The Monarchs Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
Those with long memories may recall that I edited Deathrealm magazine, from 1987 to 1997. In its decade-long history, Deathrealm won a bunch of nice awards and featured hundreds of short stories, poems, and essays by authors ranging from the most established professionals to young, aspiring first-timers, many of whom proceeded to carve out names for themselves in the horror/dark fantasy field.
In 2004, I edited a new anthology for Delirium Books, titled Deathrealms, which features a wide selection of short stories from the magazine. I've edited a couple of other anthologies as well. The Song of Cthulhu (Chaosium) features 20 stories of Lovecraftian horror, and I have co-edited (with James Robert Smith) an anthology for Arkham House titled Evermore, which features short stories about Edgar Allan Poe.
Top Customer Reviews
In, The Monarchs, we are introduced to Courtney Edminston, a woman who has experienced the worst kind of heartbreak imaginable, her husband has killed himself and their young child. Without family to turn to for comfort, her wealthy college friend, Jan Blackburn, invites Courtney to stay with her and her small family in order for Courtney to regain her bearings and to start life anew. What seems like a compassionate gesture from an old friend soon turns into something more ominous. Jan’s small family consists of a brother named David and an aunt named Martha, and both of them have opportunistic plans for Courtney.
For one, David is a womanizer and Courtney is leery of his advances. And secondly, Aunt Martha is just plain crazy, and she tells Courtney that if she’s not careful, she’s is going to sic a mythical swamp beast called The Monarch after her.Read more ›
This family raises the bar on dysfunctional, but turns out to function frighteningly well.
Courtney's dismissal of Aunt Martha's peculiarities is the first mistake among many, as she propels herself headlong into a web of secrecy, and discovers the terrible truth behind Blackburn's legacy -- a legacy that includes Courtney herself.
THE MONARCHS is a highly entertaining Gothic novel by author Stephen Mark Rainey, and guaranteed to keep the reader wide awake in the wee hours of the night, even after the last page has been turned and the reading light dimmed.
This particular tale had so many elements that kept me on the edge of my seat with the tingles running a marathon up and down my spine. As the saying goes, it scared the yell out of me. So clearly I saw the horrors, heard and felt every element and I doubt I would have held up as well as the star of the show. The human star, that is to say.
I felt the relentless rain, saw the gloom of night,s eerie descent and heard the sounds of the deep woods reaching out to the unsuspecting heroine wanting to make her will collapse into easy submission. The near success made me want to cry out.
If you are a horror buff such as myself, you will not want to miss getting this book into your hands at the earliest possible moment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read!! Love Rainey's writing style...can't wait to read the rest of his books.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a very good read. I finished it in 3 days. I wanted to keep reading!Published 19 months ago by TTurner
Somewhat suspenseful and kept my attention. Didn't stay up all night because I couldn't wait for the ending.Published 19 months ago by judy hutchison
An excellent read. I really enjoyed this page turner. I have nothing bad to say regarding this book.
I highly recommend this book. I believe you will also enjoy it. Read more
Premise of story is okay and there were a goodly share of tense "what's next" moments. The lead character is a female who's been abused, etc. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Linda
A really great story! This one should have a sequel or even a prequel about Aunt Martha and the housekeeper!Published on November 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer