Some Bookish Odds & Ends

How cool is the above Instagram post from Levi? Pretty damn cool, I think! And I concur with him about A Stranger Dream, who makes wonderful horror-inspired bookmarks that are super high quality and absolutely beautiful. I’ve got several of her bookmarks on my shelves at home. Check out her Etsy shop when you get a minute!

After finishing Broken Shells, Levi was kind enough to leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Here’s part of what he said:

“This book had one of the top three most detailed, disgusting, horrific scenes that I have read in 2018. The kind that truly injects you into the horror of the moment. Intrigued? You should be.”

I have to say, I’m really happy (and yes, even a bit surprised) at how well Broken Shells has been received by readers. Over on Amazon, it’s sitting pretty with 40 reviews (and nearly 80 ratings on Goodreads), but more reviews are always welcome! If you’ve read, or are planning to read, Broken Shells, please leave an honest review, good or bad. I’d love to see this sucker crack 50 reviews by year’s end, if not sooner!

If you haven’t picked up a copy, Amazon only has 10 paperback copies left in stock at the time of this writing. Now might be a really good time to pick up your copy! And if you buy it from Amazon, you get the Kindle edition for free! If you’re looking for some spooky Halloween reads, now is a good time to shop. You can even buy some extra copies to stuff in trick-or-treater’s candy bags, if one were so compelled to horrifically scar young children with such a story as this.

A recent Bookstagram challenge asked Instagram readers to post their Top 9 of the year so far. Sadie Hartmann, aka Mother Horror, a reviewer for Scream Magazine and Cemetery Dance, posted her selections, which included - you guessed it - Broken Shells!

I am seriously awed by this. Finding readers who love and advocate my stuff is an incredible feeling, but I don’t know that I can adequately describe how it feels to see my stories stacked up alongside authors I love and enjoy myself, including Stephen King, who pretty much single-handedly made me want to tell stories my own self. Broken Shells is pictured here with several of my personal best reads of year, which makes me even more gratified and humbled.

Speaking of this year’s awesome books, I was recently asked to take a look at a couple forthcoming titles for possible blurbs, and I dug the hell out of both works and want to share them now that the cats are out of their respective bags.

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Stranded by Renee Miller is due out October 16 from Unnerving and is available for pre-order now. Part of my blurb appears on the book’s cover, but the full thing is printed on the book’s Amazon product page. Here’s what I had to say:

“Renee Miller has crafted a brutal tale of monsters and madness, one that will make your blood run cold. Perfect for fans of THE THING, STRANDED is arctic terror at its chillingly scary best.”
—Michael Patrick Hicks, author of BROKEN SHELLS and MASS HYSTERIA

Scapegoat by Adam Howe and James Newman is also an October release, launching on the 5th and will be available for pre-order beginning Sept. 27. This morning, Ink Heist posted their exclusive cover reveal so head on over there to check it out!

“A delightful backwoods detour through the three Rs of southern-fried horror: Rednecks, Revenge, and Wrestlemania! Howe and Newman pack in plenty of scares and wit, and cultists and carnage to spare, perfectly blending violence and humor in equally twisted measure. SCAPEGOAT is one of 2018’s most entertaining reads, chugging along with the speed and verve of Bandit’s Trans Am and fueled by pure joy. This is one goat you’ll definitely want to get!” – Michael Patrick Hicks  (Broken Shells; Mass Hysteria)

Hopefully these blurbs helped to whet your appetite for some lovely carnage dropping in just a few more weeks. I’ll have full reviews of both these titles soon, so stay tuned!

I also want to introduce you to a brand-new horror website with a very specific purpose. Co-founded by four women bloggers, Ladies of Horror Fiction launched earlier this month, and its goal is to help shine a spotlight on women and authors who identify as women in horror. In my opinion, this is a much needed resource and it’s a laudable effort well worth supporting. Women in horror are too often overlooked and underrepresented (and don’t give me any of this Women In Horror Month bullshit - there are women writers producing stories each and every day of the year, and they should be read and celebrated all year long rather than confined to a measly four weeks on the calendar). You should also check out the blogs of each of the women that helped bring Ladies of Horror Fiction to life:

Be sure to check out the Ladies of Horror Fiction site, their team members Instagram and blogging platforms, and keep an eye out for their forthcoming podcast. And if you’re looking for some great women horror authors to read right now, go check out their reviews and pour through their ever-growing LOHF Directory!


