Tuesday, May 24, 2016



You only have two more days to get Carole Gill's horror collection House Of Horrors for only 99 cents. Then it goes back to $2.99. That is still a great bargain for a collection such as this from an author so skilled in the craft as Carole. Hustle thy digits to the purchase link at Amazon now. I have provided it for you above. Am I a nice guy or what?

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Step into Carole Gill's House of Horrors... if you dare.

In this horror collection you'll find stories of vampires, zombies, murderous midgets, demon clowns, evil dolls, haunted cemeteries, a real shop of horrors, taxidermy gone haywire, serial killers and more!

Your worst fears and nightmares dished up for you with extra helpings of blood-curdling terror.

Editorial Reviews


"There is no doubt that she soars above the endless parade of independent horror authors to shine as a true star in the darkness. With the brilliant anthology House of Horrors she proves why she is a perennial favorite. To put it simply, this is a great assembly of tales anyone would be proud to have in their collection"
~Joshua Skye

From the Author

 I love writing and I particularly enjoy writing horror fiction. I see the world as a dark and dangerous place sometimes. Not all monsters look like monsters. My first marriage is why I write horror. Monster Inside is in this collection. I wrote it on Valentine's Day 2009. It made my day and gave me a definite direction to go in.
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I just finished House of Horrors and LOVED it. Being a horror movie fan since I was a kid, I thought all of these short stories were spooky as heck. Carole Gill knows how to weave a story and some included a bit of creepy history! I truly whined out loud in fright a couple of times!! I'm not one to go into great detail, but if you are a fan of horror, you won't want to miss this one!! High marks to Ms. Gill.

Format: Paperback
“I fear we too are dying, for we live with madness.” The nightmarishly beautiful prose is but one reason to venture into the unnerving catacombs of House of Horrors, an anthology of short genre excursions by the indomitable Carole Gill. From a storm-shrouded lighthouse to the foggy realms of haunted forests and even a jaunt through Whitechapel, Carole Gill lulls you into her gothic web, masterfully weaving for you a series of nightmarish tales to unease your dreary nights. She is the contemporary incarnation of the storyteller at the fire, and we gather in the light of the flickering flame wide-eyed and eager to listen.

Included here is Dreams of a Vampire, a prequel to Gill’s The House on Blackstone Moor. It aims to fulfill a few curiosities, and it does not disappoint. Longtime fans will be excited and rewarded, not just by the inclusion of this expansion of her seminal saga, but by each and every other story collected here. Zombies rejoice with their own brand of holiday cheer in one of my favorite tales, Seasonal Undead. It is no surprise that Gill’s specialty is vampires, and she continues to satiate the enthusiast by ending her anthology with a curious celebration of the classic tale Carmilla, with none other than Bram Stoker himself making an appearance.

Carole Gill’s talent is a wonder to experience. She has the uncanny ability to craft horrors imbued in fairy tale finesse. The dreamy landscape of her imagination flows across the page with thoughtful, thought-provoking sophistication. There is no doubt that she soars above the endless parade of independent horror authors to shine as a true star in the darkness. With the brilliant anthology House of Horrors she proves why she is a perennial favorite. To put it simply, this is a great assembly of tales anyone would be proud to have in their collection.

(I received a comp copy in exchange for an honest review.) 
Format: Kindle Edition
"That was why vampires always went for the blood-engorged organs first, drinking and savoring the precious nectar."

Gill, Carole (2014-06-07). House Of Horrors (Kindle Location 4181). Creativia. Kindle Edition.

For those who like their horror in short, sharp (no pun intended) doses, I can do no more than recommend Carole Gill's 'House of Horrors' to you. Here is a collection of sixteen short stories that take readers not so much on a walk on the wild side, as a journey through the dark side. Ms. Gill's imagination and inspiration takes on various guises in this collection of stories that ranges from the prequel to her Blackstone Moor vampires series, to my personal favourite, 'Better to Die', a rabid take on the heroic Grace Darling story. This was not one for the faint-hearted and opens the collection in spectacular fashion. The book takes readers on a wonderful roller coaster ride with many different variations on the vampire theme being featured, and I am not going to spoil reader's enjoyment by going into details here, other than to simply say, try it, you won't be disappointed.

Sunday, May 22, 2016



 Tides Of Chaos, by Lori R. Lopez and Blaze McRob can best be described as mad-cap horror/science-fiction/ fantasy/teen/and young adult. We didn't leave much out, did we? The Kindle version is only 99 cents, and the paperback, with interior illustrations done by Lori, is only $5.00. If you're looking for a breath of fresh air, this book is for you.

