Tuesday, March 3, 2015

L.D. RICARD WINS TWO TJ'S HOUSE OF HORROR AWARDS FOR BEST HORROR BOOK AND BEST HORROR AUTHOR FOR 2014!






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L.D. Ricard has won two top awards in Tj Weeks' great TJ's House of Horror awards! One for Best Horror Book of 2014, for Rowan's End, and another for Best Horror Author 0f 2014. Tj cares about his fellow auththors. Thanks for having such a classy event, Tj!

There were some great books and authors in this month long event. L.D. is thrilled, as she should be, to have won these awards!

A little info on Rowan's End and L.D. below

Blaze McRob 

Book Description

November 12, 2014
Lexy and her mother, Laine, were used to living a gypsy lifestyle. Lexy's father always had them on the move. 20 years earlier he'd gone on the run from his family, but Laine never knew why. When he is mysteriously murdered, their world turns upside down. Thrust into a world of the unbelievably fantastic and at the same time horrifying,they must learn where the legends end and the lies begin, and help Lexi reclaim a family legacy, one that her father left her unprepared to fight for.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and refreshing battle January 27, 2015
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In the beginning of this story, I truly wondered what I had started. With weird characters and items showing up at opportune moments, it makes one wonder what can actually be happening in our world today.

This story concentrates on Laine and Lexy, a mother-daughter duo surviving the death of Lexy's father; Laine's husband. Strange events bring them to an old family home, where history unfolds, mysterious events are solved, relationships are formed, and a battle between good and evil ensues.

LD Ricard has written a great book from a refreshing point of view, with a different take on magic, ghosts and witchery. I can't wait to read what happens next

Keri

5.0 out of 5 stars great read December 6, 2014
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This book is one that you can not put down.a must read book.I am waiting for the second book to come out!!!

5.0 out of 5 stars A fast read March 3, 2014
By ajm
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keeps you in the story, fast paced, lots of action, suspense along with humor can't wait for book number 2! 
 
 L.D.Ricard lives in Florida. She has several short stories out and is soon to be re-releasing the highly anticipated Rowan's End. She lives with her other half, faithful dog Wicca and a demonic kitten. She is currently working on the sequel Rowan's End

Monday, March 2, 2015

E.A. IRWIN - WOMAN IN HORROR!






http://www.amazon.com/E.-A.-Irwin/e/B002BTGZMU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1392176116&sr=1-2-ent

http://www.eairwin.webs.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pamatthews?fref=ts


E.a. Irwin is my Woman In Horror today! E.a. is a genre master, not only writing fantastic horror prose, but she also writes great poetry, romantic as well as dark.

I had the pleasure of reading her Riley McCabe series a couple of years ago. These are kick-ass stories of Dark fantasy at its best, mixed in with awesome psychological horror. E.a. is polishing these up to bring them out once more. Not that they need any polishing, but she wants to add more in and be ready for when her fans say, "I want more!" And they will. Take my word for it. Of everything she has written, this series pulled me in the quickest.

I'm going to pull up some of E.a.'s great books now for you to look at, admire, and perhaps to purchase.

Freakend Madness ( Volume 1 )

Over one frenzied weekend, a group of up-and-coming dark fiction writers decided to write a short story or two. Together, they produced the tales of terror collected in this anthology in support of Asbury House, a women's shelter in Fort Collins, Colorado. For some of the authors, this is their first-ever publication. We appreciate your support of new writers, authors who have been publishing for years, and especially your support of Asbury House.

A must read.... By Jennifer Bennet on February 25, 2015 Five Stars

Format: Paperback
Incredibly well written by all authors involved. I especially like Primal Justice and The Closet, however they are all good. The price is so small in comparison to quality and all the proceeds are being donated. You will not regret the purchase of this book. Heck, buy several as gifts! Enjoy you freaky people out there. 
 
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As you can see, all the proceeds go to a Woman's Shelter. This is a wonderful thing for authors and publishers both to do.               

