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May 6, 2020

The Bones of Morden Gray - Available to Preorder For .99c/.99p


It was just supposed to be a bit of fun...

An out of hours visit to a remote funeral home. A depraved undertaker whose predilections go beyond a desire to resurrect the dead. A murdered girl bonded to the fiend who stole her life. And a desperate son on the verge of discovering a terrible secret about his missing mother…

When the dead rise.

It doesn’t take long to prove the building is haunted, but there is more to fear than the unfortunate souls trapped within the borders of the Toliver House.

It’s time to run.

Preview

It wasn’t the first time that Morden had stood at the edge of this huge crater anticipating the events ahead. Previously, whenever he’d made late night sojourns to this spot, he would take time to admire the eerie solitude of this bleakly beautiful landscape.

Not tonight, though.

Behind him, two figures moved through the darkness, their bare feet unsteady in the mud as dampened soil bubbled up and lodged between calcified toes; further slowing their crippled and faltering stride. They came to a stop just short of Morden’s shoulder.

A solitary flash of lightning brightened the night, revealing the two forms behind him. Patches of rain-washed skull glinted through thin coverings of hair layering pitted crowns. Unkempt strands hung loose about bony shoulders, and across faces – with impossibly wide mouths – that resembled masks of decayed lint. The two creatures – which may once have passed as feminine – did not look out of place amid this landscape of forlorn desolation.

As he heard them shuffle to a stop, Morden shivered. This damn storm had inflicted a raging headache. How he loathed inclement weather and the way it affected him. Morden’s head felt muzzy, and this in turn made him want to puke: his limbs felt heavy, what the hell was happening? A tingling sensation had begun prickling his arms, the unpleasantness running to the tips of his fingers. Could there be some problem with his heart?

His lips curled to a smile. This seemed doubtful.

He recognized that he was no longer the man he once had been, and he realized the labors of reaching this place had exhausted him; but nonetheless, he’d had little choice other than to make this journey: Needs must.

“Please, don’t do it!”

The Cheerleader’s desperate plea once again flashed into his mind, but this time her words served only to lighten his mood. Her constant interference, and attempts at curbing his actions, made him regret the night which first brought them together. Although, by contrast, the knowledge that his ways so distressed the girl warmed the very core of his being. However, Morden currently had neither the time nor will to contend with thoughts of the girl’s constant whining, and so, for what seemed the umpteenth time over these past several years, he closed his eyes and willed her to be gone from his head. Standing motionless, waiting to see if he had succeeded in banishing her, he considered that maybe their coming together had in fact been a curse placed upon him by some higher power, mocking him, intent on disrupting the course of his greater quest.

The girl continued to be a bane to his existence.

Once he succeeded in quieting his mind, his thoughts returned to the task in hand. He turned up the velvet-trim collar on his overcoat, in a feeble effort to gain a modicum of comfort against the wet and cold. Staring into the depths of the pit below, he considered that this one was probably the largest, and hence likely the most prosperous of the Emerson Slate dig sites. With almost thirty acres of quarry pits, it was difficult not to appreciate this place without making comparison to a moonscape. Usually, even beneath the light of a half moon, each inky concave, in turn pitted with smaller shadow-splashed excavations, gave an impression of impact craters on a scarred celestial body. But on a night such as this, with the landscape blackened by low hanging clouds, featureless and with a wind chill capable of shrinking your face even as bullets of rain punished you, it occurred to Morden this would be a fitting habitat for the dead. This was a desolate and grim wasteland, and for those burdened by the clarity of their situation; that the life they spent so many years bemoaning and the rigors their mortality presented them, this was as good as it was ever going to get. Then, surely, would this not be a suitable panorama for such discarded and troubled souls?

It was a truth he had realized on the night Mary died. And, although there was no logical reason why, or even how, a child might come to know such things, it was this revelation which had initially led him toward this future path. He was only nine years old when tuberculosis stole her away from him, and the trauma of such a loss, it had scarred him deeply. He reached inside the waist pocket of his coat, gently stroking Mary’s favorite silk-scarf, which he kept on his person always, neatly folded and close to hand. He was burdened by the knowledge that the dead faced a future of regret and disappointment – of this he was certain. So, as a younger man he had felt it his duty to give the deceased as good a sendoff from their best years as was possible. His career choice of funeral director, without doubt influenced by Mary’s untimely passing, might almost be considered a calling.

