For new fans - or newcomers considering delving into Stephen King's novels and stories - King's immense body of work can be daunting, overwhelming, even. My hope is that this list can provide an easily digestible menu potential King readers can cross-reference with their own interests, thereby providing insights into where they might want start or what they might want to read next.
Snake oil salesman Dr. Darius Darke and other "legends" of the Old West are called upon to fight a band of brain-eating bandits in a three-dimensionally-challenged box canyon. This story is a prequel to David Bain's full-length weird Western novel Riders Where There Are No Roads. David Bain is the author of Death Sight, the first novel in the Will Castleton psychic detective series, Gray Lake: A Novel Of Crime And Supernatural Horror and several short story collections.
"THEY ATE MY HUSBAND'S BRAINS!!"
Riders Where There Are No Roads is the first full novel in the Riders of the Weird West series. There's roping, riding, an interdimensional badass, shootouts, demon cowboys, a dragon, a pickup that's really a horse (or is it the other way around?) and a mystical biker/cosmic marshal who might just be orchestrating it all!
"Riders of the Weird West is one of my favorites"
Hospitalized after drowning during a rescue attempt, newly graduated U.S. Marshal Will Castleton is besieged by visions of a hulking executioner torturing a bound man. A perilous race against time leaves Will broken, unsure if he even wants to join the marshals. Escaping to his Michigan hometown, Will finds his father dying, a young woman's ghost desperate to communicate with him, and a biker kingpin out to make a statement by taking out local law enforcement's golden boy.
"Not Harry Dresden - Thank God!"
David Bain brings you five stories from the dark side of town. Horror doesn't just happen in a creaking haunted house; the paranormal and occult can creep into every corner of the United States' urban landscape. These short stories of dark fantasy bring the metaphysical mystery of everything from demons to serial killers to your back door....
"Not scary. Mildly horrifying."
Ten tales of worlds gone wrong: "The Mold of Memory" - Nanotech run amok.
David Bain offers ten essays on writing, with an eye toward helping new writers gain their footing and keeping the more seasoned scribe motivated. It also includes his essay "Basic E-Book Self-Publishing Advice for Newbies" which has already helped hundreds of beginning indie authors. A longtime college English prof and former newspaper bureau chief, Bain infuses these essays on the writing life with years of teaching, editing, and indie publishing experience, using an easygoing yet incisive style.
Janell making phone calls to demonic lovers in front of her husband is just the beginning. The horrors hit home for two young men telling ghost stories while driving through the thickest fog of the year. An aging hunter summons the spirit of the Bavarian wilderness as his abilities and will begin to fade. A teacher opens his mouth to instruct his students - and finds himself speaking in the voice of his newly deceased mentor. A young woman, pregnant out of wedlock in the late 1950s, is "sent away" only to find her new home harbors strange secrets.
Paranormal investigator Will Castleton's psychic friend Mazie calls on Will to accompany her when she's forced to return to her horror-infested hometown of Angel Hill, Missouri - a town she fled decades before, having been psychologically shattered by a harrowing vision in the woods. A death in the family pulls Mazie back to Angel Hill, but soon after stepping foot on her native soil, she and Will are caught up by spectral forces that twist a ghastly crime from the town's past into an all-too-terrifying present.
"An Excellent Will Castleton Novel; Loved it."
Brian and Iggy are suddenly living the urban legends and ghost stories they love as they witness a jet-black car cruising across the fog-laced, moonlit surface of Gray Lake. At the same moment, in the marshes to the north, the battle for dominance over a troubled gang of small-town meth dealers begins. For Scott Ignatowski, the demonic car's arrival heralds a downward spiral as he dreams of its sometimes lovely, sometimes ghastly occupants chauffeuring him into murky depths.
David Bain presents six tales of small town supernatural horror.
"Well read story.."
Burn-scarred and already something of a legendary small-time criminal, Mike Menger was last seen at the end of David Bain's crime/horror novel Gray Lake, driving headlong out of Green River, Michigan, under cover of night, screaming in rage and despair. Now he's back, though still in hiding, doing dirty deeds his new boss, Phan, needs doing - like tonight's adventure. Seems one of Phan's other lackeys, Kundo, lost Phan's nightclub called The Nice-Nice in a game of chance.
In this prequel to Island Ghosts: A Will Castleton Adventure, "slightly psychic" US Marshal Will Castleton receives one of his most powerful visions of danger while delivering a federal witness - all he knows is a blood-covered man holds a woman captive in an unspecified motel room. Within minutes Will is racing through the streets of Phoenix - can he fight and subdue the killer and rescue the woman, all while keeping his witness safe?
First you discover you might have some supernatural helpers on your lonely third shift job. And then you discover that even supernatural helpers sometimes need human assistance....
Psychic detective and ghost hunter Will Castleton (Death Sight, The Castleton Files) faces hulking monsters and interdimensional demons in a haunted holler in the Kentucky backwoods in this action-packed, over-the-top novella.
It starts with a dream, a warning. But it's a warning that arrives too late. The Gypsies aren't coming; they're here. His grandmother and nephew are the first to fall to the demonic invaders, leaving Mitch, his grandfather, and his uncle trapped in the barn while occult madness reigns outside. Chaos is the order of the day, and Mitch can only try to cope with the ghostly paranormal attackers. His grandfather, however, remembers the bloody day that first brought the wicked Gypsies to Earth...
"Just not my thing."
In this volume, "slightly psychic" U.S. Marshal and paranormal detective Will takes on ghosts, hardcore criminals, his girlfriend and his relationship to reality itself. From a race against time to save a woman's life during a tropical storm, to a struggle for a child's lost soul in the snowy badlands.
James needs money. Now. Then he learns Mickle doesn't seem to keep much track of his seemingly limitless weed inventory. Mickle won't notice if James snags just one small brick of skank, will he? James tells himself he'll take just a little, just enough to get his child support, his probation officer, his sister, his grandmother, and his baby mama off his back. Besides, a total dweed like Mickle couldn't do much about it even if he did find out? Right? Wrong!
"Don't waste your time or money."
In this short novel, slightly psychic detective Will Castleton and his girlfriend Samantha are visiting Will's hometown of Green River, Michigan. But going home can bring you face to face with the ghosts of the past - as well as old enemies of a more physical nature. And then Will has a vision that someone will die before the night is over... It's not just angels who look homeward...