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Fresh Fear: Contemporary Horror

Book Description

September 25, 2014
W. J. Renehan ∞ Scathe meic Beorh ∞ Ramsey Campbell ∞ Lily Childs ∞ Lincoln Crisler ∞ Jack Dann ∞ Robert Dunbar ∞ Tomas A. Erb ∞ Brandon Ford ∞ Carole Gill ∞ Lindsey Beth Goddard ∞ J. F. Gonzalez ∞ Dane Hatchell ∞ E. A. Irwin ∞ Charlee Jacob ∞ K. Trap Jones ∞ Tim Jones ∞ Vada Katherine ∞ Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen ∞ Shane McKenzie ∞ Shaun Meeks ∞ Adam Millard ∞ Christine Morgan ∞ Billie Sue Mosiman ∞ D.F. Noble ∞ Chantal Noordeloos ∞ W. H. Pugmire ∞ William Todd Rose ∞ Anna Taborska

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

FRESH FEAR: Contem­porary Horror is a collection of horror from some of the genre's best writers of dark fiction. This collection has no central theme other than the story's ability to scare the hell out of the reader! Tales steeped in psychological horror sit alongside visions of strange worlds and inner landscapes drenched in blood. 'Quiet horror' sits comfortably next to more visceral portrayals of the monsters that lurk deep within the human heart. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famously once said, "where there is no imagination there is no horror" - the horror expressed by the authors in Fresh Fear show that imagination is indeed tantamount to excellent story-telling. Prepare yourself for 28 tales of terror-inducing fiction that will have you checking the locks on every door and window of your abode!

Scathe meic Beorh
Ramsey Campbell 
Lily Childs  
Lincoln Crisler  
Jack Dann  
Robert Dunbar  
Tomas A. Erb  
Brandon Ford  
Carole Gill  
Lindsey Beth Goddard   
J. F. Gonzalez  
Dane Hatchell  
E. A. Irwin  
Charlee Jacob  
K. Trap Jones  
Tim Jones  
Vada Katherine  
Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen  
Shane McKenzie   swlogo
Shaun Meeks  
Adam Millard  
Christine Morgan  
Billie Sue Mosiman  
D.F. Noble  
Chantal Noordeloos  
W. H. Pugmire  
William Todd Rose  
Anna Taborska
Fresh Fear is an eclectic collection of the very best horror fiction from across the world. Dare you to read it! Switch the phone off, make yourself comfortable, and prepare for a trip to the darkest depths and most shadowed recesses of the human imagination.
 
4.0 out of 5 stars A giant snarling bite of contemporary horror. March 11, 2014
By SK Nash
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There is no set theme for this anthology, but each story touches on the fears of the modern world. In the introduction, a selection from W.J. Renham's The Art of Darkness: Meditations on the Effect of Horror Fiction, we are reminded that, "Horror serves to reconnect us with our primal selves, provides temporary respite from the droning conditions of modern life."

Some stories examine the experience of being bullied, losing a child, and the terror of becoming a drooling husk devoid of emotion. Primal fears of ghosts, demons and ancient evil unleashed upon humanity are also found here. Some of these tales are a closer look at the horrors we view on the 24-hour news feeds where serial killers, rapes and murders keep us both frightened and entertained. Some authors examine the quiet horrors of isolation, insanity, and the the complacency of those who look at evil but do nothing to stop it.

Be warned: none of the authors shy away from vivid imagery, gore, violence or misogyny. The one story that haunts me the most, "Camps" by Jack Dann, was a glimpse into the history of World War II. The images conjured in his words are as haunting as the photographs that survive the Nazi concentration camps. Another favorite was "Welcomeland" by Ramsey Campbell. His portrait of a dilapidated town and the equally ramshackle amusement park gave me chills. The lyrical, "Darkness Dancing in Your Eyes" by WH Pugmire was a glimpse of eternal loyalty, beauty, and pain.
I highly recommend Fresh Fear for lovers of gut-wrenching horror.

Scathe meic Beorh – God of the Wind: An academic research trip to Mora, New Mexico brings a man face-to-face with the gods of the desert and teaches him more than he wants to know.

Ramsey Campbell – Welcomeland: A man travels home to visit the amusement park he he helped finance. Meant to revitalize the economy, he finds the park failed and the town in shambles. You can’t go home again, but if you do, can you ever leave?

