Saturday, June 23, 2018

Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter Could Be True....

Great new story on Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter @ Dead Entertainment  says "Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter Probably Not a True Story, But Could Be." 

(Though yes, the parts in the book on the trial and some of the other events are based on actual, real-life events.) The book also contains excerpts from actual records and newspapers. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lizzie Borden Found Not Guilty! Or Was She?

Today in History:

June 20, 1893 

Lizzie Borden declared not guilty!

See The Taunton, MA Gazette.

But.... what if she was guilty? What if she committed the crime because her father and stepmother had become... zombies?

See more info at my website. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Vote for Summer #Horror!

I figure it doesn't hurt to ask.

NPR has a summer reading poll up - for horror! 

Please nominate Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter by C.A. Verstraete  (click yes to series) to the poll on the NPR site below.  You can copy and paste info. Thanks, I appreciate it! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

5 Questions with #Horror Author Loren Rhoads

Recently, I answered 5 Questions at author Loren Rhoads' blog. So now it's her turn.

Loren Rhoads is the author of the space opera trilogy In the Wake of the Templars. She is co-author (with Brian Thomas) of Lost Angels, the first in a series about a succubus and her angel. Loren is also the author of the nonfiction travel guides 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel.

Her latest and second collection of stories features Alondra DeCourval, a young witch with a passion to make things right.  In Alondra’s Investigations,,  Alondra discovers a book that claims to have destroyed Atlantis, faces the things that ghosts fear, and makes the hardest sacrifice in New Orleans. (See book 1, Alondra's Experiments, for more stories including magical creatures and the limit she'll go for love.

The Alondra stories have appeared in the books Best New Horror #27, Strange CaliforniaFright Mare: Women Write HorrorSins of the Sirens: Fourteen Stories of Dark DesireThe Haunted Mansion Project: Year OneThe Ghostbreakers: New Horrors, and nEvermore: Tales of Murder, Mystery, and the Macabre, as well as in upcoming issues of Occult Detective Quarterly and Weirdbook.

Five Questions: 

Did something in the real world inspire Alondra’s Investigations?

Yes, all three of the stories in the chapbook came from things that really happened to me.  “Last-Born” grew out of visiting New Orleans.  The tropical storms that come every afternoon to flood the streets in late summer inspired me to pit Alondra against the weather. Elijah Rousseau is a tribute to a man I met at the Voodoo Museum, before my friend Wendy, who lived in New Orleans, warned me away from the place.

“A Curiosity of Shadows” was born during the first Haunted Mansion Writers Retreat, where several of my fellow writers were menaced by a dense black shadow.  The shadow was even caught on video!  I wanted to explore the Mansion’s ghosts and pay tribute to the séances I went to in high school.

What is your favorite scene in the book — and why?

That’s a touch choice, but I think the scene where the creatures of Air come to parlay in “The Fatal Book.”  I struggled to describe elementals without visible bodies until one day I saw the wind playing with a newspaper.  San Francisco is a very windy city, particularly in the afternoon when the tide changes.  The wind rolls Styrofoam cups down the sidewalks or chases fallen leaves in spirals or dances with papers into the air. I thought: what if that’s not the wind?

What was your writing process like as you wrote Alondra’s Investigations?

“Last-Born” took a long time to write, because I got stalled after the first couple of scenes.  Brian Thomas, with whom I wrote the succubus novel Lost Angels, suggested some dialogue for Simon LeBranche, Alondra’s cursed boyfriend, and the story took off from there.  I wrote the last couple of scenes sitting in Golden Gate Park, scribbling into a notebook when I was supposed to be exercising.  “The Fatal Book” was written in a torrent after I got invited to do a reading with the writing group I grew up in.  The best part of researching that story was asking Alan Beatts from Borderlands Bookstore how books used to be printed and bound. I’m really fascinated by books bound in human skin.  “A Curiosity of Shadows” was written for the first Haunted Mansion Project anthology and came together in a rush in order to make a very short deadline.

What was the best thing that happened during your promotion of the book?

T. Thorn Coyle, who I’ve admired for years, gave me the best blurb.  

What do you have planned next?

 I’m almost done with the third of these chapbooks, Alondra’s Adventures.  One of the stories made the long list for the British Science Fiction Association Award. Another made Ellen Datlow’s Honorable Mentions in The Year’s Best Horror #9. The third was published in Best New Horror #27.  That collection should be out before the end of June. The War Between Fire & Air, a new Alondra novella, will be released for Kindle in August.  Get the latest news at her website. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter 2 Sale! #Horror #Sci Fi #Fantasy Deals!

All Kinds of Monday Deals!! 

What happened to accused, but acquitted, axe murderess Lizzie Borden after the trial??

In real life, Lizzie lived a mostly quiet life, moving into a fancier home in the exclusive part of town, and hosting parties for a famous actress and friends. Living it up on ill-gotten gains? Maybe, maybe not.

In fiction... ahh.... what if her life had turned out differently? What if she had to fight the undead--again? Could she? Would she? And, could she or did she ever fall in love????

Some of those questions are answered in the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter sequel - Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter: The Axe Will Fall.

