Women in Horror

Hey!!! Missing you. Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day. ❤ ❤ ❤

Aaanyway, now that THAT’s over, let’s get down to the REAL meaning of February. February is WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH!

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Yes, for 28 days, we celebrate and highlight all the fabulous and filthy minded ladies in the horror industry. 😉 So I made a little list of my favorite female horror writers to update you on their latest works. They’re all very talented authors and I’m proud to call them my friends. 🙂 I hope that you check out their pages and support their projects because their stories really deserve to be read.

1) Lori R. Lopez has a bizarre and beautiful imagination.

Her latest collection, Odds And Ends: A Dark Collection is an assortment of the weird and wonderfully grim. The book consists of twenty-six original tales with various themes, flash fiction, micro-fiction, and essays.

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The multi-talented Ms. Lopez does her own artwork and book covers!

Lori has published several solo projects which you can view by visiting her amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Lori-R.-Lopez/e/B003WJFUN8

In fact, one of her stories, Spider Soup is currently FREE on Amazon!!
http://www.amazon.com/SPIDER-SOUP-Lori-R-Lopez-ebook/dp/B00OZROEZQ

Lori Lopez appears in several anthologies including Dead Harvest: A Collection of Dark Tales which consists of 50 scary stories from both big and soon-to-be-big names in the industry. This is definitely on my to-read list! 🙂

For updates on tours, interviews and published works, check out Lori’s site: http://fairyflyentertainment.com/
Or her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lorirlopez.author

2) I’ve always admired authors with a talent for combining the erotic and the horrific.

Magenta Nero’s writing is strange, scary, and sensual.

She is a regular contributor to The Pen of the Damned and this is a link to one of her excellent stories, “LaLupa” : http://penofthedamned.com/2015/01/13/lalupa/

Magenta’s works appear/ are to appear in several anthologies such as the soon-to-be-released title, Undead Legacy from J Ellington Ashton Press and WetWorks.

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Meanwhile, be sure to follow her blog: https://magentanero.wordpress.com/ to read some of her works of fiction.

Here’s a link to one of my favorite stories by Magenta Nero, “Lucia of the Gargoyles” :
https://magentanero.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/lucia-of-the-gargoyles/

3) Dona Fox writes stories that actually move you.

If you’re looking for quality horror stories then take a look at her Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Dona-Fox/e/B00GUQTWPM

Read Dona Fox’s Editor’s Choice Award-winning story: “The Grays of Ribbon Ridge” in The Grays anthology from JWK Fiction.
I’m also happy to announce that I’ll be sharing pages with Ms. Fox in a new Thirteen O’Clock Press antho, The Witch’s Cauldron, edited by Dorothy Davies.

Meanwhile, be sure to read one of Dona’s outstanding pieces in Rejected For Content: Splattergore (Volume 1), a collection of the most hard-core, blasphemous, violent, gory, explicit short stories available!

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4) Mary Genevieve Fortier is a brilliant poet. She is also one of the sweetest, kindest horror writers I’ve ever met. 🙂

Drop by Mary’s Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Genevieve-Fortier/e/B00GQCYXWM to discover some of her prose and poetry.
and visit her FB page https://www.facebook.com/MaryGenevieveFortierWriter to send her some love. 🙂

Here’s a link to a recent review of Floppy Shoes Apocalypse praising Mary’s very impressive poem, “Every Nine and Twenty”.
http://thehorrorfictionreview.blogspot.com/2015/01/reviews-for-week-of-january-19-2015.html?spref=fb

I’m very proud to announce that soon, I’ll be sharing another superb anthology with Mary Genevieve Fortier. Watch out for Ghosts: Revenge from JWK Fiction!

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5) And last but not the least, I highly recommend that you check out the written works of Paula D. Ashe who wowed me with her haunting stories in the Best of JWK Fiction 2013.

Here is a link to one of her most horrific pieces, The Mother of All Monsters
http://www.amazon.com/Mother-All-Monsters-Paula-Ashe-ebook/dp/B00D3VPCFQ
This story received an honorable mention from Ellen Datlow!!

Paula’s works of fiction appear/ are to appear in several anthologies such as the soon-to-be-released Axes of Evil II from J Ellington Ashton Press.

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Don’t forget to visit Paula’s site: http://pauladashe.net/

Discover, read, support WOMEN IN HORROR. ❤

xo

K.Z.

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WOMEN IN HORROR: My Review of 3-Z by Lori R. Lopez (and a free zombie ebook)

What’s so special about February?

Valentine’s Day? Sure. But more than that, February is WOMEN IN HORROR RECOGNITION MONTH! For 28 days, we celebrate all the beautiful, fantastic, filthy minded women in the horror industry.
(hmm I think this should be celebrated every day of the year, don’t you?)

I reviewed my list of 10 BOOKS THAT ROCKED MY 2013 and realized one thing… my god, it’s a total sausagefest! lol (Do check out those books, by the way, they’re all awesome.)

So this month, I decided to pick up a book from a female horror author. And because I also have a thing for stylish hats, this particular writer caught my attention.

Lori R. Lopez

Lori R. Lopez is an author, poet, artist, actress, songwriter, musician and activist for conservation, children and animal rights.

I love short story collections. If I want to know the range of an author I read one of their collections and if at least half of those stories do it for me then there’s a very high possibility that I might read more of their published works. As a hobbyist who writes horror fiction, I’ve read very few zombie stories (my favorite by the way is Poppy Z. Brite’s ‘Calcutta, Lord Of Nerves’) so I decided to go for Lori R. Lopez’s 3-Z.

3-Z is a collection of three zombie stories.

The first story is ‘Pound of Flesh’. From the beginning, Lopez’s wonderful writing grabbed me.

From the book: “SACRIFICE. That’s what it’s all about. Giving your pound of flesh to get ahead in this world, this modern megalopolis we have wrought with hammers and sweat and steel. Plenty of concrete.”

Then and there, I knew I was going to end up reviewing this piece. Despite the title, this zombie tale is gore-free. What you get instead is a story with depth. I truly felt the main character’s desperation in this piece. Still, the writer managed to inject a great deal of humor into the dreadful scenario. The result: a totally enjoyable read.

The second story, ‘A Big Problem’ wasn’t exactly as scary or as crazy as I hoped it would be. I like my bizarro extremely descriptive and batshit insane. But I did enjoy the exchanges between the main characters and read the story with a small smile on my face. This didn’t quite do it for me but in the end, Lori Lopez’s good writing and humor became this story’s redeeming factor.

The last story ‘Knock, Knock’ was more like old school horror. And that’s a cool thing. It’s like when you already have an idea of what’s going to happen next but still, the story constantly grips you. The pros in this story were the well-realized characters and the scene with the cats, oh yeah, I loved that particular part. 🙂

So what did I learn from this short story collection? That Lori R. Lopez is a versatile horror author perfect for the eclectic reader (like me). And yes, I’m going to check out her other books as well.

I devoured Lori R. Lopez’s 3-Z in one sitting. My rating? A FABULOUS FOUR! 🙂

WOMEN IN HORROR RECOGNITION MONTH just gave me another reason to love February. This month (or every month), I encourage you to grab a book by a female horror author. Oh and btw, a reprint of my story “The Other Child” will be featured in Sirens Call #13 Women in Horror Issue and I’m really proud to be a part of this very special edition. Lori R. Lopez will be in this February’s issue as well! Watch out for it. 😉 Support female horror writers! (UPDATE: the ezine is out now! check out the website to download it for FREE)

xo

K.Z.

P.S.
3-Z is currently free on Kindle and Smashwords. What the hell are you waiting for? 🙂

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