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7/24/2013- Read Us or Die...No, really...





The world is ending!!!! Aaahhh! Ok, it isn't. I did have a nightmare about the world blowing up last night though. But I do have new short stories published after an eternity of a dry-spell. "Truth" and "Code-Red" are two of my newest pieces and will be included in the wonderfully twisted anthology "Read Us or Die!" put together by none other than Jason Gehlert! Black Bed Sheets Books' Nicholas Grabowsky is the proud publisher of this beautiful literary beast and the authors are not only some of the most talented but the hottest around (see what I did there?). Here is the titillating forward to whet your appetite until the release! 


I had this idea for an anthology. A crazy, outside the box thought that I hoped would at least ignite some interest. Well, it not only ignited, the damn thing drenched the entire office at Black Bed Sheet Books and its publisher Nicholas Grabowsky in a orange and red hue of excitement. This has now become a solid joint effort spanning the many talented authors of Black Bed Sheet books, highlighting the core value of writing: character depth. When Nick gave me the green light, I began to construct this list of talented writers. Some are veterans of the writing landscape [such as myself], others are brand new and cutting their jagged incisors deep into the skin of the publishing world. My only requirement for the authors became the simple task of all, write a story that has deep characters and emotion.
A story evolves only so far as the characters propel it. I wanted the characters stripped down to their skeletons. Heroes, villains, somewhere in the middle? Bring them through the emotional grinder, chew them up, spit them out, where will it take the reader? Or, what about a few stories with different spins on such figures as Dracula, Adolph Hitler, the Devil, and Snow White. A few of these stories are dark in nature, or splashed with a form of comic ingenuity. Others are entrenched in history with a different spin that left me squirming in my seat. 
These authors are bright, fresh, talented, comedic, compassionate, and downright scary when they want to be. So sit back, turn off the lights, and read the book. Or die. I wouldn’t want that to happen to you, but then again once you step inside our world, anything can happen. 
Close your eyes.
Take a breath.
The sounds you hear are real.
There is no turning back.
Keep reading.
Or die.

8/9/2011- At Last! A Blog!

It's terrifying and sometimes adorable www.pumpkinsandprose.blogspot.com
 

8/6/2011-Unholy Repression Fall Book Signings

I'm always busy in the Fall. My muse is jump-started and I find a lot of mischief to get into. But September is going to be a busy month. I will be attending Horrorfind Weekend from September 2nd-4th and then have a book signing at The Book Escape in Federal Hill on September 10th. More info on those toward the end of the month.

 

6/3/2011-Unholy Repression Cover and Synopsis

My newest novella, Unholy Repression, now has a wicked face to the name. It's release is slated for July by Black Bed Sheet Books. You can expect more info very soon! 

Still living at home with his narcotic mother, Cole Carney longs to find a way out and begin his career as a school teacher. After a strange incident, the mysterious Father Stanton gives him a job at his old elementary school but he soon finds that more than just the decor has changed. As he discovers the atrocities of each room and mystery of each inhabitant, he unlocks the dark secrets of his past. Along with a fellow teacher and a fiery journalist, Cole will try to bring down the murderous history of the school and pray that he will make it out alive...

New Novella to Be Published By Black Bed Sheet Books

I am delighted to announce that my newest horror novella, "Unholy Repression", will be published by Nicholas Grabowski's publishing house, Black Bed Sheet Books. The expected release date is Summer 2011. More news to come! 
 
 
 
 

Fatally Yours Reviews Creeping Shadows

My novella, "Sugar Skull" along with Alan Draven's "Vengence Is Mine" and Brandon Ford's, "Merciless", was reviewed by Fatally Yours.

Click here to read it from the source: http://www.fatally-yours.com/horror-literature/book-review-creeping-shadows-three-dark-tales/

Creeping Shadows is a novella anthology that contains three different stories from authors Alan Draven, Brandon Ford and Jessica Lynne Gardner. The novellas differ from historical supernatural horror, to a story based on recent true events to a tale about an ancient Aztec curse. I loved the variety of the stories and how they each offered something completely different to readers!

