Tuesday, December 12, 2017

THE SEQUEL: VOLUME 2 - BY DINA RAE



Dina Rae rolls out another great novel. The Sequel: Volume 2. Dina blends sci-fi and conspiracy theory to craft a marvelous book. I have always been amazed at the way Dina always stays ahead of the curve with her multifaceted tomes. This novel is a brilliant companion to the first in her series: The Best Seller. I would suggest you buy both of these great novels. 

Don't miss out on what Dina Rae has to offer you!

Blaze McRob


Book description:

Maya Smock gets inside of a time capsule and travels back to 1944 Germany. A Nazi doctor forces her to meet his superiors, proving to them all that his invention works. Hitler studies Maya like a laboratory rat at his Eagle’s Nest and then introduces her to the Reptilians. She plummets deep into the hollow earth. Will she ever get home? Only Maya’s next novel can show her friends how to get her back.

As Operation Chrome expands, General Andreas steals more babies. He believes that he is saving them from an extraterrestrial agenda connected with World War II. The hybrid babies have grown.

They are here. They will take what is theirs.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

BRIAN KEENE'S HISTORY OF HORROR FICTION


http://www.cemeterydance.com/extras/history-horror-fiction-one-not-man-job/

http://www.cemeterydance.com/extras/brian-keenes-history-horror-fiction-chapter-two-thurg-life/

Go to the links above for chapters one and two of Brian Keene's History Of Horror Fiction. I'm very impressed with the treatment he has given to so many excellent horror authors. Both these chapters are free to read. Don't miss out!

Blaze McRob

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

GUEST BLOG POST FOR - THE GHOST CLUB: NEWLY FOUND TALES OF VICTORIAN TERROR - BY WILLIAM MEIKLE


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077SWFLZM

http://www.williammeikle.com/

The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales Of Victorian Terror, by William Meikle is coming out on December 9th. This is a great book by my Scottish friend. One I'm sure you'll love.

Blaze McRob


Straight from the master himself:

BLOG POST: SCOTTISH SUPERNATURAL

FICTION AND ME BY WILLIE MEIKLE


I'm Willie, I'm a Scotsman, and I like horror fiction.

A lot of my work, long and short form, has been set in Scotland, and a lot of it uses the history
and folklore. There's just something about the misty landscapes and old buildings that speaks straight to my soul. (Bloody Celts... we get all sentimental at the least wee thing).

Scottish history goes deep. You can't swing a cat without hitting a castle or a historic monument or, from further back, a burial mound or standing stone. Five thousand years of living in mist and dampness, wind and snow, lashing rain and high seas leads to the telling of many tales of eldritch beings abroad in the dark nights. Add in the constant risk of invasion and war from Romans, Danes,
Irishmen, Vikings and English and you can see that there's plenty of fertile ground for both fact and fiction to merge into a rich and varied mythology.

I grew up in the West Coast of Scotland in an environment where the supernatural was almost commonplace. My grannie certainly had a touch of “thesight”, always knowing when someone in the family was in trouble. There are numerous stories told of family members meeting other, long dead, family in their dreams, and I myself have had more than a few encounters, with dead family, plus meetings with what I can only class as residents of faerie. I have had several precognitive dreams,
one of which saved me from a potentially fatal car crash.

What with all of that, it was only natural that my taste in reading would take a turn towards the spooky.

I think my first close encounter of the Scottish kind must have been with Rabbie Burns. I'm from Ayrshire like Rabbie, and we share a birthday, so he was ever present in my early schooling. I remember learning a recital of the galloping frenzy of Tam o' Shanter as drunken Tam escapes the witches Sabbath by the skin of his teeth.

Walter Scott too wasn't above slipping wraiths and fairies and fey folk into his romances, and he too was an early sight for me of some old Scots preoccupations with the darker side.

When I started reading seriously for myself, Treasure Island was one of my early favorites, and it led me directly to the man who would be a lifelong companion. Robert Louis Stevenson didn't just anchor a whole sub-culture of horror with Doctor Jeckyll and his alter-ego-- he also wrote some of the greatest adventure novels of all time, and some of the most beautifuly constructed short stories you ever did read. He also introduced me to Scottish history in a way that school books had never managed, and through him I was led to Victorian Edinburgh and London, and directly into the arms of another great Scotsman.

