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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Compile Quest

In the year 2036, solar storms batter Earth crippling electrical infrastructures across the globe. Night falls and the ensuing pandemonium claims millions of lives, catapulting the world into chaos.
In the midst of this global turmoil a hero emerges. The altruistic SUN Council intercedes, constructing enormous domes on each continent to protect the world’s population from the radioactive CME’s of the incessant solar storms.
But not everyone makes it to the domes. In an attempt to survive the deadly radiation, hundreds of thousands of people dig into the earth, living in squalor under an oppressive military dictatorship.
Now centuries later, the final stage of the SUN Council’s plan to decimate the world’s population approaches. But as victory glimmers on the horizon, two women from discordant halves of this new world start to unravel the conspiracy.
Ronel is a brand-spanking new indie author. She loves creating fantastical worlds set in the future, the mythical, and the horrific. Translate: She writes science-fiction, fantasy and horror novels.
Her life story is not particularly fascinating, but her love of technology, PC games and writing is. Beside writing, she spends her time slaying rendered baddies in the form of robots, gangsters and aliens - with any weapon that happens to be at hand.
Ronel has published her first science-fiction book, Compile:Quest. She's currently hard at work creating the second book in the Corrupted SUN Script trilogy. When she's not writing, she's gaming, and when she's not gaming she's either sleeping or eating, as these are prerequisites for a continued life on planet Earth.
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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Dark Bites by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon finally delivers what her fans have been craving with Dark Bites: A complete collection of novellas from the world of the Dark-Hunters.Sherrilyn Kenyon takes readers from the Dark-Hunters to the demigods, from Dream-Hunters to demons, and everything in between. Dangerous and exciting, each story is one thrill ride after the next, proving time and again how Sherrilyn has captivated millions of readers worldwide. Now, her fans are invited to go deep into Kenyon’s rich and imaginative world—including stories previously exclusive to her website, and one that was never published before this collection—and experience the heart-racing moments that never stop coming!
The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is proud of her mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger... as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she's found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than thirty million copies of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.

Her books appear regularly at the coveted #1 bestselling spot. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Chronicles of Nick and Beladors. Since 2004, she has placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga.

Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel and her Dark-Hunter novels are now a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins, and her Chronicles of Nick series is adapted by Yen Press. Her Dark-Hunters and Chronicles of Nick series are both soon to be major motion picture releases.
Review: I've only read a few books by Sherrilyn Kenyon before this one, so I was dubious of whether I'd be able to follow the plot lines or not but rather than confusing me, Dark Bites simply made me want to read all of the books that the shorts were linked to. I think these stories were designed to give a more in depth look into some of the favourite characters from Kenyon's novel length books and it made me keen to learn more! I have already purchased a whole bunch which I'm looking forward to reading :) 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Monster Attack Author Interview: Sharon L. Higa

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1. Can you tell me a little about yourself and your work?
I was born in Anaheim, CA but traveled throughout the world with my family. I became fascinated with horror stories at 6 years old and began making up my own stories from the age of nine on. I love horror, but I also write fantasy/action, supernatural thrillers and mystery/dramas.
I was blessed with finding two publishing companies: J Ellington, Ashton Press and Sirens Call Publications who were willing to give my novels and short stories a shot, and the rest is continuing history! *chuckling out loud*
2. Can you please describe your story in Monster Attack? 
My story in Monster Attack, ‘Natures’ Turn’ is about the rest of Earth’s denizens turning on Mankind.  I came up with this story while watching a documentary about the upcoming extinction of elephants and the thought blazed through my mind, “wonder how humans would feel if the tables were turned?”. Thus, the idea for the story was born.
 3. How do you think you would fare against the monster in your story?
I may live a bit longer than most of my fellow humans, but inevitably…..Nature would win out……(I know, I know….bleak ending, but hey, what can I say?) *Wink*
 4. What are you currently working on?
I have just completed an anthology of my own short stories called ‘Horrors & Occupational Hazards’ *see book cover above* which has been released and can be purchased through under my name: Sharon L. Higa and….I have just finished and am in the process of proofing a novel called ‘One Night in the Eternity Of…..’ it is about an Asian Vampire with Narcolepsy. Kind of a dark comedy/action.
 5. Where can people find out more about you?
I have a website: as well as any of my books can be found under my name at Amazon, Createspace, Books-a-million online, and Barnes & Noble online.  My website gives a little more info about myself, my fellow authors and the publishing companies I am involved with.
Monster ebook 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Monster Attack Author Interviews: Shakeem Winn

