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‘Blood Sacrifices’ Delivers A Smorgasbord Of Terror!

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Brian Moreland’s Blood Sacrifices released on April 15th, 2016 by Samhain Publishing. Blood Sacrifices consists of four stories that were originally published as separate eBooks. The stories include The Girl From The Blood Coven, The Witching House, Darkness Rising, and The Vagrants. Brian Moreland delivers a terrifying, gruesome punch with his tales of terror. Of course, all four were well executed and carried me through, whipping me around like a rag doll to the very end. I still had to choose a favorite, and that would be The Witching House. Adventurous thrill seeker Dean Stratton and his girlfriend Sarah Donovan, who is scared of just about everything, set out to explore an abandoned property known as the Blevins House. With rumors of the house having been haunted because of a massacre that took places years earlier, make a perfect place to check out. With another couple, Dean and Sarah take the personal challenge and encounter a creature in the cellar that not only craves a satisfying meal but wants something much, more! The Witching House will satisfy the appetite of any horror fan!


Just like a well-developed horror film, Blood Sacrifices will have you sleeping with your head buried in your pillow with the lights on. Moreland delivers a smorgasbord of horror nostalgia, duplicating the feeling of a well sought out 80’s horror flick! Blood Sacrifices is my first introduction to Moreland’s work, and I am very disappointed that it has taken me this long to discover this author and I will be checking out his other work. Moreland is a very descriptive writer, making it super easy for the reader to find themselves submerged in the writing, his words paint the story. Moreland does not hold his readers captive with typical cliches; instead, he delivers the terror that readers want and deserve. Blood Sacrifices has made me a fan of novellas and short stories; Moreland delivers, and this is a high recommend.

Publication Date: April 15, 2016

Publisher: Samhain

Publication Length: 282 pages.


Official Synopsis:

Some evils require sacrifices.

From the author of Dead of Winter and The Devil’s Woods come four tales of blood-tingling horror:

The Girl from the Blood Coven

In this short prequel to The Witching House, when Abigail Blackwood claims her hippy commune family has been massacred, Sheriff Travis Keagan and his deputies investigate. They discover there’s more than weed smoking going on at Blevins House. Much more.

The Witching House

Sarah Donovan is scared of just about everything, but she helps her adventurous boyfriend investigate the old, abandoned Blevins House, scene of a forty-year-old unsolved massacre. Little do they know the house is hungry for fresh prey…

Darkness Rising

When Marty Weaver encounters three killers who like to play sadistic games with their victims, his own scarred past is unearthed. And when his pain is triggered, blood will flow…and hell will rise.

The Vagrants

Beneath the city of Boston, evil is gathering. While living under a bridge with the homeless, journalist Daniel Finley witnessed something that nearly cost him his sanity. Now, with a book published about the experience, he’s caught between the Irish mafia and a deranged cult preparing to shed blood on the street.

This is a collection of books previously published in digital format.


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Author Brian Moreland

About The Author

Brian Moreland is a best-selling and award-winning author of novels and short stories in the horror and supernatural suspense genre. In 2007, his novel Shadows in the Mist, a Nazi occult thriller set during World War II, won a gold medal for Best Horror Novel in an international contest. The novel went on to be published in Austria and Germany under the title Schattenkrieger.

Shadows in the MistDead of Winter, and The Devil’s Woods are his currently available novels, as well as his Kindle short-story The Girl from the Blood Coven and the novella it led into called The Witching House.  Now, he has released the full-length The Devil’s Woods. His novella, The Vagrants, was released in 2014, and another, Darkness Rising, in 2015.

He loves hiking, kayaking, watching sports, dancing, and making guacamole. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas where he is diligently writing his next horror novel.  When not working on his books or books for other writers, Brian edits documentaries and TV commercials around the globe. He produced a World War II documentary in Normandy, France, and worked at two military bases in Iraq with a film crew.

Brian lives in Dallas, Texas. You can communicate with him online at Official Website, his Dark Lucidity Blog, Twitter, or Facebook.


The Vagrants

Two Books

Praise for Brian Moreland

“For horror fans wanting a healthy dose of the small-town stuff a la Stephen King, be sure to pick up a copy of this (The Girl from the Blood Coven) memorable and frightening short story, a wonderful teaser that will whet your appetite for the main course, The Witching House, where the twisted story continues.” -DarkEva/Hellnotes

” Very much in the tradition of HELL HOUSE, THE WITCHING HOUSE is a creepy, modern turn on the haunted house story.” -Tim Potter 

“Far and away the best new piece of fiction I’ve read this year. With Darkness Rising, Brian Moreland reminded me why he’s one of my two favorite (not King, Laymon, Ketchum…etc.) authors out there (the other being Ronald Malfi). I’m a huge fan of his novel, Shadows in the Mist, but I think this novella rivals it.” -Glenn Rolfe, author of Blood and Rain, on Darkness Rising

“Brian Moreland writes a blend of survival horror and occult mystery that I find impossible to resist. I know, when I’ve got one of his books in my hands, that I’m going to be lost to the world for hours on end. He’s just that good.” -Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Flesh Eaters

“A thrilling, wholly-engrossing read that masterfully crosses multiple genres and leaves the reader breathless. Moreland weaves one hell of a history lesson, rich with brilliant characters and incredible plot twists. Highly recommended!” -Brian Keene, bestselling author of The Last Zombie and Ghoul, on Dead of Winter

“Dead of Winter is an exceptionally well crafted horror novel that tells a gripping story of dark religious doings, a horrific serial killer, and a sympathetic Inspector, in a dark and fascinating historical setting of 19th century Canada. The atmospherics are outstanding and the story offers plenty of surprises right up to its shocking and violent conclusion. Highly recommended.” 
– Douglas Preston,  New York Times bestselling co-author of The Monster of Florence and Cold Vengeance

Brian Moreland’s fiction is taut and spellbinding, often blending varied themes to form a dark genre very much his own.  From his WWII occult thriller Shadows in the Mist, to the haunting chiller The Devil’s Woods, Brian’s work is at once versatile, original, and deeply engaging.” Greg F. Gifune, author of The Bleeding Season

“The Devil’s Woods is an awesome horror novel, filled with nerve-wracking suspense and thrilling action!” – Jeff Strand, author of Wolf Hunt


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