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The Collected Nightmares
NEW, May 8, 2019
Black Bed Sheet Books, Trade Paperback & E-Book, Publication Date: May 8, 2019, ISBN: 1946874116
Nightmares and dreams war inside you. Nightmares twine along the veins and through the synapses, into the nerves and beneath the skin. They skulk in the darkness that surrounds your heart. They’re always with you. They are you. They’re a version of you that has gone too far, done things you can’t take back. They lie.
Dreams lie too. They, however, dwell in the light, in the open. They shine on your face out of the sun, and where before you saw darkness in the face of the stranger on the street, you now see the kindness in their eyes and the upward curve of their lips. Dreams light the way forward. Nightmares seek to drag you back. They’re always fighting for control of your body, but only you can decide which one wins. This is what master storyteller Fred Wiehe shows us through his achingly raw prose and poetry in The Collected Nightmares, that you can fight for the dreams, or sink into the darkness and let the nightmares take you. Every one of Wiehe’s characters—the struggling writer confronted by the sins of his past…. The witch who's the only thing standing between a small town and the evil that lurks in an ancient tree on its outskirts…. The man who’s visited in the night by a beautiful but very, very cold woman…. The three teen friends who play with demons beyond their ken…. The vengeful patrons of a horse stable…. The monster hunter who fears he might be the worst monster of all—make unexpected choices. Read the two novellas, twelve short stories, and seventeen poems contained within, and then ask yourself: Which will you choose?
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Amazon Bestseller, 2015
Young Adult Fiction (YA, 13-17+) & Adult Fiction
Caliburn Press, Novel, Trade Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-62929-227-4, E-Book ISBN: 978-1-62929-226-7
“FRIGHT HOUSE is an inviting, chilling, old-school spooky story that teens will love! Creepy and highly entertaining.” –Jonathan Maberry –New York Times bestselling author of THE NIGHTSIDERS and ROT & RUIN
"A wild roller coaster ride through a house of horrors unlike any you've read about before. Fright House starts fast and doesn't let up until the final page."—Nate Kenyon, award-winning author of Sparrow Rock, Diablo, and Day One
“Unsettling, Fright House made me look over my shoulder as I read this alone at night. Fred Wiehe wrote a horror novel in league with” Poltergeist,” “Insidious,” and Shirley Jackson’s "The Haunting of Hill House" (this last one even scared me in the daytime, in a room full of people years ago!). You may not look at that next haunted house attraction in a real insane asylum or prison the same way again after reading this book. Just when you thought it was safe to get scared, Fright House does it to you.” —Pamela K. Kinney, I Smell Sheep, http://www.ismellsheep.com/2015/05/book-review-fright-house-by-fred-wiehe.html
“The modern horror story sparked during the emergence of science and technology following the Age of Enlightenment. It came down to us through a tradition of Gothic Romance, and was perfected by no less than the master of murder and mystery, Edgar Allen Poe. Hence, even in the most recent adaptations of the genre, we still find its mossy roots buried deep in 19th Century literature, comingling Gothic themes of darkness and death with the Romance novel, which intertwine nature with fantasy, and pit the infusion against an increasingly technical and analytical world.
Fred Wiehe has written an exemplary modern horror story, Fright House. It combines today’s technologies, afforded to the ghostbusters leader by Tory Jackson, with a classic setting of an abandoned insane asylum, nestled in the deep woods on a darkened, stormy night. The setting of the old edifice, itself, with its great expanse and its squealing iron door, reminds us at once of a foreboding castle, complete with dungeons, as we accompany Tory’s team on their journey through this tale.
All the roles in a Gothic medieval troupe are assembled here among the paranormal investigators: the warlord, barbarian, wizard, cleric, fighter, and sorceress. Their quest becomes a battle between good and evil, and a struggle between the strengths and weaknesses within the main characters themselves. On an allegorical level, the story’s main character, Penny Winter, serves as a concoction of a Penny Dreadful and the darkened chill of a mid-winter’s night. She, like the major character Tory, struggles throughout the story with a psychological past that impinges on their present situation.
