A new archeological discovery in the Bahyra desert in Egypt sparks excitement when the inscription on the door is translated to proclaim that “This is the resting place of the Gods” Making a media event, a plan has come to open the tomb ‘live’ on international television.
A camera crew follows the archeological team into the caverns beneath the sands. At the ante-chamber, they discover three unadorned stone sarcophagi with no name inscription—only repeated warnings to those who would ‘disturb the seal‘. Further complicating matters, the hieroglyphs include many additional and obscure symbols, making translation slow and incomplete. Yet the presence of the live televised broadcast demands that they continue despite this limited understanding. So the archeologists set about to unseal the three sarcophagi, and reveal what is inside for the first time in aeons.
Only too late, the mistake they made is clear. A key symbol had been mistranslated, causing a drastic difference in interpretation. The glyph taken to refer to ‘old gods‘ was more accurately ‘elder beings;‘ while ‘from the heavens‘ was more succinctly ‘from beyond the stars‘. But their greatest misconception was in confusing the depiction for ‘tomb‘ or ‘entombed,’ with what should be read as ‘imprisoned‘—not ‘trapped‘, but ‘bound.’ For this was no burial place, in fact, but a prison. Just as the lid is lifted off the first sarcophagus, this code is broken; revealing the truth that the old gods buried here are not so much gods, but otherworldly entities that had been imprisoned here, centuries ago.
…And now, they are about to be released!
PREY, the 2006 Bestselling Xbox 360 Video Game–story and original treatment written by Christopher Treagus.
In Prey, gamers enter an unpredictable world where nothing can be taken for granted. You’ll become Tommy, a Cherokee garage mechanic stuck on a reservation, going nowhere in life. When an otherworldly crisis awakens spiritual powers from his long-forgotten birthright, he & his girlfriend are abducted by aliens who need him to save the planet — even if he’s not sure he can.
Tommy is a Cherokee garage mechanic who denies his past and is uncertain about his future. His world comes to a halt when he and his people are abducted to a menacing mothership orbiting Earth. Tommy taps his latent Cherokee spiritual powers to save himself, his girlfriend, and the planet.
Prey is a first-person shooter in which players enter a living spaceship which enslaves alien races and devours humans for lunch. Built on a heavily modded version of the Doom 3 engine, features include wall walking, gravity flipping, and intense single and multi-player gameplay.
Believing is Seeing! If enough people believe in something, can that belief make it real? Explore the creation of mankind’s newest monster, the Chupacabra, in this mesmerizing tale of the creature’s origins.
The story begins with the earliest reported sightings of the Chupacabra in Mexico in the mid 1990s as it weaves its trail of blood-sucking destruction into the folktales of the American Southwest. Part vampire, part animal, part alien, the Chupacabra is blamed for the slaughter of countless animals—and humans—throughout the region. While the Chupacabra seemed to come on the scene from out of nowhere, it is the first time that the collective consciousness of human- it’s wildest imaginings breathed life into a myth, giving it flesh and blood and deadly purpose…
And now that we’ve created it, can anything stop its modern-day reign of terror?
THE DEAD AND THE DAMNED ARISE!
On October 12, 1992, Cairo is rocked by the worst earthquake in Egypt’s modern history. Homes are destroyed, high rise buildings come crashing down, and countless lives are torn asunder. On the outskirts of the city, an ancient mosque has been disturbed. And something has awakened. In the tradition of the classic Mummy legend, a curse has been unleashed upon the world for the violation of yet another tomb. But this time the mummy is no ordinary walking dead. This is a spirit consumed with a thirst for vengeance and justice. It is a hunter of great power, harvesting the strength of the elements at its command. Making a body formed of earth and sand, while its rage crumbles cities about him. And once it fulfills the first tenets of the curse, when it comes into its powers in full, it will take the legions of angry dead under its control.
Out of the wreckage that is Cairo, two men come together to attempt to prevent this from happening. But one is just a boy who has lost everything he ever had, while the other has spent a lifetime chasing ghosts among the ruins of antiquity. They must first solve the riddle of the curse to discover how to put its terror to an end. All the while the mummy continues its rampage of destruction; hunting down any who had violated its tomb, or any of the remaining family of those who had transgressed in the past. This plight leads them to America, where an innocent couple slated for the creature’s vengeance are unknowingly going about their lives. Can the two Egyptians put an end to the curse before it’s too late? Or will the dead and the damned truly rise again.
Experience a new twist in the tale of Jack the Ripper, as seen through the eyes of renowned artist Walter Sickert. Though Sickert was not a suspect in the crimes during that time period, in modern times he has been identified as a person of interest.
Set fifteen years after the original murders, this story begins when Sickert’s apprentice, Robert Wood, is accused of murdering a prostitute in Camden Town and comes to Sickert for help. Believing Wood to be innocent, Sickert agrees to assist him, but his investigation reveals an uncanny similarity to the Ripper’s crimes years before. Soon he must face a horrible possibility: Jack the Ripper may have returned—or, all the more likely—the Ripper never left!
To save his friend, Sickert must uncover the true villain behind the original killings, following an unsolved case more than a decade cold. His search will lead him down an ever-twisting path toward a truth far more terrible than anyone could ever suspect—or believe!
“An Evening Of Reflection, Sorrow, And Mirth” offers three One-Act plays that are sure to entertain as well as make one laugh, cry, and think.
The Last Deal imagines the final days of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II. Since the Revolution, rumors have abounded that one of the Tsar’s children survived the execution of the Romanov family. This play provides a look at what circumstances could have allowed one of the children to live through this horrible event. Nicholas is given an option that one life shall be spared. Be it his own, his wife, or one of his children. But only one. Nicholas spends his harrowing last night trying to decide who it shall be.
