In her debut short story collection, M.J. Pack offers up a new breed of terror sure to delight any true horror fan. Don’t miss out on tales of telepathic twins, a campfire ghost story gone terribly wrong, pills that induce life-threatening nightmares, and the disturbing new sideshow at Coney Island: Lady Alligator. Take a haunting trip down infamous Bubblehead Road and follow Danny around the country as he’s pursued by unseen (and unrelenting) creatures.
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My Papai always said wine made everything better. Countless times he uttered those familiar words to me - "The Merlot will melt your problems away, meu amor. With a good bottle of wine in your hand, you hold the magical key to anything you want." I believed my father wholeheartedly, until my world came crashing down on me at 24 years old. It wasn't going to take wine to help Brody and I find our way back to one another. It was going to take fighting...not only for our love - but for my life.
"Such a great story!"
From the author of Copenhagen and Noises Off. A comedy-drama about a door manufacturing company and a fateful convention in Frankfurt. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Rosalind Ayres, Allan Corduner, David Ellenstein, Julian Holloway, Peter A. Jacobs, Martin Jarvis, Robin Goodrin Nordli, James Warwick and Michael York.
As a 22-year-old teacher with Teach For America - a program that puts college grads in front of the country's poorest children - Harris Sockel grew up in the same room as his students. From spending exorbitant amounts of money on neon-colored card stock to watching parents pull their kids from his class because he looked too young to teach, he saw the baffling, bleak, and very human side of the way we approach poverty in school.
Hollywood Ending is an on-the-ground history of the beginning of the end for movies, from the lush offices of Michael Ovitz's talent management company to the plucky production of cult hit Donnie Darko. Using his own attempts to get a film financed, Michael Thomsen recounts the cultural decay, doomed optimism, and abusive narcissism that helped take one of the greatest cultural institutions of the 20th century to the brink of decline.
The last storm brought death and famine to the rural town at the heart of this story. Now another storm is brewing, and many believe it to be the work of spiteful Old Lady Deakins. In this dark and unpredictable tale, the woman assumed to be responsible for the storm might be the only one able to lift the town's curse.
Award-winning playwright and essayist Topher Payne selects his favorite scenes, essays, and stories, many available in print for the very first time. Delight in this hilarious and often surprisingly sweet world populated by Payne's signature brand of well-intentioned sociopaths.
"These stories are more than just funny!"
Olen Steinhauer's crafty story - "The Start-Up" - begins as an affectionate recounting by Tom, a down-on-his-luck graduate caring for his sick mother and reconnecting with his awkward friend, Jerry McLaughlin. Jerry lives in a relative's basement in Chicago, and over the intervening months the two young men strategize Jerry's seemingly innocuous plan to become a supervillain in the spirit of Bond greats like Blofeld.
What's it like to be both blind and gay? How does romance work for those who, despite this double disorientation from the mainstream, are certain of their sexual identity? To find out, Michael Lowenthal signs up for the Rainbow Bear Valentine's Cruise and joins a group of blind gay men, along with their human and canine companions, for a weeklong Mexican sail on the Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas.
What happens when you tell your girlfriend you have bipolar disorder? Taylor Beck's searingly honest essay details everything from his past relationships to the steps leading up to his most recent confession - and his girlfriend's surprising response. Whether or not listeners have personal experience with mental illness, it's hard not to draw inspiration from Beck's words and to root for him through his ups and downs.
This is a how-to guide for awesomeness, albeit told from someone who struggles to attain such a glorious ideal. The book outlines 24 different methods for improving one's life using a variety of studies, books, concepts, and good old personal experience to do so. The book highlights five major areas of life: productivity, conquering fear, wellness, relationships, and money and provides practical steps to improve each. It is my sincerest hope that this book will aid its listeners along the path to achieve the awesomeness each of us deserves.
With Hurricane Madison barreling toward Aberdeen, Georgia, the Hurst family scrambles to prepare their home for the coming gale. But as the eye of the storm approaches, Cooper Hurst becomes all too aware that their household will have to endure far more than wind and rain. Creepy and atmospheric, JC Hemphill's Erasure is a dark thrill from start to finish.
A new homeowner tells the story of a 16-year-old boy from New Jersey who fell in with the wrong crowd after moving to the Midwest, the previous occupant of the home. The home where he was shot and killed over a Walkman. And the home where he tells his story every night. "Previous Occupants" is a short horror story that appears in M.J. Pack's collection Certain Dark Things, also available on Audible.com.
Jean is the evil twin. And Jean always gets what she wants. She even bullies her own sister into submission. But when she takes it too far, the silent twin fights back. "I Hope My Sister Dies Soon" appears in M. J. Pack's debut short story collection, Certain Dark Things, offering up a new breed of terror sure to delight any true horror fan.
A famous film actress goes to a fortune teller to exact revenge on those who have wronged her in "Got to Give." This short story appears in M.J. Park’s collection Certain Dark Things, also available on Audible.com.
A career-minded woman decides to sleep her way to a promotion after catching one of the senior partners eyeing her up like a shark would a minnow. By week's end, she's in his bed, with bitemarks on her lips and symptoms of the flu the next morning. The flu turns to a hunger – a thirst that she can't find a way to satiate with water. "Once Bitten" is a short horror story that appears in M.J. Pack's collection Certain Dark Things, also available on Audible.com
A college English professor's guilt over having and badly ending an affair with a student leads him down a stomach-turning path to madness. "If I Should Sleep with a Lady Called Death," a horror story which reveals how the duality of infidelity can tear a person apart, can be found in the collection Certain Dark Things, also available on Audible.com.
Little Irene Miller studies her face in the mirror as she prepares for her performance under the big top, though Siamese twins and clowns are a far cry from dancing with Buster Keaton. The circus may be changing their lineup, and the last girl who left ended up in an alley with her skirt hiked up. "Best Wishes, Irene Miller" is a short horror story that appears in M.J. Pack's collection Certain Dark Things, also available on Audible.com.
The prom queen is dead and you're not. It's just that simple. "The Prom Queen is Dead" is a short story that appears in M.J. Park’s collection Certain Dark Things, also available on Audible.com.
A horror fan looking for a good scare follows the instructions of a mysterious email, leading him to an industrial park with a door marked "HELL AWAITS." His curiosity of fear gets him an unknown prescription and a nightmare with every sleep. "The Nightmare Club" is a short horror story that appears in M.J. Pack's collection Certain Dark Things, also available on Audible.com.