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Maximus Shock – Collected Tales of Madness and Terror 

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Optimus Maximus Publishing is proud to present sixteen spine-chilling, twisted tales written by old and new voices from around the world. From freaky creatures to singing cats, from zombies to High school bullies, this collection of stories will haunt you, torture you, and make you look at nature and humans in a whole new light.
Are you prepared to be shocked?
Shall we find out?

Featuring stories from Ricky Fleet, Jeffrey Kosh, Emir Skalonja, Keith Montgomery, Scott Carruba, Chris Garson, Lorraine Versini, Maura Atkinson Butler, Matt Hay, Leon Brown, and WK Pomeroy.
Edited by: Christina Hargis Smith

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Gideon Credo new coverGIDEON’S CREDO

Author: Ben Laffra

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A sequel to Gideon’s Passage
“Where injustice persists … Vengeance will follow”
Visualize sixteenth-century France, a period that symbolized the very peak of the glorious European Renaissance; a period in which Architecture and Universities of Learning thrived that germinated the arrival of the ‘Free Thinkers’ who dared to think outside the square.
Temporarily relieved from the dangers of its Ottoman enemies from “without”, France turned its attention on its citizens “within”. What followed was religious intolerance. Religious zealots had the entrenched belief that it was their divine right to ruthlessly rid France of all opposition to Papal authority; that trailed bloodshed and misery in its wake for almost half a century. The Huguenot reformists were their “choice” of persecution.

This then is the canvas on which the story is painted. A narrative of war, of courage, and honour, of the deceit and brutality of humans, the raw passions and emotions of those who were caught in its midst … and one man’s desperate pursuit of justice for the innocent citizens of his beloved France that were being persecuted … and the price he paid for it!
His name was Gideon!

 


Gideon’s Passage

Author: Ben Laffra

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Europe had clawed its way out of the Middle Ages with the dawning of the Renaissance, only to be plunged once more into darkness, as the dogs of war circled to destroy its resurgence during the 16th century. The Islamic successor to the Roman Byzantines, the Ottoman Caliphate, flexed its muscles to conquer much of Western Asia, North Africa, and South-Eastern Europe. On the hostile island of Crete, at the doorstep of the Ottoman Empire, Gideon must face not only the overwhelming force of Muslim warriors but his own inner conflicts of the futility of war and his very Christian beliefs.

 


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Author: Chris Garson

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Mason Barnes, former NFL tackle turned author of the naughty ninja adventure series Mia Killjoy. Mason spends his days writing at a local cafe, Perk Noir, the one-of-a-kind jazz coffee shop. Shelly, a Mia Killjoy super fan girl who happens to have a mysterious pocket watch she recently inherited, convinces Mason to assist her in unraveling its history. The two find themselves embroiled in a deeper mystery full of twists and turns.

 


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Banshee in the Basement - ebookBanshee in the Basement (Tales of Dark Wonder)

Author: Francis Leggett

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Description: When ten-year-old Danny finds himself alone with his vile Aunt Agnes, and his mother suddenly vanished, he begins to experience mysterious things he cannot explain. Can he and his new friend Pip figure out what is going on and escape his aunt’s horrendous house or will he be stuck there forever?

 


book_haunterThe Haunter of the Moor

Author: Jeffrey Kosh

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Patrick Conroy, a young American student of medicine in Dublin, decides to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city and spend a month in the quietude of the wild and beautiful Glencree Valley, County Wicklow. However, surrounded by local legends and myths, he is soon dragged into an ancient mystery that has haunted the village of Ballymoor for centuries.
Available in audiobook here.
Watch the Haunter of the Moor book trailer here.

 


book_feedingFeeding the Urge (Remastered)

Author: Jeffrey Kosh

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Meet Axel J. Hyde, Assistant Medical Examiner by day and ruthless serial killer by night. Deeply traumatized at a young age, when he narrowly escaped the clutches of a pedophile clown, his fear of rapists, stalkers, and all those who ‘feed on other’s terror’ turned into a need for murder after his encounter with something he calls a Rider: an urging spirit that drives him to hunt down, kill, and dismember all those it deems worthy targets of its games. Because of this, Axel never had a real life: he feels empty and extraneous to human society. However, when a series of bizarre murders of ex-convicts hits his killing grounds, Axel begins to suspect that maybe he’s not the only one hosting a bloodthirsty spirit that needs feeding. This REMASTERED version of Jeffrey Kosh’s first novel (published in 2012) has a different, expanded finale that will grip you down to its last blood-drenched page.

