Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CHANTAL NOORDELOOS - WOMAN IN HORROR!



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Chantal Noordeloos is my Woman In Horror today! Chantal is a different sort of horror writer. It's not because she's from The Netherlands. That merely adds to the allure of who she is. She is a happy-go-lucky person who allows the Dark side of her to come out on paper. Chantal is easily afraid and thus sees things that many people wouldn't. She feels the horror and so automatically shows and doesn't tell.

The horror of humanity disturbs her the most, and, while she hates writing about the dredges of society exhibiting the most disgusting and heinous of affectations, she does so. If anyone were to ask me why she chooses to do this, the answer would be quite simple. In my mind, she feels an obligation to discuss things that others won't. Too many authors sit in gilded chairs and write fluffy tales of warmth and goodness. Chantal is honest about the world about her. And I applaud her for that. Depravity runs rampant on this spinning rock. People need a rude awakening about what's happening.

Chantal came to the writing world like many authors do: short stories within anthologies. Many authors wonder about the feasibility of doing this. Is there money to be made? Screw the money! The simple answer is that because of authors sharing the royalties, they will not become rich if that is all they do. But, and this is a very important but, this is the place where an author can hone her skills, gain some name recognition, and the like. In the reviews I have for the anthologies below, Chantal's name is on a lot of peoples lips. They enjoy her work and want to read more of what she has to offer. So, when she puts together a stand alone collection of short stories or writes a novel, her fans are waiting for her.

My favorite piece of hers is her novel Coyote: The Outlander. This is one superb novel! Yes, I love Steampunk, and this is some of the best! Let's think intrigue and adventure in the old west, a woman bounty hunter who is the fastest draw, and add aliens slipping in through "rips." If you're like me, you are completely compelled to read this story based on these short descriptions. And you know what? You won't be disappointed. More, more, the Blazing one shouts from the roof tops!

Factor in Chantal's fascination with and fear of horror, and her mind-boggling, genre-blending skills, and what do you have? Ah, we have the obvious. Chantal Noordeloos is a Woman In Horror!


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Chantal Noordeloos (born in the Hague, and not found in a cabbage as some people may suggest) lives in the Netherlands, where she spends her time with her wacky, supportive husband, and outrageously cunning daughter, who is growing up to be a supervillain. When she is not busy exploring interesting new realities, or arguing with characters (aka writing), she likes to dabble in drawing.
In 1999 she graduated from the Norwich School of Art and Design, where she focused mostly on creative writing.
There are many genres that Chantal likes to explore in her writing. Currently Sci-fi Steampunk is one of her favourites, but her 'go to' genre will always be horror. "It helps being scared of everything; that gives me plenty of inspiration," she says.
Chantal likes to write for all ages, and storytelling is the element of writing that she enjoys most. "Writing should be an escape from everyday life, and I like to provide people with new places to escape to, and new people to meet."








 

Wrapped in Red: Thirteen Tales of Vampiric Horror by Mosiman, Billie Sue, Williams, Michael, Noordeloos, Chantal and Parker, Mark (Oct 27, 2013)

Book Description

October 27, 2013
13 Authors.
13 Stories.
Unlimited Vampire Nightmares.
Thirteen crimson concoctions sure to tempt your teeth, from the ancient to the modern, from the Carpathian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean to the Wild West, you are sure to find your... type - Wrapped In Red.

 

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Wrapped in Red is an anthology that includes not one or two great stories, but all thirteen stories in this collection are strong and well written. These vampires are old school, without a bit of sparkling in sight, for which I was truly grateful. From authors I love (i.e., Billie Sue Mosiman, Patrick C. Greene, Suzi M and Chantal Noordeloos) to authors I've never read before, I enjoyed every story in this book.

