Visitors at Midnight

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Copyright 2018


“You’ll have to drive through trees,” the lawyer had told him, “a lot of them.” Austin smiled. There they were: rows and rows of Virginian junipers, flanking the road on both sides. It was one thing for his car’s GPS to tell him he was getting nearer to his destination; it was something else entirely to see for himself. Continue reading


Happy New Year, Everybody!

Well, the end of the year is almost upon us, and while I didn’t accomplish everything I set out to do, I’m still happy with how things went for the first year of this site.

I’ve made some great friends, got to share some stories (both here and on Wattpad), and even got feedback on some of my work (some of it positive, some of it negative, ALL of it constructive).

I’d like to thank everyone who’s been reading my work and following this blog. I appreciate all your support and look forward to entertaining you more in 2018.

In the meantime, while I sadly don’t have the next chapter of ‘FROM THE SHADOWS’ ready yet, I thought I’d leave these three links as something of a compensation.

The Sofa in The Lake by Jennifer Hilty: This is fantasy story that starts with, of all things, a mysterious sofa found floating in a lake. From there, the tale goes in quite a few bizarre directions. It’s a quick read, and most important of all, it’s fun.

Life for Life by L.A. Smith: This is another fantasy story, much darker (and shorter) than the one above but no-less-enjoyable. In it, a widow and an ogre join forces to find a missing child, each for very, VERY different reasons.

How To Write A Book in Three Days: Here’s a non-fiction piece I found just this afternoon. I always enjoy reading tips from published authors, whether I’ve read their works or not, and in this page, Mr. Tim Dedopulos shares writing advice from not one but TWO incredibly prolific writers, Michael Moorcock (‘Elric’) and the late Lester Dent (‘Doc Savage’). For anybody out there who, like me, wants to become a novelist, I heartily recommend checking it out.

I hope you all enjoy these as much as I did, and, even more importantly, I hope you all have a great New Year’s.

Free Ebook Link: Arthur Machen’s HIEROGLYHPICS

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Well, I guess I owe anyone still following my blog an explanation.

Needless to say, I missed my ‘late September’ deadline. It turns out that these next few chapters of FROM THE SHADOWS have required more research than I originally anticipated. That said, I’m still working on it and plan to have chapter 4 out soon. I hope the wait will have been worth it, but I guess that’s ultimately up to each of you.

In the meantime, I know that at least some of my followers are aspiring authors like me, so I thought I’d share something I found on Amazon. After all, I owe you all something for how patient you’ve been with me. This is really more of a broad-strokes review as opposed to an in-depth review, but I hope you get something out of it. Continue reading

Book Review: The Compleat Traveller in Black by John Brunner

The Compleat Traveller in Black by [Brunner, John]

Hi everyone,

Eric here, and before I get into my review, I need to share a little update.

When I first started this website earlier in the year, I’d stated that my goal was to upload a new story (or chapter) every three weeks, and I’ve been mostly able to keep up with that schedule…but now things are different.

It’s been two weeks since I uploaded Chapter Three of ‘FROM THE SHADOWS,’ and to be honest, I’m going to need more time to finish Chapter Four. The only way I could get it up by next week would be to rush it and upload something far below my standards (and something you, the reader, probably wouldn’t even enjoy).

So how much more time do I need? Right now, I’m thinking it’ll be sometime in late September. Ideally, I’ll be back to the new-installment-every-three-weeks routine after that. We’ll see.

Anyway, I hope I haven’t let any of you down. I really appreciate you all taking the time to check out my work, and I look forward to being able to share more stories with you later on.

BUT…enough about me. Let’s talk about The Compleat Traveller in Black. Continue reading

From The Shadows III: Shadow Folk

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Welcome to the third chapter of my free, serialized horror novel, From The Shadows. I’d like to apologize for getting this up here a week later than I said I would. Hopefully, the extra wait will have been worth it.


If you’re new to the story, just click HERE to read Chapter One: The Kidnapper.

From The Shadows

Copyright 2017 Eric M. Heiden


Chapter III: Shadow Folk

“Well,” said Frank as he parked, “here we are.”

Sitting in the front passenger seat, Lexi looked at the house they’d be starting in. She played out an imaginary realtor’s pitch in her mind. It’s missing shingles, has termite damage and probably won’t survive a moderate gust of wind, but take a good look around. This place will make you the envy of your neighbors. You’ll never–absolutely never–get a more-affordable opportunity to have the best house in the neighborhood. She narrowed her eyes. It really was the best-looking house here, at least the best she’d seen since they’d pulled into the neighborhood. Continue reading

Book Review: Deadman’s Tome – Monsters Exist

Hi there everyone.

Due to some technical difficulties, the upload schedule for chapter three of From The Shadows has been set back by a week, meaning that instead of being finished and uploaded on the 17th, it’ll be uploaded on the 24th instead (God willing).

While I won’t be able to access my computer for long periods of time this week, I thankfully found enough time to do this little review. I hope you all enjoy it, and I hope you consider giving this ‘tome’ a look.

What would make a serial killer stop dead in his tracks, terrified? What could drive a man to serve the entities that slaughtered his mother when he was a child? What kind of story could you possibly expect to get from the synopsis, “Willy Wonka meets Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son“?

The answers to these and other questions await you in the horror anthology, Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist. Continue reading