Saturday, February 28, 2015


This is a special Women In Horror post for all the fantastic Women In Horror in Horror 101: The Way Forward. This great book is a Bram Stoker Awards Nominee for non- fiction. Quite an honor! I hope to see all the great ladies in Atlanta in May at the Horror Writers Association Convention. All the winners in all the categories will be announced on May 9th.

Congratulations ladies: 

Lucy A. Snyder, Emma Audsley, Lisa Morton, Ellen Datlow, Joan De La Haye, Tonia Brown, V.H. Leslie, Diane Parkin, Siobhan McKinney, Theresa Derwin, and Rena Mason.

All these great ladies are Women In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

April 27, 2014
Horror 101: The Way Forward – a comprehensive overview of the Horror fiction genre and career opportunities available to established and aspiring authors.

Have you ever wanted to be a horror writer? Perhaps you have already realized that dream and you’re looking to expand your repertoire. Writing comic books sounds nice, right? Or how about screenplays?
That’s what Horror 101: The Way Forward is all about. It’s not your average On Writing guide that covers active vs. passive and other writing tips, Horror 101 focuses on the career of a horror writer. It covers not only insights into the horror genre, but the people who successfully make a living from it.

Covering aspects such as movies, comics, short stories, ghost-writing, audiobooks, editing, publishing, self-publishing, blogging, writer’s block, YA horror, reviewing, dark poetry, networking, collaborations, eBooks, podcasts, conventions, series, formatting, web serials, artwork, social media, agents, and career advice from seasoned professionals and up-and-coming talents, Horror 101 is just what you need to kick your career into high gear.

Horror 101: The Way Forward is not your average On Writing guide, as it is more focused on the career options available to authors. But don’t fret, this book is loaded with career tips and behind-the-scene stories on how your favourite authors broke into their respective fields.

Horror 101: The Way Forward is perfect for people who:
• are suffering from writer’s block
• are starting their writing careers
• are looking to expand their writing repertoire
• are planning on infiltrating a different field in horror writing
• are looking to pay more bills with their art
• are trying to further their careers
• are trying to establish a name brand
• are looking to get published
• are planning on self-publishing
• want to learn more about the pros in the horror genre
• are looking for motivation and/or inspiration
• love the horror genre
• are not sure where to take their writing careers

Includes articles by Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, Edward Lee, Lucy A. Snyder, Emma Audsley, RJ Cavender, Scott Nicholson, Weston Ochse, Taylor Grant, Paul Kane, Lisa Morton, Shane McKenzie, Dean M. Drinkel, Simon Marshall-Jones, Robert W. Walker, Don D’Auria and Glenn Rolfe, Harry Shannon, Chet Williamson, Lawrence Santoro, Thomas Smith, Blaze McRob, Rocky Wood, Ellen Datlow, Iain Rob Wright, Kenneth W. Cain, Daniel I. Russell, Michael McCarty, Richard Thomas, Joan De La Haye, Michael Wilson, Francois Bloemhof, C.E.L. Welsh, Jasper Bark, Niall Parkinson, Armand Rosamilia, Tonia Brown, Ramsey Campbell, Tim Waggoner, Gary McMahon, V.H. Leslie, Eric S Brown, William Meikle, John Kenny, Gary Fry, Diane Parkin, Jim Mcleod, Siobhan McKinney, Rick Carufel, Ben Eads, Theresa Derwin, Rena Mason, Steve Rasnic Tem, Michael A. Arnzen, Joe Mynhardt, John Palisano, Mark West, Steven Savile, and a writer so famous he’s required to stay anonymous.

Editorial Reviews


"Horror 101: The Way Forward - is sharp, savvy and packed with crucial information for anyone who wants to take a real bite out of the horror genre. Two taloned thumbs up!" - Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of CODE ZERO and V-WARS.
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror 101- Class is in session... June 25, 2014
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As another wannabe horror writer who always appreciates advice from the pros, Crystal Lake Publishing's Horror 101:The Way Forward was hard to resist. Joe Mynhardt has collected a slew of invaluable advice from some of the biggest names in horror as well as some of the new blood that is surely on their way to becoming well respected horror authors.

I am old enough to be of the classic On Writing Horror school, so much of the advice in here is simply hammered home again, but with updated views and fresh voices. Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterson, and Edward Lee begin the parade of great advice with their own beliefs on the horror genre. Ramsey Campbell gives some great advice on avoiding whats been done before, Steve Rasnic Tem gives a dozen solid tips on making a career, and Rocky Wood invites us to the Horror Writers Association. These well respected, and well known authors give solid advice that is fresh to hear again in their respective voices.

Writing has changed so much since the above mentioned classic that there needed to be something new to answer questions by writers, like me, who are realizing how vital the digital age is to a successful writing career. I am one of those writers who has no problem getting through a draft or two, but I get to the editing part and... oh look a butterfly is dancing around the garden outside my window... I can address my problems as a writer, but I am still fairly new to Facebook and the digital age. After years of telling myself how ridiculous Facebook and Twitter is, I have come to realize how vital it can be if used correctly. Many of the newer authors in this book have been active in the digital age for some time and I have picked up vital advice from authors I was somewhat familiar with, like Shane McKenzie, Michael Arnzen, Lucy Snyder,Tim Waggoner, and Scott Nicholson.

I was also more than pleasantly surprised by the advice from authors like Jasper Bark, Weston Ochse, Blaze McRob, and a few others whose writing was so good for this anthology of advice, that I will surely be looking forward to reading more from them and have already added many of them to my mental list of authors to check out.