Yes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was Scottish. No, he wasn't an English gentleman. Now
that's out of the way... I fell in love with Doyle through Challenger more than Holmes at first, from a love of The Lost World that persists to this day. Holmes came along later, and when I started writing Holmes stories of my own, the supernatural kept creeping into them, which gets me castigated by
Sherlockian purists, but I don't care; as a Scotsman, like Doyle, steeped in the stories told in the mists and dark rooms in old buildings, it feels as natural to me as breathing. Doyle also wrote some top notch horror shorts that were a big favorite of mine in those early years.

Also writing at the same time was Margaret Oliphant, a prolific Scotswoman better known for  romantic dramas than supernatural works, but in later years I discovered a ghost stories collection of hers and was delighted to discover that she too shared our kinfolk's love for the things that live in the dark and foggy nights in the auld country.

My later reading in my early teens before I found Moorcock then Lovecraft then King was almost
all sci-fi or thriller based, but there too I found Scots with a taste for the darkside, in John Buchan and
especially Alistair MacLean, a man who would have made a great pulp horror writer in different circumstances.

Later still William McIllvaney and IanRankin, while ostensibly working in the crime field also showed me more than a few glimpses of their familiarity with the dark and the ways of things that creep in the shadows.

And then, in the Eighties, horror cameback to Scotland in full measure, in Ian Banks' The Wasp
Factory, in Jonathan Aycliffe's Edinburgh ghost story, The Matrix, and in the many works of Joe Donnelly, a much missed genre writer who gave us a whole range of Scottish spooks, spectres, bogey-men and monsters in his short horror career during the boom years.

Which brings us round to when I started writing for myself, in the early '90s. I've tried over the
years since then to explain in a variety of works what the rich history of Scottish supernatural writing has given me.

In my new book, THE GHOST CLUB, I've gone right back to basics, and provided as part of it three tales as if told by Stevenson, Oliphant and Doyle, and a wee cameo by Rabbie Burns in another story for good measure. I hope I've done them justice.

I'm Willie, I'm a Scotsman, and I write horror fiction.


THE GHOST CLUB BY WILLIAM MEIKLE



THE GHOST CLUB, a new collection of supernatural stories, is coming from William Meikle and
Crystal Lake Publishing on 8th December 2017. 

It's a simple premise.

In Victorian London, a select group of writers, led by Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Henry
James held an informal dining club, the price of entry to which was the telling of a story by each invited guest.

These are their stories, containing tales of revenant loved ones, lost cities, weird science, spectral appearances and mysteries in the fog of the old city, all told by some of the foremost writers of the
day. In here you'll find Verne and Wells, Tolstoy and Checkov, Stevenson and Oliphant, Kipling, Twain, Haggard, Wilde and Blavatsky alongside their hosts.

Come, join us for dinner and a story.

Here's the TOC, which may have a different running order in the final book.

THE GHOST CLUB MEMBERS AND THEIR

STORIES

Robert Louis Stevenson
        Wee Davie Makes aFriend

Rudyard Kipling
    The High Bungalow

Leo Tolstoy
        The Immortal Memory

Bram Stoker
        The House of the Dead

Mark Twain  
        Once a Jackass

Herbert George Wells  
       Farside

Margaret Oliphant
      To the Manor Born

Oscar Wilde  
      The Angry Ghost

Henry Rider Haggard  
     The Black Ziggurat

Helena P Blavatsky  
     Born of Ether

Henry James  
     The Scrimshaw Set

Anton Checkov  
      At the Molenzki Junction

Jules Verne  
       To the Moon and Beyond

Arthur Conan Doyle  
       The Curious Affair on the Embankment



BLURBS

'The Ghost Club is a massively ambitious anthology of stories 'by' classic authors as imagined by the extremely talented William Meikle. Massively entertaining, too.'

