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The Collected Nightmares
NEW, May 8, 2019
Bed Sheet Books, Trade Paperback & E-Book, Publication Date: May 8,
2019, ISBN: 1946874116
Nightmares and dreams
war inside you. Nightmares twine along the veins and through the synapses, into
the nerves and beneath the skin. They skulk in the darkness that surrounds your
heart. They’re always with you. They are you. They’re a version of you that has
gone too far, done things you can’t take back. They lie.
Dreams lie too. They,
however, dwell in the light, in the open. They shine on your face out of the
sun, and where before you saw darkness in the face of the stranger on the
street, you now see the kindness in their eyes and the upward curve of their
lips. Dreams light the way forward. Nightmares seek to drag you back. They’re
always fighting for control of your body, but only you can decide which one
wins. This is what master storyteller Fred Wiehe shows us through his achingly
raw prose and poetry in The Collected Nightmares, that you can fight for
the dreams, or sink into the darkness and let the nightmares take you. Every one
of Wiehe’s characters—the struggling writer confronted by the sins of his past….
The witch who's the only thing standing between a small town and the evil that
lurks in an ancient tree on its outskirts…. The man who’s visited in the night
by a beautiful but very, very cold woman…. The three teen friends who play with
demons beyond their ken…. The vengeful patrons of a horse stable…. The monster
hunter who fears he might be the worst monster of all—make unexpected choices.
Read the two novellas, twelve short stories, and seventeen poems contained
within, and then ask yourself: Which will you choose?
Alice Clary, Manic Readers
"A collection of stories, poems and novellas
covering pretty much every scary thing you can imagine, including monsters,
ghosts, demons, evil doppelgangers and good old-fashioned murderers. Some of my
favorites were The Reckoning, a satisfying story about vengeance and bullies.
Another was My Only Daddy. This one was a bit sad, yet clever and
spine-chilling. Another of my top choices was
the final one, Dead Girl, about a romance with a dead woman, though not in a
perverted way. You’d just have to read it to understand. What a great way to end
“The Collection of Nightmares” is a fitting
title. These tales encompass pretty much everything nightmares are made of—in
a creepily fun way. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the included works of this
author. The only thing that would have made it better is just a bit of
editing, although the minor issues were not enough to detract from my
enjoyment. I’m not into poetry, but even the poems were entertaining and
chilling. It’s been a long time since I’ve read scary stories, and these
satisfied my craving. Settle in for a dark, deliciously chilling joy ride
through this collection of stories. You’ll want to sleep with one eye open, if
you can sleep at all."
Brian James Lewis, HELLNOTES
"Hello there, horror fans! Are you familiar
with the saying, “No Rest For The Wicked?” Well, it seems to be a maxim that
Fred Wiehe applies to his work. He may
not be wicked, but he definitely knows how to write about those who are.
The Collected Nightmares,
recently released by Black Bed Sheet Books,
is vast! We’re talking nearly 500 pages that include two novellas, twelve short
stories, and seventeen poems. This author is not one to rest upon his laurels.
The reason? Pain caused by an accident and the acid rain that lands on the
injured party in multiple forms, all of which Wiehe has noted for us in the
This might sound odd, but I especially enjoy
works written by those who deal with pain on the daily. It isn’t because I’m
some cruel bastard who gets a cheap thrill from the suffering of others. No,
it’s more the feeling of meeting another member of the tribe I belong to as
well. Suffering chronic pain puts a drive into a creative person like nothing
else. Not even love can surpass the determination to leave a legacy and the
chance to escape into another world, like the misery of pain does. Next to that
is the anger hanging onto pain’s coattails. You’ve got to express that shit
somehow or go mad. Wiehe’s fierce prose and valiant poetry are red hot with that
expression. Ready to dig The Collected Nightmares?
Then hold onto your hats, we’re going in!
“Pretender” starts us off on the right foot as
we follow author Frank Lester who is running late for his own book signing on
Halloween. At first, he is jazzed about being in Barnes & Noble, but elation
dies quickly when someone tells him that his father dropped by. Many of us would
be cheered by the prospect of at least one friendly face in the crowd, but
that’s not the case for Frank. His father is dead, so how the hell could he pop
into any store, let alone talk to a clerk? Looks like somebody has attempted a
prank in very poor taste, but why? As the story progresses, spirits and
Halloween customs assert themselves. Could a mask help Frank escape what’s
coming after him? Perhaps giving out Soul Cakes in the more modern form of
candies will appease the demons? Frank keeps hearing, seeing, and smelling
clues. Is it just his imagination or signs of impending doom? Just when you
thought Halloween was scary enough, Wiehe shakes your sanity. Intense!
