Monday, February 20, 2017


Today's topic at WiHM Blog Talks is Choice of Weapons. Read what Naching T. Kassa and James P. McDonald have to say.
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Name: Naching T. Kassa

Naching T. Kassa is a wife, mother, and Horror Author. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the Demonic Visions series.
As a horror writer, I've always possessed a special affinity for knives and swords. Both are sharp, draw a lot of blood, and add to the drama of a scene. Blades are personal, you have to get close to the victim in order to use them. They also add a certain amount of finality. No one, not even most monsters, can survive a beheading by sword. A knife can stab, cut, or slash a throat. Jack the Ripper's weapon of choice was a blade. And, in the old west, the knife was considered more reliable than a revolver. Most men carried a knife in case their gun misfired or exploded. My weapon of choice is the blade. It's the best.

Name: James P. McDonald

James P. McDonald is a business and technology consultant, fiction and non-fiction author, technology and futurist speaker.
I use a lot of weapons in my writing, from basic handguns and rifles, bows, swords, and even enchanted objects and magic. With this in mind, and as handy as these can be, all of them can fail. They break, they run out of ammunition, the magic missile that only works on a Tuesday under a full moon while wearing a corset and hot pants.

The favorite weapon I have ever seen is, and I believe always will be the mind. I’ve studied psychology, and find “abnormal” psych to be invaluable. I do some work and writing in Artificial Intelligence, and I’m fascinated, and sometimes terrified of these technologies.

If you look at Sarah Connor in the original terminator movies, all the guns and explosions in the world can’t stop the automaton, but quick thought and leading him through some equipment allows her to narrowly escape and trap him. In the following films, you see her develop skills, but the thing she hardens and prepares most is her mind and her instincts.

In the movie, “You’re Next” the main character is a young woman on the bad end of a home invasion. Unlike so many tropes, she doesn’t fall over screaming and running naked into the woods. She’s strong and empowered, and takes her strength of mind to turn the tables. I won’t spoil it, but it’s worth watching.

And if you’re talking about mind games, consider Clarice in “Silence of the Lambs.” She is truly in a battle of the mind and wits against Hannibal Lecter in an effort to catch Buffalo Bill.

And in literature, the character of Coraline in a book (and a movie of the same name) is a young girl who is trapped in an alternate universe, and all she is trying to do is to get home. Even though it’s a “children’s” book, and looking into the girl’s mind and reasoning, because it’s the only weapon she has.

So if you ask me about my favorite weapon, it has to be the mind. I love watching the development of a character’s reasoning, handling issues and challenges, and ultimately how they grow and change. The other reason for this is, does your character make the correct choice about the physical weapons they select, if they do? Do they take a handgun with too much power? Do they not think about the cost to themselves and others if they select a magical power or object?

And most importantly, do they make the right decisions as to If, how, and when to use those abilities?
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Sunday, February 19, 2017


Claire C. Riley is my Woman In Horror today! Claire is a very talented author, writing dark paranormal and horror. Her sales and rankings are to be admired, but that is to be expected when one considers the mastery at the craft that she possesses. Not only is she a fantastic author, she also has a super blog where she spreads the word about others in the horror community. Other authors' book releases, interviews, cover reveals, and more can be found there.

Since Claire has  many great books out.  Check out her Amazon Author page for more of her great books. Her website will tell you more about the different series she has. Limerance is a series you won't want to miss. While you're there, don't forget to take a peek at her Author Resources and Authors she Loves.

 Odium(The Dead Saga) is my favorite book of Claire's. What we have here is a chilling, dark tale of Deaders and humanity, both at their worst. Inside the walled refuges to keep humans safe from the Deaders, life is not much better than what it is where the groadies roam. There is no bright side to existence at all. I often tell people to read the book samples on Amazon and Smashwords. This is where you can discover a new favorite author. I look for flow and a compelling story line. If I'm hooked early, I know it's a must buy. And this is the case here. Claire writes dystopian horror at its best. Read the beginning of this super tale and you will see what I mean.

Book description:

It's better to die by the gun than die by the dead.

Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise.
Now, she lives behind the walls.