- Simon Clark, author of the award winning THE NIGHT OF THE TRIFFIDS

'In the past, we’ve had the Diogenes Club, the ‘Club of the Damned’, and even Peter Straub’s ‘Chowder Society.’ Now we have THE GHOST CLUB by William Meikle. And it is, quite simply, a delight. Not only has the author displayed his knowledge of and love for the writers of yesteryear, but in creating ‘The Ghost Club’ our host has produced his own collection of unknown and previously unpublished short stories ‘by’ Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Leo Tolstoy, Bram Stoker, Mark Twain, H. G.Wells, Margaret Oliphant, Oscar Wilde, H. Rider Haggard, Helena P Blavatsky, Henry James, Anton Chekhov, Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle. I say  ‘unknown’, when I mean – of course – that all the stories are written by Mr Meikle in the style of the aforementioned authors; and the entire experience of reading this collection is like sitting with him in an old fashioned study, with a roaring fire, guttering shadows and a snifter or two of brandy as he unfolds his ‘Ghost Club’ tales. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.'

- Stephen Laws, author of GHOST TRAIN


'William Meikle is an audacious writer! In The Ghost Club he takes on the personalities of literary
icons Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne and the like and creates stories they might have told, mimicking their voices and writing styles.  And he makes that work! I have too many favorites to name but as I read from start to finish, the stories just got better and better and I found myself as absorbed as if I were reading spooky tales told by these master storytellers. Kudos to Meikle!  Lovers of traditional and quirky ghost stories need The Ghost Club in their library!'

- Nancy Kilpatrick.  author of REVENGE OF THE VAMPYR KING


"Masters of literature spin classic spooky tales in this chilling collection."

– Scott Nicholson, author of THE RED CHURCH



Sunday, November 26, 2017

EVEN HELL HAS STANDARDS: PRIDE - BY CHANTAL NOORDELOOS




http://www.amazon.com/Even-Hell-Has-Standards-Pride-ebook/dp/B00JI9OH6M/ref=cm_rdp_product_img
I have a book review I wrote a while back for Even Hell Has Standards: Pride, written by Chantal Noordeloos. Chantal has a wonderful way with words. She brings you into her stories in a most delightful way. Make sure you check out this great book as well as her other tales of horror. They are all great.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:


Sometimes life brings out the worst in a person, but Adolf Zakerny was born for evil. After a life of torment and murder, all in the name of Hell, it’s time for Zakerny to take his place amongst the demons. Will the blood he spilled appease the charismatic Lord of Hell, or will Zakerny’s Pride come to a fall?

‘Pride’ is the first of seven short stories in the ‘Even Hell Has Standards’ series, where Chantal Noordeloos takes the reader through the darker side of human nature, and it’s road to redemption. This is Hell as you’ve never seen it before.

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe In Hell? You Will Now!, April 24, 2014
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This review is from: Even Hell Has Standards: Pride (Kindle Edition)
Chantal Noordeloos has come up with the perfect tale for those who do not believe in Hell. Her story is filled with plenty of gore and sadism, but it is the psychological horror which comes to the fore-front. Take one truly evil human, Adolf - even her choice of a name for the antagonist in this romp through the worst of what an entity could possibly foist upon his fellow humans is perfect - add pride which exceeds no known limits, mix well, and wham! We are blessed with a story which will most likely have theologians shaking their heads, wagging fingers, and spouting venom when perhaps they might see that maybe, just maybe, Chantal has hit upon something . . . something which could possibly be.

Am I saying the Gospel According To Chantal Noordeloos is true? Of course not. This is a fiction tale of horror, and the author is not bandying about any new dogma. What she does do, as any great author does, is open the reader's mind to the possibility of truth within the story. By creating a story line which appears to be reasonable, the reader is drawn into its intricate meanderings of what is to happen next to this man Adolf, a man who fears no one and is truly not repentant for his sins.

Does Adolf win? Does Satan win? Or does God win? Oh, me lads and lassies, that is not for me to say. Read this great story and get carried away within conceptual beliefs you may have never heard before. This book pushes the limits, but in the most delightful of ways.

Are you tired of fluff? Do you wish to read a thinking person's story, yet one filled with a telling and hypnotic spell? Chantal Noordeloos has written what you are looking for. Embrace the words of a master at her craft.

