“Duran’s stories are smart, spiritual, and creepy.”
— Tosca Lee, NY Times best-selling author.
Requiem 4 is a horror/military sci-fi novelette. “Graviton Cemetery—the biggest, oldest, most haunted graveyard in the world. And Requiem 4 is here to clean things up. In a dystopian, war-torn future where a godless global network reprograms the masses for compliance, the Requiem units are a dying breed. Manned by sciocists—scientific exorcists—and armed with state-of-the-art technology, the units sweep cemeteries of ‘latent soul energy.’ However, there’s a lot more than just ghosts in Graviton. Father Aguste Lax, military chaplain to Requiem 4, has his own doubts. The cross around his neck is a feeble reminder of his waning faith. Yet when they encounter a Type Six entity, no amount of quantum firepower can save them. Lax becomes their only hope for escaping Graviton alive. But can his faith prevail against an evil this ancient? Or will Graviton Cemetery become the final resting place for Requiem 4?” Requiem 4 is available in both ebook and paperback.
Wickers Bog is a novella, a Tale of Southern Gothic Horror. “Every autumn, when the weather turned and the wind came off the marsh, the dark waters of Wickers Bog gave up its ghosts and reawakened the old yarns. Julene Ella Haddan is about to be drawn into one of them. It was a grey, joyless day, when young Julene heard the song of the siren and followed its melody into the enchanted swamp… a journey which led her into a tale of murder and deceit. It’s only the fated who hear the siren. Yet Julene’s fate now seems bound to the fabled Lady of Lisenby, the spectral gatekeeper of the Bog, queen of the haunted deep. However, is it justice the Lady seeks or is Julene the siren’s next victim? Myth and mystery collide in this tale of Southern Gothic horror.” Wickers Bog is available in ebook, paperbook, and audiobook.
To most, the term “Christian horror” probably seems like an oxymoron. Nevertheless, there are very good arguments to be made that “horror” is an eminently biblical genre and that Christian artists should be at the forefront of reclaiming it. In Christian Horror: On the Compatibility of a Biblical Worldview and the Horror Genre, novelist Mike Duran explores the Judeo-Christian roots of contemporary horror, the religious themes that frame much of the horror art, and how evangelical culture has come to distance itself from such a potentially rich and powerful medium. Duran looks at Christian artists and authors whose works employ the macabre and grotesque. From surrealist Hieronymus Bosch to Southern Gothicist Flannery O’Connor to the master of horror Stephen King, we can trace a distinctly biblical worldview that frames their visions of terror. Along the way, Duran answers objections while developing an apologetic, not for a new sub-genre, but for a rethinking of the reasons that “Christian horror” has come to be viewed as such an oxymoron. Christian Horror is available in both paperback and ebook.
The Ghost Box: A Reagan Moon Novel is the first in an Urban Fantasy series following paranormal reporter Reagan Moon and his otherworldly antics in the City of Angels. “When Moon is hired by a reclusive tycoon to investigate the events surrounding his girlfriend’s tragic death, he learns of an impending apocalypse about to flatten Los Angeles. Seems that the Summu Nura, ancient gods from a parallel dimension, are looking for a new stomping ground. And Hollyweird is ground zero. What’s worse, Reagan Moon is the only one who can stop them. With the help of an occult archivist and a carefree guardian angel, Moon is forced to confront an invisible world of toxic parasites and dimensional outriders. But no amount of magic can save him from monster that awaits… inside him.” The Ghost Box was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of best independently published novels of 2015. You can purchase the Ghost Box in paperback, ebook., and audiobook.
Saint Death is the second book in the Reagan Moon series. “Reagan Moon didn’t plan on being an earth guardian. He was your average paranormal reporter…until 1,000 volts of raw electricity fused an ancient relic into his sternum. It left him with Powers and lets him do things most humans can’t. There are others like him, six of them to be exact. They call themselves the Imperia and are charged with keeping earth from going down the toilet. This usually involves fighting monsters, tweaking the laws of physics, and keeping lots of booze and bandages on hand. But when Saint Death comes knocking, no amount of holy water and hand grenades can slow her roll. She’s the queenpin of the Santa Muerte pantheon. The folk religion’s central deity often appeared as a Virgin or a bride. Some called her the Grim Reapress. But mostly she was known as Saint Death. Now she’s got a companion. With the help of the Summu Nura, a Neuro priestess has rediscovered the Grimoire of Azrael, the Archangel of Death. And the Tenth Plague is about to be unleashed upon Los Angeles. Apparently, only Moon and his weathered compatriots can prevent the angel’s arrival. Yet earth guardians aren’t indestructible…as Saint Death is about to prove. Myth and history collide in the second installment of what Publishers Weekly called “one of the best indie novels of 2015.” Saint Death is available in paperback, ebook., or audiobook.
