Pre-Order No Grave!

NoGraveFrontAlright, guys, it’s about that time!  No Grave will be coming out on Friday, Sept. 11th, 2015…and you can be among the first to get it!  Digital pre-orders are available right now!

That’s right, you can grab No Grave on your Kindle or Nook as we speak, from Kobo, Amazon, Smashwords, or B&N.

Brief synopsis: A tangled supernatural fiction of epic proportions, No Grave focuses on three troubled characters as they struggle to come out on top against massive odds, fighting to keep hold of the lives they’ve barely scraped together.

Detailed synopsis: One year ago, Nicole DuPond was wrenched into a world of secrecy and horror, spinning down a spiral of terror and addiction. Since rehab, she’s been working alongside a ragtag team of paranormal researchers, trying to keep her head above the lorazepam waves. Now, she’s being pulled back under, stalked by an old enemy, tangled up in a new job, and uncovering a secret she’s kept even from herself.

Tristan Wallace sits in the cage of an empty suburban home. Since losing his family, he’s struggled through AA meetings and job loss to become a fearsome bogeyman in his own right—the man with the guns going bump in the vampiric night. But as the ghosts of his past haunt his dreams and his latest case proves to be beyond his pay grade, the life he thought he’d finally pulled together starts to unravel.

Cyrus LeSage wakes up every morning with a pounding heart and a head full of nightmare memories, trying to muffle them under a sea of whiskey and a string of one-night stands. All of that goes sideways when his past catches up to him. Before he knows what he’s doing, he’s signed himself on for a suicide mission to erase his debts, wired up on a sleepless quest to beat the odds and keep his hold on the little life he’s built for himself.

As their stories intersect and disconnect, it’s clear there’s something going on beyond their understanding. Someone or something is playing out a deadly bet with their lives as collateral, and if they can’t pull through to the other side, they’ll have a lot more to lose than their sanity.

Other information: ePub ISBN: 9781310915734
Kindle ASIN: B013ESUSW4
Release Date: 9/11/2015
Length: ~440 pages, 6×9 format (variable on digital devices)

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Misery and Death and Everything Depressing, by C. V. Hunt

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Dark.  Grim.  Hilarious.

Misery and Death and Everything Depressing is a short story collection by C. V. Hunt, whose uncanny talent of weaving dark humor with bleak plots and tormented characters gives even the grimmest tale a smirk.  For horror fans, the stories The Quarry and No Room for a Child will surely satisfy, combining genre tropes with excellent characterization and strong descriptions.  More literary fans will find Human Contact as a strange, skin-crawling examination of isolation and loneliness in the modern age–similar to Last Woman on Earth, a meditation on the same with quite a different ending, though perhaps the weaker of the two stories.

The strongest story, however, is Baby Hater.  It holds the perfect combination of humor, extreme human behavior, and a plot that unfurls into a beautiful tapestry.  I couldn’t stop laughing, chuckles and full-on guffaws teased from my lips by a bleak, sadistic narrator who, as the title suggests, isn’t a fan of children.  Of course, who really is?  The story only gets more amusing and still darker as the narrator’s original plan begins to slide sideways, running right up to a very satisfying climax.

The first and last stories in the collection are, in my opinion, the weakest.  The punchline of the first (To Say Mother Teresa Was Shocked When She Woke Up In Hell Would Be An Understatement) falls a little flat, the title possibly being the strongest point of the piece.  The last story (The Last Entry) is fine, but compared to the rest of the stories in the piece seems like a poor choice to end on.

All in all, Misery and Death and Everything Depressing is a stellar collection of stories.  Baby Hater alone is worth the purchase.  I consider the other stories as bonus material at this price ($2.99 for the e-book as I write this).  If I’d known ahead of time how good these stories were going to be, I’d have shelled out the extra $7 for the paperback.  C. V. Hunt has created some amazing work, here.  You should buy it.

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