Right after that fine piece of fiction, we read
“Penny’s Song,” the first of many poems in this volume. Short, sharp, and
frightening, Wiehe’s poetry adds much flavor to The Collected
Nightmares. These are powerful poems that tell us a lot about
Fred and definitely express some of that anger I mentioned. A good example is
“Not Dead,” which features the phrase:
The pain is always a part of me
From it I am never free
There’s a lot more to this poem that I want you
to read and appreciate. This is one of the best and most direct poems about what
it’s like to keep your life, but not yourself as the result of events beyond
your control. That, friends, is real life horror. We don’t want others to feel
sorry for us. Hell, we don’t even know how we feel about you. Just understand
that we are different now and there’s no chance of turning back even if we
could. “Rebirth” and “Succubus” are full on terror about creatures of the night.
“Shoot Me” is a frightening flash piece that
will surprise readers and is a heartfelt piece of writing. “The Collection” is a
great slam against those bullies and mean people mentioned in the introduction.
It’s a pleasure to see that their money can’t protect them and their bullshit
reputations all the time! There are creatures out there who only want one thing,
no substitutions. You can whine all you want, Mr. Applebee! See you soon! “My
Only Daddy” is a frightening tale with a sharp twist. The narrator becomes
alarmed when his son starts talking to people he can’t see and acting out.
Surely this is not the little boy he and his wife raised? Well, his wife is gone
now, due to mysterious causes. While the man is doing his best, his son ramps up
the odd behavior. A stop must be put to this and there’s only one way to do it!
But was it the right one?
One story in particular really stands out as a
frightening fable about those who hurt others for fun. “The Reckoning” is
beautifully written with just the right amount of terror mixed with a very
important message. When a group of girls who take lessons at a riding stable
start insulting the girl who works there cleaning stalls, things get out of hand
fast. Yelling turns to violence and it looks like somebody might even die. The
stable’s owner jumps into action, but instead of shouting at the girls or
threatening to tell their parents, he insists they listen to a story. This isn’t
just any old fairy tale, either. No way, this is a true story and what it
reveals is chilling.
The Collected Nightmares
is a genuine 5 STAR READ! Fred Wiehe should feel damn
proud of what he’s accomplished here and we’re fortunate that he’s decided to
stay among us and challenge our brains with his words. I really enjoyed his
twisted tales and think you will, too! Fred Wiehe is a
professional author and a member of the Horror Writers Association
who’s written many popular books including Aleric: Monster Hunter.
Be sure to follow him at:
http://www.fredwiehe.com. Black Bed Sheet Books has done a
great job in producing such a powerful read and I also really dig the cover art.
Want to learn more about them and the other cool titles they offer? Then visit
their website at:
www.blackbedsheetbooks.com. They even have the only authorized biography of
the legendary Vincent Price by the master himself!"
5 Stars A
Must Buy for Every Horror Addict
Nightmares is a selection of poetry, short stories, and novellas by Fred Wiehe
that showcases his breadth as a writer. Wiehe takes an honest look at what we
really fear lurks under the bed or in the closet (or in our own mind). He
doesn't shy from addressing deep demons like suicide and madness. Many of
Wiehe's works include novel creations of monsters and myths. His vague and
terrifying interpretations of our darkest fears feel far from cliche'. None of
his characters are guaranteed a happy ending (or an ending at all). In many
ways, it's more satisfying to see Wiehe embrace the uncertainty of the real
world in his fiction. Wiehe has a particular skill with shorter fiction and
some of my favorite pieces were his shortest stories (including A Whistle and
a Tap, Tap, Tap and Shoot Me). While the style and themes of his stories vary,
they all include a flair for the unexpected. Twist endings are nothing new in
horror, but Wiehe's hold that element of the truly shocking that makes them
stand out. The two longer pieces in the collection--Under The Protection of
Witches and Resurrected--deserved their prominent placement in the book. They
were action-packed and complex with fully formed plots and characters. Under
The Protection of Witches was adapted from a screenplay and I would certainly
love to see a movie in the future. Resurrected fits into a larger series of
novels about immortal legend Aleric Bimbai. Wiehe set the stage for a larger
world while still offering an accessible taste in short form. Resurrected
could very well be a stand-alone novel and I hope the other works in the
series give the characters ample space for growth. Overall, I enjoyed the
collection and recommend it for fans of horror (particularly with a leaning
toward action). The Collected Nightmares is a comprehensive sampler of Wiehe's
writing and a good read for horror addicts looking for a new favorite author."
4 out of 4 Stars
"What flies and pounces in the night? What oozes and walks wearing a false skin?
Who stares at the readers, soulless and potentially dangerous? Who are truly the
monsters that capture our imaginations in Fred Wiehe's book of short stories and
poems, The Collected Nightmares? With the range of short stories in this
compilation, readers get introduced to a variety of characters both good and
evil. Some of the characters even toe the line and issues of morality are left
up to the reader. Some characters hide dark paths under more pleasant exteriors
while others are misunderstood. For instance, one character is a witch, but she
is the protector of her town. The stories range between relatively short with a
couple of longer ones, while a poem is featured between each one. The poems
frequently reflect the pain that Wiehe has continued to experience after an
accident, something he alludes to in both the dedication and inside his writing
This anthology was excellent and deserves each of the 4 out of 4 stars I am
bestowing upon it. On top of being well-written with hardly any errors, many of
the stories result in the heart-racing sensation that one would expect from a
horror compilation. The poems were organized in a way that they would relate to
the following short story, a detail I appreciate. The stories were all dark, yet
each twist and monster were unique. It was a wonderful read, and I do not have
anything bad to say about the stories and poems themselves.
