Samhain Publishing Ltd has closed its business effective February 28, 2017. My e-book SCARECROWS will NOT be available for purchase at this time. I will receive the rights back shortly, and will have the book published again as quickly as possible in both e-book and for the first time in print copies. I’m not sure how long that will take to happen.
In the meantime “Childhood Fears” which contains “Scarecrows” and 3 horror/thriller books by other exceptional authors (see details below) can be still be purchased at some on-line book sellers, where the print book version is still available in their stock.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL MY FOLLOWERS, READERS, REVIEWERS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS: Your support and encouragement has made all the difference and given me confidence to embrace this new chapter in my life. I love writing and you make it all so easy for me to embrace my new career. Look for three new titles coming soon … I’ve been busy.
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These previous posts I will leave for now since – Scarecrows will be back, and Childhood Fears is still available from some sellers.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT “CHILDHOOD FEARS”
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The authors in the “Childhood Fears” Anthology are doing blogs for October to explain some of the background and fright factors involved in the various characters.
BLOG#4 – October 22, 2015 – Christine Hayton (that’s me) has taken on the “Anti-Claus”. I will bet you’ll be surprised at how much horror the Christmas season shared. Read about how parents spent several centuries convincing their children to behave….OR ELSE. See my blog HERE.
BLOG #3 – October 20, 2015 – L.L. Soares and G. Daniel Gunn authors of “Nightmare in Greasepaint” has taken on a cornfield full of “Scarecrows”. These two give you a whole new look at these stuffed bird watchers. Join them for a little scary fun…See G.Daniel’s blog HERE See L.L.’s blog HERE
BLOG #2 – October 14, 2015 – J.H. (Holli) Moncrieff, author of “The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave” provides insights into one of the most infamous clowns of recent times – just the type we want to entertain our children… See her blog HERE
BLOG #1 – October 13, 2015 – JH Faherty (Author of Winterwood) has given us a whole new look at Teddy Bears – check it out. Bet there are things here you never wanted to know or ever think about… See his blog HERE
For a full overview of the book and authors see my Release Day Blog: CHILDHOOD FEARS released October 6th, 2015
“CHILDHOOD FEARS” got 4 star advance reviews from both Publishers Weekly and HorrorUnderground.org.
PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY REVIEW:
“This collection of four horror novellas explores the fuel of children’s nightmares with sympathy and inventiveness. In “Nightmare in Greasepaint” by L.L. Soares and G. Daniel Gunn, a murderous clown seeks revenge on his son, who refused to carry on the family tradition. J.H. Moncrieff’s “The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave” features a malicious stepfather who gives his new wife’s son a fiendish teddy bear. In Christine Hayton’s “Scarecrows” and J.G. Faherty’s “Wildwood,” cautionary tales about sinister scarecrows and menacing Yuletide creatures hold unexpected truth. All the authors effectively evoke the dread that comes from knowing the children can’t rely on their parents for protection or rescue, and real-world concerns such as child abuse and committing the mentally ill to institutions—which also highlight adults’ unreliability—sometimes loom larger than any paranormal menace. The novellas tend to focus on plot and sensory detail over character development, so the dialogue and behavior don’t always ring true. Even so, horror fans looking for new spins on familiar scares will appreciate this anthology.”
HORROR UNDERGROUND REVIEW:
“Ah, the carefree, sunny days of childhood. And oh, the terrifying, dark nights. Nights when you closed your eyes tight, afraid to open them and see the painted, eternally leering face of a clown mere inches from your own. Nights when you could look out your bedroom window and watch the scarecrows walk across the lonely cornfields. When every story or fairytale your parents told you seemed to include monsters. And when even the teddy bear by your side had fangs and plans of his own. Travel back to those nights of horror now with four original novellas by four wonderfully macabre authors. And…sleep tight!”
As a child, what scared you? Was it the way shadows danced on your wall during a thunderstorm? Creepy crawlies? Monsters in the closet? In this collection, Samhain Publishing set out to tell that tales of childhood nightmare fuel. The result is a strong collection of novellas that brings out the child in all of us, and then proceeds to beat the everloving crap out of them.
Nightmares in Greasepaint by L.L. Soares and G. Daniel Gunn
Will, along with his wife and son, move back to the house he grew up in after the passing of his mother in effort to settle the estate affairs. Quickly, Will’s past begins to haunt him and it even takes a toll on his son, Billy, as he begins to have night terrors centered around Will’s past.
Playing on the fear of clowns, basements, and things that go bump in the night, Nightmares in Greasepaint kicks off this collection in a huge way. The story suffers from perspective and direction issues, as well as a lumbering start, but over all this is a great read with some tense moments.
Scarecrows by Christine Hayton
Scarecrows tells a murder mystery set in the year 1964. When Cathy, a nine year old girl, is discovered in the middle of a cornfield, passed out and covered in blood, she is the prime suspect in the mutilated corpse of her classmate Emily. Cathy is rushed away to an insane asylum for children, all the while blaming the murder on the scarecrows that protect the field.
This story is scary as hell. Not only does it tell a well placed horror story that feeds right into the mind of a child, it tells a very adult story of the investigation. The pacing is perfect and the story is very lean, never being bogged down by meaningless exposition. You can read further thoughts on this story from my review of the novella (HERE) written earlier this year.
The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave by J.H. Moncrieff
This is the most pure horror story in the collection. No jokes, no mystery, just fast paced horror that will ensure that you never put a toy in the closet again.
Edgar, an ugly stuffed bear given to Josh from his new Step-father, is rejected and placed in the closet. Little does Josh know, Edgar has other ideas in mind, ideas other than being a banished toy.
Fast paced, fierce, and just all out crazy, this is a fun story to read. This novella pulled me back into my youth to a time when my sister and I had watched Child’s Play to scarring effects. For months, my sister would turn her dolls to face the wall because she felt their eyes looking at her. The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave is a brilliant reminder that even the most innocent things in the world can be frightening as hell.
Winterwood by JG Faherty
The story of Winterwood is set around Anders Bach, the kooky grandfather that tells tales of Krampus and other old, long forgotten traditions. Of course, no one in the family, including his daughter, believes the old man until both grandchildren go missing on the first night of the Yule. Bach, with daughter and son in-law in tow, travel through the portal and go after the Yule King to rescue the two children.
Although I have some issues with the fairytale side of Winterwood, the horror elements are well done. There are some genuine moments of tension when the author allows the story to breathe. Winterwood is surprisingly evil at times; the Christmas themes are deceiving. It is too bad the horror wasn’t more consistent throughout as it was done expertly in this tale. That being said, I did enjoy this novella. I just wish it had more focus and ironed out the pacing issues. The complete review can be read here.
Childhood Fears has its bumps in the road, but not enough to prevent you from loving this collection. The idea of having stories based on the things that scared us as children is a fun and entertaining one. I hope it is something that Samhain will revisit in the future.”
“CHILDHOOD FEARS” – THE ANTHOLOGY
The anthology is finalized and will be released October 6, 2015. I’m really excited to finally be in print. SCARECROWS and three other novellas, NIGHTMARE IN GREASEPAINT, WINTERWOOD and THE BEAR WHO WOULDN’T LEAVE are included in this book.
This is the Cover for the Anthology. I’m very impressed – Samhain Publishing, Ltd, as always, did a fantastic job on the artwork.
The e-book is available on Amazon (click here ) and other e-book sellers. If you do not have an e-reader. Amazon will provide a free Kindle app for your device. Reviews are posted on Amazon and Goodreads. (click here)
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