Tuesday, February 28, 2017









Rhonda Parrish is my Woman In Horror today! Rhonda is a fantastic author, and she also does a lot of editing, as you can see on her Amazon Author Page.  Rhonda's Facebook page will keep you current with what she is involved in.  https://www.facebook.com/Rhonda-Parrish-913973368682611/timeline. Her latest claim to fame is D is for Dinosaur, which is Book 4 in the Alphabet Anthologies. She did a fantastic editing job with this tome.


Book description:

 For the fourth installment of Rhonda Parrish’s Alphabet Anthologies, contributors were challenged to write about dinosaurs. The resulting twenty-six stories contain widely different interpretations of the dinosaur theme and span the spectrum from literal to metaphoric.

Within these stories -- set in alternative histories, far-flung futures and times just around the corner -- dinosaurs whimper and waste away or roar and rage. People can be dinosaurs, as can ideas, fictions and flesh. Knitted dinosaurs share space with ghostly, genetically engineered and even narcotic ones.

Teenagers must embrace their inner dinosaurs in order to find peace and belonging, a dying woman duels a God in a far future city that echoes aspects of our past, an abused wife accompanies her husband on a hunt for an ancient power and finds more than she could ever have imagined and a girl with wonderful magical powers stumbles across the bones of a giant long-dead lizard. And so much more!

If this is Book 4 in the series, you know there must be another three. And, there are. All of them are up on Rhonda's Amazon Author page.

Going farther back, we have Alphanasian Stories, a charming genre blend of sci-fi/fantasy/ and horror.


Book description:

 Three of Rhonda Parrish's beloved Aphanasian stories brought together in one collection for the first time!

A Love Story: Z'thandra, a swamp elf living with the Reptar, discovers a human near the village. When she falls in love with him, she faces the most difficult choice of her life, a decision that will affect the Reptar for generations.

Lost and Found: Xavier, the escaped subject of a madman's experiments, and Colby, a young lady on a mission to save her brother, must combine their efforts to elude capture and recover the magical artifact that will save Colby's brother before it's too late.

Sister Margaret: A vampire hunter and a half-incubus swordsman are hired by a priestess to kill the undead pimp that is extorting, torturing and murdering vulnerable girls.

Peruse all the books on Rhonda's Amazon Author page and you will most certainly find something to tickle your fancy. I do. That's for sure.

Amazon bio:

 Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine, is an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Sirens and C is for Chimera.

In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been in publications such as Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012 & 2015) and Mythic Delirium.

Her website, updated weekly, is at http://www.rhondaparrish.com

"Rhonda Parrish is a shapeshifter with talents to match her every incarnation- magpie tenacity for picking the shiniest submissions, nightingale notes for crafting tales, and bright, feline eyes for seeking out her photographic subjects. She balances on the knife-edge of darkness and light, a sorceress of both realms." - Sara Cleto

Rhonda Parrish is a wonderful Woman In Horror! Get to know her better.

Blaze McRob

Monday, February 27, 2017





Mary Genevieve Fortier is my Woman In Horror today! Mary has some great stories and poems in quite a few outstanding books, and she shares a great website with Thomas Scopel. http://www.stayingscared.com/NightyNightmare.html  She is Nighty Nightmare, and believe me, she finds some great tales to spin for you. As I have mentioned in past Woman In Horror posts about Mary, her discourse on Horror is definitely going to provide some valuable insight. She discusses clowns, spirits, screams , hissing, laughter, shock, icy touches, and much more. Then she adds in the sense of smell and all the goodies lurking about ready to latch onto you. And in addition to talking about all the senses, she talks about the absence, the loss of these senses. Does the word Dark mean anything to you? Yes, I thought it would.

One of her posts on Nighty Nightmare has to do with the fact that Women In Horror Month is just not long enough  http://www.stayingscared.com/NightyNightmareWomenInHorror.html . She is absolutely right, so who better to start off my second month of Women In Horror then Mary?

Haunted houses play an important part of the joy Mary shares. When I was a young child we did not have TV and I would sneak down the hallway and listen to Inner Sanctum on the radio. Remember that show with that creaking door? Sakes alive! It was grand. Mary re-enacts creaking doors, flickering lights, voices, laughter and more to make you feel uneasy in your surroundings. Yes, Mary, scare the crap out of your fans!

Mary discusses superstitions and ghost busting, but she really comes into her own when she talks about cemeteries. Such a lovely place to be, don't you think? Tombstones, grave markers, mausoleums, are all discussed, as well as that ever present chill in the air, fog, and gloom. She speaks of physical planes and soul-less entities. She mentions the fact that maybe not everything thought to be without a soul actually is. Bacon once said that knowledge is power. People walking around in cemeteries at night could use a little power. You are one of them, are you not?

These are only a few of the delights awaiting you if you merely venture to that succulent page of Horrific Glory. Nighty Nightmare has this and so much more to stimulate your morbid desires. To be quite honest, I was, and still am, quite flabbergasted at the wonderful tales waiting for me. You will be too. Visit, read, and Stay Scared!