Just plain good old fashioned horror, well written, well edited and worth a read. When I was asked to review this by the publisher, I wasn't really sure. But in the end, I sat down and read the entire collection in a day, so if that isn't a collection worth a 5 star rating, I'm not sure what is."  Kat Yares, Vine Voice Reviewer

"Over the years, I've learned that stories about vampires come in all shapes and sizes. Some are scary. Some are romantic. And some are even funny. Wrapped In Red is some of everything. This eclectic collection of vampiric short stories takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride, full of spiraling terror, screeching laughter and plummeting sorrow.
And lots and lots of stomach-churning ugh!
Each of these thirteen tales have their own coppery flavor, velvety premise and grisly set of characters." -- Jenna Willett, Jen's Pen Den
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood suckers of all kinds within,, February 3, 2014
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I love reading about vampires, and this has it all. It covers conventional to the unconventional to the what the heck just happened there?!?

13 Tales in all, some obviously stand above the others but overall this is a very well done collection.
Some of my personal favorites:
Daddy Used to Drink too Much by Michael G Williams - Completely sad and heart breaking but oh so good at the same time. This was a great way to open the book. We have a vicious vampire, a weak willed and very flawed but loving father and an incredibly strong daughter.

Nitghbound by Patrick C Greene - This makes me taste the blood in my own throat it was so well written. I feel this climbs the rungs of vampire stories almost to the levels just beneath 'Salem's Lot.

Shattering Glass by Brian D Mazur - A completely new take on vampires and the delivery causes this story to rank up near the top in the entire book.

Blood in the Water by Suzi M - only three words: I WANT MORE!!!

Vermillion by Bryan W Alaspa - I love stories like this with old legends and isolated towns. The heritage mixed with ancient evil and revenge. The end result is great.

The Blood Runs Strong by Chantal Noordeloos - It does not matter if it is in a stand alone book or a collection of authors, I am starting to realize that this particular writer shines brighter than them all. She manages to pull the table cloth out from under our expectations on every plot hang. A true wordsmith, Noordeloos is a name to remember.
I kept thinking the vampires were one thing, and she flipped me over seamlessly without me knowing it until I was smack in the middle of it.

These were just my personal favorites, the entire book is a solid and well done collection of wonderful vampire stories. 
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Songs for The Raven by Kirk, James Ward (Nov 22, 2013)

 

Book Description

November 22, 2013
Songs for the Raven” investigates the human condition, trying to establish a literary approach to horror by bringing together stories and poetry that show us thoughtful perspectives of the painful truths that humanity tries to hide from itself, the deep, subconscious currents that run through our collective minds. We express emotion in many ways, often caused by our mood, following established patterns handed down through generations and reinforced in the myriad literary works that we all read at one point in our lives. In many works these emotions seem manufactured, trite even, carefully constructed veils that distract us from the deeper feelings that life itself imparts. This anthology examines those deeper emotions, tries to analyze the feelings through poetry and prose that digs deep into the human condition and that reflects the unsavory aspects of our very souls, bringing shadows to the light or shrouding them in even darker shadows. For where there is light, there is shadow and the authors wonder, at all times, what lies beyond the shadow, what really drives and motivates their characters, uncovering the awkward and uncomfortable facts or our lives and our very existence. Can anyone say they live life truthfully, guileless, free from the burden of little and bigger lies? The authors dare ask these questions and in the ensuing silence they tread on the delicate shards of broken souls, grinding them beneath their stone cold heels, hoping that the feeling will evoke emotions real and raw that spill forth like a song of bitter anguish. And from the shadows, the raven observes, ponders, waits, listens to the songs, selecting the right moment to show painful, blinding truth… Mike Jansen, 2013, Amsterdam
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Songs November 25, 2013
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A very interesting, creative and diverse book choc full of reading! I truly believe that there is something here that will interest just about anyone. The work is also amazingly original. No sexpot vampire bimbettes or conflicted werewolves.

I was unfamiliar with several of the authors in this collection and can honestly say that I enjoyed them enough to look them up and download more of their work. I can't think of a better recommendation than that! 
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Dark Bits (QuickLII) by Ford, Robert, Lucia, Kevin, Degeit, Mandy and Shipp, Jeremy (Sep 2, 2013)

Book Description

September 2, 2013
Dark Bits is a collection of 52 +1 horror flash fiction stories. Short, but not sweet, they move quick to grab you. Got a minute? Go ahead, try one.

