Sunday, February 25, 2018


C.L. Hernandez is my Woman In Horror today! C. L. is rather quiet at times, especially when it comes to talking about herself. However, she has some great interviews I think you will like. I don't feel it would be right for me to steal snippets from them and post here, so I'll post the links here and you can read them in their totality.

I read this post of C. L. 's on her blog and found it makes perfect sense. . Mr. Knotgudenov must surely die!

Amazon bio:

Horror, ghosts, creepy creatures, and spooky spirits: they’ve all been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a young girl, I was enthralled by TV shows like Night Gallery, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone, and Creature Features. I read every horror book I could get my hands on—the scarier the better!

I started writing short horror stories to entertain myself when I was about ten years old, and I continued writing off and on for years. I briefly entertained thoughts of being published, but never acted on it until later in life. Now I’m working with two publishers as well as self-publishing.
My work includes the novels A Jar of Fingers, The Witch War of Fiddlehead Creek, Seven Deadly Ghosts, The Curious Case of the Tuscan Plague Doctor, and Mr. Goddard’s Menagerie, and the short horror story collections Cobwebs and A Half-Dozen Horrors, with more to come. My short stories have also been featured in the anthologies Dead Harvest, Deathmongers: Where the Light Dies, and Happy Little Horrors.

My only regret so far is that I didn’t get serious about my writing sooner!

I guess I'm cheating a bit here, but the piece below was in Terri's Bookshelf, a part of her Owl's Eye View Magazine, a while ago. Terri DelCampo, my wife, and C.L. wrote it. Terri and C. L. Hernandez have been friends for a while now. Here is the interview in its entirety.
"Greetings again, ooky readers.
This past month has flown by, and while I've been editing about sixteen hours a day for Visionary Press Collaborative, I haven't had much of a chance for leisure reading. My boss, Blaze McRob has been assigning me some awesome titles that I know you will love, and as soon as their release parties are happening on Facebook I will let you know. Some exciting stuff on the horizon by writers that really rock the ooky!

I must say it's a great pleasure for me to feature horror author C.L. Hernandez in this issue. I have been reading her stories since her first book, Cobwebs came out on Kindle, and I fell in love with the writing. Ms. Hernandez smoothly builds suspense, concern for her characters, and general ooky atmosphere, then suddenly she delivers a gut punch and you wonder if she even sullied her velvet glove.

Which is why, when her second book, A Half Dozen Horrors came out a few months later, I was begging for it. Begging for more, and you will too, for C.L. Hernandez's stories are addicting.
C.L. was gracious and completed my questionnaire, in her unique way, that always leaves us wanting just a little more.

Q&A with C.L. Hernandez

When did you start writing and at what age?
I started writing when I learned to spell at around age four or so.

What led you to your genre?
My natural attraction to all things dark and dreary.

Do you cross genres?
No, not yet, but I have considered it.

Who (or what) were your main literary influences?   (Other writers?  Art?  Music?  Heroes?)
Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King, Gord Rollo, and, believe it or not, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Who do you write for?
I used to agonize over that question. I write for me, and that’s about it.

Which of your books are you most proud of and why?
That would have to be The Curious Case of the Tuscan Plague Doctor, (coming in 2016 from Barking Rain Press). It started life as a National Novel Writer’s Month project, and it just kind of grew from there. I rocked out a 65,000 word first draft in 28 days using my one-fingered hunt and peck technique. I have improved with the typing since then, but not much.

How much of your real life do you incorporate into your stories?  Do you unload your issues in your writing?  Is there always a story behind the story? 
Yes, I find myself doing that all the time! Funny thing is, I don’t mean to do it! It just seems to happen on its own.

When you're creating characters, do you picture someone real and then give them a new identity, or do you create people out of thin air?
I do both.

Is writing your main income or do you still have a day job? 
Due to health issues, I no longer have a “real job.” I don’t think I’d ever call my writing a job, because jobs suck and writing doesn’t.

What kind of day jobs have you worked, and have those jobs influenced your writing?
I have worked in retail, done telemarketing, worked in dry cleaning, worked at a health club, tended bar, and worked in a casino. I have hundreds and hundreds of stories to tell about those jobs.

Day in the life?  Are you a day or night person?  Are your days packed with activity and frantic or laid back and relaxed? Do you get so wound up in your projects that you forget to eat? 
My favorite time of day is around 4:00 am, when everyone is still asleep. I love the silence and solitude. My days are pretty relaxed and quiet. I can’t stand noise or a lot of activity. And yes, sometimes I do get so involved in my projects, I forget to eat, but it doesn’t happen often.

Do you hand write or type or a combination and why? 
When I’m on a tight deadline, I write by hand and have my daughter copy it into a doc. It just goes faster for me and the words seem to flow better. Also, there’s my crappy typing skills to consider. There are times when I won’t even turn on my computer because I know I’ll get distracted by Facebook.

Do you get blocked and if so, how do you deal with it? 
Yes, I do get blocked from time to time, but I have my ways of dealing with it. Reading helps tremendously.

What's the hardest part of being a writer to you?  The easiest? 
The hardest part is getting my ideas from my brain onto paper. Sometimes I’ll have an entire novel or story in my head—but it wants to stay there! The easiest part is coming up with ideas. I love my imagination.

