Sunday, May 27, 2012


I love this little tale of side-show horror. Carnival Freak by Billie Sue Mosiman is a great read! Below is a book description.

They came to see the freak show, but afterwards were offered a special showing for the price of one more admission. They were promised they could look upon The Freak of All Freaks, a monstrosity rarely seen by man.

Five of them dared to take the tour. All of them were hiding dark secrets.

One of them possessed the worst secret of all and wished she had left when she had the chance.

 My review is below:

5.0 out of 5 stars Carnival Freak by Billie Sue Mosiman is Side Show Horror At Its Best!, May 27, 2012
This review is from: CARNIVAL FREAK (Kindle Edition)
The carnival crowd was happy, yet there was more: but only for the special few. Five brave souls paid another admission to see the freak to end all freaks. Good for the carnival; not so good for the patrons. Carnival Freak by Bram Stoker nominated author Billie Sue Mosiman is one eerie tale of horror sure to grab at goose bump central. Read it before bed, but not if you're alone. Just warning you. Hee, hee!

This tale is blazing good!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012


I love this gritty, psychological tale of horror. Best part? There is more to come!

Book description:

Caleb Talbot escaped from prison during a riot. After fleeing the facility, Caleb lived peacefully hidden away on a farm in Nebraska. Until law enforcement discovered the escapee that had been presumed dead, was very much alive. Warden Hahn of the Kansas State Penitentiary enlisted the aid of Officer Michael Quincy and his canine partner to find the escapee and return him to prison where he belongs. Caleb Talbot discovered law enforcement was on his tail, and quickly devised a plan to retain his freedom. The kidnapping of a woman was the beginning of Caleb's heartless murder spree. Michael soon realized the man he had been hired to capture, had a disturbing past lined with brutality and bloodshed. He also knew Talbot has little regard for human life. Can Michael and his canine partner Sasha bring the madman to justice? Or will they be just another name on Caleb's ever growing list of heinous murder victims?

My review:

5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Of A Madman Evil Unleashed- Mind Boggling!, May 23, 2012
This review is from: Mind of a Madman Evil Unleashed (Paperback)
Mind Of A Madman Evil Unleashed by V. J. Bowen definitely plays games with your head as it allows you to get inside the mind of a deranged, homicidal maniac bent on revenge for any perceived injustice done to him. Whether the foe be real or imagined, human or animal, it doesn't matter. Caleb delivers his own brand of justice. The poor policemen and police dog forced to track him across state lines after he escapes from prison are driven to the brink of psychological breakdown themselves as they fight the clock to stop Caleb before he strikes again. And he will strike again if given the chance: the pain in his mind is too strong to hold back.

This story ends in a cliff-hanger! So, it means a reader MUST continue! That is not a problem since there is the next novel ready to read. And read it I will!

This is a great story! I can hardly wait to read the next one!


Monday, May 21, 2012


This is a very short tale by Jo-Anne Russell, but don't think there's not a lot of story here. It is really good!

Book Description:

When a young pregnant teen goes to the beach side to think, she gets more than she bargains for when a stranger offers to help. By the time she realizes the danger she is in it may be too late.

Book reviews(I'm Robert Nelson):

Review by: Robert Nelson on May 21, 2012 : star star star star star (Remove)
Turning Of The Tides by Jo-Anne Russell is a charming story that completely changed from beginning to end: very pleasantly so. As with all short stories, there is a decided punch at the end that hits you in your gut! I love that feeling! I am certainly a fan of Jo-Anne Russell now!
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Review by: Jackie Williams on May 19, 2012 : star star star star
I enjoyed this story. It's not very long, but it packs a punch. Well written with a nice flow.
Beware what lurks in the ocean.
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Review by: Mark Stewart on May 16, 2012 : star star star star star
A well written short story that kept me reading.
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Sunday, May 20, 2012


