Tuesday, November 29, 2016



From Joe Mynhardt at Crystal Lake Publishing:

It’s launch day over at Crystal Lake Publishing!
The WRITERS ON WRITING VOL.1 – 4 OMNIBUS is now available at a special 99c launch price to the first 200 customers. If you hurry, you can also get one of our Bram Stoker award nominated non-fiction books for free.
Plus there’s an exclusive WRITERS ON WRITING content page link at early in the book, which includes:
-Links to videos
-Essays by authors
-Interviews with authors
-Free eBooks by some of the authors
-Some hilarious videos by WoW contributors

Ready to unleash the author in you?
The Infrastructure of the Gods by Brian Hodge
The Writer’s Purgatory by Monique-Cherie Snyman
Why Rejection is Still Important by Kevin Lucia
Real Writers Steal Time by Mercedes Murdock Yardley
What Right Do I Have to Write by Jasper Bark
Go Pace Yourself by Jack Ketchum
A Little Infusion of Magic by Dave de Burgh
Confronting Your Fears in Fiction by Todd Keisling
Once More with Feeling by Tim Waggoner
Embracing Your Inner Shitness by James Everington
The Forgotten Art of Short Story by Mark Allan Gunnells
Adventures in Teaching Creative Writing by Lucy A. Snyder
Submit (to psychology) for Acceptance by Daniel I Russell
Character Building by Theresa Derwin
Heroes and Villains by Paul Kane
Do Your Worst by Jonathan Winn
Creating Effective Characters by Hal Bodner
Fictional Emotions; Emotional Fictions by James Everington
Home Sweet Home by Ben Eads
You by Kealan Patrick Burke
The art of becoming a book reviewer by Nerine Dorman
Treating Fiction like a Relationship by Jonathan Janz
How to Write Killer Poetry by Stephanie M. Wytovich
Happy Little Trees by Michael Knost
In Lieu of Patience Bring Diversity by Kenneth W. Cain
Networking is Scary, but Essential by Doug Murano
Are You In The Mood? by Sheldon Higdon
What if Every Novel is a Horror Novel? by Steve Diamond
Description by Patrick Freivald
A First-Time Novelist’s Odyssey by Bill Gorman
I Am Setting by JS Breukelaar
Finding Your Voice by Lynda E. Rucker
Learn the craft of writing from those who know it best:
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This says it all. What are you waiting for? Get over there now!

Blaze McRob

Monday, November 28, 2016



Melanie McCurdie has a new collection of romantic verse and prose, written as only she can write it. Dreams And Dirges will make you say WOW! Terri DelCampo, my bride, and I just read the free sample and let our fingers wander to the buy now thingy. Gotta read more!

Check this compilation out and see if you don't agree with me. This world needs more WOW!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

Dreams and Dirges is a compilation written by Calgary based author Melanie McCurdie. Flavored with a unique taste of the macabre in romantic verse and prose, as well as a sometimes-sarcastic look at the darker side of life, death, and love and loneliness, this collection offers a mixture of deliciously dark free form poetry that will make your heart race.

If you see life through the lenses of a slightly darker pair of rose-colored glasses, this piquant assortment was written for you.

Sunday, November 27, 2016



The Deep End Interview With Jack Ketchum, courtesy of Jack and Crystal Lake Publishing, will give you some priceless insight into Jack Ketchum the person as well as Jack Ketchum the author. I know that I learned some very interesting things about him. And, Jack is quite a nice guy in person. I had the honor of speaking with him at the World Horror Convention in 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Hit the link above to read some goodies about a great author.

Blaze McRob

Friday, November 25, 2016



James Reborn is Terri DelCampo's latest novel and is now ready to be uploaded onto your Kindle. I believe this is Terri's best work yet. This is over the top horror. Terri holds nothing back. If you're looking for a great tale of psychological horror, give this novel a try. Terri has given you a generous free sample of the story so you can get a feel for her book. Also, bear in mind that if you are a subscriber to Kindle Unlimited, you can read this book for free.

