Tuesday, August 30, 2016

THIS WEEK'S MOVIE REVIEW BY W. J. HOWARD







http://wjhoward.com/movie-review-navy-seals-vs-zombies/

W. J. Howard is back this week with a movie review of Navy Seals vs. Zombies. How many Bloody Brains does she award to this movie? Go to the link above and find out. W. J. always shoots from the hip and gives you her honest opinion.

While you're there, look at her list of favorites on the left side-bar. And, click the Smashwords or Wattpad links to get a free copy of  Call for Obstruction, W. J.'s latest tale of horror. I have mine. You only have one more day to get this great book for free so you better hurry!

Blaze McRob


Sunday, August 28, 2016

TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL. 3


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KBTEKKA?tag=geolinker-20&ref_=pe_2427780_160035660#nav-subnav

Crystal Lake Publishing and Joe Mynhardt have come up with another great collection of horror tales. Tales From The Lake Vol. 3, edited by Monique Snyman, is a fantastic tome! There are a number of authors in this collection I have not read, but while going through the stories, I was pleasantly surprised with their tales. It's always nice to discover new authors.

Crystal Lake Publishing has another win!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 Dive into the deep end of the lake with 19 tales of terror, selected by Monique Snyman.

Tales from the Lake Vol. 3 features ghosts, monsters, assassins, alternate dimensions, creatures from the deepest depths and the darkest parts of the universe.

Join “Maybelle” by Mere Joyce in a world where books become real enough to cause both pleasure and pain. Avoid the sounds of “The Cruel” by Harper Hull, lest you want to come to a terrifying end. Travel across the world to see what terrors lurk in an abandoned hospital with “Hush” by Sergio Pereira.

This non-themed horror anthology is filled with suspenseful stories, terrifying thrillers, tragic tales, mystifying mysteries, and memorable adventures that will leave you wanting more. Let these modern urban legends prickle your imagination, share it around a campfire, and revel in the magic of Crystal Lake’s exceptional authors.

The Owl Builder by D. Morgan Ballmer
Tragedy Park by Chris Pearce
Enclosures by Sumiko Saulson
Woe, Violent Water by Lily Childs
The Cruel by Harper Hull
Red Scream with Little Smile by Paul Edmonds
Maybelle by Meredith Cleversey writing as Mere Joyce
Rodent in the Red Room by Matt Hayward
The Deeper I Go The Deeper I Fear by Natalie Carroll
The Pigmalion Pigs by Mark Allan Gunnells
Chemical Oasis by Tommy B. Smith
Hush by Sergio Pereira
The Reaper’s Fire by Kenneth W. Cain
Effigy by Kate Jonez
Scents of Fear by Steve Jenner
The Bet by Amy Grech
A Hand from the Depths by Dave-Brendon de Burgh
The Monster of Biscayne Bay by Roxanne Dent
The Song at the Edge of the Unfinished Road by Patrick Bates

Foreword by the editor, Monique Snyman.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing.

Format: Kindle Edition
I am going to start off with a confession, I have not read any of the other Tales from the Lake. So what is this book about. It’s a book that holds 19 of the most weird and amazing stories that you will ever read. It caters for all types, ranging from ancient monsters, ghost and even stories that have a sci-fi element. After reading this book you will definitely find a story or stories that you loved. Each story had its own individuality and I loved them all.
So not to spoil your enjoyment of the book, I am just going to write a one-line sentence on each story:
The Owl Builder by D Morgan Ballmer: What a twist at the end
Tragedy Park by Chris Pearce: That is one water park that I would not want to go to, creepy does not give this story credit
Enclosures by Sumiko Saulson: Reginald Henry Moore III a very conscientious body squatter
Woe, Violent and Water by Lily Childs: A short story that ranged from ancient to modern times, Enid was one evil woman.
The Cruel by Harper Hall by Harper Hall: This story gave me goose bumps; I could just imagine being in the school with that noise.
Red Scream with Little Smile by Paul Edmonds: When you start this story it seems pretty normal then the author hits you, is it a happy town at the end.
Maybelle by Mere Joyce: Ancient portals and an origami bird, a great short story that had so much contents.
Rodent in the Red Room by Matt Hayward: This story about an ancient monster, this story wants me to read more about Ben and would love a series.
The Deeper I Go the Deeper I Fear Natalie Carrol: A story about a brave boy and a Kelpie, put you off swimming in the lake.
The Pigmallion Pig: by Mark Allan Gunnells: Joe is fixated on a children’s book but does not expect what where his fixation takes him.
Chemical Oasis by Tommy B Smith: An intense story about a highly addictive drug and the team sent to bring it down
Hush by Sergio Pereira: Set in the surroundings of a derelict hospital, this story is not what you expect, and your introduction to the Dutch witches.
The Reaper’s Fire by Kenneth W Cain: This author draws you in to feeling sorry for Dana, but humans can be monsters or is she a very naïve girl
Effigy by Kate Jonez: Not what I expected from a job offer, don’t accept packages from strangers.
Scents of Fear by Steve Jenner: Kept me on the edge of my seat turning the pages quicker and quicker to find out if he got his target.
A Hand from the Depths by Dave De Burgh: Manolo gets abducted, but what was the reason for the abduction.
The Bet by Amy Grech: When a hazing goes wrong, great story.
The Monster of Biscayne Bay by Roxanne Dent: An ancient Indian monster Ishtikini, Lilly and what happened in 1955.
The Song at the Edge of the Unfinished Road by Jack Bates: As you read this story you presume this is about 2 senile men, but the further you get into it, you know something is not right.
I had not read any other stories written by these authors but the way they all wrote, has left me want to read more from each of them. As these are all short stories, you have the choice either to read the book cover to cover or if you have a spare 10 minutes then pick up this book and read a story. Another great publication from Crystal Lake.

