Saturday, October 7, 2017

Corporate Cthulhu Needs YOUR Support!

The official KICKSTARTER campaign has begun!

Contribute HERE to help fund this anthology.

Evan Dicken and I collaborated on a 6900 word story called "Esoteric Insurance, Inc." It is one of the tales set to be included in Corporate Cthulu.

Most of the stories are horror, but a few are humorous too. The more money raised, the more stories will be included. 

There are many, many gifts and incentives for making a pledge. Here is one example:

"Pledge $60 or more and you will get:
Signed paperback of Ant Farm Necropolis by Adrian Ludens
Paperback copy of Corporate Cthulhu anthology
PDF/EPUB/MOBI copy of Corporate Cthulhu
Your name in the acknowledgement section (if you wish)"

There are higher dollar options and more economical options; see the LINK for the complete list.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Honest Reviews of The Prison Compendium and The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories

Amazon typically does not allow authors to review anthologies to which they have contributed. With that in mind, here are honest reviews for two more collections that feature my work.

Publisher: EMP Publishing
Editors: Jennifer Word and Kimberly King
Number of stories: 33
Pages: 285
Price: $5.99 Kindle, $14.95 for paperback.
Theme: prison-themed stories, mostly mystery and horror
My story included: a reprint of Solitary Man, in which a penitentiary guard confesses to his comatose son the dark secrets of a famous author held in solitary confinement.

My favorites were: "End A Days" by Kristin Dearborn, "The Flea Jar" by Layla Cummins, "Second Chance" by Tom Larsen, "Swing A Sparrow on a String" by Ken Goldman.

I give it an A-. Only a couple stories that didn't grab me, and a wide variety of interpretations of the theme. You can order a copy here.

Title: The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories
Publisher: Robinson
Editor: Maxim Jakubowski
Number of stories: 37
Pages: 562
Price: $6.99 Kindle, $14.99 for the paperback.
Theme: Jack the Ripper stories

My story included: The Monster's Leather Apron, in which the man responsible for the murders attributed to Jack the Ripper escapes England and resurfaces a decade later in Alaska during the Gold Rush. A fever, a betrayal, and a dash of the supernatural combine to push Edward (aka Jack) to his breaking point.

This is a hefty volume and it took me a long time to finish. I'd read a story here and there, because 37 different interpretations of Jack the Ripper's crimes seemed like it would get stale. (They don't actually.) I'm glad I paced myself because each story really shines. There were only a couple I didn't care for, and one in particular was written in an experimental style that made it tough for me to understand. Most, however, were good to great.

My favorites were numerous. With so many great interpretations, it's difficult to select even a handful. Start with the always amazing Steve Rasnic Tem's Monkeys for a Ripper story unlike any other! I also thoroughly enjoyed the tales by Martin Edwards, Paul Freeman, Nic Martin, K.G. Anderson, William Meikle and Nicky Peacock, among others.

Rating: A
Honored to be included in such a respected series (The Mammoth Book of...) You can --and should-- order a copy here.


Ant Farm Necropolis is HERE!

Eighteen macabre stories and two poems by Adrian Ludens. 

Clive wants to show you around his home, but watch out; it harbors more than just recollections from his bizarre past in "Four Houses Down." 

Those who want insight into Poe's descent into madness prior to his death should pay close attention to "Reynolds' Tale." 

The Idea Man is a retired professional killer who employs a novel method for making the world a better place in "Slay it Forward." 

Jack the Ripper brings mayhem and murder to Alaska during the Gold Rush in "The Monster's Leather Apron." 

Randle has a job he loathes; erasing people from existence in "Death Guiding 350 Horses." 

These characters and many more are waiting inside this new collection from the author of When Bedbugs Bite and Bedtime Stories for Carrion Beetles.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Ant Farm Necropolis Cover Reveal and Pre-Order


18 newly collected stories and 2 poems. Cover art by M. Wayne Miller. Published by A Murder of Storytellers.

Available June 23rd.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017 Anthology Recap

Adrian's third collection, ANT FARM NECROPOLIS, features 18 newly-collected stories and two poems. It was published in late June of 2017 by A Murder of Storytellers.

Includes the following stories:
Four Houses Down (on the Bad Side of Town) / Death Guiding 350 Horses / Reynolds’ Tale / Everyone Wears a Mask / Ant Farm Necropolis (poem) / I Can Do What I Need to in the Dark / Glass Caskets / Slay It Forward / Questions Still Unanswered / The Way It Will Be / Little Hearse on the Prairie / Sprat / Building Condemned / Heart Like an Anchor / Rougher than the Rest / After the Storm (poem) / Storm Cloud Rain, Graveyard Dirt / The Monster’s Leather Apron / Reunited / Sod Webworms.

Order directly from the publisher.
Or from Amazon here.

Zippered Flesh 3

Zippered Flesh 3 is the newest anthology from Smart Rhino Publications. This is Adrian's second appearance in a Smart Rhino anthology. (The first being Insidious Assassins)

Theme: body modification horror

Story included: Reduced to Tears.
Margo lives in a society where people have surgical reductions of their bodies each year of their lives. She meets the man of her dreams but once they start dating, he insults her by asking something unspeakable of her...

Also features fiction from Graham Masterton, William F. Nolan, Jack Ketchum, Billie Sue Mosiman, and many more. Edited by Weldon Burge.

Order Zippered Flesh 2 here!

