Saturday, February 6, 2016


Shay West is my Woman In Horror today! Shay writes straight horror as well as creating genre mixes, blending science fiction into many of her stories. I enjoy that combination and, in particular, the way Shay accomplishes this.

Much in the way of sci-fi today is more reality and science backed than many people believe. Shay does an excellent job of portraying time travel in her The Adventures of Alexis Davenport series, for example. I love anything to go with time travel, worm holes, and all that goes with it. Add in her science background in Human Medical Genetics, and you'll see why Shay is able to take you on some fantastic rides into the world of horror.

I stole this from Shay's website :

"Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series, the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series, and Organ Reapers. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen (fund raiser), Ancient New (fantasy, steampunk, etc), and Horror in Bloom.
Shay is what you would call a nerd. Some call her geek but it really all means the same thing. Her passion for all things science is matched by her love for all things fantastical and magical…and tough guy movies. She would love to say she likes long walks on the beach but she’d be lying. Hiking through pine and aspen forests is more her style.
Her exuberance about her favorite subjects or good news often results in a high pitched noise that only teens at a Justin Bieber concert can hear and emulate. The technical word for this is squeee and is usually perfectly safe although some have complained about damage to their eardrum. This will usually clear up in a day or so."

Interesting tid-bits from a fascinating lady. Check her website and keep on top of her latest goodies coming out, as well as information on some books you might not have read and blasts from the past.

Amazon bio:

"Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series and the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior (fund raiser), Ancient New (steampunk/fantasy), and Horror in Bloom." 

Time to shout out some of Shay's fantastic books:

Here we go! This is one of Shay's great time travel books. I own it! This is a must read for anyone loving this genre mix.

Book description:

 Alexis Davenport wants to go home. She hates her new school, her mother for moving her away from her friends, and her father for walking out.

To make matters worse, Alex is haunted by images of strange girls reflected in her mirror. It's bad enough juggling homework, a relentless bully, boys, and a deadbeat dad; now, she must save the world from an evil presence hell-bent on changing the past - and our futures. Who knew her A+ in history was going to be this important?

Editorial Reviews


"Dangerous Reflections is the perfect summer YA read! Its mix of contemporary with rich historical settings truly sets it apart from other books in its genre!" #1 New York Times Best-selling author Rachel Van Dyken

From the Author

~~~Follow Shay on Twitter (@drshaywest) and her website ( If you enjoyed Dangerous Reflections, leave a review or leave a comment on Shay's website. She loves hearing from her fans!

~~~If you enjoy reading scifi/fantasy novels, check out Shay's other books, also available through Amazon: The Chosen, Shattered Destiny, Resigned Fate, and The Mad Lord Lucian!

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When I was in high school, we had to write an essay on which historical figure we would talk to if we had the chance. I was never able to pick one, and my essay was a rambling list of people that I'd want to talk to. (Tolkien, Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, Tesla to name a few.) What does this have to do with Dangerous Reflections you ask? I'm so insanely jealous of Alex. I would love to go back in time and witness history as it was made. But I would not want to face the rest of Alex's story.

Dangerous Reflections is a haunting tale that swept me along with it's beautiful prose and amazing cast of characters. Alex was a good main character, and I felt like she was a perfect match for the story. A lot of growth is shown by her in this book, and I loved following her journey. There were times that I wanted to show her what was in front of her, though. The secondary characters also shine as individuals with their own developed voices.

There is enough drama to keep your attention without invoking eye rolls left and right. That was so much appreciated. The flow works really well, and I didn't experience any drag in the story. The story comes to a satisfying close, and I was so glad that I had the pleasure of reading Dangerous Reflections when I finished it. Fans of fantasy and time travel will be drawn to this book!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.

