Sunday, April 26, 2015


Be vewwy, vewwy quiet. The Damned are hunting wabbits... SILLY BUNNY is this week's newest ‪#‎horror‬ ‪#‎fiction‬ by Nina D'Arcangela on Pen of the Damned.
Oh, what a lovely selection this year! Such cute little bunnies. Each with a cherubic face: round rosy cheeks, tiny pink lips, glistening wide eyes. I don’t know where to begin… I suppose I’ll just...
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Silly Bunny, by Nina D'Arcangela, is this week's Scary Sunday tale! I have included a morsel, pun intended, for your enjoyment. However, meanie that I am, I leave the story hanging. But all is not lost. Merely go to the link above and read Nina's story in its entirety. While you're there, read more of her stories at the Pen Of The Damned website. You won't be sorry.
Blaze McRob


Oh, what a lovely selection this year! Such cute little bunnies. Each with a cherubic face: round rosy cheeks, tiny pink lips, glistening wide eyes. I don’t know where to begin… I suppose I’ll just pluck one at random – what fun this will be.
They seem to grow uncomfortable when I try to coax the first one toward me. I don’t want to frighten them; don’t they know how I love my precious bunnies? I suppose the fidgeting and jostling should be expected as my impatience drives me to grab the first boy and drag him forward. Calming myself, I reach back in time and recall my grandmother’s instructions from when I myself was a youth.
“Everyone knows you start with the eyes. Nibbling them off the face is the first step. Then the ears. Yes, the ears. You begin on the right, taking small bites until you reach the crown – but don’t crack it! Breaching the skull at this point would be unforgivable!” She would say with mock exaggeration. Giggling, we would begin peeling back the foil wrapper together. “Next, it’s the legs. Nibble, nibble, nibble! Once you reach the torso, it’s time for a final sugary treat – the bow tie. When I was a girl, I ate all the parts off my bunnies first, and then I would line up their leftover bodies to be devoured later!” She would always tickle me when she reached this part of the story . .  .

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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I watched an interview this morning with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the director of the movie Maggie. Yes, I'm a huge Arnold fan, but this movie is special, I believe. Look at the trailer and tell me if you think so too. I'll be in Atlanta next month for the Horror Writers Association Convention, but when it's all over I'll be visiting the theater and watching this with my date. Large popcorn with extra butter!
Blaze McRob

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Midnight Raven: The Moon Series Book 2, by Becca Boucher, is a great read! Take my word for it. For those of you who don't know it, Becca Boucher got my Award for Author Of 2014 for her super military/romance /paranormal story The Shadow Soldier. So, my friends, you know she is a great author.

Blaze McRob

Book Description

March 20, 2015
Kat Brennan was a loner. Trust no one, and don’t let anyone in, was the mantra she lived her life by. The few times she had, it ended badly. Now alone and bitter she’s facing the consequences of her actions. Until one night a chance encounter with a raven sets into motion a range of events, and desires, she thought she had buried long ago.

Cace Matthews was a successful doctor to the outside world. He seemingly had it all, good looks, a fast paced career, and a prestigious new job. But no one knew the real Cace. The shifter who searched for the truth, the end to the curse that had been placed on his family.

When the two cross paths it leads to discovery and passion.

Can Kat accept her true lineage and the magic that surrounds her? More importantly, can she let go of decades old resentments and let herself find true love? Can Cace bridge the gap between family commitments, and the desire to be himself, all while navigating his true feelings for Kat? And will they both live to see midnight?