Mr Wiehe’s story runs full force from start to ending, fueled on two major themes: keys and a haunted personal past. Survival is -- as always in these stories -- predicated on the ability to prove one’s strength in the face of peril. Our major characters, flawed as they are, possess what is needed internally, holding the key of character and using it to unlock hidden internal strength at the most critical moment. Using an interesting play of emotion between the two major characters in Fright House, Mr Wiehe presents the relationship between Penny and Tory in flux: now at odds, now united, now loathing each other. It is symbolic of a love-hate relationship, which, as often the case, becomes so strong against adversity that it must surely triumph.
There is something here for all who enjoy a good, scary tale. For the reader who is enmeshed in the horror story tradition, it reminds us, at some level, of Poe’s short story, "The system of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether." For the viewer of horror movies – “The Forgotten (Don’t Look in the Basement”) comes to mind -- Fright House reads like a fast-paced movie, trading endless deep description in prose for crisp, flowing dialogue that invites the reader to stand shoulder to shoulder with the characters as they converse.
Here, it should be mentioned, is where Mr Wiehe excels in his craft. He could be called a “minimalist” in his writing style; every word is carefully chosen to take its place among a group in sentences that convey vivid imaginary without the need for large textual overhead. As a rule for horror writers, less is more, and Mr Wiehe enforces the rule through suggested imagery of gruesomeness without clubbing us over the head with it.
Fright House should be on your reading list as your next injection of a horror story. As an alternative to a late night passive viewing of a horror movie, this engaging tale reads rather quickly. Better than any movie you may watch, the images Mr Wiehe conjures will make you look out of the corner of eye as you read, and may stay affixed in your memory, like a blood-stained wall, long after you finish this memorable tale.” —Dave Sciuto, The Horror Zine http://www.thehorrorzine.com/ReviewFolder/FrightHouse/FrightHouse.html
“Finished Fright House in 3 days and I have to say it was absolutely AMAZING! Glad I went back to buy it and got to get it signed!” —Julianna Moura, A Reader & Fan
"A ghost Hunter group showing up to a haunted attraction to see if they are real spirits there based on the place formally being an insane asylum where lots of dark experiments happened. The setting is fantastic and the fully developed characters really make them stand out and make you care what's happening. Personally read this book in two sittings and enjoyed every minute of it, highly recommend."—Josh Hitch, Reader & Fan
“I finished Fright House a
couple nights ago, but I didn't have time to let you know until now. I read it
in two days - the first day was about fifty pages, and the next day was the rest
of the book I stayed up late reading it, which was probably a bad idea because
it was absolutely terrifying. The imagery was intense and dark and gory and made
me not want to turn off the lights in my room.
One weird occurrence was that when I got to the scene where the storm starts, it started raining really hard outside my car.
Anyway, thanks for the terrifying read! Good luck on all of your other literary escapades!” Amiya (the person at Barnes and Noble)
Creepy and Innovative Kills.
Great creepy gory tale with believable characters. Highly recommended. The only thing I didn't care for was the multiple uses of things we, as readers, would have gotten by the second time it was mentioned. Like being reminded of the storm raging outside at the top of every new segment/chapter for awhile (we get it, crazy storm making it extra creepy) or Penny having a disturbed past. Or the House urging the characters to kill who is to blame (that's how I have to say it without spoilers) so many times. I feel like that was beaten to death (pun intended) a little. But overall I couldn't put this down and really dug the different ways and means Fright House found to fully creep us out. Great work!” Liz Koch Cousins (Reader) on December 4, 2015
"Fright House is one of those books you can't put down. I was hooked from beginning to end. The book was alive and fraught with vivid and apt details and descriptions including action verbs. I could feel the sense of evil. I would not read this book in bed at night it was that creepy. It should make a great horror movie." Michael Hopkins (Reader)
"5 Stars Awesome Read. Creepy tale with great characters to boot. A group of ghost hunters at an insane asylum in hopes to meet real ghost a girl Penny who has a sorted past. The ghost want to kill her the ghost hunters want to help to survive the night. Don't want to give too much away. Mr. Wiehe wrote one hell of a story that you yourself is in it at least I did GREAT job Fred." Roostermania on Amazon
"4 Stars: It started out a little slow, but it was fantastic! It defied my expectations in the best way." Gianna, GoodReads
MOVE OVER STEPHEN
KING, GO TO THE BACK OF THE LINE PETER STRAUB, AND CLIVE BARKER.
