Sunday, June 26, 2016

MORBID METAMORPHOSIS Terrifying Tales of Transformation



https://www.amazon.com/Morbid-Metamorphosis-Nickolas-Furr-ebook/dp/B01H4P2VIM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1466960039&sr=1-1&keywords=morbid+metamorphosis

MORBID METAMORPHOSIS Terrifying Tales of Transformation, published by Jo-Anne Russell and Lycan Valley Press, is now available for sale. What do I think of this anthology? The best way for me to explain to you would be to post the introduction I wrote for this fantastic tome.

Here it is:

Jo-Anne Russell asked me to write an intro for Morbid Metamorphosis: Terrifying Tales of Transformation. Easy enough. Just so happens I edited the stories in this premier anthology for Lycan Valley Press.

First of all, let me clarify what my definition of editing is. I do not edit with an iron fist. Far from it. Jo-Anne selected the authors who are in the tome. Since she picked the stories to be included, she must have felt they were worthy pieces of horror literature and would not need a lot of apple polishing. Turns out that's the way it was.

I also use suggested edits. What does this mean? My track changes are used by me to ask questions and perhaps allow the author to read and capture my views on making the story stronger. That's what I did with this anthology, and it is better for it. Some of the authors told me they had points they wanted to make, and that's why they chose different ways to write certain things. They were right. I love give and take between authors and editors.

I learned much when I edited this anthology. Jo-Anne assembled many great authors from all over the world: Canadians, Americans, Australians, and masters of the craft from great Britain as well. Even though everyone writes in English, each country has differences in culture, spelling variances, and more. That meant it was necessary to further increase my light editing hand. As the stories rolled out before my eyes, I was transported to times and lands I have not been to before. I am well acquainted with many different monsters and legends from around the world, but to read it from the pen of a talented Australian author, for example, makes it even more delightful. And, it meant the authors and their stories had to be told in their style. Not mine.

Going through the stories from some of the most talented masters of the craft, gave me a warm feeling. There are some authors here I have the pleasure of being in anthologies and collections with. Others, I have the joy of having read and reviewed some of their books over the years. And I found some new favorite authors. A wonderful experience all around.

One might think that an anthology involving gruesome life-altering, metamorphoses would run out of ideas and be totally bereft of an eclectic array of such offerings. But you will not be a prisoner of story after story of larvae becoming butterflies. Not by a long shot. One fascinating and unique tale after another will be paraded before you. Mixed in with rather bloody stories will be deep psychological tales that will make you think Is such a thing possible? Thinking persons' horror that will have you scratching your head.

Read stories of legends of old with  new twists. Become acquainted with  Native American lore, the moon, lakes, a planet so crowded one is barely able to move without hindrance, accompanied by the expected starvation and adaptations needed to survive. But what form do they take? Medical advancements for greed instead of healing are never expected to work out well. Or are they?

Words and thoughts attack minds in such a manner as to create physical and psychological manifestations taking everyone by surprise. Eating disorders jump out at you. Animals of many species morph before your very eyes. Madness and mayhem abound. Bushes and tree limbs part before you, concealing that which lurks within the shadows. Fever, souls, and dark haunts are all here, leading you by the hand. But do you allow yourself to be lead? Horrors of the haves and the have-nots whisper in your ears. Yes, atrocities are committed as big business rears its ugly head. All this and more can be found between the covers of this anthology.

Discover, as I did, the joys of reading many different styles of writing taken from the deep recesses of the souls and minds of some of the best horror authors in the world. Gothic, modern day, and historical fiction await thee.

I do not throw my support behind every Press popping up on the radar. People need to earn my respect. Jo-Anne Russell is one such person. She cares about her authors. Lycan Valley Press is her baby, and she is nurturing it well. Morbid Metamorphosis: Terrifying Tales of Transformation is the first of the great books to come from this fantastic Press. It will not be the last. More are on the way. They will all be great.

Happy reading, my friends.

Robert Nelson  


Book description:

 This book contains 22 stories from authors around the world. Together they bring you morbidly terrifying tales of metamorphosis, transformation, and deep horror that will follow you for days long after you've read the last page. Beware reading this book at night, and alone - for the mind is a powerful thing, and you may find you have company in the shadows!

