The Confessional

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Altar Boy Reinhold Commons Webster was an innocent child—scholarly, devout—whose trials and tribulations weighed heavily upon him. He continually prayed for deliverance, but in the end, only Lucifer answered.

WINNER: Literary Titan Book Awards - Gold Medal

The Websters were devout Catholics who, like all the families within their parish, stood steadfastly in service of the church. They even prayed that their only son, Reinhold, would one day become a priest. When he became an Altar Server, it seemed as if their dream might come true.

Yet deep within the church lay secrets too painful to consider, too scary to fathom—a horror too excruciating for anyone to dare seek give it an audience.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a short story with a peerless message, based on true events—an execrable horror parable that will take the reader into the darkest corners of the mind, where fictional events may be just a bit too real for comfort. [DRM-Free]

INCLUDES a special sneak preview of A.K. Kuykendall's horror novel, The Possession.

Books by A.K. Kuykendall:

  • "The Confessional" (A Short Story)
  • Writer's Bock – Book 1: "The Possession"
  • Conspirator's Odyssey – Book 1: "Imperium Heirs" (Coming Fall 2019)

More Great Horror Fiction from Evolved Publishing:

  • The "Lorestalker" Series by J.P. Barnett
  • "Godsknife: Revolt" by Timothy C. Ward
  • The "Zombie West" Trilogy by Angela Scott

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About the author

A.K. KUYKENDALL was born in Albany, Georgia, but grew up as a military brat on the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), and later at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is married to Magdiel Kuykendall (the love of his life) and, together, they are the proud parents of three sons—Felix, Kal-El, and Jor-El—two of whom are legally named after the Kryptonian House of El due to the author’s affinity for the story of Superman. He’s a corporate executive chef by trade, but his true passion in life is writing thought-provoking novels that blend the concepts of fact and fiction.

His writing career has been heavily inspired and influenced by Rod Serling and his classic ‘60s television series, The Twilight Zone, and by The Mercury Theatre’s October 30, 1938 broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio. He was then and still is wholly enthralled with the way these two examples showcased ordinary people in extraordinary situations. He especially loved the remarkable plot twists common to The Twilight Zone stories, and the fright manifested by H.G. Wells.

When he’s not writing, he finds comfort in heading out to the golf course with his son and golf partner, Jor-El, where they altogether embarrass themselves on the fairway. He both creates and resides in Ruskin, Florida.

To view his complete biography, please visit his website, where “truth reads through fiction.”

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Publisher
Evolved Publishing LLC
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Published on
Mar 7, 2019
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Pages
62
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ISBN
9781622533565
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Religious
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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This content is DRM free.
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SCREAMSCAPES: TALES OF TERROR is a collection of uniquely twisted tales designed to delight fans of modern horror.

Razor-sharp scares and TALES FROM THE CRYPT-style mayhem lurk within these dark stories of possession, obsession, deception and revenge...this is one collection you don't want to miss!

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When a band of westward pioneers - lost, starving, and desperate -stumbles upon an unlikely oasis in the middle of a barren prairie, Micah wonders if his family has finally caught a lucky break...or does this new Garden of Eden hide a forgotten terror behind a veil of earthly delights?

Curtains for Love

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Gertrude

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"Well, I have a symbiotic twin named Gertrude. She lives in a small cavity under my ribcage, next to my spleen. If I lie still in bed at night, I can hear her. I think she might be crying."
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Black Door

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Nose Hears

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THIS COLLECTION INCLUDES:

Crawlspace
Fooling around on your wife can be hazardous to your health.
Jusk ask Tom. He's a man with a lot to juggle: a frustrated wife, a secret new girlfriend, and the unpleasant task of trying to keep his deteriorating vintage farmhouse from falling down around him. Now with his wife out of town for the week, Tom is eager to get busy under the covers with his beautiful new lover - but first there's something he has to finish up in...the Crawlspace.

Whatever Possessed You?
A strange encounter and a cryptic message leaves Gerard Faust a
changed man. Now a novel he can't remember writing is burning up the sales
charts, but is something other than his own talent lurking within?

ArborEATum
When a band of westward pioneers - lost, starving, and desperate -
stumbles upon an unlikely oasis in the middle of a barren prairie, Micah
wonders if his family has finally caught a lucky break...or does this new
Garden of Eden hide a forgotten terror behind a veil of earthly delights?
Curtains for Love
When Claire and James move into a beautiful Victorian home
together, she soon discovers that he is being seduced by a secret from his
past, one thought buried long ago.

Gertrude
"Tell me something interesting about yourself."
"Well, I have a symbiotic twin named Gertrude. She lives in a
small cavity under my ribcage, next to my spleen. If I lie still in bed at
night, I can hear her. I think she might be crying."
So begins this short twisted tale where an obvious lie faces off
with the truth.

Black Door
William and his brothers are on their way to summer camp. But when
a wrong turn leads them to an abandoned campground, things start to get weird
in this nail-biting and suspenseful short story.

The Mole People Beneath the City
Late at night in the subway, a little girl and her father wait for
a train that runs deep beneath New York City. It will be a ride they never
forget.
Pay Back
Stephen Hill has been heaping abuse on poor Joe King since second
grade. Now they're grown men with nothing in common, and Joe still patiently endures Stephen's unrelenting ridicule. But when friendship is only a matter of perspective, PAY BACK might be just around the corner in this irreverent and darkly humorous tale of revenge.

Nose Hears
A man thinks he might be losing his mind when he starts to hear voices
inside of his nose.
The Package When a world-famous personality discovers there's a way to enlarge
his "package" to become the world's biggest, he finds it an opportunity too enormous to resist.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It—publishing just as the second part of It, the movie, lands in theaters.

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
One of the most beloved and bestselling novels of spiritual adventure ever published, Ishmael has earned a passionate following among readers and critics alike. This special twenty-fifth anniversary edition features a new foreword and afterword by the author, as well as an excerpt from My Ishmael.

TEACHER SEEKS PUPIL.
Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.

It was just a three-line ad in the personals section, but it launched the adventure of a lifetime.

So begins an utterly unique and captivating novel. In Ishmael, which received the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship for the best work of fiction offering positive solutions to global problems, Daniel Quinn parses humanity’s origins and its relationship with nature, in search of an answer to this challenging question: How can we save the world from ourselves?
 
Praise for Ishmael

“As suspenseful, inventive, and socially urgent as any fiction or nonfiction you are likely to read this or any other year.”—The Austin Chronicle

“Before we’re halfway through this slim book . . . we’re in [Daniel Quinn’s] grip, we want Ishmael to teach us how to save the planet from ourselves. We want to change our lives.”—The Washington Post

“Arthur Koestler, in an essay in which he wondered whether mankind would go the way of the dinosaur, formulated what he called the Dinosaur’s Prayer: ‘Lord, a little more time!’ Ishmael does its bit to answer that prayer and may just possibly have bought us all a little more time.”—Los Angeles Times
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