Happy reading!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

Writer travels to mountain cabin,
Looking for a peaceful retreat.
On a quiet hike for thinking
A frightening sight her eyes did meet.

Young man imprisoned in a dog pen
Helpless to Pa's sadistic whim.
Writer can't believe the horror
And the injustice done to him.

She becomes involved in drama
More frightening than she's ever known.
For James and Pa bring out her instincts
And sides of herself she'd never known.



This week, W. J. Howard has a review for Home Sweet Hell. Let it be known here and now that W. J. loves what some folks hate and the other way around. However, she always let's you know how she feels. There are no punches pulled.

I remember the old days when I would catch Mr. Movie Phone and see how he felt about movies. No more. W. J. Howard is my go to person. Check her website out.

I'll see you there.

Blaze McRob 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016





John Zacherle was a true master. He was around for so long and did so many things that it seems impossible he is no longer with us. He passed last month at the age of 98.

When I was in grammar and High School, he was a cult hero. Everyone loved him. Known as the Cool Ghoul, he headed up Shock theater, Disk-O-Teen, Chiller Theater, and Zacherley at Large. He played a wizard on Captain Kangaroo. And this is a mere teaser of all his accomplishments. Check out the links above and find out tons more.

John Zacherle was instrumental in my developing a love of horror. More so then most horror authors, he brought something special to his horror table. His feast was one that not only had monsters seated at the banquet, but horror fans as well. John was an expansive, pleasant man who made you feel welcome. Some of his on-air antics were over-the-top hilarious. His humanity always showed through, even in the midst of horrific scenes of terror being shown on-air.

There was no one else quite like him. There will never be anyone who could take his place. He was that great.

Rest in peace, John Zacherle. Your fans miss you.

Blaze McRob

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


I posted this a while back and feel it merits some re-reading. I hope you gain something from it.

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This is not a political article. My point to be made here is that no one should ban books. I don't care who wrote them. Hitler and the Nazis started burning books in 1933. Hitler ordered leaders of the regime to confiscate and destroy any literature deemed subversive to the National Socialist agenda.Quite a public display was made of it. It was pure idiocy then, and it remains so today as well.

In an interesting aftermath to the Nazi book burnings, in 1946, the process was reversed by the Allied leaders. Millions of books were seized from Germany and destroyed. Even artwork did not escape the Allied ban and thousands upon thousands of paintings were also seized or destroyed.

Crazy shit, huh?

Germany banned Mein Kampf, Hitler's notorious anti-Semitic tome in which he set out his ideology. For seventy years, it has been illegal to publish this book in Germany. Copyright law has expired now, so decisions of how to publish the book were being discussed for a number of years. This month a new edition with critical commentary, the product of several years' work by a publicly funded institute, hits the shelves.

My thinking about this? Print the original version as well. If this is not done, the government there is telling the German populace that they don't have the common sense to figure this out on their own. This book delves into the mind of a mad man. I feel it's important for people to learn from the past so they don't repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

The Communist Manifesto is certainly published and sold around the world. We are subjected to the stuff here in this country fostering the concepts behind Manifest Destiny. There are many books about this. While I completely disagree with the theory, I don't believe the books should be banned. By not banning them, a case can be brought up that we, as a nation, were not the kind folk who simply wished to take the original inhabitants of this land under their wing and show them a more uplifting way to live. Instead we, raped, pillaged, and plundered them. Ring a bell? Sort of like what the Europeans claimed the Vikings were doing to them.

There are many different theories about the Civil War, slavery, and more. Neither was completely guiltless. Read some books and find out.

Some of the top news jocks are writing, actually co-authoring, books which show them for the mindless buffoons they are. No names mentioned, and they are on both sides of the political fence. These make pretty amusing reads actually. They are that far off the track. 