Even Hell Has Standards: Pride, will not let you down!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE FOR WILLIAM COOK




Above, you will find the Amazon Author Page for William Cook. William has a fantastic list of horror, novels and collections, that you will be sure to enjoy. He has them priced well for the holiday season. William has had books published with Presses that eventually folded, but instead of whining about it, he reissued them himself. Wise move, and one that other authors should look into.

Check out his great books and get caught up in them. You could very well find a new favorite author.

Blaze McRob 



Sunday, November 19, 2017

HAPPY BLOODY WHATEVER - BY TERRI DELCAMPO & BLAZE MCROB



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MR1NLFZ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1483237436&sr=1-1&keywords=happy+bloody+whatever


 If you're looking for a big collection of holiday horror tales that cover the entire year and every holiday, Happy Bloody Whatever is for you. Terri DelCampo and I have 46 stories for your ghoulish pleasure. Yes, I realize that not every collection of short stories is this meaty. This tome is filled with the ooky and spooky you're accustomed to getting from Terri and me. You can read it once, and then go back again and again for your favorite holidays. Twelve months equals a lot of holidays. A lot of horror. You can read our free sample on Amazon and see if this tome suits your desire to engage in dark reading with the lights down low. That's the best way, I believe.

Enjoy every holiday, the Happy Bloody Whatever Way!


Blaze McRob

  

 HAPPY BLOODY WHATEVER (Book Description)

Confetti at New Year's brings meaning to death.
Murder of crows revenge does bequeath
Mass slaughter of family had to be done
Groundhog war on frackers has only begun.
The longer the noodle the longer the life.
Lincoln's tears avenge many decades of strife.
Funeral train glides along without tracks.
To save father and children a young ghost comes back.
Turning death into life calls for special seeds.
Easter eggs tell of mothers' harsh deeds.
Take caution when dating on April Fools' Day.
Mother earth finally has her own way.
Tree takes revenge on corrupt greedy ranger.
Killing killers can carry much danger.
A man just a bit too 'into' his mother.
Soldiers bring honor, one way or another.
President plays with toy soldiers that bleed.
Wipe your ass with the flag and ghosts punish your deeds.
A poacher sees to it his kids will survive.
A girl's selfish need leads to mourned suicide.
Even the angel of death meets defeat.
Wiping out traitors is a wizard's feat.
Fog brings death to green louie's team.
Violent waters with rats do teem.
Violent cult lord controls Clinton Road.
Evil murderer's showdown at cabin abode.
A stalker killer needs much preparation.
Some teachers require bratty libation.
Medicine man sends Columbus a-packing.
Beware a kid's bubblegum after a hacking.
Mother Nature gives thanks to her bees.
Turkeys bring Farmer McRob to his knees.
Elf barters gifts for naughty kid's meat.
This trading of wishes is so bittersweet.
Anniversary of slaughter kicks Vatican ass.
Marionette clown – heed my warning and pass.
How well do you know your partying friends?
Vamp vs Lycan celebrate to the end.
One star reviews end you up in a batter.
Christian rite turns into a whole different matter.
Popeye's deal gives grad party some strings.
Wedding crasher gives murderous bride a fling.
Father's duties trumped by mom's old wedding dress.
Satan's bride punishes hubby with zest.
Animals just cannot let their friend go.
Vincenta and Theone forever linked to Van Gogh.
Terri DelCampo and Blaze McRob
Bring holiday stories to make your heart throb
In anxious terror and dreadful fright
For every celebrant, day and night. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

THE ROGUES GALLERY: THE ILLUSTRATED POLICE NEWS




http://www.amazon.com/Rogues-Gallery-Illustrated-Police-News-ebook/dp/B00HVT8L2C/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 The Rogues Gallery: The Illustrated Police News, from Firbolg Publishing, is 171 pages of pure Gothic delight. My story, Ominous Atonement, is included. There is some great art in this tome courtesy of The Illustrated Police News. In fact, all the great authors in this tome wrote their tales to these pictures. Might I say that even though my story is a tad gruesome, as are many of the other tales, I had a lot of fun writing mine. Tells you a lot about me, doesn't it?

