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Never Dead

After a series of grave robberies in the 1920’s goes unsolved, reporter Michael Jacobs follows a new thread. His investigation leads him to a small town in the suburbs of Chicago named Elk Hills. While exploring the small town, Michael is able to gather more information than the police did regarding the grave robberies. With each interview Michael conducts, he gets nearer to the truth. Eventually, Michael gets too close finds himself part of the story he is looking to write.

At the same time, wealthy businessman Edmund Creighton organizes a group of equally wealthy families and individuals in the Chicago area to finance illegal experiments in the basement of his mansion. They call their group the Elk Hills Research Society. These experiments require the presence of recently dead bodies, which members of the Society are more than happy to collect from the local cemeteries. 

By the time Michael uncovers the dark secrets of the Society, it may be too late for the truth to make any difference.

The Life and Times of Edward Morgan

Edward Morgan is a murderer.

He has killed the first mate on the pirate ship Glory, led by the notoriously violent Captain Avery. Following the murder, Edward assumes Avery will kill him and throw chunks of his body into the ocean—a meal for ever-present sharks. Instead, Avery has a different idea. The Captain sees a lot of himself in Edward and decides to give him one last chance. He will leave Edward alive, on a small, legendary island known to pirates throughout the world as Dead Man’s Isle. If Edward lives until the Glory returns, his punishment for the brutal murder will have been served.


While Edward knows this won’t be an easy task, he sees it as a reprieve and vows to survive until the Glory returns.

But he doesn’t know the secrets hidden on the Isle



Ambrose Ryer can see all of the terrible things a person has done. With a single touch he knows if a person is good or evil. He’s had this power for most of his long life and he’s always tried to use it to make the world a better place. For Ryer that means killing anyone he believes is not contributing positively to society. He travels the country shaking hands with individuals and learning about their past. If he doesn’t like what he sees, he ends their life and moves on to a new place and a different person. And Ambrose Ryer is very good at what he does.

Everything changes for Ryer when he arrives in the town of Woodsboro, Massachusetts—the place where he grew up and also where he first learns about his special ability. Even with his long life and unique experience, Ryer is met with a situation without an easy answer. For the first time in his life, Ryer doesn’t know what to do with the information he acquires after shaking someone’s hand. His actions could change his life forever. Even with all the uncertainty he faces, Ryer knows he only has one job to do: continue to hand out his own brand of Justice.

Mr. Nightmare 2

The Nightmare Realm

Ten years after her first encounter with Mr. Nightmare, Anna is home from college. Living at home again brings up painful memories of the past. To help deal with those difficult reminders, Anna turns to her friends—the remaining members of The Nightmare Club. While things aren’t what they used to be, it is good to have friends around.

But Anna and the others begin to see signs that make them realize the past is not just a memory. Mr. Nightmare is back and is ready to get revenge on the group that banished him from their world ten years prior. And this time he’s not alone.

Older now, Anna and her friends must take on Mr. Nightmare a second time. Unlike before, this clash takes place where Mr. Nightmare has even more power. This time, they must defeat Mr. Nightmare inside The Nightmare Realm.


Mr. Nightmare

Bored in the middle of another summer vacation, Anna, her brother Chuck, and their friends John, Merrie and Marcus plan to meet in the woods at midnight every Saturday to tell scary stories. They call their group The Nightmare Club and they get together to see who tells the scariest stories throughout summer and into the fall when they head back to school. The group becomes inseparable, looking forward to the meetings every week as they try to outdo each other. But, their late-night fun turns to terror when they learn an other-worldy being—known to them as Mr. Nightmare—has taken an interest in them and has been feeding on their dreams.


Mr. Nightmare continues to taunt and torment the group until they decide to fight back against their tormentor. The more The Nightmare Club fights back however, the more dangerous Mr.Nightmare becomes.


At an early age, Martin Quigley learned he had the ability to kill anything he touched. His mother died after kissing him goodnight. His father died twenty-four hours later after consoling a young son worried about his sick mother. An orphan, Martin went to live with family close by.

When an older cousin found out his ability, Martin was given the nickname Decay.

Now an adult, Martin finds himself conscripted to join the Union army in the war between the states. He leaves home and fights the war alongside fellow soldiers from Massachusetts. His commanding officer learns of his special ability and now wants to use Martin as a weapon of war. But Martin is the most powerful weapon on either side in the gruesome war and he has a deadly decision to make.



Eight Tales of Animal Horror

“Joe Scipione’s Zoo is an imaginative collection that takes readers to the beach, through the forest, into dystopian futures, and more places where insects, animals, and other creatures are more than meets the eye. Through vivid prose and compelling characters, Scipione shows us what happens when power dynamics shift and human hunters become the hunted. Each story tackles a unique concept and delivers a satisfying conclusion -- who, or what, will have the last bite? You’ll have to read to find out!” 

Sara Tantlinger,
Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Devil’s Dreamland

Perhaps She Will Die

"Mysterious, creepy, and unsettling."

Calvin Demmer,
Author of The Sea was a Fair
Master and Dark Celebrations

Lisa Ewing and her family have just moved into their dream house. The neighborhood is perfect and the school system is one of the best, ideal for her two children. Everything is perfect, until Lisa notices the strange behavior of their new neighbor. At first, she chalks his odd behavior up to the fact that he is elderly. But things get worse.

A young girl goes missing and Lisa unearths the long history of disappearances in the same small patch of woods. Lisa is the only person that knows enough about the malevolent creature behind the disappearances and its connection to her new neighbor. Now the creature is after Lisa and her life hangs in the balance.


All Works


Never Dead, D&T Publishing, 2023


The Life and Times of Edward Morgan, D&T Publishing, 2023

Justice: Contact Series Book 2, D&T Publishing, October 2023


Mr. Nightmare, Wicked House Publishing, 2022

Decay: Contact Series Book 1, D&T Publishing, November 2022


Perhaps She Will Die, World Castle Publishing, July 2021

Zoo: Eight Tales of Animal Horror, D&T Publishing, April 2022

Short Stories

What Comes After the Bombs? "Beneath," Ghost Orchid Press, 2021

First Contact, "Cosmos" Ghost Orchid Press, 2021

Delta Witch Blues “Good Southern Witches,” Curious Blue Press, 2021    

The Grid “It’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Dies” D&T Publishing, 2021


Of Prey, Of Death “Night Terrors” Scare Street Publishing, 2021


A Hero’s Welcome “Trigger Warning: Hallucinations” Madness Hearts Press, 2021


Get Out “Home” Ghost Orchid Press, 2021


Cameraman “Stories We Tell After Midnight: Volume 2”, Crone Girls Press, 2020.


Wishing Tree “Forgotten Ones,” Eerie River Publishing, 2019.


Number Three “Satan is Your Friend” Deadman’s Tome, 2019.


The Corner of the Room “Corner Bar Magazine” 2017.


The Ripples “New Realm” 2014.


Guilty “Throw Down Your Dead: An Anthology of Western Horror,” Sonar-4 Publications, 2010.



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About the Author

Joe Scipione lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two kids. He is a Senior Contributor and horror book reviewer at and a memeber of the Horror Writers Association. He has had stories published in several anthologies including “Stories We Tell After Midnight: Volume 2,” “Satan is Your Friend,” and “Throw Down Your Dead: An Anthology of Western Horror.” His debut novel PERHAPS SHE WILL DIE comes out this summer from World Castle Publishing.  When he’s not reading or writing you can usually find him cheering on one of the Boston sports teams or walking around the lakes near his home.

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