Saturday, March 31, 2012


Valerie Bowen writes from the soul, taking real life and expanding it to create a masterpiece that touches, horrifies, and teaches a lesson. When a person lives horror, the pen to paper experience is genuine. The reader is not cheated and is carried along on a ride of majestic proportions. The series starting with For The Sake Of Amelia-  Tormented begins speaking out against violence against women, but Valerie wants to spread hope, strength, and love.

I'm a sucker for stories that take place in Maine; I love the state. Valerie was born there and lives in Connecticut now, so the locale comes easy to her. Toss in Kansas and you have a cross-country experience you won't want to miss.

Valerie has seven five star reviews for this great novel on Amazon. That says it all. Read her sample chapter and you'll buy the book. 

A book description for For The Sake Of Amelia-Tormented is below:

Life for
Amelia Parker has been hard to say the least. Tormented by flashbacks, and the
vow of her ex husband to finish the job he started as soon as he's released
from prison, sends Amelia into an emotional frenzy as time for his release grows

Amelia packs
up and moves from her home in Colby, Kansas to the small town of Camden, Maine with
the hope Ray will forget all about his vendetta. Amelia finds new friends and a
new love in her happy peaceful life in Camden.

She is
suddenly snapped back into paralyzing fear when she receives word of Ray's
release, knowing he will fulfill his promise to finish what he began. Hearing
gunshots and her screams, her new love Kyle must make a rushed decision to keep
her alive.

Due to a
strange twist of events Kyle's past meets them head-on and jeopardizes Amelia's
safety yet again. Will Kyle be able to save the life of the only woman he has
ever loved?

Join Amelia
in this roller coaster ride of emotions that will have you gripping the edge of
your seat at every turn.

If you're not hooked by now, I don't know what it will take. Buy, read, and enjoy.

Valerie Bowen is a Woman in Horror!


Friday, March 30, 2012


Here we go, boys and girls: the Lucky Seven. I got this from Lisamarie Lamb. Thanks, my friend!

1. Go to page 77 of your current MS
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines, sentences or paragraphs and post them as they're written. No cheating.
4. Tag 7 authors.
5. Let them know.
“Watch out, dick wad,” I say. “The last guy that tried that is still in Rose Medical Center. Seems like he was a tad clumsy and started carving himself up instead of me. Can you imagine that? For heaven’s sake: what could cause such a horrible detachment of reason? It was . . . It was as if he had a manifestation of an epiphany. You had to be there. Sylvia was quite taken in by it all, weren’t you, you murderous bitch?”

     She is quite upset now and tears at my clothing, trying to shake me up. “Where is my sister? I want to see her now!”

     “I’m afraid I can’t allow that, Sylvia. You see, I believe you would try to kill her again. Let’s face facts: you are not a very nice person.”

Okay, I guess it's obvious I'm not writing a religious piece. This is from my novel '68 Buick, a Grim Reaper novel.

My lucky seven are:
Suzanne Robb
Lisamarie Lamb
Kate Monroe
Lisa McCourt Hollar
Sue Midliak
Jason Darrick
You should read the rest of this tale. It's not for the faint of heart.



Annetta Ribken is a fascinating lady who not only writes horror, but speculative fiction, and urban fantasy. Her style varies, depending on her genre: light and refreshing, or dark and reflective. In other words, something for everyone.

Her new novel Athena's Promise is the first in the Aegian Trilogy. Fans are lining up waiting for parts two and three. Read her great reviews on Amazon.

She writes short stories and flash fiction as well, rounding her talents out. Sometimes the rigorous structure requirements for flash can sharpen a writer and allow her to adapt these tenacious skills to the crafting of a novel. Annetta has used these skills well.

As if that's not enough, she has forty years experience as an editor. Wow!

From her bio page on Amazon:

Freelancer writer and editor Annetta Ribken has been writing since a tender young age, when letters were chiseled on stone tablets. A precocious student, Annetta earned her Ph.D in the School of Hard Knocks, with honors, in the early Age of Disco. Her mission: to take over the Universe, one word at a time. She lives and works just outside of St. Louis with her evil feline overlord, a rescued shelter cat named Athena.

A description of Athena's Promise:

"No matter what it takes."

As the front desk manager of a hotel on the edge of Zombietown, Pallas is used to dealing with angry centaurs, surly trolls, and zombie housekeepers. The trouble really starts when one of her guests ends up dead. But that's not her only problem.

A cop with an attitude – can he be trusted to be more than just a pain in her ass or does he have a more sinister agenda?

A new Guest Services Manager, out for her job and ready to sacrifice anyone in his way – what does he really want?

The attractive maintenance guy, endangering the promise she made out of necessity to the Goddess Athena – does he know more than he's telling?

A mermaid diva, whose show at the Sparkling Butterfly must go on – or else.

Pallas needs to find the killer, and fast, or she'll lose her job, her home, and the ragtag family she's adopted out of her crew of "critters".

In the course of the investigation Pallas uncovers connections to a nasty Oddities dealer deep in the heart of Zombietown, forcing her to expose a trauma from her past which could threaten her future. With everyone and everything she loves in danger, the promise made to the Goddess Athena may well damn her if she breaks it, but she is bound and determined to save her friends, her home, and everything she's built.

No matter what it takes.

Multiple talented lady that she is, Annetta Ribken is a Woman in Horror!


Thursday, March 29, 2012



This is my Friday Flash for the Vamplit Blog. No more Mister Nice Guy for Zane!

Psychopathic Revenge-Part Five

     Zane is the master! While the soon to be Zombies wander around aimlessly upon reaching safety outside the plant, he knows exactly where to go.

     Hugging the surrounding buildings, hiding in the shadows, and distancing himself from the inferno he just left, the Zombie draws no attention to himself as he purposely goes to his part of town. His enhanced senses tell him love is in the air.

