SEX…Got your Attention?

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Just thought I would interrupt your chain of thought and throw these teasers your way. It is almost like fishing…throw out the line with a baited hook on the end and hope for the best…well in my case I am throwing out teasers with the links as bait and hoping for the best…now I’m not calling you fish…that could be termed a “school” of thought but not by a long shot…I’m trying my best to hook readers…people who appreciate a good cup of coffee along with a great book, so without any further to do…allow me to introduce you to my debut novel.

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The full moon is high in the sky, the howl of the creature echo’s across the water as it catches the scent of the hated “she thing.”  It follows the scent, and slowly enters the camp area, moving from shadow to shadow, stealthily it advances on the villa, the urge to howl out its defiance at the world is strong, but all that is issued from that mighty throat is a low growl.  It moves across the veranda towards the front of the villa, the scent getting stronger.  There it finds the sliding door open; it slips inside, the pad of its footsteps hardly breaking the silence.

 It sees the hated “she thing”, the one who has stood up to it, the one who has shown no fear in the face of death.  Now it will pay for the creature will rip out her throat.  It springs onto the sleeping form that is Adele.

 Adele screams, her arms flailing the air, fighting the demon in her dream.  David jerks awake at the sound of the scream, and grabbing her shoulder he shakes her awake.  “Baby, you were having a nightmare, wake up, it’s okay.”

 He feels her body shudder against him, as her sobs fill the room.  Piet rushes in, rifle at the ready, followed by Peggy and Veronica, pity mirrored in their eyes as they take in the scene before them.

 Adele’s put on a brave face, but at night the creature invades her dreams.



Well if that took your breath away…great. Now allow me to introduce book two in The Blood Trilogy,

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 The night descends on the warm earth, with a soft breeze teasing the leaves in the trees, and playing with the grass, the night is dark, as the moon plays hide and seek among the clouds, and the animals of the forest move in and out of shadows as Piet and Roger take up their positions in the blind.  Both men are armed with 458 Lott rifles, as well as side arms, and a strong spotlight.

A quick inspection of the area around the bait reveals that nothing has paid a visit to it, but the breeze suggests that the scent of the rotten meat will carry to the one they are waiting for. Hopefully it’s just a question of time as to when the guest of honor would arrive and the party could start, hopefully with a bang, but only one.

The time drags on as the two men sit in the blind, the sound of crickets filling the night, the rustle of animals moving around them in the dark, and no show from the spotted killer.  The silence descends down on them so quickly that it takes a few minutes for both to realize that the bait has a visitor; Piet slowly raises the rifle in the general direction of the bait, eases back the safety, and waits for Roger to fill the darkness with light.

The beam cuts through the night, towards the bait, and both men breathe a sigh of relief, for in the beam stands one of the biggest spotted hyenas either man has ever seen.  The hyena, caught in the glare of the light, stares straight at them, its eyes glowing for a moment and then it’s gone, its laugh of fear carrying to them as it bolts through the darkness.

Both men strain their eyes into the darkness, trying to adjust their night vision, talking in hushed tones.  “Something scared that bloody hyena, but what?” “I’m not sure Roger, but it feels like something’s about to happen, just you be ready with that torch.”

Time seems to stand still for them, and as the minutes turn to hours, they both start to feel that this is a waste of time, when they hear movement in the direction of the bait.  The crickets are silent and the low growl of a big cat carries to them, full of menace and a warning that this cat will not tolerate any interference with its free meal.

Roger shines the torch in the direction of the bait to reveal a large male leopard crouching over the remains of the rotten carcass that has been used to lure him, he snarls into the light, and as Piet fires, the leopard moves with lightning speed towards the blind.  Piet’s first shot is not a killing shot, due to the sudden charge of the big cat, but catches it in the right shoulder.  The bullet breaking bone on its way into the leopard, the force of the bullet knocks the cat over, but like a steel spring, he regains his feet, and launches his attack.  The second shot hits the big cat directly into its heart, its body crashes into the blind, sending the men sprawling, as if having the last laugh as it dies at their feet.

The sound of the two shots carry over the forest, and reaches the ears of Orando as he makes his way along the jungle path in the direction of his home, after a meeting with the village chief of the area.  The darkness does not worry him as the trail is familiar and he is armed with a spear.

