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A Smugglerific Cover: IT CAME BACK by Samantha Lienhard

In which we reveal the cover for the fourthshort story in our 2017 season of Gods and Monsters: it Came Back by Samantha Lienhard!

Without further ado, behold the smugglerific cover!

It Came Back

About the Story

“Luna Anderson…” He stared at me with an intensity that made me fidget. “The lost sheep has returned at last.”

After five years of avoiding her past, Luna finally returns to her childhood home. Her imposing grandfather may be long gone, but his specter hangs over the estate like a curse–Luna is eager to sell everything and leave the Anderson House behind her for good.

But when she stumbles across a sheath of letters, Luna discovers her grandfather’s past is darker and more twisted than she ever could have imagined. A secret is uncovered, and a monster awakens…

Curses don’t stay buried forever.


A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers)

When we set out to establish our annual short story call theme for 2017, we both loved the idea of Gods and Monsters. And, horror fans that we are (ok, that Thea is), we were hopeful that we would receive–in addition to submissions featuring benevolent gods–tales that would encompass the #TeamMonster part of the theme.

Then, we received Samantha Lienhard’s It Came Back.

A classic horror story, set in the 1980s, featuring an estranged daughter, a partial epistolary narrative, an otherworldly artifact, and a family secret, It Came Back hit all of the right horror tropes–even better, it manages to do all these things and still be truly scary. We couldn’t have dreamed up a more terrifying specter to kick off the monster portion of Gods and Monsters… we hope you’re as taken with Samantha Lienhard’s nightmare stalker as we are.


About the Author: Samantha Lienhard

Samantha Lienhard

Samantha has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and is an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association. Her other publications include a horror/comedy novella called The Zombie Mishap, a Lovecraftian serial called The Book at Dernier, and a short horror story inspired by Japanese mythology called “Rokurokubi.” When she isn’t working on her stories, she can usually be found playing video games—and writing video game scripts.

About the Artist: Tomislav Jagnjic


My name is Tomislav Jagnjic, I am from Herceg Novi Montenegro currently living in Novi Sad Serbia. I’ve been painting and drawing since kindergarden. After seeing some amazing work on Deviantart in 2009, I was instantly inspired and bought a pen tablet. Since then I’ve been working with a large amount of clients as a freelance concept artist and illustrator. I started learning 3D techniques and combined that with painting back in 2015, and I’m still using that technique as I find it the easiest and quickest way to execute my initial sketches to final artwork. My art spans fantasy works and creatures to landscapes and imitating traditional painting in a digital format. My inspiration are other artists on Artstation and artist friends on Facebook. I look to these artists not as competition, but as true inspiration; when I see something good I just want to paint and practice till I reach that level, it keeps me going, if you now what I mean.


How to Get the Story

It Came Back will be published officially on July 25, 2017. You can purchase the DRM-free ebook (EPUB, MOBI) that contains the story as well as an essay from the author available for purchase on all major ebook retail sites and directly from us.

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