Monday, February 11, 2013


"I'm really a normal mother. I drive kids to school, attend ball games and orchestra concerts, kiss boo-boos and make lunches, all the while characters are coming to nasty ends in my head." Caren Widner Hanten aka C.W. LaSart.

C.W. LaSart is my Woman In Horror today! She is one fantastic author! How fantastic is she? Her horror collection AD NAUSEUM 13 Tales Of Extreme Horror, published by Dark Moon Books in March of 2012 has been listed on the Preliminary Ballot for The Bram Stoker Awards. This is most certainly a huge honor. Since I would like to see this great collection get the recognition it deserves, I have included some great reviews from Amazon in this post. How good are these reviews? Charles Day, who I have listed last, is also on the Ballot. That says how good these stories are. One super author singing the praises of another. Wow!

All of the tales in this great collection are unique. No two are the same. If you are looking for extreme horror, this is your book!

Without further ado:

Book Description

March 1, 2012
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.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Max
This is C.W. LaSart's debut book, and let me just say that it is one hell of a debut. Having followed her other short stories published in previous anthologies, I was beyond excited to dig into a collection consisting entirely of her own work. And I was not let down. LaSart is quite new to the scene, but she certainly doesn't write like it--I will not be surprised if I soon see her name on a Bestseller's list.

In Ad Nauseam, LaSart tackles horror in the most extreme fashion conceivable. Each new tale delivers in its own creative, repulsing, sometimes amusing way. If you like your horror graphic, this is the holy grail.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of horror tales! April 2, 2012
By Julie
I was lucky to attend a reading C.W. Lasart did at the World Horror Convention 2012 in Salt Lake City of "The Hand That Feeds" and was so impressed with the reading, bought the book afterward. In "The Hand That Feeds" kids beg their dad to tell them a story. It's not just any story, it's a twisted tale, about when the dad was a prison guard and had to deal with a very special inmate. Right away the author painted a picture as she read. Vivid description, and a situation we can all relate to (that of being told a bedtime story). When the bedtime story turned dark, the kids only wanted more. After a little begging, the dad gives in, as they usually do. This is when the truly chilling tale is told. I quickly read the other 12 stories in the book with my favorite being "Simple Pleasures," about a man who discovers something in his yard, something ghastly, yet something he can't keep away from. Primal needs battle with the complex psyche of an emotionally scarred simple man.

Highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys horror shorts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Collection of Horror Tales!!! March 25, 2012
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
I love reading short story collections. I love reading short horror story collections even more. This book did not disappoint. Every story is chilling and dark, macabre and disturbing. My favorites were Simple Pleasures and The Hand That Feeds. The Hand That Feeds is just as good as any Stephen King short horror story. LaSart is definitely an author to keep your eye on. I loved this collection as much as any of Stephen King's short story collections, and I would compare C.W. LaSart to both King and Richard Matheson in regards to storytelling style and craft. This author is superb, and I wouldn't be surprised if C.W. LaSart ends up being a household name in the horror genre. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves short horror, you won't be disappointed.

5.0 out of 5 stars OMG! This is What Horror is All About, June 25, 2012
This review is from: Ad Nauseam (Kindle Edition)
I had the pleasure of meeting C. W. Lasart, at the World Horror Convention earlier this year. After getting a hold of AD NAUSEAM, 13 Tales of Extreme horror and reading the first story, I've been a fan of her work and her great personality ever since. But don't let her kindness and warm smile fool you. Why, you ask?
Well,when it comes to writing stories that truly get under your skin, she's does it so damn perfect.

From the very first story I read in her collection, I was hooked on this author's unique style. "Simple Pleasures" was engaging, fun, and downright creepy. "Widow" had me itching until the very end. Both were my favorites, and both were genuinely scary and yes, extreme!

I look forward to reading more from C. W., and trust me, once you start reading some of her work, you're sure as &*^%$# going to come back for more as well!

Two bony thumbs up, and a special evil grin from the jester for this fine, fine collection. Love it!!

C.W.'s bio on her Amazon Author page:
A lifelong fan of all things Horror and one of 3 winners of the Cemetery Dance Amatuer Writer's Contest, C.W. LaSart made her publishing debut in Dark Moon Digest Issue 1 in late 2010. She has since been published multiple times by Dark Moon Books as well as Cemetery Dance Publications, Eirelander Press, Evil Jester Press, Angelic Knight Press and more. Her premiere horror collection, AD NAUSEAM 13 Tales of Extreme Horror, was released by Dark Moon Books in March of 2012. Find more at

Here are some more great reads from C.W. Lasart!

Book Description

January 1, 2012
May December Publications proudly presents: WAKE THE WITCH.

Prepare to have a spell cast over you by this collection of bewitching tales; each one cast out by well-trained sorcerer or sorceress with a heart of gold. These charms and incantations were offered gratis as a spell of protection and assistance for people around the world suffering from tragedy and heartbreak. By reading this tome, you will be helping a stranger, a neighbor, or perhaps even yourself.

We thank each and every author that donated their stories for this charity anthology: Adam Millard, Bennie Newsome, Chantal Boudreau, CW LaSart, DA Chaney, David Landrum, Elizabeth Butler, Geoffery Crescent, Ken Goldman, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Marius Dicomites, Mark Jones, Michael Frissore, Todd Brown and Walter Campbell

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March 6, 2012
We are not sure how many body pieces Victor Frankenstein used to create his "monster," but it is likely he used a lot less than Dark Moon Books did in stitching this creation together. It was pointed out during the proofreading and editing process that the table of contents included more words (nearly 800 at last count) than any of the individual stories. It was an interesting observation, but it proves a point. A well-written, complete story can be told with very few words. So, here it is in all of its nightmarish, ghoulish glory, Frightmares: A Fistful of Flash Fiction. It is packed with 129 tales that will rattle your bones, cause you to ponder your future, make you lose some sleep and, yes, even bring a smile to blood-smeared lips. The creation is sewn up tight and ready for a jolt of lightning to bring it to life. And, yes, that time has come, my friends. "It Lives!"

