a shout-out to horror author Gary Murphy

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Inside my upcoming book, 100 Nightmares, is a blurb by horror author Gary Murphy.

Gary Murphy is a nerd who was trained in ancient martial arts by Bruce Lee’s training partner. I’m not BS-ing! (That must’ve been a looong time ago, though. :) :) :) )

He’s been published in so many horror anthologies and magazines that I simply gave up counting. We share a few anthologies such as Bones II, the recently released Memento Mori by JWK Fiction, and the upcoming Dark Fairy Tales Revisited by Horrified Press.

He is the author of numerous books including Hellish Redcap and the recently published Blood Red Putin and Other Zombie Tales.

Murph, as I like to call him, is based in the UK. He sometimes writes under the name GK Murphy.

He’s actually one of the very few people that I chat with at FB.
You see, a few months ago, in my quest to ‘find my genre’, I started writing horror stories. He was one of the few writers who welcomed me and encouraged me.

That means a lot to a newbie.

“Develop your own voice, that’s my best advice. People will inevitably admit if you’re original…”

Thank you for those words, Murph. :) (and for saying it in a totally non-condescending way ^^)

When I joked about creating my own story collection, he cheered me on.
It felt wonderful to receive words of encouragement from a very prolific author. I see his stories getting published in several different places week after week and I find that to be very inspiring. I also appreciate that he’s not selfish with his talents or his wisdom.

When I asked him how he does it, his answer was simple:
“It’s just sitting down each day, having a long think, and then transferring it onto the screen. Dedication and lots of inspired thought.”

The reason why we ended up chatting a little, I guess, is because we’re both introverts. Once, he mentioned: “I just want a quiet life, but some success.”

But while the man is unquestionably a mean writing machine, I think he might need a little help in promoting his stuff. :)

Gary Murphy’s recent books are available on Amazon and Lulu :) If you like the horror genre, you might wanna check these out. ;) xo

P.S. Not familiar with Lulu? (coz a few days ago, I wasn’t.lol) I’ve discovered that Lulu is a great platform/ place to purchase ebooks. You can read the epub version of the book on your computer. Just create an account in very easy steps and make sure you have an epub reader installed. Another plus is that readers have the option of purchasing via PayPal. Just sayin.

Inside 100 Nightmares

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Inside 100 NIGHTMARES, you’ll find…

Shirime 尻目

Shirime 尻目

Kanashibari 金縛り

Kanashibari 金縛り

14 stories and illustrations inspired by Yōkai, monsters in Japanese folklore

Coming this April!

100 nightmares x900

100 Nightmares is a book with 100 horror stories, each written in 100 words, with over 50 illustrations. It’s a wicked concoction of scary tales ranging from supernatural themes to murderous maniacs to dark fairy tales and monsters– real and imagined.

Don’t forget to like the Facebook page :) https://www.facebook.com/100Nightmares xo

The Rescue

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Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

The Rescue

The fructification chamber is where they harvest thoughts… from children, mostly, because they have the grandest imaginations.

They sit, inhaling the drugging vapors, their brains imprisoned within their curious fantasies.

Their dreams nourish the now lackluster world… the very essence of their visions, their hopes, even their nightmares, extracted to create an elixir for the exhausted.

The clients are mostly artists, filmmakers, writers who have lost their touch but refuse to give way.

Surrounded by lazy curls of smoke are rows of orphaned and abducted children.

He unstraps a girl from the chair
and screams at what’s beneath the helmet.

Hi FF family! I’ll probably be late in reading some of the other stories. Another busy week for me. It’s Holy Week and i have a very religious family and i need to seek atonement for my sins. (takes a few days) lol so I guess that’s a pretty legit excuse :) Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers for two years now! Wow. And thank you as well to the people who provide the photos to inspire us every week. this week’s photo is from Douglas M MacIlroy.
Here’s to many more years of great writing and meeting new friends. xo

Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction, Now Available in Paperback!

