Morbid Meals – Tribute to The Exorcist – Split Pea Soup

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on May 3, 2016 by Dan Shaurette

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Split Pea Soup

EXAMINATION
Linda Blair plays a child possessed by the devil in The Exorcist, the classic horror flick from 1973. In what is probably the most memorable scene in cinema, horror or otherwise, she vomits up her dinner of split pea soup in an impossible 360 degree spray. I’m sure that as a result, Campbell’s stock of split pea soup forever took a hit. If you’re like me and scenes like that encourage you to try split pea soup, then give this easy recipe a spin.
20160411_193730ANALYSIS
Servings: 5-6
Ingredients
5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 pound dried green split peas, rinsed and drained
1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1/4 tsp garlic powder)
1 dried bay leaf
1 smoked ham hock
Apparatus
  • Dutch oven, and/or a Crock pot
Procedure
  1. In your Dutch oven, add everything together and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. If you have a crock pot and want to slow cook your soup, then pour everything into the crock pot, cover it, and cook on high for about 6 hours.
  3. However, if you can’t wait that long, keep the soup in your Dutch oven, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  4. In either case, stir occasionally to keep the beans from burning on the bottom.
  5. When done, discard the bay leaves. Remove the ham hock and dice the meat from the bone and return the meat to the soup.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
DISSECTION
If you can’t find a smoked ham hock at your local grocery store, you can substitute with about 1/2 cup of cubed ham or cooked bacon.
You can easily make this recipe vegan simply by not adding any pork and replacing the chicken stock with vegetable stock. If you would miss that wonderful smoky note, however, you can use a little Liquid Smoke to taste.
If you have a pressure cooker, you have been warned not to cook something like this in it. However, after scouring the interwebs, I found this recipe from HipPressureCooking.com that gives a recipe and tips to make it not only possible but unbelievably fast.
POST-MORTEM
I have always loved split-pea soup. Maybe The Exorcist influenced my gothic, Horror Addict heart, or maybe I just love good comfort food. Either way, you owe it to yourself to try it from scratch. Who knows what demons might be lurking in those condensed cans of soup!

Once Upon A Scream Author Spotlight: Krystle Wallis

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on May 3, 2016 by David Watson
Horroraddicts.net publishing has recently published our 4th anthology called Once Upon A ScreamRemember the Fairy tales that you grew up reading? Well they are back again with a horror twist. Once Upon A Scream includes 18 tales that are fantastic and frightful. One of the authors in this anthology is Krystal Wallis and recently talked to us about her writing:
What is your story in Once Upon A Scream called and what is it about?
 

OnceUponAScreamFrontMy story is called Briar. It is about a man who gets lost deep in the mythical Black Forest – largely due to his own curiosity – where he stumbles upon a fairy tale castle, and gets trapped. Despite first appearing vacant, the castle’s occupants turn out to be more the stuff of nightmares than of fairy tale.

What inspired the idea?


The idea came from an odd blend of things I had recently read. I am a huge Anne Rice fan, and was inspired by the idea in Interview With A Vampire of the mindless, hollow vampires of Eastern Europe. I also wanted to play on technique, so was opting for a minimalist style as demonstrated by Cormac McCarthy in The Road. I was fascinated by the nameless protagonist and wanted to emulate that. While opting for a minimalist approach, I used more descriptive language in the begging, when things are looking a bit brighter for our protagonist.
When did you start writing? 

I started writing Briar about a year ago for an assessment piece I was working on for university. It actually came together very quickly, and I had the first draft completed in the space of a couple of afternoons.
What are your favorite topics to write about? 

Much of what I write about comes back to mythology and legend. I can’t help myself! I tend to use very Gothic techniques in my prose, even when I am not writing ‘Gothic fiction’ per se.

What are some of your influences?

