Tuesday, February 2, 2016





Jo-Anne  Russell is my woman In Horror today! Jo-Anne has been a Woman In Horror for a number of years. Her stories are dark and laced with psychological horror. The best kind, in my humble opinion.

She has been very busy lately with a new Press she is starting up, Lycan Valley Press
https://www.facebook.com/groups/lycanvalleypress/ . I have put up a couple of posts in the past concerning what is happening at the Press. Jo-Anne has gotten some fantastic authors for the debut anthology, Morbid Metamorphosis: Terrifying Tales of Transformation. You can check out more of what's happening at the Press page. The website is being developed at the moment.

Jo-Anne's Amazon bio: 

"Jo-Anne Russell is a horror writer, and publisher, living in Edmonton, AB, Canada. Her stories have appeared in anthologies by Brazen Snake Books, Static Movement, Wicked East Press, and Hidden Thoughts Press, just to name a few.
Her taste for the macabre has provided her imagination with a feast that fuels her writing and creativity. If you like horror, the bizarre, or you just don't like to sleep at night, give her books and short stories a try.
Her debut novel The Nightmare Project is the first in the shocking trilogy called Dangerous Minds, and is now available. " 

Jo-Anne is working on a couple of novels and a short story at the present time. Her great novel The Nightmare Project: Book 1 of the Dangerous Minds Trilogy, is going to be republished this year to make it even better. I loved the the first version, but Jo-Anne is a perfectionist and wished to put some more polish on it.

Book Description
After killing her husband and being committed to an asylum for it, Julia Montgomery finds her life spiraling out of control. Her illness gets her into the Nightmare Project, where doctors claim the invasive treatments will cure her; but can she trust them?
When strange killings start to take place – and she is the accused – she decides to take her life back into control. A daring escape with the help of another patient leads her on a journey of discovering the truth, but is it too late?

Editorial Reviews


 I love horror, but you give me a book with a psychological twist, an asylum, and some really weird stuff going on that gave me the goose-bumps, hell, I'm buying that book. Two bony thumbs up and a special ringing of the jester bells for this great book.-Charles Day, Author of  THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF & novelette mystery THE PLAN

Storm Goddess Review

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great and Creepy Read February 17, 2012
Well, my fellow lovers of horror, there's another powerhouse author who knows how to scare the soul out of your skin. And I'm not kidding. I was truly frightened. Her new book has pulled me back to the days when I walked the dark and dingy corridors of a secured Psych unit. 12 years I endured the voices, the smell of medicine, the sounds of buckles from patients trying to get out of their straps while secured to their beds, it all started coming back to me with her first chapter. Here I am...I'm back in my happy place!! Jo-anne pulls you into an asylum where Julia encounters more than just crazies in this place. I love horror, but you give me a book with a psychological twist, an asylum, and some really weird stuff going on that gave me the goose-bumps, hell, I'm buying that book. Even the evil little jester was frightened, and trust me, he doesn't scare easy. Two bony thumbs up, and a special ringing of the jester bells for this great book.
-Charles Day, Author of YA novel THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF & novelette mystery THE PLAN

4.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing read December 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There is nothing more horrifying then not being in control of your own mind and body. Julia Montgomery has to live with that fact everyday. She suffers from nightmares and two years ago she killed her husband and has been a patient in an insane asylum ever since. Julia wants to get back home to her two children but she might be a danger to herself and her children.

There may be one way out of the asylum for Julia and that is The Nightmare Project. This experimental procedure uses subliminal messages and aggressive psycho-therapy to control a person's unconscious behavior. There is one person who the project didn't work for and her name is Kaitlyn Summers. Kaitlyn was the youngest participant in the Nightmare Project, she didn't survive but a part of her is still in the hospital and she is looking for a new body.

Jo-Anne Russell's The Nightmare Project is a psychological horror novel that has some violent moments that will make you cringe but the scariest part of the book is the characters. Everyone has a dark side, for instance you have Kaitlyn who comes across like an innocent victim but you also see that she has a vicious temper and has murdered before. You also have Julia who just wants to be a mother again, but she has killed before and she wonders if she can be trusted around her children because she doesn't have control of her mental state. There are also several doctors and patients in the story who all seem to have their own agendas and Julia doesn't know who she can trust. Each person in this book is intriguing because they keep you off-balance wondering what their motivation is and if they are good or bad.

Another thing I liked about the book is the way the nightmares are described and how at times you are not sure if what is going on is a dream or reality. Like when you hear about why Julia killed her husband, you realize what Julia remembers is a dream and the reality of the situation is much scarier. While there are a lot of suspenseful moments in this book the two scariest moments for me were parts that weren't meant to be scary. There is one part where an orderly named Ben tells Julia that she should not do the Nightmare Project. Julia says she has to so she can see her kids again and Ben asks if she really thinks that will happen. At this point in the story you see the hopelessness of Julia's situation. You also see Ben as someone who can help her, but you soon find out he has secrets of his own. The scariest part for me though was when Julia is thinking about the feel of her husbands arms around her and how safe she felt with him. She may have killed her husband but she never stopped loving him.

If you find the concept of mental hospitals, experimental therapies and not being in control of your thoughts fascinating and chilling at the same time you will love The Nightmare Project. This book is no light read, it will leave you with an uneasy feeling and you may not look at hospitals the same again. This is the first book in a series and I am really curious where Jo-Anne Russell will take this concept in the sequel.
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Jo-Anne has the second novel in The Nightmare Project in the works as well. Two great novels coming your way soon!
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Another great story of Jo-Anne's is Liquid Black, which is guaranteed to send chills up and down your tortured spine.
Book description:
Outside an old Victorian house, Kellen Thorpe waits. Though his flesh is withering...rotting off the bone, he still has his power and that will be enough to do what he must. Tonight is a very special night..maybe not for the poor inhabitants inside, but tonight Kellen will be reborn. Until then, he will hide in the corner shed, tucked away in the far corner of the back yard, and wait.
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The Old Sofa is a great collection that Jo-Anne is in.
Book description:  

Eight authors expose the secrets hidden in an old sofa, including ghosts of days gone by, help for those in need, and sometimes even special gifts, though the price may be too much to ask. Go ahead, sit down and get comfy. What will the old sofa say to you?

Whispers by Carol R. Ward
Locking Up by Lisamarie Lamb
French Creek Cabin by Heather Horton
A New Sofa by Michael Jackson
Loose Change by Jo-Anne Russell
The Old Sofa by Karin Eider
The Love Seat by Ann Partridge
Shelter by Jamie DeBree

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Turning of the Tides is a short read, but a great one.


Book description:

When a young pregnant teen goes to the beach side to think, she gets more than she bargains for when a stranger offers to help.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Story of a young woman's anxiety over her undisclosed pregnancy. What can happen when you go for a walk on the beach with your thoughts? Maybe the opposite of what you would expect in this harrowing tale from Jo-Anne Russell. I enjoyed it.

Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this short story. It holds an unexpected scare factor. It's well written and an easy one sitting read. I can recommend this as a great read. Beware the water, and watch the twist in the tale. 
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Jo-Anne is a rather shy lady when it comes to talking about herself. She lets the words in her stories do the talking for her. Check out her other great books on Amazon. And bear in mind that there is more to come from her in the way of great reading.
For fantastic horror, she cannot be beat!
Jo-Anne Russell is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

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