However, if I were to name the thing I most disliked, it would merely be that
the portrayal of Wiehe's pain was intense. I do not dislike that he chose to
share, and I love the results. Nevertheless, recognizing the origins of the book
makes some of it hard to read. Understanding that these stories have been built
off of chronic pain is the closest readers can get to truly empathizing with the
author. Several of the poems address this pain directly, and my heart goes out
to Wiehe. The poems are still well done, but future readers should be aware that
he cuts to the heart of the matter unflinchingly.
Anyone who loves to read horror or thrillers would adore this anthology.
However, given that both cursing and mature themes are included in many of the
stories, I would advise that readers be above seventeen years of age. There are
some stories and several poems that would be fine to share with younger readers,
but I would recommend that these be read out loud to prevent them from coming
across the more mature sections.
If anyone reading this review is in the mood for
some thrills, The Collected Nightmares by Fred Wiehe should be the next step.
With witches, ghosts, demons, and general mayhem abound, there is no shortage of
characters and creatures that will make readers remember the things that go bump
in the night."
“As someone who suffers
from nightmares, Fred Wiehe was convinced by his therapist that putting
them into writing would be helpful to his mental state. Hence, this book
lives up to its title – a collection of scary dreams about bad people, bad
spirits, evil creatures, bad deeds, and the consequences that await. There
are two novellas, 12 short stories, and 17 poems that tackle the dark side
of the world. It’s a mix of reality and the supernatural where bullies,
criminals, witches, monsters, ghosts, and other mythical beings can invade
a person’s dreams. Fred shows through his stories that you can either
fight these bad dreams, or sink into the darkness, and let the nightmares
take you. The Collected Nightmares is a horror and thriller fantasy that
was enough to scare me, and at the same time, be fascinated by the
author’s writing style. I’m the type with the faintest heart, that
anything would easily frighten me, but I think this book didn’t mean to
just scare people – it was meant to teach values, lessons, and entertain
readers. My personal favorites are The Reckoning, a short story about
bullying, and The In Between Part 2, a short story about the shadow demon.
I also found Under the Protection of Witches amusing; it was very
entertaining that I could imagine it as an action-packed, suspense
thriller movie. Overall, this book is no doubt, 5 out of 5 stars. It was
scary, fun, entertaining, and teaches that no good can come from evil, so
we all better be nice. I recommend it to ALL mature readers who love dark
stories and poetry. In this turbulent time, this book is a good diversion;
it’s a definite must-have.”
Reyna Young, WomenInHorror.org
"Storyteller Fred Wiehe shows us through his achingly raw prose and poetry in
The Collected Nightmares that you can fight for the dreams, or sink
into the darkness and let the nightmares take you. Every one of Wiehe’s
characters—the struggling writer confronted by the sins of his past. . . . The
young witch who's the only thing standing between a small town and the evil that
lurks in an ancient tree on its outskirts. . . . The man visited in the night by
a beautiful but very, very cold woman. . . . The three teen friends who play
with demons beyond their ken. . . . The vengeful patrons of a horse stable. . .
. The monster hunter who fears he might be the worst monster of all—make
unexpected choices. Read the two novellas, twelve short stories, and seventeen
poems contained within, and then ask yourself: Which will you choose?
Wiehe has combined a very nice collection of short stories, poems and two
novellas for your horror enjoyment. Dive into the mind of an author who knows
how to make your skin crawl and bones shiver. You find out first and foremost
that the book is dedicated to an accident he had that almost killed him and from
that accident he gave birth to a book you won’t be able to put down.
first story “Pretender” sets us up quite nicely, about an author named Frank
Lester whose excitement of being at his book signing turns sour when his father
comes to see him. The thing is; his father is dead.
story, each poem, is amazingly unique in its own way, the way Fred writes not
only draws me in but his storytelling is fantastic. As you read you forget
what’s around you and by the time you know it, hours have passed. One poem I
fell in love with “Holiday Madness” has to be one of my favorites from him.
There are many but for some reason, this one stuck with me. I’ll give you a
little taste of it.
Within shadows of my head
Christmas time gremlins hide
Underneath my bed
won’t share the whole poem with you; you must buy and read for yourself.
Beautifully written stories like Dead Girl or poems like Evil
will be sure to have you wanting to more. Another great story that has a very
important message about bullying is “The Reckoning” A group of girls taking
riding lessons begins bullying and insulting Becky, the girl who cleans the
stalls. When teasing turns into violence the owner jumps in, he knows exactly
what to do: tell them a little story... a scary story that is a true
Girl Power: 50%
has some great girl power going on in this book with some stories; he has a nice
line of balancing male and female lead stories; especially with the story "The
Reckoning" which explores girl on girl bullying and reveals the outcome.
