Michael Raff fell in love with writing at the age of thirteen. He attended creative writing courses at Cypress College. After publishing his romantic memoir, Special, he completed four horror anthologies: Seven: Tales of Terror, Scare Tactics, Shreds, Shadowland and his non-horror anthology, Something Different. His horror novels are: Skeleton Man, and Stalkers. Michael co-founded Nevermore Enterprises to promote his books and activities, and has remained active in the High Desert Branch of the California Writers Club since 2011, frequently serving on their board. He has published three stories in the Literary Review, two stories in various on-line magazines, and in several of the California Writers Club anthologies. His story “Donnie Sharp,” took first place in the club’s most recent anthology, Unforgettable. His short horror story, “Tell Me A Story,” will be published in the Dragon Soul Press’s anthology Haunt. He lives in Hesperia, CA, with his wife Joyce. His website is mraffbooks.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A look at authors most known for their horror tales, both short stories and novels. Includes, Edgar Allen Poe, Mary W. Shelly, Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Anne Rice, Clive Barker, and Stephen King. Also includes a little about their backgrounds, writing styles, and their impact on their unsuspecting readership. Questions and answers as well.
A little bit about myself and my motivations and techniques to write stories oozing with suspense. Includes the ins and outs of suspense and conflict. Examples of suspenseful writing from authors such as Stephen King. Questions and answers as well.
Michael Raff’s memoir of how in the summer of 1970, he met a shy, young Mormon girl named Jill Adams. Of how over time, their friendship blossomed into a long-distance romance. And of how once she moved to California, their love became a rollercoaster ride filled with twists, turns, and above all: Jill’s conviction she would die in a car accident.
A horror anthology featuring seven spine-tingling stories: Two Catholic boys discover an ancient evil behind a hidden door. A modern-day witch seduces powerful men for her own nefarious deeds. A nurse working nightshift, is stalked by three phantoms. A dying man claims to be a vampire.
A horror anthology including eight hair-raising stories: A broken-down alcoholic attempts to help a young ghost. After killing himself, a high school counselor is given a chance to redeem himself. A woman riding her horse on an isolate trail is stalked by a serial killer. To achieve a promotion, an ambitious man must endure his employer’s vicious demands.
Nine stories guaranteed to keep you up at night: A schizophrenic struggles with his insanity. Ever since he was nine, Andy McGrath has been stalked by soul-stealing creatures. Feisty Gallagher has an interview that puts new meaning on the expression blood-curdling. Uncle Marlin is in for a shock when he orders a zombie from a magazine. After being told he’s dead, Mitch Curtiz detours into a nightmarish world.
Kevin, a twelve-year-old clairvoyant, spends two weeks at his grandparents' farm. Across the highway looms Strauss Woods, an endless maze of trees that houses deadly secrets, murder victims, and an avenging phantom known as the “Skeleton Man.” In an effort to save his grandfather, Kevin and his friend, Natalie, embark on a horrifying journey of terror to solve a thirty-year-old murder mystery.
When David Conway relaxes on the balcony of his new home, he spots four cloaked figures burying something in his neighbor’s backyard. Taking a closer look in his telescope, he discovers they’re burying the dismembered body of his neighbor. Before he can phone for help, they spot him, and so begins an agonizing night of mortal combat, a war between an innocent family, and a band of rampaging Satanists. No one―not the sheriff, his deputies, or even the FBI―can protect them.
Journey into dark, sinister realms where: An abandoned mansion harbors a deadly secret. A demonic entity imprisons the souls of the dead. A deranged woman protects a murderous creature. A carnivorous bird extracts a lethal revenge. And a three-century-old demonic phantom guards its treasure.
Seventeen stories encompassing various genres. To save himself, a writer must intrigue Death with a story. A grammar school reunion conjures up dubious memories. Three men escape an assisted living facility, hoping to fulfill their destinies. With a price on his head, a mobster orders this last meal. A woman pays dearly for her former husband’s abuse. Suffering from PTSD, a WW II vet returns to Pearl Harbor. A man escapes death possessing healing powers he cannot control.