Friday, May 16, 2014


Kim Krodel is my Woman In Horror today! Kim writes some really great tales and she has an eclectic mix. For example, her story It Sticks With You in the anthology Fear got a rave review from a lady I would trust: Chantal Boudreau, another Woman In Horror.

Book Description

January 6, 2014

Fear: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror brings together, for the first time, tales of murder, monsters and madness, by sixty of the world’s best indie horror authors.

Discover what lurks in the water at the end of the garden, learn of the unforgiving loyalty of a loving toy and meet a writer, just itching to finish his latest horror story.

Every author in the Anthology has generously contributed their work for free. All royalties from sales will go directly to the international charities, Barnardo’s and Médecins Sans Frontières.

Fear, with forewords by international bestselling authors, Peter James and Sherri Browning Erwin, is released in two volumes in Paperback and on Kindle, on October 3rd 2012.
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixture of scary tales December 27, 2012
With this charity anthology, Crooked Cat offers a second great selection of fear-inspiring stories - all proceeds going to a couple of very good causes. While every story had entertainment value, I found a greater range in quality in this volume than in the first. Some of the stories were exceptional, but others had clear language issues that might be distracting to the more discerning reader and there were more grammatical, punctuation and wording issues missed during copy editing in this volume. I would still recommend it if you enjoy a good horror anthology, and I would single out these stories in particular:

The Sad Story of the Death of a King (Jane Wright) - One of those stories so well written its invisible - by that I mean you no longer recognize that you're reading and just become one with the story. Great characterization and excellent imagery that dragged me back to my old days Trick-or-Treating.

It Sticks with You (Kim Krodel) - Brilliant storytelling and very much fear inspiring. I consider a story particularly special if it gives me goose-bumps - this one gave me a serious case of goose-bumps.

The Lost Souls (Laura Huntley) - This story was very moving and actually made me cry, although it was more disturbing than frightening. The tale was well told. The author manages to generate sympathy for even those who were doing something heinous and I really connected with the main character despite the limited format of a short story.

Scarecrow (Liam Hogan) - An excellent example of a story purely based on fear. It's a simple premise but very well executed. It gave me a satisfying conclusion for the protagonist but still leaves you wondering what became of the poor farmer.

The Living Eucharist (A. Taylor Douglas) -Wow! I really enjoyed this one. The characters were lifelike, the events of the tale just strange enough to be interesting, without being overdone, and the narrative flowed smoothly. The ending was particularly chilling.

The Honeymoon's Over (E.E. King) - A clever little story with just the right amount of detail and an interesting twist.

I'm sure there will be more to come from Crooked Cat and these talented writers. I give this one four out of five stars.
Her story Baby Teeth in the anthology Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed is an entirely different story, but it still sends the goose bumps up and down your spine.
The following piece came from a post from The Sirens Call
We asked Kim Krodel, the author of Baby Teeth in Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed, about the inspiration for her story. This is what Kim shared with us -
Baby Teeth: The Inspiration
My inspiration for “Baby Teeth” came in the form of a loose tooth—that of my six-year-old.  One of his lower front teeth was dangerously wiggly for about a week and was the topic of many a dinner conversation.  My son speculated regularly about what the tooth fairy would leave him in exchange for the tooth.  How big a present could she squeeze under his pillow?  Did she take special requests?
The many conversations got me thinking about the opposite end of the spectrum.  What if I took this happy, exciting time and twisted it inside out?  What if a kid was terrified of the tooth fairy?  What if he tried desperately not to lose that tooth?  What would happen the night it was tucked under his pillow as he waited for a monster to come and claim it?
Originally, my outline for the story had a speculative bent in the form of a paranormal, and decidedly evil, tooth fairy.  As I approached the end to my tale, I decided I wanted to make my horror more reality-based.
When I was growing up, my dad was a huge Stephen King fan.  I, of course, read every book he had in his collection.  I remember him complaining about some of King’s works that were more fantastical than others.  He hated reading a book that was eerie and engaging, only to have a supernatural creature pop out that he didn’t feel was necessary for the story to succeed.  I decided to take my dad’s advice and see if I could write a creepy tale minus the boogey man.  I wanted my boogey man to be something so real that it could reach out and touch any one of us at any time.  I wanted to scare the adults that pick up this book.
The things that scare us as kids are not necessarily the same things that frighten us as grown-ups.  The child in my story is terrified to go to sleep, plagued by the seed of a dream that ripens into a full-on phobia.  But kids don’t stay up at night worrying about how their bills will be paid or about their loved ones’ health.  They hide under their covers and imagine they hear the slither of a long body uncoiling or the hissing of a forked tongue.  They ask their parents to make sure the closet door is closed all the way each night because the ritual will somehow keep the monster inside from escaping when Mom’s footfalls fade.  They rely on the soft glow of a nightlight to fend off the darkest shadows.
My character, Brian, is just a regular kid who doesn’t want the tooth fairy to come to him in the night.  In my story “Baby Teeth,” Brian’s childhood nightmare breaks free from his dreams, and when it does, its icy grip wraps around his entire family and pulls them all into hell.
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 leaves 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 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…