Lily Childs – Strange Tastes: She’s the perfect caretaker. Loyal, neat, clean, and a fantastic gourmet cook. When her employers are arrested for tax fraud, she discovers they share her tastes in more than kitchen appliances.

Lincoln Crisler – Nouri and the Beetles: In a time of war, the young men leave to fight. What does a girl have to do to get a husband?

Jack Dann – Camps: People often speak of those suffering a terminal disease as being fighters. Stephen fights his war for survival on two fronts. The first is a war of pain and drugs. The second is a battle of memories long past and never forgotten.

Robert Dunbar – High Rise: Brandon, his brother Tyrone, and their mother move to a better room in an ill-kept high rise. When Tyrone meets one of the ghostly former tenants, Brandon must save his life before he wastes away.

Thomas Erb – Spencer Weaver Gets Rebooted: A teen has only the internet, and his mother to help him get through his last year of High School, and get revenge on the bully who tormented him.

Brandon Ford – Scare Me: As a reviewer, I can honestly say that this was my favorite story in the whole anthology. It was fantastic! I swear it. Really. Not joking. Looks nervous.

Carole Gill – Raised: A boy’s despair over his mother’s madness leads him to a career in medicine. While dissecting corpses for his classes, he discovers he has a passion for studying the deceased. Will his mother’s curse follow him, or is there something else in the past that haunts him?

Lindsey Beth Goddard – The Tooth Collector: When her daughter is killed in traffic, Jenny knows it wasn’t an accident. She seeks out the man responsible and demands her daughter be returned to her.

JF Gonzalez – Love Hurts: A tale of the Black Dahlia, the Laguna State Mental Hospital, undying love, and the transforming ecstasy of pain.

Dane Hatchell – The ‘takers: Mr Jaffe is being held in a medical testing facility, desperate to escape. The Rooks shoot him full of drugs to steal his soul. The ‘takers shuffle him from place to place and whisper the words that strike terror in his heart, “It’s Wednesday, and it’s time for Bingo!”

E.A. Irwin – Justice through Twelve Steps: Particularly disturbing tale of insanity, rape and murder that went too far for this reader.

Charlee Jacob – Locked inside the Buzzword Box: Clanci Feamy is her father’s greatest experiment in terminal insanity. She's thinking outside box, and she's hungry.

K Trap Jones – Demon Eyed Blind: A demon-hunter pursues her prey with skill and precision until she backs him -- and herself -- into a corner. She’s down to two souls, one body, and the police banging on the locked door.

Tim Jones – Protein: When the ice melts and the world is awash with water, the next world war will be fought over calories. You can survive if you have enough protein.

Vada Katherine -Block: Block’s wife, Luna was murdered. Now he is investigating a series of murders that may be related.

Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen – Just Another Ex: A private investigator goes after a man suspected of cheating on his wife. Unfortunately, it’s not his wife who has hired the detective.

Shane McKenzie – So Much Pain, So Much Death: Distraught parents are overjoyed to discover that their missing daughter has been found alive. The man responsible for her disappearance rots in a cell, but her father has suspicions that all is not as it seems.

Shaun Meeks – Perfection Through Silence: Tom is tormented by a sound. All he wants is silence, to quiet the ticking that no one else can hear. His grandmother could help him, but she’s been dead for almost a year.

Adam Milliard – The Incongruous Mr Marwick: Which is the greater evil, the perpetrator of torment, or the one who stands by and merely observes?

Christine Morgan – Nails of The Dead: Plenty of people are preparing for the end of the world. Some intend to merely survive it, others work to build the vehicles that will usher it in.

Billie Sue Mosiman – Verboten: Dorothy wants to be a singer in Nashville, but her sister vanished from the truck stop up the road. Her grandfather says strangers are verboten, but it doesn't stop her from looking.

D.F. Noble - Psych: Working on the psych ward is a difficult job. Sometimes it helps to talk to a professional so your work doesn't follow you home.

Chantal Noordeloos – The Door: Jen’s sister Mila is having nightmares. Their stepfather is acting strangely and the basement door is locked. Is the danger on this side of the door or beyond it?