 


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book_writtenThe Sandrian Chronicles: Written in Blood

Author: Keith Montgomery

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Two hunters, and natural enemies, pursue the same prey. Fate has forged the slayer, Trey Thomas, and the Sandrian vampire, Adalius, into an uneasy alliance against an evil more powerful than either has ever faced; if they don’t destroy each other first. A confrontation looms on the horizon between the New Bloods and the Old Guard, which threatens to plunge the vampire world into civil war. A war which could, in the end, destroy them all.

 


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book_hellspawnHellspawn

Author: Ricky Fleet

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The sanctity of the grave has been sundered and a million graveyards expel their tenants from eternal slumber. Kurt Taylor, a self-employed plumber, witnesses the start of the horrifying outbreak and races to save his family from the horde. Not all survivors are benevolent, the evil that is in all men has been given free rein in this new, dead world. With both the living and dead to contend with, is there any hope for the Taylor family?
Available in audiobook here.
Watch the Hellspawn book trailer here.

 


book_odysseyHellspawn Odyssey

Author: Ricky Fleet

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Kurt Taylor and his family have battled the living and the dead and now find themselves on the run. With unimaginable horror lying in wait around every corner, the onset of winter and the plunging temperatures only add more danger to their precarious existence. They decide to forge ahead, but standing between them and salvation are the villages and cities of the damned. Can they survive the horror of their new existence? Will they want to?
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book_sentinelHellspawn Sentinel

Author: Ricky Fleet

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A vicious betrayal against Kurt and his family has left the survivors reeling. The cracks that started to appear with the rescue of Debbie and Mike has fractured the group completely. Now the two rival groups must press ahead against all the odds, striving to reach shelter before the winter takes hold. As they flee the burning city feeling bereft and broken, they must gather their energy for the final push towards Arundel and the towering sentinel that could be their only hope. More terror awaits on their journey and it becomes clear the shambling dead may be the least of their worries.

 


Hellspawn Requiem - ebookHellspawn Requiem

Author: Ricky Fleet

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Blood from the epic battle stains the ancient stone, shed from both the living and the dead. The massive castle walls provide a period of respite from the unending terror and the group can finally honour the fallen. As Kurt and his family count the cost of securing their new sanctuary, new friends have joined the fray. Only by pulling together can they hope to have any kind of future in the apocalyptic world. A few short miles away, the psychotic lovers receive a victor’s welcome. Craig Arater, older sibling to Mike, rules the prison with an iron fist, meting out brutal punishments to those who fail him. Designed to keep the worst of humanity locked away, now it provides a haven for the evil in men to thrive. Winston has chosen a different path from his murderous companions. Faced with an uncertain future in the prison or solitude amongst the dead, he chose to go it alone. A rumour about the castle and its inhabitants gives him hope. The journey that awaits, however, will be more dangerous than anything he has faced before. 

 


book_infernalInfernal – Emergence

Author: Ricky Fleet

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For centuries, the ground has been laid for an evil as old as time to take ascendancy over our realm. Promises of limitless power seduce the hearts and minds of the corrupt, securing their cooperation in the heinous scheme. Using their malign influence, the collaborators operate in the shadows, gathering money and positions of power to usher in the end of days. With their plans nearing fruition, the forces of Hell are on the verge of being unleashed upon our world. Only one man stands in the way of Armageddon; he just doesn’t know it yet. Malachi has been plagued with horrific nightmares since adolescence. With every step humanity takes towards the precipice of eternal damnation, they worsen. Observing atrocities carried out by abominable creatures not of this world, he fears for his failing sanity. With madness beckoning, a chance encounter sets in motion a series of events that will begin to unravel the mysteries of his dreadful visions. Unbeknownst to Malachi the forces of darkness are hunting for him, eager to seize the untapped powers he possesses. With the fate of mankind hanging in the balance, unlikely alliances are forged in a desperate attempt to keep him from their evil clutches.
Facing off against the all-powerful organization and their infernal overlords, can Malachi rise to become our last hope of salvation?

 


book_danceDance of the Butterfly

Author: Scott Carruba

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Two powerful families uphold a secret duty to protect humanity from a threat it doesn’t know exists. Though sharing a common enemy, the two families form a long-standing rivalry due to their methods and ultimate goals. Within a prestigious, private university, Lilja, a young librarian charged with protecting a very special book, finds herself suddenly ensconced in this dark, strange world.

 


book_swordSword of the Butterfly

Author: Scott Carruba

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The tale continues in Sword of the Butterfly, book two of the series, as Lilja and Skothiam continue to fight demons within and without. The infernal forces make a grand play, hoping to stab the world in its very heart. Casualties mount as further tensions rise in the City, threatening the vigilante with a loss of freedom and life. Children become victims of a madman’s design while the hunt is on for a powerful creature wreaking havoc across parts of the U.S. Lilja begins to question herself and her place in Skothiam’s life even as the very treasure they must protect comes under danger.


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