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I can’t believe it! I’ve been so busy with 100 NIGHTMARES that I failed to update everyone on this awesome anthology. Thank you to everyone who supported the campaign and pre-ordered. It was a success. :)

I’ve started reading my contributor’s copy and I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite collections. Seriously– forget my little story– the authors here are incredibly talented and the stories are so imaginative and well-written. The first few stories wowed me and I can’t wait to read all of them. If you like sci-fi, dystopian futures and fantasy with heart, do grab a copy. Each of the stories are set in various Asia-Pacific countries– Japan, the Philippines, China, Hawaii, Malaysia, Australia, India, South Korea and so much more.

My story in this book is entitled “Kitsune” (yes, it’s the one on the lovely cover by Jun Hun Yap) and it’s actually a simple love story and a re-imagined fantasy/mythology. :)

The paperback version is now available on Amazon. Watch out for the Kindle version as well. xo

Serrated Roses is Currently Seeking Submissions!

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K.Z.:

got a story? Serrated Roses is open for subs. the next issue’s theme is GRIT.

Originally posted on Serrated Roses:

Are you a writer or poet of a darker literary ilk?  Are you a photographer or artist who pushes the envelope? If so please consider submitting for our upcoming issue!

The theme for Spring/Summer 2014 is Grit.  Think…. “no pearl without grit” (to borrow a term from David Brazier).

Please see our submissions guidelines for more information.

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A Story For Saturday: Seeing Blue by Paul D. Brazill

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K.Z.:

the brilliant Paul D. Brazill posts stories on his blog every Saturday. check this out if you’re a fan of crime fiction or if you like good writing :)

Originally posted on PAUL D. BRAZILL:

Snapshots First, it all turns red. And then it goes black for a very long time. After that, everything is a searing white. Until I see Blue.

Then everything hurts. Everything.

Blue reaches into a rusty tool box. Takes out a hammer. Snorts some Charlie from the window ledge. Pops a duck egg. And walks towards me.

Black, again.

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Now, the room is a muddy brown. Early evening or late morning. An old transistor radio on the mantelpiece leaks out hits of the ‘80s. Jason and Kylie. Kajagoogoo. Johnny Hates Jazz.

I can make out Blue Dobson’s massive frame in the corner of the room. He is naked. His jigsaw of tattoos exposed. His long red hair tied back in a ponytail.

He’s doing press ups. And repeating a mantra, “Fuckemall, Fuck em all, Fuckemall, Fuck em all.”

And then I start to panic. I try to drag myself free…

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When God Gambles

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copyright – DLovering

copyright – DLovering

It’s bloodbath weekend.

Heaven and hell are gambling again.

The world becomes soaked in a cloudburst of carnage, crimson rain and bits of celestial flesh pelting people’s heads.

Severed angel limbs congest the roads… ditches swell with demon blood. People run for cover.

The crazy ones stand naked in the streets bathing in a shower of gore, arms outstretched welcoming their euphoric death.

A small blonde head smashes onto the earth and rolls towards her feet, its feathers burnt, its face a cherubic version of hers…

She screams as black talons descend from the scarlet sky to collect her soul.

note: oookay, so i cheated a little this week :) this story will be in my book, 100 Nightmares. i wasn’t gonna write one for FF but then i saw the photo and thought, hey, i have 100 stories here so why not… i’m just too busy this week. book+real life.mostly real life.
an update, i’ll have 50 illustrations inside the book. it’s now in it’s final stages and copies are on their way to the horror authors who’ll be writing the blurbs. these are people in the industry that i respect and admire. i’m really nervous and excited at the same time! i hope they say nice things about it. lol thanks for your support guys, and for reading my tiny pieces of horror every week :)

Thank you, Necro Stein/ The Horror Nation!

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A big thanks to Necro Stein of The Horror Nation for sharing 100 Nightmares on their site.

Check out his post here

Necro Stein is the owner of The Horror Nation’s sister site Texas Terror Entertainment. Around 14 years ago, he started Unspeakable Magazine as a means for filmmakers, musicians, artists, models, etc. to showcase their talents.

If you’re a big fan of the horror genre, check out The Horror Nation at http://www.thehorrornation.net/ and Texas Terror Entertainment at http://umag666.wix.com/texas-terror-ent

They offer all of their viewers double the content with a variety of perspectives and some of the best names in Underground Film. There you’ll find book reviews, film reviews, celebrity interviews and articles on basically all things horror.

You can also check out their FB page here

Thanks again, Necro! :)