Sunday, June 8, 2014


Tracie McBride is my Woman In Horror today! Tracie is one of those women who is into everything. In addition to being a fantastic author, she is a mother with three children, a wife, and a teacher aide. She is an associate editor for Dark Moon Digest, and vice-president of the writers' cooperative Dark Continents Publishing.

Tracie is a short story writer, but she has an inkling to write novels. Speculative fiction is her true love. Of course, speculative fiction encompasses horror on so many levels. Supernatural, fantastical, and futuristic elements are all here. And Tracie's is dark, launching from reality.

Like most authors, the license to make stuff up is on the top of her list for being an author. In many of her tales, Tracie takes some of the more poignant moments from real life and weaves them into fascinating tales which are not only terrifying but totally unique to her.

I have picked her collection of short stories Ghosts Can Bleed, intermixed with glorious poems, to showcase her talents. This is a marvelous blend of eclectic tales, perfect for every lover of the Dark.

Book Description

April 28, 2011
Alien landscapes and mythic societies...creatures of the night and the more terrifying monsters of the human psyche... Be warned: Ghosts Can Bleed... but it's not just the blood you should be worried about...
Last Chance To See - what if you had a chance to attend your own funeral? A reincarnation facility offers this opportunity, but you won't be quite as your family remembered...
House Arrest - Angela misses the social event of the year when she realises that there's no place like home- and no dietary aid in the world like it, dahlings!
Killing A Goddess - The Goddess demands a sacrifice, and Laura is a willing volunteer. It is a great honour for the five young men chosen to assist in the ritual. But do they really know what they are letting themselves in for?
Ghosts Can Bleed - Maurice knows, because he is one.
DreamCatcher - will prevent bad dreams coming through to you. But what do you do with the nightmares that are caught in it? What if you could return them to their owners?
Rush Hour - Virgil retreads Dante's Inferno, twenty-first century style. Wasps, tornadoes and dirty nappies block his path - and that's before the motorway...
Marked - being scarred by lightning is like being touched by the hand of God. This divine spark is essential, because only the Marked can see the creatures that hunger for us...
Blue Screen of Death - Sara's dead. Again. With Heaven's computer system failing, and God on holiday, it'll take a genius hacker to fix it. Problem is, he's not on Heaven's database...
Diagnosis - all aspects of human health can be scientifically measured, analysed and assessed. But there's one measure Dr Chad has neglected to notice...
By turns terrifying, darkly comic, surreal and stomach-churning, these forty one stories and poems from award-winning author Tracie McBride open the veins of the world to show humanity in a different - and much darker - light.
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If you are the sort of person who waits in anticipation for the next Neil Gaiman collection, Tracie Mcbride's 'Ghosts Can Bleed' will very comfortably fill that gap, and like Neil Gaiman, you will wait in anticipation for more.

If you have not yet read Neil Gaiman, or want more convincing, 'Ghosts Can Bleed' is a collection of stories that are imaginative in an inventive way. Tracie Mcbride brings fresh, new ideas to the bookshelf in ways that other writers should envy. Her characters are people you will recognise from among the people around you. Her writing style is easy to read. Her stories are short enough to be read quickly, but the ideas will take root in your head.

If you have come to this review in the page of finding a decent 'horror', be warned that you won't find the standard creatures of the horror pantheon. What you will find is 'disturbance of the peace'. Vampires and zombies make predictable stories. These stories don't follow set paths.

There is a bonus in this collection: short poems scattered amongst the stories. Dark poetry is rarely done well. These short, dark vignettes show how it can be done well, and without the need for analysis to get the idea.

This collection is a rare opportunity to enjoy the works of a skilled storyteller.

Amazon bio:

 Tracie McBride is a New Zealander who lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in over 80 print and electronic publications, including Horror Library Vols 4 and 5, Dead Red Heart, Phobophobia and Horror for Good. Her debut collection Ghosts Can Bleed contains much of the work that earned her a Sir Julius Vogel Award in 2008. She helps to wrangle slush for Dark Moon Digest and is the vice president of Dark Continents Publishing. She welcomes visitors to her blog at

Tracie McBride is a Woman In Horror!

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