Sunday, May 31, 2015


The disease within your body may be the only thing to save you, Damnlings... 'LUNG BERRY' is this week's newest ‪#‎horror‬ ‪#‎fiction‬ by Hunter Shea on Pen of the Damned.
What I coughed up quivered like a wad of raspberry jelly. If I looked close enough, which I wouldn’t, I’d probably see little black specks as well, though they were far from seeds. I let my lung be...
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Lung Berry, by Hunter Shea, is this week's Scary Sunday Tale! Hunter has come up with a great, new monster for your reading pleasure. This is a not to be missed story! Hit the link above and enjoy this Damned Dark bit of gory for the price of free! While you're at the Pen Of The Damned website, read more of Hunter's great stories. You'll be glad you dropped by.

Blaze McRob

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Disintegration: a Windy City Dark Mystery, by Richard Thomas , is out today. I know I say this a lot, but if you simply go to the free sample on Amazon you will know that this book is something special, that Richard Thomas is a master at the craft. Do you love dark, twisted tales? This one is for you. The reviewers agree with me. I love writing in first person, present tense, and, of course, I love reading other authors who do it well. This tale shows how this style of writing allows you to get into the mind of the person telling the tale. Psychological horror is best displayed in this manner, I believe.

Richard's story lays bare the soul of the protagonist, one who is complex. The more you read, the farther you will want to delve into his mind.

Are you ready for a thrilling adventure into dark mystery? This is the novel for you!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

May 26, 2015
“A dark existential thriller of unexpected twists, featuring a drowning man determined to pull the rest of the world under with him, Disintegration is a stunning and vital piece of work.”—Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting

In a brilliantly stylish breakthrough thriller for fans of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Will Christopher Baer’s Kiss Me, Judas, here is the compelling tale of a man who has lost it all—and is now navigating a crooked, harrowing path to redemption.

Once a suburban husband and father, now the man has lost all sense of time. He retains only a few keepsakes of his former life: a handmade dining room table, an armoire and dresser from the bedroom, and a tape of the last message his wife ever left on their answering machine. These are memories of a man who no longer exists. Booze and an affair with a beautiful woman provide little relief, with the only meaning left in his life comes from his assignments. An envelope slipped under the door of his apartment with the name and address of an unpunished evildoer. The unspoken directive to kill. And every time he does, he marks the occasion with a memento: a tattoo. He has a lot of tattoos.

But into this unchanging existence seep unsettling questions. How much of what he feels and sees can he trust? How much is a lie designed to control him? He will risk his own life—and the lives of everyone around him—to find out.

Advance praise for Disintegration
“Sweet hot hell, Richard Thomas writes like a man possessed, a man on fire, a guy with a gun to his head. And you’ll read Disintegration like there’s a gun to yours, too. It’s a twisted masterpiece.”—Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Double Dead

“This novel is so hard-hitting it should come with its own ice pack. Richard Thomas is the wild child of Raymond Chandler and Chuck Palahniuk, a neo-noirist who brings to life a gritty, shadow-soaked, bullet-pocked Chicago as the stage for this compulsively readable crime drama.”—Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding

“Richard Thomas builds his universe and its population with terse prose and dynamic, often horrifyingly visceral imagery that unspools with grand weirdness and intensity. Then he rips that universe apart, brick by bloody brick. Disintegration is provocative. It’s also damned fine noir.”—Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and The Croning
Disintegration is gritty neo-noir, a psycho-sexual descent into an unhinged psyche and an underworld Chicago that could very well stand in for one of the rings of Dante’s Hell. Richard Thomas’s depraved, doomed philosopher-hitman is your guide. I suggest you do as he says and follow him, if you know what’s good for you.”—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Little Sleep
“Gritty, obsessive, and compulsively readable.”—Brian Evenson, author of Immobility
“In sharp, icy prose that cuts like a glacial wind, Richard Thomas’s dark Chicago tale keeps us absolutely riveted to the very end.”—Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bad Day at Black Rock Visits Chicago May 26, 2015
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I’m not sure whether Disintegration by Richard Thomas is brilliant or totally insane. I know Richard Thomas, and he is brilliant. So I read the whole novel again and try to make up my mind. Now the story makes sense to me. There is a method to this madness. The novel is both brilliant and insane.
First read didn’t go well for me, so used to straight narrative and give and take dialogue from the usual word merchants am I that I couldn’t make hide nor hair of the skeleton in the closet of the protagonist’s mind. First-person stream-of-consciousness William Burroughs avant garde does not compute. What is real and what isn’t? Hard to tell.
And that’s the brilliance of this novel. You get drawn in so your own mind constantly questions what is real and what isn’t until, finally, you don’t care either way. The human mind is marvelously adaptive and mimicking, and you find yourself inside the narrator’s demented psyche and tattooed skin thinking just like him. After a while, the story seems vaguely familiar, and you realize it’s probably because the style and setting remind you of a combination of Nelson Algren’s novels and Wayne Allen Sallee’s award-winning “Take the A Train.” Maybe even a touch of Hemingway’s “The Killers.” Maybe it’s mainly because Disintegration takes place in Chicago and the streets and buses and trains have Chicago names. Or maybe it’s only because Chicago writers tend toward a dark way of thinking that’s broody and moody and self-destructive.
This quote from Richard Thomas’s novel rings true for me: “They say that your experiences in life, whether real or imagined, something you’ve seen in a dream or a movie—they all stay with you, they all become part of your past, with equal weight, your emotional baggage, the fabric you stitch together to weave the stained blanket of lies you call your life.”
Fair warning: Once you’ve read Disintegration, the stained blanket of your life won’t ever be the same. You’ll be haunted with horrible nightmares, doubts, delusions. It’s an experience you can’t forget, no matter how hard you try. It’ll be tattooed to your psyche forever.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Dark Noir from a Master Storyteller May 26, 2015
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DISINTEGRATION is hard-hitting dark noir of the highest order. The book moves at a breathless pace both in terms of plot and style. Writing with an incisive voice and relentless prose, Thomas explores some of the darkest material I've ever read. He manages to balance the darkness touches of subtle beauty.

Filled with taut, raw-edged material—sugar, glass, and cocaine—the book is thrilling, disturbing, gut-wrenching, and always, always entertaining. Set in Chicago and featuring a nameless protagonist, we follow a desperate man forced to do desperate things—a man living in the margins, a man lost to the world and to himself.

With fluid prose, compelling action, a flair for the literary and including a handful of subtle literary references, DISINTEGRATION excels at being both smart and tough. It takes us down dingy, mist-filled streets. It offers keen observations of human nature, and explores the zoos we construct for ourselves, the labyrinths, the never-sufficient penance we inflict on ourselves and others. A story of grief and regret, of rage and violence, of the need to break free, the novel moves at frenetic pace. Broken out into 100 chapters (some no longer than a handful of lines) DISINTIGRATION simply moves, sometimes so fast it will leave your head spinning.

The plotting seems simple enough at first: the protagonist is a damaged-goods enforcer who kills because he has to, because he wants to, because it’s his only form of escape from his demons. Similar to Dexter, the protagonist takes out the filth, the top predator in the food chain. However, as the book progresses, we learn that things are more complicated than we’d imagined; that secretes lay beneath secrets, that the man we think we know doesn’t know his own story.

Thomas does an exemplary job of withholding information, delivering it in a trickle that like the protagonist’s chemical dependence, keeps you desperate for more. Thomas also finds myriad ways to make this gritty killer likable so that when the book reaches its conclusion, we feel WITH him as much as we do FOR him. That’s the real accomplishment of the book: it’s easier to horrify than it is to inspire compassion. Thomas does both.

DISINTEGRATION is a fantastic read and well worth the price of admission.

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Gallop alongside us, Damnlings, for we tame a mighty steed from Hades itself just for your reading pleasure... 'GREAT NYCTAEUS' is this week's newest ‪#‎horror‬ ‪#‎fiction‬ by Thomas Brown on Pen of the Damned.
The Number Forty-Nine lurches as it pulls away from the curb. Hydraulics hiss, and through the settling fog Max makes out brake lights, blinking indifferently in the drizzle. Teeth clenched, he giv...
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Great Nyctaeus, by Thomas Brown, is this week's Scary Sunday Tale! And a great story it is. Thomas has a mastery of the English language and melds it with his skills at the Craft to create compelling stories. Hit the link above and read this great story in its entirety. While you're at the Pen Of The Damned website, read his other great stories. There are many of them there, and they are all free to read.

Hey! Would I lie to you? Of course not. Thomas is an award winning author. Everything he writes is great!

Blaze McRob

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Truth Decay, by William Meikle, is a great little story. The review below by Lisa hits the spot. Another great book from William, this time in noir gumshoe fashion. What's not to love?

A .99 tale you don't want to miss!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

May 15, 2015
The last thing he needed was another trip to the dentists. But the client was paying good money. Even if it smelled bad, a case was a case. But the past has a way of sneaking up on you... even if you have brushed every day.

4.0 out of 5 stars Truth decay. May 18, 2015
By Lisa
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although it seems I've read this story before, it didn't disappoint on its second reading. It's hard for me to read these sort of stories without using an accent! I see the word dame and next thing I know I'm thinking old movies and Lauren Bacall! Yep, I'd recommend this story and author.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Visit To The Dentist May 18, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A story that falls between horror and crime.. a cop from a successful team disappeared three years before. Our hero knows he's still alive, having spotted him in the Bowery.

Now the wife of the second who's disappeared as well wants him found. Actually, she wants him proved dead so she gets his money.

It's all tied into an old case that all three men were a part of.

