Crescendo of Darkness Tour: 3DX Party tonight!

CRAIGMAN, aka A. Craig Newman,
invites you to come celebrate the release of “Crescendo of Darkness”,
a music-themed horror anthology,
which includes Craig’s original story,
“Circe’s Music Shop”!

June 14 from 6 PM to 11 PM @ The Pyramids

Come on out to dance or swim or whatever else makes you happy.
Win Door prizes and a chance to get a signed copy of the book!

http://3dxforum.com/index.php?/topic/6915-“crescendo-of-darkness”-book-launch-party-june-14-the-pyramids/#entry283322

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Crescendo of Darkness Tour: 3DX Party, June 14th

CRAIGMAN, aka A. Craig Newman,
invites you to come celebrate the release of “Crescendo of Darkness”,
a music-themed horror anthology,
which includes Craig’s original story,
“Circe’s Music Shop”!

June 14 from 6 PM to 11 PM @ The Pyramids

Come on out to dance or swim or whatever else makes you happy.
Win Door prizes and a chance to get a signed copy of the book!

http://3dxforum.com/index.php?/topic/6915-“crescendo-of-darkness”-book-launch-party-june-14-the-pyramids/#entry283322

HorrorAddicts.net, 154 Crescendo of Darkness

Horror Addicts Episode# 154

SEASON 13 “We’re CURSED!!!”

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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theater/theatre curses

crescendo of darkness, special guest: h.e. roulo, ornamenti d’oro, phantom of the opera, witches stew

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

144 days till halloween

ornamenti d-oro, russell, terror trax, catch up, h.e. roulo, baycon, harp, michele roger, imagination fair, cosplay, books, comettv, giveaway monster summer, loren rhoads, em markoff, mercy hollow, search magazine, face painting, dr. who selfie, boffers, lightsaber challenges, horroraddicts, emerian rich, trinity adler, j. malcolm stewart, book trailer, live reading, steve mix, horroraddicts.net panel, laurel anne hill, sumiko saulson, jonathan fortin, master class, loren rhoads, getting out of the slush pile, jay hartlove, baycon cards (see links below), time tunnel, land of the giants, giant kitty, dogtooth, cursed theatres, the moore theater, seattle, foxwood theatre, pa, macbeth, witches, shakespeare, cleanse ritual, ghostlight, norm the theater sequin sweeper, movie theater, atuk, poltergeist, superman, dan shaurette, witches stew, news, the other woman, jesse orr,  apocalypsis, beware, upgrade, comettv monster summer, killswitch, king of tokyo, daphne, firefly, halloween version, kbatz, goth trivia, author videos, phantom of the opera, theater talk, love never dies, michael crawford, sarah brightman, phantom love, meg, tale of two cities, broken characters, devil take the hindmost, lestat, i want more, hunchback of notre dame, northanger abbey, dead mail: allan, best worse werewolves, blood and chocolate, brotherhood of the wolf, ginger snaps back, underworld, sleepy hollow, twilight, being human, american werewolf in london, teen wolf, sara, spitting on your nails, witches, the dna question, dark magic, spit on baby to bless it, shawn, alien video games, dead space, x-com, giger, alien movie, ripley’s daughter, plants vs. zombies, vampyr video game, 2d vampire game (i meant castlevania), nightmare fuel, tulpa, dj, imaginary friends, before i wake, author tip: tim reynolds, mountain of the dead, stephanie, jeremy bates, horrortree.com, crescendo of darkness, reading of become the music, h.e. roulo, last lullaby, emerian rich, genie in a bottle wish, teleportation, immortality, heaven

 

 

BayCon People:

Loren Rhoads

https://lorenrhoads.com

E.M. Markoff

http://www.ellderet.com

Mercy Hollow
http://www.mercyhollow.com

SEARCH Magazine
http://www.searchmagazine.net

Trinity Adler

http://www.trinityadler.com

J. Malcolm Stewart
https://www.amazon.com/J.-Malcolm-Stewart/e/B0088I39XG

Steve Mix
http://stevenmix.ghost.io

Laurel Anne Hill
http://laurelannehill.com

Sumiko Saulson
https://sumikosaulson.com

Jonathan Fortin
https://www.facebook.com/Jonathan-Fortin-Author-236802956354780

Jay Hartlove

https://www.jaywrites.com

R.I. Partridge

http://www.ripartridge.com

Horror Writers Association

http://www.horror.org

Dorian Graves

http://www.doriangraves.com

Maureen O Betita

http://www.maureenobetita.com

Daniel Potter

http://fallenkitten.com

Steampunk Explorer

http://steampunk-explorer.com/articles/day-baycon-2018

Fiona Jayde

http://www.fionajaydemedia.com

Carnival of Stars

http://carnivalofstars.net

Sinister Creature Con

http://www.sinistercreaturecon.com

Vampire Ball

http://www.shannonmccabe.com

Time Traveller’s Bazaar

https://www.facebook.com/timetravelersbazaarsacramento/

Crescendo of Darkness:

https://www.amazon.com/Crescendo-Darkness-Jeremiah-Donaldson/dp/1987708156

HorrorAddict.net Sub Call Kill Switch

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/submission-call-tech-horror-kill-switch

