Thursday, April 28, 2016

THE LATEST NEWS FROM WILLIAM MEIKLE


https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/in-the-pipe-five-by-five/

Hit the link above and find out what's coming up for William Meikle. You'll see he has a lot on his plate. Also, you can look look at some purty pictures of his grand book covers. That's always a pleasure. And scroll down and read some of his past posts and learn more about the man who is Willie.

Blaze McRob


THE WORLD-MART TRILOGY: THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WORLD-MART, AND AFTERMATH - BY LEIGH M. LANE



 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EVRUNMW


 All three books in The World-Mart Trilogy: The Private Sector, World-Mart, and Aftermath, by Leigh M. Lane, are now available in one collection. This is not to be taken lightly. Leigh writes some great tales.

Blaze McRob



Book description:

 Get the full World-Mart dystopian trilogy in one collection!

The Private Sector

The world of corporate greed runs rampant after the government's dissolution has left police, fire, and all other services in the hands of privatized businesses and wealthy investors.

John and Dianne Irwin are doing everything they can to shield their son, Junior, from the world's ever-expanding corruption. Dianne's junkie sister and her cluelessly entitled parents don't help. Even more, Dianne's livelihood as an artist has been deemed obsolete, and the tighter money gets, the closer they find themselves a mere tragedy or illness away from ruin.

With the class divide ever widening, debtor prisons for the lower and middle classes overflowing, disease ravaging the country, and resources running dry, the Irwins must survive the battleground generated by those who would crush the lower classes for their own gain and those who've waged a war against them, against a corrupt system ruled by The Private Sector.

World-Mart

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

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

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

One held in place by complacency and mediocrity.

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

Aftermath: Beyond World-Mart

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

Corporate America has fallen, taking the rest of the world down with it, genetic engineering and bioterrorism having come together to wipe out nearly the entire human race. The few survivors have no choice but to rise from society's ashes, but with resources growing scarce and some unable to let go of the past, the future of the human race skates on a razor's edge of uncertainty.

In this highly anticipated conclusion to the World-Mart trilogy, George travels beyond the districts, to the deviant shanty-towns and beyond, to a place he'd nearly forgotten--and to another he never could have imagined existed. And what he finds along the way will change everything he'd thought about the world--and the end of the world--as he knows it.

Editorial Reviews

Review

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

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

The Private Sector (World-Mart) is a really interesting tale because of the realism that Leigh M. Lane is able to bring[...]. Lane's description of this greedy and money hungry world is something that I could immediately see. I think a lot of readers will be able to relate to these problems and will suffer with the characters, knowing it's possible that these things could actually happen. I really enjoyed this premise and thought Lane executed it beautifully. It was a very thought provoking story. ~Taylor Wade, Readers' Favorite (5 stars)

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

"I strongly suggest that you read this novel that really hits close to home." ~Quincy Simpson, the Kindle Book Review (5 stars)

BLACKWATER VAL - BY WILLIAM GORMAN



http://www.amazon.com/Blackwater-Val-William-Gorman-ebook/dp/B01ETZ73H4/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461857423&sr=1-1&keywords=blackwater+val

 Blackwater Val is William Gorman's first novel. It most certainly will not be his last. Read the free sample on Amazon and you will see what I mean. This is another great tome published by Crystal Lake Publishing and Joe Mynhardt. Officially, this novel comes out tomorrow. I bought one today. It's early. So, I was lucky and got mine for only 99 cents. Wow! Tomorrow it's on sale for 99 cents also, but the next day it's $4.99. Get it now, my friends!

Blaze McRob

Book description:


 Something isn’t quite right in the Val.

Richard Franklin has left his Midwestern roots behind to live on the coast of Maine with his family. But in the autumn of the year 2000, he must return to his Illinois birthplace on a sorrowful journey. His wife Michelle has been killed in New England by a hit-and-run driver who is never found, so back home he comes with her cremated remains, to fulfill a final wish and on her birthday scatter her ashes in the park along the river in Blackwater Valley—simply Blackwater Val to locals—the small town where they both grew up and fell in love.

With him he brings his six-year-old daughter Katie who still grieves for her lost mother: Katie, who can sometimes guess who’s going to be on the phone before it rings. Who can stop all the clocks in the house, and break up clouds in the sky with her mind, and heal sicknesses, and who sometimes sees things that aren’t there . . . people who are no longer alive. All gifts she inherited from her mother.

Only something isn’t quite right in the Val.

Sinkholes are opening up, revealing the plague pits the sleepy hamlet was built over in the 1830s, when malaria and cholera outbreaks ran riot. Mysterious bird and fish die-offs begin to occur, and Katie can see ghosts of the dead gathering all around. But what she can’t see is the charred, centuries-old malevolence which has been waiting for her, and wants her for its very own. Or the pale Sallow Man who haunts the town’s nighttime streets . . . or the river witch—another Blackwater Val, of sorts—each of whom will be drawn one by one into the nightmarish bloodletting about to take place.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

IT'S UP TO YOU TO SELL YOUR HORROR BOOKS - PART 3



This is part three of IT'S UP TO YOU TO SELL YOUR HORROR BOOKS. I received some good questions and other responses in the previous posts which I will address tonight. Let me start off with Greg Chapman. These are some comments he sent to my Facebook Page:


Greg Chapman It's getting harder these days to self-promote because sadly the responsibility falls back on the author. Also every other writer is doing the same thing. But that doesn't mean you should stop. I think it's about promoting other authors' works too. Be part of the community by acknowledging that we're all in this together.

 Greg Chapman One of the things I ended up doing was creating a Facebook page promoting new and upcoming releases and reviews to try and get exposure to new authors. I'm happy to share that page if anyone is interested.

https://www.facebook.com/Fresh-Blood-New-Horror-Fiction-515881331907638/?hc_location=ufi 

I am really impressed with the job that Greg is doing to help other authors gain some notoriety. We need more people like him. Greg is absolutely right in what he says. Promoting others sends out a statement that we care about the entire family of authors and not only ourselves. Personally speaking, I never view another author as competition. We're in this together. When one succeeds,we all do. Take a look at Greg's Facebook page and I know you will find some fascinating authors and books.

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From JD Phillips:

 
JD Phillips Writing and publishing ARE easy. It's getting people to buy/read you that's hard. Sharing is great but I find it's usually writers sharing other writers - no readers in sight.

I'm at a loss as to how to truly merge the two. I don't see readers actively seeking lesser known/indie books.


 Robert Nelson Good point, JD Phillips! What Greg Chapman is doing is great. I found some great books there already by some of my favorite authors. I'll be posting more about this later today. There is much we authors can do. And, there are always new things popping up. We need to keep this dialogue going. Authors love writing, but money is good. Bills have to be paid.

More ideas for JD and others:

I am a firm believer in Twitter. I have found many great people there via the retweet route on my friends' pages. Sometimes they retweet me, and sometimes I retweet and follow them because of things they said that I enjoy. I like to send personal tweets when I can as well as retweets. It makes things more personal, I believe. The auto-generating concept is bogus and I don't employ it. 

I like to put links to some of my blog posts up on Twitter, and share them as well on my Facebook Page and my Author Facebook Page. That really gets the word out and doesn't spam anyone.

Use pictures and a lot of eye-grabbing color that pops out at people. Don't post extra long posts. Get your point across without going on and on about things. Short, sweet, and purty!

I have millions of hits on the search engines. Most of those are not because of me pounding my own chest. They come from folks finding out about other authors I talk about. My extended version of Women In Horror Month is a huge success. Not only the Women In Horror like these posts, but their friends do as well. This is along the same lines as what Greg Chapman is doing. We help each other. It's the right thing to do.

Another thing I like to do is to employ different ways to let folks on Facebook know that my books, as well as other authors' books, are available for sale. I don't like to employ the huge groups that have untold thousands of members. It's too easy to get lost in the shuffle. I like the smaller groups, and I don't post on them every day. I spread them around, and even then, I don't spam the groups. Another thing I do is to remark on other author's books. Also, One post might have the book's Amazon Page link with cover and a short, catchy blurb. The next time around, I might use my link to the book trailer. Zips things up. I'm getting ready to use links to free online jigsaw puzzles as well. 

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These are only a few things that I thought I could pass on. There will be plenty more. Also, there will be more questions and responses from me to come. Stay tuned in, my friends.

Blaze McRob


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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


My last post stressed that it's up to you to sell your horror books. You can read it here.  http://www.blazemcrob.com/2016/04/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

Sunday, April 24, 2016

IT'S UP TO YOU TO SELL YOUR BOOKS



This is a most interesting year for those who write and read horror books. There have been a number of Presses closing their doors. Samhain shook the industry when they announced they would be shutting down - not only their horror line, but their other genres as well. Samhain had some well known horror authors with books published by them.