Happy reading!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 A man and woman meet online while the world around them is falling apart. Where are the creatures from that have invaded their planet? What do they want? These questions and more must be answered if the human race is to survive this doomsday scenario. Authors Blaze McRob and Lori R. Lopez join forces to present an unusual tale of an apocalypse that has devastated society. Elvie and Ed managed to connect in a world gone mad. They give each other hope and support from a thousand miles apart. Will it be enough to save them? Read their frantic messages as they attempt to make sense of the situation in this illustrated short fiction from two accomplished horror authors. The story was actually written by exchanging E-mails like the characters, without knowing what might come next. Look for an illustrated print edition featuring artwork by Lori R. Lopez. 

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Blaze McRob writes from deep within his soul. While many people ask him if he could write lighter tomes, he chooses not to, wishing instead to release his inner demons. He has written many novels over the years, penned under other writers’ names. He chooses to come out now and play as Blaze. While novels are his true love, he is enjoying writing short stories and even some poetry. Yes, his poems also reflect sadness. Some things don’t change . . . A few of his newer pieces are MISTS OF PAPOOSE POND (a horror-adventure novel); SILVER HELLS (a short-story holiday horror collection written with Terri DelCampo); BLOOD SPATTER (a collection of Halloween short horror stories written with Terri DelCampo). Four additional horror novels are being released in 2016: GHOST NO MORE, QUARTER MOON HAUNTS, ’68 BUICK, and WOLF WHISPERS. Lori R. Lopez prefers to be mysterious and not divulge too much information about herself. That can be difficult when she is writing an entire book series about her life, along with her various fictional pursuits: long and short tales of Horror, Fantasy, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fable, Verse and more . . . including titles such as THE DARK MISTER SNARK, THE FAIRY FLY, AN ILL WIND BLOWS, ODDS AND ENDS, CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, POETIC REFLECTIONS: THE QUEEN OF HATS, and DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS. Her life, in fact, is not just an open book — it is a number of open books! Alas, her wish to remain anonymous (but not to be confused with the other Anonymouses out there) cannot be realized so long as she persists at chronicling in great detail the events that befall her. Nonetheless, should you ever by chance meet this clandestine author, it would be terribly considerate to pretend you know nothing about her; not even this much, which is really very little at all.

Friday, May 20, 2016



The Island, by Clarissa Johal, is great psychological horror. A few days ago, it stood at #1 on Amazon's charts for horror/occult. Well deserved for sure. I bought a copy last year, so I can heartily recommend it. Clarissa wields a mighty pen. See what the buzz is about. Get your copy now!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Exploring a remote island can get you into trouble.
Especially when you stumble upon a cave and awaken two demons.

Rumors and superstition.
That's what Emma thinks about local gossip concerning her grandmother's "cursed" private island. Emma journeys to the island to ready it for sale. While out exploring, she unearths a hidden cave-a cave which holds answers to the island's dark past.
There may be more to the rumors than she thought.

Editorial Reviews


A Bookaholic's Fix: Feeding the Addiction "...simply brilliant...I loved how the suspense built throughout...I never knew what to expect next. If it had been a movie, I would have chewed my nails down to the quick. As it was, I couldn't put my Kindle down."

Us Girls & A Book "It was an AWESOME book! I absolutely loved it! I would give it more than 5 stars if I could. This book gripped me right from the beginning. The suspense kept the pages turning. I couldn't put it down! This is the first I have read by this author, but it definitely will not be the last."

Tammy's Tea Time "I was left on the edge of my seat not willing to put my Nook down until I could know how it all would end."

About the Author

Clarissa Johal is the author of paranormal novels, Poppy, The Island, Voices, Struck, and Between. When she's not listening to the ghosts in her head, she's swinging from a trapeze, or taking pictures of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters, and every stray animal that darkens their doorstep. 

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A bit grittier than her previous books, still not too gory (no swearing or sex either). More mainstream horror than psychological paranormal (like her last book, Voices). It’s the psychological aspect that really hits home. Clarissa Johal gets this. I find I enjoy each book more than the last. They’re all good, all interesting, all different. She knows how to build the tension, characters, and plot until you feel as tortured as her poor heroines. This one, though, gave me nightmares! I was careful where I stopped reading after that and made sure to do a little web surfing before turning out the light. The writing is superb. I don’t do spoilers (or even care to describe stories—I leave that to others), but will tell you Emma is terribly brave (too brave, I kept wanting to yell into the book “don’t!”—I know you know what I mean). Yet it’s totally believable for her character. The romantic element, Nathaniel, adds to the story without taking over (another thing this author does well). Same thing with her friend, Paisley. I may never look at the ocean or small islands the same again. Oh, and I think I need a bell, or two. Yes, this is one of those books.
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Suspense, mystery, and horror all mixed up into one story where you'll love the characters and fear what lurks on the island.

