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About Nick Younker
Nick Younker spent twenty years working in local and national media. After transitioning from television to online journalism, he now pursues work solely in dark fiction and satire.
With the exception of his debut novel, Nick focuses his work on short stories and novellas drafted in Grunge Narrative style. His dominant influences are Palahniuk, Sedaris, Spanbauer, Hempel, Larsson, Blatty, Chabon, Blackwood, Bukowski and Gabriella Coleman. Lyrical influences include Cobain, Vedder, Springsteen, Jett, Hetfield, Hendrix, Morrison and Roky Erickson.
He's spent most of his life in Southern Indiana, excluding three years in Atlanta working for CNN and several off/on years in Seattle.
You can catch up with him on Goodreads and Twitter (@NYounker), active daily on both.
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After years of skinning monsters, he brings one in who reveals a dark secret about himself, and his volatile nature forces him to make a tragic mistake.
Praise for Ella Minnow:
"This emotionally gritty tale packs an ending you won’t soon forget..."
– Gabino Iglesias, Author of "The Devil Takes You Home"
"I [gasped] at the last line... My stomach dropped and all I could do was smile, a damn good story. I knew I'd accept it right then."
– Scott J. Moses, Editor of "What One Wouldn't Do"
"Ella Minnow is a bleak, heartbreaking tale of love, loss and revenge. Not for the faint of heart, but not without hope."
– Richard Thomas, Author of "Spontaneous Human Combustion"
"In Ella Minnow, Nick Younker grabs the reader and forces unblinking attention. This work of dark fiction won’t let up on the white-knuckle tension with his gift for fast-paced world-building & chilling prose."
– Brenda S. Tolian, Doctoral Candidate of English Pedagogy-Literature, Author of "Blood Mountain"
The rolling Hoosier Hills in the Southern Indiana forests are howling. The people in the working-class town of Lucy are taking up arms, only moments away from an imminent attack by an unseen apex predator.
A centuries-old Native American warrior took in a curse that was thought to be long buried. The malevolent spirit that joined him in the grave has been haphazardly set free and their unstoppable force combined will put Lucy at ground zero for the birth of an All-American tragedy.
“[The] Birth of an American Demon demonstrates once again that some of the nation’s freshest ideas and best short narratives are coming from our small towns…” ~ Verified Amazon Review
Duncan Criss has a compulsive habit of reporting edgy news that readers find too shocking to be true. He is committed to his online news site, but it only gives him a pittance to survive.
A second job at Legacy Mausoleums will turn that around for him. It might also give him his biggest news story of all time... if he survives long enough to publish the article.
Believing that she would have to endure the implied nature of rape culture for at least four years, she seeks out an alternate lifestyle, one that will give her courage and confidence. Months of internet research finally leads her to the location of a Nocturnal Pod, a place discontent vampires go to sleep when their immortal lives have lost all meaning.
This is Charlie’s only chance to find the peace she’s been looking for, or the death she’d happily welcome in its place.
To exacerbate the situation, a rare hacktivist known as “Rabies” has targeted the medical-industrial complex, leading the FBI to Percy County for an unrelated investigation. Eventually, worlds collide.
What started as a tragic loss in the community ends up shocking the nation.
“Darkness is a cold virus best kept in the grave…”
After it reanimates, the outbreak takes a supernatural turn and the government responds by quarantining five states in the Midwest. The terminal virus, also known as the Rip Tide, forces people to self-cannibalize near the end. Evan, who seems to be immune to the Rip Tide, travels up and down the deserted roads of Southern Indiana to help people die peacefully.
Aided by both FEMA and the CDC with a satellite phone and airdrops, Evan encounters a young girl who was abandoned by her parents. To make matters worse, a 14th Century witch appears to him as an apparition, taking the form of a dead Goth-Rock Star he admires to manipulate him into spreading her lethal spores. But Evan has other plans and he starts to break through her supernatural code, finding unique ways to keep the young girl alive.
After months of searching the rolling Hoosier Hills for a cure, they attempt to make contact with an eccentric online journalist who’d went into seclusion years before, only to discover that his horrifying online reports were authentic. The race for the cure is coming to an end as the wolf starts to overtake the young man’s will, with precious few hours to spare. Hundreds of people walk silently among them, oblivious that their lives are in extreme peril from the world’s most dangerous apex predator.
“You can only break a man’s bones so many times before he submits…”
While things appear to be cut and dry, the tide of misinformation takes a drastic turn. A supernatural element forces a tragic change on everyone involved, even those they thought were dead.
“Is it really murder if you punish the guilty…”
A millennia-old Native American stone formation that was left on the island gets vandalized and a stone has been removed. Unnatural chaos emerges around it and the island’s inhabitants must face an ominous force that’s determined to absorb modern society.
“Over a thousand years ago, the island was abandoned for a reason…”
“The story is peppered with a man’s rare vision of a zombie apocalypse – and the eventual relief from his psychological trauma brings it full circle…”