Monday, January 1, 2018: What Year Is This?
"New Year's Eve/Day sure didn't quite turn out as we planned. Ms. Brugger and I had intended to head over to Winston-Salem last night to hang out with our friends Terry & Beth in their outdoor hot tub (in the nice 11°F chill), but they'd both come down ill this week, and getting together during the contagious stage just didn't seem prudent..." (Read more.)


n case you haven't guessed, you've stumbled upon The Realm of Stephen Mark "Damned Rodan" Rainey. Browse around, check out my books (click on the covers below for detailed information), and drop me a note if you find something to fuss about. (You may call me "Mark," by the way; people who address me as "Stephen" usually want money.) Feel free to play with the buttons. Check the News section for the latest publication news-and please do visit The Blog Where Horror Dwells.

If you haven't read my work before, there's never been a better time to give it a try! Lots of my titles are currently available in various editions, including e-books and audio books. I hope you find something here that will scare the pants off you!*


*Sorry, but I cannot be held responsible for your pants.


NEW! From the Smith Brothers, makers of
Young Blood: Evil Intentions and Invasion of The Killer Cicadas

Raised in a torn home, young Anavey fancies herself a vampire, only to discover she actually is descended from a line of vampires. As she reaches puberty, she begins to exhibit bloodsucking tendencies, and with the help of her younger sister Anastasia, forms an army of young, blood-thirsty vampires. The kids, who regard the adults in their community as merciless oppressors, begin a campaign of terror, intent on making the town of Martindale their own. No one is safe, especially the girls' mother, Olivia, and their abusive, overbearing stepfather, Dale Buckmeyer.

Will Anavey's dreams of death, destruction, and conquest become a reality? Can Anastasia escape the vamprie cult before it's too late for her and her parents? Will the angry mob from the town put an end to the insanity?


The novel Young Blood, which I wrote in close collaboration with moviemakers Mat and Myron Smith, is based on their movie Young Blood: Evil Intentions, but delves much deeper into the storyline and characters, all while retaining the crucial element of humor that makes Young Blood a brutal, rip-roaring, hysterically funny gem.

 Check out Young Blood here.


Now Available From Crossroad Press!

The war that never ends has begun....

AUTUMN, 1943: The beginning of the American offensive against the Japanese in the South Pacific. Just west of the Solomon Islands lies a remote, desert island called Conquest, where the U.S. Navy stations a new fighting squadron, led by Lieutenant Commander Drew McLachlan, an ace pilot and veteran of the Battle of Coral Sea.

With his group of air warriors, who call themselves the Blue Devils, McLachlan soars into frequent combat with the Japanese, inflicting serious casualties upon the enemy. However, on the squadron's island home, signs appear that it may not be entirely alone, for in nearby volcanic caves, McLachlan finds evidence of habitation by unknown natives-natives that resemble no known living race, and that may yet exist in the mysterious subterranean catacombs. As the tension on the island mounts, McLachlan is forced to fight on two fronts: against their known enemy, the Japanese, and an unknown, predatory force that leaves mutilated victims as the only evidence of its presence.

As the Solomons campaign enters into its final skirmishes, the Japanese at last turn their attention to Conquest Island. In the final conflict, the Blue Devils find themselves the target of an overwhelming assault by the desperate Imperial Japanese forces-and McLachlan must face the reality that the key to his men's survival lies deep in the dark and deadly caves of Conquest Island itself.

"...An enjoyable World War II adventure with a science-fiction plot twist. Readers nostalgic for the era's war movies and pulp fiction will enjoy the ride."-Publisher's Weekly

Check out Blue Devil Island here.



EW! From Crossroad Press
Lost in the Dismal Swamp....

Devastated and homeless after a personal tragedy, Courtney Edmiston accepts an invitation to stay with her old college friend, Jan Blackburn. Jan lives with her brother, David, and their eccentric aunt Martha on the edge of the Dismal Swamp, near Fearing, North Carolina. There, Courtney soon discovers that the Blackburns have had more than their share of tragedies... and accumulated enemies... of their own. Plus there is the strange, monstrous, looming figure she frequently glimpses in and around the swamp. Is this ghostly entity - which Aunt Martha calls the Monarch - a bizarre ally? Or a deadly foe?


"I would recommend The Monarchs to anyone who enjoys their horror intelligently written, character driven, and bloody. Without giving too much away, I can say that The Monarchs has one of the most exciting endings to a novel that I've read in the last year. You really shouldn't pass this one by."-TT Zuma,  Horrorworld

 Check out The Monarchs, including an exerpt, here.


Now available for Kindle!
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A pleasant New Year's Eve outing becomes an experience in otherworldly horror when two close-knit couples discover a shocking secret in the darkest corners of the Appalachian mountains. At an opulent mountain inn, Warren Burr, his fiancee, Anne, and their friends, Roger and Kristin Leverman, encounter a religious zealot named John Hanger, who makes it his business to bear witness to them of his peculiar...and His efforts rebuffed, Hanger insidiously assumes control of the couples' technological devices, leading them to stumble into unexpected, surreal landscapes...landscapes inhabited by nightmarish beings that defy explanation and rationality. To return to the world they thought they knew, Warren and his friends must not only escape the deadly entities that pursue them but somehow stop John Hanger's nightmare-plague from spreading to the outside world.


Check out The Gods of Moab here.


In paperback from Dark Regions...
Trade paperback as well as signed, lettered, and numbered hardback editions from Dark Regions.

Strange shapes hiding in the shadows cast by the moonlight. Eerie noises drifting out of the forest and rising into the night. The sound of inhuman footsteps approaching from somewhere in the darkness. A pair of gleaming eyes peering in through your window at midnight....


This is the nightmarish, haunted world you will enter in this new collection of 17 tales-including six never before published-by Stephen Mark Rainey, longtime editor of Deathrealm magazine and author of such acclaimed works as Balak, The Lebo Coven, Blue Devil Island, The Last Trumpet, and Other Gods. Enter willingly…and prepare yourself for a chilling journey through some of the most frightening literary landscapes you have ever experienced.


Check out The Gaki here.

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"Damned Rodan!" Author photograph by Stephen Mark Rainey
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