Friday, May 23, 2014

ERIN COLE - WOMAN IN HORROR!



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Erin Cole is my Woman In Horror today! She writes such great horror but is also such a sweet lady. If you read her post about the WHC  http://erincolewrites.com/2014/05/13/world-horror-con-2014/  you will see what I mean. She tells it like an outsider - she feels that way, I'm not saying this - but she's really not. Erin views the world and the publishing business with a fresh set of eyes, ones open to everything. Her mind is sharp, however. She does mention a few things that others might have missed. Read her other posts as well. They are quite fascinating.

Below is a description and book review for Grave Echoes. I chose the review from James Garcia Jr. because he has been around this business for a while and knows what is good and what is not. He gives the book a great review. Rest assured it is a super read!

Book Description

October 3, 2013
The nightmare is real…
Kate Waters suffers from narcoleptic hallucinations, which recently involve her unreachable sister, Jev, and a mysterious key. When Kate receives the terrible news concerning Jev’s fatal car accident and acquires the mysterious key from her visions, she unlocks her sister’s world of perilous secrets involving witchcraft, poltergeist, and a heartless killer determined to get back what is his.

The danger lies in whom to trust...
Terrifying paranormal encounters, a trailing wolf, and an attempted murder of one of Jev’s friends, forces Kate to turn to the one she fears most, the priestess of Jev’s coven, Thea. She challenges Kate’s beliefs and provides her vital clues about her sister’s murder, but will Kate overcome her fears before anyone else dies? To do so, she will have to trust in a world where the possibilities are unbelievable and the consequences are deadly.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Erin Cole stalks her own nightmares, penning mystery and horror. With an eclectic resume that spans from salsa maker to helpline counseling and international warehousing, Erin enjoys the uncommon in life. She resides in Portland, OR and is currently working on the sequel to Grave Echoes. She blogs regularly at Listen to the Voices (http://erincolelive.blogspot.com).
 
4.0 out of 5 stars Praise for Cole January 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Cole does a masterful job of pairing a paranormal ghost story with a good old-fashioned whodunit. Her protagonist Kate finds herself surrounded by ghosts, a fine mystery and enough potential candidates for our unidentified subject responsible for her sister's death than we can shake a witch's broom at. Cole does a great job of dangling enough circumstantial evidence and red herrings about that, if you're anything like me, will find yourself convinced of guilt from nearly every character in this novel at one point or another.

"I have read quite a few paranormals as well as a few mysteries in my adult life; however, this very well may have been the first time that I have seen the two joined. I worried at one point that the paranormal was going to take a hard left turn toward the end, but that did not prove to be the case. At it's heart, this story is definitely a mystery. There just happens to be enough of the ghosts and dark magic to keep the paranormal fans interested, all the while taking the reader along for a well-written, well constructed and well-plotted ride."

James Garcia Jr. 
 
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Erin has two stories in the great anthology February Femmes Fatales. They are: Between Feathers And Fins, and The Phantoms Of Jamie Stevens. This is an excellent collection of short stories and is edited by Lily Childs, one of my Women In Horror.
 

Book Description

February 3, 2014
Edited by Lily Childs – a collection of dark and wicked words from twenty-three women, the FEBRUARY FEMMES FATALES.

From quick sips of short, sharp micro-fiction to full-length stories; from poetry to a novel tease, ‘February Femmes Fatales - the book’ dishes out fear by the bucketload.

Noir, horror, crime, myths. Travel in time. Be reborn. Take revenge.

Meet demons. Dally with ghosts. Fight gun totin’ kick-ass gals with gumption… and dig deeper, where you’ll encounter war crimes, murder and foul-play. Not to mention a deadly dose of darkest humour.

The writers have offered up a smokin’ selection of dark fiction and poetry which will make your skin crawl, have you wiping away tears or laughing out loud. May they terrify and unnerve you.

Sweet dreams...
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The authors:

Absolutely*Kate
Asuqi
R.S. Bohn
Lily Childs
Erin Cole
Dorothy Davies
Sandra Davies
Marissa Farrar
Ellie Garratt
Sue Harding
Anna Harris
Helen A. Howell
A.J. Humpage
Susan May James
Rebecca Kovar
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
Jodi MacArthur
Marietta Miles
Laurita Miller
Katherine Moriarty
Tania Redd
Icy Sedgwick
Lou Treleaven
 
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I highly recommend her short story collection After Dusk. This is almost ninety pages of great horror for only .99! Hey, it even has a Golem!

Book Description

June 17, 2013
In these six short stories, there is a unifying theme that darkness is a more than just a brooding atmosphere filled with the unknown. It threatens to become apart of the character and a presence in the reader.