Format: Kindle Edition
There are a number of horror anthology publishers out there who regularly pump out collections of stories that lack imagination or are incapable of stirring one's emotions. The Tales From the Lake anthologies published by Crystal Lake Publishing are a prime example of exactly the opposite! The stories contained within these anthologies will not only make one's blood run cold, they might even be able to cause some quite intense emotional reactions for the readers of these well-selected tales.

Volume 3 of Tales From The Lake continues the tradition of bringing together a collection of extremely engaging short stories that cause the reader to think and shudder at the same time. From the get-go, this volume presents stories that carry readers into the heart of darkness and keeps them there, presenting narratives that are so intense, one tends to hold their breath as they read these accounts of the horrors that can descend upon the unwitting. Be warned, the emotions that this collection can elicit from readers may result in many a sleepless night, not only while reading it, but for some time to come!

Crystal Lake Publishing has done it again with Tales From The Lake Volume 3. Honestly, you owe it to yourself to read this newest assortment of horror fiction that will make your skin crawl while at the same time making it hard for you to put it down. This one will get your attention, and keep it until you finish the final page. Get it now, and be one of the first to get the daylights scared out of you!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

DEVILS IN DARK HOUSES - BY B. E. SCULLY


https://www.amazon.com/Devils-Dark-Houses-B-Scully-ebook/dp/B01K41LVD4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1472303186&sr=1-1&keywords=devils+in+dark+houses#nav-subnav

Devils in Dark Houses, by B. E. Scully, packs some powerful punch, filled with intrigue, fantasy, and delightful horror. B. E. and I share space in a number of anthologies and collections, and I am well versed in her skills at the craft. This book is one of her finest. Don't miss it!

Blaze McRob



Book description:



 Devils in Dark Houses featured 4 connected novellas, each a case featuring a pair of old school cops in the Pacific Northwest.

The new millennium is getting downright bizarre. From high tech games of sabotage to vigilante murder and ghosts who may or may not have their own dark agendas, Detectives Shirdon and Martinez must put their 20th century street smarts to work on four 21st century cases in which nothing is what it seems, and every answer reveals more questions.

Case 1: The Eye That Blinds

When three college friends graduate with plans to conquer the world, they find out that the world has its own plans. As their supposed “real” lives spiral further out of control, they retreat into the one place they still reign—the online kingdom of fantasy and masquerade. After a seemingly random accident puts Shirdon and Martinez on their trail, the trio’s tangled web of lies threatens to unravel into consequences more real than any of them could have imagined.

Case 2: Each Castle Its King

When Cal and Rachel Goodman flee their high-volume life in Los Angeles for the peace and quiet of rural Oregon, they sink both their savings and their hopes in a fixer-upper the locals call “Blood House.” But their dream turns into a nightmare as they discover that their marriage is as cracked and crumbling as Blood House—and hiding just as many sinister secrets. Just when they think things can’t get any worse, they meet their next-door-neighbor…

Case 3: Nostri

For sixteen-year-old Emma Kaster, summer vacation is turning out to be as boring and lonely as the school year—until she meets a charismatic street kid named Senz with an obsession for the Roman philosopher Seneca and an itch to put his theories to the test in modern times. What starts out as a series of pranks soon turns deadly as Emma and Senz confront the ultimate revolutionary question—are you willing to die for your beliefs? And just as important, are you willing to kill for them?

Case 4: Devils in Dark Houses

Shirdon and Martinez are on the case of a charismatic, controversial homicide detective whose mysterious disappearance eleven years ago comes back to life in the form of a mentally ill man calling himself the Hound. Not only does the Hound know astonishing secrets, he learned some of them from the long-dead figures of Oregon’s colorful frontier past. As the two detectives try to unravel fact from fantasy and truth from lies, the past and present collide in an explosive show-down that will test the detectives’ deepest beliefs not just about the world in which they live, but about themselves, as well.

Format: Kindle Edition
DEVILS IN DARK HOUSES is much more than just the four connected novellas that I was expecting to read. As I started reading the first novella, THE EYE THAT BLINDS, it gave me a start. Why? I read this last year and though it was never released in anything other than a signed/limited version I remembered it fairly well. I enjoyed it quite a bit and gave it four stars. Reviews can be found under the title, but the link can't be posted per Amazon's rules. Back to the review!

This novella of EYE was even better for me having read the first. It tackled the story from a different angle. But if this is your starting point, you should still love it. It's a story of madness...or is it?

I think that my favorite of the four stories was NOSTRII. It's so timely and a perfect story for a book groups. It's sure to cause long lasting heated discussions for some time. It brings so many current events into play, as well as a question of madness...

All four stories are linked by the police that are handling the cases. They play a smaller part in some of the novellas than others. I would class these as psychological thrillers and highly recommend DEVILS IN DARK HOUSES which I received from from the publisher at DarkFuse. 
 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I will recommend this fine collection of literary dark fiction to al my friends who say: Oh, I don't read horror or that scary stuff.
This collection addresses many of the troubling issues facing modern society, always in a story setting of course, but the author obviously has a strong intellect, and cares deeply about the issues. Strongly recommended. 
 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
With "Devils in Dark Houses", B.e. Scully continues to demonstrate why she is one of the most effective writers of speculative fiction. When engaged, her persuasive literary poise is tribute to the old masters, reassuring the reader that, when taken, the elegance of craft is the far better path than one of least resistance.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

AN INTERVIEW WITH BLAZE MCROB -THIS MAN WRITES HORROR!





I'm in the process of trimming down some stuff on my website. Some of my posts are a bit dated. I have written thousands. However, I am finding a few posts that might warrant a second look and I will be re-posting some of them. This is one. I have modified it to reflect life changes.