Authors:

Angela Pritchett, Apple Ardent Scott, Bruce Boston, Bryce Hughes, Cameron Suey, Carson Buckingham, Chantal Noordeloos, Chantel Delulio, Cynthia Ray, Dane Hatchell, Darryl Dawson, David Bernstein, David Greske, Die Booth, Edd Vick, G.N. Braun, Guy Anthony De Marco, James Roy Daley, James S. Dorr, Jamie Lackey, Jeff Heimbuch, Jeremy C. Shipp, Jessica McHugh, Johannes Pinter, Kallirroe Agelopoulou, Kathryn Ptacek, Keith Armstrong, Kenneth W. Cain, Kevin David Anderson, Kevin Lucia, Mandy DeGeit, Mark C. Scioneaux, Mary Pletsch, Matthew Wilson, Max Booth III, Meriah L. Crawford, Michael H. Antonio, Michele Mixell, Randolph Andrews, Rebecca L. Brown, Richard Farren Barber, Robert Ford, Robert Smales, Robin Devereaux-Nelson, Sandy Shelonchik, Sheri White, Stephanie Jessop, Tina Rath, Tracy L. Carbone, Wesley Southard, William Gracey, William Meikle, William Whorton
4.0 out of 5 stars Very scary little bits indeed February 3, 2014
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53 little bites of horror fiction
Some are incredibly short, some are a touch longer but most if not all will tug at the hair on the back of your neck.

A quick and easy read, try to do so during the daylight hours because some of these are just too terrifying to be bothered in the darker times of our lives.
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Someone Wicked: A Written Remains Anthology by Morgan, Christine, Reinbold, JM, Mosiman, Billie Sue and Soares, L.L. (Nov 25, 2013)

Book Description

November 25, 2013
"There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly, and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it." — Chanakya

Avaricious, cruel, depraved, envious, mean-spirited, vengeful—the wicked have been with us since the beginnings of humankind. You might recognize them and you might not. But make no mistake. When the wicked cross your path, your life will never be the same. Do you know someone wicked? You will.

The 21 stories in the Someone Wicked anthology were written by the members of the Written Remains Writers Guild and its friends, and was edited by JM Reinbold and Weldon Burge.

Gail Husch - Reckonings
Billie Sue Mosiman - The Flenser
Mike Dunne - The Fire of Iblis
Christine Morgan - Sven Bloodhair
Ramona DeFelice Long - The Chances
Russell Reece - Abracadabra
Carson Buckingham - The Plotnik Curse
Chantal Noordeloos - Mirror Mirror
Patrick Derrickson - The Next King
Barbara Ross - Home Improvements
JM Reinbold - Missing
Shaun Meeks - Despair
Liz DeJesus - Sisters: A Fairy Tale
Doug Blakeslee - The Flowering Princess of Dreams
Justynn Tyme - The Semi-Aquatic Blue Baker of Borneo
Ernestus Jiminy Chald - The Tail of Fate
Weldon Burge - Right-Hand Man
Joseph Badal - Ultimate Betrayal
Maria Masington - Impresario
L.L. Soares - Sometimes the Good Witch Sings to Me
Shannon Connor Winward - The Devil Inside

The illustration for the cover was created by Jamie Mahon. Cover design by Amy York.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked, twenty one ways to Sunday January 5, 2014
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Reading about wickedness, in either fact or fiction, gives one a feeling unlike anything else. I think it forces issues that would otherwise languish on the shelves of the skull-room. I also think that the anthology format works well for this down and dirty genre for the very reason that it is able to stretch your senses to limits heretofore unknown as well as take your mind to places you would have perhaps never dared venture.

