New Year Book Sale!

Good news for fans of splatter horror! Our editor, Fox Emm came up with this awesome idea!

 

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http://www.amazon.com/Neighborhood-Misfit-Horror-Anthologies-Book-ebook/dp/B018O3SIIA

At January 1 (8am EST) to Jan 2 (8am EST) Bad Neighborhood will be a jaw dropping $0.99 That’s an 81% discount!

 

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January 2 (8am EST) to January 4, 8am EST the book will be $1.99.

 

Thank you and Happy New Year!! ❤

 

K.Z.

http://www.amazon.com/Neighborhood-Misfit-Horror-Anthologies-Book-ebook/dp/B018O3SIIA

Bad Neighborhood

Hi! The paperback version of Bad Neighborhood is now available on Amazon. 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Neighborhood-Fox-Emm/dp/0997084103

This splatterpunk anthology is for extreme horror fans. It includes a reprint of my story, “Hitchhiker”.

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A themed anthology for extreme horror fans.In this chilling horror collection, 29 writers and poets have come together to share tales of the grotesque, the supernatural, and more. Their words will pluck you from your comfort zone and leave you for dead, or worse. Have you ever considered where evil bides its time when it’s not outside your door? What disturbing locale could make it feel safe? We’ve all heard that home is where the heart is, but alas, that heart is sometimes racing…
We hope you live in a good neighborhood.

Contributors Include:

  • Richard Ayre
  • Louisa Bacio
  • Charlotte Baker
  • Rudy Barrett
  • Roger Beckett
  • John L. Davis IV
  • Fox Emm
  • Norbert Gorá
  • Kathryn M. Hearst
  • LinnieSarah Helpern
  • Matthew J. Hockey
  • Adam S. House
  • Neil Hudson
  • Mac Jones
  • Ariel Klontz
  • John McGuiggan
  • Malachy McDermott
  • Jonathan Moeller
  • K.Z. Morano
  • Lori Myers
  • Rachel Nussbaum
  • Matthew O’Leary
  • Riley J. Pierce
  • Benjamin Sperduto
  • Luke Schamer
  • L.B. Shimaira
  • Sharon Twizell
  • Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
  • Hugh Warren
  • Jenna Weaver
  • Josh Wilson

xox

K.Z. ❤

Bad Neighborhood – an extreme horror anthology

“It’s a little too extreme for our tastes…”
For writers of Splatter Horror getting stuff like this from editors can be really depressing. I’m a fan of extreme horror myself. I love reading the works of Jack Ketchum, Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, Edward Lee, Joe Lansdale… I’m not turned off by gore, as long as it’s done right. This is why I got really excited when I saw the open call for a Splatterpunk anthology by editor and blogger, Fox Emm. A reprint of my story, “Hitchhiker” will be appearing in this collection.

Kindly support our Kickstarter Project. You can choose among a variety of package options. You can be the proud owner of Original Horror Artwork, or own a signed copy of the book, or have your name mentioned in the book, etc.
More info here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fox-emm/bad-neighborhood-an-extreme-horror-anthology

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Bad Neighborhood by Spooky Words Press is a themed anthology for extreme horror fans. In this chilling horror collection, 29 writers and poets have come together to share tales of the grotesque, the supernatural, and more. Their words will pluck you from your comfort zone and leave you for dead, or worse. Have you ever considered where evil bides its time when it’s not outside your door? What disturbing locale could make it feel safe? We’ve all heard that home is where the heart is, but alas, that heart is sometimes racing… We hope you live in a good neighborhood.

Release Date: Early December, 2015

Contributing Writers/Poets/Artists:

Richard Ayre
Louisa Bacio
Charlotte Baker
Rudy Barrett
Roger Beckett
Charles Coffman
John L. Davis IV
Fox Emm
Lance Graves
Kathryn M. Hearst
LinnieSarah Helpern
Matthew J. Hockey
Adam S. House
Neil Hudson
Mac Jones
Ariel Klontz
John McGuiggan
Malachy Mcdermott
Jonathan Moeller
K.Z. Morano
Lori Myers
Rachel Nussbaum
Matthew O’Leary
Riley J. Pierce
Benjamin Sperduto
Luke Schamer
L.B. Shimaira
Sharon Twizell
Donald Jacob Uitflug
Hugh Warren
Jenna Weaver

xoxo
K.Z. ❤

Floppy Shoes Apocalypse — Free this weekend!! :)

Hey! 🙂 Floppy Shoes Apocalypse, with my story “They Died Laughing” is free on Amazon (this weekend only) 🙂

It’s currently sitting on the #1 spot of the free Best Sellers list in Horror Anthologies. Yay!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBC9XUK

Floppy Shoes Apocalypse consists of several of the finest, most unique, and most extreme clown horror. Greasepaint and gore… sick sexual fetishes and silly shoes… crazy circus acts and a little bit of cannibalism too! Certainly not for the coulrophobic! 😉

PS It would really mean a lot to me and to my fellow authors if you could write a review for the book. Thanks! xx

Cover Reveal: Undead Legacy

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COMING THIS MARCH!!

You stir early, removing your head from the beaten pillow. Your home is silent. The familiar, everyday noises that introduce you to the beautiful morning are absent. The dog barking, the neighbour’s irritating car alarm, the flush of the toilet – all missing. After stumbling down your hallway, stepping into your slippers and avoiding the rug that always attempts to break your neck, you open the front door, adjust your eyes, yawn and…

You scream.

The world before you is chaos, mayhem, absolute anarchy. No…it’s an apocalypse. A zombie apocalypse, where the living dead rule and humans are a tasty, but pesky afterthought. You look to your left and see a group of the undead. Your dog is massacred, mercilessly shredded between them like a sloppy, gore soaked entrée. Their eyes lock onto you. You’re dessert. You gulp, piss your pants, panic…what do you do?

From JEA Wetworks comes Undead Legacy, an anthology of undead horror. Featuring 23 stories and poems from some of the best writers in the genre today. Whatever your view on the undead – modern, old school, classic, fast, slow – there’s something for everyone in Undead Legacy. With two very special forewords from Terry M. West and Richard Laymon artwork aficionado Steve Crisp, Undead Legacy looks to cement its place in horror literature for years to come.

After all, a Legacy is timeless…

UNDEAD LEGACY

edited by Stuart Keane and Scott Essel Pratt

Cover art by Mark Kelly

with my zombie tale and stories by brilliant authors Roger Cowin, Magenta Nero, T.s. Woolard, Doug Rinaldi, Dona Fox, Anthony Crowley, Lori R. Lopez, Kent Hill, and many more.

UNDEAD LEGACY
isn’t your regular zombie book. This collection is sure to deliver several of the most original takes on the walking dead.

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

Throwback Tales: Wooden Lips

Wooden Lips
By K.Z. Morano

The cellar door is a wound, a break on the earth’s skin. It is a gash in the ground where malignant thoughts trickle like blood into the cesspit of my filthy brain. The cellar door is a mouth… the wooden lips of a whore whispering obscenities into my ear, sticking her spectral tongue into my acoustic tunnels and to the roof of my skull to caress murderous designs into being.

She tells me what she wants me to do.

She tells me what I want to do.

She speaks to me even with her lips tightly shut, bolted with heavy metal.

The cellar door is hungry. And her cries follow me even to my sleep, soft fragmented sobs that swell into angry screams as midnight approaches and the moon’s fat face pales from the anticipated terror.

I try to fight her, I swear, every single time.

But then there’s the scratch… the sound of sharp fingernails raking against the door, creating deep cuts into the sensitive sheath of my sanity.

Feed me, she says.

I can hear the seismic growling of her empty belly, persistently reminding me of my duty. I walk towards the door… that other door. I turn the knob cautiously as if the monster were on the other side. The rusty joints creak to reveal the sacrificial lambs, their eyes floating towards me, terror blanching their faces.

I have learned to ignore their fright. It is merely a job that must be done. I pick one, a little boy, this time. As I free him from his shackles, a tiny whimper of protest issues forth from dry cracked lips. But he comes with me, nevertheless, the beautiful bleatless baby sheep, with his skin smooth and tight over his fragile skeleton.

I take him to the kitchen where I carve off that skin. I do it with a blank face, with studied precision. Then I stare into my work—that amorphous figure of glistening pink flesh. Peeled of all pretensions, he is nothing but meat—a sexless, lifeless substance, her evening meal. I take his flayed body outside where stars always over-sprinkle the sky… falsely festive, my co-conspirators, for they have witnessed me doing this for years and years.

