Friday, March 31, 2017


The Dead Game, by Susanne Leist, is a great novel for fans of Vampire stories. Actually, there's a lot more going on within the pages of this tome. Mystery awaits thee. Shenanigans of the nasty kind lurk in the shadows. The paranormal beings are waiting for you to read what they're up to. Indulge them. After all, this is their game. The Dead Game.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

Book 1 in Series
After graduating college, Linda Bennett leaves New York for the slower-paced lifestyle of Oasis, Florida. She opens a bookstore and makes new friends. Life is simple-that is until the dead body washes up on shore. She is horrified to learn that dead bodies and disappearing tourists are common for this small town. There is talk of secret parties being held by the original residents in their secluded mansions. Once the sun sets, the tourist-friendly town becomes a haven for evil and dark shadows. But this is only the beginning.
Linda and the other young residents receive an unsigned invitation to a party at End House, the deserted house in the forest behind town; a house with its own violent history. They are pursued through revolving rooms and dangerous traps, barely escaping with their lives. Two of their own remain trapped inside. Or so they think.
It's up to Linda and her friends to search out The Dead and find the evil one controlling their once peaceful community. Can they trust the Sheriff and his best friend, Todd?
THE DEAD GAME has begun.

Editorial Reviews


The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a mysterious supernatural thriller withplenty of twists and turns that is well-written and keeps you turningthe page. From the first page you start a wild ride and just when youthink all is well, she throws in another twist. 
Rhonda Cratty, Parenting & Education Examiner

I was absolutely surprised by this book! I knew it had some enigmaticmystery and some dark action, but the author set up the story so well Iwas happily amazed. It starts with a very engaging character, a youngwoman who is very well portrayed in a community, Oasis, Florida. Thetown's mysteries are maze-like and become deeper and more sinister asthe book progresses. This is a very original approach to the concept of vampires and their existence.
Ray Miller "Relevant Reviewer"

The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a top-notch haunted house horror thriller. The author excels at spookydescriptions, terrifying scenarios like opening a door and stepping into a black abyss or forever trapped in a dark maze with endless roomsstretching into infinity. Her characters are perfect and the reader caneasily connect with them.
Simon Okill, Simon's Phantom Blog

A beachfront town, a hauntedmansion, people disappearing or turning up dead--these are the elementsof gothic horror, but this unique novel has a more than a few twists.The writing is first-rate, and the pace is fast. The characters arewell-defined, and the plot is imaginative and unpredictable...
Howard Lipman, pen name PanOrpheus, author

Susanne's take on vampires is fresh andnew but you'll have to read to know. She takes the age old vampirelegend and turns it into something I've never read before...

Elle Klass, Author of As Snow Falls

From the Author

To be or not to be a writer.
This has been the hardest question for me.
Should I continue with my pursuit?
Or step away and claim defeat?
One book written.
One book sold.
It dances around on Amazon and Nook.
It reaches new heights in its niche,
And then it slowly bows its head in silence.
The highs feel good and lofty,
While the lows feel depressing and sad.
Is it worth it? 
Is it worth the aggravation?
I am told that a writer must keep writing.
More books to dance around.
More highs and lows.
Should I keep doing this?
Will I keep doing this? 
Yes, for now
As I wait for the next high.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


W. J. Howard's latest movie review is for The Stanford Prison Experiment. Go to and see how many stars she rates this movie at. While you're there, discover other great treats she has on her blog: movie reviews and much more. You'll be glad you visited!

Blaze McRob

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Carole Gill is my Woman In Horror today! As I have said in past posts, she certainly deserves the honor! Carole is my favorite Gothic Vampire author, bar none. The House On Blackstone Moor  starts off the Blackstone Vampire Series, and a grand beginning it is. This story, as are the rest in the series, are Gothic Horror at its best. This is  horror in the style of Stoker, albeit, in my opinion, up a notch or three.

