Land of Fright™

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Browse the story list below to see the Land of Fright™  stories in order of newest to oldest. Visit any of the Land of Fright™ Collections or Land of Fright™ Mega Collections pages to get more information on the various story collections that are available. The collections gather numerous stories into convenient volumes.  The regular collections contain 10 stories each, and the mega collections each contain 25 stories.


Land of Fright™ Horror stories written by Jack O’Donnell

Immortals Must Die

There is no more life force left in the universe. The attainment of immortality has depleted the world of available souls. So what do you do if you are desperate to have a child?

#60 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Top Secret

An American Special Forces agent confronts the villainous characters from his past, but discovers something even more dangerous. Trust.

 

#59 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Viral

What makes a civilization fall? Volcanoes, earthquakes, or other forces of nature? Barbarous invasions or assaults from hostile forces? Decline from within due to decadence and moral decay? Or could it be something more insidious?

#58 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Hold Your Breath

A divorced mother of one confronts the horrible truth behind the myth of holding one’s breath when driving past a cemetery.

#57 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Beheaded

In 14th century England, a daughter vows revenge upon those who beheaded her father. She partners with a lascivious young warlock to restore her family’s honor.

#56 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Who’s Your Daddy?

A lonely schoolteacher is disturbed by how much all of the students in her class look alike. A visit by a mysterious man sheds some light on the curious situation.

#55 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

The Chase

In 18th century England, a desperate chase is on as a monstrous beast charges after a fleeing wagon, a wagon occupied by too many people…

#54 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Message In A Bottle

A bottle floats onto the beach of a private secluded island with an unnerving message trapped inside.

#53 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Going Green

Drug runners run afoul of their voodoo queen boss when they try to rip her off.

#52 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Zombie Carnival

Two couples stumble across a zombie-themed carnival and decide to join in the fun.

#51 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

The King Who Owned The World

A bored barbarian king demands he be brought a new challenger. But who can you find to battle a king who owns the world? That is the question Alfihar, the trusted advisor to King Revek, needs to answer. The solution comes from a most unexpected place…

#50 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Cemetery Dance

A suicidal madman afraid to take his own life attempts to torment a devout Christian man into killing him. But there are some things worse than death…

#49 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Dead Zone

A young tech company charters a yacht to celebrate the successful launch of their app. But the yacht soon gets caught adrift in the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico when the engine malfunctions, trapping them in an area of the sea that contains no life because the oxygen has been depleted from the waters. What comes aboard the yacht in search of food cannot really be considered alive…

#48 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Artist Alley

At a large comic book convention, a seedy comic book publisher sees himself depicted in a disturbing series of artist drawings. He would normally find such homages flattering, except for what he notices happening in each subsequent drawing…

#47 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Black Ice

A vicious dragon is offered a great gift — a block of black ice to soothe the fire that burns its throat and roars in its belly. Too bad the dragon has never heard of a Trojan dwarf…

#46 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

The Picture

A young soldier in World War II shows his fellow soldiers a picture of his beautiful fiancé during the lulls in battle. But this seemingly harmless gesture from a young man proudly showing off his gorgeous gal is far from innocent…

#45 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Benders of Space-Time

A young interstellar traveler discovers the uncomfortable truth about the Benders, the creatures who power starships with their ability to fold space-time.

#44 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

Smog Monsters

The heavily contaminated air in Beijing turns even deadlier when unearthly creatures form within the dense poison of its thick pollution. A group of strangers must find a way to work together to survive against the onslaught of the smog monsters.

#43 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Virgin Sacrifice

The world is out of balance. A professor of archaeology is determined to set the world right again using the ancient power of the Aztec sacrifice rituals. He embarks on a trip back to the hidden temple he discovered in the jungles of Mexico, bringing along three virgin women…

#42 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Hatchlings

A peaceful Saturday afternoon barbecue turns into an afternoon of terror for a suburban man when the charcoal briquets he is using in his grill start to hatch! He must find a way to combat the deviant creatures that emerge from the hot coals and save his home from being destroyed.

#41 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Demon Who Ate Screams

A young martial artist battles a vicious demon who feeds on the tormented screams and dying whimpers of his victims.

#40 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Memory Market

The cryptic process of memory storage in the human brain has been decoded and now memories are bought and sold in the memory market. But with every legitimate commercial endeavor there comes a black market, and the memory market is no exception…

#39 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Clothes Make the Man

A down-on-his-luck young man steals a magical suit off of a corpse, desperately hoping some of its power will rub off on him.

#38 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Candy Striper and the Captain

American WWII soldiers in the Philippines scare superstitious enemy soldiers with corpses they dress up to look like vampire victims. The vampire bites might be fake, but what comes out of the jungle is not…

#37 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Notebook

An enchanted notebook helps a floundering author finish her story. But the unnatural fuel that stokes the power of the mysterious writing journal leads her down a dark and disturbing path…

#36 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Controller

A detective investigates a bank robbery that appears to have been carried out by a zombie.

