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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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. ❤

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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