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About Essel Pratt
Essel Pratt is a purveyor of horror and fantasy, conjuring tales that haunt souls and inspire imagination. As a student of psychology and teller of tales, Essel writes to share the complex nature of his imaginings with the world. His ever-expanding catalog of short stories spans multiple anthologies and collections, ranging from whimsical fantasy to bizarre horror, including everything in between. Dedicated fans have praised his creations, labeling his talents as prolific in substance.
Hailing from Mishawaka, Indiana, his passion for writing began in the early years as his imagination taunted from within, begging for a release. Dabbling in art at first, he found that the stories that pleaded to be told could not be imprisoned by ink and paint alone. His most notable and prevalent accomplishments include Final Reverie, Sharkantula, and the multiple short stories that have garnered a following of their own, such as the adventures of Detective Mansfield.
Inspired by C.S. Lewis, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Harper Lee, William Golding, and many more, Essel doesn't restrain his writings to straight horror, instead exploring the blurred boundaries of horror within its competing genres, mixing the elements into a literary stew.
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families cowered in their cars at drive-in movies. A time when monsters towered over lovers who huddled in the dark as aliens invaded, giant insects screeched and malicious, nuclear-fueled beasts destroyed cities. This is more than a double feature; it is a marathon of thrills and frights that dare you to turn the page. It is the drive-in and like the ghoulish denizens that once stalked its screens... it will never die.
So grab a soda and a big bag of popcorn and delve into these chilling tales by some of our very best horror writers, including New York Times Best selling authors Clive Barker, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Christopher Golden, Mike Mignola, S.G. Browne, Paul Moore, Elizabeth Massie, Ronald Kelly, William, F. Nolan, Lisa Morton, Taylor Grant, Joe McKinney, and so many more.
"I cut my horror teeth on creature features every Saturday night and grew up loving monsters. DRIVE-IN CREATURE FEATURE fuses everything I loved about monsters when I was a boy with adult sensibilities and a wicked sense of humor. These 19 stories that run the creature feature gamut and are written by some of the most talented writers in the genre will more than satisfy the appetite of any hungry monster lover." – Ray Garton, author of "Night Life" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Resurrecting Ravana."
“An insanely fun anthology with every kind of creature you could hope for…and some you’d never expect!” — Jeff Strand, author of "Dweller."
When a genetically modified tarantula finds itself loose in the Great White shark exhibit at Shark World, the feisty arachnid sinks its fangs into the main attraction. Without warning, the Great White mutates into Sharkantula and the opening day show turns deadly. The mutated shark/tarantula hybrid is hungry and ready to feast upon the flesh of those that don't run away fast enough to escape her webbing. Desperate to stop the carnage, a group of Shark World employees join forces with the tarantula's keeper in an effort to stop the devastation before Sharkantula can escape the confines of the aquatic theme park and spread her terror across the United States.
Feeding a tantalizin’ baby meal to the family on the go may seem like a daunting task, but with the easy-to-prepare recipes gathered in this cookbook, you can make it happen without a lot of time spent in the kitchen or the nursery. Herein you’ll find loads of tips and tricks for tracking, planning, nabbing, prepping, cooking, packaging, and feeding the little suckers which will set you up for any situation. That FBI agent won’t have boo to say after he tries your baby sweet meats braised in butter and special spices!
Plus, nearly all of these cannibal delights can be made in advance and stored in the freezer, meaning that you can have an array of different meals at your fingertips!
Featuring stories and recipes by Essel Pratt, Toneye Eyenot, catt dahman, Michael Fisher, Andrew Freudenberg, Rose Garnett, Fox Emm, Brian Glossup, Michael Noe, Dani Brown, Peter Oliver Wonder, and David Owain Hughes
Jeremy Maddux, Amanda Lyons, Kerry G.S Lipp Matthew Arkham, Jason Hughes,
Christopher Ropes, Susan Simone, Michael Fisher, Jim Goforth, Todd Misura, Stuart Keane, Dona Fox, (Editor's Choice) Kevin J MacLeod
Warning: Explicit sex, Gore, Violence,Depravity. Over 21 please.
