Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Are #Zombies Over??

Today's Question & Thought:
Are Zombies Over?

Yes, more and more zombie books are being published but... is the field getting too glutted? It seems to be an avalanche and yet... it still seems that the attraction for zombies is waning.... 

Are people losing interest? Has it run its course?

The Walking Dead isn't as talked about as it once was... many fans admitted they quit watching. I can say that the Negan murders were awful and brutal besides looking so fake, but the main thing was that this awful character storyline dragged on and on. I'm behind in watching and while I get hooked on the show when I start again, I don't miss not watching.

With the main characters dwindling and now with Rick leaving as well, is the show on its last legs? Does that mean zombies have run their course, too? I don't know.

Interesting is that the books that I'm most drawn to now are all young adult. 

 Jonathan Maberry has come out with a new book, Broken Lands, which expands on his YA Rot and Ruin series with new characters, familiar faces, plus monsters and dangers worse than anything they faced before.

Some authors with large, long-running series are adding to their line or winding it up.

I find myself thinking about dystopian books for my own writing, too. I read a couple that were dark, hopeless kind of stories and yet... they keep you reading. Why, I'm not sure. 

One older book that I couldn't stop reading - Ashfall.  

Dark, dismal and it gets darker. It has a growing love story and conflicts. It hooks you, but the way book two was left hanging, making it feel like it forced a book three, made me stop reading. Then there was the horrid story decline into cannibalism.

 I recently picked up this book, though it's been out a while  - The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, intrigued by the cover. It's dystopian and vampire, apparently. The usual prey-predator, boyfriend-girlfriend facing dangers kind of story, but it sounds intriguing... 

What do you think? Are you done with zombies? 
What do you like to read in any of the genres? 
What keeps you reading a dystopian story?

Friday, December 7, 2018

I'm Back.... New #Horror #Sci-Fi Anthol

I'm baaack!

Well, I wasn't off anywhere really, just taking a break. Stay tuned as I'll be listing some new reading for the holidays.

To start, here's a great new Horror and Sci-Fi anthology I can't wait to read!

 Mindscapes Unimagined  features 24 stories from authors around the world writing about "places where the unimagined and the unexplained collide with reality."  (Here's the publisher page.)

What answers that description better than a story about Wisconsin's legendary, fearsome creature?

 The lead story by fellow author Steve Rouse titled "Hodag" describes an odd little tavern in the Khandaran Forest sure to "satisfy all who enter, sometimes in ways they never expect."  Gulp.

In case you wonder, what's a hodag? Well, here's a photo and some info... if you dare take a peek. Then be sure to read the anthology story!

Monday, November 12, 2018

New #Mystery Author Snapshot Column!

The new Fall issue of Mysterical-e is out!


This time, my Author Snapshot column has several mystery authors including Jacqueline Seewald,    Laura Childs and Terrie Moran, Elaine Viets, Camille Minichino and Jean Rabe sharing favorite quotes from their books and telling a little about what inspired the stories. Do check it out!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Thirteen #Halloween #Horror Anthologies, short fiction

What better time than Halloween to enjoy a few scares? 

Short stories are a great way to try out a new author, delve into the writing from a favorite writer, or just enjoy a good scare in short story form.

Here are some different Halloween, horror and monster-themed anthologies to help you put a little spookiness in your life.


 208 Two Sentence Horror Stories, Vol. I-IV, (Immortal Scares), Michael Ridley - What horrors can be shared in two sentences? Well, a lot apparently...

999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense, Al Sarrantonio - Twenty-nine original stories from vampires to zombies by masters of the macabre. Including stories by Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates and others. (692 pages.)

Fantastic Tales of Terror: History's Darkest Secrets, Christopher Golden, Jonathan Maberry and others - (Pre-order, releases Oct. 26.) Lost supernatural stories behind some of the most famous people and events in history. How the Titanic really sank, what people did in the Depression and more... Includes: 

  • Introduction by Tony Todd   - “The Deep Delight of Blood” by Tim Waggoner
  • “Unpretty Monster” by Mercedes Yardley - “The Tell-Tale Mind” by Kevin J. Anderson
  • “Topsy-Turvy” by Elizabeth Massie - “Ray and the Martian” by Bev Vincent
  • “The Girl with the Death Mask” by Stephanie M. Wytovich - “On a Train Bound for Home” by Christopher Golden - “The Custer Files” by Richard Chizmar
  • “Red Moon” by Michael Paul Gonzalez - “The Prince of Darkness and the Showgirl” by John Palisano -“The Secret Engravings” by Lisa Morton
  • “Mutter” by Jess Landry - “La Llorona” by Cullen Bunn
  • “The London Encounter” by Vince Liaguno - “Bubba Ho-Tep” by Joe R. Lansdale
  • “Gorilla my Dreams” by Jonathan Maberry - “Articles of Teleforce” by Michael Bailey
  • “Sic Olim Tyrannis” by David Wellington -“The Washingtonians” by Bentley Little
  • “Scent of Flesh” by Jessica Marie Baumgartner -“Rotoscoping Toodies” by Mort Castle
  • “Lone Wolves” by Paul Moore -“The Great Stone Face vs. the Gargoyles” by Jeff Strand

