Thursday, December 31, 2015


It's another Thursday, and that means Thrifty Thursday: eBook Deals for You at Indies Unlimited. Check out all the great $.99 and free ebooks they have there. I posted Tides Of Chaos, a book that Lori R. Lopez and I co-authored five years ago. It's been published as a stand alone book now at only $.99 on Kindle.

Authors, there is no charge at Indies Unlimited for this service. Hit the link above to post your books. Readers, there are some great books for you to discover in any number of genres. Find some great new books and authors! I did.

Happy Thursday!

Blaze McRob  

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Tides Of Chaos is a short story written by Lori R. Lopez and me back in 2010. It is out in Kindle version now for only .99. The paper version, an illustrated tome with Lori's fantastic art within, will be out soon. You won't want to miss that. This is a fantastic blend of horror/sci-fi/humor/and fantasy. Neither of us knew what was going to happen next as we wrote this. That's why I believe it has a special touch to it. It tells the tale of a planet run amuck, horrors abounding everywhere. I believe that within the pages of this book, there is truth . . . truth even more apparent now than when we first wrote this.

This is a story geared for all readers from twelve years and up. The language is not peppered with obscenities.

Thank you for your time. I hope you will take a look at what Lori and I have written.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

A man and woman meet online while the world around them is falling apart. Where are the creatures from that have invaded their planet? What do they want? These questions and more must be answered if the human race is to survive this doomsday scenario. Authors Blaze McRob and Lori R. Lopez join forces to present an unusual tale of an apocalypse that has devastated society. Elvie and Ed managed to connect in a world gone mad. They give each other hope and support from a thousand miles apart. Will it be enough to save them? Read their frantic messages as they attempt to make sense of the situation in this illustrated short fiction from two accomplished horror authors. The story was actually written by exchanging E-mails like the characters, without knowing what might come next.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


A while back I wrote a post on Blazing Owl Press about Women in Horror Month. I have a few things to add to it here. As many of you know, I start early with the great Women in Horror, and I go well past the end of February. Some authors claim that it is no longer necessary for such a month as there is parity in the publishing and other artistic venues in which women shine. I disagree. Without getting into the nitty-gritty of world conditions and some negative political crap being bandied about, there is still plenty of reason to tell the world about great women authors. Maybe even more. Perhaps strides have been taken forward, but one must always be aware that the status quo can indeed be fickle. And, the visual acuity can be flawed to begin with.

So, I will not slack off. I feel this is a very important way for women to be showcased, their artistic abilities told to one and all. I will once again be a humble servant for the cause.

This year I will change a few things. In the past, I have listed almost every book an author has on her Amazon Author Page. I have been told this is overkill: one cannot see the forest for the trees, so to speak. I will, of course, have the Amazon Author Page links, pictures, and bios on the posts, but I will focus on select books where I believe the author shines the most. And yes, I will give links to Facebook Author pages, and those to the authors' websites.

Also, if an author wishes to say anything about recent book releases or upcoming events, she will most certainly be allowed to. 

Thus, this is an open invitation for any Woman In Horror to let me know if she wishes to be on my website. I can accommodate pretty much whatever you wish me to do. This is free promotion for all of you. My Google search engine reach is into the millions. I have hundreds of thousands of hits on my website.  I also relay the posts to Twitter, my Author Page on Facebook, and my personal Facebook page.

Contact me here or Private Message me on Facebook at

I'm looking forward to meeting some super women this year. There are so many of you.

Thank you.

Blaze McRob     


Monday, December 28, 2015


I thought I'd slap this post up today for those of you who don't know who I am or what I write. I was a ghostwriter for many years, so I can't talk about those books, but these are the ones I have written in my new incarnate as Blaze McRob. Most of what my Amazon Author page shows are short stories in anthologies and the like. However, you will notice a recent novel, Mists Of Papoose Pond, some individual short stories, and a couple recent duo collections for the past two holidays that I wrote with my wife, Terri DelCampo. I have at least four novels coming out in 2016, as well as some other projects. I also have short stories plastered around all over the place that you can read for free.

Read the free samples on Amazon and get to know me if you wish.

Thank you.

Blaze McRob

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Amazon bio:

Blaze McRob has penned many titles under different names. It is time for him to come out and play as Blaze.

In addition to inclusions in numerous anthologies, he has written many novels, short stories, flash fiction pieces, and even poetry. Most of his offerings are Dark. However dark they might be, there is always an underlying message contained within.

