Sunday, February 18, 2018


Dona Fox is my Woman In Horror today! Believe me when I say that she is one fantastic author.  She and I met courtesy of Blog Talk Radio, via Viktor Aurelius, and my little buddy Mary G. Fortier-Schutz. Mary and her husband David told me to give a listen to the show, actually a series of them, where Viktor and his guests would talk about the anthology Terror Train. Dona was on the second show.

"Tonight we will chat with several more of the authors of TERROR TRAIN. Joining us tonight are Dale Hollin, Murphy Edwards, Thomas Malafarina, Dona Fox, Aaron Besson, and William Cook. Also joining us are Editor Krista Clark Grabowski and Artist Stephen Cooney.

The Terror Train rides, from city to city, from village to village, through states, across rivers and mountains. If only it could tell its tales of grisly murder, of demonic pacts, black holes into different dimensions and portals to other realms where the ghosts of train robbers hunt in perpetuity for that elusive bullion filled carriage that cost them their immortal souls. Behold the terrors the train has witnessed, see firsthand the horrors it has lived through and when you get on board, pray, pray you've entered the right one, on the right track, the one that does not lead to oblivion...

Terror Train contains stories by new and established authors, with a guest story by William F. Nolan. All aboard!"

By the way, it is still possible to listen to the show since it is still in the archives.

I have mentioned it below, but I will mention it again here. In my humble opinion, the best way for you to get acquainted with Dona's great writing would be to read her short story collection Dark Tales From The Den. It is over the top great, and it is all Dona. I call them as I see them and this is a great collection.

I believe this collection of short stories to be Dona's most exquisite display of her mastery at the craft. This is horror not to be missed!

Book description:

Find within seventeen unsettling tales that will ooze under your skin, cozy little tales that twist slowly strange and violent-delightfully dark. There’s a mean doll, a box full of bones-and newspaper clippings, a bank robbery gone horribly wrong-for almost everyone. Daddy’s last train, and the train Uncle Frank catches again and again, a haunted carousel that sparks up the night, an alien abduction, a meeting with the evil Lilith. Foxes. A girl you wouldn't want to meet in a bar-if you value your ink, a drug of the future with certain finality about it. Many graves dug, barns to die in, and ghosts and more ghosts. Seep into this book.

Editorial Reviews

"Dona Fox had me with her first story, 'Smoky Martini.' Creepy and atmospheric, it sets the stage for Dark Tales from the Den, her new collection of shorts. My favorites, along with 'Smoky Martini,' were 'Crawlspace'--suitably claustrophobic and disturbing--and thedevastating 'Grace at the End.' Fox shows her deft hand for creatingatmosphere and mood in these 18 shorts. Very much recommended!"
-John F.D. Taff, Bram Stoker-Nominated Author of The End in All Beginnings.

"You know that feeling when you suddenly wake from a nightmare, your heartracing and your body shaking with terror? That's the feeling DONA FOX captures with every macabre story in this excellent collection. She masterfullycrafts each tale with an eerie, dream-like quality. My personalfavorites were the creepy 'Crawl Space' and 'Grace at the End,' butevery story is a heartfelt gem that will leave you breathless. I amblown away by Fox's talent and eagerly await her next work.
-J. MICHAEL MAJOR, multi-award winning author of ONE MAN'S CASTLE.

About the Author

Dona Fox writes short stories and poetry - horror and dark fantasy infused with bits of science fiction and the paranormal. Dona spent her childhood on the Ferris wheel in Oaks Park just over the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon. From there she went to Seattle, Washington where she hung out in the semi-famous Last Exit on Brooklyn and the infamous Hideout Bar. Specters from the Northwest's forests, Portland's bridges and Seattle's Pike and Pine streets may creep into her dark tales. Currently, Dona lives near California’s gold country with an Abyssinian cat, a Standard Schnauzer, her husband, and foxes. Online, you can find Dona at and Twitter @_DonaFox and Twitter and Twitter @_DonaFox.

Read Dona's other great books and stories as well. I'm sure that after reading this collection that you'll be hooked on her writing.

Amazon bio:

Dona Fox writes short stories and poetry - horror and dark fantasy infused with bits of science fiction. Coming from the Pacific Northwest, specters from the Northwest's forests, Portland's bridges and Seattle's streets may creep into her dark tales.

DARK TALES FROM THE DEN is Dona's first collection--on these dark pages there is no distinction between the living and the dead for ghosts do walk beside us and the paranormal is normal here. A touch of Lovecraft in one tale, an alien abduction in another--or was it? Facts blend with fiction so easily in the Dark. Settle in with a Smoky Martini and end up in The Darkest Den. Sort the books to the right by "Most Reviews" and Dark Tales' bright blue cover should come up on top.

DARKER TALES FROM THE DEN - Seventeen darker tales. Stories of death, ghosts, and wicked delusions. Poisons, secrets, and lovers from the past. Murders by curse, serpents’ fangs, herbs, and flowers. The discovery of crystal bones, the smell of singed gossamer wings, the sound of a wooden puppet dancing in the dark and the touch of a cold hand beneath the grave. Look for the book with the identical picture to Dark Tales except for the colors, Darker Tales appears to be on fire!

Dona Fox writes super horror and is a most deserving Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob. 

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