Horror and Suspense on Tap with Bard and Book Writers

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Halloween has come and gone, but the tales of horror and suspense continue at Bard and Book Publishing, an arm of Athanatos Christian Ministries.

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Through the use of stories, we aim to show that the Christian conception of reality is not just a figment of imagination, but actually describes most people's experience of reality.

Halloween has come and gone, but the tales of horror and suspense continue at Bard and Book Publishing, an arm of Athanatos Christian Ministries (ACM).

Authors Jamie Greening, Chris Morrow, Anthony Horvath, and O.J. Wolfsmasher all have titles for your reading pleasure available through the Christian apologetic publisher.

ACM appears ready to defend not just Christianity, but Christianity's conception of reality.

"Through the use of stories, we aim to show that the Christian conception of reality is not just a figment of imagination, but actually describes most people's experience of reality," said Horvath, executive director of the ministry.

“Whether or not readers are willing to admit that only the Christian worldview satisfactorily explains all aspects of human existence – including the darker elements – is something we are willing to leave as a matter between the reader... and God."

In “Jolly Rogers: A Story About Boyhood,” a group of boys and their chance meeting with an old man. All four end up on a time-travel excursion where they experience life as 10 year olds. Greening said he toyed with several plots for the story. In the end, he developed a story that allowed him to reflect what is like growing up at this age.

“I remember that age fondly,” said the Port Orchard, Wash., author. “It is before the onset of adolescents and all of its problems, but at 10 a person is old enough to know what is going on, so there is freedom and independence.”

Wolfsmasher’s e-book, “Zombiez!,” is a black humor take on a zombie apocalypse story revolving around eight seemingly random people who take shelter in a creepy chapel in the middle of the woods. The story reveals the depths of the human condition trying to survive the horrors of a zombie invasion while dealing with of lawsuits, bribery, guns, drugs, marital affairs and other human-induced evils.

In Horvath’s short story “Tastes Like Chicken,” Hannah and Carla, two pretty idealistic young women who are out to do their part in saving the world, one person at a time. Things seem to be looking up for the two when one day, they meet an old man – oppressed by society – who needs their saving. Little do they know that beneath that old man’s endearing behavior is a dark and sinister persona who is ready to pounce on the latest victim.

Morrow’s tale of Midwest horror, “The Devil’s Choir,” centers on Melanie Elarton, a young college student with some unique abilities, and Ari, an investigator with an interesting past. The bulk of the story takes place in present day in a small town in rural Kansas. The tale comes to a head on the night of the town's annual Halloween masquerade ball.

"Sometimes people raise an eyebrow when I tell them I'm a Christian horror writer," says Morrow, "but the truth is that we live in a pretty scary world. And honestly, if there is anyone who should be open to the existence of supernatural evil, it's Christians. The Bible is full of it."

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