I am most often inspired by other literature. Sometimes by something as minor as a word I want to play with on the page, or a phrase which comes to mind. I like to explore things, particularly motives. I don’t like bad guys who are bad for the sake of it, I like to ‘justify’ and rationalize the irrational. Or, as I mentioned earlier, I am often influenced to write simply to experiment with technique. To quote Picasso, “learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist,” – my favorite quote and personal motto as a writer.

 

What do you find fascinating about the horror genre?

In fear of suddenly becoming very unpopular, I wouldn’t say that I am particularly drawn to all horror, but I have always had a deep affinity for vampires and the spiritual. I just don’t like ugly bad guys! Zombies are definitely not my thing! Perhaps that’s my own vanity speaking, but there is something about a beautiful immortal villain which is so enticing. I think vampires represent the darker side of human nature, which in itself is fascinating. Also, as mentioned, I am a fan of Gothic techniques in literature, and so this genre is inadvertently very much my playground. My motivation to write horror isn’t so much about blood and gore, but more so about creating a sense of suspense and apprehension – to keep the reader hanging on what may be around the corner.

 
What are some of the works you have available?

Briar is my first publication, but it will not be my last! I am currently working on a couple of short stories in other genres which I am hoping to submit for publication soon – time permitting.

What are you currently working on?Pic

I have several things in the works at the moment. I am undergoing post-graduate study (Honours) in Creative Writing, so my exegesis and creative artifact for that are precedent at the moment. I am looking at bending the boundaries of perspective, so I am focusing on two pieces with non-living narrators. As is the nature of Honours, this is likely to change greatly within the next year and a half/two years. I am also re-writing one of the Greek myths, which is turning out to be one of my greatest challenges so far. Trying to re-create a world which has been and is no more, is an extreme challenge. Especially with the complexity of Greek mythology. I am also writing a short story about a girl with multiple personalities, a chic lit novel, and (when I finally get around to completing it) a vampire novel set in the days of Jack the Ripper.

Where can we find you online?

I need to increase my online presence, but currently you can find me mainly on Facebook at my business page Restricted Quill, or Restricted Quill’s website: Restrictedquill Official

Press Release: Once Upon a Scream

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2016 by David Watson

HorrorAddicts.net Press is proud to announce that we have just released our 4th anthology entitled Once Upon a Scream. This book is edited by Dan Shaurette and it takes the classic fairy tales that you grew up with and gives them a horror twist.

Once Upon a Scream

OnceUponAScreamFront…there was a tradition of telling tales with elements of the fantastic along with the frightful. Adults and children alike took heed not to go into the deep, dark woods, treat a stranger poorly, or make a deal with someone-or something-without regard for the consequences. Be careful of what you wish for, you just might get it.

From wish-granting trolls, to plague curses, and evil enchantresses, these tales will have you hiding under the covers in hopes they don’t find you. So lock your doors, shutter your windows, and get ready to SCREAM.

A return to darker foreboding fairy tales not for children.
Not everyone lives happily ever after.

Stories include:

“The Black Undeath” by Shannon Lawrence: There was a plague no one speaks about, one much worse than the Black Death. “The Black Undeath” combines the ravages of the plague and leprosy with the tale of Rumpelstiltskin.

Shannon Lawrence is  a fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy,  You can find her at thewarriormuse.com

“Melody of Bones” by Nickie Jamison:  This is a delightful mashup of the German tales of the “Singing Bone” and “The Pied Piper of Hamlin.” Death can make beautiful music.

Nickie Jamison’s erotic fiction has been published in the Coming Together Among the Stars and the Coming Together Outside the Box anthologies.

“The Godmother’s Bargain” by Alison McBain: This story is based on Cinderella but instead of relying on a fairy godmother, Cinderella makes a deal with the devil.

Alison McBain  has over thirty publications in magazines and anthologies. You can read her blog at alisonmcbain.com

“Leila” by Dan Shaurette: This is a story about vampires and an old witch that lives in a haunted forest in a far away land.

Dan Shaurette is a goth-geek from Phoenix, AZ and he is the writer of  Black Magic and
Black Jack, you can visit him at: MattBlackBooks.com

“Nothing to Worry About” by Charles Frierman: Nothing killed Old Smelty, don’t let it kill you too.