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I guess I gave myself quite an introduction. I'm not particularly shy. Truth is, I do write horror. Yes, I augment my writing with other genres, but horror is my first love.

This will be a different sort of interview, something I saw on Smashwords and really like. I will be interviewing myself.

Here we go. I hope you find some interesting tid-bits about me here.


1. Why are you doing this interview?

This is part of sharing of myself with the horror community.

2. Who are you?

Blaze McRob, writer of over seventy legacy published horror novels. I was a ghostwriter long before anyone had an idea we were lurking about. Through my adventures in the craft I, or my author alter-egos, have won virtually every award to be won. But awards mean little, don’t they? It is the reader we wish to enthrall, and our souls to purge. So now it is time for Blaze to write as Blaze, and time for previous recipients of my tales to write more of their own material. In addition to my dark novels, I write horror shorts, flash fiction, and poetry. Ah, the sweet rhymes of iambic pentameter intermixed with glorious free-style.

I am married to Terri DelCampo, a fellow horror author. Together we have created Blazing Owl Press, a place where we publish only our own tales of horror.

3.What is your motto?

Mediocrity sucks. Let us all do the best we can to avoid it.

4. How do we do that?

Always strive to do your best in whatever you chose to do. If you write, write the best damned story that's ever been written. Believe in yourself. No one can write your story better than you.

5. You gave a brief description of why you write horror above. Tell me the real reason.

As I explained in a post for Nina D'Arcangela a while back, I write about the Dark because it is the truth. Open your eyes and you will see that the spinning rock we live on is inhabited by some nasty creatures who have the nerve to call themselves humans. It’s my job to tell my readers about it, not by writing mamby-pamby puke pieces that make you gag, but by presenting true horror tales where the truth is spread around. No preaching. Simply good stories (I hope) with a message. Not everyone will get the message – I don’t beat anyone over the head with it – but it’s there. Some folks just enjoy the tales. Hey, that’s okay too. Escapism is a great thing. People have it tough in these times.

By writing about the Dark, and expelling it from my soul, I enable myself to leave more room there for good things. That's if any are floating around at the moment. Okay, so that's a negative, pessimistic comment. I'm a pessimistic guy. I root for the under-dog, but she/he don't always win.


6. So, do you believe in God?


None of your business! Blaze McRob does not write stories you discuss in a church book group. My vision of the hereafter belongs to me and me alone. While I discuss God and Satan, as makes complete sense because they are the consummate embodiments of Good and Evil, in my stories, God does not always win. Neither does the Dark Angel.


7. What about Heaven and Hell?

You are a sneaky bastard, aren't you? I wrote a tale called The Enforcer a while back. This is a past lives trip where the protagonist gets closer to perfection with each incarnation. The problem? With perfection comes a lack of empathy for humanity. Selchor, my hero, refuses to go along with what the High Council decrees and tries to help out humans. In this story, when humans die, they go to Heaven if they believe they are worthy, or they suffer in a Hell of their own making if they know they are evil. Maybe that's what I believe. Notice again, I said maybe.


8. You write often about death and rising again from the ashes. Why is this?


My work on Earth is not finished. I have many tales to get out yet. My health sucks, so that is a thought running around in the gray matter all the time. I refuse to roll over and take the easy way out. I'm even trying to figure out a way to get back into running somehow. I walk a lot but want to at least try a walk-hobble trot-walk routine. I miss the old days when I was an animal at the long races I ran.

So, in a way, you could say I am exploring alternatives within my stories which will allow me to continue writing after I kiss off. That would make me a real ghostwriter. My science background also tells me that the energy within a person is never lost. If you die, it doesn't matter. The power still remains. And before you ask me again, this does not say if I believe in Heaven or Hell. Maybe . . . just maybe, Heaven would bore the crap out of me.


9. What is your latest novel '68 Buick about?


Here is a short and longer description of my story:


How does a dead, immortal reaper transport souls to Hell and still wage a battle for good? Read ’68 Buick and find out.




Cover for '68 Buick. Artwork by Sue Midlock
Robert Anderson, a man plagued by a demon trying to get inside his head, is attacked and killed by this evil entity. But is he really? Satan and God are waging a battle for his soul. God loses when Robert kills himself.
Yet, not is all what it seems. A Reaper actually kills Robert, but the Reaper turns out to be Robert himself. Thus, he is doomed to roam in a limbo fashioned by the hand of the Dark Angel, unable to go to Heaven but too good to go to Hell.
This marks the beginning of his new career: bringing the most despicable souls to the portals of Hell in a ’68 black Buick rag top with red interior, dice, and flames on the front panels. This immortal, dead Grim Reaper does what needs to be done through the power of his mind.
’68 Buick has a lesson to teach all of us: it is never too late to do what is right.
Even from beyond the grave.


10. Sounds like a different sort of Grim Reaper tale to me.


That it is. I rather like it. Just saying ahead of time that it has tons of action from start to finish. As you can see, there is a lesson contained within, but I don't attack you with it. My readers are smart people. They don't need a high-pressure attack.


11. Some people say you don't use as much description as other authors.


I do that for a reason. Everything that needs to be described is, but over description bores the living shit out of me and I'm sure it does to many readers. I believe my readers want to become a part of the tales I write, and what better way than to allow them to have their own visual perception of what is happening. Maybe they can put themselves in a room I'm in and can drink a beer as they watch me in action. If I leave out one of the senses, maybe they can find a particular revolting moldy odor that they hate. Like I said above, my readers are smart people.