My name is Shakeem  Winn. I was born in 1974 to a single mother in Brooklyn NY. I'm an avid lover of everything horror, science fiction and fantasy. The Star Wars movies sparked my interest in writing and creating stories. In the late eighties and early nineties, I attended the high school of Art & Design. My majors were cartooning and video media. Unfortunately, I didn't graduate due to poor academics. I dropped out in my senior year and, received my equivalency diploma through a trade school called the Job Corps program. I attended Borough Manhattan Community College and majored in writing. I write and illustrate two comics for the web such as Dunkin Skids and Kasnian Star and the Legacy of Kouros. I also write story blogs such as The Killing Tales of the Chameleon, One Clear Voice and I'am Hamzah, the Lion of Al'musta'aan. You can find all of these stories on my website at

The story Dana in the Monster attack Anthology was originally written and performed as a play for the Tribeca Writer and Performance Playhouse. It's a program created by Mario Giacolone. The program is great. It encourages it's participants to write little one act plays and perform them. I love horror and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to create a story that would surprise and scare the shit out of the audience. However, I didn't want to copy or do something redundant. So, I researched folktales, fairytales and the stories of old to find an antagonist that most of us had forgotten about. I found one in this ten-year old book I had called the "Encyclopedia of Things that Never Were." Within it's pages was a short creature that resembled a man. He was a tiny thing but, he was built like a fire plug with crimson eyes and eagle talons for hands. Even more interesting was the fact that, he wore a cap covered in dry blood. I thought to myself. "Wow. What the Hell is this?" Well. It was called a "Red Cap." It was a creature that was related to the goblin family. Red caps haunted old castles in Ireland and Scotland and, they would dip their caps in the blood of the slain in order to survive. However, I gave the legend a twist. In my story. The Red Cap had a daughter named Dana who used her beauty to lure unsuspecting victims into his lair. I also put the tale in an urban setting to make it more original. Oh. I would fare poorly against a Red Cap. They maybe short but, they have superhuman strength and speed. You couldn't out run a Red Cap. At the moment. I'm working on an animated series based off of the Dunkin Skids web comic as well as the other things I told you about.
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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Monster Attack Author Interview: Stefan Vucak

