James Ward Kirk Fiction Holiday Horror Sampler

Hey everyone! JWK Fiction Holiday Horror Sampler is now available for FREE on Smashwords. You can download it in epub, mobi, and pdf formats. 🙂 Included in this collection is my Japanese ghost story, “Yurei no Yado”.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/596558

 

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From gothic and dark to gory and depraved, from traumatic and psychological to deeply disturbing and truly mind numbing, from weird and absurd to visceral and hard hitting. This is horror, this addresses your darkest fears, this will put you in a dark place, kick you down and abandon you.

Find within these pages works of great authors James Ward Kirk has published since 2011: William Cook, Chantal Noordeloos, William J. Fedigan, Mike Jansen, Dona Fox, Philip Harris, Murphy Edwards, Timothy Frasier, Guy Anthony De Marco, Maarten Luikhoven and K.Z.Morano.

 

xox

K.Z. ❤

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

the vampyre

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?

Gothic Tales of Terror is now available on Amazon!

“Oh Lizzie, it’s such a pleasure to run my own home…” Charlotte Lucas, Pride and Prejudice (movie, 2005)

Ummm whatever, Charlotte Lucas… Speak for yourself…

So… How’ve you been? OMG everything’s been sooo crazy lately and by crazy I mean I’ve been so busy scrubbing floors and figuring out how to install floating shelves in my new place.

Anyway, I’m really excited to get my copy of Gothic Tales of Terror (for my new shelf) coz guess what, the book is now available on Amazon!! This is so awesome coz it features my Gothic horror story, “Hysteria”. It’s set in the Victorian era and it’s about a woman who came across an inheritance and discovered some dark and terrible family secrets. I’m very proud to have my work featured along with some really great authors.

Gothic Tales of Terror is a collection of stories and poems about love, tragedy, and the supernatural that scare without gore and envelop you in their dark, eerie mood. If you enjoy classic Victorian Gothic horror, you’ll love this collection.

Amazon link to Gothic Tales of Terror: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0175CAX3E

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Do check out my “Meet the Author” page at the Verto Publishing website to read an excerpt of “Hysteria”. This is also a great opportunity to meet the other wonderful authors involved in the antho and to read excepts from their tales.

Authors

Carmen Tudor
Brandon Ketchum
Sheldon Woodbury
Misha Herwin
David Schutz II
Dona Fox
DJ Tyrer
Stephanie Ellis
Flo Stanton
Scott Forman
Michael Seese
and of course,
K.Z. Morano 😉

The anthology is edited by Krista Clark Grabowski who is a damn fine editor, btw.

Seriously, get the book!

xoxo

K.Z. ❤

Gothic Tales of Terror

Hello! 🙂 I’m very proud to announce that my Gothic horror tale, “Hysteria” will make its debut in Gothic Tales of Terror by Verto Publishing. The antho will be released this October! Just in time for your pre-Halloween reading.

Love, tragedy, and the supernatural…

Gothic Tales of Terror is a collection of stories in the Victorian Gothic vein of Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, and Mary Shelley. I’m glad I had the opportunity to channel my inner M.R. James in writing this story. 🙂

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Meanwhile, check out the trailer on YouTube

xo
K.Z. ❤