Thursday, January 31, 2013


 "Writing horror means confronting the darker side of human nature with absolute honesty." Belinda Frisch

So shoot me, I'm starting early! I have to. I have many great Women In Horror to talk about and allow their words, their cover art, and so much more grace the pages of my posts. I start off with Belinda Frisch, a lady who has written the best Zombie novel I have ever read, Cure. You heard me right. I'm including all the great Zombie novelists here, men and women, past and present. She is the best in my opinion. I write about Zombies as well, so I'm making a statement here.

Belinda is one of the reasons we need Women In Horror month. She is such a talent, and yet too often male horror authors take the bulk of the recognition. This is crap! I enjoy reading what talented women write. They attack the craft with no less zeal than men; probably with more. We need to stop this one sided perception. Women Horror authors are damned good! Give them their due.

Don't let that charming smile of Belinda's make you think that she can't write a scary novel. She certainly can. Believe me.


Belinda Frisch's fiction has appeared in Shroud Magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of Zombie War. She is an honorable mention winner in the Writer's Digest 76th Annual Writing Competition and her novel, CURE, is the runner-up in the General Fiction category of the 2012 Halloween Book Festival. She is the author of DEAD SPELL, PAYBACK, and CURE, the first in the Strandville Zombie Series which has recently been optioned for film.

Book Description

June 5, 2012
**Runner-up in the 2012 Halloween Book Festival
**Recently optioned for film

In Strandville, there are worse fates than becoming undead.

"Creepy and claustrophobic, with enough gore to please any zombie-phile, Frisch's book begins promisingly. Her omniscient narrator takes particular joy in the visceral details of horror, tweaking the reader's senses with a bevy of bodily fluids and dismembered limbs." Kirkus Reviews

Welcome to the Nixon Healing and Research Center, playground for the maniacal Dr. Howard Nixon whose medical research has him dabbling in the undead and has the women of Strandville disappearing.

Desperate to find a cure for the lethal virus which turns its victims into zombies, Nixon kidnaps Miranda Penton, a security recruit with a past that won't let her go. He doesn't count on anyone coming looking for her, least of all her ex-husband, Scott, who is still in love with her.

A warning call brings Scott to Strandville where he bands together with a team of locals determined to bring their own loved ones home. Together, they infiltrate Nixon's staff, hatching a plan that releases not only the surviving women, but the virus on those left in the hospital.

Nixon locks down the center to contain the spread, turning patients, visitors, and staff into a dangerous horde that is almost impossible to escape. Miranda and the others fight for their lives, but their getaway is further complicated by a raging storm and a homicidal security guard. The town of Strandville is ground zero for the zombie apocalypse and Miranda must get free because the fate of humanity lies with her unborn child.

Book Description

March 3, 2011
Meet Harmony Wolcott. Damaged and determined, she'll take you to the wrong side of the tracks and you'll love it.

"This is a great book that pulled me in from the beginning pages and would not let go until the end." -Nightly Reading Review

"When the words of a book reach out, grips you by the throat, and pulls you from the first page to the very end in one sitting, then that is a great book. Dead Spell did just that. I was completely captivated from the very beginning and felt as though I couldn't read it quickly enough." -Angela Scott

Harmony's darkest secret has clawed its way back from the grave and only her best friend, Brea believes her.

Adam, Harmony's boyfriend, fears for her safety. Her mentally ill mother is too busy tending her own demons to care. Brea's family, who has denounced Harmony's for years, buried the truth about their shared tragic past along with their former friendship.

Harmony looks for answers about the monster's identity in the wreckage of her abandoned childhood home but when her search leads her down a dark path, Brea and Adam must pick up the crumbs to get much needed closure.

Some secrets you keep, even from yourself. Dead Spell is about a ghost with a past and a girl who would die to forget it.

 A Young Adult novel intended for older teens and fans of YA fiction. Some mature themes.

Book Description

April 7, 2011
"As a lifelong Stephen King and horror movie addict I can honestly say I had a lot of fun with this light read." -Author Eden Rose Archer (Author of the Bulletproof Series)

"Highly recommended." -Shelly65

The Fence
A dying woman and her grieving husband struggle with an arrogant, nuisance of a neighbor. All her husband wants to do is to let her pass in peace. In this macabre tale of death and dismemberment, good fences really do make good neighbors.

An abduction. A possible murder. The perpetrator burned beyond recognition lands in the care of a physician who fights to save him until his identity is revealed. Her daughter was his victim. Will he be hers?

When the theft of a black magic talisman goes awry, the team's members turn on one another in this tale of curses and the things people will do to avoid them.

The Deal
A deal with a demonic force comes with unexpected consequences when a woman bargains for the health of her ailing husband.


When those closest to you break your trust, the only option is payback.

Six months before an outbreak of viral plague turned the residents of Strandville into a mob of flesh-hungry undead, Max Reid was a new father struggling to overcome a gambling addiction for the sake of his family.

Desperate to keep his secret, out of work, and on the losing end of a debt large enough to get him killed, Max turned to Mitch, a Nixon Center guard and the closest thing he had to a friend, to make the money he needed to break-even. What he didn't know was why Mitch was so eager to help him or how far he'd have to go for the cash.

Max Reid is about to find out a terrible secret that will change his life and push him to destroy others'.


Book Description

November 20, 2011
There is no god, no saviour.

Mankind is without salvation and on the cusp of total annihilation.

During an eruption at Yellowstone, the Great Maurr, an ancient god, rose from the bowels of the earth and brought a bug apocalypse with him.

Swarms of giant ants, centipedes and diabolical hybrids swept the planet consuming the animal kingdom and destroying human civilisation in a matter of weeks. Nothing could stop their relentless genocide.

Just a few cities remain; a handful of human survivors in London, Moscow and Hong Kong scuttle about in the darkness forever fearful of being caught, eaten by the solider ants, or worse: made to breed in the City of Hell to produce hideous hybrid creatures.

Can these last remaining humans find a way of surviving and ultimately fight back in this nightmarish dystopia?

Combining the other-worldly weirdness of H.P. Lovecraft and the frightening imagery of Clive Barker, this anthology is brought to you buy 7 international writers from the UK, Canada and USA as they chronicle the horrifying consequences of a new world bug order.

Dare you enter the City of Hell?

"It was an unexpected pleasure to discover the additional depth in each story. It is a compendium of the darkest horror. Each story builds on the last to create a vision that is a truly a unique and compelling read." -- The Eloquent Page

"There are fantastic illustrations. One of the stories is authentically written as a pathology report. The writers show a real hunger to create something fresh and exciting, and by and large they succeed. So whilst the future looks bleak for the denizens of the City of Hell, the future looks far brighter for the City of Hell mythos." --

"Colin F. Barnes has put together a great book which is not at all easy to put down and I’m sure it will not be the last." -- Tony Lane
Now, my fellow readers of the Dark: set for release in March is Belinda Frisch's next great Strandville novel. Those little tootsies on the cover will scare the stuffing out of you!

Here's the cover for Afterbirth, set to release in March.
Belinda Frisch is a Woman In Horror!


  1. oooh ... have grabbed them... such high praise, how could I not!

  2. Great decision, Vix! Belinda is a super author and a wonderful lady!


  3. Belinda is a personal friend and as a writer...she is a force to be reckoned with. She writes the kind of horror you WANT to read! I concur, there needs to be a "Women of Horror" month!
    Cheers, Thomas

    1. You are so right, Thomas! Belinda is one fantastic author and we absolutely need a special month to let everyone know about all the wonderful Women In Horror.