It all goes back to an old case. That our hero

Friday, May 22, 2015


Trailer for Rowan's End by Author Laurie Ricard
Trailer for Rowan's End by Author Laurie Ricard. Produced by Beverly Cialone in conjunction with Author/Publisher Blaze McRob and Author Laurie Ricard. Music...
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Take a look and listen to this great youtube book trailer for Rowan's End. This great trailer was made by Beverly Cialone. She did a fantastic job! I hope everyone likes it as much as I do!
Blaze McRob

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Anyone in the mood for a free story by a brand new yet talented author? It's NEW BLOOD time again, where Crystal Lake Publishing gives an unpublished author the chance to shine. Talented authors are recommended to me by writing coaches and teachers, and after working with them for a while, we purchase and publish their best story.
So come read "A Matter of Taste" by Samantha Hill and give her some advice or encouragement. wink emoticon…

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The above is written by Joe Mynhardt, chief honcho at Crystal Lake Publishing. A Matter Of Taste, by Samantha Hill, is a rather gruesome piece of work. So, I love it. Go to the link above and give it a read. I'm sure you will agree with me. Samantha certainly has a future in writing horror.

Blaze McRob

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


If you're a fan of noir mystery tales, check out Dead On: A Noir Mystery Private Eye Novel, by Robert W. Walker. I've always been a fan of this genre/sub-genre. When I was a kid, a copy of Mickey Spillane's latest novel was always taking up residence in my back pocket. 

Delve into the world of noir. Read this great book by Robert W. Walker!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

October 31, 2009 12 - 18 8 - 12
Just when disgraced Atlanta cop-turned-private eye Marcus Rydell prepares to eat his gun, a kid in trouble, a call to duty, and a dirty blonde named Kat Holley stop him cold.

Kat pulls Marcus from his suicidal depression and his soon-to-be demolished apartment building—only to make him face his past. She leads him on a deadly hunt deep into the blackest forest in the Red Earth State. Near the Georgia-Tennessee border in the breathtaking Blue Ridge countryside, the pair watch a safe haven become their death trap.

They seek to destroy a local legend, a cave-dwelling ex-marine and murderer, a monster whose instincts and military training have allowed him to survive in the wilderness for four years, eluding the Feds as well as Atlanta PD. When the hunters become the hunted, they must duel with this psychotic deviant.

(Published in hardcover by Five Star. Approximately 83,000 words.)

Also features excerpts from CUBA BLUE by Robert W. Walker and Lyn Polkabla, and TRUCK STOP by Jack Kilborn and J.A. Konrath.

Praise for Dead On

"Dead On takes the reader's capacity for the imagination of horror to stomach turning depths, and then gives it more twists than a Georgia backroad that paves an Indian trail." -- Armchair Detective Reviews

“Walker’s whip-smart dialogue, vivid characters, and ever-building tension make Dead On a terrifically compelling read.” -- Tess Gerritsen

"Not even fictional characters should have to suffer this much! Walker is at the top of his game." -- Jack Kilborn

"Walker is the best and that's the whole of it." -- Ken Bruen

About the Author

Robert W. Walker is the author of more than forty thriller novels, including the acclaimed INSTINCT series featuring FBI medical examiner Jessica Coran.

Praise for Robert W. Walker

"Masterful." -- Clive Cussler

"Ingenious." -- San Francisco Examiner

"Gruesome." -- The Sunday Oklahoman

"Frightening." -- Midwest Book Review."

"Bone-chilling." -- Publisher's Weekly

"Perfect for Patricia Cornwell fans." -- Mystery Scene

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

At the start of this middling thriller, the first in a new series from Walker (PSI: Blue), Marcus Rydell, a disgraced ex-cop and failed PI on the verge of suicide, and Kat Holley, an attractive doctor bent on revenge, join forces to catch a psychopathic killer. Iden Cantu, four years earlier, slew six people in an Atlanta bloodbath, including Rydell's then police partner and Holley's cop husband. Cantu, who's made a game of stalking and killing the surviving relatives from the bloodbath, never becomes more than an unseen bogeyman until late in the story, when Rydell, Holley and another at-risk family seek refuge in a remote cabin in Georgia's Blue Ridge Lake area. Besieged and taunted by Cantu, Rydell and Holley seek to turn the tables on the sadistic hunter. The climactic struggle arrives too late to save the cumbersome setup and slow-developing plot. Leaden dialogue doesn't help. (July)
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5.0 out of 5 stars exhilarating cat and mouse thriller August 1, 2009
The bloodbath that left his partner Stan Miersky and two uniform cops dead forced Marcus Rydell from the Atlanta police department in disgrace as he survived the massacre by fainting; his wife took their two kids to Ohio. He tried for the last four years to make it as a private investigator, but failed miserably as his heart was never in taking photos of cheating spouses. He now sits in his apartment with a gun contemplating suicide when he hears a noise upstairs that awakens his dormant detective genes. He races upstairs to find a little girl has killed an apparent pervert. Another neighbor Dr. Kat Holley arrives to help the child and invites Marcus to meet her for a drink.