Ink Stains (Volume 5)

Theme: literary dark fiction

Story included: Always Confined. 
A man who escaped Nazi Germany during World War II receives a gift from a well-meaning relative and instead is forced to relive his harrowing ordeal --and face his darkest secret.

This anthology also features stories by Michael Picco, Paul Tanner, Tiffany Michelle Brown, and many more. The publisher is Dark Alley Press. Edited by N. Apythia Morges.

Blood in the Rain 3

Theme: Erotic vampire fiction

Story included: Erotic, Aquatic.
An amorous couple end up as castaways in a lifeboat in the Black Sea in the middle of the night. But who is the pale stranger in the boat with them and why is he suggesting they undress? What does he want? And what will happen when the sun rises?

This anthology also features steamy vampire fiction from Jordan Monroe, Andrea Dale, Amber Dawn Eris and many more. The publisher is Cwtch Press. Edited by Cecelia Duvalle and Mary Trapanier.

Horror Writers Association: Poetry Showcase IV

Theme: poetry by horror authors

Poem included: The Burial Shroud.
It's the one percent versus the rest of the world in this short poem.

Featuring poetry by Bruce Boston, Stephanie Wytovich, Steve Rasnic Tem, John Palisano, and many more!

Order HWA Poetry Showcase Volume IV here!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New Collection to be published in June!

It's official. I am thrilled to announce my third collection, Ant Farm Necropolis, will be published by A Murder of Storytellers, llc. in June of this year!

A Murder of Storytellers is a small press out of Tulsa, OK. They specialize in horror and dark fiction anthologies. This will be their first single author collection!

The collection will be edited by Adrean Messmer.

I am also excited to announce that M. Wayne Miller has been commissioned to paint original artwork for the cover! I am a big fan of his style, which is vibrant and eye-catching.

Back cover text for Ant Farm Necropolis:

Twenty-one macabre stories and poems by Adrian Ludens. Clive wants to show you around his home, but watch out; it's populated by more than just recollections from his bizarre past in "Four Houses Down, on the Bad Side of Town." Those who want insight into Poe's descent into madness prior to his death should pay close attention to "Reynolds' Tale." The Idea Man is a retired hit man who has a novel idea to make the world a better place in "Slay it Forward." Jack the Ripper brings mayhem and murder to Alaska during the Gold Rush in "The Monster's Leather Apron." Randle has a job he loathes, erasing people from existence in "Death Guiding 350 Horses." These characters and many more are waiting inside this new collection from the author of When Bedbugs Bite and Bedtime Stories for Carrion Beetles.

I have sold stories to A Murder of Storytellers on four previous occasions.

Beyond the Nightlight includes my story, "Methods of Coping" which features a young boy trying to come to terms with his mother's disappearance, and his father's sudden fascination with cooking meat.
The Book of Blasphemous Words reprints my story, "Hero Worship." In it, an impressionable fan and a religious zealot heavy metal singer exchange a series of disturbing emails, leading to grim consequences.
Broken Worlds includes my story, "The Way It Will Be," in which a simple-minded gas station attendant is manipulated into reporting the nightly news. It's all true, but only after he says it.
Now Playing in Theater B includes my story "Four Houses Down, on the Bad Side of Town." In it, a middle-aged man reminisces as he takes a prospective home buyer through his house. The line between truth and lunatic ramblings blurs as the tour unfolds, leading to a sudden and shocking conclusion.

Ant Farm Necropolis will make its debut at SoDak Con 2017.

More updates to follow!
Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Zippered Flesh 3 Kickstarter! Masterton, Ketchum, Nolan and more!

Zippered Flesh 3 horror anthology Kickstarter

Click the link above to check out a super cool trailer for Zippered Flesh 3: Yet More Tales of Body Enhancement Gone Bad!

A fantastic lineup of dark fiction authors is lined up for this anthology, including a trio of legends: Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, and William F. Nolan.

My story, "Reduced to Tears" is also slated for publication... but it will ONLY happen if the publisher reaches their Kickstarter goal to fund this project!

Take a look at MANY incentives and gifts you will get for pledging to this outstanding horror anthology.

Editor Weldon Burge is a pleasure to work with. My story "Slay it Forward" appears in the anthology Insidious Assassins, which he edited. Several of the stories were so engaging I felt as if Death were standing just over my shoulder...

Hmm. Anyway, I hope you'll take a look and consider pledging (don't forget the Thank You gifts)! Every dollar helps!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Novelette "Bottled Spirits" now available!

My brand new standalone novelette, Bottled Spirits, is now available. 58 pages of weird western action and adventure, with threats both supernatural and true-to-life.

Available from Amazon as a Kindle download, you can get Bottled Spirits  for only 99 cents right here!

Later (perhaps in the spring) it will be collected with two other historical horror novelettes in a paperback edition.

"Truman Bonner is used to battling personal demons, but an encounter with a parasitic imp leaves him shaken to the core. He locks the imp in a secret cell beneath Deadwood, hoping never to encounter the evil entity again. Then Truman's wife disappears from their homestead after a late-night argument, and Truman and his son, Isaac, set out to bring her safely home. Confronted by a series of harrowing supernatural ordeals, the trail leads them back to the imp's macabre prison. Casualties mount, innocence is lost, and before the family is reunited, more than one person will have made a deal with the devil."

Additionally, Weldon Burge at Smart Rhino Publications has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a body horror anthology called "Zippered Flesh 3". Check out the trailer and consider pledging HERE!