That Merciless Truth: A Scary Tale of Goldilocks and the Mummy

The Scary Tales

Book 5
StoneGate Ink
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As the Scary Tales saga continues, Snow White’s gruesome army of zombies and monsters invades the Ascendio Kingdom. One kingdom has already perished. Snow’s curse has claimed thousands of victims.

Our heroes face their darkest hour. Snow’s Creeper Queen has left Queen Adara crippled and stranded in a remote forest. The dwarf Grouchy and his companions are now prisoners of the pirate Mullmin, a former gypsy who shares a horrific past with the dwarf Dim. Their only hope is Grouchy’s estranged father and his mysterious companion Goldenlocks, a female dwarf with ancient and horrifying origins.

Meanwhile, Adara fights her way through the blighted landscape and learns more about Snow’s tragic past—and about her terrifying plans for the Ascendio Kingdom. But as Adara’s bond with the cursed Snow intensifies, how much longer before Snow’s madness consumes the Queen once and for all?

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About the author

Rob E. Boley grew up in Enon, Ohio, a little town with a big Indian mound. He later earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. His fiction has appeared in several markets, including A cappella Zoo, Pseudopod, Necrotic Tissue, and Best New Werewolf Tales. He lives with his daughter in Dayton, where he works for his alma mater.

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StoneGate Ink
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Oct 31, 2015
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9781624821509
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English
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Fiction / Black Humor
Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Fiction / Fantasy / Humorous
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Humorous
Fiction / Mashups
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Juvenile Fiction / Horror & Ghost Stories
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The zombie sequel to Snow White begins where the classic fairy tale ends, with the Prince’s kiss waking Snow from her cursed slumber. Snow wakes up, but she doesn’t wake up right. 

Now a deranged zombie, Snow infects both the Prince and the seven dwarfs’ leader. That leaves the young dwarf Grouchy, who is secretly in love with Snow, to find a cure for her malicious curse. So begins an epic journey that pits the lovesick Grouchy against dwarf-hating human soldiers, Snow’s ever-growing zombie horde, and his own bad temper. 

But when Grouchy and his motley crew of survivors escape Snow’s clutches and seek refuge in a nearby human village, he soon finds that her affliction has spread faster and further then he ever could have imagined. Snow is hell-bent on spreading her horrid curse across the land, and it’s up to Grouchy to stop her before it’s too late.

For fans of horror, dark comedy, horror comedy, dark fantasy, zombies, and mashups such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter; Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters; Little Women and Werewolves; Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter; Henry VIII: Wolfman; Jane Slayre, Cameron Jace, Insanity Series.

REVIEWS:

“Part delicious dream, part nightmare, That Risen Snow is an aberrant fairytale that is just as much a horror story. Boley has a knack for dark comedy and witty prose, and he blends it with a nearly-hardboiled voice uncharacteristic of (and therefore pleasantly unique in) dark fantasy fiction. It’s a story you’ll want to tear ass through but will equally want to slow down for, so you can savor the prose.” 

—Brady Allen, author of Back Roads & Frontal Lobes

“In 1912, the Brothers Grimm published an old German fairy tale they titled Snow White. Little did they know that a guy named Rob Boley would come along a hundred years later to reveal the ‘true’ and adult story of Ms. White, or ‘Snow’ as she was known in real life… No one could have possibly foreseen what would become of Snow in the hands of a diabolical, maniacal imagination like Boley’s… Such a nice boy… with such a fevered mind. Read this with the lights on and a baseball bat or shotgun handy… you’re gonna be glad you did. This is a Snow White you ain’t gonna find in the middle school library… Get it, read it, and try to keep the screaming down.”

—Les Edgerton, author of Hooked, Just Like That, and The Bitch

“That Risen Snow and That Wicked Apple make a deliciously diabolical tale—part Walking Dead, part turned-on-its-ear fairy tale. Rob Boley strikes the perfect balance of depth, drama, and dark humor to keep readers devouring the pages and leave them hungering for more.”