Another Press has not closed down, but it is having difficulties paying royalties and was forced to stop publishing their horror line. And there are many more.

Even a co-owned Press I was involved in closed its doors on March 31st. We ran in the red from day one. I could no longer afford to be the only one to pay all the bills, and the rest of the members, we had twenty, chose not to continue. We did put out some fine books for a while, but this is a tough business. Many authors think that a publisher should give writers their first born sons. Hmm. I think not, especially when many authors do nothing to help market their books. Case in point: my Press had an anthology that was going along pretty good for a while. I personally paid for the marketing, did more on my own, paid for the formatting, art, and more. Then the editor, who had a story in it himself, told the rest of the authors it was not necessary for them to help with the marketing. Nice move on his part. Sales dropped, of course.

So, from my experiences as a publisher, let me just say that there was no money to be made. No more could I do my work for free and pay the bills on top of it. This was a cooperative venture, my friends. The publisher and the authors need to work as a team. If they don't, the venture is doomed. My own work did not get published while other authors' work did at my former Press. No more complaining about that. It was an expensive learning experience, but I met some great people I would not have met otherwise.

What is a person to do? There are a number of choices:

1. Get a Big 5 publisher to publish your book. Good luck on that one. And, even if you do, the advance you received will have to be earned back. If it's not, you're totally screwed. You'll owe your publisher and you'll be black-balled from the Big  5. Not cool. Besides, your royalty rates will suck big-time.

2. You can be published by a small or medium sized press. You probably won't get an advance, but your royalty rate will almost certainly be higher. And you will start getting your money as soon as the the publisher receives the money from Amazon and the rest - based on whether you're receiving quarterly or half-year royalties. This is a far better option. Check around and find out the more reputable publishers.

3. Some publishers pay a pro-rate of five cents a word or more. This is a harder gig to get, but it can be lucrative. One point I need to make here is that I see this discussed in various Facebook groups a lot. Many  authors want to hold out for this sweet deal. It's their choice, of course, but with publishers closing shop, I wouldn't hold my breath. And, to be perfectly honest, a number of these authors need to sharpen their skills at the craft before this will happen.

4. Some publishers will pay $25.00 or more for individual short stories for anthologies. This is not only cash in your pocket from the git-go, but, as a rule, a royalty only anthology nets the authors crap. There are simply too many hands in the pot. If you can get the $25.00, you'll be doing better in most cases.

5. Self-publishing is an option. In my case, this is the path I have chosen. My wife, Terri DelCampo, and I started up our own Press for our works only. We do all the work and reap all the benefits. Blazing Owl Press is our baby all the way. Are we getting rich? No. But we are are selling books. Gotta love that.

As if the closing down of established publishers hasn't made it more difficult for horror authors to sell books, there has been a rather nasty bit of infighting going on in the Horror Writers Association. While this doesn't directly affect sales, this whole debacle is not only a black-eye for the organization, but it gives those who write horror a bad image. Coming this close to the Stoker Convention doesn't make things any better. There are many hard workers at various positions at the HWA. I am friends with many of them and respect many others, but a lot of work will have to be done to clear things up. This started out with one incident and spread to another. I will not go as far as my friend Brian Keene has in regards to this controversy, but he is doing what is best for him and I am doing the same. There might be some benefits that some authors will reap from being a member of the HWA, but I don't see anything they have to offer that I can't do myself. Also, I have never liked the fact that to be an active member, which means you can vote on the Stokers and such, you must provide proof of how much money you made from any of your books. No one sees that information except me and the IRS. All in all, it has always sounded elitist to me.

Not everyone will agree with all the points I presented here. That's fine with me. If you want any more information or links to answer any of your questions, I will be happy to supply them. Just remember that when the shit hits the fan, one must find a way to get out of the blast of defecation hurled at you. No matter what organization you are a member of or who publishes your books, everything depends on you. Make the right decisions. You're the boss. If you fail, it's your fault. You didn't work hard enough. Learn the craft; write a great book; make the right publishing decision; and don't blame anyone else.

Thanks for reading.

Blaze McRob  

Saturday, April 23, 2016

BLAZE MCROB'S NEW MARKETING GENIUS



http://www.amazon.com/Blaze-McRob/e/B006XJ1I94/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

The little guy above is my new marketing genius. He's an enthusiastic little fellow, and he works for peanuts. The link above will take you to my Amazon Author Page where you can find my novels, novellas, short story collections, and stories within anthologies. There will be many more books coming. You can also go to the Blazing Owl Press website http://www.blazingowlpress.com/ and see more of what Terri DelCampo and I have in store for those who love to read about the things hiding within the shadows. We aim to please. Almost all of my upcoming projects will be published by Blazing Owl Press.

That's all for now. My marketing genius needs some lunch.

Blaze McRob

Friday, April 22, 2016

FULL MOON MADNESS 25 HORROR AUTHORS



http://sale.coreyjpopp.com/

This is an amazing opportunity for readers to find new favorite authors. For today and tomorrow only, April 22-23, 2016, 25 superb authors are supplying 25 free novels, novellas, and short stories. Hit the link above and be taken to FULL MOON MADNESS 25 HORROR AUTHORS. All the books are there and all you have to do is hit the book cover and be taken instantly to Amazon. Easy, peasy.

How good are these books? I already purchased roughly a third of them when they were not for sale. I don't buy crap; I don't read crap.

A thanks to Cory J. Popp for getting all this together.

Blaze McRob

Thursday, April 21, 2016

B.E.M. - BY WILLIAM MEIKLE


http://www.amazon.com/B-E-M-William-Meikle-ebook/dp/B01EJXNRWG

William Meikle has another collection of  delicious monster tales for your reading enjoyment. If you're into creature features, big bugs, or B-movies, then this book is for you. Get it now before the monsters attack you. Just saying.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:

 THEY CAME FROM...

THE SEA - a huge crab and a giant scorpion, ancient foes intent on battle, and woe betide anything or anyone who gets in their way.

THE SANDS - deadly beetles, each bigger than a man, swarming and frenzied in defense of an ancient temple.

SPACE - a mutated spider threatens the ISS.

ABOVE - a plasmoid blob attaches itself to a weather ballon and on reaching earth, starts to feed.

BEYOND - a giant invisible beast threatens post war London as it comes up the Thames towards Westminster.

BELOW - giant scuttling Isopods swarm out of the depths bent on feeding and mayhem.


All of this, and more in a new collection of stories from William Meikle.

They come.

We fight.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

OFF THE BEATEN PATH 2: EIGHT MORE TALES OF THE PARANORMAL



http://www.amazon.com/Off-Beaten-Path-Eight-Paranormal-ebook/dp/B01BKSC5W6/ref=sr_1_9?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1460821528&sr=1-9

 Eight great authors come together in this spooky collection of horror tales. Off The Beaten Path 2: Eight More Tales Of The Paranormal rocks awesome sauce!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Eight more tales of the paranormal from eight diverse and talented voices.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It's been quite a long time since I had so much fun reading. These eight short stories belong to the Fantasy&Horror genre and all the authors acquit themselves at least very well. For readers who like a good horror tale with wit and (sometimes goulish) humor, this anthology offers a couple of hours of good time. The stories that I loved best were: The Coal Miner's Demon by Angela Roquet -she manages to set a juicy she-demon story in the middle of a rural present. perhaps on par with the Monkey's Paw or Pollock and the Porroh Man. Good stuff! Next is The Ice Cream Social by Meri Elena - set in a pedestrian academic environment working on plants (how more academically boring one can be), it is delightful in its surprises and a really great ending. The best comparison that comes to mind is Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl. Finally - Pixie Played by Jacie Gale- a great mini-tale in the best tradition of Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson, with a dash of Roger Zelazny. Packed with action and believably incredible -Wow!. The last choice, In Summerfall, the Dragons by Shervi Kiani is not uniform enough throughout. The major line is lyrical, poetic, dreamy - in a word, very good writing. The connecting sequences of conflicts with parents, step-sister, the boys on the beach, with the world in general - detract from that quality. Very original, nevertheless. Get it, read it, you won't regret it!

Friday, April 15, 2016

TRIBULATIONS - BY RICHARD THOMAS - IS OUT!


http://www.amazon.com/Tribulations-Richard-Thomas/dp/1944787771

Tribulations, written by Richard Thomas, and published by Crystal Lake Publishing and Joe Mynhardt, is now out for your reading pleasure in paperback version. This is a powerful short story collection. Richard writes horror in such a manner as to keep you sitting on the edge of your chair. You like your horror like that, do you not? Hustle over to Amazon and pick up a copy now. You won't be disappointed.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 In the third short story collection by Richard Thomas, Tribulations, the stories cover a wide range of dark fiction--from fantasy, science fiction and horror, to magical realism, neo-noir, and transgressive fiction. The common thread that weaves these tragic tales together is suffering and sorrow, and the ways we emerge from such heartbreak stronger, more appreciative of what we have left--a spark of hope enough to guide us though the valley of death. Fireflies and wolves, ghosts and golems, tentacled beasts and demonic spirits--these psychological thrillers will hypnotize you as they slide the blade between your ribs, up close and personal, whispering in your ear as you gasp and pull them closer. Tribulations includes 25 short stories--including two that were long-listed for Best Horror of the Year. There are also five original full-page illustrations by Luke Spooner.