     That love will not blossom for long once Zane turns the red rose of passion to dried out thorns sharp as any knife. It is what he does to survive.

     Where ramshackle dwellings meet the emptiness of abandoned slums, a tiny biker bar beckons. Zane heeds the call. How can he refuse? The scent of love waiting to explode screams at him from inside, the soft musk floating in the air, assaulting his senses, driving him crazy, telling him to go inside and take what is his.

     But no: he can't just barge in here as he did at the yuppie bar. This is too close to home. He can't draw the authorities to the theater.

     So he waits, knowing his prey won't linger too much longer. No: he tastes the sex on his tongue. The love juices flow like rivers down her thighs, drenching her entire body below her pulsing mound of need.

     The door swings open and out they come, hand in hand, ready for their Utopian encounter. Utopia was never supposed to include Zane.

     They walk towards the theater, stopping when they see an abandoned panel truck,and rush inside, eager to make love.

     After pulling her panties and pants down below her knees, the young man pulls his jeans down enough to free his dick from their confines and pushes himself deep inside her, the two of them moaning with delight. He explodes within the depths of her pussy and they both make the moment last as long as it can.

     She notices Zane standing in the shadows by the open truck doors, sensing his evil even though she can't see him clearly.

     "John! Behind you!" she shouts.

     He turns and sees nothing; not at first anyway. When he finally does, it's too late. Zane rushes him and tears his jugular apart, munching on it as blood spurts everywhere. Once John drops to the ground, Zane walks to the young lady, taking his time, removing his clothes as he goes.

     "I guess it's sloppy seconds for me, my dear," he says. "But I don't really mind. It just means you're lubed up and enlarged: maybe to the point where you can handle a real man."

     She stares in disbelief at the creature advancing towards her, his grotesque manhood staring her in the face. He is huge, but as with the rest of him, pieces of flesh seem to fall off and big, boil-like areas abound. A choke forms in her throat as he rips all her clothing off.

     "John was in too much of a hurry, my dear. I want you the way you should be: naked to the world and ready for my every need and desire."

     Zane shoves his manhood deep inside her, the force and size of it tearing her apart, blood joining what before was merely her sweet, moist love. Faster and faster he goes, nibbling at her breasts as he does so, intent on sating his desires to the fullest.

     When the combination of shock and brutality are too much for her to handle, she twitches convulsively and moves no more. Not stopping because she's dead, Zane continues until he explodes within her still carcass.  

     He laughs maniacally and finishes his meal, devouring her first, then finishing off John.    

     Once inside the theater, he dumps their bodies off to the side and smiles as the rats work their magic on them.

     "That's it, my friends. Pick those bones clean."

     Zane goes upstairs and wipes himself clean of the blood and gore from the lovers. His body is already changing to a human state, and the process helps shove more of the Zombie loose flesh out, ready to be toweled off. For him, it works every bit as well as a shower. New, clean skin does not need to be cleansed with water. He is like a newborn.

     He puts on new clothes. Tonight is special. He needs to be at his best.

     Stepping around the filth, he exits the rear of the theater, the fresh evening air so invigorating, sending thrills through his fresh, human form.

     Reaching the biker bar, he finds an old Harley Electra Glide that some idiot asshole left the keys in. The beauty starts right up for him, and he glides down the street on a mission. One that is long overdue.

     He reaches Barrett Pharmaceuticals  and parks the bike on the sheltered side of the street, away from the fire and the pouring water coming from the fire trucks.

     The new Zombies, confused about their new lives, are still hovering around, becoming more and more undead and less and less human. The police don't know what to do. These people, more like things actually, are getting more grotesque by the moment, and are getting ever closer to them and the crowds watching the scene before them unfold.

     Zane, looking like a dapper business executive, crosses the street and stops in front of the advancing Zombie horde.

     "Embrace your new existence!' he shouts. "Take what is yours. Now!"

      Before the police can react, they are overrun by the horde and succumb to their assaults, screaming in horror as they become fresh meat for the new victims.

     Those demonic entities still having the capacity to speak shout out in unison, "Zane, Zane, Zane!"

     Zane laughs and spreads his arms out to the side, exhorting them to follow him.

     They are his people now. He will lead and they will follow.

     Humanity is about to receive a wake up call  . . .

Blaze McRob


We meet people in myriad ways. Kate Jonez and I met on Facebook and more recently on Goodreads. Now, I only recently started to do anything on Goodreads, but Kate started suggesting some great books for me to read and I started searching a little deeper into the lady that is Kate Jonez. What did I find? Wow! I found a woman who blows my socks off! Not just for her excuisite writing, but for her work with Omnium Gatherum, a small press dedicated to providing unique dark fantasy fiction. Her stories dig around the human psyche to see what horrors are hidden there. Kate also provides book formatting and design for authors of Indie and traditionally published works.

You must investigate her blog and investigate what she keeps in jars. Just saying.:D

One extrememely fascinating section of her blog is The Monster Blog. These are not your typical monsters. We're talking The Zemu, The Rat King, and my personal favorite, The Busaw. I'm so intrigued with this Ghoulish rascal I want to write a novel about him!

Don't be fooled by that sweet smile on Kate's face: there are dark thoughts meandering around in her gray matter. I love those thoughts!

I highly urge EVERYONE to visit her blog and find out about Kate and her intriguing Press.

Kate Jonez is a Woman in Horror!



Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Naomi Clark is another one of the talented authors published with Damnation Books. She is . . .well, let's just say she is a most interesting lady with her likes and dislikes, and I'm certain that her wonderful predisposition to such eclectic tastes led her to write horror.

Her novel Afterlife runs the gamut of underground little groadies and daemons. I love the English spelling of demons: it makes them appear to be almost majestic. My favorite person in this novel, other than Yasmin-the protagonist-is Yasmin's mom. What a hoot! Okay, I suppose this tells you there is some humor involved here as well. Don't worry, though. There is still plenty of blood and guts and down-home horror.