—Linda Gerber, author of the Death by Bikini Mysteries

Note: THAT RISEN SNOW (The Scary Tales Book 1) is currently free!

THAT WICKED APPLE (The Scary Tales Book 2)
As the Scary Tales saga continues, Grouchy the dwarf and his motley crew of survivors find the human village of Abundance overrun with Snow’s zombies. Grouchy gains an unlikely partner in the treacherous Queen Adara, who gave his beloved Snow that wicked apple. Adara agrees to help Grouchy in his quest to find a cure, but only to serve her own devious plans.

The apple that transformed Snow into a zombie has now grown into a cursed tree. Destroying it may be Grouchy’s only chance to cure his true love. But first, he must escape Abundance and face the resurrected Prince Mikael, who thanks to Snow is now more powerful than ever.

Except the Prince, Snow, and her apple are only the beginning. Grouchy and Adara soon learn that Snow isn’t merely a rabid monster. Grouchy’s beloved Snowflake is controlling her fellow zombies and manipulating them for her own dark ends. To make matters worse, the curse that empowers Snow continues to grow stronger—and more unpredictable.

For fans of horror, dark comedy, horror comedy, dark fantasy, zombies, and mashups such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter; Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters; Little Women and Werewolves; Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter; Henry VIII: Wolfman; Jane Slayre.

REVIEWS:
“Part delicious dream, part nightmare, That Risen Snow is an aberrant fairytale that is just as much a horror story. Boley has a knack for dark comedy and witty prose, and he blends it with a nearly-hardboiled voice uncharacteristic of (and therefore pleasantly unique in) dark fantasy fiction. It’s a story you’ll want to tear ass through but will equally want to slow down for, so you can savor the prose.”
—Brady Allen, author of Back Roads & Frontal Lobes


“In 1912, the Brothers Grimm published an old German fairy tale they titled Snow White. Little did they know that a guy named Rob Boley would come along a hundred years later to reveal the ‘true’ and adult story of Ms. White, or ‘Snow’ as she was known in real life… No one could have possibly foreseen what would become of Snow in the hands of a diabolical, maniacal imagination like Boley’s… Such a nice boy… with such a fevered mind. Read this with the lights on and a baseball bat or shotgun handy… you’re gonna be glad you did. This is a Snow White you ain’t gonna find in the middle school library… Get it, read it, and try to keep the screaming down.”
—Les Edgerton, author of Hooked, Just Like That, and The Bitch


“That Risen Snow and That Wicked Apple make a deliciously diabolical tale—part Walking Dead, part turned-on-its-ear fairy tale. Rob Boley strikes the perfect balance of depth, drama, and dark humor to keep readers devouring the pages and leave them hungering for more.”
—Linda Gerber, author of the Death by Bikini Mysteries

For fans of Charlaine Harris, Joe Hill, and Dean Koonz

My name is Ruby Kennedy; I was seventeen - years old when I was killed by a vampire. Here is my story:I live in Mammoth Lakes, California; it was December and I was so happy about Christmas. I was on winter break from school and I tried to snowboard as much as I could with my friends Alain and Laura.I put my boots on along with my winter coat, hat, ear muffs and gloves. My snowboard was outside the house. Suddenly, I thought I heard someone walking behind me. “Alain is that you?” I asked when I spotted someone walking towards me.It wasn't Alain. “Hello there, you look like you need help carrying some stuff,” The stranger said with a smile on his face. I have never seen this boy before he looked about my age, 5'11”, slim, short platinum blond hair and black eyes; he was wearing a brown t-shirt with the words 'blood is thicker than water' all in red color, weird.Wait a minute it's something weirder than that; he wasn't wearing winter clothes, no jacket, scarf, gloves, hat, or boots?“My name is Lucas,” he said. His deep voice made me feel uncomfortable. “I saw you struggling and decided to come and help you if that's okay with you.”“Why aren't you wearing any warm clothes?” I asked staring at his outfit.“I am not wearing any warm clothes because I don't get cold,” he answered while walking behind my back. He got closer to me and started taking my jacket off. I dropped my snowboard and ran as fast as I could, but my boots were too heavy.“It is okay to run your blood will be warmer when I drink it!”
Not all fairytales are about beautiful princesses and dashing princes. Some are about the corpses living below our very feet....

