(Published by Cemetery Dance Publications)
“NOTHING LASTING is a moving coming-of-age tale, full of the pangs of first love, the pains of deep regrets, and the perils of choosing your friends unwisely. This is adolescence the way it usually is, rather than the version we choose to remember.”
— Brian Hodge, author of WHOM THE GODS WOULD DESTROY and PICKING THE BONES
“In NOTHING LASTING, Glen Krisch has one line that stood out for me: Ever wonder what secrets people keep? This is the core theme of the novel, and it’s one that is completely fascinating, emotionally-charged, and almost magic with its combination of complexity wrapped in simplicity. This is a fresh look at the coming-of-age novel, and it’s one of the best I’ve ever read. I loved this book, and I wish I’d written it. Krisch writes with a natural style that is almost invisible, allowing his wonderful characters to tell their own story in their own way. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.”
— John R. Little, Bram Stoker Award winning author of MIRANDA, THE MEMORY TREE, and URSA MAJOR
“From the first few pages of NOTHING LASTING–from the title itself, even!–Glen Krisch creates a sense of dread that never lets up. The characters live and breathe, and I felt as if I knew every one of them, the good and the bad. Fans of dark coming-of-age tales will undoubtedly cite this one as a favorite for years to come.”
— James Newman, author of MIDNIGHT RAIN, ANIMOSITY, and UGLY AS SIN
Twenty-five years ago, Noah Berkley’s childhood was stolen from him.
Twenty-five years ago, he lost the first and only love of his life.
Twenty-five years ago, someone died at his hand.
Only now, after all these years and spurred by the death of his father, does Noah Berkley believe he can face the memories he buried in the winter of 1984.
But sometimes memories aren’t the only things we recover when we reopen the wounds of the past…
“Krisch writes with sheer force and raw power–a welcome entry to the horror ranks.”
–Scott Nicholson, best-selling author of The Red Church
Maury has the power to pull dreams into the waking world, giving the dreams corporeal form. These dream-people range from seemingly human figures, to monstrous beasts compelled by the most primal urges. Once exposed to the real world, the dreams evolve, adapting to their surroundings.
Maury is gathering dreams for display at Lucidity, the soon-to-open Museum of Dreams. From a boy named Kevin, he removes Mr. Freakshow, a nightmare feeding on the trauma of Kevin having recently witnessed his father’s murder.
As Maury falls in love with a dream-woman named Joy, he realizes how wrong it is to enclose the dreams. During the Lucidity’s Grand Opening, Mr. Freakshow escapes. To create a diversion, Mr. Freakshow frees the other dreams. The Nightmares, The Erotic Dreams, The Serenity Dreams–all of the dreams–invade the city.
Mr. Freakshow knows the rules that govern the dreams:
1. A dream-person achieves immortality by killing its dreamer.
2. If a dreamer dies for any other reason, the embodied dream disappears forever.
At first Maury seeks out Mr. Freakshow in order to stop him, only to realize there is only one way to accomplish this; he must find Kevin first, killing him before the nightmare has its way.
Kevin will do whatever it takes to be free of his nightmare, once and for all.
Maury will do whatever it takes to protect the love of his life.
Mr. Freakshow will do whatever it takes to realize his immortality.
“Every new book by Glen Krisch is a reason to celebrate. Seeming to come from out of nowhere, he writes with the kind of assured, lyrical style that makes other writers salivate. Count me as one of them. He knows what makes a story tick. He knows the value of character. And he knows how to scare you. And he does it all like someone who has been writing since before King was King. Mark my words: The future for Krisch is going to be a bright one, and I’m hard-pressed to think of anyone who so completely deserves it.”
— Kealan Patrick Burke, author of The Turtle Boy and Kin.
Summer, 1934. Two boys, searching for a local legend, stumble upon the Underground, a network of uncharted caverns. Time holds no sway there; people no longer age and their wounds heal as if by magic.
By morning, one boy is murdered, while the other never returns. Below a town ravaged by the Great Depression, an immortal society thrives, built on the backs of slavery and pervasive immorality.
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election day: A day set by law for the election of public officials.
Election Day: The day modern civilization ended after a series of EMP explosions destroys the planet’s electrical infrastructure.