There are no sparkly Vampire tales from her pen. Her tales are filled with blood, gore, and mayhem when her Vampires strike. Horror is everywhere. There are many victims, as her stories certainly have an abundance of these fanged creatures.

Even though darkness is present through every fiber of her tales, The House On Blackstone Moor also includes love. Yes, love. But how is that love to survive when we deal with ancient, decadent creatures where even the best of them are horror incarnate? This is not an easy task, my friends, and the only solution for you to wrap your head around this is to read her thrilling novels.

From madhouses, ancient magic, good and evil, and Satan worship, Rose Baines fights a tough struggle to survive, let alone think about love. But it is interwoven into the tale, showing us that deep inside us, no matter how difficult things become, that the spark of love exists, no matter the horrible price one must pay.

The sequel, Unholy Testament, brings history to life as Carole brings some of the most horrific people from the past front and center. This romp through time is nothing like what you read in the history books. In Unholy Testament - Full Circle, Carole continues the story of Eco, a villain bad enough to rank amongst the worst of all time.

The Fourth Bride is filled with twists and turns, and contains erotic sex and graphic violence. Many say this is Carole's finest novel. I believe that if you are looking for an extreme story of decadence, you will find it here.

Some of her books delve into sci-fi writing. I happen to love science fiction and Carole writes it so well. Having read her tales in this genre, I would have to say that her approach is refreshing after reading a lot of the pap that is bandied about. Her tales have a "maybe this could happen" feel to them, no matter what road they follow. Tres cool.

Carole is no flash in the pan. She is the real deal.

Carole's bio:

I've always written but life, as it often does, got in the way and I turned back to writing some years ago. In 2000 I was selected by North West Playwrights of England for further development but found I preferred writing fiction (novels and short stories).
My fiction is not easy on the heart. It will frighten you and shock you. You might never be the same after reading it. But you know what? Maybe that's good. Perhaps I am doing my job. I'm not just dishing out novels to make up series, I'm giving you a piece of my soul. I'm telling you, if you care to read my work, the dark side is evil! It always was. Satan is wicked, his demons are his servants.
No reward can await those who forfeit heaven for a taste of hell.
Most crucially of all because I write vampire fiction, I portray my vampires as VAMPIRES, yes they may be capable of love but it is tortured love. They are not happy little fairies prancing about enchanted forests. They do not inhabit a pleasant world, if they are good it is because "they do less evil than themselves."
That quote by the way is from "The House on Blackstone Moor."
If you are a mature reader and want to read gothic fiction that portrays evil as being evil, then please check out my books and short stories. If not, go in peace and with my blessing. We are all different and that is good because diversity enriches the genre!
The House on Blackstone Moor is literary style horror at its darkest. The themes are vampirism, madness, obsession and devil worship.

Amazon bio:
Carole Gill is published by Creativia. She writes dark Gothic romance as well as contemporary horror.

Preditors & Editors’ Readers’ POLL


Her acclaimed 4-novel series, The Blackstone Vampires:
2014 - Amazon Bestseller in Dark Fantasy - THE BLACKSTONE VAMPIRES OMNIBUS
2015 - Amazon Bestseller in Vampire Horror - THE BLACKSTONE VAMPIRES OMNIBUS
2015 - Amazon Bestseller in Horror Anthologies - HOUSE OF HORRORS

eBook Festival of Words 2014
Best Horror: The House on Blackstone Moor and
Best Villain: Eco

Top 10 Books - 2013 - The House on Blackstone Moor
Aoife Marie Sheridan - ALL THINGS FANTASY
Publisher, Ultimate Fantasy Books
92 Horror authors you need to read right now,
Carole Gill - The Blackstone Vampires Series. ~Charlotte Books Examiner,

Justine: Into The Blood Book One - Blood and Passion Series is on sale at Amazon.
Book 2, Anat: Blood Princess, follows.

I, Bathory, Queen of Blood, a novel about the Blood Countess Erzsebat Bathory is her latest book.
For dark horror fans there is, Carole Gill's House of Horrors and the novel, Circus of Horrors.

In 2000 she was selected by Northwest Playwrights of England for further development. Short stories and novels were what she preferred to write.
Her story, The Devil's Work is being broadcast web and television in the Fragments of Fear Program in 2016.


facebook author page:

She is widely published in horror and sci-fi anthologies:

Fragments of Fear tv and web coming soon
Killing it Softly, Digital Fiction Publishing Corp. coming soon
Sideshow, published by PsychoPomp
After Armeagedon short story collection by Brian L. Porter (guest story by Carole Gill)
Rogues Gallery, The Illustrated Police News, Firbolg
Enter at Your Own Risk: Dark Muses Spoken Silences Firbolg
Vampires: Romance to Rippers an Anthology of Tasty Tales
A S Publications: Enter at Your Own Risk: Old Masters New Voices, An Anthology of Gothic Literature,
Fresh Fear: Contemporary Horror
Triskaideka Books' Masters of Horror Anthology One,
Triskaideka Books' Masters of Horror Damned If You Don't,
Sonar 4 Publishing's Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror 2010,
SNM's Bonded By Blood3 Languish In Lament,
Sonar 4 Publishing's Whitechapel 13, Anthology,
Rymfire's Undead Tales,
Rymfire's Zombie Winter,
Rymfire's Zombie Writing
Angelic Knight Press' Satan's Toy Box: Demonic Dolls and
Whitechapel 13, An Anthology of the Victorian Era
Sci Fi Almanac 2009 and 2010 and
Science Fiction Freedom Magazine, issues 1-4,
Sci Fi Talk's Tales of Time and Space.

One of Carole's great books is I, Bathory, Queen Of Blood.

Book description:

In present day New York, a woman is writing her memoirs...

Born in 16th century Hungary, Damita wasn't always known by her current name. A human monster with absolute power, she murdered and tortured for pleasure.

After her confrontation with Darvulia, she thought that blood could reverse any sign of aging. And in her death, she was raised by her vampire lover, Anton.

Spanning centuries and concluding in modern day, this is the story of Damita, previously known as Erzsebet Bathory - The Blood Countess.

Carole writes some of the best Gothic tales out there. And, no one beats her when it comes to Vampire stories.
Carole Gill is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob


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Saturday, March 18, 2017


 Linda Watkins has a sure-fire hit with Mateguas Island: a Novel of Terror and Suspense. This is a dark Gothic horror tale with plenty of suspense. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 What could be more idyllic than to live on an island off the coast of Maine? That's what Bill Andersen thought when he moved his family to Mateguas. But Mateguas is more than just pristine beaches nestled between rocky shores. No, Mateguas is really something quite different….

"Surprising twists and turns and a powerful old box filled with magic: these are the elements of a fine horror story that slowly builds its plot with believable protagonists and engrossing color...Any who like horror stories and gothic fiction will find Mateguas Island an exceptional read." ~ Diane Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

"In Watkins’s slow-building haunted house novel, the new home that’s supposed to save a disintegrating family turns out to hold horrors from the past…The human drama and supernatural dread intertwine, and Watkins keeps the reader invested in Bill and Karen's fates." ~ PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY

"...a fast-paced and unpredictable story that is both spooky and entertaining. Mateguas Island is an absorbing horror tale and is highly recommended." ~ Jack Magnus for READERS' FAVORITE


Format: Kindle Edition
A super suspenseful novel...told slowly and deliberately with wonderfully crafted characters. Filled with rich description, this book was difficult to put down!

Living on an island off the coast of Maine is a totally new environment for this family. Karen and Bill's marriage isn't on firm footing to begin with, and there are some people on the island who become entwined in their lives, namely the beautiful piano teacher, Maggie and a handsome local, Dex. Karen is not happy and on the island and Dex falls in love with her.

I particularly liked the fishing scene with Dex and Karen. There are well-written love scenes and the actions of the characters are realistic.

