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None of them were really muka anymore. Once Alesia had thought only the craziest of hermits would voluntarily remain in Dreadmire. Why would anyone choose such a filthy, wild, barbaric place inhabited by such strange and dangerous creatures? Why spend every day and night fighting, on the move, never with a peaceful place to lay your head, surrounded by untamed things and the occasional true horror?

But even the hellroses had their dark beauty. The sight of the setting sun, outlining the cypress trees in black silhouettes against its dancing orange light, was a picture Alesia knew she would carry in her heart always. Even the danger had its attraction. She might never know if a fungus demon lay around the riverbend, but at least she was never stifled, bored or trapped.

Do you choose the swamp, or does the swamp choose you?

 

COLLECTION

Dreadmire


Welcome to the float trip into hell.

Dreadmire follows four adventurers on a quest through the dark, dismal haunted swamp that lies on the edge of their land as a living nightmare.

Tam is a Moor Knight whose dearest love, the half-elf Wynter, has vanished into Dreadmire on a quest to destroy the evil at the center of the swamp and set free the people terrorized by its half-dead creatures.

But it has been a long time since anyone heard from Wynter.

Tam and his best friend, Kancethedrus, enlist the help of guide Alesia and seer Angiss to help them find Wynter – and perhaps complete her mission to destroy the evil Somesuch that has controlled the life, death and unlife of the swamp for so many years.

But the way through Dreadmire is not easy, and that’s not just because of monstrous mosquitoes, sentient weregators and cannibalistic undead elves living among the predatory flora and fauna of this twisted bayou.

What’s more dangerous than a demonic tree that can eat you alive? The perils of the human heart… and what a man will risk for the woman he loves.

Based on the legends of the Louisiana bayou with a sword-and-sorcery flair, this amazing novel based on the game by Randy Richards will turn your skin cold as a gator’s stare and your heart hotter than a Cajun summer.

 

“Elizabeth does it again! Raw action and high intense scenes that you don’t read–you absorb! A must read!”

— Shane Moore, author of The Apocalypse of Enoch and the Abyss Walker series

 

This special edition is being released to commemorate the 15th anniversary of this romp through the swamp. Preorder your copy today!

 

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The house had always spoken to Isabel, and it was no less quiet now that she was leaving it.

Isabel folded her lace handkerchief before putting it in the valise. She glanced around the small bedroom, looking for whatever she might have forgotten.

And the woman watched her from the corner.

COLLECTION

Moonlight Sonata

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All that can kill you is what you carry with you.

Imagine a haunted church, where the ground has turned sour and something walks in the shadows to the mournful hymns.

A silent covered bridge that no one dares to cross.

Angry spirits that cry out from beneath the ground of a cemetery that will not lie still.

An ageless man bound in love to a mortal woman, forever moving, forever haunted.

A police officer chasing a suspect into the woods – and suspects they are no longer alone.

A woman preparing to leave her husband, watched by unseen eyes in the corner of the room.

A voice that can speak only through a radio, a voice from beyond death itself.

A man haunted by an ageless face that brings tragedy to his life whenever it appears.

A girl whose imagination carries her beyond the point of no return in a future where dreams become reality – and so do nightmares.

 

Includes the novellas Infinity and Gethsemane

Released February 2017 from Dark Oak Press

Finalist for the Imadjinn Award 2018

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A solitary dancer caught Isabel’s eye for a moment: a lithe blond woman no older than she, with long shimmering cornsilk hair and a graceful body that writhed to the music. She seemed to be dancing alone, yet moved between the couples with preternatural balance.

She leaned back with a smile, and Isabel saw her sharp teeth.

 

 

NOVEL TRILOGY

Nocturne Infernum

 


In this alternate Memphis, vampires are a dark underclass whose bite offers pleasure and pain in one sweet kiss. Humans take advantage of the pleasures vampires can provide, but call them friends? Lovers? The strain between human and vampire grows as death rises in the streets…

NOCTURNAL URGES
It’s the most popular club in the Memphis nightlife. Part legal bordello, part feeding ground for the city’s vampires, it’s the only way for them to survive in a world where the creatures of the night are mistreated and ignored until the humans need another fix. Isabel Nelson sought only a night’s pleasure, but is drawn to Ryan, the vampire with whom she shared her lifeblood – and who Det. Anne Freitas now suspects of murder. Life and unlife have little meaning when blood is flowing… and someone is hunting in the shadows.

