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Sleepers Unbound

by Elliott J. Scott

Days after news of the death of the international bestselling author of the Nicholas Sleeper horror novels sweeps the headlines, four aspiring writers receive an obscure email from an unknown source claiming to work for the belated author’s publisher. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the sender promises to grant one candidate the chance to ghost-write a series of unpublished Sleeper novels.

Mar 23, 2017

Sleepers Unbound #14: A Note From the Author: Part One of Three

In the fourth grade I wrote a book about a boy lost in the woods. His dog, an old, wise Golden Retriever eventually found the boy, deep behind a series of valleys, tucked beneath the canopy of a wide tree in the midst of a thunderstorm just before a quiet fox began to pounce on […]

Mar 10, 2017

Sleepers Unbound #13: You Are Invited to an Exorcism

        From: PastorCalvin777@storehousechurch.com to austin_oglesby@durham.com Subject: You are Invited! 08 AUG 2016, 01:00 PM   Dear Prof. O, Sometimes They Hide Within. What do you think? Well, it’s a working title, anyway. Granger never settled on a title until after the second or third drafts, right? If I am to write like […]

Feb 21, 2017

Sleepers Unbound #12: For the Record, This is All on the Record.

    OKLAHOMA CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT 09 AUG. 2016 09:12:34 RM 2 POLICE: This interview is being tape recorded. I am Officer Joshua Blake and I’m based in Special Investigations in Oklahoma City which is part of the Santa Fe Division— Who are we kidding, Ms. Gill, I’m going to be quite blunt. I only […]

Feb 7, 2017

Sleepers Unbound #11: Get Your Own

      Sarah Jewel’s diary August 6, 2016   Mom and Dad were away last night at the lake house (Aunt Cherri’s lake house, actually). They called it an early honeymoon. Which is great, because I finally had a window. But let me back up. My parents don’t own much in the likeness to […]

Jan 24, 2017

Sleepers Unbound #10: Little Bird

      Calvin Member #4 Posted August 05, 2016 02:55 PM   A man cannot possible count every single idol he worships. It’s like attempting to ponder eternity. Some say a person’s liable to go insane trying to make some earthly sense of eternity. Best not to even try. Live presently. But sometimes our […]

Jan 17, 2017

Sleepers Unbound #9: Free Books for a Lunatic

    From: MariaHolstrom@BHPublishing.com to BrandonUpton@BHPublishing.com Subject: Interesting phone call 03 AUG 2016, 02:05 PM   As lead receptionist of a prominent publishing house, I fully recognize it’s my responsibility to answer the phone, but there’s only so many expletives I can take before this smile you pay me for begins to fade. Sooner or […]

Jan 10, 2017

Sleepers Unbound #8: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Brick House Publishing @BHPublishing – 31s 10 Sleeper books have risen to the top of the @nytimes paperback mass-market fiction bestseller list in the last 2 wks. #TheMantraLivesOn.   Prof. O Member #3 Posted August 03, 2016 12:49 PM   A little competition? I like it. Lord of the Flies meets Breakfast of Champions. SIDENOTE: […]

Jan 3, 2017

Sleepers Unbound #7: The Rule of the Game is There Are No Rules

Sarah Jewel’s diary August 3, 2016   Sometimes it takes a death in the family. Other times, it takes a death of a stranger. But it always takes a death for the living to go on living. A fat man in a tight black AC/DC t-shirt sat down at the workstation beside me: Workstation Eight. […]

Dec 20, 2016

Sleepers Unbound #6: A Pretty Jewel

Sarah Jewels’ diary August 3, 2016 Writer’s like to use the word façade. Especially new writers. It’s one of those pseudo-sophisticated words (like pseudo); complex and yet relatively common. Façade. Meaning concealment. Meaning fake. Meaning hardly discernible. Isn’t it ironic how so many of us freely choose a word like façade to impress a reader? […]

Dec 13, 2016

Sleepers Unbound #5: A Front Row Seat to the Show

    From: unknownsender to unknownrecipient Subject: RE: who’s getting restless…? 03 AUG 2016, 06:57 AM   The encryption certs should mask our correspondence, but make sure you’re wiping your email regardless. We can’t afford a leak. Every last step of the plan has to go accordingly. Speaking of which, they seem to be on […]