Thursday, May 30, 2019


ADA, AWAKE BY L.S. JOHNSON - In the short story entitled ‘Ada, Awake’ L.S. Johnson blends Regency romance and Gothic fiction, with a touch of HPL cosmic horror. A fetching peasant awakens to her true gifts, after a carriage ride to a French chateau, with a mysterious artifact for sale. ‘Ada, Awake’ first appeared via Strangelet Press in 2016. Find this story, along with others by 24 horror authors from Northern California, included within Tales for the Camp Fire. Profits go to the victims of the November 2018 Camp Fire, California’s worst natural disaster. Want to read more? 

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (2013)

Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy, #1)Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (2013)
At the Sparrow School, a former ballerina is forced to undergo espionage training, to seduce targets of the Russian government.
Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy, #1) by Jason Matthews

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Saturday, May 25, 2019


THE VAMPIRE LOVERS - Produced by Hammer Films, The Vampire Lovers stars Ingrid Pitt in the title role, a vampire first depicted in a novella, Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. After a carriage ride, Carmilla is dropped off at the chateau, when she captures the lord of the manor’s daughter (Emma). The vampire kills everyone who tries to take her new lover away, but somehow Carl is able to rescue Emma. Carmilla flees to her ancestral castle, now laying ruins.  Carl, Emma and two accomplices find Carmilla's grave, and according to vampire lore, she can only be killed by one method. So they cut off her head and drive a stake through her heart. The film was considered daring for its depictions of lesbianism and nudity, which are quite innocent by today’s standards. These themes reference the source material and provide all the trappings of gothic fiction. Shot in a bona fide mansion, the majestic building adds to the dream-like ambiance. Brooding actors flit down hallways lit by candelabras, attired in Regency costumes. I have loved vampires for as long as I can remember. Having watched most every vampire flick, I’ve seen each one, from Nosferatu up to the present. The Vampire Lovers is a film you should not miss! 

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019


REVIEW OF VIVIFIED BY AMI - ‘This is an interesting short story with an excellent way of pointing out how actions, and their consequences, are often ignored. Sometimes, only after it is to late, it appears to be such an obvious consideration. Suspense flows throughout and the conclusion is surprising. I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend it.’

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2003)

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2003)
When a symbologist investigates a murder in the Louvre, the victim is discovered with an inscription beside his body. This involves him in a battle between two secret monastic orders.
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2) by Dan Brown

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Saturday, May 18, 2019


WALKING DEAD FRANCHISE - AMC is filming a 3rd series this summer in Virginia, currently slated for 10 episodes, it’s scheduled to premiere in 2020. Based on the comic by Robert Kirkman, the new show will follow its predecessors: The Walking Dead (2010) and Fear the Walking Dead (2015). TWD wrapped its 9th season in March and FTWD premieres its 5th season in June. The newly minted as-yet-unnamed series will feature two females coming of age in the apocalypse. When viciousness is ubiquitous, some commit their own acts of terror, while other disdain injustice. Choosing females to portray came about since audiences liked them so much in the TWD/ FTWD universe. Michonne, Carol, Maggie and Sasha are huge breakout stars, noted for their epic portrayals. Also planned are 3 films starring Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), as part of the ever expanding franchise. The Grimes storyline, which goes into production this year, follows him after being separated from the rest of his group. While zombies in entertainment become just as prevalent as vampires were a decade or so ago, the original TWD is still sinking in ratings. But conceptually, TWD continues to be a powerhouse for content creation with the folks at AMC. We shall see what happens next, in the Fragmentation of the Dead. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (1996)

Fight ClubFight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (1996)
When a man complains of insomnia, his doctor advises him to attend a support group to experience real suffering, like Fight Club.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

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Sunday, May 12, 2019


5 Questions for Chad Schimke

Chad Schimke is a member of my local Horror Writers Association chapter. His story "Vivified" will appear in Tales for the Camp Fire, a charity anthology put together by the HWA group to raise money for victims of the deadliest wildfire in California history. Chad's newest short story "Behind the Walls," was released via TANSTAAFL...

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Phantoms by Dean Koontz (1983)

PhantomsPhantoms by Dean Koontz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Phantoms by Dean Koontz (1983)
Heavily influenced by Lovecraft, two sisters return home to find everyone mutilated or missing. Their town was built over the den of amoeboid shapeshifter that mimics and consumes life forms.

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

New! Tales for the Campfire…available now.

New! Tales for the Campfire…available now.

Release day has arrived, read Tales for the Campfire, a charity anthology filled with 24 amazing horror stories (including a new one by me, ‘Vivified’) written by northern California authors. It’s available as a paperback and or an e-book on Amazon. Feel like grabbing one in person? Plan on stopping by the Bay Area Book Festival on Saturday, May 4th between 11am-5pm at booth #154, in Berkeley CA. The BABF will also be open on Sunday as well.

All profits from book sales will be donated to the North Valley Community Foundation's wildfire relief fund. Purchase and pick up a copy, signed by a number of great horror authors, who happen to be awesome people, too. Click on the image, or on the link below!

1.) Available now: Tales for the Campfire

Support the SF Bay Area Chapter of the Horror Writers Association and the North Valley Community Foundation. Tales for the Camp Fire, a new anthology of short stories, includes the following: werewolves, serial killers, a handful of ghosts, plenty of zombies, Cthulhu cultists, mad scientists, and a pair of conjoined twins. #talesforthecampfire

2.) Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

SFF Book Bonanza - Discover Science Fiction and Fantasy Books – Runs all month during May 2019. Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Two lucky winners. Imagine the books you could buy!

3.) BookFunnel Bundles

Dark Tidings

Horror & Supernatural Thrillers giveaway!

Springtime is Prequel Time

Spring Romance Reads

Dark Sci-Fi Giveaway

Mayhem in May

May Fantasy Explosion

Beautiful Covers Giveaway

Short Story Extravaganza

Springtime Novella Jamboree

May Giveaway Promo

Portal to Fantasy Presents... May Fantasy Reads

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (1988)

The Silence of the Lambs  (Hannibal Lecter, #2)The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (1988)
Buffalo Bill kidnaps, starves, skins and sews his victim’s skin into suits, then dumps their remains in nearby rivers. Clarice Starling questions Dr. Hannibal Lecter as she tries to locate him.
The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter, #2) by Thomas Harris

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