Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cape May Horror Writer to Publish Short Story Collection


Horror writer Mark W. Curran, a former resident of Wildwood, is set to publish his Cape May-themed short story collection, 'The Witches of Wildwood: Cape May Horror Stories and other Scary Tales from the Jersey Shore' on September 15, 2017.

The book, scheduled to be released in hardback, contains ten stories and a novella all set entirely in Cape May County, with Wildwood as the central setting.

Curran, a writer and filmaker now residing in Los Angeles, called Wildwood his home during the 1980's when he worked as a musician playing drums in local Wildwood clubs such as Cozy Morley's Club Avalon in and The Club Lincoln on Atlantic Ave, all since demolished.

 "The eighties were an interesting time in Wildwood," Curran recalls, "we were winding down from the heyday of the thriving sixties and seventies, a cultural shift was taking place, the decaying structures of previous seasons were crumbling. A perfect setting for horror and suspense."

Curran incorporates many familiar local haunts into his stories, including Wildwood's famous boardwalk, Fun Pier, Mack's Pizza, and references to the town's celebrated doo-wop motels and googie architecture.

 Among the stories are tales of modern day witches, zombies, haunted attractions, and even a Jersey Devil.

 "Though the stories are classified as horror, there are strong suspense and fantasy elements in the writing, as well as a healthy dose of humor. It's fun reading for all ages, even if you are not a horror fan," Curran says.

About The Book:

Werewolves... vampires... swamp beasts... zombies... even a Jersey Devil... all of these chilling creatures and more await you in this haunting collection of 11 contemporary horror fiction stories by Mark Wesley Curran. Uniquely set 'down the shore' in South Jersey's Cape May County, these scary tales are sure to terrify and entertain both adult readers as well as young adults.

The spooky offerings include: 

- An abrasive radio talk show host is stalked by an angry werewolf in 'Werewolves of Dennis'
- A Fun Pier boardwalk worker falls under the spell of a strange attic dwelling girl  in 'The Girl In The Attic'
- An ancient sailing ship filled with bloodthirsty zombies crashes into the Jersey Shore in 'Night of the Wildwood Dead'

The cornerstone of the collection is 'The Witches of Wildwood,' the harrowing and suspenseful tale of a witch-hunting preacher hell-bent on killing four teenage sisters determined to destroy the world from their Wildwood boarding house.

This collection contains:  The Girl In The Attic - Dante's Inferno At Castle Dracula - Neptune's Revenge - Night of the Wildwood Dead - Captain Harvey's Wildwood Seafood Palace - Showdown In Anglesea - The Fortune Teller Machine  - Jersey Devil - Werewolves of Dennis - Swamp Beast of Grassy Sound  - The Witches of Wildwood [novella].    

About the Author
Mark Wesley Curran is a writer of contemporary fiction, specializing in the horror and suspense genre. Born and raised in Suburban Philadelphia, he spent many summers living and working in Wildwood, New Jersey during its heyday. He now resides in Los Angeles where he enjoys creative pursuits as a writer, filmmaker and musician.




Twitter: Mark Wesley Curran
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Witches of Wildwood - Book Promotional Trailer

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