Join him as he explores the Dark side. You know you want to.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


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Super Round Table Talk you won't want to miss, my friends!

Blaze McRob


Little Dead Red, by Mercedes M. Yardley, is out today. Mercedes' tales are dark with superb flow. She is indeed a master at the craft.

From Joe Mynhardt at Crystal Lake Publishing, this great novella's publisher:

"The Wolf is roaming the city in this brand new Crystal Lake Publishing release, and he must be stopped.

Grim Marie knows far too much about the wolves of the world, a world where little girls go missing.  After all, she had married one before she/he showed his claws, and what that wolf did to her little girl was unforgiveable. Grim Marie isn’t certain if she can ever forgive herself for putting her Little Aleta in harm’s way.

When Grandmother becomes ill, Aleta offers to take the bus through the concrete forest to Grandmother’s house to bring her some goodies. She knows the way. What could possibly go wrong?

In this modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf takes to the city streets to capture his prey, but the hunter is close behind him. With Grim Marie on the prowl, the hunter becomes the hunted.

Wolves pad through the darkest kind of fairytale: one that can come true."

By Adrian Shotbolt on December 22, 2015 As a father of two, this was a very difficult novella to read. Mercedes tale of Aleta, a young girl whom is abducted and brutally murdered is an emotionally draining read. It's a grown up version of Little Red Riding Hood that is brilliant in its originality and emotional punch. Mercedes has a wonderful way with words, her writing style seems effortless and has a great flow to it. This novella is the perfect way to introduce yourself to this writer. It ticks all the boxes for what makes a great short story. It's not an easy read due to the dark undercurrent that flows throughout and the ending is a heartbreaker. Regardless, this is a fantastic read. 5 stars

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You won't want to miss this dark fairy-tale. Perfect fit for your Kindle.

Blaze McRob

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


From William Meikle:

I mentioned DANCERS earlier in the week, my first ghost story, written back in ’91, and one which won me 100 quid in the Writer’s News Ghost Story competition and has had a life of its own ever since. It’s been pinched several times and can easily be found online, so why not read it here, where it belongs.

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William Meikle is quite a prolific author, and one whose works I am particularly fond of. Hit the link above and read Dancers. It's free, and it's great.

Happy reading.

Blaze McRob 

Monday, December 21, 2015


All three books in The Merlin Chronicles, by Daniel Diehl, will be on sale for .99 each until January 1st, 2016 and is running on all Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords and other fine websites across the English speaking world.Get them now and save. They are all great! I have included links below for all these fantastic books.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

 Merlin the Magician only exists in myth and legend – at least that’s what archaeology student Jason Carpenter thought until he discovered the mysterious orb that had housed history’s greatest wizard for 1,600 years.

Forced into an uneasy alliance, Jason and Merlin are sucked into a web of deceit, intrigue and murder that sends them on a chaotic race to outwit, and out run, Merlin’s ancient nemesis, the evil sorceress Morgana le Fay, her gang of drug smugglers and a 500 year-old Chinese necromancer. Tis a race against time to complete their quest before an army of dragons are unleashed on a vulnerable and unsuspecting 21st century world.

Editorial Reviews


I was delighted to read Revelations: book one of The Merlin Chronicles by Daniel Diehl. This is an intriguing novel that made me lose track of time while reading. I enjoyed the suspenseful drama and creativity of this book. The characters were impressive, especially Merlin and Morgana. Morgana was a real psycho, and Diehl developed her malicious personality perfectly, which made this story more entertaining. The descriptive sequence of events connected well. I thought the conclusion was great, and hope for the opportunity to read book 2 in the series.

~ Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

About the Author

Daniel Diehl has been an author, writer and investigative historian for thirty-five years. For nearly twenty years Diehl has been involved in writing for publication and documentary television production. Mr. Diehl’s work has won awards from the Houston (Texas) Film Festival, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (US) and the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Arts Foundation. Working alone and as a part of the multi-award winning team of Daniel Diehl and Mark Donnelly, Diehl has produced work in two main categories; trade publication and television documentary scripts. His canon of work includes twenty non-fiction books (which have been translated into ten foreign languages), one previous work of fiction and scripts for more than one hundred and seventy hours of documentary television primarily for A&E Network, The History Channel, History International, Biography Channel and Discovery Network.

By Adrienne Woods on December 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
I’m a huge fan of Arthurian fantasy, and this one I found absolutely Amazing.