Naomi Clark lives in Cambridge and is a mild-mannered office worker by day, but a slightly crazed writer by night. Her short fiction has appeared in ezines from Midnight Times to Dark Fire Fiction. She has a perfectly healthy obsession with giant sea creatures and a preference for vodka-based cocktails. When she's not writing, Naomi is probably either reading or watching 80s cartoon shows, and sometimes she manages to do all three at once.

I pulled this description of Afterlife from Amazon:

Yasmin Stoker is a ghost tour guide who spends her days showing tourists around Shoregrave's haunted hotspots. She also happens to be a wraith who spends her nights hunting Revenants, newly-risen flesh-eating vampires. On one of her regular hunts, she witnesses a mysterious ghostly girl pulling the body of a teenage boy underground. Who and what is this girl, and why is she attacking men around the city? Yasmin investigates, but it quickly becomes clear that somebody wants to keep her from finding the killer and they'll do anything-including ambushing her with ghouls and cacodaemons-to stop her. With only a persistent private eye and a taciturn vampire (one of the Immaculate, no less) to help her, Yasmin must deal with fanatical necromancers, crazed ghosts, and a sexy history teacher in her quest to solve the mystery. And along the way she uncovers some heartbreaking truths about her own existence.


Naomi Clark is a great lady and a fantastic author.

Naomi Clark is a Woman in Horror!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012


C.W. LaSart is the pride and joy of Dark Moon Books. My words: so believe it! Her very first attempt at submitting a story resulted in publication! She keeps very busy, writing new stories almost every week. One of her submissions for an extreme anthology made a huge impression on the editor and wham!: he offered her her own book deal.

Her extreme anthology, Ad Nauseum, is in print now, and I have added the delightful cover art to this post. C.W. has a muse who is a dark and twisted bitch(her words) that drives her relentlessly. Monsters live in her head and in the dark around her. Again, her words. Does she look dark to you? Heh, heh!

Her bio on Amazon:  

A lifelong fan of all things Horror, C.W. LaSart made her publishing debut in Dark Moon Digest Issue 1 in late 2010. She has since been published in Issue 4 as well as special issue Dark Moon Presents Zombies! 3rd place winner of SNM Magazines May Medieval edition and winner of Cemetery Dance's Amatuer Writer Contest, you can find her in upcoming special issues Dark Moon Presents Ghosts! and Dark Moon Presents Vampires! Her debut horror collection, AD NAUSEAM, was released in March of 2012 by Dark Moon Books.

A book description for Ad Nauseam:

Exotic, Erotic, Gruesome and Gory! What if your Muse really was a twisted bitch, and she lived in your spare bedroom? And how far would you go to improve your station in life? In this premiere collection by C.W. LaSart, you will find 13 gruesome tales of the macabre, from a simpleton who forms an unnatural obsession with his own backyard to a lonely woman whose suitor is not heaven-sent. These stories, ranging from the supernatural to the darkness that lives within the human heart, are sure to send a chill down your spine and a flush to your face. Certain to disturb and delight, Ad Nauseam is a walk through the twisted imagination of one of horror's rising stars.

The reviews on Amazon. Five Stars!

C.W. LaSart is a Woman in Horror!


Monday, March 26, 2012


I just finished reading Dina Rae's latest novel Halo Of The Damned. Wow! This is one superb read! Do you like your angels dark, fallen, and complex, but still portrayed on a personal level? This is your book! Non-stop action and great flow all the way. This is an Eternal Press release, so I wasn't surprised at the quality of the writing and the formatting. Kim, who also owns Damnation Books, knows what she's doing, and has a very gifted bunch of people over there. But still, this goes beyond a great read. It is an exceptional one with well researched believability. I can hardly wait for Dina's next novel.

This is a little blip from her blog:

Dina Rae is a new author that is here to stay.  As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work.  Her research on the Yezidi religion and love of art inspired her story telling for Halo of the Damned. 
Her other novel, The Last Degree, is a fictionalized account of the Freemason’s role in the New World Order.  Dina's grandfather was the Most Worshipful of his lodge.  The subject has always held a personal interest.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago.  She is an avid reader, tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on conspiracy theories.  Her favorite authors are LaHaye & Jenkins, Dan Brown, Preston & Childs, Stephen King, Brad Thor, and Anne Rice.

This is a description of her novel from Amazon:

A chain of advertising agencies, a new breed of humans, and a fallen angel to worship... Andel Talistokov is known for his slick advertising agencies across the globe. He is a fallen angel that uses advertising as a weapon for Satan's work. His growing power emboldens him to break several of Hell's Commandments. Furious with his arrogance, Satan commands him to return to Hell after finding his own replacement. Yezidism, an ancient angel worshiping religion, quietly expands throughout the West. Armaros appears as a guest of honor during their ceremonies. He mates with young women to produce nephilim, a mixed race of humans and angels. They are alone and unprepared for their supernatural power. Joanna Easterhouse, a recovering drug addict, steps out of prison shortly after her mother's fatal accident. She and her sister, Kim, unravel their mother's secretive past. Intrigued, they learn their bloodline is part of a celestial legacy. Both worlds collide. Halo of the Damned is a horrifying tale that weaves research together with suspenseful twists and turns.

The below review is only one of a number of Five Star Reviews. I picked this review because . . .well, because I wrote it, using my other name.

5.0 out of 5 stars Dina Rae Rocks!, March 26, 2012
This review is from: Halo of the Damned (Paperback)
"Halo Of The Damned" by Dina Rae is a super read! Anyone interested in fallen angels will love this novel. The author did a great job with research, hitting on some of my favorite sources for angel lore. The book of Enoch has always fascinated me, and this great tale draws on the lore, suppositions, and possibilities inherent in this book and other usually discarded tomes. Good for Dina! The way she draws upon the personalities of the protagonists and antagonists is phenomenal as there is somewhat of a thin line between what is good and evil in the book. There are no slack, drawn out passages: everything goes straight ahead with great flow and plenty of action. I eagerly await more great stories from this very talented author!

