Official Website for Bestselling Author Fred Wiehe

Welcome to the Official Website of Bestselling Author Fred Wiehe

My name is Fred Wiehe. I'm a bestselling author and a member of the Horror Writers Association. Although I consider myself a horror writer first and foremost, my novels, books, short stories, poems, and screenplays crossover genres into science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, and crime thrillers. Do you believe you have the courage to face the dark, mystic worlds within the pages of my fiction and the monsters, ghosts, demons, goblins, and other unearthly beings who inhabit those worlds? If so, sit a spell, turn the lights down low, find protection against the preternatural chill, and take the time to explore the library of my work. But beware. Don't lose yourself too much within the words and the stories. You never know who or what might be lurking behind you in the shadows and the gloom.

NEWS:
I am currently working on two new novels:
Bloodshot | Adult Fiction | Science Fiction-Horror
Days of Fire and Ash | Young Adult (13+) & Adult Fiction | Urban Fantasy

I am also working on The Collected Nightmares, Volume II.

Novels & Books by Fred Wiehe

The Collected Nightmares
Collection: 2 Novellas, 12 Short Stories, 17 Poems
Adult Fiction  Trade Paperback/E-Book  ISBN: 9781946874191

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?

REVIEWS:
"It’s been a long time since I’ve read scary stories, and these satisfied my craving. Settle in for a dark, deliciously chilling joy ride through this collection of stories. You’ll want to sleep with one eye open, if you can sleep at all."--Alice Clary, Manic Reader

"The Collected Nightmares is a genuine 5 STAR READ! Fred Wiehe should feel damn proud of what he’s accomplished here and we’re fortunate that he’s decided to stay among us and challenge our brains with his words. I really enjoyed his twisted tales and think you will, too! Fred Wiehe is a professional author and a member of the Horror Writers Association who’s written many popular books including Aleric: Monster Hunter."-- Brian James Lewis, HELLNOTES

"This anthology was excellent and deserves each of the 4 out of 4 stars I am bestowing upon it. If anyone reading this review is in the mood for some thrills, The Collected Nightmares by Fred Wiehe should be the next step. With witches, ghosts, demons, and general mayhem abound, there is no shortage of characters and creatures that will make readers remember the things that go bump in the night."--Azura_Cat, Online Book Club

"The Collected Nightmares is a selection of poetry, short stories, and novellas by Fred Wiehe that showcases his breadth as a writer. 
Wiehe takes an honest look at what we really fear lurks under the bed or in the closet (or in our own mind). A good read for horror addicts looking for a new favorite author.”— Daphne Strasert,  HORRORADDICTS 

“As someone who suffers from nightmares, Fred Wiehe was convinced by his therapist that putting them into writing would be helpful to his mental state. Hence, this book lives up to its title – a collection of scary dreams about bad people, bad spirits, evil creatures, bad deeds, and the consequences that await. 
Overall, this book is no doubt, 5 out of 5 stars. It was scary, fun, entertaining, and teaches that no good can come from evil, so we all better be nice. I recommend it to ALL mature readers who love dark stories and poetry. In this turbulent time, this book is a good diversion; it’s a definite must-have.”--SheySaints

"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. Dive into the mind of an author who knows how to make your skin crawl and bones shiver. Wiehe has some great girl power going on in this book with some stories; he has a nice line of balancing male and female lead stories; especially with the story "The Reckoning" which explores girl on girl bullying and reveals the outcome. Conclusion: The Collected Nightmares is a frightfully good read, Fred Wiehe knows how to tell tales and I hope he’s working on more."--Reyna Young, Women in Horror

  

Fright House
Novel  Young Adult (YA, 13+) & Adult Fiction  Trade Paperback  ISBN: 97816292274

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Fright House, an insane asylum turned Halloween attraction, is the last place Penny Winters should be. She has awakened its long-dormant ghosts, giving it unimaginable power. Now it wants to possess Penny, absorb her psychic energy, and keep its ghosts forever alive. Only Tory Jackson and his Paranormal Scene Investigations team can save her. Time, however, is running out. On Halloween night, Penny has to die and become one with the ghosts. To that end, Fright House is willing to kill everyone.

REVIEWS:
“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

" 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. 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. 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

Aleric: Monster Hunter
Novel  Adult Fiction  Trade Paperback/E-Book  ISBN: 9780988659807

Aleric Toma Bimbai is a two hundred-year-old Gypsy and a legend among his people. He hunts monsters for bounty, a gun for hire, with secrets as dark as midnight in a graveyard. His task this time, however, is to save a monster--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 an immoral alliance between local doctor Wilhelm Ratterman and the self-proclaimed King of the Gypsies Carranza Tene, who is supplying his own people as guimea pigs for Ratterman's bizarre experiments. Ratterman is in search of a serum that will not only give him great strength but also immortality. But he's using the zombie virus as a catalyst in his serum. Under the guise of free flu shots, the doctor's testing that undeadly serum on the Gypsies King Tene supplies him. Ratterman's serum--a Molotov cocktail of chemicals, zombie virus, and now vampire blood too--succeeds only in regressing the doctor back through evolution, transforming him into a rampaging, primitive beast--a Neanderthal.
Aleric must find the antidote if it exists to save Wasso and his people. He must stop Ratterman's experimental alter ego and put an end to the rampaging violence. Lastly, he must dethrone King Tene, putting an end to the king's reign of terror. To succeed, he must test his reputation of being unkillable and simply stay alive, for he is the world's best hope and the last line of defense against all evil.

