Tuesday, June 30, 2015

FALLBACK - BY LORI WHITWAM - IS OUT TODAY!






http://www.amazon.com/Fallback-Dead-Survive-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00ZT2A09A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1435677518&sr=8-2&keywords=fallback

Fallback ( The Dead Survive Book 2 ), by Lori Whitwam, is out today! Lori is a Woman In Horror and I know you will love this great tale. Read the free sample of this great book and get caught up in the action. I'm a sucker for action, and this story has plenty.

Get it now, my friends!

Blaze McRob





Book description:

After being rescued from a brutal band of marauders, Ellen Hale rebuilt her life in the fortified neighborhood that became her home. A heartbreaking decision and devastating loss pushed her to become a fierce fighter, because weakness only got you and those you loved killed.

Now her community is facing a deadly threat, and Ellen has another choice to make.

Ellen volunteers as a member of fallback team three, tasked with establishing a temporary refuge for their citizens in the event their community is overrun by the enemy. As the danger intensifies, she and her adopted sister, Melissa, set off with the rest of their team on the road trip from hell.

Their mission is cloaked in secrecy, but suspicions of a traitor arise.

Something is affecting the zombies’ migration patterns, and when blacksmith Tyler Garrett is discovered trapped in a farmhouse, the team refuses to trust him. But Ellen believes his story, and it’s not just because of his rugged, blond good looks and soft-spoken manner—his skills can greatly benefit their team.

As the team struggles to reach the fallback, previously secure locations are overrun, and their chances of success seem remote. With the likelihood of a traitor nearly certain, and the lives of everyone she loves at risk, Ellen must figure out who to trust before the traitor—or the zombies—destroy them all.

Is there a spy among the fallback team,
or is there another threat lurking in the Kentucky hills?



By Becca on June 30, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Review contains no spoilers*

Fallback continues the story of Ellen Hale who we met in the first book, The Dead Survive. Ellen faced more than just the Zombie invasion, she faced the monster that man can be. But she prevailed, and joined a new community, gained a new 'sister', and found that wounds can heal and you can learn to live again.

Now that community is threatened. Not just by zombies, but by a rival community; human marauders who will stop at nothing to take what others have built from the ruins of society. Ellen's new existence and purpose is threatened once again. And the central question is, can one afford to become too comfortable. Have they really built a safety net, or are they sitting ducks?

In response to that, Ellen joins Fallback team 3, a team charged with forging a new safe house, a refuge if the zombies can no longer be held back. As they prepare to leave the community they have called home, safe behind their concrete walls, Ellen questions if it's the right choice. And, faces the possibility of a trader within their ranks. The journey proves to be anything but easy, and the questions are many. Have the two other teams made their destinations? Are those back in the compound safe? Have their been other traitors in the fold?

All I can say is wow. As much as I would have liked to been privy to the fate of the other fallback teams, I was too engrossed in the world of Ellen. I was happy to see her grow more as a character, forge more relationships, and even, very possibly, find love again. What I love about Whiwam's series is the reality she creates for her characters. They not only survive, they forge out communities with purpose and structure. They don't know what lies outside their walls, but in them, they are forming a pretty compact unit, and I was sad to see that threatened. Her books are not just straight zombie gore, they are social commentaries. (Re: the way Ellen's life was threatened by remaining human's in The Dead Survive)

Bottom line; this book is perfect for fans of the Walking Dead, urban fantasy, and just someone who wants a damn good book. You will do better is you have read the first book in the series; The Dead Survive, a lot of things are explained in that first book. But you won't go wrong, this book is a fast, engrossing read. One that leaves you breathless, and hoping for a third book.

I was given this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. **

By Zombie Glorya on June 30, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Fallback is the epitome of life after the ZomPoc. Not everything is easy. Everyone isn't friendly. And not all monsters are Zombies. Add that to the action, excitement and apprehension of that world and you have a survivor's future.

Monday, June 29, 2015

SUB - TerraneanS - BY ROBERT W. WALKER - NOW OUT!






http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WYNM8DS/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_4RaJvb1D43BZT

Catch SUB - TerraneanS, by Robert W. Walker, the fifth book in The Bloodscreams Series! Abe Stroud must fight horrible monsters once again. When I picture these books about Abe Stroud in my head, I think of a demon-fighting Indiana Jones.

Get charged up and settle in for a wild ride!

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

Archaeologist Dr. Abraham Stroud has faced off against vampire colonies, werewolf packs, and zombie hordes,in previous digs. Abe now faces the worst monsters in his experience -- The SubterraneanS: creatures straight out of the earth, cemeteries to be exact, but now they are expanding and are the root cause of sinkholes. They are tired of feeding on the dead in cemeteries and are now coming after you and me. This is a creature like nothing seen before, and it threatens all of mankind. Once again Abe Stroud goes to war with the supernatural. Previous titles in the series in order are Vampire Dreams, Werewolf's Grief, Zombie Eyes, and Bayou Wulf.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

HELPLESSLY ABOVE IT ALL - BY JON OLSON - IS THIS WEEK'S SCARY SATURDAY TALE!



http://penofthedamned.com/2015/06/23/helplessly-above-it-all/


Helplessly Above It All, by Jon Olson, is this week's Scary Saturday Tale! The darkest side of this story by Jon is the reality that this could actually happen. Scary stuff in an unstable world. Jon has given all of us a fantastic tale within the space of a few words. This is a hard-thinking, shot-to-the gut story. A wake up call if you might. Go to the link above and read it in its entirety. I have only included a few words below.

While you're at the Pen Of The Damned website, read more of Jon's great stories, all for the price of free, and all of them great.

