HorrorAddicts.net 221, Amanda Leslie

HorrorAddicts.net Season 18
Manor of Frights, Episode# 221
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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221 | Amanda Leslie | Astari Nite | Horrifying Housewives

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164 days till Halloween

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#ManorofFrights

Music: “Bowie in Day Dreams” #AstariNite #Bowie

Catchup: @badbadmoms #HorrifyingHousewives #InterviewwiththeVampire #TVSeries #AMC #Vampires #Claudia #Lestat #Louis #TheateroftheVampires 

Historian of Horror: #MarkOrr #NosyGladys #Bewitched #ThePassionateWitch #SamnthaStevens #Karen #KarenAttiah
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TANISHA: #MentalHealth #AreYouOkay #Homeless #BestLife #YouHavePassion #PassionisaGoodThing #SelfCompassion #

MARTIN: #PoesCat #LeslieFish 

CLIFF: #VideoGames #GameRant #LayersofFear #StephenKing #TheBoogeyman #TheBlackening #AmnesiaTheBunker #Diablo4 #GameDump #LifeReset #Phantasmagoria 

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#MyLifewiththeThrillKillKult “Monster Man”

#LionelRayGreen #Bigfoot #

#MarkOrr #BoosintheHall
#JesseOrr #ShadowsLove2

#RLMerrill #AstariNite

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#MeganStarrak #TheConjuring

#RussellHolbrook #HappyWifeHappyKnife

#JSOConnor #SpookyLocations #New JerseyPineBarrens

#HorrorCurated #BloodyTea #Bloodthirsty #DaphneStrasert #CrimsonRush #PamelaKKinney

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HorrorAddicts.net 220, Lesley Warren

HorrorAddicts.net Season 18
Manor of Frights, Episode# 220
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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220 | Lesley Warren | In a Darkened Room | Bad Babies

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178 days till Halloween

Theme: #BadBabies

#ManorofFrights

Music: “Walls of Sadness” #InaDarkenedRoom

Catchup: #DrivingHell #ChildhoodTrauma 

Historian of Horror: #MarkOrr #MidwichCuckoos #VilliageoftheDamned #EvilChildren

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MICHAEL: #SevenSpires #LiveMusic

SUMIKO:

  1. We’re Here: An Anthology of LGBTQ Horror

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  1. In Trouble 

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  1. Couple’s Therapy (Blerdrotica 2)

https://www.amazon.com/Couples-Therapy-Blerdrotica-Penelope-Flynn/dp/B0BQDWP6LV/

  1. It Came from the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror

https://www.amazon.com/Came-Closet-Queer-Reflections-Horror-ebook/dp/B09QPK1ZTZ

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Nightmare Fuel: #DJPitsiladis #WaterBabies

NEWS: 

#CliffandIvy “Die Tonight” #AlaskaGoth

#BookReview #KeeningCounty #SeanOConnor

#LionelRayGreen #Bigfoot #DevilontheMountain

#MarkOrr #TheGhouls
#JesseOrr #ShadowsLove2

#RLMerrill #InaDarkenedRoom

#KieranJudge #MurderousMothers

#RussellHolbrook #BabyFever

#JSOConnor #SpookyLocations #BeastofBrayRoad

#HorrorCurated #BloodyTea #TheBloodyDeadofNight #Mark Orr #TrinityAdler #Poem #TheOffering

#Events 

#BayCon Jun-July 2023 #RobertPicardo #StarTrekVoyager

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Book Review: Keening Country by Seán O’Connor

 

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Reviewed by Emerian Rich

For:  Those who are looking for something different.

Content warning: There is an intense gore story in the mix, but the rest are not as graphic.

Keening Country is a well-written collection of stories by an author I haven’t read before. When I saw that this book was comprised of “experimental horror” I was a little worried, but these stories are different in an exciting way. They’re each unexpected and take different turns than I am used to. 

My favorite story was called “Seven Years Gone,” about a man who’s haunted by his wife who disappeared seven years ago. And yet, it isn’t as straightforward as that. He is a train conductor and nights on the tracks can do funny things to your mind. The reveal was something I could have never predicted and I found it so refreshing that it didn’t follow the expected path. 

Another great story was “Ariel’s” with a sort of Luddite “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” storyline. I really enjoyed how it unfolded before me, frightened of the moment when they would “get me.” 

“Down Below” starts off as a story about a scary spider in the shed and, as I’ve said about the other stories, gives you something else entirely.

There was one terrifying story that was a bit much for me, dealing with cutting and a bit gorier than the rest. Just a warning for those of you who are a bit more queasy, you might want to skip that one. For those of you looking for a bit of gore, it will definitely give you that gross factor you’re looking for.

I encourage you to try these experimental horror stories out. If you’re looking for a horror that’s a little different than the rest, for unexpected paths and resolutions, you won’t be disappointed. I enjoyed them very much. I liked being caught off guard.

 

HorrorAddicts.net 219, Daphne Strasert

HorrorAddicts.net Season 18
Manor of Frights, Episode# 219
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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219 | Daphne Strasert | Vvmpyre | PredatoryPlants

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192 days till Halloween

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#ManorofFrights

Music: “My Love is a Zombie” #Vvmpyre

Catchup: #LoveYouMan #LoveYouGhouls #H8theNorms

Historian of Horror: #MarkOrr #DayoftheTriffids 

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#SARAH #Beneath #ShipHorror #HauntsandHellions #Sanity

#CHAD #Waco #Cults #ReligiousHorror

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 Nightmare Fuel: #DJPitsiladis #CarnivorousPlants #NicaraguanVampireVine #VampireVine 

NEWS: 

#TheFuneralMarch “Nite Nite” 

#BookReview #BlameitonthePumpkin

#LionelRayGreen #Bigfoot #TheMuckHollowMonster #HarlanGraves

#MarkOrr #SinsoftheFathers
#JesseOrr #ShadowsLove2

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#MeganStarrak #TheCryingBoyPainting

#RussellHolbrook #TheHauntedGarden

#DaphenStrasert #WhiskeyNoir #SpecialAudio

#Audible #RequieminFrost #JonathanFortin

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Book Review: Blame it on the Pumpkin

 

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For: Readers who dig Halloween and pumpkins.

Content warning: If you are sensitive to bad language, gore, or descriptive killing, you should skip this one.

Blame It on the Pumpkin - Pamela KinneyBlame it on the Pumpkin is definitely unlike any other Halloween anthology I’ve ever read. Although I picked it up for the spooky fiction I might find, I was presented first with a nonfiction piece by Marjory E. Leposky about how pumpkins are grown, harvested, and carved. Even though I’m a Halloween fan, I’ve never even thought about that process much further than carving and roasting the seeds. Starting out the book with an education about where the pumpkins actually come from was refreshing and put me in the right mood to enjoy the pumpkin-inspired fiction.

This is an anthology filled with the oddest stories I’ve seen put together. Unexpected tropes like people turning into ravens and a kid haunted by a compulsion of self-harm were a surprising twist alongside some more common themes of man-eating plants and evil townsfolk.

My favorite story in this book is a sort of Little Shop of Horrors-themed tale by Jennifer Kyrnin called “Vampire Gourd.” Although as a horror reader, you may have seen this type of story before, the way it is written is from a different viewpoint and I like the way the main character becomes so entwined in the lives of the plants. It’s a symbiotic relationship that had me wondering if I might want to grow a little something myself. And then I remembered I’m a total city girl, allergic to most nature stuffs, and shook myself out of it. But the character in this story was really well constructed and had me on his side for much of the story.

Another standout was “Flock of Badb” by S. P. Mount.  It was certainly the weirdest story I’ve ever come across. Based on the concept that all people born on October 31st are cursed (or blessed) to become ravens, the transformation scene and how and the situation around it unfolded was truly bizarre and yet, I couldn’t stop reading. It had me completely intrigued.

You can also enjoy a tale by HorrorAddicts.net author, Pamela Kinney, which explores an evil town that lures Halloween addicts to a sinister night like they’ve never experienced. Might give you some nightmares and have you thinking twice about visiting those unknown haunts in the boonies come this October.

All in all, this book is a group of oddball stories that should appeal to pumpkin lovers and Halloween fanatics alike.

