Thursday, February 23, 2017


Rebecca Boucher is my Woman In Horror today! Her first novel Hunting The Moon (The Moon Series) is a super tale of cutting, ghosts, and ancient Celtic lore. Rebecca adds in some some local Massachusetts lore and locale too.

From Rebecca:

"Rebecca Boucher was born and raised in Worcester Massachusetts. Her father instilled an early love of reading in her and encouraged her when she started to write. Rebecca earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Quinsigamond Community College, but her love has always been writing. After the birth of her first child, she moved to a quiet little town on the edge of Worcester County, in the heart of Central Massachusetts. Living there has inspired her to write most of her current projects. In fact, local readers might recognize some of her locations. Currently, Rebecca is a freelance writer and blogger. Her first novel is Hunting the Moon (The Moon Series). Rebecca is also the Write More Publications blog tour coordinator and an avid Beta reader. When she is not writing, Rebecca is the mother of two boys, ages 10 and 13. Her youngest son was diagnosed in the Autism spectrum, and a lot of her volunteer time is spent raising awareness and promoting education for that cause."
From Rebecca's website:

My favorite book of Rebecca's is The Shadow Soldier. Don't miss out on this great book!

Book description:

 When a soldier is lost in the snowy mountains of Afghanistan, his girlfriend feels the loss thousands of miles away in Boston's Back Bay. Can a shadowy figure, known only as the shadow soldier, bridge the gap and help her heal? This second edition contains new content, and a bonus short story, Panel 35, never before offered in print.

Amazon bio:

Becca Boucher (1975-) was born in Worcester Massachusetts and remains a lifelong New England resident. Which can be seen in the settings of her novels. Her first published work appeared in the Write More Publications anthology Novel Hearts (2013) which was followed by her novel Hunting The Moon in the fall of 2013. Hunting The Moon is the first in a three book paranormal romance series set in central Massachusetts. The second book, Midnight Raven debut in May 2015.

Besides paranormal romance, Ms. Boucher writes military fiction. Her short stories Panel 35 and The Shadow Soldier are available on Kindle, and The Shadow Soldier is also available in a special print version.

Ms. Boucher is a freelance blogger and writer, and mom to two wonderful sons.

You'll want to read the free samples of all of Rebecca Boucher's books on Amazon. She is indeed a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob                                                       

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Today's topic is Favorite Women In Horror. My guest is Travis Heerman.



Travis Heerman

Title: The Dark Romance of Anne Rice
Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of The Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, Rogues of the Black Fury, and co-author of Death Wind, plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Apex Magazine, Alembical, the Fiction River anthology series, Historical Lovecraft, and Cemetery Dance’s Shivers VII. He enjoys cycling, martial arts, torturing young minds with otherworldly ideas, and zombies. He has three long-cherished dreams: a produced screenplay, a NYT best-seller, and a seat in the World Series of Poker.

It is difficult to overstate the impact that Anne Rice has made on American speculative fiction. With fifteen novels in her Vampire Chronicles, three on the Mayfair Witches, plus werewolves, the Mummy, and others, she has created a large body of work in the realms of dark fantasy and horror. It is safe to say that her Vampire Chronicles single-handedly spawned an entire sub-genre: urban fantasy. Without Louis and Lestat and the complex mythology they inhabit, we would not have the profusion of sexy vampire protagonists that have come since they first appeared in 1976.

I was in sixth grade when I discovered Interview with the Vampire in my school library. To this day, I can't quite explain how that book ended up there, except to say that the librarian had a soft spot for dark, speculative fiction. The book fascinated me. I had already read Dracula, and was fascinated by monsters, especially the old Universal Monster movies starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, plus the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Wolf Man, etc. I ate that stuff up.

When I started reading Interview, though, I was electrified by the idea that vampires were still people. They could be relatable. They had weird food, but they could be heroes. In fact, Louis and Lestat were dark super-heroes with their supernatural powers. In later books, they become the dark heroes who drove back even greater darkness. And this revelation is, I think, part of why we have so many derivative works now, just as Dracula was about breaking out of Victorian sexual repression. That embrace of the "monster within," that push-pull of taboo and desire, that yearning to step outside of human society and become something else, but enough like ourselves that the step is not too far. Anne Rice's vampires are the perfect vehicle for this.

Nowadays, sexy vampire protagonists are an absolute staple of urban fantasy, and their number cannot easily be counted, especially if we include film and television.

And it all goes back to Louis and Lestat in 1976 (Forty-one years?? Really?!). We owe it all to Anne Rice.

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Monday, February 20, 2017


Shay West is my Woman In Horror today! Shay writes pure horror and also creates genre mixes, blending science fiction into many of her stories. To me, this is a great blend, and Shay is a master at it.

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.

Another great thing about Shay: her publisher went belly-up and Shay took control of her books' destiny and re-published them herself. I get upset when people do the moan and groan type of thing and just let their treasures sit dormant when their publishers go away. Shay is not a dormant lady. Go girl go!

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."

My favorite book of Shay's is Organ Reapers. It has everything you could ask for in a great read. The free sample on Amazon should convince you of that.

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 on 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.

Peruse more of Shay's fantastic books. Shay West is most certainly a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob


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

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

Name: James P. McDonald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Book description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten.

Amazon bio:

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

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

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

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

Claire C. Riley is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Saturday, February 18, 2017


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

Blaze McRob


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

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

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

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

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

Book description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazon bio:

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

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

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

Blaze McRob

Friday, February 17, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

Amazon bio:

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

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

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

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

Book description:

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

About the Author:

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

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

Lisamarie Lamb is indeed a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Thursday, February 16, 2017


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

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

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

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

Blaze McRob


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


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

Run, Reaper

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


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


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

Reboot Juice

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



Has the clock stopped?

Seriously? Not even a minute yet?

Time is just a myth …

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

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

Soul Synapsis

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

Don’t you know?

There is no cure for acerbic wit

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Amazon bio:

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

Check out Melanie's links here!