Horror Thursday: Velvet Rain

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As it’s the May 2–4 weekend, it’s fitting to feature a Canadian BestSeller. Read on to find out how you could win an e-copy of this week’s horror teaser

By David C. Cassidy

Velvet Rain by award-winning horror author David C. CassidyIn this dank and vile tomb of torture, a wide bank of multicolored lamps blinked randomly in the darkness, betraying some sort of control panel. The strike of a wooden match produced a flare of flame beyond the lights. At this the woman’s eyes shot open, only to narrow from the intensity of the spotlight; naked and brutalized, chained to a cold hard chair, she barely held the strength to peer into the shadows. Her lips trembled, her breathing rapid. The light revealed a dark gap where three of her top teeth had been pulled from their roots.

A hint of smoke from the spent match lingered in the air. It breached the edge of the darkness as it passed her, only to be swallowed again. She seemed to settle a little, but then her eyes widened as a glowing red ember grew and shrank like a beating heart, as her captor drew on the cigarette.

A cutting cough rattled her, its bite seeming to strike from all directions. The sound was sickly.

Somewhere … a clock ticked.

Time stilled. That pulsing heart stopped and faded to black. Brikker extinguished the cigarette in a container that, among the throng of spent cancer sticks, held three toenails and the bloodied left lateral and two central incisors of an adult human female. He paused to study them, amazed at the surprising will of the woman. She was remarkable, truly. If only his pathetic henchmen who had shackled her were half as strong as she.

Brikker closed the lid on the container. He would break her. He would fill this thing if need be.

He shifted to her left. Every step seemed amplified. Every word.

“So … what do we know? Hmmm? What do we know.”

The woman stiffened. Her eyes darted as those elusive footfalls came again. She uttered a small shriek when Brikker touched her.

“Shhhhh.” He stood right behind her now, whispering from the dark. He stroked her shaven scalp with an ochred finger stained from a lifetime of smoking, let it run along the imperfect form of her skull; let it trace the four black digits tattooed there. Someone—his nemesis, Richards, he supposed—might have found her attractive. He found her repulsive. Most women were.

“Shhhhh,” he whispered again. “That’s better. Perhaps you’d like something to eat, hmmm?”

The woman tried to nod, but her bonds prevented such an act. She uttered a yes that was barely perceptible.

“Soon,” Brikker told her. “As much as you want.”

The woman squirmed, trying to hold against her aching bladder. Finally, she urinated. Her piddle dribbled over the edge of the chair and pooled at her feet.

“Do you know what day it is?” Brikker’s words circled in the darkness with every step.

There was no reply. The eyes told him no.

“The month?”

Still no reply.

His voice rose slightly. “Tell me your name.”

There was some hesitation, but then the words came dutifully, if dismally—four digits—not a syllable more. Brikker grinned.

“Do you remember Sarah? Sarah-Jane?”

No reply.

DO YOU REMEMBER SARAH-JANE? The words blasted from the blackness like bullets.

“No.”

She was lying. He could smell deception, as if it were a rotting carcass splayed before him.

Brikker stepped into the light, his formlessness becoming form in silhouette. He paused, and then he slapped her with brutal force.

The woman wept. Her breath came sharply, a thin whistle through the wide gap where her upper teeth had been. Dark eyes bulged from that emaciated face, giving her the appearance of a humanoid insect.

Brikker backed into the shadows for but a moment. He would break her, most certainly; she would deliver Richards, and then she would die.

The good Doctor stepped toward Sarah-Jane Metherell and held there, just beyond the reach of the light. The blade of a knife slipped from the darkness, glistening.

“Shall we begin?”

About the literary horror novel Velvet Rain

ReadersFavorite.com 5-Star Selection

In the unbound spirit of Stephen King’s The Green Mile, award-winning author David C. Cassidy takes you on an extraordinary journey into the heart of the human soul, where one man’s incredible story of courage and tragedy will lift you, shock you, stir you—and leave you begging for more. Velvet Rain is a rollicking thrill ride, pitting unstoppable power against unstoppable evil—one of the most wicked and despicable villains in fiction. With a pulse-pounding beat that weaves paranormal, horror, and soft sci-fi with a deeply human touch, this is a story of heartbreak and redemption, terror and torment, and is sure to please horror, thriller, and soft sci-fi fans alike.

I have seen the face of evil.

His name is Brikker.

A mysterious drifter, Kain Richards is the last of his kind—and a man on the run. Once a tortured prisoner and pawn in a deadly experiment, his freedom hangs in the balance against the relentless pursuit from an obsessed and brutal madman who will stop at nothing to possess him. So when Kain falls for a beautiful and sensible Iowa farmwoman, his very presence puts their lives in peril. A tragic accident forces his hand, and his astonishing secret—and godlike power—threatens not only his life and the woman he loves, but the fate of the entire world.

