FAQ’s Answered #6: What’s So Scary About “Panic!” Anyway?

Today in a series of replies to FAQ (frequently asked questions) sent to me by fans (and sometimes not so much), I answer the question “What’s So Scary About “Panic!” Anyway?“, asked by Fran.

This is a question one of my readers asked me recently, and one that I really don’t mind answering! (Fran, I hope you don’t mind! 😉 I’m not picking on you, I promise!) Anyway, ‘what’s so scary about “Panic!“?’  By that I mean, naturally – my series “Panic! Horror In Space“!

Well, for starters, “Panic!” is a horror series set in space – and space is dark and dangerous, and well, scary! Now, hang on a moment – I know that sounds a little silly if not actually vague – but it’s true! Of course, being set in space is only a tiny part of the whole thing – but a setting can make or break a story – and I think you’d have to go a long way to beat space for its inherent scare factor!

Think about it: A billion things could go wrong out there, and each of them might kill you if they had the chance – radiation, vacuum, micro-meteorites, temperature extremes, asteroids, black holes – equipment failure – and even, as in “Panic!” – the paranormal.

The para-what?


“Life Signs” – A tale of terror that will make your toes curl!

Life Signs” by Christina Engela: An alien marooned in a ship wrecked on the surface of her long-dead world… A shuttle recovered in deep space that turned out to be the last remnant of a ship that disappeared thirty years earlier… What was it about a mysterious cursed alien artifact that took the lives of those who touched it? Would Stuart Flane, commander of the starship Mercury, be able to sleep that night if he found out? Will you? More

Panic! Horror In Space – an extract from Mercury Rising

Mercury Rising” – a free look inside “Static” by Christina Engela.

Aboard the derelict long-lost loderunner Kilgary, Commander Vic Chapman held his blaster ready for action as they started down the vacant corridor, in the direction leading back to the bridge. Behind them, a pack of the undead swarmed around what they presumed was the body of their comrade, ensign Pierce, apparently gorging themselves on his remains. They cautiously made their way to the turning, trying their best to do so as quietly as possible – it wouldn’t do to make any noises that might attract more of them!

“Got anything resembling a plan?” Vic asked his captain. More

Free Copies Of My Books Available To Libraries Via Smashwords!

Did you know that a library can order free eBook copies from Smashwords.com? More particularly, that libraries can order all of my books from Smashwords.com as FREE eBooks? More

New Release: Ramalama-Side Up! A Coloring Adventure

Ramalama-Side Up! A Coloring Adventure” by  Christina Engela has just been released! This item is an eBook comprising 72 printable black & white illustrations ready for coloring inspired by Christina Engela’s writing, and 5 puzzles (answer sheets at the back – no cheating!)

Get “Ramalama-Side Up! A Coloring Adventure“: A FREE downloadable and printable coloring and activity book, er – for BIG kids, as well as little kids.

Color-in images from stories in The Galaxii Series, The Quantum Series and Panic! Horror In Space!

Remember: Keep that Ramalama-side up!


What Is There To “Panic” About? Really? Well, This…

[Updated August 23, 2019] In April 2017 I announced a new series which I called “Panic! Horror In Space“.

Panic! currently consists of two volumes, “Static” and “Life Signs“, with the third on the way. There are also three short story previews of the series available as free promotional items (links at the bottom of this article).

So now the fanfare is done, so what, you may be asking yourself, is there to panic about? Let me tell you: More

Just An Update

Hi there friends! As I’ve mentioned in my newsletters, I’ve been working on some old short stories I wrote while in high school. That was a good 26 years ago now since I finished up there – and more for some of them, since they were written between 1987 and 1989! Here’s a quick update on my progress, and a little news on a few other matters! More

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