The Collected Nightmares is a frightfully good read, Fred Wiehe
knows how to tell tales and I hope he’s working on more."
5 Stars, The Collected Nightmares is a stellar
be biased because I’m the author’s son, but I don’t care. I love this book, and
I think you will too. I’ve gone back to reread, for my own personal enjoyment,
all of the stories in this collection at one time or another, Under the
Protection of Witches, The In Between, and the Aleric: Monster Hunter sequel
novella being personal highlights. The book passed through my rigorous editing
process so you know it’s good, Haha! Seriously though, the Aleric followup alone
makes this more than worth a read. Give it a try! I promise you won’t be
Ian Brenner-Wiehe, Amazon Review
book started off slow paced like a camp fire story but it quickly picked up
pace. There was a few stories that stood out like the witches, and Aleric. And
even the last one the time traveling Sheldon Cooper lol. Congrats Fred great
Irish Marine, Amazon Review
"I'm a huge fan of Fred Wiehe!
He can spin a story and take you places that will give you chills in broad
daylight! Do not pass up a chance to be a part of his audience!"
5 Stars Fun
"I was planning on taking awhile with
this collection, figured a story here and there til I finished it while
reading other things. Well that didn't work, read it in three sittings and
only reason it wasn't less was because I just didn't have the time.
This is a fun clever collection of short stories, a couple of novellas,
and several poems. The two novellas which are the bulk of the book are
great reads. First, Under the Protection of Witches is a fun read about a
small town which doesn't know how much they owe a family of witches, and
the granddaughter witch who may not be up for the responsibility. Next
novella is Resurrected about the monster hunter Aleric, this is a fun
action packed story where our hero is able to dispatch several creatures
but can be survive them all?
The short stories all are solid my favorites are Dead Girl which is about
a man who witnesses the death of a young girl who he swears he knows
somehow but had never seen before, her face haunts him. Also The
Collection where a fat cat businessman faces the consequences.
Lastly I really liked the concept of The Alchemists about how two
civilizations are mixed based on their creators' error. It pits a modern
civilization vs. a more primitive one but whose beasts are not known in
this new era. Glad to see it's a setup to a novel which I'm looking
Now for the poems, I'm not a poetry fan but I did enjoy all of these in
the collection, well done short bits that enhances the collection.
All in all I highly recommend this collection, even if you are not a fan
of shorts or poetry, the two novellas, which are 120 pages plus a piece
and tell fun well formed stories, are worth the price alone."
Josh Hitch, Amazon & GoodReads Review
5 Stars I Loved This Book
"I've always loved
reading collections of short stories so I went in thinking I would definitely
like this book, I didn't just like it, I loved it. I love how Fred writes, he
knows how to get into your imagination and scare you. I highly recommend to
anyone who loves horror stories, especially about witch's."
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Caliburn Press, Novel,
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Fright House, an insane
asylum turned Halloween attraction, is the last place Penny Winters should be.
She has awakened its long-dormant ghosts, giving it unimaginable power. Now it
wants to possess Penny, absorb her psychic energy, and keep its ghosts forever
Only Tory Jackson and
his Paranormal Scene Investigations team can save her. Time, however, is running
out. On Halloween night, Penny has to die and become one with the ghosts.
To that end, Fright
House is willing to kill everyone.
“FRIGHT HOUSE is an inviting, chilling, old-school
spooky story that teens will love! Creepy and highly entertaining.” –Jonathan
Maberry –New York Times bestselling author of THE NIGHTSIDERS and ROT & RUIN
"A wild roller coaster ride
through a house of horrors unlike any you've read about before. Fright House
starts fast and doesn't let up until the final page."—Nate Kenyon, award-winning
author of Sparrow Rock, Diablo, and Day One
“Unsettling, Fright House made me look over
my shoulder as I read this alone at night. Fred Wiehe wrote a horror novel in
league with” Poltergeist,” “Insidious,” and Shirley Jackson’s "The Haunting of
Hill House" (this last one even scared me in the daytime, in a room full of
people years ago!). You may not look at that next haunted house attraction in a
real insane asylum or prison the same way again after reading this book. Just
when you thought it was safe to get scared, Fright House does it to you.”
—Pamela K. Kinney, I Smell Sheep,
“The modern horror story
sparked during the emergence of science and technology following the Age of
Enlightenment. It came down to us through a tradition of Gothic Romance, and was
perfected by no less than the master of murder and mystery, Edgar Allen Poe.
