This illustrated novel is part of the Jack the Ripper Victims Series. Each novel in the series is a stand-alone story. (The cover is the only illustration with the audio edition)
In Of Thimble and Threat, Alan M. Clark tells the heartbreaking story of Catherine Eddowes, the fourth victim of Jack the Ripper, explaining the origin and acquisition of the items found with her at the time of her death, chronicling her life from childhood to adulthood, motherhood, her descent into alcoholism, and finally her death. OF THIMBLE AND THREAT is a story of the intense love between a mother and a child, a story of poverty and loss, fierce independence, and unconquerable will. It is the devastating portrayal of a self-perpetuated descent into Hell, a lucid view into the darkest parts of the human heart.
Bull’s Labyrinth a novel by Eric Witchey
Mythic Daedalus and Nikkis fall in love amid the power struggles between ancient matriarchal and patriarchal mystical religions. Their love challenges the power of gods and kings, and they are cursed forever. Thousands of years later, Nikkis’s study of ancient languages pits her against corruption, smugglers, and the curse she must break in order to free Daedulus and rekindle love that spans ages.
Did she do it?
A hundred years ago, it was the Trial of the Century. A young woman stood accused of brutally murdering her father and stepmother in a crime so heinous that it became a benchmark in human tragedy.
A hundred years later, the Lizzie Borden case still resounds in the imagination. There are those who staunchly defend Lizzie’s innocence while others behemently decleare that she did it, and that the murder was justified.
In Elizabeth Engstrom’s brilliant novel, the dark psychology of the Borden household is laid bare. Lizzie, her sister Emma and their parents Andrew and Abby Borden, are sharply illuminated—as are the paranoia and concealed hatred that secretly ruled the family. Domestic violence and dysfunctional families are not inventions of modern times.
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In the beginning of the nineteenth century, the two murderous Harpe brothers, loyal to one another but violently at odds, go on a year-long killing spree in the American frontier, dragging with them the three wives they share between them; women who form a triangle of dependency, loyalty, jealousy, hatred, love, and betrayal.
The Door That Faced West is the bloody tale of America’s first serial killers, Wiley and Micajah Harpe, told from the point of view of one of the three wives, the sixteen-year-old daughter of a minister. A piece of history unknown to most, the story takes place shortly after the American Revolutionary War, when communication was poor between settlements in the frontier territories of Tennessee and Kentucky, and sociopathic violent criminals literally got away with murder.
Three college girls go looking for excitement in a cowboy bar east of the mountains. After their car breaks down on the way, they come across a campground closed for the winter where three older guys are hanging out, drinking in their car, having gone “camping” on a whim. The girls pile into the car with them to get warm. The events which then transpire on this endless night of truth and terror leave three people dead and four people with lives that will never be the same. This thriller from veteran author Elizabeth Engstrom includes discussion questions for book clubs, literature classes and women’s studies classes.
Professor Witchey’s Miracle Mood Cure a collection of short fiction by Eric Witchey
Whether the characters are long-haul submarine trucking, building sailboats from volunteer trees, or fishing with alternate universe physics, they are living lives familiar to all and full of the wonderful that surrounds us every day. This fabulist, futurist, funny, and sad collection of tales from award-winning writer Eric Witchey includes two novelettes and 23 short stories that span genres. Seven of the stories in this volume are previously unpublished. For best results, take one tale before bed.
Inspired by the true crimes of the Wardlaw sisters. In A Parliament of Crows, the three Mortlow sisters are prominent American educators of the nineteenth century, considered authorities in teaching social graces to young women. They also pursue a career of fraud and murder. Their loyalty to one another and their need to keep their secrets is a bond that tightens with each crime, forcing them closer together and isolating them from the outside world. Their ever tightening triangle suffers from madness, religious zealotry, and a sense of duty warped by trauma they experienced as teenagers in Georgia during Sherman’s March to the Sea. As their crimes come back to haunt them and a long history of resentments toward each other boils to the surface, their bond of loyalty begins to fray. Will duty to family hold or will they turn on each other like ravening crows?
Good sex scenes are a must in today’s novel, and they don’t just happen on their own. There is a structure, a method, and boundaries to be drawn. Whether you want to write for publication or your own enjoyment, whether you want to write sizzling sex scenes for your novel or erotic short stories, you’ll find the tools here.
Apologies to the Cat’s Meat Man, a historical fiction novel by Alan M. Clark
This illustrated novel is part of the Jack the Ripper Victims Series. Each novel in the series is a stand-alone story.
