Thursday, February 27, 2014


Kat Yares is my woman In Horror today! She takes the wondrous tales running through her mind from her Smoky Mountains roots and combines them with religious yays and nays - more nays, I believe -, fantasy, thrillers, and horror. But she doesn't stop there. Kat delves into the political climate running rampant at the present time. This is no small feat considering some of these tales were written before what's happening now came to pass. Genetically engineered food? Kat wrote the book on this. You can't pull the wool over Kat's eyes.

In other words, Kat is a thinking person's author, preferring to enlighten her readers about the status quo with her superbly crafted tales. Even in the midst of her most terrifying tales, there is a message, one that is certainly received better than by constant pounding one's ideas into people's heads. Tell it like it is and allow the readers to decipher for themselves. We who write horror are the most honest of authors. The Dark is ever present. It is our duty to write about it.

She is an Indie Author because she is a control freak, and this allows her to control all aspects of her books, from covers, content, and a larger percentage of the pie. Also, she is a screenwriter and Indie movie maker.

Her book Beneath The Tor is especially fascinating. Many of the characters pop up from the New Testament in the Bible. Super stuff! Gotta love it! This is one of her what if tales that I love. Add in The XIII and you have a wonderful duo of superb mind-blowing stories which could very well have happened. These are stand alone books , but I suggest you read them both.

Okay, if you want to read a tale of religion gone wrong and the not so pleasant consequences, read Vengeance Is Mine and shiver with fright. Draw your own conclusions, but I'm sure all of us are aware of extreme religious beliefs doing much more harm than good.

Most of the reviews of Kat's books below are from my friends, people I trust with their opinions. As so happens to be the case, a lot of my Women In Horror are the reviewers.

Kat chooses the books she reads through her online friends. They pretty much share the same preferences in reading, so it is a natural decision.

Kat loves to interact with her fans, so feel free to get in touch with her.  She's waiting to hear from you.

Kat Yares is without a doubt a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Kat Yares has been writing fiction her entire adult life. She is an author, screenwriter, indie movie maker and amateur photographer. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous print publications and online. She was first accepted into the Horror Writers Association in 2001 and remains a member today.
Her fiction is primarily in the horror/thriller genres. Unlike many, she writes horror not to gross out or startle her readers, but to make them think. Most of her stories are mind games and deal with mans (or woman's) inhumanity to man (or woman).
Her novella, Vengeance Is Mine, while horror, still strikes a cord for many readers as they can see correlations between the story and what is happening in today's political climate.
Her two novels, Beneath the Tor and The XIII, are both fantasy and thriller and as several readers have written to her, are bound to send her to Hades after she passes.
Visit her blog ( to find out more about her and the various Internet retail outlets where her books can be found.


Flash It! by Writers, Fiction, Atoka, Ted, Brudie, D. Jonathan and Chaplin, Jeanette (Oct 31, 2013) 

Book Description

October 31, 2013
Fiction Writers’ Group has done it again, continuing its Writers’ Anarchy anthology collection with a fine collection of short stories of 1,000 words or less... flash fiction. Inside these pages you’ll find inspiration with quick reads that will leave you wanting more.

Read Graeme Clark’s tale of a mail delivery person’s worse nightmare, with dogs that are even worse than usual, in "The Last Post". Then, Hayley Carter’s "Platinum Blonde" goes a bit beyond hair color, with an unexpected twist.

From Cathy Conway’s "Olive Tree Manor", to HMC’s "Hilary’s Shadow", Sam Manzini’s "The Little Blade", to Ted Atoka’s crazy chicken in "Dammit", you’ll laugh, feel your scalp tingle and discover you just cannot put this one down.

Flash It! is the name to watch for in an ongoing new story series by writers from all over the globe. Flash It! offers new writers an opportunity to strut their stuff, and new readers a chance to discover new writers who capture the imagination and increase the appetite with bite-size stories that taste like hors d’oeuvres but fill you up like a seven-course meal.

Ted Atoka, Christopher Bell, D. Jonathan Brodie, Hayley Carter, Jeanette Chaplin, Earl Chessher, Graeme Clark, Cathy Conway, Angel Cox, Fern Willows, Robert Friedrich, Patti L. Geesey, Nicci Hartland, T.D. Harvey, Wayne Hills, HMC, Bryan Holland, Anthony Hulse, Nadeem James, V. Jauregui, Leia Stone, Eddie Khaymovich, Debbie Manber Kupfer, Renee’ LaViness, Dan Lambert, Gary Lines, Sam Manzini, J.W. Martin, John McGinn, M. McGriff, Dave Morehouse, Pamela Murray, Adrian J. Novelle, Kelly O’Callan, Mackenzie Otter- son, Emmie Nicole Park, Dave Perry, Tobias Roote, Sanjaya, Krishna Sarma, Moody Val, Stuart Welch, Kat Yares.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories and quick reads December 3, 2013
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I loved all these stories. They were the perfect length for a quick read when I only have a few minutes to myself.


Holiday Horror by Weeks, TJ, Tranchell, T.J., Parker, Mark and Lilly, Nicholas (Jan 16, 2014)

  Book Description

January 16, 2014
This is an anthology of horror short stories brought to you by authors from across the globe. Inside are the stories from each author as well as their links to their author pages. Also included are their picture so you can get to know the author as your unveil each of their stories.

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Beneath the Tor by Yares, Kat (Sep 15, 2012)

Book Description

September 15, 2012
Miriam is a priestess from the Isle of Avalon. Yahshua is the love of her life. Because of that love, her father Joseph of Arimethia forces Miriam to Jerusalem in an attempt to keep the lovers apart. Fleeing her father's house after an attempted rape, Miriam faces stoning and death when she becomes a priestess in the Temple of Isis. Her one hope for a happy future is the return of Yahshua. Once reunited, the two lovers change the course of destiny.

An alternative history/fantasy Beneath the Tor is sure to excite readers of both the Mists of Avalon and The Da Vinci Code as it blends both premises into a spellbinding thriller that will keep you reading from the first to the last page.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Kat Yares is an Indie author, screenwriter, movie maker and photographer. Her work has appeared both online and in print. She is a writer that loves to take the 'what-ifs' of life and turn it into a story, entertaining some with her twisted thoughts and possibly even upsetting or offending others. Beneath the Tor is the first of a series of two books - the sequel The XIII takes place over 2000 years after the ending of Beneath the Tor. 

  5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of the story October 28, 2012

By Terry
Kat Yares' novel, Beneath the Tor, is a compelling retelling of the beginnings of Christianity. Her inclusive version recalls many well-known names from the New Testament, adding depth to each one's personality and destiny. She begins the tale at the Isle of Avalon, with the Lady of the Lake, her younger sister, and other priestesses who worship the Goddess as the one true deity. Miriam is an old woman talking to a young woman from the island, having asked her to transcribe her narrative for future generations.

Miriam's life changes dramatically when her father arrives from Jerusalem to reclaim her as his daughter and brings her to live as a hidden servant in his home. Miriam's life-long friend has convinced her father to bring her and keep her until they can be married three years hence. This young priestess of Avalon is scorned as being one from 'the fairies' and is soon in need of a sanctuary, which she finds in a temple of the Goddess Isis.

Her story includes Joseph of Arimathea as her father and his hostile wife and sons, as well as Peter, Paul (Saul), Judas, Barabbas, John, Mary, Joseph, and more. The settings of the story logically include early Rome, Jerusalem, Egypt, Britain, Nazareth and India, and the transports of two thousand years ago: large and small ships, carts, and litters. Household implements such as stones used for grinding wheat to flour, wooden goblets and plates, and pallets for sleep are easily worked into Yares' story.

The roles of men and women are in sharp contrast between the Isle of Avalon and 'the world,' and Miriam learns to adjust as needed to each, for the sake of her children and husband, Jesus (named Yahshua in the story.)

This version from the other side of the lake does change outcomes, character development and history as we've been told; it raises within the reader a sense of possibility. What if it happened this way, and the truth was hidden by those who assumed power through the ages?

The ultimate question left unanswered is, when will the story hidden beneath the Tor of Avalon be found; the prophecy is that it will be discovered when the time is right. How will it impact the distribution of power and influence in the world?

This story leaves a great deal to the imagination, and to the aspirations of many women. Well done, Kat Yares!


Kats Tales - Journeys Into the Velvet Darkness: Revealed Evil by Yares, Kat and Yares, Kevin (Jan 8, 2012)

Book Description

January 8, 2012
A collection of thirteen previously published short stories revealing the evil that lives within the human heart. Ranging from flash fiction to longer works, this is the first book in a series of three that explore the darkness of humanity and nature.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Kat Yares has been writing fiction for her entire adult life. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous print publications and online. Currently she is working on screenplay adaptations of several of her shorts and novels. She lives, with her husband and two English Mastiffs, in the Ozark backwoods.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fear Inducing Stories, April 18, 2013
This review is from: Kats Tales - Journeys Into the Velvet Darkness: Revealed Evil (Kindle Edition)
This collection of shorts is in my opinion horror at it's finest. Each story gives you a different level of fear. I think the scariest part is that each story albeit fiction gives you the human monster instead of the monster under the bed. As I read this and the little hairs stood up on the back of my neck ( which happened with almost every story) I began to think, any of the characters in this book could be someone I passed in the grocery store. That are what stays with me most. That the things in this story could happen.
Kat Yares does an outstanding job of reaching into my mind with her words and at times brings my emotions almost to the point where there is no turning back and I know it is either finish reading or drive myself mad wondering what is going to happen next, or in this case in the next story.