Hence, even in the most recent adaptations of the genre, we still find its mossy
roots buried deep in 19th Century literature, comingling Gothic
themes of darkness and death with the Romance novel, which intertwine nature
with fantasy, and pit the infusion against an increasingly technical and
Fred Wiehe has written an
exemplary modern horror story, Fright House. It combines today’s
technologies, afforded to the ghostbusters leader by Tory Jackson, with a
classic setting of an abandoned insane asylum, nestled in the deep woods on a
darkened, stormy night. The setting of the old edifice, itself, with its great
expanse and its squealing iron door, reminds us at once of a foreboding castle,
complete with dungeons, as we accompany Tory’s team on their journey through
All the roles in a Gothic
medieval troupe are assembled here among the paranormal investigators: the
warlord, barbarian, wizard, cleric, fighter, and sorceress. Their quest becomes
a battle between good and evil, and a struggle between the strengths and
weaknesses within the main characters themselves. On an allegorical level, the
story’s main character, Penny Winter, serves as a concoction of a Penny Dreadful
and the darkened chill of a mid-winter’s night. She, like the major character
Tory, struggles throughout the story with a psychological past that impinges on
their present situation.
Mr Wiehe’s story runs full
force from start to ending, fueled on two major themes: keys and a haunted
personal past. Survival is -- as always in these stories -- predicated on the
ability to prove one’s strength in the face of peril. Our major characters,
flawed as they are, possess what is needed internally, holding the key of
character and using it to unlock hidden internal strength at the most critical
moment. Using an interesting play of emotion between the two major characters
in Fright House, Mr Wiehe presents the relationship between Penny and
Tory in flux: now at odds, now united, now loathing each other. It is symbolic
of a love-hate relationship, which, as often the case, becomes so strong against
adversity that it must surely triumph.
There is something here for
all who enjoy a good, scary tale. For the reader who is enmeshed in the horror
story tradition, it reminds us, at some level, of Poe’s short story, "The
system of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether."
For the viewer of horror movies – “The Forgotten (Don’t Look in the Basement”)
comes to mind -- Fright House reads like a fast-paced movie, trading
endless deep description in prose for crisp, flowing dialogue that invites the
reader to stand shoulder to shoulder with the characters as they converse.
Here, it should be mentioned,
is where Mr Wiehe excels in his craft. He could be called a “minimalist” in his
writing style; every word is carefully chosen to take its place among a group in
sentences that convey vivid imaginary without the need for large textual
overhead. As a rule for horror writers, less is more, and Mr Wiehe enforces the
rule through suggested imagery of gruesomeness without clubbing us over the head
Fright House should be
on your reading list as your next injection of a horror story. As an alternative
to a late night passive viewing of a horror movie, this engaging tale reads
rather quickly. Better than any movie you may watch, the images Mr Wiehe
conjures will make you look out of the corner of eye as you read, and may stay
affixed in your memory, like a blood-stained wall, long after you finish this
memorable tale.” —Dave Sciuto, The Horror Zine
“Finished Fright House in 3
days and I have to say it was absolutely AMAZING! Glad I went back to buy it and
got to get it signed!” —Julianna Moura, A Reader & Fan
"A ghost Hunter group showing
up to a haunted attraction to see if they are real spirits there based on the
place formally being an insane asylum where lots of dark experiments happened.
The setting is fantastic and the fully developed characters really make them
stand out and make you care what's happening. Personally read this book in two
sittings and enjoyed every minute of it, highly recommend."—Josh Hitch, Reader &
“I finished Fright House a
couple nights ago, but I didn't have time to let you know until now. I read it
in two days - the first day was about fifty pages, and the next day was the rest
of the book I stayed up late reading it, which was probably a bad idea because
it was absolutely terrifying. The imagery was intense and dark and gory and made
me not want to turn off the lights in my room.
One weird occurrence was that when I got to the scene where the storm starts, it
started raining really hard outside my car.
Anyway, thanks for the terrifying read! Good luck on all of your other literary
escapades!” Amiya (the person at Barnes and Noble)
Creepy and Innovative Kills.
Great creepy gory tale with believable characters. Highly recommended. The only
thing I didn't care for was the multiple uses of things we, as readers, would
have gotten by the second time it was mentioned. Like being reminded of the
storm raging outside at the top of every new segment/chapter for awhile (we get
it, crazy storm making it extra creepy) or Penny having a disturbed past. Or the
House urging the characters to kill who is to blame (that's how I have to say it
without spoilers) so many times. I feel like that was beaten to death (pun
intended) a little. But overall I couldn't put this down and really dug the
different ways and means Fright House found to fully creep us out. Great work!”
Liz Koch Cousins (Reader) on December 4, 2015
House is one of those books you can't put down. I was hooked from beginning to
end. The book was alive and fraught with vivid and apt details and descriptions
including action verbs. I could feel the sense of evil. I would not read this
book in bed at night it was that creepy. It should make a great horror movie."
Michael Hopkins (Reader)
"5 Stars Awesome Read. Creepy
tale with great characters to boot. A group of ghost hunters at an insane asylum
in hopes to meet real ghost a girl Penny who has a sorted past. The ghost want
to kill her the ghost hunters want to help to survive the night. Don't want to
give too much away. Mr. Wiehe wrote one hell of a story that you yourself is in
it at least I did GREAT job Fred." Roostermania on Amazon
"4 Stars: It started out a
little slow, but it was fantastic! It defied my expectations in the best way."
