Laugh at elementary school moments, jump at the echo of possibly undead footsteps in the church next door, and cry when the news of a sudden death pulls your heart from your chest. Black Parakeets Only Hatch in December is a collection of anecdotes and vignettes of life growing up in the urban city of East Chicago, Indiana. Nestled between the big city presence of Chicago and the gritty, misrepresented aura of Gary, East Chicago is a brew for a common life experienced uncommonly.

Damian Malachi is a best-selling horror writer, loving husband and dedicated father. However, Malachi holds a dark secret. As a young boy, he disappeared for two days only to return different - changed. In what felt like a lifetime, Damian was stolen to Sanctuary, a place where the monsters that we know in fiction were real and had all but destroyed humanity. In Sanctuary, Malachi discovered a dark power binding him to the powers of the lumbering Frankenstein's Monster, the savage Werewolf, the feral Fish-Man, the enigmatic Mummy and the tyrannical Dracula. Trained by the poetic and repentant Igor and the undead Van Helsing, Damian Malachi became the Monster Man - a chimera of all the monsters and their greatest threat. Today, two decades later, with more children missing and his family threatened, Damian must go back to the world that stole him once and may kill him now.

 

The world is in the Golden Age of Piracy and fabled ships sail the seven seas. One such vessel is the Requiem, captained by the young but wise, brave but dubious Nabopolassar “Bo” Travis. Alongside his first mate Ghassan, quartermaster Winter Burke and navigator Glover, Travis seeks treasure, female company and good drink.

The world is in the Golden Age of Piracy and fabled ships sail the seven seas. One such vessel is the Requiem, captained by the young but wise, brave but dubious Nabopolassar “Bo” Travis. Alongside his first mate Ghassan, quartermaster Winter Burke and navigator Glover, Travis seeks treasure, female company and good drink.

The Requiem’s legendary adventures are filled with tales of monsters and myths - all of which are true.  Now, someone or something is sailing the seas in search for a treasure chest – a chest that holds unknown riches which only promise to change the world forever. Captain Travis, his crew and a beautiful young map reader must brave the dark and the deep to find the treasure.

But will the treasure chest truly be full of riches or does something far more insidious lie in wait?