INK by Damien Walters Grintalis

Release date: December 4, 2012
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

A tattoo can be a work of art…or a curse. The devil is in the details.

The fearsome griffin inked on Jason’s arm looks real enough to climb off and take flight. Jason thinks his new tattoo is perfect. Until he wakes up one night to find his arm temporarily ink free. Until he finds a brick wall where the tattoo shop should be.

As Jason’s world spins out of control, he comes to realize a truth as sharp as the griffin’s talons. The tattoo is alive, it’s hungry, and if Jason tries to kill it, he’ll die. The artist will remove it for a price, but he’s not interested in money or Jason’s soul. He wants something far worse…

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About the author:

Damien Walters Grintalis was imprinted with a love of reading at a young age by her father. At the age of eleven, she saw the movie Alien and read Stephen King’s The Shining and her attraction to all things dark and scary turned into true love. Rumor has it she still peeks behind the shower curtain on occasion to make sure no monsters are lurking there.

She is an Active member of both the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a staff writer with BooklifeNow, and an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction magazine, Electric Velocipede.

She lives in Maryland with her husband, two former shelter cats, and two rescued pit bulls. Ink is her first novel. You can visit her blog or follow her on Twitter .

International Poetry Day 2012 – Epitaph

As it is International Poetry Day here is my contest winning (for poem, ‘Epitaph’.  You can still purchase copies of ‘Dragon Poems for 2011′, for Kindle, which featured this poem at Amazon.


Beneath winters grasp
Enfolded in golden skein
Cold-bloodslumber dream

Thawing springs caress
Limbs flex gargantuan uncoil
Ravenous wyrm royal

Warmth of summer sun
Dragon basks on broken bones
Rules all reigns alone

Above autumn clouds
Soar majestic wings unfurled
Hunter of the world

Ephemeral prey
Fleeting moon chased seasons
Subjects to treason

Chrome head bows to pray
Sword bare shield close Knight vows life
Virgin sacrifice

Steel juxtapose scale
Fire belching skin blisters raw
Hands raised implore

Slit eyes slow blink
Raucous laugh humor blast
Gaping maw at last

Glinting ivory snap
Proud shimmering armor rent
Bold life blood spent

As eyes grow dim
Forked tongue demands his name
His deed to proclaim

A self epitaph
‘fore on his flesh dragon gorge
Last word his name: George