The first story, Vengeance is Mine by Alan Draven, re-envisions the the tale of Jack the Ripper. The infamous Whitechapel butcher, whose actual name is Vincent Fowler in this story, starts off attending the prestigious Royal Academy of Surgeons of England but gets kicked out for a distasteful prank as well as his low social rank (his mother was a prostitute and he feels the Academy has always looked down upon him for that shameful fact). After traveling to America, Fowler returns many years later to seek his vengeance on London and begins killing prostitutes. Yet, as much as he relishes spilling their blood and bodily organs, he begins to be haunted by a specter of one of his victims…and this ghost just won’t quit until she gets revenge!
I really enjoyed how masterfully Draven wove true facts throughout his fictional story, even paying attention to the little details! The whole class war aspect of the Jack the Ripper case, in which he was supposedly trying to draw the attention of the aristocrats the the poorer areas of London, was even explored! And his hatred of prostitutes is very well established as his own mother was one. As someone who is very much interested in the macabre Jack the Ripper case, I definitely appreciated Draven’s careful following of the facts in the case and how his own interjections fit squarely into the facts as well.
Furthermore, the novella was very quickly paced and a very exciting read. It was interesting to get to take a peek inside Jack the Ripper’s head and see exactly what he might have been thinking. Plus, the gory killing scenes were quite shocking, even if you already knew all about the case and its victims. The inclusion of the supernatural was an added treat!
 
The next novella, Merciless by Brandon Ford, was probably my least favorite and didn’t seem to quite fit within the other two novella’s supernatural themes. It is based on a true story about two young high school girls abducted by a madman. They are brutally raped and beaten within an inch of their lives, but they work together to try and escape the madman’s clutches, even as he drives them further and further away from anything familiar.
There is no doubt that Merciless is a horrifying story, but its unfortunately something we read about in the news every day (the original story it is based on is here) and I don’t necessarily want to read about it in my leisure time. While the story is well-written, it just doesn’t offer anything new or original like the other two stories contained in this anthology. Still, this is more personal preference and there is no denying the talent of Ford’s writing…I just wish the subject matter had been a bit more engaging.
 
The last story, Sugar Skull by Jessica Lynne Gardner, is probably my favorite of the anthology. Someone or something is killing Latinos with a rare poison that the police can’t track down. The victims all had a sugar skull shoved down their throats coated with what appears to be a Central American poison. When Annabel’s father is also found dead, she, with the help of her mother and a forensic specialist, must track down the killer, who appears to be tied to an ancient Aztec curse.
Sugar Skull was a fantastic story that I just couldn’t put down! More so than the other novellas in the anthology, I found myself glued to the pages of Sugar Skull, rooting for the characters to solve the supernatural case! I really loved the uniqueness of the story and appreciated that the author used Dia De Los Muertos and Aztec legends as the backdrop for the tale. I also thought that the villain turned out to be very frightening! I still get the heebie jeebies when I think about it! I also enjoyed the tragic backstory of the villain and the sacrifice it took to finally stop the killings.
 
Creeping Shadows is an extremely engaging, creative and worthwhile anthology. It definitely lives up to its title and you will definitely be checking over your shoulder after reading the stories contained in Creeping Shadows! I highly recommend this book to pretty much all horror fans, because it definitely has something for everyone!
Order it on Amazon!
 

Twisted Fairy Tales

In the mood for something dark and fantastic? My new story “Natalie’s Garden”, is available in Isabella Rose’s Twisted Fairy Tales anthology.
 

 
Isabelle Rose's Twisted Fairy Tale Anthology will include short stories and poems from some of today's newest and hottest authors, all based on classic Fairy Tales, but twisted beyond your imagination.

This anthology includes poems and stories written by Isabelle Rose, Cassandra Lee, Jennifer L. Miller, Leigh Dragoon, Dave Rex, Charlotte Emma Gledson, John H. Howard, Jeff Ezell, Jessica Lynne Gardner, and Rachel Ayers.
 
 

Book Signing At The Haunt At Sunrise Farm

 
It's October and you all know what that means...its time for some haunted houses.
On the 25th, I'll be doing a signing at the Haunt At Sunrise Farm with copies of my new novella from 7:30-10:30 PM. Hope to see you there!
 
About the Haunt:
The Haunt at Sunrise Farm and The Van Deir Curse starts with our 2-MILE (20 minute) HAUNTED HAYRIDE where you'll be holding on to the bales of your hay as you tour our beautiful historic farm under the evening stars.  BEWARE -- for all is not as it seems -- because you never know what or who you'll run across as you pass the historic cemetery and haunted barns. 

Just when you thought the thrills, chills and screams were over, your tour guide will take you through our Cursed 3-D Barn where you'll don your ChromaDepth 3-D glasses and have an extraordinary experience like no other.

Finally, after removing your 3-D glasses, your tour guide will lead you through our HAUNTED MANOR where you'll never know what's lurking in the shadows behind our haunted barn doors or along the way.

  

Maryland Sunrise Farm

100 Dairy Lane
Gambrills, MD 21054

 
Horrorfind Weekend 2011 appearance-September 2-4 http://www.horrorfindweekend.com/  

 
 
Twisted- Fairy Tale Anthology- Out Now!
 
 
Book Signing at the Haunt at Sunrise Farm on October 25th from 7:30-10:30 PM!