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October 1, 2010
If you don't own a nightlight, maybe now's the time to invest in one. That's because the first issue of Dark Moon Digest-The Horror Fiction Quarterly here. Dark Moon Books is proud to present this exciting new publication geared toward horror fans and authors alike. Published four times per year, this 100 plus page anthology/magazine will be a solid addition to any horror enthusiast's library. In this first issue you fill discover stunning and award-winning stories including "Slut" by E. K. Coughlin, "Moon Medicine" by Christopher Leppek and Emanuel Isler "Remaining Zheng" by Corey Kellgren and "The Interrogation of John Walker" by Jay Wilburn. Also included are scary tales from C. W. LaSart ("Jack and Jill"), Nicholas Conley ("The Skunk Ape") and Kevin McClintock ("Darkest Before Dawn"). You will also find one of the best short stories in the classic horror genre from Charlotte Perkins Gilman-"The Yellow Wallpaper". Columns include From the Dark: Demonic Children (Jeremiah Dutch), Chattering Bones: A Brief History of Zombies (Manny Frishberg) and Under the Stairs: Shadow Soul (Michael O'Neal). Searching for quality horror stories and much more? Look no further. We have a little of everything from zombies in the Far East to swarms of bugs in your own backyard. And now, better check to see if you have a nightlight that's working. You might need it.

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September 1, 2011
One day soon-perhaps even sooner than any of us imagine-the dead will rise. They will claw their way out of their graves and sate themselves on the supple flesh of the terrified masses. Those bitten will fall and rise again, cursed with an undeniable hunger for the meaty organs of the living. They will defy thousands of years of human evolution as they devour raw meat like undead cannibals, and bodies will litter the streets. Gather your cache of melee weapons. Round up your survival gear. Kiss your children good night. Because they are coming. They've been dead a long time. And they're hungry. So very hungry. Dark Moon Presents: ZOMBIES! Is a collection of 15 tales that will not only keep you awake long after dark, but also make you wonder if it will ever be safe to sleep again.

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April 20, 2012
Do you like your horror in small bite-sized chunks? If so, then SLICES OF FLESH from Dark Moon Books will activate your taste buds like zombies drawn to fresh brains. These flash fiction stories oozed from the brains of some of the best horror writers from around the world and will fit perfectly into your daily diet of "scary."

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October 27, 2011
We are the ones who still believe. In our periphery, we see them dancing darkly in moon beams, flickering like ghouls in the candlelight, and braying like witches to the wind that flutters the branches in the trees. We turn to look, but the specters sway just out of our line of vision, always behind us like our own shadows. Sometimes we feel them brush against our cheek while we sleep. Cold, clammy palms weep against our shoulders before we turn with a start. A chill sweeps over us. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to catch a glimpse. The white lady on the stairs raising her willowy arm to point at you. The poltergeist who scrambles under your bed when you flick on the light. The banshees howling like a windstorm at the front gate. And when we see them, we know. Something wicked this way comes.
Danger lurks beyond, riddled in these stories. Ghosts and specters will haunt you if you turn the page. They are there, just beyond your vision. Rapping. Creeping. Waiting.

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July 10, 2011
Don't look now, but the inmates are escaping from the asylum. That's right. The editors and authors of Issue #4 of Dark Moon Digest have found the key and unlocked the doors. (We may have broken a few windows as well.) Sexy sirens? Repugnant rats? Zombie cats? You bet. But several stories in this issue push deep into the cobwebs of the human mind and reveal what we knew all along: that the most frightening monster roaming the earth is humankind. All in all, it's great issue with some great new authors and a few old favorites. You will also not want to miss the third installment of Kevin McClintock's "Tenants" 4-part serial novelette. And don't forget part three of our "Slaughterhouse" graphic serial. Things are headed toward exciting conclusions for both of these tales. It's too late to close and lock the doors again, my friends, so you may as well come inside and make yourself comfortable. That is if you can ignore the screams...

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December 19, 2011
It's true that few of us would choose the life of a zombie, mindlessly consuming every moving thing in sight as we rot and shrivel with decay. It's also true that few of us would choose to become a ghost, dolefully watching the comings and goings of the living, unable to touch, to breathe, to feel them in a physical way. But, if given the chance to become a vampire, I think most of us would bite. Vampires make our pulses quicken: whether they are the velveteen figures of Anne Rice or Bram Stoker, or the violent monsters of Stephen King, we don't care. Not the hunters. Not the hopefuls. The real, blood-drinking, neck-biting fiends. Vampires are timeless because they are immortal. And the vampires in these pages may just come back to bite you in the end. These are stories you can really sink your teeth into. Promise.

Book Description

September 16, 2012
Brian awakes from a dream, only to find he is trapped in a nightmare. A horrendous crime has been committed and he’s beginning to fear he may be at fault. A video camera, set up to record his nightly sleepwalking habits, holds all the answers. But will the images he sees prove him innocent? Or show the darkness he contains within?

I believe we have just looked at some great books by Caren. Take the time to read them. Of course, I would suggest AD NAUSEUM first.

C.W. LaSart is a Woman In Horror!


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