I can't recommend this book enough, it was such a good read, one I was barely able to set down. 
Format: Kindle Edition
When I heard about “The Island”, I immediately thought that it was a book that I would definitely not read at night. And that I did, which was fortunate, as there are several moments that would have made me sleep with the lights on.

The story is centered, as the title indicates, on an island that is believed to be cursed and Emma, whose grandmother Fae is the owner of the island. However, Emma’s grandmother has been missing for several years and is believed to be dead, so Emma sets out towards the island to prepare it for sale.

As soon as she arrives on the island, to clean up Fae’s cabin, strange things start to happen, but Emma disregards them and provides her own explanations to the events. As she explores the island, she stumbles upon a cave, and after she falls into it, she discovers that there is something lurking in the shadows. What happens next will have you guessing until the last page, wondering not only what this thing is, but if Emma will eventually make it out alive.

I would say that this is truly a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, with much suspense and some scary moments to go along.

Thursday, May 19, 2016




From Joe Mynhardt:

Crystal Lake Publishing's authors walked away with two Bram Stoker awards last night.

Congrats to Mercedes Murdock Yardley - Superior Achievement in Long Fiction with LITTLE DEAD RED.

And Alessandro Manzetti - Superior Achievement in Poetry with EDEN UNDERGROUND.

Congrats to all those who won and were nominated. Wasn't my year to win one, but we'll get there eventually.

Go Crystal Lake!

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Joe Mynhardt is proud of his authors for their Bram Stoker wins. My congratulations, as well, to Mercedes Murdock Yardley and Alessandro Manzetti for their fantastic wins. Team Crystal Lake Publishing is a force to be reckoned with.

Blaze McRob

Monday, May 16, 2016



Below is my book review for Dinosaur Lake, by Kathryn Meyer Griffith. As you can read, I love this book. It is the first one in a series. Kathryn has this one priced at free, so there's no reason to let it pass down the road. Do you love Dinosaur stories? This one is for you. Don't miss out on some great reading.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 An ancient predator has been reborn in the caves beneath Crater Lake
…and it’s hungry.

Ex-cop Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for eight years and he likes his park and his life the way it’s been. Safe. Tranquil. Predictable. But he’s about to be tested in so many ways. First the earthquakes begin…people begin to go missing…then there’s some mysterious water creature that’s taken up residence in the caves below Crater Lake and it’s not only growing in size, it’s aggressive and cunning…and very hungry.
And it’s decided it likes human beings. To eat.
And it can come up onto land.
So Henry, with the help of his wife, Ann; a young paleontologist named Justin; and a band of brave men must not only protect his park and his people from the monster but somehow find where it lives and destroy it…before it can kill again. ***

5.0 out of 5 stars Dinosaur Lake Is One Super Tale!, September 16, 2012
This review is from: Dinosaur Lake (Kindle Edition)
Dinosaur Lake, by Kathryn Meyer Griffith, rocks! Okay, so I'm one of Kathryn's biggest fans. I suppose I might be a bit prejudiced about her talents. This story contains many aspects that particularly grab me. I have visited Crater Lake many times; I have lived in Klamath Falls; and I am in love with the wilderness the way the people in this story are. However, Kathryn takes her magic wand and stirs all of these elements together to make one super story. I would rate this a multi genre book appealing to young adults and we older readers who simply love a great tale we can wrap our imagination around. This is perfect for that. Read this great book. You won't be disappointed!

Kathryn was kind enough to have given me a copy to read for review. However, I intend to purchase copies for my friends and family.

By the way, the cover art by Dawne Dominque is superb!
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Since this review was written, I purchased this great book. Just like I said I would.

Saturday, May 14, 2016



The Coming of the King (Watchers Book 1), by William Meikle, is a fantastic horror/fantasy/historical treasure you don't want to miss. William writes superb horror which takes place not only in fascinating locales, but in different times. Read about horror from the past in this great novel, the first in a trilogy. As added enticement for you to pick up a copy, this tale is free for a short time only. Hustle thyself to Amazon and click the purchase link.

Happy reading.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 It is 1745, and the long awaited night has come.The BloodKing calls his army to battle and will bring them South to claim his birthright; the throne of Britain.Only the young Watchers on the old wall stand in his way.It is time for them to face their destinies - to whatever end that might lead them.