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Meet the author

Award-winning horror author David C. CassidyAward-winning author David C. Cassidy is the twisted mind behind several chilling books of horror and suspense. An author, photographer, and graphic designer—and a half-decent juggler—he spends his writing life creating tales of terror where Bad Things Happen To Good People.

David lives and plays in Ontario, Canada. From Mozart to Vivaldi, classic jazz to classic rock, he feels naked without his iPod. Suffering from MAD—Multiple Activity Disorder—he divides his time between writing and workouts, photography and Photoshop, reading and rollerblading. An avid amateur astronomer, he loves the night sky, chasing the stars with his telescope. Sometimes he eats.

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Please welcome our newest #BestSeller: David C. Cassidy

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BestSelling Reads is proud to announce our newest member: David C. Cassidy, the award-winning author of bestselling horror fiction.

David’s horror novel The Dark, published in 2014, won the IBPA (IPPY) Award in Horror Fiction, the ReadersFavorite.com Award in Horror Fiction, and was a ReadersFavorite.com 5-Star Selection.

“I’m thrilled to be a new member of BestSellingReads,” he says. “I’m looking forward to working with the group to promote and grow our readership. It’s great to be here!”

David’s other published fiction includes:

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Win-a-book Wednesday: The Crazy Old Lady Omnibus

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The Beacon Hill Chronicles

By Kathleen Valentine

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Kathleen Valentine is giving away e-copies of The Crazy Old Lady Omnibus (Beacon Hill Chronicles) in one volume — The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic, The Crazy Old Lady’s Revenge and The Crazy Old Lady Unleashed. Leave a comment below telling why you want to read about The Crazy Old Lady.

About The Crazy Old Lady Chronicles

Volume 1: The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic
The townhouses on serene, elegant Beacon Hill in Boston are some of the most lavish and expensive in the country. When Stan and Mattie take up residence in the dark and crumbling five-story house that Mattie grew up in, and has just inherited from her grandmother, their plans are to clean it out, fix it up, sell it, and return to their quiet life on Cape Cod. Mattie is overwhelmed by the gowns, furs and jewels in GrammyLou’s bedroom. Stan is amazed by the fifth-floor ballroom which has been locked up since the night of Mattie’s father’s thirtieth birthday party — the party that ended in the car wreck that killed both of her parents. Now, as they set about sifting through GrammyLou’s endless possessions they find mysterious things: a closet full of still-wrapped presents, a marked passage in her grandfather’s Bible, and a secret drawer with disturbing content. Mattie soon learns that her entire life has been built on a foundation of lies… that she was raised in a house of horror, by a monster.

Volume 2: The Crazy Old Lady’s Revenge
Growing up in her grandparent’s apartment in Boston’s Theater District, Vivienne Lang spent much of her childhood in the Beacon Hill townhouse of her best friend, Mattie Thorndike. Then Vivienne’s life was uprooted and, by the time she returned to Boston, she was deeply changed. Now, she spends her time taking care of her grandfather and studying martial arts, a lonely and reclusive woman, until she reads a newspaper article about a body buried in the garden of Mattie’s home. She and Mattie reconnect but within days of their reunion the realtor showing the house is found in the servants’ stairwell with a broken neck. Then the old housekeeper, Nell, is found floating, face down, in the ocean. As more bodies turn up, Vivienne becomes deeply involved in inexplicable circumstances including meeting a handsome, sexy ex-cop named Joe Quinn, and a strange, yarn shop-owner who calls herself Madame Defarge. And someone seems to be stalking Mattie.

Volume 3: The Crazy Old Lady Unleashed
Two years have passed since the horrible events in the Thorndike brownstone on Beacon Hill. Viv and Joe are recovering. Mattie and Stan have Adam, the little son they both adore. But strange things are going on in GrammyLou’s townhouse; realtors refuse to show it because they say it is haunted and prospective buyers are being frightened away. Mattie hires a Salem ghost-hunter named Destiny Starlight, but though she identifies three distinct spirits haunting the old ballroom, her bungling only makes matters worse. With the help of Calista Defarge and Anteus Roosevelt Jones, an elderly historian, Viv discovers an ancient secret the house conceals. Guided by a mysterious Romanian monk, Brother Maksim Gromyko, Viv makes a terrifying journey that could end her relationship with Joe—and possibly her life.Get it on Amazon.

About the author

KV-300pxKathleen Valentine was born and grew up in the Allegheny Highlands of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in The Arts and worked for over twenty years in the art/marketing departments of high-tech corporations. Since 2003 she has run her own design business, Valentine-Design.com. She is the author of “Fry Bacon. Add Onions”, a cookbook/memoir of growing up Pennsylvania Dutch, as well as four novels, several novelettes and short story collections, and knitting instruction books. She has been listed as an Amazon Top 100 Author in Horror. Her novellas, “The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic” and “Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter” were Amazon Top Ten Best Sellers in Horror and Ghost Stories for over 20 weeks.

Her blog at KathleenValentineBlog.com has been read by thousands of readers since its beginning in July 2005. She currently lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest seaport, and is writing every day.

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