The other two plays of the collection are equally thought provoking. A Proud Man Stands Alone portrays a prideful man who is brought to ruin by his own faults, while The Maiden And The Scoundrel is an Oscar Wilde inspired farce about a man of virtue, and one of vice, who come to conflict over a young maiden.
1692. A plague of witches descends upon the village of Salem. While the Court of Oyer and Terminer bring the guilty to trial, Jacob Blackthorne, and the Reverend Cotton Mather, are recruited to find the root of the problem. Trouble is, Jacob may be the one who is responsible for it being there in the first place.
Fifteen years prior, the witch Abigail Colman beguiled Jacob into becoming lovers. One night in the woods outside of Salem Village, she shared with him her secret. The power of the Sangreal—a magical elixir that forestalls the natural process of death. Though he rebuked and turned her in to the local magistrate, it was already too late for his own Soul. Jacob Blackthorne was cursed with a near-eternal youth. His faith shaken, Jacob yet grasps onto it like a drowning man to a log; praying that he can find some way to redeem himself for his past transgression.
The rumor of Witchcraft returned Jacob to Salem with hopes of finding his salvation there. Instead he learns that the secret once shared with him may run deeper than just one woman as he uncovers a conspiracy dating back to Biblical times…
Tears of the Moon
Val Muller, author of “The Scarred Letter”
Building a Better Monster will leave you checking the shadows…
Victoria Taylor Murray, author of “Thief of Hearts”
An engaging and suspenseful tale
Garrett Peck, Cemetery Dance
“When Cairo, Egypt is rocked by a monster earthquake, the city is torn asunder… something awakens… and legions of the dead may soon follow if it isn’t stopped. In a classic yet very modern update of the mummy legend, this tale of vengeance and evil takes place in 1992, putting an entirely new spin on things. You’ll enjoy this fun and fast-paced novel.”
Jeanne Cocteau, Creature Feature
A MODERN UPDATE OF THE MUMMY LEGEND, PUTTING AN ENTIRELY NEW SPIN ON THINGS
If you are a lover of mummy and curse tales, then this is the book for you. Treagus has created a unique story using a grotesque mummy and a horrifying curse that starts on page one and doesn’t stop even after you close the book. Treagus totally captured me with his story. He took an old tale, rewrapped it completely and brought the story of the “Mummy” to a new level.
Danielle Naibert, The Book Reviewer Site
Doesn’t stop even after you close the book…
Brian Keene, author of “The Rising,” “City of the Dead,” and “The Conqueror Worms”
Treagus has created a dark fantasy masterpiece. This is one you don’t want to miss!
“Treagus depicts another time and place with his characterization of Salem in the 1600s. The subject matter makes ‘To Suffer a Witch’ unique, as the language and actions of the people cast in the story are as though you are a witness to those days. Treagus provides many insights into how people lived in that time as his main character, Jacob Blackthorne, reveals how his depravity caused him to fall into the clutches of a witch and become cursed forever. His journey to regain his soul delves into the dark and sordid world of witchcraft, yet justice is served to reaffirm the perception of good surpassing evil.”
—The Quill Review
Treagus depicts another time and place as though you are a witness to those days
Ken Kupstis, author of “Clownwhite” and “Voodoo Highway.”
A GREAT TALENT FOR HISTORICAL HORROR FICTION
Catherine Russell, author of “The Stage” and “Exit Stage Left”
Treagus… can create a deadly reality
“Christopher Treagus effortlessly conjures the horror of ancient legends straight into our modern world. THE HUNTING SORROW is a vast adventure brimming with terror, pursuit and revenge. A pretty imposing stack of prose, but inside is a vast adventure of horror, suspense and vengeance ranging from Egypt to America. … (Treagus) has got a great talent for historical horror fiction, able to drag the reader through time and space so that one feels like they’re actually there.”
K.K., author of “Clownwhite” and “Inhuman Resources”
Treagus effortlessly conjures the horror of ancient legends…
THE BLACKTHORNE CHRONICLES book three
Many stories have appeared and been published in print and online, in magazines, webzines, anthologies, and even as a collection of their own. Here are some of the details:
“Little Deaths” is a story about how an author’s first work can haunt him, even after death, and appeared in the anthology “HELP: a benefit for Preditors and Editors.”
“What Price To Be A God” is a bit of backstory in the history behind the curse that becomes unleashed in the novel, “The Hunting Sorrow.” It appeared originally in the anthology “Prisoners of Time.”
“Building a Better Monster and other stories” collects nine tales previously published in a variety of sources. The title novella of this collection was serialized at The Art of Horror website, and appears here in its original length, having been expanded as a novel for the recent Barking Rain Press edition. Also included are the stories Cat’s Eye, Two Is Not Enough, Fearstricken, In the Heart of the Forest, What Price To Be A God, Skin Walker, or The Embrace Of Blood, After The Fall, and When Angels Weep. These short stories were published in print and online between 2003 and 2004 at web sites such as Horrorfind.com, Night Shopping, and The Swamp. Also featured are the rare first stories read on the Sonoma State University Radio program Wings of Desire in 1992.
PRIMEVAL FEAR: the elements of classic horror
FEOAMANTE BOOK REVIEWER (at feoamante’s horror website)
SUPERNATURAL FICTION WRITERS, 2nd Edition
Volume One: Anne Rice
Volume Two: Storm Constantine
An INTRODUCTION for THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES by NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE,
Barnes and Noble ebook edition
Articles and Features written for THE OAK LEAF, Santa Rosa Junior College newspaper