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The Bleed
The Bleed
The Bleed

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The Bleed

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Barry and Lich are two high school outcasts living as much of a life as they can in the small town of Grafting, Michigan, circa 1995. Life ain’t great, but it ain’t too bad either. That is, until the Grafting quake hits and a strange man heading a secretive organization shows up with an army of brilliant minds, highly trained mercenaries, and a monster that’s crawled straight from the realm of nightmares. As it turns out, reality is starting to tear, and things from another dimension are starting to pop up—things with really bad intentions. So, when a few popular jocks from the local high school fall victim to a series of brutal murders and all the evidence points to Barry and Lich, their already crazy world is flipped upside down once more. Now on the run from local law enforcement, a secret government agency, and the monstrous manifestation of their own dark desires, the two teens, with the help of some very unlikely allies, must find a way to prove their innocence and save their small town from an evil beyond imagination. 

THE BLEED is a direct, alternate-dimension continuation of the short story, "Barry & Lich," first published in the Bram Stoker Award-nominated anthology DARK MATTER PRESENTS: HUMAN MONSTERS. Cover art by the legendary Butcher Billy.

Product Details

Author: Stephen S. Schreffler

Cover Artist: Butcher Billy

Publish Date: ‎July 16, 2024

Language: ‎ English



About the Author

Stephen S. Schreffler is an author of science fiction and horror. His imaginative stories feature unique worlds and complex characters that explore themes of loneliness, loss, identity, and growth. Stephen lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife and two daughters, and their cat and dog. He spends his non writing time asking his wife what they should make their daughters for dinner, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and playing guitar in various musical projects.

About the Cover Artist

Butcher Billy is a Brazilian artist and graphic designer known for his art pieces and illustration series based on the contemporary pop art movement. His work has a strong vintage comic book and street art influence while also making use of pop cultural references in music, cinema, art, literature, games, history and politics. His work has appeared as part of promotions and productions for the TV shows Black Mirror and Stranger Things.

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