David’s Haunted Library: Drive-In Creature Feature

Soda? check, Popcorn? check, Blankets? check. These are some of the things you might need if you are going to your local drive-in theater. If you’re 30 or younger you probably don’t know what a drive-in is. You also don’t know the joys of sitting in your car with a group of friends while you watched giant creatures destroying the city on the big screen. Luckily Eugene Johnson and Charles Day have put together a horror anthology that captures the spirit of the Drive in.  Drive In Creature Feature contains 19 stories for anyone who loves a good monster tale.

Since it would take too long to talk about each story I’ll spend some time talking about my favorites. The Tattering and Jack by Clive Barker is about a demon who has the task of driving a man crazy. The job ends up being much harder than the demon thought as the man shows he has no emotions and won’t be driven off the deep end. This story has an awesome twist and goes back and forth from being funny to scary. Another good story is The Forrest That Howls by Michael Paul Gonzalez, this is easily the best Bigfoot story I’ve ever read. It answers the question of why there is no proof that the creatures exist.

Ghoul Friend In A Coma by John Everson is a bizzaro love story between a teenage boy and a ghoul. This is another one that combines humor and horror. I love how even when the teenager sees his life in danger he still thinks with the wrong head, this is exactly like I would expect a teenager going through puberty to act. This story teaches us that a couple having sex then carrying a corpse together to the basement is what true love is all about.

Double Feature by Jason V. Brock actually takes place at a drive-in theatre in the Seventies. The story centers on a father who is taking his two kids to a movie. The father and mother are going through a divorce and the story begins with an argument between the occupants of the car. Their problems become secondary though when the drive-in becomes a battleground between a bunch of giant monsters from outer space. This story was a lot of fun but what I really loved was how the family puts their problems aside and works together when a crisis happens.

I also have to mention Popcorn by Essel Pratt, this is another one that takes place in the drive-in. A group of teenagers is at the theatre looking for a good time, but things get ugly when a giant popcorn monster attacks the movie-goers. I love the idea of a monster made of popcorn and there were some creative death scenes here, you may never want to eat popcorn again.

This book is one fun ride, it’s funny in places and scary in others. It also does an excellent job of capturing a bygone era and bringing back a lot of great memories of watching horror movies at the drive-in. There were a couple of stories here I didn’t care for but all in all this book reminded me why I love horror literature. It has humor, great monsters, and good storytelling, what more can you ask for? This is a must-read book for horror literature fans.

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Press Release : From the Case Files of Detective Mansfield by Essel Pratt

Press Release: From the Case Files of Detective Mansfield by Essel Pratt

Katherine Mansfield is a no-nonsense private detective in Mishawaka, Indiana. Adopted at an early age, by a police officer, Detective Mansfield was taught early to never take shit from anyone. Tough as nails, she has been the go-to investigator for the strange and macabre cases that lurk in the shadows in her small hometown.

When Detective Mansfield is called to the scene of an attempted rape, her callous approach begins a journey into a world that she had no idea existed. In a bizarre twist, Mansfield finds herself a victim of love, seduced by the rapist, becoming intertwined in darkness, until a new case beckons her forth. As her investigation sends her deeper down the proverbial rabbit hole, Detective Mansfield discovers the world is not what it seems.

As Detective Mansfield learns of the existence of the ancient text titled Melkal Demban- Khompf de Ghat, she finds herself teaming up with Hugues Kadmiel Christ, Hugh for short, an unlikely guide into the hidden world that conceals the existence of the Leviathan. Detective Mansfield and Hugh work together to stop the Leviathan’s Lacrimation, before the entire world falls beneath its tears.

Lacrimation of the Leviathan is book one in the case files of Detective Mansfield.

Essel Pratt is a master of horror and fantasy, conjuring tales that haunt souls and inspire imagination. As a student of psychology and teller of tales, Essel writes to share the complex nature of his imaginings with the world. His ever-expanding catalog of short stories spans multiple anthologies and collections, ranging from whimsical fantasy to bizarre horror, including everything in between. Dedicated fans have praised his creations, labeling his talents as prolific in substance.

Lacrimation of the Leviathan is Part of Project 26, P26, a series of 26 books, each one representing a different letter in the alphabet, with each letter, in turn, represented a horror-related concept that starts with that letter.

Essel Pratt can be reached at the following:

Website: http://esselpratt.wixsite.com/darknessbreaks

Twitter: @EsselPratt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EsselPrattWriting

Press Release: Lacrimation of the Leviathan From the Case Files of Detective Mansfield

Press Release: Lacrimation of the Leviathan

From the Case Files of Detective Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield is a no-nonsense private detective in Mishawaka, Indiana. Adopted at an early age, by a police officer, Detective Mansfield was taught early to never take shit from anyone. Tough as nails, she has been the go to investigator for the strange and macabre cases that lurk in the shadows in her small hometown.

When Detective Mansfield is called to the scene of an attempted rape, her callous approach begins a journey into a world that she had no idea existed. In a bizarre twist, Mansfield finds herself a victim of love, seduced by the rapist, becoming intertwined in darkness, until a new case beckons her forth. As her investigation sends her deeper down the proverbial rabbit hole, Detective Mansfield discovers the world is not what it seems. 

