Just another bad day?

They say that there are only seven stories and that Shakespeare wrote them already. Really? I must have missed the one he wrote about a family of circus freaks breeding their own brand of deformities. Or how about that girl who shot half her face off to gain attention that her parents lavished on her brother who it turns out is… Billy? Oh, I know! There was that one where the guy shoots his best friend over a girl, only to find out that it was really him. Well, okay, I’ll give you that one, but only if Romeo and Juliet occupied the same mind.

No ghosts or goblins in those. Fear is most effective when it enters the reader’s comfort zone, what they see every day, their own flesh. A good horror, thriller, or suspense book should have you scared to approach the toaster in the morning, afraid to start your car, terrified to walk on the grass. And God only knows what horrible fate is ready to spring out from under your bed, or through the ceiling vent.

Humanity itself is a breeding ground for terror. It can rip the veil off your complacent life in a single word. Finding out that your husband is really a … or your wife. How about your child? What lurks in your every day relationships, in your household items, at the ball game, or at work?

What do you really know about that nice manager at the grocery story who always helps you load your car? How about your kid’s teachers, your co-workers? How could protect yourself if something went wrong on the train? Is any vacation really safe? Okay, so you’re a trained operative, but you weren’t trained for this one at the hostage SEAL camp. Better yet, what if you wake up some day to a complete societal breakdown?

I don’t want to hear about what has you too scared to turn off the lights at night. Sure, that’s fun but what I’d really like to know about is this. What evil has you frozen in fear in broad daylight? It’s not about what has you biting your nails, it’s about who’s biting them. What’s got you scared?

Bad Day Books


About baddaybooks

Les Denton is the president of Assent Publishing, LLC, and managing editor of Bad Day Books, Assent’s horror, thriller, and suspense imprint. Les founded Assent to bring quality authors and readers together within this evolving book publishing industry. She is excited to be the only publisher to present Assent Academy, the first of its kind, which offers professionally taught marketing, book business curriculum, and customized advice at no charge to our authors throughout their careers with Assent Publishing. Les also writes and surrounds herself in that environment. When ebooks were just starting to heat up the market, a fellow writer approached her with stories of successes in the publishing realm. She recognized this fresh opportunity, an exciting new frontier where authors have more opportunity than ever before. Because of that readers are meeting new authors every day. Having spent the last decade as a knowledge management and technology executive, talent acquisition and motivation were her passion. The time seemed right to start bringing all the energetic imaginative resources she had found together. The result is Assent Publishing, a team of talented editors, artists, and marketing mavens with a splash of technologists. We are navigating an exciting new frontier where authors have more options than ever before. At Assent, the process begins by diligently scouring new material to find the jewels. Once we begin a relationship with an author, they have unparalleled access to resources and guidance that does not end upon publication of their book. As part of every contract, Assent Academy offers marketing and business curriculum and customized advice throughout our authors’ careers. We are dedicated to author success. Because of that readers are able to meet extraordinary new authors. Though she has returned to her native Pittsburgh, PA, Les has lived in varied climates and landscapes throughout the East Coast and Chicago. She is the proud owner of a wiener dog named Theodore who works in the community as a Therapy Dog and serves as the perfect ear for read-aloud editing opinions.
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