Back in 2013, author Stephen Kozeniewski took readers on a zombie noir trip to remember with Braineater Jones, and in his new novel, The Hematophages, Kozeniewski plunges readers into an alien fleshworld teeming with unthinkable threats. With the new sci-fi horror novel coming out on April 1st from Sinister Grin Press, we have an excerpt from The Hematophages to share with Daily Dead readers.

"Doctoral student Paige Ambroziak is a “station bunny” – she’s never set foot off the deep space outpost where she grew up. But when she’s offered a small fortune to join a clandestine salvage mission, she jumps at the chance to leave the cutthroat world of academia behind.

Paige is convinced she’s been enlisted to find the legendary Manifest Destiny, a long-lost colonization vessel from an era before the corporations ruled Earth and its colonies. Whatever she’s looking for, though, rests in the blood-like seas of a planet-sized organism called a fleshworld.

But the greatest threat to Paige’s mission is the nauseating alien parasites which infest the fleshworld. These lamprey-like monstrosities are used to swimming freely in an ocean of blood, and will happily spill a new one from the veins of the outsiders who have tainted their home. In just a few short, bone-chilling hours Paige learns that there are no limits to the depravity and violence of the grotesque nightmares known as…THE HEMATOPHAGES."

To read our excerpt from Stephen Kozeniewski's The Hematophages, click the cover art below, and visit Amazon. Also, to hear a fascinating interview with Kozeniewski, listen to episode 13 of The Horror Show with Brian Keene podcast, and visit Kozeniewski's website to learn more about the author.

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    About the Author - Derek Anderson

    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.