Tuesday, August 5, 2014

MERCEDES M. YARDLEY -WOMAN IN HORROR!






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Mercedes M. Yardley is my Woman In Horror today! Mercedes' style cannot be pinned down. It is just Mercedes doing her thing, going where she wants to go with a whimsical, hard-ass, all over the place telling of demonic tales. Her heroine in Nameless: The Darkness Comes(The Bone Angel Trilogy Book 1)is a super-cool, sarcastic lass. Some of her demons are good, and others not so much. This makes for a super tale. Ragnarok was very fortunate in signing her up!

Here is a book description and review for Nameless: The Darkness Comes(The Bone Angel Trilogy Book1):

Book Description

January 14, 2014
"Yardley's brand of storytelling and writing style is tremendously addictive and her characters are a treat, I'd looked forward to reading more of her work ever since I got my first taste."
—Mogsy, The Bibliosanctum

"Juggling demonology, dysfunctional families, emotional roller coasters, mystery and romance into a single novel takes a lot of guts, but Mercedes strolls into the mix with the confidence of masters."
—S Marzioli, Amazon reviewer

LUNA MASTERSON SEES DEMONS. She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day. Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’ After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together...even until the end.

ABOUT THE BOOK
NAMELESS: The Darkness Comes reached as high as #3 in Amazon's "Hot New Releases" in Dark Fantasy during its January 2014 debut, and it has been amassing lots of four and five-star reviews ever since. It is volume one in "The Bone Angel Trilogy" by Mercedes M. Yardley, author of the award-winning novella, APOCALYPTIC MONTESSA AND NUCLEAR LULU: A Tale of Atomic Love and of Shock Totem's BEAUTIFUL SORROWS. Mercedes is working away on volume two of this trilogy, and it is slated for a January 2015 release.

***Scroll down for more about the author of this book from Ragnarok Publications.***

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

MERCEDES M. YARDLEY wears red lipstick and poisonous flowers in her hair. Nameless: The Darkness Comes, book one of The Bone Angel Trilogy, is her second work for Ragnarok Publications, the first being the 2013 Stabby Award-winning, Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love.

Mercedes has been published in several diverse anthologies and magazines, ranging from John Skipp’s horror anthologies, the I Will Survive book with Gloria Gaynor, and Neverland’s Library by Neverland Books.

She has also worked as a contributing editor for Shock Totem Magazine and currently lives in Sin City. Her short story collection, Beautiful Sorrows, came out in 2012.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiptoe into the Shadows. January 30, 2014
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I won't recap the plot because you owe it to yourself to discover it on your own. All you need to know going into this is that the story walks a fine line between light and shadow, heartache and triumph. Are there demons? Oh yes. Some of them are amusing; others are terrifying--and caught in the middle is Luna Masterson, the smartass, hard-edged, and entirely likeable protagonist.

What I enjoyed most about novel is its pacing and the author's style. The book is plotted well enough that you'll find difficulty in putting it down. Seriously. I finished the latter 50% of this book in a single sitting.

Although Yardley's style has been described as "whimsical," I personally think "disarming" is a better way to describe it. The prose is light, quick, snappy--and catches you off guard when the darkness seeps up from the cracks, bringing with it all sorts of nasty, vile things filled with hate and malice. Yardley utilizes this to great effect, structuring the plot around a series of escalating events that put Luna through the motions until you're left wondering if she can hold it together.

Can she?

I'm not telling--but what I will tell you is that Mercedes Yardley's debut novel does not disappoint. Why not step into the shadows and find out for yourself?
 
 
 
Sounds pretty good for a first novel, doesn't it?
 
 
 
 
Shock Totem 1: Curious Tales Of The Macabre and Twisted is one of the many anthologies that Mercedes is in. Her story is Murder For Beginners. Her story got a very favorable review. One reason I have this particular magazine mentioned here is the fact you can purchase it now for only .99. What better way to sample some super horror?


Book Description

June 20, 2011
The debut issue of Shock Totem features an eclectic mix of dark fiction from T.L. Morganfield, David Niall Wilson, Jennifer Pelland, Kurt Newton, Don D'Ammassa, Mercedes M. Yardley, and more. Also conversations with William Ollie, Alan Robert (Life of Agony, Spoiler NYC), and the legendary John Skipp.

