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Cover Reveal: Malevolent Mind

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Malevolent Mind

A Horror Novel by Misty Harvey

 

A story so dark, twisted and unfinished has a way of driving the sanest to the brink of insanity.

Between the constant state of bullying from Heath and his friends, and the unrest of not knowing what happened to her twin, Raven seeks revenge. Years later, she becomes the nanny for Heath’s young son, Kade. She helps him start a horror story with the plan to bring the horrible creature Kade created into the real world to torment Heath and his friends. It was perfect, until everything began unraveling. When Kade’s creation no longer wishes to do Raven’s bidding, it becomes a fight for life or death. The only way to survive is to figure out how to finish off the creature before she finds her freedom. Will Kade find a way to stop the creation of his malevolent mind? Or will Raven’s revenge consume them all?

Excerpt from Malevolent Mind: 

Kade sat there in the middle of the room. He pulled his legs up against his chest, wrapping his arms around them. There was nothing to see now that his head cowered there in the darkness of his own lap. If tonight was the night that he’d die, he wasn’t so sure he’d want to see either of the girls coming for him.

His ears perked up. Behind him came the sound of wet clothes slapping together. He lifted his head, unable to keep it down. It was just his imagination. That was all.

The feel of icy breath slid over the back of his neck. Each tiny hair stood at attention as the stench of decay washed over him. Was it the girl from the river or was it Zilla? Kade flipped onto his knees, the beam of the flashlight straight forward.

There, inches from his face, was Zilla. She stared at him. Her mouth was open at an angle as her tongue flicked out against the air. It was too late to run anywhere.

Death stared him right in the face. Part of him felt relief that it was only her. Of course, that was if the other one wasn’t waiting for him as well. He didn’t dare move the flashlight beam to find out. Zilla had appeared out of nowhere so who knew what would happen once the light wasn’t on her?

Kade watched as her blue-tinged hand reached up for him. She held her hand for him to take. Something told him that doing so would be the end of him. Panic gripped his insides and he knew he had moments to make the first move. If he didn’t react soon, she’d overpower him.

He swung out with the flashlight, catching her on the side of the head. Her body rolled across the floor with a sickening thud. Kade was sure that the magnum flashlight had cracked her skull. It had nearly broken his foot when he’d dropped it one time. He jumped across his bed, darting into the hallway. His gaze moved around the hall as he tried to make out anything.

The sound of her rapidly skittering toward him had him running down the hallway. He stopped at Raven’s door, trying her handle, but the door wouldn’t budge. Instead, the old wood rattled in the frame.

In a flash of lightning, he watched Zilla skitter into the hall on her hands and feet, her body parallel to the floor as she let out a sickening hiss. Half of her head remained dented in from where he’d clocked her with the flashlight. It was a terrifying image to behold. The fact that she continued to chase him regardless turned his stomach.

Kade looked back only briefly before he ran. She was close on his heels. In the distance, he could just make out his father’s door. His bare feet padded against the wood flooring.

Goosebumps raced up his spine as her icy fingers wrapped around his ankle. The weight of his body hit the floor with a loud thud. His head bounced against the hard surface blurring his vision. Tears filled his eyes making it even harder to see. At least now, he wouldn’t have to worry about seeing his death coming.

The cold sensation crept up his leg, over his knee and toward his waist. He could feel the weight of her above him as she crawled up his body. Time slowed so that each second felt like eons. The stench of her undead body burned at his nostrils. Kade gagged on the smell that was so strong he could almost taste it.

He didn’t want to die. Life was too short for him. There was still so much that he wanted to do. Besides, he wasn’t sure who would take care of his father if he wasn’t there any longer. That thought rolled inside of him. He wasn’t going to go out like this, a cowering lump of fear on the floor. If she wanted to kill him, she’d have to fight a lot harder for it.

Kade grabbed her arms, rolling them over as he kicked out with both his legs. Her body smashed into the wall across from them, freeing him to run. He scrambled onto his feet, darting for his father’s room.

The bright light blinded him as he ran for it. That was it. He’d found his end and now he was headed into the light. Just as he’d read in another book. It was his time to cross over.

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Misty Harvey loves writing spine-tingling horror novels sure to thrill readers. The psychology behind such tales has always been a fascination for her since she was younger. Even to the point that she once contemplated taking up psychology as a profession. Still, her love resides in the art of storytelling. An art she wishes to continue to share with readers for the rest of her days.

After climbing out of her writing cave and searching the house for the sound of the latest creak or pop, Misty can be found doing one of many things. Often times she spends the remained of her day with her amazingly supportive husband and youngest daughter. While she has two older children that are out there spreading their wings around the world, including giving her a few grandchildren.