Mary's Amazon bio:

Author; Columnist, Editor, Reviewer and published Writer of Poetry/Prose of various genres.
Co Producer of the Terror Train Anthology Podcast found on YouTube where she also created, performs and writes the dialogue for Terror the Disembodied Voice. Mary also wrote the introductory and closing poems for the podcast.
She is working on both "Terror Train Two" and "Toys in the Attic: A Collection of Evil Playthings" podcasts.

Imagine and Dream... two words that best describe the mind of this poet. An avid lover of the written word, Mary has penned many poems of various genres since the age of seven, having first been published by nine.
Mary grew up reading, watching, loving anything horror; her darkside so to speak.
Classic authors, whose pens have etched greatness in works that not only create shivers down the spine but inspire movement of the soul -- Such remarkable writers as Poe, Shakespeare, Browning, Gibran, just to name a few, gave Mary that special element that drives every poet to place their essence upon parchment. This became the ethereal foundation of her poetic form.
Writing as such gave way to countless poems/prose and other works, many of which found publication in anthologies. Today she has not merely found a new voice but added an intrinsic octave to her repertoire; the genre of Horror, both poetic and fiction.
Mary's poetry has been described as mystical, melodic, flowing with a unique grace that at times has been likened to the old world poets.
Her horror poetry has been deemed as "Poe-esque" by many.
She has most recently been published in eight horror anthologies, "Bones", "Satan's Holiday," "Welcome to Your Nightmare," "Blessings From the Darkness," Spectral Hauntings2" and One of her poems is used as the Intro in the recently released, "Temporary Skeletons" Anthology by Chupa Cabra House Publications. Mary's poetry will be included in two soon to be released Anthologies: "Terror Train" (JWK Publications)and "The Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror 2014."
She has two poems in the January 2014 issue of "Shadows & Light Magazine," (one of which is a photo caption award winner)- two poems are also published in the April 2014 issue of "Shadows & Light Magazine" (one of which is a photo caption award winner).Her work will also be included in the July 2014 issue of "Shadows & Light Magazine."
In addition to being in print, Mary's poetry is featured in "The Wicked Library," (a podcast available on iTunes, Stitcher.com and hipcast.com)
Season 3, Episodes 307 http://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HpYf0Sv4
307.1 Bonus http://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HCkVBt94 and The Christmas Episode "Christmassacre 2."http://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HwkmTbw4
Hellnotes has published two of her pieces in a segment of the website known as, "Horror in a Hundred." "Darkness on a Lonely Stretch of Road" http://hellnotes.com/horror-in-a-hundred-darkness-on-a-lonely-stretch-of-road
"COLD" http://www.hellnotes.com/horror-in-a-hundred-cold-by-mary-genevieve-fortier

Mary was a featured, guest author on Viktor Aurelius' "Whispers in the Dark," on Blogtalk Radio:
Currently, Mary has a position as a columnist, "Nighty Nightmare" for the horror website, Staying Scared http://www.stayingscared.com/, for which she was named, "Woman in Horror" by Blaze McRob's Tales of Horror: http://www.blazemcrob.com/2014/04/mary-genevieve-fortier-woman-in-horror.html?spref=fb As well as 2015
In addition, she is a partner/editor/author for Black Bed Sheet Books and a reviewer for Hellnotes and Dark Regions Press.
You may also find an interview on Mary at
"A Knife and a Quill"

Mary is working on a personal website, http://www.www.tupelohoneyhugger.com
Presently, you will find her at:
Mary's column; Nighty Nightmare
For her complete bibliography, please visit her Facebook Writer Page.
Facebook Writer Page:


"American Poetry Annual" - The Amherst Society
"Visions" - Iliad Press
"Poetic Voices of America" - Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum
"A View From The Edge" - The National Library of Poetry
"The Best Poems of the 90's" - National Library of Poetry
"Expectations" - Iliad Press
"Impressions" - Iliad Press
"Allusions" - Iliad Press
"Celebrations" - Iliad Press
"Visions and Beyond" - Creative Arts & Sciences Enterprises
"Bones: An Anthology" - James Ward Kirk Publishing
"Satan's Holiday" - Compiled by Yvonne Mason
"Welcome To Your Nightmare" - Compiled by Yvonne Mason
"The Wicked Library" season 3 - Episodes 307 & 307 BONUS a podcast
"The Wicked Library" Holiday Episode "Chrismassacre 2
"Temporary Skeletons"- Chupa Cabra House Publication
"Spectral Hauntings 2" Dark Moon Press
"Terror Train"- James Ward Kirk, Publisher
"Terror Train Two"- James Ward Kirk Publisher
"Blessings From the Darkness" - an Anthology published by Black Bed Sheet Books
"Shadows & Light Magazine" Issue #1/January 2014- Published by Shawna Platt
"Shadows & Light Magazine" Issue #2/April 2014-Published by Shawna Platt
"Shadows & Light Magazine" Issue #3/July 2014- Published by Shawna Platt
"Floppy Shoes Apocalypse"- J. Ellington Ashton Press A 2014
"Ghosts:Revenge"- James Ward Kirk Publisher 2014
"Bones III" James Ward Kirk Publisher 2014
"Cellar Door III"- James Ward Kirk Publisher 2014
"Ladies of Horror 2014"
"Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror 2014"
"Widowmakers" James Newman Benefit Anthology 2014
"Axes of Evil II" J. Ellington Ashton Press 2014
"Chunks" J. Ellington Ashton Press soon to be released
"Toys in the Attic: A Collection of Evil Playthings" -James Ward Kirk Publisher

Mary's masterpiece is Verses From A Deeply Darkened Mind.


