Black As Night

Thirty two tales of terror to tickle your scary bone. To secure the sanity of the reader, I suggest these nightmares be read in broad daylight with loved ones in close proximity that can be summoned in an instant by a sudden cry.



Charles likes to watch horror flicks by candlelight with his monster mannequins…

The Madeira Club has hired a travel agent to rent a castle in Transylvania for this year’s gala Halloween party…

Two teenagers try to rescue a helpless woman from being buried alive by a masked rider on Halloween…

A scam artist wagers $800 he will spend the night on Hangman’s Overlook and live…

An elderly man loses his faith in a snowstorm on the last day of his life…

A werewolf propositions a promoter to make his transformation the main event at Madison Square Garden…

John returns to the house where the boogeyman tried to eat him when he was ten years old…

A serial killer has driven a crucifix through the hearts of seven boys and extracted their incisors…

Jane has arranged a surprise birthday party for her boss at his funeral parlor…

A warlock has sworn to return on the anniversary of being burned at the stake three hundred years ago…

The final show at the end of the fairgrounds is one Jed Norman will never forget…

It’s the night before Christmas and something’s in the house, and it’s not Santa…

And twenty others…

The editorial letter from CreateSpace, Amazon’s professional editing and publishing company, says “the overall theme of monsters and fright is extremely relevant in the wake of recent successes in this niche such as Harry Potter and Twilight.” Their copy editor wrote “I truly enjoyed the unique and twisted qualities of these short, yet intricately crafted, stories. Your stories almost seem to have an Edgar Allen Poe quality to them. Clearly you have a great skill for short story writing, and I will definitely be acquiring this book to add to my collection once it is complete.”

CreateSpace’s comments on tone and style: “Your writing style was perfect for these short stories. There was just enough detail and intrigue to get an overall sense of the time and place in each one before the strong, abrupt, and often sinister, ending.”

CreateSpace comments on Plot Flow/Characterization: “The sardonic scenarios combined with the ironic situations that all the main characters experience produces an over arching moral within each story. Although supernatural at times, the characters’ grievances are still relatable to the reader, especially as the scope of personalities and characteristics, both physical and mental, is so broad throughout the book. Identifying with the plight of each character allows the reader to sympathize with the protagonist, even when his or her actions are inherently flawed or misguided. “


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Billy WellsI just published my eighth collection of horror stories with surprise endings, “Dead Things: A Collection of Horror.” Check out my latest video for the gory details

I have written 137 short stories so far in my quest to exceed Ray Bradbury’s 400 short stories. It goes without saying it will be an uphill climb.

My web site,, includes sample stories from all eight collections.

Since reviews are the life’s blood of every author, I would greatly appreciate a review of any of my books on and hold anyone who does in high esteem for all eternity.

Stephen King is my favorite horror writer, and I admire what King has accomplished in the horror genre in terms of movies made from his considerable volume of work.

My Coffeesmoke channel on You Tube has amassed over 2,000,000 hits, mostly from my “Dead Celebrities” videos.

I love movies and had seen over 1,500 by the age of 13 when there was snow on 13 channels after midnight.

My favorite horror movies are Halloween, Night of the Living Dead, and the Evil Dead. My favorite movie of all time Is Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life with James Stewart. My favorite authors are Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Robert B. Parker , Clive Cussler, James Patterson, Jeffery Deaver, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allen Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, James Lee Burke, Richard Matheson, Lee Child, Jack Ketchum& Jack Kilborn/Konrath.