Homecoming

PHOTO PROMPT Copyright – Erin Leary

PHOTO PROMPT Copyright – Erin Leary

Hi everyone! I missed a few FF challenges but I’m happy that I’m able to participate this week! Thank you to those who helped spread the news about the release of my book, 100 Nightmares. Support and even positive reviews came from people that I least expected it from so that was such a pleasant surprise. Thank you so much, you know who you are. 🙂 The book is actually doing fine, great reviews from horror sites and everything, so yay! 🙂 Now to my story…

Homecoming

My earliest memory was that of my father disappearing into the silver fog.
I cried out his name… first word I ever spoke… but he just kept walking.
Then his replacement came.
A silent semi-man…
He’d lock the doors and mother’s screams would splinter the air… They were of unexplainable pleasure… and pain.
“Hithh thill your father…” mother said as her teeth clattered onto the floor.

That was history.

Then the mist called me…

When I return, I hope my wife would remember what I told her.
To aim straight for the head… and to never look into my eyes…

100-word story at Hellnotes

Hi everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted my usual weekly micro-fiction piece. But then I just wrote like a hundred stories and it’s summer here so I won’t apologize for that 🙂 Meanwhile, check out my recent 100-word story at Hellnotes Horror in a Hundred. It was inspired by this week’s FF photo but it would’ve been unfair if I joined but didn’t have time to comment on other writers’ works. So I’m glad the story found a home in Hellnotes. 🙂 Hope you like it.

http://hellnotes.com/horror-in-a-hundred-cattle-by-k-z-morano

Feel free to like/ comment/ share. Thank you. 🙂

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 http://www.gingernutsofhorror.com/5/post/2014/05/horror-author-interview-k-z-morano.html
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. 🙂

http://gingernutsofhorror.com/

Thank you.

K.Z. ❤

Thank you Sarah Ann!

Thank you, Sarah Ann for sharing news about 100 Nightmares on your blog! 🙂

Read her post here

For those of you who are not acquainted with Sarah Ann Hall, she is a wonderful writer. She writes anything from romantic stories to dark fiction. Her works have been published in several places and like me, she enjoys participating in writing challenges. Visit her blog to read some of her flash fiction and haibun.

Sarah Ann also dabbles in several forms of art such as designing jewelry and painting. Watch out because this talented lady has a project coming up—a short story collection illustrated by artist Janice Hume.

I’m really excited about this book. If there’s one thing better than a compilation of well-written stories, it’s a compilation of well-written stories AND beautiful illustrations. 🙂

Check out Sarah Ann Hall’s blog: http://sarahannhall.wordpress.com/

I would also like to thank everyone who re-blogged/ shared my post about the release of 100 Nightmares and also those who purchased the book. 🙂 Remember, I want need your reviews!! ❤

xo

Guitar Girl

Copyright – Björn Rudberg

Copyright – Björn Rudberg

Guitar Girl

He sits me on his lap. He clutches my neck.

His fingers strum my ribs.

My body shivers and sings, spurred into life by his sorrow.

I tell myself I’m his instrument… bought, kept… the sounds that I make—of pleasure and pain—fine-tuned to his every mood.

He tugs at my damaged strings and inside my hollow chest, my stifled screams echo for as long as we’ve been together.

His hands tighten around my throat while he convulses in sadistic satisfaction.

Sometimes, I dream of black body bags… of finding reprieve when he zips the world away from me.

I’m late! Sooo late. But I have a legit reason for that. I’ve just released an eBook! yep. 100 Nightmares is now live at Amazon.com, Lulu.com and Smashwords. I created a blog post yesterday, right here A reblog of that post would be wonderful 🙂

Thank you so much to those who supported me from the very start of this project. If you like horror/ my writing, it would be awesome if you could grab a copy and leave a review. 🙂 A fair warning though, most of the stories in the book are way darker than the ones I usually write for FF. (less than 20% of the stories there were from FF– the rest, all new) 🙂

Thanks again! xo K.Z. ❤

100 Nightmares is at Amazon, Lulu and Smashwords

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

The Rescue

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

The Eternal Cell in Memento Mori

Hi everyone!

Today is the release day of the Kindle edition of Memento Mori. I have a story there entitled “The Eternal Cell”.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JEM076C/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_awdm_4-7otb0T5GJ96

Death is inevitable.

This book is a collection of art, poetry, flash fiction and short stories from more than twenty authors, poets and artists.

Proud to be a part of this anthology. 🙂

Thank you, Padmini!

Thank you, Padmini, for finding time to share 100 Nightmares on your blog. Thank you for the kind words as well. 🙂

See her post here (join blog blast here)

Padmini writes poetry, short fiction, haiku and haibun.
Occasionally, she also writes 100-word stories for Friday Fictioneers.
You can find some of her works in online haibun and haiku journals.

I was really touched because even though we rarely have time to visit each other’s blogs these days, she’s here to lend me a hand when I need it. Awww. I really did meet a lot of wonderful people through this blog. ❤

Visit her at http://call2read.com/

Thank you, Patricia!

Thank you, Patricia, for generously sharing 100 Nightmares on your blog.

Read her post here

Patricia writes for the simple pleasure of doing it… truly the best reason to write. 🙂

I really like Patricia. She’s one of the first bloggers here at WordPress who had left an impression on me. I think she’s a truly beautiful and brave woman.

Check out her blog http://highfiveandraspberries.wordpress.com/ where she posts haiku, haibun and short fiction.

Her haiku has always been one of my favorites back in my Carpe Diem days and I hope to be writing haiku again one of these days. 🙂 but oh, you ABSOLUTELY have to check out her weekly 100-word stories for Friday Fictioneers. Her contributions to FF are consistently amazing, no matter what genre. For me, she’s certainly one of the best in the group.

Turn Around

Copyright-John Nixon

Copyright-John Nixon

Every day, the sky is a cauldron churning with hell’s wrath.

Every night, the stars watch my back like a constellation of vengeful eyes.

A voice hisses through the trees. “Turn around.”

I don’t.

The ligneous limbs reach for me.

“Turn around.” The voice mimics my wife’s.

I gaze ahead, not knowing who or what’s behind me…

“Turn around, daddy.”

I stop.

I’ve forgotten what she looked like… why we were so ashamed of her… why we felt the need to bury her ugliness in these woods.

I’ve been walking for a long time.

Maybe it’s time to turn around…