So, Dina Rae might be new to the craft, but she has done her homework and honed her skills.

Dina Rae is a Woman in Horror!


Sunday, March 25, 2012


Suzanne McCleod is a writer of Vampires, urban fantasy, and-hang on to your hats-a writer of fae. She combines everything in a delightful mix of horror, mystery, some humor, and plenty of other enticements. She has many novels to her credit, The Sweet Scent Of Blood being my favorite. Read a sample chapter on her blog or on Amazon, and you'll see why. Okay, I happen to like fae. So shoot me!

Her site is unique in that her titles are published in other languages, and one is easily shown how to access all of them. This certainly shows the international flavor of her great writings as well as her readers. Go to her site for sample chapters and ordering information.

Below is a bio in her own hand:

  Growing up I was always the child that hid behind the settee, or took a torch to bed, or walked around ignoring the rest of the world, because I was reading a book. The highlight of my week was the trip to the library. Now, the highlight of my year is when I get to take a suitcase of brand new books and escape with it to somewhere hot, with plenty of sea and sand and Margaritas.
In order to afford the books and the holidays, (as well as those other pesky essentials, like food, the mortgage, and bills!) I’ve been a cocktail waitress, a dance group roadie, and a secretary. I've worked in pubs, hotels and a football club (despite having no love for the beautiful game) and I’ve sold everything from sweeties to jewellery, and garden sheds to car insurance. Other than reading, my hobbies usually involve knocking down walls, the odd bit of plumbing, and hacking down the weeds that are going for world domination in the garden. My favourite meal is anything fishy, preferably sushi or shellfish, and when not indulging in the holiday Margaritas, I like the odd glass of red wine, or a single malt. Oh, and chocolate, of course!
I was born in London, but spent most of my childhood in the Midlands. Since then I’ve been a bit of a nomad, having lived and/or worked in most parts of the UK. Now I’m settled on the South Coast about a mile away from the sea, along with my husband and our rescue dog, a geriatric German Shepherd/Lab, who doubles as a tummy on legs.

A book description of The Sweet Scent Of Blood from Amazon:

Genevieve Taylor is a Sidhe - one of the noble fae - and she's unusual, even in present-day London where celebrity vampires, eccentric goblins and scheming lesser fae mix freely with the human population. Genny is a rising star at, where she finds the M' in magic - and that invariably leads to mischief, malice and - too often - murder. When Mr October, one of the hot calendar pin-up vamps, is accused of violently murdering his girlfriend, Genny's called on to repay an old debt and prove his innocence. And she's about to learn that some magic isn't all its cracked up to be.
THE SWEET SCENT OF BLOOD is the first book of the SPELLCRACKERS.COM urban fantasy series.

Suzanne McLeod is a Woman in Horror!


Saturday, March 24, 2012


Jessica Cartwright should have her third novel Stolen Beauty out soon in her Fallen Grace trilogy. Hidden Splendour came out last December, and Fallen Grace is the lead off novel. She enjoys creating characters people can relate to on different levels and has achieved that in her tales.Like me when I spin a yarn, one novel is sometimes not enough to complete the story, so she expanded it to three novels. Tres cool!

Jessica lives in Sydney, Australia with her hubby.When she is not writing, Jessica enjoys cooking for her family and friends and will convene a dinner party at every opportunity. She is an avid reader and will read just about any book from the classics to murder mysteries to autobiographies and of course vampire novels.  When she is not reading or entertaining Jessica can usually be found curled up on the lounge with her husband watching crime shows on television.

A bio of Fallen Grace:

Almost 200 hundred years ago at 18 years old, Grace Kennedy was changed into a vampire. Since this time, she has become part of an elite group of vampires known as the protectors, who serve the Vampire Council. As a protector she is sworn to guard the Sempres and fight the Acelades. So when Grace is approached by Lucas Sempre, the head of the Vampire Council, for a special assignment she accepts no questions asked. Alex is the 17 year old grandson of Lucas and although born of two vampires, he is human. His birth has led the Acelades to believe that an ancient prophecy will be fulfilled. They seek to kidnap Alex to be a mate for Scarlet the granddaughter of Benedict, the head of the Acelades family. To make matters worse, Alex has no idea that his family is a powerful vampire clan. Grace’s assignment is to keep Alex safe and unaware of his true identity until he reaches the age of 18. As Grace protects Alex, their relationship blurs. Grace begins to wonder if she can keep Alex safe from the Acelades and if they can be kept safe from each other?

Love, vampires, horror, and mystery; all the makings of some great tales, my friends!

Jessica Cartwright is a Woman in Horror!



Friday, March 23, 2012


V.M.K. Fewings is a great spinner of Vampire Tales! The Stone Masters Vampire Series, available on Amazon, is quite a deal. Many of these great novels this young lady has written are available for .99cents. Unbelievable! A great bargain for stories around three hundred pages long. Her Facebook author page is very interesting and will keep you up to date with what's happening with her and her novels. Her website has a link directing you to Dark Media City where there is a fantastic interview of her in Dark Media Magazine.

