Thursday, March 23, 2017

#Zombies, History, #Lizzie Borden and... Cats?

Two great books! We hit the top 50 and top 100 in several categories.  

The Kindle sale's still on!!! 

Two best-sellers - on sale for 99 cents each --  until March 26!
   

  Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter by C.A. Verstraete  

Every family has its secrets…
One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?
    Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.


Catfunado, Zombies and One Killer Doll 
by Mark Cusco Ailes and Derek Ailes  

 21 brand new chilling tales to take you over the edge. The Ailes Brothers of Terror bring you killer dolls, a real zombie outbreak during a zombie convention, a catfurnado, an alien invasion, misfortune cookies, demons, mega sinkholes, drones, executioners and more. The nightmare doesn't stop when the Ailes Brothers take you on a thrill ride of terror.

CATFURNADO is a collection of horror stories that takes the reader on a new genre high that lingers and tingles long after the lights are out! Penned by authors Derek Ailes and Mark Cusco Ailes, each story is crafted with a literary finesse rarely seen but so appreciated by hungry horror readers.

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY is a spellbinding tale of the birthday Teddy bear with a gruesome but oh-so welcomed gift for his new owner. Thank goodness Mr. T. Bear is one of a kind! Then there’s JUDGMENT NIGHT, the story of a drunk driver who gets the ultimate lesson in sobriety is riddled with shocking irony. But it’s CLAWS, a riveting short about a kitty whose deadly Mama gives a whole new meaning to “If Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy!” These are just a sampling of the delicious chills lurking inside CATFURNADO!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March Reading List! #horror #apocalyptic #zombie

Spring's here! A great time for some great reads!

Get ready to load up that Kindle!
* My book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter is on sale, too!


(On Sale, 99 cents -  March 20-26)
Catfurnado, Zombies and One Killer Doll, Mark Cusco Ailes & Derek Ailes - 

21 chilling horror tales by The Ailes Brothers of Terror featuring killer dolls, a real zombie outbreak during a zombie convention, a catfurnado, an alien invasion, misfortune cookies, demons, mega sinkholes, drones, executioners and more. The nightmare doesn't stop when the Ailes Brothers take you on a thrill ride of terror.
    Stories include: IT’S MY BIRTHDAY, a spellbinding tale of the birthday Teddy bear with a gruesome but oh-so welcomed gift for his new owner. In JUDGMENT NIGHT, a drunk driver gets the ultimate lesson in sobriety riddled with shocking irony. In CLAWS, a kitty’s deadly Mama gives a whole new meaning to “If Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy!”


(On Sale, 99 cents - March 20-26)

2017 marks the 125th anniversary
of the Borden murders!

Every family has its secrets...
   One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become… zombies?
    Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.





New release! 
A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller,  Angel Lawson 


(On Sale 99 cents to March 31)

    Dr. Ramsey has spent months studying the virus spreading across the south that turns the healthy into raging, cannibalistic versions of their former selves. Before he disappears, he gives his daughter Alexandra what may be the most valuable information in existence—information that more than one powerful group will do anything to posses.
    With her father gone, she and her mother must locate her sister, who is under quarantine over 300 miles away. Alexandra vows to keep the promise she made to her father, no matter how many lives are lost, and assuming she survives… (Forrmerly published under the title Zocopalypse.)



New!


Beautiful Creatures: Women of Horror Anthology -  Lily Luchesi, Kinda Sowder,  assorted authors - (Pre-order, releases March 15)
   Twisted tales of the macabre from 12 horror authors. Demons, vampires, darkness, unspeakable horrors, ghosts, and more. 











(Pre-order! Releases July 11)

Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology, Jonathan Maberry and George Romero 
 Collection of stories based on 48 hours of the outbreak in Romero's landmark 1968 movie!


     Includes stories by: Brian Keene, Carrie Ryan, Chuck Wendig, Craig Engler, David J. Schow, David Wellington, Issac Marion, Jay Bonansinga, Joe R. Lansdale, John Russo, John Skipp, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Max Brallier, Mike Carey, Mira Grant, Neal Shusterman & Brandon Shusterman, and Ryan Brown. Plus original stories by Romero and Maberry!

NEW!


 Skitters: Archaelogy vs. Supernatural - Bloodscreams #7, Robert W. Walker  (Wow, this is Rob's 68th book at age 68!) - Spiders consume 400 million tons of prey every year, so when Abraham Stroud, archaeologist and vampire slayer, who has had run-ins with werewolves, zombies, and other fantastic creatures uncovers a coven of ancient spider men, a race that has visited Earth before, found in Northwest Georgia living in caves and tunnels, he must act.
    The predatory race first seen in ancient Japan and Japan, were wiped out, but persistent as any arachnid, they have returned, and Stroud, who knows no fear, goes after this horrid race that mimics mankind and is working toward fitting in with us while they feed on us. Stroud goes in with mercenaries and powerful weapons, but the Tsuchimugo, as the Japanese called them, are a vicious and evil lot, clever and cunning, and their webs are powerful.


Sour Candy, novella - Kealan Patrick Burke
   At first glance, Phil and Adam look like an ordinary father and son-- except no one knows that Phil is a prisoner, and up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at the grocery store, he'd never seen the child before in his life. 










(Pre-order print. Releases June 20)
 The Best Horror of the Year, volume 9 - Editor Ellen Datlow

Includes:
Nesters, Siobhan Carroll  - The Oestridae, Robert Levy 
The Process is a Process All its Own, Peter Straub  - The Bad Hour, Christopher Golden 
Red Rabbi, Steve Rasnic Tem  - It’s All the Same Road in the End, Brian Hodge 
 Fury, DB Waters  - Grave Goods, Gemma Files 
 Between Dry Ribs, Gregory Norman Bossert  - The Days of Our Lives, Adam LG Nevill 
 
House of Wonders, C.E Ward - The Numbers, Christopher Burns 

 Bright Crown of Joy, Livia Llewellyn  - The Beautiful Thing We Will Become, Kristi DeMeester 
 Wish You Were Here, Nadia Bulkin - Ragman, Rebecca Lloyd 
What’s Out There?, Gary McMahon - No Matter Which Way We Turned, Brian Evenson 
The Castellmarch Man, Ray Cluley - The Ice Beneath Us, Steve Duffy 
 On These Blackened Shores of Time, Brian Hodge


Monday, March 20, 2017

#Zombie Books Special!

Want something a bit different? 


Two best-sellers - on sale for 99 cents each --  March 20-26!
   

  Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter by C.A. Verstraete  - Just hit the top 50 in Historical Fantasy Fiction - next to Diana Gabaldon's Plague of Zombies!


Every family has its secrets…
One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?
    Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.


Catfunado, Zombies and One Killer Doll by Mark Cusco Ailes and Derek Ailes  - Top 50 short stories!!

 21 brand new chilling tales to take you over the edge. The Ailes Brothers of Terror bring you killer dolls, a real zombie outbreak during a zombie convention, a catfurnado, an alien invasion, misfortune cookies, demons, mega sinkholes, drones, executioners and more. The nightmare doesn't stop when the Ailes Brothers take you on a thrill ride of terror.

CATFURNADO is a collection of horror stories that takes the reader on a new genre high that lingers and tingles long after the lights are out! Penned by authors Derek Ailes and Mark Cusco Ailes, each story is crafted with a literary finesse rarely seen but so appreciated by hungry horror readers.

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY is a spellbinding tale of the birthday Teddy bear with a gruesome but oh-so welcomed gift for his new owner. Thank goodness Mr. T. Bear is one of a kind! Then there’s JUDGMENT NIGHT, the story of a drunk driver who gets the ultimate lesson in sobriety is riddled with shocking irony. But it’s CLAWS, a riveting short about a kitty whose deadly Mama gives a whole new meaning to “If Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy!” These are just a sampling of the delicious chills lurking inside CATFURNADO!

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter Sale & Radio!

KINDLE Sale, 99 cents!  - March 20-26!
(Click book title below to buy)

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders...

What if Lizzie Borden did it... because she had no other choice?




Every family has its secrets...
   One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become… zombies?
    
Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.





** Don't forget!



Come listen to some talk on Lizzie Borden and the book!
Tomorrow - Tuesday, March 21, 7 pm Central/8 pm Eastern - 
Haunt Jaunts show - Paramania Radio
* See show page 

** Check out the promo video for Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter! **



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter - Haunt Jaunts Show Video!

Check it out!!!!

Fun, short video for my appearance on Courtney Mroch's Haunt Jaunts show on ParaMania Radio! Tuesday, March 21, 7 pm Central/8 pm Eastern! (See HJ show link)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Radio show coming up!

Reminder: I'll be on the radio -

***** I'll be a guest talking for the first time about Lizzie Borden and Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter at 7 p.m. Central - 8 p.m. Eastern, Tuesday, March 21! 



My friend Courtney Mroch, who runs the always interesting Haunt Jaunts site, is starting her own radio-podcast program on ParaMania Radio.



Here's how to listen in: 

  • Directly from ParaMania Radio’s site: http://paramaniaradio.com/

  • TuneIn Radio: http://tunein.com/ (Either their site, or on your phone via their mobile apps, which are available in Google play or the App Store. Note: If you have a Sonos system, TuneIn is also available there.)
Miss a show? Check it out on the archives: 
Get more information on the show or guest scheduling etc. on the Haunt Jaunts radio page. on the radio -

Monday, March 13, 2017

Books, #Zombies and Weather!

What do these three things - books, zombies and weather - have to do with each other?



Well....  a lot, if you're me...

I admit I must get cabin fever the same time every year. Proof is in this photo I shared on my Facebook page - yes, last March. One thing FB is good for - you can look back...

I commented last year that it was snowing -  and the daffodils and tulips were coming up. Welllllll, this week they're calling for 6 inches here in Wisc. - and the daffodils and tulips are coming up. haaaa!   That's what happens when you get 60 degree days, and out here, yes, "technically" spring is not here yet. Ugh!!!! Update: Only got a few inches, but enough. 



But, as I like to say - a book warms you up inside!!  How about GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie or Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter

And zombies, well, when you're running, who's got time to complain about weather, right? haa!



Friday, March 10, 2017

Movies I’m Excited to See

There’s a lot of movies coming out this year that I’m excited to see. Some of them will be watching in the theater, while others will be rented. I’ve listed some of the movies below (no particular order).

Alien: Covenant



This movie is the sequel to Prometheus, which wasn’t exactly a fabulous movie, but I’m willing to give this one a chance. I’m a huge Alien fan, and this movie looks like it taps into the basis that made the other films so amazing. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2





Seriously, how can anyone pass up on Baby Groot? The first film was so amazing and funny, I can’t wait to see what they do with the sequel. And again, Baby Groot!

King Kong: Skull Island



I’m a huge creature feature fan, and Kong is the king of creature features. There have been some questionable remakes in the past, but I think this one is going to be fun. I’m not asking for depth, and I’m pretty sure I’ll get it with this film. Plus, c’mon! Samuel Jackson and King Kong? You know there’s going to be some great (horrible) lines.

Power Rangers



My boys used to watch Power Rangers all the time on TV, but waaaaaaay before they came along, my friend in high school used to watch them. They’ve been around for a while. The TV show is more often than not a little cheesy and the battle sequences get really weird (for example, in every episode, the bad guys grows to gigantic proportions, so the Power Rangers have to combine into whatever they combine in to, but the battle, no matter where it starts [beach, forest] always takes place in a city), but this movie looks a little grittier. I think it’s something both the boys and I will enjoy.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales



I don’t doubt that we could argue about whether or not the Pirates movies have run their course, but I have one word for you: ZOMBIES (or an iteration of them)! I’m sold.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I still need to see Rogue One, but I’m a huge Star Wars fan, so this is definitely on my list.

Transformers: The Last Knight



I really like the Transformer movies, and I was sold with dinosaur transformers. I’m excited to see where this one goes.

Wonder Woman



Wooooooooot for super hero movies!

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword



I came across this film randomly when I followed someone back on Twitter. I think it looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g and it’s got a lot of eye candy. Fights and eye candy: my criteria for a watchable movie.

There are a lot more great movies coming out this year, but these are on the top of my list. Which ones are you looking forward to seeing?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Upcoming: Lizzie Borden on Haunt Jaunts Radio Show!

Remember that song, "On the Radio?"




Well... my friend Courtney Mroch, who runs the always interesting Haunt Jaunts site, is starting her own radio-podcast program on ParaMania Radio.


 ***** And.... I'll be a guest talking for the first time about Lizzie Borden and Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter at 7 p.m. Central - 8 p.m. Eastern, Tuesday, March 21! 

Here's how to listen in: 


  • Directly from ParaMania Radio’s site: http://paramaniaradio.com/

  • TuneIn Radio: http://tunein.com/ (Either their site, or on your phone via their mobile apps, which are available in Google play or the App Store. Note: If you have a Sonos system, TuneIn is also available there.)
Miss a show? Check it out on the archives: 
Get more information on the show or guest scheduling etc. on the Haunt Jaunts radio page.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Why Lizzie Borden Still Fascinates Us #zombie #horror


This year marks the 125th anniversary since 32-year-old spinster Lizzie Borden supposedly killed her father, Andrew Borden, and her stepmother, Abby Durfee Borden, yet the crime continues to be as fascinating as ever.
Countless books continue to be published offering various reasons for the crime. Was she insane? Was it a crime of passion? Was it a crime of opportunity or greed?
Or was it something else?

