Perfect. Just in time for Halloween! 🙂 the Kindle version of Bones III is now available on Amazon!! I have a story in this collection entitled “Hitchhiker.”
Do you remember that micro-fiction piece, “Hitchhiker” that I wrote for FF? Well, I decided to expand the story and you can now read the longer version in this anthology. 🙂


There are bones of the dead everywhere, and they’re sharp. Under your feet as you walk across your yard, in the cement of buildings, under the foundation of your home, in the coffee you drink, in the food you eat. Science estimates 100 billion human beings have lived and died. There are bones everywhere. There are skeletons everywhere, from universities to unnamed places we really don’t want to know about. We love skeletons as we are walking skeletons. There’s an old phrase about skeletons in the closet. What if the skeleton in your closet is real? When we look at strangers, friends and family we fail to see the skull behind the face. And the eyes of skulls are dark and deep. These works of art, poetry and short stories cut deep. To the bone.

Featuring the works of

James S. Dorr
Mary Genevieve Fortier
Robert Edward Petras
C. Rowe
Brian Barnett
Mathias Jansson
Judith Roney
DJ Tyrer
Patricia Anabel
Jerry Langdon
Lemmy Rushmore
Richard King Perkins II
Judith Skillman
Jane Blanchard
Alex S. Johnson
David Slater
David S. Pointer
Lemmy Rushmore
DJ Tyrer
Michael Tugendhat

Tonya L. De Marco
Rachel Anding
Matthew Wilson
Essel Pratt
Alessandro Manzetti
Magenta Nero
Russ Bickerstaff

Scáth Beorh
T Maxim Simmler
Steve Foreman
Phil Sloman
John Ledger
Alexander Sawyer-Irish
Dona Fox
David Schütz II
K.Z. Morano
Sheldon Woodbury
Kerry E.B. Black
Michael Kellar
Josh Pritchett
John W. Dennehy
Barry Rosenberg
Roger Cowin
Lesa Pascavis Smith
Doug Rinaldi
Michael Faun
Mike Jansen

edited by James Ward Kirk

cover art and illustrations by Jerry Langdon


OMG I’m so excited! I’m the featured writer at Gorelets

I’ve always been a huge fan of Michael Arnzen and it’s such a great honor to be featured on his site! I’m so thrilled that he picked up a copy of 100 Nightmares and read my book. And he liked it. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Check out this quick micro-interview

It’s not everyday that an author you truly admire notices your work. So yeah, this really made my day. 🙂


Instigated by the dark side!

Picture it & Write Publication

Hi everyone! I’m very proud to be a part of this anthology. It features one of my very old poems, made during my first few attempts at writing, as well as the brilliant works of several bloggers, poets, writers from WordPress. Thank you Ermisenda and Eliabeth of Ermilia, for making this possible.

It’s for a very worthy cause. All profits will go to The Girl Effect, a movement “leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world.”

Grab a copy and don’t forget to leave a review. 🙂


Author Interview: My Five Minutes with Jim Mcleod

Wanna get to know me a little better?

I’m currently featured on Ginger Nuts of Horror and you can read the interview here
and feel free to leave your comments! 🙂

Thank you, Jim, for interviewing me on your awesome site. 🙂

For those of you who don’t know Jim Mcleod, he is the owner of Ginger Nuts of Horror. It is THE home of the best horror author interviews on the web.

I loved Jim’s questions. They’re interesting, carefully written, and direct to the point… If you’re a fan of horror, you MUST visit the site.
Book reviews, film reviews, author interviews, the latest in horror news… you’ll find it all there.

It takes a great deal of effort and dedication to maintain such a site and Jim is very prolific! I truly appreciate what he is doing for the genre and for the artists.

Do check out the page to show your support. 🙂

Thank you.

K.Z. ❤

The book that helped me create 100 Nightmares

100 Nightmares is out there and is receiving good reviews so far. Thank you.

You know how passionate I am about micro-fiction. Despite the length, I want my stories to have everything– imagery, an intriguing plot… I want the limited length to enhance and not to take away from the reader’s pleasure. 🙂

I’m not even going to pretend that coming up with 100 concepts had been an easy task. Ideas may be cheap but not all of them work well as micro-fiction pieces. (which is why I continued to write longer stories even while I was working on 100 Nightmares) Halfway through the project, I was tearing my hair out, doubting myself and rejecting every single idea that comes into my head. You have no idea how many 100-word stories I’ve written for my book only so I could send them to the recycle bin. haha 🙂 I just didn’t want you to feel ripped off when you purchase 100 Nightmares.

I once mentioned in my Writing Process Interview that I write better when responding to a prompt. It’s because I like challenges… But also, it’s because some days, it’s just difficult to come up with great ideas.
It was sheer luck that while looking for prompts—and there are a lot of nice but used-up ones out there—I stumbled upon this gem.


Okay, it’s not a gem. It’s the whole damn treasure chest! INSTIGATION: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side consists of over 500 writing prompts, articles, essays, and helpful tips. As I read the intro, I knew immediately that I made the right decision in purchasing the book. That was the voice of someone who understood and wanted to help out. You’ll find that it’s like having a mentor.

As I said in my review:

“So I’ve released a book recently… with 100 stories. It would’ve taken me forever to do that had I not decided to invest in Michael Arnzen’s Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side.
Though I didn’t answer the challenges directly, the prompts have inspired me in so many unexpected ways. Sometimes, a sentence or a word from this book is just what you need to get you to start writing again.
These are not the kind of prompts that you can find just anywhere. The ideas are bold, bizarre, brilliant. They make you go to places that you never even knew existed…
This is a book that every aspiring horror author should have.”