We learn from the past. It is included in many books. Right or wrong, we learn from them. We need to keep our minds sharp and focused. A lot of shit is happening in the world, and, regrettably, it has happened before. Same stuff; different people; different years.

Read. Learn. Interpret. All books have a place on your shelf. I am re-reading Mein Kampf for the fifth time. The original version. There are more Hitlers waiting in the wings. I want to be able to see them for who they are. Knowledge is power. Power resides in books.

Blaze McRob



Owl Guts, by Terri DelCampo, is one of the first collections of hers that I bought, and is still one of my favorites. There are some delicious stories here to tickle your horror palate. She'll set a place at the table for you.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 "Owl Guts" is ookiness with a side of willies dished out in six healthy servings by dark fiction writer Terri DelCampo, publisher of Owl's Eye View Magazine. Chills!

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Well, another NaNoWriMo is in the bag. I'm not finished with the novel yet, so I'll continue on. I just wanted to enter my winner information before I forgot. As of the moment, I have written about 63,000 words. I should have around 90,000 words before the month is out. This is my sixth year and I have over 722,000 words written. I can hardly wait 'til I hit the million word mark.

I wish the best to all my friends who are writing their NaNo novels. I know you can do it.

Blaze McRob



W. J. Howard reviews the TV version of The Exorcist, this week. I haven't seen this yet. But, W. J. has shed some light on whether I should or not. As is my custom, I won't divulge what she says. Hit the link above and read all the goodies.

I was looking through a lot of W. J.'s past posts. There are plenty of them. There are some stand-out ones for sure. See what she has to say. You'll be glad you did.

Meet me there. I need to read more of her vintage posts as well as her new ones.

Happy reading.

Blaze McRob



What kind of toys live within your children's toybox? If you haven't checked lately, this might be a good time to do so, but make sure the light is on and you're not alone. You're not afraid of toys? Read Blazin' Toybox, by Terri DelCampo and Blaze McRob, and your mind might very well be changed.

The toys in these eleven twisted and horrific tales are begging you to come and play with them. Don't keep them waiting.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

Blazin' Toybox is a collection of dark fiction/horror stories by Blaze McRob & Terri DelCampo

Never a demonic rag-doll burn!
Mother paints child-killer's fate that turns

Tearful Teddy protects abused kids in a home
Genius infant solves Rubik's Cube in this tome.

Cheating parents set up by blue-eyed stuffed cat.
Gnome and Cathy of neato surprise do chat.

Misused Vodou doll is no laughing matter.
Beware china dollies if your children you batter.

An evil-battling doll always grins,
Action figures versus Boogieman, how many to win?

Tiny soldiers and daughter must avenge vet dad
All sorts of stories about good toys gone bad.

Saturday, November 19, 2016




Beverly Cialone has done another great job with her production of our book trailer for Silver Hells, a twisted collection of Holiday Horror short stories from Terri DelCampo and me. Beverly has done all of our book trailers for us, and will be doing many more.

If you want fantastic book trailers, Beverly Cialone is the person to see. If you want to find out why we use her talents, go to  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4MwJ6tRCTI&feature=youtu.be  and watch.

A picture is worth a thousand words. A book trailer is worth many more. Happy Holidays, my friends!

Blaze McRob



From Joe Mynhardt at Crystal Lake Publishing:

"You could walk away with a gift bag of 7 eBooks and a paperback of your choice, as well as GUTTED Tarot cards."

Does this sound good to you? It should. All of Crystal Lake's books are great! This opportunity only lasts through the end of this month, so hit this link  http://www.crystallakepub.com/giveaways/crystal-lake-publishing-gift-bag-giveaway/ . You won't be sorry!

Blaze McRob

Friday, November 18, 2016



BLAZIN' CHRISTMAS is my latest collection of short horror tales. These are all holiday themed. One is a longer compilation of four stories, all of them nasty buggers. There is a rather timely political holiday tale included. The last story in this collection is different from the others. It is sad, sweet, real-life horror.

