From The Shadows II: Surrounded

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Hi all! It’s been three weeks, so welcome to the next chapter of my serialized horror novel, From The Shadows.

Miss Chapter One? Click HERE.

From The Shadows

Copyright 2017 Eric M. Heiden


Chapter II: Surrounded

Mark stared at the man in front of him, a little round-faced man who’d walked up pushing an old shopping cart, a man who had changed the course of Mark’s whole day with just seven words: “I’m picking up for my neighbors too.”

“Reason?” Mark asked before either of the men beside him could respond.

“They asked me to,” the man said. “They all just got over a bug. They’re all exhausted. The household should be registered under ‘Harold Jones.’ Five people are living there.” Mark checked his list. There was a Harold Jones there, and it listed five people, just like the man said. He looked up.


“Got his and mine,” the little man said, handing over two cards.

Mark looked them over, frowning. He showed them to his two companions. Anthony, the younger of the two, tilted his head. Frank, older than both Anthony and Mark by far, raised an eyebrow. Continue reading


Book Review: The Secret of Ventriloquism by Jon Padgett


A train that hasn’t run for 40 years is suddenly on the tracks again, with a sinister new conductor. A foul-mouthed police officer tries to solve the mystery behind inhuman, skeletal corpses that suddenly begin showing up around town. A little boy’s life is threatened by his two older brothers, one of whom died years ago. A lucid dreamer finds his nightmares following him back into the real world.

What kind of book would you think this was based on the above paragraph? If you’re like I was when this showed up in my Amazon recommendations, you’re probably thinking it’s a short story collection, and you’d be right, kind of. After all, that’s exactly how Jon Padgett’s The Secret of Ventriloquism is advertised. The stories can be read in any order you’d like, and each tale can be read on its own.

Ultimately, though, it’s actually not a short story collection; it’s a novel. Continue reading

From The Shadows I: The Kidnapper

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Hi all! Welcome to the first installment of my new story.

A man is trapped in his own apartment by an enigmatic captor, but what starts out as Home Invasion Horror soon goes in a different direction: a bizarre, even-more-terrifying direction.

Enjoy, and as always, if you’d like to be notified when I upload my next story, hit the “Follow” button to the right (or on the bottom of the screen if you’re using a tablet), or follow my Facebook page (here), my Twitter profile (here) or my Google + profile (here).

From The Shadows

Copyright 2017 Eric M. Heiden


Chapter I: The Kidnapper

Out of all the muffled noises Mark heard through the walls of his now pitch black apartment, the howls and screams in the hallway were the first to die down. After that, it was the gunfire and blaring horns outside. After a long while, there was nothing, nothing but the occasional explosion in the distance–so far away they almost sounded like harmless fireworks.

He hadn’t left the apartment once that day; by now it was impossible. His chest grew cold. What had happened to Art; to Shelly, Kyle and Sammie; to his cousins Becca and Bill? Had they survived? Now his entire body grew cold. Whatever was going on might not be confined to just Mark’s town. Had any of his family or friends survived?

An emergency flashlight lay next to Mark on his bed; in his hands was a loaded and chambered Glock pistol. He shook his head. It was an excellent firearm, but did having it really make any difference? In that dark room, his one weapon felt inadequate against whatever had created the Hell on Earth outside. With no electricity, no windows to look through, a door that wouldn’t open and a phone that had broken just last night, he didn’t even know what was going on out there; he had no idea what he was up against. There was another explosion. He gritted his teeth; how long before he found out? Continue reading

The Killer from the Summit


Hi there everyone, I finally have my next story ready to share with the rest of you.

For this one, I wanted to channel my life-long fear of heights into a horror piece. The Result? A tale of six friends, trapped at the edge of a cliff with only one way to escape: outwitting a supernatural predator bent on murdering them.

I’d like to thank my co-worker and climbing enthusiast Russ Hinds for helping me with some of the technical details.

Enjoy, and if you’d like to be notified when I upload my next story, hit the “Follow” button to the right (it may be at the bottom of the screen if you’re using a tablet), or follow my Facebook page (here), my Twitter profile (here) or my Google + profile (here).

The Killer from the Summit

Copyright 2017 Eric M. Heiden


This story is dedicated to Justin Carballo, as loyal a friend as they come and a man who certainly knows his horror.

Alan had never been more terrified.

Emily, hands over her mouth, stood in front of him, staring down at the ring he was holding out. The silence was unbearable. It couldn’t have been more than a few seconds since he’d proposed, but with each of those seconds, he could feel his confidence dying.

You just caught her off guard, he told himself. Give her a minute.

His mental pep talk wasn’t working. Had he rushed things? Was she upset? Had he put her on the spot? Did she feel manipulated?

His throat tightened. Would she–the one he could tell anything to, the one who’d stayed by his side when things were at their worst–even want to speak to him after today?

Emily lowered her hands. Alan’s questions were all about to be answered. Continue reading

In Search of a Skull

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Hi there, everybody. Welcome to my first post and my first story, a psychological thriller about a man racing against the clock to outwit an incarcerated criminal and find a group of missing children. I like to call it “In Search of a Skull”

I’d like to dedicate this tale to Brennan McPherson, a professional author who, even though we only met recently, took time out of his busy schedule to do a line-by-line critique of the first draft. Seriously, how often does that happen? He currently has two books available for purchase. You can find out more by visiting his website.

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In Search of a Skull

Copyright 2017 Eric M. Heiden


In just five minutes, Pete Ryland would be face-to-face with the world’s most notorious kidnapper. He swallowed and opened his briefcase. He hoped he’d be able to hide his disgust. This man had helped take so many children away from their families, and this visit might be the only way to bring them home.

He pulled a legal pad out of the briefcase and set it on the table. Going against his earlier resolve, he began reading through his list one final time. Continue reading