Category Archives: The Occult

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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December 1940: “Love and Magick”

This is a complete story taken from the forthcoming collection by J P Catton, “Engines of Night”.  SORRY, TIME’S UP! THIS STORY IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.  

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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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July Science Fiction & Fantasy Free Book Bonanza!

Until July 21st, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Bonanza website is offering gems such as these: “Penumbra” by Nazri Noor  Dustin Graves died in a ritual sacrifice … and then awoke in the eldritch city of Valero, a wellspring … Continue reading

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Top Ten Urban Fantasy Adventure Books

Excalibur Books publish Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction – and today we’re going to look at one of our favorite subgenres, Urban Fantasy – and some of the leading authors and books in that field. For regular news of the … 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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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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The Ritual on the Island of the Dead

The following is the opening chapter from Zoe Drake’s supernatural thriller, “The Mists of Osorezan”. Learn more about Zoe Drake here!  Ahead of them lay the island of San Michele, the Isola di Cimitero. The sight filled Professor Weiss with … Continue reading

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