Charles Frierman is  works as a children’s storyteller at the local library, but writing has always been
his passion.

“The Cursed Child” by C.S. Kane: Witches do what they must to save a child.

C.S. Kane’s debut horror novella, Shattered is out now. You can find out more about her at: http://www.cskane.com/

“The Healer’s Gift” by Lynn McSweeney: A pale boy with a whiff of the uncanny begs admission to a wounded healer’s cottage just before sunrise, conjuring her darkest fears of who – or what – he may be.

Lynn McSweeney writes mostly horror, fantasy, and science-fiction, or a blend of them, with an occasional foray into erotica.

“Briar” by K.L. Wallis: “Briar” is the story of a man who is lost deep in a mythical Black Forest, where he stumbles upon an abandoned fairy-tale palace with a forgotten sleeping beauty

K.L. Wallis  writes gothic fiction, high fantasy, mythological fiction, and
contemporary folk-lore you can find her at: https://restrictedquill.wordpress.com

“Curse of the Elves” by Sara E. Lundberg: This story gives a horrifying spin on the old tale “The Shoemaker and the Elves.” What if the elves were grotesque murderers and you wanted them to go away.

Sara E. Lundberg  writes and edits primarily fantasy and horror. She is also an editor and contributor for the Confabulator Cafe. You can find her online at SELundberg.com

“Lake Tiveden” by MD Maurice: The modern retelling of the legend of Tiveden and the epic encounter between a fisherman, his daughter and the fearsome Nokken.

MD Maurice has been writing and publishing erotic, Dark Fantasy and mainstream fiction since early 2001. She has been previously published in several print anthologies

“Wax Shadow” by Emerian Rich: Horror fairytale modern retelling of “The Shadow” by Hans Christian Andersen.

Emerian Rich is the author of the vampire book series, Night’s Knights, and Artistic License. You can find her at: http://emzbox.com/

“Without Family Ties” by Chantal Boudreau: This is a modern horror tale based on the story of Pinocchio.

Chantal Boudreau is a  member of the Horror Writers Association, she writes and illustrates horror, dark fantasy and fantasy. You can find her at: http://chantellyb.wordpress.com

“Commanding the Stones” by Laurel Anne Hill: A murder, a troubled marriage, a mysterious benefactor and a Russian fairy tale add up to terror and redemption in the sewers of Paris.

Laurel Anne Hill’s award-winning novel, Heroes Arise, was published by KOMENAR in 2007. You can find her at: http://www.laurelannehill.com/

“Gollewon Ellee” by DJ Tyrer: Two young girls follow the Gollewon Ellee, Fairy Lights, and discover that not only are the Fair Folk real, they are stranger and more sinister than they imagined.

DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing and has been widely published in anthologies and magazines in the UK, USA and elsewhere His website is: http://djtyrer.blogspot.co.uk/

“Mr. Shingles” by J. Malcolm Stewart: Bay Area boys meeting with a certain rhyming troll who may or may not still be living under the Carquinez Bridge.

J. Malcolm Stewart is a Northern California-based author, journalist and marketing professional. He is the author of several novels and short story collections. http://about.me/jaymal

“The Boy and His Teeth” by V. E. Battaglia: A cautionary tale against deceiving the Tooth Fairy.

V. E. Battaglia is primarily writes Science Fiction and Horror. His work can be found in the Zen of the Dead anthology from Popcorn Press and in the SNAFU: Hunters anthology.

“The Other Daughter” by Adam L. Bealby: It’s nice to see Hannah looking her old self, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. The problem is Hannah – the real Hannah – with her black nails and even blacker attitude, she’s already upstairs…

Adam L. Bealby writes weird fiction leaning heavily into fantasy, horror and arch satire. He dabbles in stories for children too. His short stories and comic work have been published in numerous anthologies. Find him at: @adamskilad

“Old and in the Way” by Wayne Faust: Atmospheric tale about an old man who can no longer do his duty.