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Shock Totem is an impressive small press publication that is impeccably edited and compiled. There is not one section of the magazine that I didn't like and all of the stories contained within its pages truly impressed and entertained me. You can tell that it is made by horror fans for horror fans!" --Sarah Jahier, Fatally Yours

"Shock Totem deserves a warm reception by its neighbors in horror's colony. New blood, especially tasty new blood, is good news for us all." --Sheila Merritt, Hellnotes

"Horror fiction magazines are a dime a dozen, and I avoid most of them because I'm rarely impressed by their often amateurish outings. Judging by its debut issue, Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted is something different..." --Rod Lott, Bookgasm

"Shock Totem #1 is a great debut. I thoroughly enjoyed the magazine from cover to cover and I can't wait for the second issue to come out. If the team behind the magazine can keep the quality this consistently high from issue to issue then horror fans the world over should rejoice." --Brian M. Sammons, Horrorworld

"I foresee Shock Totem becoming the next Cemetery Dance--a magazine that readers wait for with baited breath and eager writers salivate to get their stuff into." --Nickolas Cook, The Black Glove

About the Author

Shock Totem is an American literary journal specializing in dark fantasy and horror. The debut issue was published on July 1, 2009. The publication's main goal is to promote and support new and established authors by focusing primarily on fiction, but also through nonfiction articles and interviews (called "conversations"). 
 
 
5.0 out of 5 stars A three-ring circus of the macabre September 1, 2011
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It seems short fiction markets are a fleeting thing. Some crop up out of nowhere, then disappear as quickly as they came. The ones that survive are to be commended--and read. Shock Totem came out with its first paperback issue in the summer of 2009, and this summer sees its fourth edition (Shock Totem 4: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted) coming out as a physical copy. But, at the same time, Shock Totem #1 has been re-released as an e-book. An insanely affordable one at that, with an asking price of only $1.99 on the Kindle Store. How could I resist?

Now, with the digital release, a couple things have been left out. Namely the reviews and artwork. But, the stories and interviews are intact, and that's the meat of this publication as far as I'm concerned, anyway.

After a brief introduction from its editor, K. Allen Wood, Shock Totem #1 kicks off with a barn-burner of a story by T.L. Morganfield called "The Music Box." Just imagine those cuddly plush dolls that we used to love playing with as kids, and maybe some of us have passed those toys down to our own children. Now imagine those toys are alive--and they know how to hold a grudge. Yeah, this one was creepy in all the right places and really set a tone for the rest of the book.

More horror abounds, with a quick, quirky read from Mercedes M. Yardley called "Murder for Beginners," which has a couple of women having a remarkably casual conversation while standing over the corpse of their former lover, a married man they've just murdered. Yikes.

Another couple of the standouts for me were Don D'Ammassa's "Complexity" and David Niall Wilson's "Slider." And best title has to go to Kurt Newton's "Thirty-Two Scenes from a Dead Hooker's Mouth." Just read it. Disparate in tone, each brought something really dark to this little collection. In fact, as you read from cover to cover, you find the diverse array of stories really only has two things in common: they're dark as hell and really well written.

If the fiction isn't enough, there are a couple of interviews with the likes of John Skipp and Alan Robert. All things considered, Shock Totem may not be as shocking as you might expect it to be, but it certainly taps into those dark facets of human nature, one way or another. It's also nice to see each author explain at the end of the book the impetus for each of their stories. With such diversity, the book feels like a three-ring circus of the most macabre variety.
 
 
Amazon bio:
 
Hi. I'm Mercedes. I have two broken laptops, three kids, a husband and no time to write, although I try my very best. I like to write stories. I like to write poems. I like to write essays and sometimes they're funny, sometimes they aren't.
I know how to throw a tomahawk and I wear red corduroys because they make me happy. That's also why I write: I like being happy.

 
 
 
There is no doubt at all that Mercedes M. Yardley is a Woman In Horror!
 
 
Blaze McRob





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