Kick-back, watch a movie, binge a series or dive into a book--maybe a little bit of all of those things. My stories are based in crime, supernatural crime and horror!
Did you see something moving in the shadows? Was it your imagination? Look under your bed. Prop a chair in front of the closet...Just in case!
Read about: A six-year-old boy scrambles to escape a maniacal woman hell-bent on killing him • While going through an old trunk in his attic, a man discovers a hatbox that will forever change his life • Revenge motivates a scarecrow to kill • The mayor of a small town dips his hands in the town’s coﬀers once too often.
Horrible things happen to GOOD and to BAD people! These tales and ten others will keep you up at night wondering who might be lurking outside your door!
INCLUDED in this collection:
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
by Edgar Allan Poe
Available in paperback and ebook (Audible coming soon!)
Awake: Tales of Terror, by Lou Rera. Cover painting by Glen Orbik
Jim Thompson receives a phone call from a dead man, a man he watched die one drunken, adulterous night while out of town on business. Jim's wife, Deirdre, doesn't know his secret. Neither does Detective Frank Gibbons, who is hot on the case of the year-old crime. In this supernatural thriller, Jim's past surfaces through his guilt and lies. As Detective Gibbons closes in on the truth, Jim and Deirdre must run from a malevolent stalker in this terrifying horror tale of deception and murder.
"The whole time I was reading this, the "Twilight Zone theme kept playing in my head. Then I'd start humming the Alfred Hitchcock theme. This book definitely had the quality of both in it. I wouldn't normally read this type of story, but I 'm glad that I did. Well paced, believable characters, (especially Marlene) kept me wanting more. Great job on your debut novel Lou. Look there's a signpost up ahead, you've just entered The Twilight Zone..."
Reviewed by Brian Benson
"I read Lou Rera’s Sign with trepidation. I’m not much on horror, sci-fi or detective stories. But the book trailer grabbed me...Immediately I was drawn into the mystery of a phone call from the grave, the tense dynamics of a marriage going south, and harrowing scenes of unearthly visions...Rera cleverly braids several genres: a crime mystery, spousal conflicts, ominous mind games and the supernatural. No spoilers here, but readers will need to fasten their seatbelts and hang on. It’s a bumpy ride!"
Reviewed by Chera Thompson
Available in paperback, ebook, and audio by Audible
How about a story of a wisecracking bird? Maybe you'd like to peek into the lives of lonely people, dysfunctional relationships, and workplace fiascos.
There are no doors on a cocoon is a pocket-sized, quick read book with stories of ordinary people just stumbling through their lives in search of the meaning of anything in a world that’s been flattened by apathy.
This is a collection of sixteen flash fiction stories of sarcasm and irony featuring a variety of fictional characters and a moment in their unsettled lives.
There is the story of a snobbish art crowd clamoring to meet an unusual artist in, "Art for Art’s Sake." In the tale titled, "Help Wanted," a young boy with a speech impediment is tormented by an aging busboy. In another, a disgruntled social worker goes berserk in "Mr. Muzzy." In "The Helmet," a lonely woman and her fears meet head-to-head with terrifying results.
Twilight Zone or Hitchcock? These flash fiction tales are a caustic look at the seedier side of existence.
Available in paperback and ebook
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