He comes to the bar and she points a gun at him accusing him of killing her husband, APD cop Rydell four years ago in the incident that ended so tragically. She shows him letters from the cop killer hunter Iden Cantu, still eluding the law, who threatens to add her to his count. They agree to team up to capture and she to butcher the psychopath. However, he leaves them a holiday calling card when he tortures and kills the fiancé of the other dead cop from four years ago. Kat and Marcus know he is coming for them and the family members of his partner.

This is an exhilarating cat and mouse thriller that takes too long for the anticipated confrontation to occur; when it does it is first rate. Kat and Marcus are a fascinating couple as neither has moved passed the massacre and both want Iden dead. When their dysfunctional relationship changes from killing Iden to love, some of the steam is lost with the expected switch. Still they make the tale as they plan to hunt the predator; not understanding how clever and diabolical their enemy is though revenge proves extremely pointed.

Harriet Klausner 
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, amazing, don't miss this ride!! January 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This review has been a long time coming, since I read this book over a year ago. Still that is only due to my own forgetfulness and haphazard personal management style, rather than anything other than the most positive reflection of the amazing writing and thrilling story contained within these pages. I'm not one for spoilers, so I won't offer any of those here. I mostly aim to boost the Amazon rating for this story, which I had the pleasure of reading in hard cover. The characters were very relatable, the story was powerfully paced and this was definitely one of those stories you just couldn't let go of. This book has its share of bloodshed, mystery, a bag guy with a truly twisted soul and even a bit of romance (interwoven in such a way that had one cheering for their survival on every level). It was all these things and more which drew the reader (in this case me) to turning page after page, hoping that the "killer" would finally get his due and the hero would be the victor. As with any great tale there are expected elements, but Mr. Walker's confident writing style takes you on quite the unexpected journey. I gave this a full compliment of stars and hope that my level of fandom brings others to the club! Because if you are not yet a fan, you surely will be!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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This Old Mare, by Molly N. Moss, is a short story spotlighted on Stupefying Stories Showcase. It is free to read, is short, and it made my skin crawl. So, I obviously love it. Hit the link above and read this scary tale. Happy skin-crawling!
Blaze McRob

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Brookwater's Curse is a riveting, and truly fascinating journey into history from the 1800's during the slave trade to the present with a flare that is spellbinding to its readers...
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Laughing Black Vampire Productions, the brainchild of author extraordinaire Steven Van Patten, is not to be missed! Terri DelCampo and I had the great honor to meet him at the World Horror Convention. He is a true gentleman of the arts and one great, gritty author. 
Here is his Amazon Author Page bio to tell you more about him:
 Steven Van Patten is a Brooklyn native, raised in Fort Greene. After graduating from Long Island University on a full tuition scholarship, he pursued a career in television production. After paying his dues as a production assistant and later as an assistant lighting director for QVC, Steven went on to stage manage a plethora of TV shows, including MTV's Total Request Live and BET Tonight w/ Ed Gordon.

However, there was an idea haunting Steven. A storyline born from watching horror movies as a child and noticing a lack of diversity, and character development when people of color were employed. So after pouring over historical research night after night, and traveling alone to various locales, including West Africa and Osaka, Japan, he wrote the first two installments of the Brookwater's Curse vampire novel series.

After receiving much praise, several glowing reviews from various book club heavy hitters, and literary awards for each book, Steven now sets forth on the path of marketing his tomes, while still stage managing TV shows during the day.

If he were not busy enough, he's also taken to comedy, making appearances in video projects produced by his friends in the entertainment industry. He's also written a host of social commentary blogs on his Facebook, BlackPlanet and MySpace pages, as well as his own

Steven also took on the additional challenge of producing, directing and starring in a series of short films about a retired assassin who is forced to resume work after his gambling addict brother falls in debt to a crime boss. The fourth and final installment is due sometime in late 2010. Brookwater's Curse Volume III is expected in late 2011. A novel based on the Reluctant Hitman series and an additional serial killer novel are all to follow.
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Terri and I are now the proud owners of  an autographed copy of one of Steven's books which we eagerly purchased. Woo, hoo. Don't dawdle. Steven Van Patten is the man!
Blaze McRob

Saturday, May 16, 2015


You see the light. We see the dark. You see a picture. We see something damned... DAMNED WORDS 12 is this week's newest ‪#‎horror‬ ‪#‎flash‬ ‪#‎fiction‬ on Pen of the Damned.
Trail Runner Craig McGray Mother Nature’s realm, the one place I feel at home and alive and deadly. I lie in wait. I’m anxious yet patient because I know one will come, and when she does, the waiti...
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Damned Words 12, written by ten members of the Pen Of The Damned, contains stories of exactly 100 words which we wrote from what we saw when we viewed the visual prompt from Nina D'Arcangela. No two stories are alike, but they are all Damned Dark. And, as is always the case, they are free. Hit the link above and be transformed to our world, one where even the sunlight harbors evil. You know you want to.
Blaze McRob

Friday, May 15, 2015


Cold As Death is the first in the series The First Chronicle Of Augustus Seton, written by William Meikle.  And, you can get it free right now. My Crystal Ball is not allowing me to know how long this story will remain free, so you better get it now. Just saying.