Book description:

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

I had the pleasure of writing the foreword for this fantastic collection collection of indescribable verse.

My words:

VERSES FROM A DEEPLY DARKENED MIND, by Mary Genevieve Fortier, is a collection of horror poetry that grabs the soul of a reader and refuses to let go. Every poem is special in its own way, enhancing the depth of darkness Mary is able to share with us.

Can it be that truth is found within death? Maybe a close brush with evil and escape from its clutches shows one what is inherent within what lurks around us. But is there any true escape? Mary paints a visual of dark and evil brooding, yet there is also joy to be found when the answers to puzzles trapped within the mind are finally unleashed.

But Mary tells us of another facet of decayed, deformed, and dark creatures, those with special attributes. Yes, my friends, they will find passage into your gray matter, attacking your sleep, creating restless nights. Ah, this is not a bad thing. Truth is to be found within the lovely verse Mary shares with us. For those who search for literary poems of unforgettable dimension, you have come to the right place.

Death and life are closely entwined within this tome, seemingly at odds with each other, making the reader wonder where one begins and the other ends. Perhaps death is the beginning of life and not the other way around. I read one of these great poems of Mary's and felt this to be the case. Her haunting poems will heighten your senses. Every one of them will become razor sharp, uniting with each other. A true synesthesia occurs. You will hear what you see, smell what you touch, and so much more. Mary's artistry is capable of doing just that.

I write some dark poetry myself, but I am a mere fledgling compared to the master at the craft that Mary is. It is easy enough to develop a sing-song banter that entertains, but to create what she has given us goes far beyond that. This grand collection is simply the best poetry of pure horror you will ever find.

It is no wonder that Mary Genevieve Fortier has been called the Modern Day Poe. She is that good. I am proud to have been asked to write this foreward. All you have to do now is to sit down and read what my talented friend has agreed to share with all of you.

Happy reading.

Blaze McRob 

I will go out on a limb here - well, not so much of one actually, since it is true. VERSES FROM A DEEPLY DARKENED MIND should have been nominated for, and won, every award for poetry that exists. That it wasn't saddens me deeply.
Mary Genevieve Fortier is the best poet around today, bar none, and is a magnificent Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Mary Ann Peden-Coviello is my Woman In Horror today! Mary Ann is really coming into her own with some great stories. She wished to do an interview with me, poor lass. I made sure to ask her questions that would let the whole world know about the charming lady she is and to get to the heart of why she writes what she does and where readers can find her tales. She did tell me that I asked her some tough questions. Wow! Me? Okay. So I did. Damn me anyway. Read this interview and see what I'm talking about. You will be impressed with Mary Ann. She is a great person as well as a fantastic author and editor.

Blaze McRob

Mary Ann Peden-Coviello Woman In Horror

It's such a pleasure to have you here, Mary Ann. Before we get started with our interview, could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm a wife (one man/nearly 41 years), mother (2 sons, one almost-son, one amazing daughter-in-law), pet-Mama (adorable pit bull-mix) and pet-Gramma (one dog, two cats). I hate housework, like to cook, can lose myself in a book or a film till I forget who and where I am, and love grammar and playing with sentence structure more than might be healthy.

Thank you. Now it's time for some Q&A fun!

Q. Humor is a big part of who you are, I believe. Do you have any tricks in staying in this fun zone?

A. I wish I could tell you. Humour (yeah, I use too many British spellings for an American broad) has always been my fallback, my default setting. I once cracked up an entire operating room when I was about to go under anesthesia in a life-threatening situation. Later, the surgeon told me he'd never had a patient crack wise under those conditions. It's just something I do. One of my sons told me he'd know I'd died when I stopped being a wiseass.

Q. In addition to humor, you also manage to blend horror, the paranormal, and thrillers into your tales. Quite an accomplishment. This must certainly take some work.

A. I don't so much blend them as write all those genres. I do blend paranormal and thriller genres because they seem to go together nicely. I suppose you could say I write thrillers that involve not-so-human characters. And horror and humour go together well, I think. First you crank up the emotions and the fear. Then you throw in a little wordplay or a funny moment and you pop the tension – only to ramp it back up again.

Q. You have a great little tale in Write Her Story, the brainchild of Nina D'Arcangela. Could you tell us about the story you wrote?

A. Thanks. I like that little story. It's a succubus tale, told from her point-of-view. I did a little misdirection there, too, leading the reader to think it was going to be a vampire story and then switching to the lesser-known succubus. In this story, "How Do I Love Thee," the succubus is watching her victim sleep just before she takes his soul. She doesn't really want to, but she must because it's what she is. Even so, she can't bring herself to look at her handiwork. So you can have some pity for her, even as you shudder at what she's done.

