Sunday, November 18, 2018: Team No Dead Weight Does Dr. Evil (Almost)
"The other day, Fishdownthestair (a.k.a. Natalie) let it be known that there should be beaucoup trail caching this weekend. So, this morning, Ms. Fish, Bloody Rob (a.k.a. Rob), and Old Rodan (yours) joined up to form another incarnation of Team No Dead Weight..." (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. And please do follow The Blog Where Horror Dwells for the latest news about my writing and other strange goings-on.

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.


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.



Paperback, ebook, and audiobook...
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 attempts to induct them into his bizarre sect. His efforts rebuffed, Hanger insidiously assumes control of the couples' technological devices, leading them to stumble into surreal landscapes...landscapes inhabited by nightmarish, murderous entities. To return to their familiar reality, Warren and his friends must not only escape the deadly creatures that pursue them but somehow stop John Hanger's nightmare-plague from spreading to our 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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