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NAOMI CLARK - WOMAN IN HORROR!





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Naomi Clark is my Woman In Horror today! The first book of hers I read was Afterlife, and to say I enjoyed it would be an understatement. From a wraith tour guide, hunting revenants at night and eating their souls; Ethan, an alcoholic PI hell-bent on solving the case of missing boys; ghosts; cacodaemons; an Immaculate vampire; and super settings of the Dark existing everywhere, Naomi touches on every nasty entity that exists. For that reason alone, this book is a grand read for those wishing to combine a grand story with explanations of what demons not read about on a regular basis are all about.

I am absolutely fascinated with how Naomi is able to keep the flow going with so many sub-plots happening everywhere. Great job, Naomi!

Naomi is not a one-trick pony. She writes superb tales of Werewolves as well as the assorted demons in Afterlife. And she is great with Gothic Horror, as her tale Shadow Cursed reveals. Insane asylums, love, and more all abound in this tale.

Did I leave out necromancers? Shame on me. Head to The Necromancer's Apprentice.

Bios:

Naomi Clark lives in Cambridge and is a mild-mannered office worker by day, but a slightly crazed writer by night. She has a perfectly healthy obsession with giant sea creatures and a preference for vodka-based cocktails. When she's not writing, Naomi is probably either reading or watching 80s cartoon shows, and sometimes she manages to do all three at once.

She enjoys writing, reading, really bad films (preferably with sharks), Cthulhu, cocktails, cornsnakes, and 80s cartoons.

"I like writing, perfume, fancy tea, and unfathomable monsters from the dark spaces between the stars.
Visit my blog at http://naomiclarkwrites.blogspot.co.uk/
Follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/naomi_jay
Find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/naomijclark"

Without a doubt, Naomi Clark is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob


 

Queer Wolf (Queer Legends) by Ginn Hale, Charlie Cochrane and James EM Rasmussen (Jun 7, 2009)Their world lies between the shadows and the moonlight, between man and animal...and in the city under neon moons and through on-treed streets, the queer wolves run. Bound within QUEER WOLF is an exciting collection of contemporary, urban and sensual werewolf tales; a gathering of queer wolves presented by exciting, new and established authors. Stories by: RJ Bradshaw; Naomi Clark; Charlie Cochrane; Laramie Dean; Moondancer Drake; Ginn Hale; Erica Hildebrand; Michael Itig; Lucas Johnson; Andi Lee; Charles Long; Stephen Osborne; Robert Saldarini; Quinn Smythwood; Jerome Stueart; Anel Viz; Cari Z "The debut anthology from James EM Rasmussen's QueeredFiction is an entertaining and varied collection, boasting such talents as Charlie Cochrane and Ginn Hale. Lovers of the lycan will find much to slaver over here: from the werewolf wanabee to the lovers-through-time, to waifs and strays. From the carnal to the violent to the passionate, this anthology will wag your tail, I guarantee it." Erastes

By Stephen Stefl on September 12, 2009
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Fun Book. I've always enjoyed werewolf stories, they have thrilled me since childhood, and this book is no exception. 
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Afterlife by Clark, Naomi, Kim Richards and Jinger Heaston (Dec 1, 2009)

Book Description

December 1, 2009
Yasmin Stoker is a ghost tour guide who spends her days showing tourists around Shoregrave’s haunted hotspots. She also happens to be a wraith who spends her nights hunting Revenants, newly-risen flesh-eating vampires. On one of her regular hunts, she witnesses a mysterious ghostly girl pulling the body of a teenage boy underground. Who and what is this girl, and why is she attacking men around the city? Yasmin investigates, but it quickly becomes clear that somebody wants to keep her from finding the killer and they’ll do anything–including ambushing her with ghouls and cacodaemons–to stop her.

With only a persistent private eye and a taciturn vampire (one of the Immaculate, no less) to help her, Yasmin must deal with fanatical necromancers, crazed ghosts, and a sexy history teacher in her quest to solve the mystery. And along the way she uncovers some heartbreaking truths about her own existence.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great urban fantasy from a skilled designer of creepy settings!, May 10, 2012
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Yasmin Stoker leads ghost tours for tourists; a pretty steady business in Shoregrave, the murder capital of the country. She's also a wraith who eats the souls of newly-risen vampires for dinner and helps the local Lich Lord Nicomedes- whether she likes it or not- keep the Pale World in its place. Her life is complicated enough.

Now there's a new kind of demon on the scene, capturing young men and carrying them to the Netherworld. Nicomedes orders her to ignore it and focus on keeping clueless human P.I. Ethan Banning, who is following a string of child murders, from finding out about the Pale World. But the demon isn't stopping, and neither is Ethan. Can Yasmin carry out her orders without getting caught in the crossfire?