YOU ARE BEING REPLACED BY FRED WIEHE, WHO IN MY OPINION IS RIGHT UP THERE WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE AND H. P. LOVECRAFT
WITH HIS BOOK, "FRIGHT HOUSE" HE GOES TO THE HEAD OF THE LINE.
WITH STEPEN KING’S "THE SHINING” AND PETER STRAUB'S "GHOST STORY" I HAD MANY NIGHTMARES, BUT WITH "FRIGHT HOUSE” I WAS SO PETRIFIED THAT I DIDN’T EVEN WANT TO TRY TO GO TO SLEEP. IT IS TRULY A HORROR MASTERPIECE THAT BELONGS ON THE TOP OF THE BOOKSHELF OF ANY HORROR AFICIONADO.
IT IS A MUST READ!" James McMillen on Amazon
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Aleric: Monster Hunter
Amazon Bestseller, 2012
Gauthier Publications, Novel, Adult Fiction, Hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-9833593-1-9, Out of Print
Black Bed Sheet Books, Novel, Adult Fiction, Trade Paperback & E-Book, ISBN: 978-0-9886590-8-7
Aleric Toma Bimbai is a two hundred-year-old Gypsy who hunts monsters for bounty. His task this time, however, is to save a zombie rather than exterminate it. But Wasso Wonko is no ordinary zombie. He can still think. He can talk. Besides, Wasso is Gypsy. In his search for answers, Aleric uncovers a sinister plot that threatens the very existence of his people. He will have to go up against a mad scientist, as well as the self-proclaimed King of the Gypsies and test his reputation of being unkillable.
"With Aleric: Monster Hunter, Fred Wiehe breathes dangerous new life into urban fantasy. With a lightning-fast pace, dangerous twists and action that will leave you breathless! Disturbingly entertaining!" --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best selling author of DUST & DECAY and DEAD OF NIGHT
"Fred Wiehe's latest novel Aleric: Monster Hunter is an ambitious book that ties fast paced action into well-researched gypsy custom." --Read Horror
“Novels about zombies or about vampires seem to be everywhere these days. What makes Aleric: Monster Hunter different is this novel has both. Plus, the hero of the book, Aleric, is a Gypsy Rom, placing a nice twist into the character development.
Writing about Gypsies can be handled well or poorly, depending upon the research and/or exposure to their culture by the writer. Fortunately, author Fred Wiehe authentically captures the essence of Gypsy behavior, even to go as far as to insert phrases of their native tongue. I was not always as impressed by the idea that Wiehe felt he needed to translate immediately afterwards, word-for-word. I think perhaps a better effect would have to let the reader have an idea of the meaning by Aleric's reaction, and not always have him parrot the translations.
That said, it is a minor complaint when compared to the over-all excitement of this book. Aleric is deeply in love with his wife, Jetta. The problem with that is, his wife has been a vampire for two hundred years. They keep their marriage alive because she visits him periodically for sexual encounters. That has worked well....until Aleric meets another Gypsy named Pearsa, who is mortal, beautiful, and available. When Jetta finds out, she is overcome with jealousy and seeks to retrieve her husband out of Pearsa's clutches, never minding the fact that she also has a lover, another vampire.
Meanwhile, Aleric continues his quests as a monster hunter in San Francisco, coming to the aid of Wasso, who is a zombie in need. The descriptions of this famous city as Aleric travels through it are sparse, creating a missed opportunity for the feeling of the locale. If Wiehe has slowed down and included scenes of what Aleric had seen as he patrolled the streets of San Francisco, it would have added a nice dimension to the narrative.
