The new novel from
Christopher Motz


"The Darkening is a promising, spine-chilling debut! Motz is a writer to watch."
Brian Keene – The Rising, Ghoul

Pine Lakes

Ted and Susan Merchant have been coming to the Pine Lakes Resort for nearly twenty years. In that time, their annual getaway has become a tradition, a peaceful week nestled in the picturesque mountains of northern Pennsylvania. For them, it isn’t just a simple vacation spot, but a magical destination where time slows and they become one with nature’s magnificence.

When a freak summer storm forces Ted to lose control of their car and plummet off the road, they’re relieved just to have survived, but relief quickly turns to dread as they find out all too soon they’re not alone.

Strange lights in the forest, whispered warnings, the insurmountable threat of unseen forces lurking in the shadows; nothing could have prepared them for the horrors that lie ahead.

Escaping the wreck is just the beginning.

Is love enough to save them, or will they become the latest victims on the road to Pine Lakes?

Collected Easter Horror Stories

From the darkest recesses of some of the horror world’s most chilling minds, Kevin J. Kennedy brings back together some of the authors that brought you Collected Christmas Horror Shorts, alongside several new authors, from upcoming indie stars to Amazon top sellers.

Whether you like Easter or not, you’ll certainly have a different view of it after you read the stories contained within these pages.

Grab an Easter egg, dim the lights, get cosy and get ready for some chilling tales by some of the horror world’s finest.

C.S.Anderson – He Has Risen
Christopher Motz – Magic Awaits
Veronica Smith – It’s Not All About Bunnies and Chocolates
Peter Oliver Wonder – Easter Gunny
Mark Cassell – The Rebirth
Andrew Lennon – Trying To Write A Horror Story
Mark Lukens – Mia’s Easter Basket
Lex Jones – SonnesHill
JC Michael – Lord of The Dance
Steven Stacy – Echoes of The Bunny-Man
Weston Kincade & David Chrisley – An Easter Prayer
Christina Bergling – Hatch
James Matthew Byers – Killer Jelly Beans from Outer Space (poem)
Jeff Menapace – Paying It Forward
Jeff Strand – Rotten Eggs
Lisa Vasquez – Bunny and Clyde
Mark Fleming – Sulphur
Suzanne Fox – Last Supper
Briana Robertson – Baby Blues
Latashia Figueroa – Easter Eggs
Amy Cross – Lamb to Slaughter
Kevin J. Kennedy – A Town Called Easter

The Farm

Emery and his younger brother Frank saw the move to their grandfather’s farm as a fresh start, a new beginning, a chance to leave their stale and cramped existence in Red Hook behind. Summer brought new and exciting adventures, new experiences, and the freedom to be anything they wanted.

But summer never lasts forever.

Emery and Frank soon learn that they aren’t alone out on the farm, that the once-vibrant forest has become a much darker place, one hiding secrets they could never imagine. As the winter storms bury them in snow, the brothers are forced to not only confront the real-life horrors of isolation, but also those that are waiting in the woods beyond.

“The Farm” shows us that solitude has its disadvantages, and there are things worse than loneliness hiding out there in the snow… things with teeth.

The Darkening

The skies above Elmview are growing dark.

Sixteen-year-old Danny Harper and his friends look forward to summer vacation as another adventure, a chance to leave responsibility behind and enjoy their last few years before High School graduation. The summer of 1986 offers up more than its share of surprises, some of which will change everything they’ve ever known.

Their home is about to become a battleground between light and darkness as Danny and his friends are swept up in a war that has raged since the dawn of time. An ancient evil has emerged from the shadows to claim Earth as its own, and it won’t stop until it reigns supreme over the cosmos.

Fighting their own inner demons, the boys will be faced with love, betrayal, and the struggle for their very survival.

But what is the cost of salvation?


Christopher Motz’s debut novel takes you from small-town America to places unseen and unknown, to the dark corners of our world and to the worlds right next door.

Welcome to The Darkening.