Her favorite things to do when not writing are crafts, wrestling with her dog, avoiding her cat’s bite or generally making her husband and daughter crazy. Often times she can be found creating vivid tales with her daughter about whatever mundane thing happened in their day and turning it into a crazy story. She is also an avid gamer, crochet goddess (we shall pretend there), domestic queen, and animal tamer (it’s a work in progress).

Stalker Links:

Website: Mistyharvey.com

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Twitter: AuthorMDHarvey

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Interview with Rami Ungar

Today’s guest is Rami Ungar. Rami is the author of two of the short stories featured in Strange Portals, a fantasy horror anthology that is currently free on Smashwords, Nook and Kindle.

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Welcome, Rami. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a senior at Ohio State University double majoring in History and English and graduating this spring (woo-hoo!). I specialize in horror, but I also dabble in science fiction and thriller. I’ve had this thing for scaring people since I was young. Someone scared me pretty bad, so now I’ve got the bug for it! Unfortunately, scaring people at any time of day is considered bad manners, so except for special occasions I usually save the scaring for my stories. I like to think I’m good at it, but you’ll have to ask my critics.

When did you begin writing?

I think I was five or six. I’ve always enjoyed books, but reading Harry Potter made me want to write stories like it. And I did, I tried to write my own Harry Potter Up until I was ten I wrote on and off, jumping between wanting to be a rock star, a mad scientist, a superhero, etc. I finally figured out that I wanted to write and be a novelist. A couple years later I decided to specialize in horror and it’s stayed that way since.

Can you tell us about your story (or stories) in the anthology, Strange Portals? What inspired you to write it?

I’m lucky to have two stories in the anthology, one or two more than I expected! One is Buried Alive, which is about a girl who is thrown into a coffin with her mother and the strange things that happen to her once she’s inside. The other is called Travelers of the Loneliest Roads, which is about a hitchhiker who gets picked up by a mysterious limo in the middle of the desert and what happens afterward.

I don’t remember what inspired them exactly, but I’ve had them written for over a year. I tried getting them published in other places, but other places didn’t want them. Before I sent them to Joleene, I decided to look them over and see what could be done to make them better. I guess it worked, because Joleene said she enjoyed them and I’m really grateful that they’re both in the anthology.

Please tell us about your other published work.

I’ve got three books out right now. Reborn City is a science-fiction novel, about a street gang in a dystopian city-state, and a Muslim girl named Zahara who is forced to join them despite some gang members’ hatred of Muslims, a shadowy government conspiracy, and her own reservations. It’s a story about overcoming adversity when no one expects you to.

Snake is a thriller, about a man who becomes a serial killer and starts hunting down members of the mafia in order to save the love of his life. It’s pretty dark, but that’s the way I like it. And there’s The Quiet Game, a collection of short stories that have gotten some good feedback. I’m really proud of all of them, and I hope that more people decide to read all three books in the future.

What projects are you currently working on?

Well, I’m working on a novel that doubles as my senior thesis. It’s called Rose, and it’s a traditional horror novel. I’m close to finishing the first draft, so I hope to get that out by the end of the year. I’m also editing the sequel to Reborn City, and I plan to rewrite another thriller I’ve written called Laura Horn. And if I can get enough short stories written, I might put out another collection. Just hope I find the time!

Do you have a book recommendation to share with us?

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s my favorite novel. The language is beautiful and flowing, and nearly every character receives some character development. Plus the plot will keep you guessing right up until the end. I loved it, and if anyone has ever had any problems with the Hunger Games books, they might enjoy this novel immensely.

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?

Have a good group of supportive people around you. Obviously reading and writing are very important, and every writer who is serious about writing should do that, but having a circle of people around you who can help you is very important. At least half of what I’ve been able to do has been accomplished because of the people around me, most of them writers but quite a few people who aren’t writers, have been there to help me, point out what needs to be fixed, and brought me this far. If you’ve got your own circle of friends to help you, you’ll go farther than you ever could on your own.

Author Bio:

CIMG2864Rami Ungar is a student at Ohio Sate University who is studying History and English. For Rami, scaring people and writing are two of his greatest talents, so merging them is like a marriage of two great loves. His influences include Stephen King, Anne Rice, and James Patterson. When not writing, Rami enjoys reading, watching TV, and sneaking up on people when they least expect it.

In addition to blogging and writing and publishing horror fiction, Rami is also a writer and administrator for the blog Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors and works at Ohio State University’s Student Financial Aid office. His bucket list includes getting a bed made from a coffin, a hearse converted into his personal Scare-mobile, and running down the street in an actual Dalek suit yelling “Exterminate! Exterminate!”

But before he can get to any of that, he has to do his homework.

Connect with Rami: 

Blog: https://ramiungarthewriter.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RamiUngarWriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ramiungarwriter

Buying links:

Reborn City: Amazon or Smashwords

Snake: Amazon or Smashwords

The Quiet Game: Amazon or Smashwords

 

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