Michael Arnzen, for me, is the god of very short horror fiction. I picked the prompts randomly, following Mr. Arnzen’s advice in the book. Some of the stories in 100 Nightmares were inspired by the 365 Sick Scenarios.

Here’s the greatest thing about the book—it doesn’t just teach you WHAT to write. It helps you ignite the fuel. It challenges you to step out of your comfort zone. At times, you don’t even have to really answer the prompts for an idea to start forming inside your head. You’re free to interpret– and misinterpret– each prompt, mix two or several prompts together, even create your own twist on the challenges. In the end, you’ll still have this sense of pride in having written something that’s truly yours.

To my blogger friends who love joining and juggling several writing challenges week after week, we all know how it feels like to run out of cool ideas. I noticed how many people—myself included—started phoning in, blaming it all on real life and day jobs and stuff… and when people are able to still participate but the quality of writing drops, that’s the saddest thing.

Whether you write weird fiction, dark fiction or straight-up horror, I sincerely hope that this book helps you as much as it helped me. (and it’s helping me still) Take note though, Instigation is not a guide on writing micro-fiction. It is also geared towards the writer who creates longer stories and novels.

It will teach you how to start.

It will teach you how to work with what you already have.

It will teach you how not to be boring.

I’m not asking you to take writing advice from me. I’m asking you to take it from a Bram Stoker Award-Winning author with many years of experience in the field.

You can get the book from

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*And if you still want my advice, I’ll say only this: The book won’t work if you’re lazy. So grab a copy, read, pick your challenge, get your ass in front of the computer and do your part. 😉

Happy writing, my friends 🙂


What people are saying about 100 Nightmares

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100 Nightmares is starting to get great reviews at, Smashwords, Goodreads and even

Here are some of the things that readers are saying:

“Excellent collection.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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!”


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


Goodreads Page-

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!


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 or

Thank you.

The end of times are here!


This is how the world ends.
This is how the world ends.
This is how the world ends.
Not in a bang, but in a book.

58 flash fiction stories of the final hours. Passion, pain and horror of the end of days, all in short vignettes.

Featuring stories from:

Christine Morga, Essel Pratt, Cameron Suey, T. Fox Dunham, Guy Anthony De Marco, Mandy DeGeit, Jessica McHugh, Kristopher Kelly, E. Catherine Tobler, Jamie Lackey, George Cotronis, William R.D. Wood, Lee Clark Zumpe, Lincoln Crisler, Eryk Pruitt, Michael H. Antonio, Kallirroe Agelopoulou, Steve Calvert, Rebecca J. Allred, Darcie Little Badger, Erik B. Scott, Terry M. West, Glenn Rolfe, Josh Strnad, J.A. Martin, Darryl Dawson, DJ Tyrer, Joana Eça de Queiroz, Lex T. Lindsay, Arno Hurter, Cameron Shifflet, J.P. Freeman, Marie DesJardin, Dusty Wallace, Doug Murano, Ken MacGregor, Victoria Dalpe, Kelda Crich, Pedro Iniguez, Joey Capora, S.R. Mastrantone, Damir Salkovic, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, Jason Sharp, Leslianne Wilder, Jennifer Loring, Bryce Hughes, L.C. Mortimer, Rebecca Barbee, E. E. King, David Turnbull, Richard Thomas, Rose Blackthorn, K.Z. Morano, Adrian Ludens, Kenneth W. Cain, Michael Haynes, Michael Penkas

Vignettes from the End of the World

My story here is “Red Curtain” by K.Z. Morano. If you enjoy dystopian fiction, make sure to grab a copy of this book. The other writers here are really talented. I’m a big fan of some of the authors. The stories were carefully selected by the editor, Jacob Haddon.

You can get it at in paperback / Kindle format
Smashwords as epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt
and Createspace

Thank you.

100 Nightmares is here!!!

Hi everyone! This is probably one of the proudest moments of my life. 🙂 haha All the hard work has finally paid off and I managed to make an eBook, yay!! I would like to thank everyone who supported me from the very beginning and those who are here for me still. 🙂

100 Nightmares is here!!! And it’s available at, and Smashwords.

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.

Don’t have a Kindle? Don’t let that stop you from reading 100 Nightmares! The full-color versions of the book are available at and Smashwords as a downloadable epub.

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Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu.

Link to Lulu:

Link to Smashwords:

Creating Lulu and Smashwords accounts can be done in very easy steps (sign up, verify email, buy) and you can purchase the book using PayPal and other major cards.
Here’s a link in case you don’t have an epub reader installed: (seriously, you can’t have an excuse for not getting a copy!) lol 🙂

A fair warning: This book is not for the faint of heart, the prudish and the overly religious. ah but you get my point. 😉
For those who love horror and stories with a dark twist, I sincerely hope that you enjoy my book.

Lastly, if you like 100 Nightmares, don’t forget to leave a review afterwards. We all know how reviews affect readers’ decisions on whether to purchase a book or not. 🙂 🙂 🙂 If you prefer to create a review in Goodreads, the 100 Nightmares page is right here

Don’t like horror? It’s alright. But a reblog/ share via twitter/FB/others would be wonderful. Help me spread the word about 100 Nightmares!

Thank you so much. ❤

xoxo K.Z.

Oh and please Like 100 Nightmares Facebook page: here 🙂

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