Blaze mcRob


Helplessly Above It All

I’m fourteen days, three hours and twenty seconds into the mission. So far the spacecraft has performed flawlessly, surpassing all expectations. It’s been rather comfortable as the capsule was designed with more room for the occupant than previous spacecraft.
When I was selected to be the commander of this mission, my wife got the biggest kick out of watching me jump around our little apartment with a big shit eating grin on my face. She said that…
…she said… why am I even bothering to mention her?
She’s dead.
So is everybody else . . .

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CREEPY WALKERS: INK






https://twitter.com/CreepyWalker

My friend Rebecca Treadway, who is a writer, artist, and photographer, also puts out a daily paper called  Creepy Walkers: Ink.This is under the paper. li banner. Rebecca covers many items: stories, art, entertainment news, world, crime, environment, and more. Busy lady. Every now and then she will share one of my posts or links I have shared. Some of you know I'm a rather opinionated guy. I'm rather proud of that.

Go to Rebecca's twitter link above and click on to her paper's site. I subscribe to it. I believe you will too once you see the great things she has there.

Tell her Blaze sent you. Hey! I know all the cool people!

Blaze McRob 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SLAYFUL STORIES - BY MELANIE MCCURDIE - IS OUT FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE!






http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0106CFL5K/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_awdm_aBhIvb0TSBJC9

Slayful Stories, by Melanie McCurdie, is now out! This is one Dark tome. Let there be no doubt about it. Melanie has bared her soul. This super collection is Melanie's first Amazon book. Explore and get a glimpse into the world that belongs to my friend.

Volume 1, it says on the cover. I say, "Yay!"

Blaze McRob



Book Description

In these pages, death lays in wait. The killers you will find here are a wily bunch as beautiful as they are lethal. Beginning with the epic poem Swing, a story of a woman scorned, each journey takes you deeper into the mind of a murderer, a victim, or a survivor of lost love, untold horrors, and unnatural phenomenon. Won't you join us as we wander along the twisted corridors of the human psyche.

Monday, June 22, 2015

SUBMISSION CALL FOR - STATE OF HORROR: MISSOURI!






http://charoncoinpress.com/2015/06/18/is-missouri-your-state-of-horror-submission-open-now/


The next installment of the State of Horror Anthologies from Charon Coin Press is the state of Missouri. State of Horror editor, Jerry E. Benns began accepting stories based on Missouri June 1, 2015.

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Charon Coin Press has another anthology coming up. Submissions are now open for the State Of Horror: Missouri anthology. Jerry E. Benns, owner of Charon Coin Press, does a great job! Hit the above link and get all the information you need. 

Become a part of a great Press. I have a story in the State Of Horror: New Jersey anthology and really enjoy working with Jerry Benns and Margie Colton, a great lady who is a huge asset to Charon Coin Press. She works at everything. 

Don't miss out, folks. There are many horrors lurking within the state of Missouri.

 

Blaze McRob

Sunday, June 21, 2015

HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO SPECIAL DADS!



This was on my friend's Facebook page. Thank you for sharing this with me, Rebecca Boucher!

Happy Fathers Day to fathers who give so much. You are much appreciated.

Blaze McRob 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

THE REMAINS - BY MAGENTA NERO - IS THIS WEEK'S SCARY SATURDAY TALE!




http://penofthedamned.com/2015/06/16/the-remains/


Magenta Nero has once again come up with a tale not only of the Dark, but one that talks to your soul. I'm a sucker for these stories. Magenta leaves you with the feeling these tales are true. Perhaps they are. It doesn't matter, does it? Either way, they are great. The Remains is one of those stories. Read it and find the beauty in its words and the message it portrays. I believe you will agree with me.

I have only posted a snippet below. Go to the link above and read this story in its entirety. While you're at the Pen Of The Damned website, read more of Magenta's super offerings. She is a super author!

Blaze McRob


The Remains

Emily was woken by the sound of chopping wood. Jimmy was swinging his axe early that morning. Thick logs cracked, split in two and fell with a dull thud. It was a familiar and comforting sound.
She didn’t have the energy to move around much anymore, even the slightest movement left her gasping with pain. Emily gazed at the large glass of water on the bedside table, wishing she could reach for it. Her throat was scorched and her mouth was sour. She coughed and her chest felt like a rattling heap of bones. Her breath was a loud, tender wheeze.
Jimmy would be in soon. He would stroke her hair and smile down at her. She closed her eyes and pictured him out there in the cold, preparing for their evening fire. She began to recall all the fires they had shared together. It was an exercise she liked to do often. It comforted her and kept her mind occupied, which helped to alleviate the pain. She wondered how long before the fire would be hers alone. Flames flickered in her vision, in shades of orange and yellow, stretching into long, howling faces that mocked her. She didn’t open her eyes again.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

KATIE METTNER'S GREAT INTERVIEW WITH FIONA MCVIE!







https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/here-is-my-interview-with-katie-mettner/

If you like to read spicy inspirational romance, Katie Mettner is your lady. If you like to read great interviews, you will love Fiona Mcvie. Combine the words of Katie and the questions from Fiona and you will find out much about inspirational romance and Katie Mettner the person. I love reading interviews with my favorite people telling it like it is. You will enjoy this interview. I guarantee it.

I have only included a snippet below of this great interview. Hit the link above and read it in its entirety.