Flight or Fright , Stephen King, Joe Hill, and others - Not the book to read before a plane flight. King and co-editor Bev Vincent share 17 new and classic tales of those things that can go wrong in the air. Includes new stories by King and Joe Hill.  Includes:
Introduction by Stephen King - Cargo by E. Michael Lewis
The Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Nightmare at 20,000 Feet by Richard Matheson - The Flying Machine by Ambrose Bierce - Lucifer! by E.C. Tubb
The Fifth Category by Tom Bissell - Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds by Dan Simmons
Diablitos by Cody Goodfellow - Air Raid by John Varley - You Are Released by Joe Hill
Warbirds by David J. Schow - The Flying Machine by Ray Bradbury
Zombies on a Plane by Bev Vincent - They Shall Not Grow Old by Roald Dahl
Murder in the Air by Peter Tremayne - The Turbulence Expert by Stephen King
Falling by James L. Dickey - Afterword by Bev Vincent

Ghosts, Goblins, Murder & Madness: Twenty Tales of Halloween, Rebecca Rowland, Editor -  Twenty-one authors from five countries and 11 states offer eerie tales of Halloween horror

Liaisons Macabre, Charles W. Jones -  Relations, even the dark ones, make the world go 'round. Not true crime, even if it sounds that way...

 My Favorite Story Podcast Anthology, Armand Rosamillia, Jonathan Maberry, Brian Keene and others - Fifteen podcast hosts and authors share their favorite stories. Includes:  "Spirits" by James A. Moore - "The Tin Box" by Kelli Owen 
- "Short Straw" by Jay Wilburn -  "The Rag And Bone Man" by John Urbancik 
- "The Priest" by Jaimie Engle "Seven Eight One Five Four" by Amber Fallon 
-"Kins" by Mary SanGiovanni -"Rainforest of Bones" by Armand Rosamilia 
- "Put On A Happy Face" by Christopher Golden - "Mr. Giggles" by Frank J. Edler  
"M.E.N.TOR by Thomas R. Clark - "I Sing A New Psalm" by Brian Keene
- "Dandelion Yellow" by Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi - "Dead Beckoning" by Chuck Buda
- "Pegleg And Paddy Save The World" by Jonathan Maberry

Quoth the Raven, Amber Fallan and others -  Thirty authors retell and re-imagine Poe's eerie tales for the 21st century. 

Scream and Scream Again!, Spooky Stories from Mystery Writers of America - R.L.Stine, Heather Graham, Chris Grabenstein and others share some scary stories with wicked ice cream trucks, time traveling heroes, witches, warlocks, and haunted houses.

The Horror in the Water Tower & Five More tales of the Cthulhu  Mythos,   Mark McLaughlin - Tales with "grotesque, nightmare creatures" and two follow-up tales to Lovecraft's  "The Dreams in the Witch House."

The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories: Terrifying Tales Set on the Scariest Night of the Year,  Stephen Jones, Editor - Twenty-six terrifying tales from various authors, Joe R. Lansdale, Richard Matheson, Neil Gaiman and more.

Terror Threads: A collection of horror stories, Mark Cassell - Ten tales in the Shadows Fabric Mythos. Ghosts, demons and more. 

What Goes Bump in the Night: A Halloween Paranormal Romance Anthology -  Sometimes the monsters that watch you in the dark aren't scary, but are sexy... 

** My books, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter and Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2 (first time 99 cents on this one!) are also on sale! **

Happy, er, Spooky Reading!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018

#Halloween Sales! Lizzie Borden, #Zombies #Horror


First time sale! 

The sequel, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall, is on sale on Kindle for 99 cents to Halloween! But be warned - there are spoilers if you haven't read the first book! 

After being acquitted of brutally slaying her parents, Lizzie Borden thinks her nightmare is over—but it’s only just begun! 

Now 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?

Book 1, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, is also on sale for $1.99 to Halloween.  (Get details and see reviews of both books on my website.)

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?

Tuesday, October 23, 2018