Baby Teeth is the story of Brian and how the tooth fairy can be a very scary thing to an imaginative mind. Here is a longer look at Kim’s contribution to Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed -
An apple started it all. 
Mom always cut them up at home, but she also always said, “Drink your milk and eat your fruit.”  She reminded the boys nearly every morning as they walked out to the bus stop.  Brian did his best to follow her orders when he bought his lunch.  His big brother Cal sometimes got juice.  It was against the rules, but Brian didn’t tattle.  Cal would get mad if he did. 
Today, the fruit was a whole apple.  It was firm and round, with star bursts orbiting across a deep red sky.  It was just like a grown up would eat.  Brian’s first intact apple after six years of life; it was a milestone of advanced age. 
After finishing his chicken nuggets, he admired the curvy beauty for a full minute, rolling the cool object in his hands.   Finally, he sunk his teeth into it.
The pain shot through his lower jaw, bringing instant tears to his eyes.  The apple fell in a silverware-rattling thump to the brown tray.  The white flesh that rolled forward and back flashed a blood-tinged bite.  Brian poked a trembling finger inside his mouth, and it came back with the same scarlet coating. The first grader began to cry.
A teacher appeared.  “What’s going on here?”
“I think he bit his tongue,” Andy said from across the table.  Brian’s classmate pulled a grimace as he pointed to the bloody apple.
“Let’s get you to the nurse so she can have a look, okay?”  The woman helped him to his feet while the tears continued to fall.  She caught sight of Cal standing with a group of fellow fourth-graders and snapped her fingers at him.
“Calvin Briggs!  Walk your brother to the nurse’s office, please.”
“But we’re going out for recess!”  He gripped the soccer ball in his hands tight while he whined, pressing divots with his fingers.
“You can go straight to recess afterwards.”  Her voice was stern, her look severe.  Calvin shoved the ball at the boy beside him and walked to the door.  Brian followed dutifully, increasing his pace to catch up.
By the time they got to the nurse’s office Brian was out of breath, and his tears had dried up.
“What’s going on, boys?”  The nurse looked over her glasses at the pair as they entered her office. 
“I hurt my tooth.”  Brian had diagnosed the source of his pain en route to the infirmary.
“I knew it was just a loose tooth.”  Calvin scowled at his little brother.  “Why you gotta be such a baby about everything?”
The nurse snapped a glove on her hand and examined the grossly detached tooth.


This superb snippet should let you know what kind of a great author Kim is.


Kim Krodel is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob 

Kim Krodel is an author of horror, speculative fiction, and teeny bopper stuff. She loves all things dark and mysterious and puts imaginings to computer screen whenever her three pygmy-natives are not too restless, or are off getting educated.
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