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  1. Can you please tell me a little bit about yourself and your work?
As a kid, I liked doing things all other kids liked doing – until I discovered books. After that, I was gone, lost in the universes those books opened for me and dreaming of writing my own novel. I had a great time at school, even though English and its convoluted grammar rules did give me some trouble, but those rules gave me a grounding how to write. My first effort was pretty awful and I am glad it will never see the light of day. That thing went through two rewrites, but it still isn’t something I want to share. Call it my training wheels.
 My first successful book, although not perfect, a science fiction work, was presentable and I tried for a long time to break into the traditional publishing market while holding down a demanding job in the IT industry, which kept me very busy. But writing has always been a passion and a drive, and I kept at it in my spare time. When e-book publishing took off, I had a chance to get my books to readers. These days, I am no longer in the IT industry and I spend my time writing, reviewing and being a hardnosed editor. It hasn’t been a bad journey, enabling me to produce eight sci-fi books and five political drama/thriller novels. As long as that fire of creation burns within me, I will keep writing.
  1. Can you please describe your story in Monster Attack?
Hanging around in a bar, Frank meets Dan, a fellow traveler looking for action. A seductive woman approaches them and Frank gets a tingling of warning. Before he can act, she and Dan wander off. Frank forgets the incident, until a few days later, Dan shows up at the bar – an old man, and Frank knows what had happened. Like him, in the act of love, that woman takes some of the life force from ordinary mortals, but she took too much. Frank decides to pay her back in her own coin by taking her life force!
  1. How do you think you think you would fare against the monster featured in your story?
Well, all women take something from a man – and vice versa. As with all thing, there must be a balance in any relationship or one person ends up drained. I know how that feels.
  1. What are you currently working on?
I have just finished a political drama/thriller novel ‘Proportional Response’. The Chinese populist faction, the Tuanpai, plan to trigger a global disaster that will devastate America. In the aftermath, the FBI identifies China as the culprit, but don’t know if this was a rogue operation or a government plot. Fearful of American retaliation, China invites U.S. investigators to find that proof. Under a cloud of mutual suspicion, America readies itself for a military confrontation. The effort has left me somewhat drained and I am taking some time off to recharge. I have a few ideas for my next novel and I need to decide which one I want to nourish.
  1. Where can people find out more about you?
Monster ebook 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Monster Attack Author Interviews: Vered Ehsani

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1. ​ Can you please tell me a little bit about yourself and your work?
​I'm culturally confused: born in South Africa, raised in Canada and (for the past 14 years) living in Kenya . Writing helps ease the confusion. While I'm an engineer and environmental consultant by profession, I'm a storyteller by passion. Most of my books include diverse cultures and a paranormal aspect. The diverse culture part I understand, but I'm not sure what a fixation on the supernatural says about me; my two kids sometimes worry about that. ​
2. ​Can you please describe your story in Monster Attack?
​The Shongololo is extracted from the first book in The Society series, "Ghosts of Tsavo" (release date: early 2015). While out on a lion hunt, paranormal investigator Miss Bee wakes up to find a supernaturally enhanced shongololo (giant millipede) hovering above her face. She's not too impressed with the sight, and when her dead husband floats through the tent wall, that only aggravates her further. ​

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​3. ​How do you think you think you would fare against the monster featured in your story?
​Fairly well, as I know the trick to dealing with such beasts: a handful of cinnamon. That spice also works wonders against ants, by the way.
4. What are you currently working on?
​The fourth book in The Society series: 
A​rmed with Victorian etiquette, a fully loaded walking stick and a dead husband, Beatrice Knight arrives in colonial Kenya desperate for a pot of tea and a pinch of cinnamon.But she’ll need more than that if she’s to ​survive all the paranormal and supernatural creatures that await her. What is a ghost-chasing widow to do?
Think “Pride & Prejudice” meets “The Parasol Protectorate” in an “Out of Africa” setting 

​5. Where can people find out more about you?
​You can visit me and ​my​ world at​;​ ​while you're there, pick up a free book ​about African paranormals and supernatural creatures.​ You never know when that information might come in handy.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Monster Attack Author Interviews: Alex Winck

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1. Can you please tell me a bit about yourself and your work?
I´m a Brazilian nerd who grew up in the eighties, which means I was a nerd long before it became cool, and with even less opportunities to make money out of it. I´ve loved comic books, science fiction, fantasy and horror since I can remember, and I´ve dreamed for a long time to write that stuff. I studied journalism in college because it was the most viable way to make a career out of writing, and it was an opportunity to learn a lot about a variety of subjects, while still trying to nurture my dream of becoming a fiction writer. By pure dumb luck, I got a spellchecking job at a company that published educational comic books for children, distributed for free at schools. Since I remembered loving cartoons, Disney comics and also Monica´s Gang - a highly popular comic book lineup for kids in Brazil, a pop culture icon here -, I took a shot at writing it, and ended up writing almost 100 issues of ir, with one million copies being distributed monthly. I still write some institutional and educational material, but lately I´ve focused more on my author´s work. I edit and write for the online comic book and short story anthology "Tales From The Absurd", devoted to horror, fantasy and sci-fi, recently had my first printed comic book horror story in the "Sinister Tales" anthology. I also have a script for a sci-fi/action thriller, an animated pilot, and a children´s book that´s close to getting a publishing deal in Brazil.

