Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mark Edward Hall

Mark Edward Hall is remarkable for his never ending supply of short stories, novelettes, and novels. I just finished his novelette, "Holocaust Opera" and enjoyed it immensely."The Haunting Of Sam Cabot" was also exceptionally good. His long novel, "The Lost Village," was a masterpiece of horror. I hung on every word. Mark is the "other" horror writer from Maine. This is not a word I particularly like. Let's spread the word about this wonderful writer. He deserves to be acknowledged for his mastery of horror.

Most of his works are available from Damnation Books, but Mark has also given us a couple of other options to sample his expertise: he offers a free audio chapbook, "The Fear" from off his website, and also has a free serial novel, "Soul Thief" available there as well.

Catch his website address on my blogroll and get ready to immerse yourself in some fantastic reading. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Marissa Farrar

Marissa Farrar is quite a busy lady. She has written a number of short stories as well as novels. Two of her novels, "Alone", and "The Dark Road", have been published by Vamplit. I read "Alone" and loved it, giving it a five star review. I have not read "The Dark Road" yet because it was free and I prefer to pay for great literature. Marissa can spin a good tale of horror! So, I will be reading "The Dark Road" soon. Her next novel, "The Followers" will be out in the near future.

Her short stories are in numerous anthologies and other venues. She is in the Masters Of Horror anthology "Damned If You Don't" with yours truly and many other fine writers. I am honored to share the tome with her. 

I have to laugh at the name of her blog: Ramblings Of An Unkempt Mind. Her mind is anything but unkempt. She possesses remarkable lucidity. Even though she told me once that her writing has been described as being written for women, I don't feel that's true. It's not "dude horror"-I stole that term from Carole Gill; thanks Carole-but men will enjoy her stories. I do.

Marissa's blog is on my list. Visit and enjoy what this young, talented lady has to offer.



Monday, March 28, 2011

Tim Marquitz

Tim Marquitz is a man who writes horror and fantasy and is able to add humor to the story. How do you make Armageddon a little amusing while at the same time keeping the suspense factor up? Read his tale "Armageddon Bound" and you'll find out. Perhaps zombie-like critters are more your cup of tea-although drinking tea and thinking about zombies are not exactly likely bed-fellows. Give me a cold beer, please. "Sepulchral Earth" parts one and two are your meat with these guys.My only complaint: I had to wait too long between the two.

Good news, boys and girls: on April Fool's Day, Tim's new story "Skulls" will be released by Damnation Books, who have also released the other three stories I have mentioned. "Demon Squad 2: Resurrection" will be out on June 1st, again published by Damnation Books. This is the sequel to "Armageddon Bound." I can't wait to see what that rascal Frank Trigg is up to in this one.

Check out Tim's cool site which I have kindly added to my blogroll. Read all of his great stories. I am!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mikel B. Classen

Mikel B. Classen is quite an interesting man. Over the years he has written many tales adrift in numerous anthologies, books on Smashwords, books on Amazon, etc. He is now not only writing but jumping in with both feet into the publishing business. I recently read his short story "The Late Hero" on Smashwords and loved it. If you like ghosts, this is for you. Mikel is all over Facebook with his personal site, author sites, and book sites. Oh, did I forget to mention his Netbound Publishing site? Bad Blaze! Netbound will be publishing an anthology called "I Believe In Werewolves" shortly. There are many great writers included within its pages. I even have a story there. If you go to his site which is on my blogroll, you will see a man with a much darker beard than the one shown on Facebook. Obviously, some of the Lake Superior haunts he writes about have scared the crap out of him and put some gray in there. Search this great writer out and read his books. You will be glad you did.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

E. A. Irwin aka Patricia Matthews

Patricia writes some of the best horror/fantasy/mystery/poetry around. I hope I didn't leave anything out. She has many short stories and poems scattered about in magazines and anthologies all over the place. You can check all of them out on her blog which I have on my blogroll and on her website. That being said, I must come to the best, the very best, of this lady's writing: the Riley McCabe series. I have been privileged to have read these wonderful stories. What a fantastic adventure through time and place, melding so many diverse personas, all on a grandiose journey through the fortunate minds of the readers. I keep telling Patricia that Riley must come out and play: not should; must. 

I want everyone reading this to get a message to Patricia saying We want Riley! Shout it from the rooftops, the corners of busy streets, wherever there are people to hear. RILEY IS GREAT! RILEY MUST BE READ! WE WANT RILEY!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Carole Gill

Carole Gill is a transplanted New York City girl living in England. She writes amazing horror, and, are you ready for this?: she gets to walk her doggies on the moors. Oh, to die for, especially when the mists come rolling in. Watch out, Carole, the hell-hounds are roaming the moors searching for fresh meat. Walk faster!

She has the great knack for being able to write amazing short stories, many of which are in anthologies, as well as superb novels.  If you have not read "The House On Blackstone Moor", published by Vamplit, shame on you! Read it now. It is a great novel. Another wonderful facet of her talents is her great Sci-Fi stories. She is a master!

One other wonderful thing about this lady is her giving to the writing community. She has inspired me to do the same with my blog. We writers are a wonderful family. No one understands this better than Carole. I am proud to call her friend.

Read about this young lady in her blog "Bloody Good Vampires." 

Aline S. Iniestra

One day I was on Vamplit's site, and, staring me in the face, was a poem of horror and pain from deep within the soul. Wow! I loved it! The poet was Aline S. Iniestra. As far as I'm concerned, she is the female Edgar Allen Poe. For such a young lady to be able to write such poems of terror is truly amazing. She had a caricature on the site instead of a picture and it wasn't until a few months later that I was amazed to see such a sweet young lady. 

I have followed her career from the beginning, and when she lamented one day on The Masters Of Horror page on facebook that so many others were getting published and she was not, I told her flat out to submit her poems to the group for a poetry anthology. She was in! They loved her wonderful poems. She is now a published poet and a most deserving one. 

Go to her blog, "In Darkness I Play." You will love it. I do. 

Just hit her button on my blogroll.

Serenity Wickford

I am going to start out my little tour of great writers by showcasing a lady who has not published anything. Yet, that is. Her name is Serenity Wickford.

Serenity is a story teller. She doesn't hit you with high flying words that make you scramble for your Funk &  Wagnalls. Just a good flowing tale. Her stories, even though they are within the realm of other-worldly comprehension, seem real, the characters alive, not stilted. This is amazing for someone so new to the craft. I am all into the flow of a story. Without it, words are merely words, as perfect as they might be written. Give me Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Serenity Wickford. Her novel, "The Angelic" will come out, and it will be great. 

You read that here. Don't forget.

Serenity's blog is on my blogroll to the right. Watch out for this lady!

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Blazing Welcome

This is obviously a blog in the making. I will play with my new toy until I get everything the way I and, more importantly, my readers like it.

I write tales of horror. They come from my soul, and I let the words flow out to my readers.So, you might assume I will be telling you about my stories, where to buy them, and all the regular stuff. Okay, I will, but I will not be pounding it into anyone's head. The facts will be there, and you can decide if what I write is worthy of your time. This blog is more than just about me: it is about my readers and my fellow writers. I have many friends in the writing community; I will be discussing their great works more than mine. Why? I am a reader as well as a writer. When I read something that sends me into orbit, I want to share it with everyone I know.  Their joy is my joy is your joy.

That being said, I will leave for now. It is necessary for me to add links to my favorite writers and sites. They are legion.