In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle.

Let me assure you that In Calabria is nothing at all like The Last Unicorn. Though it features the same creature, this story is not a fairy tale…


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Black Feathers edited by Ellen Datlow

I know two people who are terrified of birds. One can’t explain it, just, “birds freak me out.” Another says, “They’re dinosaurs just waiting to peck my eyes out.” Birds have a wealth of symbolism attached to them: piety, spirits, freedom, joy, sorrow, danger. They are a perfect theme for a horror anthology. Continue reading

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Road Kill Vol. 2 (CLOSED!)

I attended a meetup today and got information on an open call for Texas-based writers (either born here or living here) for Road Kill: Texas Horror from Texas Writers, Vol. 2. They are eager to hear from authors who have been traditionally marginalized, excluded, or unrepresented because Texas has many voices and it’s important to include everyone. Continue reading

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Ellen Datlow is a master curator of fiction, and though she calls herself a “horror enthusiast,” I don’t think it’s a stretch to say she is one of the guiding hands of the genre. Her Best Horror of the Year anthologies are a snapshot of current trends in horror, offering readers a sampling of new and established authors in one volume. Nightmares refines those best-of collections and this book represents Datlow’s favorite short fiction from the years spanning 2005 to 2015. Continue reading

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Review: Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps

cthulhuarma_coverC.T. Phipps has a knack for writing entertaining novels with memorable characters and plenty of snark and dry humor. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed his Supervillainy Saga, and since I’m both a post-apoc and horror fiction fan, decided to give Cthulhu Armageddon a try. I was not disappointed. Continue reading

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Review: America’s Most Haunted Hotels by Jaime Davis Whitmer

haunted_hotelsJamie Davis Whitmer is an author, ghost hunter and traveler. Her book Haunted Asylums, Prisons and Sanatoriums was published in 2013, and this could be considered a sequel, of sorts.

She opens the book with practical information on what it takes to do a full investigation at sites like old prisons and hospitals. These are expensive and time-consuming since the entire building must be rented to do an investigation. Continue reading

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Killing it Softly: Cover Reveal and Pre-order Sale!

kis_full-coverKilling it Softly has a gorgeous cover, and 32 stories, all written by women, that range from shivery to downright terrifying. You can pre-order it now for only 99¢ and that price vanishes on October 31. Continue reading

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Review: The Secrets of Supervillainy by C. T. Phipps

secrets-coverBook three of the Supervillainy Saga opens with a jump right into the middle of a vicious battle between Gary, er, Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy™ and The Left Handed Bokor. Merciless only wants to exchange an insane amount of money for a magic stone so he can return his wife Mandy to her normal, human life. Apparently, Bokor got a better offer, and he’s after Gary’s head—literally. After the fight, Merciless retreats to his home turf, and things go pear-shaped for everyone. Continue reading

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Review of Harsh Gods by Michelle Belanger at Buzzy Mag

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My Personal Library is an Extension of Myself

I just read an article by Tara Cheesman at Book Riot: SERIOUSLY, LEAVE ME & MY #$%@ BOOKS ALONE. While no one has ever told me to divest myself of books, Ms. Cheesman’s work had me nodding my head in recognition, both in our shared desire to minimize possessions as well as a build a personal library at the same time.

I’m a little different. I’m emotionally attached to my books, enough so that I refer to myself as a crazy book lady. Continue reading

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