Five years have passed since Election Day. In the ruins of society, the Anaki—the mythical locust people—work to erase any trace of humanity’s existence.
But every evil has its origin. As Kip Redfield carves a path of annihilation through the ruins of Chicago, he recalls a time long before Election Day, a time when he spent a carefree afternoon making new friends along the very same lake shore.
Sometimes memories change the future. Sometimes memories are better off forgotten.
A stand-alone novella set in the world of the Brother’s Keeper series, readers can enjoy reading THE HOLLOWED LAND before or after the first novel in the series, ARKADIUM RISING.
The Arkadium’s time has come. A religious cult intent on setting history back ten thousand years, destroying modern man’s domination of the planet.
Growing up, the Grant brothers were close, but as they reached adolescence they drifted apart, taking opposite paths into adulthood. Straight-laced Jason works for a small town newspaper. Marcus is into drugs, violence, and self-destruction.
Marcus finds salvation and sobriety when he joins the Arkadium and reaches out to his brother, wanting him by his side to record the new prehistoric era, Arkadium’s era. Jason faces a choice, join his brother in the destruction of humanity, or die like one of the millions of innocents who will fall in the Arkadium’s ascent.
The devil—both the literal and figurative fiend—is everywhere…
The disembodied voice commanding a serial killer…
The commander of an alien species destroying a peaceful planet…
A bookish man who wants all the time in the world, all for himself…
A demon seducing a town into having Christmas every day of the year.
In these eight stories you will see Evil in its many guises.
Table of Contents:
“To Skin the Devil”
“Child Borne of Shattered Skies”
“Sale of a Lifetime”
“Pain is My Fear Escaping”
“The Christmas Creep”
Six short stories that delve into the varied and fruitful landscape of the apocalypse.
A winter that never ends awakens a long-dormant beast…
A secret religious cult brings down modern civilization with one cell phone call…
A plague’s first symptom is the stricken’s bloody tears…
Read about these and other frightening scenarios.
Eight stories of twisted horror, crime, and dark humor.
Table of Contents:
“In All My Years of Kindergarten”
“An Untenable Madness”
Complete with story notes that explain the origins of these stories.
This omnibus contains the novels WHERE DARKNESS DWELLS and THE NIGHTMARE WITHIN. A monster of a volume, this single ebook is over 195k words (or 700+ pages if in print).
WHERE DARKNESS DWELLS, a Great Depression Horror Novel:
Summer, 1934. Two boys, searching for a local legend, stumble upon the Underground, a network of uncharted caverns. Time holds no sway there; people no longer age and their wounds heal as if by magic. By morning, one boy is murdered, while the other never returns.
Below a town ravaged by the Great Depression, an immortal society thrives, built on the backs of slavery and pervasive immorality.
THE NIGHTMARE WITHIN:
Maury can pull dreams into the waking world, giving them corporeal form. From a boy named Kevin, he removes a nightmare dubbed Mr. Freakshow. Mr. Freakshow knows the rules: a dream becomes immortal by killing its dreamer. When the nightmare escapes his confinement, he has but one goal.
Will Kevin survive his nightmare?
A 29k word (or about 110 printed pages) novella.
After Angie Chandler’s husband dies in a car crash in which she was driving, her life comes undone. Though her soul mate is gone, her memories of Paul linger as she tries to recover at their secluded wooded estate. Ostracized from Paul’s family–the only family she has really known–Angie’s life spirals down a dark path of alcohol and pills. In the blur of constant self-medication, Angie is in no position to know what is happening to her.
Is Paul haunting her?
Has she gone mad?
Or is there another possibility, something far worse?
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An 18,000 word collection of 6 stories, all centered on the theme of madness. Sometimes rage can accompany madness. Sometimes whimsy. Sometimes longing. From science fiction, to crime, to horror, these stories cover a wide range of genres, but in every case, the main characters are somehow unhindered from their moorings.
Table of Contents:
“So Close to Home” Originally appeared in Shroud Magazine #8, Winter 2008
“Pain is My Fear Escaping” Originally appeared in Atomjack Magazine August 2009
“An Untenable Madness”