“A Third Choice” (A Matriarch Short Story)

A Matriarch short story by Kevin A. Ranson

JanissStakeOnlyYes, it hurts. Believe me, I know. Keeping as still as possible is the best thing you can do right now.

Ironic, isn’t it? A piece of wood sticking out of your chest isn’t killing you, but it’s causing so much pain you probably wish it would.

I’ll also apologize for all the motion. We’ve taken precautions, but being inside a moving vehicle makes it more difficult.

Of course, the best idea is I could remove that stake…but there would be conditions.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been staked before or even how long you’ve been a vampire, but from the way you were being treated by your sire, we guessed it wasn’t voluntary. Those kinds of relationships rarely end well, so we interceded. You watched us destroy your maker, but we both know what stays in our heads. Yes, I still have a little of mine,too.

Besides that, the other thing you’ll have to worry about is yourself.

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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.


See what Spooky’s been up to lately!

Meet Spooky, a dead little boy continuing to grow up. He goes to school, likes taking pictures in cemeteries, and doesn’t breathe. Accidentally starting the zombie apocalypse is his biggest fear, but it’s not his biggest problem.

The Spooky Chronicles is a paranormal mystery horror book series about a child who comes back to life as a zombie but is still getting older. Having already overcome personal tragedy in his life, his unique condition makes him aware of (and draws him into) a secret, paranormal underworld he never asked to be a part of (but still thinks is pretty cool).


I Want More – New 5-Star Review for The Matriarch!

5.0 out of 5 stars: “I want more.” May 21, 2013
By windigo98
This review is from: The Matriarch (Paperback)

Like usual when I find a book I want to read and enjoyed, I want more. The story was engaging. I couldnt put it down! Great character building. Good reasearch, background, and forshadowing. Loved what was done with the villian and humor. It leaves me wanting more. Pick it up now you can be like me waiting for the author to put out his next book!

15 Stars on Amazon! Sure, you have to add all 3 reviews together, but…

5.0 out of 5 stars The Matriarch April 26, 2013
By Shells
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice twist on the vampire story. Well thought out and detailed. Not quite what I expected from reading the synopsis but was pleasantly surprised. It’s a story that will appeal to teens and adults. Will also appeal to guys and gals.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book April 29, 2013
By aanandi
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

Loved it a must read for vampire lovers. A can’t put it down page turner. Can’t wait for the next one. 😉

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! April 26, 2013
By Drexell W. King II
Format:Kindle Edition

I knew this book involved Glenville, WV, but I didn’t know what the plot would be. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Kevin has me begging for a sequel. He knows how to spin a great vampire story. The way he portrays how vampires use their powers, with a little bit of twist on their weaknesses, will keep you glued to each page.

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.

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