Hello all…Steve here!
Once again Gavin (aka Kendall Reviews) was kind enough to turn over his blog, allowing me to use it to make a fun announcement!
For those reading this on the actual blog release date (Friday, February 15, 2019) today’s a treat for you all.
Today we’re giving away a four story freebie PDF for you all to enjoy.
The four story freebie is a way for me to give back to you all for your support, and a nice way for new readers to see if they like my stuff.
This is all being done to promote my upcoming release The Girl Who Hid in the Trees. This officially drops on February 28, 2019 and is a very quick, brutal coming-of-age novella. It is available for pre-orders now and the paperback will be available shortly as well.
For the release of this novella, I really wanted to have a foreword. I love when books have them and I wanted to offer something up for my fans to read a neat intro. It became obvious there was only one person I would want to do it. Since day one, Gavin has been a tireless supporter of my work. He’s featured me several times on the site, he’s welcomed me onto his review team, and frankly we’ve become really good, long-distance friends. The social media age has changed or adjusted some of our friendships, but I know this is one of those friendships that would translate into real life. I look forward to hopefully meeting him in person one of these days.
I wanted Gavin to write the foreword because he’s been doing a really neat feature lately on his blog entitled “Why Do You Write Horror?” He’s hosted a number of fantastic authors and bloggers, telling us how they became a horror fan and why they live, breathe and die horror. I wanted to give Gavin that platform as well, and wow did he deliver. It’s always neat seeing how others became involved in horror, and Gavin’s tale is a great view into where his love came from. (Plus, I named a character after the guy, so I had to throw him that bone right? Haha!)
As for The Girl Who Hid in the Trees. It was something I needed to write. I think (and a few others have said the same) it’s my next step up in terms of being a better writer. I found while writing it, things flowed smoothly and I felt like I was writing better. I know that sounds arrogant, but it’s the only way I can describe it. After reading Tamer Animals from my friend Justin M. Woodward last year, I knew I wanted to take a stab at urban legend/coming-of-age and I knew I’d need to go darker and bleaker than I ever had before. I hope I delivered that.
So what’s within the free PDF? Great question. I think each of the four stories shows off my slightly varied writing styles, but rest assured, all four are dark, bleak horror reads, which I think has become my calling card. To make this easier, here is the synopsis from each of the stories.
1 – Eaten. Originally released in the collection Dim the Sun. Eaten is a short, bleak tale following our main character as they deal with something sinister lurking in his childhood home.
2 – Abraham, Look to the Sky. The first of three short stories included with The Girl Who Hid in the Trees, Abraham, Look to the Sky is a short burst of cosmic horror, telling the tale of the crazy old man who watches the sky above.
3 – The Tooth Collector. The second of three short stories within The Girl Who Hid in the Trees, The Tooth Collector is a twisted fairy tale following a father who suspects someone, or something, is in the basement with his son.
4 – The Navajo Nightmare. The third of the three stories included with The Girl Who Hid in the Trees, The Navajo Nightmare is a supernatural, western-horror that follows a group of men hired to find The Navajo Nightmare and bring him to justice.
Last week on my blog, I shared the cover for this PDF, so please click on the cover image below to get your free PDF download!
So – thanks so much for grabbing this freebie! Hope you enjoy the stories! I’ve actually made a Goodreads page just for this PDF, so please, I’d love to hear your thoughts over there by leaving a review. Four Dark Tales: GoodReads Link
Steve Stred is an up-an-coming Dark Horror author. Steve is the author of the novel Invisible, the novellas Wagon Buddy, Yuri and Jane: the 816 Chronicles and two collections of short stories; Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery and Left Hand Path: 13 More Tales of Black Magick.
Steve also has a number of works on the go and enjoys all this horror, occult, supernatural and paranormal.
Steve Stred is based in Edmonton, AB, Canada and lives with his wife, his son and their dog Oj.
You can follow Steve on Twitter @stevestred
You can visit Steve’s Official Website here
The Girl Who Hid In The Trees
Something lurks just beyond.
Centuries ago a heinous act created a ripple that still haunts the residents to this very day.
Now the kids who reside near McConnell’s Forest live forever in fear.
Jason lost his brother when he was young. He left with his friends to ‘debunk’ the urban legend and never came back.
Now Jason and his group of friends are fed up and want to discover what is happening, what is the real cause of the terror holding their small town hostage.
But something is waiting for them. She may look sweet and innocent, but the friends are about to find out that pure evil can exist in the smallest of packages.
She’s out there. And while you may not know her name or what she looks like, the local kids will tell you if you ask, that you should fear for your life from the girl who hid in the trees.
From the dark mind of Steve Stred, the author of Wagon Buddy, YURI and Invisible comes this fast-paced, seat of your pants coming-of-age tale. A quick, violent, bleak read, The Girl Who Hid In The Trees will make you think twice about those sounds you hear far off in the woods.