My horror quartet, Fierce as the Grave, is free for the next five days, from July 20 to July 25. The collection features the story that was the inception and beginning of This Dark Earth called “Heaven of Animals,” a title I cribbed from legendary Southern author and poet James Dickey. It is truly a remarkable poem. Unfortunately, the story didn’t fit the flow of the book, but if you liked THIS DARK EARTH and ghost stories, vampires and whatnot, you’ll probably enjoy this.
Having no souls, they have come,
Anyway, beyond their knowing.
Their instincts wholly bloom
And they rise.
The soft eyes open.
Here’s some info about Fierce as the Grave.
These four tales deal with the unquiet dead in all its various forms. From ghosts to vampires, zombies to vengeful spirits, these stories take you from a soft-apocalyptic future where computers are symbiotic creatures burrowing into your skin, to a post-apocalyptic world where cowboys round up zombies for slaughter. You’ll witness vampires hosting the birthday party of the century in a antebellum mansion in the old south and a young boy beginning to understand that the evil he does will come back to haunt him.
Includes the stories “Verrata,” “Heaven of Animals,” “Bone China,” and “Sneaking In.”
Word Count: 25,000 words