Reviewer Tyler Quevedo says of "The Balderdash Saga" series: "I originally read the story on my own first, not sure how dark the subject matter would be for young children with a story about an undead princess, but quickly my mind was put to ease as the story progressed. It covers all sorts of great topics that I value in a good story for children (and adults): Morality, Integrity, Loyalty, adventure, a small dash of romance, and most of all imagination. The vocabulary wasn't too difficult for the kids, and yet there were still occasional words along the way that needed explanation, further broadening their horizons as future book connoisseurs. ... If you're looking for a short read with great life lessons and core values for a budding adult, I'd recommend this book!"

Princess Scarlet is on a journey to find true love, but a malevolent force, Maleer, is in the process of dethroning her father, King Hurlock. Maleer intends to rule the underground kingdom of Balderdash, build an army, and break through the ground to invade the land of the living.

As Scarlet runs out of options to save those that matter most, she is forced to make decisions that will determine the fate of her entire kingdom.

From Mother Daughter Book Reviews: "The Underground Princess is a fabulous and unique book that completely took me by surprise. It features exceptional writing, relatable characters, and a very clever plot with underlying messages about loyalty, courage, beauty, and love. I highly recommend this book to children ages 6 to 12 as a great read-aloud book or for those interested in reading something with a touch of macabre. This one is definitely a candidate for a Hidden Gem Award by MDBR in the future!"

FINALIST: Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2015 -- Children: Fable

AWARDED: Awesome Indies-Approved

Evolved Publishing presents the first book in "The Balderdash Saga," a series of lower grade fairytales with an always fun, slightly dark edge. [DRM-Free]

Meet many friends, and a couple foes, on your visit to Balderdash. Whether you're searching for true love with Scarlet the Kindhearted Princess, or fighting for honor with Roland the Pirate Knight or Hurlock the Warrior King, there is something for every reader within this coffin tale.

Stories by J.W. Zulauf:

The Balderdash Saga, Book 1: The Underground PrincessThe Balderdash Saga, Book 2: The Prince's PlightThe Balderdash Saga, Book 3: The Shaman's SalvationHurlock the Warrior King - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryRoland the Pirate Knight - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryScarlet the Kindhearted Princess - A Balderdash Saga Short StoryThe Balderdash Saga - Special Edition - A Balderdash Saga Short Story CollectionKingdom in Chains, Book 1: Kingdom in Chains

More Great Books for Kids 6-11 from Evolved Publishing:

Drowning in Fear by Majanka VerstraeteFright Train by Majanka VerstraeteGrave Error by Majanka VerstraeteHouse of Horrors by Majanka VerstraeteThe Clumsy Magician by Majanka VerstraeteThe Doll Maker by Majanka Verstraete

St Andrews is renowned for its ecclesiastical ruins, ancient university and proud distinction as ‘the home of golf’. Some say the town deserves far more recognition for its paranormal activity and links.

In 1911, W.T. Linskill penned the original edition of St Andrews Ghost Stories, of which this is the 4th edition printed in 1921. In this edition he recounts 17 spine-tingling, ghostly stories associated with the historic town in Fife, Scotland. Most seem to have a religious connection to the Cathedral ruins with the ghosts of Priors , Monks, Veiled Nuns and screaming skulls.