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In this book are 22 stories on the theme of transformation. The stories range from vampires and werewolves to a unique take on the Jekyll/Hyde story. In a few of these tales the transformation is not physical but mental. Every single one was entertaining. If you like your horror/paranormal with a bit of gore and a lot of thought, this is the book to buy. Thoughtfully entertaining.


Friday, June 24, 2016

GUTTED: BEAUTIFUL HORROR STORIES


https://www.amazon.com/Gutted-Beautiful-Stories-Clive-Barker-ebook/dp/B01HALT6YW?tag=geolinker-20&ie=UTF8

https://www.amazon.com/Gutted-Beautiful-Stories-Neil-Gaiman/dp/194517465X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, published by Crystal Lake Publishing and Joe Mynhardt, is now available for purchase. I bought mine through pre-order, but now is your chance for an instant Kindle buy. This great anthology is also available in paperback. This super tome has been anticipated for a long time, and it is now here.

Enjoy!

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.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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. Each and every story packs such a powerful punch it’s hard to say which is the better one! Kudos to Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward for gathering together such a stellar collection of stories that so aptly go with both the darkly beautiful cover by Caitlin Hackett and of course the title… Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories.

Stephanie M. Wytovich — “The Morning After Was Filled with Bone”
Read this poem and then look at the cover again, this is a poem of empowerment. It encompasses the body of the book and is a great introduction to the stories within.

Brian Kirk — “Picking Splinters from a Sex Slave”
A child abducted, and as hope begins to wane of ever seeing her again the unimaginable happens… she is found. But, can things ever go back to what they were? A father’s love is pushed to the limits.

Lisa Mannetti — “Arbeit Macht Frei”
It is said, ‘All’s fair in love or war’. But, what does that really mean, and how far should one go?

Neil Gaiman — “The Problem of Susan”
Survivor’s guilt, what a cross to bear. Or is it remorse? ‘Why not me?’ one may ask.

Christopher Coake — “Dominion”
I’ve heard it said that the soul will linger at the site of death until it can find a resolution. A group of kids ready to party are soon to find out whether this is true.

Mercedes M. Yardley — “Water Thy Bones”
Love comes in many strange forms, it’s just a matter of finding someone who is willing to accept what one willingly has to offer.

Paul Tremblay — “A Haunted House is a Wheel Upon Which Some Are Broken”
This is a splendid interactive story where you, Dear Reader… are able to choose your path through the chapters. The outcome is up to you!

Damien Angelica Walters — “On the Other Side of the Door, Everything Changes”
Such a sad story of choices. How can one be sure which is the correct answer, until the choice has already been made?

Richard Thomas — “Repent”
When one’s soul has been blackened so darkly can there be any room for atonement?

Clive Barker — “Coming to Grief”
The grieving process comes in many forms, if one is not careful it has a way of swallowing you whole.

John F.D. Taff — “Cards for His Spokes, Coins for His Fare”
Oh my, I wanted to cry. How could a birthday gift go so terribly wrong?

Amanda Gowin — “Cellar’s Dog”
As in Androcles and the Lion, we find good deeds are rewarded when Laticia summons the courage to rescue a dog.

Kevin Lucia — “When We All Meet at the Ofrenda”
Ah, Day of the Dead… it’s the one day every year that we can visit with our loved ones long gone. Whitey has a date and a promise he aims to keep.

Maria Alexander — “Hey, Little Sister”
A brother’s love for his little sister can be a powerful thing. So powerful in fact, that it can raise the dead!

Josh Malerman — “The One You Live With”
Does anyone truly know who we are? Or, better yet, do you truly know who you are?

Ramsey Campbell — “The Place of Revelation”
To tell a story you must first own it. Uncle Lucian has been telling young Colin stories for years, now it's Colin's turn to tell his story.

It would be remiss of me not to mention Luke Spooner. His beautifully done artwork graces the pages of this fine book. Or, Crystal Lake Publishing for bringing this book our way! Truly one of the best anthologies I have ever read.

Format: Paperback
An absolutely stunning collection. Haunting and heart wrenching, not one story misses. Although horror fans will celebrate the familiar names, newcomers to the genre will not be disappointed. Paul Tremblay's story alone is worth the purchase price. 

Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this anthology.

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories is fantastic! Most multi-author collections have some stories that I love and some that are just ok, but Gutted is filled with wonderful stories. The tales found here are touching and horrific, heartbreaking and full of hope. None of them are disappointing. A few of my favorites are:
The Problem of Susan by Neil Gaiman — A very dark twist on a beloved children's story.
Dominion by Christopher Coake — A girl gets help from the other side. Great ghost story!
Water Thy Bones by Mercedes M. Yardley — This is a disturbing and yet somehow beautiful tale of love and death.
On the Other Side of the Door, Everything Changes by Damien Angelica Walters — A truly heart-wrenching story about bullying and it's consequences. This one was hard to read through my tears.
Repent by Richard Thomas — A father is willing to make any sacrifice to save his son.
Cards for His Spokes, Coins for His Fare by John F.D. Taff — This one broke my heart!
Cellar’s Dog by Amanda Gowin — Revenge doggy style.
When We All Meet at the Ofrenda by Kevin Lucia — A widower brings his family together for Día de Muertos. Touched my heart.
Hey, Little Sister by Maria Alexander — A man seeks revenge for his sister with unintended consequences.
Horror fans will find much to love in this superbly written anthology. A highly recommended 5 star read.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

ARCANE WHISPERS PRESS





Pretty soon there will be another Press in town. Zack Kullis is starting up Arcane Whispers Press. Picture yourself walking down a dark alley with voices lurking about, whispering in your ears, and scaring the bejesus out of you. Do you love horror? Zack will be more than happy to supply your daily fix , and then some.

Zack has some great authors who will be published by his fantastic Press. I will spread the word a bit more when more developments occur.

Zack and yours-truly will be co-authoring a horrific collection of short stories called Club Blaze. This is over-the-top gritty, adult horror of the highest order. You won't want to miss it for sure. I'm really excited about this project with Zack Kullis! Zack writes some really gritty horror. I have to up my game to keep up with him.

If you're looking for over the top horror where nothing is sacred, this will be your cup of tea. Blood-red tea. The world is filled with horrific bastards. You will find out about them when you read Club Blaze. This collection of short stories will be novel length. Read a tale or more before you go to sleep for the night. Sleep is over-rated anyway. Make certain you have plenty of fresh linens for your bed because cold sweat will permeate every fiber of your sheets. Your mind will shudder in fear, while at the same time begging that you read more.

Arcane Whispers Press is on the way. Get ready, those who lurk in the dark!

Blaze McRob

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MUTI NATION - BY MONIQUE SNYMAN


https://www.amazon.com/Muti-Nation-Monique-Snyman-ebook/dp/B01H63QO1W

Muti Nation, by Monique Snyman, is available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle now. Monique is a very talented author. That alone should make you want to read this gripping book. However, add in the fact that Omnium Gatherum is the publisher, and the enticement to purchase this tome increases. Omnium Gatherum is a class publisher, and their talent bar is set high.

Here is another reason to give this book a read. Sakina Murdock, wordsmith extraordinaire, has this to say about it:

"Do you read?
Fancy helping out with promoting a brand new book from a great young author?
Great karma guaranteed! and you may never have to meet a tokoloshe (unless you read the book):
Muti Nation is a murder mystery that descends very quickly into horror. Not just terrifying creatures (although there are plenty of those, tokoloshe) but because some of the murders are committed through the very real use of magic, and not the pretty, cute, Wiccan kind. Oh no. Ain't no tree lovin going on HERE!
If you like gore and blood, you're on to a winner anyway, but this horror novel has very likeable characters, contains a love story (of a sort) and keeps you guessing in the style of the traditional whodunnit.
Anyway, all I'm asking for is a share of this post.
Please share! A starving writer is counting on it!"

Let thy finger find its way to the link above and thou can get immersed in a true horror tale when it comes out next month.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Every country has its secrets. Every culture has its taboos. Every house has its cross.