He is looking forward to seeing his young wife, and is busy congratulating himself on his good fortune when without warning, he is seized from behind, and he feels sharp talons sink into his flesh.  With a scream of pain and terror, he fights to dislodge his attacker, and in his efforts he manages to break the hold, turns to confront the silent attacker with his spear and looks into a hideous face covered by the head of a leopard.

The steel claws descend, cutting into his flesh, his life blood staining the ground and his last thought is that he recognized his assailant, and he abandons all hope for his killer is a member of the feared secret sect of Leopard Men.

The killer turns in the direction from where the shots came from, looks down at the body of his victim, and silently moves off into the undergrowth of the forest.


Okay, now if I have got your attention…that is my intention…let’s move on to book three, that is if you are brave enough…lets no hang around…its getting dark.

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The interior of the warehouse is gloomy, with only the lunar light from the moon breaking through the skylight windows and the scattering of black candles that burn at intervals along the path leading up towards the front of the building where a crude altar has been erected.

Around the warehouse are people huddled together waiting for the arrival of the Lion Man, and to worship the demons of the dark in an orgy of blood.

The frightened whimpers of a young boy carry across the silence as they wait for their master to arrive.  The parents of the child have bound his hands and feet, for has not great glory been bestowed upon them by his being chosen by the great master as the one to feel the power of the claws.  His innocent blood is to be spilt to enable the master to speak to the ones from the dark side.

Movement from the front of the warehouse brings silence down on all that are gathered, and then before them, held by a chain appears a lioness.  The chain is padlocked to a steel bolt in the floor and the handlers move off to join those already waiting.

The low growls from the big cat fill the area, and then she lies down to wait, for she has been here before, and knows that before tonight is over, she will feed.

A figure appears before the assembled crowd, and a murmur ripples through them.  The Lion Man now stands before them.

Amos, now naked except for the skin of a lion, draped over his body, the head of the beast placed over his head looks out at the people below him.  The steel claws attached to his hands glint in the light from the candles.

His voice reverberates across the silent warehouse.

“Who brings the chosen sacrifice; stand so that I may see you.”

The couple stands with their bound son between them.

“Bring the boy forward so that we may please the elders, and they will open the doorway to the underworld.”

The couple drag their petrified son forward, and throw him at Amos’ feet.

“The elders will smile down on you for your gift.  Go in peace and know that riches will find you.”

Two men appear from the shadows and together, lift the struggling boy, and tie him spread eagled to the altar.  The lioness’s interest peaks at the activity around the altar, and she strains on the chain, low growls coming from deep in her throat.

Amos approaches the altar, and in one quick movement of the steel claws slits the small boy’s body open, his blood running down the side as the people rush forward to drink the blood.  They smear their bodies with it, shouting for the forces of darkness to come forth and accept this sacrifice.

A chill settles over the crowd, as Amos intones the spirits to hear him and to come forth.  He starts to shake and suddenly falls on the small body on the altar imitating the feeding of a lion, he steps back and issues a command.

From the shadows once more the two men appear.  They untie the body of the child, and stand before the robed Lion Man.  With the body held above their heads.

“The forces of darkness are here my people.  They have inhabited the body of the lioness and will feed.  I ask you as one, may they feed?”

The chant of “feed, feed” echo’s within the warehouse.

At a nod from Amos, the two men approach the lioness, and throw the body down.  She springs onto the corpse, and the sound of the feeding lioness fills the night air.


That my friends and hopefully future readers is the climax of The Blood Trilogy, and I would like to share a couple of reviews with you regarding the three books.

Review for Blood Moon over Africa…5 Star rating

As I lay in bed, totally freaked out, I’m trying to think of how to best convey the awe that I’m feeling towards this book. I don’t like being freaked out and normally I would chicken out on a read like this but I kept reading, even though I lost sleep. I’m not sure how it happened but I finished this book… Zunckel doesn’t sugarcoat anything and the result is a terrifyingly authentic experience. The writing is clean and straightforward, unlike any style I’ve read to date.”

Review for Blood Spoor in the Dark…5 Star rating

My review for blood spoor in the dark. This writer truly has a wonderful voice, as I read it, was like a movie in my mind. I felt like I was there. Scary thought. Wow. I’m anxiously waiting for his next novel.

