Friday, December 30, 2016

GREAT REVIEW FOR CHILLS - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


https://www.amazon.com/Chills-Terri-DelCampo-ebook/dp/B00OYUM7SA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1483118588&sr=1-1&keywords=chills+by+terri+delcampo

There's nothing like a great review to make an author's heart sing. Thank you very much, Wendy Howard!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 Santa F-bombs heard only by some. From where in the forest should Christmas trees come? Will Christians to Morningstar be lost? Who'll win the bet, Vulcan or Frost? Christmas Eve miracle for a small child. South Pole festivities horribly wild. Good kids onto naughty list drift. Naughty boy tempts hungry gifts. Classic holiday ditties these stories are not. But if you want ooky, a sleighful I've got!

Ooky holidays, one and all! Chills!

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Witty holiday stories that are delightfully gruesome and chilling. A quick read that entertains start to finish. My favorite story takes Christmas trees to a new level of creative horror.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

BOOK TRAILER FOR - THE DIVIDE


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS-8wImyUgw&feature=youtu.be

https://www.amazon.com/Divide-Part-One-Atraxia/dp/1541238184/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?ie=UTF8&keywords=the%20divine%20jd%20phillips&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&qid=1482867936&ref_=mp_s_a_1_fkmr1_1&sr=8-1-fkmr1

One of my favorite authors, JD Phillips, has a new novel out, The Divide. I was just watching the book trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS-8wImyUgw&feature=youtu.be for this book, and it looks like a fantastic read. Of course, I love everything JD writes. Add the fact that Beverly Cialone produced the book trailer - she produces all of the trailers for Blazing Owl Press books - and you have one super way to get into the feel of the story JD presents to you. Check it out now!

Blaze McRob 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

W. J. HOWARD REMEMBERS KING OF THE ZOMBIES


http://wjhoward.com/remembering-king-of-the-zombies/

This week's movie review by W. J. Howard is King Of The Zombies. This is one of those old films that many of you might have never watched. I loved it. What does W. J. think? Hit the link above and find out. Easy, peasy. While you're there, read some of her other great reviews and get some info about her writing endeavors.

I'll see you there.

Blaze McRob 

Monday, December 26, 2016

IT'S UP TO YOU TO SELL YOUR BOOKS - PART 2


My last post on selling your books stressed that it's up to you to sell them. You can read it here. 
http://www.blazemcrob.com/2016/12/its-up-to-you-to-sell-your-books.html
For some of you, maybe this article was a gloom and doom sort of thing. Quite the opposite. What I hope it did was to get some authors thinking about what they really need to do to get their books published. In short, it is completely in the hands of the author. If you want to be an author, do it; write a great book; make sure the editing, formatting and cover art are done correctly; and market the hell out out of it. It's a great book, isn't it? If it's not, then make sure it is before it's sent out into the world of readers looking for a new favorite author. No one wants to read shit. Remember that.

William Cook, an author friend of mine, says authors need to treat writing like it's a business. He's right. It is a business. An author needs to plan ahead. There are many decisions to be made along the way. Writing a book is the easy part. Here is a post I put up a while back. There are a few changes I have made to it.


Writing is easy! Publishing is easy!



Writing Is Easy! Publishing is easy! What, you ask? How can writing possibly be easy? Writing is one word after another. That's it. There's nothing difficult about that.

Someone in the back is shaking their head, thinking that I'm an idiot. No problem with that. That's his right. He can even leave the room and I won't care.

Ah, you ask. "What are the words?" Again: simple. Put a picture in your head of the story you want to write. Write about that picture. If you have no story in your mind, forget about writing. Writing is easy, but only if you have a tale to spin. I get one simple thought in my brain, many times a sentence, or even a single word. Wham! Go from there.

As an example: in an upcoming novel, I think about my garage. I sleep in the garage because my wife is a bitch. The start of the picture in the gray matter is forming. Other senses come into play. Mice pitter-patter around and they make me think of rats from 'Nam. A presence forms, cutting off my air supply; a moldy stench surrounds it. This is not the first time this has happened, but this time . . . this time something is different. What? It talks to me this time. It never has before.

See what I mean? One word, garage, got into my mind and horror surrounds me. No build up needed. Pure action from the beginning.

Some people will rebel against what I'm saying next. Do not outline! It kills the flow of your story. Let your tale roll unfettered and free. I never know how my stories will end. That's the fun of writing. Let your story people determine the outcome.

Do not worry about perfection in your first draft. Just write a story that flows. Don't worry about anything else. Hemingway said the first draft of anything is shit. He was right. So concentrate on the story first, and then polish in your next drafts.

Now, your story is done, and a grand tale it is. Except for one thing. It sucks! The story itself is great, but it needs some serious editing. Comma splices abound. There's not enough white space. You have over-used words; you are redundant. Mark in chapter one is Matthew in chapter ten.

Now what? You work on your edits first. Don't annoy your friends and ask them to be beta readers. Do the job yourself. Read your story out loud as you edit. That will help with your commas. Over and over again, do your edits. When you are satisfied you have a good story, send it to an editor. An author is too close to her/his own story to do it justice in the final edits.

Okay, I'm sure many of you have heard the old beta reader thing over and over again from friends. They are not editors. Hire an editor. There are many good ones out there and they will not all gouge you. Many have great rates.

If you are going to self-publish, get a great cover artist. Don't go half-ass here. It is very important. Also, consider doing books with interior art scattered about. It is impressive, and a lot of Publishers are doing it.

Have someone who knows what they are doing, do your formatting. Make certain you check everything out before you publish your tale.

When it comes to Marketing, get outside the box. Push the envelope. Don't be afraid to do things never done before. I have super plans for one book I am publishing with another author. What I plan on doing has never been done before. Obviously, I don't want to mention it yet until the book comes out. At that time we will both be glad to explain our wonkiness. Going on Facebook and saying, "Buy my book," is not Marketing. What it can be is annoying. Many people will consider it to be spam and be turned off. Turn them on, not off.