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Write in re: ideas, questions, opinions, horror cartoons, favorite movies, etc…

horroraddicts@gmail.com

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h o s t e s s

Emerian Rich

s t a f f

Dan Shaurette, KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis, Jesse Orr, Cyrstal Connor, Lisa Vasquez, Kenzie Kordic, Naching T. Kassa, Daphne Strasert, Russell Holbrook.

Want to be a part of the HA staff? Email horroraddicts@gmail.com

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Book Review: Mountain of the Dead by Jeremy Bates

Mountain of the Dead by Jeremy Bates

Reviewed by Stephanie Ellis

5 stars

In 1959, a party of ten set out on a trek through the Northern Ural Mountains. After one withdrew due to illness, the other nine continued on in order to gain their Category III hiking certificate. Their route took them to Kholat Syakhl, the Mountain of the Dead. None of them returned. Files relating to the incident remained classified for years and even now not everything has been released to the public. The state also subsequently restricted access to the Dyatlov Pass area for three years after the incident.

This tale, based on true events, weaves a narrative between the recreation of events at that time and the story of a writer following in their footsteps to discover the truth behind the tragedy. As the story inevitably propels the members of the party to their end, told in the form of a countdown, you are invited to share the dreams and hopes of some of the group, ideas of a future and love and family. Together with the inclusion of expedition photos showing young faces full of laughter and promise, the story is brought to life and the poignancy of what is to come heightened.

In addition, the writer chasing their ghosts has his own demons to confront and this trip is his attempt at closure over a personal loss. That he insists on seeing the trek through to the bitter end, despite appalling conditions, has catastrophic consequences.

Here communism, the gulags, the folk belief of the Mansi tribesmen who live in that area and supernatural elements combine to give real authority to a powerful story

Full of horrifying suspense and well-researched, the author guides the reader to a shockingly believable conclusion. A page-turner in the true sense of the word and a thoroughly entertaining read. I will definitely be looking out for other books by this author.


Stephanie Ellis can be found at https://stephellis.weebly.com and on twitter @el_Stevie.

When Stephanie is not writing reviews, she is co-editor at The Infernal Clock (http://infernalclock.blogspot.co.uk/) a fledgling publishing venture and is also co-editor at The Horror Tree’s Trembling With Fear online magazine (https://horrortree.com/category/trembling-with-fear/) where they’re always open for flash submissions. She has also had short stories and a novella published in a variety of horror anthologies and magazines.

Book Review: Fatal Fetish edited by Toneye Eyenot

Fatal Fetish edited by Toneye Eyenot

Review by Voodoo Lynn

Fatal Fetish is an interesting amalgamation of stories. You get everything from encounters in space to serial killers and sexual cannibalism to clowns, mechanical Jekyll and Hyde’s, yeti, goblins, djinn, redheads, and A.I. I learned new terms like ‘sissygasm’. The stories were engaging on various levels; obviously, some more than others.  Let me also add that there are stories here that you will want to have ready access to a computer because the jargon utilized was such that I was completely unprepared for it and would’ve been lost had I not have been able to look the words up. It did make for a more culturally diverse read, I will admit.

There are plenty of stories here that make the ones you don’t care for, well worth the read. In fact, you may end up losing time over the ones you like, as I did. Let it be noted, that the ones I liked or were most disturbed by, had me re-reading them a second time, with the more lurid passages having me pass over those words again and again—solely for comprehensive purposes, of course.

So please, allow me to escort you into the world that is Fatal Fetish

“Biscuits and Gravy, Those Wicked Little Things” by Essel Pratt

This is the first story in the anthology. Perhaps, I have a weak spot for science fiction, thanks to my father and my early exposure to Star Trek. Perhaps, it appeals to my deep fascination with space and all its dark mysteries and frontiers.  Perhaps, it just appeals to my deep seated fascination and ultimate dream of, not only traveling in space but, to also engage in naughty activities while in said vicinity of it. Yes, that is an active interest of mine. This story however, gives me a very grim and real look into the dangers of space. (Thanks a lot E. Pratt, as if Mary Roach didn’t do enough of that!)

