Amok is a finalist for the 2014 Aurealis Awards

Hey! What’s up? So it’s officially summertime here and I had a really awesome day. I visited my cousins in the country. Chickens, pigs, cornfields, rice fields, lemon trees and all that… and fresh air and super clean water and playing cards on the porch while sipping on the BEST. LEMONADE. EVER. I had a really wonderful time. :)

Also, it is with great joy that I announce the inclusion of Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction in the list of finalists for the 2014 Aurealis Awards under the Best Anthology category. Yay!!! :)

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My story, “Kitsune” is a part of the stellar collection and WOW this book just never ceases to make me proud!

Congratulations to all the talented authors involved and to our fantastic editor, Dominica Malcolm. <3

xox

K.Z.

The Sirens Call – Issue #19 – ‘Whispers in the Dark’ Celebrating Women in Horror

Hi! I’m very happy to announce the release of The Sirens Call – Issue #19 – ‘Whispers in the Dark’ Celebrating Women in Horror.

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The publication contains 125 pages of fiction, artwork, and poetry from several talented female authors, artists and poets, and the great news is … you can DOWNLOAD THE MAGAZINE FOR FREE!

http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/pdfs/SirensCallEZine_Feb2015.pdf

“The Murder of Cassie Hartford” is the second short story that I’ve written since I started this blog. I like this story and I’m very proud to say that it has found a home in this very special issue along with the works of many wonderful women in horror!!

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A review of 100 Nightmares by The Scary Reviews

K.Z.:

An awesome new review for 100 Nightmares!

“100 Nightmares is completely sick, twisted and perfect all at the same time.” – David Spell, THE SCARY REVIEWS

Read full review on David’s site.

Thank you. :)

Originally posted on The Scary Reviews:

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To Purchase 100 Nightmares Click Here

Length:  171 Pages

Book description:

100 Nightmares by K.Z. Morano is a collection of 100 horror stories, each written in exactly 100 words, and accompanied by over 50 illustrations. Inside, you’ll find monsters—both imagined and real. There are vengeful specters, characters with impaired psyches, dark fairy tales and stories and illustrations inspired by bizarre creatures of Japanese folklore.

Praise for 100 Nightmares:

100 Nightmares took me for a thrill ride from the very first page. This book is filled with some of the creepiest and horrifying illustrations and flash fiction I’ve ever come across. K.Z. Morano knows how to take the fairy tale and twist it into a horrifying piece of flash prose, or subject an innocent person to the most brutal torture, or death. Seriously, some very disturbing moments were encountered as I read each story. Wow, keep an eye out for…

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ICE : An Anthology to Chill the Blood

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Ice. Beautiful in its frozen stark state, dangerous to all who battle it, lethal to those caught up in it… Thirteen O’clock Press authors have come up with a startling variety of stories featuring ice – prepare to be chilled…

The Secret Life of Furuhashi Shinju“– the first short story that I’ve ever written, appears in the new Thirteen O’Clock Press collection, “ICE: An Anthology to Chill the Blood“.

The book will be available via Horrified Press’ homepage with FREE global delivery and 20% off from Feb 28th. :)

http://www.horrifiedpress.com

Also available on Lulu http://www.lulu.com/shop/thirteen-oclock-press/ice/paperback/product-22058453.html

Editor:
Dorothy Davies

Authors:
Neil Leckman, Kevin Holton, Ken Goldman, Gene Stewart, Brian Barnett, Jeff Jones, Kevin L. Jones, Dorothy Davies, Ken L. Jones, E.S. Wynn, Matthew Wilson, Thomas M. Malafarina, Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, Stanley B. Webb, DJ Tyrer, Micke Lindquist, James Arthur Anderson, Mathias Jansson, James Pratt, Rick McQuiston, Joseph Farley, Bruce H. Markuson, Rhonda Eikamp, William Williams, Damir Salkovic, Olivia Arieti, Gary Budgen, John Kujawski, Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen, K.Z. Morano :)

WARNING: Not for Cryophobics ;)

Women in Horror

Hey!!! Missing you. Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day. <3 <3 <3

Aaanyway, now that THAT’s over, let’s get down to the REAL meaning of February. February is WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH!