Check this out! Hit the free sample on Amazon and read what's there. You'll want to read the rest. Guaranteed.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:


 A newspaper vendor in the nineteenth century could always ensure sales with the gruesome cry “Murder! ‘Orrible Murder!” Published around 1870, the Victorian tabloid The Illustrated Police News took this sales tactic to heart. It had the largest circulation of any periodical of its time. The public devoured a weekly diet of real-life horrors deliberately calculated to churn the strongest stomach and boost the next issue’s sales. The Rogues Gallery has resurrected these disturbing, morbid images to bring you a collection of flash fiction as equally frightening. Using Victorian England's murder and mayhem as their inspiration, dozens of authors will haunt your nightmares long after the lights go out. Three Gothic tales of terror from the masters Poe, Lovecraft, and Thackeray round out this macabre Rogues Gallery of terror. With an introduction from DarkMedia's Eva Layne, remember this... you have been warned.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE FOR NICOLE STOREY



The link above is for Nicole Storey's Amazon Author Page. You will be sure to find some great books there. I know: I have them. On another note, we're getting into the gift giving season. Nicole has both ebooks and paperbacks for sale. A lot of folks would be thrilled to receive these great gifts!

Check out Nicole's great books!

Blaze McRob

Sunday, November 12, 2017

TALES FROM THE LAKE VOLUME 4



Tales From The Lake Volume 4, is the latest release from Crystal Lake Publishing. And a grand book it is! Take a look at the TOC below and you will see some of the greatest horror authors in the world. This is one fantastic anthology. I suggest you get yours now.

Blaze McRob



Book description:

The Legend Continues…
Twenty-four heart-rending tales with elements of terror, mystery, and a nightmarish darkness that knows no end.
Welcome to my lake. Welcome to where dreams and hope are illusions…and pain is God.
  • This anthology begins with Joe R. Lansdale’s The Folding Man, one of his darkest stories ever written.
  • Kealan Patrick Burke’s Go Warily After Dark pulls us into a desolated world, and reminds us of the price of survival: a guilt that seeps into the marrow.
  • Damien Angelica Walter’s Everything Hurts, Until it Doesn’t places us in the middle of a family whose secrets and traditions are thicker than blood.
  • Jennifer Loring’s When the Dead Come Home explores a loss so dark, that even the stars are sucked into its melancholic vacuum.
In the spirit of popular Dark Fiction and Horror anthologies such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, and the best of Stephen King’s short fiction, comes Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from The Lake anthologies.
This fourth volume of Speculative Fiction contains the following short stories:
  • Jennifer Loring – When the Dead Come Home
  • Joe R. Lansdale – The Folding Man
  • Kealan Patrick Burke – Go Warily After Dark
  • T. E. Grau – To the Hills
  • Damien Angelica Walters – Everything Hurts, Until it Doesn’t
  • Sheldon Higdon – Drowning in Sorrow
  • Max Booth III – Whenever You Exhale, I Inhale
  • Bruce Golden – The Withering
  • JG Faherty – Grave Secrets
  • Hunter Liguore – End of the Hall
  • David Dunwoody – Snowmen
  • Timothy G. Arsenault – Pieces of Me
  • Maria Alexander – Neighborhood Watchers
  • Timothy Johnson – The Story of Jessie and Me
  • Michael Bailey – I will be the Reflection Until the End
  • E.E. King – The Honeymoon’s Over
  • Darren Speegle – Song in a Sundress
  • Cynthia Ward – Weighing In
  • Michael Haynes – Reliving the Past
  • Leigh M. Lane – The Long Haul
  • Mark Cassell – Dust Devils
  • Del Howison – Liminality
  • Gene O’Neill – The Gardener
  • Jeff Cercone – Condo by the Lake
With an introduction by editor Ben Eads. Cover art by Ben Baldwin. Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing – Tales from The Darkest Depths.

Additional book categories:
  • Horror
  • Suspense
  • Thriller
  • Mystery
  • Short stories
  • Anthologies
  • Horror anthology
  • US Fiction
  • Lovecraftian / Lovecraft
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Monsters
  • Occult
  • Supernatural
  • Haunted house and ghosts
  • Myths and Legends