For volume six, Rejected for Content is heading off to work. When good jobs go bad. When bad jobs get worse. Bastard bosses. Disturbed co-workers. Places where the most unhinged of souls would never dream of working in their wildest nightmares. When workplace relations break down beyond fixing. Or strengthen, in ways that are just plain wrong.
Successful job applicants include Jonathan Edward Ondrashek, Thomas M. Malafarina, Lucretia Stanhope, Michael Noe, David Owain Hughes, Dani Brown, Brent Lorentson, Andrew Bell, Evan Romero, Tabitha Thompson, Josh Davis, Sam Morgan Phillips, G. Zimmerman, Essel Pratt, Amanda M. Lyons, Howard Carlyle, Roy C. Booth & Axel Kohagen, Garvan Giltinan, Kitty Kane, William Bradley, Mark Leney, and Toneye Eyenot
Warning: Strong Violence, explicit sex, coarse language, blood and gore.
These are tales deemed too hardcore or too outrageous for other publishers to consider; pieces both confronting and affronting, with strong messages woven through the tapestry of that often shocking content.
Featuring: Christopher Ropes, Mark Tompkins, Essel Scott Pratt, Kevin J. Macleod, Dona Fox, Christine Morgan, Michael Fisher, Michael Noe, Toneye Eyenot, Amanda M. Lyons, Mark Woods, Bryan Nickelberry, Magenta Nero, Matthew R. Davis, Roy C. Booth & Axel Kohagen, Stuart Keane, Alex S. Johnson and Jim Goforth.
Warning: Strong violence, explicit sex, coarse language, blood and gore.
Where do you go after you’ve been to hell? Quite simple, really. You go insane.
If you thought hell was the worst place you would ever find yourself, you’re wrong. Dead wrong. Now, all the horror, the sordid sights and scenes, the bloodshed, the depravity, the perversion experienced before are going to culminate in only one thing. Sheer lunacy.
Welcome to a place where madness dwells, insanity rules supreme and nothing is ever quite as it seems. With tales of asylums, twisted, disturbed souls who either belong here, or certainly should, heinous deeds and unhinged mental states, Rejected For Content 5: Sanitarium is here to plumb the darkest depths yet.
These stories have all been rejected for content and the scribes responsible for them should all be institutionalised.
Featuring Toneye Eyenot, David Sgalambro, Evan Romero, Howard Carlyle, Mark Leney, David Owain Hughes, RD Cervo, J.L. Lane, G. Zimmerman, Thomas M. Malafarina, Matthew Weber, Michael Fisher, Amanda M. Lyons, Andrew Bell, Mark Nye, Brent Lorentson, Tamara Fey Turner, James Cavahl, Zachary Smith, C. A. Viruet, Christopher Ridge, Essel Pratt and K. Trap Jones.
Warning: Strong violence, explicit sex, coarse language, blood and gore.
Come along for the ride if you dare, as Rejected for Content 4 takes you down roads with only one true destination awaiting at the end. Ride actual roads with damaged, deranged souls, and travel along the highways if the mind where psychosis, darkness, and the depths of brutality and perversion dwell.
These stories have all been rejected for content: these stories will all take you on the highway to hell. It's a long way down.
Featuring K. Trap Jones, Eric LaRocca, Essel Pratt, T.S. Woolard, Amanda M. Lyons, Brian Glossup, Kindra Sowder, John Ledger, Jonathan Edward Ondrashek, James Longmore, S. A. Mckernan, David Owain Hughes, Rebecca Kolodziej, Michael Fisher, Rebecca Pate, Peter Oliver Wonder, Josh Davis, Roma Gray, Lyndon D. Johnson, G. Zimmerman, Mark Woods, William Bradley, Jay Helmstutler, and Toneye Eyenot.
Warning: Strong violence, explicit sex, coarse language, blood, and gore.