12. So what's on your agenda?


Plenty. I’m starting to publish some of the hundreds of short stories I’ve written over the years. Terri and I have co-authored a number of collections this last year and we have more on the way. I have some of my own collections being published as well. I want these out so I can get more novels out. Mists Of Papoose Pond, an end days, Zombie, action, giant leeches, and more story, came out last October. I want to get a sequel out for it. Ghost No More, another end days novel where the heroes are autistic children, came out in February, and will need a sequel written. Quarter Moon Haunts, Terri's favorite story of mine because I'm a snarky bastard, is about ghosts, death, evil ways of the mob, crooked cops, and the Four Horsemen as you've never seen them portrayed before, came out in May and will get a sequel. It has to: Terri will beat me with a whip if I don't. My Ghoul novella Destiny Changed could see an additional sequel. Also, Club Blaze, an extreme horror tale that Zack Kullis and I are co-authoring for Arcane Whispers Press will be out soon.

All this and a lot more are coming your way!


13. Quite an aggressive schedule.

Like I said, mediocrity sucks. The time for action is now.


14. What do you think of all the political happenings this year?

Let me see. Do they merely suck, or do they suck a lot? They actually suck more than a lot. I see no candidate for any office that I think is worth a damn. They're all out for taking our money. That goes for both parties. Our representatives only care for themselves. The worse part about all of this is the people will suffer. However, we are the ones who elected these bozo's into office and who will put more in. It's our fault. Look at yourselves in the mirror, folks, and say,"I fucked up." I think we need to get rid of the two major parties and start out fresh. We need to stop arguing about the color of a person's skin, gender association, and stupid crap like who uses what bathroom. Let's fix the important things. Take religion out of politics. It doesn't belong there. Outlaw lobbyists: they're nothing more than bribing thieves. 

15. Anything else on your mind?

Only that I hope everyone reads a bunch of great books. While I'm kind of partial to Terri's and my books, there are many others out there. I post about many of them on my website, Twitter, and Facebook pages. 

Happy reading!

Blaze McRob




Sunday, August 21, 2016

YVONNE MASON'S PODCASTS


https://www.facebook.com/yvonne.mason1?fref=ts

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/author-yvonne-mason

https://www.mixcloud.com/yvonne-mason/

Are you an author wanting to get on a podcast? Yvonne Mason is rapidly becoming the Queen of Podcasts. Go to  https://www.facebook.com/yvonne.mason1?fref=ts 
and check out what she has to offer. If you like what you see, simply send her a PM on Facebook. She even has a youtube channel. She has had some great shows with more to come. Don't miss out!

Blaze McRob 

CALL FOR OBSTRUCTION - BY W. J. HOWARD


https://www.amazon.com/Call-Obstruction-Courier-W-Howard/dp/1943530068/

Call For Obstruction ( The Courier ) ( Volume 1 ), by W. J. Howard, is available for sale in paperback version. W. J. has all kinds of plans in the mix. To keep current with all she is involved in, go to her website http://wjhoward.com/ . I can vouch for the fact that Call For Obstruction is a great read. I was fortunate enough to be privy to reading this novel in its earlier stages. Now, W. J. has even improved on that. Alrighty!

This is gritty read that I guarantee you will love.

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 In a supernatural world where Hell's been over capacity since World War II, Satan has no choice but to open the Gates of Hell. When Barry's tricked into signing a contract to serve Satan, he's faced with a choice to help release the damned souls onto Earth or turn against Satan's evil plan. Either choice comes with a price, and with a screw up like Barry at the center of it all, there's no telling if God, Satan, or rogue demons will prevail.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

APPARITION ATLAS - BY MARK P. DONNELLY & DANIEL DIEHL


https://www.amazon.com/Apparition-Atlas-Hunters-Haunted-America-ebook/dp/B013VPV00E/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446731173&sr=1-1&keywords=apparition+atlas&linkCode=sl1&tag=themerlchro-20&linkId=ce4c93ba70770ab6cb3d58478c97487e#nav-subnav

Daniel Diehl and Mark P. Donnelly present Apparition Atlas: The Ghost Hunter's Travel Guide to Haunted America. This is a huge tome of 541 pages for only $2.99. What a deal! Take advantage of this now before they come to their senses and charge more. It's certainly worth it. All 50 states are represented, so you'll be able to visit one or more no matter what state you live in.

I'll see you on the haunting road, me lads and lassies.

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 Have you ever had an encounter with a ghost? Would you like proof that the deceased continue to visit the world of the living? Do you have the courage to stand face-to-face with visitors from the afterlife?

‘Apparition Atlas: The Ghost Hunter’s Travel Guide to Haunted America’ provides seekers of truth with a definitive guide to more than 200 publicly accessible, verified haunted locations in all fifty states. Introductory chapters discuss the many different types of apparitions and explain everything the novice ghost hunter needs to know to search for things that go bump in the night.

Sometimes the spirits of the dead manifest themselves by slamming doors or through blood chilling screams; other times they come as glowing orbs of ectoplasm that float through walls, and occasionally they appear in their human form - fully formed, semi-transparent and terrifyingly real. Let us take you on a journey to places where close encounters with the departed occur with frightening regularity.

Guaranteed to make you doubt everything you believe about death being the end of existence.

Format: Kindle Edition
Apparition Atlas is a very interesting travel guide. The book has many features including help guides, rules, and listings by state. The front of the book contains "A Beginner's Guide to Ghosts and Ghost Hauntings. Following the guide is an index with a comprehensive list of Do's and Don'ts to help anyone from the novice to the expert in approaching the "art" of ghost hunting. Please remember that the buildings included in the book may be owned privately and trespassing is a No-No.

The authors list the states alphabetically with the name of the haunted building, where it's located, and a description of the haunting(s) that take place. There is a bit of history, if it's known, for each location. At the end of each location, the authors included the address information, hours of operation, any fees that may be charged, along with a rating of haunting intensity.

The Atlas is a very nicely put together state organized travel guide. I recommend those wishing to use it actually purchase a hard copy of the book. As much as I'm against writing in books, I would use the hard copy to make notes in about the places I planned to visit or did visit. It would be a nice way to mark off where you've been, which places you've seen, any experiences you had, and if you agree with the rating of the haunting provided by the authors.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review. 

Format: Kindle Edition
Are you interested in the paranormal? Would you like to investigate hauntings like the paranormal groups on the Discovery, SyFy and other television networks do? Maybe you're already conducting some of your own amateur haunted investigations and want to step things up a bit.

Many people all over the world are getting into the ghost "game". There is no shortage of people claiming they've had paranormal experiences. Aside from television shows, there are hundreds of books, magazines and meetup groups devoted to the subject. Some are legitimate professionals and some are out purely for the sensationalism and financial gain. If you truly believe that spirits walk among us and want to find definitive proof for yourself then Apparition Atlas will set you on the right course.

Authors Daniel Diehl and Mark P. Donnelly have compiled an incredibly extensive list of reportedly haunted places throughout the United States. Listings are by state and include skull (scare) ratings and important information on each location. Backstories as to why the locations might be haunted are also detailed. As a Texan, I was happy to see two of my faves listed: Miss Molly's in Fort Worth and Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie. I've been to both and can highly recommend them!

The beginning chapters have some great, practical common sense advice and information for would-be ghost hunters. There are lots of Dos and Don'ts for paranormal investigators to consider before heading out to a location.

I would highly recommend Apparition Atlas as an excellent reference book for any established or newbie paranormal team looking for new haunts. I'd love it if the authors would write a follow-up book that includes some more details on actual hauntings. I'm a paranormal enthusiast and I'd definitely read another one of their books!

eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW FOR - STITCHES - BY W. J. HOWARD







http://wjhoward.com/movie-review-stitches/

This week, W. J. Howard reviews Stitches. This is not a review for a Zombie movie, as is her custom. She breaks from her mold and reviews a clown movie! Okay, I love a great clown movie. Clowns are scary critters. I love a great scare. So, of course I'm always happy to find a new one to watch. W. J., busy lady that she is, has found one. See what she says about this film.

Time to get some popcorn with some blood added to the butter, a cold beer or three, and enjoy a great movie!

Blaze McRob

Monday, August 15, 2016

THANK YOU, C. L. HERNANDEZ!


https://clhernandezblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/author-of-the-week-5/

C. L. Hernandez  has honored me on her website. I am her Author of the Week. Not only does she mention my books, but she has some interesting quirks of mine that might amuse you, or perhaps make you say, "What is Blaze up to?" Remember, though, that we spinners of the dark tales are not exactly mediocre folk. We dwell in a world of what ifs, why, and what lurks in the dark. Such a grand place to be, don't you think?

Thanks again, C. L.

Blaze McRob

Sunday, August 14, 2016

WEIRDBOOK #32


https://www.amazon.com/Weirdbook-32-Adrian-Cole-ebook/dp/B01H5W7TBS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1469809221&sr=8-1#nav-subnav

 Weirdbook #32 has quite a collection of great authors as you can see by the book description below.


Book description:


 Weirdbook #32 presents a selection of great fantasy and horror tales by current and upcoming masters of the genre. Included are:

Childhood's Dread, by Taye Carrol

The Other Neighbors, by Daniel Davis

Rare Air, by Mark Slade

The Children, by J.E. Álamo

The Radiant Boy, by Kevin Wetmore

The Whisperer in the Woods, by Peter Schranz

Sweet Oblivion, by Andrew Darlington

An Unsolicited Lucidity, by Lee Clark Zumpe

Black Carnival, by Bobby Cranestone

The Howard Family Tradition, by P. R. O'Leary

Hell in a Boxcar, by Scott A. Cupp

Jorōgumo, by Kelda Crich

Clay Baby, by Jack Lee Taylor

The Corpse and the Rat: A Story of Friendship, by Joshua L. Hood

Getting Thin, by DJ Tyrer

Maybe Next Door, by Richard LaPore

Containment Protocol, by Leeman Kessler

Under a Rock, by Lori R. Lopez

The Children Must Be Hungry, by L.F. Falconer

The Road to Hell, by Kevin L. O'Brien

Maggot Coffee, by Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagenv

Baby Mine, by Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen

In Blackwalk Wood, by Adrian Cole

My Longing to See Tamar, by Jessica Amanda Salmonson

Gust of Wind Made by Swinging a Blade, by Molly N. Moss

Necromancer's Lair, by Chad Hensley

The Helm, by Chad Hensley

Ex Arca Sepulcrali, by Wade German

The Laughter of Ghouls, by K.A. Opperman

Ode to Ashtoreth, by K.A. Opperman

The Necro-Conjuring Sorceress, by Ashley Dioses

What Dark Gods Are Friends to Me? by Chad Hensley

Scarlet Succubus Shrine, by Frederick J. Mayer

Penelope, Sleepless, by Darrell Schweitzer

 
Lori R. Lopez has a great story in the tome titled Under A Rock. Go to http://www.tangentonline.com/print--quarterly-reviewsmenu-261/286-weirdbook/3201-weirdbook-32-may-2016  
and read the wonderful review the folks at Tangent did for Lori's story. This is a well laid out review post for all the super tales in this book. Read and enjoy!

Blaze McRob

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

JD PHILLIPS IS C. L. HERNANDEZ'S AUTHOR OF THE WEEK!


https://clhernandezblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/author-of-the-week-4/

JD Phillips is C. L. Hernandez's Author Of The Week! JD is one of my favorite authors. Her skills with writing horror and infusing them with humor make for most delightful reads. Touching Spirits is my favorite book of hers. The way she combines horror with wise-ass snarkery makes for great reading. Terri DelCampo and I love one of her phrases more than the rest. I'm not going to mention it here. You're on your own.

Check out the post on C. L.'s website and visit JD's links. Great stuff to be learned and relished!

Blaze McRob

Monday, August 8, 2016

FIONA MCVIE - ONE FANTASTIC LADY!


https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/more-about-me/

Fiona Mcvie is a wonderful lady who has been telling the world about great authors and their books for quite some time now. She is approaching 3,500 interviews. What an achievement !  Both Terri DelCampo, my wife, and I have done interviews with Fiona. It was Terri's first interview, and she was very excited.

Below are a few links to posts where folks have turned the tables a bit and had Fiona be the interviewee. I think you will like these a lot. Notice that Fiona is also one of my Women In Horror. Read on and find out what a wonderful lady she is.

Blaze McRob



More about me


As many of you know I have been interviewing authors over the last few years
Well the table has been turned on me a few times so I thought I would share the links here
So to learn more about me click on any on the links below

Fiona McVie – The Mistress of Interviews Interviewed

Recently She Who Blogs traveled electronically across The Pond to interview one of Scotland’s premier interviewers: Fiona McVie. Her blog authorsinterviews is well-known among writers and readers communities on WordPress and throughout the blogosphere. To date she has interviewed over 3,350 authors – with many more to come. Enjoy.
Read more here  https://shewhoblogs.com/2016/08/07/fiona-mcvie-interview/

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One Dog and His Spirited Master = One Author Interviewer Extraordinaire: Thank you, Fiona J Mcvie!

Meet Fiona J Mcvie interviewer extraordinaire, a spirited lady who features all of us crazy writers/artists interviews on her blog. If you have a book that needs promoting, you will want to learn more about this dynamic, very busy woman with, apparently, endless energies! Fiona and I have seen one another around in different groups over the past couple of years but when my second book was released earlier this year, she messaged me asking if I would like an interview and I was so grateful and excited, I wanted to thank her for doing that for me. This interview with her seemed to me to be the best way to do that. Welcome Fiona, thank you for answering a few questions and thank you also for doing an author interview with me earlier this year.
Read more here https://jannistyles1.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/one-dog-and-his-spirited-master-one-author-interviewer-extraordinaire-thank-you-fiona-j-mcvie/
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Guest Author: Fiona McVie

A Poet Who Interviews other Authors
By Jeff Salter
I don’t recall exactly when I encountered Fiona McVie, but it was fairly early in her process of collecting interviews, so I’ll claim I was among her first 10-15%.  [Maybe she will remember.]
But I do remember thinking what a cool idea it was to collect all this info about the writers and what they write.  At that time, I had no idea Fiona would be looking at nearly 2000 interviews accumulated by the end of this year!
So I asked Fiona to trade sides of the table, for a change, and let me interview HER. Here’s the result: https://fourfoxesonehound.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/guest-author-fiona-mcvie/

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Gamekeeper Turned Poacher? The Interviewer Interviewed …


I was recently interviewed by Fiona McVie, who spends her life interviewing authors. I decided to turn the tables on her:

Read more here
http://anniewhitehead2.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/gamekeeper-turned-poacher-interviewer.html

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The Amazing Fiona Mcvie

Fiona Mcvie is the most gracious poetess with a superb heart that we all love.. If you are a Author Fiona goes out of her way to make sure you are recognized and interviewed on her website.. But has anyone interviewed Fiona???? I asked that question and realized I wanted to.
Read more here
http://www.deborahjobrooks.com/the-amazing-fiona-mcvie/

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FIONA MCVIE – WOMAN IN HORROR!

Fiona Mcvie is my Woman In Horror today! Fiona has been doing interviews with great authors for around three years now. How many author interviews has she done? Over 3,000 and she’s still going strong. Her website https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/  is a delight to traverse. If you’re looking for a particular author, simply type the author’s name into the search button and hit go. Let your author friends know that they have a home on Fiona’s website to spread the word about their books.
Read more here
http://www.blazemcrob.com/2016/02/fiona-mcvie-woman-in-horror.html

Saturday, August 6, 2016

REAWAKENING - BY LISA MCCOURT HOLLAR


https://www.amazon.com/Reawakening-Lisa-McCourt-Hollar-ebook/dp/B01GK3KH76/ref=la_B004SRTXXQ_1_26_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470501286&sr=1-26&refinements=p_82%3AB004SRTXXQ#nav-subnav

Reawakening, by Lisa McCourt Hollar, is one great tale of the Paranormal. Lisa makes this story pop out and come alive. This is the second edition. I know how good it is because I helped with the edits. Thus, you have my personal guarantee that you will enjoy it.

Settle into your easy chair and read away!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 Francine has discovered there is a paranormal world around her, one most people can't see ... but then Francine isn't like most people, and she is about to discover she is more different than she thought. No longer able to rely on just herself, Francine teams up with an unlikely group of friends, including an angel, a werewolf, and a psychic. Can they stay one step ahead of the Vampire that has set his eyes, and teeth, on Francine before she becomes one of the un-dead? Is Hunter the true enemy, or is one of her new friends more dangerous than she ever suspected?

Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading something new and fresh in the paranormal sense. Francine is a strong independent character who isn't thrown into the usual ways of the paranormal world and is created a whole new world of her own. The twists and turns in the story leaving you craving for more. Thumbs up for Lisa Hollar!!! I look forward to reading more of the author's work. 
 
Format: Kindle Edition
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book.

Reawakening by Lisa McCourt Hollar was an action-packed paranormal read. There was just enough detail to give me an understanding of the world the author created, which made this a quick and exciting read because the story is focused on the action. Francine is a character that I loved instantly. She’s strong and a little dark, and even when her world is turned inside out, she remains strong. Hunter is another excellent character because he’s just the right blend of dark and light. The story is set in the modern world, where otherworldly creatures exist beside humans although the humans are unaware of them. Reawakening does end on a cliffhanger, and I’m looking forward to the next book. This is a fantastic book, and I definitely recommend reading it.

Friday, August 5, 2016

FRESH FEAR - ONE SUPER COLLECTION OF HORROR!


https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Fear-Anthology-Macabre-Horror-ebook/dp/B01HYASBBI/ref=cm_rdp_product_img#nav-subnav

Do you enjoy raw-boned horror from some of the best authors in the genre? Fresh Fear is for you. A number of my favorite authors are in this superb collection. Pick up your copy now. You'll be glad you did!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


FRESH FEAR: An Anthology of Macabre Horror* is a collection of horror from some of the genre's best writers of dark fiction.

In the introduction, a selection from W.J. Renehan's The Art of Darkness: Meditations on the Effect of Horror Fiction, we are reminded that, "Horror serves to reconnect us with our primal selves, provides temporary respite from the droning conditions of modern life."

With over 450 pages, Fresh Fear is packed with stories written by both masters and up-and-coming maestros of the horror genre. Tales steeped in psychological horror sit alongside visions of strange worlds and fantastical landscapes drenched in blood. 'Quiet horror' sits comfortably next to more visceral portrayals of the monsters that lurk deep within the human heart. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famously once said, "where there is no imagination there is no horror" - the horror expressed by the authors in Fresh Fear show that imagination is indeed tantamount to excellent story-telling.

Prepare yourself for 28 tales of fear-inducing horror from some of today's best authors of dark fiction.

Authors/Stories

Scathe meic Beorh – God of the Wind
Robert Dunbar – High Rise
Ramsey Campbell – Welcomeland
Lily Childs – Strange Tastes
Lincoln Crisler – Nouri and the Beetles
Jack Dann – Camps
Thomas Erb – Spencer Weaver Gets Rebooted
Brandon Ford – Scare Me
Carole Gill – Raised
Lindsey Beth Goddard – The Tooth Collector
JF Gonzalez – Love Hurts
Dane Hatchell – ‘takers
Charlee Jacob – Inside the Buzzword Box
K Trap Jones – Demon Eyed Blind
Tim Jones – Protein
James Ward Kirk – Block
Roy C Booth & Axel Kohagen – Just Another Ex
Shane McKenzie – So Much Death
Shaun Meeks – Perfection Through Silence
Adam Millard – The Incongruous Mr Marwick
Christine Morgan – Nails of The Dead
Billie Sue Mosiman – Verboten
Chantal Noordeloos – The Door
Don Noble – Psych
WH Pugmire – Darkness Dancing in Your Eyes
William Todd Rose – The Grave Dancer
EA Irwin – Justice through Twelve Step
Anna Taborska – Out of the Light


*WARNING: R 18+ - Contains graphic scenes of violence and psychological horror. Not suitable for younger readers.


Keywords

Horror
Psychological Horror
Fantasy Horror
Dark Fiction
Literary Horror
Genre Fiction
Horror Anthology
Modern Gothic Horror
Contemporary Horror
Adult Horror Fiction

Format: Paperback
This collection has a powerful kick of horror. Many well know names come together with Fresh new stories and gives the reader a fear of what may be around the next corner.

God of the Winds by Scathe meic Beorh I'm in need of more by this author. He has a great ability of storytelling. Very poetic and visualizing. This story is a powerful Indian mythology twist a must read....."Enter The Flesh House"

Strange Taste by Lily Childs What are you eating tomorrow night or tonight for a midnight snack. Let this author but a taste in your mouth. A cannibalism twist that will have you drooling for more of its find writing taste.

Nouri and The Beetles by Lincoln Crisler This is the second story I have came across by this man. I'm not sure which one I liked the best....I also have his novel "Skin Jumper" to dive into as well. As for this piece AMAZING! "Eat the heart and gain the strength, in this case its fight for beauty. Digging skin deep should be enough"

High Rise by Robert Dunbar A sexual ghost story and a brother determination to make this ghost see the light. Interesting read.

So Much Pain, So Much Death by Shane McKenzie Instead of death knocking on your door. How bout death ticking in your skull? And the only thing that can stop it is buried six feet deep. A gorey spectacular read!!

Psych by D.F. Noble Noble opens up the doors to psych ward where the tunes are heard through the vents. A physiatrist struggle to hear what they hear. Betcha he wished he choosed and easy feat.

Those are some of my favorites but the collection has a Fresh Fear for all readers. Open your eyes and let them fall out on to these pages, they will bleed with excitement. 

Format: Kindle Edition
If you are a fan of horror stories... Do NOT pass this book. This is a fantastic collection of short stories by an amazing group of authors. Each story is a chilling tale that grips you and won't let go. Highly recommended!