I see some of you waiting for my Crystal Ball to function properly. Tsk, tsk. Harken unto my words and hit the Buy Now button on Amazon.

Blaze McRob

Book Description

June 2, 2013
The origin story of Augustus Seton, Scottish swordsman, sorcerer and adventurer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gripping Short October 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Cold as Death brings the forces of Death and Magic together in a furious and chilling encounter, as Augustus Seton battles the Reaper himself to save his oldest friend. Honour and determination are tested to the limits as the price of an ill-advised pact must now be paid. Debts must be settled, and only a magic sword and stout courage can keep Death at bay.

Thick with brooding Scottish atmosphere, the harsh clang of weaponry, and the love of dear comrades - this short story combines Mr Meikle's knack for a ready tale with a character line that pops up in several pieces of his work: all I'll say is, read the truly excellent Concordances of the Red Serpent for much more of the Seton Clan.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Price To Buck The Devil May 14, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When one is young, making promises for a distant future seems easy. When that promise is your soul, that future arrives all to soon.

Augustus Seton and his friend made it and Seton bucks the Grim Reaper when he comes, learning the high cost of that.

Pretty good story.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


The Cure, by JG Faherty, is a fast paced action/horror story. It will suck you in in short order. The very premise behind the tale is fresh and intriguing. No same old boring crap type of story with this great tale. Give it a try! You will be in for a treat!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

May 5, 2015
She was born with the power to cure. Now she’s developed the power to kill.
Leah DeGarmo has the power to cure with just a touch. But with her gift comes a dark side: Whatever she takes in she has to pass on, or suffer it herself. Now a sadistic criminal has discovered what she can do and he’ll stop at nothing to control her. He makes a mistake, though, when he kills the man she loves, triggering a rage inside her that releases a new power she didn’t know she had: the ability to kill. Transformed into a demon of retribution, Leah resurrects her lover and embarks on a mission to destroy her enemies. The only question is, does she control her power or does it control her?

5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine you had the power to cure... May 5, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Imagine you had the power to cure – however seriously injured and apparently beyond help – any living being that inhabits the earth. That would be a wonderful gift, right? Especially if you happened to be a veterinarian? Dr Leah DeGarmo is just such a person. Her ability to effect the Cure has helped countless numbers of her animal patients and their grateful owners. But with this gift comes a curse. In order to cure, she must take in the disease or injury of the one she is helping. Then she has just a limited time to pass it or she will develop all the symptoms. Over the years, she has developed a way of handling this. It works. No one is any the wiser. They think their pets have recovered under her skillful care. No one knows her secret. Of course, that couldn’t last, could it?

The Cure is fast-paced and original. As the story progresses, Leah is drawn into a deadly world where her powers are discovered by ruthless criminals of the worst kind. They will stop at nothing to exploit her gift and any refusal to co- operate carries a price tag she cannot afford. Deep within her an anger grows – and when Leah is angry, you’d better get out of her way. Fast.

As I have to come to expect with JG Faherty’s expertly crafted stories, this was a riveting story, full of twists and turns, strong characters and a compulsive plot. I empathised with Leah. I suffered with her. Just when I thought she might make it, along came another enemy. I genuinely had no idea how the story would resolve and the ending fitted perfectly. Thoroughly recommended. Suspenseful, thrilling horror. 
Review copy

Opening line..."She was born with the power to cure. Now she's developed the power to kill." I'm in.

Leah Degarmo is a veterinarian with the power to cure with just a touch, but her gift comes with a dark side: whatever she takes in she has to pass on, or suffer it herself.

I've read a number of stories recently where the principal character has interesting powers and I don't mind telling you they have all been among my favorites.

The Cure is certainly a page turner and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. As the story grew and the pressures on our heroine mounted, so did her talents, what starts out as a simple way to help pets and their owners turns into something much more terrifying.

When her secret gets out and into the hands of some very bad people that's when it really hits the fan, but by the story's end when things seem to be calming down, they are actually much worse than ever.

With just a small suspension of disbelief, the plausibility of everything else is rather simple and there is an overall feeling of helplessness throughout. Every time you think you've seen the worst that could happen, something even worse happens. Fun.

I get the feeling the end is not really the end, although I have not seen any word on plans for a sequel, there is plenty left to be explored.

The Cure is available in paperback and ebook formats from Samhain Horror through their website and


Wednesday, May 13, 2015


I love Owl's Eye View Magazine, written by Terri DelCampo. I'll bet you will too. Check out my review below. For .99, it's a steal!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

May 10, 2015
Owl's Eye View Magazine is a dark fiction monthly featuring columns, poetry, and short stories written by Terri DelCampo and "Columnists" who are in fact her ongoing fictitious characters.

5.0 out of 5 stars Owl's Eye View Magazine Is A Real Hoot! May 13, 2015
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I love Owl's Eye View Magazine! All the issues are great. I feel there is something here for every lover of horror. Terri DelCampo has a great mix at work with all the issues, and this one is no exception.

Swooping Through The Years is scarier in this issue than it is on some occasions. Of course, that pulls me into the action even faster. Terri has a subtle style that drops the hammer on you when you least expect it. This month had multiple hammer droppings. Gotta love that.

Turnabout Vial is an absolutely hilarious tale of horror. I was unable to control my laughter. One scene in particular was an "Oh, my God" moment. Way cool.

Terri also adds in plugs for other authors. Her Terri's Bookshelf this month spotlights a super author.

For .99, this magazine cannot be beat. Find yourself a new favorite author. I did.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Kya is a twenty year old Young Adult/Paranormal/Supernatural/Horror author who recently released her first published book Bloodborne. Kya has turned her
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This great interview between Kya Aliana and iHorror is a must read. Kya is a young, very talented author. In her words:
"I have some SUPER great news that I'm VERY excited to share - I've been interviewed by the awesome people over at the iHorror website! This is just like another dream come true; I've been a huge fan of their website and frequented it for such a long time. Now, to see my name on the headline is so surreal. Thank you to all who believe in me, read this article/interview, and give my book a chance! YOU ROCK!"
I guess this says it all. 
Read this super interview and check out Kya's great book!
Blaze McRob

Monday, May 11, 2015


Those Of My Kind, by Jennifer Loring, is one fascinating novel. Jennifer manages to capture the essence of what demon-hunters are. In short, they do perform a great service for mankind, but sometimes that comes at the expense of their own cruelty being unleashed.

Another thing to consider here is that this great book is published by Omnium Gatherum. I have never read a book from Omnium Gatherum that I haven't loved. Kate Jonez does a great job there. She knows how to pick great authors.

Jennifer Loring has many more great novels in her. Read her first one and get ready for more!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

May 11, 2015
Two young women find themselves entangled in a deadly game with an ancient creature determined to wipe out all human life. Tristan and Blessing are demon-hunting drifters destined to protect mankind from evil, but to do so they must exist on the fringes of society. Feeding their own bloodlust by murdering local criminals, they begin a dangerous hunt for a resurrected demon named Anasztaizia. But when Tristan meets a beautiful dancer named Mira, she is willing to abandon her calling for her one chance at a normal life.

Believing Tristan has betrayed her, Blessing finds solace in her natural talent for witchcraft. Anasztaizia, able to corrupt Blessing by exploiting her jealousies and personal tragedies as well as her power, next turns her attention to Mira. Mira has been keeping a secret from Tristan, and she is willing to do anything to escape her agonizing fate. Even if it means abandoning her humanity. Even if it means Tristan must choose between Mira’s life and her own.

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"...a bold new voice in horror."--Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh

"I will devour everything Jennifer Loring publishes. Believe that."--Edward Lorn, author of Life After Dane
Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has been published in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies. She received her MFA from Seton Hill University’s program in Writing Popular Fiction, with a concentration in horror fiction. In 2013, Jennifer won first place in Crystal Lake Publishing’s inaugural Tales from the Lake horror writing competition. She has published a dieselpunk novelette, Beautiful Things, with Fox & Raven Publishing and a psychological horror/ghost story novella, Conduits, with DarkFuse. Jennifer lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and their turtle. Those of My Kind is her first novel.



The Outsiders, by Crystal Lake Publishing, is ready for your reading pleasure! Joe Mynhardt, Editor and Owner of Crystal Lake Publishing, did a great job in putting this fantastic anthology together. Take a look at the book description, blurbs, and reviews, and you will see what I mean. Horror surrounds you everywhere. This is not a feel good collection; this is a book about evil; this is a tale that will have you looking behind you, knowing something . . . something evil is there.

Buy it. Enjoy it. Welcome to the Priory.

Blaze McRob

Book Description

May 4, 2015
Crystal Lake Publishing presents...

A Suspense Thriller / Horror featuring the gated community of Priory, with its cult leader Charles Erich and his followers, including those who want to overthrow him, and those who’ll do anything for him. Is that which they worship the true evil, or does evil reside in them?
Inside Priory awaits a lot more than meets the eye. The people might seem friendly, but only because their enigmatic leader Charles Erich accepts nothing less.

The cottages within this gated community seem simple enough, and even though what lurks beneath them is more ancient than mankind itself, can anything be more evil than the people worshipping it?

If you dare follow this UK invasion of five prime authors as they each tell their own story of the people living behind Priory's steel gates and high walls, you'll quickly find yourself an outsider, as well.

