Kindle Poetry Collection: CRUSHED VELVET: Poems Of Horror And Beauty

Crushed Velvet: Poems Of Horror & Beauty
by Mark McLaughlin

Available on Kindle/Kindle Unlimited. 

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BG8T5J5R
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0BG8T5J5R 

CRUSHED VELVET: POEMS OF HORROR & BEAUTY features the best of Mark McLaughlin’s poetry throughout his career. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, websites, and anthologies. His books include the novels, HUMAN DOLL, THE HELL NEXT DOOR, and INJECTABLES. McLaughlin was also one of the authors of THE GOSSAMER EYE, a collection that won the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Poetry category. 

Three authors were featured in THE GOSSAMER EYE: Mark McLaughlin, Rain Graves and David Niall Wilson. The three authors represented in this collection wrote in numerous speculative genres, with an emphasis on horror and dark fantasy. McLaughlin is also the author of many other poetry collections, including PROFESSOR LAGUNGO’S EXOTIC ARTIFACTS & ASSORTED MYSTIC COLLECTIBLES, which was a nominee for the 2003 Bram Stoker Poetry Award. 

“I have always felt that dark verse has to feature more than just gore, gloom, and violence,” McLaughlin said. “There has to be some profound human element. That element can be love, humor, irony, a contrasting appreciation of beauty, or any combination of possible options.”

CRUSHED VELVET features a wide variety of McLaughlin’s poems from various anthologies, magazines, and collections of his work. Poems you will find in this collection include “Now Is The Winter Of My Discontent Pterodactyl,” “Death Is Coming For You, My Friend,” “I Had A Dream And You Were In It,” “Mom And Dad Went Insane And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt,” “Older Than Dirt And Twice As Ugly,” “The Return Of Lizard-Lips,” “Steamroller Concerto (In B-Flat),” “A Dream Of Shrieking Insects,” “Consummate Blasphemy Of The Rustmad Technogod,” “Caligari, Inc.,” “Scandalicious,” “The Snickerer In The Snack Machine,” “Internet Witches,” and “A Flaming Death Is Not For Me.”

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New Kindle/Paperback: PROFESSOR LaGUNGO’S EXOTIC ARTIFACTS & ASSORTED MYSTIC COLLECTIBLES: INCREASED INVENTORY

PROFESSOR LaGUNGO’S EXOTIC ARTIFACTS & ASSORTED MYSTIC COLLECTIBLES: INCREASED INVENTORY
by Mark McLaughlin
Available as a paperback or for FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B7Z9S73Q
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0B7Z9S73Q

Mark McLaughlin’s 2002 poetry collection, “Professor LaGungo’s Exotic Artifacts & Assorted Mystic Collectibles,” now out of print, was a nominee for the 2003 Bram Stoker Award in the Poetry category. This “Increased Inventory” version of that collection features even more items from the notorious shelves of the Professor’s occult shop.

If you are not familiar with the Professor and his work, you will learn that he is an expert on all matters infernal, and is more than willing to share his knowledge.

Free-verse poems to be found in this collection include the following: “The Jack-The-Ripper-In-The-Box,” “The Eye Of A Nameless Idol,” “A Hollow Ceramic Cat With Something Vile Inside,” “A Vacuum Cleaner Filled With Unholy Ashes,” “Einstein’s Death-Ray Gun,” “The Obligatory Haunted Mirror,” “A Moon Rock With Some Alien Blood On It,” “A Rocking Horse With An Eerie Secret,” “The Sandwich That Killed Cleopatra,” “Little Typhoid Mary’s Coloring Book,” “Torquemada’s Clockwork Torture Automaton” and many more.

