Devils in Dark Houses featured 4 connected novellas, each a case featuring a pair of old school cops in the Pacific Northwest.
The new millennium is getting downright bizarre. From high tech games of sabotage to vigilante murder and ghosts who may or may not have their own dark agendas, Detectives Shirdon and Martinez must put their 20th century street smarts to work on four 21st century cases in which nothing is what it seems, and every answer reveals more questions.
Case 1: The Eye That Blinds
When three college friends graduate with plans to conquer the world, they find out that the world has its own plans. As their supposed “real” lives spiral further out of control, they retreat into the one place they still reign—the online kingdom of fantasy and masquerade. After a seemingly random accident puts Shirdon and Martinez on their trail, the trio’s tangled web of lies threatens to unravel into consequences more real than any of them could have imagined.
Case 2: Each Castle Its King
When Cal and Rachel Goodman flee their high-volume life in Los Angeles for the peace and quiet of rural Oregon, they sink both their savings and their hopes in a fixer-upper the locals call “Blood House.” But their dream turns into a nightmare as they discover that their marriage is as cracked and crumbling as Blood House—and hiding just as many sinister secrets. Just when they think things can’t get any worse, they meet their next-door-neighbor…
Case 3: Nostri
For sixteen-year-old Emma Kaster, summer vacation is turning out to be as boring and lonely as the school year—until she meets a charismatic street kid named Senz with an obsession for the Roman philosopher Seneca and an itch to put his theories to the test in modern times. What starts out as a series of pranks soon turns deadly as Emma and Senz confront the ultimate revolutionary question—are you willing to die for your beliefs? And just as important, are you willing to kill for them?
Case 4: Devils in Dark Houses
Shirdon and Martinez are on the case of a charismatic, controversial homicide detective whose mysterious disappearance eleven years ago comes back to life in the form of a mentally ill man calling himself the Hound. Not only does the Hound know astonishing secrets, he learned some of them from the long-dead figures of Oregon’s colorful frontier past. As the two detectives try to unravel fact from fantasy and truth from lies, the past and present collide in an explosive show-down that will test the detectives’ deepest beliefs not just about the world in which they live, but about themselves, as well.
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This week DarkFuse Magazine will be publishing B. E. Scully’s novella The Eye That Blinds as a serial. Parts 1 & 2 are now live for subscribers to read.
Here is the remainder of the publishing schedule:
- August 11, 2016, Noon EST: Part 3
- August 12, 2016, Noon EST: Part 4
- August 13, 2016, Noon EST: Part 5
- August 14, 2016, Noon EST: Part 6
- August 15, 2016, Noon EST: Part 7
- August 16, 2016, Noon EST: Part 8
Now on sale is Greg F. Gifune’s chilling novella The Rain Dancers. Discover why many have said that he is “one of the best writers of his generation.” Add this soon-to-be classic story to your Kindle library for only 99 cents!
He arrives in darkness, in the middle of a violent downpour…an affable old man with tales to tell…
When Will and Betty Colby return to Betty’s hometown to settle her late father’s affairs and prepare his house for sale, they assume they’ll be faced with some cleaning, basic repairs and making runs to the local dump. Will also hopes it will afford Betty a chance to reflect on the difficult relationship she had with her father. But something more is happening in this quiet little town, in this dark old house at the end of this seemingly deserted dirt road.
In the middle of a rainstorm, a man calling himself Bob Laurent appears in the night on their doorstep, claiming to be an old family friend. He seems harmless enough, only Betty has no memory of him. Yet he knows everything about her, her father and their lives. He even knows intimate details about Will and his life. While the storm rages on, a cauldron of tension, suspicion and fear builds between the couple and the stranger, dragging Will and Betty to the very brink of madness.
A vile and unrelenting evil has returned to claim what was taken from it long ago, and all the demons of the past, present and probable future have come home to roost. Before the storm clears and the sun rises, Will and Betty Colby will come to know the horrifying truth.
DarkFuse was founded as a media company and has taken its first stride in expanding its offerings from literature with the release of a short film Hoax, directed by Eric Shapiro. It’s based on a short story by Greg F. Gifune about a man in a bar who’s hitting on the bartender and this man may or may not have good intentions.
Starring in the movie is Rodney Eastman who is known for his roles in I Spit on Your Grave, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. He is also featured in TV shows such as NCSI, CSI and Bones.
It’s streaming on Amazon for free now and you can buy the digital version in HD for $2.99.
DarkFuse has committed to publishing 12 new novella titles in 2017, released in two editions: mini-hardcover limiteds and Kindle eBooks. While the Kindle eBooks will be available to order as single copies, the limited hardcovers will only be sold as a set of 12 with slipcase.
