Saturday, September 24, 2016


Joe Mynhardt and Crystal Lake Publishing have put Gutted into countdown on Amazon. For the next one day and seventeen hours, from the time I'm writing this, you get this best selling collection of fantastic horror stories for only 99 cents. That's not a long time, so take advantage of the offer now. Take a peek below at the superb authors in this collection. Don't waste time. Get it while it's available at this fantastic price.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 From Bram Stoker Award-nominated publisher, Crystal Lake Publishing, and the editing duo who brought you the best-selling and critically acclaimed small-town Lovecraftian horror anthology Shadows Over Main Street, comes Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories—a disturbing journey into the beauty that rests inside the very heart of darkness.

Awe meets ache.

Terror becomes transcendence.

Regret gives way to rebirth.

Fifteen short stories and one poem span nearly every twisted corner of the horror and dark fiction genres:

A woman experiences an emotional reckoning inside a haunted house.

A father sees his daughter rescued after a cold case is solved, only to learn the tragic limits of his love.

A man awakens a vengeful spirit and learns the terrible price of settling scores.

A boy comes of age into awareness of a secret universe of Lovecraftian scale.

A young woman confronts the deathly price of existence inside a German concentration camp during the Holocaust.

And much, much more…

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories features the most celebrated voices in dark fiction, as well as a number of exciting new talents:

Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Paul Tremblay, John F.D. Taff, Lisa Mannetti, Damien Angelica Walters, Josh Malerman, Christopher Coake, Mercedes M. Yardley, Brian Kirk, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Amanda Gowin, Richard Thomas, Maria Alexander and Kevin Lucia. Edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward.

With a foreword from Cemetery Dance magazine founder Richard Chizmar.

Proudly brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing.

Editorial Reviews


"There is inky glimmer to these dark tales ... together they open up that wondrous space that dark fiction at its best inhabits, where it's just you and the story and whatever is scratching at your window, and where no one can hear you scream. And you will." -- LitReactor
"We've grown accustomed to horror that pulls us into the depths and leaves us there, but this compilation shows that even at the worst times, humans instinctively cling to any ray of hope they can find. While it may not be the hope they thought they were looking for, sometimes, it's still enough." -- Bleeding Cool

"Enough big-hitters to propel this collection to the top of any horror enthusiast's to-read list." -- This is Horror

"Have you ever been punched in the stomach? You know, just hit so hard that it knocks the wind out of you and all you can do is sit there and try to catch a breath. That's how I felt after reading this book." -- Horror Novel Reviews

"I would say this collection is appropriately named and deserves to earn each and every author worldwide acclaim. Yes, it's that good." -- Mass Movement magazine

"It's a book for readers who love language as much as story, who understand that horror can be beautiful, ecstatic and revelatory as well as down-right scary." -- James Everington

"Up-and-coming writers such as Mercedes M. Yardley, Brian Kirk, and Maria Alexander deliver the goods alongside Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Clive Barker, and other established writers. If you only buy one collection of stories this year, this should be it." - JG Faherty, multi-award nominated author of The Cure, The Burning Time, and Ghosts of Coronado Bay.
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a fantastic collection of "beautiful horror stories". The beauty is literary, in phrasing and in the way the words paint a portrait. These are not the kind of stories that rely on graphic violence for shock, and there are no stereotypical characters. Instead, these are stories that wreck us psychologically, get under our skin and make us shudder.

Sometimes reviewing a collection of stories by various authors can be a challenge, as not every reader will like every author. I didn't have that problem with this collection. Yes, there were some stories that held me riveted more than others, but I did enjoy them all.

If you like your stories to cross over to the dark side, with some psychological torment, then this is the book for you. 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I keep reading that "the Horror genre is dead." Obvious pun aside, Gutted:Beautiful Horror Stories deliciously drives a stake in that theory. One of the best anthologies I've read in a while. I would be remiss if I didn't first give credit to editors Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward for another superbly crafted collection of stories (as an aside, check out Shadows Over Main Street, their Lovecraftian anthology).

The stories within do exactly what true horror should--tear at the soul. From Stephanie M. Wytovich's opening poem that sets the tone for the entire work, to Brian Kirk's tale of abduction and parental love; through Mercedes M. Yardley's extreme love story and Richard Thomas' "Repent..."

Look. It's simple. Every story in this anthology is horrifyingly gorgeous. Other reviews break down a story by story commentary, check those out if that's what you need. For me, Gutted was a few hours of reading enjoyment followed by days of emotion, reflection and a dark desire to read more of the same. I picked up the paperback version because Caitlin Hackett's cover and Luke Spooner's interior art are a stunning compliment to the works within.

If you like dark, then pick up a copy. But be warned...these stories will haunt your dreams well after the reading is done. And that's just as Horror should be.

Friday, September 23, 2016


The latest and greatest movie review by W. J. Howard is alive! What does she think of I Survived A Zombie Holocaust? Is it Oscar material, or does it sink to the bottom of an undead cesspool? Hit the magic link and find out what she has to say. Go to the left side bar for her favorite films. Time's a'wastin. Hustle over.

Blaze McRob 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


From Suzanne Robb:

"And today is the day - release day and I am officially 40!
Dead by Midnight -
A fun and playful romp through a dark forest of supernatural shenanigans. Only the dark forest is a private gated community in New Mexico. And the shenanigans include werewolves, vampires, a serial killer, and jars of pickled body parts.
– S.G. Browne, author of Breathers and Lucky Bastard
Ever wondered what happens when you bite a wolf back on the full moon?"

What better day to release your novel than on your birthday? Suzanne Robb does exactly that with Dead By Nidnight, a madcap romp of gory fun. There is so much going on in this great novel that I can't explain it all. I suggest you read the free sample on Amazon. You will be hooked for sure.

Suzanne has a winner with this novel. Don't miss out! Put it on your Kindle or a paperback on your shelf. 

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 “Suzanne Robb is a natural storyteller. With Dead by Midnight, she has developed into the kind of writer whose work, in all of its addictive glory, will be called “effortless,” Pat Shand (Robyn Hood)

After Zach Harris is attacked by a wolf, the most bizarre consequence isn't that the police suspect he's the serial killer… or that he's growing hair in funny places, wants to mark his territory and chase rabbits…not even that he's falling for Lucy Lane, a tenacious reporter who can expose his secret. What is truly strange is the wolf who bit him now turns into a man during the full moon.

Sucked into a murder investigation, Zach races against the clock while the Moonlight Killer taunts the police. As the pickled body parts pile up and one of Logansville’s finest goes missing, Zach forms a strange alliance to avoid life in prison orange, catch the real murderer, and try to save the woman he loves.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


W. J. Howard has a super movie review for Housebound. If this is yay or nay, you will find out in a hurry. W. J. doesn't dawdle in telling you how she feels. This could very well be a movie you won't want to miss. Hint. Hint.

While you're at her website, check out her other movie and TV reviews and see what else she is up to. She's a busy lady for sure. Tell her I sent you.

Blaze McRob

Friday, September 16, 2016


Romantic Shadows, by Terri DelCampo and Blaze McRob, is the latest collection published by Blazing Owl Press. We eased up a bit on our usual horror fare and wrote some romance themed short stories and poems. Yes, there are certainly elements of horror contained within, but that is not all we present in this tome. Lovers are reunited in magical ways, the Dance Of Love soothes  yearning hearts, and much more.

This collection was published on our wedding anniversary. We hope you enjoy the softer side of horror we share with you here.

Beverly Cialone produced another great book trailer for this great collection She has produced all of our book trailers for us to this point, and there are plenty more to come. I hope you enjoy this youtube book trailer and our book as well.

Blaze McRob

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Verses From A Deeply Darkened Mind, by Mary Genevieve Fortier, is a masterpiece of haunting poetry. I was fortunate enough to read a pre-published copy. Hence, my name in the editorial reviews. My honest opinion of this tome? This collection of poetry is the best I have read this year in the horror genre. Any other genre for that matter. In fact, in my opinion, no poet alive can touch her mastery of the craft.