A bio in her own words, along with words of praise:

VMK Fewings is a British novelist living in California. She is the author of the Stone Masters Vampire Series. Her third novel, Stone Masters: A Vampire's Dominion, will be released by ZOVA Books in the Fall of 2011.
Fewings has travelled extensively throughout the world while serving as an Officer in the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps. She is currently co-authoring a romantic comedy novel with plans to return to her popular vampire series to pen the fourth installment.
Stone Masters Volume 1: A Vampire's Rise - 2011
Stone Masters Volume 2: A Vampire's Reckoning - 2011
Stone Masters Volume 3: A Vampire's Dominion - 2011
Visit the VMK Fewings Facebook Page for more info and updates.
Praise for The Stone Masters Vampire Series
"This is one of the best novels of the undead that I've read in ages ...It's elegantly and impressively written, and the author weaves her compelling tale back and forth between the centuries as effortlessly as a vampire steals a kiss."
Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Author of Bloodshift
"In Stone Masters: A Vampire's Reckoning, V. M. K. Fewings pulls off a literary trick that should not have been possible: making us genuinely care about vampires in two wildly different time periods. The fact that she does so with flair, assurance, true terror and a depth of emotion makes this novel even more of a delight to read. If you like vampires, don't miss it!"
Joel A. Sutherland
Author of Frozen Blood
"...darkly gothic... psychological overtones as masterful as those in The Da Vinci Code... marking the arrival of a unique new voice in this mesmerizing genre."
Ellen Tanner Marsh
New York Times Best Selling Author
"...This book is a memorable book, one not to quickly push away, as it reveals the intentions that lie within our own hearts. William Blake perhaps sums it up best: The Desire of Man being Infinite, the possession is Infinite, and himself Infinite. This is what Fewings is asking of her readers, to make themselves infinite."
Up The Staircase
"The story is captivating and a fresh take on the Vampire lore, told by a master of her craft. This is a great read for any fans of secret societies and vampires! I highly recommend Stone Masters: A Vampire's Reckoning."
Sidhe Vicious

A little blip about A Vampire's Rise: The Stone Masters Vampire Series:

Daumia Velde will be paying for his brother's death for the rest of his life. Not because he is guilty, but because those who are guilty need a scapegoat. Daumia would be dead himself were it not for the assistance of Sunaria, a mysterious woman appearing in the nick of time from the ghostly night of the graveyard. After years of serving the corrupt Roelle at his ranch in Spain, Daumia at last begins to think of his freedom - of paying back the men who accused him and finding a way to rise in the world. What he cannot foresee is the extent of his danger or the depth of the depravity of those who would hide their own crimes behind his ignorance. Freeing himself from their deceptions may take more than Daumia is prepared to give. It may, in fact, require his very life. In this sweeping saga of betrayal and corruption in 15th century Spain, VMK Fewings introduces us to her epic Stone Masters Vampire Series. This is the story of the man who would become one of the most powerful vampires in history. Behind the legendary Orpheus is the history of a conflicted man fighting for his place in the world - and before that, a young boy who was not meant to survive the graveyard.

Beyond a doubt, V.M.K. Fewings is a Woman in Horror!


Thursday, March 22, 2012


I read a fascinating piece on Siren's Call Publications that Julianne Snow wrote about the Bermuda Triangle. Good stuff. It made me dig and I found Days With The Undead: Part One. One good thing often times can lead to another. This is her first full length novel. It is very good.

Sometimes we find great authors through publications such as Sirens Call Publications, Dark Media Magazine and such. I love when authors get noticed and can go on to even more fame.

Below is a little bio in Julianne's own words:

It was while watching Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the tender age of 6 that solidified Julianne’s respect of the Undead. Since that day, she has been preparing herself for the (inevitable) Zombie Apocalypse. While classically trained in all of the ways to defend herself, she took up writing in order to process the desire she now covets; to bestow a second and final death upon the Undead. As the only girl growing up in a family with four children in the Canadian countryside, Julianne needed some form of escape. Her choice was the imaginations of others which only fostered the vibrancy of her own.
The horror and forensic/crime thriller genres top her list of favourites, but she can never turn down a good science fiction, fantasy or mystery read.
Julianne appears in the anthology Women of the Living Dead with a story entitled The Living Dead at Penderghast Manor. Look for her short stories in future anthologies.
Days with the Undead: Book One is her first full-length book, the basis of which can be found in her popular web serial of the same name.

Book bio:

It’s a journal of survival.

Five people set out to escape the growing tide of the Undead after they arose too close to home. Immerse yourself in the emotional and physical struggle as you join our survivors on the third day after the re-awakening of Brooks VanReit, as they are recorded from the point of view of Julie, a former pathologist and part-time survivalist. Each entry is geared toward helping those who want to help themselves and maybe give a few that don’t a swift kick in the ass.

Join our group of survivors on their journey through these Days with the Undead.

I added this in too. Yes, I'm late for the beginning of the tour, but there is still time to latch on to plenty more. If you don't: I know where you live.

Days with the Undead Blog Tour

All of the dates and links to the blogs for my upcoming book tour! I hope you’ll check each stop out!

March 10 - Colin Barnes - For The Love of Horror
March 11 - Nina D’Arcangela - An Interview
March 12 – Angela Brown - How Easy is it to Write Unease?
March 13 - Shah Wharton - An Interview
March 14 - Kristine Morton - Could You Really Kill a Zombie? and Giveaway
March 15 - Tonya Moore - My Addiction to Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
March 16 - Jason McKinney - Guest Post
March 17 – Zane Bradey – Guest Post
March 18 - Caityln Downs - Interview
March 19 - Kate Monroe - Guest Post
March 20 - William Butler - Guest Post
March 21 - Kriss Morton - Interview and Giveaway continues
March 22 -April Denton - Guest Post
March 23 - Dana Wright - Guest Post, Book Review and Giveaway
March 24 - Erin O’Riordan - Guest Post and Giveaway
March 25 - Coral Russell - Guest Post
March 26 - Coral Moore - Interview
March 27 – Jeremy Hawkins – Interview
March 28 - Kriss Morton - Review and Giveaway ends
March 29 - Nikki McCarver - Guest Post and Giveaway
March 30 – Ami Hendrickson – Interview
March 31 – David Fuller - To Be Announced
April 1 - Jim Mcleod - Guest Post and Interview
April 2 – Jack Wallen – Interview
April 3 – Wolf Scott – Guest Post
April 4 – Kathy Reinhart – Interview
April 5 – Sirens Call Publications - Guest Post
April 6 – Lee Allen Howard – Guest Post
April 7 – Joseph Pinto – Guest Post
April 8 –Julianne Snow – Interview and Giveaway
April 10 – Keelan Foley – Guest Post
April 11 – Heather Powers – Guest Post
April 12 - Kalla Monahan - Guest Post
April 13 – Erebus Horror – Interview and Review
April 16 – Oliver Writers League – Interview