When Esmé Snyders – a young occult-crime expert – investigates a grotesque muti-murder in Pretoria West, she doesn’t realise she’s become a player in the killer’s deadly game. Before long, more savagely mutilated corpses join the tally, proving that the evasive murderer is slipperier than what she’s used to when it comes to muti-killers. While searching for a monster capable of such heinous crimes, Esmé is thrust into a dangerous adventure of love, sex, death and the paranormal. Can she win a game she doesn’t know she’s playing?

Monday, June 20, 2016

GUTTED: BEAUTIFUL HORROR STORIES - AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!


https://www.amazon.com/Gutted-Beautiful-Stories-Clive-Barker-ebook/dp/B01HALT6YW?tag=geolinker-20&ie=UTF8

Pre-order your copy of Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, from Crystal Lake Publishing now. Joe Mynhardt, owner and publisher has a copy waiting for you. Look at the TOC and you'll know you want this great anthology. I bought mine!

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.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

DEAD SHIP DOWN - BY ROBERT W. WALKER



https://www.amazon.com/DEAD-SHIP-DOWN-Robert-Walker-ebook/dp/B01H43QL6C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466169542&sr=8-1&keywords=DEAD+SHIP+DOWN

DEAD SHIP DOWN, is the latest book out by Robert W. Walker. And, lovers of sea tales, it is a horror fiction story about the Andrea Doria. Are you interested now? I thought you would be. Don't avast ye peepers. Check this great story out.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 When Professor Jake Stoughton and Dr. Jenna Corey dive to the Andrea Doria, 250 feet below the Atlantic, it's a recovery operation for a reward placed on the remains of the 17th diver to the shipwreck, Thom Richards--last man to lose his life in the effort. The motivation is to create a documentary on the seemingly unluckiest place below the waves. But it soon turns into a frightful discovery of secrets that the Andea Doria has kept hidden for 60 years. With the help of Sharky, Jim, and Dolph the dive team uncovers a supernatural element named Lenora, the lost child of the Andrea Doria, but they also uncover a terrible secret beyond anything ghostly. They discover an all-too-human conspiracy to take the ship down in 1956 when it 'collided' with The Stockhom. A conspiracy to make it and its menacing cargo a home for sea life and a DEAD SHIP DOWN.

From the opening page Mr. Walker pulls you into his story and this is the kind of book that you will stay up reading well into the night.
Well done, and I cannot wait to read his new novel coming soon entitled, Gorillla gone.

Friday, June 17, 2016

FROM CRYSTAL LAKE PUBLISHING - GUTTED: BEAUTIFUL HORROR STORIES - OUT JUNE 24, 2016!



http://www.crystallakepub.com/upcoming-titles.php

I will be providing more posts and updates as they come, but for now I'll put out my initial post about Gutted, coming from Crystal Lake Publishing. Joe Mynhardt has some huge truly great authors with fantastic stories in this anthology. Look below and you will see what I mean. Coming June 24th, 2016.

Blaze McRob

From Joe Mynhardt:


   Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories



Awe meets ache.

Terror becomes transcendence.

Regret gives way to rebirth.

This is Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, an anthology of dark fiction that explores the beauty at the very heart of darkness. Featuring horror's most celebrated voices, as well as a number of exciting, new talents, including:

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.

With a foreword from Cemetery Dance magazine founder Richard Chizmar.
Scheduled release: June 24th, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

W. J. HOWARD HAS A GREAT MOVIE REVIEW FOR - KILL ZOMBIE!


http://wjhoward.com/movie-review-kill-zombie-a-k-a-zombibi/

W. J. Howard has another great movie review for us this week. This time for Kill Zombie. You know you're always on the prowl to find a super movie to watch. W. J. is the one you need to follow to keep abreast with what the cool people watch and either love or hate. Check her reviews out on her website - link above - and follow her on Twitter  https://twitter.com/TheCourierNovel.

Don't miss out, me lads and lassies!