I don’t say this lightly. I have thought about all the possible consequences about having such relations in space however, this story doesn’t necessarily focus on that for me—though that is definitely something you can’t miss. What it does highlight for me is how distracted we humans can become if we are otherwise engaged in other immersive activities. What this author has done is manage to engage you in what seems like an everyday, happy go lucky story of two extraordinary people who have feelings for one another, who finally engage in said feelings and pay a most terrible price for it.

Oh, did I mention that this story takes place all within five pages? The author deftly pulls you in (even though you know you’re gonna read something horrific shortly) and then, hangs you out to dry, shall we say?

If you are a fan of “Guts” by Chuck Palahniuk, you are way ahead of the game here. If you are unfamiliar with this, don’t look it up if you wanna be surprised by this story! It’s urban legend meets science fiction.

In the end, this was my favorite story. It was shorter than I liked, but it sucked me in with its straight forward and descriptive, albeit disturbing detail.

“Life-Like” by Brian Glossup

This is my next favorite story and it also happens to be one of the longest in the anthology. It is so worth reading, especially if you like to be left questioning things. At first you think of it as a story about a lonely, older man in middle management and his needs, who decides to buy a sex-bot.  You will find yourself questioning not only what is moral, and what should be expected when we purchase something, but where our rights end and where someone else’s begins. Or, do they even begin? Is there even a ‘someone ’?

Although, the lead character gives us hints that he may not be want we think.  In the story we follow Malcolm as he goes to the company headquarters and places an order for his sex-bot. We know it’s a machine but, as he starts picking out her personality and, I’ll just call them her ‘parts’, things start getting really creepy.

The president of the bot company makes it a point to inform Malcolm that she is capable of learning and feeling, due to her electronic brain and that it’s best to keep her happy for “maximum satisfaction”. As he’s chooses her personality, the president inputs “SLAVE-MAID-COOK-SLUT”.  Yup, I don’t like this guy anymore but, it’s just a machine, right? Property he’s paying for. When we decide to buy a new computer, we decide what programs we want installed, right?

I find it interesting when reading about how the sex-bot, ANNA, views her new master, she makes an immediate judgement call that I wonder how she is capable of making in the first place. (I mean, she didn’t go to Robot University. GO ANDRIODS!) When we get a general description of him, we’re told that

“His best shirt was stained and his good pants were ripped. He was overweight, overpaid and unattractive. The typical American.”

Damn. Where did that come from? Aside from the fact I find that a little insulting to a whole group of people, my question is, how did she come to this conclusion, fresh out of the box let’s say?

Poor ANNA. What comes next in her short life thus far is hours of brutalization. Her skin is so life like, that she is left with bruises all over her body. As the author tells us,

“Every inflicted pain was felt and processed through her electronic nervous system…teaching her positronic brain of his civilized barbarism.”

We see a new level of sentience beginning to form. She watches TV and learns about the ‘horrors of humanity’ until she discovers a channel where a woman is speaking about women’s rights and power. She has now reached a level of consciousness that makes her realize the true horror of her existence as a sex-bot.  It’s here that she begins to plan a way to forever escape this situation. The climax of the story takes place next and, it is electrical. And violent. And disturbing. And unlike anything I’ve read before.

It is at this point find myself starting to think about what criteria we utilize to say with certainty, that something is alive? Had Malcolm treated ANNA better, more like a sentient being shall we say, would she have really been happy in her new existence? She seems to have free will and is capable of making decisions, even if it’s via execution of various computer programs.  She’s intelligent and self –aware, don’t those things constitute a living being?  It reminds me of Star Trek TNG’s episode “Measure of a Man.” In it, Commander Data (an android) is being forced into a dangerous procedure to study his positronic brain and to hopefully, create a whole new generation of androids like him. He tries to refuse, and Star Fleet orders him to do it anyway. He resigns, and is then told he can’t because he is Star Fleet ‘property’. He then has a hearing to determine his status with Star Fleet, to determine whether he is a sentient being and has rights, or not and just property. There’s this fantastic dialogue between Captain Picard and Guinan and she mentions that there has always been disposable creatures—beings whose welfare and needs wouldn’t have to be bothered with—a whole generation of disposable people.

Isn’t that what we are dealing with this story? Is ANNA property, or is she a sentient being with a conscience? Did that company create a whole generation of slaves?  I think I can sum up the horrifying end of this story by utilizing a quote from Captain Picard with regards to whole generations of disposable people and the term ‘slave’.

“I don’t think that’s a little harsh, I think it’s the truth. But that’s a truth we have obscured behind a comfortable, easy euphemism. ‘Property’. But that’s not the issue at all, is it?”