Buy a copy of this superb collection.You will be glad you did.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

VERSES FROM A DEEPLY, DARKENED MIND Yes, “Deeply Darkened.” These are the words which reside within the depths of a mind haunted. A haunting, of neither the ethereal persuasion, nor the ghosts of a hidden and unrelenting past. Here before you, etched upon parchment, are verse written from a mind haunted by “words.” This tome is unlike your typical, modern day collection of “Horror Poetry.” It is rather an assemblage of “Horror Stories” written in poetic form. Written to tease that final nerve, before the fatal break. Ah, yes. Here, this “DEEPLY, DARKENED MIND,” who with pen in hand (black ink a must), has taken meter and rhyme to send a heartbeat racing in terror from one page to the next. “DEEPLY DARKENED,” is my mind, my world; and I offer you entrance. That’s right… Turn my page… Crack my spine… I want you to cringe, squirm, look over your shoulder into the shadows and dare you to shut out the lights once this cover has been closed. This “DEEPLY, DARKENED MIND,” bids you “welcome.” Yes, join me… in my darkness… Mary Genevieve Fortier

Editorial Reviews


"Very moving and atmospheric... I could almost feel a cold breath on the back of my neck!"Graham Masterton.

 "It is no wonder that Mary Genevieve Fortier has been called 'The Modern Day Poe.' She is that good." Blaze McRob

About the Author

MARY GENEVIEVE FORTIER Imagine and Dream… two words that best describe the mind of this poet. An avid lover of the written word, Mary has penned many poems of various genres since the age of seven, and first published at the age of nine. Mary grew up reading, watching, loving anything horror: her dark-side so to speak. Classic authors, whose pens have etched greatness in works that not only create shivers down the spine but inspire movement of the soul — Such remarkable writers as Poe, Shakespeare, Browning, Gibran, just to name a few, gave Mary that special element that drives every poet to place their essence upon parchment. This became the ethereal foundation of her poetic form. Writing as such gave way to countless poems/prose and other works, many of which found publication in anthologies. Today, she has not merely found a new voice, rather, she’s added an intrinsic octave to her repertoire: the genre of Horror, both poetic and fiction. Mary’s poetry has been described as mystical, melodic, flowing with a unique grace that at times has been likened to the old world poets. Her horror poetry has been described as “Poe-esque.” Her peers deem her “The Modern Day Poe.” 

Format: Paperback
Even with the lights on - this will scare the hell out of you!

A must have for anyone that loves a frightening good time - definitely gives Poe a reason to look over his literary shoulder!

Monday, September 12, 2016


From Joe Mynhardt at Crystal Lake Publishing:

The brand new Crystal Lake Publishing website has launched (it's been there for a while, but we needed some time to pimp it):
Please check it out and share it around. There's even a nice introductory blog post for you:
And for the authors out there, here are the submission guidelines for TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL.4:
Oh, and if you take a peek at our Staff page (, you'll spot something new we're working on. A certain Lady Lecter will run that department, and it'll be starting soon.

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Crystal Lake Publishing is first class all the way! Joe Mynhardt and his great staff work hard to give you the very best in horror and fantastic non-fiction as well. Visit their website and you'll see what I mean!

Blaze McRob

Sunday, September 11, 2016


W. J. Howard has a review for the TV show Wayward Pines this week. Does her review match the buzz the book series is getting? Only one way to find out. Hit the link above and see what W. J. has to say. If it's good, bad, or ugly she will shoot from the hip and give you her honest opinion.

While you're there, don't forget to view her Best Low-rated Zombie movies. All of them are awesome. Grab some popcorn, a bottle of wine, or some cold beers, and watch away.

Blaze McRob 

Friday, September 9, 2016


Melanie McCurdie has put out a few books recently. Surviving Secrets is just one of them. I have purchased other books by Melanie and was quite intrigued with the free sample on Amazon, so I naturally had to purchase it. I will be posting a review soon. Most of her other books are short story and poetry collections. This tale is a novella and involves a mental hospital.Yummy. Don't miss out. Check out this book and Melanie's other books, as well. You'll be glad you did!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Some monsters live in your closet, some in your mind, and in the case of Zara Savage and Roselyn Ignacio, some monsters are all too human.

Zara carries with her the terror of legend Finley Fisher and the mass murders that he committed at Paragon Valley Mental Institution. Their history haunts her every moment and soon comes to call with shocking results.

Roselyn has grown up in the shadow of her mother's nightmare, but holds little fear of man until it is too late. Rather than living in fear, she has chosen to pursue an interview with Finley Fisher and comes to realize that all monsters should be feared.

For both women, this is not a legend but a reality carved in stone and etched in blood, much of it their own.