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"EVIL STALKS THE NIGHT draws you in and holds you until the end. A horror story, at the same time, it's a story of family and a love so strong that it might be the only thing that can stop the horrible deeds committed by an unearthly atrocity so evil nothing has been able to stop it. This is a book not to be missed by horror fans." 5 Stars FRESH FICTION

"Be warned! Do not read this 5 Book worthy novel in the dark. Leave the lights on. You will need them! I absolutely cannot wait to read another book from this truly skilled author. Well done, Ms. Griffith-I'm a forever fan now!" REVIEWS BY MOLLY

"This story kept me at the edge of my seat waiting to turn the page to find out what was going to happen next. I love how the author brought all the characters to life. Using the different POV's helped to move the story along and I look forward to reading more of her work. I would recommend this story to anyone who loves to read thrillers, horrors and suspense. " 5 Stars HEART OF THE WOLF Reviews"

This is an absolute MUST READ THRILLER! You will not be disappointed!" 5 stars A Diary of a Book Addict Reviews

"I have become a big fan of Kathryn Meyer Griffith. I read one book, becoming hooked on her writing. I am glad that she has decided to re-release her older books. She has, I am sure, acquired new fans. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good horror stories. This is ranked right up there with some of those scary horror stories by Stephen King." 5 Stars ROMANCING THE BOOK REVIEWS

"I highly recommend this story to anyone who would enjoy a frighteningly chilling story of a mother's love and facing your fears." Five Star TOP PICK THE ROMANCE REVIEWS

"What you see is what you get. It's a solid, old fashioned ghost story. If you're looking for some solid, well written horror to see you through a lonely night, grab a copy. You won't be disappointed."  Dark Gaia Productions

"Evil Stalks the Night is an excellently written story. Griffith's writing style is perfectly suited to the horror genre. It engages the imagination in a way that makes the skin crawl and the spine shiver over and over. I don't think a story has scared me this often since The Exorcist. Fear isn't the only emotion Griffith is able to evoke, though. The pain and anger of betrayal and divorce, the uncertainty of starting over, and the hope of new love are all captured and conveyed to the reader. The characters are also well-developed and believable." The Chaotic Reader BlogSpot

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Why I Wrote Evil Stalks the Night