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Yes, for 28 days, we celebrate and highlight all the fabulous and filthy minded ladies in the horror industry. ;) So I made a little list of my favorite female horror writers to update you on their latest works. They’re all very talented authors and I’m proud to call them my friends. :) I hope that you check out their pages and support their projects because their stories really deserve to be read.

1) Lori R. Lopez has a bizarre and beautiful imagination.

Her latest collection, Odds And Ends: A Dark Collection is an assortment of the weird and wonderfully grim. The book consists of twenty-six original tales with various themes, flash fiction, micro-fiction, and essays.

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The multi-talented Ms. Lopez does her own artwork and book covers!

Lori has published several solo projects which you can view by visiting her amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Lori-R.-Lopez/e/B003WJFUN8

In fact, one of her stories, Spider Soup is currently FREE on Amazon!!

http://www.amazon.com/SPIDER-SOUP-Lori-R-Lopez-ebook/dp/B00OZROEZQ

Lori Lopez appears in several anthologies including Dead Harvest: A Collection of Dark Tales which consists of 50 scary stories from both big and soon-to-be-big names in the industry. This is definitely on my to-read list! :)

For updates on tours, interviews and published works, check out Lori’s site: http://fairyflyentertainment.com/
Or her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lorirlopez.author

2) I’ve always admired authors with a talent for combining the erotic and the horrific.

Magenta Nero’s writing is strange, scary, and sensual.

She is a regular contributor to The Pen of the Damned and this is a link to one of her excellent stories, “LaLupa” : http://penofthedamned.com/2015/01/13/lalupa/

Magenta’s works appear/ are to appear in several anthologies such as the soon-to-be-released title, Undead Legacy from J Ellington Ashton Press and WetWorks.

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Meanwhile, be sure to follow her blog: https://magentanero.wordpress.com/ to read some of her works of fiction.

Here’s a link to one of my favorite stories by Magenta Nero, “Lucia of the Gargoyles” :

https://magentanero.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/lucia-of-the-gargoyles/

3) Dona Fox writes stories that actually move you.

If you’re looking for quality horror stories then take a look at her Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Dona-Fox/e/B00GUQTWPM

Read Dona Fox’s Editor’s Choice Award-winning story: “The Grays of Ribbon Ridge” in The Grays anthology from JWK Fiction.
I’m also happy to announce that I’ll be sharing pages with Ms. Fox in a new Thirteen O’Clock Press antho, The Witch’s Cauldron, edited by Dorothy Davies.

Meanwhile, be sure to read one of Dona’s outstanding pieces in Rejected For Content: Splattergore (Volume 1), a collection of the most hard-core, blasphemous, violent, gory, explicit short stories available!

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4) Mary Genevieve Fortier is a brilliant poet. She is also one of the sweetest, kindest horror writers I’ve ever met. :)

Drop by Mary’s Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Genevieve-Fortier/e/B00GQCYXWM to discover some of her prose and poetry.
and visit her FB page https://www.facebook.com/MaryGenevieveFortierWriter to send her some love. :)

Here’s a link to a recent review of Floppy Shoes Apocalypse praising Mary’s very impressive poem, “Every Nine and Twenty”.

http://thehorrorfictionreview.blogspot.com/2015/01/reviews-for-week-of-january-19-2015.html?spref=fb

I’m very proud to announce that soon, I’ll be sharing another superb anthology with Mary Genevieve Fortier. Watch out for Ghosts: Revenge from JWK Fiction!

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5) And last but not the least, I highly recommend that you check out the written works of Paula D. Ashe who wowed me with her haunting stories in the Best of JWK Fiction 2013.

Here is a link to one of her most horrific pieces, The Mother of All Monsters

This story received an honorable mention from Ellen Datlow!!

Paula’s works of fiction appear/ are to appear in several anthologies such as the soon-to-be-released Axes of Evil II from J Ellington Ashton Press.

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Don’t forget to visit Paula’s site: http://pauladashe.net/

Discover, read, support WOMEN IN HORROR. <3

xo

K.Z.

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