Horror Addicts Guide to Life – Available now!

FinalFrontCoverHorror Addicts Guide to Life

Available now! 

Cover art by: Masloski Carmen

Editor: David Watson

Do you love the horror genre? Do you look at horror as a lifestyle? Do the “norms” not understand your love of the macabre?

Despair no longer, my friend, for within your grasp is a book written by those who look at horror as a way of life, just like you. This is your guide to living a horrifying existence. Featuring interviews with Midnight Syndicate, Valentine Wolfe, and The Gothic Tea Society.

Authors: Kristin Battestella, Mimielle, Emerian Rich, Dan Shaurette, Steven Rose Jr., Garth von Buchholz, H.E. Roulo, Sparky Lee Anderson, Mary Abshire, Chantal Boudreau, Jeff Carlson, Catt Dahman, Dean Farnell, Sandra Harris, Willo Hausman, Laurel Anne Hill, Sapphire Neal, James Newman, Loren Rhoads, Chris Ringler, Jessica Robinson, Eden Royce, Sumiko Saulson, Patricia Santos Marcantonio, J. Malcolm Stewart, Stoneslide Corrective, Mimi A.Williams, and Ron Vitale. With art by Carmen Masloski and Lnoir.

 

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Guest Blog: Mary Abshire

Hello Horror Addicts. Thanks for stopping by to read my post.

My interest in horror, sci-fic, and paranormal started when I was a young kid. One of my favorite movies is the classic version of Halloween. I can watch it repeatedly without getting bored. The music is awesome and so fitting with the movie. I do so enjoy John Carpenter’s works.

Today though, when I watch Halloween, it doesn’t frighten me. When I was younger, the idea of some psycho on the prowl during Halloween did spook me. Not so much today and I don’t know why, but I still enjoy the movie. Come on, it’s a classic.

There is one movie that scared me when I was a kid and still freaks me out. In fact, I refuse to watch it. Can you guess what it is?

It’s the Exorcist. The story of a young girl being possessed just freaks me out. Possession is real. Yeah, serial killers are real too, but at least we can fight them. Watching an innocent girl possessed just… I can’t watch. The voice, the spewing, the head turning, the jabbing of the cross, the crawling on the ceiling… No, no, no. I try to tell myself it’s just a movie with special effects. Well, yeah, but I’m betting possession is pretty close to all of that. The worst of hell in your body. No thanks, I’ll pass.

Another movie that spooked me was Event Horizon. Sam Neil is one of the best actors to play in horror movies. Again, sound effects made the movie more intense and frightening. I rarely watch the movie, yet I recommend it.

In my opinion, there are various degrees of horror. Off the top of my head, the gross, the disturbing, the special effects, the supernatural, and the down right evil.

Special effects and gross horror go hand in hand sometimes. I think of the Saw movies. They’re not frightening at all, to me. I do like them as they are creative, but they definitely are gross due to the special effects. Creepshow and the first/original Nightmare on Elm Street rank high on the gross list. I also like Death Proof and Planet Terror by Quentin Tarantino. While there isn’t much horror, I’d put those two movies on my gross list, and I love them. Love the originality of the stories.

Disturbing horror movies would include the Serpent and the Rainbow, directed by Wes Craven, and the new version of Halloween. The new version of Halloween portrays Michael as a warped kid from birth. I find it scary because what we see in the movie really happens to kids today. It’s a good movie, but disturbing. Also on my disturbing movie list is the Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal Rising. I absolutely love Hannibal Rising. You get to see Dr. Lector as a child, watch how he handles his struggles, and find out how he became the way he did. It’s an excellent movie and one of my favorites.

Supernatural: My favorite category. From the Hunger to Let the Right One In (not the American version-Let Me In) I love vampire movies. Didn’t care so much for Interview with the Vampire. It was just ok, in my opinion. Love Anne Rice books, just not the movies. One of my favorite supernatural movies is American Werewolf in London. It would fall into my gross list too. When the guy changes…OMG. Great effects and his ghostly friend is cool, though gross.

Two movies I highly recommend and love are the Orphanage and Pan’s Labyrinth produced by Guillermo del Toro. The movies have great stories, very unique, disturbing a wee bit, and have great special effects. I love watching them in Spanish.

I also enjoy apocalyptic horror movies. Struggling to survive after major catastrophes (or fighting zombies) make for great horror movies. 28 Days Later and movies like Return of the Living Dead come to mind.

Paranormal type movies are decent, though not as horrific in my opinion. I’m a long time X-Files fan. Movies with aliens or ghosts are good to watch any day of the week.

In case you haven’t noticed, I enjoy a wide range of horror movies. 1980’s horror flicks rank high on my lists. I like to think I’m very open-minded type of person, but when it comes to the down right evil movies, I have to pass. (Unless it’s Devil by M. Night Shyamalan.)

Horror movies have been a part of my life since I was a child. Did they influence me? Sure, but not in the wrong kind of way. I’m no killer. Horror flicks showed me a dark world full of mystery, pain, and challenges. There are bad guys and struggles of good versus evil. Some of the bad guys are not so bad, just misunderstood. No, I’m not talking about the killers, I’m referring to vampires. I love the bloodsuckers. And while I’m not a fan of demons, I like to write and read about them. Why? Because I love the struggle of good versus evil (the good winning of course). Instead of scaring me away, horror movies opened my mind to a world of possibilities. For all the horror producers, directors, writers, I commend you. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

Bio:
My name is Mary Abshire. By day, I am a government employee. At night, I am a Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Author. My interest of the paranormal started in my youth. I grew up watching sci-fi and horror shows. In my teenage years, I read Anne Rice. By my early twenties, I started writing for fun, but never pursued a writing career. Now that I am much older, I can. Love for the dark, mysterious, dangerous, and out of the ordinary is part of my soul.

The Soul Cather series that I wrote contains demons, vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and witches. Currently, three books in the series are available and a fourth is in development. You can find information about my books on my website http://www.maryabshire.com

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