WH Pugmire - Darkness Dancing in Your Eyes: Enoch Blade awakens in his master’s house, alone and despondent. He still seeks to serve the alchemist who taught him to dance when there is nothing left but grave stones and shadows in the mirror.

William Todd Rose – The Grave Dancer: People have attempted to film and photograph ghosts for as long as the technology has been available. When Jamie and his friends view an 8mm film from his late grandfather’s collection, they decide to find out if the local ghost stories are real.

Anna Taborska – Out of the Light: In the vast stacks of the Bodleian Libraries, a student’s book request becomes a scholar’s worst nightmare.
 
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This is extreme horror! What I liked the best was how the reviewer said E.a. went too far. No way! How can you go too far in a collection like this? You can't! Bravo, E.a.

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Sideshow

Book Description

October 10, 2014
Come one, come all! The Sideshow has come to town! This isn't your usual freak show, we have wonders to show you that you will not find anyplace else. Marvel at the Human Illumine, lose yourself in the Amazing Mirror Maze. Come for the Last Show of the Day! We have it all. But be careful, not all is as it appears...danger may lurk in the shadows. There are some things that should be kept in the dark. Ticket please...
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Sideshow October 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Fantastic! Just what I needed to curl up with and turn everything else off!
Kathy Peck 
 
5.0 out of 5 stars A good scary anthology November 4, 2014
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A good scary anthology! I love the illustrations which give this book a very vintage circus feel. There is a good variety of psychological horror, monsters and gore and supernatural mystery. My favorite stories so far at Punch and Judy, Tattoo and Karma Carnival. It just keeps getting better each story I read.

Especially recommended for fans of American Horror Story Freakshow. It has a lot of the same throw back feel but even more horror! 
 
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E.a.'s great story The Human Illumine has no words to describe it. It is that good. This anthology is a constant top 100 ranked book on Amazon. It has full color interior art done by the amazing Melissa Stevens. Soon it will be out in paperback and hardcover.
 
Not only did E.a. write her great story within this tome, but she produced a great youtube book trailer as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYkH9k0wfTI  She did a wonderful job. I love it. Everything fits together perfectly. Way to go, E.a.!
 
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E.a. is not only a great author, poet, and book trailer expert, but she is a personal friend. We go back a ways and have shared moments good as well as bad. I love her as an author and as a fantastic human being. May she prosper for many years.
 
E.a. Irwin is a Woman In Horror!
 
 
Blaze McRob




E. A. Irwin lives in California, where she writes fiction and poetry, often bending horror, mystery and thriller genres to keep life interesting. Author of the "Myth to Life: The Rise of Riley McCabe" series, her short stories and poetry have been published in various anthologies, magazines, e-zines and online.

http://www.eairwin.webs.com



 

Freakend Madness (Volume 1) by Sam Knight, Tonya L De Marco, Bob Satterfield and E A Irwin (Feb 1, 2015)

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

JAIME JOHNESEE - WOMAN IN HORROR!

 
 
Please welcome one of the kindest ladies I have ever had the pleasure to meet, Ms. Jaime Johnesee! There's a lot to be said about friends in the digital world and many of us can relate to h...
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Just to show everyone I am not the only one writing Women In Horror posts, I am sharing some great ones from other websites. This one from Horroraddicts is really good. Jaime Johnesee and Killion Slade ask and answer some great questions.
 
Enjoy. You will find out a lot in this interview! Go to the link and read away!

 
Jaime Johnesee is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob

DAMNED WORDS 11 - IS THIS WEEK'S SCARY SUNDAY TALE!

DAMNED WORDS 11 by Pen of the Damned
A Reason Joseph A. Pinto I found a reason to walk tween the folds of winter's shawl, so hand in hand go we along Perdition's Road. Shall we burn, we burn as one; shall we suffer, then know love cor...
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Damned Words 11 is this week's Scary Sunday Tale. Actually, it's a collection of ten short tales by the members of the Pen Of The Damned. 
 
