This quirky collection of short stories (and one novella) by Andy Rausch contains something for readers of every stripe. Rausch touches on a variety of genres, including horror, comedy, crime, and even Western, but every story features his unique, offbeat wit, superb writing, and razor-sharp dialogue, all delivered from a decidedly off-kilter perspective. His work has been praised by the likes of Cape Fear screenwriter Wesley Strick and Fort Apache the Bronx author Heywood Gould. Author Peter Leonard once compared his writing style to that of his father, Elmore Leonard. Storylines include a naïve little boy mistaking a burglar for Santa Claus, bumbling white supremacists attempting to resurrect the dead body of Adolf Hitler, a man who develops an unexplainable craving for the taste of human flesh, a would-be author summoning the spirit of dead novelist Charles Bukowski to assist him writing, a showdown between legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and a deadly serial killer on the dusty streets of Tombstone, and many more. So ask yourself: are you a little bit crazy, and if so, are you up to the task of reading these twenty-two wild and crazy tales of darkness, wackiness, and outright debauchery?
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Lucifer has been expelled to a place worse than Hell…Tucson, Arizona.
Having lost everything to the usurper Beelzebub, Lucifer finds himself trapped on earth, the one place he can die. Without options and shit out of luck, he does the unthinkable and realigns with his old nemesis, God, for a shot at vengeance against Beelzebub.
But there is a price.
Earth has been overrun by evil forces and God needs Lucifer to clean house. Forced to work with a band of redemption seeking degenerates, Lucifer must learn to put aside his hatred for mankind and learn to trust his teammates or they will not survive. Assisting Lucifer in his quest to liberate the world is the hot-tempered immortal Lilith, stoner Adam, a resurrected hit-man, and a witch with a pesky undead feline familiar called Dead Meat.
And they only have three days.
With the clock ticking, Lucifer must get his unwanted team up to snuff for their first mission while being hunted by his ex-wife, Agrat. Their mission is to assassinate an earthbound Demon Lord named Hornblas, who parades around as the head of the largest music conglomerate in the world.
And it gets worse.
Their contracts with God prohibit them from killing innocents or falling back into their sinful ways. Failure results in immediate banishment to Hell and certain death for Lucifer.
Filled with angels and demons, trips to Hell, and other supernatural beasties, The Wretched follows Lucifer through an ever-increasing vortex of trouble across the Copper State with a final climactic realization leading to the unraveling of Lucifer himself.
“I warmly endorse the continuing efforts of Dan Woll and Walter Rhein for their latest novel, “Paperclip.” Unsettled, stirring. drama-laden—“Paperclip” is written with gusto, good humor and a knowledge of the panoply that is America, as the authors take their three gifted characters from youth to adulthood. How can you resist a book that opens with a guesser who is always right? “Paperclip” begs for a read, a sequel, and a movie.”
—Dave Wood, Former Books Editor, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Past Vice-President, National Book Critics Circle
What if your whole life was an experiment?
Prior to meeting Carlie, Mickey’s biggest problem consisted of escaping the wrath of the ruler-wielding nuns of St. Asors. But when Carlie moved to town, Mickey found that the young girl’s proximity began to enhance a dormant ability to catch fleeting glimpses of the future. Confused by the stirrings of young love, Mickey began to sense the presence of a shadowy villain, driven by hatred, on a relentless pursuit that would not end until both Mickey and Carlie were dead.
SHE RETURNED FROM HER CELL TO GIVE THEM HELL!
When a rotting corpse suddenly appears and starts butchering Raynham’s youths, there’s really only one question that needs answering:
Is this faceless and rotting monster Peter Howard, or isn’t it?
Problem is, Peter Howard died 15 years ago. So how can he possibly be back from the dead and murdering people with such relentless and sadistic brutality?
Peter’s mother Malicia, who’s just been released from the lunatic asylum, may have the answers to the crazy puzzle, but the two detectives investigating the deaths don’t even know the right questions to ask her yet.
Mr. Ugly: It really doesn’t matter if you lock your doors; you simply aren’t safe anymore.
Even the best laid women can go wrong.
Daria Simpson is HUNGRY. She’s HUNGRY for sex and bloodshed and death.
Shelly Parker just wanted to have a threesome with her boyfriend Craig and her best friend Erica. Everything was shaping up nicely for their weekend of sexual fun and games, until they stopped at the creepy Crossway Diner and met Daria.
From the moment they met Daria, EVERYTHING went wrong for them; and it went wrong in the most horrific and terrifying of ways!
Daria: Paranormal service has been resumed.
Tom Wall and Veronique were two different folks from two different walks of life. He was a former Texas Ranger turned bounty hunter.
She was a monster.
It was only a matter of time before they fell in love.
After a life filled with adventure and danger, the two settle down together in Corpus Christi to start a family and a new future. But, Veronique’s past comes calling in the form of a monster named Stephan Trask He tears a violent path through the state of Texas leaving death and destruction in his wake. As this monster with a human face gets closer, the danger grows as Tom and Veronique’s young daughter, Josephine, begins to show signs of the emerging monster within her.
And all the while, the spiders begin to gather in the daffodils…
SPIDERS IN THE DAFFODILES is an American Western Horror story unlike anything you’ve read.
From the author of DEMONS DOLLS AND MILKSHAKES and EVERYTHING HERE IS A NIGHTMARE.
Consummate EVIL is coming. It is relentless and unavoidable. It is Blue.
Jessica Schreiber is seeing things. Very horrible things. Since arriving in Raynham for what should have been a relaxing vacation, she’s been seeing the Big Blue.
Jessica is smelling things too—dead and rotting things that she can’t see. She is sure those dead and rotting things are dead people. Lots of dead people.
Jessica’s worst nightmares will soon become her reality. Her reality will soon become a terrifying nightmare.
The tentacled residents of the House of Death have a lot that they wish to show Jessica Schreiber. They have a lot that they wish to tell her. But will she survive long enough to learn their lessons?