REVIEWS:
"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 or Rom, placing a nice twist into the character development. 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." 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 wants 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

Holiday Madness: 13 Dark Tales for Halloween, Christmas, and All Occasions
Collection: 13 Short Stories  Young Adult (13+) & Adult Fiction  Trade Paperback/E-Book  ISBN: 9780984213658

13 Dark Tales for Halloween, Christmas, and All Occasions: The holidays have never before been more spine-tingling or more fun for Tweens, Teens, and Adults alike than in this anthology of 13 supernatural tales. All of the stories were originally written and then read on the radio by author Fred Wiehe, primarily at Halloween and Christmas, for KKUP-a nonprofit, public radio station in the San Francisco Bay Area. Two of the Halloween stories were later separately published in a trade magazine or in an ezine. The Christmas stories in this anthology 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 Halloween stories include Trick or Treat: It's the Puppet People (published Halloween 2007 in Sinister Tales), Trick or Troll (published Halloween 2008 at ShadeWorks), The Uglies, The Halloween Box, and Ghosts, Inc. Raven Mocker and Bad Moon round out this collection--two stories for all occasions.

REVIEWS:
"Fred Wiehe proves Halloween is no longer the scariest time of year. Holiday Madness is weird, spooky, wild and outrageous. Very highly recommended!" ---Jonathan Maberry, NY Times Bestselling Author 

"Wiehe's tales will shock and thrill you to the bone. Teens and adults alike will love the twists and turns....NOT A WORD WASTED. GREAT STUFF!!!" ---Nate Kenyon, Award-Winning Author

"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.

Holiday Madness: Special Limited Edition
Collection: 15 Short Stories  Young Adult (13+) & Adult Fiction  Trade paperback/E-Book  ISBN: 9781481213257  

Special Limited Edition of Fred Wiehe's seasonal sensation Holiday Madness --with two extra tales! 15 (originally 13) Dark Tales for Halloween, Christmas, and All Occasions The holidays have never before been more spine-tingling or more fun for Tweens, Teens, and Adults alike than in this anthology of 15 supernatural tales. All of the stories were originally written and then read on the radio by author Fred Wiehe, primarily at Halloween and Christmas, for KKUP-a nonprofit, public radio station in the San Francisco Bay Area. Two of the Halloween stories were later separately published in a trade magazine or in an ezine. The Christmas stories in this anthology 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 Gif t. The Halloween stories include Trick or Treat: It's the Puppet People (published Halloween 2007 in Sinister Tales), Trick or Troll (published Halloween 2008 at ShadeWorks), The Uglies, The Halloween Box, and Ghosts, Inc. The Special Edition includes the short story Halloween Creep Raven Mocker and Bad Moon round out this collection--two stories for all occasions.

REVIEWS:
"Fred Wiehe proves Halloween is no longer the scariest time of year. Holiday Madness is weird, spooky, wild and outrageous. Very highly recommended!" ---Jonathan Maberry, NY Times Bestselling Author

"Wiehe's tales will shock and thrill you to the bone. Teens and adults alike will love the twists and turns....NOT A WORD WASTED. GREAT STUFF!!!" ---Nate Kenyon, Award-Winning Author

"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.

Strange Days
Novel  Adult Fiction  Trade Paperback ISBN: 9780976091998 

An ancient and evil entity—a monster from another dimension—has murdered Frank Talbort’s wife, brother, and sister-in-law and stolen his identity. In possession of Frank’s body, the monster embarks on a bloody killing spree that terrorizes San Francisco. Meanwhile, Frank's spirit 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.

REVIEWS:
“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

Night Songs
Novel  Adult Fiction  Trade Paperback/E-Book  ISBN: ISBN: 9780595188390

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 omniously 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 cannot, 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 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 are their Night Songs!

REVIEWS:
"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, Tracy’s Book Reviews

"This is the second book that I have reviewed by the author, Fred Wiehe and I must say that I am impressed by the growth. The author’s ability has grown considerably with his second novel and I feel that he is now on the brink of claiming his spot on the Horror Hall of Fame. This book captivated me, leaving me with scenes that still linger to this day. Mr. Wiehe has moved his art of writing forward and graduates to the top of the class. I give this book a rating of 5."—Ken Mason, Simegen.com

Starkville
Novel  Adult Fiction  Trade Paperback  ISBN: 9780595179244

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!

REVIEWS:
"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, 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, Simegen.com

Creative Writing: Get Started Writing Fiction
Non-Fiction Instruction Book  Trade Paperback/Kindle E-Book  ISBN: 9781981083930 

You want to write. 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 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 off your writing career. Learn the skills needed to be a successful writer from a creative writing instructor, respected bestselling author, screenwriter, and member of the Horror Writers Association.