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Title: The Captivating Flames of Madness by Jeff Parsons
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Hellbound Books Publishing (April 5, 2018)
This book’s title comes from the reality that – like a moth to the flame – we’re all just one event, mishap, or decision away from things that could change our lives forever. What would you do if fate led you astray into a grim world where you encountered vengeful ghosts, homicidal maniacs, ancient gods, apocalyptic nightmares, dark magic, deadly space aliens, and more?If you dare, why not find out? Read for yourself the twenty-two gloriously provocative tales that dwell within this book – but be warned, some of my dear readers have experienced lasting nightmares…
About the Author :
Jeff has a long history of technical writing, which oddly enough, often reads like pure fiction. He is well-known for being unnoticed in the literary ﬁeld. In addition to his two books, The Captivating Flames of Madness and Algorithm of Nightmares, he is published in SNM Horror Magazine, Bonded by Blood IV/ V, The Horror Zine, Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, Chilling Ghost Short Stories, Dystopia Utopia Short Stories, Wax & Wane: A Coven of Witch Tales, Thinking Through Our Fingers, The Moving Finger Writes, Golden Prose & Poetry, Our Dance With Words, The Voices Within, Fireburst – The Inner Circle Writers’ Group Second Flash Fiction Anthology 2018, and Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 4. For more propaganda, visit his author page at Facebook.
This is not one full story, but several, 22 to be exact, shorter ones, so it’s harder to captivate your audience from the start every time.
I did enjoy a couple of these stories, but not all of them hooked me right away.
Don’t get me wrong they’re all disturbing, wacky, … with good plots and great characters for such short stories, but like other books you can’t love them all.
It’s however a perfect book for people who want to read something before bedtime and get a thrill before going to sleep during this Halloween season!
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