There are many great stories contained within Someone Wicked, but my favorite is "The Semi-Aquatic Blue Baker of Borneo" by Justynn Tyme. This story just goes to prove that too much is never enough. A wonderfully sustained absurdist time-shifter that leaves the reader perilously little "reality" to cling to. In fact, I think that the salting of mundanity it does contain is put there just to make the reader think he or she may not be going mad after all! Though it is a short story, it reads in somewise not unlike David Wong's John Dies At The End, but further afield - and by that I mean left field!

Anyroad, enjoy this great collection,
Group 362 Dada Press 
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Fresh Fear: Contemporary Horror by Campbell, Ramsey, Gonzalez, J. F., Childs, Lily and Pugmire, W. H. (Dec 5, 2013)

Book Description

FRESH FEAR: Contem­porary Horror is a collection of horror from some of the genre's best writers of dark fiction. This collection has no central theme other than the story's ability to scare the hell out of the reader! Tales steeped in psychological horror sit alongside visions of strange worlds and inner landscapes drenched in blood. 'Quiet horror' sits comfortably next to more visceral portrayals of the monsters that lurk deep within the human heart. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famously once said, "where there is no imagination there is no horror" - the horror expressed by the authors in Fresh Fear show that imagination is indeed tantamount to excellent story-telling. Prepare yourself for 28 tales of terror-inducing fiction that will have you checking the locks on every door and window of your abode!

·         Scathe meic Beorh
·         Ramsey Campbell
·         Lily Childs  
·         Lincoln Crisler  
·         Jack Dann  
·         Robert Dunbar  
·         Thomas A. Erb  
·         Brandon Ford  
·         Carole Gill  
·         Lindsey Beth Goddard  
·         J. F. Gonzalez  
·         Dane Hatchell  
·         E. A. Irwin  
·         Charlee Jacob  
·         K. Trap Jones  
·         Tim Jones  
·         Vada Katherine  
·         Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen  
·         Shane McKenzie  
·         Shaun Meeks  
·         Adam Millard  
·         Christine Morgan  
·         Billie Sue Mosiman  
·         D.F. Noble  
·         Chantal Noordeloos  
·         W. H. Pugmire  
·         William Todd Rose  
·         Anna Taborska

Fresh Fear is an eclectic collection of the very best horror fiction from across the world. Dare you to read it! Switch the phone off, make yourself comfortable, and prepare for a trip to the darkest depths and most shadowed recesses of the human imagination.
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping it fresh December 29, 2013
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Fear comes in many forms and speaks with countless voices. This is a collection of stories from authors living in diverse places. It is a tapestry woven from these disparate elements and presented all for the love of horror.

The introduction is a selection from W.J. Renehan's "The Art of Darkness: Meditations on the Effect of Horror Fiction." Entitled "Why We Turn to Horror," it is an illuminating piece on the very attraction of horror in all its many forms.

Launching into the book, we find Scathe meic Beorh's "God of the Winds." It is a vision of human depravity with a taste of ancient terrors. Ramsey Campbell's "Welcomeland" takes you on a journey into an amusement park, forgotten by time but not by the memories which lurk within its depths. Lily Childs brings us "Strange Tastes," a tale of secret hungers revealed.

In "Nouri and the Beetles," Lincoln Crisler tells of primal desires and awful betrayal. Jack Dann's "Camps" takes us into the mind of a dying man with nightmares of a haunted past. In "High Rise," Robert Dunbar reveals a deadly seduction while Thomas A. Erb's "Spencer Weaver Gets Rebooted" is a shocking tale of vengeance.

Brandon Ford's "Scare Me" tells of a woman forced to drive to an inevitable fate. In "Raised," Carole Gill tells of ancient magic and an obsession with death. Lindsey Beth Goddard weaves a tale of unspeakable tragedy and the price to change one's fate in "The Tooth Collector."

In "Love Hurts," J.F. Gonzalez speaks of a love for pain taken to a horrific level. Dane Hatchell's "The `takers" is about a mind's descent into madness, while in "Justice through Twelve Steps," E.A. Irwin speaks of insanity talking to those who will hear.