Blaze McRob



Name: Katie Mettner
Age: 40
Where are you from: Northern Wisconsin
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  
I started out life as the middle child and lived with my parents and brother and sister in a little house in Eau Claire Wisconsin. Growing up I loved going to the library with my dad and reading every Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew book I could get my hands on. At 13 I broke my leg skiing and that leg never really recovered from the injury. After many surgeries I was back to working as a baker and cake decorator. Eventually I moved north and worked as a cook until I met my soul mate, Dwayne, on Thanksgiving 1999. In fact, my birthday is June 14 and his is June 15! We got married in April 2000 and we had our first child in February 2001. I stayed at home with my three kids and eventually got my degree in medical transcription. I worked as a transcriptionist for a dozen years, having quit last year due to hand problems. While being a stay-at-home mom and a transcriptionist I started writing my first book, Sugar’s Dance . . .

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

STATE OF HORROR: NEW JERSEY - IS NOW AVAILABLE IN AUDIBLE VERSION!








http://www.amazon.com/State-of-Horror-New-Jersey/dp/B00ZLVYE32/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1434484035


State Of Horror: New Jersey, by Charon Coin Press, is now available in Audible audio edition! Another great way to take advantage of the super stories in this fantastic anthology. All these stories are great. Take my word for it. Give it a try. You have nothing to lose. You can even get a free sample!

Blaze McRob



Editorial Reviews

The birth of a devil in the 18th century resonates in today's world. A storm hits a small mountain town and the resident must evacuate, where will they go? Visit a zoo unlike any you have experienced. The sins of the past haunt the present in a once thriving industrial town. Discover what lies beneath the boardwalk. Take a walk down memory lane as a woman is haunted by that thing she most loved. Escaping from a zombie hoard may not be the worst danger you face. What does it really mean to "Keep it Jersey"?
Join us as we explore the modern interpretation of folklore, culture, and the uniqueness that is New Jersey through 13 tales of horror.
Includes stories by Nathanael Gass, Margaret L. Colton, C. I. Kemp, Frank J. Edler, Diane Arrelle, and Christian Jensen.
©2014 Charon Coin Press; (P)2015 Charon Coin Press


4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth the Price of Admission January 5, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book directly from the publisher at a convention in September 2014. It took me a bit to get to it (my TBR pile is more of a bookcase), but I'm glad I did. I read the entire collection in about two days. In the interest of full disclosure, no, it isn't perfect. But then again, no book is.

As a reader, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The stories are interesting and unique, and for someone who has never spent any discernible amount of time in New Jersey, it gave me an interesting glimpse into the popular folklore and urban legends. The stories are a great mix of creepy and gory, and one or two even frighteningly poignant. My favorite story by far is the last in the book, "Memories of Her Are Dead" by Eli Constant. It's placement at the end is a perfect way to end the set.

As an author, I saw issues. My biggest complaint is not in the formatting or grammar, but in content itself. There were one or two points where my eye twitched a bit due to a typo or glaring grammatical error, but in the end any errors were minimal and didn't take away from the story. Several of the stories disappointed me for the simple fact that they were too short. For example, Julianne Snow's "Under the Boardwalk" is brilliant and one of my favorites in the collection, but I wish it was longer. It could have easily been its own stand-alone novel. The first story in the book is a great, creepy idea, but it's probably my least favorite in the collection (for technical reasons, not story-based) and as a matter of preference I wouldn't have placed it first on the list.

Ultimately I can't say there's a bad story in the bunch, and there wasn't a single one I can say I didn't enjoy. Overall this is a great collection to begin what promises to be a long-standing series, and definitely worth the price of admission. 
 
 
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read! November 27, 2014
By kel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
another fun anthology! read more here: http://randomnessbybazib.blogspot.com/2014/11/state-of-horror-new-jersey.html

Monday, June 15, 2015

WIN AN EBOOK OF WATCHERS - BY WILLIAM MEIKLE!







http://www.williammeikle.com/whyvampires.html



Prize draw - enter to win an ebook of William Meikle's Scottish historical vampire trilogy Watchers! Go to the above link and get all the facts.

My friend Willie is giving away a super trilogy ebook! You know you want it.

Blaze McRob



Book description:

Watchers: The Complete Collection brings together three sword-swinging adventure novels in one volume by acclaimed Scottish author William Meikle. This collected volume includes: Book I: The Coming of the King, Book II: The Battle for the Throne, and Book III: Culloden! Three novels in one.



Editorial Reviews

Review

...superb story. Thoroughly enjoyable from the first word to the last. William Meikle has a wonderfully unique style..." - The Eternal Night Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

"I was captivated from the very first scene...Very well written." - Patricia Altner, author of Vampire Readings

"I'm always impressed when anyone can add a new twist to the venerable vampire canon. Hugely enjoyable fun to read." - Joe Gordon, The Alien Online

"...descriptions so vivid you can almost hear the clash of the swords and smell the blood." - Murder and Mayhem Bookclub

"William Meikle does it again! The past comes alive, especially the undead! ...the perfect follow-up to his fine debut novel." - Nancy Kilpatrick, author of The Power of the Blood series, editor of Graven Images

"...a confident and breathless romp through an alternative Jacobean history. Aims for entertainment, and hits the mark." - Simon Morden, Vector, the magazine of the British SF Association

"The author is relentless; just when you catch your breath, something new and exciting happens, sending you spinning into another part of the adventure, and keeping you flipping pages to see what's next." - David Wilbanks, Horrorworld

"Anyone who's fond of a good story and a good piece of writing will enjoy Meikle's clever conceits, interesting and earthy characters, and well turned prose." - Dread Central

"Meikle has taken on a much abused genre and re-invented it to present us with a refreshingly different and sinister tale." - Counterculture

"The book is very well-written. The language is rich, and... I found myself carrying the book everywhere, and taking slightly longer over lunch than I should have, as I just had to know what was happening!" - The Dracula Society

From the Author

In my Watchers series I was dealing with a retelling of the Bonnie Prince Charlie story, where romantic myths have already subsumed the harsh reality of a coup gone badly wrong. I needed to strip all the romance out of the Highlanders and build them up from the bottom. Making them a shambling army of vamps and mindless drones seemed an obvious place to start. The Watchers series is a swashbuckler, but there is little lace and finery. What I do have is blood and thunder, death and glory in big scale battles and small scale heartbreak. I love it.