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New Kindle/Paperback: THE SPIDERWEB TREE

THE SPIDERWEB TREE
by Mark McLaughlin. 99 cents to buy on Kindle. Available as a paperback or FREE on Kindle Unlimited.
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B3SJ8NT4
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0B3SJ8NT4

In a distant forest near a swamp stood a dead oak tree filled with spiderwebs and inhabited by countless spiders. Among the tree’s branches sat a silver-eyed magic man, who played a major role in the personal evolution of the Wicked Queen. The 18 Spiderweb Tree stories in this collection are twisted retellings of classic fairy tales and folklore, so they are not for kids. These stories include “Hansel & Gristle,” “The Shoemaker’s Unpaid Interns,” “The Secret Last Name Of The Psychic Alchemist,” “Horror House Of Thumb,” “The Musical Rat-Catcher,” “Little Big-Nosed Woodenhead,” “The Tabby Who Enjoyed Wearing Shoes,” and many more.

This collection includes five more tales  The Lady With Little Friends In Her Hair And Other Urban Legends. An urban legend is part of a modern brand of folklore, in which tales are circulated as true, and they often reflect the perils and anxieties found in society. The urban legends found here include “The Kid Whose Pet Wasn’t Really A Dog,” “The Guy Who Never Left The Mall,” “The Woman Who Found A Surprise In Her Pop Can,” and more.

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New Kindle/Paperback: UMBRA SAPIENS

UMBRA SAPIENS & Other Lurking Life-Forms
by Mark McLaughlin
Available as a paperback or FREE on Kindle Unlimited.
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B25MMP86
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0B25MMP86

The universe is filled with a complex array of surreal life-forms that can be found in unlikely settings. In this story collection, Mark McLaughlin serves as your guide to the most obscure and in some cases, reclusive creatures that Creation has to offer.

In “Lurkers From The Dreamlands,” you will learn how bizarre hybrid creatures, from folklore as well as urban legends, were created when humans began to interact with the denizens of the Dreamlands.

“Let Me Tell You About Aliens” reveals how and why life-forms from other planets and even solar systems visit the Earth whenever they please. “Delilah’s Siblings” presents the secrets of an unusually large rural family with a disturbing lifestyle.

In “Speaking Parts: Frankenstein’s Monster Restitched As A Crazy Quilt Of Flash Fictions,” you will find out more about the components of history’s most notorious assembled monster. None of the parts were donated to the doctor who created the creature. The innovative physician collected the pieces one by one, and each of them has a story to share. “Phantasmapedia: An Alphabestiary of Little-Known Demons, Entities, Mutants, and Pseudo-Biological Aberrations” provides an overview of many weird beings that live hidden in strange locations, or unseen in our midst. 

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New Kindle/Paperback: DIMENSION OF MONSTERS

DIMENSION OF MONSTERS: Creatures, Possession & Lovecraftian Horror by Mark McLaughlin.
Available as a paperback or FREE on Kindle Unlimited.
US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09Z74GYND/
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B09Z74GYND/

With DIMENSION OF MONSTERS, I decided to present a selection of stories that were different from any others I’d ever written. The monsters, for the most part, had to be different, too, since I’ve written so many stories about assorted creatures over the years. I’ve already written about zombies and vampires, so I didn’t want all the other monsters to feel ignored or neglected!

In “Blood On The Enchanted Blade,” a being from Lovecraft’s Dreamlands discovers how to interact with people in the waking world of Earth, with deadly results. It’s a swords & sorcery story, and S&S stories always need great monsters.

In “Clip-Clop,” an investigator of the supernatural teams up with an unearthly entity to solve a horrifying mystery. It’s an ‘occult investigator’ story, so I thought it would interesting if the investigator was *assisted* by a monster.

One story is about the insect-god Ghattambah, a Cthulhu Mythos deity that I invented, since I thought he should make an appearance in this collection. In this story, his cult decides to destroy humanity, but the group fails to consider some major flaws in their scheme….

Another story acts as a guide to the monsters you might meet at the office. This story offers a public service in providing this information, since it can help you to avoid many of the sketchy, time-wasting fiends that may lurk in any workplace.