HorrorAddicts.net 218, Judith Pancoast

HorrorAddicts.net Season 18
Manor of Frights, Episode# 218
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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218 | Judith Pancoast | Al1ce | Macabre Musicians

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206 days till Halloween

Theme: #MacabreMusicians

#ManorofFrights

Music: “Moonbeams” #Al1ce

Catchup: #WelcomeBack #sick #cemetery #CarRepairs #NewNormal #ManorofFrights 

Historian of Horror: #MarkOrr #violinist #Niccolò Paganini #SellSoultotheDevil

Dead Mail: #HorrorFan

#MICHAEL #MericfulFate #Melissa

#ZIEMAEL #Supspices5 #BloodRise

#MARTIN #WednesdayMusical

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 Nightmare Fuel: #DJPitsiladis #AntonLavey #Satanism

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#ForAllTheEmptiness “Dead Inside”

#BookReview #TalesofNightmare #LorenRhoads
#LionelRayGreen #Bigfoot #TheHunt #EirinnCunningham

#MarkOrr #BlackieLaGoon
#JesseOrr #ShadowsLove2

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#KieranJudge #TheGodfather #Murder

#MeganStarrak #M3gan

#HorrorCurated #BloodyTea #Magazine #AmandaDeWees #ValentineWolfe #CassandraRaven #ElizabethBathory #

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#Audible #DeathltFog #AdamBreckenridge

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Requiem in Frost, now on Audible!

HorrorAddicts.net Press is proud to present Jonathan Fortin’s latest work, on Audible!

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Listen now to Requiem in Frost by Jonathan Fortin

Black metal lives!

Located in the deep frostbitten woods of Norway, Ingrid’s new home is old, spooky, and possibly haunted. Guttural screams wake Ingrid and her mother nightly. When they discover the shrieks belong to deceased former occupant and extreme metal musician Skansi Oppegård, Ingrid investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death.

Hoping to exorcise Skansi’s ghost, she talks her mom into being part of a metal band. Oppegård’s last musical creation awakens forces beyond Ingrid’s understanding and causes Skansi’s murderer to resurface. In the battle between a madman and zombies, metal may be the only weapon she has.

Listen now to Requiem in Frost by Jonathan Fortin

Horror Curated: Cassandra Raven, Mistress of Witchy Tea

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cassTea seller Cassandra Raven has been creating fun and witchy-inspired products for seven years. She works with herbs, roots, and resins to make hand-blended incense and tea to sell in her Etsy store, RavenMysticUK. Inspired by her surroundings, she’s extremely lucky to live in an English Victorian Gothic mansion famous for its hauntings and spiritual activity. Surrounded by woods and in the depths of a valley, there are always plenty of energies to work with.

Cassandra is witchy from way back. She became a practicing witch when she was nine and began studying Qabalah ten years later. “For the last twelve years I have been teaching Tarot and Qabalah. I have a YouTube channel and I’m releasing my own tarot deck with accompanying book in Autumn 2023.”

During her work as an Occult Advisor and Spirit Medium on paranormal investigations every weekend for the last ten years, she’s experienced a wide array of “spooky stuff.”

She’s worked overnight in hundreds of locations such as castles, pubs, prisons, asylums, tunnels, and museums. Helping guests experience the spirits and energies present, she also teaches spirit communication techniques.

When asked what the scariest thing she ever witnessed was, she says, “I’ve witnessed a lot of paranormal activity including furniture being thrown, unexplained sounds and visual anomalies. To be honest, nothing has actually scared me yet. I’m used to hearing and seeing things at home, so it’s totally normal for me.”

Her favorite Horror aesthetic is anything witchy and gothic, and it’s not hard to see why. She’s a beautiful soul who uses the forces around her to help others find that little witch we all have inside of us. I got to talk to Cassandra about her favorite products and exactly who she would invite to a Bloody Tea…Read more in Bloody Tea.

The Inspiration Behind “Deathly Fog” now on Audible

The Inspiration Behind “Deathly Fog
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By Adam Breckenridge

Heading into 2016, I got struck with one of the most insane ideas I’ve ever had as a writer: could I write a short story a day—every single day—for the entirety of 2016? That would be three hundred sixty-six stories, accounting for the leap year, more than I had ever written in my life up to that point. I felt like a lunatic for even thinking the idea, let alone moving forward with it, and yet on January 1, I sat down to turn out the first of the stories.

Writing a story a day for a year is one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve ever done. It requires commitment, an intense pace, and it requires you to latch onto any idea that pops into your head, no matter how flimsy, just to have something to work with that day.

And at some point, a strange and quite flimsy idea popped into my head: an image of a boy grasping a globe of fog in his hands, blowing on it to try to keep it between his palms. I can no longer recall what inspired the image, all I knew was that I had something I could spin into a story. It was enough to get me through another day.

On December 31, I wrote story number three hundred sixty-six, and on January 1st I sat down to start reading through them. When I had started out I had figured that, even going by the old adage that ninety percent of everything is crap, that would still mean I had produced thirty-six good stories in the previous year, an effort any writer could be proud of. I just had to figure out which thirty-six were the good ones.

I think I wound up doing a little better than ten percent, but at any rate, there are a number of stories I extracted from the morass that I thought had promise. “Deathly Fog” wound up being one that particularly stood out. Though the original draft is an anemic and atrophied little wastrel compared to what you get to read today, I immediately saw in it the potential for a sort of Jamesian ghost story of uncertain ghostliness, of boys coming to terms with their childhood fears, of brothers growing apart, and of a girl who may be just a girl or who may be something else entirely, but who awakens in the boys something beyond the limitations of childhood play.

Quite a lot of my writing in the last five years has centered around mining the fruits of my mad undertaking. Several of the other stories have already found homes elsewhere, some have expanded into larger projects, and some are still waiting patiently for me to attend to them. In the back of my head I’ve been aware that, with enough time and patience, I could make something out of every single one of the three hundred and sixty-six stories, but it would require more time and patience than I have. I had to pick and choose among them, and it’s been gratifying to see that my faith in “Deathly Fog” was not misplaced, and I’m glad to have found it a good home.

Adam BreckenridgeAdam Breckenridge is a Traveling Collegiate Faculty member of the University of Maryland Global Campus, where he travels the world teaching US military stationed overseas and is currently based in South Korea. He has eighteen short story publications and, in addition to Horror Bites, has most recently appeared in Clockwork, Curses and Coal from Worldweaver Press and Mystery Weekly.

Book Review: Tales of Nightmares Edited by Loren Rhoads

 

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talesofnightmaresFINALcover - Loren RhoadsTales of Nightmares consists of a handful of horror tales, each wildly different from the other. Some modern, some period, they’ve got yokai, killers, werewolves, monsters, and haunted houses in here. Although not all the stories were my cup of tea, there is sure to be something you’ll enjoy in this anthology. There are some real gems here and I’ll highlight my favorites below. 

My favorite story in the collection was “The Haunting of Mrs. Poole” by Angel Leigh McCoy. Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, this tale takes place in 1872. Revolving around a young woman who is about to be married, it involves a spooky “Charred Lady” ghost who is so much more than the ghosts we are used to seeing in Victorian tales like this. I really like how decomposed items kept showing up in her bed. How creepy is that? 

Another great one was Loren Rhoad’s “Elle a Vu un Loup,” which casts her heroine, Alondra, as a visitor to an island where horrible killings have been committed. As tourists and locals alike flee for their lives, Alondra is heading into the abandoned location to find what human or creature (or both?) is doing the damage and how to put a stop to it. Alondra is a likeable character and the way she interacts with the other characters makes you want to read more about her. Thankfully, Loren has a series of Alondra stories you can read via Kindle if you want to read more of her adventures. 

The modern tale “Twenty Questions” by Jennifer Brozek was a refreshing change of pace as it dealt with a young woman caught up in a computer chat program. Someone has invited her to play a game via chat and although at first she thinks it might be a scam, she goes for it out of curiosity and perhaps boredom. The outcome is nothing she could have guessed and a fun ride for the reader to follow. 

The last I’ll mention is “The House on River Road” by Bill Bodden. With a sort of Stranger Things feeling, the story starts out innocently enough with two kids snooping around the town’s token haunted house. When a bully crashes their party and starts causing trouble, he’s attacked by “something.” This is one of those great tales where the house becomes a character itself and you are never really sure if the monster came to the house or if the house bred the evil that lurks there. Can I just say…any story with a disappearing evil house is great in my book!

As I said, the stories in this book vary so widely, which is apparent in those I discussed above. The big plus to reading it is, you get a good taste of each author’s story-telling skills. If you enjoyed an author’s work, more anthologies from this group are coming out, so you can read more as they are released.