"The stories Richard Thomas tells are dark rooms. Sometimes they are filled with terrors--ghosts and jealousies and strange beasts. Sometimes they are empty. And this might be the most terrifying thing of all. At times sharp and biting and other times dreamy and lyrical, Thomas is a powerful writer and Tribulations is a stellar collection."
--Kristi DeMeester, author of Split Tongues

"Tribulations is a dark fiction collection for all readers. No matter your preference: this book ducks, dives, and bounces between genres like an Olympic skier taking on a hillside of slalom. Rarely is reading a collection straight-through as eclectic (or purely enjoyable) an experience. If you're not already a fan of Thomas: prepare to be."
--AdamCesare, author of Zero Lives Remaining

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Tribulations shows that Richard Thomas not only knows his craft, but excels in it. Readers owe Richard Thomas a letter to thank him for sharing hisbrilliant work, and Richard Thomas owes readers a letter to apologizefor giving them more reasons to never turn off the light"--Cultured Vultures.

"Richard Thomas doesthis thing where he introduces us to his friends, folks just like you or me, good, hard-working, honest folks. People we can relate to on manylevels. And then, for whatever reason, he drops them right into themiddle of hell. Maybe he just enjoys making them suffer. Maybe he knowsthat we enjoy watching. Whatever the case, with Tribulations he has let us get a little closer, made the glass between us and thesuffering a little thinner, and reminded us that we just might be nextin line."--Horrornews.net

"At his best Thomaswrites like his life depends on it, while his restraint and careful useof language ensure that these stories hit in all the right places.Whether it's with a dash of stream-of-consciousness here, a bit of prose poem there, or a starkly minimalist passage, these stories speak to the things that haunt the darkest corners of the mind."--Hellnotes

"Richard Thomas is on the cutting edge of neo-noir fiction and I dare anyone to say different. Tribulations is his best yet: elegantly twisted, superbly creepy, and dripping darkness. This is required reading for anyone into the shadow side of literature."--Dread Central 

A GENEROUS GROUP OF INDIE AUTHORS



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Nicole Storey is doing a wonderful thing to help the LIFT4Autism2016 group. She gathered sixteen great authors to donate 27 books to be auctioned off, the money going to Talk About Curing Autism’s (TACA) scholarship fund. I am honored to be a part of this and excited to help this great cause. Hit the link above to see the links to the great authors helping out. I have purchased books from a number of these super folks in the past and can vouch for their mastery at the craft.

Nicole has plenty of links at her post to enable you to find out even more about everything going on. Take a few moments and find some fantastic people. While I donated some horror books -a YA book and a couple of Gothic Horror anthologies I have stories in - there are many genres involved. Check out the bid site to find out how to win. Bear in mind that all these books are print books. The lucky winner gets a fantastic assortment of great reading.

Get in on the fun!

Blaze McRob

Thursday, April 14, 2016

AMBER AND BLUE - BY K.R. ROWE



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Amber and Blue, by K.R. Rowe, is an amazing book! There is no one way to peg this story. Some say it's romance more than anything else. Yet, that's not the way I see it. There is action and adventure within it's pages, and, dare I say, I find horror lurking about. I bought this book so I know what I'm talking about. For a great read sure to make many readers who love fantastic genre blends happy, you can't go wrong with this great novel.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 "You can contain the passion of your heart no more than I can control the breath that I take. "

Alex was just an adventurous kid when he saved a young girl's life. Years later, sudden bouts of recurring nightmares drove him to find her, only to have her ripped from his life by a lunatic. The one time he needed help, he was forced to call on Lucien; a criminal, a spy, and a man he despises. Lucien is driven to help by guilt and obsession, and in the process, he is willing to risk his own life and betray a madman he once called his brother. Stolen from the banks of the Tennessee River, she was swept to the war torn streets of Old Montreal. Is Alex's love strong enough to protect her once more? Not from the grip of the madman who took her, but from the arms of Lucien, the criminal, who saved her.

