Excerpt & Giveaway! Happy Little Horrors: Freak Show Anthology #zOctober2014


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Happy Little Horrors: Freak Show
by Various authors
Publication date: October 4th 2014
Category: Anthology
Genre: Horror

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Happy Little Horrors is an anthology produced by author David Reuben and editor Monique Happy. Some of the best authors in the horror genre are represented, including Michael Robertson, Craig McDonough, Derrick LaCombe, David Reuben, C.L. Hernandez, Joseph A. Coley, James Michaels, Tania Cooper, Eila Oakes, Brandon Ryals, Michael Clary, Kya Aliana, Allen Gamboa, Dean Wild, John McIlveen, Toni Lesatz, Brandon Cracraft, and Steven G. Bynum.


Ashes to Ashes by Toni Lesatz

“Who are you?” I asked. “Why are you following me?”
“My name is Nathaniel, and I am here to help you.”
“Excuse me?”
“I’m here to help you,” he repeated. “I’m a—”
“Oh, I get it. You’re in league with that crazy psychic lady, Rowena,” I said, thrusting my finger at him accusingly. “That’s why you were standing outside of her tent.”
It was all becoming clear. This was a con. I was being conned by a bunch of carnies.
“Well, it was … great running into you,” I said, not hiding my sarcasm, “but I have to find my boyfriend now.”
I wandered back through the funhouse, yelling over and over for Marcus. My voice had reached a level of panic even I didn’t recognize, and my heart pounded relentlessly in my chest. The air felt thin and I began gasping for breath. I need to get out of this place!
I thought about how I should have just gone on the damn roller coaster like Marcus had suggested. It would’ve been over by now, I thought. At the very least, I would have been outside in the fresh air instead of trapped in a labyrinth with a stalker, and no idea how to get back to Marcus.
“Mar-cus!” I screamed again and again. My voice traveled along the glass walls, bouncing and echoing back at me through each turn. My head began to buzz and spin like one of those carnival rides that made me puke. I felt like I was floating for a moment and then dark spots dotted the edge of my vision. Oh no, please don’t let me pass out in this hellhole!
A piercing scream escaped my lips the moment I felt a pair of strong arms grip my midsection.

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~About the Author~

Toni Lesatz

Toni Lesatz is a wife, mother, author, blogger, gamer and lover of the culinary arts. Her short stories, Ashes to Ashes and Dead World, will release in fall 2014. She is currently writing her debut dark fantasy novel, which she hopes to have in reader’s hands by spring 2015.

Toni’s book blog, My Book Addiction, won the UtopYA Blog of the Year award in 2014. She enjoys promoting fellow authors, and has recently taken on the role of Editorial Director for the Book Hub side of Indie-Visible: Literary Justice For All.

Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and three children. If she’s not writing or curled up with a book, you’ll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, watching Supernatural, or killing zombies.

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Winner will receive a gift certificate to Zombie Portraits by Rob Sacchetto, the artist that created the zombie cards in Jonathan Maberry’s Rot and Ruin series!

About the artist: Zombie Portrait artist Rob Sacchetto is a 25 year veteran freelance artist and he has been illustrating custom zombie portraits full-time since 2006. He was the first artist to offer a custom zombie portrait service and his commissions remain the most sought after. In fact, Sacchetto was commissioned to create a zombie portrait for Greg Nicotero; the co-executive producer, director and special effects make-up designer on AMC’s The Walking Dead. In addition, the staff of The Talking Dead also recently commissioned Rob to create a custom zombie portrait for show host Chris Hardwick.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Traci

    Great teaser, it sounds good. I do like anthologies. If it’s centered around a particular theme, as this book would seem to be, i love to read different spins on things. I can’t wait to read it!!!!

  • Lindsay Galloway

    I am SO proud of you for working so hard and achieving all of your dreams! I’m looking forward to reading your story! xoxoxo

    • Thank you, Lindsay!! I can’t wait to read YOURS, too! Get writing. 🙂

      • Lindsay Galloway

        One day… 😉

  • Super creepy Toni!! Do enjoy them! I’ve got a couple of really old ones with ghost and spooky weird stories (by old I mean the Anthology was published in the 60’s with stuff from the 40’s and 50’s) Sometimes it’s nice to get a quick little chill and spook from a story without an entire novel around it.

  • Jeremy Hunt

    I like anthologies. Gives me a chance to read new authors.

  • Danielle At Atz

    I love horror anthologies! Short, little bite sized stories from multiple authors are fun to read, and give me a glimpse of the authors’ writing styles. Ive found lots of new (to me) authors by reading their stories in anthologies, then picking up more books from them.

  • Pheebz Petenstine

    Love anthologies,they give you a chance to sample the style of various Author’s in one book.

  • Susan Pigott

    Love horror Anything! Anthologies allow me a taste of new authors and more of the one ones I already love!

  • I like to read anthologies, I get to meet different authors along with others that I love already!! <3

  • Kya Aliana

    I love reading anthologies. One or two authors you know will draw you in, and then it’s like you discover a whole new world of authors you didn’t even know about. 🙂 It’s how my reading list keeps growing 😉

  • Natasha Raulerson

    Wicked cool! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  • I love anthologies. I can read short stories while waiting at appointments. I love discovering new to me authors.

  • Cherei J McCarter

    Yuppers! Love all books! 🙂

  • Rebecca Parker

    Looking forward to reading this!

  • Jennifer Werther

    Happy Little Horrors sounds good.Thanks for zOctober!

  • Christina Munson

    Ooh sounds good!!

  • Julianne Snow

    I think that Happy Little Horrors sounds great, but I wish that more of these giveaways were open to non-US residents…

    • I’m sorry about the US only giveaway, Julianne. There are still many giveaways throughout the month and many of them are open internationally.

      • Julianne Snow

        That’s good to hear Toni 🙂 And I didn’t mean for my comment to come off badly – when I see stuff I want/like, I want it LOL I completely understand!

  • Michelle Willms

    Quite frankly, if it’s horror, I love to read it. So, a horror anthology is just as wonderful (or almost) as a horror novel.

  • Margo Bond Collins

    ZOMBIE PORTRAIT!!! OMG. That is so super cool. 🙂 Also, yes–I love anthologies, because they give me the chance to read shorter pieces and they often introduce me to new-to-me authors

  • Samantha Warren

    Rob also did the amazing cover for my newest novel, Blood & Dust. Thanks, Rob!!

    And yes, I love horror anthologies. Just recently read SNAFU, which was a wonderful read.

  • Erin Hayes

    AWESOME. I can’t. OMG, that would be AWESOME. And I do enjoy reading horror anthologies. I can’t even type, I’m so awed.

    And your story is awesome, Toni!!

  • I enjoy all anthologies! It’s nice to read something a little shorter that you can finish and complete quickly. 🙂

  • I hadn’t heard of that anthology before now, but I’ll definitely check it out 🙂

  • Becky Stephens

    Yes, yes, yes, and I can’t wait to read this one!

  • I haven’t had good experiences with anthologies. :/ So I don’t typically buy them.

  • Nastasia Alexandria Nazar

    Sure, anthologies are great!

  • bn100

    haven’t read any yet