The way Daniel captured Merlin and chuck him into the 21st century, was superb. He’s characters are extremely well developed, Jason being our MC, and archaeologist that dug up an orb, dated back a time when those orbs weren’t found. The orb carried Merlin’s essence and I’m sure you can get the picture how this story starts.

I’m not going to give anything away from this novel. It’s one worth buying and you won’t be disappointed. I can promise you that.

I personally love it when a fantasy is realistic and Daniel has written it beautiful.

I couldn’t put it down.
 After being accidentally thrown into the modern world of the 21st century, the wizard, Merlin teamed up with archaeology student, Jason Carpenter to aid him in his battle against the evil sorcerous, Morgana le Fay.

In this second book of The Merlin Chronicles, Merlin braves the mysterious depths of Morgana's underground lair in search of the alien device with which she communicates with the Dragon Lords.

Meanwhile, Jason is forced to battle his way across war-torn Central Africa in search of a legendary gem that holds the key to closing the dragon gate forever. When Merlin is captured by Morgana's thugs, Jason and Beverley, must risk their lives and the future of mankind in a desperate effort to save their friend.
  By LRS on June 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
Loved Book 1 and now this! Awesome!
If you haven't read these books, you are in for a thrill.
Magic and history woven into words and meanings underneath the context.
Whether you are a fan of Urban Fantasy or Merlin, or not.... this is how writing and reading the author's words should be.
Its a thrill ride you don't want to miss.
Can't wait for Book 3 of this awesome Trilogy!
 This is bloody awesome !! I was gripped from the start and can't wait for MORE. ~ Orchard Book club (UK)

Merlin the Magician, Jason Carpenter and Beverley McCullough return in the gripping conclusion to The Merlin Chronicles trilogy. Catapulted back and forth through time and space the trio are forced to confront their arch-nemesis, the spectacularly evil Morgana le Fay, yet again, after embarking on a spectacular quest to save Merlin’s homeland, the ancient kingdom of the Britons, and no less than King Arthur himself. ‘Out of Time’ is in the finest tradition of urban fantasy, classic wizard fantasy and Arthurian legend all rolled into one. Don’t miss it.

Daniel Diehl has created an adventurous blend of Arthurian legend, biblical prophecy, classic wizard fantasy and contemporary urban fantasy. ~ SpecFic Daily

Saturday, December 19, 2015


The Gift, by Beverly Cialone, is a Christmas themed tale unlike any others you have read. This is a romance/fantasy/paranormal story. Beverly did extensive research while writing this and found out some very interesting things about Djinn. Yes, this is a story about genies. Ooh, la, la! I have never written a Djinn tale, although I want to, and Beverly shared some great links with me. So, now I will be armed.

For those of you not acquainted with Beverly, I suggest you give this novel a look. As I always say, simply read the free sample that is on Amazon and you can make an informed decision. I am a reader who needs to get sucked into a story early. I was sucked in with The Gift. You will be too.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

When Summer receives a mysterious gift a week before Christmas, she is intrigued by the cryptic instructions that come with it: DO NOT OPEN TIL MIDNIGHT ON CHRISTMAS EVE. Will this gift change her life for the better, or will it bring her nothing but more heartache and grief?

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Horror 101: The Way Forward is a great tome written by many authors who share their wealth of advice with you. Yes, this was set up to be advice for those wishing to write in the horror genre, but any author will grab valuable advice from within its pages. Joe Mynhardt and Crystal Lake Publishing are to be commended for compiling this super collection.

I am proud to have two articles in this 2015 Bram Stoker Award nominated book, and that I get to be included with so many of the top authors in the world.

The Kindle book is still only .99, and it is also available in paperback. This makes it especially attractive at this time of the year. Many of you would love to give this book as a gift to an author friend and pick up a copy for yourself if you don't have one already.

Happy Holidays!

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

 Horror 101 is a 2015 Bram Stoker Award nominee

Ever wanted to be a writer? Make money online? Make a name for yourself writing online? Perhaps you’ve already realized that dream and you’re looking to expand your repertoire. Writing comic books sounds nice, right? Or how about screenplays?

Horror 101, although written by horror authors, is a must read for any person interested in becoming a writer, be it writing for a hobby or a career. Or maybe you just want to see what goes on behind the scenes in a writer's life.

Then this non-fiction best seller, Bram Stoker Award nominee, is the book for you.

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

Horror 101 is not your average On Writing guide. Horror 101 focuses on the career of an author. It covers not only insights into the horror genre, but the people who successfully make a living from it.