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The Horror Book Review Digest: A New Compilation

I've been reading reviews ever since I was kid, primarily film reviews, and writing my own reviews for nearly a decade now, initially as a freelance writer and, later, for my own entertainment. Back in 2010, I began writing reviews of comic book trade collections and graphic novels for Graphic Novel Reporter, before I decided to switch over to writing primarily for own blog and the occasional audiobook review for the Audiobook Reviewer website.

I've always been a fan of reviews and there are a few reviewers I follow religiously, like horror film critic Scott Weinberg, book reviewer Char at Char's Horror Corner, and Sadie Hartmann, aka Mother Horror, who writes for Scream Magazine and Cemetery Dance, to name but a few. Growing up, I was always sure to watch Siskel and Ebert At the Movies, and every Friday morning I was the first one in our house to tear the newspaper apart to get to the Entertainment column for the new movie review columns. I've always loved reading, writing, and movies, and if I could distill all three into one single job I'd have my dream career. Unfortunately, making a living as a critic isn't so easy nowadays, and I've had to forego a professional platform in favor of my own.

However, after reading a bit of Weinberg's independently published compilation of his horror film reviews in MODERN HORRORS: An A to Z of Horror Movie Reviews, I decided to try my own hand at it, but with the focus being exclusively on horror books.

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The Horror Book Review Digest is intended to be a quarterly compilation collecting the book reviews I've published here and elsewhere. The bulk of the reviews are centered on recently released and upcoming titles from Big 5 publishers, small presses, and independent authors and publishers, as well as the occasional older title or classic work in the horror genre. Much of this first volume of The Horror Book Review Digest is devoted to 2018 releases, including upcoming titles from Flame Tree Press and Fangoria Presents, two new imprints launching in September.

At only $2.99, purchasing The Horror Book Review Digest is a cheap way for you to show your support for the work I do at this site and for my publishing efforts in general. It's a handy, easily-accessible guide for the latest horror reads, with reviews organized in alphabetical order by author. And yes, each of these reviews are readily available on this site and external sites for free.

Is this a good idea? Frankly, I don't know. I don't know if there's a market for this type of material to begin with, or if people feel my reviews are sufficiently well-written enough to pay me for my time and effort. The Horror Book Review Digest is, first and foremost, an experiment. Maybe it'll succeed, maybe it'll fail. I don't know. 

Back in July I ran a Twitter poll that netted some very limited responses, but the results indicated there was a measure of support for this initiative. I also posted a question asking if there was any interest on Facebook, and also as an Instagram story, and again the feedback to both was largely positive. Positive enough, anyway, to convince me it was worth a shot. Now it's time to put those minor bits of market research to the test.

I'm hoping and planning to release a few more volumes like this over the course of 2019 but it all depends on how well this initial book sells, if there's any enthusiasm for this kind of release, and what kind of response I get now that The Horror Book Review Digest is out in the wild. You can buy it right now at the following retailers (iBooks link coming soon!).

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BROKEN SHELLS: Reader Reactions

One of the coolest things as an author is hearing from readers about how much they've enjoyed your work. Being tagged in photos of your book out in the wild is not only awesome, but immensely rewarding. Now that we're half-way through 2018, people are starting to share some of their best reads of the year-so-far, and I've been shocked and delighted to see Broken Shells making the grade from some seriously voracious horror readers.

Sadie is a new reviewer for SCREAM Magazine and an incredibly prolific Bookstagrammer over on Instagram. If you're not following her, you should be! She's good people!

Inspired by Sadie, Mindi posted her current best books of 2018 and, again, Broken Shells was included!

I have to say, it's remarkable to see my little novella slipped in alongside so many heavyweights, as well as some of my own favorite authors and titles. 

Over on Facebook, author Glenn Rolfe tagged me to share the good news - Broken Shells was also among some of his favorites for 2018!

Meanwhile, over on YouTube, Rita has been bringing a number of author's covers to life with customized animations. She's been playing around with a few of my covers, and I'm wowed by what she's come up with. Check out her animation for Kealan Patrick Burke's design of Broken Shells:

She's also animated Mass Hysteria and The Marque - just click the links here to go check them out. Be sure to check out the rest of Rita's videos and subscribe to her YouTube page for updates!

If you've been enjoying Broken Shells, let me know! Feel free to tag me on Instagram if you've got photos of my books you'd like to share, or leave reviews of my titles on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, iTunes, etc. 


