Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Once Upon a Nightmare will bring you chills!

Cassie cringed at each bump along Tree Branch Trail. Gravel crunched underneath the truck’s tires, yet somehow the dilapidated vehicle withstood the beating. Squished between her best friend Mary and the door, Cassie tensed and tried not to hit anything or anyone as the truck vaulted over another pothole. She wished she had a seat belt on, but with two seat belts and four people in the front seat, it wasn’t happening. They should’ve taken her car, but it never would’ve made it on this backcountry road. Why didn’t they stick with the plan and not come out here anyway?

“How do you like your first off-roading adventure, Cassie?” Denise asked with the harsh laugh of a smoker while shifting her plump hips between her boyfriend James and her sister Mary.

“It’s great,” Cassie said without enthusiasm and with a whole truckload of sarcasm. The vehicle ran over a monstrous rut, and her head knocked against the window. She sucked in air through her teeth. Checking for a bump, she glanced over to Mary. Although three years younger and still in high school, Mary was Cassie’s best friend and confidante. Cassie had missed her most since she moved to Missouri for college. She leaned close to Mary’s ear. “I think we should’ve stayed and watched a different movie.”

“Me too,” Mary whispered back.

James slammed on the brakes, and the truck fishtailed to a stop.

Cassie pressed her hand against the glove compartment. Dashboard lights illuminated Mary’s grimace and her white knuckles from clutching the seat belt so hard.

“What’s out there?” Cassie peered ahead.

Book Description: A monster hunts us. After hibernating for a decade, it’s ravenous. We long to stop this nightmare, but the end of the road is far. There is no waking up once a legend sets its sights on you.

Disappearances every ten or so years make little impact on the small town of New Haven, Virginia. Hikers get lost. Hunters lose the trail. Even when a body is discovered, the inhabitants’ memories last about as long as the newspaper articles.

No one connects the cases. No one notices the disappearances go back beyond Civil War times. No one believes a legendary monster roams the forests in Southwestern Virginia.

I don’t either until the truck breaks down on an old mountain trail. Cell phones won’t work in this neck of the woods. It’s amazing how much a person can see by starlight alone. So what if we can’t feel our fingers or toes as we hike toward the main road. How many more miles left to go?


Hear that noise?

Purchase Print/Ebook on Amazon! The ebook is on sale for $0.99 until April 30th.

About the Author: Cherie Reich has more books than she can ever read and more ideas than she can ever write, but that doesn't stop this bookworm from trying, even if it means trying to curb her TV addiction. She is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the paranormal horror collection Once upon a Nightmare and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is a member of the Virginia Writers Club, Valley Writers, and Untethered Realms. For more information about her and her work, please visit her website and blog.

Cover Art: Amygdala Design


A legend awakens... Once upon a Nightmare by @bookworm0753 #horror #99cents 4/16-4/30

Who can survive a legend? Once upon a Nightmare by @bookworm0753 #horror #99cents 4/16-4/30


A legend awakens... Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection by Cherie Reich is now available on Amazon as an ebook and a paperback. This paranormal horror/thriller collection features the novelette Once upon a December Nightmare, the novella Nightmare Ever After, and the short story “Good Nightmare, Scary Monster.” From April 16-April 30, you can purchase the ebook for only 99 cents.

A monster hunts us. After hibernating for a decade, it’s ravenous. We long to stop this nightmare, but the end of the road is far. There is no waking up once a legend sets its sights on you. Cherie Reich’s Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection is now available on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. From April 16-April 30, you can purchase the ebook for only 99 cents.


  1. Thanks, Alex!

    Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Christine! I really appreciate it!

  2. Congrats to Miss Cherie. This one sounds like it might keep me up at night...but I am going to give it a go anyway!!

  3. Sounds like a good book. Congrats Cherie.

  4. Just read during the daytime hours, and you'll be fine, Jaybird!

    Thank you, T. Powell!

  5. Congrats, Cherie! I read the previous release of this collection and I'm thrilled to see it get more exposure.

  6. Thank you, Nick! I'm hoping the collection gets more exposure too. I think it's awesome, but I'm a tad biased too.

  7. It is a great read. Break a pen, Cherie! Make oodles of sales and remember us little folk.

  8. I hope you enjoy the collection, Elizabeth!

    Thanks, Mary! I'd be satisfied with sales. Period. It doesn't have to be oodles. :)

  9. Thanks for the link! Had to get a copy. Looking forward to reading it. Congrats Cherie!

  10. Congrats to Cherie! I remember reading Once Upon a December Nightmare a couple years back. Can't wait to get my hands on this collection sometime! I can never resist a good horror... ^_^

  11. Woot! I have my copy and can't wait to get the crap scared out of me. Congrats!


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