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Paul Melniczek is a small business owner and a college graduate, with a degree in business management. He also teaches a part time class at a local college, is married with two children. In year 2000 he began writing, and since then has had over seventy stories published or accepted for publication in a wide variety of markets, including print anthologies, print magazines, e-zines, and e-anthologies. Some of these include sales to Fangoria, Black Rose, Cold Storage, and many others.
He is also a musician, playing classical piano and electric guitar. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, weightlifting, golf, and tennis. Living in the country lends much inspiration to his writing, and he is currently working on another short story collection, a fantasy novel, and a children’s book.
RESTLESS SHADES takes us through ten different tales of lurking horror at its finest. The scarefest begins from the start of the book and doesn?t let the reader off the rollercoaster ride of shrills and thrills until the final page. If you?re looking for a feeling of dreadful enchantment, Paul Melniczek’s book RESTLESS SHADES can satisfy an appetite for horror. His tales are beyond what the generation X?rs are raised on - the typical slasher and gashers... RESTLESS SHADES is sure to send those chills down your back and send horror connoisseurs into a heart-thumping of fun!
"Frightful October" takes you across shadowed cornfields and along the twilight streets of suburban neighborhoods, beneath dark forests and through haunted houses, in this short story collection centered around Halloween and the darker aspects of the fall month. These chilling tales can be whispered before an autumn bonfire, or in the confines of an evening chair, but regardless of the surroundings, the terrifying atmosphere has already been set in place, and you're the invited guest. You'll have shivers crawling your spine, as you turn each dreadful page of this wickedly delightful book.
Sarion is a former captain of the Trencit Western Watch, and now lives quietly on a farm with his young nephew Edward. When a company of warriors enters his land looking for him, he knows that his peaceful existence has come to an abrupt end. Dark stories have been circulating across the borderlands of strange creatures marauding the wooded outposts and homesteads. The common folk of Trencit’s western frontier look to the horizon and the formidable Ridgeline which edges the land, whispering of the vast and dangerous Grammore Lowlands and the terrible things which live there, most of them known only in legend. Captain Grundel has sought out Sarion for his mastery of sword and bow, and his uncanny ability as tracksman. And one thing more; the fact that he’s the last known man to have entered Grammore and survived. As he sets off with the small company of fighters, Sarion and Captain Grundel soon realize that the threat to Trencit is much greater than anticipated as they search for answers along the borderlands, drawing ever closer to the bleak shadow of the Grammore Lowlands and the horrors which dwell there, and within a short time, the hunters become the hunted...
Book Two of the Trencit Legacy
Herman Melville said it best when he proclaimed that every path eventually leads to the sea. For it is the sea that holds our most sacred and terrifying fears, yet it also holds a glorious mysticism over us as a race, an attraction so strong that most of us flock to beaches, river banks, creeks, and lakes at every opportunity to stare out into the vast blueness and wonder: what's out there?
Take my hand, Dear Reader, and swim with me through this journey of sixteen tales of watery terror. As we swim, if something reaches out of the darkness and gropes for your ankle, if something pulls you deeper into the depths of liquid madness, if your breath is stolen from you and you find yourself inhaling nothing but muddied water... do not fear, for it is just the ocean reclaiming what is already hers: your soul.
Throughout mankind's history, there has always been a fear of the dark and the strange. A terror of things which hide within shadows, and what may emerge from inside them... Perhaps another world brushes against our own, leaving a doorway open for something fantastic and malevolent to enter. Legendary creatures - have they ever existed? And if so, do they still walk the earth, in perpetual twilight, unknown and dangerous?