Wayne Faust has been a full time music and comedy performer for over 40 years. While on the road performing he also writes fiction. You can find him at: www.waynefaust.com

HorrorAddicts.net Press

Serial Scribbler Series: Master Your Craft

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2016 by Lisa "The Body Bag Betty" Vasquez

 

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In this world of indie publishing, creating a book is as easy as point and click. This convenience has led to an overwhelming issue that all “indies” are facing these days. Something I like to call complacency.

We all know that it’s hard to find someone to show us the ropes when we first start out. Some indie authors who have found a measure of success are very tight lipped about how they’ve done it. Whether they feel that revealing their how-to methods will create competition or they just aren’t sure, themselves.

Being an independently published author comes with some major perks, like getting to keep your royalties for one. But that perk can quickly turn out to be your demise. This is why you hear so many traditionally published authors looking down on the “indies”.

In my last article, I spoke about book covers and the importance of them. In this article I’d like to continue with Mastering Your Craft.

What does that mean, exactly?

You’re a published author now! So what. Yeah, I said it. So what. I want to know what you plan to do next. And if you haven’t answered this question – or let’s be frank – if you haven’t asked yourself this question yet… you have much to learn.

You owe it to yourself and to your readers, to get better. No one’s first book is perfect. If they tell you it is, they’re lying. Your first book is where you cut your teeth in this industry. Anyone can write stories. Yep, I said that, too! ANYone can write a story. Will you like it? That depends. Some people have this amazing ability to weave words and tell a tale that sucks you in and makes you want to know more. But is everyone an author?

Here’s the distinction:

A writer, writes. Maybe it’s their job. Maybe it’s something they do as a hobby.

An author is someone that considers this his/her trade, craft, passion, career.  If they’re not writing, and perfecting each story than they aren’t really happy with it. These people want to hear more than, “Oh this is really good!” They want to hear in-depth critique, suggestions, questions, and to discuss their work.

In their head, these worlds are real and they mean something to them because when they wrote it, they put something of themselves into it.

There are writing groups, guilds, Facebook groups, Meet-Up groups, etc. Go to them. Get your work critiqued by someone you trust to be brutally honest with you. This is something else you owe to yourself, and your readers.

Being an author is hard. If this is something you want to do outside of a hobby, you need to constantly evolve. In my next article, we’ll discuss other ways to do that.

For now, keep the horror in the story, not in your end product.

 

2016 Wicked Womens Writer Challenge – Who Will Be Most Wicked? LAST DAY TO ENTER!

Posted in News on May 1, 2016 by Stacy Rich

We all know and love them. We’ve been obsessed all our lives and can’t get enough of them. As children they frightened us to death. Every country, region, and town has their own urban legends and we’re featuring the best from all over the world to frighten the bejeezus out of you.

Wicked Women Writer’s Challenge 2016 is now open for registration! TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER!

Who Will Be … MOST WICKED?

THEME: This year’s theme is “Twisted Urban Legends.”

 

With the outstanding success and quality we had in last year’s challenges, we are continuing the audiodrama as part of the challenge. This year we’re pushing the challenge to the next level by asking participants to write an audiodrama revolving around one of the urban legends.

The key is to take the urban legend and give it new slant to make it twisted.  Remember the couple making out in the woods? Perhaps it’s no longer the boyfriend’s sneaker squeaking on the roof of the car, but they are the girl’s father’s shoes who followed the young couple into the woods.  Take the legends we love and twist them up a bit to create surprise endings for your audience.

It’s all up to you!

This year’s hostess with the mostest is Killion Slade and she’ll be randomly assigning the following to each contestant.

*An urban legend

*A setting

*An obscure item

And every audio must include:

*At least two different reader voices in their production.

 

To register now, simply fill out the registration form here:

Register now!

You will receive your specialized contest items to create a fantastical, horror-filled, terrifying audiodrama for the listeners of HorrorAddicts.net to enjoy.