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Broken Shells Goodreads Group Read-Along, and From The Ashes Is About To Go Extinct

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The Horror Aficionados on Goodreads have selected Broken Shells for their July read-along, and they've invited me to be their guest author for the month. I'll be on tap to answer reader's questions about the work all throughout July, so be sure to pop into the forums and check it out. Discuss Broken Shells with your fellow horror fans, ask me all your burning questions, and enjoy a fun, briskly paced novella chock full of creature-feature mayhem!

You can join the discussion in the Group Reads: Guest Author Invite section of the Horror Aficionados community.

If you haven't bought your copy of Broken Shells yet, I've got good news for you! I've marked the eBook edition down to 99c on all platforms. This sale is good for this whole week, Monday, June 25 through Saturday, June 30. After that, it goes back up to it's usual retail price of $2.99.

You can purchase Broken Shells right now from the following places:

Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Google Play | Smashwords

If you're not an eBook fan, you can buy the paperback copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble and have it with plenty of time to spare to join me and the Horror Aficionados readers. You can also find Broken Shells in audiobook from Bleeding Ears Audio at Audible and iTunes.

This morning, Broken Shells got a shoutout from the Ginger Nuts of Horror. Columnist Tony Jones named Broken Shells as one of his personal favorite underground-set horror titles in a list he compiled for "Going Underground: Horrors Which Lurk Below..." Besides my own work, Tony lists a number of excellent similarly-theme horror books, including Nick Cutter's The Deep.

Funnily enough, Tony's article is the second time this week Broken Shells has been mentioned alongside Nick Cutter's work, which I take as a high honor. Author Kyle Warner recently mentioned my novella alongside Cutter's The Troop in his article, The Expectations of Blood and Gore, for Scriptophobic.

Ginger Nuts of Horror contributor John Bender also recently reviewed Broken Shells, as well as Mass Hysteria and Revolver, at his personal blog  for a massive review round-up of my recent works. Check it out!


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As with all good news, there must come some bad news, I'm afraid. Amazon recently announced their termination of Kindle Worlds. If you're not familiar with Kindle Worlds, the gist of it is this: Amazon developed contracts with a host of popular, best-selling authors with successful brands and series, and allowed other authors to come in and play in those series by writing non-canonical stories under the KW banner. Some of these stories included properties from J.A. Konrath, Blake Crouch, Barry Eisler, Hugh Howey, and Nicholas Sansbury Smith, author of the Extinction Cycle series. In 2016, Nick invited to write a story for the launch of his Extinction Cycle Kindle Worlds line, and From The Ashes was released in October of that year. 

Unfortunately, Kindle Worlds will be shutting down permanently very soon, and all Kindle Worlds titles will be going out of print effective July 16. From The Ashes will soon be unavailable, so if you haven't had a chance to read it yet, now is the time! You can still buy it exclusively at Amazon, but not for much longer. And if you do buy it, it will remain a part of your personal Kindle library despite no longer be available for sale on Amazon, and you'll be able to enjoy it for as long as you like and brag to your friends that you have something they may never be able to obtain again. 

From The Ashes is set during the finale of Nick's first Extinction Cycle novel, Extinction Horizon. If you've read that book, you're all set to read and enjoy From the Ashes, although it's not necessary. I made an effort to make From The Ashes as much of a stand-alone work as possible, albeit one existing within the world created by Nick. If you haven't read Nick's series yet, the Extinction Cycle books revolve around an apocalyptic event and are military thrillers with plenty of cutting-edge science, ever-evolving monsters, and lots and lots of action. I enjoyed reading them even before I wrote From The Ashes, and I think you'll get a kick out of them too.


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MASS HYSTERIA Summer Sale - Only 99c in eBook!

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Summer is right around the corner and now is the perfect time to start stocking up on your summer beach reads! I wrote Mass Hysteria as a pulpy, gory, splatterpunk horror summertime blast, the kind of big Hollywood-style spectacle that screams warm weather fun...and maybe makes a few readers scream along with it. If you're a fan of extreme When Animals Attack-style horror, like Piranha, The Birds, Jaws, or The Rats, this one should be right up your alley. Mass Hysteria is currently on sale for only 99c for a limited time, so get your copy quick!

If you're not an eBook fan, there is a paperback edition also available, as well an audiobook! If you're an Amazon customer, you can even bundle all three formats together for maximum savings. Buy the paperback and get the Kindle edition for free. Get the Kindle copy, and add Audible narration for cheap. You can enjoy Mass Hysteria all kinds of way!