Horror Curated: Bloody Home Goods Maker, Sinister D.

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darrinDarrin Bardin has been making Horror housewares for about two years. While holding an array of day-jobs that gave little room for creativity, Darrin decided to start sewing. “These projects keep me busy and focused on fun things to make.” He created D’s Sinister Sewing 666 and sells his wares at Horror con vending booths around the Bay Area.

Inspired by his interest for all things horror, he loves to hang out with like-minded horror addicts and is part of the crew that puts together the bi-annual Sinister Creature Con in Sacramento.

Working on these fun creations from home, he’s surrounded by his animals and gothic house decor. He makes everything from things for your home like bedding, potholders, bowl cozies, scrubs, oven mitts, placemats, and aprons, to wearable items like clutch bags, totes, purses, and dog clothes. New items are always popping into his head and he goes where his imagination takes him.

As a DIY sewer, I asked him what his hardest creation was. “I have not found a hard item yet. I’ve learned you only have to be patient with it all,” Darrin says. While he’s still learning, he enjoys that aspect of creating and welcomes the challenge.

“I love and see beauty in ugly and small things. I’m inspired by the works of Clive Barker and George Romero, and adore special FX and gore.” Read more in Bloody Tea.

Book Review: Dead Ends and Damnation by Christopher K. Fielder

 

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Reviewed by Emerian Rich

For:  Those who enjoy Action-Adventure and journeying through the afterlife.

Dead Ends and Damnation by Christopher K. Fielder is a well-written book that had me engaged from page one to the very end with the most satisfying ending I’ve read in a very long time.

deadendsandAustin is a jaded afterlife transporter who’s been plodding along for 60+ years, delivering souls to their assigned destinations. All is boring and uneventful until one night when he gets a fare he didn’t expect. A child, bound for the fiery depths of hell. But kids aren’t supposed to go to “the bad place” and this causes Austin to break the rules and embark on an adventure to find out how the kid ended up damned and who is responsible. 

I wouldn’t exactly call this book Horror, but it has elements Horror readers will enjoy. It explores demons, angels, witches, heaven, hell, purgatory, and occult enthusiasts in a non-fantastical way. An Action-Adventure, it traverses our world through the eyes of one existing in the shadows, greeting those who die. I enjoyed the reaper view of our world and the “lobbies” of heaven and hell. I also enjoyed traveling through the mundane plane of the reapers and other “employees” of the afterlife. Austin also has a whole relationship with his car that I enjoy.

My best description of the feeling of this book is if Hellboy were to explore the Beetlejuice afterlife office world, trying to find answers about who to blame for this mix-up. Austin’s blasé attitude and yet obstinate personality is quite a fun point of view to be in. The best part of this book is the satisfying ending. Without giving anything away, I can say the ending of this book is the most satisfying ending I can remember reading in recent years. Not only that, it sets up for  a continuation that I would be excited to read. The book itself seems like a movie-length pilot to one of those late-night guilty pleasure TV shows of the 90s like Forever Night. I’d love to see this produced as a series. It’s got the kind of depth and grit to become an instant cult classic.

I don’t usually rate books, but I’m going to give this a “top five” score. It was enjoyable, fun to read, and didn’t drag. It kept me interested from start to finish.

 

 

Horror Curated: Bloody Tea, The Savory Sip by Melodie Bolt

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The Savory Sip by Melodie Bolt

newredteaMy mother, a well-known witch, made rejuvenation tea

To clean the blood and restore vitality.

Stinging nettle for energy, cleaver to clear toxins,

Violets for vim and vigor, rosemary for taste. 

And one other ingredient she took to her grave, 

Tasting salty and sweet, like pennies on the tongue. 


Long I tried to concoct her recipe.

Late moonlit nights and early morning haze,

My face croning in the mirror, haggard shadows ghosting my youth.

My obsession drove me swifter toward the grave.

If only I could unravel that last ingredient to restore my beauty and liveliness.

Hermiting in my kitchen, pots boiling, sharp knife nicking, herbs and my knuckles. 

Sucking sweetly on the blood, I knew. 


I started with mice, but the flavor proved too meek. 

Then rabbits flayed, squirrels their necks wrung.

I visited the butcher in spring, his knife quick along the throat, 

The blood bleating from a falling, ailing sheep. 

Read more in Bloody Tea.

Book Review: Owl Manor, The Dawning

 

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Reviewed by Emerian Rich

For: Readers who enjoy Jack the Ripper stories or horror that takes place in spooky mansions.

Content warning: Jack the Ripper-style murder, abuse, owl attacks.

Owl Manor, The Dawning, by Zita Harrison is a gothic tale that borders on romance but doesn’t forget to bring the terror of living under the thumb of a madman.

This book did not start out like I thought it would. The description doesn’t give any hint of the “Jack the Ripper-like” storyline and not being a fan of that trope, it took me aback a little. The heroine’s voice is also decidedly modern and that, too, popped me out of the story. But I don’t tell you these things to deter you from reading, quite the opposite. After about four chapters, I began to get interested and by the middle of the book, I was glad I gave it a chance to get going. 

Set in the unusual location of Denver at the height of the gold rush, this pioneering atmosphere seemed an odd place to begin a gothic mansion horror story. Yet, I found the surroundings absolutely charming, and the depth to which the author wove this little community was absolutely crucial to keeping my interest as the story grew.

What I was most interested in–the manor–doesn’t come into play until later and it is truly the star of the show. Interest in the upstairs/downstairs personalities in a wealthy mansion as well as the odd master creates an atmosphere you both want to be in but also cringe at the thought of. Although I am normally pulled into the female lead and want to watch her battle demons and prevail, my favorite character was Mr. Gilbert, the master’s manservant. The only one privy to a macabre secret held by the master, his story is the one that intrigued me to read on. A good man, he is unwillingly pulled into a desperate situation. If he keeps the master’s horrible secret, he is safe, but if he tries to tell anyone…death surely awaits him. 

And then there is the question of the owls. Are they attacking of their own accord? Or are they controlled by some sort of witchcraft to help stop the master’s bloodthirst? Another strange entity in this book is the marsh-soaked ghost woman who creeps about, showing herself only when the viewer will appear most insane by those they tell. The way she can appear solid and seems to be able to mess with the passing of time makes her an original entity worth investigating. 

Mr. Gilbert’s story is a great one and although I guess Eva is supposed to be the heroine, I find her more interesting when viewed through Mr. Gilbert’s eyes. He is the character who pulled me in and made me want to see this story to its exciting conclusion.

Although I feel this book started a little too early for my tastes, after it got going, it was a fun read that had me on the edge of my seat. Those last few chapters were nailbiters, wondering what would happen to whom and if the owls would finally get their prey!

This is a great book for those who like books like Rebecca and Jane Eyre.

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Horror Curated: Bloody Tea, How to “Bloody Up” your tea party.

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Curated by Emerian Rich, How to “Bloody Up” your tea party.

tea2Whether you are hosting a vampire tea party, or just simply want to add some bloody touches to your event, I’m here to give you some tips to make it just a tad more crimson.

Bloody Tea Cups: This is the easiest way to add a bloody touch to your tea party without much expense. You will need:

o Teacups. For this purpose, white are best to show off the crimson touch.

o Corn Syrup

o Red food coloring.

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Horror Curated: Bloody Tea, Buttered Toast and Bloody Teeth

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Curated by Mark Orr, Buttered Toast and Bloody Teeth

teacopykettleMr. Paul Johnson was the scoutmaster of Troop 99. Every campout we went on during those four years I was in the Boy Scouts, he would bring along one of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents… anthologies. These were published by Dell for about twenty years, beginning in the mid-1950s. Slim little books, they were edited by the staff of Hitchcock’s eponymous mystery magazine. Before taps every night, as we gathered around the campfire, Mr. Johnson would read a story from one of those books, sending us all off to our sleeping bags with visions of monsters, murder, and mayhem in our dear little heads. We had our favorites, of course. I couldn’t tell you how many times we insisted that Mr. Johnson read us a little gem called “Sredni Vashtar” by some guy who called himself Saki, but it was one of the regulars in his rotation. Read the full article in Horror Curated: Bloody Tea.