The first and most obvious thing to love about this book is its atmosphere. Clark is a skilled designer of creepy settings, and Shoregrave wears it well. The characters do too- her description of Nicomedes is perhaps the most vivid and disturbing of the book, rivaled only by that of the demon she hopes to stop. The only problem with this is that it makes one of the primary villains of the book seem like an afterthought. Compared to the supernatural characters, the humans in Afterlife seem like cardboard cutouts- apart from Ethan, who couldn't be anything less than his own messed-up self.

Perhaps that's rather the point, though. This book is really about the struggles of the supernatural world, and even though the main characters live with mortals, their connections to them are tenuous and problematic at best. (Fans of the U.K. series Being Human will find this theme easy to relate to.) In contrast, the relationships between the immortals, romantic and otherwise, are complex and well-built. Even the trivial scenes between them are vivid; one of the most poignant interactions takes place between Yasmin and a pair of little-girl ghosts on her tour route.

There are a few problems with this otherwise fabulous book: Clark leaves what seems like an important plot point (the significance of the Lich Lords' human "pets") completely unresolved. It's possible this will figure in a sequel, but it's given such a sense of urgency by the Lich Lord Lucretia that I was surprised when it was never mentioned again. Also, the proofreading is much sloppier than I would expect from an established small press. This book deserved more attention from its publisher.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to fans of urban or dark fantasy. Clark is an amazing writer, and this book is a great introduction to her work- and to Ethan! 
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Silver Kiss (Urban Wolf) by Clark, Naomi (Aug 13, 2013)

Book Description

August 13, 2013
Ayla Hammond has come home. After years as a lone wolf in a self-imposed exile, she's rejoining the pack and trying to mend fences with her parents. She's convinced them to accept her girlfriend, but can a lone wolf change her ways? As if homecoming wasn't hard enough, Ayla also can't help getting involved in a missing person case. With pressure to solve the case mounting from the pack alphas, Ayla is starting to question where her loyalties lie—and if a return to the pack she left behind is really what she wants.

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Strong, vibrant and engrossing."
James EM Rasmussen
"What is there not to love? Clark immerses the reader in a world that is imaginary yet bordering on the verge of being absolutely real. This is a must read!"
Pen & Muse
FIVE STAR REVIEW
It's been a while since I read a book with just werewolves, and it was definitely refreshing.
Urban Fantasy ReaderFOUR STAR REVIEW
5.0 out of 5 stars Four paws up for Silver Kiss August 19, 2010
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Where to start?

There are so many good things to say about SILVER KISS. One could start with the delight inherent in finding a novel where werewolves don't play second fiddle to hawt 'n' sexy 'n' angsty vampires. One could go further back and dwell on the rarity of a book starring werewolves which is set in a world where vampires don't even exist. One could take a moment to enjoy finding an urban fantasy novel set in England rather than the US. One could mention these, and many other things that make this novel a great find.

However, to do so would be to do a great disservice to the author. What makes SLIVER KISS such a rollicking good read is not these details. Rather, it is the skill of the author. Clark weaves a tight story around believable characters and delivers a novel that balances action and suspense with emotion and deep, engrossing world-building.

In a world where werewolf birth rates are declining and young pack members are under great pressure to marry and start popping out pups, a lesbian pack member would have a whole unique set of problems. This is the world Ayla finds herself in. The fact that her girlfriend is human is beside the point. Several years after she left the pack she's coming home. Have the pack's attitudes changed? What about her parents? What about this missing person case? And, of course, there's this new drug doing the rounds of the werewolf community. It's harmless. So why are so many wolves going loco?

If you're a wild child with a secret hankering to run across the grass on paws and in fur, but hate the way your lupine brethren (and sistren!) always end up overshadowed by the bloodsuckers, SILVER KISS is for you. Join me in howling at the full moon, won't you? 
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Demonized by Clark, Naomi, Ellen Tevault and Jinger Heaston (Feb 27, 2011)

Book Description

February 27, 2011
PI Ethan Banning is smoking too much, sleeping too little, and hearing voices. One voice, to be exact: the voice of the demon that possessed him on his last case. A voice that urges him to hurt, rape, kill, and Ethan doesn't think he has the strength to ignore it much longer.