I unlock the cellar door, cautiously, reverently. Now that her lips are parted, I can hear her voice more clearly, murmurous sounds of pleasure sliding back and forth in her muddy throat. Her malodorous breath reaches my nose—the smell of the earth’s intestines, the stench of digested matter, of pulped flesh, of decaying bodies.

The meat sticks to my flesh, clings to me as if seeking protection. I drop it into the cellar door, into that gaping mouth and into that throat… that tunnel stretching into eternity. It may take a while to satisfy her. Yes, it may take a very long time. And I have devoted my entire life simply for that purpose. I replace the locks on her lips… those wooden cellar lips, knowing that she’ll be quiet, pacified for now.

Often, I wonder what would come of this, sure that someday, they—all the children that I have fed her—will return, resplendent in their new skin. Will they come for me then? Will they be grateful? Or will they exact their vengeance? Only time will tell.

How long, I wonder, will the locks be able to hold the door?

How long before they come crawling out of her pestilential hole?

My sleep becomes plagued with all these thoughts, my pillows always bloody like butchered sheep. I wash my hands often, over and over, until they are raw. Right now, there is only one thing I know. I serve that voice in my head… the voice of whatever unutterable monstrosity that dwells beneath the cellar door.

Copyright: © 2013 K.Z. Morano

Note: First appeared in Cellar Door Volume II: Words of Beauty, Tales of Terror, JWK Fiction, December 2013 and
Reprinted in Best of Horror 2013, JWK Fiction, August 2014

Sooo… 10 days until Halloween and it just occurred to me that I don’t have any scary stories coming out this month! 😦 However, some of my stories will be appearing in various anthologies in November, December, and of course, early 2015. I’ve been receiving some invitations to write for various anthos and the themes are just so sooo awesome that I find it hard to resist! 🙂 In the meantime, I hope you enjoy some of my previously published pieces. The rights have reverted back to me so I can now post them here on my blog for everyone to read. Thanks for reading the story! 😉 xoxo

100 Nightmares on Google Play

Just a quick note: You can now purchase 100 Nightmares (epub version) on Google play!

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If you haven’t read it yet, now is a great time to grab a copy. 😉 Tell your friends.
And reviews are always greatly appreciated.

xo K.Z.

An Eclectic Eccentric Reading List

Hi everyone! Prepare yourselves because the purpose of this post is to pimp other people’s published works. 🙂
So, I decided to self-publish my book 100 Nightmares and learned one very important thing… Marketing is a bitch.
Most indie writers don’t have a dedicated team of professionals to advertise their published works but we do have something better… we have each other.
Through this post, I would like to share the latest releases from friends and from authors that I admire.
Over the past few months, I was able to meet a lot of wonderful people. I became acquainted with some really great writers and even had the privilege of sharing anthologies with some of these fine authors.
While some of the authors on this list happen to be well-known names in the industry, some are emerging writers with books published by small presses/ self-published writers, just like me. 🙂 All of these authors are very talented and have gained my respect over the past few months. So check it out… there’s a little something for everyone. 🙂

1) Lori R. Lopez
Are you a fan of poetry?
Watch out for Lori Lopez’s second volume of verse, POETIC REFLECTIONS: THE QUEEN OF HATS. It has everything from dark verse to humorous pieces to serious themes.
It will also include some of Ms. Lopez’s special artwork for the Illustrated Print Edition. (Yes, she’s THAT talented) I was able to have a sneak preview of some of the illustrations. I was amazed, really. The drawings had a dark fairytale-like quality to them and reminded me a lot of Alice and Wonderland. This book is coming very soon so watch out for the release.
Meanwhile, why not grab a copy of one of her latest books “Beauty”. It is a humorous horror tale inspired by the classic, Sleeping Beauty.

I’ve always been a fan of Ms. Lopez’s bizarre mind and gorgeous poetic prose!

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2) Terry M. West
Mr. West’s latest book Heroin in the Magic Now is now available at http://www.amazon.com/Heroin-Magic-Now-Terry-West-ebook/dp/B00MQC0A1E

“HEROIN IN THE MAGIC NOW is a nightmare on acid. It is beautiful, deep and sad…”-Heather Omen, THE HORROR NATION

Mr. West has a very interesting past and this book is a dark and personal story by the author. I’ve read some of Mr. West’s works and I can honestly say that his stories are truly dark, demented, disturbing and deep. He understands both horror and pain very well.