Monstrous transplants. Appalling amputations. Bizarre implants. Nightmarish forms of body enhancements. Disturbing, perverse, often gut-wrenching stories--all between the covers of this anthology. Here are 20 tales by some of today's best horror, suspense, and science fiction writers, including Graham Masterton, John Shirley, Scott Nicholson, Michael Laimo, Lisa Mannetti, L.L. Soares, Armand Rosamilia, Aaron J. French, Christopher Nadeau, Michael Bailey, Adrienne Jones, Charles Colyott, J. Gregory Smith, Michael Louis Calvillo, Jezzy Wolfe, Jonathan Templar, P.I. Barrington, Elliott Capon, Rob M. Miller, and Weldon Burge. The stories are not for those who are faint of heart or squeamish, or who are easily offended by nasty language, bloody violence, and freakish body augmentations. You've been warned!

My review for this great anthology is below.

5.0 out of 5 stars Zippered Flesh: Tales Of Body Enhancements Gone Bad! Will Make You Look At Surgeons In a Whole Different Light, May 20, 2012
This review is from: Zippered Flesh: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad! (Kindle Edition)
Zippered Flesh: Tales Of Body Enhancements Gone Bad! has twenty eclectic tales of horror guaranteed to satisfy all lovers of horror. Sure, as with any anthology, you will find some of the tales more to your liking than the others, but we all have different tastes and certain things jump out at us more. My favorite stories were by Lisa Mannetti, Graham Masterton, Armand Rosamilia, and Weldon Burge. The other stories were much to my liking, as well, but "creepy is as creepy feels" and I was creeped by these tales the most. Weldon Burge's hearing aid tale was funny in places, but my ear felt strange for a while after reading it, and picturing Armand Rosamilia creeping about in heels freaked me out!

This anthology will not let you down!


Saturday, May 19, 2012


Paul D. Dail is quite the guy. I regularly visit his blog for a little friendly banter and to find some great new authors and some who have been around for a while as well. Paul seems to have an interesting bunch of folk commenting  and there are always some very interesting facts brought to the surface.

Paul D. Dail

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Paul D. Dail is the author of The Imaginings, a supernatural/horror novel, as well as several other projects in the works. While he will quickly tell you that the people he has met in the many places that he has traveled have been the best schooling he could get, Paul received his formal education in English with a Creative Writing emphasis at the University of Montana, Missoula.
In addition to his fiction, he has had a non-fiction submission published in The Sun magazine's Reader's Write section entitled, "Slowing Down."
Currently Paul lives in southern Utah, amid the red rock, sagebrush and pinion junipers, with his wife and two daughters. He teaches Language Arts and Creative Writing at Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts.
For more about Paul D. Dail, please visit his blog, A horror writer's not necessarily horrific blog
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Book description for The Imaginings

“never disregard your imaginings”

Three years after his brother Peter’s suicide, David Blithe is still haunted by this cryptic message found scrawled on a piece of newspaper in his brother’s apartment. David can only believe that Peter must have gone insane… until the supernatural being that pushed his brother to his death finds David in Colorado. The encounter nearly kills him. Badly scarred, in a fight for his soul and his sanity, he escapes into the mountains.

Three months later, David collapses in the Montana cabin of Dr. Robert Marrick, his wife, and their teenage daughter, Jeannie. Something more than just coincidence seems to have driven David to the Marrick cabin, something that seems to revolve around the girl, but in the ensuing chaos, will he be able to save Jeannie’s life without losing his own?

The Imaginings takes the reader into a world where the questions of “right” and “wrong” aren’t so easily defined, locking David and Jeannie in battle with an evil that threatens not only their lives but ultimately all of humanity.

Approximately 125,000 words.

Here are some reviews I pulled from Amazon.

