Halloween Post: My Favorite Short Stories in the Horror Genre

Happy Halloween!!! ❤ Allow me to celebrate this special day by sharing with you ten of my favorite horror/dark fantasy short stories. My tastes range from quiet horror to splatter. Well, they don’t call me the Eclectic Eccentric for nothing. 😉 It’s just a random list, really, and I can list down at least 90 more. I initially wanted to do a Top 100. Unfortunately, I’ve been super busy with this whole moving in thing. How are you planning on celebrating Halloween? Tonight, I’ll probably be in a family reunion, eating finger foods and feeling generally uncomfortable. The venue? The family's mausoleum, of course. Not kidding. Anyway, here’s my “recommended reading” list. Enjoy! 🙂

The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe (1842)
read from the Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Prince Prospero shuts himself in his abbey to avoid a fatal plague. In his masquerade ball, he receives an unwelcome guest. Read it online here

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The Yellow Sign” by Robert W. Chambers
read from The King in Yellow (1895)
In this story, the protagonist grows more and more disturbed by the presence of a churchyard watchman who resembles a worm. Read it online here

The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1892)
This is a first-person tale about a woman’s descent to madness and her unsettling obsession with the yellow wallpaper. Read it online here

The Vampyre” by John William Polidori (1819)
A young Englishman discovers the true nature of his friend.
Despite the fact that there are limitless variations of “the vampire”, not to mention a proliferation of modern bloodsucker stories out there, I really don’t read a lot of vampire tales. I think this kind of old-fashioned romantic yet remorseless portrayal of the bloodsucking fiend is the best. Read it online here

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Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” by M.R. James
read from Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904)
The protagonist finds a whistle in a Templar ruin. He is later haunted by a strange figure coming towards him in the distance. Read it online here

oh whistle and i'll come to you my lad

The Jar” by Ray Bradbury
read from The October Country (1955)
A poor farmer purchases a jar with something icky floating in it. The townsfolk come together to speculate about the nature of the thing inside the jar.

The Midnight Meat Train” by Clive Barker
read from Books of Blood Volume One (1984)
The protagonist falls asleep on a New York City Subway train and discovers what’s at the end of the line.

Mr. Torso” by Edward Lee
read from Brain Cheese Buffet (2010)
This is a story filled with over-the-top violence, gore, and sex. It’s about a redneck who mutilates his victims for a really nasty purpose and the detective who tries to hunt him down.
This (and most of Mr. Edward Lee’s published works) is certainly not for people who are easily offended/ grossed out.

The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down” by Joe R. Lansdale
read from Steampunk edited by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer (2008)
The Traveler from H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine turns into a bloodthirsty monster.
Sure it’s classified as steampunk but you’ll encounter a great deal of horrors (and gore and dark humor) in this tale. Not for the easily offended/ grossed out.

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison (1967)
A super-computer designed for war kills off everyone except for four men and a woman.
This is actually a post-apocalyptic sci-fi short but I find it to be more terrifying than some horror stories out there. Read it online here

i have no mouth

Your turn! What are your favorite horror/dark fantasy short stories?

For Fans of Western YA Horror

Hi everyone! Just wanted to spread the word about my favorite YA horror author and friend, Charles Day. The first book of his western horror-fantasy-adventure series, The Adventures of Kyle McGerrt: Hunt for The Ghoulish Bartender will be available on Amazon for the reduced price of 0.99 cents. (for one week only) This is part of the Summer Reading Program by Blood Bound Books. hunt for the ghoulish bartender Magic, adventure, the undead… it’s all in this book. Join sixteen-year-old Kyle McGerrt as he goes after the diabolical Bart Shires and his ghoulish soldiers. Having read two novels from Bram Stoker Award Nominated Author Charles Day, I can honestly say that he has a knack for creating characters that the readers will love and care about! The Hunt for The Ghoulish Bartender has been described by many as fun, fast-paced… a fascinating mix of genres and interesting creatures and characters. If you like YA horror, Western tales with magic, humor and lots of adventure, then you should add this one to your reading list. Get the book HERE 🙂

What people are saying about 100 Nightmares

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100 Nightmares is starting to get great reviews at Amazon.com, Smashwords, Goodreads and even Lulu.com

Here are some of the things that readers are saying:

“Excellent collection.”

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“She reaches into the depths of the disturbed, deranged and disgusting, and sews a quilt of horror that will wrap you up and not let go.”

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“What makes this collection of horror stories particularly disturbing is the way the author weaves the familiar with the seemingly unthinkable. Parents, children, twins in utero, she turns them all into believable, shudder invoking beasts.”

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“A word of caution – don’t read this over dinner (unless you want to lose it), or while on public transport – your facial expressions might worry your fellow travellers!”

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Thank you so much to everyone who purchased, read and reviewed the book. ❤

Did you get a copy of 100 Nightmares yet? If not, here are the links 🙂

100 Nightmares by K.Z. Morano — 100 horror stories, each written in 100 words, with over 50 illustrations

Amazon.com- http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JVRJNG0

Lulu.com- http://www.lulu.com/shop/kz-morano/100-nightmares/ebook/product-21592369.html

Smashwords- https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/431783

Goodreads Page- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22007959-100-nightmares

And remember, if you like the book, please leave a review. It doesn’t even have to be a lengthy review… You don’t have to use fancy words if that’s not your style. I’d be very grateful for even just a sentence or two. 🙂 Let me know that you read my book. 🙂
Thank you.

xo K.Z. ❤

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I would like to thank Titan Inkcorp for giving me this beautiful banner for my book. 🙂

Dark Fairy Tales Revisited

Today (April 28th) is the release day of Dark Fairy Tales Revisited!

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Join a host of authors on a trip down the rabbit hole. These are fairy tales as they were meant to be read, with one eye open and through gaps in your own trembling hands, as you try desperately to convince yourself that there will be a happy ending by the bottom of the page… but there won’t be… We have classic stories reimagined, new ones that bend and twist the senses, and variations on a theme that will send you on a nightmare trip to wonderland in no time at all.

My story in this anthology is “The Fairest” by K.Z. Morano — obviously a dark re-telling of the classic, Snow White. 🙂

Grab a copy from Lulu.com or Amazon.com

Thank you.

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

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

http://www.amazon.com/Amok-Anthology-Asia-Pacific-Speculative-Fiction/dp/0980508444/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395911685&sr=1-2&keywords=Amok

Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction

GORGEOUS. It’s gorgeous!! Check out the cover of Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction designed by Jun Hun Yap

What if a man marries a vixen?

My story, “Kitsune” is included in this collection edited by Dominica Malcolm.

Amok is a compilation of speculative fiction set in various Asia-Pacific countries. Definitely an anthology to look out for!

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TO GET AMOK BEFORE ITS OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE IN APRIL CLICK HERE

my author bio @ the solarwyrm press site

Hey everyone!

Check out my new author bio @ the Solarwyrm Press Site

My story, “Kitsune” will be featured in “Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction”. It’s a dark fantasy piece set in Japan.

The book will be released this 2014. I’m very much looking forward to this collection. 🙂