MOVE OVER STEPHEN
KING, GO TO THE BACK OF THE LINE PETER STRAUB, AND CLIVE BARKER.
YOU ARE BEING REPLACED BY FRED WIEHE, WHO IN MY OPINION IS RIGHT UP THERE WITH
EDGAR ALLAN POE AND H. P. LOVECRAFT
WITH HIS BOOK, "FRIGHT HOUSE" HE GOES TO THE HEAD OF THE LINE.
WITH STEPEN KING’S "THE SHINING” AND PETER STRAUB'S "GHOST STORY" I HAD MANY
NIGHTMARES, BUT WITH "FRIGHT HOUSE” I WAS SO PETRIFIED THAT I DIDN’T EVEN WANT
TO TRY TO GO TO SLEEP. IT IS TRULY A HORROR MASTERPIECE THAT BELONGS ON THE TOP
OF THE BOOKSHELF OF ANY HORROR AFICIONADO.
IT IS A MUST READ!" James McMillen on Amazon
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Aleric: Monster Hunter
Amazon Bestseller, 2012
Gauthier Publications, Novel, Adult Fiction, Hardcover, ISBN:
978-0-9833593-1-9, Out of Print
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Aleric Toma Bimbai is a two hundred-year-old Gypsy
who hunts monsters for bounty. His task this time, however, is to save a zombie
rather than exterminate it. But Wasso Wonko is no ordinary zombie. He can still
think. He can talk. Besides, Wasso is Gypsy. In his search for answers, Aleric
uncovers a sinister plot that threatens the very existence of his people. He
will have to go up against a mad scientist, as well as the self-proclaimed
King of the Gypsies and test his reputation of being unkillable.
Aleric: Monster Hunter, Fred Wiehe breathes dangerous new life into urban
fantasy. With a lightning-fast pace, dangerous twists and action that will leave
you breathless! Disturbingly entertaining!" --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times
best selling author of DUST & DECAY and DEAD OF NIGHT
Wiehe's latest novel Aleric: Monster Hunter is an ambitious book that
ties fast paced action into well-researched gypsy custom." --Read Horror
about zombies or about vampires seem to be everywhere these days. What makes
Aleric: Monster Hunter different
is this novel has both. Plus, the hero of the book, Aleric, is a Gypsy Rom,
placing a nice twist into the character development.
about Gypsies can be handled well or poorly, depending upon the research and/or
exposure to their culture by the writer. Fortunately, author Fred Wiehe
authentically captures the essence of Gypsy behavior, even to go as far as to
insert phrases of their native tongue. I was not always as impressed by the idea
that Wiehe felt he needed to translate immediately afterwards, word-for-word. I
think perhaps a better effect would have to let the reader have an idea of the
meaning by Aleric's reaction, and not always have him parrot the translations.
it is a minor complaint when compared to the over-all excitement of this book.
Aleric is deeply in love with his wife, Jetta. The problem with that is, his
wife has been a vampire for two hundred years. They keep their marriage alive
because she visits him periodically for sexual encounters. That has worked
well....until Aleric meets another Gypsy named Pearsa, who is mortal, beautiful,
and available. When Jetta finds out, she is overcome with jealousy and seeks to
retrieve her husband out of Pearsa's clutches, never minding the fact that she
also has a lover, another vampire.
Aleric continues his quests as a monster hunter in San Francisco, coming to the
aid of Wasso, who is a zombie in need. The descriptions of this famous city as
Aleric travels through it are sparse, creating a missed opportunity for the
feeling of the locale. If Wiehe has slowed down and included scenes of what
Aleric had seen as he patrolled the streets of San Francisco, it would have
added a nice dimension to the narrative.
those who love vampire yarns, Aleric:
Monster Hunter delivers. For those who love gruesome zombie stories,
parts of Aleric: Monster Hunter
meets those needs as well, as witnessed by this passage: "Black zombie oil,
decomposed flesh, putrefied brain matter, and dead maggots sprayed back at him
like returned fire."
As I said
earlier, the descriptions of Gypsy life are very authentic in this book, which
is interesting in itself. Wiehe delivers a fascinating and realistic account of
a culture frequently overlooked in fiction. Wiehe writes the positives and
negatives of the Gypsies, including Pearsa's con games to part her victims from
their money. Wiehe tells the truth about Gypsies, and that makes the plot very
convincing. All of this adds to the feeling that
Aleric: Monster Hunter is a very unique and unusual book.
never lacks for excitement. There are always adventures and pursuits by the King
of the Gypsies who want to stop Aleric's quests. Aleric himself is a complicated
character, driven and moody, but deep and well-written.