The barricaded cities, erected by the government to protect the remnants of civilization, have become a brutal dictatorship- causing the inhabitants within to starve, steal and claw for survival. Life behind the walls has become as terrifying as roaming the zombie-ridden landscape beyond.
Citizens trade what they can to gain food, water, and shelter. Nina has only one currency—her body and she is tired of submitting herself to the greedy hands of the self-proclaimed leaders.

An opportunity to escape presents itself in the fate of a young girl named Emily-Rose. For the price of a stale piece of bread, she is set for banishment from the city, and most likely a horrific death at the hands of the deaders. Nina tells herself that it is sympathy and not self-preservation that makes her follow the young girl out of the walled metropolis, and into the overgrown world beyond.

Unused to fighting the deaders, Nina tries to scrounge for her survival and against her better judgment, begins to care for Emily-Rose. However, when you have a bread-stealing liability providing your only back up, survival seems even tougher. Nina is forced to fight for their lives, and with every zombie slain, she becomes fiercer, faster – a grim reaper with her not-so-sharp butcher’s knife.

Along the path to a safe-haven that might not exist, Nina and Emily-Rose meet Mikey who introduces them to a new life they could not imagine, a life above the ground. However, this new world brings new dangers, and darker shadows than she knew.

Nina finds out that the deaders aren’t the only thing to fear beyond the wall.

And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten.

Amazon bio:

Claire C Riley is a USA Today Bestselling author as well as a #1 Bestselling British Horror Author. Her works include: Odium The Dead Saga Series, Odium 0.5 Novella Series, Limerence (The Obsession Series) Twisted magic Series, Thicker Than Blood Series and Shut Up & Kiss Me.

She writes dark twisty words, is a lover of epic romances, and an eater of cake!
She writes characters that are realistic and kills them without mercy.

She lives in the UK with her three young daughters, husband, and scruffy dog.

This post only touches on a sample of who Claire C. Riley is and what she writes. Read the free samples of her books on Amazon, and check out the posts I have provided to find out more. You'll be glad you did.

Claire C. Riley is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Saturday, February 18, 2017


I'll be bouncing around at W.J. Howard's  WiHM  BLOG TALKS. This promises to be a great event! I'll be posting more as great guests come in with their unique horror slants. Gotta love Women In Horror Month!

Blaze McRob


 KT Pinto is my Woman In Horror today! She was born in Brooklyn, NY. Those city roots had a pretty strong influence on her, not only on her personally, but on her writing as well. Street tough and street smart describe KT. 

KT describes herself as a weird girl. Weird is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe refreshing would be better word. My humble opinion. At any rate, we know that KT is not boring, and that is where it's at.

I would say that probably the best way to get into KT's head and discover her roots would be to go to 

If you hit the links above, you will see that KT is into many different things, all of them a part of the whole that makes KT the interesting lady she is. Her Facebook page is humorous and filled with links to reviews, great pictures, and more

KT has some 34 books up on Amazon, either totally her own or some she shares with other authors. That's a lot to choose from. However, my favorites are her tales in the Sto's House Presents series. Here we have a blend of genres, adding to delightful reads. I suggest you read the free samples on Amazon. You will be hooked for sure.

Book description:

"...there had been some problems with the 'norms' since the change. Their fear of Changers has caused riots, fires, and even some deaths. But there's at least one group of us who stand up to the disgruntled ones and fight on the side of justice and good will.

I personally think they've been reading too many X-men comics."

On Staten Island, the forgotten borough of New York City, young men and women are changing, morphing, mutating... and there's nothing that can be done to stop it.

So the crew at Sto's house does what anyone would do in this situation: they go in search of the ultimate microbrew.

Join Sto, Diana, Jay and a host of other memorable mutants who want nothing more than to just be left alone.

Unfortunately for them, they seem to continually find themselves in situations where they have to save local landmarks and unknowing innocents from those that wish to do harm... and who wish they were as cool as Sto and his friends.

This book, known also as Sto's House Presents... Book #1, the Director's Cut, is the first in a series of humorous urban fantasy books. The first two novels in the series have been "remastered" as per the request of Sto's House fans. This book has more chapters, new characters, and even some drink recipes from the Sto crew! Enjoy!

Amazon bio:

KT Pinto is an author of alternate history (with vampyres), comedic urban fantasy (with mutants), YA fiction (with witches) and paranormal erotica (with everything). For more information, go to

For more about KT's life in her own words, go to:

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Get caught up in the wonderful world of KT Pinto. She is a Woman In Horror and all around nice person.

Blaze McRob

Friday, February 17, 2017


Lisamarie Lamb is my Woman In Horror today! Just take a peek at all the great books she has written as a stand alone author or as an author within anthologies at her Amazon Author Page.
Boggles the mind, and yet there are more great books on the way. Wow!

I was debating whether to put up a different picture of Lisamarie than the one on her Amazon page because that one doesn't show her face like the ones on her blog and Facebook pages do. But you can see her face in those other places. I think her Amazon photo shows her as a writer, doing her mastery on the keyboards. Good choice, Lisamarie!

I first got to know Lisamarie when Angelic Knight Press was doing our Satan's Toybox series. She is one of only a few authors who has stories in all three of the anthologies. That is quite an accomplishment considering the fine authors with tales in those tomes.

You will notice that Lisamarie is published with many different publishers. This says a lot for her skills at the craft. Having read many of her stories, I know why. She writes so well! It's that simple. She combines her horror with a reflective posturing, allowing the reader to be drawn in subtly, and then wham! The trap has been set and the reader cannot escape the majesty of her words. And I love her English styling and charm.

I firmly believe that good authors can write in any genre. Lisamarie takes this a step further and has a special placing for freelance writing where she has set rates and advertises she will write anything. That takes in a lot of territory. I am really impressed. If you go to the website, you will notice she has a 100% satisfaction rating.

Amazon bio:

"I'm a writer... At least, I write...

I was five when I wrote my first short story - it involved a car going over a cliff, Jessica Fletcher and the Phantom Raspberry Blower. It didn't have much of a plot (he did it, she solved it) but it did have rather colourful (crayon) illustrations and it did make me realise that writing was for me.
At 12 I wrote my first novel during the school summer holidays. Loosely based on the Famous Five, with a bit of James Bond thrown in, it was an adventure story and my teacher made me read some of it out in class. And that's when I realised that I wanted people to hear my stories and read my work.

Over the intervening years, I have written various short stories, plays, poems and novels in different genres, including romance and children's books."

One of my favorite books of Lisamarie's is this collection of short stories:

Book description:

Over the Bridge is a chilling collection of sixteen short tales exploring the darker side of human nature. Through employment of supernatural elements, folklore, and allusions to predestination, Lamb has crafted a provocative and refreshing collection of the macabre.

About the Author:

Lisamarie Lamb has been writing since her late teens and has produced short stories, plays, poems, and novels in different genres including romance and children's books. She lives on the Isle of Sheppey with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

Read the free samples on Amazon for any and all of Lisamarie's great books and find a new favorite author.

Lisamarie Lamb is indeed a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Melanie McCurdie is my Woman In Horror today! Melanie is involved in many projects, including Independent Films, The Burbs - Radio Theater Horror, writing, authoring, photography, and spreading the word about others in the world of horror and beyond. She has always been an avid supporter of all my posts and backs Women In Horror wherever they are.

Melanie wanted to give you some samples of her poetry for her Woman In Horror post. I believe you will find her poetry to be rather distinct. I love her poetry because she tells it like it is and holds nothing back. Run, Reaper is my favorite one in the poems she graciously sent to me. It's obvious her writing is on the dark side: her prose as well as her poetry.

To find out even more about Melanie, allow your link-clicking digits to sing a song of dark meandering and enjoyment as you peruse the honesty that is this most talented author.

Enjoy her poems now and you will see what I mean.

Blaze McRob


once I compared you to a summer’s day 
Then you were winsome and light
Now the darkness has stolen that 
And replaced it with a different lust
For life
For death
You are my raison d’être


Lain Beneath
Once Believed
Veracity suspect, bewildered
Every word leaves me bemused
Should love bedazzle your eyes
It behooved one to be wary
Lest you find yourself besotted
Beguiled by your own yearning
And left benighted, alone

Run, Reaper

I despise Reaper, currently
That motherfucker is off
Polishing his bone or playing
Peeping Grim through some portal
The perv.
Hey!! Bonedaddy!
Think you could stop rubbing one out
And do your damned job?
For once? Instead of dicking about


Don’t be too kind to me
I’m only human and like it or not
There’s still a heart ticking away in here.
Worse yet, it feels things and I’m tired.
Stupid thing, 
it still wants to believe that maybe,
words aren’t all doggerel and dirges
secrets and lies and wooful design.
so, please, don’t be too kind
I may believe you.


Hickory duckory
Fuck, why must you be such a dick?
If buzzkill had a finger, 
it’d be pointed in your general vicinity
Is it so difficult to be 
a little less self-aware, maybe?
Screw your thinly veiled, venomous barbs
I’m hanging out in drown town tonight
Let my sorrows sink or whatever
I’ll smother the mothersuckers.
Or if I must, I’ll hotbox the cabin
Leave ’em breathless and 
watch them fly away 

Reboot Juice

Death-goes-on-into perpetuity/
Mournings-suck-even for-the-departed/



Has the clock stopped?

Seriously? Not even a minute yet?

Time is just a myth …

Time, in our limited perception, only exists in our minds….so the so-called experts say. Whoever THEY are…

However, when a body is positioned, poised and waiting, it becomes torture to the impatient, the desperate…This non-existent perception of time seems pretty damned real…I wonder if the ticking of the clock is the sound of Reaper’s heart

Soul Synapsis

Yeah I hear you moaning
In your Emojish tongues
It’s all in the vernacular

Don’t you know?

There is no cure for acerbic wit

It’s hardly a sickness
Twitch the bitch switch, I’m down if it is

Today, the social diction is
hardly spectacular
Sadly lacking the eloquent factor
I miss the pretty words

I find, too, that my vascular capacity
is next to null
I think I have a slow leak
Maybe I’m a Synapsid out of its prime
A soul Synapsis

I still love you though
In my eyes, everything is irie
We stay gold, just like Pony Boy
Like the last whit of light in the sky


There she sits, this Goddess
in a Marley t-shirt and plain black panties
The way the shirt is plastered
to her small frame,
it accentuates those perfect breasts
the chill in the room as plain as the
nipples poking through the thin fabric

Supple, slim, my hands itch to touch
The smooth porcelain of her flesh
and feel her long legs quiver under the
Flats of my palms while they travel down,
then between
All that is nonexistent in the regard
To the eyes that stare holes in my soul
This Goddess creature dressed
in commoner’s skin
I forget that she shuns the comparison
Beauty believes she is the beast

Erect Thorn, Bare Windows
You are fearsome, lady,
from those eyes that hide some kind of
beautiful brain that coincides perfectly
with the savage monster you hide inside
oh I pretend that I don't notice
or care but I do and I want to not be
like all the others but baby,
you're killing me here
It isn't just my blood pressure that rises
whenever you walk by, ai,
I can't help but stare,
Gods...that derrière,
Yeah stop looking at me like I'm
some kind of prédateur, mon amour,
You have no worry from me, you see,
All this is secret, trapped in my mind,
Because I can barely breathe
when you're near
Let alone speak, or meet your eyes
other than the occasional glance in
The mirrored reflection, it's distracting
God, I wish I could say hello.

Amazon bio:

I am a Canadian based writer who resides in Calgary, Alberta and am a Warrior Mom blessed with two challenging boys, Sam 14 and Davey 10. I am a rabid supporter of Independent Film and Publications, and a horror junkie with a taste for words, and bloodsauce. Most recently, I was voice talent to The Carmen Theatre Group as Maria Sanchez and I can be seen in The Orphan Killer 2: Bound x Blood, written and created by Matt Farnsworth.

Check out Melanie's links here!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


JD Phillips is my Woman In Horror today! JD is a fascinating lady and has much to say. I asked her some questions in our interview that I really wanted to get the answers to. All authors can certainly learn from each other, and some of the ideas in my mind happen to be in hers as well. It's really nice to know that you're not the only one on this spinning rock that wonders about such things. Read the interview and see if you feel the same way. It's an eye opener for sure.

Blaze McRob

JD Phillips – Woman In Horror

It's great to have you here today, JD Phillips. Before we start the interview, could you tell us a little about yourself?

I'm just a normal spooky girl who enjoys unusual things in ordinary places. And cats – I love my cats.

Thank you. Now to the Q&A.