Still, for those who love vampire yarns, Aleric: Monster Hunter delivers. For those who love gruesome zombie stories, parts of Aleric: Monster Hunter meets those needs as well, as witnessed by this passage: "Black zombie oil, decomposed flesh, putrefied brain matter, and dead maggots sprayed back at him like returned fire."
As I said earlier, the descriptions of Gypsy life are very authentic in this book, which is interesting in itself. Wiehe delivers a fascinating and realistic account of a culture frequently overlooked in fiction. Wiehe writes the positives and negatives of the Gypsies, including Pearsa's con games to part her victims from their money. Wiehe tells the truth about Gypsies, and that makes the plot very convincing. All of this adds to the feeling that Aleric: Monster Hunter is a very unique and unusual book.
Aleric: Monster Hunter never lacks for excitement. There are always adventures and pursuits by the King of the Gypsies who want to stop Aleric's quests. Aleric himself is a complicated character, driven and moody, but deep and well-written.
If penned by a less competent author, Aleric: Monster Hunter could have wound up "over the top" because it crosses into so many different types of monsters. In lesser hands, the book could have come across as "trying too hard." But Fred Wiehe delivers a smooth, believable account of a troubled man on a mission. Wiehe's Aleric is a convincing character, and the types of monsters that Aleric seeks makes us glad to be a voyeur of his adventures. Aleric: Monster Hunter is one thrill-ride of a monster mash.” —Jeani Rector, The Horror Zine http://www.thehorrorzine.com/ReviewFolder/Aleric/AlericMonsterHunter.html
“Aleric: Monster Hunter is for adults, not children. And the monsters in Aleric’s world are particularly venomous.” Annie Lubinsky, The Beach Reporter
Read the complete article at http://tbrnews.com/enertainment/stepping_out/gypsy-hero-embodies-the-real-world-and-the-underworld/article_7b66ddd9-43e2-5c84-a2fb-97ef79530de4.html
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Holiday Madness: 13 Dark Tales for Halloween, Christmas & All Occasions
Special Edition: 2 extra short stories, 15 in total
Black Bed Sheet Books, Short Stories, Collection, Young Adult (YA) Fiction & Adult Fiction, Trade Paperback & E-Book, ISBN: 978-0-9842136-5-8
Special Edition ISBN: 978-1-4812-1325-7
The holidays have never before been more spine-tingling or more fun for Young Adults (YA) and Adults alike than in this collection of 13 (15 in the Special Edition) supernatural short stories. Halloween short stories include Trick or Treat: It's the Puppet People; Trick or Troll; The Uglies; The Halloween Box; and Ghosts, Inc. The Special Edition includes the short story Halloween Creep. Christmas short stories include A Gremlin for Christmas; Holiday Madness; The Three Wolf Men; Run, Run Rudy: A Zombie's Not Too Far Behind; Santa's War; and Christmas-Time Gremlins: A Sequel. The Special Edition includes The Perfect Gift. The two short stories for all occasions Raven Mocker and Bad Moon round out this collection.
"With HOLIDAY MADNESS Fred Wiehe proves that Halloween is no longer the scariest time of the year. HOLIDAY MADNESS is weird, twisted, spooky, wild and outrageous. Very highly recommended!" —Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author of THE WOLFMAN and MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN
“Wiehe’s 13 tales of holiday terror will shock and thrill you to the bone. Teens and adults alike will love the twists and turns in this collection. Not a word wasted. Great stuff!!”—Nate Kenyon, Bram Stoker Finalist for his novel Bloodstone and the author of The Reach and The Bone Factory.
"Ghouls and Santa, Ghosts and Aliens—a stocking full of bloody holiday stories hung with care. Scrooges of all ages will shriek with delight!”—Del Howison, author, editor, part-time actor, and owner of Dark Delicacies Bookstore in Burbank, CA
“[Holiday Madness is] a chilling collection of madness and despair that will turn your insides out.”—Lee Pletzers, author of over 40 short stories and editor of four anthologies.
