Monday, April 13, 2015

B.E. SCULLY - WOMAN IN HORROR!





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 B. E. Scully is my Woman In Horror today! B.E. has written a number of super scary tales in pure Gothic style. She can also spin a story of horror in other than strict Gothic fashion, as is evidenced in her latest novel The Eye That Blinds.


Last year I stated that B.E. Scully writes better horror tales than Stephen King. Yes, it is my opinion, but I believe it to be true. Read some of her stories and see if you don't agree with me. I still agree with what I said.

 The Enter At Your Own Risk series that B.E. and Alex Scully are doing such a super job with at Firbolg Publishing is fantastic. I even have stories in two of them now. The premise behind this is to blend the works of Gothic Masters from the past, such as the great Edgar Allan Poe, with the great Gothic Masters of today. Firbolg does a super job at blending the stories. Every book has a different theme, and every one is flawless. Were it not for Firbolg, I probably would have not written any Gothic Horror. Now, I love it!

Make sure to go to B.E.'s website   http://www.bescully.com/. She has some very interesting goodies over there!

Amazon bio:

B.E. Scully lives in a haunted red house that lacks a foundation in the misty woods of Oregon with a variety of human and animal companions. Scully is the author of the critically acclaimed gothic thriller Verland: the Transformation, the short story collection The Knife and the Wound It Deals, and numerous short stories, poems, and articles. Her latest novella, The Eye That Blinds, will be released by DarkFuse Publishing in 2015. In addition, her young adult novel The Tower of Together will also be released in 2015 by Eldritch Press. Published work, interviews, and odd scribblings can be found at bescully.com.

Time to talk books:





The Eye That Blinds


Book Description

March 17, 2015
The Internet—it’s everywhere and nowhere, full of everybody and nobody. And sometimes, it’s downright deadly.

When three college friends graduate with plans to conquer the world, they find out that the world has its own plans to conquer them. As their supposed “real” lives spiral further out of control, they retreat into the one place where they still reign—the online kingdom of fantasy and masquerade.

But after a seemingly random accident puts a pair of old-school detectives on their trail, the trio’s tangled web of lies and deception threatens to unravel into consequences more real than any of them could have imagined.
 

Format:Kindle Edition
This was an interesting novella that i could very easily picture really happening. This was the first time I've read B. E. Scully, but would happily read more. I read this in one sitting. A tale about how online culture can drive someone mad. highly recommended.



By J.W
Format:Kindle Edition
The Eye That Blinds by B. E. Scully, was received from the publisher in exchange for this honest review. That being said and out of the way, this is the first I have read or heard of this author and I will be anxiously awaiting more. The novella flowed very nicely, there was no skimming, no boring lengthy dialogue exchanges and I saw the ending coming about 85% into the novella. Side note: Isnt it amazing that many of us now talk about % into the book instead of pages read due to digital books? Anyway if you are interested in cyber security or want others to maybe take note of what they put on the Internet, this book would be a fun way to hopefully cause awareness for people. I gave the novella Four stars just because it was such a quick read, I did not want to inflate my Five star givings, though this novella was close to getting Five stars anyway. This book is more a crime novel than horror, just in case you are thinking it is horror. Darkfuse is Dark Fiction, not horror, per se.

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This great book is a bit of a departure for B.E. in that it is not pure Gothic horror. Yet, she has written the same great tale she always does. I am very impressed with this change in style. It is not easy to pull it off, but B.E. has done a great job.

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Verland: The Transformation

Book Description

June 7, 2011
True crime writer Elle Bramasol is drawn into a macabre mystery when incarcerated Hollywood producer Eliot Kingman asks her to write a book about his case. As she delves deeper into Kingman’s murder conviction, she discovers that he possesses a centuries old diary written by an elusive vampire named Verland. Uncovering the transformative secrets held within the diary’s pages, Elle is drawn deeper into both Kingman’s deadly schemes and Verland’s dark world of shadows. When the two finally collide, the stage is set for a climactic battle over mankind’s ultimate prize: eternal triumph over death. But will the Holy Grail of immortality turn out to be the cruelest curse of all?

Exploring the allure of the shadowy places between life and death, between fantasy and reality, and the ultimate power of belief, Verland: The Transformation is a gothic-inspired tour de force, a brooding return to the roots of the vampire genre that goes for the throat from page one until the final, bone-chilling climax.


Editorial Reviews

Review

ForeWord Clarion Review
Following the death of her beloved mother, author Elle Bramasol struggles to make meaning of her life. Instead, she gets pulled into a deadly web when Hollywood producer Eliot Kingman calls upon her from prison to pen a manuscript about his murder conviction. She soon discovers that the story Kingman wants her to write intertwines with the diary of an ancient vampire named Verland. Upon reading Verland’s diary, she goes from skeptic to believer, but she’ll be lucky to uncover the truth and stay alive at the same time.
Verland’s diary entries let the reader into the evolving soul of a brooding bloodsucker. The author departs from the current trend of sexy vampires, instead using old lore to create a unique brand of monster all her own. Scully asks readers to ponder if vampires are indeed villains, and why humans are both fascinated by and fearful of death.
Verland: The Transformation is a meditation upon mortality: a thinking reader’s vampire novel. Even so, there exists enough creepiness to satisfy people who just love a good scare. The author excels at describing settings, and the vivid details about the otherworldly locations add to the overall spookiness of the book. Scully breathes life into places as diverse as bloody Prussian battlefields, 1930s Mayan villages, and present-day Los Angeles.
B.E. Scully deftly mixes philosophy, suspense, and humor to create a juicy new twist on the vampire legend. Verland: The Transformation will forever transform your view of vampires
--Jill Allen
Robert Dunbar, author of The Pines and Willy
--- A subtle book, full of quietly tense moments and deeply philosophical themes
--- Couched in a deceptively simple noir detective format, it has already inspired ardent admiration among its numerous fans
--- A rich novel and - though thoroughly satisfying - full of unresolved plot points enough for a dozen sequels
--- Do yourself a favor and grab this one immediately

About the Author

B.E. Scully lives in the woods of Oregon with a variety of human and animal companions.


5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite. December 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While visiting the finer antique stores, most of us can't help but eventually run our fingers along the beautifully honed furniture, the intricate inlays and carvings, and wonder, "Why has such craftsmanship gone the way of the dinosaurs?" Thankfully, after reading B.E. Scully's "Verland: The Transformation," I was reminded that such skills aren't extinct; that there do indeed still exist artisans who triumph in their trade, and settle for nothing less than excellence. I was especially impressed upon learning that Verland is the author's debut novel, and this bit of trivia still intrigues me. The prose here is nothing short of brilliant; the characters and their relative dialogue all so effortlessly authentic, some of them distanced by more than a century. And the storyline itself veers off into a weighty excursion; that is, B.E. Scully's masterfully slow descent into the deeper significances of death. And, consequently, life. It is there where she weaves the philosophical into an underlying tapestry, not to really show itself until much later. And then it just wavers there, customarily indistinct, never completely whole. After all, the answer to that question remains doggedly elusive. But the author has most cleverly, and most satisfyingly, given us something to at least glimpse. And to ponder. Verland is, in a word, exquisite. 
 
 
5.0 out of 5 stars More! January 14, 2013
Format:Paperback
The vampire subgenre has always been prone to blockbusters: Dracula, Interview with the Vampire, `Salem's Lot, the Twilight chronicles. But there are other works, obscure some of them, perhaps, but hallowed by discriminating readers. Novels like The Vampire Tapestry and Fevre Dream or They Thirst - all titles to conjure with. The true aficionado of the genre will speak of them with a catch in the voice and an uncanny glow in the eye. B.E. Scully's "VERLAND: The Transformation" has unquestionably stormed their battlements and in record time. A subtle book, full of quietly tense moments and deeply philosophical themes, all couched in a deceptively simple noir detective format, it has already inspired ardent admiration among its numerous fans. (There's even a Blair Witch aspect. Is it fiction? Is it?) This is a rich novel and - though thoroughly satisfying - full of unresolved plot points enough for a dozen sequels. I can't wait. Do yourself a favor and grab this one immediately.
 
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This is the first book of hers I had the pleasure of reading. Not only is it well written, but B.E. tells a different Vampire tale. Yes, it has all the horror present in any Vampire book worth its salt, but the unique twists and turns she adds are hers alone. From beginning to end, the shadows surrounding you will be whispering in your ears telling you what is happening only to have new shadows kick the old ones away and change your perception again. And, it's always for the better. Heh, heh. Blaze loves it when the shadows speak to me.
 
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Enter At Your Own Risk: Dark Muses, Spoken Silences
 

Book Description

September 29, 2013
Some of the most enduring masterpieces of Gothic fiction are as intriguing for the stories they don’t tell as for those they do. The voices hidden in the wall of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat;” the secrets buried beneath the earth of Sleepy Hollow in Washington Irving’s legendary Headless Horseman tale; the dreams of a monster and an ancient book with a life of its own in H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu;” and stories that reveal Polidori’s hypnotic, archetypal Vampyre as far more than what he first appears to be. In Firbolg Publishing’s third volume in the Enter at Your Own Risk series, ten modern storytellers reimagine the mysterious characters lurking within four classics of Gothic literature. As you read the original stories, a sinister whisper drifts in on a cold chill. But there are other voices beneath the whisper. You can hear them crawling out of the growing darkness. Then the whispers become a scream...

With an introduction from acclaimed author Gary Braunbeck, Dark Muses, Spoken Silences invites you into the hidden shadows of four of the most famous dark fiction tales ever told.

Are you brave enough to enter?


"Highly recommended"
Gene O’Neill
Author of Taste of Tenderloin and The Confessions of St. Zach

“Audacious, innovative, shocking – a kaleidoscope (where all the colors are dark).”
Robert Dunbar
Author of The Pines and Willy

"I am blown away by the beauty, terror and imagination of this brilliant book."
Sandy DeLuca
Author of Manhattan Grimoire and Hell’s Door



5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps to the classical gothic concept of unnerving readers February 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

You have to give mad props (ok, so I have a teenager and a pre-teen living at home… I’m bound to pick up some of their language here and there…LOL) to any author who takes on the monumental task of rewriting a classic. This book is a series of classic short stories followed up by a modern day retelling with a twist. The new stories are told from a different characters point of view. It’s not the first time I’ve come across an anthology like this, but I have to say this is the best one I’ve come across!

The classics contained are some of my favorite gothic pieces of all time and I was a little leery about someone messing with them. Poe, Washington Irving, Lovecraft and Polidori. I guess I am one of those people that subscribes to “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”… but I was pleasantly surprised with the group of authors and their imaginative retellings. The integrity of the stories were kept intact and really just put you right back into the story, but looking at it from another angle. They kept to the classical gothic concept of unnerving readers; it’s more about getting inside your head than being gory and distasteful.

All of the authors that contributed to this anthology are “new to me” authors (even though most of them have been doing this for years) and I will definitely be checking out some of their other works.

This anthology deserves 5 stars! Kudos to the editor (Dr. Alex Scully) for compiling such an amazing group of authors! If you love classic gothic horror stories, you most certainly will not be disappointed with the modern day retelling within this book.
 

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anthology December 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read Enter at Your Own Risk: Old Masters, New Voices I was psyched to discover this second anthology from the same talented stable of hot new authors. Gothic classics including Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and H.P. Lovecraft's classic The Call of Cthulhu are cleverly reimagined and given a contemporary new coat of paint. For lovers of the originals or for readers just looking for a rich sampling of great writing, this anthology is highly recommended. At the current Kindle price it's a bargain. I am off now to download the third collection of stories by this talented writing powerhouse of authors, Enter at Your Own Risk: Fires and Phantoms
 
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This a classic mix of Old Gothic Masters and New Gothic masters. B.E.'s tale The Tigre is written in her flawless Gothic styling. It cannot be beaten.

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B.E. is at the top of her game and will remain there for a long time.

B.E. Scully is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob











The Knife and the Wound It Deals by B.E. Scully (Nov 18, 2013)

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The Eye That Blinds by B. E. Scully (Mar 17, 2015)

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