Review for Blood Demon-Revenge…5 Star rating

What a fantastic finish to a Trilogy. No gaps, nothing left to chance. The three books left me wanting more. His characters are so believable and you find yourself rooting for them. I finished this book, feeling like I had been taken on a wild ride. In one word to sum up his writing, GREAT!”


Now that I’ve got that off my chest, let me love and leave you with your thoughts…and if they are moving in the direction that I hope they are moving let me help you out a bit. All three books are available in all e-book formats as well as in the print version. For those of you who would rather read them in the Afrikaans version…12742622_10208810841053198_1784419977459292507_nthey are there, just waiting for you.

The link to my Authors Page on Amazon is…

The books are also available at Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books, Apple & Smashwords

For those of you in South Africa who would like the Printed version…you have two choices.

Thank you for getting this far down in my blog…I truly hope that I captured your attention.

Take Care and Stay Safe…You never know what is watching from the shadows.goregalore-mantigma (1)




Just Smile

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Heck there are so many of you in here today, I can’t see the back…the weather must be lousy outside or the programs on TV suck, Oh well never mind, let’s just get on with it.

This morning as every morning I was told in no uncertain terms by Pooch that it was time for his walk…don’t worry about the weather, when it is walk time…it is walk time, so I find myself getting hitched up to the human lead…it is not called a dog leash…it is a human lead, after all I’m his pet. Not the other way around…makes you wonder who wears the pants in this household…dogs rule I’m afraid.Photo0930

Anyway the whole object of this short blog is to recount what happened while I was being taken for my morning walk…lets change walk to drag…my morning drag. As we past one of the houses that are scattered around in this bushy area, I heard my name being called and on turning around saw one of the people in the area who have supported me and bought my printed books…a big smile on his face, so I breathed a sigh of relief, at least he was not going to tell me that my writing was a waste of time.

Far from it…when I finally convinced Pooch that I needed to talk to the other human…whom we shall call Johan, he had this to say. Not Pooch, the human.

“Paul, I’ve got a major complaint regarding your debut…Blood Moon over Africa…”BMOA new 3D

“Oh heck, what is wrong with it?”…I asked perplexed and put out not knowing what was coming my way!

“Nothing at all…it is brilliant, so full of Africa, it has totally captivated me…in fact my complaint is that your book is so damn good I missed my favorite T.V. show. I just wanted you to know. The best money I have ever spent.”

Wow! What could I say to that, so I just smiledimages (76)…thanked Johan and allowed Pooch to lead me off once again on the drag.

Well, I must be doing something right…my book over a T.V. Program…AWESOME!

If you find T V Programs a drag, get caught up in one of my books…you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

You can find them for South African readers at or visit my Authors page at Amazon at


Take Care out there, stay safe…you never know what is watching from the shadows.imagesl7 (56)



Hello and Good Morning,images (72)

What an awesome day we have over here…the sky crystal clear, bright blue…the waves rolling in onto the beach, the birds taking over the deck and the bush all around us filled with the calls of the wild…it is great to be alive and to be blessed.

Now, why am I in such high spirits, well it is very simple really.

I have just finished my latest WIP, a total of 55k words plus and after my proof reader/edit/loving wife had finished it, she turned to me and said…”that is your best work yet”…well you kind of expect that kind of support from your family, images (87)but it is great to hear all the same as it is encouraging, and really nice to know that they are behind you 100% of the way.

I sent my manuscript off to my publisher, and as always feel the same way a schoolboy feels when he submits a project to be marked…I mean after all, you think that what you have done is awesome, but the final say rests with the publisher…so when I opened my eyes this morning, the first thing I saw was Pooch,Photo0914 sitting staring at me, but the minute he realized I was awake..I had a dog on the bed telling me to get up…there is work to do.