The plot is well-paced and the scenes are interesting, filled with well written description. I've been on Maine islands before and this author puts you right there -- you smell and feel the ocean -- the isolation and raw beauty -- and all of the details of island life are evident.

The children find something (I don't want to spoil the story), and they take a trip that is filled with terror.

The characters are realistic and well developed; the story line is interesting and the ending is amazing. You won't be able to stop reading until you get to the end, so schedule some time to read this great book (like a rainy weekend), just make sure you're not on an island off the coast of Maine when you're reading it! 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was completely blown away by this story. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I knew it was an award-winning book and it had received some great reviews, so I decided to read it for myself. The author does a remarkable job, not only developing the characters but also the plot. Slowly, we learn about Bill and Karen, their past, their kids, and their current predicament. It was obvious there was evil lurking in their new home, as both began to behave out of character. It was actually quite sad to watch their lives fall apart.
I wasn't sure which characters I got the most attached to... at the end, I think I just felt for the whole family. Oh and speaking of the ending... did not expect that at all! So, I guess now I have to hurry and read the sequel.
If you're ready to read a good suspense, with paranormal and horror twist, this one is highly recommended! 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
MATEGUAS ISLAND is an excellent horror novel. It's success lies in the fact that Linda Watkins builds believable - and identifiable - characters, which only ramps ups the suspense as the novel unfolds. Highly recommended for fans of the genre, and fans of good books in general.

Monday, March 6, 2017


Gena Mantz is my Woman In Horror today! Gena and I did a Q&A interview that you'll find quite refreshing. Here we go, me lads and lassies.  Gena Mantz. Front and center.

Gena Mantz – Woman In Horror

Q. I don't know many horror authors from Kansas, although I have spent some time there and know a few interesting legends of my own. Could you explain to the folks how you manage to use the great state of Kansas to your advantage when writing your tales? Also, do you miss not having a lot of horror authors in your area that you can physically sit and talk to?

A. Kansas is a very interesting place. I do miss having others of my genre to talk to, but I do have several groups in different places of various authors. Some of the groups I can only attend a couple times a month, and some I try to attend weekly. I love the unique qualities of my home state and it is fun to show this to others.

Q. I love how you write of Vampires and Werewolves. And, you are able to weave them together and even toss in some erotica. Quite an achievement.

A. Thanks. I have a “what if” attitude. What if there were not just people of different faiths and races here in Kansas, but fey folk, paranormals, and other folk too? I want my characters to have depth, problems, and have to overcome obstacles while living a somewhat normal life.

Q. Now I come to a part of you that I find most interesting: Gena Mantz and Angel Edenburn, one and the same and yet perhaps not. A rather interesting paradox, might I say. Does this ever confuse any of your readers?

A. Sometimes. I started writing a few years ago. I live in a very small but lovely town and have ties to my even smaller home town. I wanted to separate my spicier stuff from my sweeter stuff. Angel lets me fly- so to speak. I can push the limits and not worry. Gena has to be a little more conventional and more proper in a way.

Q. In Light Shards and Shadow Dances , both Gena and Angel share the spotlight. I find this way cool!

A. I occasionally merge my personas. I am one or the other, and sometimes both at once. I wanted all of my readers to have a chance to view me in a different light.

Q. Back to your home state once more. Yes, I'm intrigued. Could you explain more about your vision of A Darker side . . . of Kansas ?

A. I want people to see that Kansas is just more than a bunch of lines on a map. There are unique geographic features and here be monsters as well as heroes. Kansas is complex, and so are the beings who live here- no matter if they be human or paranormal. The lives of my characters are sometimes complicated, occasionally dark, and even a bit messy. Just like real life.

Q. I love your Isys The Vampire posts. Very intriguing. Funny and refreshing. However, it must have taken a lot of work to re-do things when you changed the name due to events beyond your control.

A. Well, I have been developing her for several years now. Isys was not happy about the name change thing, but agreed it would be best. She wants her story told in hopes it helps others heal. She is the most vocal of my characters and has a mind of her own.