I grew up with the sixties explosion of popular culture embracing the supernatural and the weird. Hammer horror movies got me young. And the one that hooked me was Dracula.

I first saw this in about 1970, on BBC2, on an old black and white TV which was about 10 inches square and made everybody look like short fat cubes. But even that didn't detract from the power of this film.

This Hammer horror version sticks fairly closely to Stoker's original novel, and as such is a purist's dream.

Lee plays the Count as no one before or since. His flat demonic stare sems to ooze pure evil. The count has become a cultural icon in the past forty years, and has even been parodied and made fun of (Count Duckula anybody?) but I challenge anybody to look Lee in the eye when he's on the hunt and not feel a frisson of cold terror.

Vampires have been humanised recently (and have even got a soul in Angel's case), but it shouldn't be forgotten that they are bloodsucking bas*ards - that's what they are, that's what they do. The high cheekbones, sex-appeal and good clothes sense are just nice-to-have after thoughts. And in Lee's case you can believe that the bloodsucking is the important part, judging by the relish he shows for the deed.

And just because Buffy can stake a dozen or so without breaking sweat, it shouldn't be forgotten that the vampire is traditionally a great evil force of destruction. Lee never lets you forget it.

Which brings me round again to The Watchers trilogy, my retelling of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion in Britain. Bonnie Prince Charlie, and all his highland army, are Vampires and are heading south to claim the British throne. The "Watchers" of the title are the guards of the old Roman wall built by Hadrian, now reinforced to keep the vamps out. It is constantly patrolled by officers of the Watch, two of whom become the main protagonists of the series.

I got the idea on a walk along what is left of the wall, and by the time I'd had finished my walk and had a few beers the first part of the trilogy was fully formed in my head. Think "ZULU" or "Last of the Mohicans" with vamps and you'll get a feel of what I was trying to do.

Watchers is out now in an ebook omnibus edition and three individual ebook editions. It is also available in three audio books at Audible.com



Editorial Reviews

Review

...superb story. Thoroughly enjoyable from the first word to the last. William Meikle has a wonderfully unique style..." - The Eternal Night Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

"I was captivated from the very first scene...Very well written." - Patricia Altner, author of Vampire Readings

"I'm always impressed when anyone can add a new twist to the venerable vampire canon. Hugely enjoyable fun to read." - Joe Gordon, The Alien Online

"...descriptions so vivid you can almost hear the clash of the swords and smell the blood." - Murder and Mayhem Bookclub

"William Meikle does it again! The past comes alive, especially the undead! ...the perfect follow-up to his fine debut novel." - Nancy Kilpatrick, author of The Power of the Blood series, editor of Graven Images

"...a confident and breathless romp through an alternative Jacobean history. Aims for entertainment, and hits the mark." - Simon Morden, Vector, the magazine of the British SF Association

"The author is relentless; just when you catch your breath, something new and exciting happens, sending you spinning into another part of the adventure, and keeping you flipping pages to see what's next." - David Wilbanks, Horrorworld

"Anyone who's fond of a good story and a good piece of writing will enjoy Meikle's clever conceits, interesting and earthy characters, and well turned prose." - Dread Central

"Meikle has taken on a much abused genre and re-invented it to present us with a refreshingly different and sinister tale." - Counterculture

"The book is very well-written. The language is rich, and... I found myself carrying the book everywhere, and taking slightly longer over lunch than I should have, as I just had to know what was happening!" - The Dracula Society

From the Author

In my Watchers series I was dealing with a retelling of the Bonnie Prince Charlie story, where romantic myths have already subsumed the harsh reality of a coup gone badly wrong. I needed to strip all the romance out of the Highlanders and build them up from the bottom. Making them a shambling army of vamps and mindless drones seemed an obvious place to start. The Watchers series is a swashbuckler, but there is little lace and finery. What I do have is blood and thunder, death and glory in big scale battles and small scale heartbreak. I love it.

I grew up with the sixties explosion of popular culture embracing the supernatural and the weird. Hammer horror movies got me young. And the one that hooked me was Dracula.

I first saw this in about 1970, on BBC2, on an old black and white TV which was about 10 inches square and made everybody look like short fat cubes. But even that didn't detract from the power of this film.

This Hammer horror version sticks fairly closely to Stoker's original novel, and as such is a purist's dream.

Lee plays the Count as no one before or since. His flat demonic stare sems to ooze pure evil. The count has become a cultural icon in the past forty years, and has even been parodied and made fun of (Count Duckula anybody?) but I challenge anybody to look Lee in the eye when he's on the hunt and not feel a frisson of cold terror.

Vampires have been humanised recently (and have even got a soul in Angel's case), but it shouldn't be forgotten that they are bloodsucking bas*ards - that's what they are, that's what they do. The high cheekbones, sex-appeal and good clothes sense are just nice-to-have after thoughts. And in Lee's case you can believe that the bloodsucking is the important part, judging by the relish he shows for the deed.

And just because Buffy can stake a dozen or so without breaking sweat, it shouldn't be forgotten that the vampire is traditionally a great evil force of destruction. Lee never lets you forget it.

Which brings me round again to The Watchers trilogy, my retelling of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion in Britain. Bonnie Prince Charlie, and all his highland army, are Vampires and are heading south to claim the British throne. The "Watchers" of the title are the guards of the old Roman wall built by Hadrian, now reinforced to keep the vamps out. It is constantly patrolled by officers of the Watch, two of whom become the main protagonists of the series.