Adult themes and content 18+ 

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Rebecca Boucher was born and raised in Worcester Massachusetts. Her father instilled an early love of reading and encouraged her when she started to write. Rebecca earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Quinsigamond Community College, but her love has always been writing. After the birth of her first child, she moved to a quiet little town on the edge of Worcester County, in the heart of Central Massachusetts. Living there has inspired her to write most of her current projects. In fact, local readers might recognize some of her locations. Currently, Rebecca is a freelance writer and blogger. Her first novel, Hunting The Moon (The Moon Series) debuted December 2013 from Write More Publications. She has also authored three short stories and one novella, The Shadow Soldier. When she is not writing, Rebecca is the mother to two boys, ages 12 and 14. Two of Rebecca’s favorite causes are Autism Awareness and Veteran’s causes. All proceeds of her book, The Shadow Soldier, have been donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 of the Moon Series March 19, 2015
Midnight Raven is book 2 in the Moon Series. I was thrilled when I got the chance to read this before it was published, in exchange for an honest review. In the beginning, I tried really hard not to like Kat. Didn't end up that way, I grew very fond of all of these well thought out characters. The story was well developed and I loved every minute of it. I've gotta hand it off to her though, she went against the norm and ended up with an amazing book. I definitely recommend this book to everyone!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Rocked ! March 24, 2015
By Pixie
Format:Kindle Edition
Midnight Raven By Becca Boucher
Synopsis :
Kat Brennan was a loner. Trust no one, and don’t let anyone in, was the mantra she lived her life by. The few times she had, it ended badly. Now alone and bitter she’s facing the consequences of her actions. Until one night a chance encounter with a raven sets into motion a range of events, and desires, she thought she had buried long ago.

Cace Matthews was a successful doctor to the outside world. He seemingly had it all, good looks, a fast paced career, and a prestigious new job. But no one knew the real Cace. The shifter who searched for the truth, the end to the curse that had been placed on his family.

When the two cross paths it leads to discovery and passion.

Can Kat accept her true lineage and the magic that surrounds her? More importantly, can she let go of decades old resentments and let herself find true love? Can Cace bridge the gap between family commitments, and the desire to be himself, all while navigating his true feelings for Kat? And will they both live to see midnight?
My Review:
Midnight Raven by Becca Boucher . WOW ! First let me say it is the second book in The Moon series , which I did NOT realize so that tells you this book can stand alone , HOWEVER I WILL be reading the first installment "Hunting The Moon" . That being said , I LOVED this story of Kat and Cace, Kat is a loner and honestly I didn't like her in the beginning she was cold and sometimes just mean. Cace was sweet and loving, and fun , both have issues! Kat lost everything and everyone due to some bad decisions in her life, and she doesn't know it but has a gift and Cace ? well he has a special 'gift" he is a shape shifter and a chance encounter with Kat one evening as he was shifted into his Raven form changes the Destiny for both . They are both in danger from an evil presence who wants what each of them possess. Ms Boucher tells their story in such a way that you come to love everyone in their little circle and you want to root for each of them. Kat's discovery of her "gift" is in my opinion one of the turning points of the book and their lives. The way she embraces it and learns her craft . There are plot twists that will leave you reeling, a budding love story and an ending that totally shocked me and I felt true grief as one of the beloved characters loses their life. (not telling who just one of the four main people) . I Give this book 5 Ravens VERY WELL Done Ms Boucher!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Darkness Chasing Light by Robert W. Walker is now out! Go read the sample section of this great collection and you will be able to read the first story in its entirety. Such lovely, nasty, psychological horror. The book description says it's Twilight Zone in its styling. Add in some Hitchcock as well.

Don't miss this one!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

March 21, 2015 12 - 12 8 - 12
A 3rd collection of tales from the crypt of Robert W. Walker. Hauntings, banshees, incubi, nightmares, phobias, cyborg disease, hit men, serial killers, vampires, and more. The range of these 10 stories is wide and inclusive of many genres. Each story packs a one-two punch and will leave the reader questioning what it means to be human from A Snitch in Time to Human Error and Bed Bait & Beyond, these tales skewer what we think we know and supplant it with what we should have known from sentence one to end. From House of Voices to the choices each character makes in the dark, there is a search for the light, but light does not always come and seldom in the exact expectation of the characters or the readers for that matter. If you liked One Step Beyond or The Twilight Zone, if you like O'Henry endings, you will appreciate Walker's twisting ride on a book of stories that take flight into the darker regions of the human heart and soul.