Charlee Jacob brings us "Locked Inside the Buzzword Box," a story about devouring hunger. K. Trap Jones speaks of a demon hunter faced with a deadly choice in "Demon Eyed Blind." Tim Jones' "Protein" is a fight for survival against cannibal hunger.

Vada Katherine's "Block" describes the hunt for a killer and the desire for release. Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen tell of a man facing a lover's vengeance in "Just Another Ex." Shane McKenzie's "So Much Pain, So Much Death" is about a father finding his daughter, only to discover an awful truth.

Shaun Meeks brings us "Perfection Through Silence," the tale of a man constantly vexed by a disturbing noise. In Adam Millard's "The Incongruous Mr. Marwick," a boy learns that some solitary souls are better left alone. Christine Morgan's "Nails of the Dead" is a disturbing journey into mythological depths.

Billie Sue Mosiman's "Verboten" tells of sisterly love with fatal results. D.F. Noble's "Psych" pulls you into the psych ward to learn what hideous presence lurks in the shadows. In "The Door," Chantal Noordeloos reminds us dangers can be found on either side.

W.H. Pugmire's "Darkness Dancing in Your Eyes" is about a lost being and that which it sees in the depths of a mirror. William Todd Rose gives us the seduction of an urban legend in "The Grave Dancer," while Anna Taborska's "Out of the Light" speaks of a soul's desire pulling a man into the darkness.

William Cook has truly brought us a fresh perspective, like a sharpened blade that cuts to the quick. The forms of fear are many and you will find them all waiting for you here. For just like flesh, horror will decay... unless you keep it fresh. 
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Splatterpunk Saints 2013: An Anthology for Charity by Splatterpunk Saints, James Ward Kirk, Eva Layne and Mike Jansen (Sep 24, 2013)All proceeds go to the American Red Cross. The Splatterpunk Saints is a community of artists and writers committed to helping each member succeed in his or her craft at the highest possible level. 

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Deeply Twisted by Noordeloos, Chantal, Scott, Apple Ardent, Bilof, Vincenzo and Price, Marc (Dec 12, 2013)

Book Description

December 12, 2013
A mother murders her eldest daughter. A clock appears in the middle of a park. A one-eyed man with a raven on his shoulder joins three homeless men on a chilly night…

Embrace the night and all its terrors in this macabre gallery of monsters. The living and the dead, the spectral and the material—horrifying visions from the tormented mind of Chantal Noordeloos. Your nightmares will never be the same

Deeply Twisted: twenty dark tales with a twist
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Voice in Dutch Horror November 4, 2013
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The Ministry of Zombies was provided with a review copy of these sordid tales in exchange for a review.

It’s unusual for a new author to release a collection of short stories after publishing their first novel – it used to be something a writer did after a decade or so. However, having read several Chantal Noordeloos stories in various anthologies I knew a bit about what to expect.

From this collection, the author clearly sees short stories as a standalone genre in itself – this is not a set of stories which has been thrown together, each justifies its place – something which I think let’s down many collections by new authors. You get the feeling the author is playing the horror genre, testing out different themes & we, as readers, get to enjoy the results.

Is there a theme to this collection? Well, there is definite Dutch feel to the tales & some of the settings will please those of us familiar with this amazing country. Other than this, there is a wide range of settings & styles – murders most foul, from beyond the grave & just plain horrific – all well-written, edited & constructed stories.
There’s a lot of murder, a lot of creeping death & traditional horror!

A few highlights for me included:

Death Awaits You – a bizarre case of murder or something else? The family setting here makes it all the scarier…ever get the feeling that it won’t end well?

Uncle Edmund’s Funeral – a macabre feel to this tale – the author had me at “a luxurious wreath of white lilies graced the mahogany top” This Funeral ends very badly for some.

Preaching – This is no delicate tale, I’ve never heard a pastor like this before. It’s short & pretty horrific.

So, all in all, a fine collection. I hope Noordeloos continues with her short stories, she is certainly one the most exciting female horror writers we’ve reviewed in recent years.

