The Trittonite in “Life Raft: Earth” informs Natalie Springer that an exploding star is headed Earth’s way and will demolish the human race. After lengthy negotiations with politicians, Captain Chibale and his pilots organize a fleet of ships to turn Earth into a life raft, which they tow out of the exploding star’s path, against their manufacturing head’s wishes. Keket, the greedy officer, retaliates by showering Earth with meteors. Even in “peaceful” times, fights break out among the humans since the Trittonites’ actions breed distrust. While Natalie argues with her own boss, Keket beams the two women aboard and tortures them for sport. Keket takes part in the negotiations, turning up the heat, while Natalie and her supervisor figure out a way to survive. Life Raft: Earth is available in eBook format only.
A crash landing leaves an alien woman at the mercy of a sadistic scientist whose “cure” could kill her.
A painting opens a doorway to an alternate dimension, and a brand new life, for one woman, while a nurse’s life is turned upside down in a rescue destined to bridge two worlds.
Two aliens turn a corrupt human medical system inside out to save lives, and a prisoner aboard a research ship proves she has the courage to face down both a power-crazed captain and a deadly alien world to save her shipmates and an alien explorer.
Embrace the alternate lives, and the alternate worlds, of the Forgotten People.
Marked for death, Alexis accompanies her lover, Yeron, and four survivors of a zombie invasion on a search for the renegades who created a chemical that induces a zombie-like state. On the way, ravenous flesh-eaters attack Alexis’s team; one survivor turns on her. She realizes too late that the renegades have been tracking her every move. When officials capture her, she becomes deathly ill. Can DNA splicing save her? Will Yeron’s attempts at rescue jeopardize all their lives? When Blood Reigns is the sequel to Steel Rose. You can find an excerpt here.
Devastated by an error which results in an infant’s death, Lilly became deathly ill and collapses from loss of blood. She later wakes from emergency surgery with telepathic powers. When an extraterrestrial ship crash-lands near her home, she investigates and happens upon a survivor who needs her help. Motivated by guilt-ridden feelings over the baby, she rescues him, catapulting herself into a war between two alien armies. Now the renegade soldiers are on her trail and have marked her for death. For excerpt, click here.
“Familiar Stranger” portrays the good versus evil in two aliens who are brothers. One of them loves humans, and the other wants to destroy them. In addition to fighting the bad guys, the protagonist Cassandra must battle her own demons along with the alien centipedes that feed on human flesh. Like the author, she loves her Mylar balloons, especially when she discovers that helium makes an effective weapon.
Heather, a timid, bullied high school student in “Secret Light, Silent World” believes the alien she meets will solve her problems. Instead, he lures her into a deadly trap, using her for his own insidious plans.
Close Liaisons offers two different tales of heroic aliens bent on rescuing the human race, evil aliens intending to destroy it, and a healthy dose of sensual probing in between. Close Liaisons is available in eBook format only.
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The renegade Kryszka concoct a chemical to zombify humans and turn them into flesh craving monsters. Yeron escapes their colony to practice human medicine, but most people fear him. So does his patient Alexis until he woos her with compassion and caring. His medicine controls her disabling pain from arthritis, but she’s too weak to handle most weapons. The hospital has oh, so many windows and its security proves no challenge for the invading villain Kryszka. The zombies they bring are hungry. Very hungry. You can view the video trailer for Steel Rose here. Credits go to Cyrus Wraith Walker and his company, http://cyrusfictionproduBuctions.bravehost.com. For excerpts, click here.
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Tragedies beset Leslie, a timid, bullied respiratory therapist — her mother’s suicide, a ruined career, her mistake which costs a patient’s life, and numerous bloody killings near the hospital where she works. Alex, her only friend, conceals a secret — he’s a 100-year-old vampire.