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3) Aurelio Rico Lopez III
It’s my pleasure to introduce to you a fellow Filipino horror author and an excellent storyteller. I was able to read one of his story collections, Nothing’s Fine. The collection contains everything from tales of deranged characters to zombie stories with a fascinating twist.
Also, if you’re a huge fan of werewolves, be sure to check out one of his books, Cry Wolf.

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4) Essel Pratt is awesome and very prolific. I feel fortunate to share several horror anthologies with him, including Vignettes from the End of the World by Apokrupha and JWK Fiction Best of Horror 2013

But if you’re a fan of fantasy, here’s the good news: Scott has a recently released Fantasy novel, Final Reverie, set in a world after the downfall of technology and the rise of magic. Imagine a world where animals are able to think and speak and do things at the same level as human beings. You can get the book at Amazon

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5) Alex S. Johnson
Are you a fan of Bizarro Horror? Check out Alex S. Johnson’s latest release, Doctor Flesh: Director’s Cut

“Will make you feel as if you’ve just eaten 8 Percocets and washed ’em down with a bottle of moonshine,” – Necro Stein of Texas Terror Entertainment.

Alex Johnson is bold and original. He pushes boundaries and is known for writing some really disturbing stuff. This book is definitely not for everyone. Enter these waters forewarned. Also, I feel very lucky to be included in a forthcoming extreme Horror Bizarro anthology edited by Mr. Johnson and Mr. John Ledger. It’s coming very very soon. Writing for this antho enabled me to explore new territories. It’s just so out of this world!

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6) Riya Anne Polcastro
Fellow blogger Riya Anne Polcastro of Serrated Roses released her first novel, Suicide in Tiny Increments.

I was given an advanced copy of the book and I was pleasantly surprised. This book may not be for everyone but I certainly enjoyed it! Suicide in Tiny Increments definitely took me for a wild ride. I felt like a voyeur taking a peek at the lives of pathetic, twisted, demented, and very interesting characters. It was like watching a tragicomedy film.

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7) Jim Goforth’s latest book, Plebs by J.Ellington Ashton Press is outstanding and very well-reviewed. Many people describe it as “Laymonesque”… a book that doesn’t shy away from sex and gore and carnage. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Plebs. Just check it out and see what the fans, reviewers and readers have to say http://www.amazon.com/dp/1495240398

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8) JWK Fiction Best of Horror 2013 – compiled by James Ward Kirk, featuring the works of fantastic writers such as Dona Fox, Essel Pratt, Paula D. Ashe, Michael Randolph, K.Z. Morano 🙂 and others…
A curious character writing under the name of Mary Poppins described the book as: “Mostly sick… has part porn and very cruel stories…”
Be warned, this book is NOT FOR EVERYONE. Those with more delicate sensibilities should definitely stay away because these writers don’t sugarcoat shit just to entertain. Instead, they challenge readers to stare at the monster right in the face.
If you think you can handle the horror, get the book at http://www.amazon.com/JWK-Fiction-Best-Horror-2013-ebook/dp/B00MFOGJR2

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I’m very proud to be a part of this collection!

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9) Versatile English author Gary Murphy compiled 10 of his scary stories and published Black River: an Anthology. The book is available at Amazon.com

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10) Just found out that Lisa Dabrowski has a new book! This one definitely looks interesting! 😉 DR SADISTIC’S HOUSE OF WHORRORS consists of piquant little fables and anecdotes from the documents of Mistress Rosie, dominatrix, sexual terrorist and demi Goddess. Poignant accounts of male correction that are both arousing and politically subversive. Ooohh… and there are some illustrations inside the book that are both beautiful and grotesque.

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And last but not the least:

11) A collaborative novella from Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author, Charles Day, and the acclaimed author of Shutter Speed, Mark Taylor. Redemption (published by Black Bed Sheet Books) is supernatural horror at its finest.
I’m a huge fan of Charles Day (the author AND the person). Grab a copy at http://www.amazon.com/Redemption-Charles-Day/dp/0692240446

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I encourage everyone to visit the links and read some fresh fiction… discover a new author… hell, maybe even step out of your comfort zone and explore a new genre! And if you like the book, please don’t forget to leave a review. 🙂

xoxo
K.Z. ❤