Every now and then, I like to write a story about love. It’s hard enough for normal people to find romance … so how about monsters? Are they doomed to an eternity of lonely nights? “The Succubus Of The Opera” presents the tale of a bat-winged creature of legend and a strange love affair.

I usually don’t write ghost stories, so I wanted to create some especially unusual spectral entities. “She’ll Never Leave The Attic” and “The Vengeance Of The Six Witches” are both modern-day ghost stories, each with its own unique twist.

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Four Books Of LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR STORIES

Four Books Of LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR STORIES
by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr.

All available in trade paperback and hardcover formats, and on Kindle Unlimited.

HORRORS & ABOMINATIONS: 24 Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos
Enter a midnight world of grotesque creatures and ancient deities from nightmare dimensions. Learn the unholy secrets of such malevolent beings as Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, Azalareon, Mother Hydra, the King in Yellow, and Yagdolak.

NIGHTMARES & TENTACLES: 13 Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
Stories include Shoggoth Apocalypse; Stainless Steel Sarcophagus; Pyramid of the Shoggoths; Horrors of the Trash Island; The Idol in the Hedge Maze; Just Another Afternoon in Arkham, Brought to You in Living Color; and more.

THE HOUSE OF THE OCELOT & More Lovecraftian Nightmares
Stories in this collection include The House Of The Ocelot, The Foul One Lives To Destroy: A Tale Of The Dreamlands, The Glorious Return Of Herbert West, and more. The collection includes the epic poem, The Arrival Of Our New Master: A Lovecraftian Armageddon. People believe that wealthy Caliban Storm offers the guidance that the world has needed for so long. But there is something wrong with handsome young Caliban. He is an avatar of Nyarlathotep, a malevolent deity known as the Crawling Chaos.

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THE PRISONER OF CARCOSA & More Tales Of The Bizarre
THE PRISONER OF CARCOSA presents tales of horror and the bizarre, featuring Lovecraftian nightmares, alien creatures, oceanic monstrosities, an account of The King In Yellow, and much more.

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MIDNIGHT PET SHOW And Other Twisted Cat Tales

Midnight Pet Show And Other Twisted Cat Tales by Mark McLaughlin

On Kindle Unlimited. $0.99 to buy.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Q2B7FNP

Midnight Pet Show And Other Twisted Cat Tales is a short Kindle collection of eerie and surreal cat tales, including “Midnight Pet Show,” a Lovecraftian adventure that explains the relationship between the Crawling Chaos, also known as Nyarlathotep, and certain elite citizens of the Earth – witches, warlocks, and familiars.

“Silky, Slinky, Fabulous – To Die For” tells of the strange relationship between a magical fashion designer and his favorite models, who rely on him in strange ways. “Unleashed” concerns an artist who has created his finest painting — only to find that his masterpiece has a mind of its own. “The Red-Velvet Purr of a Well-Oiled Doomsday Machine” reveals the plight of a brilliant entrepreneur/workaholic who has difficulty controlling his latest invention. “A Whiff Of Cat” is a tale in free verse that reveals why it is vital to clean up after one’s pet on a timely basis.

Just be warned — after reading these tales of feline fright and fantasy, you may never look at your cat the same way again!

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EMPRESS OF THE LIVING DEAD: 25 Tales of Horror and the Bizarre

EMPRESS OF THE LIVING DEAD: 25 Tales Of Horror & The Bizarre by Mark McLaughlin. Available on Kindle Unlimited and as a paperback or hardcover:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09NW4B2WQ/

EMPRESS OF THE LIVING DEAD collects 25 stories of horror and dark fantasy by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Mark McLaughlin. He is the author of the novels, HUMAN DOLL, THE HELL NEXT DOOR, and INJECTABLES.