2. Can you tell me about your story in Monster Attack?
My idea was to write a zombie survival story from a completely different than usual perspective. Instead of a character who loved the person who became a zombie and agonized about shooting their brains out, or a lone survivor seeking to cure the plague, what if that lone survivor were actually a terrible person that hated everyone around him?

.3. How do you think you would fare against the monster in your story?
Well, I´d say the real monster in my story is the human being, but he´s good with a shotgun and sharp objects, so I´d still be in disadvantage.

4. What are you currently working on?
I´m about to finish a new issue of "Tales", also putting together three issues in English for Comxology, which recently approved our content for online selling, We´ll also offer the Portuguese and English versions along with other content as an online subscription system similar to Netflix. I´ll also be recording narrations for Creepypastas I wrote to upload on Youtube, plus writing comic book scripts and short stories to submit to various anthologies. I may also soon work as an actor for an independent horror short film that will be uploaded on YT as well.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Unleash the Undead Author Interviews: Rob Shepherd

1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself and your work?
My name is Rob Shepherd. I have been writing seriously for the last 10 years or so, firstly in a self publishing capacity then latterly under publishers Stanhopebooks. So far I have four books available: Life With Boris Karloff!, Sofiah, Stripped Unconsciousness and my latest book The Grays Anatomy. I don't have a cemented genre that I write in, the genre is dictated by whatever direction each story/book takes as I write it. The characters themselves and circumstances drive the direction and thus the genre more than I do. I tend to be the ringmaster sitting on the roller-coaster going along for the ride until the characters need help onto the next one. However my heart is probably more rooted into dark fiction/fantasy and horror. I grew up with books by Clive Barker, Stephen King as well as classic authors such as Dickens, Poe, H.G. Wells and Joules Vergne. As well as watching films and tv based on their works along with old favourites such as Hammer Horror. These have been the biggest influences on my writing than anything or anybody else.

2. Can you tell me about your story in Unleash the Undead?
My story: Don't Cry, is essentially a love story. Albeit in the most inappropriate environment. It is about what we as people are or would be prepared to go through, what we would do, how far we would go, what lengths we would go to, for the the ones we love. Even if those things involve the most unimaginable, heinous, terrible and unbearable choices and options. Don't Cry revolves around a young couple by the name of Jacob and Sandy Merhedoch who find themselves in an apocalyptic environment and yet are defiant in their determination to be loyal and true to the vows they made on their wedding day, no matter what. Even in the face of the impossible that now greets them in the shape of this new terrible age of the undead. I would like to say more but that would give it away. 

3. How do you think you would fare in the zombie apocalypse?
I think I would fair OK in a zombie apocalypse. We tend to have plenty of water in the fridge etc and lots of long life supplies at any given time. I also know where to get zombie destroying weapons from and how to make some up if it came to it. After my training watching many a zombie film from George A. Romero's Night of The Living Dead, through to The Walking Dead and everything in between, I think I would be able to have it covered, in the immediate future any way. As for the long term, well, who knows. But we do have the grumpiest and thus deadliest cat in the world. Given their apparent effect on the ancient Egyptians and The Mummies, after all, they are Gods and Guardians of the Gates of Hell according to ancient mythology. It would be worth a shot. Jinx is terrifying after all. just ask our dog Ethel. But ultimately there is only one way we will find out if we would be any good, right?