If you are the kind of horror fan who likes the feel of that icy chill running up your spine or the goose bumps crawling up your arms as you read then I highly recommend this collection to you.


Vengeance Is Mine by Yares, Kat (Jan 24, 2012)

Book Description

January 24, 2012
As the small, religious community ruled by the sadistic Brother Joseph Jones braces for a coming ice storm, a battered, beaten Macie Jones hovers between life and death. Cooter James, a former POW, discovers Macie’s freezing body and must make a decision: try to save the woman he has found or continue to ignore the happenings in the village below and maintain his hermit like existence.

His decision made, Macie lies comatose in Cooter’s cabin and discovers that she has opened the veil between the living and dead of the brutal, patriarchal community. Through her, the women and children that suffered before her have found a way to repay their own brand of vengeance on the men who treated them so brutally in the name of God.

In the dreamtime, Macie must make her own decision: help the women with their plans of revenge or try to prevent any further death and pain.

This novella contains graphic violence and would be rated "R" if it were a motion picture.


Kat Yares has a distinct feel for her characters and she brings them to life in a way that evokes sympathy and concern and a genuine desire to need to know what happens next. In VENGEANCE IS MINE, Yares takes us inside a warped community where cruelty is carried out in the name of God, and you will be rooting for vengeance from page one--you will not be disappointed. Yares will take you to dark places--get ready for quite a ride. Read VENGEANCE IS MINE today." --J.T. Warren, author of BLOOD MOUNTAIN

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Kat Yares has been writing fiction her entire adult life. She is an indie author, screenwriter and filmmaker. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous print publications and online. Currently she, along with her husband Kevin, is editing several short film adaptations of her stories for submissions into various film festivals around the country. Her fiction is primarily in the horror/thriller genres. Unlike many, she writes horror not to gross out or startle her readers, but to make them think. Most of her stories are mind games and deal with mans (or woman's) inhumanity to man (or woman). 


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Horror of Religion February 15, 2012
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This book is not really a critique on religion, only on the instances in which human maliciousness thrives through the manipulation of religion. This story is highly engaging, disturbing, and will satisfy readers looking for horror that reflects the darker nature simmering inside many people. Read and enjoy.
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The XIII by Yares, Kat (Jan 12, 2014)

Book Description

January 12, 2014
For over two thousand years, the patriarchal heads of thirteen families have ruled the world from the shadows. When adopted Maria Sanchez marries the wealthy, good looking Joshua Christenson III, she has no idea of who he really is or the ancestry of their child she carries. As the new generation of the thirteen take their places at the table - they have no idea that one in their own midst will seek to destroy them all.

As Maria attempts to understand what is happening in the world and why; the weaker link of the thirteen attempts to gain the power that he so desperately desires.

Although a standalone thriller, The XIII picks up 2000 years after the story told in Kat Yares' Beneath the Tor. A page turner that fits the description of The Da Vinci Code meets The Illuminati. Although first penned several years ago, the themes in this story are front page news today.
4.0 out of 5 stars what a tangled web! December 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ms Yares is able to take facts and blend them into a fictional story so well you are unsure what is real and what is not.
Based on true events, this books gives an alternative reason behind the plots.
As the tale of plotting, intrigue, revenge and abuse between a group of 13 men takes off; the bitterness and destruction is gripping.
The climatic ending was amazing, but as with all good reads leaves you wanting more!
(if you enjoyed Beneath the Tor you will love this... and vice versa!)


Holiday Horror 2014 by TJ Weeks, Dana Wright, Kat Yares and Kevin Hall (Dec 23, 2013)

Book Description

December 23, 2013
This is an anthology of horror short stories brought to you by authors from across the globe. Inside are the stories from each author as well as their links to their author pages. Also included are their picture so you can get to know the author as your unveil each of their stories.


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The Truth of Becoming by Kat Yares (Aug 29, 2012)

  Book Description

August 29, 2012
It is said that all myths are rooted in a kernal of truth. In The Truth of Becoming, author Kat Yares takes the vampire myth to a different level - seeking to find that truth. Meet John Thomas, a loving, family man - devoted husband and father of two - who falls ill on a hot summer day. A few days later, he is dead - or is he?

Follow the adventure of John as he discovers exactly who and why he is in this short story.

The Truth of Becoming was first published in Stories of Fear, Issue Three and later reprinted in Demons and Shadows, The Magazine, Issue One.