Format: Paperback
Dangerous Reflections was a great YA novel. It was about Alex, the main character, time traveling when she sometimes looked in a mirror. The plot was very well written. There were no plot holes or spelling errors. My favorite thing about the book was even though it was a work of fiction, the reader can still learn something about history. Alex travels to many different time periods. My favorite time period that she traveled to was Venice, where she was a courtesan named Anastasia. I liked some of the characters. Other characters, I didn't much care for. I didn't like Beau, Catelyn, or Amy. They had attitudes and personalities that rubbed me the wrong way. My favorite character was C.C. I loved her fun attitude. She seemed to always be able to turn a glum situation into something fun. I really hope Paul and Alex become a couple in the future. I think they would make a good match for each other. I can't wait to read book two, Twisted Reflections, and find out what happens to Alex when she time travels to Egypt. I really hope she inhabits Cleopatra's body. I'm also curious to see how she will stop Drifter for good. I recommend Dangerous Reflections for fans of YA, historical fiction, and paranormal/supernatural novels. 
This is a fantastic blend of horror/crime, mystery, and more. You will love this super novel!
Book description:

 Detective Elliott “Eli” Robinson and his new partner, Ava Aguilar, are baffled by a series of brutal murders happening in their fair city. No evidence, no eyewitnesses...only mutilated corpses with missing internal organs.

When Eli and Ava stumble upon evidence of similar gruesome crimes around the globe, they realize there is more to the murders, but the answers continue to elude them. In a race against time, Eli and Ava must figure out who is behind the killings and stop them before more people die.

But the answers will take them out of their comfort zone and into the realm of the fantastic: another world with a different set of rules, and a leader who has no qualms about killing.

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4.5 Stars (I received Organ Reapers in exchange for an honest review from Booktrope Publishing)

Organ Reapers is almost definable as mystery, crime and paranormal (no ghosts!) all rolled into one. It's hard to pin it down to just one genre of writing, and I think that was what made it such a compelling read. Set in two different worlds, the reader journeys with Eli and Ava- detectives on earth- and Tani and Keena- organ harvesters from another world and follow them both as their worlds start to intertwine with mysterious happenings on Earth.

The book starts with the first crime, the first dead body of many throughout the story. I loved the detective police inspection parts of this story; it almost reminded me of watching Sherlock or Elementary on TV (if anyone has ever seen them!) I felt like everything was very accurate and felt quite real- besides the actual murders that had taken place. I didn't feel as though the ending was in any way predictable, and there was definitely a climax at the end, which was what the whole story was building up to. There was always something happening in the book, never really a dull moment, so it was quite a fast paced read for me. I find when some authors I read create a different world, everything gets a bit too carried away and not everything links up, but the whole set up of this fictional world was perfectly crafted down to a T!

Overall, the characters were written well throughout the book, although some less important personalities lacked in description, this was made up for in the other character creations. Eli, Ava, Tani and Keena were the most developed and the most interesting characters to read, because they were so built upon through the whole storyline, which made the end for Tani and Keena especially moving for me. Surprisingly, despite Tai and Keena being from a completely fictitious world, they felt as it they were standing right in front of me half the time I was reading!

The moment when Tani and Keena go against Master Kelhar in a bid to stop the Harvesting for good was quite a tense scene, and was very well written. I wasn't quite sure whether they were going to make it past the chambers and make everything right on earth, so this really had me on edge! For me, I really liked the ending, like a lot of books I review, because they are just so built up to such a lovely ending, after the climactic part when everything is calm and back to normal.

I would recommend to anyone who liked reading about fantastical worlds, unusual circumstances and detective crime novels, because, as I described at the beginning of my review, it is hard to pin the book to any one genre! Young adults are more likely to enjoy compared to adults, but if you are an adult who enjoys YA then why not?! I wouldn't really recommend to anyone too young, because some scenes do have a disturbing nature.

on December 4, 2015
This is a first I have read by this author. I was wrapped up in this book from the very beginning. There are so many crazy amazing things going on I couldn't put it down. Loved it and I will be looking for more by this author.
Shay weaves a superb story in this opening novel of a great series!

Book description:
 Astra. Kromin. Volgon. Earth. To each of the four planets are sent four Guardians, with one mission: to protect and serve the Chosen, those unwitting champions of prophecy who alone can save the galaxy from the terrifying Mekans. But the signs of prophecy have not yet appeared, and the decision to send the Guardians early could doom all in the galaxy to death.