Annie Chapman led a hard, lower class life in filthy 19th century London. Late in life, circumstances and and her choices led her to earn her crust by solicitation. After a bruising brawl with another woman over money and a man, she lost her lodgings and found herself sleeping rough. That dangerous turn of events delivered her into the hands of London’s most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Contrasting her last week alive with the experiences of her earlier life, the author helps readers understand how she might have made the decisions that put her in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This illustrated novel is part of the Jack the Ripper Victims Series. Each novel in the series is a stand-alone story.
The beast of poverty and disease had stalked Elizabeth all her life, waiting for the right moment to take her down. To survive, she listened to the two extremes within herself–Bess, the innocent child of hope, and Liza, the cynical, hard-bitten opportunist. While Bess paints rosy pictures of what lies ahead and Liza warns of dangers everywhere, the beast, in the guise of a man offering something better, circles closer.
Angie Smith and Curtis Loew are having dreams they can’t shake. At the heart of each is Angie’s daughter, Kaya. Angie’s dreams end in death, the spreading of hand-shaped bruises across her daughter’s throat. Curtis’ dreams end in something else, something closer to obsession than love.
Angie is worlds away, trying to keep her drug-shattered mind from falling apart, traveling through an American underbelly filled with inhuman shapes, dark whispers and old friends with empty eyes.
Curtis is Kaya’s new neighbor. He’s getting closer to her, and her mentally unstable grandmother, Colleen. He’s had families before, but he’d always made mistakes. Mistakes that led to new names, new towns. But this one time, he swears, things will all work out. He’s got so much love to give.
A story that illuminates the dark corners of creative endeavor in which inspiration, no longer an elusive, spritely muse, turns deadly and begins stalking the artist.
In this gritty, yet poignant novel, the life of an alcoholic artist and author crashes headlong with that of a serial murderer. Aiden is desperately trying to survive a serious brain infection, while simultaneously hiding his addictions. When Frederick comes into his life, bringing a horrific desire to dismantle young women, Aiden’s world careens out of control, toward pure terror.
York’s Moon is an unconventional murder mystery, a love story, and the story of the little guy fighting city hall and winning. Sort of.
When a dead guy falls off the train just yards from Yorktown, a hobo camp near West Wheaton, California, all manner of forces begin to collide.
The two novels within this volume, Say Anything But Your Prayers, about the life of Elizabeth Stride, and Of Thimble and Threat, about the life of Catherine Eddowes, give a view of life and the struggles of women in Victorian London. Since the murderer was never caught, fascination with the unsolved mystery has been widespread and enduring. But what of the women? Who were they? What was life like for them in London of the time period? What were their struggles, their hopes, their regrets? What of the decisions they made in life might have delivered them into the bloody hands of the Ripper? The two novels within this volume give possible answers to these questions.
D.D. Murphry, Secret Policeman, a novel by Alan M. Clark and Elizabeth Massie
D.D. Murphry, Secret Policeman, fights the crimes nobody else can see or believe. Despite the daily perils and without praise, he lives a hard life on the street as a homeless man while pursuing the most dangerous criminals. Ordinary people sleep secure in their beds never knowing they owe their happiness to the one man who stands alone against hidden evildoers: D. D. Murphry, Secret Policeman.
A suspense thriller with a murder mystery at its heart, Black Leather begins with two blonde sisters, one black husband and a murdered Navajo. Reality becomes increasingly uncertain as a husband works to help his accused wife. Evidence isn’t what it seems to be, neither woman is who she seems to be, and all three hold close their dark secrets.
The Man in the Loon, by Mitch Luckett
The Man in the Loon—the sequel to To Kill a Common Loon, dishes out a murder mystery cooked up in a quirky, magical, eco-friendly tour de force. There is a rash of local high-school football players dropping dead, a mystical burning totem pole, a series of catastrophic earthquakes, and an ages-old wrong that needs to be righted before it is too late for humankind.
In this collection of short fiction, Elizabeth Engstrom expertly plies her trade as a veteran storyteller. Handpicked from her archives of dark and haunting short stories, she has chosen those that will take you on some extraordinary excursions.
In this gritty, hard-hitting story, a young mom gets caught up in a complex web of drug smuggling and money laundering, unwittingly putting her son’s life at risk. She bravely and courageously faces down the bad guys and finds love in an unexpected place with an unlikely partner. A riveting, fast-paced thriller expertly told by veteran storyteller Elizabeth Engstrom.
Death is a Star, a novel by Christina Lay
A time-traveling elephant handler from Assyria must confront a demon, a circus in disarray, a scheming sister, and her own dark past in order to save her soul and protect the modern world from an ancient evil.
The Blood of Father Time, Book 1: The NewCut, by Alan M. Clark, Stephen C. Merritt and Lorelei Shannon.
This novel, the first in a series, is a time-travel fantasy inspired by actual historical events and the outlaw clans of early eighteen-hundreds Tennessee. It’s a coming-of-age story, an epic adventure, and a rich historical drama.
