Thursday, May 15, 2014


Amber Keller is my Woman In Horror today! If you take a peek at her books below, you will notice she has a love for things of an unusual nature. You will notice pulp, odd monsters, and creatures not bandied about by every other author. One has to love that refreshing approach to the horror craft.

In the anthology Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed, Amber has a tale titled Seeing Is Believing. Just like the title would have you believe, this is a different tale indeed, but it is a great one! Below is a description and review of the book:

Book Description

April 18, 2012
They haunt us all.

Those whispered tales of monsters hiding under the bed, or of the demons lurking in the shadowy corner where we dare not glance for fear that seeing them will make them all too real. Oh, how the innocent landscape of a child’s imagination lends fertile soil to horrors ready to be sown on the slightest of sounds; the tales and the terror they wreak on our youthful minds never quite leave us.

We asked the authors in this collection to reach into the forgotten recesses of their twisted minds and share with us the tales of nightmares that can only thrive in the hidden corners of a child’s imaginings; the bogeyman under the bed, the outlandishly fiendish creature lurking in the dark, the slight murmur of sound coming from the hall… did you close the door completely?

Explore the myriad of terrors that only a child can twist from nothing into some ‘thing’ in the span of a single rapid breath. Do you dare delve into your own memories? Perhaps you’ll start sleeping with the lights on again...

Tell us, who is Under the Bed?

Contributing Authors include Colin F. Barnes, Nina D'Arcangela, Phil Hickes, Amber Keller, Kim Krodel, Lisamarie Lamb, John McIlveen, Kate Monroe, Brandon Scott, Joshua Skye, Julianne Snow, and Jack Wallen.

Edited by Kate Monroe.

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent horror Anthology September 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I recently read a great horror anthology called Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed. Its not often that I come across an anthology where I like all the stories in it, but I did with this one and it was impossible to pick a favorite. After reading each story I found myself looking up information on all of the authors because I had to find out what other works they had out there.

The anthology starts off with Forgotten by Jack Wallen which is a beautifully told, creepy ghost story, about a six year old child who gets visited late at night by a ghost of a girl with a big secret. I loved the conversations between the boy and the ghost in this one. Next up is Baby Teeth by Kim Kordel which is about a young boy named Brian who has been told some scary things about the tooth fairy. What made this story fun was hearing about all the things that Brian does to avoid having the tooth fairy come to his house. I also liked how scared he gets when he realizes that he is going to get a visit whether he likes it or not.

Julianne Snow also has a story in this anthology about a girl having night terrors. Help comes in the form of a doll named Madeleine. The ending of this one was shocking and funny at the same time. There is also a great story by Nina d' Archangela called Bent Metal that centers on a girl who is having recurring nightmares of her brother dying. The description of the girl's emotional state in her dreams is excellent, this story alone makes this a great anthology. Nina did a superb job of making me feel sorry for the main character, it was impossible not to feel her pain.

Another great one here was Seeing Is Believing by Amber Keller. There is a monster living in Timothy's room and it wants his flesh. No one believes him so he decides to take a picture, but every night he has to fight for his life and the creature is determined not to be seen. The suspense in this one was gut wrenching.

Kate Monroe, the editor of this anthology also has a terrifying tale in the book called Show and Tell. This one is about a boy named Thomas that finds he has a monster under his bed, but its not really a bad thing, at least not for Thomas. Now he has a pet monster and all the people that picked on him are going to pay. This story was one of the most frightening and bloody stories in the anthology and I still felt sorry for Thomas.

Some of the other things you will read about in Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed is a ghost who makes a teddy bear come to life, a little girl who has to battle a demon to the death and a kid who has to pay the consequences when he tells tall tales. You also get stories about a cursed suitcase, a tale about a murderer called The Shade and a monster that lives in a sock drawer. If this anthology is any indication of the quality of stories that Sirens Calls has to offer, then I'm really looking forward to future anthologies from Sirens Call Publications.
As you can see from the above review, the reviewer definitely loved Amber's story!
Another great anthology Amber is in is Twisted Realities: Of Myth And Monstrosity which includes Amber's great story Hades And The Hydra.

Book Description

May 24, 2012
Myth or reality…

Explore the twelve tales of horror and intrigue in Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity and ask yourself, what would you consider a fair price to pay for life immortal... or the chance of life at all?

Would a young woman pass up a shiny bauble if she believed it to be nothing more than a harmless trinket? What transpires once a year in a peaceful and remote village that no one will ever speak of? What better way for a broken man to honor a crippled existence than with a memorial of blood and vengeance? How could a disfigured woman ever dream of chancing across an object that would restore her beauty - and at what cost?

Follow the twists and turns of each writer as they delve into the legends of days gone by, as well as the consequences that are wrought when myths and monstrosities collide with our world.

With stories from Thomas James Brown, Nina D'Arcangela, K. Trap Jones, Amber Keller, Lisamarie Lamb, Edward Lorn, Alexa Muir, Kate Monroe, Joseph A. Pinto, J. Marie Ravenshaw, Julianne Snow, and Jonathan Templar
4.0 out of 5 stars Mythology, Monsters and a great Anthology October 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Myths, folk lore, stories of the past are things that a reader can find in countless books. The stories of central characters are splashed across pages and often it can be hard to tell the good from the bad. In the Siren's Call Publication anthology, Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity, some of these creatures are brought forth within the pages.

The anthology has short stories from many great authors who use their words to bring the creatures of old to life. Their stories will not only introduce you to a myth, or monster, but will make sure you understand who it is you are reading about. The stories encompass things from ancient Greece to those of ancient Ireland.

The stories cover things such as the Irish Morrigan, the satyrs, and a relation to Cerberus. The point of being vague on the stories themselves is to get people to pick up the anthology. In my personal opinion it's worth a read and fans of the old mythology will love the stories. Readers that are unaware of these stories will find themselves looking for more information about who, or what, they read about.