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This is not my usual type of read but I literally found myself unable to put it down after the second chapter. The story is so deep and the characters very well personalized, I found myself thinking about the book and the characters throughout the day until I could sit down to read it again.
I am sitting on the edge of my seat for the second book. This is a must read!

Format: Kindle Edition
Saving the universe will start with a prophecy, but will need more than a promise of hope to succeed in the end when a part of it is killed.

Their enemy are the Mekans, who are a mining force that excel at absolute destruction in stripping worlds of all their worth. Backed by their immense size and ability to repair, the only way to take them out is by a more powerful force.

Four Guardians are selected to seek out and train the Chosen, as only they stand a chance to stop the Mekans. Brok was my favorite of the Guardians, as he definitely has his hands full. Jon was my favorite of the Chosen, as every time he used his dark power I braced myself for the worst possible outcome. Gwen was my second favorite, for the depth to her personality and her inner-conflict.

Shay Fabbro does an amazing job of bringing to life vivid, unique worlds and characters, and then bringing them together. Be prepared to travel to Gentra, Astra, Kromin, Volgon and Earth while you train to face your destiny. I look forward to reading the sequel, Shattered Destiny, to see the challenges that the Chosen face next. 
Ooh, la, la! Spine tingling to say the least!
Book description:
 Detectives Elliot “Eli” Robbins and Ava Aguilar are stumped by a series of seemingly unrelated kidnappings. Utilizing all possible resources, Eli and Ava struggle to find answers despite little physical evidence and few witnesses. When a strange piece of paper is found at one of the crime scenes, it sends Eli and Ava on a chase for a killer who isn’t what he seems.

Editorial Reviews


"This is author Shay West's best work, in my opinion. She uses enough lighthearted humor to balance the dark aspects, keeping the story on an even keel throughout."
 Cp Bialois, author of The Sword and the Flame series

Don't forget to check out the first Eli and Ava Novel, Organ Reapers!
"Mystery? Crime? Paranormal? Amazing!"  Jade Barnett
"Hooked from the beginning!"  Selina M
"A thoroughly enjoyable mash-up of two completely different genres"  Adrianna Quinn

From the Author

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This is another great read by Shay West. I happen to have a couple of my ideas in this book and even I was surprised by several parts of the book and the ending is really great. Eli and Ava are very fleshed out characters as is the "bad guy". I hope you find it as good of a read as I did. When I read it post production I couldn't wait for the final draft. Enjoy

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This is an awesome book. If you enjoy thrillers/who did it with some supernatural elements you will enjoy this book. I had a hard time putting it down. The characters are well developed and the pacing is just perfect to keep you engaged and wanting to know what is going to happen. The author does a great job of making you feel part what the characters are going through. Very enjoyable read! 
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Shay West has many books you will love. If you enjoy well thought out tales, ones that take you on a wild ride, while, at the same time, immersing you into new worlds, ones which could exist, she is the author for you.

Shay West is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Friday, February 5, 2016



This is my Friday Frights for this week. Our theme this month is Grotesque Love. Sometimes it's not making love that can be grotesque . . . sometimes there are moment breakers that go beyond anything one could conceive.

Fracking Groundhog 

Water rises to the surface from deep below, seeping into the once pure limestone creeks in this part of Pennsylvania. Lapping up against the banks as it has for thousands of years, the streams no longer sing out the nurturing sounds of spring arriving. Spring will soon be here, but the songs of the season will be a wailing  dirge. A lamentation of change.

The trailer sits close to the operation, just outside the perimeter where the sound of drilling can rattle the inner ears, causing headaches beyond description. It is still an ear plug area, but at least it is better here. And tonight, things are shut down. Maintenance is scheduled for tomorrow.

The nausea, nosebleeds, and invasive chemical smells, join in with the rest of Fred's physical ailments. The constant shaking cannot be explained. At least no one has an explanation for it. He knows what it is, though. Yet, a man has to work, doesn't he? At least tonight will be an easier one to keep an eye on things.