Horror Curated: Bloody Tea

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Interviews with:
*Musicians Valentine Wolfe
*Maker Darrin Bardin
*Tea Brewer Cassandra Raven
*Writer Amanda DeWees
PLUS!
*An Excerpt of A Haunting Reprise
*An Exploration of Buttered Toast and Bloody Teeth
*How to Make a 3-Tier Bloody Nightmare
*2 Haunted Locations to have tea
*Bloody tea movies
*The Bloody Countess, Elizabeth Bathory
*Tasseography
*Bloody Tea Poems
*Book and music reviews
*Dead Mail from readers
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Book Review: Floaters by Garrett Boatman

 

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Content Warning: Gore and descriptive cutting, fighting, and dismemberment.
Zombie Type: Mid-fast, come from the water.
For: Zombie fans who just want to read some good ‘ole zombie-fighting.

One of the biggest complaints I hear from zombie-loving readers is… “There’s not enough zombie-killing action.”

Well, this book answers that call.

Floaters_V3-3 - Crystal Lake PublishingFloaters by Garrett Boatman is an action-filled, zombie-squelching, fight fest. The action in this zombie novel starts right away. There is no information about how the zombies came about and there is no build-up or pre-apocalyptic preamble. From page one, the reader is steeped in Victorian London and the underground happenings of the gangs there. The underground life seems genuine and interesting. I also liked that these zombies are different from what you normally see. Since they come from the water, they are bloated, waterlogged, and original. The descriptions are terrifying and will have you looking at any body of water you pass with trepidation.

When the undead emerge from the water, the gangs get nervous. Since most of their work takes place on the docks or in the under-city tunnels, they are the first target for the zombies. As the gang numbers decrease on the live side and increase on the dead side, they decide to make a plan to destroy the “Deaders.”

As the undead attack anything in their path, regular citizens pack up their belongings and jam all the non-aqua exits out of the city, but the gangs aren’t willing to give up their territory. In a scene reminiscent of the gangs gathering in The Warriors movie circa 1979, the gangs of London gather to plan how they are going to deal with this new adversary. Each gang has their own look and members and although they are normally against each other, they commit themselves to peace until the undead are conquered. One copper is tolerated at the gathering, and they come up with a plan to save London.

While reading this book, I felt more like I was watching a great Victorian zombie flick rather than reading a traditional novel. There are tons of weapons descriptions and I found myself wanting to know what each of these weapons looked like. Because of all the action, I never got the chance to connect with any of the characters and there are a lot of them. With all the names and gang titles it was a little hard to figure out who was what, and the body count rose by the page, but if you’re interested in a zombie-killing spree, that won’t bother you. If you like fighting sequences, you will love this book. There is nonstop zombie-fighting action here. You won’t be disappointed.

Book Review: Cursed by Richard Schiver

 

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Reviewed by Emerian Rich

For:  Those who enjoy small-town horror stories and mysteries.

Content warning: Suicide, child abuse, child abduction, addiction, prostitution, murder, hanging.

Cursed-Amazon-Kindle - Richard SchiverIn Cursed by Richard Schiver, Susan and her daughter are trying to rebuild their lives after her husband’s death. His absence has left them alone and grasping for a new sense of normal despite their grief. Local contractor and Susan’s possibly new guy, Eric, wants to be part of their world, but can he?

Meanwhile, little kids are being drawn away from their homes by a ghost girl and a supposed witch. This is a curse that’s been infecting the small community of Porter Mines for decades. They are led to a pond and can fall into the pond or into crevices and tunnels that are around it.

Susan’s daughter, Christine, is drawn away and her bunny–that was a last gift from her deceased father–falls into a crevice. Thankfully, Christine is saved by her mom and Eric, but the bunny is lost in the crevice. The Porter Mines witch has struck again!

As the missing children count goes up, the sheriff strives to investigate. The sheriff was just a rookie when the first disappearances happened 30 years ago and he’s been ruminating over them ever since, but now it’s happening again. He hopes he can stop it this time. But when a guy from town returns to exact revenge on those who he feels wronged him, will he mess up the investigation by killing the sheriff? Or is he involved in the decades-long curse?

Although the witch is blamed, it seems pretty clear that she is not what is taking the kids, but who is? Is it a human drawn to the allure of children and reenacting a supposed urban legend? Or is it something supernatural? And when Christine disappears again, the time clock speeds up for Susan and Eric to find her and put an end to this crazy curse.

This novel was a fun read. It unwinds slowly and gives you pieces of different stories and layers of information that have you always wondering if the villain is a supernatural or a human monster. I enjoyed the different storylines and felt like even though we were getting closer and closer to the truth, the other storylines had just as much importance to the tale as the main thread of child abduction. 

Although the main character is Susan, I felt also drawn into the lives of the sheriff and the poor little girl (Twila) who had to put up with an addicted mother. One strange thing that I don’t know was intentional was the similarities between the characters. Although Susan and Twila never really interact, their backgrounds are so similar, it feels like the author is showing us an unspoken camaraderie they carry for one another. Can the abused sense the abused, even without saying a word? Are we seeing a child and then a grown-up version of the same child? Or perhaps the author is showing us that everyone–from the little school girl to the sheriff–have troubles in their lives that are never spoken of, that they are not proud of, that haunt them…and we are all not so different after all. You’ll have to read the book to discover which message he is trying to convey.

This is a great book for readers who enjoy small-town horror like Stephen King’s The Storm of the Century or Koontz’s Phantoms and is available at Amazon.com.

Horror Curated: Midnight Syndicate

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Midnight SyndicateIt’s impossible to say you haven’t heard the music of brilliant composers, Midnight Syndicate. Even if you don’t know them by name, you’ve heard them pumped through ratty speakers in pop-up Halloween stores, haunted attractions, or amusement parks during the spooky season.

Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been composing and producing music together since the late nineties. They have 20+ albums, have been featured on film soundtracks, and even host a live show at Cedar Point, an amusement park in Ohio.

Edward has a background in film and theatre and has always had a strong love of instrumental music and sound effects because of their ability to transport the listener to a world or movie of their own creation. Gavin, on the other hand, grew up playing keyboards and drums in various rock and pop bands, but began studying music in a much more formal way when he was accepted into a Conservatory of Music during college. There, he learned the basics of orchestration as well as structured composition.

The combination of musical sounds from these two gentlemen can only be described as magical. From their first collaboration on the album Born of the Night, to their newest release—a 25th-anniversary celebration album called Legions of the Night—these guys are truly the real deal when it comes to atmospheric and gothic soundtracks to our soul…READ more Horror Curated NOW!

Book Review: Daughters of Darkness II

 

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Reviewed by Emerian Rich

For: Readers who enjoy horror stories written by women, religious conspiracy, spirits, and demon possession.

Content warning: infant death, hate crime, murder, abuse

Daughters of Darkness II is a set of horror stories by women, curated by two awesome horror writers themselves, Stephanie Ellis and Alyson Faye.

Daughters of Darkness - Alyson RhodesMy favorite of these stories is by Lynn Love called, “A Light in the Darkness.” Occupying a large part of the middle of this volume, it takes place in three parts during three different parts of a young girl’s life. Starting out as a melancholy tale about her mother losing multiple children, the story transforms into a story about an evil spirit and the love between a sister and brother. Patricia is a girl who isn’t quite sure of her purpose until she is told a secret hidden in the family Bible. This story is fabulously crafted and left secrets that even I didn’t pick up until the end. It’s got a dark, dismal sort of atmosphere from the start leads the reader on a beautiful road of destiny. Just as I thought I knew what was going on, something else unraveled, leading me down another path. The ending went so fast, I kept looking for more to read! I supremely enjoyed this tale and the story is intriguing enough to launch a series. It very much reminded me of Anne Rice’s Lasher books.

Another great tale is “Hummingbird” by T.C. Parker. Told in two parts, this will excite anyone who likes stories about cults, religious conspiracy, or fanatical religious groups. Although I’ll give a warning, it may be triggering for members of the LGBTQ community, especially if you have ever been treated unkindly by a fanatical religion or members of a church group. Jodie is a lesbian and one of Connor’s moms. A religious group is picketing Connor’s school, warning of the dangers of families that don’t have the cookie-cutter mom and dad they believe is God’s gold standard. As a pretty meek and kind gal, Jodie tries to ignore the madness, but when she’s forced into the drama by one of the more aggressive church members, she has no choice but to become involved. Without support from her partner, she turns to a fellow mom who has a secret of her own. In part two, we get a bigger look into the religious side of things and man…I wouldn’t spoil the reveal for all the world.