Q. You share a lot about other authors. You haven't missed a beat this Women In Horror Month. My congratulations to you for being such a supportive soul.

A. Thanks. I like to support other writers. We're in this together. I don't understand the idea some seem to have that attention is finite, that if I share another writer's book, I'll lose a customer for my own. I see a reluctance, sometimes, to share or promote other writers' work. I'm not sure people are even aware of it. I just see who shares and who doesn't. That said, sometimes we think our work isn't shared because we look only on one platform (say, Facebook), and then we miss the shares on another (say, Twitter).

Q. Sirens Call Publications has your story Daddy's Little Girl in the special Women In Horror issue. This is another feather in your cap. Could you tell the folks where you got the idea for this great tale?

A. I love "Daddy's Little Girl." I really do. Usually, I'm using horror to talk about something else. For example, my story in Fright Mare – Women Write Horror, "One Hour Before the Dawn," is about the love of a mother for her children, even in unimaginably horrible circumstances. "Daddy's Little Girl" is just straight "Can I creep you out?" It was inspired by a commercial for a home security system. You might have seen it. A little girl goes to her daddy, scared. He shows her their security, and then he says, "Not on my watch." The story, with all its monster-under-the-bed twists, sprang into my head the first time I saw that commercial. There's a new version of this commercial on the air now, I think, but my inspiration was a commercial from a couple of years ago.

Q. I ran across an article of yours about writing in 1st person. I love 1st person tale-telling. You made some excellent points. This POV style is not for everyone.

A. I love writing in 1st person. I love the challenge. No, it's not for everyone, mainly because it's so difficult to keep in mind that the 1st person narrator cannot know – and tell the reader – things he/she cannot see, hear, or infer. It's a limiting style, but it's fun because you can surprise the reader in ways you might not be able to do with 3rd person narration – because the narrator him/herself can be surprised in that same way and in that same moment. I've seen comments – and even gotten them from writing teachers – about how "I will never read 1st person. It's lazy." I say if you skip 1st person just because it's 1st person, you're missing a lot of great stories. Done right, it's the last thing from lazy. Done wrong, well, that writer is going to be doing a lot of things wrong, not just the POV. You do have to create a character readers will find interesting enough to want to spend time in his/her head, too, because there's no real break.

Q. You have a story in the anthology Fright Mare, which just so happens to have made the final five for the Stokers. Could you tell us about your tale? Also, are you stoked about the Stokers or do you see awards as a sort of added extra to writing? Yes, that's certainly not the easiest question to answer.

A. I am so totally stoked about the Stokers. And in this case, I can truly say without the tiniest hint of irony, deflection, or dissemblance that it is an honour to be nominated. Billie Sue Mosiman did a splendid job choosing some lovely, dark, and frightening stories for this anthology. You never want to write with an eye toward getting an award, I think. But being nominated is brilliant. About my story: Set in my hometown, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, "One Hour Before the Dark" tells of the beginning of a zombie outbreak through the eyes of a young widow who's becoming a zombie. She's desperately, alongside her dog who's also rapidly zombifying, trying to get her unbitten children to a pickup point where they might be taken to safety. She succeeds, just as she and her dog succumb. The story is told in 1st person, but the narrator isn't at all based on me. The dog, however, is based more than a bit on my now-deceased Chow-Akita Moses, who'd have died to save me if he'd been called on.

Q. I love your Author/Editor page on Facebook. You have a lot of great advice there. One saying you have there is Don't overthink it. Just write it. This is certainly great first draft advice, along with Write now. Edit later.

A. I am absolutely talking to myself when I post things like that. I overthink everything and edit and re-edit almost every sentence. It's a curse. I am constantly working to overcome my perfectionist tendencies when working on first drafts.

Q. What is your opinion of self-publishing in general? Compared to Small Press and Big Five Publishers specifically?

A. I am in favour of publishing. Period. I like any and all methods of publishing. I intend to self-publish two collections of short stories soon. I have self-published one short story as part of an anthology. I plan to self-publish a novella soon. I've been published by small presses, with both excellent and awful results. I learned a lot from the awful results about what not to do, by the way. Big Five? For almost all writers, the Big Five are a pipe dream. However, if a writer wants to take a shot at that dream, go for it. I'd say don't go for it exclusively, though. If you want a Big Five career, you probably need some small press credits first. Still, if you have a truly stellar story (think "The Martian" or "Wool"), you can probably skip the small press, start with self-pubbing, and then go straight to New York. Those stories are few and far between. How many of us are really Andy Weir or Hugh Howey?

Q. Do you have any more short stories coming out soon? How about novels? In other words, what's on your platter, young lady?

A. I am working on a novella (and have been for ages), "Zombies Ate My Homework," a victim of my inability to stop editing a first draft, I fear. I have a vampire novel that's on the back burner. I'm working on a rotation of about a dozen short stories. And I have several editing clients, which is always nice.