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

Horror 101: The Way Forward is perfect for people who:
• are suffering from writer’s block
• are starting their writing careers
• are planning on infiltrating a different field in horror writing
• are looking to pay more bills with their art
• are trying to establish a name brand
• are looking to get published
• are planning on self-publishing
• are looking for motivation and/or inspiration

And it’s only 99cent.

Here are just a few of the great articles and essays you can expect:
Making Contact by Jack Ketchum
What is Horror by Graham Masterton
Avoiding What’s Been Done to Death by Ramsey Campbell
Bitten by the Horror Bug by Edward Lee
Balancing Art and Commerce by Taylor Grant
From Prose to Scripts by Shane McKenzie
Writing About Films and for Film by Paul Kane
Screamplays! Writing the Horror Film by Lisa Morton
Screenplay Writing: The First Cut Is the Deepest by Dean M. Drinkel
Publishing by Simon Marshall-Jones
Weighing Up Traditional Publishing & eBook Publishing by Robert W. Walker
Audiobooks: Your Words to Their Ears by Chet Williamson
Ghost-writing: You Can’t Write It If You Can’t Hear It by Thomas Smith
What a Short Story Editor Does by Ellen Datlow
Self-Publishing: Making Your Own Dreams by Iain Rob Wright
Partners in the Fantastic: The Pros and Cons of Collaborations by Michael McCarty
A beginner’s guide to setting up and running a website by Michael Wilson
Poetry and Horror by Blaze McRob
Horror for Kids: Not Child’s Play by Francois Bloemhof
So you want to write comic books… by C.E.L. Welsh
Horror Comics – How to Write Gory Scripts for Gruesome Artists by Jasper Bark
Writing the Series by Armand Rosamilia
Running a Web serial by Tonia Brown
The 7 Signs that make Agents and Editors say, "Yes!" by Anonymous
Filthy Habits – Writing and Routine by Jasper Bark
Do You Need an Agent? by Eric S Brown
Ten Short Story Endings to Avoid by William Meikle
Editing and Proofreading by Diane Parkin
How to Dismember Your Darlings – Editing Your Own Work by Jasper Bark
From Reader to Writer: Finding Inspiration by Emma Audsley
Writing Exercises by Ben Eads
The Year After Publication… by Rena Mason
Writing Horror: 12 Tips on Making a Career of It by Steve Rasnic Tem
Networking at Conventions by Lucy A. Snyder
Pitch to Impress: How to Stand Out from the Convention Crowd by RJ Cavender
You Better (Net)Work by Tim Waggoner 

By Bacchus on May 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The world of publishing is more than a little bewildering these days, with new options for publishing and a greater need than ever for writers to know how to market their work and promote themselves. Although this book is a mixed bag, the info that is helpful in this volume far outweighs the fluff, and is worth much more than the price of the book. If you're just starting out as a writer you NEED to read this book. If you're a pro with sales under your belt or are self-publishing your work, you'll find resources in here to increase your sales and fan base. There's great practical advice on the act of writing, being a writer (acting professionally), how and where to promote yourself, etc. from writers of books and movies, from veterans and fairly new success stories, from reviewers and editors. No matter what level you're on as a writer, you'll learn something worth learning.
  By Cory Cline on June 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As another wannabe horror writer who always appreciates advice from the pros, Crystal Lake Publishing's Horror 101:The Way Forward was hard to resist. Joe Mynhardt has collected a slew of invaluable advice from some of the biggest names in horror as well as some of the new blood that is surely on their way to becoming well respected horror authors.

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

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

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

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

Thanks Joe!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Read what William Meikle has to say about being a prolific author. He is that and more. Go to the link above and read his post. He has other great articles there as well.

I have also included his Amazon Author Page link above. William has many fascinating books for your reading pleasure. We can all learn from masters at the craft like William.

You will note if you go to Willie's Amazon page that he has 137 books published. Very impressive. Take a peek. I'm sure you will find some excellent gifts for the Holiday season. Any season for that matter.

Happy reading!

Blaze McRob

Monday, December 14, 2015


Today, I have the pleasure of posting a short story from Mark Allan Gunnells. Mark's new collection of short stories Flowers In A Dumpster, published by Crystal Lake Publishing, is riding high in the charts at Amazon. Mark is an outstanding author with a superb eclectic range. Settle down in your favorite chair and enjoy his holiday story.

Blaze McRob


Seven year old Henry Childers crawled reluctantly under the covers of his bed. “But, Mom,” he whined, “I’m not sleepy. Can’t I stay up a few more hours?”
“It’s almost ten already,” his mother Tonya said with an indulgent smile. “If you don’t get to sleep, Santa won’t stop here tonight.”
“Do you think Santa got my letter this year?” Henry asked, sitting up against the headboard.
“I’m sure he did, honey.”
“’Cause I don’t want it to be like last year.”
Tonya sighed heavily and rubbed at her temples. She’d been hearing this same tirade from her son for an entire year now. “Henry, there was nothing wrong with what you got from Santa last year.”
“I asked for an XBox, and he gave me a Playstation. It’s not the same.”
“As I’ve told you a hundred times, maybe Santa was all out of XBoxes,” Tonya said, pulling the covers up to just under Henry’s chin. She and her husband had gone to every store in the city looking for an XBox last year, but they’d all been sold out. It had been a Playstation or nothing, but still it hadn’t satisfied Henry.
“I mailed my letter in October last year,” Henry said. “That gave him plenty of time to have his elves whip me up an XBox.”
“Henry,” Tonya said, a little more sharply than she’d intended, “you’re being awfully ungrateful. There are children in the world who have nothing. If you don’t start being more appreciative, Santa may decide to just skip our house altogether.”
“Okay,” Henry said, his lower lip poked out like a shelf. “I’m sorry.”
“Just get to sleep,” Tonya said, leaning over and kissing her son on the forehead. “When you wake up in the morning, you just might find that bike you’ve been wanting waiting under the tree.”
“You think Santa will like the cookies and milk we left for him?” Henry asked.
“I’m sure he’ll think they’re delicious. I’ll see you in the morning, sweetie.”
Tonya turned off the light, the small nightlight plugged into the electrical socket by the closet throwing a muted yellow glow throughout the room. She eased the door closed, leaving Henry to dream of Christmas morning.
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Do you think it’s safe to start?” Jonas Childers asked his wife. They were sitting in the living room, watching a SciFi channel marathon of the Silent Night Deadly Night films.
Tonya glanced at the clock, saw that it was just past one o’clock in the morning. “He should be sound asleep by now,” she said. “I think we can get started.”
“Good,” Jonas said. “It’ll probably take me ‘til dawn to get that bike put together.”
They went up to the attic, careful to avoid all the squeakiest boards, and brought down all of Henry’s presents. Tonya began arranging all the smaller gifts around the tree while Jonas unfolded the instructions for the bike and began assembling it.
“Shit,” Jonas cursed under his breath, trying to fit together two pieces that simply refused to fit together. “As much trouble as this is, Henry better like this damn bike.”
Tonya knelt next to her husband, took the uncooperative pieces and easily snapped them together. “Are you kidding? He’ll absolutely love it.”
“He better. I don’t want to have to go through another year hearing him bitch and moan like he did about that damn Playstation.”
“It did get a bit tiresome,” Tonya said with a giggle. “But Henry just wants what he wants, and he won’t settle for anything else.”
“Like mother, like son.”
Tonya swatted her husband on the arm. “That’s not true. I settled for you, after all.”
“Very funny,” Jonas said. “How about you settle for passing me those cookies.”
Tonya had baked a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies, half of which her family had eaten, the other half of which had been placed on a plate for Santa. She took the plate and handed it to her husband, who immediately scarfed down two of the cookies.
“Careful,” Tonya said, reading over the instructions. “You keep that up, you’ll soon be fat as Santa.”
“This isn’t for me,” Jonas said around a mouthful of cookie, spewing crumbs like a fine mist. “It’s for Henry. Think how disappointed he’d be if he woke up and saw that Santa hadn’t eaten the cookies he left for him.”
“Don’t talk with your mouth full,” Tonya said with a smile.
“Hand me the milk, please.”
They did not leave out a glass of milk for Santa since that would curdle, but they placed it in a thermos to keep it cold. Tonya passed the thermos to her husband.
Jonas popped the top of the thermos and gulped down several swallows of the milk. Suddenly he retched, spitting milk into the air like a geyser, the thermos dropping from his hand and leaking its contents onto the carpet. Jonas clutched at his throat, making strangled gagging noises as milk and blood dribbled down his chin.
Tonya screamed and grabbed her husband as he collapsed onto her lap. His body was jerking with violent spasms, his eyes rolled up to the whites. He coughed violently, and more frothy blood sprayed Tonya’s arms, and she thought there were chunks of tissue mixed with it.
“Oh God, Jonas,” she screamed, crying. “What’s wrong? What should I do?”
“What’s going on?” Henry said, stepping into the room wearing his pajamas, rubbing the sleep dust from his eyes. “I heard screaming.”
“Henry, get the phone and call 911,” Tonya yelled frantically. “Something is wrong with your father; he needs an ambulance right away.”
“What is it?” Henry asked, wide-eyed, stepping further into the room.
“Henry, call 911 NOW!”
Henry started to turn toward the phone, but then he spotted the spilled thermos of milk and froze. “Did Dad drink the milk?” he asked, snatching up the thermos and waving it at his mother.
“What?” Tonya said, feeling her husband’s spasms tapering off, afraid to contemplate what that might mean. “Your father needs help.”
“Did Dad drink the milk?” Henry said again, his old stubborn self. “This milk was for Santa Claus, not for Dad.”
“Henry!” Tonya screamed, desperate tears of frustration and helplessness streaking her face. “This isn’t the time—”
“THIS MILK WAS FOR SANTA CLAUS, NOT FOR DAD!” Henry roared, throwing the thermos across the room.
A numbness began to spread throughout Tonya’s body, starting in her chest and reaching out through her limbs. Comprehension came slowly, and it made her feel cold inside. Cold and empty.
“What did you do?” she croaked, her voice raw and raspy. “Henry, what did you do to the milk?”
“I poured Drain-O in it,” he said matter-of-factly, as if stating that he’d brushed his teeth.
Tonya was on her feet in an instant, the still form of her husband stretched out on the floor. She grabbed Henry by the shoulders and shook him, shook him hard. “Why would you do such a thing?” she shouted into his face. “Why in the name of God would you do such a thing?”
“I wanted an XBox!” Henry shouted back, wrenching out of his mother’s grasp. “Not a Playstation, an XBox, and Santa knew that. He knew that, and he gave me the wrong thing anyway. I wanted to teach him a lesson, make him pay for giving me the wrong gift last year.”
Tonya stumbled back, hands to her mouth, and watched as her son turned and ran back to his room, slamming the door behind him. She snatched up the phone and quickly dialed 911 while Santa chopped up a topless teenager on the television behind her.
© Mark Allan Gunnells

Sunday, December 13, 2015


Raw, by Nina D'Arcangela, is this week's Scary Sunday Tale. I view this story as a soul-searching trip of angst and decay. Other readers say it is an intense ride; powerful prose; evocative. All of us are right. Hit the link above and see what you think. While you're at the Pen Of The Damned website, read more of Nina's great stories. You'll love them all.

Blaze McRob

Saturday, December 12, 2015


 The Frickin Dictionary, by LR Shaw, is a gift unlike any other you could give to family, friends, or yourself. I have a copy that I bought last year, so I know how funny it is. I showed it to Terri and she ordered a paperback for a family member. You'll double over from laughter.

I give it Five Frickin Stars!

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

 The First Edition of The Frickin Dictionary is based on some of the most frequently used Frickin phrases along with some of the most Frickin obscure.

This compact and Frickin handy A-Z vocabulary guide hopefully is Frickin helpful in finding information about the Frickin meaning, spelling, etymology, antonyms, synonyms, nonsensical and Frickin cultural associations to these words and phrases, and hopefully helps open and broaden your Frickin mind.

By Shaman Elizabeth on November 15, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a fun book for those who love to use the "F" word. I was surprised that my two teens really liked this book, laughing at the different "Frickin" terms. Recommend it as a novelty book for a doctor's office, bathroom reading or as a stocking stuffer or birthday gift. Rated PG-13.
By Sugar on December 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is hilarious! I'm still laughing at some of the ways people in other parts of the country use the word 'frickin'. If you want to laugh out loud this is the book to get! I do recommend not reading it in the library or someplace that would frown on LOLing because you are going to be doing a lot of it.

Friday, December 11, 2015


 Nameless: The Darkness Comes ( The Bone Angel Trilogy Book 1 ), by Mercedes M. Yardley, is on sale for only .99 today. I've picked up my copy. How could I not? This is Urban Fantasy/horror/dark romance at its best. You'll love this book. Mercedes writes flawless prose and her characters come alive. Don't miss this great opportunity to purchase her superb book at this reduced price.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

 Luna Masterton sees demons.

She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together...even until the end.

This is volume one in The Bone Angel Trilogy by Mercedes M. Yardley, author of the award-winning novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love. 

By Todd Keisling on January 30, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I won't recap the plot because you owe it to yourself to discover it on your own. All you need to know going into this is that the story walks a fine line between light and shadow, heartache and triumph. Are there demons? Oh yes. Some of them are amusing; others are terrifying--and caught in the middle is Luna Masterson, the smartass, hard-edged, and entirely likeable protagonist.

What I enjoyed most about novel is its pacing and the author's style. The book is plotted well enough that you'll find difficulty in putting it down. Seriously. I finished the latter 50% of this book in a single sitting.

Although Yardley's style has been described as "whimsical," I personally think "disarming" is a better way to describe it. The prose is light, quick, snappy--and catches you off guard when the darkness seeps up from the cracks, bringing with it all sorts of nasty, vile things filled with hate and malice. Yardley utilizes this to great effect, structuring the plot around a series of escalating events that put Luna through the motions until you're left wondering if she can hold it together.

Can she?

I'm not telling--but what I will tell you is that Mercedes Yardley's debut novel does not disappoint. Why not step into the shadows and find out for yourself?
  By Donald C Brawley on January 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
With her debut novel, Mercedes Yardley proves she can sustain a longer narrative. Her "Beautiful Sorrows" is a favorite, but short stories and novels are so different that just because someone can do one, doesn't mean that they can do the other. Well, Mercedes can do both. The story of humans vs. demons is as old as religion and while enjoyable, for me the enjoyment comes more from how the narrator Luna describes the events of the story. She's sarcastic and I love her and in the depths of horrific events, she comes up with a turn of phrase or a way of describing events that you want to crack up. Then the next paragraph you're getting ready to cry, because unlike a lot of horror writer's Yardley's characters are more than meat puppets waiting to be snuffed for entertainment purposes. The ending is an example of how Mrs. Yardley can make you dread what's coming, break your heart, and make you love it!

Thursday, December 10, 2015


Darkness Chasing Light, by Robert W Walker, is only .99. This compilation of science fiction, horror, suspense, and more, will draw you into a great reading experience. You will love this eclectic collection!

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

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

Saturday, December 5, 2015


As a public service announcement, I hereby notify all my horror friends that the movie Krampus is now out! Yay! The movie trailer, link above, should entice all of you to watch it. Terri DelCampo and I will enjoy it on our date night, buttered popcorn in hand and mouth.

This movie should make the non-believers believe. Ho, ho, ho!

Blaze McRob

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Movie description:

 When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family's home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

Friday, December 4, 2015


 Brand new Crystal Lake Publishing release. Only 99c for Mark Allan Gunnells’ FLOWERS IN A DUMPSTER. This special price is only for today and Saturday.

Joe Mynhardt has done it again. He has signed on another great author, Mark Allan Gunnells, who has a fantastic seventeen tale collection of horror stories certain to rock your socks. Already, this tome is rocking the Amazon charts. You will love it for sure.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

 Seventeen Tales to Frighten and Enlighten

The world is full of beauty and mystery. In these 17 tales, Gunnells will take you on a journey through landscapes of light and darkness, rapture and agony, hope and fear.

A post-apocalyptic landscape where it is safer to forget who you once were... An unusual support group comprised of cities dying of a common illness... A porn star that has opened himself up to demonic forces... Two men battling each other to the death who discover they have much in common... A woman whose masochistic tendencies may be her boyfriend's ruin... A writer whose new friendship proves a danger to his marriage and his sanity.

Let Gunnells guide you through these landscapes where magnificence and decay co-exist side by side.

Come pick a bouquet from these Flowers in a Dumpster.

 “…hilarious and horrifying, as all great satire must be. An interpretation so left of field that its concept alone must be celebrated.” – Clive Barker

“Mark Allan Gunnells' imagination is as vivid and varied as his characters, and the shocks his tales deliver are all the stronger for the restraint of his storytelling. A collection of considerable range and depth, Flowers in a Dumpster showcases an eloquent new voice in horror.” – Ramsey Campbell

"What I love about Mark Allan Gunnells’ stories isn’t just the chill factor, or the wit, or the dramatic turns – although those things are all present – but the compassion inherent in the storytelling. Whether it’s a couple touching hands as they approach an ominous house or a gruff husband giving in to his wife’s kindness, the rich humanity is what makes these stories so effective and memorable." – Lisa Morton, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of GHOSTS: A HAUNTED HISTORY.

“Gunnells’ work is brave, bold, and surprising, and as far as I’m concerned, “The Support Group” is worth the price of admission alone. If, like me, you adore short story collections, you could do a hell of a lot worse than this one. The breadth and scope of horror on display here is delightful, and marks Gunnells as one of the bright stars in the dark sky of our genre.” – Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award winning author of The Turtle Boy, Kin, and Sour Candy

“Flowers in the Dumpster is filled with solid stories from an author who knows his craft. I was thrilled to find surprising gems sprinkled throughout. Highly recommended.” – Kate Jonez, Bram Stoker (R) and Shirley Jackson Award nominated author of Ceremony of Flies and Candy House.

Come pick a bouquet from these Flowers in a Dumpster.

All the best,
Joe Mynhardt
Crystal Lake Publishing

Thursday, December 3, 2015


From Rob Moran:


From Jasper Bark:

We’re on the home stretch, but we still need every bit of help we can get. Shares and contributions are crucial at this stage. Anything you can do to help us out would be amazing and would be very gratefully received.

We’re also running a competition in the last few days giving away $1,000 and $500 worth of perks. Anyone who contributes can take part and everyone who takes part gets an exclusive eComic. So there’s never been a better time to get involved. Check the page updates for full details.

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Go to the link above to find out more about this great project. There is even a youtube presentation where Jasper Bark talks to you in English/English. This is not to be missed. Especially since you get to look at the Wild Child's hair.

There is only one day to go. March on, fans of graphic novels and Lovecraft!

Blaze McRob  


Tuesday, December 1, 2015


If you're looking for a romance loaded with mystery and suspense, Defaced, by Marissa Farrar, is the book for you. This great book is hot and fresh. As everything Marissa writes is great, I know you will love this book.

Also, might I suggest you visit her website Ramblings Of An Unkempt Mind. You can find many great articles written by her and guests, and you will be introduced to her superb books and links to purchase them, as well.

Marissa Farrar rocks!

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

Hidden away from society by his criminal father, there lives a man who has never entered the outside world. Now, having taken over his father’s business, he has all the money and power he could dream of, yet still he refuses to let himself be viewed by the rest of society.

Traumatised by an event in her past, Lily Drayton has a phobia of being touched. Though she helps people externally with her skills as a laser therapist, she refuses to let anyone in, emotionally or physically. When Lily is kidnapped on the way home from work one evening, she discovers she’s not the only person who keeps themselves cut off from the rest of the world.

A man owns her now—a man both dangerous and enigmatic. Drawn by his dual beauty and hidden pain, he awakens something inside her, something she believed was long dead. Brought to a room without windows, she’s given an impossible task: to make her owner acceptable to the outside world.

Can altering his face change who he is as a man, or is he truly a monster, both inside and out?

Format: Kindle Edition
A huge thank you to Marissa Farrar for the ARC of this book. As usual I am left bereft at having the book end and looking forward to more.

Two people holding themselves apart from the world, each for different reasons. Monster has never been farther than the boarders of his own property. A life of being told he was less than human and living with a father who makes him feel his birthmark is something to hide. Lily holds onto a terrible secret that keeps her emotionally detached while holding everyone at arms length.

When Monster has to change his business dealings and chance venturing out into the big bad world he kidnaps his best chance at appearing to the world without the birthmark that has secreted him away his whole life. What he doesn't expect is the way she makes him feel.

Lily is abducted, beaten, treated less than human and finds herself a prisoner by the man who paid to have her abducted. She should hate him. She should want to hurt him. She should... but she doesn't.

This is a gripping tale of the journey that brings these two together. I highly recommend this book and anxiously look forward to the next chapter in this trilogy!
By Philomena(Cheekypee) on November 30, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first book I've read by this author. It's her first dark story and I totally loved it.

Apart from reading a few teasers I basically jumped into this story blind and I'm so glad I did. The author had me gripped from start to finish. The writing is flawless and I liked how the author added her own uniqueness to the storyline.

The characters came across as real to me and I could understand their pain and fears.

Monster has been held captive all his life. He only knows what his father has taught him. He has grown up believing he's a monster.

Lily is kidnapped and held captive. She has known a life of solitude as her memories keep her in the past. She keeps everyone at a distance.

Both Monster and Lily are hurting from the past. Neither are sure how to move on. Can they help each other or will they cause even more pain for one another??

This book has dark themes so it isn't for the faint hearted. Having said that I thought the author did a great job and I'm looking forward to reading more of Monster and Lily's story.