Wednesday, March 27, 2013


"I write horror. Some people can't understand why, or don't want to. For me it's this - I stare into the darkness to better appreciate the light." Elizabeth Massie

Elizabeth Massie is my Woman In Horror today! She has quite a portfolio. Her first horror short story, "Whittler," was published in The Horror Show in the winter 1984 edition. Others followed, in mags such as Deathrealm, Grue, Footsteps, Gauntlet, Iniquities, The Blood Review, After Hours, The Tome, and many more, as well as anthologies such as Borderlands, Borderlands III, Best New Horror 2, Dead End: City Limits, Women of Darkness, Best New Fantasy and Horror 4, Hottest Blood, New Masterpieces of Horror, Revelations, and many others. Beth's novella, Stephen (Borderlands) was awarded the Bram Stoker Award and was a World Fantasy award finalist.

Elizabeth added horror novels to her repertoire in the early 1990s, and has since published the Bram Stoker-winning Sineater, Welcome Back to the Night, Wire Mesh Mothers, Dark Shadows: Dreams of the Dark (co-authored with Stephen Mark Rainey), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Power of Persuasion, Twisted Branch (as Chris Blaine), and Homeplace. She has also had four story collections published: Southern Discomfort, Shadow Dreams, the extensive The Fear Report, and A Little Magenta Book of Mean Stories. Her bizarre poetry is included in the early 2004 anthology Devil's Wine, along with poems by Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Peter Straub, and more. Her most recent horror novel is DD Murphry, Secret Policeman (co-authored with Alan M. Clark.) She’s also written novelizations for Showtime’s original television series, The Tudors.

 Her first comic book, Julie Walker is The Phantom in Race Against Death! was released in Jan. 2010. In 2010, several of her books were released as e-books from Crossroad Press and Necon E-Books — Sineater and The Fear Report. Several other books are slated to be out as e-books in late 2010 — her horror novel Welcome Back to the Night and a brand new mainstream novel, Homegrown. Beth has become a regular contributor of ghost stories to Woodland Press’s series of anthologies set in Appalachia, including Legends of the Mountain State 3, Legends of the Mountain State 4, Specters in Coal Dust, Appalachian Winter Hauntings, and the upcoming as-yet-untitled anthology based in Appalachian superstitions. She is currently working on a new novel and several new short stories.
She also writes historical novels for young adults and middle grade readers. She has said, "There is a great deal of horror in history, so moving from one to the other wasn't that big a step for my creative thought processes. I love the idea of putting my mind back in time to experience what people years ago might have experienced. And damn, but some of that stuff was creepy!" Her works include the Young Founders series, the Daughters of Liberty trilogy, and The Great Chicago Fire: 1871.
On the side, Elizabeth also writes supplementary materials for educational publishers (both fiction and nonfiction) and continues to wield her inky pen and watercolors to create the characters of Skeeryvilletown. In her free time, she likes hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, digging through antique stores, traveling roads on which she’s never traveled. She is also an active member of Amnesty International, the human rights organization to which she’s belonged since 1985.
In January 2011 Beth launched and continues to manage Hand to Hand Vision — Fundraising and Sharing With Others. This project, based on Facebook, auctions off quality hand-made items and then gives the money directly to those who could use some help during these tough economic times. In the same year she started and maintains Circle of Caring — Standing Up and Speaking Out Against Bullying, also on Facebook. This ongoing project brings attention to the problem of bullying by sharing information and encouraging people to be active in standing up and speaking out against it. Members receive free Circle of Caring bracelets that represent their willingness to come to the aid of those who are bullied.
Elizabeth still lives in the country in the Shenandoah Valley (a mere four miles from where she was born and next door to her best friend and sister, Barbara Spilman Lawson) with the very diversely talented illustrator Cortney Skinner. She regularly attends Necon in Rhode Island in July, and as of 2012 has been honored with the title "Necon Legend." Hey, ya hang around long enough, right? :) She knits very long scarves because that's all she can knit, and she continues to work on horror novels and short fiction, and educational books and poetry for kids. Her zombie novel, Desper Hollow, will be released in late 2012 from Apex Books and her historical horror novel, Hell Gate, will be released in 2013 from DarkFuse (Delirium Books Publishing.) She is also currently working on her first book-length work of non-fiction which has nothing to do with horror and is way different from her other books. So stay tooned, yuh-all!

Most of the above information came from off of Elizabeth's bio on her website.  I suggest that everyone visit her website because it is set up so well! Notice how the pictures and descriptions of her books are so much better than what Amazon has on their site. I included them as well. I absolutely love the Kolchak: The Night Stalker Casebook cover on Elizabeth's website!

I am very impressed not only with Elizabeth's writing mastery but with her huge heart as well. One thing I would like to add: show her some love by liking her Amazon Author Page, and you better damn well visit her website or I'll send my monsters after you!


Elizabeth’s new zombie novel, Desper Hollow, will be published by Apex Books in June of 2013. It will be released in limited edition hard cover, trade paperback, and e-book formats. Stay tuned for more information!

Elizabeth has just sold her chilling new historical horror novel, Hell Gate, to DarkFuse, and it will be released in September of 2013 in limited hardcover, trade paperback, and e-book formats. Stay tuned for more information!

Naked, On the Edge — readers are thrust to the edge of darkness in this powerful collection of supernatural and psychological tales by two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning horror author, Elizabeth Massie. Isolation, alienation, desperation, loneliness, greed, rage, regret — human conditions that leave us teetering on the brink, ready to crash forward into the abyss or step backward onto safer, brighter ground. "Beneath our clothes, our bodies are naked. Beneath our skulls, our brains are naked. Beneath our hearts, our souls are naked." Now available as an e-book from Crossroad Press.

These super pictures are from Elizabeth's website. Like I said, they will blow your mind away!

   The Century's Best Horror Fiction
(Cemetery Dance)

Beth's story, "Stephen," winner of the Bram Stoker Award in 1992, is included in this newly released, mega-anthology.

Exotic Gothic 2    Exotic Gothic 2
edited by Danel Olson (Ash-Tree Press)

"Los Penitentes" is a cross-generational story of terror, desire, and sacrifice in an isolated western community. 

Cover of 'Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women'    Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women
edited by Stephen Jones (Carroll & Graf)

In “Forever, Amen,” a young woman living during the French Revolution meets and falls in love with a mysterious stranger. Little does she know he has been cursed since the time of Christ to be reincarnated and executed time and again into eternity. And so, she must find a way to travel with him throughout the years to intervene in his fate.

Cover of 'Kolchak: The Night Stalker Casebook'    Kolchak: The Night Stalker Casebook
edited by Joe Gentile (Moonstone Press)

“They Came From the Dark Ride” pits our brave and mouthy reporter Carl Kolchak against ghosts trapped inside a burned Coney Island amusement park ride from 1911.

Blaze loves this one!

Cover of 'Best New Horror 17'    Best New Horror 17
edited by Stephen Jones (Carroll & Graf)

“Pinkie” is the tale of a lonely, isolated farmer and the ultra-brilliant pig he raised to adulthood, a pig who seems to know more about the farmer’s past than the farmer himself.

Cover of 'Travel Guide to the Haunted Mid-Atlantic Region'    Travel Guide to the Haunted Mid-Atlantic Region
edited by Elizabeth Blue, Jacob Haddon, Sarah Schoenfeld (Lulu)

In “Now I’m With the Invalids,” a man facing financial ruin decides to hike into oblivion in the wilds of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. When he meets what he believes are a band of Civil War re-enactors hiding out in the mountains, things go from bad to worse.

Cover of 'Deadly Housewives'    Deadly Housewives
edited by Christine Matthews (Avon)

“The Next Door Collector”: Anthea distrusts the women who just moved in next door. The new neighbor owns many more dogs and cats than are allowed, and then she begins to collect big plastic storage bins in her backyard. Anthea knows something dreadful is going on in the woman’s dark, pet-strewn house.

Cover of 'Summer Chills'    Summer Chills
edited by Stephen Jones (Carroll & Graf)

In “The Landlock,” a woman goes with a charitable group to Belize to help rebuild a hurricane-demolished school. But the woman is really seeking something else – nature in its purest, wildest form. She finds a native woman who is very happy to introduce her to the pure, unmolested jungle. But the human/nature connection comes at a huge price.

Cover of 'The Spider Chronicles'    The Spider Chronicles
edited by Joe Gentile (Moonstone Press)

“Death From a Blood Red Sky” features the 1930s crime fighting hero, Richard Wentworth (“The Spider”) tackling a vicious killer who harpoons victims from a red autogiro. The Spider discovers the villain is a woman with a score to settle. With help from the beautiful Nita Van Sloan, The Spider hunts the woman relentlessly until they are face to face – autogiro to airship – in a battle to the death.

Cover of 'A Dark and Deadly Valley'    A Dark and Deadly Valley
edited by Mike Heffernan (Silverthought)

“Come Unto Me” is a fictional explanation of an actual event during WWII in which a blimp (the L-8) returned to shore with neither of its crew members aboard – and neither were ever found. It is true that the crew found and reported a mysterious oil slick on the Pacific, but no one knows what happened after that. Here is one possibility.

From Amazon:
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The Tudors: King Takes Queen by Michael Hirst and Elizabeth Massie (Apr 15, 2008)

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Jambo, Watoto!: Hello Children! by Marsha Heatwole (Sep 1998)

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1776: Son of Liberty, Young Founders 3 by Elizabeth Massie (Jul 15, 2000)

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The Tudors: Thy Will Be Done by Michael Hirst and Elizabeth Massie (Apr 28, 2009)

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Why Me? (Power Up! Building Reading Strength) by Elizabeth Massie and Thomas Buchs (Nov 1, 2002)

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Wire Mesh Mothers by Elizabeth Massie and Kathy Bell Denton (Jan 18, 2013)Unabridged

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1609: Winter of the Dead: A Novel of the Founding of Jamestown (Young Founders) by Elizabeth Massie (Mar 6, 2007)

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Power of Persuasion (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) by Elizabeth Massie (Oct 1, 1999)

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The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Elizabeth Massie (Nov 1, 1999)

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Welcome Back to the Night by Elizabeth Massie (Nov 1999)

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Shadow Dreams by Elizabeth Massie (May 2002)

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Hardcover $57.00
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A Forest Community (Pair-It Books: Proficiency: Stage 5) by Elizabeth Massie (Nov 1, 1999)

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I certainly believe that no one can deny that Elizabeth Massie is a Woman In Horror!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Adriana Noir is my Woman In Horror today! She is one of ten members of The Pen Of The Damned  of which I happen to be a member as well. In case you haven't visited our website, perhaps you should. All of us write Damned stories of the Dark. None of us are clones of anyone. What an eclectic group we are! Adriana writes fantastic poetry as well as her prose. Here is an example of her talent:


All Is Lost

So the moment comes, when redemption fades away.
It slowly curls like ashes beneath the light of day.
Darkness shreds my soul as I sink into the deep,
And somewhere high above me, the angels gently weep.
I rise, but I am Fallen; blackness taints my wings.
Cursed love, take my light and the agony it brings.
Don’t speak to me of lonely; I live upon its shore.
Bereft of all but anger, I ache for something more.
A loner among many, I crave the absent sun,
Chained beneath the burden of all that I have done.
Love is but a memory, a secret that I keep.
And somewhere high above me, the angels gently weep.
Humans dwell in darkness and bind it to their soul,
Unaware that greed and suffering are what will make us whole.
Their world falls to ruin, the consequences steep,
And somewhere high above me, the angels gently weep.
The Fallen dance and revel; their golden eyes do shine,
While they trace the scars that brand me—wings that once were mine.
Putrid demons rule, but my heart no longer cares,
My empathy has withered with vacant human stares.
Compassion is a gift, and once it’s thrown away
Nothing’s left to cage the Beast, and keep the dark at bay.
The Evil Prince of Lies awakes from his banished sleep.
And somewhere high above me, the angels gently weep.
So give into tragic fate, and let your heart grow sour.
Mourn the years that passed you by, and waste this very hour.
These are the things that please my kind and make them grow strong–
You’ll dance like puppets to the beat of their siren’s song.
My brothers I’ve abandoned to a deadly fate,
The hour is upon us, I fear it is too late.
Though the Light here has died, your memories they will keep.
And somewhere high above me the angels gently weep.
And somewhere high above me, the angels gently weep . . .
~ Adriana Noir

See, I told you she was good!  

Her prose is to be read with full expectations of finding psychological horror and violence. the disclaimer for Sinister Kisses tells us as much:

**DISCLAIMER** This is a dark, erotic thriller with a heavy emphasis on plot. It contains elements of Dominance and discipline with dubious consent, psychological conditioning, and mental manipulation. There’s also gunfire, violence, and things that blow up. If any of this offends you, this is not the book for you.

Warnings like that shout at me, telling me this is my kind of book. Psychological horror, the type once only written about by the great Poe, but now written by some fantastic women authors, of which Adriana Noir jumps to the forefront, is my favorite kind.

I grabbed a little snippet off of Adriana's blog pertaining to her latest gem and posted it below. You can hit the link and read the entire post over there. It sheds some serious insight into the world that is Adriana Noir.

Sinister Kisses Release ~ AKA New Year, New Me

At the end of 2012, I realized I needed a change. I was stuck, stalled, my creative mind and spirit dulled. It was time for me to recharge. I think all writers go through this from time to time. As people, we are ever growing, ever changing, and ever learning. Or at least we should be. Rather than sit back on my laurels and whine and bemoan my situation, I took charge–and surrendered all in the same breath. I followed my passion, and from that passion, a new novel was born. I hate to say it, but this is the most fun and  I’ve had writing in years:

For well rounded horror that pushes some serious limits within the genre and allowing exquisite doses of erotica to further flesh out the tales, Adriana Noir is the author to read. Grab her books and get busy!


