Thursday, February 4, 2016


Nina D'Arcangela is my Woman In Horror today!

Nina and I are personal friends, courtesy of the wonders belonging to the internet. We are both members of the Pen Of The Damned and cherish writing about those Dark, Damned infestations of horror. Read her wonderful stories at 
You will find much there to grab your attention, things that make you think . . . things that make you feel and get in touch with your inner self. Her words flow, creating a delicious story of meaning and substance. Nina tells you of the world that actually exists, not the lolly pop fantasies belonging to the confused and misinformed.

Nina loves to photograph abandoned places, bits of decay, and old grave yards. She also collects odd, macabre things. Among her most prized possessions are a three-headed, bronze Tibetan ceremonial dagger, a perfectly preserved skeletal figure of a curled up, sleeping chipmunk she uncovered when renovating her home, and a 1683 leather bound version of the Bible in Latin, printed in miniscule proportions. She also collects 18th and 19th century leather bound texts, but says the Bible is a beauty.

Nina is putting up some fantastic posts about Women In Horror every day this month at . Check them out. This is a part of Nina that I admire: she gives back to the community. Her posts there are truly wonderful. I'm certain that she will showcase a lot of my favorite Women In Horror. She has already done so. Find some new authors on Nina's website.

Here are some of Nina's books I want to do a shout out for:

My review below leads the parade on Amazon. I love it when I'm first up with a fantastic review.

Book description:

 Where does reality end and dreamscape begin?

Woken each night by the sounds of screams and twisting metal, Lauren must relive the panic and fear of discovering her brother’s broken body on the asphalt. But each morning, she finds it’s only a dream… One she doesn’t want to keep having.

At what point does a dream become a nightmare, and what if the nightmare was more than a figment of her subconscious?

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Bent Metal, by Nina D'Arcangela, is one of those mind-blowing tales that takes twists and turns from start to finish. You know the ending, but you really don't. You are pulled into alternate realities that pull at you from all directions, whispering into your ears that what you are reading only hints at the truth, and no matter how it plays out, there will be deep sadness.

Many people say never to write about dreams. No one cares to hear about them. I beg to differ. Dreams are on a plane of existence unlike our waking psyches. Nina's dream world is interlaced with realities, and bonds itself to the physical reality we try to ground ourselves in.

I have had the same dream every night for 47 years. I keep hoping for a different ending so that happiness will finally wash over me. This gives me more insight into the tale Nina shares with us. I understand. I believe. And I can still hope.

Read Bent Metal. Nina D'Arcangela is a master of psychological horror.
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Maybe I'm a little biased; Nina D'Arcangela is among one of my favorite writers. The lady knows how to spin a tale, and her emotive prose is unlike anything I have ever read - she easily draws readers into her rich, depth-less well.

'Bent Metal,' her short story released by Phrenic Press, offers something a little different, at least from what I'm used to reading, but delivers wonderfully nonetheless. It tells the tale of Lauren, a very protective sister to her little brother Alan. Alan is a sleep walker, and one evening Lauren wakes to the sound of a horrible car crash from outside her bedroom window. As she calls 911 to report the accident, she realizes that Alan isn't in his bed - and the front door is ajar...

Nina D'Arcangela plays with your mind in 'Bent Metal;' her voice as Lauren is perfectly effective and that allows the story to hit home all the more. This is a wonderful, mind bending story from an extremely gifted writer. 
Nina has a great story, The Lagoon, in this superb anthology.
Book description!
 COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN is a collection of stories from the ranks of the annual Coffin Hop online horror extravaganza. Brains from Space! Robot Squids Gone Wild! Radioactive Microwave Men! Monster Mash Massacres! Crotch Tentacles! Werewolf lovin’! Vengeful Gods! Hot-Rod Hauntings! Alaskan Apocalypse! Vampire Seduction! Man-eating Toilet! Robot Lincoln & Zombie Jackson! Featuring interior art by the legendary Nic Caesar, and an introduction by B-Movie expert and cult classic Stink of Flesh director Scott S. Phillips!

Get your popcorn ready and dim those headlights.

The Dusk ‘til Dawn is about to begin, and it’s gonna be killer, baby!

All profits from COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN will be donated to!

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This is the anthology that spawned Bent Metal. Notice the reviews for Nina.
Book description:
 They haunt us all.

Those whispered tales of monsters hiding under the bed, or of the demons lurking in the shadowy corner where we dare not glance for fear that seeing them will make them all too real. Oh, how the innocent landscape of a child’s imagination lends fertile soil to horrors ready to be sown on the slightest of sounds; the tales and the terror they wreak on our youthful minds never quite leave us.

We asked the authors in this collection to reach into the forgotten recesses of their twisted minds and share with us the tales of nightmares that can only thrive in the hidden corners of a child’s imaginings; the bogeyman under the bed, the outlandishly fiendish creature lurking in the dark, the slight murmur of sound coming from the hall… did you close the door completely?

Explore the myriad of terrors that only a child can twist from nothing into some ‘thing’ in the span of a single rapid breath. Do you dare delve into your own memories? Perhaps you’ll start sleeping with the lights on again...

Tell us, who is Under the Bed?

Contributing Authors include Colin F. Barnes, Nina D'Arcangela, Phil Hickes, Amber Keller, Kim Krodel, Lisamarie Lamb, John McIlveen, Kate Monroe, Brandon Scott, Joshua Skye, Julianne Snow, and Jack Wallen.

Edited by Kate Monroe.
Format: Kindle Edition
I recently read a great horror anthology called Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed. Its not often that I come across an anthology where I like all the stories in it, but I did with this one and it was impossible to pick a favorite. After reading each story I found myself looking up information on all of the authors because I had to find out what other works they had out there.

The anthology starts off with Forgotten by Jack Wallen which is a beautifully told, creepy ghost story, about a six year old child who gets visited late at night by a ghost of a girl with a big secret. I loved the conversations between the boy and the ghost in this one. Next up is Baby Teeth by Kim Kordel which is about a young boy named Brian who has been told some scary things about the tooth fairy. What made this story fun was hearing about all the things that Brian does to avoid having the tooth fairy come to his house. I also liked how scared he gets when he realizes that he is going to get a visit whether he likes it or not.

Julianne Snow also has a story in this anthology about a girl having night terrors. Help comes in the form of a doll named Madeleine. The ending of this one was shocking and funny at the same time. There is also a great story by Nina d' Archangela called Bent Metal that centers on a girl who is having recurring nightmares of her brother dying. The description of the girl's emotional state in her dreams is excellent, this story alone makes this a great anthology. Nina did a superb job of making me feel sorry for the main character, it was impossible not to feel her pain.

Another great one here was Seeing Is Believing by Amber Keller. There is a monster living in Timothy's room and it wants his flesh. No one believes him so he decides to take a picture, but every night he has to fight for his life and the creature is determined not to be seen. The suspense in this one was gut wrenching.

Kate Monroe, the editor of this anthology also has a terrifying tale in the book called Show and Tell. This one is about a boy named Thomas that finds he has a monster under his bed, but its not really a bad thing, at least not for Thomas. Now he has a pet monster and all the people that picked on him are going to pay. This story was one of the most frightening and bloody stories in the anthology and I still felt sorry for Thomas.

Some of the other things you will read about in Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed is a ghost who makes a teddy bear come to life, a little girl who has to battle a demon to the death and a kid who has to pay the consequences when he tells tall tales. You also get stories about a cursed suitcase, a tale about a murderer called The Shade and a monster that lives in a sock drawer. If this anthology is any indication of the quality of stories that Sirens Calls has to offer, then I'm really looking forward to future anthologies from Sirens Call Publications.
Format: Kindle Edition
Children often get nightmares from the simplest of things. These can be from a television show, a movie, or a bedtime story that they are told. Often many of those stories have happy endings that will put a child at ease, but the images from parts of the story can give them a nightmare.

In the anthology, Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed, a child is going to certainly walk away with at least one nightmare from these great stories. The title of the anthology gives the reader alone what to watch for when it comes to what is between its pages.

Sirens Call Publications pulled together twelve great authors and put their stories into this anthology that has stories that will drive even some adults to pull up their covers to feel safe. The stories have one general theme and that is the story will involve a child at some point. It could be things such as a creature going "bump" in the night, a simple sock drawer, or the favorite teddy bear.

The anthology is well worth a read, and due to the number of authors involved in the anthology readers should easily find several stories that the will love. There is a good chance that readers will find something in each story that will have them looking from more of the author as well.

The title and authors found inside are:

Forgotten by Jack Wallen
Baby Teeth by Kim Krodel
Madeleine by Julianne Snow
Telling Tales by Phil Hickes
Excess Baggage by Lisamarie Lamb
Timothy by Joshua Skye
Show and Tell by Kate Monroe
The Confession of a Confirmed Has-Been by John McILveen
Seeing is Believing by Amber Keller
Bent Metal by Nina D'Arcangela
Shade of Red by Colin F. Barnes
Socks by Brandon Scott 
Nina's great story Reemergence in in this super collection.
Book description:
 Myth or reality…

Explore the twelve tales of horror and intrigue in Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity and ask yourself, what would you consider a fair price to pay for life immortal... or the chance of life at all?

Would a young woman pass up a shiny bauble if she believed it to be nothing more than a harmless trinket? What transpires once a year in a peaceful and remote village that no one will ever speak of? What better way for a broken man to honor a crippled existence than with a memorial of blood and vengeance? How could a disfigured woman ever dream of chancing across an object that would restore her beauty - and at what cost?

Follow the twists and turns of each writer as they delve into the legends of days gone by, as well as the consequences that are wrought when myths and monstrosities collide with our world.

With stories from Thomas James Brown, Nina D'Arcangela, K. Trap Jones, Amber Keller, Lisamarie Lamb, Edward Lorn, Alexa Muir, Kate Monroe, Joseph A. Pinto, J. Marie Ravenshaw, Julianne Snow, and Jonathan Templar
Format: Kindle Edition
Myths, folk lore, stories of the past are things that a reader can find in countless books. The stories of central characters are splashed across pages and often it can be hard to tell the good from the bad. In the Siren's Call Publication anthology, Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity, some of these creatures are brought forth within the pages.

The anthology has short stories from many great authors who use their words to bring the creatures of old to life. Their stories will not only introduce you to a myth, or monster, but will make sure you understand who it is you are reading about. The stories encompass things from ancient Greece to those of ancient Ireland.

The stories cover things such as the Irish Morrigan, the satyrs, and a relation to Cerberus. The point of being vague on the stories themselves is to get people to pick up the anthology. In my personal opinion it's worth a read and fans of the old mythology will love the stories. Readers that are unaware of these stories will find themselves looking for more information about who, or what, they read about. 
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I believe you must agree that Nina is a fantastic writer of horror and does so much more for the genre and for others.
Nina D'Arcangela is a Woman In Horror!
Blaze McRob                          


  1. Thank you, Blaze, for the wonderful words and the privilege of knowing you! I'm honored to be one of your Women in Horror, and your friend!! xoxo

  2. My pleasure, Nina! You are a great friend and author. Go Nina go!