When his latest missing person case turns into a murder investigation, Ethan finds himself fighting not just demonic urges, but black magic, an incubus with a hidden agenda, and a client who just won't pay up. Luckily, Ethan's got a few friends on his side, like Detective Anna Radcliffe, and his trusty dog, Mutt. If Ethan can ignore the demon long enough, he might just solve this case before it kills him.
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Demonized by Dina Rae January 13, 2012
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Demonized was more fun than a day at Six Flaggs! I read it almost as fast as the speed of light, at times pausing to gasp or laugh hysterically. The main character is a witty, alcoholic, and possessed PI. The lady cop is smart, sexy, and tough as nails. Enjoyable indulgence! Highly recommend.
Dina Rae
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The Necromancer's Apprentice (Celatus Guild Series) by Clark, Naomi, Slade, Pam and Dominique, Dawné (Nov 5, 2011)

Book Description

November 5, 2011
Zombies. Black magic. Romance. Nobody said necromancy was easy.

All Evanthe wants is to hone her necromancy skills and gain the affections of her reclusive mentor, Morrow. Just when she thinks he might reciprocate her feelings, a face from his past threatens the life Evanthe is working so hard for. Now she's up against rogue necromancers, smarmy demonologists, and blood-thirsty zombies as she and Morrow fight to protect a secret that could kill them both. Evanthe's a talented necromancer, but that might not be enough to guarantee her a happy ending.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and quick read! March 26, 2012
Format:Paperback
I've read several books from Naomi Clark. She definitely flew to the top of my favorites and automatic lists. And this story, The Necromancer's Apprentice, is no exception. Novella in length, but that's about it. There is a ton of story within these sixty-something pages!

Evanthe (beautiful and unique name, by the way!) is twenty years old and living with Morrow, who is a mix between guardian, mentor, and the man who sparks her heart. She's had a hard life, bumped from foster home to foster home. Living with Morrow is the first time in her life she's ever felt at home. And she and Morrow, well, they practice Necromancy! Necromancy, in case you don't know, is the art of communicating with the dead. Creepy, right? Well, Naomi does such a beautiful job with this story, that even when there are rotting body parts around, you don't feel creeped out at all. Or, if you are like me and love a good spooky story, then this is perfect for you!

"He'd taken her in, convinced her there was nothing wrong with her. The first person that made her feel valued, when all her life people had been determined to make her feel abnormal."

Morrow is seemingly the strong silent type, wrestling with himself between what he thinks he should do and what he wants to do where Evanthe is concerned. But she is not a teen anymore, and he has feelings for her. I was hoping and waiting for him to make a move, to set my anxiety to rest! I think these two have some real flair, and I would love to see a full length story about them!

Now don't get me wrong, this isn't just about romance. You are dealing with some heavy duty magic, demonology, The Hand of Glory, zombies.... Yep, zombies!!!!!! Evanthe and Morrow are fighting to save themselves from several onslaughts, and it's them against the world. There's the Guild, and then there's Natasha - Morrow's nasty ex! Oooh, I really don't like her!! Oh, and theres zombies.... Yep, zombies!!!!!!!

I have nothing but wild praise for this book, and I can't wait to read more! You got some romance, some heroic behavior, a great mystery, and hmmmm, what else? Oh yeah, zombies!!!!!!!!!! 
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Night and Chaos by Naomi Clark (Jun 1, 2012)

Format: Paperback From the first chapter, NIGHT AND CHAOS grabs the readers attention. We are introduced to Ryan as she was hanging from a light being tortured by an experiment that she tried to run away from 6 years before. Ryan's father was part of a group, the APTT, that implants aliens into humans making these super humans. Ryan was the first successful experiment and she was now a shape shifter. After running from her kidnapper she finds herself in the arms of a long lost love. Just as she thought her life was getting back to normal she was thrown back into the APTT, something she never wanted to do again. This was a very exciting book and a definite cliffhanger. I know this is a trilogy and I am anxiously waiting book two Blood and Bones. A great read. This book was received for the purpose of an honest review. 
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Shadow Cursed (Brides of Darkness) by Naomi Clark (Feb 15, 2012)

Book Description

February 15, 2012
Released from Ottevar Asylum after eight hard years, Lady Emmeline returns to Nachtholm Manor to reclaim her birthright. But she has a battle on her hands—Rainart Eckhard refuses to give up his position as lord of manor, and whilst his cold attitude enrages Emmeline, his smouldering kisses leave her weak at the knees.

