Thursday, October 10, 2013

KATHRYN MEYER GRIFFITH IS ONE SUPER TALENTED LADY!




Kathryn Meyer Griffith is such a talented lady, able to write so well in many genres. She has sent me a Halloween story for all of us to enjoy and some links to Audio books. Hurry and get these now before the free Audio Books are gone. I noticed today that there are a few others added in as well, but act fast.

Here is a review I wrote for her great book, The Last Vampire. As you can see, it is a Five Star, the same as the other reviews I gave her. This lady is a class act all the way.


5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire With A Difference November 1, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Too often, vampires are either the horrific beasts of old or the new romantic heart throbs. I prefer the nasty buggers. This novel certainly has those, but it also comes up with an entirely different concept which personalizes the protagonist and endears her to your heart. Without destroying the story for you, when you blend this in with the other horrific aspects of the world taking place, it becomes riveting, drawing you in to see where the author is going to take us next. Just when I thought I had it figured out, there would be new twists and turns. My kind of novel! I read roughly 100 novels a year. The Last Vampire is at the top of my list.



Read this lady's great books, or listen to them on Audio. You have a choice. Enjoy the wealth Kathryn has to share. Kathryn's Grandmother and my Grandfather would have gotten along  well. Read Kathryn's story and envision my Grandfather and me there too. No wonder I love this lady! We share so much and think alike in so many respects.


Blaze McRob




  

A Halloween Story
By author Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Since I was a child Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. No one loved horror movies or scary stories more than I did. As a poor child in a family of six other siblings I haunted the musty smelling libraries searching out books about ghosts, vampires, spooky houses and witches. I was addicted to supernatural or monster movies. Dracula. The Lady in White. Ghost Story. The Werewolf. Godzilla. The Mummy. Or any film that dealt with the supernatural in any way, shape or form. My heart would beat hard whenever I opened a new book about a demon or a monster in a lake or when the lights would fade down in a theater and I knew the coming movie was a thriller.
Well, why and how did I become such a lover of Halloween? I’ll tell you.
My grandmother, Mary Fehrt, had been an immigrant from 1930’s war-torn Austria and was a born storyteller. And she loved scary stories. I first remember hearing a ghost story from her lips when I was barely six years old. One of the most disturbing, I recall, was about a rich little girl in her old country who’d died young, had been buried – and in those days, my grandmother had whispered in the candle’s flickering glow in her spooky basement where my siblings and I had gathered, bodies weren’t embalmed – but because some money-desperate peasant dug her up and cut her finger off for her diamond ring she sat up in her coffin, still alive. It scared the peasant nearly witless and, screaming, he’d scurried off. “Sleeping sickness, that’s what it’d been,” my grandmother had muttered. “The child hadn’t been dead at all but had been buried…alive.” Ugh! Funny how some details of those stories eventually found their way years later into mine. Or, once, my grandmother told us the story about her mother who saw her dead husband out in the garden after he’d died, walking around between the tomatoes and waving at her…who then dematerialized in front of her eyes into a puff of smoke. Yikes. Let me tell you those eerie stories left their mark. They dried my mouth and made me shiver. Probably why I became a horror writer. I wanted to make people shiver in the same way.
Oh, yes, my grandmother adored Halloween.  She’d decorate her home like a haunted house, filling it with puff-paper pumpkins, cats, skeletons, and tacking up paper witches everywhere.  Cloth ghosts hung from the tree limbs in her front yard and when the wind blew they’d wave like tattered white banners. She’d hobble up to our door on Halloween night dressed as a witch and dare us to guess who it was. We always did, though, because her childish glee and familiar eyes, her mischievous smile would always give her away. Besides, her witch laugh sounded like her regular laugh, only scarier. The neighborhood kids loved going to her house because she always gave them special homemade treats; not only prepackaged candy so prevalent now days. She made the best chocolate chip cookies, caramel apples and popcorn balls in town.
So, no wonder, I grew up loving Halloween.    
When that dark night rolls around every year I still get excited. These days, because very few treat-or-treaters find their way along our street (don’t know why…perhaps because the older people around us don’t turn on their lights and open their homes…afraid of being robbed); after we leave a bowl of candy on the front porch  just in case someone would come by, my husband and I walk hand in hand to our small town’s City Hall where they have a town get-to-together  with a pumpkin decorating contest for the kids, free hot-dogs, hot cider or hot cocoa with tiny marshmallows,  and lots of little dressed-up goblins for us to exclaim over. A safe Halloween. Then we go home and watch scary movies the rest of the night and eat the candy still left in the bowl. I like the Paydays and Milky Ways.
It’s a far cry from my 1950’s childhood where my six siblings and I would dress in spooky homemade costumes, sheet ghosts with cut-out eyes or gypsies dripping with mom’s jewelry, and clutching our brown grocery bags, would trudge from one porch lit and decorated house to another gathering those large (not those measly ones they give out now) candy bars or homemade treats. I can still hear the laughter and leaves whispering on the chilly autumn air as we gathered our treats. As I remember, most of those nights had been rainy, dark and chilly. But that never stopped us candy monsters. We always went out and came home with a huge bag of goodies…which our mother would promptly take away from us and ration out sparingly over the next few weeks. So we wouldn’t get sick. Yeah, sure. I always suspected my parents pillaged from our bags themselves and stole our treats. Never could prove that, though.
But I still love Halloween, no matter what. It’s the night that the misty wall between the worlds of the living and dead is the weakest, or so the witches say…and, watch out, maybe a ghost or a demon might slip through and land on your doorstep. That’s why I never answer the door without peeking out the window first.
Because…hey, you never know.  

