Category Archives: Horror

Preview: “Appetite for the Unknown”

This is an excerpt of a story taken from “Dark Lanterns”, a collection of short horror stories set in modern Tokyo, and featuring the “Yokai” – the rogue’s gallery of weird supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore and mythology! Image courtesy … Continue reading

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A Serial Killer was released last weekend …

The following is an excerpt from the novel “Dead Hand Clapping” by Zoe Drake, a crime thriller with supernatural elements, released Dec 15th 2019.  Detective Kondo never believed in the supernatural. But then, he’s never met a serial killer like Mabus.  … Continue reading

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Short Story: Drowning in the Sea of Trees

The following is a complete short story taken from Zoe Drake’s forthcoming collection, Dark Lanterns. SORRY, TIME’S UP! STORY NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Missing your Horror fix? Click here for … The Mists of Osorezan!   

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Osorezan – Japan’s Mysterious ‘Mt Fear’

Osorezan is the name of a remote temple complex known as one of the three great reijo – one of the most spiritually powerful sites in Japan – the other two being Mount Koya in Wakayama, and Mount Hiei in Shiga. Even … Continue reading

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The Kappa: Japan’s Mysterious Green Goblins

ABOVE: A painting of some suave Kappa-about-town seen in Nishi-Guchi Yakiton, a pub-restaurant in Asakusabashi, downtown Shitamachi Tokyo. Today we look at one of the many bizarre denizens of Japan’s supernatural universe. They are legendary creatures that turn up as … Continue reading

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Excerpt: “Zero Sum Game” by Cody L. Martin

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE SCIENCE FICTION THRILLER, “ZERO SUM GAME”, BY CODY L. MARTIN.  In a convenience store, Hina flipped through the fashion magazines. She still wore her gym clothes and her school backpack: blue with gray … Continue reading

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Exclusive Preview: “Skywatchers” by Zoe Drake

  The following is an excerpt from the supernatural thriller “Skywatchers” by Zoe Drake – Book 1 in the “Fiat Lux” series.  THE TIME: Winter, 1996. THE PLACE: The Fenlands, a haunted, remote part of East Anglia, England. THE PERSON: … Continue reading

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Short Story: “Drowning in a Sea of Trees”

The following complete story was first published in Zoe Drake’s collection, “Dark Lanterns”. The Zoe Drake summer 2018 campaign is now over and this story is no longer available.     

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H P Lovecraft, Godzilla, Sadako, and the Universe of Cosmic Horror

Excalibur Books is currently running the Zoe Drake Haunted Summer Campaign, promoting her novel “The Mists of Osorezan” with a series of giveaways and discounts. “The Mists of Osorezan” has been described as “a story of Cosmic Horror … that … Continue reading

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5 Ghosts that Haunt the Streets and Canals of Venice

Venice is the perfect city for ghosts … the Gothic architecture and otherworldly atmosphere create a setting for dreams and nightmares! Here are five ancient and modern folk tales of encounters with the supernatural … that have their foundation in … Continue reading

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