Louise makes her way to the trailer. She's off work tonight, but there is more on her mind than toiling behind the computer. There is a longing in her soul, one that reaches into her body, demanding release. Fred and her have been dancing around each other for a while now. Fraternization and all that shit being taboo. At least in the positions they hold, and especially on the job.

No one else is here tonight. There are no taboos.

She pauses on the steps, taking in a whiff of air. It's not pure, not the way it once was, but it's better than it has been since the fracking started. She shoves it to the back of her mind . . . to a place she needs to forget. One cannot change the past. The now. It is all about the now. 

"Hello, Fred," she says as she opens the door. "Could you use some company?" 

Fred stares at his co-worker, not used to seeing her like this. The look on her face tells him all he needs to know: her eyes are glowing, shimmering in anticipation of the moment when they at long last do what is right, what has been put off for far too long.

Louise removes her jacket and sits it on a chair, bending over just enough to show off her bra-less breasts to the fullest, yet without allowing her already hardened nipples showing through the gossamer fabric of her blouse from falling out. That is Fred's job. 

"Do you like what you see?" she says with a mischievous smile on her face.

Fred goes to her, pulling her into him, fully able to feel what she was barely able to conceal. "Very much so, my dear."

His shirt is un-buttoned before he is aware it is even happening, Louise slipping it off him and allowing it to drop onto the floor. She shoves her barely clad nipples hard against his chest, her writhing causing them both to drip with perspiration. The fabric of her blouse is useless now. Fred tears it from her body and stares at the gorgeous woman before him, her huge nipples screaming out to be caressed, to be taken into his mouth, to be loved.

He picks her up and carries her to the small couch sitting in the corner, kicking the coffee table in front out of the way. Gently, he places her down and does what her moans tell him need doing, kneeling on the floor in front of her, taking her nipples into his mouth, gently at first, then increasing the pressure, making her cry out in ecstasy.

He moves his hands to other parts of her body, following the shaking, the trembling to their source. Even through her pants, the moistness of her mound is easy to find, the silky softness of her downy hair parting at his touch. She arches up,on the cusp of reaching orgasm already, and screams for him to remove her pants.

In a matter of seconds, she lies naked before him, her legs parted enough to show him the pinks, the reds, that surround her vagina. Her clitoris swells as he eases his hands around her throbbing body, and a river of love juices pour from her waiting vaginal opening.  

His dick is pushed to its limits, his size no longer able to be confined within his pants. Struggling with his belt for what seems to be an eternity, he finally gets it undone, unzips his pants, and throws them and his underwear on the floor. 

Louise pulls him over to her and takes his manhood into her hands, caressing it and guiding it towards where the longing in her needs to be filled. Fred hovers over her for a short time before slowly searching through her wonders, entering her waiting piece of paradise, and experiencing feelings pushed to the back-burner for far too long.

The throes of passion overcome the lovers as Fred and Louise increase the intensity of their drives towards each other. She slips both her hands behind his butt and pulls it towards her as she locks her legs over his. His semen pours into her as her love juices drench them both. For untold minutes they lie like that, intertwined as the lovers they have become, shutting the rest of the world out.

But the rest of the world is still there . . .

He slips in through the partially opened door, bared fangs showing, dark red eyes staring at the two of them with unbridled hatred shoved to every part of the trailer. These are the people - two of them, anyway- who have changed his world, and that of others like him. A world filled with pain now, one where food and drink have been polluted to the point that death comes. For most, it comes quickly, but not for him. He has suffered for too long. Death would have been kinder for him.

Crawling up on the couch, between the outstretched legs of the man before him, the groundhog stares at the chunk of split flesh before him. He bites deeply into the man, taking large chunks of flesh from both cheeks. Fred screams out in pain not certain of  what has attacked him, just knowing the agony to be worse than anything he has ever experienced. Bite after bite come from the creature. Blood pours from the wounds, spattering upwards against the dull gray couch, creating an unholy mixture of color.

Louise is pinned by the weight of Fred on top of her, unable to help him, or to even get off the couch. Her eyes widen as the spray from Fred's arteries goes everywhere. Her screams do nothing to scare off the groundhog, and as Fred is about to pass out, the groundhog bites into his aorta and finishes him off.