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Serial Killers Iterum by Kirk, James and Cook, William (Apr 8, 2013)

 

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April 8, 2013
You, me, the general public, have a fascination for true crime accounts of people like Bundy, and fictional depictions of similar characters in television shows such as Criminal Minds and Dexter. We have a macabre interest in real life serial killers and can't comprehend the pure lack of remorse of these monsters. But yet we can't get enough. So we watch these shows and buy these books and read about these abhorrent yet fascinating criminals. Serial Killers Iterum is one such work that fulfills our insatiable obsession with serial killers in this terrifying, and bloodcurdling short story collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE BOOK FOR THE TRUE GRUE COLLECTOR February 28, 2013
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As an award-winning #1 bestselling author of several true crime serial killer books, I write accounts of these gruesome cases in a similar form to the anthology. People seem to enjoy reading about many different types of serial killer cases, more so than a full-length book on a lone serial killer. In fiction, I am partial to anthologies and short story collections, so when I was asked to write a forward to Serial Killers Iterum, it piqued my interest immediately.

Serial killers have captured the attention of the public for years. Most forms of `pop culture' are filled with such characters, including television, film, books, music, and even art. Each year, hundreds of mystery/thriller novels are written with a serial killer character as the focal point. Most of the plots are formulaic and it seems as though most authors create an idealized and organized, high IQ killer who is highly elusive and leaves behind not a thread of evidence. The only variations in each book is how they stalk victims.

Rarely, does a serial killer get away in a fiction book; but in reality, many evade capture for years, and some historical cases like Jack The Ripper remain unsolved to this day. Fictional serial killers are typically written as being more prolific than your average true serial killer and the more prolific, the more the reader is hostile toward the character. But all real life serial killers are not organized, nor methodical or ingenious. Many have avoided capture while playing cat and mouse games with police, federal agencies and the media.

When we hear on the news how a killer viciously killed, victimized, and dismembered someone, we are riveted to the television. It is like watching a car crash - some hard-wired part of our human nature forces us to look. Place the ominous character of such a serial killer in a book, and it will make for an intense reading. Many fictional authors research people like Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy, who are some of the more well-known and notorious serial killers known to the public. But how many have heard of Luis Garavito, or `The Beast', of Columbia? He preyed on young boys, raping and killing 138 victims before slitting their throats and then dismembering their bodies. That to me isn't a platitude serial killer like in most thriller novels today.

James Patterson wrote a book called, "Kiss the Girls" where a serial killer takes young women out to a remote wooded area, then releases them only to hunt them down. That too makes for an intense read, wondering if the victim will outwit and escape, but the fear is injected as the killer closes in on his prey. Serial Killer Robert Hansen did in fact use an Alaskan woods as his hunting grounds, slaying 21 victims. He'd kidnap women, rape them and set them free before tracking and hunting them like animals. Many other thriller and horror movies follow the same typified serial killer plot line.

You, me, the general public, have a fascination for true crime accounts of people like Bundy, and fictional depictions of similar characters in television shows such as Criminal Minds and Dexter. We have a macabre interest in real life serial killers and can't comprehend the pure lack of remorse of these monsters. But yet we can't get enough. So we watch these shows and buy these books and read about these abhorrent yet fascinating criminals. Serial Killers Iterum is one such work that fulfills our insatiable obsession with serial killers in this terrifying, and bloodcurdling short story collection."

Bestselling True Crime author, RJ Parker 
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Grave Robbers by Kirk, James Ward and Cook, William (Apr 8, 2013)