I'll give you an example of an interesting ploy. Arrange to do book signings in bars. Tell the owner that for every book a patron buys, you will buy that reader a beer. And, include a tip. Why? That bartender will steer buyers to you. Set the price of your book so you make a profit. Let's say your book is from a small Press and you get a discount and pay $7.00 for a $15.00 book. If you sell the book at $15.00, you will make a profit of $4.00 if you pay $3.00 for a beer and $1.00 tip. More than you get from Amazon or B&N. The same thing can be done in coffee shops. In no time at all, you will have a following.

I will have another post explaining eBook marketing. Notice I didn't mention which way you should go with your books. Big Five, Small Press, Cooperative, or Indie, it doesn't matter. That's up to you and what you want to do. I will be posting more of my little tips in the future. Publishing has changed, folks. Be willing to change with it.

Happy writing to everyone!

Blaze McRob
 
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I added this here to give you hope. Do simple, common sense things, and your book will get out there, and you will sell some. Sounds good, huh? 

Okay, I have a few things you need to watch out for. I mentioned that some Presses shut down and more are on the way. That is not all that is going on. Some existing Presses do indeed fuck their authors over. But, they are not breaking the law in many instances. Sure, what they do is unethical, but it is a simple case of author beware. Read the fine print in the contract. Never get published without a contract. Many authors are in such a hurry to get their books published that they fail to notice that a publisher is asking for 5 year rights or more. Wow! That sucks. 
 
Check the royalty rate. If you're receiving royalties based on net profit and not gross profit, you're getting screwed. If you're getting paid by the story, as in the case of anthologies, make certain you believe you're getting a fair shake. 
 
Some of these tings I touched on the last time, but I thought they fit in with this post as well. 
 
Since my last post, there is still more animosity going around by certain factions in the horror community. Pretty sad. Time for some horror professionals to act the part.
 
In my upcoming posts, I will provide some links for information I consider to be essential. Also, I will mention publishers that I respect and have worked with. If there's anything else you want me to talk about, just let me know.

Thanks for reading.

Blaze McRob

TALES FROM THE LAKE VOL.3


https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Lake-Vol-3-Allan-Gunnells-ebook/dp/B01KBTEKKA/ref=pd_sim_351_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=QXRFRH6VMQMDS59WDG9A

Tales From The Lake Vol.3 is only 99 cents for a day and a half. Get it at this price while you can. This is a great addition to the series, published by Crystal Lake Publishing and Joe Mynhardt!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


Dive into the deep end of the lake with 19 tales of terror!

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:
Matt Hayward, Mark Allan Gunnells, Tommy B. Smith, Sergio Pereira, Kenneth W. Cain, Kate Jonez, Dave-Brendon de Burgh, D. Morgan Ballmer, Chris Pearce, Sumiko Saulson, Lily Childs, Harper Hull, Paul Edmonds, Mere Joyce, Natalie Carroll, Steve Jenner, Amy Grech, Roxanne Dent, and Patrick Bates.
Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing. Foreword by the editor, Monique Snyman.

Interview with the Authors:

Q: So what makes Tales from The Lake so special?
Mark Allan Gunnells: First thing that makes it special is being a Crystal Lake book. They go out of your way to select a diverse group of writers with different points of view and styles, and then the editorial team works hard to make each tale the strongest it can be.
Roxanne Dent: Each story is unique, different, and very well written.
Sergio Pereira: It’s an anthology series that promotes both established and upcoming authors, without ever compromising on the quality of the stories. The fact that Jack freakin’ Ketchum has a story in Volume 2 tells you enough: it’s an anthology series every horror writer should want to be a part of.
Harper Hull: The whole concept behind the series is a fascinating one - brand new scary campfire stories written by today's authors. Within this idea the range of stories varies wildly and each volume in the series takes the reader on a wild and creepy ride across all manner of places. I'd also add pay attention to the wonderful covers as they seem to be telling a story themselves.
Q: Why should readers give this series a try?
Mark Allan Gunnells: Because it's a lot of talented authors telling entertaining tales. Enough said.
Sumiko Saulson: It's an essential series of gripping horror tales in the classic camping trip fireside story telling tradition that will scare your socks off. The stories are written in diverse voices by an impressive array of authors from established masters like Graham Masterton to relative newcomers such as myself. I hope you'll check them out and give us a chance.
Sergio Pereira: In case you haven’t realised, Crystal Lake Publishing is taking over the horror scene. Not only is it attracting the new breed, but it’s also brought in the legends. Tales from the Lake is the perfect amalgamation, showcasing the classic, the new and the absolute best. To quote horror punk icon Wednesday 13: “Hey, you. Don’t be late. Till death do us party right here on Crystal Lake.”
Meredith Cleversey: Fans of urban legends and those classic campfire stories should definitely check out Tales from The Lake. The collections, like horror itself, are diverse, giving any horror fan something to love, and anyone new to the genre a fantastic sampling of what horror has to offer.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

CHEATING


Quite by accident, I found out a rather interesting thing a small Press is doing that they should not be doing. No, I'm not going to mention the name of the Press. Not my style. They're cheating. How, you might ask? They're cheating with their reviews.

How can that happen? It's simple. Someone connected to a Press puts up a bogus review for one of their books. In this instance, it was the acquisitions editor. Others as well. Tsk, tsk. For all of us who have written reviews for authors, ones we have no connection to financially, and have even purchased the book with our own money only to have the review taken down by Amazon because we know the author, this sucks. We're giving a fair review and stand to gain nothing by it other than the satisfaction of telling readers we have found a great read for them.