In addition to an introductory poem, titled Ghosts and Phantoms, in this volume you will find the stories of:
The Beckoning Monk
The Hauntings And Mysteries Of Lausdree Castle
A Haunted Manor House And The Duel At St Andrews
The Apparition Of The Prior Of Pittenweem
A True Tale Of The Phantom Coach
The Veiled Nun Of St Leonards
The Monk Of St Rule’s Tower
Related By Captain Chester
The Screaming Skull Of Greyfriars
The Spectre Of The Castle
The Smothered Piper Of The West Cliffs
The Beautiful White Lady Of The Haunted Tower
Concerning More Appearances Of The White Lady
A Spiritualistic Seance
The Apparition Of Sir Rodger De Wanklyn
The Bewitched Ermentrude
A Very Peculiar House

The stories of the “White Lady”, first in her haunted tower, and other sightings around St. Andrews are of particular interest. Does the White Lady still haunt St Andrews; when was the last sighting of her? Well you will simply have to visit St Andrews and find out for yourself. If you do visit, be sure to tale the St Andrews Ghost Tour.

We would also like to know if the story of “The Apparition Of Sir Rodger De Wanklyn” was the inspiration for “Nearly Headless Nick”, played by John Cleese, in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter films. Who knows? This maybe a connection that the author wishes to remain a secret.

Oh, and while you’re in Scotland, be sure to visit Nether Lochaber. Why you ask? If you do make it to Nether Lochaber, go to the Fairy Hill, for it is said you may hear the music of fairies with your own ears. But you must go on a fine day……

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a short story by American author Washington Irving.The Story was written while Irving was living abroad in Birmingham, England, and is among the earliest examples of enduring popular American fiction.  The story is set in 1790 in the countryside around the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town (now historical Tarrytown, New York), in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow. A place renowned for its ghosts and haunting atmosphere. The most infamous spectre in the Hollow is the Headless Horseman, said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper who lost his head during a battle of the American Revolutionary War. The tale’s protagonist, Ichabod Crane, is a lanky and extremely superstitious schoolmaster, who competes with Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and only child of wealthy farmer Baltus Van Tassel. The two vie for Katrina's hand, with Brom playing a series of pranks on the jittery schoolmaster. The tension between the three is brought to a head on a placid autumn night, at the harvest party. He dances, partakes in the feast, and listens to ghostly legends told by the locals, but his true aim is to propose to Katrina. His intentions, however, are ill-fated.  After departing the party, Ichabod rides home through the woods with a heavy heart. He passes several haunted spots, until he encounters a cloaked rider at an intersection in a putrid swamp. The teacher is horrified to discover that the rider’s head is not on his shoulders, but on his saddle. Ichabod rides for his life in a frantic race to the bridge, desperately goading his temperamental plow horse to gallop faster. To the pedagogue's horror, the ghoul clambers over the bridge, rears his horse, and hurls his severed head into Ichabod's terrified face. The next morning, Ichabod has mysteriously disappeared from town, leaving Katrina to marry Brom Bones…….
The zombie sequel to Snow White begins where the classic fairy tale ends, with the Prince’s kiss waking Snow from her cursed slumber. Snow wakes up, but she doesn’t wake up right. 

Now a deranged zombie, Snow infects both the Prince and the seven dwarfs’ leader. That leaves the young dwarf Grouchy, who is secretly in love with Snow, to find a cure for her malicious curse. So begins an epic journey that pits the lovesick Grouchy against dwarf-hating human soldiers, Snow’s ever-growing zombie horde, and his own bad temper. 

But when Grouchy and his motley crew of survivors escape Snow’s clutches and seek refuge in a nearby human village, he soon finds that her affliction has spread faster and further then he ever could have imagined. Snow is hell-bent on spreading her horrid curse across the land, and it’s up to Grouchy to stop her before it’s too late.

For fans of horror, dark comedy, horror comedy, dark fantasy, zombies, and mashups such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter; Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters; Little Women and Werewolves; Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter; Henry VIII: Wolfman; Jane Slayre, Cameron Jace, Insanity Series.

REVIEWS:

“Part delicious dream, part nightmare, That Risen Snow is an aberrant fairytale that is just as much a horror story. Boley has a knack for dark comedy and witty prose, and he blends it with a nearly-hardboiled voice uncharacteristic of (and therefore pleasantly unique in) dark fantasy fiction. It’s a story you’ll want to tear ass through but will equally want to slow down for, so you can savor the prose.” 

