Ghosts: Revenge

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Ghosts: Revenge by JWK Fiction is now available on Kindle!

I’m very pleased to say that my story, Yūrei no Yado appears in this anthology

edited by James Ward Kirk

with tales of haunting and vengeance penned by great authors

Michael Thomas-Knight
Mary Genevieve Fortier
William Cook
Roger Cowin
Scáth Beorh
James S. Dorr
Dona Fox
CS Nelson
John Sies
Michael Tugendhat
Guy Burtenshaw
E.F. Schraeder
Evan Dicken
Brian Rosenberger
Mike Jansen
Sheldon Woodbury
Allen Griffin
Ken L. Jones
Rik Raven-Daleford
Flo Stanton
Kenneth Whitfield
Rie Sheridan Rose
William Petersen
Brian Rosenberger
Tim Jeffreys
Stephen O’Connor
Matthew Weber
Nicholas Day
Steve Foreman
Neal F. Litherland
Alex S. Johnson
J. C. Michael
Betty Rocksteady
Justin Hunter
Angeline Trevena
David Schütz II
Lori R. Lopez
Magenta Nero
Tracy L. Carbone
T.S. Woolard

and K.Z. Morano 😉

the illustrations by Gidion Van de Swaluw are OUT OF THIS WORLD! just brilliant!

cover design by John D. Stanton

cover art by Stephen Cooney

xoxo

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. ❤

xox

K.Z.

Women in Horror

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

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
http://www.amazon.com/Mother-All-Monsters-Paula-Ashe-ebook/dp/B00D3VPCFQ
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. ❤

xo

K.Z.

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I’m baaack!! :)

Hello. I’m back! 🙂 I’ve survived yet another devastating typhoon here in the Philippines… I hope you’re safe and well.

I have great news for fans of horror! The Kindle Version of BONES III with my Editor’s Choice Award-winning story “Hitchhiker” is currently FREE from Friday – Sunday! ($0.00)

Grab your copy and if you liked the book or my story, don’t forget to leave a review. The authors would really appreciate it. Thank you so much and enjoy!

xox
K.Z. ❤

http://www.amazon.com/Bones-III-James-Ward-Kirk-ebook/dp/B00OU6O85S

Adam Ickes’ Wicked Little Things Cover Reveal

Hello! Just found out that friend and fellow horror author Adam Ickes will be releasing a new horror collection entitled Wicked Little Things and I’m participating in his cover reveal blog blast. It’s the follow-up to his first collection, 100 tiny tales of terror. Like 100 Nightmares, both books consist of 100 stories written in 100 words. Wicked Little Things is set to hit the digital book shelves on December 1, 2014 but it’s already available for preorder!

You can buy the book through this link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PHZWYHK

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Book Blurb:

100 tiny tales of terror gave birth to 100 monstrosities.

The time has come for 100 more tales of terrible things to haunt your dreams and drive home a healthy dose of fear of those horrible creatures that dwell mostly in the darkness, but sometimes in the light.

Devour these Wicked Little Things in one sitting if you think your fragile mind can handle it, or drink them in one at a time and let your fright strangle your sanity as the fear really sinks in and takes hold.

Adam shared a couple of sample stories from the collection…

Unassuming

He’d sat on the same bench every day–hours at a time–for almost six months, watching, waiting. He wasn’t in a hurry. He’d known an opportunity would present itself eventually, and he wasn’t wrong.

One day, a little girl on the verge of tears came up to him.

“I can’t find my mommy,” the child said.

“That’s awful. Would you like me to help you look for her?” he asked.

The little girl nodded and wiped her budding tears away. He stood up and held out his hand. She took it willingly. Together they walked toward the parking lot.

Beauty and the Beast

The creature’s crooked claws stroked the severed head in its lap. The beast’s disfigured face studied the girl in the cage across the room. She cried thick, heavy tears and sobbed in the corner of the tiny cage. Her sobs made the beast’s ears ache.

It threw the head–that of the girl’s own father–at the cage to shut her up, but she only sobbed louder and screamed incoherent pleas. She begged for mercy, but mercy would not come at the hands of the monstrosity who called the castle home. Only death and misery were welcome within those walls.

