Top Ten FREE Horror eBooks for Winter 2017

Top 10 Horror EBooks Winter 2017

Need some fun and terrifying reading for the cold months of winter? Looking for a break from the holiday cheer to dive into something more naughty than nice?

Here are Top Ten FREE Horror eBooks you can read during the cold, snowy months of winter in 2017. Ranging from deteriorating zombies to night devils to post-apocalyptic horror, these creepy stories will chill your bones much more than the below freezing temperatures outside!

Rotten Bodies

Rotten Bodies by Steven Jenkins

Dead Days: Season One

Dead Days: Season One by Ryan Casey
The Priest of Blood

The Priest of Blood by Douglas Clegg
The Lost Orphans

The Lost Orphans by J.S. Donovan

Miss Polly Had A Dolly

Miss Polly had a Dolly by Willow Rose
The Black Parade

The Black Parade by Kyoko M
Empty Bodies by Zach Bohannon

Empty Bodies by Zach Bohannon
Suicide Forest

Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates

Tempt by Claire Farrell
The Dark Verse

The Dark Verse by M. Amanuensis Sharkchild

Why YA Isn’t Just For YA Anymore

Why YA Fiction Isn't Just for YA Anymore

There has been plenty of discussion over the last few years about YA (Young Adult) Fiction in the mainstream.

It’s not necessarily a new thing as Mark Twain was writing about characters like Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer a century before we got Hogwards and Hunger Games.

In the 21st Century, we’ve seen an entire market grow out of the Young Adult genre. Of course Harry Potter was the catalysts for the massive appeal to teen fiction and that was quickly followed by Twilight and The Hunger Games, mainly due to their big budget blockbuster movie adaptations.

Now, every movie studio has rushed to find the next big thing in YA Fiction but unfortunately not all have worked. While the book series is still highly popular and regarded, the film version of The Divergent Series is woefully panned and the Percy Jackson franchise just never got off the ground. Even classics like Narnia were cut short.

Still, the literary world finds heavy profit in people reading YA Fiction. New series are out all the time, new authors from both the traditional and indie sides are finding audiences around the world who can’t get enough of reading about teenagers going on adventures or having love affairs.

And just why is that?

There are a number of factors but the main one these days is nostalgia. Most well-adjusted adults fondly remember their teenage years when they had no bills, didn’t have to go to work every day, and when the world was new and fresh in their eyes. It’s a safe place, where dangers aren’t all that dangerous and ideals seem monumentally important.

Nearly 50% of the young adult fiction audience is over the age of 30. While this is a surge, again it really isn’t anything new.

The best reason however is that the writing is not “dumbed down”. There was a period of time when fiction for teens and young adults was seen as something that had to be watered down, sanitized, and rinsed to a point of blandness. We don’t think of youth as that fragile anymore in this respect. Generation X has always had a fondness for the teenage years, we were marketed that message when we ourselves were that age, and never really let go of the fascination with being at the end of childhood and on the cusp of adulthood.

As long as the stories remain solid and the writing is captivating, YA Fiction should enjoy a lengthy run as being one of the most sought after genres for readers.

Youth Reading Still Going Strong

Many years after the last line was written in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the youth literature movement seems no signs of letting up.

Back in the early 2000s, Harry Potter was seen as a unique – and rather curious – phenomena. At the time, the literary world had gone decades without anything really motivating the younger audience to read. It was often thought that fiction would perhaps die out one day and be replaced by YouTube, blogging, and of course television.

Something interesting happened though when J.K. Rowlings‘ tales of a young wizard gained record-breaking appeal amongst a new generation of young people. It sparked a renewed interest in reading, and in storytelling. What some may have thought was a fluke, a one-trick pony, an aberration in the natural decline of more sophisticated entertainment, quite the opposite has happened.

Before Harry Potter ended, Twilight came into pop culture and established another niche in the young reader world. His Dark Materials, Abarat, The Hunger Games, Vampire Academy, Percy Jackson, The Immortals and about another dozen or so series have captured the imagination of the younger audience.

That audience is has grown up by ten years now, and are starting to read more. No, they didn’t stop when Voldermort was finally defeated or when Bella finally turned into a vampire, they continued reading older novels, more adult novels, and of course the latest popular teen lit series.

This is promising for the future of entertainment as far as writing and reading are concerned. Books on the other hand, may still be doomed. Even with the rise in reading, the traditional book may be going the way of the cassette tape pretty soon.

Books will probably never go away completely. There is a core audience of readers who relish paper over pixels, but as many big chain book stores are closing, it may be only a matter of time when the actual physical book becomes a rare (and expensive) indulgence.

Whatever form literature takes, it’s good to know it’s not dying any time soon. Nor should anyone have thought it would. Storytelling, in all its forms, has an audience – and most other forms of storytelling often have their roots in fiction. Musicians cite authors or lines from novels, television and movies notoriously adapt the printed word into the visual world.

The only call now would be to originality. We don’t need anymore vampire love stories. Let’s get a bit more creative and perhaps make new monsters, new love stories, new ideas, and keep the art of storytelling vibrant and healthy.

Loser Queen

As we strive for new and exciting ideas in storytelling, we came across this very inventive idea for not only a book trailer, but a story in general.

The title is “Loser Queen” and it allows users to guide the course of the story by voting online.  Using the best elements of blogging and creative storytelling, this may be the next big thing if promoted correctly.  The target audience is certainly there:  pre-teen females.