By L. Zimmer on November 28, 2012
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It is a rare author that writes so well that you actually forget that you are reading! The characters are so real that you feel as if you know them. Great plot, great characters and lots of unexpected twists and turns. Can't wait to see more from this author...hope she writes quickly! 
 
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This is a good read. Has some interesting characters. The story is of the future when the world becomes over-populated and the structure we know breaks down, with unrest in Canada spilling over into the United States. There is complicated romance, with competing interest in the lead female character. I enjoyed some of the stories about real places around Chattanooga, as I have spent enough time there over the years to know most of the terrain covered in this story.

The ending sets up the sequel, which I understand is in the works. I intend to read it too. 
 
Format: Kindle Edition
There is so much diversity in here, with the combination of a powerful love triangle, amnesia, danger, betrayal, violent lunacy, a psychopathic bad guy and a fascinatingly original storyline that I don’t want to say anything about for fear of throwing in a spoiler.

Recently I’ve been making every effort to read a diverse selection of books and a number of the more romantic ones cast the male ‘hero’ as having eyes like deep blue pools, a body to die for, perfect skin, and a six-pack to make Zac Ephron jealous. (Actually I’ve no idea who Zac Ephron is, but he’s the first name who came up when I googled celebrity six-packs). It gets so boring.

Amber and Blue, however, avoids this stereotyping altogether, doesn’t dwell or even mention Alex’s six-pack, but focuses more on his torment and the fact that he’s a thoroughly decent bloke. You can’t help but like Alex and Grace, or their friends Matt and Lydia, and this makes for a much better read.

K.R. Rowe is also a very good writer, who has no doubt learned and practiced her trade. You can actually feel Alex’s anguish.

The only person I’d like to know more about is the villain turned romantic, Lucien. We’re offered hints into his past, little tit-bits if you like, but that’s about all. He’s a villain who’s been a spy, yet has a decent side to him …. kind of. I’d like to read Lucien’s story.

All in all, this is a bloody good read and I have no hesitation in recommending it.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

DESTINY CHANGED - BY BLAZE MCROB




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Just out this week, Destiny Changed, by Blaze McRob, is a novella with some serious bite. Think you know all about Ghouls? Maybe not.

This book is not for the young to read. It is horrific in more ways than one. The best way for you to find out if you would like this book is to read the generous free sample on Amazon. Also, bear in mind that Destiny Changed is free to read for subscribers of Kindle Unlimited.

Thank you for reading this post. Destiny, Lillith, and Algol invite you into their world.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 A Novella By Blaze McRob / Ghouls are fed up / Can't keep their heads up / In God's eyes they're dreck / A mistake gone unchecked. / Lillith and Algol, / Ghouls that inspire awe / Give Destiny birth / Begin showing Ghoul worth. / The Chosen One surprising / Leads the uprising / By misfits is adored / Babe wields lightning sword. / Twixt Devil and God / Through bloodiest sod / World order arranged / By Destiny changed. (Poem by Terri DelCampo)

Monday, April 11, 2016

MORBID METAMORPHOSIS - TERRIFYING TALES OF TRANSFORMATION







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Below I have the latest list of authors and other folks involved with the great anthology Morbid Metamorphosis: Terrifying Tales Of Transformation to be published this June by Lycan Valley Press, owned by Jo-Anne Russell. I'm sure a number of your favorite authors are on this list. I will keep you posted as to any new events as they come up.

Thank you for reading.

Blaze McRob

Morbid Metamorphosis: Terrifying Tales of Transformation Acceptance List - as we go. :)
Morbid Metamorphosis: Terrifying Tales of Transformation Editor: Robert Nelson Cover Art: Medusa Ink ~ Jo-Anne Russelll Book Trailer: Kevin Hopson Book Blurb: Joe McKinney
Introduction: Robert Nelson
Acceptance List 1. Become Him, by Greg Chapman
2. Joey’s Grove, by Roy C. Booth and R. Thomas Riley
3. The Skelly Effect, by Terri DelCampo-Nelson
4. Keep the Change, by Dave Gammon
5. … and Thou!, by Nancy Kilpatrick
6. Crowded, by Rod Rod Charles Marsden
7. You Are What You Eat, by Jo-Anne Russell
8. Spirit Walk on Sour Ground, by Mj Preston
9. The Lake, by Stacey Turner
10. The Death Vaccination, by Tina Piney
11. The Moonlight Killer, by Suzanne Robb
12. Pickin’ to Beat the Devil, by Franklin E. Wales
13. The Catamount, by Donna Marie West
14. . Vile Deeds, by Suzie Lockhart
15. The Corkscrew and the Void, by Cameron Trost
16. Paper Trail, by Daniel I Russell
17. Little Spark of Madness, by Simon Dewar
18. Under the Weight of Souls, by Amanda J. Spedding
19. Clay Danger’s Balls, by Ken MacGregor
20. Ezzie Does it, by Erin Shaw
21. Febrile, by Gregory L. Norris