Q. I first got acquainted with your great work through In The Calm, a novel dealing with past lives and ghosts. What are your actual thoughts about past lives?

A. Funnily enough Calm was basically just a fictionalized version of an experience I actually had so of course I believe our souls cycle from one life to the next. I can't even tell you the number of times I've recognized or knew things I have no reason to know or experienced that creepy crawly feeling that I've done something I haven't before.

Q. I know you believe in the paranormal. Do you feel that past lives and ghosts could both be taken as truth and able to occupy the same space and time?

A. I really like the theory that we're sharing different levels of the same space at the same time. Someone could be staring into the same cabinet as you in a different time except, every once in a while, the lines blur and they open your cabinet when you're away or you close the cabinet when they're reaching for something and now you both think you've got a ghost haunting the room when it's really just two people – both alive in their own time – trying to make dinner or something.

Maybe the same principles work for past lives too. Maybe what you think of as a past life is actually still going on some other level. Here you're a writer, there you're onboard the Titanic.

Kind of makes my head hurt to think about too much.

Q. I love how you slowly added in your backstory in From Ashes. I personally hate when an author jams all the backstory at the beginning of a novel.

A. I'm with you – I don't like the feeling I'm reading a Wiki page for a character in a novel and try to avoid doing that – but I was also thinking about the seemingly random sometimes inappropriate thoughts that tend to pop in your head in times of duress. Stuff you haven't even considered since you were a teen suddenly jump front and center and sort of festers there almost to distract you from the current problem. Or maybe that's just me. Anyway I thought it made sense all those bits and pieces from a past he'd rather forget would drift in and out of focus given the situation he's in.

Q. By the way, I loved the psychological horror in From Ashes.

A. Oh, thank you. It certainly wasn't a fun one to write but I've been wanting to do something dark. I ended up going way dark.

Q. I love Touching Spirits! Not only is the concept fresh, but the snarky, wise-ass style grabbed me. You pulled this off extremely well.

A. You're killing me with the compliments! Spirits was probably the easiest book I've ever written. I got it done and published in about a month. If I'm honest (maybe too honest) Killian's sense of humor and mine are fairly identical. I basically just let the stuff I normally keep filtered in public run free on the pages. It was definitely a much-needed release after Ashes.

Q. I also love the idea you had of having the protagonist in Touching Spirits, Killian A. Black, have his own Facebook page. It's a real hoot! Where did you get the idea for this?

A. It was Killian's idea. All of it. It's difficult to make friends when you're a spook, you know, but the Internet is helping to change that.

Q. I love Killian's interview as well. Tres cool!

A. It was tricky to set up but also a lot of fun. He's available for more, by the way, if anyone's interested. You always have free time on your hands when you're dead.

Q. Could you tell us about your Atraxia series? What are the three books in the series?

A. Well, I wrote the first – The Reckoning – several years ago after falling in love with the game called Dragon Age Origins. I wrote the sequel, The Rising, immediately after but my computer's sudden suicide and my own dumb mistake of not saving the final edited version two of flash before the hard drive went boom caused it to remain unpublished.

Anyway last year after I finished Ashes I started the third in the series, The Divide, after getting a fresh wave of inspiration (from another Dragon Age game, oddly enough, amongst other things) but hit a wall and ended up taking a break to write Spirits before I finally returned.

Atraxia is a fantasy world but it's based on manipulating natural elements and spirits rather than wizards and spells. It's definitely more fantasy than horror but there are plenty of dark creepy creatures and people that make for some frightening moments – and also plenty of humor and love and all that good stuff.

I'm actually working on another in the series but unlike Reckoning and Divide – which are written to stand alone so you don't need to read one to understand the other – this one is directly connected to The Divide so I'm keeping the details top-secret.

Q. What is your favorite novel or book of yours? Your favorite series?

A. Ooo, that's a nasty question! They're all my children and you're not supposed to have a favorite child, right?

Honestly I like each for different reasons and the characters feel like old friends – some you keep in better touch with than others, some you just sometimes wonder what they're up to and then get on with your day.

Though I can say Killian has been the most fun to hang out with and Divide has my favorite overall cast – not to mention couple – to date. Unlike many characters I have written, both good and bad, these are people that I wouldn't mind actually hanging out with in real life.