Nina D'Arcangela posts a photo for us, and we all write a tale based on what we see. Guess what? No one sees the same thing. How great is that! We are Damned and we are twisted. Go to http://penofthedamned.com/2015/02/24/damned-words-11/ and see what I'm talking about. 
 
I'll see you there!
 
 
Blaze McRob
 
 

THE QUARANTINED CITY II: INTO THE RAIN - IS OUT FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE - A GREAT MONTHLY SERIAL!






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The Quarantined City II: Into The Rain, by James Everington, is out for your reading pleasure! This is the second installment of a six month serial. Don't miss out on the excitement! If you missed last months episode, here is the link.  http://www.amazon.com/Quarantined-City-Smell-Paprika-ebook/dp/B00T3JS3F8/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1425242895&sr=1-3

Happy reading!

Blaze McRob


Book Description

February 21, 2015
For Fellows, life in the quarantined city is getting stranger.

The previous day had been a normal one, spent walking the streets and hunting rare books. But then Fellows had read a story by the reclusive writer known as Boursier, and things changed. His memories of the city no longer seem to tally with the streets around him, and the ghostly child in his house seems to have redoubled its efforts to touch him. The protestors against the quarantine are getting more vocal and the unity government more intolerant.

Fellows just wants to ignore these complications and concentrate on finding further stories by Boursier, but his efforts to do so just entangle him further in the secrets of the quarantined city.

Into The Rain is the second episode of the six part monthly serial The Quarantined City from James Everington and Spectral Press.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

WELCOME TO ALL THE WOMEN IN HORROR IN HORROR 101: THE WAY FORWARD!










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This is a special Women In Horror post for all the fantastic Women In Horror in Horror 101: The Way Forward. This great book is a Bram Stoker Awards Nominee for non- fiction. Quite an honor! I hope to see all the great ladies in Atlanta in May at the Horror Writers Association Convention. All the winners in all the categories will be announced on May 9th.

Congratulations ladies: 

Lucy A. Snyder, Emma Audsley, Lisa Morton, Ellen Datlow, Joan De La Haye, Tonia Brown, V.H. Leslie, Diane Parkin, Siobhan McKinney, Theresa Derwin, and Rena Mason.

All these great ladies are Women In Horror!


Blaze McRob



Book Description

April 27, 2014
Horror 101: The Way Forward – a comprehensive overview of the Horror fiction genre and career opportunities available to established and aspiring authors.

Have you ever wanted to be a horror writer? Perhaps you have already realized that dream and you’re looking to expand your repertoire. Writing comic books sounds nice, right? Or how about screenplays?
That’s what Horror 101: The Way Forward is all about. It’s not your average On Writing guide that covers active vs. passive and other writing tips, Horror 101 focuses on the career of a horror writer. It covers not only insights into the horror genre, but the people who successfully make a living from it.

Covering aspects such as movies, comics, short stories, ghost-writing, audiobooks, editing, publishing, self-publishing, blogging, writer’s block, YA horror, reviewing, dark poetry, networking, collaborations, eBooks, podcasts, conventions, series, formatting, web serials, artwork, social media, agents, and career advice from seasoned professionals and up-and-coming talents, Horror 101 is just what you need to kick your career into high gear.

Horror 101: The Way Forward is not your average On Writing guide, as it is more focused on the career options available to authors. But don’t fret, this book is loaded with career tips and behind-the-scene stories on how your favourite authors broke into their respective fields.

Horror 101: The Way Forward is perfect for people who:
• are suffering from writer’s block
• are starting their writing careers
• are looking to expand their writing repertoire
• are planning on infiltrating a different field in horror writing
• are looking to pay more bills with their art
• are trying to further their careers
• are trying to establish a name brand
• are looking to get published
• are planning on self-publishing
• want to learn more about the pros in the horror genre
• are looking for motivation and/or inspiration
• love the horror genre
• are not sure where to take their writing careers