Amber believes in giving back too. The anthology Protectors: Stories To Benefit Protect ( Lost Children) has her story 1983 included. All the proceeds go to support Protect's important work. Way to go Amber!

Book Description

August 30, 2012
"Good stories for a good cause. You can't go wrong."
Bill Crider, Mystery Scene Magazine

41 Authors. 41 Stories. One Cause.

We've rallied a platoon of crime, western, thriller, fantasy, noir, horror and transgressive authors to support PROTECT's important work: lobbying for legislation that protects children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

PROTECTORS includes the exclusive opening chapters to Ken Bruen's upcoming novel Spectre in the Galway Wind, plus powerful stories from George Pelecanos, Andrew Vachss, Joe R. Lansdale, Charles de Lint, Chet Williamson, James Reasoner, Charlie Stella, Michael A. Black, Wayne Dundee, Roxane Gay, Ray Banks, Tony Black, Les Edgerton and 27 others, with 100% of the proceeds going to PROTECT.

Among PROTECT's victories are the Protect Our Children Act of 2008, which mandated that the Justice Department change course and design a new national nerve center for law enforcement to wage a war on child exploitation, the Hero to Hero program, which employs disabled veterans in the battle against child abuse, and Alicia's Law.

PROTECTORS includes a foreword by rock critic Dave Marsh, and fiction by Patti Abbott, Ian Ayris, Ray Banks, Nigel Bird, Michael A. Black, Tony Black, R. Thomas Brown, Ken Bruen, Bill Cameron, Jen Conley, Charles de Lint, Wayne D. Dundee, Chad Eagleton, Les Edgerton, Andrew Fader, Matthew C. Funk, Roxane Gay, Edward A. Grainger, Glenn G. Gray, Jane Hammons, Amber Keller, Joe R. Lansdale, Frank Larnerd, Gary Lovisi, Mike Miner, Zak Mucha, Dan O'Shea, George Pelecanos, Thomas Pluck, Richard Prosch, Keith Rawson, James Reasoner, Todd Robinson, Johnny Shaw, Gerald So, Josh Stallings, Charlie Stella, Andrew Vachss, Steve Weddle, Dave White, and Chet Williamson.

Join the fight, be a Protector!

Editorial Reviews


"Good stories for a good cause. You can't go wrong."
Bill Crider, Mystery Scene Magazine

"By turns chilling, tragic, and just downright entertaining, this collection will have you turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning."
Kristin Centorcelli, CrimeFictionLover

From the Author

100% of the sales are donated to PROTECT on a monthly basis. I cannot put links here, but if you search for the book title and "blog" you will find our donation receipts. Thank you for your support. PROTECT's work is important, and your purchase is greatly appreciated in their battle against child abuse and exploitation.

About the Author

Thomas Pluck writes hardboiled thrillers and unflinching fiction with heart. His stories have appeared in Burnt Bridge, PANK magazine, Noir Nation, Crime Factory, Spinetingler, Plots with Guns, Beat to a Pulp, McSweeney's, The Utne Reader and elsewhere. He edits the Lost Children charity anthologies to benefit PROTECT and The National Association to Protect Children.
Thomas lives in New Jersey with his wife Sarah and their two rescued cats.
He is working on his first novel.

5.0 out of 5 stars 41 great authors, 41 great stories, 1 low price October 8, 2012
I bought this book because I believe in's mission to be a voice for the children. I thought I would get some neat stories written by some good authors so I would be donating to a worthy cause and get a little reward for my good work. What I got instead was a series of edge-of-seat stories that kept my attention. I also discovered some new writers.
I won't go into all the great short stories here but I will say that i was very impressed with the new writers I found. I encourage anyone to buy this as a gift or a donation to a local library, as well. Money well spent!
 Amazon bio:
Amber Keller is a writer who has a penchant for the strange and unusual, including creatures and monsters of all kinds. She has been writing since, as a child, she decided to type, yes that was on a typewriter, and illustrate a small book for her family for Christmas. Later, during her college years, her dark poetry was published.
Currently she is a member of the Horror Writers Association and contributes to many websites and emagazines, along with providing horror and science fiction movie reviews. Her dark fiction can be found in many anthologies and on various online venues. When not writing she can be found looking for things that go bump in the night.
You can find short stories and articles on her site at:

If you love to read new, refreshing, master at the craft writing, Amber is your woman. Amber Keller is a Woman In Horror!
Blaze McRob

Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT (Lost Children) by Andrew Vachss, Joe R. Lansdale, George Pelecanos and Ken Bruen (Aug 30, 2012)


The G.A.S.P. Factor: A Review Guide to Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema by Tony Schaab, Greg Carter, DA Chaney and Amber Keller (Aug 27, 2012)

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Night Terrors II: An Anthology of Horror by Lawrence Conquest, Desmond Warzel, Jason V Brock and John Peters (Jan 11, 2014)


Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity by Thomas James Brown, Amber Keller, Alexa Muir and Edward Lorn (May 24, 2012)


Zombies Gone Wild! An Anthology by Chris Daruns, Matt Nord and Michael S Gardner (Oct 14, 2012)


Now I Lay Me Down To Reap by Sergio Palumbo, Bill Read, Lori Michelle and Ryan C. Anderson (Aug 18, 2012)


Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed by Sirens Call Publications, Kate Monroe, Brandon Scott and Joshua Skye (Apr 21, 2012)

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Somewhere in the Shadows by Jonathan D. Allen, Dean Giles, Craig Jones and Marissa Farrar (Nov 29, 2012)

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Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed by Colin F. Barnes, Phil Hickes, Julianne Snow and Brandon Scott (Apr 18, 2012)


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