Blood shoots into Louise's eyes and she is blinded. When she manages to get Fred off her, she has no idea where the killer groundhog is at, until . . . until he attacks her, cutting her to shreds, teasing her with his fangs, daring her to guess where he might indulge next. She slides off the couch onto the floor, the blood creating a slick slide downwards. Fur is all around her, seemingly everywhere at once. The bites and the clawing don't stop. So much blood flows through her nose and mouth that she spits it up. Her lungs are already full of the red fluid and can hold no more.

The agony ends as shock rattles her, throwing her into a delirious state from which there is no return. Her brain shuts down. She lies still.

Blood and gore are everywhere. The groundhog's job is done here. But, there are other trailers, other houses, and other humans.

He is not finished . . .

Blaze McRob


L.D. Ricard is my Woman In Horror today! I met her as a friend of a friend, and things gelled from there. Becca Boucher and I co-edited her novel Rowan's End, which went on to become a bestseller on Amazon as well as Smashwords. Very impressive. Also, it won two awards, Best Horror Author and Best Horror Book in Tj Week's competition last year. She was up against some heavy hitters, so this is quite an honor.

Rowan's End will be up soon with a new publisher and new cover art. I will be sure to let you in on all the details. I will be doing the cover art myself. I have a few ideas I have had for a while. Cool things. This will be the same great book you have all come to love.

L.D. is working on Rowan's End 2 at the moment. She also has at least two other projects, possibly more, working. One is Prey Of The Night, a novella with a twist. The other is a short story titled Night Hunt.  

L.D.'s Amazon bio:

" 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."

Here are some of her great books:

Here is a fantastic book trailer produced by Beverly Cialone for this fantastic novel!
There is nothing like a fantastic book and book trailer combo!

Book description:

 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.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase 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.

By ajm on March 3, 2014
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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!

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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!!! 
L.D. has a story From Out Of The Night in this fearful collection.
Book description:

 Dark Light 3, edited by Sarah Jayne Carr, is the follow up to Amazon's #1 Bestselling Anthology, Dark Light.

DARK LIGHT 3 explores the darker side of our world, the things no one wants to speak about or admit. The stories in this anthology will make you think, make you shiver, intrigue and entertain you. Please step into our world of the darker side where little light shines through. Are you ready?

Stories included are:
Harby’s Last Stand—Christian A. Larsen
From Out of the Night—L.D. Ricard
Possessing Bailey—Jenna Pizzi
Tossed and Found—K.E. Robiscoe
Trapdoor—William Rasmussen
The Hognissaga—Avalon Brantley
The Squat—Dene Bebbington
I Come To Teach—A.A. Garrison
Fallen Angel—Zoe Adams
The Incident Of Pokrov—Erica Sim
The Black Womb—Michael McGlasson
The Devil Within—Justin Zipprich
Cheating Death—S.J. McMillan
Inner Storm—Jay R. Thurston
The Machine—Linna Drehmel
Dead By Dawn—KR Jordan
The Hamlet Of Maysouth—Ryder Ataxia
Switch—Fred Waiss
Enteric—W.B. Stickel
Miriam—Shaun Meeks
Dante’s Circle—Ericka Kahler
The Monk—JT Lewis
13—K.R. Helms
Hob Gob—Jonathan D. Nichols
Neighbors From Hell—J.R. Roper
Evander Holbrook—Greg Quinion
Siren Song—Anna Yeatts

By Mame on August 4, 2013
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Great collection!! I really enjoyed reading it. It's a very diverse anthology-- everything from very very short to practically a novella, light and creepy to very scary! Perfect to read a bit at a time in your spare time. I really liked the Russian one!

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If you like horror anthologies, you'll enjoy this! I highly recommend it. Happy reading my fellow horror story enthusiasts! Cheers! 
L.D.'s story The Full Wolf Moon is in this superb collection.

Book description:
 The Launch Anthology from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing!
The click of the camera before you die.

A demon’s unthinkable task.

A childhood game gone horribly wrong.

The nagging feeling that someone is watching your every move. A lover, a betrayer.