by a less competent author, Aleric:
Monster Hunter could have wound up "over the top" because it crosses
into so many different types of monsters. In lesser hands, the book could have
come across as "trying too hard." But Fred Wiehe delivers a smooth, believable
account of a troubled man on a mission. Wiehe's Aleric is a convincing
character, and the types of monsters that Aleric seeks makes us glad to be a
voyeur of his adventures. Aleric: Monster
Hunter is one thrill-ride of a monster mash.” —Jeani Rector, The
Horror Zine http://www.thehorrorzine.com/ReviewFolder/Aleric/AlericMonsterHunter.html
“Aleric: Monster Hunter
is for adults, not children. And the monsters in Aleric’s world are particularly
venomous.” Annie Lubinsky, The Beach Reporter
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Holiday Madness: 13 Dark Tales for Halloween,
Christmas & All Occasions
Special Edition: 2 extra short stories, 15 in total
Bed Sheet Books, Short Stories, Collection, Young Adult (YA) Fiction & Adult
Paperback & E-Book, ISBN: 978-0-9842136-5-8
Special Edition ISBN: 978-1-4812-1325-7
The holidays have never before been more
spine-tingling or more fun for Young Adults (YA) and Adults alike than in this
collection of 13 (15 in the Special Edition) supernatural short stories. Halloween
short stories include Trick or Treat: It's the Puppet People; Trick or
Troll; The Uglies; The Halloween Box; and Ghosts, Inc.
The Special Edition includes the short story Halloween Creep. Christmas
include A Gremlin for Christmas; Holiday Madness; The Three
Wolf Men; Run, Run Rudy: A Zombie's Not Too Far Behind; Santa's
War; and Christmas-Time Gremlins: A Sequel. The Special Edition
includes The Perfect Gift. The two short stories for all occasions Raven
Mocker and Bad Moon round out this collection.
"With HOLIDAY MADNESS Fred
Wiehe proves that Halloween is no longer the scariest time of the year. HOLIDAY
MADNESS is weird, twisted, spooky, wild and outrageous. Very highly
recommended!" —Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author of
THE WOLFMAN and MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN
“Wiehe’s 13 tales of holiday
terror will shock and thrill you to the bone. Teens and adults alike will love
the twists and turns in this collection. Not a word wasted. Great stuff!!”—Nate
Kenyon, Bram Stoker Finalist for his novel Bloodstone and the author of The
Reach and The Bone Factory.
"Ghouls and Santa, Ghosts and Aliens—a
stocking full of bloody holiday
stories hung with care. Scrooges of all ages will shriek with
Howison, author, editor, part-time actor, and owner of Dark Delicacies Bookstore
in Burbank, CA
“[Holiday Madness is] a
chilling collection of
madness and despair that
will turn your insides out.”—Lee
Pletzers, author of over 40 short stories and editor of four anthologies.
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ancient and evil entity--a monster from another dimension--has murdered Frank
Talbort's wife and stolen his identity. In possession of Frank's body, the
monster embarks on a bloody killing spree that terrorizes San Francisco.
Meanwhile, Frank desperately searches for a way back to three-dimensional time.
He must re-enter the physical world if he has any hope of stopping the monster
that controls his former body. To that end, he turns to a comatose patient for
help. Officer David Kemp has suffered a traumatic head injury while
investigating the murder of Frank's wife. He now lies in a hospital bed,
fighting for his life. Frank's spirit joins with David's and successfully
reawakens the broken body. However, their combined spirits also awaken an
internal, schizophrenic battle between two personalities. The competing memories
and emotions make it all but impossible to function. Somehow, the two spirits
must come to terms with their inner demons and learn to work together. Time is
running out. The body count is rising. And the monster has his sights set on
David's wife next. They must stop it in time. These are Strange Days
“Strange Days by Fred
Wiehe is one of those wonderfully strange, mind-twisting stories that never goes
where you expect it to go, and always delivers shocks and thrills. This puppy
begs for film or graphic novel adaptation.” –Jonathan Maberry, NY Times
Bestselling Author of Ghost Road Blues
punchy prose pounds us with dementia, mis-adventure and enough multi-dimensional
mayhem to KO Quinten Tarantino and leave him smiling as he hits the floor.”
—Weston Ochse, author of Scarecrow Gods and Appalachian Galapagos
novel of ageless evil, told with wicked abandon and stylish prose. Fred Wiehe
has established himself as an important voice in a new age of horror fiction!"
—Nicholas Grabowsky, author of The Everborn and Halloween IV
"This story [Strange Days] is
intense, full of gore, murder, sadness and evil but also touches strongly on the
spirit of humanity, the essence of life and the truth that good will overcome
evil. If I may use my favorite term, this book 'creeped me out,' and for
all those who want the jabegies scared out of them don't miss reading it. A
winner in its genre, definitely giving the reader exactly what they expect to
find, and more. One little tip, if you are reading this at night you may want to
turn on a few extra lights. Definitely horror at its peak!”—Shirley Johnson,
Midwest Book Review
has written a solid adventure with a metaphysical twist that is fast moving and
action filled. Be on the lookout for this one and others in the future. Wiehe is
out to make a name for himself in the horror field, and this is a damn fine
start.”—Barry Hunter, Bayron Magazine
Wiehe knows what he wants with horror, and the imagination is of an author that
doesn't exactly fit with the current trend. If he was alive in the 1930's he
would find great company with the likes of H.P. Lovecraft and Algernon
Blackwood.”—Nickolaus A. Pacione, Renegade Horror Writer
“I received my book on
Thursday afternoon. I could not wait to read it. I waited until my children went
to bed to begin. I was up almost all night reading. I could not put it down.