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Helm Publishing, Novel, Adult Fiction, Trade Paperback & E-Book (.pdf), ISBN: 0-9760919-9-2
An ancient and evil entity--a monster from another dimension--has murdered Frank Talbort's wife and stolen his identity. In possession of Frank's body, the monster embarks on a bloody killing spree that terrorizes San Francisco. Meanwhile, Frank desperately searches for a way back to three-dimensional time. He must re-enter the physical world if he has any hope of stopping the monster that controls his former body. To that end, he turns to a comatose patient for help. Officer David Kemp has suffered a traumatic head injury while investigating the murder of Frank's wife. He now lies in a hospital bed, fighting for his life. Frank's spirit joins with David's and successfully reawakens the broken body. However, their combined spirits also awaken an internal, schizophrenic battle between two personalities. The competing memories and emotions make it all but impossible to function. Somehow, the two spirits must come to terms with their inner demons and learn to work together. Time is running out. The body count is rising. And the monster has his sights set on David's wife next. They must stop it in time. These are Strange Days indeed.
“Strange Days by Fred Wiehe is one of those wonderfully strange, mind-twisting stories that never goes where you expect it to go, and always delivers shocks and thrills. This puppy begs for film or graphic novel adaptation.” –Jonathan Maberry, NY Times Bestselling Author of Ghost Road Blues
“Wiehe’s punchy prose pounds us with dementia, mis-adventure and enough multi-dimensional mayhem to KO Quinten Tarantino and leave him smiling as he hits the floor.” —Weston Ochse, author of Scarecrow Gods and Appalachian Galapagos
"A novel of ageless evil, told with wicked abandon and stylish prose. Fred Wiehe has established himself as an important voice in a new age of horror fiction!" —Nicholas Grabowsky, author of The Everborn and Halloween IV
"This story [Strange Days] is intense, full of gore, murder, sadness and evil but also touches strongly on the spirit of humanity, the essence of life and the truth that good will overcome evil. If I may use my favorite term, this book 'creeped me out,' and for all those who want the jabegies scared out of them don't miss reading it. A winner in its genre, definitely giving the reader exactly what they expect to find, and more. One little tip, if you are reading this at night you may want to turn on a few extra lights. Definitely horror at its peak!”—Shirley Johnson, Midwest Book Review
"Wiehe has written a solid adventure with a metaphysical twist that is fast moving and action filled. Be on the lookout for this one and others in the future. Wiehe is out to make a name for himself in the horror field, and this is a damn fine start.”—Barry Hunter, Bayron Magazine
"Fred Wiehe knows what he wants with horror, and the imagination is of an author that doesn't exactly fit with the current trend. If he was alive in the 1930's he would find great company with the likes of H.P. Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood.”—Nickolaus A. Pacione, Renegade Horror Writer
“I received my book on Thursday afternoon. I could not wait to read it. I waited until my children went to bed to begin. I was up almost all night reading. I could not put it down. Even when I had to stop reading because I was so tired I kept looking at it and saying "one more chapter" that's all I wanted but my eyes could not stay open. This is by far the best book I have ever read. I finished it this afternoon, the day after receiving it. The story was amazing, it literally scared me at times. The horror was excellent. The writing was that of greatness. Fred Wiehe is the best in my books. I cannot wait to read the next one.”—A Kid’s Review
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Authors Choice Press, Novel, Adult Fiction, Trade Paperback & Kindle E-Book, ISBN: 0-595-18839-7
Alfie Free and Tommy Chandler, two San Jose police detectives, have been partners and friends for thirteen years. While neither of them is willing to acknowledge that ominously numbered anniversary, they can't escape the strange and horrifying events ahead. They soon find themselves knee-deep into the occult, chasing a drug kingpin and self-proclaimed vampire. Moreover, their snitch turns up in a back alley. Dead. Drained of all his blood. When Tommy unexpectedly inherits a ranch in the Santa Lucia Mountains of Big Sur, both he and Alfie agree they need a vacation and quickly flee San Jose. They can not, however, escape the dark cloud of their thirteenth year together. In Big Sur, while traveling through a dark and foreboding forest, Alfie and Tommy meet and quickly befriend a kumpania, band, of Gypsies. And suddenly, they're forced to protect these new friends from wolfish beasts with hell-fire eyes. The only warning of the beasts' imminent attack is their Night Songs.
