The Island – Horror Short Story Released

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My latest short story anthology, The Island, is officially released and available for download.

The Terrifying Tale of “The Island”

“The Island” is not just a single story, but three interconnected narratives woven into a chilling tapestry. The title story of this collection takes the reader on an adventure full of suspense and terror, guaranteed to captivate those who dare to explore its pages.


The main plot follows a man and his son lost at sea, taking refuge on an uncharted island not far from The Lesser Antilles. At first glance, the island seems like salvation, a temporary haven from the relentless ocean. However, as they struggle to find their way back to civilization, they stumble upon chilling and disturbing sights that make their ordeal far more horrifying.

The island reveals its secrets slowly, beginning with colossal webs that stretch across entire sections of jungle canopy. The striking absence of insect life adds to the growing sense of dread. But it’s within a strange cave that they discover something far more sinister and dangerous. The cave’s dark mystery sets the tone for a terrifying finale that will have arachnophobes and thrill-seekers alike squirming in their seats.

The fear of spiders, or arachnophobia, is a common human anxiety, and “The Island” taps into this primal fear with a visceral intensity. The story’s vivid descriptions and eerie atmosphere create an unsettling experience that lingers long after the final page has been turned.

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Though “The Island” is the title story, the two accompanying tales build on its themes and emotions, creating a rich, complex narrative. They contribute to an experience that is more than a simple fright-fest; it’s a psychological journey that explores human fears, survival, and the unknown.

If you’re looking for a read that will both thrill and chill, “The Island” promises a literary journey that you won’t soon forget. Whether it’s the mystery of the colossal webs, the unnerving absence of insect life, or the terrifying secrets hidden in the cave, “The Island” will leave you on the edge of your seat, questioning what might be lurking just out of sight in the wild places of our world.

Unraveling the Mystery of “One Autumn in Kane Grove”

In the shadows of academia, terror stalks the night. The second story in the collection, “One Autumn in Kane Grove,” is a chilling tale that delves into murder, superstition, and fear at Kane Grove University.

The peaceful setting of the university is shattered when a series of gruesome murders targeting women begins to unfold. As the killings become increasingly grisly, tension mounts between the university and the surrounding town. Accusations fly, mistrust grows, and the community becomes engulfed in fear and paranoia.

The horror deepens when the murdered women disappear from their graves. Whispers of the supernatural begin to circulate among the terrified students, with some even uttering the word “vampire.” Is there something otherworldly at play, or is the killer all too human?

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Short in length but profound in impact, “One Autumn in Kane Grove” is a foreboding tale that masterfully builds suspense. The mystery of the killings and the eerie disappearance of the bodies from their graves keeps the reader engaged, leading to a chilling and unexpected ending.

The author’s choice to weave in elements of the supernatural adds an extra layer of intrigue to the story. The notion of a vampire haunting the dark passages of Kane Grove University plays on the primal fear of the unknown, the inexplicable, and the monstrous. This blend of horror and mystery taps into timeless themes that resonate with readers, making it a standout story in its own right.

Moreover, “One Autumn in Kane Grove” complements “The Island” by continuing to explore human fears and the thin line between reality and imagination. While distinct in plot and setting, the stories share an underlying tone of dread and unease, making them perfect companions in this thrilling collection.

Whether you believe in vampires or not, “One Autumn in Kane Grove” will leave you looking over your shoulder and questioning the shadows. With its unsettling atmosphere and gripping narrative, this story offers a haunting exploration of fear, suspicion, and the dark corners of the human psyche. It’s a tale that lingers, chilling the reader long after the last page has been turned.

A Chilling Nightmare: The Horror of “Treman Mills”

“Tighten your seatbelts and brace yourself for a terror ride!” might well be the warning label for “Treman Mills,” the third spine-tingling tale in the collection. This fast-paced serial killer horror offers readers an immersive and chilling experience that rivals the most terrifying slasher films.

The story plunges us into the horrifying ordeal of Rachel, trapped inside an abandoned building that’s more than just falling apart. From dripping insulation and rats skittering through dark corridors to roaches crawling on decaying walls, the setting itself becomes a character in the story, intensifying Rachel’s—and the reader’s—sense of dread and desperation.

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But the derelict building is far from Rachel’s only concern. Pursued by a gang of thugs and separated from her friend Charlie, she must navigate the ominous labyrinth, all while a bloodthirsty serial killer stalks the shadows. The monstrous figure looms as a relentless, unseen terror, a living nightmare that could be lurking around any corner.

“Treman Mills” plays on some of the most fundamental human fears: fear of the dark, fear of being hunted, fear of being alone and helpless. The tension ratchets up with every turn of the page, and the story’s relentless pace leaves no room for respite. The characters’ fear is palpable, their terror rendered in prose that has led one reader to exclaim, “The best slasher film I’ve ever read!”

The horror genre is often seen as a reflection of societal fears, and “Treman Mills” is no exception. The story taps into universal anxieties and weaves them into a thrilling narrative that pays homage to classic slasher films like “Halloween,” “Friday the 13th,” and “Scream.” Yet it also stands on its own, offering a fresh and terrifying take on the serial killer theme.

As the final piece of the triad that began with “The Island” and continued with “One Autumn in Kane Grove,” “Treman Mills” completes the collection with a thundering crescendo of fear and suspense. Each story builds upon the terror of the previous, culminating in a finale that will leave readers breathless.

In “Treman Mills,” horror fans will find all the elements that make for a classic slasher tale, delivered with a unique flair and a relentless energy that ensures the chills keep coming. Whether you’re new to the genre or a seasoned horror enthusiast, “Treman Mills” promises a read that will haunt your nightmares and linger in your thoughts long after you’ve turned the final page.

The Island compilation represents my first foray into the exciting world of short stories. As an avid reader, I have become increasingly interested in short stories. While there is nothing like a good novel to lose yourself in for days or weeks, a short story feels perfect when you are in a period during which you don’t wish to commit yourself to a single story.

I strongly feel that the title story is my best writing to date. Kudos once again to eBook Launch for their terrific cover art.

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