To cut a long story short, I logged on and decided to check my mail. I was greeted with a mail from my publisher…Vanilla Heart Publishing, with the heading…”Paul, you friggin ROCK”…so now you know why my day is so great.VHP logo left banner

The most exciting thing about my journey into the world of writing is where I end up…heck the places I have been, the situations I end up in, but then I have Piet to bail me out of any trouble, which is great. It has been an awesome journey so far, and to those of you who have joined me, I Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Talking about exciting…having my first four novels translated into Afrikaans for the South African market is just awesome12742622_10208810841053198_1784419977459292507_n…having my work published in print just blows me away, and getting a letter from my publisher telling me that I “friggin ROCK”, just makes my day.

So people, if you have not yet taken that step and walked under the Blood Moon…maybe it scares you a bit and is not your genre, then you can slip on a mask and try Mask of Deceit…after all I wear a lot of different masks in my writing…you will find that in the Adventure/Thriller…Blood Spoor in the Dark and The Devil in Eden, so it is not as if there is no choice.CYLsO03U0AAZx2d

I would like to share this review with you that a reader very kindly posted on Goodreads.

The book in question is my debut novel…Blood Moon over Africa.

Ravenna Young rated it was amazing FIVE STAR*****

“As I lay in bed, totally freaked out, I’m trying to think of how to best convey the awe that I’m feeling towards this book. I don’t like being freaked out and normally I would chicken out on a read like this but I kept reading, even though I lost sleep. I’m not sure how it happened but I finished this book…
Zunckel has magically described Africa, Zambia, in such a way that I became absorbed in the story of a newly married couple determined to habitate a home that is cursed by a nasty half hyena As I lay in bed, totally freaked out, I’m trying to think of how to best convey the awe that I’m feeling towards this book. I don’t like being freaked out and normally I would chicken out on a read like this but I kept reading, even though I lost sleep. I’m not sure how it happened but I finished this book…

Zunckel has magically described Africa, Zambia, in such a way that I became absorbed in the story of a newly married couple determined to inhabit a home that is cursed by a nasty half hyena/human beast. Zunckel doesn’t sugarcoat anything and the result is a terrifyingly authentic experience.

The writing is clean and straightforward, unlike any style I’ve read to date and the characters are quirky and stupid and stubborn like most horror story characters…personally, I’d have been gone after the croc defiling.

I think what I loved most is the genuine connection I felt to the scene, to Africa, and its wild nature which served as the perfect backdrop for this story.
I’m stuck because I’ve been left with questions but not sure if I have the nerve to read the next in this series…oh, I’ll read it because I’m a sucker for punishment and have to follow it through.”



That is such an awesome Review…Thank you Ravenna, for being brave and seeing it through to the end.

Now I have read some very high profile authors, and yet not one of them ever had this effect on me…The books in question fall into the Horror Genre…they were good…but something was lacking, they did not scare me, so I take the above review as very high praise indeed from a fellow author…my intention with Blood Moon over Africa was not to scare, but to entertain, although I will admit…it gave my wife nightmares.

Anyway that is enough from me for today.

If you have joined me on this journey, I suggest you hold on tight because we still have on hell of a ride ahead of us.

I wish you all well and remember to Stay Safe and Take Care…You never know what is watching from the shadows.Shadow 4

Reality of Life.

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Today when the sun kissed the sky I had no idea that I would be doing anything for my blog, but then I went to check my Twitter account, and there was a post for me asking the question…”Paul, why do you kill animals in your books.”…well the answer is really very simple.c (5)

I do not kill animals in my books, what I write is reality and in my writings I deal with nature…nature is cruel and kills animals. Africa is a land of beauty, but death waits in the shadows for the unwary. It is the law of the jungle…the mighty king of the jungle can’t walk into a Wal-Mart and order a rump of Impala…the pride has to kill in order to survive.images

The same can be said for all the great predators that roam the wilds of this wonderful world of ours. The Brown Bear or the mighty Grizzly is not vegetarian…they are carnivorous and they hunt in order to survive.

From the big cats of the wild right down to the cuddly cat lying on your couch…they are hunters…they hunt to survive…it is something known as the food chain. All living creatures be it large or small must eat in order to live.

Herds of elephant Cb37m2-UAAA9ZI5strip the bark from various trees in order to live and are therefore responsible for   killing the trees…once again an example of how cruel nature can be.

The Great White Shark, 11138485_10206548632127959_2260637321173851000_nhunts seal…the seal hunts fish…the fish hunt smaller fish…etc etc…Nature is cruel in order for the survival of a species.