5.0 out of 5 stars Must read! Even if you don't like horror., February 21, 2012
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This review is from: The Imaginings (Kindle Edition)
Horror is not ordinarily a genre I would read but couldn't stop reading this book. The characters have great depth. The author also gives detailed descriptions without being too wordy. I was so swept up by the story that I often thought I was there. I highly recommend this book. It would also generate a great discussion for any book club. I look forward to what Paul Dail will be writing next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars With the weight of a demon on his back...a wicked tale of possession, January 16, 2012
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The Imaginings starts out with a bang in a great visually terrifying first chapter when we're introduced to the main character's brother and a demon. When the demon later possesses David, and he, as the protagonist, begins a long painful journey of wandering through several states. He doesn't want harm to come to anyone if the demon feels the urge to rear its ugly head. But he can't stay completely away from humankind and never fail runs into someone along the way. A young girl whose parents met an unfortunate end during an encounter with the demon has telepathic visions of David throughout her life until she ultimately meets up with him again. I read this in an afternoon. The demon is like a horrific version of the baggage we all carry through life. I liked how the author made the demon emerge like a surge of emotion we've all experienced at one point or other. The book is well done and an enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One hell of a ride through classic themes of good/evil and the battle each of us undergoes to support one and fight the other, January 13, 2012
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So here we are, holiday week, Christmas is coming to my household, and what am I bringing you for Book Review Tuesday fare? Why, creepy, scary, horror of course! (teehee)

Actually, there's probably some interesting psychological analysis there - most people read horror for the same reason they read science fiction or fantasy/supernatural stuff: the escape. And what better time to escape than the holiday season? I don't know about you, but I'm beat - decorating, shopping, cards, gifts, parties are all great things, but the sheer volume sometimes overwhelms me. Especially since this year I'm doing it all while we are in the process of settling into New House (hooray for New House!)...

Eek, she said!

So a little vacation from reality isn't a bad thing just now. Although, quite honestly, I don't really want to vacation TO author Paul Dail's worlds so much as vacation THROUGH them... Because seriously, holy cow, I don't want to spend any more than reading-time in a world where pure evil runs rampant through the bodies of "regular" (well, sort of) people the way water runs rampantly downhill!

The Imaginings is a great example of the traditional horror story. It scares you from page one on, builds and releases and builds and releases the tension until you think you're going to explode, and then culminates in a grand "is it REALLY over" moment or two before the words run out... (and yes, I intentionally didn't say "before the end" - because in the manner of all great scary-story writers, this one leaves you wondering if the end is really upon you.

The story starts out with a suicide and things only get messier from there. In the wake of said suicide (his brother), David Blithe is trying to understand exactly what happened and what the rather cryptic last words about not disregarding your imaginings might mean. Well, let's just say that all too soon he finds out - and the manner in which he does is a unique mixture of Lovecraft and King that I found appalling and impossible to stop reading all at the same time. David is an entirely believable (and immensely likable and sympathetic) character, as is his unwitting counterpart (Antithesis? Nemesis? Victim? Ally? Friend? All of the above?) Jeannie, the girl who becomes integrally (and extraordinarily) entangled in David's mess after a spectacularly unexpected and violent interlude early on in the story.

The Imaginings explores classic themes of good and evil and the battle each of us undergoes to support the one and fight the other. There are plenty of psychological thrills and chills (the kind of horror I prefer because my own imaginings, driven by an author's words/images, are usually creepier/scarier to me than anything the author could have come up with on their own since my head knows what freaks me out the most) to accompany some truly graphic and disturbing physical ones (the kind of horror I do not prefer because it grosses me out but that I understand is often a necessary component of the psycho scary stuff).

The epic battle plays out in unique ways and the outcomes are satisfying while still leaving some wiggle room for your own mind to wonder what might happen next. There's been a lot of talk about the ending and whether the dual perspectives are too much or not. Personally, I liked it. Then again, I love perspective shifts - think they give extra dimension/depth and interesting new thought-provoking-ness to a story.

If you're looking for a hell of a thrill ride, this is one you won't want to miss. Oh, and the author is a pretty cool guy too, so his website ( is also worth a visit every now and then. :)

That should give you a pretty good idea of the kind of writer Paul is. He is new to the craft, but he writes well and has a great future ahead of him. I suggest you read his books and visit his blog. You're in for a treat!


Friday, May 18, 2012


My review for this wonderful tale of paranormal/romance/fantasy/magic and more is listed below. This is a great read!