Q. Who are your favorite authors. Your favorite books?

A. Oh my lord. I have so many favourite authors and books. I'm afraid to start. I know I'll miss some. Off the top of my head, with apologies to anyone I forget, even if they'll not see or ever know I forgot them. Billie Sue Mosiman. Jaime Johnessee. Lori Lopez. Lori Safranek. Jerry McKinney. Allison Dickson. Valerie Douglas. Kai Wilson. Suzi M (Suzanne Madron). Stephen King. Christine Sutton. Paula Ashe. Lisa Lane. Mary Ann Back. Dane Hatchell. Kathy Reichs. P.G. Wodehouse. Jack Douglas. I'm a big fan of Chuck Wendig, both his writing craft and his fiction books. I also read all the James Scott Bell craft books I can find. Alexander McCall Smith.

Now we come to the part where you get to say whatever is on your mind. Anything at all.

This is dangerous territory, Blaze. Okay, let me climb up onto one of my soapboxes. I remember, back in the Dark Ages when I was a mere youngster, not long after we'd invented the printing press, reading cheap paperback novels. Mysteries and horror mostly. Badly printed. Badly edited. Badly written. Lots of spelling and grammatical errors, errors clearly visible even to schoolkids like me. Eventually, the paperback business gained respectability. Right now, the self-publishing industry needs to have a good look at itself. We could step up and become a real force in the publishing world. To do that, we need to get over the idea that self-publishing means doing everything yourself. You cannot edit your own work well. I'm an editor, and I can't edit my own work. There are lots of reasons for this, the largest of which is that you, the writer, know what you meant, so you don't know when you're being unclear. You don't know those rules of grammar that you don't know, so you don't know when you've broken them. Unless you've had training in design, you probably can't design an effective book cover. A skillful formatter can make your book look better than you can. Hire people to do those things. You want your book to look as good as possible. You don't want it to look like something you threw together with ClipArt and the limited editing tools available on Word. We will never be taken seriously or convince people to stop thinking of us as third-rate writers telling third-rate stories as long as we present ourselves that way.

Slather this interview with any and all links, my friend.

It's been a joy having you here today, Mary Ann Peden-Coviello. Happy writing!

Thanks so much for having me. And thanks even more for all you do for Women in Horror – not only in February but throughout the year. 

Blaze McRob

Saturday, February 25, 2017



 The Sirens Call - Fifth Annual Women In Horror Month Edition is my Women In Horror Post today! It just came out yesterday and you can grab a free copy at http://www.sirenscallpublications.com. This has been an annual custom of mine to showcase all the women who contribute to this wonderful ezine, not only the fantastic authors, but the folks at the helm of the magazine.

From Nina D'Arcangela:l
Women in Horror Month Issue

"We released our latest issue of The Sirens Call eZine today - the Fifth Annual Women in Horror Month edition!
Download a FREE copy at: http://www.sirenscallpublications.com
Thank you to everyone who contributed their amazing writing and artwork to the project! Emerian Rich, Su Hadrell, Abs Beard, Elizabeth Black, Sarah J. Browne, Candy Burke, Sarah Craft, Jessica Curtis, Donna Cuttress, KL Dantes, Emma Dehaney, Dahlia DeWinters, Ruchelle Dillon, Josie Dorans, L.S. Engler, Ambler Amber Fallon, Stacy Fileccia, Alessia Giacomi, Amy Grech, Louise Hart, Author Ashlei Hawley, Alledria Hurt, Rivka Jacobs, Dee Langone Bonney, Suzie Wargo Lockhart, Lori R. Lopez, Jennifer Mccullah, Helen Mihajlovic, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Veronica Magenta Nero, Annie Neugebauer, Elaine Pascale, Mary Ann Peden-Coviello, Betty Rocksteady, Lori Wolfe Safranek, B.E.Seidl, Preeti Singh Writes, D.m. Slate, DM Smith, Farah Rose Smith, Veronica Smith, Julianne Snow, A. F. Stewart, Tabitha Thompson, Stacey Turner, C.A. Viruet, Cat Voleur, Sherri White, Jeannie Wycherley. Staff: Julianne Snow, Nina D'Arcangela and Lee A. Forman.
#horror #fiction #story #poetry #FREE #magazine Women in Horror Month #WiHM8 #WiHM"

There are many Women In Horror here!

Blaze McRob

Thursday, February 23, 2017





Rebecca Boucher is my Woman In Horror today! Her first novel Hunting The Moon (The Moon Series) is a super tale of cutting, ghosts, and ancient Celtic lore. Rebecca adds in some some local Massachusetts lore and locale too.

From Rebecca:

"Rebecca Boucher was born and raised in Worcester Massachusetts. Her father instilled an early love of reading in her and encouraged her when she started to write. Rebecca earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Quinsigamond Community College, but her love has always been writing. After the birth of her first child, she moved to a quiet little town on the edge of Worcester County, in the heart of Central Massachusetts. Living there has inspired her to write most of her current projects. In fact, local readers might recognize some of her locations. Currently, Rebecca is a freelance writer and blogger. Her first novel is Hunting the Moon (The Moon Series). Rebecca is also the Write More Publications blog tour coordinator and an avid Beta reader. When she is not writing, Rebecca is the mother of two boys, ages 10 and 13. Her youngest son was diagnosed in the Autism spectrum, and a lot of her volunteer time is spent raising awareness and promoting education for that cause."
From Rebecca's website: http://beccab8.blogspot.com/

My favorite book of Rebecca's is The Shadow Soldier. Don't miss out on this great book!


