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About Justin R. Macumber
Justin Macumber is the author of STILL WATER, HAYWIRE, and the BORN OF FIRE urban fantasy series. He and his lovely wife live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex along with their motley pack of dogs and cats that they think of as their children. Visit him online at www.justinmacumber.com
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An abomination stalks the streets of Mayfair, snatching children from their homes and leaving in their places dolls, whose shattered porcelain skin and scorched eyes crush the hopes of their grieving families. Maya Gallows, paranormal investigator and psychic, seeks to stop the evil before it can claim another victim. As Maya faces this terrible foe, an even greater darkness stirs within her. Can she save not only the children of Mayfair, but her own fragile soul?
Fragile is the second book in the Gallows Investigations horror series, which began with the bestselling Still Water.
Praise for Justin R. Macumber
“In FRAGILE, Macumber’s spooky follow-up to STILL WATER, the author deftly weaves elements of The Exorcist and all the best witch stories, and slathers a perfect Stephen King sensibility on it, keeping the characters and locations real, and taking time both to delve into the nuances of life and the dripping detail you want in a good horror story. With FRAGILE, Macumber joins the ranks of Joe Hill, Justin Cronin, Stephen M. Irwin, and Michael Koryta as the new elite caretakers of atmospheric horror.” - Kane Gilmour, International Bestselling Author of THE CRYPT OF DRACULA
“FRAGILE is my most anticipated horror novel of 2016. Macumber spins creepy yarns and keeps me turning pages when I should be sleeping.”- Jeremy Robinson, international bestselling author of APOCALYPSE MACHINE.
“Justin Macumber's FRAGILE is a creepy mix of old school horror and supernatural suspense. Its eerie setting, sinister protagonist, and suspense make for an unsettling but satisfying read.” - Paul E Cooley, Author of THE BLACK
“In STILL WATER, Justin R. Macumber brings all the vivid Americana of Stephen King and all the creeping evil menace of Lovecraft, to a claustrophobic tale of horror lurking in the deep parts of the world. The lush prose pulls you in and carries you along at a mounting pace until a confrontation so bloody, you can feel the claws raking you.” -Kane Gilmour, Bestselling Author of RAGNAROK and THE CRYPT OF DRACULA
“You'll want to leave the light on long after you've turned the final page of this dark thriller! “ -Jeremy Bishop, author of REFUGE.
“Justin Macumber excels in the dark. STILL WATER will trap you and never let go.” -Edward Lorn, author of CRUELTY
“Macumber's Stillwater marries Lovecraftian-dread with a character driven thrill-ride that will leave you shivering with fear.” -Paul E Cooley, author of GARAAGA’S CHILDREN.
Foreword by P. G. Holyfield, with stories written by J. Daniel Sawyer, Jeff Brackett, Lauren M. Roy, C J Paget, Vincent Morgan, Ira Nayman, Jocelyn Adams, Court Ellyn, Jesse Summerson, Andrew Hawnt, Mark Mellon, Laura Givens, James Ebersole, Kurt Heinrich Hyatt, and Daniel Latham.
Along her journey, she meets a motley band of outcasts who not only know the secret of what happened to Earth, but also of Skylar's true origin. Will Skylar be able to accept this fantastical truth? But more importantly, can her powers and raging heart be tamed in time to stop those who once burned the world and now seek total domination?
The truth, though, is quite the opposite. Life teems throughout the galaxy, in forms and varieties unthinkable by man. It flies over Jovian storms, runs across frozen tundra lit by the distant light of binary suns, and swims through sulfuric acid oceans. Life can even be found on comets and asteroids as they sail through the black. Some say that is how life might have begun on Earth, the seeds of our creation carried from another world. Such ideas could lead one to wonder – if life already exists on Earth, and new life is brought to it, what might happen then? Would they live in peace? Or, instead, might the new attempt to destroy the old to make way for its own evolution?
Some questions should not be asked out of terror for their answers…
Or so it seemed.
Now a new threat rises. Though the rift was closed, sorcerers from that distant land still lin in our world, and the greatest of them, Embreal, has vowed to open a new rift. Helping him is Cassandra, - a dark reflection of Skylar - who is devoted to him heart and soul. Will Skylar's magic be enough to stop them? And, when she finally comes face to face with Cassandra, will she user her power against someone she so easily could have become?
Issac Ritter was once a lawman, committed to defending the defenseless and upholding the law, but a mistake in his past not only nearly cost him his own life, but those of a town he’d sworn to protect. When the blood and dust settled, he gave up his badge and swore himself to the service of those he’d nearly lost.
Now, years later, his past has come back to haunt him, and once again he must arm himself against the horrific evil he failed to destroy. With the help of a young lawwoman and a clan of silent killers, he will journey into the very heart of darkness and fight to end the threat of those who would bathe in humanity’s blood.
Now our gravest threat.
When the aliens known as the Hezrin invaded our solar system, we were defenseless against them, but then from the mind of a mad genius came our salvation - the Titans. Using nanotechnology that turned ordinary soldiers into armored warriors with the strength to tear starships in half, the Titans repelled the alien invaders and vowed to chase them across the galaxy until the Hezrin were destroyed.
That was a hundred years ago. Neither the Titans nor the Hezrin have been heard from since.
Now, finally, the Titans have returned, but instead of coming home as conquering heroes, they've been infected by a virus that's driven them insane and compelled them to destroy everything they'd fought so long and hard to protect.
Standing between them and humanity's destruction are a scholar, her son, and the only Titan able to resist the infection. Will they find a way to save humanity from its own greatest weapon?
Praise for Justin R. Macumber and Haywire
"Haywire is sure to satisfy cravings for Saturday matinee high adventure space fantasy."
-- Matthew Wayne Selznick, author of the Sovereign Era storyworld
“A thrilling chase through a superbly realized solar system. Enhanced warriors, space pirates, galactic threats and more make this a powerful debut from a strong new voice in speculative fiction.” – Alan Baxter, author of RealmShift and MageSign
"With nods to comic book super heroes, mutant robots, and the sweeping menace of mechanization, Justin Macumber's Haywire is a thrill ride from first blood to closing sigh. Haywire explores most of the tropes of hard-core space opera with nanite technology, space pirates, and a host of bad guys who are good guys, good guys who are bad guys, and all of them just hoping to survive the next catastrophe. Drawn with a broad brush, the comic book roots to this work add depth and style. Sure the good guys are bigger than life, and the bad guys are purely evil, but Macumber drags you through the story at a relentless pace. I found it difficult to put down." - Nathan Lowell, creator of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper and the Tanyth Fairport Adventures.
“An action-packed sci-fi thriller that will keep you up late into the night!”- David Wood, author of The Zombie-Driven Life and the Dane Maddock Adventures