DEADLINE: Sign up by May 1st, 2016. The sooner you sign up, the more time you have to prepare.

*Note: The Wicked Women Writer’s Challenge and the Master of Macabre Contest share a theme this year “Twisted Urban Legends Audiodrama”, but they will still be aired and judged separately.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FURTHER DETAILS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

SPECS:

As a contestant, you will write and record a horror story, fitting the theme and incorporating your extra elements. The style should be decidedly audiodrama, meaning music, sound effects, and two or more voices should be incorporated.

Audio mp3 and text will be due to horroraddictscontest@gmail.com by June 4th, 2016, 11:59 pm PST. Contestants will then be narrowed down to 5 semi-finalists. Those 5 authors will go on to compete for the final prize of being “Most Wicked 2016”.

The audio can be no longer than 10 minutes. This is strictly adhered to.

The text can be no longer than 3000 words, but may be submitted either in story or screenplay script format. Usually 1000 words=10 mins, we are giving you 2000 extra words for stage direction.

You may have someone else record your story for you, but it must still include 2 voices and none of the HorrorAddicts.net staff or previous Wicked winners may help you.

You may not compete if you have won the “Master of Macabre” or “Most Wicked” awards before. You CAN compete if you have submitted in the past but did not win the final award.

HOW ARE THE VOTES SET UP? There will be a 3-part voting system.

1/3 of the vote will still be the voters emailing in.

1/3 of the vote will be judged on podcast quality and will be judged by seasoned podcasters.

1/3 of the vote will be judged on writing quality and will be judged by seasoned writers.

These 3 sections will be added together for a final score

The winner will be honored with the coveted title, “Most Wicked 2016”.

Dates to know in 2016:

May 1st – Registration closes

June 4th – Audio and text are due.

July 9th – finalists will be announced

July 23rd – Audio airs (text will begin posting near this date)

July 23rd – Voting starts

August 20th – Voting ends

September 17th – Winners will be announced on the HorrorAddicts.net show.

Got QUESTIONS?

Questions should be addressed to Killion Slade at: horroraddictscontest@gmail.com with the subject 2016 WWW CONTEST QUESTION.

How Do I Enter?

1) Please click on the survey monkey link and it will take you to a page to fill your information.  This signs you up for the contest and we can provide you writing prompts for your audio drama.

survey monkey link

2) Please go to the Facebook group Wicked Women Writers and ask to join the group.  Join the Facebook Group!

The group is where Killion will communicate the most to you and be able to easily answer any questions you may have.

And that’s it!

We look forward to hearing from you and find out if YOU will be Most Wicked 2016!

 

 

2016 Masters of the Macabre – Who Will Become The Master? LAST DAY TO ENTER!

Posted in News on May 1, 2016 by Stacy Rich

We all know and love them. We’ve been obsessed all our lives and can’t get enough of them. As children they frightened us to death. Every country, region, and town has their own urban legends and we’re featuring the best from all over the world to frighten the bejeezus out of you.

Master of the Macabre Challenge 2016 is now open for registration! TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER!

Who Will Become THE MASTER 2016?

THEME: This year’s theme is “Twisted Urban Legends.”

 

With the outstanding success and quality we had in last year’s challenges, we are continuing the audiodrama as part of the challenge. This year we’re pushing the challenge to the next level by asking participants to write an audiodrama revolving around one of the urban legends.

The key is to take the urban legend and give it new slant and make it twisted.  Remember the couple making out in the woods? Perhaps it’s no longer the boyfriend’s sneaker squeaking on the roof of the car, but the shoes are the girl’s father’s who followed the young couple into the woods.  Take the legends we love and twist them up a bit to create surprise endings for your audience.

It’s all up to you!

This year’s hostess with the mostest is Killion Slade and she’ll be randomly assigning the following to each contestant.

*An urban legend

*A setting

*An obscure item

And every audio must include:

*At least two different reader voices in their production.

