Sunday, February 3, 2013


"Those of us who write about darkness and horror do not do so because our inner light isn’t capable of shining outward - we do so because we choose to shine that light inward, exploring the shadowed crevasses and scuttling sounds found in the deepest recesses of our minds; places that others have locked away long ago." Nina D'Arcangela

Nina D'Arcangela is my Woman In Horror for today. Nina wears many hats. She is an author, a super member of The Pen Of The Damned, the Social Media Coordinator at Sirens Call Publications, and head honcho of Dark Angel Photography.

Nina describes herself as a quirky little horror chick who likes to write soul rending snippets of despair; reads anything from splatter matter to dark matter; an UrbEx explorer who loves to photograph abandoned places, bits of decay and old grave yards. She claims to be a cemetery stalker and we need to beware!

She also collects odd, macabre things. Among her most prized possessions are a three-headed, bronze Tibetan ceremonial dagger, a perfectly preserved skeletal figure of a curled up, sleeping chipmunk she uncovered when renovating her home, and a 1683 leather bound version of the Bible in Latin, printed in miniscule proportions. She also collects 18th and 19th century leather bound texts, but says the Bible is a beauty.

I will add that in her capacity as the whip-yielding lady at The Pen Of The Damned, she is always after me to get busier with my tweets and such. She must think I'm a bird. However, I'm working on it. She is a very nice lady and writes some superlative tales. Some of them are listed below. Foremost, and I certainly respect her a lot for this, she listens to the beat of a different drummer and doesn't like to be restricted in the craft, thus offering her readers fresh tales from that quirky mind we were talking about. She writes what she wants; when she wants to write it!

So my friends, mosey down to the fascinating reading material below and see what Nina writes. I love her special twist on all the tales she writes! Viva la Nina!

Nina's story Reemergence is in this great collection!

Book Description

May 25, 2012
Myth or reality… Explore the twelve tales of horror and intrigue in Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity and ask yourself, what would you consider a fair price to pay for life immortal... or the chance of life at all? Would a young woman pass up a shiny bauble if she believed it to be nothing more than a harmless trinket? What transpires once a year in a peaceful and remote village that no one will ever speak of? What better way for a broken man to honor a crippled existence than with a memorial of blood and vengeance? How could a disfigured woman ever dream of chancing across an object that would restore her beauty - and at what cost? Follow the twists and turns of each writer as they delve into the legends of days gone by, as well as the consequences that are wrought when myths and monstrosities collide with our world.

Read Nina's story Bent Metal in this super collection!

Book Description

April 21, 2012
They haunt us all. Those whispered tales of monsters hiding under the bed, or of the demons lurking in the shadowy corner where we dare not glance for fear that seeing them will make them all too real. Oh, how the innocent landscape of a child’s imagination lends fertile soil to horrors ready to be sown on the slightest of sounds; the tales and the terror they wreak on our youthful minds never quite leave us. We asked the authors in this collection to reach into the forgotten recesses of their twisted minds and share with us the tales of nightmares that can only thrive in the hidden corners of a child’s imaginings; the bogeyman under the bed, the outlandishly fiendish creature lurking in the dark, the slight murmur of sound coming from the hall… did you close the door completely? Explore the myriad of terrors that only a child can twist from nothing into some ‘thing’ in the span of a single rapid breath. Do you dare delve into your own memories? Perhaps you’ll start sleeping with the lights on again... Tell us, who is Under the Bed?

Book Description

June 23, 2012
Trifecta—the second episode in the City of Hell Chronicles features three horrific tales of horror and suspense in a post bug-apocalyptic world. The great ant god, Maurr's reign of terror upon humanity continues from new perspectives. But from within this grim new world order, a small seedling of hope dares to penetrate the blood-soaked earth:

No Insects at Sea - by James Everington
A young isolated man from a remote island community thinks he's safe from Maurr's deadly reach, but when he comes across a drifting boat, he finds an unpleasant surprise within its hull—a discovery that threatens to shatter his hopes and beliefs.

The Harlot and the Bad Man - by Phil Ambler
Father Josef Friedricks takes care of a group of young survivors in an underground bunker. Tending to these waifs and strays, he tells them the story of Sophia: a mother who has to overcome terrible odds and deception. The story is more than just a tale to entertain the kids; it's a tale of grit, horror, and the extremes a mother is prepared to endure to survive.

Brethren - by Nina D'Arcangela
You'd think with the Great Maurr ascending to rule and taking his place at the top of the food chain his minions would be proud, but there's a dissenter in the ranks. A drone ant, fed up with the drudgery and his low rank, dares to learn more about what it means to take life, and what it means to consume and devour humans like the soldiers, the queens, and even Maurr himself to devastating consequences for both himself and the few remaining human survivors.

Nina wrote an editorial entitled Dark and what was that? Oh yeah- Edgy: An Editorial for this ezine.

Book Description

August 30, 2012
The Sirens Call eZine Issue #04 is a Dark & Edgy collection of stories from some of today's most twisted and deviant minds. Along with the tales of the odd, bizarre, and horrific, this issue also includes images from acclaimed photographer Eleanor Bennett; and an extended excerpt from Kate Monroe's upcoming novel "The Falcon's Chase".

Here is the link to Nina's superb crafting of words on The Pen Of The Damned. You will want to visit and revisit this great collection!

With all she does writing wise, she gives back to the writing community. Check out her website above and see what she is doing for Women In Horror Month.  

Nina D'Arcangela is a Woman In Horror!



  1. you cant keep this up... all these wonderful authors... I may need to break a leg just to sit around all day and read!

  2. The month just started, Vix! There are many more Women In Horror to come!