Body Parts Magazine Issue #8

Hey! Been a while since I shared any news about my writing.Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much of that going on since I’m still on full wedding planning mode. (I’m getting married in a couple of months. Yikes. I mean, Yay! 🙂 )

Today though, I’m thrilled to announce that Issue #8 of Body Parts Magazine is now live. It includes a reprint of my story, “They Died Laughing”. It’s an erotic extreme horror piece and this issue’s theme is all about Killer Clowns and Freak Shows. If you’re interested in hardcore horror with a touch of bizarro, you can read my story online for free via this link:—kz-morano.html

If you want to add some seriously good stuff to your reading list, subscribe to Body Parts Magazine here:

I personally love this magazine. It’s got balls. Massive ones. The editors are fearless and the magazine’s content is surprisingly refreshing. The stories in this issue are amazing as always.

I’ll now leave you with a nice little preview of my story. 😉



For Fans of Extreme Horror

For fans of extreme horror, Bad Neighborhood is on SALE until the 11th. This is in celebration of Read an Ebook Week by Smashwords!

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.

This is the link to the book:

Please don’t forget to use the code below. 🙂






Hey! It’s good to be back! And to the new followers, welcome!

Anyway, the reason why I took some time off from all the wedding planning madness is because this month is a very special month. For those who don’t know already, February isn’t just love month. It’s also Women in Horror Month. (Though I’m pretty sure a lot of people would agree that every month should be Women in Horror Month.)

The thing about the horror industry is that most people believe that it’s a male-dominated business.  Seriously, how many female horror authors can you actually name, right?



Right now, I’m naming at least a hundred. And these are just some of my recommendations…

Fact: It’s tough for female horror authors to get some recognition in the mainstream system.  It’s for that reason why a lot of us thrive quietly in the indie scene or find a home in the small press.  It’s also the reason why a lot of the most well-known female horror authors end up being shelved under other genres (Sci-Fi, Gothic, Dark Fantasy, Thriller, etc.) This reality prompted me to come up with my very own LIST OF 100  FEMALE AUTHORS THAT HORROR FANS SHOULD BE READING RIGHT NOW!!! Some of the female writers on this list are like rock stars in the genre. Some are legends. Some gained recognition only after they’ve left this world. That said, there are those who aren’t as popular but have instantly earned my respect after I’ve read a couple of their stories. Others are indie, self-published, and small press authors who deserve more recognition than they get. I’m proud to say that I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of these ladies.

If you click on each author’s name, you’ll be automatically taken to a page featuring one of her stories/books. Some are even free reads so you can have a taste of these writers’ awesomeness before you decide to purchase their published works. So, without further fuss, here’s my list of THE 100 Female Horror Writers You Should Be Fangirling On Right Now!