Book description:

 When a soldier is lost in the snowy mountains of Afghanistan, his girlfriend feels the loss thousands of miles away in Boston's Back Bay. Can a shadowy figure, known only as the shadow soldier, bridge the gap and help her heal? This second edition contains new content, and a bonus short story, Panel 35, never before offered in print.

Amazon bio:

Becca Boucher (1975-) was born in Worcester Massachusetts and remains a lifelong New England resident. Which can be seen in the settings of her novels. Her first published work appeared in the Write More Publications anthology Novel Hearts (2013) which was followed by her novel Hunting The Moon in the fall of 2013. Hunting The Moon is the first in a three book paranormal romance series set in central Massachusetts. The second book, Midnight Raven debut in May 2015.

Besides paranormal romance, Ms. Boucher writes military fiction. Her short stories Panel 35 and The Shadow Soldier are available on Kindle, and The Shadow Soldier is also available in a special print version.

Ms. Boucher is a freelance blogger and writer, and mom to two wonderful sons.

You'll want to read the free samples of all of Rebecca Boucher's books on Amazon. She is indeed a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob                                                       

Tuesday, February 21, 2017




Today's topic is Favorite Women In Horror. My guest is Travis Heerman.



Travis Heerman

Title: The Dark Romance of Anne Rice
Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of The Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, Rogues of the Black Fury, and co-author of Death Wind, plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Apex Magazine, Alembical, the Fiction River anthology series, Historical Lovecraft, and Cemetery Dance’s Shivers VII. He enjoys cycling, martial arts, torturing young minds with otherworldly ideas, and zombies. He has three long-cherished dreams: a produced screenplay, a NYT best-seller, and a seat in the World Series of Poker.

It is difficult to overstate the impact that Anne Rice has made on American speculative fiction. With fifteen novels in her Vampire Chronicles, three on the Mayfair Witches, plus werewolves, the Mummy, and others, she has created a large body of work in the realms of dark fantasy and horror. It is safe to say that her Vampire Chronicles single-handedly spawned an entire sub-genre: urban fantasy. Without Louis and Lestat and the complex mythology they inhabit, we would not have the profusion of sexy vampire protagonists that have come since they first appeared in 1976.

I was in sixth grade when I discovered Interview with the Vampire in my school library. To this day, I can't quite explain how that book ended up there, except to say that the librarian had a soft spot for dark, speculative fiction. The book fascinated me. I had already read Dracula, and was fascinated by monsters, especially the old Universal Monster movies starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, plus the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Wolf Man, etc. I ate that stuff up.

When I started reading Interview, though, I was electrified by the idea that vampires were still people. They could be relatable. They had weird food, but they could be heroes. In fact, Louis and Lestat were dark super-heroes with their supernatural powers. In later books, they become the dark heroes who drove back even greater darkness. And this revelation is, I think, part of why we have so many derivative works now, just as Dracula was about breaking out of Victorian sexual repression. That embrace of the "monster within," that push-pull of taboo and desire, that yearning to step outside of human society and become something else, but enough like ourselves that the step is not too far. Anne Rice's vampires are the perfect vehicle for this.

Nowadays, sexy vampire protagonists are an absolute staple of urban fantasy, and their number cannot easily be counted, especially if we include film and television.

And it all goes back to Louis and Lestat in 1976 (Forty-one years?? Really?!). We owe it all to Anne Rice.

Website: http://www.travisheermann.com
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Monday, February 20, 2017





Shay West is my Woman In Horror today! Shay writes pure horror and also creates genre mixes, blending science fiction into many of her stories. To me, this is a great blend, and Shay is a master at it.

Much in the way of sci-fi today is more reality and science backed than many people believe. Shay does an excellent job of portraying time travel in her The Adventures of Alexis Davenport series, for example. I love anything to go with time travel, worm holes, and all that goes with it. Add in her science background in Human Medical Genetics, and you'll see why Shay is able to take you on some fantastic rides into the world of horror.

I stole this from Shay's website  http://shay-west.com/ :

"Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series, the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series, and Organ Reapers. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen (fund raiser), Ancient New (fantasy, steampunk, etc), and Horror in Bloom.
Shay is what you would call a nerd. Some call her geek but it really all means the same thing. Her passion for all things science is matched by her love for all things fantastical and magical…and tough guy movies. She would love to say she likes long walks on the beach but she’d be lying. Hiking through pine and aspen forests is more her style.
Her exuberance about her favorite subjects or good news often results in a high pitched noise that only teens at a Justin Bieber concert can hear and emulate. The technical word for this is squeee and is usually perfectly safe although some have complained about damage to their eardrum. This will usually clear up in a day or so."

Interesting tid-bits from a fascinating lady. Check her website and keep on top of her latest goodies coming out, as well as information on some books you might not have read and blasts from the past.