"...horrifying Highland vampires from the bloodline of the diabolical Stuarts. This first novel...offers excitement that never slackens." -- Margaret L. Carter, author of the Eppie Award-winning vampire novel DARK CHANGELING

"...superb story. Thoroughly enjoyable from the first word to the last. William Meikle has a wonderfully unique style..." -- The Eternal Night Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

"Breathtaking, Scary and Original. A must read. An impressive blend of horror, history and imagination." -- Dave Dreher, Horror News Network

"I was captivated from the very first scene...Very well written." -- Patricia Altner, author of Vampire Readings: An Annotated Bibliography

By A Customer on August 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
Review by David Wilbanks
In the eighteenth century, the wall that divides Scotland and England is guarded by the Watchers, men trained to fight the Others (vampires) and their human slaves. The Watchers are sworn to protect England should the Bloodking gather his vampire army and invade from the north, and that's just what happens in this novel by William Meikle.
What are the Bloodking and his undead army after? The British throne.
These are the adventures of Martin and Sean, two officers of the Watch.
Martin's father is the Thane, Keeper of Milecastle, leader of the Watch, who reluctantly sends his son on a journey into the Scottish wilderness, along with a barbarian named Campbell from same, to spy on the Bloodking's activities.
Meanwhile, Martin's dear friend Sean is sent south into England, along with Campbell's daughter, on his own dangerous mission where on many occasions, he must kill or be killed.
Adventure. Dark Fantasy. Horror. Call it what you'd like, but if you have a taste for swashbuckling tales, then you should enjoy WATCHERS: The Coming of the King; there is plenty of horror, gore and heroism here to be savored as the two young men are challenged by danger upon danger. The author, in the endnotes, compares the work to a Hammer horror movie. Personally, I can't speak to that, but maybe you who read this will know what he means. Horrific sword and sorcery anyone?
This is the first book in a trilogy, so there's plenty more to come for you bloodthirsty sorts. 
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Watchers is set in 1745 on the borderlands of England and Scotland. The Watchers are a group of people sworn to protect England from the Bloodking and his vampiric horde, known as the Others. The Bloodking seeks the throne, as well as the continuation of the bloodline, and will not stop until he achieves his goals. Will the Watchers of the wall be able to hold back the vampiric horde when the time comes and keep England from it's seemingly dark fate?
The book is centered mostly on two specific characters, and follows each of their journeys in turn. Sean and Martin are both men of the Watch who end up with large quests to accomplish after hearing news of the return of the Bloodking. Martin is to accompany the Scottish newsbearer to the North to gather more information regarding the growing horde, while Sean is to go south to protect a secret few people, including the Bloodking, know about. They must complete their assigned tasks and return to help fend off the blood thirsty Boy-King before it is too late.
Once I began reading this book, I couldn't put it down. Anyone who is a fan of epic dark fantasy novels with a historic twist will love this series. Those of you who are fans of Robert Jordan, George RR Martin, and Tolkien will most likely enjoy this series as well. Meikle intertwines mythology, vampire lore, and history together so masterfully that fans of the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and historic fiction genres would all find this short series appealing. The book makes for a quick, simple, fun read that will have you turning page after page to find out what happens next, and then ends with a great cliff-hanger that will leave you desiring the second installment. I highly recommend this trilogy! 
Format: Paperback
If the concept of a hoard of Royalist vampires attacking from Scotland and trying to reclaim the English crown sounds a bit corny, don't worry - it really works.
William Meikle has managed to forge a dark and compelling story by taking some exciting British history and his own brand of vampire story telling and then giving them a good mix.
The story introduces us to Martin and Sean, two soldiers of the Hadrian's Wall watch who are tasked with looking after a traveller and his daughter who arrive from the north.
Between them, their stories introduce the reader to the history of the Others and how they plan to retake the throne.
As the first part of a trilogy, it sets the scene perfectly for the remainder of the series - and I, for one, can't wait for the next book.

Thursday, May 12, 2016



Do you like your Fairy Tales dark, but with a blend of twisted humor added in? Fairy Tale Fusion, by A. F. Stewart, is just such a book. A. F. has a number of tales to her credit, and she is able to present a rather eclectic assortment for your reading enjoyment. This is one of her better collections. Fairyland of olde was never like this!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Welcome to Fairy Tale Fusion.
Where things get messy in the Riding Hood.