Monday, April 20, 2015


AUDIO BOOK: State of Horror: Illinois RELEASE: February 2015 TODAY’S AUTHOR FEATURE: Della West STORY: "Chicago Mike" Charon Coin Press: What do you...
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Della West talks with Margaret L. Colton and Jerry E. Benns about her audio book experience while reading State Of Horror: Illinois. Charon Coin Press did a great job with this audio book. Go to the link above and get Della's take on audio books.
Blaze McRob

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Ruth Barrett is my Woman In Horror today! She has numerous stories published by the traditional publishers. Now she has chosen to take the bull by the horns, goes her own route, and publishes on her own. Thus, we have Spirited Words Book Company. This does not mean she skimps on any part of producing quality work. She takes her time to make certain her books receive proper editing, get great covers, and receive the utmost care in every way.

Visit her Facebook page at and get caught up in some great sayings, pictures, and mind provoking tid-bits.

Now I come to a more somber place in this post. Read some of Ruth's posts at  What you will find is a strong lady writing tough words. Horror authors are a special breed. We've been kicked around, bullied in all matter of ways, and been attacked by things we have no control over. That's why we write what we do. No fluff. Just truth. Sure, we embellish it, but it's there. Read what Ruth says on her website. I need not say any more.

Amazon Bio:

Ruth Barrett was born in Pointe Claire, Quebec, and now makes her home in Stratford, Ontario. Between then and now, she studied English Literature at Trent University and the University of Leeds, and classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Ruth pursued an acting career in Toronto where her love of the stage saw her perform in everything from Shakespeare to sketch comedy, eventually settling into voice-over work. Transforming herself into a writer has provided a rewarding new way for her to explore character and spin tales. Ruth has published numerous short stories in various anthologies and periodicals, and she formed her own Spirited Words Book Co. in Summer 2011. 'Base Spirits' is her first novel. For a quick creepy read, try 'Family Secrets'-- the first of many Kindle short stories.

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Base Spirits

Book Description

September 2, 2011
In 1605, Sir Walter Calverley’s murderous rampage leaves a family shattered. The killer suffers a torturous execution… but is it truly the end? A noble Yorkshire house stands forever tarnished by blood and possessed by anguished spirits.

Some crimes are so horrific, they reverberate through the centuries.

As an unhappy modern couple vacation in the guesthouse at Calverley Old Hall, playwright Clara, and her scholar husband, Scott, unwittingly awaken a dark history. Clara is trapped and forced back in time to bear witness to a family’s bloody saga. Overtaken by the malevolent echoes, Scott is pushed over the edge from possessive husband to wholly possessed…

‘Murder has took this chamber with full hands
And will ne’er out as long as the house stands.’
~A Yorkshire Tragedy, Act I, Sc. v

Inspired by a true-life drama in Shakespeare’s day, this is itself a play within a play: a supernatural thriller with a historical core.

Only one player can survive.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Ruth Barrett studied English Literature at Trent University and the University of Leeds, Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), and was mentored by two-time Booker prize winner Peter Carey through the Humber School for Writers. During her years as an actor, Ruth performed in a little-known play called 'A Yorkshire Tragedy' sometimes attributed to Shakespeare. The story of the murderous Yorkshire nobleman and his long-suffering wife proved fascinating well beyond the stage... the eerie Calverley Old Hall was explored, and a haunting idea for a novel emerged. Ruth has published numerous short works of quirky and creepy fiction in various anthologies. 'Base Spirits' is her first full-length book, and her suspenseful short story 'Family Secrets' is also available on Kindle. Look for more of Ruth's writing in the future through the Spirited Words Book Co.

5.0 out of 5 stars My first experience with this author... February 22, 2012
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I just read Base Spirits by Ruth Barrett. I had not read anything before by this author so I didn't really have any expectations other than what I had picked up from the reviews here on Amazon. My kindle, and some very generous authors putting their work up at reduced rates, has offered me the option of trying new authors and genres that I may not have tried otherwise. After reading Base Spirits I can only say, 'thank you so much' to Ruth Barrett for her generosity in sharing such a wonderful story and to serendipity for my coming across it as I did.

Rarely have I been transported so thoroughly to another place or time that I actually was surprised to recall that there was another part of the story waiting in that original place and time. Strong characters, vivid descriptions and historical detail join together to create a world where I could lose all thought of myself and dive headlong into the unknown and not want it to end. Having to stop reading was a jolt to my system and I couldn't wait to get back to the story and find out what happened to these lives I had become a part of. What evil awaits them in the darkness?

I recommend this book to those who don't normally try this genre but appreciate a well crafted tale, interesting and flawed characters, and a bit of mystery to round things out. I believe that you will enjoy what you find here. I know I certainly did!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creepy thriller... February 16, 2012
By Spot
Format:Kindle Edition
I can't say enough good things about this book. It grabbed me from the beginning and sucked me in to the story. Ruth Barrett weaves an incredible tale of suspense and horror and tragedy. The events of the past are rendered in truly aching detail, it's obvious she's done her historical homework. Your heart will ache for the players in this tragedy of days gone by.

The modern part of the book is also painstakingly real. From Clara's fear and feelings of isolation, to her husband's jealous and possessive rages, the emotions ring clear and true. The book really picks up speed and rushes torwards the inevitable trainwreck where past meets present in a tragic climax.

Honestly, there wasn't anything I didn't enjoy about this book. I'm hesitant to give out five star reviews (they're flung out so willy nilly these days that who really believes them?) but this time I will. Anyone who enjoys history, ghosts, possessions, England, or horror in general, is going to enjoy this book. I don't know how many people know who Barbara Erskine is, but her novels are what this book put me in mind of. And I'm a huge Barbara Erskine fan. Which makes me a huge Ruth Barrett fan. 
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Base Spirits is my cup of tea. Time travel, murder, secrets, horror, mystery, and much more. I admire people willing to do the research to get a time period right. The suspense, horror, and tragedy suck you into the novel, taking you on a thrill ride not within any preconceived concepts of rationality you might possess. Toss everything away and be ready for what lies around the next corner.

It is interesting to note that this novel is based, in part, on an old Shakespearean play which was based on real life horror. Weaving everything together like this is not easy when time periods whiz back and forth between the story people. Ruth creates something special here: a novel which is much like live theater. The characters in the book are brought to life in the theater of the mind.

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 Family Secrets

Book Description

February 24, 2012
A sinister short story about a family's long-buried secret...

Even as a young child, Jill had instinctively hated her grandfather-- and he'd always despised her just as deeply. Turns out her feelings were far from irrational...

During a summer vacation at the family cottage, Jill unearths the evil behind her Grandpa's dark personality. For years, everyone accepted that Grandma Annabelle's death had been a tragic accident. But what if Grandpa was guilty of her murder? Jill learns the horrible truth. Worse yet, Grandpa knows she's discovered his secret.

If an old man once committed a brutal murder, how far will he go to keep his past crime hidden? His terrified granddaughter is about to find out-- as Grandpa is due to visit over an extended family holiday...

(Includes a bonus novel excerpt from the author's acclaimed historical ghost thriller-- 'Base Spirits'.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruth Barrett an Author to Watch May 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
By now, you already know what Family Secrets by Ruth Barrett is about, so I'll spare you the blurb and just get right on down to the juicy stuff!

I picked this up because I've been following Ms. Barrett for a while but had not had a chance to read anything of hers yet. I thought this would be a great introductory piece, and boy was I wrong! Not because the story was bad, but because I'm kicking myself for only grabbing the short story.

I fully enjoyed the author's voice. It has a natural flow to it and I'm amazed at how well the author executed the thoughts of such a young girl. The plot does not force and does not feel contrived. Instead, it goes at a natural, enjoyable pace. You don't feel the need to skip over extra writing nor do you feel like you have to back up and reread a section because you missed something. Very precise writing. Emotions, actions, descriptions are all wonderfully believable and descriptive, making this a very enjoyable read that I finished in less than an hour.