The Press involved is one I even thought about submitting to at one time. Not any more. I would rather have no reviews than have ones that are soiled.

When submitting to a Press, it might not hurt to look at some of the reviews for their books and see where they are coming from. I trust the people I submit to. I know they are honest.

This is the end of my short rant. Have a good day.

Blaze McRob

HAPPY BLOODY WHATEVER


https://www.facebook.com/BlazingOwlPress/

Blazing Owl Press' next book will be coming out real soon. Happy Bloody Whatever is a collection of horror tales from Terri DelCampo and Blaze McRob that has stories encompassing pretty much every holiday you can think of. If a holiday comes up on your reading agenda and you're looking for some stories for it, you'll find it here. This is novel length, smack in your face horror. We'll let you know the date so you won't be late.

Wow! My dark heart is beating faster just thinking about it.

Blaze McRob

Thursday, December 22, 2016

W. J. HOWARD'S LATEST MOVIE REVIEW


http://wjhoward.com/movie-review-i-am-the-pretty-thing-that-lives-in-the-house/

I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House is W. J. Howard's latest movie review. This sounds like a most intriguing film to me. This is about a young nurse who is taking care of an elderly author who lives in a haunted house. Is the movie good or bad? W. J. will give you her honest opinion.

Check out her side bar to get a glimpse of some of her favorite Zombie movies. Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead is one that really piques my interest.

Seek and ye shall find. Just saying.

Blaze McRob

THE FRICKIN DICTIONARY - BY LR SHAW


http://www.amazon.com/Frickin-Dictionary-LR-Shaw-ebook/dp/B00R0SM6U2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1449936580&sr=1-1

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

I give it Five Frickin Stars!

Blaze McRob

                                                          

Book description:


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

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

By Shaman Elizabeth on November 15, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a fun book for those who love to use the "F" word. I was surprised that my two teens really liked this book, laughing at the different "Frickin" terms. Recommend it as a novelty book for a doctor's office, bathroom reading or as a stocking stuffer or birthday gift. Rated PG-13.

By Sugar on December 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is hilarious! I'm still laughing at some of the ways people in other parts of the country use the word 'frickin'. If you want to laugh out loud this is the book to get! I do recommend not reading it in the library or someplace that would frown on LOLing because you are going to be doing a lot of it. 

Format: Paperback
This is Frickin Funny!! OMG
Thoroughly enjoyed this fun novelty book.
It will make a great gift to give to those people in your life that have a sense of humor!
A high Five and 10 stars from me! 

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Just Wow! Frickin Great. This dictionary helped me clean up my vocabulary. Now I don't have to say certain things under my breath. Very liberating to say what's exactly on my frickin mind. 

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What a hoot! Easy going and fun. For teenagers/adults only, great for parties. Sometimes you just need to flick through a book and have a laugh. This book will do that!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

CIRCUS OF HORRORS - BY CAROLE GILL


https://www.amazon.com/Circus-Horrors-Carole-Gill-ebook/dp/B01D575EPA/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482178277&sr=1-1&keywords=circus+of+horrors

Circus Of Horrors, by Carole Gill, is chock full of nasty circus tales. You don't want a simple, boring story filled with feel-good frivolity, do you? Of course not. Enter Carole Gill with her circus book giving you every bit of excitement you can handle. And, for two more days, this great tome is only 99 cents! Hustle to the purchase link and get a great read.

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 What exactly is wrong with this circus?

There are demonic, flesh-eating clowns, murderous midgets, a fat lady with some peculiar tastes and an old man with one hell of a secret. Old Pa keeps a trunk with some very special souvenirs.

When a stranger joins up who has second sight, among other talents, the old man's son gets nervous. There are a lot of very strange beings, not to mention a succubus or two and some beings from hell. Welcome to a wild ride to damnation.

Format: Kindle Edition
Horror stories are without a doubt Carole Gill's forte and with Circus of Horrors she has really surpassed herself. Having read a number of her earlier works, I expected something similar in this, her latest work, but...no! She totally surprised me with this tantalisingly terrible tale of the most gruesome group of circus performers you are likely to meet, though God forbid that you do! I really don't want to give any of this wonderfully scary tale away, but will say that it had me feeling edgy and nervous throughout. Just when you reach a point where you think Fred and his old Dad are about to be shown as the heroes of this well crafted tale, you are faced with a revelation that is quite simply totally out of left-field and makes you re-think just how the story is going to end. Let me also say that the clowns are clowns, without a doubt, but unlike any clowns you've met or seen before, and the ensemble cast of surrounding characters are never quite what they seem. Congratulations, Carole Gill, Circus of Horrors truly had me mesmerized! 

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Riveting. Imaginative. Chilling. Fantastical. From the first few pages, I knew I would love this book. I love the circus, am fascinated by it and yet am always slightly suspicious of its magical environ. Ms. Gill takes the idea of the circus as a haven for the unusual and dynamic and turns it into a wild ride into damnation. A place of wonder to the outside world and a refuge to the spectacles that operate in its world, the characters were vibrant and complex in their sins from the start. When it first began, I saw the main characters:Fred and Old Pa as the guardians of their small, misfit entertainment troupe but as the book went along so many secrets unfolded that darker suspicions began to stir. Enter Joe, the carny with a mysterious air who offers them them an opportunity to be apart of a real circus! Like the protagonist, I was wary of Joe and his too good to be true offer. By the end, even I was surprised how much such apprehension was really warranted! Ms. Gill pulls no punches and the horror presented within the pages is both stark and unforgiving as the story unfolded. She captures the magic of the circus and what it means to work within such an environment extremely well. There is a fat lady, midgets, clowns and more, detailed with tragic pasts and horrendous futures. Deception, betrayal and tragedy outline each character to such a point that I even at the end of the book, I was wondering if anyone ever had a shot at redemption. If you are looking for a well written, imaginative yarn that will put a chill in your spine, definitely check this one out. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to checking out more of this author's work! 