Seeking escape, Leslie stumbles into Adria, an alternate universe ruled by fire, vampires, and the underworld god Hades. Alex finds her near death after a brutal beating; he offers her immortality. Immortality gifts Leslie with love and longed-for healing abilities, but she becomes a target for Hades’ wrath. Hades plots the destruction of all vampires; flesh-eating bats serve as his spies. Leslie confronts Hades, begging him to spare her life and Alex’s…and risks frying in a towering inferno.
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The train has arrived, and we’re boarding. Destination: city of the dead. Here’s hoping you brought your gun, and that you can execute a head shot. You’ll be meeting a lot of revenants and zombies, and only a shot to the head will stop them. Sometimes the dead return to complete unfinished business with people who’ve wronged them, ugly business that involves bloodshed. Most times, they’re out to terrorize everyone. If you don’t know weapons, you might have to get creative the way the characters in the upcoming 12 stories did to survive. Even vampires fear them, and Philadelphia is a popular city for the undead among the tourists. For excerpt, click here.
This trilogy contains three short stories involving a vampire, zombies, and a revenant confronting people who’ve wronged them when they were alive. In “Rebirth,” a bullied teenage girl grieves over her mother’s murder and vows to avenge her death. An ill-tempered homeowners’ association manager in “Homes for the Dead” gets her comeuppance when the dead residents in her development confront her. A sickly, elderly woman in “Roses for Elaine” almost dies from sordid conditions at a nursing home. Who will save her? Each tale will motivate you to keep your lights on at night. Collectively, the stories total about 8,500 words. Trilogy of the Dead is available in eBook format only. To read excerpt, click here.
Back in high school in the 1970s, I weaned on Dracula and Dark Shadows, and enjoyed a good horror or science fiction flick. I attempted my first short story in 1990, when a college professor encouraged me to try writing to process my grief over my mother’s death. A Stephen King fan, I went with horror fiction, and work through my grief I did, for many of my protagonists were grieving over deceased parents. My horror and science fiction short stories have appeared in The Vampire’s Crypt, Alien Worlds, Detective Mystery Stories, The Ultimate Unknown, and other small press magazines. Night to Dawn published my work before the former editor retired. I’ve been editing the magazine for the last twelve years.
My first novel, Twilight Healer, has gone through five printings. I then collaborated with Tom Johnson on three short story collections: Blood Moons and Nightscapes, Starship Invasions, and Alien Worlds, all now out of print, but the stories continue. My interests led me to Life Raft: Earth; Close Liaisons, which features a city filled with balloons; and Steel Rose and City of Brotherly Death with their horde of flesh-eating zombies. Infinite Sight details a woman’s chance encounter with an injured alien, a meeting which catapults her into war between two alien armies. When Blood Reigns, the sequel to Steel Rose, has just been released on Amazon. Of course, Night to Dawn magazine sees publication every six months. Life Raft: Earth and Close Liaisons come in a Kindle format, but my other books are available in eBook and paperback.
I’ve worked full-time as a respiratory therapist over thirty-two years. In all of my writing, I bring my medical background to the printed page, blending it with supernatural horror. Happily, the hospital where I’ve worked treats patients much better than the ones featured in my stories. That goes for most of the nursing homes too. Sad to say, some of the abuses described have happened, although I’ve taken artistic license to conceal identities.
I now publish books through Night to Dawn Magazine & Books LLC. Novels by Tom Johnson, Michael De Stefano, Rod Marsden, Leah Labat, and a few others have gone to print through the NTD imprint, and most of their books enjoyed four-star or better reviews. I’ve been active in the authors’ online and in-person communities such as Horror Writers Association, Facebook, Writers’ Coffeehouse and others.
I live in Pennsylvania. When I’m not working on my projects, I’m chasing Mylar balloons or enjoying a great fright flick.
To learn more about the books, stop by my website www.bloodredshadow.com. You can reach me at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or Facebook www.facebook.com/barbara.custer. Put Night to Dawn on the subject line. My snail-mail address is: Barbara Custer, P. O. Box 643, Abington, PA 19001