SALE!!! Get both quick while they're on SALE!!!

Lizzie Borden Zombie Hunter is on sale 99 cents.

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter: The Axe Will Fall. is on sale 99 cents and $1.99 June 11 to June 18. 

** Get the set before the price axe falls!!!

** Want more deals? Visit the Art of the Arcane Page to June 14! 

* Bonus! Samples, previews and more! June 10-July 4

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Looking for New Creepy Reads? #Zombie #Horror #thriller

Starts today! 
Try out some new or new-to-you authors - freebie stories, samples, books, previews and more!

I included a sampler to whet your appetite of all the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter books in the series - book 1, 2: Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall and the related novella, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen. Enjoy! See link below!


Free books, stories & more. Includes previews of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter series! June 10-July 4. Get it now!

Friday, June 8, 2018

June Reading List! #Zombie #Horror #Steampunk #Paranormal

It's June. Already??? 
What have you read? What're you gonna read?? Here are some GREAT suggestions!


Free books, stories & more. Includes previews of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter series! June 10-July 4. Get it now!


'50sVille, Paul Ibbetson - Welcome to ‘50sVille: The town you will absolutely love, or else…
Imagine a town where the people perpetually live in the 1950s, a place where time has all but stopped and where everyone loves his family, job, and life. In this strange place, only a select few people ever leave the city limits and even then, they leave reluctantly. Benjamin Granault , 15 1/2, finds himself living in a town where he can never talk about modern technology or current events, a place where being an outsider can cost a person his life and being part of the community may very well cost more.

The Outsider, Stephen King - An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens, Little League Coach/Husband/Teacher/Father, Terry Maitland, le League coach, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? 

Horror Anthologies

Little Killers A to Z: An Alphabet of Horror, Howard Odentz
- 26 tales about the youngest predators among us...

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream, Christopher Golden - (Pre-order, releases Oct.23) Eighteen stories of Christmas horror from bestselling, acclaimed authors including Scott Smith, Seanan McGuire, Josh Malerman, Jonathan Maberry, Michael Koryta, Sarah Pinborough, and others.

Best Horror of the Year (Series 8), Ellen Datlow - 21 stories
of horror from Neil Gaiman, Kelley Armstrong and others.


Magic Deals: Mysteries, Paranormal and More! to June 10; Speculative fiction, June 9-15; Paperwhite giveaway, too!

The Devil You Know (Book 1, Hellfire Series), Jena Grigoire - (Pre-Order, Releases June 5) SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE. Following a drunken night together, the vampire Michael “Vegas” Tremayne takes off with no explanation, leaving Deziree Davanzati to wonder if they’d made a terrible mistake. With the Sentinel Stone missing, they’re down to the wire and don’t know who to trust. Will Dez and Vegas stop the demon in time? Or will Hell itself be unleashed upon the world?


Alphas and Airships: A Steampunk Fairy Tale (Steampunk Red Riding Hood Book 2), Melanie Karsak - With Lionheart as the new alpha, the streets of London are quiet. But above the realm, mischief is brewing.

While airship pirates are a common plague upon the kingdom, the airship Fenrir proves particularly troublesome--especially on a full moon.Clemeny must take to the skies before these shape-shifting Vikings kick off a new Ragnarok. Easier said than done now that she's down one good eye, a partner, and not to mention the fact that she gets motion sick.

Vampires - New Adult

Hotline to Hell, Emily Cyr (Pre-order. Releases June 14) - THERE’S NO HANGING UP NOW. Kayel Cleary is a phone sex operator. All she wants to do is get through law school, and if that means late-night phone calls with men who think she’s something she’s not, then so be it. That is, until one of her long-time clients is murdered – and she hears it all.


LIZZIE BORDEN, ZOMBIE HUNTER (2nd edition), C.A. Verstraete - still on sale - 99 cents! (for now!)  What if Lizzie did it... because she had no other choice? 

LIZZIE BORDEN, ZOMBIE HUNTER 2 , C.A. Verstraete  Lizzie and the citizens of Fall River must battle a new surge of flesh-eaters, this time with a heartbreaking twist: the infected creatures are friends and family, hidden away by their grief-stricken caregivers. 

When her sister Emma becomes a pawn in the growing war against the undead, Lizzie has no choice but to pick up her axe again. With the help of her charming self-defense instructor, Pierre, she vows to end the horrific zombie menace, once and for all. But can she overcome her personal demons and the rampaging monsters, no matter the cost?  NOTE: The book does contain spoilers if you have not read the first book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.

The Apocalypse Crusade, War of the Undead One: A Zombie Tale , Peter Meredith - Once an apocalyse occurs, not even death is certain. Sometimes death is only the beginning.

Zombie - Children's  - Fantasy

Undead Ifs, (The Ifs Book 3), Pembroke Sinclair - Landon and Broden have been successful in defeating Gage twice. With him safely trapped in the hourglass and locked away, they can go on with their lives without a care in the world.The boys discover more than good times hanging out with the Ifs, however. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that something sinister is buried just beneath the surface of celebration and fun. Something is in the trees, hiding in the shadows, something that may or may not be undead.