5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Incantations: Enticed Is Supernatural At It's Best!, May 18, 2012
This review is from: Charming Incantations: Enticed (Kindle Edition)
Charming Incantations: Enticed by Monique Snyman is one super novel! This young lady combines humans, werewolves, vampires, shape-shifters, witches, and banshees against the Evil that is the Goblins. I love how the heroine accepts her role as the Human Representative on the Supernatural Council without even knowing this was a responsibility she would one day embrace. Monique creates such a warm feeling of romance, fantasy, and magic. Look at the fantastic cover, get the warm fuzzies from viewing it, and then wham!: prepare for the peace to end throughout this great tale when the good life must fight evil. Ah, but Monique does return to the softer side often enough to balance the horror with warmth.

Not only is the story line fantastic, the author's writing style flows with well crafted prose, bordering on poetic styling. My kind of writing.

Buy this great book! You won't be sorry!

Thursday, May 17, 2012



I had the privilege of reading this great book a while back and fell in love with it. Bear in mind that I love Jazz and am very interested in the time period this story takes place in. However, the tale is told so well, coming across as a most believable story. In fact, the reality factor is such that one might think it is autobiographical. However, Samantha is a young lady and dug this tale out from where the great writing comes: the soul.

And now, it is here! For only .99cents, you can fall in love with Samantha's writing the way I did.

This is a dark book, one that has no monsters hiding behind trees or waiting to swoop down on you from the skies above. The horror here is the worst kind: horror within the soul.

Below is a book description and a review I took from Amazon.

Set against the jazz -ridden backdrop of the 1920’s, amidst the underground world of New York City burlesque, young Nadine Frost is a dancer and free spirit who thrives at the side of her club-owner boyfriend. With the sudden and debilitating crash of the stock market in 1929, and the brutal murder of her lover and manager, Nadine is forced to travel to New Orleans where she becomes “Miss Naddy”, prostitute and mistress of the old French Quarter. In the throes of The Great Depression, Nadine finds herself in a world of boot-leg liquor, sex, murder, and betrayal. With the company of the other “Showgirls,” four women with their own haunted pasts, Nadine must forge a new life in the brothel on Royal Street. Amery House is the story of five women, prostitutes and performers, who yearn to escape the dark, underground world of the sex trade. From New York City to New Orleans, this haunting tale asks how far you have to go to outrun the ghosts of your past.

 Four Stars!

Good read May 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Amery House by Samantha J. Moore is a story of five women who were forced into a life of prostitution for various reasons in the beginning of the 1930's. They find themselves living in a brothel in the French Quarter in New Orleans, and it is in this insular location where most of the novella takes place. Being from New Orleans, I am always both hesitant and curious to see stories set here, but Moore was able to weave a believable story. I could easily picture the house she described and the corrupt cops and gangsters of the time period.

These are interesting characters and Moore makes a point to tell the story of each one, and to emphasize their humanity and their will to live no matter what the costs. Amery House explores the various cruelties that can be committed against people, and what they do in response. This is not a happy redemptive tale, and I think it is stronger because of it. Overall, it was an interesting quick read. 
 Read this great book! Feel the horrors hidden within! 


Monday, May 14, 2012


I love this little short story by Dina Rae! Read my review below, and you'll see why!

5.0 out of 5 stars Be Paranoid Be Prepared-The Ultimate Prepper Tale!, May 13, 2012
This review is from: Be Paranoid Be Prepared (Kindle Edition)
I love this little short by Dina Rae! Be Paranoid Be Prepared tells us what to look out for in this world of uncertainty: hinting that perhaps the crap will hit the fan sooner than we wish. The author takes us on a behind the scenes adventure in a strip club gone crazy with great visuals, leading us along a path that James Bond would love to traverse. The way this story starts in the past, combining real life horror with present world conditions makes me want to read the next installment. NOW!

Great read for a super price!