If you’re looking for an anthology with longer stories by some great women horror writers, this should be right up your alley.

Horror Curated: Winter Tale author Cliff Biggers

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CliffThe creators of A Winter’s Tale, Cliff Biggers, Charles R. Rutledge, and James R. Tuck, were inspired to create their anthology of Yuletide Horror because they enjoyed reading the super Valancourt collections of Victorian Christmas ghost stories. They called on some of the talented writers they know to contribute and bring the tradition back. I got to discuss the book, his favorite horror esthetic, and Edgar Allan Poe with Cliff, one of the editors and the author of our featured story this month, “Who Wouldn’t Go.”

Cliff Biggers has been a writer of comics, Fantasy, Horror, and nonfiction for almost fifty years, beginning with his work with Jim Steranko’s Mediascene in the 1970s. His Horror fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines.

Why should readers pick up A Winter’s Tale?

We have outstanding stories from so many writers, each of them in a different style, evoking a different mood. Just like the Victorian Christmas ghost stories that inspired us, these stories aren’t all built around a holiday theme, so this is more than just a Christmas collection. Our book design and cover artist, Lynne Hansen, conveys that feeling perfectly with her cover image, which is a cold, lonely, somber piece that has no Christmas cheer anywhere to be seen, but it conveys the cold of the season as well as the chill of the ghostly tales.

What is your favorite horror aesthetic?

I am much more a fan of the disquieting, evocative Horror tale than the in-your-face splatterpunk Horror approach. I want a good Horror tale to haunt, not to shock…READ more Horror Curated NOW!

Horror Curated: ‘Twas the Night Before Creepmas by Nivek Tek

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‘Twas the Night Before Creepmas by Nivek Tek

‘Twas the night before Creepmas, and all through the tomb,
Not a creature was stirring, to seal your doom.
The corpses were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that the Krampus, soon would be there.
The ghouls were all nestled snug in their caskets.
They dreamt of severed heads in bright-colored baskets.
Cobwebs and dust covered the room,
And added a sparkle to the impending doom.
 When out in the graveyard arose such a clatter,
Awoken by screams and incessant chatter,
I climbed from my coffin upset and dismayed,
And thought to myself, “There’s hell to be paid.”
The moon shone brightly on freshly fallen snow,
Which was good, because I had just lost a toe.
When what to my eyes should suddenly appear,
But a big fat old man and a couple of deer.
 
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Horror Curated: The Ghost of Father Christmas by Dean Farnell

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Santa Claus is just a ghost I’ve waited every year.

I stay up every Christmas Eve and shed a little tear.

He never comes to our house, I’d know if he had been.

I see him in my mind sometimes it must have been a dream.

The spirits placed my presents around the Christmas tree,

Or it’s my imagination playing tricks on me.

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Horror Curated: Nikolette Jones, Ornament Maker

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Horror Ornament Maker, Nikolette Jones

by Emerian Rich

nicoHaunted ornament maker Nikolette Jones is an artist, illustrator, and educator who uses all sorts of media to create all sorts of art pieces that range from cute to scary. She alternates from making actual things like ornaments and bookmarks, to painting on massive canvases, to illustrating and designing book covers for various authors. Her day job is being a French immersion and art teacher. If it’s fun and creative, she’s all in.

I was introduced to Nikolette by a good friend (thanks Tim) who said we’d hit it off because we, “Have the same dark humor.” When I heard she was reimagining old dolls into undead babies and repurposing dollhouses into haunted houses, I knew I had to share her awesome work with you fine adorers of all that’s spooky and macabre.

dollfixedNikolette says she’s been a maker as far back as she can remember. “I was constantly reworking my toys or hoarding weird supplies to make more toys or scenes for my toys. This progressed and I added painting and drawing to the mix.  I honestly can’t remember a time where I wasn’t making something or thinking about making something.”

Her art is inspired by everything around her. Pop Culture, music, literature, the macabre, everyday life, and found objects, she always has a project going on in her head before they see the light of day.

“Lately I’ve been watching a lot of horror movies from the past and the present and have been inspired to mix my love for pop culture with my love for the scary and macabre to create interesting pieces.”  READ more Horror Curated NOW!

Book Review: Midnight in the Chapel of Love by Matthew R. Davis

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For: Readers who enjoy real-life mysteries, music, and self-discovery. This is a slow-burn read with an amazing payoff.

Content warning: sexual content, drug use, some murder-spree description.

Jonny Trotter has spent the last fifteen years running from tragic memories of the country town where he grew up but the black envelopes pushed under his door won’t let him forget, and now that his father has died, he can run no more. Before he can move on to a future with his girlfriend, Jonny must first face the terrible truth of his past and if he can’t bring it out into the light at last, it might just pull him and everything he loves down into the dark, forever.

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Midnight in the Chapel of Love is a slow-burn novel with an interesting payoff in the end. I wouldn’t call this a horror novel per se. It’s more of a mystery with horrifyingly dark paths. During a series of reveals, the reader will try to piece together all the strands of an intricate puzzle. Some lead to dangerous truths and others lead down broken routes with no way out.

Beginning with a glimpse into the past with a Natural Born Killers sort of murder spree, the story quickly switches focus to Jonno, an Aussie man going back to his hometown to attend his father’s funeral. Like most, he’s dealing with ghosts of his past in a town with enemies, friends, and lovers. But as the story weaves on, the reader gets a feeling maybe his secrets are a bit more dangerous than the average homecoming. Through his return home and a series of flashbacks to his youth, the love story between Jonno and his high school girlfriend, Jessica, unfolds as well as a possibly magical cave, the legend of a toxic love affair, envelopes from the grave, and haunted visions.

The love story between Jonno and Jessica is intoxicating. I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of the Natural Born Killers trope, so the first part could have killed it for me right there (no pun intended). I’m glad I stuck with this book long enough to get to Jonno and allow his story to grab me. There is a lot more to Jonno’s story than the love affair, but it’s integral and wild and really pulled me into the story.

Although the story centers on Jonno, it also unwinds a mystery town folk have been wondering about for years. Where is the Chapel? Does it really exist? Does it really test true love?  Has anyone lived to tell the truth about it? Or is it a death trap waiting to part lovers forever?

Is Jonno broken because of the strange occurrence that caused him to flee in the first place? Or did it start younger, with the death of his mom? What do his visions of a bloodthirsty Bonnie and Clyde have to do with his truth and will going home complete him or rip him to shreds?

While I enjoyed the book and found the ending quite something I wasn’t expecting, it is a slow burn and may not appeal to everyone. Be prepared for the long haul, as it unfolds in such a way that you’ll be in a quandary for much of the read. But if you like snapshots in time (late 90s) and alternative/new wave music (there’s a soundtrack in the back that’s to die for) you will enjoy living vicariously through the out-of-control, and uninhabited mind of Jessica. And if you like Jonno (or just like watching someone’s life implode) you’ll become invested pretty quickly.

Horror Curated: Haunted Lantern

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NOW AVAILABLE!
Issue #1: Haunted Holidays

 

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Gather your supplies and learn how to make this Haunted Lantern in the new issue of Horror Curated!


Supplies:

o 4 / 5×7 black photo frames

o 1 / 7×7 black photo frame 

o White LED candle

o An empty 2.5 or 3-inch ribbon spool

o 3-4 inch unfinished round wood medallion

o e6000 glue

o Black acrylic paint

o Skull statuary

o Flowers, feathers, decorations as you like

o (Optional) puffy stickers for the top corners

Tools:

o Glue gun

o Glue sticks, including red glitter glue sticks

o Pliers

o Wire Cutters

o Paintbrush

READ Horror Curated NOW!

Horror Curated: Haunted Holidays

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NOW AVAILABLE!
Issue #1: Haunted Holidays

HCHHWinter2022CoverTelling haunted tales at Christmas is a tradition I was so excited to hear about a few years ago. After reading The Woman in Black and realizing that telling spooky tales was a “thing” that people actually used to look forward to during the holidays, I deep-dived into the history and just couldn’t get enough. These were
people after my own heart! 

You see, I fully support making your tree into the grim reaper, crafting a wreath out of skeleton bones, or peppering your mantle with cobweb-encrusted ivy. I love listening to creepy Christmas carols like the tracks from A Ghostly Gathering by Midnight Syndicate. I enjoy watching creepy Horror flicks like Crimson Peak during the holidays, just to see the red snow. 

So, if you’re like me, you are gonna just love what we’ve got lined up for you this issue. Read interviews with Horror professionals like Lynne Hansen, who makes spooky book covers for a living, Nikolette Jones, who does magical things with Horror ornaments, and the aforementioned Midnight Syndicate. Read some haunted holiday fiction from Cliff Biggers, make a gothic lantern, learn about five haunted places with holiday-themed names, and much more. 

On this, our inaugural edition, we welcome you and thank you for allowing us to Curate your Horror.

Emerian Rich, Editor-in-Chief

READ Horror Curated NOW!

Horror Curated: Haunted Holidays

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NOW AVAILABLE!
Issue #1: Haunted Holidays
48 full-color pages featuring:

HCHHWinter2022CoverInterviews with:
*Musicians Midnight Syndicate
*Artist Lynn Hansen
*Creator Nikolette Jones
*Writer Cliff Biggers
*An Excerpt of A Winter’s Tale
*An Exploration of A Christmas Carol Adaptations
*How to Make a Haunted Holiday Lantern
*5 Spooky Locations with Christmas Names
*The Bloody Brilliance of the film Lady Snowbird
*When Hell Freezes Over in Blutgletscher
*Lore on Krampus and Krampusnacht
*Spooky Holiday Poems
*Book and music reviews
*Dead Mail from readers
*HAUNT Bingo

Curated by: Crystal Connor, D.J. Pitsiladis, Daphne Strasert, Dean P. Farnell, Kate Nox, Kieran Judge, Lionel Ray Green, Mark Orr, Nivek Tek, Courtney Mroch, R.L. Merrill, and Emerian Rich.

ORDER THIS DIGITAL MAGAZINE NOW

Submission Call! Manor of Frights LAST DAY

LAST DAY to enter!
Our 2023 Anthology announcement:

Manor of Frights

nathan-mcdine-Sz2UlMzTv4I-unsplashImagine a Victorian house where every room is cursed with a frightful existence. Are monsters in the halls? Ghosts left to fester in the library? Or are the rooms themselves enchanted with malevolent energy? What was summoned long ago and what doorways were left open? Manor of Frights will be a collection of tales all set in different rooms of the same house.

 

Stories MUST follow these guidelines: 

  1. MUST be in 3rd person. No 1st person stories will be considered.
  2. The Manor of Frights was built in 1880. So, stories can take place between 1880-1980. Keep this in mind when writing. Is the house new in your era? Run down? Or refurbished? Has there been a fire? A flood? Are you writing about the homeowner? A guest staying at a BnB? Or maybe… You are writing about the architect renovating the place?
  3. Choose a room and write a horror story that takes place in it. 13 rooms will be picked from the submissions. Choose wisely. Be unique. You can write about the normal rooms in a house like bedrooms, bathrooms, or the kitchen, but some other ideas for rooms are: attic, conservatory, library, basement, study, billiard room, cellar, hall, parlor, boudoir, dining room, den, foyer, living room, nursery, dinette, hearth room, scullery, kit room, linen closet, landing, rotunda, nook, covered porch, widow’s walk, or maybe you have an idea of your own.  
  4. The story must have an overwhelming sense of menace and dread. The KIND of horror is open to you. Is there a monster inside? Does it connect to a demon world? Has it been cursed? Is it haunted? Do vampires reside in the home? Scare us. Entertain us.

LBGTQ and POC stories/writers are encouraged to enter. Sensual or passionate stories are acceptable but we don’t want erotica or sexually-based stories. No rape. The editor likes HORROR. Be careful of sci-fi creatures or anything that sways sci-fi or fantasy. She’s not a fan of superheroes or hunters.

No previously printed work and no simultaneous submissions.

We are doing blind submissions. Wow us with your story.

Enter up to two short stories only. Make sure they fit the theme

Manuscript Format:

*Font: 12 pt Courier, Times New Roman, or Garamond.

*Double spaced.

*Your manuscript must be in either DOC, DOCx, or RTF format.

*DO NOT place your name in the manuscript.**

*No header on the manuscript. JUST THE TITLE.

**Again, we are doing blind submissions. Make sure the manuscript is scrubbed of your name and personal info. This could be an automatic decline.**

TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY, CLICK HERE:

https://forms.gle/3igMYXjnbCrcnoP49

Deadline: October 31st, 2022, 11:59pm PST

Length: 2,000-3,500 words MAX. No exceptions.

Payment: $10.00 USD + digital contributor copy

Accepted stories will be published in these formats: PRINT, eBook, and audio. The audio will be produced for both Season 18 of HorrorAddicts.net (2023), and be placed on an audiobook platform for sale.

Return time: Final decisions will not be made until AFTER the submission close date (10/31/22). You should expect an answer within three months of the submission close date. If you do not receive an email stating your manuscript was received within two weeks of submission, please send a polite query to:  ha.netpress@gmail.com

For any other questions, please send an email to: ha.netpress@gmail.com

Submission Call! Manor of Frights 3 days left

Only 3 days left to enter!
Our 2023 Anthology announcement:

Manor of Frights

nathan-mcdine-Sz2UlMzTv4I-unsplashImagine a Victorian house where every room is cursed with a frightful existence. Are monsters in the halls? Ghosts left to fester in the library? Or are the rooms themselves enchanted with malevolent energy? What was summoned long ago and what doorways were left open? Manor of Frights will be a collection of tales all set in different rooms of the same house.

 

Stories MUST follow these guidelines: 

  1. MUST be in 3rd person. No 1st person stories will be considered.
  2. The Manor of Frights was built in 1880. So, stories can take place between 1880-1980. Keep this in mind when writing. Is the house new in your era? Run down? Or refurbished? Has there been a fire? A flood? Are you writing about the homeowner? A guest staying at a BnB? Or maybe… You are writing about the architect renovating the place?
  3. Choose a room and write a horror story that takes place in it. 13 rooms will be picked from the submissions. Choose wisely. Be unique. You can write about the normal rooms in a house like bedrooms, bathrooms, or the kitchen, but some other ideas for rooms are: attic, conservatory, library, basement, study, billiard room, cellar, hall, parlor, boudoir, dining room, den, foyer, living room, nursery, dinette, hearth room, scullery, kit room, linen closet, landing, rotunda, nook, covered porch, widow’s walk, or maybe you have an idea of your own.  
  4. The story must have an overwhelming sense of menace and dread. The KIND of horror is open to you. Is there a monster inside? Does it connect to a demon world? Has it been cursed? Is it haunted? Do vampires reside in the home? Scare us. Entertain us.

LBGTQ and POC stories/writers are encouraged to enter. Sensual or passionate stories are acceptable but we don’t want erotica or sexually-based stories. No rape. The editor likes HORROR. Be careful of sci-fi creatures or anything that sways sci-fi or fantasy. She’s not a fan of superheroes or hunters.

No previously printed work and no simultaneous submissions.

We are doing blind submissions. Wow us with your story.

Enter up to two short stories only. Make sure they fit the theme

Manuscript Format:

*Font: 12 pt Courier, Times New Roman, or Garamond.

*Double spaced.

*Your manuscript must be in either DOC, DOCx, or RTF format.

*DO NOT place your name in the manuscript.**

*No header on the manuscript. JUST THE TITLE.

**Again, we are doing blind submissions. Make sure the manuscript is scrubbed of your name and personal info. This could be an automatic decline.**

TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY, CLICK HERE:

https://forms.gle/3igMYXjnbCrcnoP49

Deadline: October 31st, 2022, 11:59pm PST

Length: 2,000-3,500 words MAX. No exceptions.

Payment: $10.00 USD + digital contributor copy

Accepted stories will be published in these formats: PRINT, eBook, and audio. The audio will be produced for both Season 18 of HorrorAddicts.net (2023), and be placed on an audiobook platform for sale.

Return time: Final decisions will not be made until AFTER the submission close date (10/31/22). You should expect an answer within three months of the submission close date. If you do not receive an email stating your manuscript was received within two weeks of submission, please send a polite query to:  ha.netpress@gmail.com

For any other questions, please send an email to: ha.netpress@gmail.com

Submission Call! Manor of Frights 5 days left

Only 5 days left to enter!
Our 2023 Anthology announcement:

Manor of Frights

nathan-mcdine-Sz2UlMzTv4I-unsplashImagine a Victorian house where every room is cursed with a frightful existence. Are monsters in the halls? Ghosts left to fester in the library? Or are the rooms themselves enchanted with malevolent energy? What was summoned long ago and what doorways were left open? Manor of Frights will be a collection of tales all set in different rooms of the same house.