I hope you find some stories that will stay with you for a while.

Thank you for reading.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

Thirteen Holiday Horrors to trim your terrifying tree….
How will Satan punish, and who will they be?
What will Evil Santa give to shoppers?
For Monsignor Alfonso, will there be a blood stopper?
Of what would a ghoul's Yule traditions consist?
Werewolf gifts children that God seems to have missed.
We should see the beauty in the gnarliest trees
Carolers sing doom on the ashy breeze.
Bobby's visits bring warmth on Christmas Eve.
Political power VonStucker weaves
Most precious Christmas gift of all
Happens within a new foal's stall.

Thursday, November 17, 2016



I want to thank the folks at Horror Addicts for the great review they gave Morbid Metamorphosis. They are most kind. It is always great to have such a stellar organization as Horror Addicts telling you they enjoy your book.

Being the editor of this outstanding anthology, I got to see first-hand the superb talents of all the authors. My experiences while editing this tome can be seen quite easily in the introduction https://www.amazon.com/Morbid-Metamorphosis-Nickolas-Furr-ebook/dp/B01MFFHT6M 

Jo-Anne Russell is doing a great job at Lycan Valley Press. Morbid Metamorphosis is her first book. There are others published and more on the way. Check them out. You'll be glad you did.

Blaze McRob



Chills, by Terri DelCampo, is eight tales of ooky and spooky holiday fun. You do like your holidays to run towards the dark side, don't you? I thought you did. You have come to the right place.

Ho, ho, ho, me lads and lassies.

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!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Check out the latest story by Zack Kullis at Pen of the Damned. This has one awesome surprise. If you love horror, you'll love this!

Blaze McRob

From Zack Kullis:

My latest story with Pen of the Damned.
It's not what you might think..... 😈

The deafening volume in the hallway was cut short by yet another scene of ruthlessness. Terri was pulling a math book out of the bottom of his locker when something heavy crashed into him, driving …

Saturday, November 12, 2016



Home, by Carson Buckingham, is out today! This is a fantastic book that all lovers of horror will enjoy. Here is my review;

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Carson Buckingham weaves a horror tale better than the most famous horror authors. She uses her fertile imagination to blend what might be, with what is. In Home, the mysterious elements build and grab you until you are totally captivated, making it impossible for you to do anything but read on. Make certain to set aside enough time to give this great book the attention it deserves.

I have always been convinced that houses are living things, taking on the characteristics of the people living within. What if they could return the favor and bestow some of its features within the souls and bodies living there? Hmm. Perhaps. Add in a family history of , shall we say, mixed recollections, and a tortured past, and what might the future hold?

'Tis not for me to divulge all the secrets within this tale of eerie horror. Carson has written the words for your eyes to read, and for your soul to enjoy.
Book description:

 Following the deaths of her mother and beloved aunt, Kate Kavanagh inherits the family homestead in the Irish enclave of Three Oaks, Connecticut; but the house has changed since she visited a year ago--no more windows on the first floor and gaslights and a wood burning stove in place of the modern appliances. It also appears to be haunted. And that's just for starters. Once she moves into the house, Kate herself begins a gradual but terrifying biological transformation that is part of her inheritance, too; though not mentioned in the Will. With the help of a Rottweiler that's more human than animal, a new friend whose farm stand is only open dusk to dawn, and the "Rat Boys," Kate will get some answers or die trying.

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Home is a great book, me lads and lassies!

Blaze McRob

Friday, November 11, 2016



The latest Owl's Eye View Magazine is now available on Amazon. Volume 7-Issue 11 is a grand addition to all the other issues Terri DelCampo has written. This horror magazine will be sure to hold your attention. Find out what's happening in Owl's Nest, Delaware. From poetry to dark history and more, Terri will tease your writing palate. And then some.

I particularly enjoyed her short story Scorched Path. Pardon the pun, but it's a real pisser!

This great Kindle magazine is only 99 cents. Get it now before you waste that money on 1/3 of a cup of fancy coffee. The horror will linger much longer than the taste of  Arabica beans.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Owl's Eye View Magazine is a dark fiction monthly featuring columns, poetry, and short stories written by Terri DelCampo and "Columnists" who are in fact her ongoing fictitious characters.


This is a one word essay. HONOR says it all.

Blaze McRob

Thursday, November 10, 2016


As many of you know, Club Blaze, an extreme collection of horror stories by Zack Kullis and me will be coming out soon. Yes, we had hoped to have this published by now. However, a few things got in the way and it didn't arrive according to schedule. That might have been a good thing, in a way. With all the hatred tossed around during the election cycle just passed, and not stopping any time soon from what I can tell, this gritty novel-length collection would have had to compete with real-world horror. Sometimes that's difficult to do. While that horror is still around, we'll slap it to the side, and you can enjoy our tome of terror. It's our turn now.

One other factor is that I wanted to change the last story I had written to bring things to a more up-to-date real-world conclusion of mine which has been circling around in my head for some time. Although it's fiction, parts of the story go along with the way things could actually evolve in our less than perfect world. This spinning rock we live on has never been filled with love and peace. Accordingly, you will find none within this tome's pages.

Every story is gruesome. Some might call them disgusting. I would say they personify truth.

Soon, this collection of depravity will arrive. Look for it. Don't be the one in the picture above holding his hand out of a cesspool of pain seeking a way out. Knowledge is power. Avoid  the quicksands of evil from pulling you under.

Club Blaze is not an ordinary club. First drink is on us. We'll be waiting.

Blaze McRob

Monday, November 7, 2016


We're having some problems with our Blazing Owl Press website, so until we have everything squared away, we will be running posts on my website, as well as on our Blazing Owl Press Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BlazingOwlPress/?fref=ts. I'll let everyone know when we're back to normal. For our fans, we are still rolling along. We have fifty something books for you to choose from and many more on the way.

After all, we know you need your ration of ooky and spooky. We aim to deliver

Blaze McRob

Saturday, November 5, 2016



This week, W. J. Howard reviews Inferno, the latest Tom Hanks movie. Does W. J. like this movie, or does she want to forget it exists. Who am I to let the cat out of the bag? Click the link above and see what she says. I always do.

Take a look at her side bar of fame where she lists her favorite Zombie movies while you're there. Oh, yeah!

Blaze McRob 



Lycan Valley Press is rolling. Jo-Anne Russell heads up this great, new publisher of horror tales. There are six books already out and more on the way. Keep your eyes peeled to catch up on the latest news. If you like your reading on the dark side, you will feel right at home.

The link above will take you into the Valley. Watch where you tred. Listen to the sounds around you. The Valley is not for the faint of heart!

Blaze McRob

Friday, November 4, 2016



Brief Encounters With My Third Eye, by Bruce Boston, is out today on Kindle and is also available in paperback. Get your Kindle version for only 99 cents today!

I had the honor of being the first reader to publish a review for this great collection of poetry. I love when that happens. Here is my review:

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Bruce Boston's poetry spans many years. I love how Brief Encounters With My Third Eye groups his poetry through the decades and allows the reader a glimpse into the progression of a poetic master's work. His earlier poetry is certainly grand, but I found that the poetry I enjoyed the most came from his latest poems, Noir People - with the description of a colorless existence, home to shadowy shades - and The Music Of Particle Physics being my favorites. Poetry in the sci-fi genre is new to me. I love Bruce's play of words as he bounces along in an enchanting manner, bringing majesty to the world of Physics.

Read this great collection and you will discover a true master at the craft! 
Book description:

 Brief Encounters with My Third Eye collects over one hundred of Boston’s best short poems (under fifty lines) from more than forty years of publishing, including fifteen award-winning poems. Boston’s poetry has received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov’s Readers Award, and the Rhysling and Grandmaster Awards of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

“Boston forces us to make eye contact with alchemists, angels, ghosts, werewolves, demagogues, monsters, demons, spacers, robots, berserkers, their lovers, and their victims. Inventive, speculative to the point of skewering us with wonder, innovative, resonant with melody, this overview of Boston's work from the early 70's to the present dramatizes the development of one of America's most skilled and inspired poets.” – Mary Turzillo, Lovers & Killers, Mars Girls, Elgin and Nebula Award Winner

“In these fleet, always musical poems, Boston spotlights not only infinite vistas of time and space but also the grottos of our most intransigent longings and fears. These same poems may move us to gasp or guffaw to the point of finding ourselves, to purloin a phrase of the poet's, ‘polymorphously pleasure-spent.’ Brief Encounters twinkles luminously and always delivers.” – Michael Bishop, Nebula Award Winner, author of Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories

“With Brief Encounters, Boston manages an amazing feat: he not only knocks it out of the park, but also shows us he's been doing it for decades. A great read for anyone who enjoys seeing what wonders words can work...and who isn't afraid to step into the dark from time to time.” – Michaelbrent Collings, multiple Bram Stoker Award Nominee and bestselling author of The Longest Con

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing.

Hurray for Bruce Boston and Crystal Lake Publishing!

Blaze McRob

Thursday, November 3, 2016



In The Shadow Of The Other, is a great story by C. B. Doyle. This is a genre blend certain to capture the attention of many readers, including those who love YA tales.

I wish to thank C. B. for her kind words in the acknowledgments of this tome. It always makes me happy knowing I can spread a little cheer and words of encouragement to my friends. C. B. is a Woman In Horror, and rightfully so.

Check out her latest book and spread some love.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

Thirteen-year-old Jennifer is coming of age, finding out the truth of her mother’s passing, her father’s heritage, the mystery behind her new puppy, and her own inherited legacy.

Against the forces of evil, a champion must arise.

But is Jennifer ready?

Family takes many forms.

Unfortunately, so does evil.

Format: Paperback
An engrossing and original story. Great for the young fantasy fans. Looking forward to the sequel.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016



Quarter Moon Haunts is Terri DelCampo's favorite novel of mine. I had a lot of fun writing it. I hope you have a lot of horrific fun reading it.

Blaze McRob

Book description ( a poetic description written by Terri DelCampo )

Out of the two-seat quarter moon
That invaded the authors living room
Fighting o'er ass-wipe they appear
Ol' Mike Van Tassel and Running Deer

Their stories the author has honed
Always in their names, not his own
About their so horrific deaths
Before breathing his own last breath.

Author's spirit his body leaves
John Doe on the toe tag; no one grieves.
Van Tassel and Running Deer by his side
As he mounts the Ram truck for wild ride.

They expose lies and rewrite lore
So misunderstood long before.
Once in depth of crisis heat
The red-haired angel they chance to meet.

Angel takes the author's hand
Lights his way through perils grand.
Will she remain by his side?
And save the spirits immortal hides?

Adventure and justice the spirits chase
Set wrongs to rights in immortal race.
Hop into the cab of the spirit Ram
And join the ghosts on eternal lam.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016



Waterlogged is the latest collection of horror shorts by C. L. Hernandez. If you're not acquainted with her writing, you should be. She is one of my favorite horror authors. Check this great collection out. It is only 99 cents!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

Zombies are usually land creatures. They shuffle along, groaning, chowing down on brains, and staying relatively dry. But what if they could swim? What if, just suppose, the combination of extreme pollution and radioactive waste somehow brought the dead back to life?
In Waterlogged: Six Tales of the Aquatic Undead, quirky horror author C. L. Hernandez introduces you to a whole new breed of zombies. They splash, they swim, they dogpaddle and dive, and they don’t need to come up for air!