 In writing my book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie HunterI took the unique approach that Lizzie did indeed commit the crime… because she had no other choice.
After looking at the autopsy reports and records, I realized that there was another plausible reason as to why she would have committed such a vicious crime. Why else would someone repeatedly hit the victims in the head—except that they had become zombies?
Crime, of course, is no laughing matter, but given the distance of the crime in the past, it does allow different interpretations. Then, like now, many find it hard to believe that a woman of her status—unmarried Sunday School teacher, daughter of an upstanding citizen—could or would do such a horrific thing. The crime was bloody and vicious. Could a woman do that? Possibly, but the jury of men declared her not guilty.
No evidence directly linking Lizzie to the crime was ever found or revealed. No forensic tests proved her guilt. Even today, no proof of her guilt has been uncovered.
It was a crime based on circumstantial evidence, with Lizzie being the only one home except for the maid, who claimed to be sleeping upstairs after washing windows. An uncle had been visiting, but had already left. Could he have snuck back into the house unseen? Maybe. A mysterious man had been heard arguing with Mr. Borden days before. A possible killer? Maybe.
Most likely it was a combination of the jurors being unable to believe that Lizzie could do such a thing, and the lack of evidence that allowed her to go free.
But even if Lizzie was declared not guilty, she served a lifetime sentence. By choosing to continue living in her hometown, she soon learned that society passed its own sentence. She became a social pariah, ending up living alone when even her sister, for whatever reason, moved out. They never reconciled.
In recent years, investigators have found traces of blood running down the walls of the former Borden home (now the Lizzie Borden B&B Museum)—and in the cellar. Evidence of her cleaning herself off as has been suggested?  Sadly, we may never know.
That mystery, however, is part of what has kept her name alive for generation after generation. And it has kept fiction and nonfiction writers continuing to find new solutions or reasons for the crime.--C.A. Verstraete 
 Every family has its secrets…
One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?
   Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Looking for Reviewers

Hey, friends and zombie fans! I’m looking for reviewers who are interested in checking out my latest young adult zombie novel. It’s called Humanity’s Hope, and it’s the first book in the Saving Humanity series.

I have pdf versions of the ARC available, so please email me at pembrokesinclair @ hotmail . com (remove the spaces) if you are interested. I’ve included more information below.

Thanks!


Caleb, a 17-year-old boy, survived the zombie uprising, but he didn’t come out of the ordeal unscathed. He’s been scarred—both mentally and physically. The rest of humanity is trying to rebuild, to make the world normal again. Caleb is trying to return to a normal life also, but after all he’s seen, after the loss of his family and friends, the transition is difficult. The darkness that led him down a path of self-doubt and self-harm keeps trying to creep back into his mind.

Things only become worse when he discovers he’s immune to whatever makes a zombie a zombie. Fighting zombies was predictable. He knew what to expect. Fighting humans is volatile. They are malicious and treacherous. They won’t stop to get what they want, and Caleb has to figure out exactly what that is.

*Trigger warning: attempted suicide

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

125th Anniversary of Lizzie Borden Murders

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders. I'll be posting and doing re-posts of different aspects of the crime. 



The Borden Murders

By Christine Verstraete
Most people today recognize the name of Lizzie Borden and her connection to one of the most heinous crimes of the 19th century. That on August 4, 1892, her father. Andrew Borden, and her stepmother, Abby Durfee Borden, were brutally hacked to death with a hatchet in their home. Even more shocking was that the dutiful, Sunday School teacher and spinster daughter, Lizzie, was arrested—and eventually declared not guilty—of the crimes in June, 1893.

Many say she did it. Some say she was covering for someone else. The crime remains unsolved. But what if she did it… because she had no other choice?

Here, in a nutshell, is a summary of the crime as described in my book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter:


The Crime:
Then Lizzie spotted it: the worn hatchet Father had left behind after hed last brought in the newly chopped wood. No, no! Her mind filled with horror, but when her stepmother came at her again, Lizzie whispered a prayer for forgiveness and grabbed the handle.

The Accused:
Everyone, of course, would read the later newspaper accounts and say what happened was barbarous, cruel, horrific— and that anyone who did such a thing (namely her) was a full-fledged monster. 
The Trial:
What if she was found guilty? Would they—could they—hang her?

The Verdict:
“The trial is over, but my sentence continues. From day one, I have been hounded and watched, nothing has changed in that respect. Nothing.”

The Monsters:
It raised claw-liked hands at her—or rather stumps since most of its fingers were gone.

Every family has its secrets...

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become… zombies?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.