The audiobook is even up for an award! Mass Hysteria is a finalist in this year's Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards, and if you like the book and Joe Hempel's reading, you can even vote for Mass Hysteria to win. Polls close May 31, so if you get a copy of my book and can check it out before the month is over, be sure to cast a vote, too.


About Mass Hysteria

IT CAME FROM SPACE...

Something virulent. Something evil. Something new. And it is infecting the town of Falls Breath.

Carried to Earth in a freak meteor shower, an alien virus has infected the animals. Pets and wildlife have turned rabid, attacking without warning. Dogs and cats terrorize their owners, while deer and wolves from the neighboring woods hunt in packs, stalking and killing their human prey without mercy.

As the town comes under siege, Lauren searches for her boyfriend, while her policeman father fights to restore some semblance of order against a threat unlike anything he has seen before. The Natural Order has been upended completely, and nowhere is safe.

...AND IT IS SPREADING.

Soon, the city will find itself in the grips of mass hysteria.

To survive, humanity will have to fight tooth and nail.


This edition includes a bonus short story, Consumption!


What Readers Are Saying

"Brutal horror. Raw. Animalistic. I couldn't put it down!" - Armand Rosamilia, author of the Dying Days series

"Mass Hysteria is a hell of a brutal, end of the world free for all. A terrifying vision of a future gone mad with bloodlust, Mass Hysteria will haunt your nightmares." - Hunter Shea, author of Just Add Water and We Are Always Watching

"Fun, horrible fun, from start to finish." - Horror Novel Reviews

"It's fast paced, action-packed, and bloody. Really, almost everything a horror gore-hound could want. ... Undeniably talented, Michael Patrick Hicks shows evidence of a rather deliciously depraved mind..." - SciFi & Scary

"Mass Hysteria was a brutal horror novel, which reminded me of the horror being written in the late 70's and, (all of the), 80's. Books like James Herbert's The Rats or Guy N. Smith's The Night of the Crabs. There are a lot of similarities to those classics here-the fast paced action going from scene to scene-with many gory deaths and other sick events. In fact, I think Mass Hysteria beats out those books in its sheer horrific brutality." Char's Horror Corner

"If you like your horror bloody and strange, you are in the right place. Mass Hysteria is a unique twist in a crowded field. ... For horror fans looking for something different, well worth a listen." - Audiobook Reviewer

"I'm telling you now, this book isn't for readers with weak stomachs. It is brutal in all the right ways." Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews

"If you are an aficionado of author Richard Laymon, you undoubtedly will like this book. This is horror at its bloodiest, guttiest and most shocking." - Cheryl Stout, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer and Amazon Vine Voice

"Brutal and well-written. Throw in narration by Joe Hempel and you’ve got gold. ... I don’t think I’ll forget Mass Hysteria for some time." Brian's Book Blog


Buy the ebook edition of Mass Hysteria for only 99 cents! (Also available in paperback and audiobook formats.)

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BROKEN SHELLS In Audio!

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Great news, gang - the audiobook edition of Broken Shells is now available for your listening pleasure on Audible and iTunes

Earlier this year, Joe Hempel, who you may recall as the narrator of my 2018 Audiobook Listeners Choice Award Horror Finalist title Mass Hysteria, contacted me about obtaining the audio rights to Broken Shells for his new audio imprint. In addition to his duties as a full-time audiobook narrator, Joe has decided to branch out and launch his own audiobook publishing imprint called Bleeding Ear Audio! Broken Shells is the debut title for Bleeding Ear, and to handle the narration, Joe hired Justin Thomas James.

Justin is a strong up-and-comer, and he absolutely nails the voice and attitude of Antoine DeWitt, a down-on-his-luck man caught up in some pretty unbelievable, and awfully gory, circumstances. Check out the Audible sample and I think you'll agree with me that Justin positively delivers the goods. If reading Broken Shells made you squirm, listening to it will give you nightmares! Or at least, I hope it does!

Broken Shells is available in audiobook now, as well as print and ebook. If you're a Kindle reader who still loves print copies of their books, you can buy the paperback and get the Kindle edition for free! And if you're one of those readers who love to have their books in all the formats, you're certainly in luck now! 

Broken Shells is available at the following retailers:

Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Google Play | Smashwords

Audiobook available at:

Audible | iTunes


About Broken Shells

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.

Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

When Antoine steps foot on Dangle's car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle's secrets do not kill him first.


What Readers Are Saying

"A fun and nasty little novella...If you’re a big creature-feature fan (digging on works like Adam Cesare’s VIDEO NIGHT or Hunter Shea’s THEY RISE) you’re going to love this book." - Glenn Rolfe, author of Becoming and Blood and Rain

"An adrenaline-fueled, no punches pulled, onslaught of gruesome action! Highly recommended!" - Horror After Dark

"Lightning fast...high octane fun." - Unnerving Magazine

"Broken Shells is a blood-soaked, tense novella that is sure to appeal to a wide variety of horror fans, especially those that dig an old-school feel in their novels." - The Horror Bookshelf

"Broken Shells, the latest release from Michael Patrick Hicks... is another fine piece of...pulpy horror which moves along at eye-watering speed... You’ll have fun rolling with the punches. I found myself cheering on hard-as-nails Antoine in his brutal fight for survival." - HorrorTalk

"A dark and nasty...novella I won't soon forget, mostly thanks to the nightmares I've already had." - Frank Michaels Errington

"The very definition of a page-turner. Michael Patrick Hicks delivers right-between-the-eyes terror." - The Haunted Reading Room

"Unnerving! ... It truly is the perfect blend of gore, horror and action." - PopHorror.com

"Horror fans will have much to gnaw on here... Fun, wild, and bursting with energy, Broken Shells is perfect for a rainy afternoon of monster mayhem." - Morbidly Beautiful

"Ghastly fun ... Broken Shells is an exceptional horror novella." - Dangerous Dan's Book Blog

"Broken Shells is a visceral experience, with oodles of ooze, gore galore, dry heaves and vomit, and some Alien worthy introductions to razor sharp creepy crawlies. ... This, my friends, is horror done right!" - Schizanthus, Goodreads review

"Michael Patrick Hicks has out done himself this time! When I didn't think his work could get any better, he goes and surpasses my expectations. From start to finish, you will get your money's worth." - Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews

"Michael Patrick Hicks has managed, in only 120 pages, to craft a terrifying, steamroller of a story. ... The author makes you immediately connect with the main character Antoine, who is down on his luck and just looking for a possible break. When Antoine is thrust into the dark, you are along for the ride, whether you like it or not. And in the dark is where this story shines. Hicks makes you feel dread, like the walls are closing in as you read." - One-Legged Reviews

"Hicks does a fine job of emotionally grasping the reader with his character creation. You'll come for the story of survival, and stay for the darkness and gore. If you enjoy extremely gruesome creature horror and pitch black underground tunnels, then Broken Shells is right up your alley." - FanFiAddict


Broken Shells is available at the following retailers:

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Google Play | Smashwords

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MASS HYSTERIA: A 2018 Audiobook Listener Awards Finalist

This has been a big week for award announcements! On Monday, the 2018 Splatterpunk Award Nominees were announced, along with final ballot for the 2017 Stoker Awards. Yesterday, the 2018 Audie Awards finalists were revealed. And today, finalists for the first annual Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards were revealed, with my book, Mass Hysteria, narrated by Joe Hempel, listed as one of the five horror finalists.

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I don't know if I can adequately explain how much this means to me, but suffice to say I am deeply, deeply honored. 

Probably not too many of you know this, but Mass Hysteria almost never was. I had some pretty deep reservations about releasing this particular book due to the extreme and graphic content depicted within. I was in a pretty different place, both personally and professionally, when I wrote this book in 2015, and over the course of writing Mass Hysteria my wife became pregnant and our first child was born within days of my penning that horrific and bleak final chapter. If you've read Mass Hysteria, you can probably understand just how difficult some of these scenes were to pen. I trunked the book for a good long while before I began editing it in 2016 and found myself having to put the book aside once more. I was unsettled and uncomfortable with the material, and I was no longer sure if it was a work I wanted to be associated with.

Fatherhood had changed me, and it was a long time before I began to feel comfortable with Mass Hysteria, or at least as comfortable as one can feel with a book like that. It wasn't until 2017 that I was really able to look at Mass Hysteria with a more critical eye and accept the book for what it was and what it could be. While there were still scenes within it that I was (and still am) uncomfortable with, I found myself at an impasse. I could either release it, or I could forget about it. 