A MORE PERFECT UNION
Freitas is stuck with a new, troublesome partner when she is assigned to investigate a series of threats against congressional candidate Robert Carton. Samantha Crews volunteers at the campaign with Danny Carton, an idealist who wants to make life better for humans and vampires alike. But there’s a lot Danny doesn’t know about Samantha.

He doesn’t know she’s a vampire who works at Nocturnal Urges.

He doesn’t know his own father is one of her clients.

And he doesn’t know what’s stalking her…

ABADDON
The Lady Zorathenne requests the honor of your presence at a celebration. A toast, if you will. Followed by a feast.

Beneath the dark Memphis streets, something is stirring. Filled with ancient fury. Seeking revenge on the ones who live above. A revenge born in fire.

Ryan and Samantha must descend into darkness to find answers to the mysteries of the past, as Freitas and Parker seek the truth about the present. And the return of an old foe could make the future a dark place indeed… save for the flames of Abaddon.

 

A collection of the three Nocturnal Urges novels released March 2015 from Seventh Star Press.

“Nocturnal Urges,” winner of the 2004 Darrell Award, finalist for the 2004 Prism Award.

“A More Perfect Union,” finalist for the 2005 Darrell Award. 

“Abaddon,” winner of the 2007 Darrell Award.

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Laughter swelled out of the radio, growing louder and more shrill until it didn’t sound like her anymore, it didn’t even sound human, a high screeching cackle that drilled into his ears.

         “Stop!” he shouted, and it stopped as suddenly as it began. The silence was somehow worse, the glowing green light indicating he should be hearing the radio, some inanity or awful music. “Sara?”

         Silence again, then the voice, small and quiet, accusatory. “How could you, Paul?”

 

 

  

NOVELLA CHAPBOOK

Yanaguana

 

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One of their own is dead.
Unfortunately for the Blackfire team, that usually isn’t the end of the fight.

Something is prowling the Riverwalk of San Antonio, a hungry creature with powers beyond any being they’ve fought before. It can force them to face dark shadows of their past as well as the unquiet ghosts of the city, and with each step it grows stronger – and more hungry.

Follow the crew of Blackfire on their darkest journey yet, under the walkways and bridges of San Antonio in the shadow of the Alamo to face their deepest fears.

This release is a limited-edition chapbook created for Patreon subscribers. 

Originally published in Foul Womb of Night by Crone Girls Press, 2020

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Anthology

 

 

  • “Not,” short story, published in the 2024 St. Louis Writers Guild anthology, January 2024
  • “Azrael,” short story, published in parABnormal Magazine, December 2023
  • Tiny Monsters,” short story, published in River Bluff Review, April 2023
  • Seasons,” poem, published in River Bluff Review, April 2023
  • River’s End,” poem, published in River Bluff Review, April 2023
  • “Fever,” short story, published in the literary magazine River Bluff Review, December 2021
  • “The Train,” short story, winner of the Mimi Zanger Award for literary fiction. 
  • “Shiny People,” short story, published in the anthology Coppice and Brake by Crone Girls Press, March 2020
  • “Sgt. Curious,” short story, published in the literary magazine River Bluff Review, March 2020
  • “Dear Katrina,” short story, published in the literary magazine River Bluff Review, March 2020
  • “In Memoriam,” short story, published in the anthology Stories We Tell After Midnight, October 2019
  • “Weathergirl,” short story, published in the anthology Cover of Darkness, May 2009
  • “Miracle Girl,” essay, published in the Belleville News-Democrat, March 2009. 
  • “Bargaining With Spiders,” short story, published in the anthology Twilight and Thorns, December 2007
  • “Silent,” short story, published in the magazine Thirteen Stories, December 2003. Reprinted in Aoife’s Kiss Magazine, March 2007.
  • “Muse City: I Live With It Every Day,” short story, co-written with Jason R. Tippitt, published by Distinctive Fiction, November 2003.
  • “Jesus Loves Me,” short story, published in the e-zine The Murder Hole, March 2003
  • “Blue Light Special,” essay, published in Panorama Magazine, November 2003.
  • “Code Red,” essay, placed in the 2002 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.
  • “Vertigo,” short story, published in DogEar Magazine, September 2002.
  • “The Modern Apprenticeship, Brought to You by Bill Gates,” essay, published in the New Jersey Special Review Assessment, 2002.
  • “Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?” essay, placed in the 2001 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.