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The midget clowns, the fat lady, Fred the circus owner, and his dear old dad; they're murderers and monsters all (some are even cannibals), but they just want to be loved. Read the title. That's what it is, a Circus of Horrors. If you don't like scary, eye-popping, and even a little disgusting, do yourself a favor and stay away! But if you enjoy a terrifying thrill ride from the safety of your comfy reading chair, take a gander - and I dare you to try and remain comfy. Carole Gill does dark as well as anyone out there. Enjoy.

Monday, December 19, 2016

HOLLYWOOD HELLMOUTH


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SEYRT6M?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00SEYRT6M&linkCode=shr&tag=armand0cd-20&linkId=3NJ4N35XHAMLOTIW&qid=1481645276&sr=8-1&keywords=hollywood+hellmouth+armand&utm_content=buffercc14b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

This great book is free for three days only. Hollywood Hellmouth will tickle your horror funny-bone. As Jay Wilburn says, "Free?! It's worth at least almost twice that much!!!"

Get it! Read it! Love it!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


Solomon wanted to make the greatest horror movie ever. He was willing to do anything to make this a reality - even unleashing real, apocalyptic evil upon the Earth. Haunted bathrooms, Velvet Elvis gateways to Hell, demonic possession, problem actors, editing issues, social media, and Jimmy will plague his production, but nothing will stop his dreams.

Horror Humor from one twisted writer is too much… imagine four of them getting together like grade school kids drawing naughty pictures on the bathroom wall… you’ve been warned.


"After reading this, I can't believe I ever let him touch me." - Brent's wife

"I couldn't read past the first chapter. What they did with Velvet Elvis is beyond bad taste!" - Armand's Wife

"Seriously, I'm done. This book turned my husband into something I could no longer sleep with ... at least not without double bagging a hazmat suit. Vile and disgusting.” - Jack's Wife

"My mother told me that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. And don't marry Jay. He seems off. I've already said too much." - Jay's Wife

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Wow! Easter eggs galore. See if you can find author Jay Wilburn or hidden Van Halen song lyrics. This book was hilarious and horrific all at once. I found it difficult to know which author was writing as they did a great job of blending the voices into one novel. 
 
Format: Kindle Edition
The toilet is the only place where you will be safe from The Devil!
A blood , gore and entrailes fest!
I dont think that this book is takin itself so serious, so i do recomend you to read it for fun, at a Moment when you Need a analissys of the human vices.
This book is not for the ones that faint easy, or are to sensible! If you dont like splatter Horror movies, stay away from that book.
Well, my opinion is a positiv one, there is this guy, Solomon who would actually sell his Soul to gett the breack true, to finale be one of the ritch and famous, and no longer a no Name movie director that lives in his grannys Basement.
You will laugh, and there will be moments when you actually root for Solomon, Keep your fingers crossed and hope that he will succeed.
Enjoy the book ove the Weekend, i actualy read it in one sitting because it was a litle bit like a accident, you just could not take your eyes from it.
i gave it only 4 stars because if you are familiar with the writhing style of some of the authors, you will notice where one stops and the other one pics up(Jack Wallen and his obssesion for Willow the teenage witch, Armand Rosamilia and Alissa Milano and so on). The Translation from one author to another is a litle like when one learns to drive a car and shifths the gears a litle to fast .That was my only complain. 
 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Ok.....so that was a crazy, sick, out of control book! By that I mean "what a ride I just took" into the crazy minds of some awesome writers! I will be reading book 2 to see what other kinds of trouble Solomon can get into. He already met demons, other worldly creatures and the devil! Can't wait to see what is next. Plus it's based in Jersey, how cool is that?! Let the fun begin!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

MORBID METAMORPHOSIS


https://www.amazon.com/Morbid-Metamorphosis-Nickolas-Furr-ebook/dp/B01MFFHT6M/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482007105&sr=1-1&keywords=morbid+metamorphosis

Morbid Metamorphosis is a chilling anthology. Yes, I might be prejudiced since I was the editor, but my editing was indeed an easy and pleasurable task. I used a light hand and allowed the authors to write their stories their way. As my introduction says, it worked out well.

I am very proud of my wife, Terri DelCampo, for her great story The Skelly Effect. Bear in mind that I did not chose the stories for this anthology. Jo-Anne Russell, owner/publisher of Lycan Valley Press did. Terri's great reviews below show her talents for what they are. That being said, all the tales in this tome are superb and showcase a solid representation of horror.

Read the free sample on Amazon. Read the fantastic reviews. I'm certain you will want to purchase this great collection of horror.

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 This book contains 22 stories from authors around the world. Together they bring you morbidly terrifying tales of metamorphosis, transformation, and deep horror that will follow you for days long after you've read the last page. Beware reading this book at night, and alone - for the mind is a powerful thing, and you may find you have company in the shadows!


Format: Kindle Edition
The theme for this anthology is ‘terrifying tales of transformation,’ which makes for a wide range of possibilities. From curses and lycanthropy to torture and medical miracles, from primal nature to the supernatural, here for your disturbed enjoyment are twenty-two such tales.

My top pick of the bunch has to be Terri DelCampo’s “The Skelly Effect,” a fun, gooshy, grisly take on the pandemic apocalypse. Forget infected crazies or zombies; how about stripping society to the bare bones? I wouldn’t mind seeing more stories or a whole book set in that world … fleshing it out, so to speak.

Other standouts for me included: “Little Spark of Madness” by Simon Dewar (with which many creative types will surely identify), Tina Piney’s “The Death Vaccine” (ah, the quest for eternal youth, but at what cost?) “Danger’s Balls” by Ken MacGregor (there’s always a need for more organ donors!), “The Lake” by Stacey Turner (those teenagers and their hijinks!), and “Hyde and Seek” by Nicholas Furr (an interesting twist on the classic). 
 
