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Celebrate Friday the 13th with these spooky reads... #fridaythe13th #books #bookish #fridayreads

Happy Friday the 13th! It’s a spooky day and I, for one, am excited to celebrate it. I love a good spooky story. I discovered a group of thirteen authors is releasing short stories today, all new releases. Wanna take a wild guess at how many authors? Yup, 13. Here’s a selection of the ones I’m most looking forward to reading.

Last Train Out (A Friday the 13th Story) by DJ FitzSimons

Cold-blooded killer Terrance Higgs escapes from a mental institution in the English countryside and manages to catch the last train out. The train is strangely empty, except for one passenger who doesn’t want to talk. The night passes slowly, the train never stopping at other stations until Terrance begins to question where they are going. The comforting rocking motion of the wheels rolling along the tracks lulls Terrance into a dream-filled sleep. The past replays itself while vivid memories dance through his mind. But as dawn breaks, Terrance realises this is no ordinary train, nor the journey he planned to take. It’s a terrifying destination he never expected. Has the table finally turned? Is the killer now the victim who’ll have to beg for his life?

Witch Ever Way You Go (A Friday the 13th Story) by Robert Herold

A Friday the 13th Short Story: 13 authors ~ 13 suspenseful stories. Murder and mayhem on Friday the 13th... When an ill-fated graduate student and his girlfriend are lured into a terrifying world of witchcraft and murder, they become targets for human sacrifice. Is there a chance they can escape a bloodthirsty coven of witches and certain death until the curse is lifted? A spellbinding story of modern horror.

Deadly Illusions (A Friday the 13th Story Book 1) by Anna Kittrell

A Friday the 13th Short Story: 13 authors ~ 13 suspenseful stories. Murder and mayhem on Friday the 13th... Find each story in the series on Amazon Deadly Illusions: When Melinda Sloan’s dream of becoming a professional illusionist comes true, she’s headed for the bigtime—maybe even Vegas. But when a dangerous illusion goes wrong, killing her assistant and closest friend, Celine, Melinda’s dream turns into a nightmare—and a whiskey bottle turns into a friend. Hopeless, she vows to give up magic forever. However, when Melinda is evicted from the family home, her sister, Julia, convinces her to return to magic—and is dead set on being her assistant. Before long, Melinda is onstage in Las Vegas, doing what she loves most. But when her booking agent demands Melinda perform the very trick that caused Celine’s death, Melinda’s refusal results in a breach of contract. Julia persuades her to do the trick—penniless and unemployed, she can’t afford not to. But as she faces the sword-riddled cabinet that holds Julia, her blood runs cold. Is her baby sister lifeless and bleeding inside the sword box? Has she murdered Julia, the way she murdered Celine? Or is the magician being tricked?

A Gentleman from the Darkness: (A Friday the 13th Short Story #2) by Mark Edward Jones

A Friday the 13th Short Story: 13 authors ~ 13 suspenseful stories. Murder and mayhem on Friday the 13th... Find each story in the series on Amazon. A wolf in gentlemen's clothing tracks his prey. It is 1968, and the secretive Group of Thirty has resisted the new Czech regime installed after the Prague Spring. Professor Valentýn Hrubý leads this campus group, fighting for the reforms crushed by Russian tanks. Hrubý keeps lists to help his forgetfulness, and the authorities find one of these lists, one that shows the names of his associates. The new government hires an assassin to track and dispose of the group’s members. Dressed in a three-piece suit and topped by his ever-present black fedora, Karanosz Tasev stalks his prey. It is Friday, twelve days before Christmas, and the wolf has arrived.

Thirteen Past Midnight (A Friday The 13th story) by Stephen B King

Can dreams foretell the future? Every night Jonathon returns to the same nightmare…where a cat that seems spawned from hell is always waiting for him. The dreams began at the stroke of midnight, but the following dreams happen one minute later than the night before.

A sense of dread looms over him as the clock ticks ever closer to 13 past midnight. Will he realize they’re nothing more than frightening dreams…or will he die in his sleep?

Check out the full series here:

Do you have a spooky read you’d recommend for Friday the 13th? Please comment below and I’ll add them to my e-reader.

Happy reading!

Mrs. N, book addict and audiobook fanatic


Barbara Bettis
May 13, 2022

These all sound appropriately Friday the 13th-ish! Which means I won't read them after dark LOL. Best of each of the authors.


Stephen B King
Stephen B King
May 13, 2022

Thanks so much for mentioning Thirteen Past Midnight. I had a lot of fun writing this my first foray into the supernatural, and the power of dreams.


N. N. Light
N. N. Light
May 13, 2022

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! What are you reading today?

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