The slipcase will be approximately 9 inches tall by 7 inches wide, so it will be designed as a tower to fit these mini-hardcover volumes better into the normal bookshelf space.
Next week DarkFuse will be releasing 15 of the 100 sets to the public. We will be doing this each time we announce 2 new titles in the series. Which means the first two titles have been officially contracted and announced:
- January 2017: Unidentified by Michael McBride
- February 2017: A Kiss of Thorns by Tim Waggoner
You can view more details about these two novellas on our Coming Soon page.
These sets will retail for around $300 with slipcase included. We wanted to give our collectors a heads-up before they go on sale. DarkFuse’s online shop does offer deferred payments through Paypal credit.
DarkFuse has always been committed to publishing the novella format, with 89 current editions on the market. The shorter form of horror has brought us many bestsellers and we think it’s the future of the genre. So stay tuned for some big announcements about the series. And collectors: please keep your eye out as these sets will be highly sought after.
Greg F. Gifune’s latest novel is now available in a 52-copy limited edition hardcover. We have 6 copies left and ready to ship.
From early reviews on Babylon Terminal, here’s what they’re saying:
“Babylon Terminal is dark fiction at its finest, at times ultra-violent, at times soft and tender.” —Cemetery Dance
“Reminded me of a violent version of Logan’s Run with some Bladerunner thrown in, but Gifune’s own flavor is felt from the first page.” —The Horror Fiction Review
Now be 1 of only 52 to own the true first edition.
Released this week in both mini-hardcover ($20) and Kindle edition ($2.99) is the fourth volume of DarkFuse’s anthology series, featuring 6 original tales of dark fiction.
- “Zoo” by Sean Hayden
- “Antimacassar” by E. G. Smith
- “The Grylocks” by Jon Gauthier
- “Inflatable War” by Robert Essig
- “The Intruder” by Wilfred R. Robinson
- “Buried Soldiers” by Keith Deininger (novella)
To celebrate the release of #4, check out these current Amazon deals:
For the next few days only at Amazon US:
- DarkFuse #1 is FREE
- DarkFuse #2 is $0.99
- DarkFuse #3 is $0.99
You could get all 4 volumes for your Kindle for less than $5!
It’s Todd and Heather’s twenty-first anniversary. A blizzard rages outside their home, but it’s far colder inside. Their marriage is falling apart, the love they once shared gone, in its place only bitter resentment. As the night wears on, strange things start to happen in their house—bad things. If they can work together, they might find a way to survive until morning…but only if they don’t open the Winter Box.
Get the limited Hardcover from DarkFuse!
In DarkFuse’s online shop, we’ve posted 2 new limited edition hardcovers for preorder. Both are expected to ship September 13, 2016. Paperbacks and eBooks of both titles will not be released till late 2016/early 2017. So these will be the true first editions and only way to read them early, not to mention there’s some exclusive bonus content which will appear in this edition of Gary Fry’s latest novel (see below).
DarkFuse Signature Series, Book #4. Only 9 copies available!
When the end came, it wasn’t zombies, asteroids, global warming or nuclear winter. It was something that escaped from a lab. Something small, and very hungry.
It starts with deadly rain that delivers death where it falls, but soon the whole planet is under threat as the infection spreads, consuming everything before it.
A band of survivors on the Eastern coast of Canada watch as their world falls and crumbles to ruin. The infection seems relentless. More than that, it seems to be learning, adapting and evolving faster than they can fight it. Worse still—it is infecting not just their bodies, but is creeping into their minds, dancing in their dreams.
Can they stop it before it takes them?
Or must they all join in the final dance of death.
The limited edition hardcover contains an exclusive bonus novella, For One Night Only, which will not appear in the paperback or eBook editions. Get 10% off the cover price if you order within the first 24 hours!
Harry Keyes hasn’t seen his brother Dexter for over ten years, but during his daughter’s seventh birthday party, he gets an unexpected call claiming that Dex has found something which may change their dysfunctional family forever.
Asking for Harry’s help to locate his mother, what is Dexter trying to achieve? Is it anything to do with the dark experiments he’d practiced as a boy? And will it really involve terrible entities rumored to occupy different underground parts of the country?
So begins a chilling investigation into their childhoods, growing up in a rural village with a cruel father and possibly worse monsters. Harry learns about many terrible things, including kidnappings, torture, and attempts to summon undead creatures from the earth’s ancient past.
And all that’s needed to waken them is a siren…a siren of depravity.