#35 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Road Rage

A senseless accident on a rural highway sets off a frightening chain of events.

#34 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Bite the Bullet

In the Wild West, a desperate outlaw clings to a bullet cursed by a Gypsy… because the bullet has his name on it.

#33 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Everlasting Death

The souls of the newly deceased take on solid form and the Earth quickly begins to fill with immovable statues of death…

#32 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Throw-Aways

A washed-up writer of action-adventure thrillers is menaced by the ghosts of the characters he has created.

#31 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Pharaoh’s Cat

In ancient Egypt, the pharaoh is dying. His trusted advisors want his favorite cat to be buried with him. The cat has other plans…

#30 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Hammer of Charon

In ancient Rome, it is the duty of a special man to make sure gravely wounded gladiators are given a quick death after a gladiator fight. He serves his position quietly with honor. Until they try to take his hammer away from him…

#29 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Tinies

A beleaguered office worker encounters a strange alien armada in the sub-basement of his office building.

#28 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Dung Beetles

Mutant dung beetles attack a family on a remote Pennsylvania highway. Yes, it’s as disgusting as it sounds.

#27 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Out of Ink

Colonists on a remote planet resort to desperate measures to ward off an attack from wild alien animals.

#26 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Hitler’s Graveyard

American soldiers in WWII uncover a nefarious Nazi plan to resurrect their dead heroes so they can rejoin the war.

#25 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Champion

The arrogant star of a medieval renaissance re-enactment show learns the true meaning of humility.

#24 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Shot Glass

A man discovers the shot glasses in his great-grandfather’s collection can do much more than just hold a mouthful of liquor.

#23 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Boy In The Yearbook

Two middle-aged women are tormented by a mysterious photograph in their high school yearbook.

#22 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Prospector

In the 1800’s, a lonely prospector finds the body parts of a woman as he pans for gold in the wilds of California.

#21 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Day of the Hoppers

Two boys flee for their lives when their friendly neighborhood grasshoppers turn into deadly projectiles.

#20 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Flipbook

A man sees a dark future of his family in jeopardy when he watches the tiny animations of a flipbook play out in his hand.

#19 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Sands of the Colosseum

A businessman in Rome gets to experience the dream of a lifetime when he visits the great Colosseum — until he finds himself standing on the arena floor.

#18 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Barn

An empty barn beckons an amateur photographer to step through its dark entrance, whispering promises of a once-in-a-lifetime shoot.

#17 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Grid

An interstellar salvage crew activates a mysterious grid on an abandoned vessel floating in space, unleashing a deadly force.

#16 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Sparklers

A child’s sparkler opens a doorway to another dimension and a father must enter it to save his family and his neighborhood from the ominous threat that lays beyond.

#15 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Ghosts of Pompeii

A woman on a tour of Italy with her son unwittingly awakens the ghosts of Pompeii.

#14 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Pool of Light

A mysterious wave of dark energy from space washes over the Earth, trapping a woman and her friends in pools of light. Beyond the edges of the light, deep pockets of darkness hold much more than just empty blackness.

#13 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Poisoned Land

Savage hunters patrol the Poisoned Lands, demanding appeasement from the three survivors trapped in a surrounded building. How far will the survivors go to avoid the wrath of the hunters?

#12 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Special Announcement

A fraud investigator discovers the disturbing truth behind the messages on a community announcement board.

#11 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 God Save the Queen

An exterminator piloting an ant-sized robot comes face to face with the queen of a nest he has been assigned to destroy.

#10 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Towers That Fell From The Sky

Two analysts race to uncover the secret purpose of the giant alien towers that have thundered down out of the skies.

#9 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Emperor of Fear

In ancient Rome, two colosseum workers encounter a mysterious crate containing an unearthly creature. Just in time for the next gladiator games…

#8 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Creature in the Creek

A lonely young woman finds her favorite secluded spot inhabited by a monster from her past.

#7 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Die-orama

A petty thief finds out that a WWII model diorama in his local hobby shop holds much more than just plastic vehicles and plastic soldiers.

#6 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Trophy Wives

An enigmatic sculptor meets a beautiful woman whom he vows will be his next subject, but things may not go according to plan…

#5 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 End of the Rainbow

In Medieval England, a warrior and his woman find the end of a massive rainbow that has filled the sky and discover the dark secret of its power.

#4 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Snowflakes

In the land of Frawst, special snowflakes are a gift from the gods, capable of transferring the knowledge of the Ancients. A young woman searches the skies with breathless anticipation for her snowflake, but finds something far more dark and dangerous instead.

#3 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 The Big Leagues

A scorned young baseball player shows his teammates he really knows how to play ball with the best of them.

#2 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 Whirring Blades

A simple late-night trip to the mall for a father and his son turns into a struggle for survival when they are attacked by a deadly swarm of toy helicopters.

#1 in the Land of Fright™ series of horror short stories.

 

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