Format: Paperback
How ghastly is it growing up in life? How frightening are the feelings that come with it? How absolutely disturbing does it make one feel going through life altering changes that completely shift ones perceptions, ones complete being? How vomits does it feel looking into the mirror and knowing, "OH God, I can't escape MYSELF!!!"

Assembled herein are tales that will rattle you to your nerves in a way that is as gruesome and alienating as all those things mentioned above and far, far worse. Things that will linger in your skull are written in this book that will make you desperately reach for the phone and call a friend to reel you back into a sense of safety. There is not an emotion here that isn't accompanied with the pangs of guilt, anger, fear, list and so much more that is riddled in the existence of living life. Of changing. Of metamorphosis.

Kafka couldn't dream in his worst nightmares the stuff that is in these tales, nor would he be kept from an asylum after reading them. There are few anthologies that cut as deep and penitrate so proficiently and precisely in attacking nerves and emotions the way this one does and does so in such a manner that it sneaks in like a virus, creeps in like a disease, and feeds on the darkest parts of your psyche.

This book is not to be confused with splatter, nor is it quiet. It is not in any way something that is nice or comforting or cozy. However it is cathartic. Like that cold slap of water on your face that drips into the wash basin as you look up into the mirror and then realize your face has begun melting. It is inate and acutely aware of the emotions and themes it tackles with a predators mentality, a surgeons skill, and the candid capability that only the most souless of journalists could become equipped with from having witnessed decades of unfathomable horror.

Morbid Metamorphosis is the stuff that night terrors come from. And it is made of all those horrible feelings of going through life's horrors. The ones that change us forever. It is eternal in an everlasting sense of showcasing what it means to truly mutate and change as life does to the many on this planet. Through soul searing and psyche burning valor, it captures the most frightening of all things in a mirror scribbled with words that is reflected right back at us, ourselves.

Open this book with caution, because in the end. It will change you.
 
Format: Kindle Edition
Review of MORBID METAMORPHOSIS (Lycan Valley Press)

Used to be, when reading anthologies, I could single out a favourite story (or several). Not so with MORBID METAMORPHOSIS, the debut release from Lycan Valley Press. Here I find it impossible to choose just one, so I'll say I have 22 favourites! A reader can't go wrong with this collection, which contains something (multiple somethings) for everyone. Lycan Valley Press has collated an outstanding collection, well worth reading in each and every one of the stories. I also much enjoyed the Introduction by Blaze McRob, and the Afterword from Publisher Jo-Anne Russell.

MORBID METAMORPHOSIS provides high hopes for the future of Lycan Valley Press. Looking forward to new releases!

Disclaimer:
The publisher generously provided a digital ARC for review purposes, without remuneration. The above constitutes my fair and honest opinion/

Format: Paperback
Author Franklin E. Wales has a story within this anthology, hence my reading it. Wales' story - Pickin' to Beat the Devil - is a continuation in his Dramos Saga (*you do not have to have read anything prior - it is better if you have, but this is a stand-alone story that I guarantee will have you wanting to read the others!) For those of you not familiar with Dramos, he is a [*spoiler*] vampire hunter, and his tales take place, mostly, in the Old West - great reading!
Pickin' to Beat the Devil adds a new (Irish) character (Patrick O'Dea) in the mix, and if you are a fan of Robert Rodriguez' El Mariachi or Desperado, then you will love this character! [Now that I think of it, Robert Rodriguez would be an ideal director to bring the Dramos Saga to the Big Screen. . .]

Obviously, there are other stories/authors within this anthology, so how did the rest compare?

Out of the 22 stories, there wasn't a single one that I didn't like (which is pretty impressive!) Most were 3-Skull quality; entertaining in their own right. Several more were well-above average - just to mention a few... Terri Del Campo's 'The Skully Effect' (an extremely bizarre tale that you won't soon forget!), Suzie Lockhart's 'Vile Deeds' and Cameron Trost's 'The Corkscrew and the Void' were some other well-above average tales.

As for the stand-outs: Jo-Anne Russell's 'You Are What You Eat', Stacey Turner's 'The Lake' (loved this one!), Tina Piney's 'The Death Vaccination' (cool concept!), Suzanne Robb's 'The Moonlight Killer' [man, the women are killing it this anthology!] Of course, the aforementioned Wales' tale, and then Ken MacGregor's 'Danger's Balls' (If you are a fan of the 1991 flick 'Body Parts', you will definitely dig this tale!)

As I stated earlier, each of the stories within this anthology are entertaining, in their own right - there are many more gross, sick, and twisted tales that were not mentioned. Those that were are just the one that rose to the top.

If you are a fan of anthologies, or are just looking to try some new authors, then this one is for you!
 
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In this book are 22 stories on the theme of transformation. The stories range from vampires and werewolves to a unique take on the Jekyll/Hyde story. In a few of these tales the transformation is not physical but mental. Every single one was entertaining. If you like your horror/paranormal with a bit of gore and a lot of thought, this is the book to buy. Thoughtfully entertaining.

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Blaze McRob 

Friday, December 16, 2016

CAREER ADVICE FROM JOE MCKINNEY


https://gelmermunson.com/2014/11/07/winter-of-zombie-2014-a-little-career-advice-from-joe-mckinney/

I've been rummaging through my website, cleaning out some of the older files and such. I have thousands of posts. I've been finding some great links from the past. The link above is a post put up by Joe McKinney on G. Elmer Munson's website back in 2014. While it was written specifically for Winter Of Zombie, the advice Joe gives is priceless for any genre author. And it transcends time. Hit the link above and learn from one of the best horror authors anywhere.