I got the idea on a walk along what is left of the wall, and by the time I'd had finished my walk and had a few beers the first part of the trilogy was fully formed in my head. Think "ZULU" or "Last of the Mohicans" with vamps and you'll get a feel of what I was trying to do.

Watchers is out now in an ebook omnibus edition and three individual ebook editions. It is also available in three audio books at Audible.com 

 Excellent By Francisco Saavedra on August 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Good Saga. I loved the story, and you get kind of carried over by what the characters are feeling. Kudos to the author.
 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The characters were well written and remembered easily. The pace was fast and the story flowed well. A good read and fun entertainment. I enjoyed every page.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

GREAT POST BY ROBERT W. WALKER!











http://wwwrobertwwalkercom.blogspot.com/?spref=fb




Saturday, June 13, 2015

THE ITCH - BY CRAIG MCGRAY - IS THIS WEEK'S SCARY SATURDAY TALE!



http://penofthedamned.com/2015/06/09/the-itch/

Are you looking for a great Scary Saturday Tale? The Itch, by Craig McGray, fills the bill nicely. You will scratch and crawl around in Damned anticipation of the next word, the next sentence, the next paragraph. Ooh, la, la! Take a walk on the wild side. Get scared out of your wits for the price of free. Click the link above and read this great story by Craig in its entirety. I have only included a little teaser below. Bad Blaze. While you're there read more of Craig's stories. They are guaranteed to please.

Blaze McRob


The Itch

Have you ever tried to get dried blood out from under your fingernails? Not just a little, but a good soaking of it. It’s a real bitch, trust me. No matter how many times I find myself standing over the sink scraping the dried up flecks from my nail beds, it never gets any easier, but the itching just won’t stop.
At some point, you just scrape too much until fresh blood starts to mix in with the old shit and it becomes even more of a mess. At least I know I’m still alive, because I bleed. If it weren’t for that, I’m not sure I would know if I was alive, dead, or something in between. Even with the bleeding, I guess I’m still not totally sure what the hell I am. I haven’t felt pain, love, happiness or sadness since the day that bitch Liza took everything from me.
She knew what she was doing the whole time. She had me doing shit I’d never thought I’d be into. I should have known something was wrong with the whole situation. No woman that hot had ever given me the time of the day, and here comes this exotic beauty that gives me the best sex of my life after an hour of bullshit conversation; no strings attached. Though, if I’m to be honest, I never was good with the ladies and I don’t have a whole hell of a lot of sexual experience to compare it to. In fact, aside from the awkward hand job from Becky under the bleachers during the homecoming pep rally senior year of high school, and the drunken, pity lay from Mary-Sue when I was a freshman in law school, I had never been with anyone but…well, myself. Geez, I’m pretty fucking pathetic. . .

Friday, June 12, 2015

A JAR OF FINGERS: (THE COMPLICATED LIFE OF DEEGIE TIBBS BOOK 1) - BY C.L. HERNANDEZ - GREAT READING!






http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YB244AA/ref=pe_343740_140946780_pe_re_csr_ea_ht


A Jar Of Fingers: The Complicated Life Of Deegie Tibbs Book 1, written by C.L Hernandez, is now published! I have been a fan of C.L.'s for a while now. She is a multiple Woman In Horror recipient and quite deservedly so. As much as I love her short stories, I have been waiting for her to write some longer works. My wait is over. I just purchased this great book and suggest you do the same. I'm not the only one who feels this way. Look at the reviews below. Wow!

Happy reading!

Blaze McRob


Book Description:



Deegie Tibbs is an independent young witch with a funky little shop that sells magical items, a crazy collection of magical friends, and a brand new (haunted) house, complete with ghosts in the walls and a basement with a gallon jar of human fingers and its very own demon. It’s a complicated life…and things are about to get really weird.



By M. Bryan on May 27, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
WOW! Just wow! Jar of Fingers: The Complicated Life of Deegie Tibbs, book 1 has ticked every box on my 'awesome book' list. This book will have you laughing, scared as hell and sitting on the edge of your seat.
Deegie Tibbs is a young woman living in the quiet town of Fiddlehead Creek and runs a potion/tea shop called The Silent Cat. Pretty normal right? That is until she catches her cheating boyfriend in the act and ends up turning the other woman into a frog and saddling her ex with a set of DDD knockers. That's right folks...she's a witch!
But that is only the beginning. Now without a home she decides to purchase an old house with a questionable past. The house comes with a lot more than Deegie bargains for. Haunted by ghosts and harboring an ancient evil, she must now find a way to defeat this evil that has unintentionally been let loose.
Witches, magic, spirit guardians and demons, what more can you ask for? This book has it all. I can safely say I have not been this impressed with a book in quite a while. This is our first glimpse into the world of Deegie Tibbs and it is amazing! C L Hernandez will be the author to watch out for! I cannot wait for the next in the series! 5 out of 5 shiny stars. 
 
  By Thomas on May 30, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
It's official, a classic has been born. This book, along with the characters, will soon become iconic in horror fiction. Cindy has added her unique quirk to produce a truly remarkable piece of horror fiction.

In a nutshell, we have Deegie Tibbs, the protagonist. A young witch who finds herself in a complicated situation. Deciding to get, while the getting is good, she relocates. Most people would look for a nice house, fully furnished, pleasing to the eye, in a pleasant area. But Deegie isn't like most people. Besides being a witch with supernatural powers, she is also very introvert in her fashion, interests, and behaviour. She is truly an extraordinary human being, that we cannot help but fall in love with. We sympathize with the difficult past she has overcome, and find ourselves smiling at her charming sense of humour. Deegie is the kind of character that would hold a story together, without riveting plot twists and compelling story lines. The kind of character that is utterly mystifying.

But alas, we do in fact have mind-blowing action and a thick, captivating plots. When Deegie is house-hunting and finds an unusual property that looks neglected, she takes on the challenging task of bringing a new lease of life to the building. She expected hard work, labour, possibly reconstruction. But what the young witch didn't expect, was the spirits lurking in the house.

Deegie is no stranger to the paranormal, so at first, she is rather appealed by the otherworldly presence. One may even say, excited. Until the true reason why the house was vacant for so many years, is discovered.

I love how Cindy brings a refreshing new look at magic and witchery. There are elements that date back centuries. In fact the book, in my opinion, slightly resembles 'Practical Magic', the incredible movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. But Cindy brings a new set of rules to the craft, with some powerful, chilling, and even comical spells. Deegie herself has been characterized flawlessly, for not only the previous reasons mentioned, but for another strong reason. See Deegie suffers from a condition that makes using her inherited abilities difficult. Cindy clearly spent a great deal of time producing Deegie, along with other characters, both good and bad. There is even an element of romance tangled in the tale.

I haven't read a book that flowed so easily in a very long time. Even as a self-confessed bookworm, my weakness being horror, I still sometimes struggle to finish a book if I find the plot to have an uneven pace and odd structure. But again, this wasn't a problem with 'A Jar Of Fingers'. The flow and pace is handled with expert precision and control. Because of this, we have an easily readable book that you don't want to put down. Cindy clearly respects her readers. Because as much time as she has spent coming up with this original concept for a book series, she makes it very easy to digest, but also very addictive. Don't expect to get anything done once you start reading this. Chores and errands will be disregarded until you finish this.

A special mention has to go to Cindy's style of writing. Both poetic and descriptive, with some impressive metaphors mixed in, to truly paint a picture in the reader's mind. How she depicts a scene is fantastic. She expresses vividly the location, along with the characters and their temperaments, and the vibe of the particular scene.

I cannot recommend this book enough! It has all the ingredients of a ground-breaking new franchise: gifted writing, lovable characters, interesting back story, breath-taking excitement and adrenaline, and a truly unforgettable tale.

The only downside? Eventually, the story ends. But do not fear, apparently there are a few more books to come in this series, that is rather clear by the end of this book! So be patient, all good things come to those who wait.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY COURTESY OF ZACK KULLIS

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

MEMORIAL - BY JOSEPH A. PINTO - IS AWESOME!


http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XIFGKKS


 Memorial, by Joseph A. Pinto, is a story I would expect to have come from the mastery of an author of Joe's stature. This tale is short, but there are many twists and turns, with back-story added at just the right times and in appropriate measure. And the ending: what an ending it is.

This fantastic tale is only .99, my friends and is worth far more than that.

Blaze McRob
 

 Book Description:

 Nicholas is a sculptor, renowned throughout the land.

But now he suffers from a ruined hand; worse yet, a fractured soul.

When his brother hires his talents for a final time, however, Nicholas suddenly finds himself at a crossroads: sculpt the only love he has ever known - his own brother's wife.

Or carve a memorial for her heart... 


By A. Sheehan on June 8, 2015
Verified Purchase
A tale that echoes some of the classics in horror fiction, Memorial touches on the anguish of the human spirit in the face of love and loss. How do you memorialize a soul mate you didn't dare pursue in life? Loved the ending! A real page turner.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

EXIGENCIES: A NEO-NOIR ANTHOLOGY - SUPER READING!



http://www.amazon.com/dp/1940430496

Exigencies: A Neo-Noir Anthology, edited by the fantastic Richard Thomas, is available for your reading pleasure! Take a look at all the great authors in this super tome. All the savvy readers are breaking down Amazon's doors to get their copy.

Charge!

Blaze McRob


 Edited by Richard Thomas
Foreword by Chuck Wendig

Cover art by Daniele Serra
Interior illustrations by Luke Spooner

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Wilderness by Letitia Trent
Monster Season by Joshua Blair
Cat Calls by Rebecca Jones-Howe
Ceremony of the White Dog by Kevin Catalano
The Armadillo by Heather Foster
The Manuscript by Usman T. Malik
Single Lens Reflection by Jason Metz
The Mother by Nathan Beauchamp
Everything in Its Place by Adam Peterson
When We Taste of Death by Damien Angelica Walters
Figure Eight by Brendan Detzner
My Mother’s Condition by Faith Gardner
Fragile Magic by Alex Kane
The Eye Liars by Sarah Read
Searching for Gloria by W. P. Johnson
And All Night Long We Have Not Stirred by Barbara Duffey
Dull Boy by David James Keaton
Brujeria for Beginners by Marytza Rubio
Heirloom by Kenneth Cain
The Owl and the Cigarette by Amanda Gowin
Desert Ghosts by Mark Jaskowski
Blood Price by Axel Taiar
 

Editorial Reviews

Review


“From the shadows that dwell in some of the most creative, and gifted minds around, emerges a collection of short stories that will skulk across the footplate of literature for many years to come. Exigencies is the cloak thrown over the world, to show us that in darkness we can still find beauty, and will forever serve as a keepsake to great writing.”
—Craig Wallwork, author of The Sound of Loneliness

“These pages house some of the most exciting writers you’ve never heard of—yet. They make the mundane terrifying, the poignant macabre, the violent touching. The only thing you won't find is the expected, because these stories will move the ground beneath your feet. Brace yourself."
—Nik Korpon, author of Stay God

About the Author

Richard Thomas is the author of six books—Disintegration, The Breaker, Transubstantiate, Herniated Roots, Staring Into the Abyss and The Soul Standard. His over 100 stories in print include Cemetery Dance, PANK, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad 2, and Shivers VI.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

From "Wilderness" by Letitia Trent:

The airport was small, squat like a compound, its walls interrupted in regular intervals by tall, shaded windows. When Krista looked out the windows, the sky seemed slate-grey and heavy, but when the front doors opened, she remembered that it was really blue and cloudless outside.

She was early for her flight back to New Haven. She liked to arrive at the very earliest times that the flight website recommended. She was prepared to wait, liked it even. It was calming to have nothing to do and nowhere she had to be. She had brought a book about the history of wilderness and America, something left over from college that she had never read. She liked the cover, a picture of a Pilgrim family, small and sickly, their clothes black and heavy on their bony bodies, facing an expanse of trees so tall and green you could see nothing beyond them. She underlined phrases in the book out of old college habit: Wilderness remained a place of evil and spiritual catharsis. Any place in which a person feels stripped, lost, or perplexed, might be called a wilderness.

She shared a red, plush armrest with a large woman who had almost incandescent, butter-blonde hair. Her skin was so tan that it reminded Krista of a stain. Coffee on blonde wood.

The blonde had apparently just come from a trip to Maine. She told an older woman next to her—an even larger woman with tight pin-curls and wire-rimmed glasses, wearing those boxy, pleated shorts that middle-aged women often wear on holidays—about her trip. The blonde had stayed in the cutest hotel. Her entire room had been done up all nautical. The other woman nodded in agreement with everything the blonde said, as if she had had an identical experience.
Krista watched the airport attendants and one airport policeman patrol the area. They sometimes stepped into the waiting room and observed the crowd with what appeared to be either worry or constipation (they pressed their lips together, their hands on their hips, and blew the air from their mouths as if making silent raspberries). They had a vague air of agitation. She watched them carefully for signs of what might be wrong, but they revealed nothing in their pacing. Nobody else seemed to notice.

On Krista’s left, opposite the blonde, was a family, a mother and two children separated from her by one seat. The mother was thin and loud and wore shorts with many utilitarian pockets and a simple tank shirt without a bra. She seemed infinitely capable, as if she ran her own business or perhaps even managed some kind of sports team. Krista admired thin, efficient women like this, women who wore comfortable, rubber-soled sandals and clothing with enough functional pockets. The woman and her children all spoke on their individual cell phones, all telling somebody variations on the news that they would arrive soon, that it was only thirty minutes until boarding.

An announcement crackled over the loudspeakers, the sound delivered in one chunk of indiscernible static.

Krista looked around the room, hoping for the scraps of somebody else’s conversation to explain what had just been said.

Plane’s delayed for an hour, the blonde said to her husband, who had also missed it. Storms down in Boston.

A general grumble rose. People shifted in their seats and took out their recently stowed cell phones. The blonde woman called her husband’s name, which Krista immediately forgot.

Phone me up a pizza, she told him. I won’t eat that shit from the vending machine.



By Jay Slayton-joslin on June 2, 2015Format: Paperback If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, a short fiction anthology is the chain that holds the drawbridge to the kingdom of great story telling against the assault of mediocre fiction; thankfully, there is not one weak entry in Exigencies. This may be because Richard Thomas is calling the shots, a writer and editor as talented as he is productive, having already proved himself with The New Black anthology, Exigencies is a daring ride into the best among contemporary neo-noir writers.



By C. Wallwork on June 7, 2015
Format: Paperback
Really enjoyed this book. I know a few writers involved but most were unfamiliar, yet their voices were strong and fearless. Highly recommended. Here's my official blurb: From the shadows that dwell in some of the most creative, and gifted minds around, emerges a collection of short stories that will skulk across the footplate of literature for many years to come. Exigencies is the cloak thrown over the world, to show us that in darkness we can still find beauty, and will forever serve as a keepsake to great writing.


Monday, June 8, 2015

GUTTED - COMING SOON FROM CRYSTAL LAKE PUBLISHING!


https://www.facebook.com/Crystallakepublishing?fref=ts

http://www.crystallakepub.com/


Per Joe Mynhardt, owner of Crystal Lake Publishing:

"We announced our first pro-paying anthology this month:  Gutted, edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward (the guys who brought you  Shadow over Main Street). It’s invite only and the editors have a very specific theme and tone in mind, so authors, be sure to keep an eye on your inboxes.
 
Beauty and horror. Wonder and terror. Despair and transcendence. This is GUTTED: Beautiful horror stories, an all-new anthology coming from Crystal Lake Publishing in 2016."
 
 
Crystal Lake Publishing and Joe Mynhardt work hard for all authors. I have stories, articles, and poems in three of Joe's books and am very impressed with what he does. You will be too. Check out the links above and you will see what I mean.
 
Blaze McRob
 
 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

SILENCE - BY JOSEPH A. PINTO - IS THIS WEEK'S SCARY SUNDAY TALE!

Nothing screams louder than the silence... 'SILENCE' http://wp.me/p2iKoL-Q8 is this week's newest ‪#‎horror‬ ‪#‎fiction‬ by Joseph A. Pinto on Pen of the Damned.
Beneath the shovel, the earth turned easily; he could taste its peaty grittiness along his tongue. The groping fingers of a rainstorm lightly stroked his neck. He had found the shovel deep in the y...
penofthedamned.com
 
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Silence, by Joseph A. Pinto, is this week's Scary Sunday Tale! Joe has written a superb psychological tale of horror for your reading pleasure. All your senses will be activated as you jump into this story. Simply hit the link above and get carried away by the brilliance of the words. While you're at the Pen Of the Damned website, read many more Damned Dark tales from this master at the craft. You will be glad you did!

Blaze McRob
 

Friday, June 5, 2015

THROUGH A MIRROR DARKLY - BY KEVIN LUCIA - DON'T MISS THIS GREAT BOOK!



http://www.amazon.com/Through-Mirror-Darkly-Kevin-Lucia-ebook/dp/B00Y348FU6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?tag=geolinker-20&_encoding=UTF8


From Joe Mynhardt, owner at Crystal Lake Publishing:
 
 "June 5th sees the release of Lucia's long-awaited THROUGH A MIRROR, DARKLY, a collection of four short stories / novellas taking place in Lucia's Clifton Heights."

This great book is already ranked at #3 on the Amazon charts. Get yours now! I have mine. It's only .99 through today only. 301 pages for less than a buck, me lads and lassies.

If Kevin Lucia writes it, you want to read it!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

June 5, 2015
Are there truths within the books we read? What if the book delves into the lives of the very town you live in? People you know? Or thought you knew. These are the questions a bookstore owner face when a mysterious book shows up, in Through a Mirror, Darkly by Kevin Lucia

Through a Mirror, Darkly is a Supernatural Thriller collection masked as a novel. With elements of mystery, suspense, and otherworldly horror, Through a Mirror, Darkly successfully delves into the worlds of Lovecraft, Grant, and the mysterious Carcosa.

“Arcane Delights. Clifton Heights' premier rare and used bookstore. In it, new owner Kevin Ellison has inherited far more than a family legacy, for inside are tales that will amaze, astound, thrill...and terrify.

An ancient evil thirsty for lost souls. A very different kind of taxi service with destinations not on any known map. Three coins that grant the bearer's fondest wish, and a father whose crippling grief gives birth to something dark and hungry.

Every town harbors secrets. Kevin Ellison is about to discover those that lurk in the shadows of Clifton Heights.”

Through a Mirror, Darkly is a Supernatural Thriller collection masked as a novel. With elements of mystery, suspense, and otherworldly horror, Through a Mirror, Darkly successfully delves into the worlds of Lovecraft, Grant, and the mysterious Carcosa.

“Kevin Lucia writes my favorite kind of horror, the kind not enough folks are writing anymore.” – Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Turtle Boy and Kin.

"Through a Mirror, Darkly serves as Kevin Lucia's early-warning system to the horror field - Brace yourselves, folks." - Gary Braunbeck, Bram Stoker Award-winner of To Each Their Darkness, Destinations Unknown, and the forthcoming A Cracked and Broken Path

“Literate and stylish, yet fast-paced and accessible, Through a Mirror, Darkly is a thoroughly engrossing read. Kevin Lucia is a major new voice in the horror genre.” – Jonathan Janz , author of The Nightmare Girl

" Through a Mirror, Darkly earns Kevin Lucia a literary place alongside these enduring philosophical horror crafters.” – Mort Castle

"He is a skillful guide through Clifton Heights, telling tales of mystery and horror in a town where dark secrets and ancient evils lurk to prey upon those who read Through a Mirror, Darkly." – Rena Mason, Bram Stoker Award® winning author of The Evolutionist.

“With Through a Mirror, Darkly, Kevin Lucia proves once again that it’s only a matter of time before he’s one of the genre’s biggest names." – James Newman, author of The Wicked and Animosity

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

DUST OF THE DEAD - BY JOHN PALISANO - IS OUT TODAY!

http://www.amazon.com/Dust-Dead-John-Palisano-ebook/dp/B00SB49EJU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=


dust of the dead, by John Palisano, is firing on all cylinders and ready for your reading pleasure! I had the pleasure of meeting John at the World Horror Convention and Bram Stoker Awards last month. He is not only a great author, but he is a great guy to meet in person. Look below and see what the cool ladies and guys are saying about dust of the dead.

Blaze McRob

Book Description

June 2, 2015
Reboot the apocalypse!
For a while, it looked like the living had won. The war against the walking dead lasted almost a decade, but it’s mostly over. There are only a few straggling zombies left to take care of. Los Angeles has returned to its lattes and long commutes. It’s up to a small Reclamation Crew to clean up the Zoms left behind. But when the undead dry up, their skin turns to dust. Now the hot Santa Ana winds deliver a new threat…because the Zoms were only the beginning of something far worse.

5.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic!!!! June 2, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Think this is another "zombie" tale? Well it isn't. Far from it. This is one of those novels that a zombie fan and a non-zombie fan (horror fan) can enjoy. Usually, it's one or the other, but not with this one. I really enjoyed Dust of the Dead. It's FUN (which is important), a rollicking adventure, funny at times and down right action-packed. It starts off one way and grows into something more, something larger. A pseudo zombie, horror, action-movie with plot, and then a touch of superhero. If you're looking for an adventure type of book, survival type of book, but much more than a typical zombie book, then grab this one now. 
 
 
“John Palisano crashes the zombie apocalypse genre into dystopian fiction at high speeds. Clever, brutal and highly entertaining.”
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Fall of Night
“Dust of the Dead is a pressure cooker of a thriller, a masterwork of world building, and a genuinely and refreshingly unique spin on the zombie genre, but above all, it is a beautiful dance on the line between life and death.”
—Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dead City
“There’s never been a zombie book like Dust of the Dead. It’s horrifying, blackly funny, rich in pathos, and thoroughly original, and it’s also one of the best L.A.-based horror novels ever written.”
—Lisa Morton, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Zombie Apocalypse: Washington Deceased