Vlad V. is the author of The Button, Yorick, and Brachman’s Underworld. His novella “The Sleep Artist” was published in Insanity Tales, a collection of dark fiction, in October 2014 (Books & Boos Press). His most recent release is his novella “Float,” published in Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear in October 2015 (Books & Boos Press). His first kids’ book, The Moon is Dead!, was released in January 2015.
Vlad is also the founder and managing editor of The Storyside, a publishing collaborative dedicated to bringing the best in independent fiction to the market.
He is an editor, publishing consultant, freelance writer, and former newspaper correspondent for the Lowell Sun and Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise. Learn more about Vlad at www.vladwrites.com.
His books are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple and Smashwords.com, as well as most bookstores.
When Pete and Gary Godfrey stumble upon a skeleton in an ancient burial chamber, their lives are forever altered. They activate a bizarre crystal cube clasped in the skeleton’s hand, and once its terrifying power has been awakened, things quickly spiral out of their control. The brothers have put themselves and the entire city of New York in danger, and soon they fall into the crosshairs of an NSA agent driven by a shadowy agenda. The deadly implications of their find could change the course of human history, and they have no choice but to solve the mystery of the cube before it annihilates them all.
The first in a two-part work, The Button is a Science Fiction/Thriller that asks if humanity is far older than we’ve been led to believe. Was our species more advanced in some distant past? Is there a conspiracy to hide a secret history from the public? Perhaps the answers lie in the Godfrey brother’s accidental discovery, but they’d better work fast, because the countdown has begun …
Poor Roberta. She’s aging, has lost everyone she’s ever loved, and now she lives out her sad, lonely days gorging on bad convenience store food and faded memories of happier times. She wants nothing more than to join her loved ones in the afterlife, but then a gruesome discovery along the banks of the Merrimack River changes everything. Roberta’s life takes a sinister turn, and she begins to believe that she’ll never be alone again. Is she spiraling into madness, or is she’s being manipulated by a power far beyond her understanding?
Yorick is a creepy tale about a lonely retiree who finds a new friend in an unexpected place. Critics have called this modern Gothic story the kind one reads for “chills and thrills,” and have likened it to the works of Edgar Allan Poe. It is certain to disturb and entertain.
Delilah Brachman just died and now she has six days to dodge her fate or she’ll perish for all-time. She’s become an “In-Betweener,” someone whose judgment has yet to be decided, and she’s drawn a ticket for the Tuesday Train, the most damning ticket of all. She struggles against the demon Noc, whose cunning mind masks a childlike loneliness it will do anything to quell, and against Honest Jack, an idealist tyrant who uses torture to get his way. Meanwhile, she begins to care for a man that her real life never prepared her for. Will she overcome the demons in her past, or will the life she led condemn her for all-time?
Brachman’s Underworld is an epic life-after-death tale that examines the powers of judgment, and asks the question: can there be personal growth without true enlightenment, or are the two inexorably linked? Fast-paced, deeply psychological, and rich with literary nuance, critics have called Brachman’s Underworld the lovechild of Beetlejuice and Stephen King.
Hi, I’m Mindy Spell, and my dad says there are more magical folk living in our little town of Incantation than just about anywhere else. I know he’s right because Billy from down-the-street just killed the moon, and that’s like, totally crazy, because up until now Billy couldn’t magic his way out of a paper bag.
I never realized how important the moon is before, and now the world’s gone nuts! The tides are slowing down, birds won’t land, and people all across the globe are panicking. Now it’s up to me and my friends to help Billy put the moon back together before our parents find out. It turns out that they’re the least of our problems though, because someone evil is lurking about, and he knows the truth behind Billy’s magic. We have to stop him before something else goes horribly wrong!
Enter a world of insanity as you encounter nine tales of murder, mayhem, and madness from authors David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad V., and Ursula Wong. Here you will find twisted psyches, peculiar people, and demons of the mind and spirit.
If you like your stories dark and scary, come take a stroll through this asylum, hearing ominous whispers or the shrieks of the unhinged echoing in your ears.
You’ll find yourself glancing nervously over your shoulder, or wondering about that odd-looking person at the bus stop . . . or even in the mirror. Come in, enjoy the trip, but step carefully, and watch the shadows, for you may never be the same again.
“Like the outer limits of a whirlpool, the Insanity Tales start with a eerie quiet that all too soon draws the reader into a web of twists and turns …” ~Dave Stephens
Reality slides into madness again in these eleven tales from some of New England’s finest storytellers. Feel your heartbeat quicken as your senses drift to dark places: the howls of horror, terrifying visions, a hint of mystery in the air, and the bitter taste of death. You may never sleep with the lights off again.
“Six talented storytellers bring us a mix of chilling tales—obsession, premonition, dark psyche, madness, and murder—seasoned by spirits and demons. A post-apocalyptic quest finishes off this fascinating collection. A great follow-up to the original Insanity Tales.”
~ J. C. Ferguson, author of The Janus Code and Mangrove Madness
“Insanity Tales II is a brilliantly executed anthology of dark fiction tales that are as weirdly fascinating as they are entertaining. I highly recommend it.”
~ Tony Tremblay, editor of Eulogies III
“Insanity? Perhaps. But there is method to the madness. The stories in this volume are carefully crafted, with well-constructed plots, masterly writing, and very often the chill of fear, the surprise of a twist, and the satisfaction of a good ending.”
~ Stephen P. O’Connor, author of The Witch at Rivermouth and Smokestack Lightning
“Insanity Tales II lived up to its name. Just when I thought I was able to figure out what was happening in each of these stories, this compilation of highly skilled authors threw me curve balls that left me muttering “No way!” Out loud—to myself—time and time again. I love that in a read, and you will, too!”
~ T. Stephens, author of Dante’s Cypher