Of course, he had barely been in the job a matter of weeks before he realized the dead held a far more intimate fascination for him. One that, although he hadn’t perhaps realized at the time, first stirred within him on the day he visited Mary’s open casket. And this, in turn, had led him on toward far darker quests.
Inspecting a jagged pile of slate on the ground beside him, he considered the amassed weight of the mainly triangular strips of stone. The dead girl they had brought in that afternoon, Casey Fisher, it was doubtful she weighed more than a hundred soaking wet. Estimating there was perhaps eighty pounds of slate at his feet – it would have to do. Nobody was going to notice if a coffin was twenty pounds light. Damn it. He much preferred cremations; they proved far easier for his purposes.

Morden took a sharp intake of breath, a sudden fluttering of excitement beating his chest. His head still felt fuzzy, and his body continued to tingle unpleasantly, but the thought of what was soon to be enjoyed; it thrilled him.

He turned to the solemn figures behind him, and set his companions about their labors.

End of preview

I hope you've enjoyed this snippet from The Bones of Morden Gray. It's a dark little tale about why you should never go sneaking around in (supposedly) deserted buildings late at night. Sure, it was always going to end well, right?
The Kindle eBook is slated for a June 1st release, and can be preordered for the promotion price of .99c/.99p.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08...
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...

The paperback is already available on Amazon, and this is priced $12.99/£9.95 - It's unfortunate, but I've had to restrict any wider distribution on the hard copies in an attempt to combat the ever-inflating costs of printing.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08...
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...

Finishing off writing this novel has taken a long time, and that has been for a myriad of reasons: the majority of which haven't been good.
Suffice to say, on a personal level it's been a tough twelve months, just as it has for others I love and care about.

My appearances on Goodreads have been sparse for a while. So, as well as dedicating this book to my family and loved ones, it is also for you, dear readers. Thank you for sticking with me, and for continuing to read and support the books during my absence.

Most of all though, this one is for Michael.
Sleep well, brother. You will always be missed.
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May 2, 2019

Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria - It's Time To Go Wide

Carmilla The Wolves of Styria by David Brian I've recently received a number of emails inquiring why so few of my books are available from other vendors.
The answer is a fairly straightforward one.

Most of my books have remained locked into Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program purely for financial reasons. When I first started out in this business, everything was available wide. But being an unknown writer with little or no following, my books remained dead in the water.

On top of regular sales, Amazon's KU program offers writers a decent financial bump via page reads. So, personally, it always made sense my going all in with Amazon.

However, I'm a few years down the line now, and so I figure it's time to risk sticking my toes back in those deeper waters.
I'll either sink or swim.

I intend starting off slowly, and so first into the wider pool will go my Karnstein Chronicles.

Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria will remain available on Amazon, but also now via a number of other outlets.

https://www.amazon.com/Carmilla-Wolve...

https://books2read.com/u/38P7d3

Carmilla A Dark Fugue by David Brian
Carmilla: A Dark Fugue is a short companion piece to the novel, and this will remain *Free* to download through various outlets. It is a standalone story that can be read, and hopefully enjoyed, either before or after reading the novel.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...

https://books2read.com/u/md1AX4

One final thought: I'd just like to say a big Thank You(!) to all those who continue providing their friendship and support. It really is appreciated.
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Published on May 02, 2019 11:09 Tags: anne-rice, classics, david-brian, gothic, le-fanu, mystery, supernatural, vampires, werewolves

November 6, 2018

Kaleen Rae and Other Weird Tales - ARCs available

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Just how far would you go to win someone's heart?

Would you gamble with your soul?

Take a walk into darkness with nine tales of the weird and macabre...


Resuited and rebooted, this latest edition of Kaleen Rae and Other Weird Tales launches on November 20th, 2018 - new title includes additional material.

The collection features stories of horror and dark fantasy, and includes the original short story version of The Strange Case at Misty Ridge.

The book is currently available for the pre-order promo price of .99c/.99p - promotion ends November 26th.

Alternatively, as is always the case with my new releases, there are ARC copies available for review. So, just fire me a message if you fancy reading some dark tales on these winter nights.


https://www.amazon.com/Kaleen-Rae-Oth...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kaleen-Rae-O...

https://www.amazon.com.au/Kaleen-Rae-...
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July 13, 2018

The Lord of Always - ARCs available!

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"I return my gaze to the fragmented monster resting in my palm. Can this really be the remains of an angel? And if it is, shouldn’t we all tremble in anticipation of what awaits at our end?"

July/August sees the release of my latest novel, The Lord of Always. It is reasonable to describe the book as a genre blending mix of weird fiction, horror, and dark fantasy; however, at its core, it is primarily a story about love, and hope, and the nature of reality.

As an old man confronts demons conjured by his Alzheimer's, his younger self faces off against a legion of unholy monsters - each man fights to secure the future, and to save the soul of the woman they love!

