Saturday, May 3, 2014


Aniko Carmean is my Woman In Horror today! I won a poster and a small post card sized poster the other year from Aniko during a Halloween promotion. Of course, that made me want to buy her book, Stolen Climates. It's a great book. This is not a tale of your typical zombies, werewolves, and such. This is Mother Nature run amok and a mysterious cult waiting to wreak their horror on new inhabitants of a small town. More authors should use their imagination to create tales such as this one and not rely on old remakes of other stories.

A point I would like to make: my Stolen Climates posters are hanging in my book store. I don't even have posters for my own books hanging there. That says something about how I feel about this great book! And, Aniko plans on putting this superb read into a paper back edition. These will be stocked in my store for sure!

Aniko has only her one great novel up on Amazon right now. However, that will change soon. Her plan is to produce seven fiction releases. Literary short stories and a series of dark sci-fi novels. She has plans of learning more about the craft from the mechanics side of producing books, interfacing with fans and new readers at book festivals and such, and also passing on her knowledge with new authors to help them along their paths. For years, Aniko has been very helpful and supportive of any number of authors and groups. I know this from experience. She is a great supporter of The Pen Of The Damned, of which I am a member, and a number of my author friends. She helps and asks for nothing in return. What a great woman!

Read the great posts Aniko has on her website and sign up for her newsletter. I did. As soon as her new stories come out, you will want to grab them and read them!

Amazon bio:

Aniko is the smiling girl, the laughing girl, the horror writing girl. She believes in ghosts, reincarnation, and compassion. Identifying traits include a fondness for candlelight, vanilla cupcakes, Dobermans, good books, scary movies, and rainy days. Aniko lives with her husband in Austin, Texas. They have a ping-pong table, a tailless black cat shaped like a potato, a Yorkie and, yes, a Doberman.

Aniko Carmean is a Woman In horror!

Blaze McRob

Stolen Climates by Aniko Carmean (Feb 17, 2012)

Book Description

February 17, 2012
Genny thought her hallucinations were from lack of sleep. Then her daughter started hearing the trees talking, too. Now they are being hunted by a cult who wants to use them in a deadly ritual. As Summer Solstice nears, carnivorous vines grow out of control, the sacred orchard dies of blight, and it isn’t safe after dark. Can an acquaintance with his own set of debilitating issues, a renegade goddess worshiper, and an axe save Genny and her daughter?

Mother Nature isn’t just a metaphor.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother nature isn't just a metaphor March 1, 2012
By Erika
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Stolen Climates" is a true page turner. Aniko Carmean has delivered a novel that will not disappoint.
From the opening chapters you will be taken into the desolate town of Breaker, TX. Breaker has secrets and Breaker holds horrifying mystery deep within her woods.
This novel will leave you looking at nature with a cautious and questioning perspective. The rustle of leaves may never sound the same again. 

5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Breaker April 23, 2012
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So, let's talk about horror fiction. Let's assume that, like me, you enjoy horror fiction - books, movies, what have you. Tell me now, how do you like your horror fiction? The gist of my question is whether you prefer your horror scary, yet ending on a note of triumph, or bleak, with every twist or turn leading down a dark, dangerous alley and nary a happy ending in sight? If it's the former, well, more power to you. If it's the latter, Aniko Carmean's Stolen Climates is for you; at least, I know it was for me, but I generally like my fiction with a side of bleak.

Stolen Climates introduces us to Genny, her husband Malcolm, and their daughter Linnae. The family is house-hunting in the small Texas town of Breaker (think Troll 2's Nilbog crossed with Twin Peaks). They endure the house shopping tour from hell, rejecting increasingly disturbing houses as their real estate agent takes them on a tour of rural decay. In a rush, the family finally decides on the last house, a place called The Argentine that was essentially abandoned by its previous occupants and shows some disturbing accommodations, such as metal shutters that are to be lowered at night and an ax covered in old blood.

From there, the craziness increases exponentially, encompassing the strange occupants of the only hotel in town, the proprietor of the only diner in town, and a pair of odd twins. I don't want to spoil too much, but the seeming oddity of the townsfolk becomes a bit clearer as the novel proceeds, reaching a nice, logical - though heartbreaking - crescendo. Let me warn you, though, the book became almost impossible to put down during the second half.

I've seen this novel compared to the original Wicker Man, and while that might seem like high honors (and it is), it's far from hyperbole. I got a very similar vibe reading through it from outsiders looking in on the seemingly odd ways of an ancient order all the way to the circumstances that surround the family. I can't say too much else without spoiling it, but if you liked Wicker Man you should like this.

My only quibble is that the family acts a bit odd themselves at the beginning of the novel. It's a little confusing and at times I felt like the family must have something else going on as well - it's still a little hard to understand why they stay with their house hunting after their initial few houses are such abysmal places, but that question had been long forgotten by the end of the book. It's a very minor false note, and didn't detract from my enjoyment at all.

This book also does not pull its punches whatsoever, and I love it for that. I've seen too many horror novels and movies recently pull back at the moment where good, compentent horror should be pressing the point, bloody and/or gory as that point might be. Stolen Climates has no such compunctions and the author clearly knows what makes for good horror. You'll know what I'm talking about when you read it. For my money, I'll never look at a breakfast burrito in quite the same way.

Overall, I recommend Stolen Climates without hesitation. Ms. Carmean shows that she not only has great influences but can also pull forth fresh life and ideas from those influences. That really sums up my experience with this novel: fresh, yet familiar, and I think that's one of the best things that a story can do. She's currently working on a new series, and I'm excited to see what comes next. 

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  1. Thank you, Blaze! This is amazing. When my computer (which I killed, oops!) is back and running, I'm going to link to this on my blog. Thank you for the support and encouragement!


  2. Glad to be able to help spread the word about your fantastic writing, my friend! I love your novel, and your posters look pretty nifty in my store. Keep up the great work!