Format: Paperback
Fresh Fear (edited by William Cook) provides everything WJ Reneham promises in his opening essay on the effect of horror fiction: shock, repulsion and that paradoxical intrigue that the imagery invokes. As Renehan rightly points out, “Fear is a wonderful reminder that we are indeed alive,” and with tales of necrophilia, human sacrifice, cannibalism, abduction, torture, and mutilation, Fresh Fear as all the accoutrements for a spine-chilling, life-affirming night on the couch. But whether the demons are lurking in the vents or under the stairs, or in our childhood heroes like the tooth fairy, the themes of these stories are universal, covering jealousy, desire, loneliness, despair, bullying and mental illness. Luckily, there are one or two lighter stories in the mix: one abduction story, in particular, made me smile. This is a great anthology for readers to reacquaint themselves with their favourite horror writers, while also discovering some newer talent. But for those squeamish and prudish sorts, you might prefer something tamer. Bungy jumping springs to mind.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

99 CENTS FOR THREE DAYS - MR. GODDARD'S MENAGERIE - BY C. L. HERNANDEZ!


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GGRKFAA/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_t1_Is2Nxb6TM21JM#nav-subnav


For the next three days, you can purchase Mr. Goddard's Menagerie, by C. L. Hernandez, for only 99 cents. Hurry! I have my copy. This is a great book!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 Zuri LaCrosse is a special young lady. In fact, she might even be considered … collectible?
Although she is infected with the werewolf virus, she tries to live a normal life until she meets a strange old man named Goddard on a dusty desert highway. He lures her into his house where she is held captive. Goddard promises her a new and better life, but can he tame her feral ways and transform her from a scruffy country werewolf into an elegant young lady? And who—or what—is making those strange and terrifying noises in the locked room upstairs? Zuri must either find a way to escape captivity, or give up her freedom to become a cherished and pampered pet in Mr. Goddard’s Menagerie!


Format: Kindle Edition
C.L. Hernandez has done it again. She's taken a saturated genre and made it her own. This book is spectacular. If you're looking for a traditional were/shifter story, then this is not it. This is so much more.

Zuri is a great character full of snark, humor and toughness. The whole book is full of great characters, some you will love, some you will love to hate, and some that will break your heart. I enjoyed them all, especially one certain vampire that I hope we get to see more of.

This book is unique and different. The writing flows beautifully and the story will keep you enthralled. I loved every minute of it and so looking forward to the next in the series. I highly recommend you check this one out! 

Format: Kindle Edition
I Just finished the book and oh my gosh I loved it!! The story was great and I loved the authors sense of humor in it. The scenes in the book are easy to imagine, and it makes you feel like you're there watching everything happen. I couldn't stop reading once I started. I can't wait to read the next book!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

THE AMULET - BY WILLIAM MEIKLE


https://www.amazon.com/Amulet-Midnight-Eye-Files-Book-ebook/dp/B01JF38298#nav-subnav

From William Meikle:

"After the hiatus switch to a new publisher, my Scottish occult detective Derek Adams is back. THE AMULET is back up on Kindle, paperback to follow, and the other two books coming shortly..."

Willie is one of my favorite authors. Dare I say that I recommend this book highly? I do. Read the free sample on Amazon and you'll be pulled in.

Happy reading!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 It was supposed to be an easy case. Fast money, and a way to kill some time-something Derek Adams, a down-on-his-luck Glasgow private investigator, has way too much of. Recover a stolen family heirloom, and try to keep the relationship with his very beautiful-and very married-client, strictly professional. Easy. But the Johnson Amulet is no mere trinket...and Derek isn't the only person trying to find the priceless relic. Before long he's up to his armpits in bodies, femme fatales... and tentacles. The stars have aligned... An ancient evil has awakened.To save the day, Derek must take some dark pathways, and not everyone is going to make it back out into the light.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In short, I really enjoyed this book. It started off like a typical private detective story: down-on-his-luck P.I. gets a visit from a beautiful and mysterious woman...the case seems straightforward enough, just find a missing family heirloom. The story quickly spirals into a crazy, weird story with occultists and scary gangsters, horrific murders and terrible things materializing out of noxious mist. Awesome Lovecraft tones and tie-ins...I loved it all. I liked the main character even, because Meikle really made this guy real. I'll definitely be buying the next one. 
  Format: Paperback The first book of the Midnight Eye Files, The Amulet, blew me away. Seriously. This book and author is the perfect example of why indie authors can be just as competitive and awesome as authors from the Big 6 Publishers. Blending elements of the classic hardboiled detective story (think Philip Marlowe, Mike Hammer, and Sam Spade) and nightmarish legends and monsters straight from the mind of H.P. Lovecraft (C'thulu anyone?) and you'll have a pretty good idea of what you're in store for.

As most people know, I'm a huge Jim Butcher fan...Harry Dresden, the wizard P.I. from Chicago, is one of my favorite fictional characters. Meikle's detective really isn't anything like Dresden at all. He's no wizard. Heck, the only magic trick he knows is seeing his cigarettes and booze disappear. No, he's just an ordinary guy who's been hired to find a most extraordinary object...an amulet that opens a portal to another dimension. A dimension where the creatures inside want to come through. And Derek Adams has to figure out a way to stop an evil cult from doing just that.

With a mixture of intense action scenes, smart and witty dialogue, good looking femme fatales, and horrendous monsters with one too many tentacles growing out of their head...this book is a rip-roaring good time. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW FOR - SHARKNADO 4 - BY W. J. HOWARD





http://wjhoward.com/movie-review-sharknado-4-the-4th-awakens/

I have to agree with W. J. Howard. The Sharknado movies are awesome! The only question is how she compares the latest offering, Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens, to the others. I don't see how she could possibly give it a thumbs down, but you'll have to go to the link above and read her stellar review.

W. J. Howard is my source for the best in movie reviews. Check her reviews out!

Blaze McRob

Monday, August 1, 2016

RJ KENNETT - AUTHOR OF THE WEEK ON C. L. HERNANDEZ'S WEBSITE!


https://clhernandezblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/author-of-the-week-3/

C. L. Hernandez is spotlighting authors this month on her Author Of The Week posts. RJ Kennett is out of the gate today! Go to the link above and find out about this gifted author. He is a most interesting lad. You could find a great new author to follow.

While you're at C. L. 's website, dig up some goodies about her as well. She is an outstanding author!

Good things await you on C. L. 's website!

Blaze McRob