Breakdown. Vengeance. Misplaced trust. Malice. Surprise.

How many times will you soothe yourself in the dark hoping for the light? Welcome to a world hidden behind the blinds of reality. This anthology is not for the faint-hearted. The tales inside are guaranteed to rob you of sleep at night by bringing you the nightmares you've most feared.

Now, open your eyes and see…

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This is so much book for the money! I love how it is a collection of a lot of stories. I am a very busy woman and sometimes only have enough time to read a short here or there and this book has 26! I was very enchanted by the poem in the beginning. So many great stories that it is hard to choose just one or two to tell you about. You gotta get this book!!! 

This is a very long review for every story, so I L.D.'s here:
 The Full Wolf Moon by LD Ricard ~ As suggested by the title this one is a werewolf story. The life mate concept is mentioned in this story as is the pack concept. Again, yes I enjoyed it, but I wanted to read more and more. So LD Ricard is firmly on my authors to watch out for list. It's 5/5
L.D. has a grizzly holiday tale in this collection!
Book description:

This is an anthology of horror short stories brought to you by authors from across the globe. Inside are the stories from each author as well as their links to their author pages. Also included are their picture so you can get to know the author as your unveil each of their stories.

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Enjoyed this collection immensely! I would recommend this little holiday gem to anyone who delights in the dark side of the holidays. 
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Keep your eyes peeled for the great stories coming from L.D. 

L.D. Ricard is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Nina D'Arcangela is my Woman In Horror today!

Nina and I are personal friends, courtesy of the wonders belonging to the internet. We are both members of the Pen Of The Damned and cherish writing about those Dark, Damned infestations of horror. Read her wonderful stories at 
You will find much there to grab your attention, things that make you think . . . things that make you feel and get in touch with your inner self. Her words flow, creating a delicious story of meaning and substance. Nina tells you of the world that actually exists, not the lolly pop fantasies belonging to the confused and misinformed.

Nina loves to photograph abandoned places, bits of decay, and old grave yards. She also collects odd, macabre things. Among her most prized possessions are a three-headed, bronze Tibetan ceremonial dagger, a perfectly preserved skeletal figure of a curled up, sleeping chipmunk she uncovered when renovating her home, and a 1683 leather bound version of the Bible in Latin, printed in miniscule proportions. She also collects 18th and 19th century leather bound texts, but says the Bible is a beauty.

Nina is putting up some fantastic posts about Women In Horror every day this month at . Check them out. This is a part of Nina that I admire: she gives back to the community. Her posts there are truly wonderful. I'm certain that she will showcase a lot of my favorite Women In Horror. She has already done so. Find some new authors on Nina's website.

Here are some of Nina's books I want to do a shout out for:

My review below leads the parade on Amazon. I love it when I'm first up with a fantastic review.

Book description:

 Where does reality end and dreamscape begin?

Woken each night by the sounds of screams and twisting metal, Lauren must relive the panic and fear of discovering her brother’s broken body on the asphalt. But each morning, she finds it’s only a dream… One she doesn’t want to keep having.

At what point does a dream become a nightmare, and what if the nightmare was more than a figment of her subconscious?

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Bent Metal, by Nina D'Arcangela, is one of those mind-blowing tales that takes twists and turns from start to finish. You know the ending, but you really don't. You are pulled into alternate realities that pull at you from all directions, whispering into your ears that what you are reading only hints at the truth, and no matter how it plays out, there will be deep sadness.

Many people say never to write about dreams. No one cares to hear about them. I beg to differ. Dreams are on a plane of existence unlike our waking psyches. Nina's dream world is interlaced with realities, and bonds itself to the physical reality we try to ground ourselves in.

I have had the same dream every night for 47 years. I keep hoping for a different ending so that happiness will finally wash over me. This gives me more insight into the tale Nina shares with us. I understand. I believe. And I can still hope.

Read Bent Metal. Nina D'Arcangela is a master of psychological horror.
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Maybe I'm a little biased; Nina D'Arcangela is among one of my favorite writers. The lady knows how to spin a tale, and her emotive prose is unlike anything I have ever read - she easily draws readers into her rich, depth-less well.

