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Robert “Sharky” Pruneda is a native Texan, video game “enthusiast” [addict], and fan of all things horror. He left a career in the newspaper industry in 2011 to pursue the life of a nocturnal author, brainstorming new and creative ways to creep out his readers. He doesn’t only write horror though. He also pens the occasional family-oriented tale just to keep from going completely nuts with all those creatures of the night whispering in his ears. When he’s not pulling ideas out of his twisted brain, you’ll likely find him on social media or fighting alongside his fellow gaming buddies where they all get shot up into Swiss cheese (or turned into little bite-sized chunks because of “Sharky’s” obsession with explosives). Medic!

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Robert Pruneda Devil’s Nightmare was very loosely based on actual events.

I can’t remember my exact age, but when I was somewhere between ten and twelve years old, my…more
Devil’s Nightmare was very loosely based on actual events.

I can’t remember my exact age, but when I was somewhere between ten and twelve years old, my sister introduced me to a parlor game that supposedly would allow us to speak with the dead. The game had a planchette and a board with alphabet and numbers painted on it, along with four complete words: Yes, No, Hello and Goodbye. I knew what a Ouija board was (and I had seen a movie about it), but I had never played with one before. It seemed like innocent fun . . . until I started using it by myself. Apparently, you’re not supposed to do that. Meh, I didn’t care. It was just a game, right?

I don’t have a story about ghosts throwing me across the room or demons possessing me. None of that happened, but aside from experiencing horrific nightmares and anxiety attacks, what really terrified me was an incident that happened at approximately 3 a.m. in my bedroom. I woke up feeling an intense amount of pressure against my chest, and I could not breathe. It was then that I noticed something hovering above me, just inches from my face. Fear paralyzed my body when a pair of demonic eyes appeared within the silhouette. I wanted to scream, but the pressure on my chest somehow left me completely mute. To this day, I have never been so terrified about anything in my life. Finally, my lungs filled with air and I let out a hysterical cry for my parents. The apparition disappeared as soon as Mom and Dad rushed into my bedroom and turned on the lights. I burned the Ouija board in the fireplace the next day and haven’t played with one since.

That incident in my bedroom in Austin, Texas was probably nothing more than a common phenomenon known as sleep paralysis. I’ve also had it happen to me as an adult. Basically, you wake up and are unable to move, speak, or react. It’s almost like you’re somewhere between sleep and waking up. Your brain and body haven’t quite synched up together. The demon I saw was likely a hallucination from a waking dream.

While science can explain what happened to me that night, it didn’t make it any less frightening for me as a kid. But what if it was real? What if had broken some sacred spiritual rule and inadvertently summoned a demon? What if there was an ancient curse involved? While I only loosely based Devil’s Nightmare on my childhood experience with the Ouija board, it still gave me the heebie-jeebies when I thought about it while writing the 360-page novel.(less)
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A couple of years ago I wrote a little short story about the jolly old fat guy in the red suit, but with a horror twist. It’s about a ten-year-old kid who gets bullied by a couple of neighborhood teenagers and writes to Santa Claus for help. Well, those bullies learn what it means to get on Santa’s “Naught List.” Find out what happens in my holiday horror short story Christmas Ashes.


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“muddy ground. He pushed himself backward, his hands frantically splashing in puddles of muddied water. The darkness of the cemetery made it impossible to see anything more than a shadow, but Cody knew what stalked him. He knew the evil coming. He screamed and jumped back to his feet. He ran as fast as he could on the slippery ground. Another loud crash of thunder followed a bright flash of lightning. He was so close, so close to the entrance to the cemetery, but the rain, stronger than before, hammered down upon him. He splashed through puddles of water, flinching from the sheets of rain slapping his face. He struggled to increase his speed, his tears blending in with the rain. Four bicycles lay scattered on the ground near the entrance of the cemetery. Cody yanked his bicycle upright off the ground and checked behind him, but there wasn’t anything there. He hesitated, his heart breaking at the sight of his friends’ bikes lying next to his. “I’m so sorry,” he cried before mounting his own bike. The mud, caked onto the soles of his shoes, caused his feet to slip on the wet pedals. He peered into the dark depths of the cemetery again and found the familiar shadow creeping towards him. Whimpering again, Cody reached down to scrape the mud off with his bare hands, and then pedaled a mile to his home in the heavy rain. Rain-drenched, Cody jumped the curb in front of his house and dropped his bicycle on the lawn. He ran to his open bedroom window, stumbled through it, and fell onto the floor. His bedroom curtains flapped inward”
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Robert Chad B. wrote: "Robert, thank you for accepting my friend request. I've downloaded Devil's Nightmare, looking forward to reading it. Hope you have an amazing 2014!"

Thanks for the download, Chad. A pleasure to connect wit you on Goodreads. Take care and have an awesome week!

Cheers!

Rob


Robert Matthew wrote: "Thanks for the add Sharky!"

You're welcome, Matthew.


Matthew Blake Thanks for the add Sharky!


Robert K.E. wrote: "Thanks for the friendship, Robert!!"

You're welcome and thanks for accepting. ;-)


Robert Dustin wrote: "Robert - thanx for the friend request ;)"

You're welcome, Dustin.


Robert Douglas wrote: "Thanks for friending me, Robert!"

You're welcome, Douglas. Have a great weekend!


Douglas Wickard Thanks for friending me, Robert!


Robert Karin wrote: "Well, hello there, Robert! Nice to see you on Goodreads!"

Let's see if I can handle adding yet another social media platform. LOL! :-)


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Karin Kaufman Well, hello there, Robert! Nice to see you on Goodreads!


Robert L.J. wrote: "Thanks for the add, Robert!"

You're welcome, L.J. Cheers!


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