An Immersive Weekend for Readers and Writers

It’s here!

It’s Friday the 13th (Mwahaha), and I am PUMPED up as I do final preparations for a wicked weekend of FREE presentations, sessions, and socials for book lovers.

It all starts of (for me) at 6 pm TONIGHT. I’ll be doing a killer presentation on True Crime – What Content is out there, WHO is binging it, WHY we love it, and HOW to capture it on the page.

Next up, right after Evil Fanatics, I’ll be dipping in to the Noir @ the Bar. I’ll be reading, along with some really cool other authors, some 70s Acid Laced Serial Killer Thriller stuff. Mmmm…delicious.

Tomorrow (Saturday), you’ll find me dishing out a healthy dose of inspiration, and ‘Yes You Can’, at Write Your Book One Word at a Time! Join me for some motivation, empowerment, and walk away with powerful mental tools to climb your own mountain – whatever that may be.

And, FINALLY, I close out the weekend with some Demon Fun! Join me, and a fellow demon of mine, to take a look at embracing your inner darkness and leveraging it to write dark and market your books.

It all starts TODAY at 1 pm. Grab your FREE ticket, and attend as many sessions at you want.

See you there!

Dark Reads Book Sale!

Hello fellow readers. I’m dropping in for a quick hello to let you know about a totally awesome BOOK SALE! All dark reads. All $0.99 or FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Yes. I said it. This is your chance to grab a healthy fill of deliciously dark books without blowing your budget.

I LOVE a good book sale. And, of course, you know how much I LOVE to read dark stories.

As part of this totally cool promo, Final Track, the debut novel in my 80s metal murder series, is just $0.99 on Kindle and Kobo (US and Canada).

So, what ‘ya waitin’ for? Get your books!

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Flash Sale!

It’s been a while since I have written a post. I’m sorry. I got lost in finishing book 3 (Yes! Book 3!) in the Det. Mahoney, 80s metal murder series. I was attempting to juggle quite a few things. I stepped back, focused on less, in the name of quality.

Things are settling now. I am starting to find a flow in the different areas of my little book business.

Thank you for your patience. I am thrilled you are still hanging around. As a thank you, I am having a flash sale. Today is the last day, so grab your copy!

There’s lots going on! I’ve been working on two different novellas. One is a spin off of one of the characters from the Det. Mahoney series. The other, more on the horror side of things, is about Owen, his terrarium, and the life he lives according to a painful cycle.

I’m also deep into a killer collaboration with an amazing horror author, Daniel Willcocks, and we will be releasing a delicious horror anthology in time for Halloween.

Finally, I have a gruesome story about gluttony coming out in July as part of a fantastic anthology, Forbidden Fruit, by the talented Seventh Terrace.

Stay tuned here for details on all of this, along with some new features coming up (80s metal, murder, and horror, oh – and a head bang or two).

xoxoxo Demon Julie

Another Book is HERE!!!

I’ve been silent. Well, I haven’t exactly been silent, but I haven’t blogged.

I love writing my blog. I am so happy to be back doing it again.

As the new year opened up, I buckled down and focused. My second novel was basically done. Written. Beta read. Edited. Cover designed. Only the last push through the production side of things remained. It was nitty and gritty work…but it’s done!

I am hard on myself. I am sure a lot of you can relate. Thus, as I took my final peruse through my creation before unleashing it onto the world, I was delighted at how delicious I found it. Yes. Dark. Delicious. Infused with my stamp.

I present to you, Acid Track. A 70s acid rock laced serial killer vs detective dark tale. The sequel to my debut novel Final Track. I am proud of it, and thrilled to be rolling it out.

The cherry on top of the acid rock laced thrilling ride is the PARTAY that I am throwing to celebrate! YOU are invited. It may be virtual, but it will be a sweaty, head-banging rock out night! I hope you can join me from wherever you may be in the world. CLICK On the invite to sign up and participate. From costume contests to song requests for the 80s metal legends Nöize Böyz, there are plenty of killer ways to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime-80s-metal-infused-70s-acid-rock-laced-book-launch-partay (or at least until the next book release)!

Acid Track goes live on March 12. Stay tuned for pre-order and party deets, or follow along on FB, Insta, or join Julie Hiner – Author | MailerLite.

Free Books for Dark Readers

All I can say is WOW! I’m popping in to share with you not one, but TWO, massive give-a-ways on some delicious, dark reads.

It’s been a rough year. It’s been a challenging time. It’s been a busy few weeks. Grab yourself some free reads, pour a strong cocktail, and curl up by the fire. Yes. Do it. Demon Julie says so.

Story Time – Series Three Wrap Up

Hello my little demons!

I can’t believe that three series of story time have been recorded and shared.

This last one was just as delightful as the first two. I fall in love with every dark story that I choose to read to you, thus, it always seems like I won’t find more stories that I love just as much, but I do.