The Truth of Becoming is now a minor motion picture, developed by Dirt Road Productions, LLC and is currently making the film festival curcuit.
5.0 out of 5 stars not exploded, nuked! August 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
WOW where to start with this review - this gripped me from the start, held me down and splattered me into submission.
A blast of an introduction on the turning of a vampire. Explode the myth? I think Kat Yares has nuked it!
Sharply written, so tense it gave no room for emotion, leaving you as devoid as the new Vamp.
This left me in wide-eyed shock and relief as the "new man" saunters off into the moon light!

My first novella by this author and blimey I feel a little dazed and confused, but ready for more.


Bed Rocks by Kat Yares (Feb 10, 2012) 

Book Description

February 10, 2012
Sometimes the old ways are not the best ways. Modern folk will be even more thankful for their central heat on a cold winter's night after reading this cautionary tale of how one elderly couple attempted to keep their bed warm at night.

First published by Thirteen Stories Magazine.
Format:Kindle Edition
Another perfectly edited short story!
Brilliantly created characters, you get a real feel for their lives in a just a paragraph, such clever writing.
Just when you settle in for a nice cosy story, Ms Yares thinks up something to bite you in the a**e and give you that skin crawling feel.... will stick to my nice cosy water bottle!


The Sinkhole by Kat Yares (Mar 23, 2012)

Book Description

March 23, 2012
We've all heard the stories of the people who live in caves or beneath our feet in tunnels underground. In The Sinkhole, one twelve year old boy comes faces to face with these nearly human beings and discovers that they truly do not like their space invaded.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling! July 31, 2012
By Suzi M
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Having grown up around an area where mining was rampant - and sinkholes happened - this wonderful short gave me pause. Instead of shrugging and assuming a sinkhole is a product of man-made progress, now I'll always wonder if it's the work of something far more sinister.


The Well by Kat Yares (Jan 12, 2014)

Book Description

January 12, 2014
When young, widowed Sarah Lewis discovers why the water has stopped flowing from her water well, she is in disbelief. But when the mythical creature holding back the water tells her the price to get it flowing again, Sarah is in abject terror. Can she find a solution before the thing devours her young son?

The Well is a novellete of approximately 10,000 words.
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Down in the Well July 15, 2013
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Sarah's got a problem with her well. When she goes down into it she finds something lurking there she didn't expect. The thing wants to make a deal with her, but can Sarah trick the entity into something and maybe find a way to break the deal? You'll have to read this to find out. This little morality tale about evil lurking where you least expect it and how to deflect it is a scrumptious little feast of words. Recommended!


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Paranoia by Kat Yares (Mar 2, 2012)

Book Description

March 2, 2012
Thoughts become things, or at least that is what we are told. In that vein, what you fear becomes reality when allowed irrational and debilitating control over your life. Paranoia is a short story exploring that type of fear.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! February 2, 2013
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A great tale of woe... from a great neighborly perspective!
How DO you explain 12inch horrors that eat your neighbor alive??
What started as tongue in cheek for me turned into a bit of freak out moment, as I checked all my windows and door locks whilst doing my hoovering because of this other Cleanliness is Next to... Kat Yares short story!
A really great read!


The Changelings by Kat Yares (Feb 19, 2012)

  Book Description

February 19, 2012
Many parents feel that once their children reach their middle teens, they no longer know their child. In this short story, Abbi Cunningham discovers why this is so.

This story first appeared in Issue 11 of Blood Moon Rising magazine.
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting twist! May 13, 2013
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Poor Abbi she struggles with her life and her sanity in this short story of teenage angst.
Very amusing, tongue in cheek, to start with which slowly descends in to terror and reality with real kick in the last paragraph!
Please check out all of Kat Yares other short stories, well worth a read!

Cleanliness is Next to... by Kat Yares (May 4, 2012)

Book Description

May 4, 2012
While some keep their house spotlessly clean, others do not. And some do no housework at all - in the end, they may regret that choice. This short story, Cleanliness is Mine...explores what might happen if dust bunnies are not regularly removed from the home.
5.0 out of 5 stars DUST bunnies... have already hoovered! February 2, 2013
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how is it possible to be flung from my Saturday morning lay in, enjoying my reading to running around with the hoover!!
Ms Yares... thats how!!
Did the odd dust bunnie ever do any harm.... erm well yes!
Very creepy story!!


A Matter of Will by Kat Yares (Apr 6, 2012)

Book Description

April 6, 2012
A campy little vampire story with homage paid to Master Stoker.

There are more than one creatures of the night, but only one other does the vampire fear. Yet, Cal Harper is unable to resist the inevitable confrontation.


1 comment:

  1. Kat's a great writer and that's a really terrific tribute to her!