Despite his love for words, when ZEPH WALKER sees his body lying on the gurney in the county morgue, he is speechless. Disfigured by his stepmother as a teenager, the hideous scar across Zeph’s face has forced him into a life of seclusion. Cloistered in a ramshackle bookstore on the outskirts of town, Zeph is blessed with an uncanny ability to sound souls—to intuit peoples’ deepest sins and secrets. He calls it the Telling, but has abandoned the gift to his unbelief and despair. Until two detectives escort him to the county morgue, where he learns that the bizarre look-alike of himself has been found murdered. You can purchase The Telling at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christianbook.com, and other outlets.
In Winterland, an ebook novella, recovering addict Eunice Ames is summoned into her dying mother’s coma where she must traverse a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape in search of three generational spirits who have imprisoned her mother’s soul. One reviewer described the story as “John Bunyan Meets Tim Burton.” Winterland is available exclusively for Amazon Kindle and can be purchased HERE
Mike’s debut novel, The Resurrection, is about a quiet coastal town and an unassuming crippled woman who inexplicably raises a boy from the dead, awakening a century’s old curse. Tosca Lee, author of Demon: A Memoir, said of the book, “A brooding and suspenseful debut that will give you goosebumps and make you think long after you’ve turned the last page.” The Resurrection was a finalist in 2011’s INSPY speculative fiction category. Purchase The Resurrection through Amazon, B&N, ChristianBook.com, and other reputable outlets.
Mike’s flash fiction piece The Prayin’ Kind appeared in The Common Oddities Speculative Fiction Sideshow Issue 5. When Orchids Bloomed from Dead Stringers appeared in Bewildering Stories and was also selected for their Fourth Quarterly Review Editor’s Choice. BreakPoint magazine included Mike’s non-fiction commentary entitled The Mission Field of Young Adult Fiction: Re-Examining Cultural Engagement with the Next Generation. Mike’s short story, En Route to Inferno, appeared in Coach’s Midnight Diner: Back from the Dead edition. He was interviewed by the pulp style horror magazine Rue Morgue, Issue #87, for a piece entitled The Rise of Christian Horror, ABC’s Encounter podcast Sacred Horror: Zombie resurrections and Vampire Souls, and Christian Today magazine. His article “Old v. New” on the evolution of zombie films appeared in Zombies Magazine Spring 2014 issue. Mike’s short humorous sci-fi piece, Father Fayad’s Curious Compatibility Projector, landed in Raygun Revival Issue 48. He also received the Editor’s Choice award for his creative non-fiction essay entitled The Ark, published in the Summer 2.3 Issue of Relief Journal. Coach’s Midnight Diner inaugural edition included his short story, Polly’s Muse, in their genre anthology. It’s a Screwtapian tale full of imps, pixies and uninspired hominids. On Art and Asses, an irreverent exploration into the nature of creativity appeared in the Fall 2007 edition of 316 A Journal of Christian Thinking. Relief Journal included his story, When Bill Left the Porch, in its Second Edition. Mike was chosen as one of ten authors to be published in Infuze Magazine‘s 2005 print anthology and was also a finalist in the 2005 Faith in Fiction short story contest.
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- The Prayin’ Kind appeared in The Common Oddities Speculative Fiction Sideshow Issue 5
- When Orchids Bloomed from Dead Stringers appeared in Bewildering Stories
- En Route to Inferno in Coach’s Midnight Diner: Back from the Dead edition
- Father Fayad’s Curious Compatibility Projector in Raygun Revival, Issue 48
- Subterannea in Fear and Trembling
- When Bill Left the Porch in Relief Journal, Number 2
- Raven in Dragons, Knights and Angels, Issue 30, March 2006
- The Jagged Hole in Ferrymoor Two in Infuze
- Seasons Dance in Infuze and Infuze Magazine Best of 2006 Short Stories and Poetry
- Someone in the Circle in Infuze and Infuze Magazine Best of 2005 Short Stories and Poetry
- The Mission Field of Young Adult Fiction: Re-Examining Cultural Engagement with the Next Generation in BreakPoint magazine.
- Old v. New on the evolution of zombie films in Zombies Magazine Spring 2014 issue
- Interviewed in Rue Morgue #87 for a piece entitled The Rise of Christian Horror
- The Ark in 2.3 Issue of Relief Journal
- Bad Evangelism in Serve ezine, Issue 44
- Let Us Decompose in Relevant Magazine Online
- On Art and Asses in the Fall 2007 edition of 316 A Journal of Christian Thinking
- Keeping an Ear to the Ceiling in Relevant Magazine Online
- Of Saints and Serial Killers in The Matthew’s House Project