Julianne Snow is a Woman in Horror!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Billie Sue Mosiman is quite a prolific writer. She is also highly skilled at the craft and writes compelling horror. To receive Edgar Award Nominations AND Bram Stoker Award Nominations says a lot. She is such a dynamic person as well, all over Facebook, supporting other authors, spreading cheer, and handing out great advice. Speaking of advice, go to her blog and garner valuable tidbits amongst the great interviews she conducts over there. Her words of wit concerning Amazon and Kindle should be read by all writers. I was going to add some other auto-biographical information here, but Billie Sue did such a great job on her Amazon page that I brought it over here for you to enjoy.

I am a thriller, suspense, and horror novelist, a short fiction writer, and a lover of words. In a diary when I was thirteen years old I wrote, "I want to grow up to be a writer." It seems that was always my course. My books have been published since 1984 and two of them received an Edgar Award Nomination for best novel and a Bram Stoker Award Nomination for most superior novel. I've been represented by the William Morris Agency, belonged to many professional writing organizations, and wrote columns and reviews in magazines. I have been a regular contributor to a myriad of anthologies and magazines, with more than 150 short stories published. My work has been in such diverse publications as Horror Show Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. I have one collection of my short stories called DARK MATTER in hardcover and several e-book collections. For a while I taught writing for Writer's Digest and for AOL online, and gave writing workshops locally in Texas.
Once I was on a panel in Austin, Texas at a book conference where the then First Lady of Texas, Laura Bush, attended and later had me sign my book for her. She, of course, became the nation's First Lady.
I was born in Alabama and live now in Texas on a small ranch.
My work has been predominately suspense thrillers, but I also wrote a western historical, a trilogy of vampire novels, a travel memoir, and, of course, many short stories. My latest novel is BANISHED, a dark fantasy horror novel involving fallen angels. Most of my work has been made available at for the e-book reader, including my Stoker-nominated novel, WIDOW, and my Edgar-nominated novel, NIGHT CRUISING.
I love to read (especially on my Kindle), paint, take photographs, and travel. I can name two inspiring persons in my life. One was my grandmother, Naomi, who by simply loving me unconditionally gave me faith in myself--and, every day and forever, my husband, who has lived this adventure with me.
Because of my love of storytelling, I've been fortunate enough to make a lifelong investment in writing stories and novels.
News of my e-book publications can be found at:

A little bit about her great book Banished:

Ed Gorman, award winning author of BAD MOON RISING, says: "Banished by Billie Sue Mosiman is one of the most provocative and compelling fantasies I've read in a long time. Storytelling that is both page-turning and stunning." When the Queen of the Fallen Angels came to earth again she took the dead body of a ten-year-old native girl on an island. It was the 1200s and life was primitive, but Angelique managed to rule the people for two hundred years until Columbus arrived. Escaping her island home, the little angel with her malevolent intent, wandered through the world using humans to do her biding as her parents and guardians. Then she brought down Nisroc, an angel she trusted to be her partner and helpmate. The problem was, Nisroc wasn't like Angelique. Nisroc learned to love. And he had to flee from his life with the terrible child before he lost what soul he had left.

If this sounds like a great read, well, it's because it is. Visit Amazon and look at the ton of other books she has!

Billie Sue Mosiman is a Woman in Horror!


Monday, March 19, 2012


Linda M. Lovecraft is a fascinating lady who lives, eats, and breathes horror. I've known her for a while now and can't say that I totally understand the complexities of the lady, but that is definitely a good thing. Mystery is quite the allure.

She has three short stories and a poem in several anthologies, but she will get more out soon, and when she does, they will be as good as her short story Mouretta in the I Believe In Werewolves anthology. This is a story of receiving the gift of power: a gift enabling a woman to shed the shacles of abuse and rid herself of her past. I think it is great when an author is able to reach deep within her soul, remove the bad, and leave the good inside. Linda does this so well.

In addition to being a very talented writer, Linda is the copy editor for Netbound Publishing, no small task, what with the great publications coming out from this small Indie Press. Mikel keeps her busy!

Linda is shy about her picture being shown, so I haven't put one up here. Visit her Facebook page and get more tid-bits about my fascinating friend, and maybe she'll let you see some pictures there.

Linda M. Lovecraft is a Woman in Horror!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Trina M. Lee writes in a style that says: FLOW, FLOW, FLOW. This is my kind of writing. There are no jerky sentences connected by mere periods. This talented author knows how to use all the tricks of the trade. She has studied the craft. Go to Amazon and read the free sample section and you'll see what I mean. Colons, semi-colons, and commas are used to blend everything together to provide a rich reading experience.

As literary as her writings are, they are also, dark, gritty, and violent. Her paranormal fiction blends eroticism and horror well. Vampires and werewolves are her world. As long as we have writers like her, don't tell me these grand monsters are on the way out.

Ms. Lee combines horror, eroticism and violence in one heady concoction that has me wanting more."

"A delicious walk to the really dark and wild side. If you think the current trend of romantic urban fantasy is too sanitized ... vampires who won't drink blood & werewolves who won't eat meat, take a look at this one."