Another great thing about Shay: her publisher went belly-up and Shay took control of her books' destiny and re-published them herself. I get upset when people do the moan and groan type of thing and just let their treasures sit dormant when their publishers go away. Shay is not a dormant lady. Go girl go!

Amazon bio:

"Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series and the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior (fund raiser), Ancient New (steampunk/fantasy), and Horror in Bloom."

My favorite book of Shay's is Organ Reapers. It has everything you could ask for in a great read. The free sample on Amazon should convince you of that.


Book description:

 Detective Elliott “Eli” Robinson and his new partner, Ava Aguilar, are baffled by a series of brutal murders happening in their fair city.

No evidence, no eyewitnesses...only mutilated corpses with missing internal organs.

When Eli and Ava stumble on evidence of similar gruesome crimes around the globe, they realize there is more to the murders, but the answers continue to elude them. In a race against time, Eli and Ava must figure out who is behind the killings and stop them before more people die.

But the answers will take them out of their comfort zone and into the realm of the fantastic: another world with a different set of rules, and a leader who has no qualms about killing.

Peruse more of Shay's fantastic books. Shay West is most certainly a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob




Today's topic at WiHM Blog Talks is Choice of Weapons. Read what Naching T. Kassa and James P. McDonald have to say.
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Name: Naching T. Kassa

Naching T. Kassa is a wife, mother, and Horror Author. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the Demonic Visions series.
As a horror writer, I've always possessed a special affinity for knives and swords. Both are sharp, draw a lot of blood, and add to the drama of a scene. Blades are personal, you have to get close to the victim in order to use them. They also add a certain amount of finality. No one, not even most monsters, can survive a beheading by sword. A knife can stab, cut, or slash a throat. Jack the Ripper's weapon of choice was a blade. And, in the old west, the knife was considered more reliable than a revolver. Most men carried a knife in case their gun misfired or exploded. My weapon of choice is the blade. It's the best.
Website: http://frightenme.weebly.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nachingkassa

Name: James P. McDonald

James P. McDonald is a business and technology consultant, fiction and non-fiction author, technology and futurist speaker.
I use a lot of weapons in my writing, from basic handguns and rifles, bows, swords, and even enchanted objects and magic. With this in mind, and as handy as these can be, all of them can fail. They break, they run out of ammunition, the magic missile that only works on a Tuesday under a full moon while wearing a corset and hot pants.

The favorite weapon I have ever seen is, and I believe always will be the mind. I’ve studied psychology, and find “abnormal” psych to be invaluable. I do some work and writing in Artificial Intelligence, and I’m fascinated, and sometimes terrified of these technologies.

If you look at Sarah Connor in the original terminator movies, all the guns and explosions in the world can’t stop the automaton, but quick thought and leading him through some equipment allows her to narrowly escape and trap him. In the following films, you see her develop skills, but the thing she hardens and prepares most is her mind and her instincts.

In the movie, “You’re Next” the main character is a young woman on the bad end of a home invasion. Unlike so many tropes, she doesn’t fall over screaming and running naked into the woods. She’s strong and empowered, and takes her strength of mind to turn the tables. I won’t spoil it, but it’s worth watching.

And if you’re talking about mind games, consider Clarice in “Silence of the Lambs.” She is truly in a battle of the mind and wits against Hannibal Lecter in an effort to catch Buffalo Bill.

And in literature, the character of Coraline in a book (and a movie of the same name) is a young girl who is trapped in an alternate universe, and all she is trying to do is to get home. Even though it’s a “children’s” book, and looking into the girl’s mind and reasoning, because it’s the only weapon she has.

So if you ask me about my favorite weapon, it has to be the mind. I love watching the development of a character’s reasoning, handling issues and challenges, and ultimately how they grow and change. The other reason for this is, does your character make the correct choice about the physical weapons they select, if they do? Do they take a handgun with too much power? Do they not think about the cost to themselves and others if they select a magical power or object?

And most importantly, do they make the right decisions as to If, how, and when to use those abilities?
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Sunday, February 19, 2017







Claire C. Riley is my Woman In Horror today! Claire is a very talented author, writing dark paranormal and horror. Her sales and rankings are to be admired, but that is to be expected when one considers the mastery at the craft that she possesses. Not only is she a fantastic author, she also has a super blog where she spreads the word about others in the horror community. Other authors' book releases, interviews, cover reveals, and more can be found there. http://www.clairecriley.com/blog

Since Claire has  many great books out.  Check out her Amazon Author page http://www.amazon.com/Claire-C-Riley/e/B00CCCSF06/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1424032682&sr=1-1 for more of her great books. Her website http://www.clairecriley.com/ will tell you more about the different series she has. Limerance is a series you won't want to miss. While you're there, don't forget to take a peek at her Author Resources and Authors she Loves.