This book is special to me for many reasons. It was my first published novel in 1984 and as it comes out again on June 1, 2012, rereleased from Damnation Books for the first time in nearly thirty years, it'll bring my over forty year writing career full circle. With its publication allfourteen, and one novella, of my old books will be out again for the first time in decades. Sure, it's been a grueling, tedious two-and- a-half year job rewriting and editing these new versions but I'm thrilled it's over. I have my babies reborn and out in the world again...and all in e books for the first time ever. Now, perfectionist that I am, I can finally move forward and write new stories.
I'll start at the beginning because, though Evil Stalks the Night was my first published novel, it wasn't my first written one.
That first book was The Heart of the Rose. I began writing it after my only child, James, was born in late 1971. I was staying home with him, no longer going to college, not yet working full time, and was bored out of my skin. I read an historical romance one day I believed was horrible and thought I can do better than that!
And so my writing career began. Over 40 years ago now. Oh my goodness, where has the time gone? Flown away like some wild bird. It took me 12 years to get that first book published as I got sidetracked with a divorce, raising a son, getting a real job and finding the true love of my life and marrying him. Life, as it always seemed to do and still does, got in the way. The manuscript was tossed into a drawer and forgotten for a time.
Then years later I rediscovered it and decided to rewrite it; try again. I bundled up the revised pile of printed copy pages, tucked it into an empty copy paper box and took it to the Post Office. Plastered it with stamps. I sent it everywhere The Writer's Market of that year said I could. And waited. Months and months and months. In those days it could take up to a year or more to sell a novel, shipping it here and there to publishers, in between revising and rewriting to please any editor that'd make suggestions or comments on how it could be better. Snail mail took forever, too, and was expensive. But eventually, as you shall see, it sold.
In the meantime, as I waited for the mail, I'd written another book. Kind of a fictionalized look back at my childhood in a large (6 brothers and sisters) poor but loving family in the 1950's and 60's. Called it 707 Suncrest. I started sending that one out as well. Then one day an editor suggestedthat since my writing had such a spookyambiance to it anyway, why didn't I just turn the story into a horror novel...like Stephen King was doing? Ordinary people under supernatural circumstances. A book like that would sell easily, she said.
Hmmm. Well, it was worth a try, so I added something scary in the woods in the main character's childhood past that she had to return to and face in her adult life, using some of my childhood and my young adult life-my heartbreaking divorce, raising my young son alone, my new love-as hers. It was more of a romantic horror when I'd finished, than a horror novel. I retitled it Evil Stalks the Night and began sending it out. That editor was right, it sold quickly to a mass market paperback publisher called Towers Publishing.
But right in the middle of editing Towers went bankrupt and was bought out by another publisher! What terrible luck, I remember brooding. The book was lost somewhere in the stacks of unedited slush in a company undergoing massive changes as the new publisher took over. I had a contract, didn't know what to do and didn't know how to break it. Heaven knows, I couldn't afford a lawyer. My life with a new husband, my son and (at first) my minimum-wage assistant billing job and then my entry level one as a graphic artist a few years later, were one step above poverty at times. In those days, too, I was so clueless how to deal with the publishing industry.
That was 1983, but luckily that take-over publisher was Leisure Books, now also known as Dorchester Publishing. A publisher that quickly became huge. Talk about karma.
As often as has happened to me over my writing career, though, fate stepped in and the Tower's editor, before she left, who'd bought my book told one of Leisure's editors about it and asked her to give it a read. She believed in it that much.
Out of the blue, in 1984, when I'd completely given up on Evil Stalks the Night, Leisure Books sent me a letter offering to buy it! Then, miracle of miracles, my new editor asked if I had any other ideas or books she could look at. I sent her The Heart of the Rose and, liking it, too, she also bought it in 1985; asking me to sex it up some, so they could release it as an historical bodice-ripper (remember those...the sexy knockoffs of Rosemary Rogers and Kathleen Woodiwiss's provocative novels?). It wasn't a lot of money. A thousand dollar advance each and only 4% royalties on the paperbacks. But in those days the publishers had a huge distribution and thousands and thousands of the paperbacks were printed, sent to bookstores and warehoused. So 4% of all those books over the next couple of years did add up.
Thus my career began. I slowly, and like-pulling-teeth, sold ten more novels and various short stories over the next 25 years-as I was working full time, raising a family and living my hard-scramble life. Some did well, my Leisure and Zebra paperbacks, and some didn't. Most of them, over the years, eventually went out of print.
And twenty-seven years later, when publisher Kim Richards Gilchrist at Damnation Books contracted my 13th and 14th novels, BEFORE THE END: A Time of Demons, an apocalyptic end-of-days-novel, and The Woman in Crimson, a vampire book, she asked if I'd like to rerelease (with new covers and rewritten, of course-and all in ebooks for the first time ever) my 7 out-of-print paperbacks, including Evil Stalks the Night-I gave her a resounding yes!
Of course, I had to totally rewrite Evil Stalks the Night for the resurrected edition, as well as my other early novels, because I discovered my writing when I was twenty-something had been immature and unpolished; and not having a computer and the Internet had made the original writing so much harder. Also in those days, editors told an author what to change and the writer only saw the manuscript once to final proof it. There were so many mistakes in those early books. Typos. Grammar. Lost plot and detail threads. In the rewrite I also decided to keep the time frame (1960-1984) the same. The book's essence would have lost too much if I'd updated it.
As I finished the final editing I couldn't help but reminisce about all the life changes I've had since I'd first began writing it so many years ago. Though it was actually published in 1984, I'd started writing it many years before; closer to 1978 or 1979. I'm as old as my Grandmother Fehrt, my mother's mother and who the grandmother in the story was loosely based on, was back then. Time does move on. Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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  • File Size: 840 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
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  • Publisher: Damnation Books LLC; Revised Author's Edition edition (May 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00882CBVI
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DINOSAUR LAKE was a 2014 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *FINALIST* in their Suspense/Thriller category! NOW THE TWO SEQUELS TO IT, DINOSAUR LAKE II: Dinosaurs Arising, and DINOSAUR LAKE III: Infestation ARE OUT!
My The Last Vampire-Revised Author's Edition was also a 2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *FINALIST* in their Horror category!
I've been writing for over 44 years, published 31 of them since 1984; have TWENTY-TWO novels, 2 novellas and 14 short stories to my name...and (first time ever!) I SELF-PUBLISHED MY 16, 17th,18th, 19th, 20th, and 22nd NOVEL *DINOSAUR LAKE* *Human No Longer* *SCRAPS OF PAPER* and a collection: *FOUR SPOOKY SHORT STORIES* DINOSAUR LAKE II: Dinosaurs Arising and Dinosaur Lake III:Infestation TO AMAZON KINDLE. As of this date, most of my 22 novels have been made into Audible audio books (Audible, iTunes and Amazon.com). Take a look/listen at Audible.com!