"This [Night Songs] is an EXCELLENT book. Full of excitement and humor, you can’t help but read on to find out what will happen next. Mr. Wiehe has shown great aptitude for leading his readers astray with plot tricks and twists, then springing the real plot on them like a starving werewolf. He is also very skillful at leaving openings for sequels…(hint, hint, Mr. Wiehe!) Both well-edited and written, Night Songs is a great book. I not only recommend it as a keeper, I strongly urge you to buy this book. I have a feeling Mr. Wiehe’s books will become collectors items someday!”—Lisa Hurley for Tracy’s Book Reviews
Commonwealth Publications, Adult Fiction, Novel, Mass-Market Paperback, ISBN: 1-55197-333-2, Out of Print
Authors Choice Press, Adult Fiction, Novel, Trade Paperback, ISBN: 0-595-17924-X
Starkville, a sleepy burg in the Sierra Foothills, is under attack. Something is infecting its people, transforming trusted friends into psychotic killers. Maggie Stark, a retired homicide detective, hopes to escape the nightmares and death that surround her family and former career. To this end, she leaves San Francisco with her eight year old son, Billy, and returns to her home town. But Starkville is not her salvation, as she had hoped. Violence erupts all around her. And when Deputy Sheriff Sam Waters calls on her investigative acumen to solve a puzzling and brutal murder-suicide, she is reluctant, yet resigned, to help him with the strange and eerie mystery. The investigation takes a bizarre twist when she and Sam become embroiled with a one hundred and fifty year old Chinese man named Wing Sun. Only Wing Sun knows the deadly secret concerning the outbreak of violence that infects the town! Only he knows how to destroy the evil invading Starkville.
"This [Starkville] is an excellent book. Mr. Wiehe has done a fabulous job! The characters suck you into their world, and you can’t stop yourself from turning the page to find out what happens next. Both well written, and edited, Starkville will wrest emotion after emotion from you. It is obvious Mr. Wiehe researched his subject matter well, and although you get the pleasure of reading some wonderful Chinese tales, everything is plainly understandable. There is nothing confusing about this book. This is one of the best horror/sci-fi books I’ve read in a long time, and I think it would make an excellent addition to anyone’s collection.”—Lisa Hurley for Tracy’s Book Reviews
"Fred Wiehe has written a fast paced, non-stop story [Starkville] that will draw you in and keep you hooked. The characters are believable and the research has been well done. The demon in the story is unique in its description and how it carries itself. The horror parts were not overly graphic but the author gave the reader enough to fill in the blanks with his own imagination.”—Ken Mason for Simegen.com
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Creative Writing: Get Started Writing Fiction
Amazon Bestseller, 2018
F&W Media, Trade Paperback ISBN 1981083936, Kindle, & .PDF, Instructional Book, Non-Fiction
You want to write short stories, books, and novels. You want to tell a story, create unforgettable characters, entertain and awe readers. You want to see your byline on a short story in a reputable magazine or e-zine. You want to see your novel or book in a bookstore or on Amazon. You dream of being a writer and making a good living at a profession you love.
But you have no idea how to get started. You have no idea how a story works, how to create interesting characters, how to devise intricate plots, how to create conflict, how to describe setting or mood, how to choose a point of view, how to write an action scene, how to SHOW rather than Tell, or how to create sparkling prose with metaphors and similes. Then this is the book for you. Learn from a professional. Don't put your writing career off. Learn the skills needed to be a successful writer from a creative writing instructor, respected author, screenwriter, and member of the Horror Writers Association.
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