Happy reading. Be sure to take some notes.

Blaze McRob

THE NYMPHOS OF ROCKY FLATS - BY MARIO ACEVEDO


https://www.amazon.com/Nymphos-Rocky-Flats-Felix-Gomez-ebook/dp/B000FCKRL0?ie=UTF8&qid=1467739354&ref_=la_B00JCQ1WU0_1_2_twi_kin_1&refinements=p_82%3AB00JCQ1WU0&s=books&sr=1-2

I got to thinking about some authors I have chewed the fat with over the years and some of their great books. Mario Acevedo is one of those authors. When I was living in Wyoming, I ran into him at a book signing at B&N. Mario doesn't look like a horror author. He looks like a friendly guy you would like to sit down and drink a cup of coffee or bottle of beer with. Don't be mis-lead by that. Mario is a great author of horror, with a classic measure of snark and humor to go along with his dark stories.

The Nymphos Of Rocky Flats is the first novel in his Felix Gomez series. There are now six of them. I own them all. That should tell you something.

Happy reading, my friends.

As an update to an earlier post, there is a rumor that the tales of Felix Gomez might not be finished. I certainly hope that is the case. I would love to see number seven in print.




Blaze McRob

Book description:



The first and only vampire book to be declassified
by the federal government . . .
Felix Gomez went to Iraq a soldier. He came back a vampire.
Now he finds himself pulled into a web of intrigue when an old friend prompts him to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania at the secret government facilities in Rocky Flats. He'll find out the cause of all these horny women or die trying! But first he must contend with shadowy government agents, Eastern European vampire hunters, and women who just want his body . . .
Skewering sexual myths, conspiracy fables, and government bureaucracy, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats reveals the bizarre world of the undead with a humorous slant and a fresh twist.

Format: Paperback
"The Nymphos of Rocky Flats," Mario Acevedo's first novel, is a pretty good vampire yarn with a few exceptional highlights. The beginning, for instance, places protagonist Felix Gomez, still mortal, doing his bit for Operation Iraqi Freedom. But when the mission goes wrong and Iraqi civilians are killed, Felix is overcome with guilt -- easy prey for a vampire who happens by.

Back home, Felix works as a private investigator, retaining his mobility in daylight with a cocktail of sunscreens and cosmetics. He's called to Rocky Flats, Colorado, to investigate an outbreak of nymphomania at a federal Department of Energy facility -- hence the title.

But the nymphomania, along with the handful of of nymphomaniacs we meet, are really extraneous to the story. Much more interesting is the vampire society Acevedo has created, as well as the small army of vampire hunters that invades the greater Denver area with crosses, stakes and silver pellets in their shotguns. The dryad is pretty cool, too.

I'm afraid the "nymphos" in the title, coupled with the leering face on the cover, my harm more than help Acevedo's sales. That's too bad, because "Rocky Flats" -- which had to be declassified by the Department of Energy before its release -- is a pretty good first novel and a solid addition to modern vampire lore.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(n e t) editor 

Format: Paperback
Oh...it's a man goes to war, man kills innocent civilians, man suffers from the guilt and anguish of killing said civilians and what happens....why he is bitten by a vampire as the ultimate punishment, of course! Now that man is back in the US, having been discharged from the army for "medical reasons" and he is, naturally, working as a private investigator. He's been lured to Rocky Flats with a retainer of 20,000 dollars to investigate a rather interesting little problem...an "outbreak" of nymphomania amount the facilities women employees.

What starts out as a seemingly simple task...discover the cause of the nymphomania turns into a whirlwind adventure that runs the gambit of every thing in this genre and throws in a few from others...we've got government conspiracy theory and cover-ups, the tedium of bureaucracy, vampires, vampire hunters (naturally), a dryad, Roswell, Area 51, Aliens...Acevedo threw in practically everything but the kitchen sink into the plot, stirred liberally and viola! We get a strikingly funny novel about a vet turned vampire (who refuses to drink human blood by the way) who is assisted by a local group of vampires and a dryad in his investigation of nymphomania...yea, it's a hoot. If this had not been written in such a humorous and entertaining way, there is no way that Acevedo could have made this even remotely believable.

It's enjoyable for it's over the top story and elements told in an over the top humorous manner! I almost passed this up because of the title and I'm glad I didn't, while this is certainly not destined to be a classic, it is funny and charming in its own way! In the end, I give it a B- because all the pieces of the puzzle don't fit quite right at the very end...but this is certainly forgivable given how entertaining the story is! I'll definitely be picking up the follow up book!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

TRUE CRIME SHELF - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


https://www.amazon.com/True-Crime-Shelf-Terri-DelCampo-ebook/dp/B00O705PZE/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

True Crime Shelf, by Terri DelCampo, is a gruesome novel of ooky and spooky that is certainly not geared for the younger set. A lot is happening in Owl's Nest, Delaware, me lads and lassies. Don't pass this great read by!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 Where do the voices come from, That incessant psychotic hum, That Sentries for good are baffled by, That terrorize Owl's Nest by and by?

SMITE THE DAMNED - BY ZACK KULLIS



https://www.amazon.com/Smite-Damned-Zack-Kullis-ebook/dp/B005D24S7G?ie=UTF8&qid=1465169845&ref_=la_B005DEAFXU_1_1_twi_kin_1&s=books&sr=1-1

Smite The Damned, by Zack Kullis, is a read I enjoyed immensely. The Nephilim have always held my attention. Hell, I even write about them. Zack does a great job here with not only them but other bad-asses as well. If you love to read real horror, then this novel is for you. Read the reviews below and see what I mean.

This is a great, mind-opening book.

Blaze McRob

Book description: 

 When Keith Da Silva finally confronts the circumstances surrounding his mother's death, his eyes are opened to the darkness that is waging an ancient war against humanity. Keith is physically confronted by demonic forces, shattering his view of reality, and fights for his life with beings that live on pain and death.

