Praise for “Tendrils Never Lie” – Thank You!

I like “Tendrils Never Lie” by Kevin A Ranson. It successfully incorporates some classical horror concepts into a very well observed and executed modern setting.

BestOfTheHorrorSociety2013That blurb is one tiny part of a full anthology review of The Best of The Horror Society 2013 available on Amazon. Someone not only reviewed the book but talked up each story inside; you don’t see that kind of thing very often, so I had to share! Here’s more:

There are some very good writers here. Along with the legenary William F. Nolan, the only living writer I know of who can be included along with the likes of Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson and Ray Bradbury. Included too are rising stars Richard Thomas, Weldon Burge, Joe McKInney, Aaron Warwick Dries, Robert S. Wilson, Scott Gorsiak (grin) and editor Carson Buckingham. Twenty-Five Tales of short and not-so-short, high quality and mostly unfamiliar shivers. Authors are included I’ve never heard of, but I chalk that up to personal ignorance on my part. One Hell of a lot of good horror writers have shambled their way into print and eprint over the last few years. It’s enough to make you throw your typewriter against the wall and try writing Harlequin Romances.

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“Tendrils Never Lie” to Appear in The Best of the Horror Society 2013 Anthology!

BestOfTheHorrorSociety2013My short story “Tendrils Never Lie” is slated appear in The Best of the Horror Society 2013 anthology for a mid-October release. This book is chock-full of horrific goodness; check out the Table of Contents!

FOREWORD – Scott M. Goriscak
INTRODUCTION – Carson Buckingham
CEREMONY – William F. Nolan
TENDRILS NEVER LIE – Kevin A. Ranson
THE MASK – Lisamarie Lamb
LEMMINAID – Carson Buckingham
THE CENTRAL COAST – Jason V. Brock
WHITE HELL, WISCONSIN – Weldon Burge
VICTIMIZED – Richard Thomas
NORMAL IS RELATIVE – Dan Dillard
THE PROCEDURE – Doug Lamoreux
THE LITTLE CHURCH OF SAFE CROSSING – Joe McKinney
MADELEINE – Julianne Snow
IT HAS TEETH – Christian A. Larsen
MASQUERADE – Dave Jeffery
BLACK BIRD – Rose Blackthorn
ADJOINING ROOMS – Scott M. Goriscak
THE INSPIRATION & HORROR OF GEORGE & HUGH – Nicholas Grabowsky
THE CLOWN – Henry Snider
MOVING DAY – Mark Onspaugh
ELLEN – Lee Pletzers
DADDY – Aaron Warwick Dries
SOFT LIKE HER – Charles Colyott
VENUS – L.L. Soares
THE LUMINOUS VEIL – Ian Rogers
BEER AND WORMS – T.E. Grau
BLACK MARY – Mercedes M. Yardley
THE BOY IN THE ELEVATOR – Robert S. Wilson
WEIRD – Dean M. Drinkel
HOTTIES – Mort Castle

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Published! The Matriarch is Available on Kindle at Amazon

SkyTreeFangMoon10WTF Books has published The Matriarch!
Get it now on Amazon Kindle and compatible apps. More options coming soon. Enjoy!

From WTF Books:

“In The Matriarch, Kevin Ranson interweaves real and fictional horror into a tale that is part mystery, part supernatural – and entirely hypnotic. Full of rich characterizations and settings, Ranson draws an original picture of the vampire – one that reveals its secrets as it plays on your senses and sympathies.”

Book Synopsis:

Every October, the freshmen at Glenville State College are told stories about Sis Linn, the local ghost who haunts Clark Hall and the graveyard where she’s buried. Murdered in 1919, she was beaten beyond recognition, the target of a brutal killer who was never caught.

The stories are wrong.

When present-day student Janiss Connelly stumbles upon the truth, she inherits a unique opportunity to end a century of bloodshed… even if it’s already too late for her.

Read more about The Matriarch

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The Matriarch to be Published by WTF Books!

SkyTreeFangMoon10WTF Books has accepted The Matriarch for publication in the very near future. “WTF” doesn’t mean what you think it means, so check out their site to find out who they are and what they have to offer!

From WTF Books:

“In The Matriarch, Kevin Ranson interweaves real and fictional horror into a tale that is part mystery, part supernatural – and entirely hypnotic. Full of rich characterizations and settings, Ranson draws an original picture of the vampire – one that reveals its secrets as it plays on your senses and sympathies.”

Book Synopsis:

Every October, the freshmen at Glenville State College are told stories about Sis Linn, the local ghost who haunts Clark Hall and the graveyard where she’s buried. Murdered in 1919, she was beaten beyond recognition, the target of a brutal killer who was never caught.

The stories are wrong.

When present-day student Janiss Connelly stumbles upon the truth, she inherits a unique opportunity to end a century of bloodshed… even if it’s already too late for her.

Read more about the upcoming novel, The Matriarch

BlueEyedLichhead2011May

New Synopsis for The Matriarch (back cover text tease)

SkyTreeFangMoon10Vampires don’t believe in ghosts.

Every October, the freshmen at Glenville State College are told stories about Sis Linn, the local ghost who haunts Clark Hall and the graveyard where she’s buried. Murdered in 1919, she was beaten beyond recognition, the target of a brutal killer who was never caught.

The stories are wrong.

When present-day student Janiss Connelly stumbles upon the truth, she inherits a unique opportunity to end a century of bloodshed… even if it’s already too late for her.

Read more about the upcoming novel, The Matriarch…

Middle of the Road (an excerpt from The Matriarch)

SkyTreeFangMoon10After accelerating out of a curve, Craig glanced down at his dashboard. The Escalade was just about to turn over its first hundred miles. He grinned as he repeatedly sneaked looks down at the dash trying catch the number rolling over. Just as it did, he looked back at the road in time to see something on the right side of the vehicle fall into its path.

Impact.

Craig gripped his steering wheel and stomped on his brake; the Escalade skidded to a stop in an impressively short distance. After shifting into park, the shoulder strap on his seat belt disengaged. He wondered for a moment why the airbags never inflated before finally assuming that whatever he’d hit hadn’t been big enough to set off them off.

What the hell was that?

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Everything Old Made New Again (an excerpt from The Matriarch)

SkyTreeFangMoon10Halfway down the corridor were two recreational rooms, one on either side. Unlike the solid condo doors, these rooms had glass door fronts. The one on the left had shades drawn, but the room on the right was full of elderly folks, including two she immediately recognized. Louisa stepped aside and held the door to allow Janiss to enter first.

“Mr. Fisher! Vivian!” Janiss could hardly believe it. They looked great, and Mr. Fisher was out of bed. How was he standing up on his own when he couldn’t walk before?

“Just call me John, my dear,” Mr. Fisher replied. “It’s good to see you again.”

Janiss gave both her old acquaintances quick hugs, then noticed how everyone was looking at her. It was as if she was the most important person in the room, or possibly the one that something terrible was about to happen to. It all seemed too well and good, as though something sinister lurked beneath the surface of the situation.

Then it dawned on her: it was their movement. None of them were doddering or shuffling about. Their actions were quick and deliberate, like a younger person’s movement. Janiss imagined that people half their age might have been wearing the masks of the people they had become. What was happening? Janiss looked back toward Louisa, who was conferring again with her thin assistant.

“Questions?” Louisa asked, looking toward her potential new employee.

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