Month: October 2014

FREE MONSTER HUNTING ANTHOLOGY

Monster Hunter Blood TrailsGreat news! Right now the good people over at Emby Press are offering the Kindle version of Monster Hunter: Blood Trails, featuring my story, “Walpurgis Night,” absolutely free! With Halloween right around the corner, it’s a great time to indulge in some monster hunting adventures and check out one of my stories without having to pay a penny. Head on over and pick yours up right now!

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Movie Night: Final Chapter

ID-10014446We’ve reached the last Monday before Halloween! In just a few days, the ghosts and ghouls will be free to walk among us, wreaking havoc upon the living, the dead to rise from their graves and feast upon our flesh, and the vampires to open their coffins and come for our blood…okay, maybe I’m getting carried away here. Hopefully we won’t really get attacked by the undead. But it does mean that it’s finally time for me to publish the final chapter of my free Halloween horror story, “Movie Night.” If you’ve missed the first few chapters, you can find One here, Two here, and Three here.

So, now, for your reading pleasure, I present to you the final chapter of, “Movie Night.”

 

Movie Night: Chapter Four

by David Anthony

(image courtesy of Simon Howden at www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

 
Jill stood motionless in the darkened living room, peeking out through the vertical blinds. She wished she knew what was going on over there. She could barely even see the house through all of this rain. There were no street lights out here in the country, making the night impossibly dark. The lights were off over at Tina’s house, that much she was sure of, and she thought she’d heard something bang over there—a door, maybe? The roar of thunder? Or it could have been a gunshot.

Jill glanced down at her watch for the thousandth time. He’d been gone too long; something must have happened. Her cell phone was clutched tightly in her right hand. She chewed on her lower lip as she stared down at it, considering her options. She knew she should call the cops. She felt like such a horror movie cliché for not calling them. She was becoming that stupid girl who always got hacked up by some psychopath, because she didn’t do the smart thing and just call the cops!

But what if she was wrong? What if she was just being paranoid? Maybe they were playing a Halloween prank on her. It was hardly unlikely, on a night like this. Her dad was always on her to not be so emotional, to use her brain and think before she did something potentially dangerous or embarrassing. Of course, calling the cops wouldn’t be dangerous (unless they sent out some psycho cop!), but she’d certainly look like a fool if Tina and Michael showed up in a couple of minutes, alive and unharmed. No, it was best to just wait. They’d probably be back any second now.

The TV screen suddenly flashed off. Jill jumped, dropping her cell phone. The time and lights on the satellite box also disappeared, leaving the room in silent darkness. (more…)

Movie Night: Chapter Three

We’re another week closer to Halloween, and that means that all of the haunted houses are finally open, their halls filled with whispered threats, terrified screams, and the heat-stopping roar of chainsaws. Horror movies are starting to haunt our television screens and our dreams. People are flocking to costume shops to find that perfect scary–or sexy–outfit for the big party. And it also means that it’s time for me to post the penultimate chapter of my free Halloween horror story, “Movie Night.” If you’ve missed the first two you can find One here, and Two here.

And now, for your reading pleasure, I present to you:
 

Movie Night: Chapter Three

by David Anthony

 
Rain stung his skin and soaked his clothes as Michael hurried through the shadows between the two houses. Lightning crackled ominously overhead. In his right hand he carried an old wooden baseball bat. He didn’t plan on using it, didn’t think he’d need it, but Jill had insisted he take it. If it was Patrick over there, there was no telling what he was doing right now or what kind of weapons he may be armed with. She wanted him to be prepared for anything.

It had been his idea to go over there. Neither of them had wanted to call the cops—Jill because of pride or uncertainty or whatever conflicting emotions were causing her to hesitate, and Michael for his own dark reason: He wanted this confrontation. He wanted this thing with Patrick to finally be finished, to be done with this dark shroud of suspicion Patrick was casting over their relationship. He wanted to set Patrick straight once and for all, regardless of what that meant or what he’d have to do to accomplish his goal. Michael’s eyes were fixed on the second floor bedroom. He watched as the only light in the house went out.

Patrick knew he was coming.

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Movie Night: Chapter Two

It’s the second Monday in October, and that means it’s time for the second chapter of my free Halloween horror story, “Movie Night.” If you haven’t read the first chapter, you can find it here. As a brief word of warning, this chapter contains scenes of graphic violence (but, honestly, what fun would a Halloween horror story be without a little blood and gore?). Consider yourself warned.

So here it is, Chapter Two:

Movie Night: Chapter Two

by David Anthony

 
Patrick hit the power button on the cordless phone and tossed it unceremoniously to the floor, and then leaned back in his office chair, putting his booted feet up on the desk in front of him. His eyes turned to the muted TV screen up on the dresser, where a masked killer chased a screaming girl through the forest with a machete.

“This is one of the originals,” he said. “The originals are always far superior to those shitty remakes Hollywood seems so fond of these days. There’s just something about them—a chemistry that can’t be duplicated, the way they so perfectly reflect the fears of the time era in which they were filmed—as well as the usual screams, death and dismemberment.” He looked over his shoulder. “Wouldn’t you agree, Tina?” (more…)

Free Halloween Horror Story

IMG_0018October is finally here, and with it, one of my favorite holidays of the year: Halloween! To help celebrate this exciting and creepy holiday—and to give readers a little taste of my work—I’ll be publishing a free Halloween horror story on my website called, “Movie Night,” during the month of October.

“Movie Night” is an older story of mine that plays with and pokes fun at some of the conventions of modern horror movies. It was previously accepted for publication in an anthology about horror in the movies, but that publisher went out of business before the story could be published, so I figured I would post it here for everyone to enjoy. The story follows a girl named Jill, whose Halloween plans with her boyfriend are disrupted by an uninvited—and completely psychopathic—trick-or-treater. I’ll be publishing a new chapter each Monday throughout October, with the final one debuting on Halloween week.

So, without further ado, here it is: “Movie Night,” Chapter One.

 

Movie Night

by David Anthony

Jill Casey jumped as a long bolt of lightning sliced open the sky, turning night into day, and briefly illuminating the living room of the old, two-story farmhouse. Thunder boomed in the distance. Sinister shadows stared at her with hungry eyes as the wind howled and the rain pounded against the doors and windows, desperate to get in. Then the room fell back into darkness, lit once again only by the soft glow of the 52-inch, flat-panel television set in front of her. Uneasily, she turned her attention back to it as the credits of A Nightmare on Elm Street rolled down the screen.

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