Q. Bones and Stitches, your Etsy page, is pretty interesting. Not only do you have hand-made goodies – I love the pillows – but you sell your paperback books there as well. How is that working out for you?

A. A lot of days it really isn't. I love that it allows me to sign books and give away freebies with orders – especially to those that have supported me for a long time – but it's almost totally dependent on word-of-mouth like everything else and there's just so much out there these days it's easy for people to overlook that. I'm not sure I can afford to keep it open much longer.

Q. Who are some of your favorite authors? Favorite books?

A. Oscar Wilde, Shirley Jackson, Khalil Gibran. The Picture of Dorian Grey, The Haunting of Hill House, The Prophet.

Q. You and I have discussed the pros and cons of self-publishing vs going with a Press before. Could you explain it here again for the folks?

A. A lot of it depends on you – how much you can do on your own, if you're good enough to be doing it all on your own, if you're really prepared for the extra burdens that come with doing it that way – as well as the press you'd be dealing with. Are they large or small? Do they have marketing plans or do they expect you to sell it yourself? Are they asking fees? Are they reasonable/willing to listen to your ideas and feedback?

A good press will make you feel supported and help you land reviews and things. A bad one will take a cut and leave you doing pretty much all the work you'd have done on your own regardless.

I think if you like being in control of everything and don't mind working your butt off self publishing is the way to go. If you don't mind allowing someone else to have the final say over the finished product and taking control of your royalties and don't want to bother listing/pubbing yourself a press could be a good fit for you.

Q. This might appear to be a trick question, but it's really not. Why do you feel that it's important for an author to get their work out, especially when one is writing fiction, and horror fiction at that?

A. It's kind of like the tree in the forest question – if a writer writes a book but nobody reads it does the story exist outside the writer's mind?

I am a firm believer things happen for reason -if you're given a talent, you're meant to use it. Maybe that's just because I can't understand why I would have this obsessive burning need to write as much as I do otherwise but I do believe I'm meant to share my madness.

As for horror specifically – I've said many times you can't have light without the dark and vice versa. Guiding people through the darker areas of life seems to be my thing; at least works of horror usually allow you to also have some fun along the way.

Now's your turn to talk about anything else that's on your mind. Notice that magic word anything.

This morning I found myself thinking about cheese. Like why it is you can buy two bags of the same brand of cheddar cheese but the finely shredded tastes different than the thicker cut?

I've also been thinking a lot about a character called Handsome Jack from the Borderlands series (yes, I know it's not the norm for a writer to find the bulk of her inspiration from video games but that's just how I roll). On the surface the guy is a raging psychopath – narcissist, violent, rides diamond pony called Butt Stallion and makes jokes as he kills people in terrible ways – but in his mind he is and always has been the hero of the story. The creepy cool thing is, if you take a step back and factor in how his story begins, you can argue – given the context of the world he lives in – that he may not necessarily be wrong about that.

That idea comes up in The Divide and weighs heavily in my current piece too. If you do what others see as despicable harm in order to prevent an even greater tragedy you know for certain will otherwise unfold are you the hero you think yourself to be or have you become the villain? Do good intentions lessen the weight of the blood on your hands? How many things do you tear down before you can build them back up again? Can you even build things back up again when there will always be some new person or thing looking to deepen the already existing divide?

So that's pretty much it. These are the sorts of thoughts that rotate around inside my head all day every day – from cheese to contemplating the nature of good and evil and what it means in terms of keeping the universe and balance.

(And people wonder why I need to write).

Cool! Now feel free to plaster any and all links you wish to have bandied about.

It's been great having you here, JD Phillips. You are a most charming lady and a true Woman In Horror.

Blaze McRob

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


 Marianne Halbert is my Woman In Horror today! Marianne is one interesting lady. She writes great psychological horror, my favorite kind, and endears me to her stories by the fact she leaves a lot to the imagination, not dumbing down the reader. Her readers are intelligent enough to choose her fantastic books and she wants to leave that as is. Over-description can rob a reader of imagination. Suspense is where it's at. She prefers supernatural horror to real-life horror. Marianne gets plenty of that at her job being the Criminal Justice Director at NAMI, Indiana, and from being involved with Crisis Intervention Teams.

