group is on the move once more. They're headed west, hoping to find other people who have escaped the apocalypse. To live, they'll have to uncover ancient memories. They'll have to use every Instinct.
(135,000 words, Horror / Sci-Fi)
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I have yet to find a balance. I write at least 2,000 words a day, but that's not enough. At the end of that session, I rarely feel like I've done enough to propel my career. Most of the time, I'm also working to rewrite, edit, or format an older piece of work. A lot of times, I'll come back to that work at the end of the day. This year, I've been...
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I was getting a guest room ready for this weekend (I'm expecting company) and I ran across my grandmother's diary. It's from 1920 when she was 10. It's not very long. Charlotte G. Smith 185 North St. Salem, Mass Pickering School -- Grade VII age 10 yrs 1920 June 24th - School closed. Left Miss Pickering's room to go into Miss Mullin's room (7th Grade)....
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If you're reading this before October 1st, 2013, you can get a free copy of the new Hunting Tree sequel. It's entitled "Hunting Tree IV -- Blood Ghost" and it will be for sale on Amazon at the beginning of October. As always, I'll be sending a free copy to anyone who signs up on my mailing list before that date. When I first started my mailing...
The last movie I saw alone was The Birdcage (1996). I sat down at the end of a row with my popcorn and soda and hoped to enjoy a fun movie to take me away from Maine winter for a couple of hours. Just after the previews started, I had to do that weird half-rise to let two people in. It was the president of the company I worked for and his wife....
Don't get me wrong--I don't think my dad has any particular fondness for this type of bread, but one time I made it and he said, "That's good bread." I happen to like this type of bread too. It's good calorie-counting bread. You have a little slice of it with some garlic spread and you're like, that couldn't have been more than a quarter of a...
I love a story with really interesting ideas. People will tell you that an interesting idea doesn't make for a good story--for a good story you need real characters that you care about. You need to watch these characters face challenges and grow (or shrink). They'll tell you that the story can't be good unless you have an emotional attachment to...
As of this moment (Tuesday, May 28th, 2013), I've relaunched my website. I built this site using Joomla 3.0, and a handful of modules. Joomla isn't the most popular CMS (the most popular is either WordPress or Drupal), but I've got a lot of experience with it, so I find it easy to use. I've simplified my site quite a bit for the relaunch. I...
I've had a lot of luck lately with my third book, The Hunting Tree. The success it's having is unexpected, and so was the book itself. The two books I wrote before it (The Vivisectionist, and The Eight-Cell Stage) were fairly well-formed in my mind before I started writing them. At least the premise and the main event were formed; other...
The most extraordinary thing just happened. You have to picture the setting. I was in outside in the yard at 10pm. This is the yard on the north side of my house. We're supposed to get a nor'easter overnight. In fact, it's already started. The wind was whistling through the trees and blowing light snow flurries through the beam of my headlamp. I...
In Maine, the winter brings slate-gray days that portend the coming snow. My grandmother used to say that the snow was falling because the ground was trying to match the sky. Mid-December, an afternoon lasts about fifteen minutes. Dark creeps in around the edges of the sky around 1pm, and it's dusk by 3:30. It's easy to romanticize those cold...
Ike Hamill grew up reading horror books and dreaming up his own chilling story ideas. He studied the genre for years before trying to scare people. Now he works tirelessly to capture spine-tingling moments in words. His books take you on a fast-paced ride and lead to dark corners where sanity never treads.
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