The stories in this collection abound with monsters, zombies, supernatural beings, aliens, practitioners of magic, kaiju, tentacled creatures, and more. These stories include “Empress Of The Living Dead,” “Cold-Blooded,” “The Vainglorious Simulacrum Of Mungha Sorcyllamia: A Weird Romance,” “Foreign Tongue,” “The Astonishing Secret Of The King Of The Cats,” “Zombies Are Forever,” “Silky, Slinky, Fabulous – To Die For,” “The Prince Of Dreadful Magick,” “Why Cosmo Used To Wear A Lab Smock Every Halloween,” and many more.

McLaughlin is the author of HIDEOUS FACES, BEAUTIFUL SKULLS and BEST LITTLE WITCH-HOUSE IN ARKHAM, among other horror collections. With Michael Sheehan, Jr., he has co-authored the Lovecraftian paperbacks, THE HOUSE OF THE OCELOT, HORRORS & ABOMINATIONS, NIGHTMARES & TENTACLES, and more.

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“The Prisoner of Carcosa” Available in New Formats

The Kindle version of the story collection, THE PRISONER OF CARCOSA & More Tales of the Bizarre, is now available:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09NP4FQ6B/
The paperback is also available, and the hardcover will be available within a couple days.

The collection, co-written with my best friend, Michael Sheehan. Jr., has received a five-star review on Amazon.

The review: “THE PRISONER OF CARCOSA by Mark McLaughlin and Michael Sheehan, Jr. is a collection of supernatural and sci-fi short stories. This anthology consists of six tales, some written by both authors together, and some written solely by Mark McLaughlin. The subject matter of each story is truly bizarre … and will delight fans of this genre. What I found refreshing was the quality of the writing that is so good it makes reading a pleasure. Every reader will find their own favorite in this collection. My favorite is McLaughlin’s “Diabolical Entities And How To Deal With Them,” that is at its core a spotlight on our own personal demons that encourage self-destructive and self-defeating behavior. It reminds me very much of C.S. Lewis’s, “The Screwtape Letters,” a cautionary illustration of Satan’s methods of deterring us off the right path. The accompanying offerings in this anthology vary from science fiction to horror, and each is a gem. Altogether, these short stories by Mark McLaughlin and Michael Sheehan, Jr., deliver. Do I recommend THE PRISONER OF CARCOSA? You bet I do! FIVE STARS!!!”

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“Nightmares & Tentacles” Now In Paperback and Hardcover Formats

NIGHTMARES & TENTACLES: 13 Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr.

Available on Kindle Unlimited.
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09LRH6S4T/
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09LRH6S4T/

Also available as a trade paperback and hardcover:
Trade Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Nightmares…/dp/B09MYWTP7D/
Hardcover: https://www.amazon.com/Nightmares…/dp/B09MYRFSGW/

NIGHTMARES & TENTACLES presents 13 tales of Lovecraftian fantasy and horror, written by collaborators/best friends Mark McLaughlin and Michael Sheehan, Jr. Many of these are longer stories, some are older stories by Mark McLaughlin, and some are more recent stories that haven’t appeared in previous McLaughlin/Sheehan collections. Previously, most of these stories were only available in anthologies or short Kindle collections.

NIGHTMARES & TENTACLES has been compiled for the convenience of readers who enjoy a robust selection of Lovecraftian tales. Stories in NIGHTMARES & TENTACLES include Shoggoth Apocalypse by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr.; Stainless Steel Sarcophagus by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr.; Pyramid of the Shoggoths by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr.; Horrors of the Trash Island by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr.; The Idol in the Hedge Maze by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr.; Just Another Afternoon in Arkham, Brought to You in Living Color by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr.; and more.

McLaughlin and Sheehan are the authors of the Lovecraftian paperback collections, HORRORS & ABOMINATIONS, THE HOUSE OF THE OCELOT, THE PRISONER OF CARCOSA, and CITY OF LIVING SHADOWS. McLaughlin is the author of the Lovecraftian novel, INJECTABLES, as well as the horror novels, HUMAN DOLL and THE HELL NEXT DOOR.

Visit www.BMovieMonster.com to find out more about books and projects by Mark McLaughlin and Michael Sheehan, Jr.

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