MR. 8 – Free on iTunes from Feb 8 to 10

Like Alys Arden’s THE CASQUETTE GIRLS, David J. Thirteen’s horror novel MR. 8 began its life on Wattpad before finding a home with a publisher. If you missed it back when David was first penning the story, you now have another chance to check out the book entirely free of charge. Yes, that’s right, to celebrate MR. 8’s first book birthday the novel will be free to download from iTunes today through February 10 (during which time it’s also on sale for 99 cents on Amazon for Kindle). Read on for book cover and back cover synopsis.


Psychology professor Denton Reed has been pulled out of the classroom to find a killer. Bodies are turning up all over the quiet town of Bexhill. They are found dismembered and burned beyond recognition in a snow covered farmer’s field, by the abandoned mill, and under the train bridge. The only clue linking the victims is the bizarre figure eight patterns left behind in their homes. Denton must use his unique profiling techniques to uncover the murderer, who the police have dubbed Mr. 8. As he begins to unravel the mystery, a strange pattern begins to emerge. Before their deaths, each victim was seized by dark obsessions and inexplicable changes in behavior. Whatever strange forces are affecting the people of Bexhill, they may actually be more dangerous than any killer. As a wave of insanity sweeps the town, Denton will put his life on the line to get to the source of the madness and risk all to protect the woman he loves. But is it already too late?

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New interview with ALYS ARDEN up at

I’ve had the pleasure of following Alys Arden’s debut novel from its early days as a Wattpad serial to its smashing debut as a self-published book to its eventual (and much-deserved) release as a traditional mass market paperback.

If you love descriptive yarns that are full of historical intrigue and monsters and romance, you NEED to read this book.

The Casquette-Girls

But first, check out this great interview that Alys did with Here’s a wee teaser:

Vampires: if they’re real, do you think they’d still be pursuing relationships with humans, or would they be over it after several hundred years? Would you?

Good question! And something I think about a lot, no lie. [If] vampires are real I think they’d go through phases loving and hating humans. “Oh, they’re so endearing,” “Oh, they’re so naïve,” “Oh, they’re so dreadful,” “Oh, they’re so loveable. I hate to love them and love to hate them.” After all humans, are all so different (or are we?)

Then again, maybe they’d love us and never get sick of us, like cute little pets! I’m mean, do we ever get sick of puppies? *wink*

Now, head on over to and read the rest!