"Lee beautifully explores the dual-sided nature of Alexa's existence as a werewolf." --Bitten By Books

A description of Once Bitten follows:

Alexa O'Brien has never been like other people. A deadly assassin, she is a werewolf with extraordinary power. Power that fiercely draws her to Arys, a mysterious vampire who awakens her dark side. What they create together is dangerous and binding, forcing her to question the source of her abilities. She risks losing her remaining humanity as well as the one man she dares to love.

When Alexa's womanizing former lover and pack Alpha is framed for murder, he turns to her for help. She would like nothing more than to watch karma at work but as the body count rises, long buried secrets are exposed. Alexa is forced to face the painful truth that not everyone is who she thinks they are. Not even her.

The really good news is that there are four novels in the Huntress series of which Once Bitten is the first.
Buy Trina's great books! She has a lot to offer! Her blog and website are superb, too!

Trina M. Lee is a Woman in Horror!


Thursday, March 15, 2012


Eva Layne is a most remarkable lady. She'll probably be angry at me for posting this, saying there are so many other women more deserving than her to be a Woman in Horror, but I have to say she is most deserving. She started up Dark Media City, a website having 66 groups, 3903 members, a chat availability, advertising for those who wish it, and a blog section where members can post blogs. Some people don't have a website of their own and take advantage of Eva's generosity. Perfect!

I looked around the net looking for the perfect way for me to extol the virtues of horror and the people involved with writing and the other crafts. Nothing else came close, and Eva has me me feel right at home here. Thank you Eva!

The groups encompass new and old TV shows, Press groups, Vampire groups, Paranormal groups, etc. You get the picture.

And now boys and girls, Eva has outdone herself with Dark Media Magazine, which encompasses arts, literature, and so much more. It is very professionally done.

Her love for everything horror is Tes Cool to the max. How she oversees all this is beyond me, but she does a fine job.

Drop over to the site and check it out and tell Eva that Blaze sent you. You'll thank me. I guarantee it!

Eva Layne is a Woman in Horror!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Autumn Christian does not write in a conventional style. In fact, nothing about Autumn is conventional. And you know what? That's a good thing. I hope she never changes. Go to Amazon and read a free offering of the beginning of her novel The Crooked God Machine. This is some great writing!

Her website is fascinating! Read this one snippet I stole from her piece titled Quiet little rebellion: women in horror. Does this not fit the Woman in Horror theme?

Nobody owns your writing but you. As women we’re taught to be caring, kind and think of our own feelings as secondary. We’re rarely allowed moments of peace, moments to think only of ourselves. And despite how we think we’ve escaped the 1950s idea of the woman as servant, it’s still imbued in us and imbued in our culture. It’s why anorexia is seen as a woman’s disease, because we feel quiet, restrained, as if we have no power. And a way to gain back that power is to impress it upon our own bodies. Writing is the same sort of power. In that moment of writing, you are untouchable. 

What a great little tidbit!

Autumn Christian is a horror writer who lives in the dark woods of the southern United States with poisonous blue flowers in her backyard and a set of polished cow skulls on her mantel.

She's been a freelance writer, an iPhone game designer, a cheese producer, a haunted house actor, and a video game tester. She considers Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Katie Jane Garside, the southern gothic, and dubstep as main sources of inspiration.

Look at the great authors who have inspired her! Stay away from her flowers, though!

Below is a piece about her novel The Crooked God Machine.

The Crooked God Machine is a dystopian horror novel by Autumn Christian.

Charles lives on the black planet, a place where plague machines terrorize citizens with swarms of locusts and rivers of blood, salesmen sell sleep in the form of brain implants, and God appears on the television every night to warn of the upcoming apocalypse. When Charles meets Leda, a woman who claims to have escaped from hell, he begins to suspect that the black planet is not at all what it appears to be. After Leda disappears, Charles sets out to find her with help from his stripper ex-girlfriend, the deadhead Jeanine. Along the way he will uncover the truth of the origins of the black planet, and discover the source of the mysterious voice that calls to Leda from the ocean waves.

Okay: we have great writing talents, a go-get-them attitude, and love for the craft. this means Autumn Christian is a Woman in Horror!

Buy her books!


Saturday, March 10, 2012


Raven Bower writes some great tales of horror.She calls it supernatural suspense, but I suspect she's being much too modest. HORROR. Yes, that's what she writes. If you visit her site, you will see that not only does she write horror, but she is getting involved in the movie world as well. Of course, she also is doing scripts. A lot of work, but she's up to the task! I also know she has an interest in Voodoo, and I told her a while back that I would be writing something in the sub-genre. Perchance she will do some Voodoo scripts and Voodoo novels. I know she can do it!

Raven and Lain Bower are a wife and husband team. They live in North West Michigan with their four kids, two Hell Hounds and alien doom cat. When not occupied with the aforementioned minions or writing, they enjoy creating worlds, gaming, reading, target shooting and gardening.
Raven is the author of the Bailey Khane supernatural suspense series - Apparitions, Wendigo and Rags Beneath (spring 2012). Apparitions, is currently under production as a feature film.
Raven & Lain's urban fantasy novel, Primal, is due for release in summer 2012.

Below is a storry teaser about Wendigo:

Shunned by the man she loves Bailey Khane seeks solitude in the wilds to mend her heart. But her vacation is disrupted when an evil entity is mistakenly released by an ancient spell. As it gorges itself on the citizens of Whisper, Bailey struggles to find the knowledge and courage to defeat it before she too ends up on the menu.

Don't you just love spells and evil entities? I do!

Raven Bower is a Woman in Horror!


Friday, March 9, 2012


D. R. Cartwright writes great horror and does some wonderful doodles. Her great book Son Of Jack is on Amazon. If you like Jack the Ripper like tales, this is your cup of tea. I stole this bio from her site:

I am, at present, a 31 year old woman, with a husband and a big fat fluffy Persian cat with a face so flat it looks like she's run face first into a wall (bless her little cotton socks). I have a love for music - anything from classical to heavy metal - a love for films, a love of books, a love of art - and a love for writing.