Who is this dangerous, enticing stranger, and what secrets does he hide? Caught in a web of desire, curses, and self-doubt, Emmeline is not only fighting Rainart for Nachtholm Manor, but for her own heart as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Cursed by Naomi Clark February 21, 2012
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Shadow Cursed by Naomi Clark ia a novella set as a Gothic romance with a paranormal twist. Lady Emmeline is finally returning home after 8 years of exile by her parents who are now dead and finds a dark brooding handsome man who is now master of her home. She is angry that he has taken over her home and yet is drawn to him at the same time. She has endured many horrors while being locked away for being insane so she is no shrinking violet but at the same time she is vunerable. Rainart Eckhard, a man with no past, compelling, handsome and angry himself, refuses to give up Nachtholm Manor to her or anyone.

I have read Naomi Clark's works before and was not disappointed, as usual. She wraps this novella in a otherwordly cloak of old world life and you are submerged in that world that no longer exists yet you find yourself there, feeling and seeing everything. I could imagine experiencing all that Emmeline saw through her eyes. Excellent descriptive narrative sets the tone in this novella, I felt all of Emmeline's anger and frustation as well as Rainart's. Her characters are so well fleshed out and I was so drawn into their world that it took me a minute to figure out the novella had ended. I would love to see this kind of novella as a full book but part of a series with a different set of characters in each book. I think that would appeal to all paranormal junkies everywhere and then some. Just a thought.

Some sexual scenes. 
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Night and Chaos (The Deva Chronicles) by Naomi Clark, Tim Marquitz and Dawné Dominique (May 30, 2012)

Book Description

May 30, 2012
Ryan’s past isn’t just haunting her. It’s trying to kill her.

Ryan McCarthy fled Applied Paranormal Theory and Tactics, her father and her lover six years ago, desperate to build life away from the weird science and supernatural experiments of her childhood. But everything she hoped to escape comes back with a vengeance when she's kidnapped and tortured by a possessed APTT employee out for revenge on the man responsible for his possession: Ryan's father.

Now, reunited with the lover she abandoned, Ryan is forced back into a world of danger and darkness she no longer understands, pursued by enemies with powers she can't fathom. But Ryan's not entirely powerless herself. ; She'll have to use every trick she knows—as well as the mystic gift she hates—to stay ahead of those enemies. And that will be easier said than done. 

The Wolf Witch (Brides of Darkness) by Naomi Clark (May 2, 2012)

Book Description

May 2, 2012
Gypsy girl Elisa has never fit in with her clan and has always longed for a wilder life. When she finds an injured wolf in the woods, she discovers a magical talent beyond her dreams, a man beyond her fantasies, and a new life that promises all the wildness and danger she could want.

Dark is a wulfen, both man and wolf, and his passion will sweep Elisa off her feet and force her to choose between her people and her freedom. If Elisa stays with the gypsies, she has nothing but an unwanted marriage to look forward to. With Dark she has rapture and excitement—but can a human girl truly survive amongst the wolves?
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fantastic Read from Clark December 31, 2012
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It's no secret; I'm a big fan of Naomi Clark. I've read nearly all of her books, and I've yet to find one I don't like. I'm pretty sure this woman can write anything well! And so I recently read The Wolf Witch, which is quite different from her normal genres. It seems she is branching out in all sorts of directions, and I think its terrific. The Wolf Witch is book two in the Brides of Darkness series

This book is about Elisa, a gypsy. One day while out in the forest she feels a pain in her side, and she is drawn in a certain direction. She is out with her cousin, and they hear wolves howl. She knows she must go. And then she finds a wolf who has been shot with an arrow. She removes the arrow and does the unthinkable - she puts her hands over the wound....and heals it. WTH?!? Yeah, that was pretty much her response right before she passed out. When she awakes, her whole world is different and a man is now in front of her, Dark. She is about to learn a whole new side to herself that is beyond anything she had ever before imagined - she is a healer.

I really loved Elisa. She lives in a time where she doesn't have a lot of personal rights. Her mother is trying to arrange a marriage for her, and she isn't in love with the man. But Elisa is a strong woman, and she knows she needs to find a way to escape her prearranged destiny. She just never thought it would be amongst the werewolves. She is intelligent, brave, and loving - just how I like my heroines.

And then we have Dark, the alpha wolf. I thought he was very interesting. Naomi did a great job creating this character. You know he hasn't had much human contact, his speech is broken and not really fluent. But there is passion in him, and he is absolutely a fearless leader of his pack. I think he is just what Elisa needs, in more than one way.

You also get to meet a couple others in the pack, although you don't learn too much about most of them. Mainly I think Scar is pretty fascinating. She is a cunning female wolf, and I have to wonder if there is a bit of jealousy there. It would almost seem natural that she and Dark would have had history, but I don't know. I love that its kind of left to my imagination.

There was a bit of action and a lot of drama packed into these few pages. Once again, Naomi really did a fantastic job with the writing. I can't recommend this book enough! 
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