Adriana's Amazon Author page bio:

Adriana hails from a small town in N.E. Ohio where unpredictable weather and inspiring locals abound. When she's not busy writing, she enjoys recruiting minions (it's all a plot to take over the world one word at a time) spending time with her family, or sharpening her culinary skills. She's also been known to lurk on various social media outlets, where she lures unsuspecting followers into her snare.
You can find out more about her, her hijinks, and any upcoming projects or releases at

Adriana's books:

Book Description

October 13, 2012
Mankind has failed.

After economic ruin drives the world to its knees, darkness and evil reign supreme. From this darkness a group of banished angels, known as the Fallen, rise and roam free–hellbent on destroying humanity once and for all.

Seir is unsympathetic to the plight of mortals. Thousands of years on Earth have left him bitter, sarcastic, and jaded, but when a mysterious woman seeks his help, he’s unwillingly thrust into what could become the final end game for us all. Within Ava lies an important key–one this fallen angel must protect in order to survive and his comrades will stop at nothing to erase.

To make matters worse his former brothers are starting to descend, and some of them are none too happy with the choices he’s made. As angelic and demonic forces clash in a violent struggle for control, the world’s fate hangs precariously in the balance.

The time has come. The battle for our souls has begun…

5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Debut! October 11, 2012
Format:Perfect Paperback
I had the honor of an advance copy of Requiem:Book of the Fallen. This is no typical story of good and evil. Noir's Angels, divine and fallen, jump off the page with endearing quirks and gut wrenching angst in this apocalyptic tale. The author paints an eerie picture of what the world is like after "The Collapse." In the light of recent economic times and world happenings, it is easy to imagine the world she creates.

Requiem: Book of the Fallen introduces us to a young woman, Ava, that holds the key to humanity's salvation or their downfall. Neither side truly knows the power she possesses, as they jockey to be the one to control her. Both sides are on edge as she chooses to walk a fine line between her heavenly guardians and the dark forces that seek to destroy all. One thing I would've never imagined is the sarcastic,scathing, humor of the main character, the fallen angel Seir. His sometimes bitter, but blunt, take on all involved in the battle will make you think, and surely make you laugh even in the darkness. The connection he forms with Ava is perhaps even more surprising to him than to the reader.

The battle between good and bad, light and dark is a story older than time, but told here with an intensity and skill that will send a chill down your spine and make you think. Noir's descriptions of the residents of Heaven and Hell are beautiful and horrific, the battle being waged believable, and all the more frightening for it.

Book Description

December 28, 2010
The deepening evening sky joins the lake in azure shadows, casting the landscape in monochromatic gloom that can't touch the darkness in my soul. Resting my chin on my knees, I stare unseeing down the length of the pier. The clamor of voices drifts from above where my husband stoically accepts the condolences of family and friends. The pity in their eyes is more than I deserve and too much to bear.-Excerpt from In a Moment's Breath by Mara Mc Bain

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April 23, 2009
Writer's Bump presents twenty-eight short stories from some of the best emerging writers.

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March 22, 2013
What does a girl wear to dinner with a scary Special Forces type with killer eyes and an even deadlier partner?

After a chance encounter in the woods leaves her shaken and reeling, the last thing Taylor McAvay wanted to do was accept an invitation to dinner. Then again, after seeing what Sebastian Baas was capable of, she felt she had little choice. The guy did just save her life, and the feel of his partner’s assault rifle pressed against her cheek still lingered in her mind.

What she discovers surprises her. Beneath the armor and fatigues, is a smart, attentive, and sophisticated man. Unable to resist, Taylor finds herself drawn in by the Special Agent’s charm. Everything about Sebastian, from his imposing presence to his hypnotic eyes, pulls her under his spell. When a drive by shooting leaves her apartment riddled with bullets, she falls under his command as well—not to mention the shadow of a lethal, underground organization known as SKALS.

Her lover has a dark and dangerous side he tries to keep hidden, but when a series of events sends their lives spiraling out of control, she realizes there is much more to him than meets the eye. His moods can be dizzying—his temper, terrifying. And when she fails to meet his expectations, the discipline she faces is a startling contrast to the pleasure he gives. Whether she wants to leave or not doesn't matter. Taylor soon learns, when it comes to Sebastian and SKALS, there is no escape.

**DISCLAIMER** This is a dark, erotic thriller with a heavy emphasis on plot. It contains elements of Dominance and discipline with dubious consent, psychological conditioning, and mental manipulation. There’s also gunfire, violence, and things that blow up. If any of this offends you, this is not the book for you.

Adriana Noir is a Woman In Horror!