Justin Alcala

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Justin Alcala is a novelist and nerdologist. He's the finalist for the Speculative Literature Foundation award and Bram Stoker award, and author of Consumed (BLK Dog Publishing), The Devil in the Wide City (Solstice Publishing) and Dim Fairytales (All Things That Matter Press). He has dozens of published short stories, It Dances Now (Crimson Street Magazine), The Offering (Rogue Planet Press) featured in magazines and anthologies. When he’s not burning out his retinas in front of a computer, Justin is an adventuresome tabletop gamer. He’s also a blogger, folklore enthusiast and time traveler. He’s an avid quester of anything righteous, from fighting dragons to acquiring magical breakfast eggs from the impregnable grocery fortress.
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Justin Alcala Short Scary Stories Just in Time To Scare Your Pants Off!

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Marion Sullivan is content with her life. Maybe not complete, but content. She lives on a farm, enjoying the animals and land as if they’re her family. Sometimes, simplicity is key. But if there was one thing that would compliment Marion’s life even ...more
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We start in Nome, Alaska. One brave, or perhaps zealous doctor, introduces the reader to the problem immediately. It…doesn’t go well. Jump to the following chapters, where the protagonist, Matt Tulugak, is just having a casual little drive in his tru ...more
Consumed by Justin Alcala
"A brilliant and original title by Justin Alcala. I understand he has written other titles but this is the first of his I have read. First of all, and you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but the cover instantly drew me in and set me up for the..." Read more of this review »
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"This is a great horror mystery novel. It held my interest throughout the book. I'm looking forward to the next book! "
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"Brilliant book!

What a story, crafted perfectly to draw you in and keep you hooked until the final page.

Loved the tale and how it brought a new slant to the well written stories of vampires.

Highly recommended." Read more of this review »
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“Which is the true nightmare, the horrific dream that you have in your sleep or the dissatisfied reality that awaits you when you awake?”
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“Non fiction? Non fiction?! Listen, reality is what got me into this mess in the first place.”
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“We love the night and its quiet; and there is no night that we love so well as that on which the moon is coffined in clouds.”
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“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”
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“Experts in ancient Greek culture say that people back then didn't see their thoughts as belonging to them. When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love.

Now people hear a commercial for sour cream potato chips and rush out to buy, but now they call this free will.
At least the ancient Greeks were being honest.”
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“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!”
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“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching -- they are your family. ”
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Robert Thanks for the friend request, Justin.


Sophia Thanks for the friend request, Justin.

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Steph Patt Hi Justin! Thanks for the friending! Hope to chat soon about books! Have a lovely day!


Meutia Thanks for the friendship, Justin. Have a nice day! :)


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Dusty Holloway Hey, Justin. Thanks for connecting here with me! Hope you have a lovely day. :)


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