4. What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on some more short stories for anthologies, such as one for one of Kevin Hall's new anthologies and as well, of course, one for your own lovely self. I am also about to start work in the new year, on a script for a feature film from my good friend, director Gary Spate at Invicta Films. However that is as much as I can say right now, on pain of zombie death and all that. And finally I am working on new works to go in a future book of short stories but my most pressing concern is continuing work on my debut Novel, tentatively given the working title "Albatross", which I hope to have a first draft manuscript complete within the next 12 months or so. All being well, hopefully a bit earlier if I get a good run with it. I am also open to book & blog tours etc and any signings if people want. Just contact me on any of the above if interested.

5. Where can people find out more about you?
People can find me on: Facebook:
                                    : Twitter: @rob_shepherd
                                    : Web: (although I am still trying to update the website as and when I can)
You can also find me on :Google+ :via my publisher at
and also by email at:

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Unleash the Undead Author Interviews: J.L.Drake

1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself and your work?
I'm originally from Nova Scotia, Canada moved to LA roughly eight years ago. I started writing when I heard a friend self published a book on Amazon. Something clicked inside and fourteen months later I was uploading What Lurks in the Dark to amazon and kindle.

I've always been interested in suspenseful reads, I'm a huge fan of James Patterson and I'm huge fan of erotica novels so I decided to combine the two. Mind you What Lurks in the Dark is much tamer than the other ones coming.

Samie asked me to participate in Zombie Anthony, it's not my genre and knew nothing about zombies but it perked my interested. Two weeks later Bunker 219 was finished. It's not the typical blood and gore but it was my version of how I'd like to read a zombie story. 
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 2. Can you please describe your story in Unleash the Undead?
Bunker 219 is about a woman Abby who lives her quiet little life in California. She has a good job and a "loving" fiancé. One day Abby's bother is handed a piece of evidence that gets him into trouble. He goes missing, making his friend Hudson go looking for him. Hudson asks Abby for help which sends them on a suspenseful journey into an under ground bunker where they find themselves in a heap of trouble. They get separated, interrogated and get held in flesh covered rooms. They fight like hell to get out, and when they do things don't go exactly as planned. 
3. How do you think you think you would fare in the zombie apocalypse?
"Peace out!" I'd off myself, I couldn't deal. 
4. What are you currently working on?
I just finished my first trilogy called Broken that should be released in January and am currently writing the follow up novel to What Lurks in the Dark. 
5. Where can people find out more about you?
You can find me at:
Instagram @jldrake
Twitter @jodildrake_j What Lurks in the Dark Unleash the Undead

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Unleash the Undead Author Interviews: Matias Andres Bravo Jara

Can you please tell me a little bit about yourself and your work?
My name is Matias Andres Bravo Jara and I'm a 28 year old swedish chilean that loves to travel. This time around I've been on the road for nearly a year and I'm currently residing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Whenever I'm not jumping from city to city, country to country, I take my time to sit down and write and read. I love everything about the creative work of writing and my biggest dream is to be able to reach people all around the world with my words. My favorite topic has always been struggling people in situations that will either make or break them, I think there's a unknown and very powerful element that surface whenever we're pushed to the limit.
Can you please describe your story in Unleash the Undead?
My story in the Unleash the Undead-anthology is my very first story in English and I'm very pleased that it made the book. "The Room" is about a couple taking refuge during a Zombie-outbreak. I played around with the thought of having your loved ones turning dangerous and the dilemma that comes with it, how quickly will one discard the past to survive the present?
How do you think you think you would fare in the zombie apocalypse?
I think I would do pretty good in a Zombie-outbreak. I would quickly find shelter and stay away from big groups of survivors to minimize the human factor. I'm in good shape too but I don't think I'm very good with guns, my aim would definitely get me in some trouble! An axe or sword would probably be my choice of weapon. 