Blaze McRob

Monday, June 13, 2016

Torii (To Rule the Universe Book 1) - by Amanda Marie


https://www.amazon.com/Torii-Rule-Universe-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00KO10TI8

Torii  ( To Rule the Universe Book 1 ), by Amanda Marie, is a great genre blend novel. It entails sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal/teen and young adult. A super book from a great new author on the rise. Check this book out my friends. You'll love it.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Tara just wanted to fit in, but she hated school. When the weird talking dog shows up in her room, Tara is convinced she's studying too hard, but she can't shake the feeling that something's wrong. When her best friend is killed, Tara finally decides to listen to the dog, and finds herself in a world she only thought existed in books and movies. So just who is she? And who is the mysterious man with the hypnotic green eyes? Are myths really reality?

Format: Paperback
I received a copy of this book from Amanda herself in exchange for writing an honest review.
To be honest, it was sort of slow to get off the ground BUT what part 1 of any series isn't that way in the start? You have to start laying the ground-work that will allow for character growth and what not. Amanda does this brilliantly. Tara, the main character of the series that Amanda is building, starts out in a unique set of circumstances that she adapts to as she gets older. Once she becomes of age, to borrow a used line, she has to adapt yet again. This seems to be a strong theme for the series: being able to adapt. And it is relate-able to say the least. Tara has three large hurdles: 2 of which are physical or external to herself and I won't ruin that part of the story for the rest of you readers out there and the third hurdle is in the form of a love triangle that forms as the story develops. Amanda puts unique spin on the vampire/human/not quite full human romance. And it is thrilling and enthralling and every shade of that first great love that we all experience in our lifetimes. I, for one, am eager to see how the rest of this series plays out! This is certainly a read that readers who love action/adventure/drama/twinge of romance novels will definitely enjoy. 
 
Format: Paperback
We're pulled into a fantasy story that flows alongside real life... What is real? What is only legend?

In this book, I found a lot of creative storytelling that pulled me along while I read. At every turn, there were unanswered questions, kindling love, and the threat of epic battles! I'm sure the next book will reveal so much more!

I recommend this book to those who love fantasy, who cheer for a lost cause, and who don't mind being left in the dark, as long as questions get answered, later! Have fun reading! 
 
Format: Kindle Edition
Torii—a gate of Japanese origin and design. Gates can keep things in, keep things out, or simply mark the beginning of one place and the end of another. In this story, it is all of these.
Young Tara Thielman knows nothing of her infancy, and certainly nothing concerning anything of Japanese influence. All she knows of gates are that they are fun to swing on and keep dogs from running away.
That is, until the year when everything went strange--and oh so wrong. First, dogs started talking to her. And if that wasn’t bad enough, they were telling her of disastrous events in her future. Naturally, she ignored them—until things started happening to her friends.
Distraught, she runs from everyone and everything she knows in order to live with her brother in Tokyo. This is where she meets Jason and Killian, and her world expands into entirely different universes.
For there is a connection, one known only to a chosen few, to another place and time. And this reality, on the other side of the Torii, is spiraling into chaos. A rival kingdom is making its move on the land, and from there to the rest of the universe.
The one thing Tara—now known as Mayuri—and her allies have over this rival is the use of 21st-century Earth technology.
Their enemy doesn’t know where the portal is, or even how to use it. But their leader has centuries on his side. For he is immortal, and the life fluids of the rest of the Universe beckon him to total domination.

“Torii” is the first in a series, and shoots off the blocks at the get-go. Ms. Amanda knows how to flesh out a character, and bring to life those silhouettes on paper so that we can really get to know them. I could really see this book branching out into a graphic novel, both in English and Japanese. It just fits into that genre perfectly.
I fell completely in love with Jason, which is understandable, concerning the mysterious creature he turns out to be. His kind are compelling at their best, and terrifying at their worst. I love the dichotomy of the two worlds, the appearance of Atlas, the flying horse, and the magic that pervades the entire book.
I do have to tell you that the book has a cliffhanger ending, but I know that Amanda is working on the sequel. So answers will be given—while new ones, I am sure, will be presented for us to guess at. And with the way she writes, it’ll be well worth it to ride along with her characters until we all find the answers together.
I highly recommend this book. Five stars is not enough!