Alex Matsuo is a graduate of San Diego State University, with a Masters of Arts in Theater Arts. She currently works as an author, educator, podcaster, writer for TheRichest and TheTalko, and a freelance photographer. The Haunting of the Tenth Avenue Theater is her first book. In this debut non-fiction, Matsuo investigates the popular theater that has been her professional home, uncovering its sometimes darker history and why spirits of the past seem to not want to leave.
Matthew Pallamary is an author, editor, Shamanic explorer, and Man of the Year 2000 from San Diego Writer's Monthly Magazine. He is deeply involved in the Southern California writers scene, having taught a fiction workshop at the Southern California Writers' Conference in San Diego, Palm Springs, and Los Angeles, and at the Santa Barbara Writers' Conference for over twenty years, among other things. His latest, Night Whisperer, is about a serial killer whose victims are almost exclusively homeless men, while at the same time, a potential druid cult is thought to be involved in high profile murders. Are these two cases related? Find out in this thrilling new occult crime novel from a Southern California native.
In local teacher, author, and Austenphile Melissa Buell’s contribution to Holidays with Jane: Trick or Sweet, she updates Jane Austen’s classic Emma. In “Emma Ever After,” Emma Woodhouse is determined that this year's Fall Ball will be the most successful one yet. An influx of single men in Highbury make a Bachelor Auction a reality. Can she work her matchmaking magic once again?
LA author Marc Shapiro has worked as a freelance entertainment journalist for 25 years specializing in movies, television, music, books, and authors for a number of national and international publications. His nonfiction works include a number of biographies, notably New York Times best seller J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter. He has contributed horror stories to all five volumes of editor Chris Robertson’s Demonic Visions: 50 Horror Tales.
San Diego author Ryan Craig Bradford also has a mix of journalistic and fictional credits, including contributing to the San Diego Reader, San Diego City Beat, and NPR, as well as founding literary horror journal Black Candies. Ryan’s YA horror novel, Horror Business, sets horror film buff Jason Nightshade and his dog, Brock, against the terrors of monsters – including teen males.
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Is San Diego's renowned Tenth Avenue Theater home to an unlikely cast of ghosts--and if so, what has kept the spirits of the dead bound to this venue of entertainment and illusion? From reports of a child's tragic death on the premises to a suicide stemming from overwhelming guilt, there is grief, turmoil, and unfinished business lingering within these walls.
Alex Matsuo, an actress by day and a ghost hunter by night, was granted unlimited access to the haunted property where she has performed as an actor and staged professional readings of her plays. Investigating the popular and thriving theater she has always considered home, Alex must unravel the turbulent history of the building in order to find out why the ghosts of the Tenth never want to leave.
If You Find Yourself Fascinated And Terrified By Zombies, Vampires, And Other Denizens Of The Night, You Still May Not Be Prepared For The Horror That Lurks On The Streets Of Boston... Nick Powers climbs into a stolen car without knowing it and gets chased by the cops on a wild ride that ends in a crash that knocks him unconscious. When he comes to he hears whispering voices, but the cops are in hot pursuit so he stumbles out of the car and runs. After escaping he sees a homeless man arguing with himself and realizes that the whispers he hears in his head are the other side of the argument. Perplexed, Nick follows the man to a homeless shelter. Max Broderick is the sole member of the U.S. Justice Department's Occult Crime Unit who the Boston Police have asked assistance from after a number of bodies have been dug up and found decapitated. Working with Lieutenant Colleen O'Grady of the Boston Police, they operate out of Dorchester's District Eleven Station investigating the bizarre aspects of their case until a series of macabre murders points toward a druid cult that appears to be connected to the same homeless shelter that Nick has been led to. While the police are investigating the high profile murders, homeless people are disappearing, but no one seems to care - except Nick.
From the time we are small there are things that frighten us. As children we have the monster under the bed, the monster in the closet, and the monster that is this close to snatching us from behind when we're on our way up the basement stairs alone, and we can't look back because if we saw him he'd be real, and he would get us. And as we grow and change the things we are afraid of change with us: in grammar school the monster has moved out into the streets, and we fear "Stranger Danger"; in high school the monsters are inside of us, and we fear failure, and the possibility that we might not fit in; as adults our fears are everywhere, from worry about our jobs to the guy who's driving erratically in the lane beside us to the silent return of "Stranger Danger"-this time fearing for children of our own. As new fears filter into our lives we try to forget the old ones. But, though they might not frighten us any more, they are never quite forgotten. We all remember the monster under the bed; the monster in the closet. I'm forty-five years old and I still won't look back on the basement stairs, because I swear to God that son of a bitch is getting closer every time. What you hold in your hands is the combined work of fifty people who have opened up that dark door in their hearts and minds to offer you one thing-just one thing each-that frightens them, selecting from the gamut of fears they've had in their lives, from childhood to now. Disappearing children, ghosts, road rage, mental instability, vampires and more: somewhere in this book, possibly many places in this book, you'll find the things you are afraid of-even some things you thought you'd forgotten. We hope you enjoy Demonic Visions 5, a book filled with frightening thoughts and boogeymen so numerous and familiar you'll put it down knowing you are not alone in your fears. Especially on those basement stairs. Whatever you do, don't look back.
Armed with a passion for classic B-grade horror movies, a script cowritten by his twin brother, and a wicked crush on his death-obsessed neighbor, hardcore horror fan Jason Nightshade must finish his student film. But his plans are derailed when the children of suburban Silver Creek start disappearing his twin brother among them. Battling a possessed video camera, a crazy zombie dog, a monstrous bully, and a frighteningly broken-down family life, Jason embarks on a mission to find his lost brother so the two can write an ending for his story. As any horror fan knows, saving the day won't be easy, as Jason finds himself forced to face the real world where death isn't just a splash of fake blood on a camera lens."
"Emma Ever After " by Melissa Buell
Emma Woodhouse is determined that this year's Fall Ball will be the most successful one yet. An influx of single men in Highbury make a Bachelor Auction a reality. Can she work her matchmaking magic once again?