Sunday, April 10, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: BURYING THE EX - BY W. J. HOWARD








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W. J. Howard is back with another great movie review. Hit the link above to see if  Burying The Ex passes muster. If it does, grab a copy. If not, W. J. has plenty of other movies on the left side-bar that she recommends.

Remember: knowledge is power. Let W. J. share hers with you.

Blaze McRob

GHOST HEART - BY JOHN PALISANO



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 Ghost Heart, by John Palisano, is horror to rock your socks! Check out the great reviews below. You owe it to yourself to purchase this super book.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

Live fast, die young, and leave a bloodthirsty corpse.
That’s the saying of a new pack of fiendish predators infesting a New England town. They’re infected with the Ghost Heart, a condition that causes them to become irresistible and invincible…as long as they drink the blood of the living. But these vampires don’t live forever, and as the Ghost Heart claims them, their skin loses color and their hearts turn pale. When a young mechanic is seduced by the pack’s muse, he finds falling in love will break more than his heart.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

John Palisano's short fiction has appeared in many places. Check out: Dark Discoveries, Horror Library, Darkness On The Edge, Lovecraft eZine, Phobophobia, Lovecraft eZine, Terror Tales, Harvest Hill, Halloween Spirits, the Bram Stoker Award® nominated Chiral Mad, Midnight Walk, Halloween Tales, and many other publications. NERVES was his first novel. He is working hard on its sequel, as well as many other upcoming works.

His non-fiction has appeared in FANGORIA and DARK DISCOVERIES, where he's interviewed folks like Robert Englund, director Rob Hall, and Corey Taylor from Slipknot.

Currently, DUST OF THE DEAD, his first book from Samhain Publishing, arrived in June 2015 with GHOST HEART and NIGHT OF 1,000 BEASTS to come from that partnership in the very near future.

His work has been cited by the Bram Stoker Award® three times.

"Available Light" was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award® in 2013. "The Geminis" was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award® in 2014. "Splinterette" was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award® in 2015.

John's had a colorful history. He began writing at an early age, with his first publications in college fanzines and newspapers at Emerson in Boston. He's worked for over a decade in Hollywood for people like Ridley Scott and Marcus Nispel. He's recently been working as a ghost-screenwriter and has seen much success with over two dozen short story sales and his novel NERVES continues gaining critical and reader acclaim. There's more where that all came from.

Format: Kindle Edition
John Palisano always provides a unique spin on classic themes, and Ghost Heart is no different. In this book, he does for the vampire genre what he did for zombies with Dust of the Dead. From the desperate souls inhabiting New York City nightclubs to the main characters whose troubled love sets the stage for the story, this book veers in unexpected directions that will leave readers turning the pages to find out what happens next. Forget broody Romanian counts or sparkly teens with a taste for blood and angst; in Ghost Heart, Palisano sends us down a new road of vampirism, one that stems from the social, physical, and mental addictions so prevalent in today’s society. If you’re looking for a book that is chock full of suspense, romance, and a nice touch of blood—with some real surprises lurking in the shadows—then buy Ghost Heart right now and start reading it.
(I was provided this book from the publisher as a review copy)

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
An easy, fun horror read that is an ideal rainy day book, or for kicking back on a lazy day or evening. Recommended for any horror fan wanting a new take on the vampire premise.


And, here is a great review from Cemetery Dance. Hit the link below to read the entire review.


Ghost Heart by John Palisano
Samhain Publishing (February 2016)
218 pages; $14.99 paperback; $4.24 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington
Get this book.  Don’t even bother reading my review, just drop everything and get yourself a copy. You won’t regret it.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

ELDREN: THE BOOK OF THE DARK - BY WILLIAM MEIKLE



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Get this great Scottish Vampire book by William Meikle! He has it priced at only 99 cents for a short time. Don't miss out!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Two young boys reawaken an ancient vampire. Only "The Book of the Dark" can stop it. But the sun is getting low.... and vamps are not the only dangers in the night.