What if the characters in Fairy Tales were real? What if they lived in Fairyland, a place not too dissimilar to ours, next to Wonderland and down the street from Camelot?

Meet Detective Piper, member of the Fairyland Metro Police. His job, to ferret out the suspects and investigate crime on the streets and in the lanes of Fairyland. Along with Officer Simon, he’s hard at work, searching for a missing pumpkin, hunting for an arsonist, wondering what the future holds in a series of crystal ball robberies, and dealing with spells, curses and other strange happenings.

His cases, and others like them, are the headlines of the day, brought to you by FTN news anchors Spider Bramble and Aurora Gossamer, with entertainment correspondent Lucinda Lovedust and reporter Chip Charming. Keep up-to-date on the latest information out of Fairyland and its adjacent suburbs, and the recent hubbub with trolls, princesses, fairies and their ilk.

And when you are done dancing with Cinderella and her cronies, open the lid of a very scary toy box to find where children’s nightmares begin... and end, badly.

And remember, always be nice to your Fairy Godmother.

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If you believed everything you read in fairy tales as a child that some of your favorite nursery rhyme characters have a wonderful life in the end, you need to read this book. It will be an eye opener! A. F. Stewart tell you what really happened to them with her man of action in Fairyland, Detective Piper who puts some of our favorite characters where they belong once they stray for their storylines from the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe and the death of two little pigs, plus what happens to Mary and her lamb and Sleeping Beauty and more. Fairy Tale Fusion is entertaining with it's dark humor and fun in every line. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and A.F. Stewart's humor! 
Format: Paperback
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this book immensely. A.F. Stewart gave the familiar fairy tale characters a dark side, and it was quite the treat. It was written well, except for a couple of typos, but that does not stop the enjoyment that I felt reading these tales. I highly recommend this book. 
Format: Kindle Edition
I haven't read a book this entertaining in years.

It starts out with fairy tale news reporters telling the news like it is in fairyland. Sadly, two of the three Pig brothers were murdered by the remaining Pig guy. Then, more news.

Her story moves over to the Metro Police detectives relating how they solved some of the latest local murders and mayhem. Then, breaks to a commercial.

The second part of this book is freaky stories--extremely freaky with a dash of nightmare stuff.

Dark humor--yes, but it's hard to make me chuckle and I chuckled all the way through it.

Like I said, this is the most entertaining book I've read in years. Something completely different, unexpected, and if I could, I'd give it a 5++++ rating.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016



A Blurt In Time: The Tale Of A Time Traveling Toilet, by Steve Vernon, is present and accounted for at the delicious price of only 99cents! Ahah. Get it now before the toilet spins to noxious fumes and goes back up in price. Actually, the regular price is still a bargain. Imagine the ramifications if Steve's book were actually non-fiction. Could things like this actually occur? Better read up and be prepared.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Burt was certain that if he hadn't hit King Kong with Darth Vader's head he would not have fallen into that Citadel Hill time traveling toilet. He wouldn't have met and been shot by the one-armed ghost and he would NOT have found himself in the wrong place at the wrong freaking time. A BLURT IN TIME is a YA time-travel horror story that grown-ups will want to read when the kids aren’t looking.

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I went into this thinking it was a happy-go-lucky tale about a time traveling toilet; that was not the case. As far as the story goes, it's told by Blurt, who seems like a genuinely good-hearted kid. His adventures in the beginning are well-paced, bordering amusing. But, as I got deeper into the story, some disturbing events kicked in. (I had to reread a part to ensure I had read it correctly the first time.)

Overall, a great read that left me with a lot to think about. My only word of caution is that this book is not devoid of violence by any means. 
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This book was funny but also confusing. I had to re-read portions of it as I found it hard to follow. I'm sorry to say, but I didn't love it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

YOUR Favorite Horror Books - BY ARMAND ROSAMILIA


From Armand Rosamilia:

This summer I'll be doing something I've been meaning to do for a long time... I want to recognize some great books in the horror fiction field. I also want to find some new books I might've missed myself, so... Two men argue in the low light of one of nineteenth-century New York’s vilest bars. One is an aristocrat, clearly slumming, while the other, in appearance no better than the gutter-trash around him, is the finest author of his age. [ 1176 more words. ]

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Hit the link above and read the other 1176 words. Also, you will be transported to Armand's website where magickal book covers and descriptions cavort before your very eyes.

This is a great idea. Armand picks super books suggested by readers and introduces you to some new and older treasures. Stop reading my words and get over there now and find some great stories. I have only read two of these works, so I have some catching up to do.

Join me at Armand's website.

Blaze McRob