In Smite the Damned, legions of spirits and demons fight alongside an ancient evil, the Nephilim, that have been hiding among their human prey. Keith is asked to help keep the dark forces at bay, and becomes a hunter of the damned. But, his role as a hunter soon brings anguish and death to his family and friends. With only a few people to help, Keith takes the battle to the forces of the Dark Lord, and ultimately, is pulled into a fight within a grand demon's personal realm.

Editorial Reviews

Review

This was an awesome read. The author did a great job of bringing in creatures that I have never found in other books. His detailed descriptions of characters, surroundings, and events really sparked my imagination and allowed me to see what was happening in the book. Smite the Damned& will no doubt satisfy your desire for entertainment. I found myself not wanting to put it down and looking for opportunities to take out my phone to find out what was coming next. I highly recommend reading this book! I hope there's another one on the way. - SCantrell36

From the Author

I think an antagonist should be, without question or hesitation, hateful and bad to the core. The antagonists in this novel fit this bill.  This novel, and the series which it starts, introduces a group of monstrous beings that have been nearly absent in literature.  These beings, Nephilim, are dark enough to find a way into our collective nightmares.

There is much in this world that is unexplained, much that we don't see, and there is much that we don't understand.  How much of this novel is based on a reality that we cannot see?  How much of this novel is based on something that we can only see out of the corner of our eye in the magical hour of twilight?  Read this, open your mind, and let yourself go. 

Format: Kindle Edition
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I have to say I was utterly amazed by the writing style Kullis set forth to make this book. It was the perfect mix or creepily unnerving mixed with intriguing. The descriptions of the plot and characters were fantastic adding another depth to the story as a whole.

What reader doesn't love a hero with a tragic past as the main character? The action scenes were also thrilling and believably written. It was definitely an entertaining read that I would recommend to people that would like an entertaining and exhilarating story. 
 
Format: Kindle Edition
Smite the Damned
Author: Zack Kullis

Synopsis: When Keith Da Silva finally confronts the dark circumstances surrounding his mother's death, his eyes are opened to the darkness that is waging an ancient war against humanity. Keith is violently confronted by demonic forces, shattering his view of reality, and fights for his life with beings of unspeakable evil.

In Smite the Damned, legions of spirits and demons fight alongside an ancient evil, the Nephilim, that have been hiding among their human prey. Keith is asked to help keep the dark forces at bay, and becomes a hunter of the damned. But, his role as a hunter soon brings pain and death to his family and friends. With only a few people to help, Keith takes the battle to the forces of the Dark Lord, and ultimately, is pulled into a fight within a grand demon's personal realm.

Our Review [by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L Olson]:

When Zack asked if I would read and review this book, one quick preview of the synopsis let me know that the answer would be "yes". Little did I know that after just the first few pages, I would audibly be saying "whoa". :-)

This book is darkly creepy, psychologically unnerving, scientifically intriguing, and philosophically thrilling...and all in the best possible way!

I was trying to come up with a combination of authors to peg Zack and Smite the Damned, and while I couldn't do it well because both Zack's writing style and the book itself are its own beautiful creatures, the closest I could come was John Saul meets Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, meets early Stephen King.

Smite the Damned has a loveable main hero with a tragic past, incredibly complex supporting characters, villains that are so despicable that you feel them in the pit of your gut, and a storyline that just doesn't stop.
The descriptives are deep and incredibly vivid without being smothering, and the scene transitions and character play are smooth and combustible. Zack's dialogue is well written and truly believable, the action scenes are intense and emotionally charged, and the suspense is well placed and called for.

While my adjectives above pretty much sum up how I felt about the book, I'd like to add that I am constantly on the hunt for a book, movie, etc that sufficiently creep me out and have always struggled finding it. While a lot of material pushes one of my buttons, be it psychologically thrilling, surprising in ways that make me jump every now and then, mentally challenging, etc, there had yet to be a combination of everything that actually had me saying "wow, this is really creepy... and I love it!", until this book that is. :-)

Three cheers for Zack Kullis and Smite the Damned and I want to thank him for letting me take a walk through his dark and twisted imagination!

LITERAL ADDICTION Paranormal Book Club gives Smite the Damned 4 ½ Skulls.

I definitely recommend it for ALL horror fans who like deep, dark, twisted psychological thrillers with philosophical roots and scientific overtones. This book is not for the faint of heart, and if you don't like your thrillers overly dark, it may disturb you. If you're like me, and are always on the hunt for "darker is better", then you need to read this book!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

VERSES FROM A DEEPLY DARKENED MIND - BY MARY GENEVIEVE FORTIER


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9492558025

Verses From A Deeply Darkened Mind, by Mary Genevieve Fortier, is a masterpiece of haunting poetry. I was fortunate enough to read a pre-published copy. Hence, my name in the editorial reviews. My honest opinion of this tome? This collection of poetry is the best I have read this year in the horror genre. Any other genre for that matter. In fact, in my opinion, no poet alive can touch her mastery of the craft.

Buy a copy of this superb collection.You will be glad you did.

Blaze McRob


Book description:


VERSES FROM A DEEPLY, DARKENED MIND Yes, “Deeply Darkened.” These are the words which reside within the depths of a mind haunted. A haunting, of neither the ethereal persuasion, nor the ghosts of a hidden and unrelenting past. Here before you, etched upon parchment, are verse written from a mind haunted by “words.” This tome is unlike your typical, modern day collection of “Horror Poetry.” It is rather an assemblage of “Horror Stories” written in poetic form. Written to tease that final nerve, before the fatal break. Ah, yes. Here, this “DEEPLY, DARKENED MIND,” who with pen in hand (black ink a must), has taken meter and rhyme to send a heartbeat racing in terror from one page to the next. “DEEPLY DARKENED,” is my mind, my world; and I offer you entrance. That’s right… Turn my page… Crack my spine… I want you to cringe, squirm, look over your shoulder into the shadows and dare you to shut out the lights once this cover has been closed. This “DEEPLY, DARKENED MIND,” bids you “welcome.” Yes, join me… in my darkness… Mary Genevieve Fortier


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Very moving and atmospheric... I could almost feel a cold breath on the back of my neck!"Graham Masterton.


 "It is no wonder that Mary Genevieve Fortier has been called 'The Modern Day Poe.' She is that good." Blaze McRob

About the Author

MARY GENEVIEVE FORTIER Imagine and Dream… two words that best describe the mind of this poet. An avid lover of the written word, Mary has penned many poems of various genres since the age of seven, and first published at the age of nine. Mary grew up reading, watching, loving anything horror: her dark-side so to speak. Classic authors, whose pens have etched greatness in works that not only create shivers down the spine but inspire movement of the soul — Such remarkable writers as Poe, Shakespeare, Browning, Gibran, just to name a few, gave Mary that special element that drives every poet to place their essence upon parchment. This became the ethereal foundation of her poetic form. Writing as such gave way to countless poems/prose and other works, many of which found publication in anthologies. Today, she has not merely found a new voice, rather, she’s added an intrinsic octave to her repertoire: the genre of Horror, both poetic and fiction. Mary’s poetry has been described as mystical, melodic, flowing with a unique grace that at times has been likened to the old world poets. Her horror poetry has been described as “Poe-esque.” Her peers deem her “The Modern Day Poe.” 

Format: Paperback
Even with the lights on - this will scare the hell out of you!

A must have for anyone that loves a frightening good time - definitely gives Poe a reason to look over his literary shoulder! 
 
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Verses From A Deeply Darkened Mind has reached into my mind and probed my own tender deep dark nightmares. It’s taken me a while to finish my first, second, and third read, and write this review because these are poems that must be read aloud and you cannot read them but once. I also feel they ought to be read simply. No drama required the words carry their own spell.

These verses are not bland stream of consciousness phrases with a gut rending twist at the end to fit them into the horror category. This is in your face with horror from the beginning to the end dark transgressive poetry. The Poet, a master craftsperson, dared to draw on the old poetic devices, but subtly, to slip the sliver beneath your skin. The poet here has gone to the moors, to the other side of the mirror, upon the stairs in the forest, and between the cracks that lead to Hell for these poems. If you haven’t read this book I’m excited imagining you reading these poems for the first time, you are in for a major treat.

First, the absolute jewels. “Every Nine And Twenty” of course, and what a magnificent surprise – “Every Nine And Twenty Revisited:” followed by the brilliant Terror Train Poems. “The Ancient Bodhrán” - I cannot say enough about this one! As I read it aloud, I began whispering, then my voice changed, until I was positive someone else was speaking, then I got goosebumps, and I swear my cat’s hair stood on end. “The Ancient Bodhrán,” “Every Nine And Twenty,” “Every Nine And Twenty Revisited:,” and all of the Terror Train poems are intense, powerful, classics, each individually worth the price of admission.

Now just a few of my other favorites. I found “When the Lights Go Out” scary as hell; don’t read that one to your children. “Wooden Box” was harrowing, a complete story, as were many here. The entire book was full of quotable phrases and lines, and probably many more memorable than this one but it struck me enough to note it – from the poem “Into the Attic” these lines “Above the stairs/The attic cries” jumped out at me. I was also taken by the very effective wordplay in “Cold.” As I read some pages repeatedly, I found myself falling under a spell, cast by the perfect rhythm. A couple of those favorites were “The Mourning Masses” and “The Package.” Some poems were almost peaceful, sad and beautiful rather than horrific: “Transformation,” “The Broken Hearted,” “The Infinite Rail,” and “The Thoughts I Write” fell into that category. More favorites -- “The In-Between; Where Nightmares Slip Beneath the Cracks” hints at what “The Doorway” delivers! You must read them both. -- You must read them all.
 
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This macabre book of stories/poems scared the hell right out of me from the very first one I digested. This was an excellent surprise as I had no idea of the black thoughts that pass through the mind of this very talented lady. She is a gal after my own heart. Do yourself a favor it you enjoy getting jumped by terror that will scare the hell out of you, get yourself a copy of this one.
 
Format: Paperback
Some approach poetry--or any form of writing--with an eye to impress with their cleverness. Mary Genevieve Fortier seems rather to work from some kind of deep, instinctive well, as though her poems were not so much written as authorized by a more profound source. There is no air of pretense or put-on in these verses, only the richness of imagery, fastidious technique and flashes of sharp wit with which Fortier invests her striking and unique works. She's been likened to Edgar Allan Poe, and though the resonance is there, Fortier may be a bit better. Comparable to such latter-day Decadents as KA Opperman (The Crimson Tome), Fortier has the gift of making horror poetry truly scary, powerful and enriching. These are treasures to view and view again. A first-rate addition to any serious horror fan's library. 
 
Format: Paperback
Darkness is explored in all its myriad creepiness in this amazing collection of poems. What sets this apart is the scalpel like writing that’s elegant and lyrical, monstrous and majestic, as dark and scary as a demon’s soul. Mostly told from the perspective of an unknowing victim, the horrors come unbounded and brutal in shadowy places where the depraved assault is not just on the flesh and blood body, but even more on the shattered mind. What's great is they all tell a macabre and eerie story. If there’s such a thing as beautiful words revealing the terror that’s unleashed in the dark, this is it. “The Intruder” is one of my favorites, a mini-masterpiece that’s up close and personal with gut wrenching fear. Read this with the lights on, but you’ll still feel a midnight chill in your pounding heart.