'Bent Metal,' her short story released by Phrenic Press, offers something a little different, at least from what I'm used to reading, but delivers wonderfully nonetheless. It tells the tale of Lauren, a very protective sister to her little brother Alan. Alan is a sleep walker, and one evening Lauren wakes to the sound of a horrible car crash from outside her bedroom window. As she calls 911 to report the accident, she realizes that Alan isn't in his bed - and the front door is ajar...

Nina D'Arcangela plays with your mind in 'Bent Metal;' her voice as Lauren is perfectly effective and that allows the story to hit home all the more. This is a wonderful, mind bending story from an extremely gifted writer. 
Nina has a great story, The Lagoon, in this superb anthology.
Book description!
 COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN is a collection of stories from the ranks of the annual Coffin Hop online horror extravaganza. Brains from Space! Robot Squids Gone Wild! Radioactive Microwave Men! Monster Mash Massacres! Crotch Tentacles! Werewolf lovin’! Vengeful Gods! Hot-Rod Hauntings! Alaskan Apocalypse! Vampire Seduction! Man-eating Toilet! Robot Lincoln & Zombie Jackson! Featuring interior art by the legendary Nic Caesar, and an introduction by B-Movie expert and cult classic Stink of Flesh director Scott S. Phillips!

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This is the anthology that spawned Bent Metal. Notice the reviews for Nina.
Book description:
 They haunt us all.

Those whispered tales of monsters hiding under the bed, or of the demons lurking in the shadowy corner where we dare not glance for fear that seeing them will make them all too real. Oh, how the innocent landscape of a child’s imagination lends fertile soil to horrors ready to be sown on the slightest of sounds; the tales and the terror they wreak on our youthful minds never quite leave us.

We asked the authors in this collection to reach into the forgotten recesses of their twisted minds and share with us the tales of nightmares that can only thrive in the hidden corners of a child’s imaginings; the bogeyman under the bed, the outlandishly fiendish creature lurking in the dark, the slight murmur of sound coming from the hall… did you close the door completely?

Explore the myriad of terrors that only a child can twist from nothing into some ‘thing’ in the span of a single rapid breath. Do you dare delve into your own memories? Perhaps you’ll start sleeping with the lights on again...

Tell us, who is Under the Bed?

Contributing Authors include Colin F. Barnes, Nina D'Arcangela, Phil Hickes, Amber Keller, Kim Krodel, Lisamarie Lamb, John McIlveen, Kate Monroe, Brandon Scott, Joshua Skye, Julianne Snow, and Jack Wallen.

Edited by Kate Monroe.
Format: Kindle Edition
I recently read a great horror anthology called Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed. Its not often that I come across an anthology where I like all the stories in it, but I did with this one and it was impossible to pick a favorite. After reading each story I found myself looking up information on all of the authors because I had to find out what other works they had out there.

The anthology starts off with Forgotten by Jack Wallen which is a beautifully told, creepy ghost story, about a six year old child who gets visited late at night by a ghost of a girl with a big secret. I loved the conversations between the boy and the ghost in this one. Next up is Baby Teeth by Kim Kordel which is about a young boy named Brian who has been told some scary things about the tooth fairy. What made this story fun was hearing about all the things that Brian does to avoid having the tooth fairy come to his house. I also liked how scared he gets when he realizes that he is going to get a visit whether he likes it or not.

Julianne Snow also has a story in this anthology about a girl having night terrors. Help comes in the form of a doll named Madeleine. The ending of this one was shocking and funny at the same time. There is also a great story by Nina d' Archangela called Bent Metal that centers on a girl who is having recurring nightmares of her brother dying. The description of the girl's emotional state in her dreams is excellent, this story alone makes this a great anthology. Nina did a superb job of making me feel sorry for the main character, it was impossible not to feel her pain.

Another great one here was Seeing Is Believing by Amber Keller. There is a monster living in Timothy's room and it wants his flesh. No one believes him so he decides to take a picture, but every night he has to fight for his life and the creature is determined not to be seen. The suspense in this one was gut wrenching.