As mentioned, I'm only sorry that I didn't grab a full length novel by Ms. Barrett first. Ruth Barrett has definitely made into my circle of authors to watch for in the future. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to purchase Base Spirits for more Ruth Barrett. =)

Format: Kindle Edition
My Family Secrets is one of the best horror short stories on the market. Here, novelist Ruth Barrett delves into the fears of a ten-year-old girl. When she tells her parents about it, her concerns go relatively unnoticed, until... Now go and pick this one up to find out the rest of the story, and the shocking, disturbing Family Secrets that abound.

on April 28, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
FAMILY SECRETS by Ruth Barrett is a short story about a child's fears. Told from the point of view of ten-year-old Jill, the tone is understated, at times, humorous. It is a story about the horror of a ten-year-old whose parents do not deal with their daughter's fears because they won't deal with their own emotions and family secrets. Rather, they suffocate the past with lies and drown sensitivity in platitudes. Fear mounts. Tension builds. And the reader wonders what will happen next. It is a gem of a story. Ms. Barrett's prose sparkles and I recommend FAMILY SECRETS to anyone who enjoys a refreshing read with a surprising end.
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This is one amazing story, and at the price of only .99 it is an absolute gem that is not to be overlooked. How many of us have buried skeletons in our closets? But are they as bad as these? I think not.
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So, my friends, Ruth is not only a master of the craft, but she is also a master at life. The bad as well as the good.
Ruth Barrett is a Woman In Horror!
Blaze McRob

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Saturday, April 18, 2015


Michele Garber is my Woman In Horror today! Michelle writes some great Splatterpunk. Wikipedia says "Splatterpunk refers to a movement within horror fiction distinguished by its graphic, often gory, depiction of violence and "hyperintensive horror with no limits."It is regarded as a revolt against the "traditional, meekly suggestive horror story". Splatterpunk has been defined as a "literary genre characterised by graphically described scenes of an extremely gory nature."

I guess one could say that this is true. No mamby-pamby stuff is included in Splatterpunk. I feel it certainly has a place in horror. Horror should not be limited to specific styles of writing. There is room for everything within our great genre. Truth be known, I even have a co-authored collection coming out this year which certainly fits in with what I just described.

Clive Barker, Jack Ketchum, Poppy Z. Brite, Joe R. Lansdale, and Richard Layman write in this sub-genre. Michele is in great company here and holds her own very well.

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I shamelessly stole this from  because I feel it describes Michele as I could never do. I hope she doesn't splatter me.

"First thing you should know about Michele–she doesn’t like third-person biographies. She prefers, or rather I prefer, to speak directly to you, my Fearless Reader!
When I read bios, I often think of the Little Prince, the title character of one of my most favorite books. Grown-ups love figures, and facts, and because I masquerade as an adult much of the time, I can give those to you.
I grew up in northern Indiana, studied psychology for quite a long time and earned degrees with impressive titles, acquiring an equally impressive amount of debt along the way. I also acquired a lovely husband, a cat, and a wonderful extended family, so I guess we can call that even. I live and work on the outskirts of St. Louis, a pretty cool town despite its reputation as “dangerous.” My work can be found in the War of the Worlds: Frontlines anthology by Northern Frights Publishing, Interpretations by Columbia Art League, and in Splatterlands: Reawakening the Splatterpunk Revolution by Grey Matter Press. I’ve written a novel and am searching for an agent to take me on as I write another.
But I’d rather tell you that I prefer tulips to roses most of the time, like falling asleep to the sounds of a gentle rain, and am a cheese junkie. That I love writing and yet sometimes fear it, because it feels not like taking off my clothes, but like taking off my skin, my veins and muscles laid bare for everyone to see. That I routinely look up phrases like “getting your Mac on” to see exactly where the heck it came from, to most people’s amusement. The important stuff, in other words.
And if this isn’t enough of “me” for you, just read my work–you’ll get to know me. That much I can promise you. Thanks for journeying with me, Fearless Reader, through the dark and the light. I hope you enjoy the ride."

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Amazon Bio:

 Michele Garber grew up in northern Indiana, which should not be held entirely accountable for the products of her imagination. She earned her master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and although quite close to finishing her doctorate, decided to take her own advice for a change and pursue her true and secret dream of being a writer. Her first published short story, "Tequila Sunset," appeared in the WAR OF THE WORLDS: FRONTLINES anthology by Northern Frights Publishing. You can also read her work in SPLATTERLANDS: REAWAKENING THE SPLATTERPUNK REVOLUTION by Grey Matter Press and THE GROTESQUERIE by Mocha Memoirs Press. Find out more about her at

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To the books!

Splatterlands: Reawakening the Splatterpunk Revolution

Book Description

October 2, 2013

Almost three decades ago, a literary movement forever changed the landscape of the horror industry. SPLATTERLANDS is a collection of personal, intelligent and subversive horror with a point. This illustrated volume of dark fiction honors the truly revolutionary efforts of some of the most brilliant writers of all time with an all-new collection of visceral, disturbing and thought-provoking work from a diverse group of modern minds.

Exploring concepts that include serial murder, betrayal, religious fanaticism, physical abuse, societal corruption, greed, mental instability, sexual assault and more, SPLATTERLANDS delivers on the promise of the original Splatterpunk movement with this collection of honest, intelligent, ground-breaking and hyper-intensive horror.


HEIRLOOM by Michael Laimo
After the death of her mother, Father is all Lucienne’s got. But she’s in competition for his affection with an antique rifle. Soon her admiration for the weapon becomes far greater than she imagined.

Economic collapse hurts everyone, except the greedy. For one newly-homeless it’s a time to discover all-new talents. And they open doors to vicious and profitable opportunities.

EMPTY by A.A. Garrison
Navigating the streets of a tortured, future city, a devoted wife will stop at nothing to help her husband regain his faith in religion. But, from the faithless, questionable gods require a dire payment.

Danny is a rock star and charlatan. After a routine surgery changes his life, he discovers there’s far more painful methods of finding one’s true talent.

A suburban housewife agrees to housesit for her neighbors when a routine visit to feed the pets changes her world forever. She soon realizes the definition of a horrifying secret.

DIS by Michele Garber
Things aren’t going well for Dr. Tony Weiss. He can’t deal with his patients or his quadriplegic wife. Then there is the demon that escapes from his nightmares and enters his waking world.

DWELLERS by Paul M. Collrin
During a fateful trip into the desert to evangelize to a congregation of drug-addicted souls, a would-be prophet opens the schism between Heaven and Hell. He and his atheist partner soon become participants in terrifying battle over religion.

PARTY GUESTS by Chad Stroup
On the outside, Geoffrey seems like most young men. Some might say he’s the life of the party. But on the inside he’s very different. And he’ll take you on a horrifying journey into mania that you won’t soon forget.

Inherent in all of us is the desire to belong. Searching for his place in the world, one man takes steps down a path into true darkness to find his ultimate purpose.

THE DEFILED by Christine Morgan
On the run from their enemies, a group of vicious thieves and rapists seek refuge within a community of swamp dwellers. It isn’t long before they realize their safety is anything but certain.

THE ARTIST by James S. Dorr
There are countless mediums for an artist to choose in which to ply their trade. Vince is drawn to the unusual--creating masterpieces from slabs of meat. After all, isn’t art intended to be shared?

A LETTER TO MY EX by J. Michael Major
While on a trip to Paris there’s a dire change of plans for divorced Alan and his nine-year-old daughter. It’s only then that Alan pens the horrifying letter no parent wants to receive.

Joaquim Abito is a burned out cop who’s seen all the horrors that humanity has to offer. Desperate to solve the difficult case of grisly murders, he enlists some help. But it’s help that’s that's frighteningly expensive.

Editorial Reviews


"Grey Matter Press delivers with a delightfully disturbing anthology that will render you speechless. I can honestly say as a fan of horror for some thirty plus years I have never read anything quite like this anthology and regret not a moment of it." -- Dave Gammon, HORRORNEWS.NET

"Screams terror in degrees you've never thought you'd read in print; at least not in a single anthology! These stories take you to the very precipice of your comfort level and without mercy, push you over the edge!" -- HELLNOTES

"(This) new horror anthology from Grey Matter Press (is) both interesting and imaginative. (The) Splatterpunk genre gets new life with the collection of horror stories." -- PLAY WITH DEATH

