THE BLASPHEMY IN THE CANOPIC JAR & More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos


THE BLASPHEMY IN THE CANOPIC JAR & More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos
by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr. FREE on Kindle Unlimited:

THE BLASPHEMY IN THE CANOPIC JAR presents Lovecraftian and ‘King in Yellow’ tales of the bizarre. In the title story, a collector of antiquities encounters a monstrosity spawned in ancient Egypt. Three stories tell of worshippers of Nyarlathotep and their secret activities in the modern world. The collection includes a tale of the insect-god Ghattambah, set in the toxic ruins of the distant future, as well as two stories of ‘The King In Yellow,’ a forbidden book that offers only madness and death to those who read it. Forbidden worlds of the macabre await you in THE BLASPHEMY IN THE CANOPIC JAR, presented by the authors of THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA and THE HORROR IN THE WATER TOWER.

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THE HORROR IN THE WATER TOWER & Five More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos


THE HORROR IN THE WATER TOWER & Five More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos
by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr. *FREE* on Kindle Unlimited.

★★★★★ An excerpt from a five-star review on Amazon: “Mark McLaughlin and Michael Sheehan, Jr. have done it again with this latest collection of Cthulhu Mythos stories. The title tale, THE HORROR IN THE WATER TOWER …. An explorer’s acquisition of a curious larva in the Amazon leads to tragic death, curious newshounds, and the most original take on ‘Rapunzel’ I’ve ever encountered.”

This collection of six Lovecraftian horror tales features two follow-ups to H.P. Lovecraft’s classic tale, “The Dreams In The Witch House,” which explore the fate and supernatural legacy of Keziah Mason. You will also learn the secrets of the insect-god Ghattambah, a malignant abomination that dwells beyond time and space. Mark McLaughlin is the author of BEST LITTLE WITCH-HOUSE IN ARKHAM, and Michael Sheehan, Jr. previously co-authored CASINO CARCOSA and THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA with McLaughlin.

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by Mark McLaughlin. ***FREE*** on Kindle Unlimited:

Excerpt from a recent 5-Star Goodreads review: “The stories in this collection are fun, funny and at times, eye-poppingly weird! …. Somehow, Mark McLaughlin manages to meld romance, pathos, the absurd, the grotesque and faux-noir – sometimes all in the same story! …. The humour is laugh/snort-funny and ingeniously clever at the same time.”


is a collection of some of McLaughlin’s most bizarre horror stories, and some of his funniest ones, too. In these stories, you will meet the grotesque underground cult of the Abysmal Elite … spies fighting a zombie conspiracy … fashion models with supernatural aspirations … Cleopatra’s unlikely reincarnation … a secretary developing godlike powers … and many more unearthly characters. So pour a glass of your beverage of choice, wine or otherwise, and start reading. #Kindle #KindleUnlimited #bizarro #horrorstories

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FOREIGN TONGUE: Six Bizarre Tales Of Love & Monsters



$2.99 on Kindle. FREE on Kindle Unlimited:

FOREIGN TONGUE: SIX BIZARRE TALES OF LOVE & MONSTERS explores the many types of intense relationships that can exist between humans and unspeakable inhumans. You will learn the facts about monsters who are cherished friends … family members … dangerous enemies … passionate lovers. Here you will discover the many unholy creatures who lurk in the labyrinthine corridors of Valgrumbo House. You will witness the wicked goings-on at the Sweet Thang Adult Emporium … the reptilian horror of Motulu, Monster of Death … and the grandiose magickal Simulacrum of the desirable wizard, Mungha Sorcyllamia. You will attend a surreal film festival where nightmares and erotic fantasies entwine on the screen and in real life … all in FOREIGN TONGUE.

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THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA & Three More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos


THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA & Three More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos

From the author of BEST LITTLE WITCH-HOUSE IN ARKHAM and his CASINO CARCOSA co-author come a quartet of Lovecraftian horror stories: THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA & Three More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos by Mark McLaughlin and Michael Sheehan, Jr.

Three of the stories are set in today’s world and one takes place in ancient Egypt. The modern stories feature forbidden secrets and eldritch beings from icy ocean depths and the ruthless abyss of space. The title tale, a prequel to H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Haunter Of The Dark”, tells of Nyarlathotep and is set in a distant time when the Shining Trapezohedron was known as the Eye of Yuggoth and evil Nephren-Ka, the Black Pharaoh, ruled the unspeakable City of Night. Discover new realms of madness in THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA.

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THE END OF THE WORLD IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY…. – A Tale of the Cthulhu Mythos

Here’s a video excerpt from the story, “The End Of The World Is Brought To You By…” from BEST LITTLE WITCH-HOUSE IN ARKHAM. In the story, Lovecraftian forces take over a TV network, and this excerpt describes one of the resulting programs.