Includes articles by Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, Edward Lee, Lucy A. Snyder, Emma Audsley, RJ Cavender, Scott Nicholson, Weston Ochse, Taylor Grant, Paul Kane, Lisa Morton, Shane McKenzie, Dean M. Drinkel, Simon Marshall-Jones, Robert W. Walker, Don D’Auria and Glenn Rolfe, Harry Shannon, Chet Williamson, Lawrence Santoro, Thomas Smith, Blaze McRob, Rocky Wood, Ellen Datlow, Iain Rob Wright, Kenneth W. Cain, Daniel I. Russell, Michael McCarty, Richard Thomas, Joan De La Haye, Michael Wilson, Francois Bloemhof, C.E.L. Welsh, Jasper Bark, Niall Parkinson, Armand Rosamilia, Tonia Brown, Ramsey Campbell, Tim Waggoner, Gary McMahon, V.H. Leslie, Eric S Brown, William Meikle, John Kenny, Gary Fry, Diane Parkin, Jim Mcleod, Siobhan McKinney, Rick Carufel, Ben Eads, Theresa Derwin, Rena Mason, Steve Rasnic Tem, Michael A. Arnzen, Joe Mynhardt, John Palisano, Mark West, Steven Savile, and a writer so famous he’s required to stay anonymous.


Editorial Reviews

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"Horror 101: The Way Forward - is sharp, savvy and packed with crucial information for anyone who wants to take a real bite out of the horror genre. Two taloned thumbs up!" - Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of CODE ZERO and V-WARS.
  
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror 101- Class is in session... June 25, 2014
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As another wannabe horror writer who always appreciates advice from the pros, Crystal Lake Publishing's Horror 101:The Way Forward was hard to resist. Joe Mynhardt has collected a slew of invaluable advice from some of the biggest names in horror as well as some of the new blood that is surely on their way to becoming well respected horror authors.

I am old enough to be of the classic On Writing Horror school, so much of the advice in here is simply hammered home again, but with updated views and fresh voices. Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterson, and Edward Lee begin the parade of great advice with their own beliefs on the horror genre. Ramsey Campbell gives some great advice on avoiding whats been done before, Steve Rasnic Tem gives a dozen solid tips on making a career, and Rocky Wood invites us to the Horror Writers Association. These well respected, and well known authors give solid advice that is fresh to hear again in their respective voices.

Writing has changed so much since the above mentioned classic that there needed to be something new to answer questions by writers, like me, who are realizing how vital the digital age is to a successful writing career. I am one of those writers who has no problem getting through a draft or two, but I get to the editing part and... oh look a butterfly is dancing around the garden outside my window... I can address my problems as a writer, but I am still fairly new to Facebook and the digital age. After years of telling myself how ridiculous Facebook and Twitter is, I have come to realize how vital it can be if used correctly. Many of the newer authors in this book have been active in the digital age for some time and I have picked up vital advice from authors I was somewhat familiar with, like Shane McKenzie, Michael Arnzen, Lucy Snyder,Tim Waggoner, and Scott Nicholson.

I was also more than pleasantly surprised by the advice from authors like Jasper Bark, Weston Ochse, Blaze McRob, and a few others whose writing was so good for this anthology of advice, that I will surely be looking forward to reading more from them and have already added many of them to my mental list of authors to check out.

As a struggling wannabe writer, I have to applaud and thank Joe Mynhardt, not only for his great advice within the pages of his anthology, but for taking the time to put this book together. The time he must have spent talking to these authors, putting it all together, and editing it must have been exhausting and I'm sure he cussed himself out for beginning such a detailed and extensive project. At the end, he has created a classic that any writer, not just us horror junkies, can call upon for advice and inspiration.

Thanks Joe!


5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Genre Writers May 1, 2014
By Bacchus
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The world of publishing is more than a little bewildering these days, with new options for publishing and a greater need than ever for writers to know how to market their work and promote themselves. Although this book is a mixed bag, the info that is helpful in this volume far outweighs the fluff, and is worth much more than the price of the book. If you're just starting out as a writer you NEED to read this book. If you're a pro with sales under your belt or are self-publishing your work, you'll find resources in here to increase your sales and fan base. There's great practical advice on the act of writing, being a writer (acting professionally), how and where to promote yourself, etc. from writers of books and movies, from veterans and fairly new success stories, from reviewers and editors. No matter what level you're on as a writer, you'll learn something worth learning.