What about your writing environment?  Do you need quiet, noisy, music, home, desk, sofa, outside, at the mall, in nature?
I need peace and quiet! The only noises allowed are nature sounds, like chirping birds, falling rain, blowing wind, and purring cats!

Any hints about upcoming projects?
The first book of a three-book series comes out in July from Winlock Press. It’s called The Complicated Life of Deegie Tibbs: A Jar of Fingers (book one). It’s about a witch with an unusual disability who has a fight to the finish with some hardcore creepiness. Since there are so many other books about witches, I needed to make mine unique. I also have a novel being published by Barking Rain Press. It’s called The Curious Case of the Tuscan Plague Doctor, and it’s about a haunted medieval plague doctor’s mask.
Well, I asked C.L. to tell me one thing that no one knows about C.L. Hernandez, and she left the question blank. I guess that means either she is an open book, or that she's leaving us with a mystery to be solved in the near future, perhaps in 2016 when The Curious Case of the Tuscan Plague Doctor comes out. I will take her up on that.
Until then, C.L. Hernandez has plenty of ooky offerings to keep you quaking and sleeping with the lights on:

C.L. Hernandez's website:


A Half-Dozen Horrors
Gargoyles and a goddess! Insects and arachnids! Witches and wizards! Six weird, wild tales that will make you shiver, cringe, and gag! A supernatural sampler for hard core horror fans.

(A mummified hand seeks revenge... A harmless witch gets pushed a little too far... The Grim Reaper falls victim to a prank...This is the kind of ghoulish fun you'll find in Cobwebs, the little book of unsettling tales. Small but mighty, Cobwebs invites you to explore six weird little stories. Try one a day, or be a glutton for punishment, and devour them all at once!)

A Woman's Touch
A true account of the author's supernatural experiences in a century-old house.

Dead Harvest
(It’s always darkest before the harvest. Each year, as summer fades to memory, and the sky begins to grow dark, and the leaves change color and fall, the faint, fetid scent of death--of slowly rotting things--begins to drift in, hanging on the chill air like a ghostly pall. Making us wonder, what this year’s harvest will produce. Well... the harvest is here. And it is dead. With these 50 dark tales and nearly 700 pages of terror, you will experience fear, depravity, love, and loss. And a kind of chill, that won’t soon leave your bones. DEAD HARVEST is a crop like no other! Enter the field and get lost... Edited by Mark Parker Includes stories from Tim Lebbon, Richard Chizmar, Ronald Malfi, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Jeff Strand, James A. Moore, Tim Waggoner, Greg F. Gifune and many more...)

Death Mongers
Deathmongers: Where the Light Dies is an anthology of death and survival, of grotesque horror and subtle creeping in the back of everyone's mind. Each author showcases his talent and art in stories that will not only shock you, but will take you into the dark corners of the earth. Reality molds with fiction and you will learn a very valuable lesson: life is short; death is an eternity.

Happy Little Horrors
Happy Little Horrors is an anthology produced by author David Reuben and editor Monique Happy. Some of the best authors in the horror genre are represented, including Michael Robertson, Craig McDonough, Derrick LaCombe, David Reuben, C.L. Hernandez, Joseph A. Coley, James Michaels, Tania Cooper, Eila Oakes, Brandon Ryals, Michael Clary, Kya Aliana, Allen Gamboa, Dean Wild, John McIlveen, Toni Lesatz, Brandon Cracraft, and Steven G. Bynum.


Cobwebs  is the book where I was introduced to the great writing of C. L. My review below - Robert C. Nelson - says it all!

Book description:

 A mummified hand seeks revenge. A harmless witch gets pushed a little too far. The Grim Reaper falls victim to a prank. This is the kind of ghoulish fun you'll find in Cobwebs, volume
one of C. L. Hernandez's Horror Story Six-Packs! Six ghoulishly crafted stories
to keep you awake long into the night! Try one a day, or be a glutton for
punishment, and devour them all at once!
5.0 out of 5 starsThere Are No Cobwebs In C.L. Hernandez's Head! This Collection Is Brilliant!
By Robert C. Nelson on March 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Cobwebs, by C.L. Hernandez, is a brilliant collection! I am new to this author, having stumbled across her when she asked to be my friend on Facebook. This collection would be outstanding for an established author, let alone a new talent on the scene. She is a classic example of why I love to read horror written by women authors. There is that special something and she "has" it!

All of these stories are awesome. And they are all so different. There is not only humor sprinkled into this collection, there is sarcastic wit bandied about - my favorite kind! Give The Man A Hand proves that.

The Leaf Lady is a wonderful revenge story. I am screaming to say more, but I would ruin it for you.

Stage Dive is the shortest one and it floored me because of the ending. Superb!

Death In A Bottle shows me the intelligence dwelling within this story. This is my favorite in the collection! The Grim Reaper versus . . . versus a most cunning adversary.

Brie Noir has horror, revenge, love, and witchcraft all wrapped up into a superb tale. Oh. It also has cheese.

Tub toys is the most chilling one in the collection. You know something is going to happen, but when and how?

There you have it! Six fantastic stories from an author I want to read more tales from. You will love every story! My personal guaranty! 

Make sure you check out C. L.'s other great books on Amazon. They are all superb and deserving of your reading time.

C. L. Hernandez is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

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