 Odium(The Dead Saga) is my favorite book of Claire's. What we have here is a chilling, dark tale of Deaders and humanity, both at their worst. Inside the walled refuges to keep humans safe from the Deaders, life is not much better than what it is where the groadies roam. There is no bright side to existence at all. I often tell people to read the book samples on Amazon and Smashwords. This is where you can discover a new favorite author. I look for flow and a compelling story line. If I'm hooked early, I know it's a must buy. And this is the case here. Claire writes dystopian horror at its best. Read the beginning of this super tale and you will see what I mean.


Book description:

It's better to die by the gun than die by the dead.

Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise.
Now, she lives behind the walls.

The barricaded cities, erected by the government to protect the remnants of civilization, have become a brutal dictatorship- causing the inhabitants within to starve, steal and claw for survival. Life behind the walls has become as terrifying as roaming the zombie-ridden landscape beyond.
Citizens trade what they can to gain food, water, and shelter. Nina has only one currency—her body and she is tired of submitting herself to the greedy hands of the self-proclaimed leaders.

An opportunity to escape presents itself in the fate of a young girl named Emily-Rose. For the price of a stale piece of bread, she is set for banishment from the city, and most likely a horrific death at the hands of the deaders. Nina tells herself that it is sympathy and not self-preservation that makes her follow the young girl out of the walled metropolis, and into the overgrown world beyond.

Unused to fighting the deaders, Nina tries to scrounge for her survival and against her better judgment, begins to care for Emily-Rose. However, when you have a bread-stealing liability providing your only back up, survival seems even tougher. Nina is forced to fight for their lives, and with every zombie slain, she becomes fiercer, faster – a grim reaper with her not-so-sharp butcher’s knife.

Along the path to a safe-haven that might not exist, Nina and Emily-Rose meet Mikey who introduces them to a new life they could not imagine, a life above the ground. However, this new world brings new dangers, and darker shadows than she knew.

Nina finds out that the deaders aren’t the only thing to fear beyond the wall.

And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten.

Amazon bio:

Claire C Riley is a USA Today Bestselling author as well as a #1 Bestselling British Horror Author. Her works include: Odium The Dead Saga Series, Odium 0.5 Novella Series, Limerence (The Obsession Series) Twisted magic Series, Thicker Than Blood Series and Shut Up & Kiss Me.

She writes dark twisty words, is a lover of epic romances, and an eater of cake!
She writes characters that are realistic and kills them without mercy.

She lives in the UK with her three young daughters, husband, and scruffy dog.


This post only touches on a sample of who Claire C. Riley is and what she writes. Read the free samples of her books on Amazon, and check out the posts I have provided to find out more. You'll be glad you did.

Claire C. Riley is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Saturday, February 18, 2017



I'll be bouncing around at W.J. Howard's  WiHM  BLOG TALKS. This promises to be a great event! I'll be posting more as great guests come in with their unique horror slants. Gotta love Women In Horror Month!

Blaze McRob






 KT Pinto is my Woman In Horror today! She was born in Brooklyn, NY. Those city roots had a pretty strong influence on her, not only on her personally, but on her writing as well. Street tough and street smart describe KT. 

KT describes herself as a weird girl. Weird is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe refreshing would be better word. My humble opinion. At any rate, we know that KT is not boring, and that is where it's at.

I would say that probably the best way to get into KT's head and discover her roots would be to go to http://ktpinto.livejournal.com/30348 

If you hit the links above, you will see that KT is into many different things, all of them a part of the whole that makes KT the interesting lady she is. Her Facebook page is humorous and filled with links to reviews, great pictures, and more https://www.facebook.com/KTPintos.Page?ref=br_tf.

KT has some 34 books up on Amazon, either totally her own or some she shares with other authors. That's a lot to choose from. However, my favorites are her tales in the Sto's House Presents series. Here we have a blend of genres, adding to delightful reads. I suggest you read the free samples on Amazon. You will be hooked for sure.



Book description:

"...there had been some problems with the 'norms' since the change. Their fear of Changers has caused riots, fires, and even some deaths. But there's at least one group of us who stand up to the disgruntled ones and fight on the side of justice and good will.

I personally think they've been reading too many X-men comics."

On Staten Island, the forgotten borough of New York City, young men and women are changing, morphing, mutating... and there's nothing that can be done to stop it.

So the crew at Sto's house does what anyone would do in this situation: they go in search of the ultimate microbrew.

Join Sto, Diana, Jay and a host of other memorable mutants who want nothing more than to just be left alone.

Unfortunately for them, they seem to continually find themselves in situations where they have to save local landmarks and unknowing innocents from those that wish to do harm... and who wish they were as cool as Sto and his friends.

This book, known also as Sto's House Presents... Book #1, the Director's Cut, is the first in a series of humorous urban fantasy books. The first two novels in the series have been "remastered" as per the request of Sto's House fans. This book has more chapters, new characters, and even some drink recipes from the Sto crew! Enjoy!

Amazon bio:

KT Pinto is an author of alternate history (with vampyres), comedic urban fantasy (with mutants), YA fiction (with witches) and paranormal erotica (with everything). For more information, go to www.ktpinto.com

For more about KT's life in her own words, go to: http://ktpinto.livejournal.com/303483.html

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Get caught up in the wonderful world of KT Pinto. She is a Woman In Horror and all around nice person.

Blaze McRob