Monday, September 30, 2013


Today I wish to talk about my friend and super writer extraordinaire, Jeffrey Hollar. For a while, I only saw the YA side of Jeff, that which he displays in Keldane The Cursed. How wrong I was. While he weaves a tale for all ages with Keldane, he shocked me back to horror reality when he wrote Urban Outdoorsman for the superb April issue of SirensCallEZine, which is a top of the line horror ezine. Holy shit, Batman! This is one gritty tale! I absolutely love it. Obviously, Jeff can write whatever he puts his mind to. I am proud to call him friend, and honored to call him fellow author and collaborator at Visionary Press Cooperative. I also am blessed to share space in the same April issue that has Jeff's tale in it.

If you wish to see more to the man who is Jeffrey Hollar, go to his website, The Latinum Vault. Talk about an eclectic author!

Thank you, Jeffrey Hollar for sharing your stories with us!


Jeffrey Hollar was born in Lima Ohio. Developing a love for reading in his early life, Jeff read anything and everything he could get his hands on. Graduating from Lima Sr. High in 1980, he joined the army where he found a career in communications. Jeffrey remained in the army for 14 years, traveling the world to places like Germany, Turkey and England.
Jeffrey moved around the United States as well, living in Arizona, Iowa and Missouri before moving back to Lima where he met his wife. Jeffrey works in the security field during the day and writes by night. He also has a love for cooking and practices his culinary skills on his family.

Book Description

November 13, 2012
Did you ever wish you had the ability to use magic and cast spells to do anything you wanted to? Well, so does Keldane. Unfortunately, just being the son of the most powerful magic user the world has ever known doesn’t come with any guarantees. It’s not without very good cause he’s known to his classmates as Keldane the Cursed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read March 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
Keldane's struggles to survive school and live up to the expectations of others are something everyone - young and old - can relate to.

My grandson and I read this book together, and between Keldane's mishaps and Barnabas' misfortunes, we did a lot of laughing.

We found ourselves empathizing with Keldane and his hapless victims, and we're certain you'll enjoy this entertaining adventure as well!

Two thumbs up for Hollar's storytelling!! 
Woo, hoo! I am in this great magazine with Jeffrey Hollar! Click the link and read his story free!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


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Today, I wish to extoll the writing genius of Timothy C. Hobbs. I read The Smell of Ginger by Timothy and absolutely loved it! My review on Smashwords is below. There are many other great stories this great author has written. You can check out his Author Page on Amazon and Smashwords, and  he is also on Facebook. How much do I enjoy this author's works? When I grow up, I want to write as well as he does. Believe me, there is no one better at what he does.

Timothy Hobbs is a retired Medical Technologist living in Robinson, Texas. He has had short stories and poems published in New Texas (an annual literary collection of Texas writers), a short story and flash fiction piece in Dark Tales, a U.K. publication (Issue 7:Autumn 2005 and Issue 9:Autumn 2006), and a short story in, an on-line Canadian magazine. He has also published a short story collection, Mothertrucker and Other Stories, and a novel Veils through Publish America. His novels The Pumpkin Seed and Music Box Sonata and his novella The Smell of Ginger were published by Vamplit Publishing in the United Kingdom and recently republished by Visionary Press Cooperative. His recent novel Maiden Fair was published by Netherworld Books in the United Kingdom. His author page can be viewed at

By Timothy Hobbs
Published by Visionary Press Cooperative
Rating: 1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star
(5.00 based on 1 review)
Published: Feb. 02, 2013
Words: 17,840 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301790500

Short description

It's Halloween in Jasper, Texas and Butch and Suzy are driving with their dad to trick or treat at the strip mall and the local churches. They didn't count on the truck breaking down, getting lost in the woods, or coming across the ordinary old cabin, but there's nothing ordinary about the tenants - two spinster sisters who have been waiting eternally for children to call their own.

Extended description

It's Halloween in Jasper, Texas and Butch and Suzy are driving with their dad to trick or treat at the strip mall and the local churches. They didn't count on the truck breaking down, getting lost in the woods, or coming across the ordinary old cabin, but there's nothing ordinary about the tenants - two spinster sisters who have been waiting eternally for children to call their own.

The Smell of Ginger is the first story from Once Upon a Time in Texas, a collective series of dark variations of popular fairy tales by Timothy C. Hobbs.

Review by: Robert Nelson on June 24, 2013 : star star star star star (Remove)
The Smell Of Ginger is a masterpiece of horror! Timothy C. Hobbs has done what very few authors are able to do: get all the elements right; back story where and when necessary; plenty of description, but not to the point where you gag on it-I hate it when some authors do that; and a fast moving story which will keep you on the edge of your seat. The protagonists and antagonists both are superbly drawn and are highly believable. I need to read more of this great author's work. He is comparable to the best the genre has to offer.
(reviewed within a month of purchase) 

Timothy C. Hobbs is one super author! 


Monday, September 23, 2013


Halloween is just around the corner, and it's time for me to start talking about some great authors in the horror genre. I'm starting off with Lisa McCourt Hollar, a young lady who has improved so much at the craft since I first met her that it astounds me. Check out her Amazon Author page and you will see what I mean about her breadth with crafting a tale.

But not only does she have quantity, she possesses quality. Lisa's tales are always imaginative, and I know the polish is rubbing that apple fifty shades of brilliant. Lisa publishes through Visionary Press Cooperative, Angelic Knight Press, and she self-publishes as well. Each story surpasses the previous one.

Lisa is also in charge of children's stories at Visionary Press Cooperative and is doing a super job.

This is Lisa's great children's book. I read Fanny and loved it!

Two big thumbs up for Lisa! May you continue giving us joy from your words.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013


This is a short post before I add my next chapter of Quarter Moon Haunts online in the next day or two. I finished it last night and there is a rather explicit erotic scene in it. Sometimes I get some flak when I add scenes of erotica in a horror tale. Some folks say, "But this is horror, not erotica. Leave it out." Unlike the erotica tales in fifty shades of decay, the cover shown above, this is an erotic part of the book which deals with love. No bestiality or anything of the like. In fact, my story in fifty shades of decay was a love tale. Go figure.

Why do I add this type of writing into my stories? Honesty. If I come across a book where a chapter ends with a couple going to bed, obviously to make love, and the next chapter opens at the breakfast table with them eating bacon and eggs, I feel cheated and get pissed off. Something happened in that bed, damn it! Write it into the story. Am I writing about what I experienced in my bed the night before? Not hardly. I'm divorced and haven't had romantic encounters recently. Besides, I'm not one to brag about my conquests. Those have been, and will always be, personal encounters between my lover and me, and they must not be shared. Never.

However, my story people tell me what I should write. Who am I not to listen to them? I am a mere wielder of the pen. Yes, when I write in first person, I am one of the people making love. But it means I write what my soul and heart tell me to write. The two Angels in my tale love each other passionately, one of them having waited since Creation for her lover. Her story and mine in this tale need to be told. I become one with my story. The cementing of a grandiose love needs to be shared with the reader. There are plenty of moments where horror is the focus in my story, but does not a story have protagonists and antagonists both, and do these story people not go about living life like you and me? This is also an End Days novel. The Bible certainly has visual aspects of good and evil between its pages, as well as discussions about sex and love.

So, perhaps my stories go a little farther than most when it comes to showing how lovers express their feelings to each other, but I won't write any other way. It would not be honest.