I've also seen a ton of Zombie movies so I got some inside information on how to battle the undead!
What are you currently working on?
I've been studying and working on my craft head-on this year, studying a creative writing course and also freelancing while on the road. I got a couple of good ideas for a novel that I want to focus on during 2015 and I'm very exited to get started on a longer project.
Where can people find out more about you?
I am a ghost in this whole internet-thing right now. My webpage is down and I try to limit the distractions in my daily life. If you want to know more about me I suggest you try to track me down in either Cambodia, Thailand or India. Or South America. Might be heading to Barcelona though. The Caribbean could also be a good place to look after me. Oh, there's just so much to see, love it!
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Unleash the Undead Author Interviews: B.S. Purwanda

 1. Can you please tell me a little bit about yourself and your work?
In literary world, you can find me with the name "B.S. Purwanda". The history of that name is not short. I had changed my pen names for times. But finally I thought about why don't I be my own self? So I chose to simplify 2-first words of my real name initially. After deciding that pen name, I thought and shouted so loud by myself, hey, that's cool!
My works mostly are short stories, novels, and poems. Majority of them are done for fulfilling the requirements of writing competitions. Unfortunately, only a little of them are compiled in books. Only a little of them are succeeded to be published, from short stories list, I worked for "Tutur Mawar" (A Rose Told) in "Karena Kau Lindungiku" (Because of Your Protections), the winners' short stories compilation book. From poems, you can find my work titled "Infected" in "Unleash the Undead" compilation book. And my first-published novel titled "Kanvas" (Canvas) is under publication process, will be published commonly in 2015.  
2. Can you please describe your story in Unleash the Undead?
In "Unleash the Undead" compilation book, I wrote a poem titled "Infected". The main inspiration was zombie who usually brings the deathly diseases for human, and I was the infected one. When I wrote that poem, I felt like when the diseases changed my body, my fitness, my thought, my mind, and my desires. Then, voila, "Infected" was done.
3. How do you think you think you would fare in the zombie apocalypse?
Ah, I can't imagine that. But I swear, whoever they are, zombies are cool. They still walk although they're dead, and they always be, they always will.
4. What are you currently working on?
I am working for novels and participating some writing competitions currently. 
5. Where can people find out more about you?
You can visit my own literary blog on; and follow me on Twitter: @bintangespe. Enjoy that all, and see you there! :)


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Unleash the Undead Author Interviews: Kevin Hall

1.Can you please tell me a little bit about yourself and your work?
My name is Kevin Hall and I have several short stories published and a collection of short horror stories called Thirteen out now. I love writing and my favourite genre is horror, although I do like sci-fi and fantasy as well. I am a big Doctor Who fan too and a big Nintendo gamer. I am a Telesales Agent and I am doing a Games Designer course in my spare time and have a radio show called Kevin Hall’s Movie Moments on every Sunday, so it’s safe to say I am pretty busy! But a good and happy busy!
 2.Can you please describe your story in Unleash the Undead?
It’s called Feast For The Dead and I hope you and others like it! It’s about Adam, who thinks he is the last boy on Earth after a zombie apocalypse wipes almost everyone out. That is, until he finds a message in a bottle from a mysterious person called “E”, who claims to have a cure and a Safe Haven for all of humankind. My zombies are called Rads and vary from the frightfully fast to the slow and shambling, and the first Rad, Carl, is a big menacing threat throughout the story! He’s intelligent and the first of his kind but more are on the way.
 3.How do you think you think you would fare in the zombie apocalypse?
Not too badly I think. I’ve seen that many films and read stories that could prepare myself for one. If I stocked up on food and weapons I would be fine. A large sword and armoured car would be all I need! Oh, and companions of course, if I could trust them!
4.What are you currently working on?
Thirteen 2 should be out for Christmas all going well, and I am beavering away on my first full horror novel Ravens Edge, about a small Scottish town full of vampires and demons. Oh, and other short stories in the pipeline including one for your awesome Monster Anthology.
5.Where can people find out more about you?
You can find me on Facebook: