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 BAAB.frontcoveronly(1)BENEATH ASH & BONE

Bedlam Press / Necro Publications

Selburn, Virginia: A quiet backwater town nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the days before the Civil War, Sam Lock keeps the peace as the town sheriff, like his father before him.

That peace is shattered during a raging winter storm when a boy goes missing at Evermore, the sprawling estate of Horace Crownhill and his family. Racing against time and the elements, Sam must mount a desperate search for the child—but what he finds in the snow, and the dark halls of Evermore, are madness … and murder.

As Sam searches for truth in a house poisoned by mysteries and haunted by ghosts, he hopes to weather the storm, but the harrowing secrets he uncovers may prove too terrible to bear. Will he escape with his sanity intact or will the dark presence rumored to hold sway over Evermore claim him as another sacrifice?

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GUTTED: BEAUTIFUL HORROR STORIES

Crystal Lake Publishing

“We’ve grown accustomed to horror that pulls us into the depths and leaves us there, but this compilation shows that even at the worst times, humans instinctively cling to any ray of hope they can find. While it may not be the hope they thought they were looking for, sometimes, it’s still enough.” – Bleeding Cool

From Bram Stoker Award-nominated publisher, Crystal Lake Publishing, and the editing duo who brought you the best-selling and critically acclaimed small-town Lovecraftian horror anthology Shadows Over Main

Street, comes the Bram Stoker Award-nominated, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Storiesa disturbing journey into the beauty that rests inside the very heart of darkness.
Awe meets ache.
Terror becomes transcendence.
Regret gives way to rebirth.

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 BLOOD SAVAGES: A Blackguards Novel

Necro Publications

A failed paramilitary assault on a nest of vampires gives a group of monster hunters called the Blackguards a terrifying glimpse of how deadly the bloodsuckers really are. Now, hunted by the ones they failed to kill and on the run from the law, they’re forced to puzzle together the mystery of a strange carcass from colonial times that their ruthless billionaire nemesis will stop at nothing to possess.

With one of their own bitten and mutating into a deadly creature of the night, they race against time as they travel the back roads of the Carolinas in a desperate attempt to save her life. But their journey toward salvation will lead to darker places than they ever could have imagined.

Blood Savages is the first novel in the Blackguards series about a misfit band of Southern heroes with extraordinary abilities. But these ain’t your high-browed superheroes flying invisible jet planes, living in fancy mansions, and sporting glittery spandex getups. The Blackguards drink too much, they tote guns, they drive muscle cars and beat-up trucks. None of them can claim a squeaky clean past and some ain’t even exactly human. But one thing’s for certain; they’ll stand against the denizens of the underworld and the corrupt men that seek to harness its dark powers, fighting the battles that no one else can.

Because, down South, sometimes the heroes are the monsters.

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 ShadowsHiRes-wholeShadows Over Main Street

Hazardous Press
Edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward

What happens when idyllic small-towns, and the simple folk who inhabit them, collide with inexplicable evil borne of a vast and uncaring cosmos? Imagine a series of stories set in a golden era of American life, where worldly troubles are regarded from a distance, if at all. Hear the buzz of playing cards clipped in children’s spokes echo down quiet lanes. Smell the faint aroma of rich tobacco smoke from an old man’s pipe on a shady boulevard. Listen to the gossip of small towns where everyone knows everyone’s business.
Or do they?
Sometimes, deadly secrets lurk out in the barn. Sometimes, unimaginable evil awaits us in the root cellar. Sometimes, we fall under the sway of the Shadows Over Main Street.

TEMPORARILY out of print. I have a few left, though. Email me at d.alexander.ward “at” gmail.com to request a copy.

 

daw-buzzards-coverA Feast of Buzzards

Hazardous Press

Take a journey through a twisted version of the American South with these stories by author D. Alexander Ward as he draws back the curtain on a world where isolation, faith and transformation all play a part in the struggle between light and dark—and the battles that rage within us all.

It’s the sound of duct tape stretching across a mouth to muffle screams. It’s a rusty pickup truck idling in the dark. It’s a lonely back road through trailer parks and empty fields. This is A Feast of Buzzards…

Kindle edition available at Amazon.

 

 

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After the Fire

Dark Hall Press
From After the Fire

“He endeavored to rationalize what he had seen. A brief failure of the senses. A mind overwrought from the recent spate of the nightmares. These explanations were more than plausible.

Sitting there alone, though, with the summer evening slowly diminishing the afternoon sun, such explanations lost their power. The figure he had seen in the pharmacy was Lane. Not a shuffling, floating apparition, nor a chain-dragging haunt like the ones from the ghost stories of his youth. Not an illusion or hallucination brought on by the pills or anything else.

It had been Lane. And more than anything, he recognized the figure not by its death-white pallor, but by its freakishly opened jaws locked in an eternal scream that did not resonate in the physical world but invaded the mind of Frank Neely, who knew it well from the darkest of his dreams and memories.”

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oltob-final-coverO’ Little Town of Deathlehem

Grinning Skull Press

Twas the fright before Christmas And all through the town not a soul stirred, no one dared make a sound… Welcome to Deathlehem, where… …Krampus, not Santa, brings the holiday cheer… …the lights on the tree, so festive and bright, skitter and crawl and possess a lethal bite… …malicious little elves, not a jolly fat one, know if you’ve been naughty–or nice… and …family gatherings and office parties often turn deadly. So enter…if you dare. A collection of 23 holiday horrors benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Contains my story, “Home of the Holidays.”

 

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GSP-BMOVIECOVERAttack of the B-Movie Monsters: Night of the Gigantis

Grinning Skull Press

We survived The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. Then came THEM!, It Came from Beneath the Sea, and The Deadly Mantis. They were merely practice runs.

Now prepare for ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters: Night of the Gigantis

Rampaging Rodents! Terrifying Tentacles! Bone-Crushing Claws!
Scientific experiments gone dreadfully wrong!

Contains my story, “Night of the Nanobeasts!”

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The Midnight Diner 4: Wastelands Under the Sun

From “Dark Rosaleen”…

“The creatures had gathered amidships on the deck and were lounging about quite close to each other as pack animals might. They intently picked over the flesh and bones of the dead – even their own kind, from what Tilleigh could see – and those not eating were sleeping or mating. The wantonness with which they went about their orgy of devouring and fornication was beyond even Caligula himself…”

 

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Shifters: A Charity Anthology

Hazardous Press
From “Cruel Moon”…

“Standing there, looking up with glassy eyes into the icy, bright stars and full moon in the sky, he had heard a noise. A shuffling about on turf in the forest close by alerted his city-boy senses. He zipped up and backed away slowly from the looming darkness of the old trees. As he backed away, he heard a scrambling of the same noise. He didn’t hang around to see what it was, only turned and hobbled as fast as he could towards the tent where the gambling and laughter and light was suspended in the cold black of the wilderness. Behind him, heavy breaths snorted as he was pursued.”

Out of print.

 

 

Horrific History

Horrific History

Hazardous Press
From “The Blackest Rite”…

” Joan d’Arc; at the time, his loyalty and love for her had driven him, though it would not have been for nothing. With the sorcerer’s help, he would see her returned to her countrymen, given a new life as a thing of unimaginable power that would be bound to his will. Together, they would lay waste to the royal fools who would deny Gilles the power and riches he deserved and deny France the majesty of its destiny. A destiny that only Joan had understood, having seen it in the visions granted her by lofty angels.”

Out of print.

 

A Quick Bite of Flesh

A Quick Bite of Flesh

Hazardous Press
From “The Red Delicious”…

“There wasn’t but one way for this to end and he knew it. But it would never end, not really. The sick hogs were roaming free now. Someone’s pet, someone’s child would become their next meal and outward the sickness would bloom from this backwater burg in the Carolina piedmont until it swallowed the entire world.”

 Out of print.

 

 

 

 

A Thousand Faces #9, "Pain Upon Their Pain"A Thousand Faces #9

From “Pain Upon Their Pain”…

“Every bit of his darkform screamed for him to rip the villain’s limbs from him like wings from a fly, bringing about a death that would be unfortunately swift but fantastically painful. And the darkbreed was inclined to indulge his urge.”

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 Noxious Fragments

Fantastic Horror
From “A Terrible Binding”…

“There was no escaping the dread that the tree line imposed on him. It was this that troubled him, ate away at his sleep, called him from his bed in the middle of the night to come and sit and stare fearfully at the black mass of timber that loomed at the top of the hill, winterbare branches swaying and groaning with the wind. Soon… his eyes would grow tired and he would eventually find some amount of sleep, ironically, at the foot of the very thing that disturbed it each night.”

If no longer available here, my story is available on e-books at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

 

 

Deadlines

Comet Press
From “The Gift of the Boneflower”…

“Levi turned and looked at the fragile man, whose suffering and loss were burned forever on his countenance, etched into the wrinkles of tired skin stretched over failing bones. He could feel his pain, as was part of Levi’s talent. He felt a heart gray and weak with despair, now waking to the miracle of being given the chance to become the tip of a righteous sword.”

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