The Blood of Father Time, Book 2: The Mystic Clan’s Grand Plot, by Alan M. Clark, Stephen C. Merritt and Lorelei Shannon.
This novel, the second in a series, is a time-travel fantasy inspired by actual historical events and the outlaw clans of early eighteen-hundreds Tennessee. It’s a coming-of-age story, an epic adventure, and a rich historical drama.
How I Met My Alien Bitch Lover: Book #1, from the Sunny World Inquisition Daily Letter Archives, by Eric Witchey.
Hiding from a black ops agency, Len Furstin has taken a job as a reporter for a batbaby and bigfoot type tabloid. In his guise of reporter, he seeks proof of alien visitations. When a young grad student claims to have that proof, he follows her deep into a storm made up of unnatural lightning, wildfire, techno-ninjas, hormones, a forest ranger, an ostrich farmer, coyotes, and space aliens.
Candyland, by Elizabeth Engstrom.
Peter and Tess, both damaged by their various encounters with family and love, meet in a bar and go back to his place for the night. There, they discover the freedom of unconditional love and acceptance and retreat from the world to search for the meaning of life in each other. Eventually, their experiment takes a dark turn. A dark, disturbing novel of love and obsession by veteran author Elizabeth Engstrom. Now a major motion picture starring Gary Busey.
The Northwoods Chronicles, by Elizabeth Engstrom.
Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review: “Dark fantasy writer Engstrom (Black Leather) starts on familiar ground, but rapidly turns this ‘novel in stories’ into a genre-blending exploration of love, aging, grief and sacrifice. Fast-paced, melancholy and beautiful, the overarching narrative binds a collection of good stories into a superb if unconventional novel.
To Kill a Common Loon, by Mitch Luckett
“LOON asks, what if you accidentally shape-changed into your spirit animal and it was not a noble predator but a low-on-the-food-chain prey? Add a human whodunit to the mix and you get an off-beat, juicy stew. LOON is that rarest of literary birds: a funny book with a vital message.” –M. K. Wren, author of the “Conan Flagg” mystery series and novel, A Gift Upon the Shore.
Beware the Boojum, a novelette by Eric Witchey
If love conquers all and the standard model of particle physics only accounts for 5% of the universe, then… When isolated, almost totally insane asteroid miner Bracken MacFie sets his sights on being reunited with the lost love of his life, who is absolutely, totally bat shit nuts, he must overcome the ambitions of the man who separated them and the avarice of institutions.
To Build a Boat, Listen to Trees, a novelette by Eric Witchey
A heart-warming fantasy tale in which compassion, heart, and attention to the whispers of the natural world create love, thwart enemies, and save a kingdom. Port Corwald, A peaceful maritime city state in the mists of the distant past, is threatened by warring nations on all sides. An old carpenter, a young mute, and a princess band together to save their home.
The Tao of Flynn, a novelette by Eric Witchey
Sometimes, a liar can be the most honest man in the room. Magic surrounds us all the time, but Richard wouldn’t have believed it until he met Flynn, a self-avowed lying salesman who makes his way in the world by giving people what they want. A novelette: 12,000 words. Originally published in the April, 2004 edition of Realms of Fantasy Magazine.
Beyond the Serpent’s Heart by Eric Witchey
Nothing ruins a first date like a kidnapping and learning you’re the Mayan god destined to destroy the world. The fantastic story of why the Mayan apocalypse didn’t happen because of the strength of one man’s heart.
“Brittle Bones and Old Rope” by Alan M. Clark
World Fantasy Award-winner Alan M. Clark brings you “Brittle Bones and old Rope,” the the story of a child’s search for meaning and personal worth. Little Dylan died when he was five years old, too early to have made any sense out of life and his place in it, and now he must come to terms with what little existence he’s had before passing on to whatever lies beyond death.
“Crosley,” a short story by Elizabeth Engstrom
Veteran writer Elizabeth Engstrom is at her best with her finely-crafted short fiction. Known for her dark fantasy novels and stories as well as mysteries, she combines genres here in “Crosley,” an erotic story of love and loss, of longing and heartbreak and justice.
“The Apple Sniper,” a short story by Eric Witchey
This short story by award-winning writer Eric M. Witchey explores the relationship between the village and the aspiring warrior. It is one of a dozen or so short stories the author affectionately calls “The Neighborhood Stories” because of their loose relationship to the neighborhood in which he was raised.
The Christmas Thingy, a delightful full-color children’s book, written by F. Paul Wilson, illustrated by Alan M. Clark.
Best selling author F. Paul Wilson and World Fantasy Award-winning illustrator Alan M. Clark offer up this fun children’s Christmas story about little Jessica, who wishes for a monster of her own for Christmas, and the gets more (and less) than she could have hoped for.