Featuring stories by Stephen Bacon, James Everington, Gary Fry, V.H. Leslie, and Rosanne Rabinowitz.

The Priory. A community of one mind and purpose. A place of order, commitment, peace, and service. A perfect world, building on mind shattering secrets from beyond the pale. Enter…if you dare.

“The Outsiders is an anthology of themed short stories that are centered on the Priory. Priory is a gated community that seems to be an idyllic neighborhood for the rich and pampered but there is much more to the community than meets the eye. Under the leadership of the enigmatic Charles Erich, the community is a conglomeration of simple cottages that speak to a people seeking to live a simple life outside of the complicated world. Underneath the community, however, lurks an ancient monster pulled straight from legend and who is pure evil. The only thing worse than the monster are the people who have dedicated their lives to worshiping it. Welcome to Priory. Only a select few can join the community but no one can get out alive.” –

“Be forewarned, once you’ve entered the gates with the rather odd sea creature upon them, you’ll find yourself trapped until the final page releases the lock. Even then, shadowy tentacles will follow you throughout the remainder of your days… whispering eternally of the horrors below.” – Naomi DeBruyn – Linear Reflections

“Each author so perfectly captures the atmosphere the others set out to achieve, that it’s difficult to remember this was written by more than one person.” – Zero Signal Magazine

“…filled with a sense of creeping dread and claustrophobic paranoia that grabs you and won't let go.” – Horror Maiden’s Book Reviews

“I have admitted to having some fatigue when it comes to Lovecraft-inspired fiction as it seems like there has been a glut of it and much of it is unoriginal or just not good. That is definitely not the case with The Outsiders. Mynhardt has pulled together some of the finest Lovecraftian fiction in an intriguing setting that speaks to being the beginning of something bigger.” –

“I can only hope that we have not seen the last of Priory and, if the quality of fiction in this book is any indication, I think there is much more to come. I know that I will be there.” –

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 “As I wrote the story, I drew on my experience of returning to places where I grew up as an outsider, the 'home town' that was never home – an experience that many people share.” – Rosanne Rabinowitz

I wanted to take this idea of digging deeper quite literally and write about not only the mysterious and potentially dangerous things the earth conceals, but the often beautiful things it relinquishes.” – V.H. Leslie
“Joe's (the editor's) notion of a gated community filled with various reclusive go-getters fired my imagination, coming as it did during a spell of unprecedentedly terrible activity during a perpetual interest of mine, the darker reaches of the UK economy, all its social strata and clench-palmed denizens. The secrecy and exclusivity of such an enclosed venue struck me as an able symbol for the nefarious activities of many folk involved in the national conspiracy of theft and concealment which characterised the credit crunch.” – Gary Fry
“Lovecraft’s racism (at least as it manifests itself in his fiction) has always seemed to me to be psychological as much as political or overtly fascist. The word ‘xenophobia’ (a rejected title for ‘Impossible Colours’) appropriately describes his unease towards all outsiders, not just those of different coloured skin. Indeed some of his best fiction is driven precisely by the horror of being overrun, of being subsumed by ‘the others.’” – James Everington

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5.0 out of 5 stars CHILLS, THRILLS, AND SLEEPLESS NIGHTS May 9, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
To me, reading The Outsiders, was a unique experience as I've never read a collection of short stories all set in the same universe with the same characters yet written by different authors. A gated community, believed to be a religious cult, strange disappearances and people with unusual behaviour, as well as something monstrous lurking deep below the foundations of said gated community certainly could make imaginations run wild.

In the first story The Subprime, we are introduced to Lee, a man who realizes that his boss is not exactly a highly moral man. His effort to quit his job leads to a dinner with the potential to go horribly wrong. As Lee enters Priory and proceeds to the dinner party, the reader experiences firsthand his apprehension which later becomes paranoia.

In the second tale, Michala, a police woman from the nearby town of Exham, investigates a suicide which leads her to the mysterious Priory. While Ryan tries to escape his religious fanatic wife, Caitlin, elderly Petra is concerned for her husband's wellbeing and sanity.

In the final story, Meat, Motion, and Light, a young woman, whose mother is at the heart of the secret that lives below Priory, returns to lay to rest that which still haunts her from her years growing up there, and, maybe, to resolve more than just her past.

The people who appear in all the stories or in more than one of the stories, are kept in character by all the different authors. I was most impressed by the extremely well portrayed religious leader, Charles Erich, as well as by the deceptively sophisticated Mr. Philips. The reappearance of a grown up Claudia in the last story was an unexpected bonus. In that final tale she stands out as one of the more fleshed out characters in the book.

I highly recommend The Outsiders as a suspenseful, sometimes downright scary and very well compiled collection of stories to everybody who loves a steadily unfolding horror with an excellent, but unexpected, end. (Ellen Fritz)

4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore that slithering sound,,,,, May 8, 2015
By Angela
Format:Kindle Edition
From the Description:

Inside Priory awaits a lot more than meets the eye. The people might seem friendly, but only because their enigmatic leader Charles Erich doesn't give them much of a choice.

The cottages inside this gated community seem simple enough, and even though what lurks beneath them is more ancient than mankind itself, can anything be more evil than the people worshipping it?

If you dare follow this UK invasion of five prime authors as they each tell their own story of the people living behind Priory's steel gates and high walls, you'll quickly find yourself an outsider, as well.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

The outsiders is a collection of tales centered around The Priory. A gated community that has a secret,,, The people there worship one of the Old Gods. As a fan of the Cthulhu mythos and Lovecraftian horror, I couldn't wait to read these stories! The stories you'll find here are filled with a sense of creeping dread and claustrophobic paranoia that grabs you and won't let go. All of the stories here are good but two of them really stood out for me. The first was Precious Things, where a woman learns that her true worth is priceless. The second was Meat, Motion, And Light, which gives us a glimpse into the mating rituals of an Old One. Both really great stories! Now,,, Ignore that slithering sound coming from the pipes and curl up with this 4 star read.


 Night As A Catalyst, by Chad Lutzke, is a horror anthology you don't want to miss. You can see by the blurbs below how other authors and I feel about this fantastic young author's work. Chad has a bright future in writing horror.

Chad Lutzke is a name worth remembering!

Blaze McRob 

Book Description

April 29, 2015
As beautiful as the night can be, it often plays a role in something more foreboding, supplying the catalyst for things both terrifying and imaginative. Utilizing this hallowed time of the day, author Chad Lutzke has written and compiled 18 stories, with creature features, sleep deprivation, hiding the undead, revenge, cannibalism, morbid habits, and executions of karma being just a handful of the themes covered in this book. Read on and discover what the mind produces when using the night as a catalyst.

"Chad Lutzke is an excitingly fresh emerging voice in the horror scene. His writing pulls you in, and his stories are chilling and stay with you well after a thoroughly satisfying read!"
~ Nicholas Grabowsky, Black Bed Sheet Books & author of Halloween IV

“Chad Lutzke has an awesome grasp of descriptive writing...Brilliant malevolence! He is a true master at his craft”
~Blaze McRob, Bram Stoker Award nominee

" Lutzke is a student of the horror genre with a rich voice that needs to be heard.”
~ author, Terry M. West
"Lutzke's writing is personal, detailed and often heart breaking in a terrifying way."
~ Matt Molgaard, Horror Novel Reviews

"Chad Lutzke is an emerging and exciting dark author with a firm grasp on the genre. His shadows have drastically different heartbeats, unique souls, but are unified by their dark charm and bleak shrouds."
~ Zachary Walters, The Mouths of Madness Podcast

"Lutzke has a way with words that merges horror and compassion in a single sentence. Reminiscent of Robert McCammon."
~Joe Mynhardt, Crystal Lake Publishing

"Unique and enveloping. At times playful and alternately existential, though always invoking empathy for the protagonist's predicament. Chad Lutzke's writing is doubtlessly bleak, yet with an odd sense of hope."
~ author, James Ferace

"Chad’s writing is a trip to the buffet of horror. No stone left unturned."
~ Blaine Cook, vocalist for The Accused, Toe Tag, & The Fartz

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Chad lives in Battle Creek, MI. with his wife and children where he works as a medical language specialist. For over two decades, he has been a contributor to several different outlets in the independent music and film scene providing articles, reviews, and artwork, as well as his own—now defunct—publication, Cornflake Overdose. Chad loves music, rain, sarcasm, dry humor, and cheese. He has a strong disdain for dishonesty and hard-boiled eggs. He is a regular contributor to Horror Novel Reviews, Horror Forevermore, and Heavy Planet. You can find his work in Shadows & Light #3 & #4, A Merry Scary Christmas, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and his double feature collection series, including books I and II: Two Before Dawn and Little Ones of Wood & Hair, which can be found exclusively as ebooks on Amazon; however, all but two of those stories are contained within the pages of Night as a Catalyst. He can be found lurking the internet at the following addresses: His site: Facebook: Amazon Author page: Horror Novel Reviews: To join Chad Lutzke's reader group for a free book and giveaway announcements, visit

By Lee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Quite a variety of goodness here. I have a hard time picking a favorite out of the 18 stories. I've followed this writer this past year so I was excited to get my hands on this. A great collection to own for any fan of horror fiction. 
5.0 out of 5 stars Varied Storylines, Engaging Characters May 1, 2015
By Dan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I truly love short stories and appreciate the ability to swallow new tales in small, nightly-ingested bites. Chad Lutzke really comes into his own with Night as a Catalyst, putting on full display his ability to write literary prose in the horror genre. Oh, and the stories are varied and interesting, the characters engaging, and the plot lines gripping. Though Lutzke's writing style is much different, the variation of Night as a Catalyst reminds me of Stephen King's Night Shift. Highly recommended