I write traditional supernatural horror, SF horror, ghost stories, romantic time-travel, murder mysteries and paranormal romance. I've been writing about murders and mysteries, ghosts, ancient Egyptian spirits, witches, haunted places and evil vampires since I was 21. And ALL 15 of my older Zebra and Leisure paperbacks, Avalon Books murder mysteries and my Wild Rose Press books have been revised, reprinted and re-released for the first time in many years (and in e-books and audio for the first time ever). Yippie! So please look for them.

I'm a wife of over 36 years (husband, Russell), mother (one son, James) and grandmother (two grandchildren, Caitlyn and Joshua). I was a graphic designer in the corporate world for 23 years; and have published with Dorchester, Kensington, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Amazon Kindle Direct, Damnation Books and Eternal Press, and Amazon Publishing. I love cats and nature, classic rock and country music. VISIT me at to see all my book covers and trailers here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathryn-Meyer-Griffith/579206748758534
http://www.authorsden.com/kathrynmeyergriffith
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/889499.Kathryn_Meyer_Griffith

My published books: Human No Longer,Dinosaur Lake (Thriller/Horror), Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising(Thriller/Horror), Scraps of paper-Revised Author's Edition, Evil Stalks the Night (supernatural horror), The Heart of the Rose (historical romance), Blood Forge (supernatural horror), Vampire Blood (romantic supernatural horror), The Last Vampire (supernatural horror), Witches (romantic horror), a novella called The Nameless One, The Calling (supernatural horror), The Nameless One, a short erotic novella, Scraps of Paper (murder mystery) and its sequel, All Things Slip Away, Egyptian Heart(ancient Egyptian time travel romance), Winter's Journey(a romantic suspense novel), The Ice Bridge, (a contemporary romance e-novel with a dose of murder mystery), two ghostly short stories, Don't Look Back, Agnes and In This House, A Time of Demons, (an apocalyptic saga), The Woman in Crimson (a vampire eternal love story), The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Fiction: Volume 1 (I did the Introduction) 2011, Telling Tales of Horror 2012 (I did the chapter on Putting the Occult into your Fiction). Most recent: Night Carnival Short Story (romantic horror) December 2014 and Forever and Always (Romantic Short) December 2014.***

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward on August 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
'Evil Stalks the Night' is a fast paced thrill ride that follows the life of Sarah, a psychic who comes to learn there is real evil living in the woods by her childhood home. After moving away, she is forced to return to her grandmother's home and to the haunted woods that have claimed so many children's lives. Will she be able to stop the spirit that is terrorizing the forest before it's too late?

I found this novel to be well written with a great pace. It flowed easily and the story seemed to tell itself, which made it hard to put down. The possibility of a scary evil being killing children in the woods is told with just the right amount of description that it seems plausible - which scares and thrills the reader. I was drawn in from the very first chapter and couldn't wait to figure out what was happening in the woods and how the novel was going to end. I loved the psychic and the supernatural/paranormal aspects to the story - I thought that the author did a great job with inserted them believably into the narrative. Finally, I felt that the storyline was done in such a way that it kept me at the edge of my seat - waiting to see what was going to happen next. I recommend this for readers who love paranormal/supernatural fiction and for those who want a creepy and thrilling read.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Romancing the Book on January 12, 2014
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I have become a big fan of Kathryn Meyer Griffith. I read one book, becoming hooked on her writing. I am glad that she has decided to re-release her older books. She has, I am sure, acquired new fans.

This book starts in 1960 in or near the woods, spanning 20 years and ending in or near the woods. I have a healthy respect for the noises that I hear in the woods at the back of our property after reading this book.

In Evil Stalks the Night, we are drawn into the story of Sarah, her brother James and the rest of the family. Like most small towns across the United States, Suncrest is no different than most small towns except for one small detail. Evil lives in the woods and demands human blood. Drawing the local children in, killing them, they disappear most times without so much a trace.

One by one the evil that lurks about takes Sarah’s family from her. Sarah finds help in her grandmother but not soon enough as she is old and dies before Sarah can get the answers that she needs. Sarah is a psychic, knowing things that most adults tend to not want to believe. After all she is only a young girl. The town felt that her family was strange and somehow at the root of the evil.

As the evil takes her family one by one, Sarah and James are the only ones that survive. They both move away to live their own lives and get away from the evil that has haunted them all their lives. But can one ever really forget? As much as they tried to lead normal lives (what exactly is normal with what they have gone through) they couldn’t get away from the evil as it seemed to follow them only to draw them back to where it all started.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 25, 2012
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In author Kathryn Meyer Griffith's novel, Evil Stalks the Night--a revised edition of the first book she ever wrote--we meet Sarah Summers and her six brothers and sister, mother and father at her childhood home in Suncrest.

This is where we first learn of the evil in the woods. It all starts when Sarah is just ten-years-old. The evil stalks the family and haunts the woods in by their home; soon after the death of children in the town, and their family they are forced to flee from Suncrest for another home in fear.

Years later Sarah, a physic, is now a mom to Jeremy, having just divorced and lost her job she is forced to come back to Suncrest and the home her grandmother left to her when she died, her brother coming along with her to help her move.

Sarah and her brother Jim (Jimmy) are the only ones left in her family, everyone else having died of apparent accidents, but soon Sarah learns what Jim has know for some time--It killed them, all of them and has forced them to come back to where it all started so many years ago.

But admits the fear she meets Ben, a police detective in Suncrest, and though things start out bitter on Sarah's part it soon becomes apparent that Ben is someone special, someone that she could love and spend her life with.

But Jim is keeping secrets; he has known for a long time about the thing in the woods.

Now trapped, her son in danger Sarah does not know what to do only that the thing in the woods has been chasing them for years and now that it has got them home--they may not get out of it alive.

I will not be going in the woods alone anytime soon after reading this novel by Kathryn Meyer Griffith!

This is the second book I have read by author and I loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca L. Minto on November 4, 2012
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I give Evil Stalks The Night a 5 Star Rating. I want to say
up-front that I am surprised this book isn't on every
best-seller list in the country right now. This was one of
those amazing reads that grips you from the very first
sentence and never lets up until the very end. The story
moved along swiftly with pulse-racing intensity from the
very first page to the very last page. I was thoroughly
caught up and knew I wouldn't be putting this book down
before bed. As it is, I'm wondering if I will be having any
nightmares.

The story called to me, reminding me so much of moments,
times and places in my own youth in Tennessee as a child. I
completely identified with the primary character, and I
admit at times I felt like I was the character of that
moment, reliving the terror of running through the woods,
utterly convinced that something evil and terrible was after
me. We all have had one of those moments of utter terror,
then later try to laugh it off as something silly, an
illusion or nightmare lurking in the subconscious, but never
altogether real. Mrs. Griffith has made that illusion real
in Evil Stalks The Night, a monstrous entity that stalks and
feeds and rips families apart for all eternity. There are
many surprising moments, twists and turns that will surprise
and titillate the imagination. I am not generally a huge fan
of scary stories, but this is definitely not one you will
want to miss. It is emotional, difficult, terrifying and, if
you're anything like me, it will make you reminisce fondly
of childhood memories.
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