Amazon bio:

Marianne Halbert spends too much time pondering the things that go bump in the night. She grew up in the heartland devouring mysteries and horror, and loves to read and write anything quirky, spooky, downright creepy, surprising or moving. While she abhores gore for gore's sake, she thrills on creating tension, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, and shades-of-gray characters that make you think of them years after the pages have closed. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines on the cutting edge of speculative fiction. Keep your flashlight and blanket handy, and keep up with her at

I believe the best book to acquaint yourself with Marianne's mastery at the craft would be WAKE UP AND SMELL THE CREEPY. Why? This is a short story collection with an eclectic array of genres and genre mixes. She is definitely not a stuck in a rut author.

 Some mystery...some sci fi...some horror...all dark.
As you hover between wakefulness and wandering back to your dreams, a man struggles to prove he’s in control of his own destiny, while a psychiatric patient proclaims he is the new dawn of mankind. As you hit the snooze and pull the covers over your shoulder to elude a chill, a lawyer makes a desperate attempt to save a client accused of a thorny murder, while a man in mid-life crisis buys a key that opens a used car and the answers to an unsolved mystery. As you shuffle to the coffee pot, revenge already sits cold on the table, and the plot for a ghostly mass murder is brewing. So drink your coffee. Open your eyes. It’s time to wake up. And smell the creepy.

Don't limit yourself to this one read, my friends. Check out Marianne's other great books. Maianne Halbert is a true Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Monday, February 13, 2017


Nicole Hadaway is my Woman In Horror today! She writes fascinating Vampire tales. Her Miranda Dandridge series starts in Brooklyn, and travels to New Orleans and Egypt before taking hold in WWII and Nazi Europe. How's that for a superb scenario?

Miranda and her brother Cray travel from adventure to adventure while growing up, both taking different attitudes towards humans: Cray likes to eat them, and Miranda is fascinated by them.

When WWII arrives, Miranda finds herself in war-torn Nazi Europe and tries to help the children she finds there. She meets up with a Jewish doctor trying to save his fellow Jews from the atrocities of the Nazi death camps, and love develops between them. Mix well and we have Release, Nicole's novel.   

So, my friends, if you wish to read about off-beat Vampires, Nazis, war, history, fallen Angels, demons, a werewolf, and more, you will find what you are looking for in the great words of Nicole Hadaway.

On a personal level, I have known many people who suffered at the hands of the Nazis during WWII and feel so much for what the Holocaust victims went through. To me, Release exemplifies the worst in real life horror and also shows there are heroes who will do anything for the cause of what is right.

In Nicole's words:

"My short stories  show how Miranda met some of her friends: Egypt, 1906; Brooklyn 1830; New Orleans, 1842. They feature Miranda and her brother, Cray, who is somewhat of a rebel. Whereas Miranda loves humans and immerses herself in their world, Cray really only uses them for food and fun. Of course, he's got his secrets, but don't all bad boys?"

In response to why she writes horror:

"It depends on why you write -- to sell books or express yourself. I write my stories because they've been inside my head so long, I feel they should be told"  Nicole Hadaway

Amazon bio:

As a lawyer, Nicole Hadaway knows all about bloodsuckers and deals with the devil. She currently lives in Texas. Her novel, Release, was published by Visionary Press in January 2013 (previously it was published by Vamplit Publishing), and the same characters are featured in several short stories available on Amazon: Egypt, 1906; Brooklyn, 1830; and New Orleans, 1842.

Book description:

The ends justify the means...

For vampire Miranda Dandridge, using her supernatural abilities to rescue children from impossible circumstances is her means to be a part of the human world that she loves so much, despite the atrocities of WWII.

For doctor Ben Gongliewski, saving his fellow Jews from the horrific death camps is an end for which he risks his own life every day, hiding his Jewish heritage while feigning loyalty the SS.

Neither Miranda nor Ben expects to find love in World War II Europe, but that is exactly what happens as they work for the Resistance. When the war draws to a close, it seems like the vampire and the doctor are free to start a future together. But just how far the Nazis will go to further their own evil ends?

Desperate times make for ruthless men as loves and lives are threatened, but, Miranda and Ben know that their world cannot go to hell, not by any means…

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Nicole Hadaway is most definitely a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob