Thursday, April 7, 2016


Leigh M. Lane is my Woman In Horror today! You will notice all the links above. Leigh is a very busy lady. I'm not going to get into Leigh's personal details as much as I usually would because Leigh has two special books she wants me to mention today. One is her re-release of  The Private Sector. This is dystopian horror at its best. Not only that, but it's a novel which is totally believable. Take a look around you and see what is happening in the world today. Leigh gives you a terrifying vision of the future, one which I personally think will come to pass unless drastic measures are taken soon. Read her fantastic novel and see if you concur with me. This is a book guaranteed to make you think.

From Taylor Grant:

"The Private Sector is proof positive that horror literature is alive, well and has something to say.  Leigh M. Lane has created a cautionary and gripping dystopian tale that exposes the reader to the horrific results of corporate greed run amok. It is a nightmarish vision of the future that is as compelling as it is unsettling. If you enjoy horror fiction with intelligence and profound insights into human nature, then this is a book for you." --Taylor Grant, Bram Stoker Award nominated author of The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

The second book is Aftermath. This is the last book in the World-Mart trilogy. Leigh has it priced for free today through Monday.
Book description:
Corporate America has fallen, taking the rest of the world down with it, genetic engineering and bioterrorism having come together to wipe out nearly the entire human race. The few survivors have no choice but to rise from society's ashes, but with resources growing scarce and some unable to let go of the past, the future of the human race skates on the razor's edge of uncertainty.

In this highly anticipated conclusion to the World-Mart trilogy, George must travel beyond the districts in search of possible surviving family. What he finds along the way, however, changes everything he thought he’d known about the world—and the end of the world—as he knows it.

Both these books are fantastic and mind-blowing.

Like I mentioned before, the links above have a wealth of information about Leigh. The two reviews are fantastic.Check them all out!

Amazon bio:

In addition to writing dark speculative fiction for over twenty-five years, Leigh M. Lane has sung lead and backup vocals for bands ranging from classic rock to the blues, dabbled in fine arts, worked in retail management, and accrued a moderate level of expertise in animal care and behavior. She has a BA in English and graduated from UNLV Magna Cum Laude. She currently lives in the dusty outskirts of Sin City with her husband, an editor and educator, and one very spoiled cat.

Her published works include traditional Gothic horror novel Finding Poe; the World-Mart trilogy, a dystopian tribute to Orwell, Serling, and Vonnegut; and the dark allegorical tale, Myths of Gods.

Leigh also writes urban and mainstream horror as Lisa Lane:

For more information about all of her works, visit her website at

On to some of Leigh's great books!

This is a great novel of dystopian horror. As the book description says, this is definitely in the style of  1984. This tale delivers in a big way!

Book description:

"In the tradition of 1984, Leigh M. Lane delivers a terrifying vision of the future--a horrific future that may not be so distant after all...."--Lisa Mannetti, Stoker Award-winning author of The Gentling Box and Deathwatch

The world of corporate greed runs rampant after the government's dissolution has left police, fire, and all other services once handled by the public sector in the hands of privatized businesses and wealthy investors. 
With the class divide ever widening, debtor prisons for the lower and middle classes overflowing, disease ravaging the country, and resources running dry, the streets have become a battleground for those who would fight against the elite's corrupt system, against a world spiraling into ruin, against the devastating impact of a society ruled by The Private Sector.

"The Private Sector is proof positive that horror literature is alive, well and has something to say.  Leigh M. Lane has created a cautionary and gripping dystopian tale that exposes the reader to the horrific results of corporate greed run amok. It is a nightmarish vision of the future that is as compelling as it is unsettling. If you enjoy horror fiction with intelligence and profound insights into human nature, then this is a book for you." --Taylor Grant, Bram Stoker Award nominated author of The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

Format: Paperback
I think the most frightening part of this book is the plot which may be what the future of our country will be like if we keep privatizing everything to major corporations. Enough of politics, even though you will get your dose of it in this one! A scary dose. But it's not about blood, guts and gore, it's about survival in a world dependent on money.
For me the build-up of the characters seemed a bit slow (personal preference here with stories) but the payoff is worth it. There is one main family the story is centered around and you get to see how different choices lead to very different endings. And sometimes it just isn't your choice at all.
This isn't going to be your typical horror book, but one that reaches out and makes you rethink about life now and in the future. The ending, which I won't give away, leaves room for personal interpretation. Enough said before I give spoilers. 

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THE PRIVATE SECTOR by Leigh M. Lane pulled me through from the first page to the last. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to the characters next. She has drawn a dark future that shows how wrong society can go when the private corporations take over. Her view of socio-economics is in the future but too close for comfort. 

Format: Paperback
Leigh M. Lane is the kind of author who moves silently and unseen behind her prose, her words racing along without a single bump in the literary road. The story carries us as smoothly as would a fine car on a newly paved highway--until you look up, surprised, and find that you have reached the end of your journey so quickly.

The Private Sector is a fine prequel to World-Mart and a great read all on its own. As for my thoughts about the story itself? I, for one, can see clearly how we could end up in the terrifying world depicted by Lane: quarantine camps, cops turned salespeople, firemen who set their own fires, even the return of debtors prison. All of these things are made quite real in this book that is full of claws and sharp teeth.

This is a novel meant to make you think, and it will usher you silently through the lives of the rich, the poor and the in-between; the absurd, the insane and the killing fool–finally depositing you at a place that should be welcome but only mocks the semblance of the “good life.” Quite the ambitious novel, The Private Sector is, and I’m inclined to give it 5 stars.

A super conclusion to the World-Mart trilogy, and it is free through Monday!

Book description:
 When all seems lost, when all the world has crumbled away, what will rise in its place?

In this highly anticipated conclusion to the World-Mart trilogy, George once again travels beyond the district in search of possible surviving family. What he finds along the way, however, changes everything he thought he’d known about the world—and the end of the world—as he knows it.

Travel alongside George, back through the deviant shanty-towns and beyond, to a place he’d nearly forgotten—and to another he never could have imagined existed.

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I read World Mart a couple of years ago and always hoped for a follow-up and Leigh Lane has delivered a fantastic one. World Mart ended on a fitting note for a dystopian novel (spoiler alert: nothing good!), but left it to the reader to infer what ultimately happens to George and what’s left of his family. Aftermath satisfying ties up the loose ends and takes the story to new places. As if it could not get any worse, the highly stratified, post-apocalyptic, corporate-controlled world of World Mart has ended. The population has been almost completely wiped out, except for a few corps and deviants. Will they put aside their prejudices and (often rightful) hate and bind together to survive? I will not give anything away, but let’s just say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. A really great and fast-paced read. 

By Mark Lewis on February 11, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
A supurb finale or a great trilogy! Another five-star work from Leigh Lane! 
 This is a terror filled story guaranteed to hold your interest - from start to finish, told in Leigh's special way.

Book description:
 George Irwin remembers a time before the Big Climate Change, back when the airlines were still in business, back when people still drove their own cars and the bulk of humanity had not yet been driven underground.Back when all people were still people despite their eye color or which class they were born into. . . .

The world has changed much over his lifetime, but George still believes in the American Dream. However, when an alleged terrorist act lands his wife in the hospital, George stumbles upon a secret that could mean the end of all civilization.

World-Mart takes place in a not-too-distant future, one in which the collective and all-powerful entity known as "Corporate" owns and controls every aspect of society.

One held in place by complacency and mediocrity.

One that could very easily come to pass . . . very soon.

What does your future look like?

Editorial Reviews


"A versatile literary maestro, Lane's characters breathe, her language sings, and her plotting is nothing short of remarkable. You owe it to yourself to give her a read, no matter what kind of fiction you like. You'll love her work. I promise." -- noir/horror author Trent Zelazny

From the Author

I wrote this novel in response to the death of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., determined to create not only a dystopia for modern times, but a payment of homage to the genre.  Tucked throughout the work, you'll find allusions to numerous greats of science fiction past, hints to a future world that could easily come to pass, and subtle references to the death of an important and meaningful literary era.

World-Mart follows the classic dystopian trope, and as such, I recommend it to those who enjoyed Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, Orwell's 1984, and similar works.

By T. Zelazny on October 28, 2011
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Very well-written, an all-too-real and all-too-close dystopian future that both chilled and infuriated me. Incredibly well thought out and very, very smart. I think everybody needs to read this one. Would go nicely on a shelf with 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. I highly recommend this one. 

Format: Paperback
The climate changed. In addition, antibiotic-resistant viruses ravaged the earth. The corporation saves humanity, or does it? What happens if the corporation totally runs all facets of human existence? What happens to human relations? What happens to the way we love, worship, and live? The answers suggested by Lane in World Mart look a lot like where we will be in the not too distance future. In some areas, like the connection of education to class, it is simply a mirror of our present society.

But not only that, Lane provides a picture of the human need to dehumanize "others." Lane even provides a not too flattering glance at what happens to faith in an environment that is supportive of the corporation.

In general the story made sense to me. It grabbed me from the beginning and kept me interested especially in George's final quest. I did have a minor issue with the "coincidences" towards the end that seemed a bit contrived. However the very end left me as I think a story like this should leave us.

I strongly suggest that you read this novel that really hits close to home. ~ Quincy Simpson, from the Kindle Book Review. 

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A chilling vision of the future which is all too believable. The logical, if frightening, conclusion to corporatism, environmental destruction, and the 1% left unchecked. Ms. Lane's writing flows effortlessly, I read this straight through and could not put it down.

This book is a masterpiece of ingenuity and accomplished mastery at the craft. A must, must read!
Book description:
 When reality and fiction collide, there's no telling what horrors might ensue.

In the wake of her husband's haunted death, Karina must sift through the cryptic clues left behind in order to solve the mystery behind his suicide--all of which point back to the elusive author, Edgar Allan Poe.

Karina soon finds that reality, dream, and nightmare have become fused into one as she journeys from a haunted lighthouse in New England to Baltimore, where the only man who might know the answers to her many questions resides.

But will she find her answers before insanity rips her grip on reality for good? Might a man she's never met hold the only key to a truth more shocking than even she could have imagined?

Finding Poe was a 2013 EPIC Awards finalist in Horror.

"Atmospheric, lush, and lyrical, Leigh M. Lane's Finding Poe is a haunting Gothic novel which will delight anyone familiar with the works of Edgar Allan Poe, as well as anyone who enjoys an evocative and classic tale of terror." --horror/mystery author Dana Fredsti.

Finding Poe is also a riddle to be solved, and this edition caters to those who feel up to the task. If you're a Poe fan, you'll already know he was the father of the deductive detective story. Many scholars will argue that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series was inspired by Poe's Detective Dupin stories.

This book asks the reader to assume the hat of the deductive detective. Throughout the text, there are numerous clues to direct the reader toward an alternate speculation about Poe's untimely death. Before you set out to solve the riddle, however, you must first find the question....

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

ADVISORY: This novel is a dark tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, best enjoyed by those who are familiar with his specific styles and works. Unprepared readers may experience confusion, nightmares, madness, and the potential for phantom ravens to perch upon their chamber doors.
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Karina is in her own personal hell. Forced to leave her home & social status because of a scandal, her husband, Brantley, relocates them to an abandoned lighthouse in New England. She soon starts seeing things, horrific things, & her husband is on the brink of madness. After his untimely death, she finds a letter address to Mr. Poe, & makes it her personal mission to see to it that the letter gets delivered. Spectacularly written, this is a tale of horror, madness, fear, hope, love & betrayal. Horrific, magnificent, fantastic, bizarre & beautiful, Leigh has taken us to the very edge of what we perceive as insanity. It brings to mind the old Memorex commercial, "Is it live, or is it Memorex?". Has Karina gone completely mad, or are things more malevolent than they appear? A must read for any horror fan, a book that makes you think, and makes you question your own sanity. 

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Leigh M. Lane has managed to create a unique tale that involves many elements of stories and poems written by Edgar Allan Poe including The Black Cat, A Descent into the Maelstrom, Masque of the Red Death, The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, The Raven, The Lighthouse and A Dream Within a Dream.

Brilliant tale about Karina, a noble born woman, who's husband moves her away from everything she has ever known to live in an isolated lighthouse. While there, Karina starts seeing things and her husband descends into madness. Upon his death, Karina finds a letter addressed to Mr. Poe and sets out on a journey to deliver this last piece of correspondence to a mysterious man she has never met....or has she?

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Not only well written but it just pulls you right into the story and immerses you into the most wondrous place. Needless to say I really enjoyed this book and would absolutely recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror in the vein of Poe. 

This is a thinking person's book, one with questions which are not easy to answer. I enjoyed reading it. I believe you will too.
Book description:
 What if we were nothing more than the product of existential angst?

After stumbling upon the creation of existence and life, God attempts to resolve petty religious conflicts by coming to the people in the form of five prophets. Instead of setting the people straight, however, the five--the individual embodiments of mind, matter, time, life and death--inadvertently set off a chain of events that will leave time, space, and humanity forever changed.

Take a critical look at religion through an infant God's eyes in this dark science fantasy allegory that spans from the Big Bang to present day.

Editorial Reviews


"From the very opening of the book you find yourself captivated and don't want to put the book down. . . ." --Keepers of the Underworld Magazine

From the Author

This book is dedicated to all those who believe in and deny God, to those who have faith and those who are uncertain, to those who love religion and those who despise it, and to all those who question what humanity has made of it all. 

Format: Kindle Edition
This book is clearly not the run of the mill -- twists and turns takes often challenged beliefs and translates them into a thought provoking story that makes you ponder on the most basic tenets we have grown up with. The author leaves it up to you to decide what is real and what is fiction. Well crafted, interesting characters, and a plot that keeps your interest. Shirlee Whitcomb 

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A change to the author's name was sensible for this ambitious adventure. Personally,I found the Myths to be very original and diverting. This is a book of our times that is a reflection of, and a real contribution to, our modern release from fear of debate about the nature of divinity. As is normal with Lane's works she begins with a big bang, but in this book it is the one which apparently starts the expansion of a universe, not the penetration of private fantasy. An infant god bored by his vision of existence literally kicks off his own Einsteinian thread of time, and then populates it with mirrors of humanity in a diverting genesis.
This infant god makes mistakes, as he endows five "prophets" with particular and different god-like powers. Only one of these individuals has any real sense of the possible and responsible use of their "gifts", Jeza, with her mind that connects with everyone's thought. The five prophets of five powers, life, time, matter, death and mind lived in one town, in one "holy land", which creates the backdrop for this adventure.
This book is a fast paced story in an invented world, that may or may not be ours. This is a great read, with a philosophic view that can be taken as flippantly or as deeply as any adult reader chooses. We are drawn through a brutal, realistic landscape that has been reflected in real life many times. We witness how those with real skills and insights are rejected by a greedy and fearful political establishment, however wisely or badly these abilities are employed. There is deep thought behind this book, which surely draws on the philosophies of the very close and very distant in Lane's space in time. 

Format: Paperback
I wasn't sure what to expect with this novel, as literature of this nature tends to be hit or miss. But Ms. Lane's intelligent, thought-provoking prose kept me not only hooked, but also intrigued every step of the way. The action is non-stop, making it difficult to put down, and the profound themes kept me thinking long after I'd finished. This is a tale of religion's effects -- from God's point of view, no less -- that is long overdue. This is an important read for everyone, so don't miss it. 
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Leigh writes very captivating books. I'm sure you will love all of them.
Leigh M. Lane is a Woman In Horror!
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