Monday, May 7, 2012


Valerie Bowen is one of my ladies in my Woman in Horror series, and she's back with more terror. Gotta love it! I am currently reading Mind Of A Madman-Book 1 and loving it. Below is a short description of her great book:

Caleb Talbot escaped from prison during a riot. After fleeing the facility, Caleb lives peacefully hidden away on a farm in Nebraska. Until law enforcement discovers the escapee that had been presumed dead, was very much alive.

Warden Hahn of the Kansas State Penitentiary enlists the aid of Officer Michael Quincy and his canine partner to find the escapee and return him to prison where he belongs.

Caleb Talbot discovered law enforcement was on his tail, and quickly devises a plan to retain his freedom. The kidnapping of a woman is the beginning of Caleb’s heartless murder spree.

Michael soon realizes the man he had been hired to capture, has a disturbing past lined with brutality and bloodshed. He also knows Talbot has little regard for human life.

Can Michael and his canine partner Sasha bring the madman to justice? Or will they be just another name on Caleb’s ever growing list of heinous murder victims?

This is a great read! Snatch it up!

I have included some of her other great stories here as well. Valerie is not a one hit wonder.


Mind of a Madman II Evil Stalks by V. J. Bowen, Valerie Bowen and Loretta Gilbert (Kindle Edition - Apr 30, 2012)Kindle eBook

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Tormented (For the Sake of Amelia) by Valerie Bowen (Kindle Edition - Jun 25, 2011)Kindle eBook

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Kaslyne's Story by Valerie Bowen (Kindle Edition - Jan 6, 2012)Kindle eBook

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Faerie Wishes by Valerie Bowen (Kindle Edition - Oct 5, 2011)Kindle eBook

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Evil Unleashed (Mind of a Madman) by Valerie Bowen (Kindle Edition - Feb 19, 2012)Kindle eBook

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For the Sake of Amelia - Retribution by Valerie Bowen (Kindle Edition - Nov 29, 2011)Kindle eBook

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Evil Stalks (Mind of a Madman) by Valerie Bowen (Kindle Edition - May 1, 2012)Kindle eBook

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For some great horror reads, and a few not in the genre as well, Valerie Bowen is a lady to watch; and READ!

Saturday, May 5, 2012



Okay, boys and girls: it's time to give some of my favorite authors a little horn tooting. Some of the great people, like Rachel Rawlings who is one of my ladies in my woman in Horror series, I have spot lighted before, and there's nothing wrong with that. Great authors deserve great praise. Rachel certainly does.

Rachel Rawlings is writing a fabulous series of kick-ass horror novels with an urban fantasy blend and possessing a strong female lead. I can feel those heels now. Ouch! Leather and lace, but more naughty than nice. Hey: Demons need someone to keep them in check. Maurin is the lady for the job. I clipped the bio below from her Amazon page.

Rachel Rawlings was born and raised in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Her family, originally from Rhode Island, spent summers in New England, sparking her fascination with Salem, MA. She has been writing fictional stories and poems since middle school, but it wasn't until three years ago that she found the inspiration to create her heroine Maurin Kincaide and complete her first full length novel, The Morrigna. She is currently working on Witch Hunt, book two of The Maurin Kincade Series, with book three Blood Bath not far behind it. She still lives in Maryland with her husband, three children and two fish.

Below is a book description for book #one in the series,The Morrigna.

Maurin Kincaide is a psychometric investigator for Salem's Supernatural Task Force. She's spent the last few
years working crime scenes and using the memory links in fingerprints to catch criminals.

When the current bad guy turns out to be a demon, Maurin must work with Seamus--the task force's prime
suspect for unleashing said demon. She follows Seamus deeper into the supernatural community and discovers there's a lot more going on than anyone guessed.

Our unique investigator is quickly enlisted from her day job by the Council, a secret governing body of all things Other. They want her to find out more about the abundance of demons in Salem and who might be controlling them...

This is some really cool stuff here! Get a sample read on Amazon or the Indie Book Lounge. This is a big book, filled with action, mystery, horror, suspense, and a bunch of other things. READ THIS PLEASE!