 

To register now, fill out the registration form here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPFPZ6D

You will receive your specialized contest items and being to create a fantastical, horror-filled, terrifying audiodrama for the listeners of HorrorAddicts.net to enjoy.

DEADLINE: Sign up by May 1st, 2016. The sooner you sign up, the more time you have to prepare.

*Note: The Wicked Women Writer’s Challenge and the Master of Macabre Contest share a theme this year “Twisted Urban Legends Audiodrama”, but they will still be aired and judged separately.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FURTHER DETAILS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

SPECS:

As a contestant, you will write and record a horror story, fitting the theme and incorporating your extra elements. The style should be decidedly audiodrama, meaning music, sound effects, and two or more voices should be incorporated.

Audio mp3 and text will be due to horroraddictscontest@gmail.com by June 4th, 2016, 11:59 pm PST. Contestants will then be narrowed down to 5 semi-finalists. Those 5 authors will go on to compete for the final prize of being “The Master of The Macabre 2016”.

The audio can be no longer than 10 minutes. This is strictly adhered to.

The text can be no longer than 3000 words, but may be submitted either in story or script format. Usually 1000 words=10 mins, we are giving you 2000 extra words for stage direction.

You may have someone else record your story for you, but it must still include 2 voices and none of the HorrorAddicts.net staff or previous winners may help you.

You may not compete if you have won the “Master of Macabre” or “Most Wicked” awards before. You CAN compete if you have submitted in the past but did not win the final award.

HOW ARE THE VOTES SET UP? There will be a 3-part voting system.

1/3 of the vote will still be the voters emailing in.

1/3 of the vote will be judged on podcast quality and will be judged by seasoned podcasters.

1/3 of the vote will be judged on writing quality and will be judged by seasoned writers.

These 3 sections will be added together for a final score

The winner will be honored with the coveted title, “Master of the Macabre 2016”.

Dates to know in 2016:

May 1st – Registration closes

June 4th – Audio and text are due.

July 9th – finalists will be announced

July 23rd – Audio airs (text will begin posting near this date)

July 23rd – Voting starts

August 20th – Voting ends

September 17th – Winners will be announced on the HorrorAddicts.net show.

Got QUESTIONS?

Questions should be addressed to Killion Slade at: horroraddictscontest@gmail.com with the subject MM 2016 CONTEST QUESTION.

How Do I Enter?

1) Please click on the survey monkey link and it will take you to a page to fill your information.  This signs you up for the contest and we can provide your writing prompts for your audio drama.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPFPZ6D

2) Please go the Master of the Macabre Facebook Group and ask to join.  Here is where Killion will conduct most of the communication with the contestants.

And that’s it!

We look forward to hearing from you and find out if YOU will become THE MASTER 2016!

 

 

 

Nightmare Fuel: Centralia, PA

Posted in News on May 1, 2016 by Donald "D.J." Pitsiladis

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Hello Addicts,

This week we visit the real life town that inspired the 2006 movie Silent Hill… Centralia, PA.

Located in coal mining country of eastern Pennsylvania, the town once boasted a population of a thousand people in 1981, but now has been all but abandoned with a population of ten.  The reason for this is a fire that has been burning beneath the town since 1962.  No one knows the exact cause of the fire, although some of the theories circulate around a fire starting at the city landfill that spread into the mines along a vein of anthracite coal.  As the years went on, the fire spread closer to the town, with telltale signs of smoke and steam rising from the ground.  No matter what methods were used to cut off the fire or stop it in its tracks, nothing worked.  Eventually, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, amongst other gaseous byproducts, were being detected in the residents’ homes. Sinkholes also began to appear. It is these elements that were included in the movie adaptation of the popular game series.

Today, the town is all but abandoned, with most of its residents having long ago relocated to other areas.  Those who remain are determined to stay until their dying day.  Centralia itself still exists as long as the townspeople who refused to relocate still live, as per a court order.  Eventually, the town will be a memory, but one that has a creepy vibe about it when the steam and fog rolls on in.

Until next time Addicts,

D.J. Pitsiladis

 

 

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