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Book Spotlight: Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist


Today on The Tattooed Book Geek I am pleased to be bringing to you all a book spotlight for the horror anthology Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist which is edited by Mr Deadman and Theresa Braun and features a variety of authors.


I also have a special exclusive introduction written for you all by one of the editors and contributing author to the project Theresa Braun!

Introduction by Theresa Braun.

Monsters Exist was a real collaborative effort amongst a small online writing community—all of us connected in some way to Deadman’s Tome, without which this book would never have been born. After agreeing on the theme of monsters, we tapped into our childhood fears, perhaps linked to scary stories we’d been told at sleepovers or camp. You see, those feelings are still buried within, waiting for something to trigger them. Even though we get uncomfortable when we get scared, we enjoy that adrenaline rush in the safety of a movie theater or on our couches at home with some popcorn. That’s where we wanted to take these stories, but also throw in some adult “monsters” as well, such as relationships, parenthood, substance abuse, and regret, just to name a few.

So, with that in mind, the authors in this anthology went off into their own corners to craft something unnerving and personal to them. As for me, I had a hard time narrowing it down. I wanted to look at something I hadn’t thought about before, but that was also based on a real legend. In a Google search I came across a Goatman who is able to hypnotize his victims, causing them to meet their demise at the Pope Lick trestle. The legend is so strong that people still make pilgrimages there, some unfortunately ending in tragedy. I wanted to know more, so I watched many YouTube videos and picked up a copy of Nathan Couch’s Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?. In it, he includes a comprehensive history of goat creatures and theories about how the mythology came about—really fascinating stuff.

From there, I set out to draft my story “Legend Trippers”. I wanted to approach it from all angles—from the point of view of a fanatic trying to capture evidence of its existence to the skeptic who just wants to discover some logical explanation for the glowing eyes he saw near the trestle. My story had to have a true-to-life feel to it, with a plausible situation as the backdrop. That’s when I thought about telling it from a train conductor or engineer’s viewpoint. In my quest, thanks to the powers of the internet, I became somewhat of an expert regarding what it’s like to run a train, and how to handle a possible accident. I even befriended a couple of railroad workers and chatted with them online. Although not much of my research is blatantly evident in my piece, it did help me to get into the mindset of the main character. Once I was able to ground him in reality, that’s when I unleashed the supernatural Goatman on him. Even if you don’t believe that there is a half-man, half-goat creature out there wreaking havoc, we can all agree that we live in a world that sometimes defies logic or can’t be explained. I hope I’ve blended a believable premise with one that is at the same time spine-tingling.

And, there are 13 more spooky reasons to pick up a copy of Monsters Exist. It’s an entertaining collection of a wide variety of things that go bump in the night—from giant spiders to the Chupacabra! After reading, you will definitely find yourself drenched in sweat and needing to sleep with a night light to drive away your nightmares… 

Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist.


From the time we are young, we fear the monster under the bed or in the closet, making it impossible to sleep without a nightlight. Then, we hear stories of Bigfoot, and maybe even the Mothman around campfires. When we are adults, we wonder if there might actually be supernatural creatures lurking in the shadows. Are these tall tales and urban legends only metaphors for what horrific things humanity is capable of—or do monsters exist?

Go to some terrifying places with this cast of authors. You will be dragged into mystifying realities where demonic fairies hide, where devil monkeys lure carnival-goers to their demise, where Goatmen seek to destroy their prey, and where the goddess of death puts out a hit on victims of her choice. These shocking tales will have you biting your nails and locating that childhood nightlight. Because, in the end, we all know monsters do exist.

The authors and their stories:

Master Vermin


 Wallace Boothill

About the author:

Wallace Boothill lives on the top floor of an old house in Baltimore, the city where he works as a teacher. Direct all correspondence to or to @WBoothill on Twitter, if you prefer.

Boothill links:

Legend Trippers


Theresa Braun

About the author:

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides. Ghost hunting and traveling are two of her passions, often drawing her to haunted castles in faraway lands. She writes all things dark, and her short fiction can be found in The Horror Zine and in Schlock! Webzine, among others. An upcoming piece is set to appear in Unnerving Magazine’s collection of heartbreaking tales, entitled Hardened Hearts.

Follow her on Twitter (@tbraun_author) or visit

Braun links:

The Murder of Crows


 S.J. Budd

About the author:

Originally born in Cornwall, southwest England, myths and legends surrounded her childhood, and S.J. Budd has always been fascinated by anything out of the ordinary. It was in this strange and ancient land where she developed a passion for writing.

She loves writing short stories exploring dark fictional worlds and its mysterious inhabitants, and is currently working on her first novel. Her day job is a journalist for, and she also blogs on her site

Her work has appeared in Sanitarium Magazine, Siren’s Call, Deadman’s Tome, Innersins, Aphelion, Bewildering Stories, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, Shadows at the Door, Danse Macabre Magazine, The Wild Hunt, Morpheus Tales, and Freedom Fiction.

Twitter: @sjbuddj

Her debut collection of short stories, Spells and Persuasions, is out now on Amazon.

Budd links:

Wicked Congregation


 Gary Buller

About the author:  

Gary Buller is an author from Manchester England where he lives with his long suffering partner Lisa, daughter Holly, and dog Chico. He grew up in the Peak District where hauntingly beautiful landscapes inspired him to write. He is a huge fan of all things macabre and loves a tale with a twist. He is an associate member of the Horror Writers Association.

Buller links:

Playing Dead


 S. E. Casey

About the author:

Not long after celebrating his twenty years of service in a Boston accounting firm, S.E. Casey began to write. As an attempt to quell an unspecific desperation and stave off a growing resentment of everything, he found stories wedged in the unlikely spaces of the crush of numbers, balances, and accounting formula. On a whim, he began to write these paranoid liminal tales. His expanding collection of existential horror has been published in many magazines and online publications, the listing of which can found at

Casey links:

Lake Monster


Mr Deadman

About the author:

Mr. Deadman dwells in the underworld, living amongst only the best and greatest of celebrities, dictators, and serial killers. He is somewhat of a health nut and partakes in a healthy lifestyle of booze, cigars, and hookers.

 Mr. Deadman is rumored to be an associate of, or perhaps even be, Jesse Dedman. It is easy to confuse the connection between Jesse Dedman and Mr. Deadman, since some drunk on YouTube (Jesse Dedman) claims to be the man responsible for the horror zine. The connection becomes even more suspicious when Mr. Deadman has been outed for giving Jesse Dedman ideas and inspiration for The Bleeder series, The Master’s Torment, and The Cradle of Ruin—all of which are available on Amazon.

Deadman links:

Never Sleep Again


Calvin Demmer

About the author: 

Calvin Demmer is a crime, mystery, and speculative fiction author. He has had over thirty stories published in various magazines and anthologies. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night as well as the sciences of our universe. Find out more at or follow him on Twitter @CalvinDemmer.

Demmer links:

The Voice from the Bottom of the Well


 Philip W. Kleaver

About the author:

Philip W. Kleaver is a writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. He lives in Baltimore, but was raised in a small, Massachusetts town somewhere in Lovecraft country. He is the co-author of Psychodelic: Strange Tales of Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll (available on Amazon). His work has previously appeared in Shotgun, Deadman’s Tome: Trumpocalypse, Deadman’s Tome: The Ancient Ones, and Zero Flash Fiction. Follow him on Twitter @pwkleaver, or check out his website at

Kleaver links:

Eclipse at Wolfcreek


 Sylvia Mann

About the author:

Sylvia Mann lived on 750 acres of land in West Virginia that serves as the setting for “Eclipse at Wolf Creek,” where she dabbled in bee keeping and goat herding (more like rounding goats up who escaped the electric fencing). While she never saw Mothman on the mountain, she did see some pretty odd looking creatures, such as the jumbo, rat-like nutria that appeared after floods and looked to have fed off nuclear waste.

In 2007 she was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest with the first chapter of her memoir, Love Me ‘til My Eyes Go Black. In 2012 she earned her M.F.A. in fiction from Warren Wilson College.

Currently, she lives in South Florida and teaches creative writing.

Follow Sylvia on Twitter: @fivedollarhat

Mann link:

No. 7


William Marchese

About the author:

William works “the day job” in lower Manhattan, while still finding time to get his writing career going. He has been published in Hindered Souls, Deadman’s Tome, and has a forthcoming story titled “Daddy” in Unnerving Magazine. He is currently an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association.

You can follow him on Twitter here: @Wcmarchese, or visit his website at

Marchese links:



 John Palisano

About the author:

John Palisano has a pair of books with Samhain Publishing, Dust of the Dead and Ghost Heart. Nerves is available through Bad Moon. Starlight Drive: Four Halloween Tales was released in time for Halloween, and his first short fiction collection All That Withers is available from Cycatrix Press, celebrating over a decade of short story highlights. Night of 1,000 Beasts is due soon from Sinister Grin Press.

He won the Bram Stoker Award© in short fiction in 2016 for “Happy Joe’s Rest Stop”. More short stories have appeared in anthologies from Cemetery Dance, PS Publishing, Independent Legions, DarkFuse, Crystal Lake, Terror Tales, Lovecraft eZine, Horror Library, Bizarro Pulp, Written Backwards, Dark Continents, Big Time Books, McFarland Press, Dark Scribe Magazine, Dark House Press, Omnium Gatherum, and more. 
Non-fiction pieces have appeared in Fangoria and Dark Discoveries magazines.  

Say ‘hi’ at: www.johnpalisano.com, and

Palisano links:



Christopher Powers

About the author:

Christopher Powers lives in Essex, United Kingdom, with his wife and son and works full-time as a content copywriter. He’s been writing scary stories for many years, and loves to scour market stalls and thrift stores for horror paperbacks. His previous works can be found at DeadLights Magazine and Deadman’s Tome. He can be contacted at and Twitter @Powers1902.

Powers link:



Leo X. Robertson

About the author:

Leo X. Robertson is a Scottish process engineer and emerging writer, currently living in Oslo, Norway. He has work published by or forthcoming in Helios Quarterly, Unnerving Magazine, Twisted50, and The Stockholm Review of Literature,among others. He also runs the “Losing the Plot” podcast, where he talks to writers, editors and readers about anything and everything. Find him on Twitter (@Leoxwrite), Goodreads or check out his website: .

Robertson links:

Bloodstream Revolution


M.R. Tapia

About the author:

M.R. Tapia has had his short stories appear in several publications including Deadman’s Tome, Empty Sink Publishing, and Hindered Souls Vol 1. His short story “Stella Reign” is a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee. His novella The Die-Fi Experiment and his debut novel Sugar Skulls are both scheduled to be released in the fall of 2017 through Hindered Souls Press. He writes out of Northern Colorado.

Tapia links:


Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist is out now!!!!

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9 thoughts on “Book Spotlight: Deadman’s Tome: Monsters Exist

  1. Ooo I was sold on the term ‘horror anthology’! This sounds like an awesome collection. I also like the idea of there being ‘adult monsters’ thrown into the mix.There are some things we face as adults that are far scarier than any monsters lurking beneath our beds 🙂 Definitely need to check this out!

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  2. Perfect October spotlight! I struggle with anthologies but also adore them. And horror collections happen to be my favorite! Nothing like a bite-sized scare in between life’s crazy days 🙂 And these will all be new authors for me.


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