Q. How soon before Flip Side comes out? Could you tell us a little about it?

A. My editor has the draft right now. She will go through it, and hopefully in a few weeks, I will have the rewrites done and be working on the cover. I want to have Flip Side out before summer.
It is the second book in the Kansas Vampire Chronicles. We will get to learn more about some of the other characters, as well as Isys herself. This may be a hard book for some to read, but it also shows some of the complexity of the relationships of Isys and her clan. She has a hard road ahead of her.

Q. Kansas Library Association's Authorpalooza sounds like a ton of fun. What say thee, my friend?

A. If I get the chance, I would go again in a heartbeat! I not only carpooled with an amazing author, Jo Mach (who has children’s books about ABILITIES instead of disabilities), but I was exposed to book lovers from all parts of Kansas and beyond. So many interesting people who love books!

Q. You are the only horror author I know who is also a belly dancer. Wow! What got you interested in this form of dance? Sounds like a lot of fun.

A. A friend of mine suggested I take a belly dance workshop. I did ballet, tap, and jazz when I was younger. I was looking to shed a few pounds, so I took a belly dance workshop workshop, then another. I was almost 40 when I started belly dancing and have kept up with it. In fact, I sometimes dance with my first belly dance teacher.
I have had teachers who are over 60 wear me out at a workshop! I think that is a very good indicator that I will be able to keep on doing this for a few more years. I am in better shape now than I’d been in for a very long time.

Q. In addition to dance, you ride horses, four-wheelers, motorcycles, and you also work on classic cars. Then, too, you have a day job. Do you have any time at all for sleep?

A. I am woefully underemployed in my day job but I love what I do as a home care worker. I refuse to give that up because I make people smile. Sometimes, I am the only face they have seen in days.
The other stuff I do in fits and spurts because of finances, weather, and needing funds for parts.
I sleep when my energy runs out.

Q. I found your experience at Ellen Plumb's City Bookstore to be quite exciting. Could you explain to us what happened?

A. A friend had found it when he and his wife were lost in the Flint Hills on a day trip. He went inside and pitched his books. When we had lunch a few days later, he told me about his discovery. It took me a few days to gather my courage, but I finally grabbed one paperback copy of each book and marched inside. Marcia and Michelle and everyone there is so helpful and friendly. The selection will surprise you!

Q. Like me, you are a seat of the pants author. Do you find this to be an exhilirating way to write a story?

A. It just sort of happens. I know where I want to start and where I need to end. The middle seems to sort of fill itself in when I let the characters talk to me, when I’m not throwing more problems at them!

Q. Little Apple Comic Expo is coming up soon. How are you preparing for it?

A. PREPARED?! Still working on that! I’ve restocked my selection of books. The “Great Writers, Right Here” in Topeka this year was a success, and I sold half of my stock of books in one day!

Q. I really love your attitude about strong, real women, with real size. I wish more folks felt the same way.

A. I do too. I got so tired of the cookie-cutter ideal female characters and decided to write some of my own. Yes, I am guilty of “doing a Mary Sue”, because I know how to be 5’5 and a size 12-14 with an attitude. I know how to be a woman who sometimes ends up in a difficult situation and has to handle it by herself, as best she can.

Q. Who are some of your favorite authors and books? Any genre.

A. Oh, my! Jeanne Kalogridis is one of my heroines. I fell in love with her “Diaries of the Family Dracul” series at a very difficult time in my life. Dennis E. Smirl’s Prime Trace series is good hard-core scifi, while his Sandeen novels are Chandler-esque detective fare. Aimee Gross and D. Dalton each have their sword and sorcery YA tales. Mark Bouton’s detective, Max, is a very good read. R.L. Naquin’s Monster Haven series and Mount Olympus books are as close to touchy-feely, emotionally feel-good reading as I get.

It's your turn now, Gena. Tell the world whatever you wish to say about anything.