 

Stories MUST follow these guidelines: 

  1. MUST be in 3rd person. No 1st person stories will be considered.
  2. The Manor of Frights was built in 1880. So, stories can take place between 1880-1980. Keep this in mind when writing. Is the house new in your era? Run down? Or refurbished? Has there been a fire? A flood? Are you writing about the homeowner? A guest staying at a BnB? Or maybe… You are writing about the architect renovating the place?
  3. Choose a room and write a horror story that takes place in it. 13 rooms will be picked from the submissions. Choose wisely. Be unique. You can write about the normal rooms in a house like bedrooms, bathrooms, or the kitchen, but some other ideas for rooms are: attic, conservatory, library, basement, study, billiard room, cellar, hall, parlor, boudoir, dining room, den, foyer, living room, nursery, dinette, hearth room, scullery, kit room, linen closet, landing, rotunda, nook, covered porch, widow’s walk, or maybe you have an idea of your own.  
  4. The story must have an overwhelming sense of menace and dread. The KIND of horror is open to you. Is there a monster inside? Does it connect to a demon world? Has it been cursed? Is it haunted? Do vampires reside in the home? Scare us. Entertain us.

LBGTQ and POC stories/writers are encouraged to enter. Sensual or passionate stories are acceptable but we don’t want erotica or sexually-based stories. No rape. The editor likes HORROR. Be careful of sci-fi creatures or anything that sways sci-fi or fantasy. She’s not a fan of superheroes or hunters.

No previously printed work and no simultaneous submissions.

We are doing blind submissions. Wow us with your story.

Enter up to two short stories only. Make sure they fit the theme

Manuscript Format:

*Font: 12 pt Courier, Times New Roman, or Garamond.

*Double spaced.

*Your manuscript must be in either DOC, DOCx, or RTF format.

*DO NOT place your name in the manuscript.**

*No header on the manuscript. JUST THE TITLE.

**Again, we are doing blind submissions. Make sure the manuscript is scrubbed of your name and personal info. This could be an automatic decline.**

TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY, CLICK HERE:

https://forms.gle/3igMYXjnbCrcnoP49

Deadline: October 31st, 2022, 11:59pm PST

Length: 2,000-3,500 words MAX. No exceptions.

Payment: $10.00 USD + digital contributor copy

Accepted stories will be published in these formats: PRINT, eBook, and audio. The audio will be produced for both Season 18 of HorrorAddicts.net (2023), and be placed on an audiobook platform for sale.

Return time: Final decisions will not be made until AFTER the submission close date (10/31/22). You should expect an answer within three months of the submission close date. If you do not receive an email stating your manuscript was received within two weeks of submission, please send a polite query to:  ha.netpress@gmail.com

For any other questions, please send an email to: ha.netpress@gmail.com

Best in Blood: L. Marie Wood

Congratulations!
To our Best in Blood winner,
L. Marie Wood.

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Listen to the awarding and an interview with L. Marie on episode 217, at 30:33.

L. Marie Wood is an award-winning dark fiction author, screenwriter, and poet with novels in the psychological horror, mystery, and dark romance genres. She won the Golden Stake Award for her novel The Promise Keeper. She is a MICO Award-nominated screenwriter and has won Best Horror, Best Action, Best Afrofuturism/Horror/Sci-Fi, and Best Short Screenplay awards in both national and international film festivals. Wood’s short fiction has been published in groundbreaking works, including the Bram Stoker Award Finalist anthology, Sycorax’s Daughters and Slay: Stories of the Vampire Noire. Her academic writing has been published by Nightmare Magazine and the cross-curricular text, Conjuring Worlds: An Afrofuturist Textbook. She is the founder of the Speculative Fiction Academy, an English and Creative Writing professor, a horror scholar, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, a full member of the SFWA, and a frequent speaker in the genre convention space.

BOOK BIRTHDAY! Campfire Tales from HorrorAddicts.net Press

BookbirthdayHorror Bites: Campfire Tales

Dear Reader,

You’ve been invited to a very special night of Campfire Tales, hosted by HorrorAddicts.net. Meet us at Old Bear Creek, just past Dead Man’s Curve. Dress warm. We’ll be waiting.

Four scary tales told by Next Great Horror Writer finalists and woven together by a trek through the woods you’ll never forget.

“Cabin Twelve” by Daphne Strasert
When a camp counselor goes on patrol, she finds an extra cabin in the woods that no one knows about…or do they?

“The Face” by Naching T. Kassa
An ailing mother and her daughter are terrorized by a disembodied face.

“When the Wind Leaves a Whisper” by Jess Landry
Girl Scouts in the 40s experience a frightening occurrence in the woods.

“Goose Meadows” by Harry Husbands
Two friends out drinking at night discover the real horrors of Goose Meadows.

HorrorAddicts.net 217, Loren Rhoads, Cemetery

217FinaleHorror Addicts Episode #217 | SEASON 17, Season Finale
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich & H.E. Roulo
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

217 | Loren Rhoads | Death’s Garden Revisited | Robbie Quine | Cemeteries

Find all articles and interviews at: http://www.horroraddicts.net

16 days till Halloween

#HalloweenChat

Theme: #Cemeteries

#JimmyHendrix #cemetery #

Music: “Mummified” #RobbieQuine

https://veglam.com/2022/07/25/robbie-quine-glitter-hole

Drinking word: Cemetery or Cemeteries

Craft: Pop-Up Tombstone Greeting Card

Catchup: Run down of missing people on the finale: Ro, Cam, Ari. #FavoriteHalloweenActivity #Pumpkins #DecorateHalloween #Spiders #Tombstones #CaramelApples #BakedApples #FairTreats 

13:30

Historian of Horror: #MarkOrr #Nessie #LochNess

Craft: Making the card

17:00

BEST BAND ANNOUNCED!

Dead Mail: #HorrorFan

MARTIN: #QuirkyMuseums #AddamsFamilyOdditiesMuseum

https://youtu.be/Ecua0Icj1qo

TIMOTHY: #InterviewTVSeries #AnneRice #vampires #FeastofallSaints #LouisLestat #

GEORGIA: #WritingAdvice #

Season 12 is all about writing! Check out the episodes here: 

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2021/02/22/how-con-writers-learn-what-the-nghw-challengers-learned/

Write in re: ideas, questions, opinions, horror cartoons, favorite movies, etc… Also, send show theme ideas!

horroraddicts@gmail.com

30:13

BEST IN BLOOD ANNOUNCED!

https://lmariewood.com

41:15

Craft: Making the tombstone.

44:29

New Movie List! 

51:42

Nightmare Fuel: #DJPitsiladis #ByeByeMan #UrbanLegend

53:52
NEWS: 

#Krate #TheNeedle

#ManorofFrights #SubmissionCall

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2022/06/29/submission-call-manor-of-frights/

#JesseOrr #ShadowsLove

#MarkOrr #TistehSeasontobeHorrid

#LionelRayGreen #Bigfoot #TheWoodsmen

#CrystalConnor #ExorcismofGod

#Renata #LiterallyDead #GabyTriana

#RussellHolbrook #HorrorAddictsLament

#Interviews #PaulDeBlassieIII #GwendolynNix

#FromtheVault CemeteryBells #JonOBergh

#Events 

#SinisterCreatureCon #Sacarmento Oct 22

https://www.sinistercreaturecon.com/

#NevadaCity #MinersFoundry Nov 5th

https://www.themenagerieodditiesmarket.com/

November 25-27 E.M. Markoff and L.S. Johnson will be at Fan Expo San Francisco

https://fanexpohq.com/fanexposanfrancisco/

BayCon Jun-July 2023

Http://www.baycon.org

57:41
Craft: Putting the tombstone in the card.