Book Description

April 8, 2013
Grab your lamp and your shovel, for tonight we seek the riches of the dead, the stuff they took along, but for which they really no longer have need. The work is heavy and sweat drip-drips on ancient wood, twinge of fear, is a caretaker around? Or do the rotten corpses beneath us twist and turn, annoyed at least at us disturbing their peace. Is it our imagination or did that skull really grin at us? No matter, its teeth are gold, rings and money interred make for a profitable night, which is by no means over yet and plenty of graves to desecrate. Hurry now, the midnight hour is nigh and though we fear no ghost or dancing skeleton, the witching time can bring forth our deepest fears and make them real. Clock strikes twelve and suddenly the Necropolis seems larger than life. Mausoleums shudder with morbid expectation and fresh graves shiver with deadly anticipation, not for us to enter, or dig, but to leave behind our earthly shells and join the ever swelling ranks of those that ceased to exist. With more than ordinary haste we march along the rows of stones, each darker and more threatening than the last, until at last our way is barred. The gates of dark iron might well be the gates of Hell, like fingers of bone stretching up, ready to grab our very souls. They say the dead lie still, that they care not for their riches, that they cannot hurt the living. Never had there been such fright and now we lie still, finally at rest on an ancient tomb, our eyes stare up, seeing only the coins that come in pairs . . .
5.0 out of 5 stars What a list of authors! March 10, 2013
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An all-star cast of authors were brought together to bring us an anthology of heart-pounding, fingernail-biting, nonstop action in one story after another. From poetry, flash fiction and short stories you won't put this one down until it's finished.
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Coyote: The Outlander by Noordeloos, Chantal, Apple Ardent Scott and Jonathan De Vries (Jul 21, 2013)

Book Description

July 21, 2013
''Being a female bounty hunter, Coyote made men nervous. Being an official, she made them wary. But being the best gunman, or in her case, gunwoman around, Coyote made them downright anxious. The popular consensus was that women shouldn’t be allowed to be bounty hunters, but no one dared say this out loud when Coyote was around.''

~Coyote: The Outlander

No one knows where or when the rips will appear, but they do, and from them, Outlanders walk the earth. Coyote travels the territories with Caesar, her mysterious partner in the bounty hunter business, and together they confront these alien threats to humanity. Along the way, Coyote discovers a secret that threatens to shatter everything she believes about herself, her father, and her sworn enemy, James Westwood. Whether Outlander or inner demons, some things can't be solved with a six shooter.

Chantal has crafted an amazing story of intrigue and adventure set in the wild west. I instantly fell in love with her protagonist, Coyote. In fact all the characters came alive in this adventure. I can't wait for the next installment to her series. This is REALLY good!

~Charles Day, Bram Stoker Award® nominated author of LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF and THE HUNT FOR THE GHOULISH BARTENDER

About the FREE Second Screen:
Reading itself is a favorite pastime, but with ‘Coyote: The Outlander’ we wanted to add a little extra by offering you a free second screen experience. Within the book you’ll find four icons of a safe. Each of these will come with the secret code for that part of the book. Simply go to the website ‘www.coyotethebooks.com’ and unlock the corresponding safe.

You will find FREE content, such as extra storylines, background music, selected for that part of the story. We advise you not to read ahead of the story, because the extra content may contain spoilers.

~The Tip My Hat team, Publishers of Coyote: The Outlander

5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like? Insert your superlatives here. July 23, 2013
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Now this is a great and fun read by Chantal Noordeloos. I'm a fan of steampunky settings and the cover immediately drew me in. When I read it, I really enjoyed the combination of Weird West, Sci-Fi and an alternate world in which aliens visit and sometimes look and act like humans -or not... Bowler hat off to Coyote, a cool and fun character. I hope to read more about her. 
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Hell by Kirk, James Ward and Cook, William (Apr 8, 2013)

Book Description

April 8, 2013
Go to Hell!

How often have you heard that phrase used? It’s one of the worst things to say to one of our fellow human beings with connotations of fearful, miserable and prolonged pain, either physical or psychological.

Hell, that concept of a place of eternal damnation, where pitchfork wielding devils plague our very posteriors with the flames of cleansing fire, is that real? Many of the ancient cultures on Earth seemed to think so. The Egyptians, the Greeks, the Vikings, but also the Chinese, each had their own variety of an afterlife, filled with agony and demonic creatures to dispense a kind of divine retribution for the sins we committed during our lives.

But there is another side to Hell. There is redemption. There is the chance, no matter how small, that our souls are saved through the cleansing fires and torments of that place. But it’s not the redemption itself that inspires us. It’s hope, the thought that somehow, somewhere, a benevolent God watches over us and shows us the mercy and forgiveness that we cannot give ourselves.
So what if you achieve redemption? Is it an automatic ticket into heaven? Or do you enter the next level of torment, to be judged once again, in a never ending journey?

Established and new authors attempt to answer some of these questions in this excellent anthology. And for now I’ll skip my further contemplations and bid you:

Welcome to Hell!
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a worthwile read March 10, 2013
Format:Paperback
A few days ago I received my review copy for the Hell anthology. Previously a Static Movement anthology, it now has transferred to James Ward Kirk Fiction. The stories promised originally seem to be all there, but the cover has changed and now sports artwork by William Cook, a New Zealand artist. Quite an improvement, in my opinion.

I’m not much for poetry, so I just leafed through that. The flash fiction was ok, but did not leave a big impression.

The average level of short stories is reasonable to good. Some may end weak, some may be thin on plot, some may work around small ideas and some may not appeal to a wider audience. That’s pretty common when you read an anthology around a single theme that is filled by an international cast of authors.

There’s no accounting for taste, of course, but my personal gems, in order, are: ‘Because you watched’, by Paula D. Ashe, ‘Only Forgotten’ by Chantal Noordeloos, ‘Justine’ by A.B.Stephens, ‘Tiffany’s Model Affair’ also by Chantal Noordeloos, ‘What happens in Hell, stays in Hell’ by Clint Smith and finally ‘Rebellious’ by Timothy Frazier.

These gems lift the overall score for this book from a three star average to a four star average. In all, I would say it’s been a worthwhile read 
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Indiana Science Fiction 2012 by James Ward Kirk, Davis S. Pointer, David Frazier and William Markly

 

 Indiana Science Fiction contains some of the best work from today's Indiana writers. Proceeds will go to the Indianapolis chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

By Donald White on November 19, 2012
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Indiana Science Fiction 2012 is a collection of poetry, flash fiction and short stories with various artwork interspersed. Concerning the poetry, David Frazier's CJ-5 shows the nefarious uses a robot can be put to. Disco Juice Two is wild and zany, Jekyll and Hyde meets Grease... Disk is a tale of first contact and all of its horrors. Emergency Airship Operations by David S. Pointer is a sensual space ecstasy, reminding one of the oft sexual qualities of science fiction. My favorite of the poems is Hell's Belle by Jack Horne. A femme fatale takes her love of bloodshed to a whole new level... William Mark O'Neal tantalizes with visions of android girls in Techno-Dream. And Timothy Frazier's Rover describes a journey across an alien world...

On to the stories: Eating Candy with the Angel by Kristin Roahrig seems existential at first, but blossoms with a sobering revelation. Almond Eyes by Alec Cizak is quirky, introducing a group of card players, one of whom has gained a peculiar mistress... Don't let the Bedbugs Bite by Clint Smith is about a man dealing with depression, realizing that things have been growing wrong all around him. And The Agent of Change by Mike Jansen is a daring romp through a biologically-warped land.

My favorite story is The Egg by Tony Wilson. How frightening it is to move to a new house and find something living there with you... The Lazarus Strand by Timothy Lee Frazier is good, clean zombie fun. There are many dangers to using the undead as slave labor... The Deal by Chantal Noordeloos is the tale of an unlucky man with a penchant for gambling, who risks it all in a game with the highest stakes. Devices by Murphy Edwards is a quirky tale about small town inventions and their many uses. The Tesla Bars by James Gengler and Mark Brandon Allen is a nostalgic romp through younger days and what happens when little boys fancy themselves as chemists. And finally, Last Thought by Bethany Wilhelm is about an investigation turning into a fight for survival.

This is a great group of stories with interesting artwork throughout: a true feast for the mind, reminding us of the things that reside just beyond our perception.

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