As a struggling wannabe writer, I have to applaud and thank Joe Mynhardt, not only for his great advice within the pages of his anthology, but for taking the time to put this book together. The time he must have spent talking to these authors, putting it all together, and editing it must have been exhausting and I'm sure he cussed himself out for beginning such a detailed and extensive project. At the end, he has created a classic that any writer, not just us horror junkies, can call upon for advice and inspiration.

Thanks Joe!

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Genre Writers May 1, 2014
By Bacchus
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The world of publishing is more than a little bewildering these days, with new options for publishing and a greater need than ever for writers to know how to market their work and promote themselves. Although this book is a mixed bag, the info that is helpful in this volume far outweighs the fluff, and is worth much more than the price of the book. If you're just starting out as a writer you NEED to read this book. If you're a pro with sales under your belt or are self-publishing your work, you'll find resources in here to increase your sales and fan base. There's great practical advice on the act of writing, being a writer (acting professionally), how and where to promote yourself, etc. from writers of books and movies, from veterans and fairly new success stories, from reviewers and editors. No matter what level you're on as a writer, you'll learn something worth learning.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Modern Mythmakers: 35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers, written by Michael McCarty, and published by Crystal Lake Publishing, is now out and on sale for a limited time only. For .99 you can pick up this great Kindle book!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

February 23, 2015
Modern Mythmakers is a collection of 35 interviews from horror and science fiction's most influential writers and filmmakers, including Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Richard Matheson, John Carpenter, John Saul, Joe McKinney, the Night of the Living Dead crew (including John Russo, Kyra Schon and Russ Streiner), Elvira, Whitley Strieber, Christopher Moore, and many more.

Line-up: Foreword by Alan Dean Foster; Forrest J. Ackerman; C. Dean Andersson; Adrienne Barbeau; Ray Bradbury; Ramsey Campbell; John Carpenter; Dan Curtis; Elvira; Rusty Fischer; Neil Gaiman; Mick Garris; Laurell K. Hamilton; George Clayton Johnson; Jack Ketchum; Dean Koontz; Herschell Gordon Lewis; Thomas Ligotti; Bentley Little; Graham Masterton; Richard Matheson; Joe McKinney; Christopher Moore; Night of the Living Dead Crew: John Russo, Kyra Schon, & Russ Streiner; William F. Nolan; Ingrid Pitt; Linnea Quigley; Fred Olen Ray; John Saul; David Snell; Darce Stoker; Peter Straub; Whitley Strieber; Timothy Zahn; Afterword by The Amazing Kreskin.

“Interesting interviews, masterfully compiled…” – Horror News

“Modern Mythmakers is a horror-fiend's dream – a bubbling cauldron of genre info straight from the mouths of the madmen and women we fans worship.” – Kristopher Triana, author of Growing Dark and head of Tavern of Terror

“I was struck by the skill with which Michael McCarty conducts himself. He should have his own nightly talk show or at least a radio program dedicated to his work.” – Zero Signal Magazine

“… beware the dark, and what lurks in the minds of those you read and watch in the wee hours. Highly recommended.” – Hellnotes

“Modern Mythmakers is a healthy-sized bowl of horror-themed Wheaties coated with inspiration that’ll fuel your writing and filmmaking passion. And for the straight up fan boys and girls, it’s full of spoonfuls of trivia regarding classic horror and science fiction film and literature.” – Novel Reviews

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4.0 out of 5 stars Horror-themed Wheaties! February 25, 2015
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“Love is the answer to everything.” Not exactly something you may expect to hear coming from Ray Bradbury, but Michael McCarty manages to dig in and bring out such sides to otherwise seemingly dark individuals. As the subtitle suggests, Modern Mythmakers picks at the brains of thirty-five different contributors to the horror and science fiction genres: Writers, actors, producers, and directors. Many of whom you will undoubtedly be very familiar with, and others, not so much. Nevertheless, I found a great interest—and even encouragement—in most of the interviews within.

The interviews with those I wasn’t familiar with made the reads no less entertaining; Joe McKinney, for example—a name I was unfamiliar with—a well-read police sergeant turned author, with quite a story to tell, had me literally laughing out loud at one point in the interview when answering McCarty’s question: “If you could be a monster, what would you be?”

With those I was familiar with (which includes nearly every name on the roster), I found great satisfaction in hearing tidbits of little-known facts and trivia. There’s something about hearing this type of stuff straight from the horse’s mouth that tickles pink the fans of movies like Halloween, Night of the Living Dead, Blood Feast, and Return of the Living Dead and books like Ghost Story, Logan’s Run, Manitou, Intensity; the list goes on. You’ll hear stories like the filming of Trilogy of Terror’s Zuni fetish doll (if you’re anywhere near my age you know you’ve had a nightmare or two with those giant teeth chasing you) and read the extensive resume of Herschell Gordon Lewis, only to find out he’s got a lot more up his sleeve than just ridiculously bright red blood and bushy eyebrows.

Being not just a reader and a fan of film, but a writer, I found quite a bit of encouragement from the testimonies of so many who have paid their dues and earned their place. Jack Ketchum’s advice on what to do next after a writer has published their first novel I found quite inspirational, if not just plain humorous: “Don’t be afraid of writing the second one. Don’t get worried that you’re a one-hit wonder. That can really mess with your brain—I know it did for me. Chances are that if you gave birth to one decent novel, your hips are wide enough to give birth to another. “

And right when I’m feeling good and inspired about my future in writing, Peter Straub comes along and strikes my spine with some chills: “Ghosts accompany us everywhere, and the longer you live, the more of them are following you around.” Thanks, Mr. Straub.

It’s not so much the questions that are asked, as the responses. Some of the same inquiries are made to many of the interviewees but with obviously varying answers from the minds of those who have fed your nightmares and imaginations for decades. Yet even redundant questions—like asking William F. Nolan what the F in his name stands for—leads to an answer revealing a great bit of trivia concerning part of the creation of his own swan song, Logan’s Run. And, of course, Whitley Strieber. When given the floor, Mr. Strieber doesn’t hesitate in reminding us all that his alien abduction was indeed very real, he’s not lying, and he would appreciate some slack here.

Modern Mythmakers is a healthy-sized bowl of horror-themed Wheaties coated with inspiration that’ll fuel your writing and filmmaking passion. And for the straight up fan boys and girls, it’s full of spoonfuls of trivia regarding classic horror and science fiction film and literature. If I have anything negative to say about Modern Mythmakers, it’s that some of the interviews are dated. So here and there you’ll find things that have long since passed—books that have been out for years, movies that have long since left the theater, or even video store. By no means does this take away from the meat of the book, and by knowing that going in I think you’ll enjoy it all the more. But if you’re looking for interviews that reflect upcoming recent news on the interviewees, this is the wrong book. If, however, you’re looking for inspiration and trivia on your favorite contributors to the various fields concerning horror and Sci-Fi, then you’ll feel right at home with Modern Mythmakers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar! February 24, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Modern Mythmakers: 35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers and Filmmaker, is a brilliant read, so informative, so entertaining!! Michael McCarty is a stellar interviewer, knowing all the right questions to ask and eliciting some real gems of information.

Within these pages you’ll find film stars, authors, TV personalities and even film crew members all with anecdotes regarding their field. Advice is given, secrets are spilled, it doesn't get any better than this. A few of the “Mythmakers” are no longer with us but their words will live on forever.

There’s both an entertaining Forward written by Alan Dean Foster and Afterword written by The Amazing Kreskin, they should not be ignored. As an added bonus ebook readers will be treated to additional interviews by Jeffrey Thomas, Frederik Pohl, Kim Newman, Kathryn Leigh Scott and Lara Parker from Dark Shadows, and lastly Surprise, Surprise, Charlee Jacob interviews Michael McCarty, how cool is that?!!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this 'behind the scenes' book and highly recommend it. 
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 Michael McCarty has been a professional writer since 1983 and the author of over thirty books of fiction and nonfiction, as well as hundreds of articles, short stories and poems. In 2009 he was named as finalist, along with collaborator Mark McLaughlin, in two different Bram Stoker Award categories: Best First Novel of 2008 for MONSTER BEHIND THE WHEEL (Corrosion Press/Delirium Books -- republished as an ebook from Medallion Press) and Best Poetry Collection of 2008 for ATTACK OF THE TWO-HEADED POETRY MONSTER(Skullvines Press). He received the 2008 David R. Collins' Literary Achievement Award from the Midwest Writing Center. In 2005, he was a Bram Stoker finalist in the nonfiction category for MORE GIANTS OF THE GENRE (Wildside Press).
He is the author of I KISSED A GHOUL, a YA book (Noble Young Adult). Co-author of NIGHT OF THE SCREAM QUEEN (with Linnea Quigley) (Dark Moon Books) and LOST GIRL OF THE LAKE (with Joe McKinney) (Bad Moon Books).
His short stories and interviews have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies including Fangoria, Cemetery Dance, Starlog, Filmfax, ON WRITING HORROR (A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association, edited by Mort Castle), MIDNIGHT PREMIERE and IN LAYMON TERMS (both anthos from Cemetery Dance publications).
His nonfiction collection, ESOTERIA-LAND from Bear Manor Media, presents an eclectic mix of his articles, interviews, and reviews.
McCarty's first solo novel, a vampire satire called LIQUID DIET, was released in 2009 release by Black Death/Demonic Clown Books and republished as an ebook as LIQUID DIET & MIDNIGHT SNACK: 2 VAMPIRE SATIRES from Whiskey Creek Press. McCarty was the former staff writer for Science Fiction Weekly (the official website of the Sci-Fi Channel). He currently writes the column Vampire Mania for Graveside
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Rhonda Hopkins is my Woman In Horror today! Rhonda loves to combine the horror from real life and life experience to that which dwells within her mind. She is a master at writing paranormal and suspense. And . . . and she adds in some paranormal romance to her genre blend.

Rhonda is not only sharing with her fellow authors, but she also donates time to causes. Cancer research and the Wounded Warrior Project are two that come immediately to mind.

Her Amazon bio:

Award-winning author, Rhonda Hopkins, has learned firsthand that truth is stranger than fiction. Her two decades of experience as an investigator provide her characters with a depth and realism that gives truth a run for its money. Having come in contact with the best and the worst that society has to offer, Rhonda's imagination is filled with story ideas. Rhonda writes horror, suspense, paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy. (

Rhonda also enjoys reading every bit as much as writing and tends to read a little of everything, but her personal favorites are: suspense/thrillers, romantic suspense, horror, paranormal, and YA. She grew up reading the Nancy Drew series and graduated to Stephen King novels by the time she was twelve.

Rhonda loves living the small town life but enjoys living close enough to a big city to have the best of both worlds. A native Texan, she resides in the DFW area with her Russian Blue cat. Samantha doesn't seem to realize she's a cat and has trained her human quite well. Rhonda even swears she can talk. You can find out more about Rhonda at 

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Survival ( Survival Series Book 1) is my lead-off book to tell of Rhonda's great talents:

Book Description

June 13, 2014
When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the dead walking the earth she is forced to rely on a coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and the dead looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.

Survival is a 14,000 word (approx. 45 pages) short story and was originally published in the Let's Scare Cancer to Death anthology.

5.0 out of 5 stars Important skills for fighting zombies. September 7, 2014
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Survival by Rhonda Hopkins is a zombie short story, the first in a series.

Two sisters, twins, are in a basement. Dana is handcuffed, the other, Sarah has gotten free. Sarah breaks through a window and barely makes it out before the kidnappers come to investigate the sound of breaking glass. She hops in her SUV, which the kidnappers also have, and drives to her neighborhood to get help and supplies to rescue her sister.

As she drives, she notices the strange behavior of the people out on the street. Sarah has been trying to get in touch with her cousin, Brian, but he isn’t answering his phone. She stops in at the neighbor’s house to see if any help can be had there. Margaret is home but sick. Her husband is out of town and also not answering his phone. Fortunately, he has a cache of weapons. Sarah loads up the weapons in a bag and is off to rescue her sister, dragging Margaret with her. Their final goal is to end at the courthouse which can be made into a fortress. On the way to rescue Dana, they rescue and young girl and a teen boy, taking them along for the ride.

Survival starts out with action and doesn’t slow down. It is a quick, fairly satisfying read that leaves one wanting the next installment. These three women are smart, resourceful and compassionate. When imagining oneself in this situation it is easy to identify with any of the three. I would recommend this book to those who love stories with strong women and those who love zombie stories.

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Story July 5, 2014
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I found Rhonda Hopkins' Survival to be a gripping story. As in, if I hadn't kept a grip on my pants she would have scared them off of me. The characters were compelling and believable, and I cared about their plight. At the end of the story I was left wanting more. 
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This great book has 15 Five Star reviews. Kind of says a lot, doesn't it? There is a lot of action in this super scary story! Don't miss out!
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The Consuming: A Short Story:

Book Description

July 25, 2013
Serena knows her late uncle wasn’t crazy. So when she inherits his sprawling Carolina mansion and leaves the big city to restore both his home and his name, she uncovers a mystery that could cost much more than her sanity. As the house slowly reveals its dark secrets, and the extent of her peril becomes evident, she’ll settle for escaping with her life—if it isn’t already too late.

"The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins is the literary version of what films like Paranormal Activity tried to be. This has the bumps in the night flying off the page."  ~~  TW Brown, Author of the Dead, and the Zomblog series.

"The Consuming is a wonderful, chilling tale that leaves you listening too hard in the quiet of a dark night, and jumping at shadows in mirrors. Definitely looking forward to more from Ms. Hopkins." ~~ Stacey Joy Netzel, USA Today Bestselling author of Beneath Still Waters and Lost in Italy.

"The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins is the perfect example of gothic horror…" ~~ Jennette Marie Powell, Author of Hangar 18: Legacy and the Saturn Society series.

"…Rhonda Hopkins' The Consuming had me turning on all the lights in the house and checking behind doors." ~~ Stacy Green, Author of Into the Dark and Tin God (A Delta Crossroads Mystery).

"The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins had a chilling Hitchcock feel…" ~~ Kelsey Tanner, Amazon Review

"…This tale will give you shivers up your spine, make you take second glances in mirrors…Superb!" ~~ Penelope Anne Bartotto, The Library at the End of the Universe.

The Consuming was originally published in the TALES FROM THE MIST Anthology.

5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling August 6, 2013
By Tamara
Format:Kindle Edition
This short story I first read in Tales from the Mist. It's haunting and spine chilling... and I can't wait to read more from this author! Prepare to be spooked.

5.0 out of 5 stars My only disappointment.... July 29, 2013
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I climbed into bed around midnight and read 'The Consuming' in the dark with only the glow of my reading device. (The creepy cover with the dark and foreboding looking house should have been a clue to leave the lights on!) The short story is deliciously creepy and so well written! There were moments that I would have darted out of that house and not looked back. My only disappointment was when I reached the end of the story, I wanted more chapters. I hope the author will write more short stories like this one. Excellent and quick read! Highly recommend. 
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The second review gives a great example of what writing is all about. When Maria says she wanted more, you know an author has grabbed onto a reader.
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The Gift is a story of a different genre:

Book Description

December 4, 2014
Sometimes, the best gifts are unexpected...

When workaholic Robert Chalmer's wife leaves to take care of her sick mother for two weeks, he is left with all the responsibility... including his seven-year-old daughter. With Christmas fast approaching, Robert must find a way to reconnect with what is most important in his life, or risk losing it forever.

THE GIFT is a 7300 word heart-warming short story set in Fort Worth, TX about family, love, and second chances.

5.0 out of 5 stars Dad steps up to the plate December 5, 2014
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I read this short story as part of a winter-themed box set. As a mom myself, I always wonder what would happen if I ever 'ran away from home' and left my husband to take care of the holiday hassle, the gift-shopping and the kids. Mom gets even! Well, when Robert Chalmers wife gets called away a few weeks for Christmas to care for her sick mother, all of a sudden Robert has to deal with just that, along with his cute daughter Amanda, though I thought Robert handled it a lot better than -my- husband would and Amanda was a lot better behaved. MOSTLY better behaved... At about 45 minutes to read, this story was just the right length to give me a nice little warm fuzzy feeling while waiting for my kids gymnastics lesson.

5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and heart felt with both tears and smiles December 7, 2014
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I also had read this story as part of a collection, and am glad to see it solo, for those wanting just one short, but chock full of the holiday spirit.

Rhonda's short is quite touching, in a very traditional family orientated way. Humorous and tearful in a very satisfying conclusion.

My natural wariness led me to wonder, when I began her story, if this was going to be ho-hum predictable. And if someone is wondering if it's a happy ending tale, they're right. Getting there, though, was a nice mix of old-fashioned events, new technology, and a few revelation twists.

The pacing was also a nice surprise. Beginning sweetly, it's as if the main male character is brought slowly out of a coma of forgotten cherished values. He's taking care of a precocious daughter, by himself, while his wife's away to tend to an ill mom. His immersion into his daughter's world, and the one existing between the two of them, is precious. And often, moments of unexpected tenderness and technology are linked in a way a major tech company could only wish for with their own devices.

I should add, I'm the oldest of six, dad of three, and grandpa of five. So I'm a sucker for really good family tales.

This story alone, in the collection mentioned above, was, for me, easily worth 5 stars. 
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Not only do Rhonda's readers enjoy this heart-warming tale, but it shows the good sense an author has when presenting a stand alone story from a previously published collection. This puts the author on a special dais where her singular talents can be showcased.

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Let's Scare Cancer To Death:

Book Description

March 8, 2014

For millions, there is no word that inspires more fear. It is about time to give some payback. Enter a cadre of talented authors with a common purpose: to SCARE cancer to death.

Okay, the premise may seem silly, but the truth is that these writers have all given their stories freely in hopes that you will be enticed to come check out this anthology. Every penny generated will be given in a quarterly check the The V Foundation for Cancer Research. So, when you purchase this book, you are tossing your hat in the ring with people who are out to eradicate a killer that has touched far too many lives.

Join us, and Let's Scare Cancer to Death!

with Eli Constant, Alyn Day, Heath Stallcup, Gregory Carrico, T. Fox Dunham, Claire C. Riley, Armand Rosamilia, Catie Rhodes, J. Thorn, Chantal Boudureau, Mark Tufo, Michael James McFarland, Julianne Snow, Blaze McRob, TW Brown, and Rhonda Hopkins.

5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully put together set of amazing authors May 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
All the author dedications are heart breaking, so many people’s lives are touched by the dreaded big C. Here is to finding a cure, fast.

Z Children by Eli Constant: It is the start of the zompoc and Suz, Dad and the twins must make it out of town to their boat whilst dodging the zombies who are primarily children.
The reasons for the start of the zompoc are really well laid out, the back story made me care for this little family so the ending was a real shock.
I really enjoyed this writing style so another author to be on the lookout for.

Of the Dead by Alyn Day: a toughened foraging unit comes across a child “zed”; or is she just a wild child trying to survive?
As many of the unit are mourning fathers the emotions brought to the surface on the trip back to base and the scientists are really well played out by the author.
I love the twisted endings, so not expected. Another fantastic writer.

Memories by Heath Stallcup: the author physically brings you along for the ride on this tale as he drags you around a research facility whilst he unloads his story upon you.
The sordid tale carried on around me and I was so absorbed that the ending, again, gave me a real thump to the heart.
HS has managed to pull off a spectacular PoV perspective with not even the slightest error. Not surprisingly he is already one of my favourite authors.

Project Arizona by Greg Carrico: poor Henry, he is a sad and misplaced man in a long line of hidden experiments, of which the author keeps us in the dark about.
But the telltale zombie theme is there, along with a strange flensing obsession.
A strange little late that has an even weirder ending. Not sure what I read but I really liked it!

Just Life by T.Fox Dunham: “dragging its colon behind like a dead snake” – has to be my favourite line from the whole book, it made me feel a little nauseous and smile at the same time.
Robert, the main character, has just recovered from a strange surgery where his tumour went wild and attacked a surgeon!
Now Retribution has begun which looks suspiciously like a George Romero film set.
Essentially this is a beautiful love story another really fantastic ending.

Choices by Claire C. Riley: Adam had completed his cancer treatment but now all Hell has broken loose and he is unable to find out his final test results.
He risks life and limb to try and find his medical notes but thankfully there is Old Yella to help him out.
The moral of the story seems a little undone at the end but wow I really enjoyed the characters in this one.

Dying Days Mortality by Armand Rosamila: two good men are trying to do right by their dying wives.
A dilemma is set before one of them and a decision is made.
The emotions run really high in this book and AR does not shy away from rubbing your face right in there.

Gift Wrapped Box by Catie Rhodes: Kathleen just keeps getting more Hell heaped upon her as she falls for some mumbo jumbo about a cure for her terminal cancer, which actually turns out to be soul eaters!
Not to mention her wicked neighbor is trying to kill her kitten.
A blast from the past and she has a chance to put all things right and as she faces down a massive demon she gets more than she hoped for.
A sad but brilliant ending, really enjoyed the complexity of the story and certainly nothing run of the mill.

Tunnel by J. Thorn: not sure about this story as I really disliked one of the three characters and the other two were just meh for me. Plus the story never really went anywhere IMO.

One Lonely Night by Chantal Boudreaux: Quinn is dying from cancer, but all he desires is death by zombie.
With all the pain surrounding him he is set on his mission and CB does nothing to shy you away from being witness to this painfully honest tale.

Sweet Release by Mark Tufo: Ted’s life is over; his body just needs to catch up.
Kindness seems to be lacking all around him and just one small moment is all he wants.
The tenderness with which this tale is written really made my heart ache.

Uncle by Michael James Macfarland: crippled Uncle has a secret that he brought back from the war.
His constant care is sucking the life from those around him.
The slow but steady build up gives a good indication of what the end will be but it’s still a cracker.

The Legacy by Julianne Snow: they say when you get a terminal diagnosis you begin the grieving process for your own loss of life, one stage of that is anger.
This is the tale of a chap who gets stuck at that stage. Of all these little stories, this one really scared me.

The Judas Contingent by Blaze McRob: my heart bleeds for this wonderfully strong and brave man (the author not the fiction – of all the dedications and bios this one really touched me).
Revenge is the main drive for this story, a well written piece that left me wondering just who are the good guys.

My Name is Charles by TW Brown: what’s worse than dying cancer in the zompoc? Adding dementia into the mix.
Poor fella, having to relive the intial horror over and over again. Fantastic idea with some great writing.

Survival by Rhonda Hopkins: from a bad start where they are captured for who knows what reason Dana and her twin, Sarah, manage a dramatic escape with the help of Meredith. Shame the poor girl is suffering the after effects of chemo treatment.
As the struggle to survive in this new world of horrors occurs the relationship and animosity of work colleagues surfaces adding that emotional twist to the story.
Whilst gore and horror is not lacking in this well written tale it is the emotions that play front and center.

The whole book has a well put together feel to it. I do hope this continues to raise lots of money so that “we” really can Scare Cancer to Death.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection! May 14, 2014
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Get your 'one click' on! This is a great collection of stories for a very worthy cause. Buy it, Read it, Love it! 
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This great anthology is doing a lot of good for a lot of people. So many great authors donated their time and talents to this superb tome. We even bought our own books so more money could go to cancer research.

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Rhonda is banging away on the keyboards to give you more great books. Watch out for her. She is a master at the craft.
Rhonda Hopkins is a Woman In Horror!
Blaze McRob



Tales From The Mist: An Anthology of Horror and Paranormal Stories by Scott Nicholson, Rhonda Hopkins, *lizzie starr and Catie Rhodes (Nov 30, 2013)


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Addictive Reads: The Winter Gift Collection: 7 Uplifting Stories by Tamara Ward, Natalie G. Owens, D.D. Larsen and Stacey Joy Netzel (Nov 17, 2014)


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Monday, February 23, 2015


 Shadows Over Main Street, from Hazardous Press is on sale for .99 today through Wednesday! Don't miss out! This great anthology is Lovecraftian Horror at its best.

Hurry, hurry, hurry!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

January 28, 2015
What happens when idyllic small-towns, and the simple folk who inhabit them, collide with inexplicable evil borne of a vast and uncaring cosmos?

Imagine a series of stories set in a golden era of American life, where worldly troubles are regarded from a distance, if at all.

Hear the buzz of playing cards clipped in children’s spokes echo down quiet lanes. Smell the faint aroma of rich tobacco smoke from an old man’s pipe on a shady boulevard. Listen to the gossip of small towns where everyone knows everyone’s business.

Or do they?

Sometimes, deadly secrets lurk out in the barn.

Sometimes, unimaginable evil awaits us in the root cellar.

Sometimes, we fall under the sway of the Shadows Over Main Street.

Foreword: Lovecraft’s Longest Shadow by Ramsey Campbell
The 21st Century Shadow – Stephanie Wytovich
Χταπόδι Σαλάτα – Nick Mamatas
The Black Pyramid – Kevin Lucia
Mountaintown – Chesya Burke
This Stagnant Breath of Change – Brian Hodge
The Floodgates of Willowhill – Mary SanGiovanni
Odd Quahogs – James Chambers
The Thing with a Thousand Legs – Tim Curran
Undergrounders – Aaron Polson
The Flesh or the Father – T. Fox Dunham
White Picket Fences – Richard Thomas
The Friendless Bodies of Unburied Men – Gary Braunbeck
Estranged – Adrian Ludens
Red Hill – Rena Mason
The Abomination of Fensmere – Lucy A. Snyder
The Crisis – Cameron Suey
The Ogre – Lisa Morton
Boss Cthulhu – Jay Wilburn
Homecoming – John Sunseri
A Fiddlehead Party on Carpenter’s Farm - Josh Malerman

Cover art by Luke Spooner. Interior illustrations from Paul Carrick, Vincent Chong, John Coulthart, Galen Dara and HagCult.

Edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward

Editorial Reviews


"Shadows Over Main Street demonstrates most convincingly that fear lurks in our towns and villages, in darkened alleys, and in the shadowy human heart. This anthology represents a dynamic cross section of contemporary horror." --Laird Barron, Bram Stoker Award winning author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All 

"Shadows Over Main Street is a masterful blend of stories fit for both die-hard Lovecraft fans and readers new to the genre. Each and every tale is wickedly delicious." --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Fall of Night and V-Wars

5.0 out of 5 stars These Streets Are No Longer Safe February 4, 2015
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Lovecraftian fiction set on the streets of every small town you've ever wandered through. Cosmic horror attacking the peace and tranquility of towns where people remember “that one time there was a car accident.” In the small nestled corners where people still move at a leisurely pace, Shadows Over Main Street introduces reasons to run.

These streets are no longer safe.

Twenty authors came together to create this amazing new take on Lovecraft’s world. What’s that you say? You’re unfamiliar with Lovecraft’s work? Before this anthology, so was I. Luckily, the foreword, written by the great Ramsey Campbell, provides a detailed orientation into this style of writing and sets the mood for the stories which follow. But even if you were to skip Campbell’s words, you’d get the hang of it really quickly. This collection is geared for those of us who are new to the genre as well as those who have survived under Lovecraft’s dark umbrella for many years.

Every story in this collection more than deserves to be mentioned individually, but the ones that truly stuck with me afterward included Lisa Morton’s "The Ogre", Josh Malerman’s "Fiddlehead Party on Carpenters’ Farm", and "This Stagnant Breath of Change" by Brian Hodge.

This collection not only attacks our fears. It assaults them in the places we've been taught to feel the safest; and does so in such a satisfying way, we’re almost okay with it.