Ultimately, I think I made the right choice, and thankfully it seems to have paid off! Readers have responded well and have been very supportive of the work since it released in August 2017. Mass Hysteria was a Top 10 finisher in Horror the 21st Annual Critters/Preditors and Editors Readers Poll, and Cedar Hollow Horror Review included it in their list of Best Horror Books of 2017. Now, I am in the delightful place of seeing Mass Hysteria listed as a finalist in the Indie-centric and small press publisher-focused Audiobook Listener Awards for Horror - and alongside Michael McDowell and Brian Keene no less! Pardon me, but holy shit! All of this, of course, is due in no small part to the efforts of my editor Shay VanZwoll at EV Proofreading & Editing, and Joe Hempel's outstanding narration, and the humbling and outstanding dedication of my wonderful, loyal readers.

To top it all off, this announcement came right on the heels of yesterday's release of Broken Shells, my latest horror novella, which has generated a nice bit of early buzz thanks to a number of overwhelmingly positive advance reviews. So, yeah, not a bad couple days so far!

The Audiobook Listener Awards is a "listener's choice" award, and the winner will be selected by you, the listener! Voting in each of the award categories is open until May 31, 2018. Listeners can vote in each category once a day until the competition closes. You can find all of the award categories and finalists here, so please take a moment to check it out and cast your ballots. If you want to head straight over to the Horror category and vote for your favorite title, this link will take you directly there! You may want to bookmark the announcement page or your favorite categories, and remember to vote regularly so you can help your preferred title claim the top spot.

If you haven't had a chance to brave Mass Hysteria yet, head on over here to learn all about this book. You can find the audiobook edition of Mass Hysteria for sale now on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.


NOW AVAILABLE

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.

Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

When Antoine steps foot on Dangle's car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle's secrets do not kill him first.

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Now Available: BROKEN SHELLS: A Subterranean Horror Novella

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Broken Shells is out! After spending a few months with Patreon readers, my latest release has finally gone wide and is now available on all major platforms in print and eBook.

If you're a Kindle reader who still have lots of love for paperbacks, you can buy the print copy at Amazon and get the Kindle eBook for free through Amazon's Kindle Matchbook program. 

For a limited time, you can buy the eBook for only 99c at any of the retailers listed below. But act fast, because in a short while, this digital edition of Broken Shells will be selling for its full retail price of $2.99.


About Broken Shells

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.

Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

When Antoine steps foot on Dangle's car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle's secrets do not kill him first.


What Readers Are Saying

"A fun and nasty little novella...If you’re a big creature-feature fan (digging on works like Adam Cesare’s VIDEO NIGHT or Hunter Shea’s THEY RISE) you’re going to love this book." - Glenn Rolfe, author of Becoming and Blood and Rain

"An adrenaline-fueled, no punches pulled, onslaught of gruesome action! Highly recommended!" - Horror After Dark

"Broken Shells, the latest release from Michael Patrick Hicks... is another fine piece of...pulpy horror which moves along at eye-watering speed... You’ll have fun rolling with the punches. I found myself cheering on hard-as-nails Antoine in his brutal fight for survival." - HorrorTalk

"A dark and nasty...novella I won't soon forget, mostly thanks to the nightmares I've already had." - Frank Michaels Errington

"The very definition of a page-turner. Michael Patrick Hicks delivers right-between-the-eyes terror." - The Haunted Reading Room

"Ghastly fun ... Broken Shells is an exceptional horror novella." - Dangerous Dan's Book Blog

"Broken Shells is a visceral experience, with oodles of ooze, gore galore, dry heaves and vomit, and some Alien worthy introductions to razor sharp creepy crawlies. ... This, my friends, is horror done right!" - Schizanthus, Goodreads review

"Michael Patrick Hicks has out done himself this time! When I didn't think his work could get any better, he goes and surpasses my expectations. From start to finish, you will get your money's worth." - Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews

"Michael Patrick Hicks has managed, in only 120 pages, to craft a terrifying, steamroller of a story. ... The author makes you immediately connect with the main character Antoine, who is down on his luck and just looking for a possible break. When Antoine is thrust into the dark, you are along for the ride, whether you like it or not. And in the dark is where this story shines. Hicks makes you feel dread, like the walls are closing in as you read." - One-Legged Reviews

"Hicks does a fine job of emotionally grasping the reader with his character creation. You'll come for the story of survival, and stay for the darkness and gore. If you enjoy extremely gruesome creature horror and pitch black underground tunnels, then Broken Shells is right up your alley." - FanFiAddict

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