About the author:

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Adam Ickes is a writer who has made a home in central Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter. He is obsessed with releasing the horrors in his mind on an unsuspecting world. His stories live and fester in the twisted confines of his imagination before demanding to be released from their prison, usually at gunpoint.

Follow Adam Ickes:
Blog
Twitter
Mailing List
Amazon Author Page

Achievement

I consider seeing my stories in print as some sort of achievement. 🙂

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Amok: an Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction and the story that I wrote showed up in the paper and got a positive review <3

Amok: an Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction and the story that I wrote showed up in the paper and got a positive review ❤

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I never expected that my first solo e-book would get this much love but I'm glad and thankful. <3

100 Nightmares is #5 in Amazon Top Rated Horror Anthologies. I never expected that my first solo e-book would get this much love but I’m glad and thankful. ❤

Floppy Shoes Apocalypse: A Clown Horror Anthology

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New from J. Ellington Ashton Press and Wet Works: EXTREME CLOWN HORROR AT ITS BEST! I’m very proud to have a story in this anthology.

What happens when a man finds out mid-fuck that his wife had caught the Clown Clap? Find out in my story, “They Died Laughing”.

I’ve read the book and I can honestly say that it blew me away.

Jim Goforth’s character, the Mangler is guaranteed to give you nightmares and Dona Fox’s story will definitely touch your smokin’ cotton candy heart. In T.S. Woolard’s story, the damn clowns are everywhere! Lose yourself in Magenta Nero’s frightening yet fabulous Temple of Clowns… Meet Lisa Dabrowski’s the Clownfather, Essel Pratt’s Yolo, Stuart Keane’s Bobollocks and many other colorful and demented characters! Roger Cowin couldn’t have said it better: The Clownpocalypse has begun.

Edited by Alex S. Johnson and John Ledger, with introduction by professional clown and author Magan “Lovey” Rodriguez

with original stories from Mary Genevieve Fortier, Thomas M. Malarfina, Jeff O’Brien, Michael Fisher, Essel Pratt, Lisa Dabrowski, Sebomai Thaumiel, Dona Fox, K.Z. Morano, Stuart Keane, Magenta Nero, T.S. Woolard, Kent Hill, Kyle M. Scott, Aaron Besson, Jim Goforth, and Roger Cowin


Floppy Shoes Apocalypse: A Clown Horror Anthology
is now available via Amazon and Createspace

100 Nightmares featured in PromoteHorror

Thanks, HorrO, for showing 100 Nightmares some love. ❤

http://www.promotehorror.com/2014/11/100-nightmares.html

PromoteHorror.com spreads the horror all day, every day! Follow the website for the latest in horror films, books, and merchandise. 🙂

xo

Happy Halloween!

Happy All Hallow’s Eve Everyone! 🙂 What are you guys up to? Hope you’re having fun!

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Note: This is a scheduled post. This season’s pretty sacred for my family so we’ll all be hanging out in our departed loved ones’ mausoleum… praying and lighting candles and eating and catching up and watching wholesome movies with the projector on top of our ancestors’ sarcophagus (not necessarily in that order). 😉

Anyway, awesome news: Writer, photographer, artist and award winning jeweler Isadora De La Vega interviewed me! Visit her blog to read the Q&A. http://insidethemindofisadora.com/2014/10/29/eclectic-eccentric/

She asked me about 100 Nightmares, Bones III, and my thoughts on writing, publishing, and the horror genre.

Thank you, Isadora, for the lovely conversation. ❤

xox

100 Nightmares featured in the ABSOLUTE Magazine!

Just got the most perfect news for this season! 100 Nightmares is featured in the ABSOLUTE Magazine!

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“Thanks to her masterful phrasing and wonderfully chilling imagination, 100 Nightmares will delight any fan of horror and the supernatural.” – Amanda Ferris, the ABSOLUTE Mag

You can read the full article through this link: http://theabsolutemag.com/18913/books/get-your-scare-on-with-k-z-moranos-100-nightmares/

Considered as tastemakers, the folks at the ABSOLUTE uncover rare and interesting finds from across the web… stuff that “doesn’t suck”. 🙂 The contributors are honest and passionate about the things that they recommend so be sure to check out the site. You’ll find everything there– music, art, books, games… things that are cool and original.

Thank you so much! 🙂

Happy Halloween! ❤