Even when I had to stop reading because I was so tired I kept looking at it and
saying "one more chapter" that's all I wanted but my eyes could not stay open.
This is by far the best book I have ever read. I finished it this afternoon, the
day after receiving it. The story was amazing, it literally scared me at times.
The horror was excellent. The writing was that of greatness. Fred Wiehe is the
best in my books. I cannot wait to read the next one.”—A Kid’s Review
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Free and Tommy Chandler, two San Jose police detectives, have been partners and
friends for thirteen years. While neither of them is willing to acknowledge that
ominously numbered anniversary, they can't escape the strange and horrifying
events ahead. They soon find themselves knee-deep into the occult, chasing a
drug kingpin and self-proclaimed vampire. Moreover, their snitch turns up in a
back alley. Dead. Drained of all his blood. When Tommy unexpectedly inherits a
ranch in the Santa Lucia Mountains of Big Sur, both he and Alfie agree they need
a vacation and quickly flee San Jose. They can not, however, escape the dark
cloud of their thirteenth year together. In Big Sur, while traveling through a
dark and foreboding forest, Alfie and Tommy meet and quickly befriend a kumpania,
band, of Gypsies. And suddenly, they're forced to protect these new friends from
wolfish beasts with hell-fire eyes. The only warning of the beasts' imminent
attack is their
[Night Songs] is an EXCELLENT book. Full of excitement and humor, you can’t help
but read on to find out what will happen next. Mr. Wiehe has shown great
aptitude for leading his readers astray with plot tricks and twists, then
springing the real plot on them like a starving werewolf. He is also very
skillful at leaving openings for sequels…(hint, hint, Mr. Wiehe!) Both
well-edited and written, Night Songs is a great book. I not only recommend it as
a keeper, I strongly urge you to buy this book. I have a feeling Mr. Wiehe’s
books will become collectors items someday!”—Lisa Hurley for Tracy’s Book
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Starkville, a sleepy
burg in the Sierra Foothills, is under attack. Something is infecting its
people, transforming trusted friends into psychotic killers. Maggie Stark, a
retired homicide detective, hopes to escape the nightmares and death that
surround her family and former career. To this end, she leaves San Francisco
with her eight year old son, Billy, and returns to her home town. But Starkville
is not her salvation, as she had hoped. Violence erupts all around her. And when
Deputy Sheriff Sam Waters calls on her investigative acumen to solve a puzzling
and brutal murder-suicide, she is reluctant, yet resigned, to help him with the
strange and eerie mystery. The investigation takes a bizarre twist when she and
Sam become embroiled with a one hundred and fifty year old Chinese man named
Wing Sun. Only Wing Sun knows the deadly secret concerning the outbreak of
violence that infects the town! Only he knows how to destroy the evil invading
"This [Starkville] is an
excellent book. Mr. Wiehe has done a fabulous job! The characters suck you into
their world, and you can’t stop yourself from turning the page to find out what
happens next. Both well written, and edited, Starkville will wrest emotion after
emotion from you. It is obvious Mr. Wiehe researched his subject matter well,
and although you get the pleasure of reading some wonderful Chinese tales,
everything is plainly understandable. There is nothing confusing about this
book. This is one of the best horror/sci-fi books I’ve read in a long time, and
I think it would make an excellent addition to anyone’s collection.”—Lisa Hurley
for Tracy’s Book Reviews
"Fred Wiehe has written a fast paced, non-stop story [Starkville] that will draw
you in and keep you hooked. The characters are believable and the research has
been well done. The demon in the story is unique in its description and how it
carries itself. The horror parts were not overly graphic but the author gave the
reader enough to fill in the blanks with his own imagination.”—Ken
Mason for Simegen.com
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Amazon Bestseller, 2018
Media, Trade Paperback ISBN 1981083936, Kindle, & .PDF, Instructional Book, Non-Fiction
to write short stories, books, and novels. You want to tell a story, create unforgettable characters, entertain
and awe readers. You want to see your byline on a short story in a reputable
magazine or e-zine. You want to see your novel or book in a bookstore or on Amazon. You
dream of being a writer and making a good living at a profession you love.
But you have no idea how to
get started. You have no idea how a story works, how to create interesting
characters, how to devise intricate plots, how to create conflict, how to
describe setting or mood, how to choose a point of view, how to write an action
scene, how to SHOW rather than Tell, or how to create sparkling prose with
metaphors and similes. Then this is the book for you. Learn from a professional.
Don't put your writing career off. Learn the skills needed to be a successful
writer from a creative writing instructor, respected author, screenwriter, and
member of the Horror Writers Association.
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