—Brady Allen, author of Back Roads & Frontal Lobes

“In 1912, the Brothers Grimm published an old German fairy tale they titled Snow White. Little did they know that a guy named Rob Boley would come along a hundred years later to reveal the ‘true’ and adult story of Ms. White, or ‘Snow’ as she was known in real life… No one could have possibly foreseen what would become of Snow in the hands of a diabolical, maniacal imagination like Boley’s… Such a nice boy… with such a fevered mind. Read this with the lights on and a baseball bat or shotgun handy… you’re gonna be glad you did. This is a Snow White you ain’t gonna find in the middle school library… Get it, read it, and try to keep the screaming down.”

—Les Edgerton, author of Hooked, Just Like That, and The Bitch

“That Risen Snow and That Wicked Apple make a deliciously diabolical tale—part Walking Dead, part turned-on-its-ear fairy tale. Rob Boley strikes the perfect balance of depth, drama, and dark humor to keep readers devouring the pages and leave them hungering for more.”

—Linda Gerber, author of the Death by Bikini Mysteries

This box set contains four novels, Scary Tales Series Books 1-4: That Risen Snow, That Wicked Apple, That Ravenous Moon, and That Malicious Storm.

Happily ever after? Not likely. The first four books of The Scary Tales saga introduce a fairy tale of monstrous proportions, the series that Lawrence C. Connolly says “should be required reading for lovers of fantasy and horror.” 

This dark fantasy adventure begins where the classic Snow White fairy tale ends, with the Prince’s kiss waking Snow from her cursed slumber. Snow wakes up, but she doesn’t wake up right.

Now a deranged zombie, Snow amasses an army of rabid monsters, leaving the young dwarf Grouchy—who is secretly in love with Snow—to find a cure for her malicious curse. So begins an epic journey that pits Grouchy and his motley crew of fellow survivors against a growing horde of creatures. To make matters worse, the curse that empowers Snow continues to grow stronger—and more unpredictable. The terrifying drama unfolds in a fantasy landscape populated by mashups of your favorite fairy tale characters and classic horror monsters. 

There’s no better time to catch up on The Scary Tales, which Bram Stoker Award nominee Jerry Gordon describes as, “A deliciously dark companion to the Grimm’s fairy tale. That Risen Snow banishes happily ever after from the start. Walt Disney by way of The Walking Dead.”

The Scary Tales series is for fans of horror, dark fantasy, zombies, and mashups such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter; Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters; Little Women and Werewolves; Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter; Henry VIII: Wolfman; and Jane Slayre.

REVIEWS:
“Part delicious dream, part nightmare, That Risen Snow is an aberrant fairytale that is just as much a horror story. Boley has a knack for dark comedy and witty prose, and he blends it with a nearly-hardboiled voice uncharacteristic of (and therefore pleasantly unique in) dark fantasy fiction. It’s a story you’ll want to tear ass through but will equally want to slow down for, so you can savor the prose.”
—Brady Allen, author of Back Roads & Frontal Lobes


“In 1912, the Brothers Grimm published an old German fairy tale they titled Snow White. Little did they know that a guy named Rob Boley would come along a hundred years later to reveal the ‘true’ and adult story of Ms. White, or ‘Snow’ as she was known in real life… No one could have possibly foreseen what would become of Snow in the hands of a diabolical, maniacal imagination like Boley’s… Such a nice boy… with such a fevered mind. Read this with the lights on and a baseball bat or shotgun handy… you’re gonna be glad you did. This is a Snow White you ain’t gonna find in the middle school library… Get it, read it, and try to keep the screaming down.”
—Les Edgerton, author of Hooked, Just Like That, and The Bitch


“That Risen Snow and That Wicked Apple make a deliciously diabolical tale—part Walking Dead, part turned-on-its-ear fairy tale. Rob Boley strikes the perfect balance of depth, drama, and dark humor to keep readers devouring the pages and leave them hungering for more.”
—Linda Gerber, author of the Death by Bikini Mysteries
 

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