If only Malcolm had heeded the warning he was given…

“An Excerpt of Yeti, Yearning” by Essel Pratt

I just wanted to give this one a mention because I find the idea of thinking like a sexually aroused Yeti interesting. This unusual story piqued my interest and I wish that they included a little more in the excerpt.

“Send in the Clowns” by Naomi Matthews

This one is a good one about psychopaths. In this case, a female with an obsession with sex and clowns. This is something I enjoy seeing—a strong, female, character being the antagonist. It’s interesting to read about how she slowly indoctrinates her boyfriend into becoming her sex-slave. Her reason for choosing him was pretty simple—he, and her last ex, both had a history of being jerks to women and not treating them well. Understandable yes, but that gives her no right to do what she does. The lengths she goes to, to get her boyfriend to be her permanent clown boy-toy is truly frightening and well worth reading about. I also want to mention that this is the story where I learned the new word ‘sissygasm’. A word that I never wanted to learn and now will never be able to forget.

If you are someone into reading about fetishes and horror, Fatal Fetish is for you.

Author Interviews at the Mount Holly Book Fair Part 2

 

Witches, Time Travel, and Shapeshifters!

 

Kristin Battestella aka Kbatz was on the windy scene April 29, 2018 at the Mount Holly Book Fair to interview several Local Horror Authors…

 

Author JL Brown talks about her book The Burning Arbor, witches, tarot, and magic on and off the page. For more visit https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJLBrown/

 

 

Author Gary Frank talks about his book Forever will you Suffer, short fiction versus novels, time travel, the business of writing, and horror. For more visit http://authorgaryfrank.com/

 

 

Native American Storyteller Laura Kaign chats about her Earth Child series, science fiction, natural versus supernatural, dreams, YA, and storytelling. For more visit http://ladyhawkestorytelling.com

 

 

Special Thanks to the Mill Race Arts & Preservation for hosting The Mount Holly Book Fair.

 

Stayed tuned to HorrorAddicts.net for more Author Interviews and let us know what kind of video/media content you would like to see!

HorrorAddicts.net, 153 Lori Safranek

Horror Addicts Episode# 153

SEASON 13 “We’re CURSED!!!”

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe

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superstitious curses

lori safranek, harry husbands, oculus, gris-gris gumbo ya-ya

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

165 days till halloween

harry husbands, russell, baycon, dj, dogtooth, superstitions, cursed, old wives tales, hat on bed, purse on floor, shoes on table, bread and butter, umbrellas indoors, walk under a ladder, horseshoes, stepping on the grave, spilled salt, navajo, wind, breaking mirrors, mirror evil twin, three on one match, cursed tattoos, morbid meals, dan, penn jillette, gris-gris gumbo ya-ya, news, crescendo of darkness, kill switch submissions, tech horror, jesse, the other woman, embracing the darkness, terror universal, calendark, infernal almanac, zwaremachine, the passage, anne rice, the vampire chronicles, ghastly games, daphne, munchkin bites, kbatz, oculus, dead mail, jeff, astonishing legends, morbid curiosities podcast, jill, banana on boats, sally, eyebrow hiding, mimielle, nightmare fuel, dj, pooka, author tip, murdo morrison, freakshow, lori safranek, naching interview, smudge

 

Lori Safranek: https://www.amazon.com/Lori-Safranek/e/B00BBGVD8U/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1526754003&sr=1-2-ent

Read “Freakshow” Voices

Jonathan Fortin – Smudge

Phillip Cohen – Kane

Emerian Rich – Narrator

 

Curses!

www.psychiclibrary.com

www.navajocentral.org

www.mirrorhistory.com

 

Crescendo of Darkness:

https://www.amazon.com/Crescendo-Darkness-Jeremiah-Donaldson/dp/1987708156

HorrorAddict.net Sub Call Kill Switch

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/submission-call-tech-horror-kill-switch

 

Dead Mail:

Eyebrow hiding,

Painted by Fame ft Nikkie Tutorials – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HdTkMvFD5c

Joseph Harwood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFBL_hSXWTY tutorial starting tutorial at 2:10

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Write in re: ideas, questions, opinions, horror cartoons, favorite movies, etc…

horroraddicts@gmail.com

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h o s t e s s

Emerian Rich

s t a f f

Dan Shaurette, KBatz (Kristin Battestella), Mimielle, D.J. Pitsiladis, Jesse Orr, Cyrstal Connor, Lisa Vasquez, Kenzie Kordic, Naching T. Kassa, Daphne Strasert, Russell Holbrook.

Want to be a part of the HA staff? Email horroraddicts@gmail.com

b l o g  / c o n t a c t / s h o w . n o t e s

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