For Frank and Roz Tanner, booking a honeymoon at Penhale House, set amid beautiful Cornish landscapes, should have been the perfect getaway. But the house sits on a nexus point; a gateway to demonic realms.

Amid a turbulence of twisting realities, and facing legions of fallen angels and nightmarish servitors, Frank and Roz become separated. Frank turns to a local pensioner for assistance. But the enigmatic George Smoke is a man who offers more questions than answers.

Confronted by dark gods and cosmic abominations, Frank faces a battle for his wife's soul. It seems a fight he is destined to lose... but he must succeed. Saving Roz is the key to everything.

The paperback version of The Lord of Always hit Amazon's bookshelves on July 6th, and will be available through various other outlets within the next few weeks.

The Kindle Version is due for release on August 1st - it is currently available for pre-order - and will (at least initially) only be available via Amazon - it can be read *free* by anyone enrolled in Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program.

It is fair to say that book reviews are a helpful resource to indie authors, because many promo sites operate a 'minimum number of reviews' policy. So, if anyone fancies reading-and-reviewing a genre blending tale involving mental illness, twisting realities, fallen angels, and an abundance of other cosmic abominations, then just fire me a message, and I'll shoot you a copy.

ETA: The same read-to-review offer applies across all my other titles.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...

https://www.amazon.com/Lord-Always-Da...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lord-Always-...

https://www.amazon.com.au/Lord-Always...
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April 19, 2018

The Lord of Always - that tough 'third' novel!

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"I return my gaze to the fragmented monster resting in my palm. Can this really be the remains of an angel? And if it is shouldn’t we all tremble in anticipation of what awaits at our end?"

Ok, Ok, Ok, I get it. You're asking: If this blog post is about my upcoming novel, The Lord of Always, then why the heck is it accompanied by a cover image of The Strange Case at Misty Ridge?

Well, there is a connection between the books - although it's more of a shared universe scenario, rather than a direct link with the stories. Secondly, though, and I guess it's time to 'fess up: with the year I've had I haven't yet been able to get the cover sorted. Lazy, right? Well, maybe.

The novel itself hasn't been difficult to write, but completing it has been burdened by the horrendous weather we suffered a while back. Muggins here managed to slip on the ice while out walking the dog. Not too bad in itself, you'd think, right? And usually you'd be correct; except this fool didn't just slip on the ice. I managed to slip right off the bridge I was crossing at the time.

Thankfully the water was shallow enough I didn't drown. The downside to this is that I smashed my left kneecap in the fall, and Jesus H. Christ did it hurt!

Somewhat bizarrely, the following day, my youngest son also slipped on ice, and he managed to fracture an elbow and his kneecap (again the left one).

We must be a fragile family.

Now, you'd assume being laid up would allow me to zip on with the writing, correct? Unfortunately, not. I was in that much discomfort I could barely concentrate on anything - other than swallowing painkillers.

Anyhow, I'm well on the mend now, and close to completing The Lord of Always. The novel has just returned from being edited, and I'm working through those edits now, so it won't be long before the story is revealed in all its twisted glory.

The Lord of Always tells the story of a young couple named Frank and Roz Tanner, and their battle for survival amid a landscape of merging realities, monstrous creatures and cruel deities, and an array of other cosmic shenanigans...oh, and exploding monkeys!

Frank Tanner is losing his mind to Alzheimer's disease. As the illness claims him, he remembers thoughts long buried; memories of ancient beings that declared themselves to be gods, demons and angels, and of the devastation they wreaked upon all they judged; he remembers the mysterious George Smoke, and questions why this was the only man these gods feared?

It was long ago that George Smoke swore a promise to Frank Tanner. Now, as Alzheimer's looks set to claim him, Frank dares to hope...

The Lord of Always will be available in June 2018.

"Humankind is but the pieces in a game, plastic soldiers waging war between boy gods."

For anyone who hasn't yet read The Strange Case at Misty Ridge (see image), it is available in paperback, or on Amazon Kindle, and can be read *free* with Kindle Unlimted.

https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Case-M...
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-Case...
https://www.amazon.com.au/Strange-Cas...

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December 24, 2017

Happy New Year! Goodreads Giveaway Extravaganza!

It's possible I've gone a bit bonkers! But, hell, it's Chrismastime and we're fast approaching the New Year, so why not see in 2018 with the chance of a few goodies.

The Strange Case at Misty Ridge by David Brian Carmilla The Wolves of Styria by David Brian The Cthulhu Child by David Brian The Damnation Game by David Brian Dark Albion by David Brian



I've decided to run multiple Goodreads Giveaways, so this is a great opportunity to celebrate seeing in the New Year with a *Signed* paperback (or five)!


You can click on individual titles above for further details, or visit my webpage and scroll to select which *Signed* book(s) you would love to win:
http://www.davidbrianwriting.co.uk/in...

Happy Christmas & Happy New Year to one and all!
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March 21, 2017

The Strange Case at Misty Ridge

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"Humankind is but the pieces in a game, plastic soldiers waging war between boy gods."

April 19th, 2017, sees the release of my new supernatural mystery novel, The Strange Case at Misty Ridge.

When a young woman turns up at Jack Keswick's door, claiming her home is infested with troublesome spirits, his investigations lead to a haunted cottage, the restless dead, and the revelation of a maleficent force that will forever change his perception of reality.

"The glow offered by the nightlight is gentle, orange-pink even through closed lids, and the distant murmurings of the downstairs television, along with the occasional sounds of laughter–my parents, talking and laughing in tones which soothe–comforts me, and gives reassurance of their close proximity.

I fidget from my side onto my back, and something tickles the top of my thigh. The lightness of the contact induces an involuntary giggle, and a second movement, lower down my leg, is greeted with the same response. Something scurries across my cheek and down my neck, and suddenly I am frightened.

There are things crawling on my legs and up my arms, and even through the cloth of the bodysuit I can feel their weight pressing on my chest. I attempt to open my eyes, but thin legs tangle with fine lashes as they rest upon my lids like coins of the dead."

https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Case-M...
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-Case...

"The dead are never still, they exist just beyond the corners of our eye, in the barren wasteland beyond our own phantasmagoria, and we, for the most part, remain oblivious to their plight."

The novel is available to pre-order, at the offer price of .99 cents/pence.
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Published on March 21, 2017 04:27 Tags: david-brian, demons, ghosts, gods, haunted-houses, horror, mystery-suspense, occult, supernatural

February 12, 2017

'Love Hurts' Horror Giveaway: February 10-17th.

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Okay, so Valentine's Day is close upon us. It's time for cards, flowers, chocolates and romance. Or else...

Look, all I'm saying is that love can hurt, right?
So, how about we forget all this lovey-dovey stuff, yes?

Instead, we could take a mosey on over to Instafreebie. Because once there we can grab ourselves some 'blood and kisses' themed mayhem, including a splendidly raw little novelette titled Lonely is the Night. (Yes, I admit it, I'm bias.) Lonely is the Night by David Brian

http://sandraseymour.com/horror-givea...

That's right, it's time for the 'Love Hurts' Horror Giveaway. So, whether it's ghosts, zombies, or fang-bangers that are your thing, you'll be sure to find something that takes your fancy during this latest giveaway.
Go on be a devil, and then tell your friends about it!
#instafreebie
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Published on February 12, 2017 17:38

January 23, 2017

Horror & Suspense Free Book Giveaway!

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Are you a fan of all things dark and twisted? Then take a moment and check out this Horror & Suspense Free Book Giveaway over at Instafreebie.


More than forty eBooks available for free (Yes Free!) download.

This is a great opportunity to check out some new names in the horror genre. So please do spread the word about this promotion. #instafreebie


Included in the offer is my own creepy little novelette, Gloop! So hurry, as this promotion only runs 23-27 January, 2017.

http://www.craigmcdonough.com/horror-...
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Published on January 23, 2017 03:13 Tags: david-brian, horror-suspense, monsters, multiple-authors, paranormal, supernatural

December 20, 2016

Yo Ho Ho Merry Christmas, Everybody! The Free Days of Christmas Horror eBook Bonanza!

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I really don't know what's wrong with me. Perhaps the rumors are true, and some rather unhealthy lifestyle choices have lead to my becoming afflicted with Mad Reindeer Disease. (No, I've got no intention of explaining myself to you!)

On the other hand, maybe my usual bah humbug(!) has simply been overcome with Christmas cheer. Who knows?

Either way, starting December 23rd, up until and including December 26th, those five eBooks displayed in the GIF will be available to download free on Amazon Kindle.
https://www.amazon.com/David-Brian/e/...
https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Brian/...

As an aside, I am currently running a Goodreads Giveaway, with two signed copies of Dark Albion up for grabs, here:https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sh...

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I would only beg one small favor of you, dear reader. If you do choose to download any of these titles (or the books of anyone else for that matter), please consider adding them to your TBR shelves on Goodreads.
A little action such as this can help an author gain visibility, and is always to be appreciated.

Happy Holidays!
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Published on December 20, 2016 10:01 Tags: amazon-free, david-brian, free-books, giveaway, horror, kindle