Monday, March 2, 2015


E.a. Irwin is my Woman In Horror today! E.a. is a genre master, not only writing fantastic horror prose, but she also writes great poetry, romantic as well as dark.

I had the pleasure of reading her Riley McCabe series a couple of years ago. These are kick-ass stories of Dark fantasy at its best, mixed in with awesome psychological horror. E.a. is polishing these up to bring them out once more. Not that they need any polishing, but she wants to add more in and be ready for when her fans say, "I want more!" And they will. Take my word for it. Of everything she has written, this series pulled me in the quickest.

I'm going to pull up some of E.a.'s great books now for you to look at, admire, and perhaps to purchase.

Freakend Madness ( Volume 1 )

Over one frenzied weekend, a group of up-and-coming dark fiction writers decided to write a short story or two. Together, they produced the tales of terror collected in this anthology in support of Asbury House, a women's shelter in Fort Collins, Colorado. For some of the authors, this is their first-ever publication. We appreciate your support of new writers, authors who have been publishing for years, and especially your support of Asbury House.

A must read.... By Jennifer Bennet on February 25, 2015 Five Stars

Format: Paperback
Incredibly well written by all authors involved. I especially like Primal Justice and The Closet, however they are all good. The price is so small in comparison to quality and all the proceeds are being donated. You will not regret the purchase of this book. Heck, buy several as gifts! Enjoy you freaky people out there. 
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As you can see, all the proceeds go to a Woman's Shelter. This is a wonderful thing for authors and publishers both to do.               

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Fresh Fear: Contemporary Horror

Book Description

September 25, 2014
W. J. Renehan ∞ Scathe meic Beorh ∞ Ramsey Campbell ∞ Lily Childs ∞ Lincoln Crisler ∞ Jack Dann ∞ Robert Dunbar ∞ Tomas A. Erb ∞ Brandon Ford ∞ Carole Gill ∞ Lindsey Beth Goddard ∞ J. F. Gonzalez ∞ Dane Hatchell ∞ E. A. Irwin ∞ Charlee Jacob ∞ K. Trap Jones ∞ Tim Jones ∞ Vada Katherine ∞ Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen ∞ Shane McKenzie ∞ Shaun Meeks ∞ Adam Millard ∞ Christine Morgan ∞ Billie Sue Mosiman ∞ D.F. Noble ∞ Chantal Noordeloos ∞ W. H. Pugmire ∞ William Todd Rose ∞ Anna Taborska

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

FRESH FEAR: Contem­porary Horror is a collection of horror from some of the genre's best writers of dark fiction. This collection has no central theme other than the story's ability to scare the hell out of the reader! Tales steeped in psychological horror sit alongside visions of strange worlds and inner landscapes drenched in blood. 'Quiet horror' sits comfortably next to more visceral portrayals of the monsters that lurk deep within the human heart. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famously once said, "where there is no imagination there is no horror" - the horror expressed by the authors in Fresh Fear show that imagination is indeed tantamount to excellent story-telling. Prepare yourself for 28 tales of terror-inducing fiction that will have you checking the locks on every door and window of your abode!

Scathe meic Beorh
Ramsey Campbell 
Lily Childs  
Lincoln Crisler  
Jack Dann  
Robert Dunbar  
Tomas A. Erb  
Brandon Ford  
Carole Gill  
Lindsey Beth Goddard   
J. F. Gonzalez  
Dane Hatchell  
E. A. Irwin  
Charlee Jacob  
K. Trap Jones  
Tim Jones  
Vada Katherine  
Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen  
Shane McKenzie   swlogo
Shaun Meeks  
Adam Millard  
Christine Morgan  
Billie Sue Mosiman  
D.F. Noble  
Chantal Noordeloos  
W. H. Pugmire  
William Todd Rose  
Anna Taborska
Fresh Fear is an eclectic collection of the very best horror fiction from across the world. Dare you to read it! Switch the phone off, make yourself comfortable, and prepare for a trip to the darkest depths and most shadowed recesses of the human imagination.
4.0 out of 5 stars A giant snarling bite of contemporary horror. March 11, 2014
By SK Nash
Format:Kindle Edition
There is no set theme for this anthology, but each story touches on the fears of the modern world. In the introduction, a selection from W.J. Renham's The Art of Darkness: Meditations on the Effect of Horror Fiction, we are reminded that, "Horror serves to reconnect us with our primal selves, provides temporary respite from the droning conditions of modern life."

Some stories examine the experience of being bullied, losing a child, and the terror of becoming a drooling husk devoid of emotion. Primal fears of ghosts, demons and ancient evil unleashed upon humanity are also found here. Some of these tales are a closer look at the horrors we view on the 24-hour news feeds where serial killers, rapes and murders keep us both frightened and entertained. Some authors examine the quiet horrors of isolation, insanity, and the the complacency of those who look at evil but do nothing to stop it.

Be warned: none of the authors shy away from vivid imagery, gore, violence or misogyny. The one story that haunts me the most, "Camps" by Jack Dann, was a glimpse into the history of World War II. The images conjured in his words are as haunting as the photographs that survive the Nazi concentration camps. Another favorite was "Welcomeland" by Ramsey Campbell. His portrait of a dilapidated town and the equally ramshackle amusement park gave me chills. The lyrical, "Darkness Dancing in Your Eyes" by WH Pugmire was a glimpse of eternal loyalty, beauty, and pain.
I highly recommend Fresh Fear for lovers of gut-wrenching horror.

Scathe meic Beorh – God of the Wind: An academic research trip to Mora, New Mexico brings a man face-to-face with the gods of the desert and teaches him more than he wants to know.

Ramsey Campbell – Welcomeland: A man travels home to visit the amusement park he he helped finance. Meant to revitalize the economy, he finds the park failed and the town in shambles. You can’t go home again, but if you do, can you ever leave?

Lily Childs – Strange Tastes: She’s the perfect caretaker. Loyal, neat, clean, and a fantastic gourmet cook. When her employers are arrested for tax fraud, she discovers they share her tastes in more than kitchen appliances.

Lincoln Crisler – Nouri and the Beetles: In a time of war, the young men leave to fight. What does a girl have to do to get a husband?

Jack Dann – Camps: People often speak of those suffering a terminal disease as being fighters. Stephen fights his war for survival on two fronts. The first is a war of pain and drugs. The second is a battle of memories long past and never forgotten.

Robert Dunbar – High Rise: Brandon, his brother Tyrone, and their mother move to a better room in an ill-kept high rise. When Tyrone meets one of the ghostly former tenants, Brandon must save his life before he wastes away.

Thomas Erb – Spencer Weaver Gets Rebooted: A teen has only the internet, and his mother to help him get through his last year of High School, and get revenge on the bully who tormented him.

Brandon Ford – Scare Me: As a reviewer, I can honestly say that this was my favorite story in the whole anthology. It was fantastic! I swear it. Really. Not joking. Looks nervous.

Carole Gill – Raised: A boy’s despair over his mother’s madness leads him to a career in medicine. While dissecting corpses for his classes, he discovers he has a passion for studying the deceased. Will his mother’s curse follow him, or is there something else in the past that haunts him?

Lindsey Beth Goddard – The Tooth Collector: When her daughter is killed in traffic, Jenny knows it wasn’t an accident. She seeks out the man responsible and demands her daughter be returned to her.

JF Gonzalez – Love Hurts: A tale of the Black Dahlia, the Laguna State Mental Hospital, undying love, and the transforming ecstasy of pain.

Dane Hatchell – The ‘takers: Mr Jaffe is being held in a medical testing facility, desperate to escape. The Rooks shoot him full of drugs to steal his soul. The ‘takers shuffle him from place to place and whisper the words that strike terror in his heart, “It’s Wednesday, and it’s time for Bingo!”

E.A. Irwin – Justice through Twelve Steps: Particularly disturbing tale of insanity, rape and murder that went too far for this reader.

Charlee Jacob – Locked inside the Buzzword Box: Clanci Feamy is her father’s greatest experiment in terminal insanity. She's thinking outside box, and she's hungry.

K Trap Jones – Demon Eyed Blind: A demon-hunter pursues her prey with skill and precision until she backs him -- and herself -- into a corner. She’s down to two souls, one body, and the police banging on the locked door.

Tim Jones – Protein: When the ice melts and the world is awash with water, the next world war will be fought over calories. You can survive if you have enough protein.

Vada Katherine -Block: Block’s wife, Luna was murdered. Now he is investigating a series of murders that may be related.

Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen – Just Another Ex: A private investigator goes after a man suspected of cheating on his wife. Unfortunately, it’s not his wife who has hired the detective.

Shane McKenzie – So Much Pain, So Much Death: Distraught parents are overjoyed to discover that their missing daughter has been found alive. The man responsible for her disappearance rots in a cell, but her father has suspicions that all is not as it seems.

Shaun Meeks – Perfection Through Silence: Tom is tormented by a sound. All he wants is silence, to quiet the ticking that no one else can hear. His grandmother could help him, but she’s been dead for almost a year.

Adam Milliard – The Incongruous Mr Marwick: Which is the greater evil, the perpetrator of torment, or the one who stands by and merely observes?

Christine Morgan – Nails of The Dead: Plenty of people are preparing for the end of the world. Some intend to merely survive it, others work to build the vehicles that will usher it in.

Billie Sue Mosiman – Verboten: Dorothy wants to be a singer in Nashville, but her sister vanished from the truck stop up the road. Her grandfather says strangers are verboten, but it doesn't stop her from looking.

D.F. Noble - Psych: Working on the psych ward is a difficult job. Sometimes it helps to talk to a professional so your work doesn't follow you home.

Chantal Noordeloos – The Door: Jen’s sister Mila is having nightmares. Their stepfather is acting strangely and the basement door is locked. Is the danger on this side of the door or beyond it?

WH Pugmire - Darkness Dancing in Your Eyes: Enoch Blade awakens in his master’s house, alone and despondent. He still seeks to serve the alchemist who taught him to dance when there is nothing left but grave stones and shadows in the mirror.

William Todd Rose – The Grave Dancer: People have attempted to film and photograph ghosts for as long as the technology has been available. When Jamie and his friends view an 8mm film from his late grandfather’s collection, they decide to find out if the local ghost stories are real.

Anna Taborska – Out of the Light: In the vast stacks of the Bodleian Libraries, a student’s book request becomes a scholar’s worst nightmare.
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This is extreme horror! What I liked the best was how the reviewer said E.a. went too far. No way! How can you go too far in a collection like this? You can't! Bravo, E.a.

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Book Description

October 10, 2014
Come one, come all! The Sideshow has come to town! This isn't your usual freak show, we have wonders to show you that you will not find anyplace else. Marvel at the Human Illumine, lose yourself in the Amazing Mirror Maze. Come for the Last Show of the Day! We have it all. But be careful, not all is as it appears...danger may lurk in the shadows. There are some things that should be kept in the dark. Ticket please...
5.0 out of 5 stars Sideshow October 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Fantastic! Just what I needed to curl up with and turn everything else off!
Kathy Peck 
5.0 out of 5 stars A good scary anthology November 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A good scary anthology! I love the illustrations which give this book a very vintage circus feel. There is a good variety of psychological horror, monsters and gore and supernatural mystery. My favorite stories so far at Punch and Judy, Tattoo and Karma Carnival. It just keeps getting better each story I read.

Especially recommended for fans of American Horror Story Freakshow. It has a lot of the same throw back feel but even more horror! 
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E.a.'s great story The Human Illumine has no words to describe it. It is that good. This anthology is a constant top 100 ranked book on Amazon. It has full color interior art done by the amazing Melissa Stevens. Soon it will be out in paperback and hardcover.
Not only did E.a. write her great story within this tome, but she produced a great youtube book trailer as well.  She did a wonderful job. I love it. Everything fits together perfectly. Way to go, E.a.!
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E.a. is not only a great author, poet, and book trailer expert, but she is a personal friend. We go back a ways and have shared moments good as well as bad. I love her as an author and as a fantastic human being. May she prosper for many years.
E.a. Irwin is a Woman In Horror!
Blaze McRob

E. A. Irwin lives in California, where she writes fiction and poetry, often bending horror, mystery and thriller genres to keep life interesting. Author of the "Myth to Life: The Rise of Riley McCabe" series, her short stories and poetry have been published in various anthologies, magazines, e-zines and online.


Freakend Madness (Volume 1) by Sam Knight, Tonya L De Marco, Bob Satterfield and E A Irwin (Feb 1, 2015)


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Fresh Fear: Contemporary Horror by Ramsey Campbell, J. F. Gonzalez, Lily Childs and W. H. Pugmire (Sep 25, 2014)


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Satan's Holiday by Yvonne Mason and Kelly J Koch (Sep 30, 2013)

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Welcome To Your NIghtmare by Yvonne Mason and Kelly J Koch (Sep 30, 2013)


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Daily Flash 2012: 366 Days of Flash Fiction (Leap Year Edition) by Jessy Marie Roberts, Deana Roberts and Daniel Lambert (Nov 22, 2011)


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Daily Frights 2012: 366 Days of Dark Flash Fiction (Leap Year Edition) by Deana Roberts and Daniel Lambert (Dec 6, 2011)

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Shadows & Light Magazine-April 2014: Quarterly Anthology by Shawna Platt, Sabrina DeNile, Rick Allen and Micki Hogan (Mar 16, 2014)


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Love's Peripeteias by Micheál Ó Coinn, Calum Kerr, Lisa McCourt Hollar and Blaze McRob (Feb 3, 2014)


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Sideshow by Melissa Stevens, Phil Hickes, S. MacLeod and Leigh M. Lane (Oct 10, 2014)


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in darkness we play by Lori R. Lopez, E. A. Irwin, Lee Pletzers and John Irvine (Feb 14, 2011)


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