Kate Monroe, the editor of this anthology also has a terrifying tale in the book called Show and Tell. This one is about a boy named Thomas that finds he has a monster under his bed, but its not really a bad thing, at least not for Thomas. Now he has a pet monster and all the people that picked on him are going to pay. This story was one of the most frightening and bloody stories in the anthology and I still felt sorry for Thomas.

Some of the other things you will read about in Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed is a ghost who makes a teddy bear come to life, a little girl who has to battle a demon to the death and a kid who has to pay the consequences when he tells tall tales. You also get stories about a cursed suitcase, a tale about a murderer called The Shade and a monster that lives in a sock drawer. If this anthology is any indication of the quality of stories that Sirens Calls has to offer, then I'm really looking forward to future anthologies from Sirens Call Publications.
Format: Kindle Edition
Children often get nightmares from the simplest of things. These can be from a television show, a movie, or a bedtime story that they are told. Often many of those stories have happy endings that will put a child at ease, but the images from parts of the story can give them a nightmare.

In the anthology, Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed, a child is going to certainly walk away with at least one nightmare from these great stories. The title of the anthology gives the reader alone what to watch for when it comes to what is between its pages.

Sirens Call Publications pulled together twelve great authors and put their stories into this anthology that has stories that will drive even some adults to pull up their covers to feel safe. The stories have one general theme and that is the story will involve a child at some point. It could be things such as a creature going "bump" in the night, a simple sock drawer, or the favorite teddy bear.

The anthology is well worth a read, and due to the number of authors involved in the anthology readers should easily find several stories that the will love. There is a good chance that readers will find something in each story that will have them looking from more of the author as well.

The title and authors found inside are:

Forgotten by Jack Wallen
Baby Teeth by Kim Krodel
Madeleine by Julianne Snow
Telling Tales by Phil Hickes
Excess Baggage by Lisamarie Lamb
Timothy by Joshua Skye
Show and Tell by Kate Monroe
The Confession of a Confirmed Has-Been by John McILveen
Seeing is Believing by Amber Keller
Bent Metal by Nina D'Arcangela
Shade of Red by Colin F. Barnes
Socks by Brandon Scott 
Nina's great story Reemergence in in this super collection.
Book description:
 Myth or reality…

Explore the twelve tales of horror and intrigue in Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity and ask yourself, what would you consider a fair price to pay for life immortal... or the chance of life at all?

Would a young woman pass up a shiny bauble if she believed it to be nothing more than a harmless trinket? What transpires once a year in a peaceful and remote village that no one will ever speak of? What better way for a broken man to honor a crippled existence than with a memorial of blood and vengeance? How could a disfigured woman ever dream of chancing across an object that would restore her beauty - and at what cost?

Follow the twists and turns of each writer as they delve into the legends of days gone by, as well as the consequences that are wrought when myths and monstrosities collide with our world.

With stories from Thomas James Brown, Nina D'Arcangela, K. Trap Jones, Amber Keller, Lisamarie Lamb, Edward Lorn, Alexa Muir, Kate Monroe, Joseph A. Pinto, J. Marie Ravenshaw, Julianne Snow, and Jonathan Templar
Format: Kindle Edition
Myths, folk lore, stories of the past are things that a reader can find in countless books. The stories of central characters are splashed across pages and often it can be hard to tell the good from the bad. In the Siren's Call Publication anthology, Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity, some of these creatures are brought forth within the pages.

The anthology has short stories from many great authors who use their words to bring the creatures of old to life. Their stories will not only introduce you to a myth, or monster, but will make sure you understand who it is you are reading about. The stories encompass things from ancient Greece to those of ancient Ireland.

The stories cover things such as the Irish Morrigan, the satyrs, and a relation to Cerberus. The point of being vague on the stories themselves is to get people to pick up the anthology. In my personal opinion it's worth a read and fans of the old mythology will love the stories. Readers that are unaware of these stories will find themselves looking for more information about who, or what, they read about. 
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I believe you must agree that Nina is a fantastic writer of horror and does so much more for the genre and for others.
Nina D'Arcangela is a Woman In Horror!
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