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I had the opportunity to attend the 12th annualTexas Frightmare Weekend on May 5th though the 7th. It was a fun experience, meeting celebrities from past and current films, and chatting with fellow fans of horror. One of the main highlights for me was meeting indie/self-published authors of the genre. It was such a pleasure to speak with some of these hard-working writers. Self-publishing is not an easy gig and I commend them for a job well done.

One of the writers I met at Texas Frightmare Weekend was Dennis McDonald. He is a down-to-earth guy and I really enjoyed speaking with him. What I really liked about Dennis was his sincere appreciation for the reader. He took the time to speak with fans of horror and made sure he snapped a picture with everyone who received one of his books. I purchased his book, 13 Nightmares, a collection of short horror stories.

13 Nightmares was an enjoyable read. Scary and entertaining, the stories jumped out and made the hairs on my neck stand up. In it, you’ll find a dark ominous figure that befriends a little girl, a nasty little clown, an army of roaches, a haunted sex doll, and an unlucky couple in the wrong place at the wrong time. Those are just a few of the stories from McDonald’s imagination. Each story was imbued with deep characters. Their life experiences and situations produced a common theme throughout the book – the iniquitous decisions you make, past and present, have a horrifying consequence. And I mean, very horrifying.

Dennis’ originality really shows through in his work, “The Last Trick or Treater”. An old man tells a ghostly story to his home health nurse. She realizes that sometimes stories are true when she hears an ominous knock on the door, signaling the arrival of the last trick or treater. She becomes intertwined in a fight for survival in this chilling tale. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll let you read it. “The Last Trick or Treater”, should be added to your midnight camp fire tales.

If you love short horror fiction, I recommend this book. 13 Nightmares is available on Amazon. You can visit Dennis McDonald to learn more. Because of the popularity of 13 Nightmares, Dennis is working on his second book of short stories titled 13 More Nightmares.

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