"A growing band of horror fans believe that the purpose of this much-maligned genre is to push boundaries, if not smash them down with a sturdy axe. And this collection endeavours to do just that, exploring such controversial themes as religious fanaticism, physical and mental abuse, societal corruption and good old-fashioned serial killers." -- Christian Saunders, MORPHEUS TALES

"The stories in SPLATTERLANDS reinvent splatterpunk by adding the thing it once lacked...meat. Pun intended. These are well written works with interesting characters and PLOTS. A few were tough for me to get through because of the subject matter, but the writing itself kept me reading, even when I wanted to turn my head away in horror." -- Alicia Banks, HORROR NEWS NETWORK

"SPLATTERLANDS is a heck of a collection and one you should check out... These stories are full of things many people would find reprehensible and even blasphemous. If you can look past that, however, you're in for the ride of your life." -- HELLNOTES

From the Author

"In less than two years, Grey Matter Press has managed to establish itself as one of the premiere purveyors of horror fiction currently in existence via both a series of killer anthologies--SPLATTERLANDS (2013), OMINOUS REALITIES (2013), EQUILIBRIUM OVERTURNED (2014)--and John F.D. Taff's harrowing novella collection THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS (2014)." - FANGORIA

5.0 out of 5 stars Embrace the darkest corners of horror October 30, 2013
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As a fan of the two Splatterpunks short-story horror books, edited by Paul Sammon, from the 1990s, I was intrigued to learn on Twitter about the Splatterlands book. This new book is a collection of 13 short-stories that seek to resurrect the "splatterpunk" theme, to offer numerous disturbing, graphic, gory, and extreme horror tales. However, it is meant to be more than torture porn, intended to tell intriguing stories as well. Overall, it succeeds in its purpose, though these are not stories for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. They reach into your soul with a icy, steel claw and twist.

Of the collection, some of my favorites include:

Housesitting by Ray Garton: When you snoop, sometimes you see things you wish you could forget.
The Viscera of Worship by Allen Griffin: An eerie, graphic tale that reminds me of the fiendish works of Clive Barker.
The Defiled by Christine Morgan: A tale of ravaging Vikings who pay an ultimate price for trespassing into the wrong area.
A Letter To My Ex by J.Michael Major: Maybe the most disturbing story in the collection, the revenge of a scorned husband.

Horror should push boundaries and these tales take several giant steps past that threshold.

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid and terrifying February 21, 2014
By Melen
Format:Kindle Edition
Usually when I read anthologies there's a story or two that I don't like. Not so with Splatterlands!

DEVIL RIDES SHOTGUN by Eric Del Carlo was my favorite out of this collection. It's a story about a cop who is willing to pay a high price for some help catching a particularly nasty killer (or artist?). Short stories tend to always leave me wanting more, due to the length, but this short was very satisfying.

THE DEFILED by Christine Morgan was disgusting in all it's glory. Easily my second favorite.

If you like reading authors such as Bentley Little, you'll like this. It's very graphic at points, which is the point really, but just a warning if you have a queasy stomach.
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Well, my friends, this is one hell-of-a book! There are no punches held back. Boundaries are pushed aside and nothing is held sacred. In short: this anthology is a must read!

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War of the Worlds: Frontlines ( Wells Unleashed Book 1 )

Book Description

August 29, 2010
War of the Worlds: Frontlines is an anthology inspired by the classic HG Wells novel The War of the Worlds. For this collection, we asked for stories that revolved around aliens and human beings in conflict. As we put it, "...we realize that wars between man and alien could be fought on many fronts, and in many ways. Feel free to send stories that span time, space, and genres." What we have put together is a collection of stories that are touching, amazing, and horrific (sometimes all at once!).

War of the Worlds: Frontlines contains 23 stories by some of the small press's more established authors, including 2010 Stoker nominated Edward Morris, Anthony, Darrel, and Pushcart finalist James S. Dorr, and Writers of the Future winner Brent Knowles (3rd quarter, 2009). Additionally, prolific horror writer Eric S. Brown, the "King of the Zombies" was graceful enough to write a forward for the anthology, as his mash-up novel War of the Worlds plus Blood, Guts, and Zombies (Coscom Entertainment) was recently picked up by Simon and Shuster for national distribution.