The Girl Who Wouldn't Die: On a sunny, winter morning, Kim Campbell left the Gene Replacement Center a changed woman ... One would think having multiple selves would make life easier, more fun even. But that hasn't been the case ... because if she thought of something bad, one of the Kims would act on it. And everyone knows how hard it is to stop thinking of something.

The House on Cornerstone Road: Vivien gathered something had crawled inside her mind, like a shiny, black beetle, a subtle presence with antenna-like energy. She found it easier to let the house speak through her vocally so as not to get confused between her own thoughts and those of the walls. But the ghastly words emitted from her mouth only separated her selves further apart, and one of them was clearly evolving stronger than the other.

The Witch's Hollows: Across town, giant sink holes tunneled into the ground, swallowing the land and all that had been above it. Everybody had a hollow in his or her yard. Everyone, but Lucinda. Giant monsters were one thing, but Lucinda Bodden, the witch who lived in Hawthorne Gulley, represented a different kind of danger entirely. In Anna's mind, she had no doubt now that the tunnel led to a giant monster, and she was falling down its throat.

The Poison of Its Filamentous Lariats: Ryhan imagined herself stripping the town's nervous apprehension down to similar perspectives, exposing the costly lengths of their silent, infectious secrets. In a moment of honest reflection, she supposed a part of her also wanted to know whether or not there was an octopus monster in Zigzag, Oregon. She looked down at her feet. 'The forest floor has come to life.' Her last thought was 'monster.'

The Invasion: The bugs grew bigger, faster, and more aggressive ... John had his theories of what was happening to me: the Morgellings were working their way into my thoughts, slowly taking control of my mind ... My gut tightened, not because I believed him, but because that was what was happening to him. "... bugs are recluse creatures," I said. "They don't like being around people." It would turn out that I was right. But not in the way I had meant it.

The Wall of Never Doubt: People whispered about her episodes, muffled words about how she looked like she'd left her body, gone somewhere perhaps before the accident--a place from where she didn't want to return from. One thing Meghan had never told anyone was that, sometimes, when you come back from the dead, you don't come back alone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Monsters and Women August 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This short story collection has it all: ghosts, a haunted house, golems, a witch, plants with tentacles, killer bugs, and time travel of a sort. Darkness pervades each tale, as do strong female characters that are often missing in genre fiction. Cole's work is well-written, poetic at times but never at the risk of slowing down the narrative, and she creates characters you identify with and root for. Her prose is gripping, keeping you glued to your Kindle to find out what happens next.

My favorite stories were "The Girl Who Wouldn't Die" (the most creative case of dissociative identity disorder I've ever read), and "The Invasion" (it had me checking the closets and scratching at myself every time I felt at itch). "The Wall of Never Doubt" is fabulously written, and I can see why it was a contender in the 2011 Writer's Digest competition. It provides a satisfying finish to a fine collection.

At only 99 cents, AFTER DUSK is a real steal. I'm glad I have my copy; I'll be reading these stories again come Halloween.
 
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This is just a sampling of what Erin has to offer. Get over to her website and read her posts. And, of course, run to Amazon and buy her fantastic books!
 
Erin Cole is a Woman In Horror!
 
 
Blaze McRob


Amazon bio:


After obtaining her B.S. in psychology, Erin Cole naturally progressed into penning mystery and horror. She is the author of the mystery novel, "Grave Echoes," the short horror collections, "Of the Night," and "After Dusk," the long horror fiction, "The Shadow People," and has a novella, "Feral Things," forthcoming with Damnation Books. She has been published in various anthologies and is currently working on her second novel, "Wicked Tempest."
In 2011, her short story, "The Wall of Never Doubt," won 10th place in the Writer's Digest 80th Annual Writing Competition, Genre Short Story category; in 2009, her short story, "Unspoken Bonds", made the Preliminary List for the Tom Howard / John H. Reid Short Story Contest, and her non-fiction essay, "My Compass", received honorable mention in the Willamette Writers Kay Snow Writing Contest.
She resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, three children, her beloved Chow, Shiloh, and Setter-Collie mix, Cosmo. You can visit her at www.erincolewrites.com




 

All Due Respect (The Anthology) by Chris Rhatigan (Jan 29, 2013)

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Of the Night by Erin Cole (Sep 20, 2011)

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Bards and Sages Quarterly (July 2012) by Jody Giardina, George S. Walker, Erin Cole and Nyki Blatchley (Jun 29, 2012)

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Dreams of Duality (Volume 1) by Mark Anthony Crittenden (Mar 23, 2012)

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After Dusk by Erin Cole (Jun 17, 2013)

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