As Detective Mansfield learns of the existence of the ancient text titled Melkal Demban- Khompf de Ghat, she finds herself teaming up with Hugues Kadmiel Christ, Hugh for short, an unlikely guide into the hidden world that conceals the existence of the Leviathan. Detective Mansfield and Hugh work together to stop the Leviathan’s Lacrimation, before the entire world falls beneath its tears.

Lacrimation of the Leviathan is book one in the case files of Detective Mansfield.

Essel Pratt is a master of horror and fantasy, conjuring tales that haunt souls and inspire imagination. As a student of psychology and teller of tales, Essel writes to share the complex nature of his imaginings with the world. His ever-expanding catalog of short stories spans multiple anthologies and collections, ranging from whimsical fantasy to bizarre horror, including everything in between. Dedicated fans have praised his creations, labeling his talents as prolific in substance.

Lacrimation of the Leviathan is Part of Project 26, P26, a series of 26 books, each one representing a different letter in the alphabet, with each letter in turn represented a horror-related concept that starts with that letter.

Essel Pratt can be reached at the following:

Website: http://esselpratt.wixsite.com/darknessbreaks

Twitter: @EsselPratt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EsselPrattWriting

Press Release : Backwoods Bonfire A Horror Collection with a Twist

Press Release: Backwoods Bonfire

A Horror Collection with a Twist

Horrific tales of fright told around a bonfire in during remote backwoods retreats are common among close friends. As each person tests the others’ ability to remain calm and resist the urge to look over a shoulder as the sounds of nature bellow out in the backdrop, only one may claim victory as the most frightening of the group.

Backwoods Bonfire inserts the reader into a group of friends that unintentionally create a case study on what horror means to them, attempting to coerce the others to believe that horror is specific, not fluid. However, one of the friends chooses to prove that horror is as real as the fire they all gather around.

Essel Pratt is a master of horror and fantasy, conjuring tales that haunt souls and inspire imagination. As a student of psychology and teller of tales, Essel writes to share the complex nature of his imaginings with the world. His ever-expanding catalog of short stories spans multiple anthologies and collections, ranging from whimsical fantasy to bizarre horror, including everything in between. Dedicated fans have praised his creations, labeling his talents as prolific in substance.

Backwoods Bonfire is Part of Project 26, P26, a series of 26 books, each one representing a different letter in the alphabet, with each letter in turn represented a horror-related concept that starts with that letter.

Essel Pratt can be reached at the following:

Website: http://esselpratt.wixsite.com/darknessbreaks

Twitter: @EsselPratt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EsselPrattWriting

Press Release: Sharkantula

Press Release:  Sharkantula

A gripping novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

sharkantula-frontWhen a genetically modified tarantula finds itself loose in the Great White shark exhibit at Shark World, the feisty arachnid sinks its fangs into the main attraction. Without warning, the Great White mutates into Sharkantula and the opening day show turns deadly.  The mutated shark/tarantula hybrid is hungry and ready to feast upon the flesh of those that don’t run away fast enough to escape her webbing.  Desperate to stop the carnage, a group of Shark World employees join forces with the tarantula’s keeper in an effort to stop the devastation before Sharkantula can escape the confines of the aquatic theme park and spread her terror across the United States.

Essel Pratt is a master of horror and fantasy, conjuring tales that haunt souls and inspire imagination. As a student of psychology and teller of tales, Essel writes to share the complex nature of his imaginings with the world. His ever-expanding catalog of short stories spans multiple anthologies and collections, ranging from whimsical fantasy to bizarre horror, including everything in between. Dedicated fans have praised his creations, labeling his talents as prolific in substance.

Hailing from Mishawaka, Indiana, his passion for writing began in the early years as his imagination taunted from within, begging for a release. Dabbling in art at first, he found that the stories that pleaded to be told could not be imprisoned by ink and paint alone. His most notable and prevalent accomplishments include Final Reverie, Sharkantula, and the multiple short stories that have garnered a following of their own, such as the adventures of Detective Mansfield.

Sharkantula is now available.

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Press Release : Sharkantula by Essel Pratt

 

A gripping novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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When a genetically modified tarantula finds itself loose in the Great White shark exhibit at Shark World, the feisty arachnid sinks its fangs into the main attraction. Without warning, the Great White mutates into Sharkantula and the opening day show turns deadly.  The mutated shark/tarantula hybrid is hungry and ready to feast upon the flesh of those that don’t run away fast enough to escape her webbing.  Desperate to stop the carnage, a group of Shark World employees join forces with the tarantula’s keeper in an effort to stop the devastation before Sharkantula can escape the confines of the aquatic theme park and spread her terror across the United States.

Essel Pratt is a master of horror and fantasy, conjuring tales that haunt souls and inspire imagination. As a student of psychology and teller of tales, Essel writes to share the complex nature of his imaginings with the world. His ever-expanding catalog of short stories spans multiple anthologies and collections, ranging from whimsical fantasy to bizarre horror, including everything in between. Dedicated fans have praised his creations, labeling his talents as prolific in substance.