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Kathryn Meyer Griffith has been a writer for over 42 years and has had 18 novels, 2 novellas and 12 short stories published with Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press since 1984; and now also Amazon Publishing and Amazon Kindle in the horror/romantic horror/suspense/time-travel and murder mystery genres. And her romantic end-of-the-world horror novel The Last Vampire-Revised Author's Edition was a 2012 EPIC eBook Awards Finalist Nominee.
Her books (most out again from Damnation Books and Eternal Press): Evil Stalks the Night, The Heart of the Rose, Blood Forge, Vampire Blood, The Last Vampire, Witches, The Nameless One short story, The Calling, Scraps of Paper, All Things Slip Away, Egyptian Heart, Winter's Journey, The Ice Bridge, Don't Look Back, Agnes novella, In This House short story, BEFORE THE END: A Time of Demons, The Woman in Crimson, The Guide to Writing Paranormal Fiction: Volume 1 (I did the Introduction), Telling Tales of Terror (I did the chapter Putting the Occult in Your Fiction). Dinosaur Lake; Four Spooky Short Stories; Human No Longer; Scraps of Paper-Revised Author’s Edition  and All Things Slip Away are all for sale on Amazon Kindle Direct. ***

All Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s Books available at Amazon.com here: http://tinyurl.com/mqfmyq8


My Audio Books (try Four Spooky Short Stories, Witches-Revised or The Last Vampire-Revised for Halloween) with great narrators now available at Audible.com here:
Four Spooky Short Stories: http://tinyurl.com/lbsy3bd
The Last Vampire-Revised: http://tinyurl.com/n2e73zl  
And soon, April 2014, ALL 18 of my novels will be in Audio Books!

My Websites:
http://tinyurl.com/ma58spm  (Amazon Author Central)




  Audible.com has given me MORE Free Audio Book Codes for my FOUR SPOOKY SHORT STORIES (has an amazing narrator!) and my THE LAST VAMPIRE-REVISED...in exchange for a brief rating or review on Audible.com after you listen to them...I'll give you a FREE BUY CODE for one or both. Hurry, they always go fast. Email me at rdgriff@htc.net Kathryn Meyer Griffith

2 comments:

  1. Thank you, as always, Blaze, for running my stories. So your grandpa was like my grandma...a lover of Halloween, huh? I still smile when I think of her and how she loved it. Now that woman had the joy of life in her...always. HAPPY HALLOWEEN friend! Warmly, Kathryn

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  2. Yes, Kathryn, my Grandfather was a lover of Halloween. In fact, he liked the other 364 days of the year to spin his tales as well.

    Happy Halloween!

    Blaze

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