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BEN EADS Didn’t Break The Internet, But He Did Crack The Sky

Author Ben Eads

Author Ben Eads

As we all know, a certain curvaceous reality-show celebrity recently attempted to break the Internet by revealing her backside to a photographer. Horror writer Ben Eads hasn’t broken the Web with pictures of his anatomy (to my knowledge!), but he did crack the sky with a great new literary work … entitled, appropriately enough, CRACKED SKY. Let’s check in on Ben and see what’s cooking…

Cracked Sky

Cracked Sky

MM: Ben, rumor has it that when you were ten, you wrote a story for a school assignment that so horrific, it appalled your teacher! But, your classmates loved it. What was the story’s title and what was the plot?

BE: That rumor is correct, I’m happy to say. The title — hey, I was only ten, cut me some slack, ha! — was Halloween. It was about these kids who go trick-or-treating and find out they have to survive a neighborhood full of zombies! It was a writing assignment we were all given after our summer vacation. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead was the inspiration as it was one of the first horror films I saw. The teacher held me back after class and said, “OK, you can write. But please, please, no more of that horrible stuff!” Well, rest assured, I didn’t stop. Ha!

MM: The nerve of that teacher, trying to stifle your creativity! (Note to self: Write a stern letter to the PTA and send it back in time to Ben’s school.) I’m thinking you must have read a lot of horror fiction as a kid. Back then, who were some of your favorite authors?

BE: You’re correct. I’m big fan of Stephen King. I read my first King novel when I was eleven. After that, I starting getting into Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, Jorge Lois Borgis, Robert Howard, Charles L. Grant, Terry Brooks, Clive Barker, John Steakley, Joe R. Lansdale, Ramsey Campbell, Shirley Jackson, Kafka, Somerset Maugham, Neil Gaiman, Algernon Blackwood, Jack Ketchum, and Richard Matheson … those were the biggest influences.

MM: What was your first published story — and, where have subsequent stories from you appeared?

BE: My first published story was through a free-zine. I’m not proud of it, however I mentioned it because I’ve noticed most writers start there, submission-wise. Don’t! You won’t learn anything from it. My “real” first published pro-sale was a short story titled Full Circle to Shroud Magazine. Since then, I’ve had more fiction featured in Shroud Magazine, The Ashen Eye, a few anthologies, and some really killer anthologies coming out this year. One is by Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Michael Knost. The other will be in an anthology Tales From The Lake Volume 2, by Crystal Lake Publishing. I’ll be sharing the pages with Jack Ketchum, Lisa Morton, Graham Masterton, etc… I’m really looking forward to that one!

MM: Your first published book is the new novella, CRACKED SKY. Tell us about that project.

BE: The concept of CRACKED SKY hit me like a diamond bullet between the eyes! I knew I had something very big on my hands. It was like a monkey was on my back; I didn’t have a choice. It’s the best experience I’ve had writing yet. It was also the most challenging. Stephen King said in his book On Writing that you shouldn’t come to the blank page lightly. Check! He also said you shouldn’t be afraid to “go there.” Well, it took a lot of courage to follow the latter. I’m glad I did because a lot of people have contacted me and told me that after reading the novella they decided to reach out to loved ones they hadn’t spoken to in decades, etc… Mission accomplished!

Ha! The “movie trailer” for it played it my head like this: Reeling from the loss of their only child, Stephen and Shelley Morrison learn that her killer has been found dead. What they don’t know is that his agenda goes far deeper than the grave. Beyond the storm, beyond the crack in the sky — where their daughter is trapped with The Lost Ones — something is using Stephen and Shelley’s agony to fulfill its goals: Terrorize. Consume. Destroy.

In essence, the characters in CRACKED SKY represent what could happen to us if we suffer a great tragedy, and the protagonist and antagonist are both sides of the same coin. I love melding real-life horror with the supernatural. Emotions are powerful and have weight — sometimes they can rip a hole in reality, and something can come out.

MM: CRACKED SKY is the compelling story of the loss of a child, grief and family tragedy. Powerful stuff! What was your inspiration? What drove you to write such an emotionally charged tale?

BE: Thanks for the kind words! Although I’m single and don’t have any children of my own, the closest I could relate to these characters was the loss I felt after losing my job, and both my house and car. After the first draft, a dear friend committed suicide. These were my anchors; the closest I could come.

I did a lot of research as well. I wanted this to be as realistic as possible, and it became quite depressing at times. It took a lot of courage to go there. However, Darrell — the villain — provided the darkest head-space I’ve ever been in. Sadly, books and film have one-dimensional villains. It’s as if they just walk up with a “Bad Guy” badge. I really wanted to sympathize with this monster, and have my reader’s sympathize with him as well, to a certain degree. I’m pleased to say the advance praise it’s received and the reviews it’s getting made all the pain worthwhile.

MM: So, how can people obtain a copy of CRACKED SKY? And while you’re at it, can you give us some links to an author page and other Eads-oriented websites?

BE: You can hop on over to and purchase it in print and electronic editions:

However, if you subscribe to The CRACKED SKY Newsletter on my webpage — — you’ll have a chance to win free copies of CRACKED SKY, free copies of magazines where my short fiction has appeared, and I have some signed numbered limited edition books by legends in the field of horror as well.

Aside from my website,, I have an author page too:

Also, you can follow my insanity on Facebook and Twitter or drop me a line:

MM: Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts, Ben! I’m sure this book will be the first of many!

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