Editorial Reviews

Review

Takes the reader on an escalating ride of terror. Full of intriguing subplots, you hang on for dear life, hoping to discover the truth. Meikle does a fine job with delivery ----Nancy Kilpatrick, Author of The Power of the Blood series

A gem of a book...essential reading if you are literate, and if you want the vampire genre to grow beyond stagnant velvet clad fops. --Shirlie Leighton for Bite Me Magazine

These are real people facing down a fantastical supernatural menace and that's what gets you. It's real. It's dirty. And, by the gods, it's bloody. No sparkles. --The Occult Detective

This well written novel effectively delivers both horror and low-key fantasy. Once you start reading the need to find out the fate of the characters will keep the pages turning late into the night. -- LoveVampires.com

From the Author

I'm definitely a classicist when it comes to vampires. Mine are mostly evil blood-suckers with bad breath and little clothes sense. To them teenage girls are food, not objects of desire.

That said, I have sometimes strayed from the lone vamp as predator meme. In my Watchers series for instance, I have a whole army of kilted Highland vampires facing organised bands of slayers.

And in that same series I explored the idea of vampires being a product of an alchemical experiment gone wrong, one of the paths on the Great Journey that is not often taken.

But I rarely stray far. It's the blood-urge, the need for food, that inspires me to write about vampires, and I can't see that changing. Gothic lounging and moaning about your condition in life (or undeath) is all well and good, but it bores me to tears, both in fiction and on film, and I find myself shouting: Bite something for god's sake!

Format: Kindle Edition
I don't know about you, but there seems to be more than enough vampire stories out there. Don't get me wrong, they are good tales, but after a couple years of vampire books on the best seller lists, I thought I'd had my fill. That was until I read William Meikle's "Eldren The Book of the Dark". My interest has, once again, been piqued.

This dark tale is a deliciously descriptive read. Set in the rolling moors of Scotland, we are introduced to a very unromantic town filled with a most ordinary people. Ordinary that is, until a boy named Tony is goaded into entering the daunting abandoned house the townsfolk steer clear of. With his best friend, they discover a coffin in the labyrinth beneath the house and upon opening it, find a corpse. When his best friend removes a beautiful sword that is wedged in the corpse's chest, they in essence, open Pandora's Box, and this is where it gets really interesting.

With the town slowly beginning to lose its residents, the story takes off at vampire pace, introducing its readers to several heroes ranging from a priest to a drunken has been, the plot so inter-weaved you cannot put the book down. Will the town survive the ravaging of a sadistic vampire, or will it be plunged into a darkness the likes of which only vampire history has seen?

The most unique part in this tale is its giant shift from its counterparts; Eldren delves into the history of the vampires, beginning with their creation in which God creates vampires before humans. Their bible is eerily similar to our own. Indeed, the wording is so precise, one actually believes they are reading a holy book. If I didn't know this book was fiction, I'd say Meikle did his homework.

I enjoy a well-written book that whisks me deep within its pages and doesn't let me go until the end when I'm left wanting more. Eldren is a combination of horror, comedy, drama, romance and action - a must read for any reader who wants it all.
- Ashley L. Knight author of FINS

Thursday, April 7, 2016

LEIGH M. LANE - WOMAN IN HORROR! CATCH HER LATEST RELEASE AND MORE!






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https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLeighMLane


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https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/leigh-m-lane-celebrating-women-in-horror-2015/ 


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

From Taylor Grant:

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

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

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

Both these books are fantastic and mind-blowing.

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

Amazon bio:

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

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

Leigh also writes urban and mainstream horror as Lisa Lane: http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Lane/e/B002BMI5S4.

For more information about all of her works, visit her website at http://www.cerebralwriter.com.

On to some of Leigh's great books!




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

Book description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is a novel meant to make you think, and it will usher you silently through the lives of the rich, the poor and the in-between; the absurd, the insane and the killing fool–finally depositing you at a place that should be welcome but only mocks the semblance of the “good life.” Quite the ambitious novel, The Private Sector is, and I’m inclined to give it 5 stars. 
http://www.amazon.com/Aftermath-World-Mart-Leigh-M-Lane-ebook/dp/B017ODJ3VM/ref=la_B0055DSE6Y_1_4_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1460083936&sr=1-4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One held in place by complacency and mediocrity.

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

What does your future look like?

Editorial Reviews

Review

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

From the Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Finding Poe was a 2013 EPIC Awards finalist in Horror.

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

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

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

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From the Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the Author

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

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

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

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