1) A.C. Wise

2) Alice J. Black

3) Amanda M. Lyons

4) Angela Carter

5) Ania Ahlborn

6) Angela Meadon

7) Ann Radcliffe

8) Anna Taborska

9) Anne Rice

10) Annie Neugebauer

11) Billie Sue Mossiman

12) Brooke Warra

13) Caitlín R. Kiernan

14) Caitlin Marceau

15) Caroline Kepnes

16) Chantal Noordeloos

17) Charlotte Baker

18) Charlotte Perkins Gilman

19) Christine Morgan

20) Damien Angelica Walters

21) Daphne du Maurier

22) Dona Fox

23) Eden Royce

24) Edith Wharton

25) Elizabeth Gaskell

26) Farah Rose Smith

27) Fox Emm

28) Gemma Files

29) Gerri Leen

30) Gertrude Atherton

31) Gwendolyn Kiste

32) Helen Oyeyemi

33) Holly Day

34) Jaelithe Ingold

35) Jeanie Rector

36) Jessica McHugh

37) Joyce Carol Oates

38) Julia Benally

39) Julianne Snow

40) Kaaron Warren

41) Karen Runge

42) Karen Russell

43) Kate Jonez

44) Kathe Koja

45) Kathryn M. Hearst

46) Kelly Link

47) Kerry E.B. Black

48) Lauren Beukes

49) L.B. Shimaira

50) Lindsey Beth Goddard

51) LinnieSarah Helpern

52) Lisa Lane

53) Lisa Mannetti

54) Lisa Morton

55) Livia Llewellyn

56) Lori R. Lopez

57) Lori M. Myers

58) Lori Safranek

59) Lori Titus

60) Louisa Bacio

61) Lucy Taylor

62)Margaret Atwood

63) Mary Elizabeth Counselman

64) Mary Shelley

65) Mercedes Yardley

66) Michelle Garza

67) Miracle Austin

68) Nadia Bulkin

69) Nancy Collins

70) Nancy Holder

71) Nina D’Arcangela

72) Octavia Butler

73) Paula Ashe

74) Priya Sharma

75) Rachel Anding

76) Rachel Nussbaum

77) Rebecca J. Allred

78) Rena Mason

79) Rie Sheridan Rose

80) Rose Hartley

81) Sandra McDonald

82) Sarah Langan

83) Scarlett R. Algee

84) Sharon Twizzell

85) Shenoa Carroll-Bradd

86) Shirley Jackson

87) Silvia Moreno-Garcia

88) Stephanie Wytovich

89) Sumiko Saulson

90) Susan Hill

91) Suzy Saylor

92) Tamara Fey Turner

93) Tananarive Due

94) Tanith Lee

95) Tawny Kipphorn

96) Theresa Derwin

97) Valerie Valdes

98) V.C. Andrews

99) Veronica Magenta Nero

100) Wendy Wagner

Just to be clear, there are more than 100 female horror authors that I admire. I created this list hoping to come up with a truly eclectic catalogue so that every fan of the genre can find what s/he’s looking for– be it hardcore horror, dark fairy tales, erotic horror, dystopian horror, etc.

So, who are your favorite female writers in the horror genre? I’m inviting you to come up with a list of your own and to share it with everyone. 🙂

Want to find out more about WiHM? Visit


Also, do visit Gwendolyn Kiste’s blog to check out a special WiHM interview series featuring yours truly and several other talented female horror authors. We talked about a lot of interesting stuff from the reasons why we feel drawn to the genre to our hopes concerning the trajectory of horror in the years to come.

Thank you so much for reading this post. I hope this has helped enrich your to-read list.

Bye for now! ❤



R.I.P. Necro (Tracy Crockett)

Well, this came as a shock.

I knew Necro (Tracy Crockett) was having issues with his health. He passed away a few days ago. I only knew Necro through Facebook. The reason why I’m posting this is because he’s actually one of the kindest people I knew through FB. I’m glad that our common love for the horror genre brought us together. He was so passionate about horror. He was more than just a fan of the genre. He genuinely lived and breathed for it. I’m glad that somehow our paths crossed. I actually like him enough to miss him.

I’ll miss you, Necro! I think a lot of people will too.



Check out this link for Necro’s final expense fund


If you pray, say one for Necro. Thank you.

Ghosts: Revenge


Ghosts: Revenge is FREE for 3 days (Kindle version).

This antho includes my story,“Yūrei no Yado” and lots of other stories from writers far greater than me.

Yep, you’re welcome. 😉




and this is me as a Powerpuff Girl:




K.Z. ❤


New Year Book Sale!

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



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




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


Thank you and Happy New Year!! ❤



Bad Neighborhood

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

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


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


K.Z. ❤

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”.



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.



K.Z. ❤

Indiana Horror Review 2015 is now Available on Amazon!



Horror from around the world is featured in the 2015 edition. New Zealand, The Netherlands, the Philippines–What is it with the Hoosier state that inspires authors from all over the world to dredge up their darkest visions to make readers tremble and shudder? Could it be the ghost towns that dot the landscape? Or do we fear the living ghosts that walk its cities, large and small, that breed and fester on dashed hope and creeping dread? Or do their dark writings mirror the thoughts we thought we had buried deep beneath layers of civility, exposing them for what they are, reflections of the darkness all around us, propagated through us and our offspring, who emulate and improve on our own wickedness?

From JWK Fiction

With stories by:

Jennifer Lemming
K.Z. Morano
William Cook
Mike Jansen
Roger Cowin
A. Henry Keene
Justin Hunter
Dona Fox
Maria Mitchell
Maria Mitchell
Guy Burtenshaw
Bas van der Veer
Alec Cizak
Flo Stanton
Mary Patterson Thornburg
John D. Stanton

K.Z. ❤