1:00:00

Feat Author: #ChillingChat #NachingTKassa

#LorenRhoads #DeathsGardenRevisited 

#Cemeteries #PersonalRelationships #Death #Burial #FamousDeath #FamousBurials

#CemeteryPerspectives #

http://www.CemeteryTravel.com

http://www.LorenRhoads.com

Death’s Garden Revisited https://www.blurb.com/b/11281469-death-s-garden-revisited

Cemtery Songs https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6nn6JH4533x55efCpmjblk?si=7998eed0125f4801

Readings from the book by:

1:20:06 #EmerianRich #StStephens

1:22:34 #Francesca Maria #MountainviewOakland

1:24:59 #Brian Thomas #HotelResurrection

1:27:45  #EMMarkoff #SnowPrague

H.E. Roulo 

http://heatherroulo.com

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Emerian Rich

b l o g  e d i t o r

Kate Nox

r e v i e w  c o o r d i n a t o r 

Daphne Strasert

s t a f f

Naching T. Kassa, Jesse Orr, Lionel Green, Kieran Judge, Crystal Connor, Nightshade, R.L. Merrill, Mark Orr, DJ Pitsiladis, Russell Holbrook, Renata Pavrey, CM “Spookas” Lucas, JS O’Connor
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HorrorAddicts.net 216, R.A. Goli, Lighthouses

halogoHorror Addicts Episode #216 | SEASON 17
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

216 | R.A. Goli | Lighthouses | The Neuro Farm

Find all articles and interviews at: http://www.horroraddicts.net

30 days till Halloween

Theme: #LighthouseHorror

#CrescendoofDarkness

https://www.amazon.com/Crescendo-Darkness-Jeremiah-Donaldson-ebook/dp/B07F3N2G6N

#lighthouse #ghost #windsweptwoman #ghostship #

Music: “Midnight Massacre” #TheNeuroFarm

Catchup: #vampiremarket #vampire #dracula #costumes #finalecoming #lorenrhoads #cemetery #crafting #podvine

Historian of Horror: #MarkOrr #tybeeisland #marcoisland #ghosthunters S2 Ep19 #staugustinelighthouse

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/ghost_hunters/s02/e19

Dead Mail: #HorrorFan

PAMELA: #MrHarrigansPhone #Netflix #October5

TERRENCE: #Hellraiser2022 #Hulu #October7

SABINE: #NightsKnights #vampire #DaysChildren #2023

KINDLE VELLAS:

#EmmyZMadrigal #FirstLove #SweetRomance

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0BFFWHTG1

#HERoulo #EvilForGood #Supervillian

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09RZS99L8

#MicheleRoger #TerrorUnderALupinMoon #spookywitch

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09J9WNHXB

#RLMerrill #StrangeThingsHappenEveryday #Ghostwhisperer

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099H1YYK9

#JamesSchannep #SocialVampire #YAvampire

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0BDGM1J8J

#SmauggyUniverse #DaddysHome #eroticslasher

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/product/B097Q5NH12

#KCNord #DieAgainToday #HellEnforcer

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0975PYP4G

#AnthonyMCaro #TragedyMan #HorrorAnthology

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09YN7JRKD

#ChristopherStanfield  #TheBloodyRose #SerialKiller

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0B2843MXY

Write in re: ideas, questions, opinions, horror cartoons, favorite movies, etc… Also, send show theme ideas!

horroraddicts@gmail.com

Nightmare Fuel: #DJPitsiladis #SeguinIslandLighthouse #piano #TheShining #AxeMurder

NEWS: 

#Metamorph #Kiss of the Witch

#ManorofFrights #SubmissionCall

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2022/06/29/submission-call-manor-of-frights/

#JesseOrr #ShadowsLove

#MarkOrr #DowntotheSeainShips

#LionelRayGreen #Bigfoot #FeedtheGods

#CrystalConnor #PortlandHorrorFilm

#RussellHolbrook #TheLadyoftheLighthouse

#KieranJudge #thefoghorn #bradburyslighthouse

#BookReview #StephanieEllis reviews #BlackFlamesGleamingShadows #FrankCoffman

#Interviews #WilliamZimmerman #DanielOullette #authorinterview #IssacThorne

#Events 

#SinisterCreatureCon #Sacarmento Oct 22

https://www.sinistercreaturecon.com/

#NevadaCity #MinersFoundry Nov 5th

https://www.themenagerieodditiesmarket.com/

BayCon Jun-July 2023

Http://www.baycon.org

Feat Author: #RAGoli #LighthouseLamentation

#CrescendoofDarkness

https://www.amazon.com/Crescendo-Darkness-Jeremiah-Donaldson-ebook/dp/B07F3N2G6N

Voices by #EmerianRich #RishOutfield

#ChillingChat #NachingTKassa

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Emerian Rich

b l o g  e d i t o r

Kate Nox

r e v i e w  c o o r d i n a t o r 

Daphne Strasert

s t a f f

Naching T. Kassa, Jesse Orr, Lionel Green, Kieran Judge, Crystal Connor, Nightshade, R.L. Merrill, Mark Orr, DJ Pitsiladis, Russell Holbrook, Renata Pavrey, CM “Spookas” Lucas, JS O’Connor
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HorrorAddicts.net 215, Sumiko Saulson, Clockpunk

halogoHorror Addicts Episode #215 | SEASON 17
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215 | Sumiko Saulson | Amulet | Clockpunk Horror

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Book Review: From Daylight to Madness by Jennifer Anne Gordon

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Reviewed by Emerian Rich

For: Readers who enjoy Gothic Literature like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Content warning: baby death, mental illness, harm to animals, gaslighting

From Daylight to Madness by Jennifer Anne Gordon is an emotional trek through one lady’s experience with losing her child at birth and how she is mistreated by her husband, mother-in-law, and eventually a hotel they ship her off to.

From Daylight Cover full gold - Jennifer GordonIsabelle is a young wife in the 1870s who has suffered a terrible tragedy. She’s given birth to a son who dies just after he is born. Her controlling husband and mother-in-law do not allow her to see him or even say goodbye. They take the body God knows where and force her to clean up the blood after the tragedy. They don’t allow a grave marker or any sort of service for him. He was not alive, he did not have a name. They keep her drugged up on laudanum and complain that she doesn’t “mourn properly.” 

Finding she can no longer bear children and won’t pop out of her sadness, they send her on a “holiday” at an institution masquerading as a seaside hotel. At the hotel, things go from bad to worse when she meets a cast of characters with real mental problems. One gal, in particular, is deeply twisted.

All things are not horrible at the hotel, however. Isabelle is able to get out from under her husband and mother-in-law’s thumb and experience a little freedom–something she’s never had in her entire life. She also meets another hotel guest who shows her kindness and a little romance blooms in their shared misery.

First, a warning. For readers who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or baby death, this book may be too much for you. The author does a really great job of getting inside Isabelle’s head and making the reader feel the impact of her baby’s death. She is basically haunted–not by a real ghost, but by her grief. She hears her baby’s cry in her head and reminisces frequently about not being able to hold him or say goodbye. She even carries a hatbox with her that she imagines holds him in it, so he is by her side always. 

Passages like… 

“…death had kissed her insides and left her rotting…”

“…Isabelle felt like a fancy dress…poorly made…different parts of her…separating and being held together by straight pins…” 

“…birth leaving her womb nothing more than a tattered old book of gruesome tales better left untold…”

…weave such deep and expressive imagery it’s hard not to put yourself in her place.

The exquisite writing in this book takes place inside Isabelle’s head as she compares the cups of tea and laudanum scattered about the house to little tombstones of her grief, the only sign that her baby ever existed because he did not get a tombstone. 

As a modern woman reading her story it’s difficult because the way others gaslight her is just agonizing. I was infuriated with how her husband and mother-in-law paint a narrative that is unfair and harmful to her. They pass that narrative off to the hotel employees who then drill in the narrative, causing her to constantly question them and herself.

*She had a stillborn, but no…he lived! She heard him crying. 

*She isn’t mourning, but yes she is if anyone was paying attention. 

*She was abandoned by her parents and now has been abandoned again, but no…her parents died, they didn’t mean to leave her. 

People don’t allow her to speak her truth and it made me want to travel to that hotel and make things right. But in the same instance, I know entering the hotel I would just be another casualty hushed up, drugged, and put on the porch to sleep with the other patients, I mean…vacationers.

Although meant for wellness, the island hotel seems a spooky place where spiked tea and her own mental state cause her to lose time and survive in a dream-like state where she isn’t sure what is real or not. She finds a little graveyard of babies there, the truth of that place never fully understood. The hotel is a character itself, akin to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde…sunny and bright one moment but hiding dark, dirty secrets the next.

I have to say, I like this book because of how much it jarred me. I went into it hoping to see some ghosts in a haunted hotel but came out of it bloodied by the emotional trip I took with Isabelle. It made me uncomfortable and scarred. If you can handle the harrowing journey, it will be a book you remember for a long time. Just make sure your mental state is strong enough to handle it, tea+laudanum on standby.