Not that the universe left us much of a choice anyway... 
5.0 out of 5 stars Cthulhu vs works February 10, 2015
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I really enjoyed this collection, I find small towns and classic Americana kind of creepy to begin with, add to that eldritch horrors and I'm hooked. The stories are good, most of them aren't subtle about showing their Lovecraftian themes, which is a plus in my book. Oh yeah, as information, I snagged the book via Kindle Unlimited, and once I finished it, I turned around and bought the dead tree edition for my collection. So yes, definitely give it a read if you like creepy small towns, and shadows out of the corner of your eye.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of The Sirens Call - Issue #19 featuring 'Whispers in the Dark' and celebrating Women in Horror! With 125 pages full of fiction and poetr...
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As I did last year, I am honoring all the fantastic Women In Horror in The Sirens Call - Issue #19 - 'Whispers in the Dark' Celebrating Women In Horror! Also, I am honoring the fantastic staff and co-owners Julianne Snow, Nina D'Arcangela, and Gloria Bobrowicz. Job well done, ladies. 

This Issue is free to download and I suggest everyone go over there and do so. With 125 pages of great prose, poetry, interviews, artwork, and more, you cannot go wrong. Some of the great authors here are already Women In Horror on my posts, and many more are on the way. I am blown away by the array of great talent!

Support these women. And embrace the magazine for being such a classy, stupendous production.
 The Sirens Call - Issue #19 - 'Whispers in the Dark' Celebrating Women In Horror! are my Women In Horror today!
Blaze McRob

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Rachel Rawlings is my Woman In Horror today! Rachel's stories have plenty of kick-ass action, so women and men will both be drawn to them. Did I mention the bite? It's there too, with vampires, witches, weres, and other delightful nasty buggers running around everywhere in her Maurin Kincaide series.

Rachel's novels are fantastic urban fantasy and possess a strong female lead who tries her damnedest to keep the Demons in check.

In Rachel's words:

"I've always been one to pick action over chick flicks and I think I approach writing the same way. I've read and continue to read series that are more leather and lace than bullets and octane because of their Paranormal/Urban Fantasy content but when it came to writing my own series I didn't want my vampires to just bite, I wanted them to kick ass too! The Maurin Kincaide Series are slightly dark, action packed Urban Fantasy novels with a strong female lead."

From her Amazon Author page:

Rachel Rawlings was born and raised in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Her family, originally from Rhode Island, spent summers in New England sparking her fascination with Salem, MA. She has been writing fictional stories and poems since middle school, but it wasn't until 2009 ago that she found the inspiration to create her heroine Maurin Kincaide and complete her first full length novel, The Morrigna.

When she isn't writing, Rachel can often be found with her nose buried in a good book. An avid reader of Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Horror and Steampunk herself, Rachel founded Hallowread- an interactive convention for both authors and fans of those genres. More information on Hallowread, its schedule of events and participating authors can be found at and She still lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

Want to find out about new releases, appearances, contests and give-aways? Be sure to check out Rachel's Facebook page

Books by Rachel Rawlings

The Morrigna
Witch Hunt
Blood Bath
Mistletoe Meltdown
Ill Fated

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Not only is Rachel running all over the place writing her great books and keeping just one step ahead of the Demons, but she is an organizer of HallowRead in historic Ellicott City, Maryland. This is a Book festival and mini-con for authors and fans of Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Steam Punk and Horror books. and This event occurs around Halloween: as if I really had to mention that. Rachel is trying to get me to come and give a workshop on how to write horror. Last year I was sick and couldn't go. This year I hope to be there. The event takes over the town, and if I can make it with some of my Women In Horror in tow, the old town will never be the same.

Time to talk about some of Rachel's great books. First up is the Morrigna ( The Maurin Kincaide Series, A Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Book 1 ):


Book Description

January 9, 2014
Maurin Kincaide is a psychometric investigator for Salem's Supernatural Task Force. She's spent the last few years working crime scenes and using the memory links in fingerprints to catch criminals.

When the current bad guy turns out to be a demon, Maurin must work with Seamus--the task force's
prime suspect for unleashing said demon. She follows Seamus deeper into the supernatural community and discovers there's a lot more going on than anyone guessed.

Our unique investigator is quickly enlisted from her day job by the Council, a secret governing body of all things Other. They want her to find out more about the abundance of demons in Salem and who might be controlling them...

5.0 out of 5 stars dark, fast paced and action packed Urban Fantasy May 14, 2012
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Maurin works for the Police as an interrogator utilising her psyhic gift to aid her but when her powers become unreliable she is put on leave to allow her a chance to get to the bottom of it. When brought before the Council Maurin discovers more about the world and herself than she thought possible, suddenly she is pulled into a war that she never knew existed and finds that she may be the key to bringing it to an end. Talk about pressure!

Maurin is a likeable character, she makes mistakes while learning to control her developing powers and struggles to come to terms with the consequences of her actions. She remains human while surrounded by people who aren't, never entirely sure who to trust.

Rachel has created an interesting world full of sexy shifters, powerful witches and arrogant vampires who battle against gods & demons to keep the world safe. Rachel has placed her own spin on popular myths to bring her world to life. The Morrigna is a thoroughly enjoyable action packed tale full of intriguing characters who are just begging to have their stories told. I really enjoyed this one and I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment to find out what happens next!

If you enjoy slightly dark, fast paced and action packed Urban Fantasy then this is definitely for you! I'm giving it 5 out of 5 stars :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Love IT :) February 8, 2014
By Melissa
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Here lately I had found myself getting totally bored with reading. I was reading romance/erotica BDSM. It was the same old thing BORING.
A friend of mine totally recommended this book said “I guarantee you it is fantastic and you won’t be bored” So I picked up the box set for $.99 and WOW I would have gladly paid more for this fantastic series.

Maurin is an awesome character she is a psychic being used by the council which has yes vamps, weres, witches. And of course you have to have the bad guys the triad sisters and their army of demons. I won’t spoil the book with details however; I will say expect the unexpected when you think the book might be predictable the author throws in something totally unexpected.

The thing I like most about this book is the characters are believable and humorous. Plus the huge battle scene was awesome. This book is definitely something I would continue reading about. I would put this book right up there with some of the best horror writers ever. In fact it is one of the best horror books I have read in a very long time. If you like vamps, were, witches and demons this is a must read.
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This is the first book in the series and is priced at only .99. Get it now while that price holds! Mighty fine looking reviews!
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Witch Hunt is the second great book in the series.

Book Description

January 9, 2014
Maurin Kincaide is back in this action packed follow up novel to The Morrigna. No longer a member of Salem's Preternatural Task Force Maurin is the new liaison for The Council, governing body of Others. During what should have been a routine meeting with her former Captain, Maurin is brought in on a murder investigation. Three dead witches, three cryptic clues, no sign of the killers and the Salem coven is losing allies within the Council. If Maurin and her unlikely partner Captain Matthison can't stop the killers, the Witch City might be without its namesake.

5.0 out of 5 stars awesome May 9, 2013
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Action packed
loved the book
My family use Sarcasm alot so this was so fantastic
This book had lots of twists and turns in it but they all worked
was hot without the sex just gave the vibes
loved the main character all her problems and charm
built up all the characters well so we knew who they were and when betrayal happened it was surprising
will be handing on to my 16 year old daughter who enjoys this type of book
i did have to reread bits cause the names were close in some characters but thats how it was written
will be reading another book in this line if brought out
thanks for a great read
Congrats Rachel on an awesome book hope everyone reads this

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The first book may not have been what everyone expected, but it totally served it's purpose to set the stage and provide the background. In Book 2 Witch Hunt we are on to the action! If you love paranormal stories this is one for you! You have it all romance, action, imminent danger and of course supernatural beings! Maurin Kincaide is on a journey to find out exactly what she is, as she is not fully human with these super healing qualities & psychometric abilities she has. As her journey to find herself continues she get further involved with the Council and realizes that although she thought the Coven was her friend that there were really ulterior motives to Mahalia's monopolizing of Maurin's time and although her mind is telling her to follow her gut she trusts the relationship with the Coven only to be pulled in so deep she almost doesn't surface. But she is a butt kicking supe who ends up hot for Aidan a stealthy and necro-protected vamp and the two come together to find a way out of this crazy situation the Coven has gotten her into. What remains to be seen is HOW the Coven will deal with Maurin's wrath and boy does she have one. MUST READ!!!! CANNOT WAIT FOR MORE!!! 
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When words like butt-kicking are bandied about, I listen. Obviously, Rachel has some excited fans.
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Ill Fated is the most recent book in the series, so I thought I would show it here.

Book Description

February 11, 2015
Some things are destined to end in death. After the first attempt on her life Maurin wasn’t scared. Hell, she was almost flattered. But someone put a price on her head and things are getting complicated. Trouble is brewing in the fae courts and it’s spilling over into Salem. The UnSeelie Dark Guard have answered the call for her head on a platter and people closest to her are disappearing.
Can Maurin master court politics and find her missing men before someone claims the bounty on her head?

5.0 out of 5 stars loved this installment of the series February 14, 2015
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I was so excited when I got this book. My favorite characters were back and getting into more trouble then its worth. Cash is back and babysitting Maurin as someone wants to kill her. Her hot hunky and most drool worthy boyfriend, Mason is still the head of the STPD. Aiden is still pining for Maurin but has Ryanne. So what does a girl do. Now there is a new threat on Maurin's head and everyone is trying to keep her safe and as we know Maurin will not take things lying down. The fae courts a fighting and its spilling all over Salem . And the dark guard is after Maurin and they want her head. On top of that her dog, her father and her man are missing . Can she find them without loosing her head and will she get the swing of court politics before they are doomed. Just all in a day's work for our Maurin

Like I said I was so happy when I found this was out. I picked up and started reading right away. Was so happy to get my fix of one my favorite series characters . I love me some Mason and Cash.

But digress. Rachel makes you feel like these characters are like part of your family. They just get under your skin and you want to help them out anyway you can. I feel like Cash is the big brother trying to keep you in you place and keep you safe. Aiden is the cool neighbor that comes in and just makes life difficult. Getting into trouble with you while trying to hit on you at the same time . Amelia is you best friend that you want to have fun with but still need to trust her . I mean I can see all of these characters as part of my life. She also brings back a very bad character and adds a couple of others . We even see a couple of zombies trying to take out a chunk of our Maurin. You will laugh and you will shed a tear or two . But most of all you will be cheering for all of them. Not going to say anymore cause I will blow the ending for you. And trust me the last pages are happy dance moments .

Rachel just gets better with each book in the series. This book will take you on a ride with some twists and turns . The story will keep you reading all night long . I did get a book hang over from reading this book. I did read it in a day, it was that good. Trust me from the very first page to the very last page, you will be drawn in. Ill Fated is packed full of hot werewolves, vampires, fae. Love, friendship and oh yes a kidnapping and a price on her head. Now if that doesn't make you want to read then I don't know what will. Oh yeah the zombies . So if you want a great series please

check out the MAURIN KINCAIDE SERIES and a if you have read the first five check out ILL FATED trust me you will not be disappointed at all .

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There was once a belief that a series would get boring after three. A lot of great authors are extending them now. Rachel is one of them. With each new book, she gathers new fans.

Watch for more great books from this young lady. Rachel Rawlings is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob



The Morrigna: Maurin Kincaide, Book 1 by Rachel Rawlings and Rina Adachi (May 29, 2014)Unabridged


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