Professionally I work for an internet retail company, working in marketing, copywriting and designing. Unprofessionally I'm a writer and an artist (you can check out some of my doodles on the 'Doodles of a writer' page)

I've considered myself a writer since the age of ten (thereabouts) when I wrote my first fantasy novel. It was 76 pages long and fully illustrated. And when that was completed I moved on to the next. I now have 15 novels written - ranging from horror, thriller and fantasy - and many more short horror stories. However, it hasn't been until recent years and since joining the North Herts Writers' Circle (NHWC) that I feel my style has improved. I now have a new found confidence in my work, have a thriller, 'Son of Jack', published on Amazon, and will be continuing the hunt for a publishing agent for my fantasy series. Watch this space to see if I'm successful or not . . .

In the meantime, enjoy my blog. The intitial idea was to create a place where I could publish the random pieces of flash fiction written as exercises for our writers' circle, but it's evolved since then. Now you also get to read some of my thoughts and discoveries in the world of writing - and the world of fantasy art with 'Pic of the Week!'. I hope that some of the posts prove useful and interesting to other aspiring writers.

Happy following . . .

Promo for Son Of Jack:

In a society shadowed by the fear of a dark serial killer - a man whose horrific similarities mirror those of Jack the Ripper, and a man society can only refer to as 'Son of Jack' - four strangers live with the same fear yet find themselves affected in very different ways, taking them down their own dark path of self-destruction . . . and murder.

A great review from Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars Thumping Good Read, 10 Feb 2012
Mr. Martin Willoughby (Stevenage, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Son of Jack (Kindle Edition)
There are four characters, whose stories are told side by side. Could one of them be the 'Son of Jack'.

As odd as I think it sounds when reviewing a gruesome/chilling book like this, I did enjoy it. The author knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you turning the apge, wanting to know more.

The climaxes of the four stories are at turns heart-rending, chilling and frightening for all four characters.

If you like thrillers, you'll like this one.

The other reviews on Amazon are also Five Stars.

Visit DRC(as she prefers to be called)on her site and read her tales. You won't be sorry. check out the wonderful art she shares there also. You'll love it. D.R. Cartwright is a Woman in Horror!


Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Quinn Cullen was very gracious in allowing me to be her first interview on her blog. I'm hoping you good folks will go over, read the interview, find out some new things about me, and see what Quinn has to offer. I think you'll be happy.


Saturday, March 3, 2012


Emerian Rich is a very interesting lady. Go to her site and listen to some of her podcasts. I am sooo jealous! I want to do podcasts, but I have a bad stutter. Podcasts work great for Emerian, though. She has the perfect voice for it.

Some of her works include: Nights Knights: A Vampire Tale; Dusk's Warriors( her podio novel ); Sweet Dreams-a musical romance; Pieces Of Eight: Autism Acceptance Benefit Issue; and Podthology: The Pod complex. Quite a nice assortment!

Her bio in her own words:
Emerian Rich was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1973, the only child of pastors. She lived in thirty-two different places by the time she graduated high school. With no siblings and no consistent peer relationships, the pen became an integral part of her life, granting her an inexpensive pastime that she could take with her anywhere. The characters in her stories became her friends and her journal, her only continuous confidant.

Emerian graduated The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, California in 1993 with an A.A. in Visual Presentation and Space Design. She has been a consultant on window design, store merchandising, web design projects, company logos, and newsletter production.

Emerian began her non-profit zine, Dark Lives, in 1997. Her goal was to give unpublished talent in the horror genre a place to have their work published and enjoyed. Originally began as a paper publication, Dark Lives became exclusively a webzine in 2002. officially closed it's doors at the end of 2007.

Emerian has been a part of many social and business groups including: The Katz (Supernatural Investigators), Pagans at the Workplace (Diversity Events), Bring Your Child To Work Day Organizers, The Burning Times Awareness Group, Netkatz (Webmasters), among others. She is also an active volunteer for the following causes: Clean The Beach Days, Earth Day, Oil Clean Up Education, Service to Elders, Children's Day Camp, Community Support for Abused Children, and Activities for the Developmentally Disabled. Currently, she is a proud member of the Quills Literary Group and The MH Tea Society.

She has also written under the names: Emerian Mordrige, E. Mordrige, Emmy Z. Madrigal and Emz.

Emerian lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. She is seeking publication of her Current Projects.

Below is a brief description of Night's Knights: A Vampire Tale

Vampires on a quest for knowledge attempt to create the perfect offspring, but from the shadows an even more demonic evil threatens their immortality. Markham is a simple Irish immigrant striving for the American dream in 1860 when coach robbers cause his untimely death. Severina is an exotic beauty from the jungles of Brazil whose family is brutally murdered by the same man she later calls lover. Julien is a knight who serves as guardian angel to his family but has no clue about his predestined fate. Will a powerful mortal named Jespa be the one to save them all?

I don't think there's any doubt that Emerian Rich is a Woman in Horror!


Friday, March 2, 2012


Elizabeth J. Kolodziej is writing some pretty fantastic tales of horror. I first became acquainted with her when we both were included in the I Believe In Werewolves anthology put out by Netbound Publishing. She wrote the chilling tale The Hunger Within. Now she is involved in so many things, her latest big endeavor being The Last Witch Series. Her novels Vampyre Kisses and Werewolf Descent are some of her great works. Like a number of other authors, she decided to change publishers and is actively doing her own great books now. She's going like gang-busters, so it's working for her.



Vampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who was content with her life, but deep down craved more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her life and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more surprised to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind.
Faith finds out that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere. Especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty.
Now surrounded by a world full of mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems?

I suppose I could put up one great review after another here, but if you go to Elizabeth's great site, you will find a bunch of them there and updates as to what's going on in her little fun world of horror.

Elizabeth J. Kolodziej is a Woman in Horror!