This last series featured some dark delights. If you missed any of them, simply scroll down a little. Be warned, these stories will chill your bones and keep you up at night. So, before you indulge, poor a stiff drink and curl up in a blanket. Then let Demon Julie come into your bedroom and tell you a terrifying tale, or two.

Stay tuned for a more story time coming soon!

Since it is Halloween month, I am on the hunt for Halloween themed stories, or stories of ghosts, gouls and the like. If you have a story that you would like read, please comment below or contact me! All that is required is that I get permission from the author to read his/her work.

Until next time…

Scariest Serial Killers – Episode 2

Welcome, little demons, to episode two of the Scariest Serial Killers.

This feature will take you on a deep dive into some of the evilest minds lurching in the shadows. Serial killers are indeed a unique brand of killer. The extensive research I have done to fuel my old school detective versus serial killer series resulted in a clear identification of a set of traits, or components, that make up the breed of serial killer that I strive to capture.

This month, I’ve chosen a less talked about, yet horrifically sadistic killer — Robert Pickton, the pig farmer that lived in British Columbia. Through the lens of what composes a true serial killer, we will focus on his extensive repertoire, his ability to slip through the cracks, and his sick, twisted doings in his most sadistic fantasy.

Extensive Repertoire

Pickton became the suspect in the largest serial killer investigation in Canada. The total accounts of murder he was charged with kept creeping up, reaching twenty-seven, with another twelve later added. He later admitted to forty-nine accounts to an under-cover police officer. He complained about wanting to make it an even fifty, but he got sloppy and got caught.

Slipping Through the Cracks

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Scariest Serial Killers – Episode One

Welcome, my little demons, to the NEW monthly feature at Killers And Demons. This feature will take you on a deep dive into some of the evilest minds to have scoured the earth. Serial killers are indeed a unique brand of killer. It was my desire to capture the horrifying nature of such a beast in each of my novels. I wanted to write a book that would capture the complexity of the serial killer and display the depth of such a character. Thus, I dug into the real and the terrifying. Inspired by such books and shows as MindHunter, Criminal Minds, and True Detective, I wanted to weave a tale that would have the reader immersed in a homicide investigation driven to examine more than just the clues. I wanted to take the reader on a journey into the psyche and behaviour of the monster behind the murders. After researching dozens of serial killers, it became apparent to me that these creatures all have a similar set of traits, or components. Thus, our first serial killer feature takes a look at Edmund Kemper. Edmund is a main focus on the first season of MindHunter. I watched this first season twice. Both times I was hypnotized by the words coming out of fictional Edmund’s mouth and the way in which he spoke. After digging into the facts of Edmund, I was horrified and stunned at the realization that he did in fact do everything they showed on the TV series version of him, and more. Edmund is one of the scariest serial killers. Why? Today we talk about his fantasy, his ability to blend in, his tortured child hood, and his ability to obtain a clean slate. His fantasy was extremely clear and vivid. He knew exactly what his end goal was as he practiced the act of murder on a series of victims. In the end, the main thorn in his heel was his mother. Locking him up on multiple occasions with the excuse that she thought he would molest his sisters, and reinforcing her brutal opinion that her son was worthless on countless occasions with verbal attacks. He simply wanted to shut her up, and shut her up he did. In the end, she was his final kill. At least that we know of. He beheaded her, sexually violated her head, and tossed her vocal chords in the garburator. He lived out the fantasy he’d been practicing for. He was a sneaky bugger. Pulled over for a tail light issue, he was so charming and relaxed, the police officer sent him happily on his way. Despite the two bodies that were hidden in his trunk. We may never know how many times he slipped under the radar. He blended in so well, he was a favourite amongst the cops down at the neighbourhood pub. They claimed he was a friendly and likeable guy. Yes, blend in he did.Edmund was tortured early on in his life. The physical and verbal abuse aside, he was tortured internally. He loved to play ominous games having his sister help him to pretend to the was being sent to the gas chamber. Cats couldn’t go around him without a horrifying end. When he was sent to live with his grandparents, he killed them. He started with his grandmother, later claiming that he wanted to know what it felt like to kill a person. His grandfather saw the end when Edmund decided he didn’t want grandpa to live without grandma. Was that the truth? Or did he like the kill so much he wanted another? Either way, he ended up calling in dear old mom for help. Despite the admittance, he was only fifteen, and thus he was institutionalized for a time, then released with a clean slate. It could have been his ability to sway the psychological assessments he underwent in the way he wanted them to go. Or at least it appears so. Why would his slate be clean? He was deemed to he the perfect example of rehabilitation. And why would he later be allowed to assist with the assessment of other inmates and the development of tests for fellow criminals? It’s all rather shocking. If this doesn’t chill your bones, then I don’t know what would. Please come back for next month’s feature on the scariest serial killer. If there is a serial killer you would like featured, pop your suggestions in the comments below.