The most dangerous predator on the face of this earth of ours is manCc5dn1tW4AcDubS…man who poaches the wild life, fishes the seas, kills the dolphin and whale, trophy hunts and encroaches on the habitat of the wilds…now that is killing animals.

The spreading of civilization into the wilds is bringing man more and more into contact with the animals of the wilds, and this is where the problems start. A lion or bear kills a young heifer…the farmer or rancher shoots the lion. The lion is only trying to survive, but then again so is the farmer/rancher looking after his livelihood.

So ask yourself…am I killing animals in my books or am I bringing reality into the novels?

The truth is always hard to swallow…it is a bitter pill, but then reality is the truth. My books deal with facts that I turn into fiction…I do not pull any punches but I do not kill animals in my books…predators of nature kill the animals…the evil and greed in man kills animals…I just call a spade a spade and do not hide behind a rosebush hoping it will go away. If I did that I might as well write fairy-talesimages (68) and not action thrillers.

My world is Africa. Africa is cruel…death hides in the shadows, behind the beauty, behind the superstition, behind the witchcraft and ancient beliefs…that is what I write about.


Oh before I forget, Take care out there…you never know what is watching from the shadows.


Follow the Blood Spoor

Okay, okay so I am blowing my horn, well excuse meimages (6)…after all these reviews for Blood Spoor in the Dark need to be shared. I mean what type of guy would I be if I just kept them to myself. At the end of the day as an Author, I have been gifted by the readers who have take the time and trouble to go on line and have bothered to do a review…at least now if you find yourself tempted to step into the dark, you have a better idea of what you are letting yourself in for.TBT BSitD Release clip

Have a look for yourself.


5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying at will … 19 September 2015


Format: Kindle Edition |Purchase checked

Paul Zunckel keeps its promises and keeps us in suspense throughout the book. If like me you love Africa and its darkest rituals, you will love diving into the action and share the sleepless nights of Piet and his friend (s). America has Stephen King, Paul Zunckel Africa, and is on course to conquer the world. I hope it will be soon translated into French for the pleasure of many. A huge plus: Zuncker Paul is an author attentive to his readers, and you can send messages on Facebook, confident answer! I started reading Blood demon revenge, chills await you. I have a new friend, thank you Paul.

Review by: Sub01 on Jan. 17, 2015 :  5 Star
A very well written follow up to his Blood Moon. The characters in the novel are believable and I found them growing on me. The story is fast pasted with twists and turns. The use of superstition and the suspense it creates grips you as a reader and makes it a very worth while read. All the best to the author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sharonz on Jan. 02, 2015 :  5 Star
The suspense and drama continue. Again I was gripped from the start and kept turning page after page until it was all over. Highly recommended read. Now for the final book in the trilogy!

Review by A.C.Ernst  5 Star

Great story. Paul is a great writer with great suspenseful mystery horror stories!!! Really liking the character Veronica!!! Gonna have to read his third book asap!! I highly recommend you picking his books up and reading them.

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  Message My review for blood spoor in the dark This writer truly has a wonderful voice, as I read it, was like a movie in my mind. I felt like I was there. Scary thought. Wow. I’m anxiously waiting for his next novel. Once again I was amaze of the depth of Paul Zunckel he comes up with another head turner. Alexander paw 5 stars

You will be taken on a journey, an adventure; a scary trip that will have you rooted to the spot, whispering to yourself, WATCH OUT, perhaps yelling at the kindle like me!!! This is a fabulously well-written story, it tells the story of the old ways,  witch doctors, medicine men, of tribal beliefs, the things that scare the tribes, the information is endless, you cannot help but be compelled to read on, to follow the journey to the end, keep praying for a miracle because these pair along with their friends and helpers are going to need more than help, they are going to need every ounce of their wits, their courage, their skills, and prayers to protect them.!!!

There you have it guys. You will have to excuse me as I am knee deep in writing at the moment, but never fear, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

If the reviews above have attracted your attention towards my writing, then that is great. All the books are available on Amazon at

The best news is that all the books that make up The Blood Trilogy are not only available in English but also in sit back and enjoy a good book.

Take Care and remember, you never know what s watching from the shadows.images