I appreciate you for having this interview with me, and for all of my fans. Without support, I would not be where I am today. THANK YOU!! And support your favorite authors. Leave a review. Tell others about their books.

Share whatever links you wish to share.

It's been a real pleasure having you visit today, Gena!

Thanks again, Blaze. I appreciate your work and continued support of women horror writers.

Blaze McRob

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Veronica Magenta Nero is my Woman In Horror today! I first met Magenta on Pen Of The Damned, a rather eclectic bunch of authors spinning tales and poems of a Damned, Dark nature. Her stories there are free and are inspired by the devilish, deviant, and deranged. Dark fantasy, Gothic horror, erotica, and gritty realism all find their way into her stories. Her work is also included in a number of Sirens Call ezines, including the FIFTH ANNUAL WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH ISSUE. Go to and download it for free!

From Magenta:

"Read ~ HELL'S DAUGHTER ~ a flash fiction piece I contributed to Nina D'Arcangela 's blog for #WiHM8 Women in Horror Month.
Thanks for inviting me Nina Check out the many ladies of horror featured on her blog this month."

Go to Magenta's website and get a complete list of all of her tales. It is quite impressive. Also, she has some free stories for you to read there. 

Her Facebook page will keep you up to date on what's happening in her world.
Women in Horror Month Issue

Fifth Annual
Women in Horror Month Issue

One of my favorite stories by Magenta is The Marionette, in the anthology Toys In The Attic.

Book description:

 Imagine… An old house; one that has stood many generations. WAITING… You step inside and begin to explore. Was this a good idea? You begin to doubt, but continue to step deeper within the eerie darkness. Something stirs above. Should you investigate? Wandering, you reach the second floor landing. In the center of the upstairs hall, directly above, you discover a trap door. You know, the one that leads to something so terrible, you dare not think to touch it, much less attempt to open the latch! Nevertheless, you are drawn to inspect further. Something is stirring above… of this, you have no doubt. You stand upon tiptoe, stretching as far as your fingers will allow, until you grasp the cord attached to the door. With a loud creaking, it opens, releasing a set of stairs, descending before you. Gazing up, there is nothing but a black hole. There! Again! That stirring! Against your better judgement, you begin to climb. Sweat forms upon your brow with each step, as your stomach turns sour. Still, you climb. Those few stairs feel an eternity to ascend. There at the top, nothing. Dark and empty… nothing. Your eyes adjust… Wait! Beneath the cobwebs and years of layered dust, stands a long, wooden chest. Is it locked? Hmmm… You step within the musty room. There, propped against the side of the chest, an old metal rod. You pick it up, using it to pry open what should have been left locked away, eternally. Toys! Old toys! Somewhere in the darkness, a melody plays, soft and haunting. A music box?
NO! A small carousel is moving beside you, its once colorful horses bobbing in time. You look about. There are toys everywhere! Old, broken, forgotten toys fill this attic room. A doll, cracked skull, hairless, limbs askew, stares from behind one eye, the other an empty, hollow socket. A rocking horse begins to sway in the corner. Toy soldiers, their green metal chipped and rusted. How odd; they appear in battle stance, staring… Suddenly, the trap door closes. Darkness… the stirring… These toys… You know why they have been locked away. You stand among evil incarnate. The melody stops. No one hears your final cries…

TOYS IN THE ATTIC: A COLLECTION OF EVIL PLAYTHINGS is an anthology of horror like no other. Step inside…WELCOME TO THE ATTIC

Magenta's Amazon bio: 

Veronica Magenta Nero spins dark tales and poetry, weaving threads of horror, fantasy and erotica.
She hails from Italy and currently resides in the Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia.
Twitter @VM_Nero   

Magenta does not toot her own horn a lot. She writes her stories and lets the words within them speak for her. I certainly respect her for that. In this day of authors hammering away at readers with their sales pitches, her style is very refreshing.
Veronica Magenta Nero is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob