The first is Joel Arnold, author of several books including one of his latest, Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse. You might have seen his work in publications such as Weird Tales or on podcast sites such as Pseudopod.org, where you can download several of his short stories for free! Here's the description of Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse:
A man journeys with a pregnant stranger, while unseen aliens deal out punishment from above. A priest's skin oozes a healing elixir. A self-absorbed husband monitors the end of his existence over the internet. A teenager digs through a deep crust of waste and bone to win his freedom. These, plus 5 more stories from Joel Arnold, are your perfect companion as the earth falls apart around you.
Joel lives in Minnesota (also home to the MST3K home, for all you MSTies out there) with his wife and two kids, a dog, cat, rat, and three fish. He also makes a mean coffee cake.
You can check out Joel's book along with several of his other stories on smashwords as well as on amazon.com for the kindle! (Click on the picture above for his amazon page & here for his smashwords page.)
My other author spotlight is a mysterious author known only to me as Stavrogin. Stavrogin's work Ljubljana Witch is a haunting tale of a mystery, dark arts, & zines. There's no way to describe this book any better than the publisher's page does: (click on the picture to be taken to the book's amazon page)
‘Come to Ljubljana. Stay with me forever.
Bermondsey, London: Building sites not building anything, ill-looking grass, five muggings in the same tunnel in the last month. Billy wants out. But how? All he has is a zine that no one reads, and his best friend Jay telling him the harsh reality of things.
But then…an e-mail. From Ljubljana, a place he can’t even spell. ‘Come stay with me forever,’ it tells him.
Weird, but okay, thinks Billy. Why not?
With Jay along for the ride, and others picked up along the way, Billy arrives in Ljubljana and quickly finds that things are a lot stranger than he could’ve possibly imagined. An art commune run by a man in a bear costume. A castle surrounded by continual snow, with ancient gods and 80s board games, famous writers and forbidden rooms.
And Daisy…his beautiful, unpredictable host.
Who is this woman? Why won’t she let him go outside? What’s inside the room at the top of the spiral stairs? And what happens when he can no longer write for her?
Don't forget that you still have time to enter the ebook giveaway for a chance to win a copy of one of Jim Bernheimer's books! (Click here for more info.)