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Evil Stalks the Night: Revised Author's Edition [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Meyer-Griffith , Pam Slade , Dawné Dominique
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Book Description

Twenty years ago psychic Sarah Summers fled from the evil that lurked in the woods behind her childhood home after it killed most of her family, but a nasty divorce and financial hardships forced her back when nothing else could have. With her son, Jeremy, she returns to her grandmother’s dilapidated house and tries to begin a new life. She meets a police detective, Ben, who falls for her, and she prays her fresh visions of bloodshed and death deep among the dark trees are not true.

Then the murders begin again and Sarah is hurtled back into the familiar nightmare that has haunted her her whole life. The evil in the woods is awake again…and this time it wants her last remaining brother, Jim; her son…and her. With Ben and Jim’s help can she defeat it this time…and live?


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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

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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

From the Author

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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Creepy and Thrilling Horror Novel 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended January 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of my seat read! January 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Evil lurks just beyond the shadows and soon Sarah will no longer be able to run.

This hauntingly thrilling story had me on the edge of my seat and anxiously anticipating each turn of the page. The chilling descriptions and frightening scenes make this story a must read for lovers of murder mysteries.

Sarah is a brave and strong-willed mother who has been through a lot, but endures to protect the ones she loves. I liked getting to know her more and really felt for her when everything came crashing down. She grew so much throughout the book and I really admired her for it. Facing your fears is no easy task and yet she did it to save those that she loved most.

Ben was a sweet man and I liked him. The fact that he was willing to help Sarah in her darkest time really showed how brave and noble he could be.

I highly recommend this story to anyone who would enjoy a frighteningly chilling story of a mother's love and facing your fears.

Reviewed by Katie Cody
for The Romance Reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great horror suspense story... December 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Evil Stalks the Night is the latest rewritten and reissued offering by the prolific Katherine Meyer Griffith. Ironically, it was also the first of her books to be published, way back in 1985. The story centres on a young psychic girl called Sarah and her family, who live in a nondescript American town called Suncrest. Nondescript, except for the fact that an evil entity prowls the woods behind the family's home. One by one the entity takes Sarah's family members, and a fair few local children, much to the chagrin of the townsfolk, who then find it within themselves to lay the blame on Sarah's surviving family. Sarah takes flight and rebuilds her adult life in a different part of the country, but the reader is never left in any doubt that it can only be a matter of time before she is brought back to Suncrest, and a final battle with the evil that still stalks the woods in search of human blood...

Evil Stalks the Night is a tremendously involving and atmospheric book, boasting a riveting storyline and fine interplay between the central characters. KMG has the story-telling qualities of your favourite grandmother. Highly recommended.
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More About the Author

DINOSAUR LAKE was a 2014 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *FINALIST* in their Suspense/Thriller category! AND NOW THE SEQUEL, DINOSAUR LAKE II: Dinosaurs Arising, TO IT IS OUT!
I've been writing for 43 years, published 30 of them since 1984; have NINETEEN novels, 2 novellas and 12 short stories to my name...and (first time ever!) I SELF-PUBLISHED MY 16, 17th,18th and 19th NOVEL *DINOSAUR LAKE* *Human No Longer* *SCRAPS OF PAPER* and a collection: *FOUR SPOOKY SHORT STORIES* DINOSAUR LAKE II: Dinosaurs Arising TO AMAZON KINDLE DIRECT! I'm now working on having all 19 of my novels produced as audio books at ACX (Audible, iTunes and Amazon.com). Twelve are already available, and the last six will be audio books by June 2014. 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 ghosts, ancient Egyptian spirits, haunted places and evil vampires since I was 21. And ALL 15 of my older Zebra, Leisure paperbacks, Avalon Books murder mysteries and my Wild Rose Press books have been revised, reprinted and rereleased for the first time in many years (and in e-books for the first time ever) from DAMNATION BOOKS www.damnationbooks.com and ETERNAL PRESS www.eternalpress.biz
and AMAZON KINDLE DIRECT. Yippie! So please look for them.

I'm a wife of almost 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. Six years ago I crossed over into e-books as well as paperbacks and now ALL my old/new books are in ebooks...and soon to be in AUDIO BOOKS from ACX. I love cats and nature, classic rock and country music (my brother, JS Meyer www.jsmeyermusic.com, is a singer/songwriter and does the songs for all my self-made book trailers that are on my websites). VISIT me at www.myspace.com/kathrynmeyergriffith or www.bebo.com/kathrynmeyerG or www.authorsden.com/kathrynmeyergriffith to see all my book covers and trailers.

My published books: (ALL OF THESE OUT AGAIN...PLEASE LOOK FOR THEM!) Human No Longer (2013),Dinosaur Lake (Thriller/Horror), Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising(Thriller/Horror), Scraps of paper-Revised Author's Edition, Evil Stalks the Night (supernatural horror), Leisure 1984; The Heart of the Rose (historical romance) Leisure 1985; Blood Forge (supernatural horror), Leisure 1989; Vampire Blood (romantic supernatural horror), Zebra 1991; The Last Vampire (supernatural horror), Zebra 1992; Witches (romantic horror), Zebra 1993 & Pinnacle 2000; a novella called The Nameless One in Dark Seductions, an erotic horror anthology, Kensington, 1993; The Calling (supernatural horror), Zebra 1994. The Nameless One, a short erotic novella in the 1994 Zebra Anthology Dark Seductions. And Scraps of Paper (hardcover mystery) Avalon Books, 2003; All Things Slip Away, the second mystery in the series came out also from Avalon Books in February 2006 and now both are out again from Amazon and both in ebooks for the first time ever. And my three novels and two short stories from The Wild Rose Press are out again from ETERNAL PRESS: 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) and two ghostly short stories, Don't Look Back, Agnes and In This House. BEFORE THE END: A Time of Demons, an apocalyptic saga from Damnation Books, June 2010. THE WOMAN IN CRIMSON, a vampire eternal love story, is out now from ETERNAL PRESS www.eternalpress.biz. The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal Fiction: Volume 1 (I did the Introduction) 2011 and Telling Tales of Horror 2012(I did the chapter on Putting the Occult into your Fiction)***


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