Back cover text:

No one would have believed that in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched... These words marked the beginning of H.G. Well's classic science fiction novel The War of the Worlds...and marked the end of man's child-like belief that we are alone in the universe. Published in 1898, The War of the Worlds is one of the greatest works of science fiction ever written, and it cemented H.G. Wells' legacy as a founding father of science fiction. A 1938 radio play by Orson Welles caused mass panic when it hit the airwaves, and frankly we haven't been able to trust aliens ever since.
Here now, are bold new visions of Alien and Human conflicts on many different fronts, including: A man scours a distant world searching for something right under his nose...Two children terrorized by their own mother find an unlikely saviour...Giant war machines find love and more at the end of the world...A harmless looking birthday gift is really a portal to humanity's doom...

War of the Worlds: Frontlines contains stories by:

Michael Scott Bricker, Camilla Alexa, Vincent L. Scarsella, Sheila Crosby, Gerard Daniel Houarner, David Steffen, Mark Onspaugh, Bruce Golden, RJ Sevin, Kristen Lee Knapp, Harper hull, Auston Habershaw, Brent Knowles, Michele Garber, Gary Cuba, Michael Penkas, JW Schnarr & John Sunseri, Mike Baretta, Edward Morris, Jodi Lee, Victorya, James S. Dorr and Davin Ireland.

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Collection Fitting Homage to HG Wells September 6, 2010
By Vance
This is a group of well-written interesting stories tied together by the idea of alien invasion. Meant to honor the tradition of Wells' War of the World, most of the stories in this collection deliver. Michael Scott Bricker opens with a wistful view of post-Martian invasion in his story, "After Welles." "Weird Fruits," by Camilla Alexa is a frightening view of doppels taking over human counterparts reminescent of the body snatchers genre. Vincent L. Scarsella's "Killers," presents a horrific world in which humans are on the run from extraterrestial conquerers and their "killers" - humans put to work in killing their own kind in order to remain alive - with a surprise, chilling ending. "The Virus of Memory," by Gerard Daniel Houarner is another subtle, chilling tale about aliens known as "swarms." Other notable stories include accomplished sci-fi author, Bruce Golden's "Common Time," about an alien musician, "Usher" by Davin Ireland, and many others to make this anthology well worth it's purchase price. Hats off to editor JW Schnarr for another entertaining collection. 
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff But... January 10, 2014
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Moat of the stories in this book are very good and very enjoyable but, IMHO, very few of them seemed to have anything in common with "The War Of The Worlds". So, I think they missed the mark in that respect but otherwise it's an excellent collection of sci-fi short stories that you'll enjoy. Check it out. 
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I love science fiction tales, so this is a great read for me. I'm not exactly one to believe visitors from outer space will be looking out for our best interests either. Read this great collection and see if you don't agree with me.
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The Grotesquerie

Book Description

February 2, 2014
Twenty-two short horror stories written by women are here on display for your enjoyment or your perverse fascination. Within these pages, beauty becomes deadly, innocence kills, and karma is a harsh mistress.

The Grotesquerie is now open...

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 28, 2014
By Rreader
The Grotesquerie is a fine example of how women authors can leave you with chills on your skin and your spine a tingle. Oh, and you better leave a nightlight burning. ;) 
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories August 4, 2014
By Kim
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Original writers. Quick fun reads.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great creepy stuff! November 11, 2014
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The variety of horror in this anthology is fun. Some stories subtly lead you into darkness until you realize things are going south, others push you in right away. I'm not a big horror reader and these tales are why. I'll need to get over the creeps before I sample more! 
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The fans love this book! Check it out!
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Well, I believe we have to agree that Michele is rather eclectic with her great horror stories. That is the mark of a great author.

Today is Michel's birthday. Happy birthday, Michele!

Michele Garber is a Woman In Horror!

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Splatterlands: Reawakening the Splatterpunk Revolution by Michael Laimo, Ray Garton, Gregory L. Norris and J. Michael Major (Oct 2, 2013)


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