YOUR Favorite Horror Books – May 10th 2016 Edition

Armand Rosamilia is putting together a great selection of ‘books to read’ by collecting suggestions from his blog followers. The only rule (provide you keep the suggested titles topical to the blog) is that you can’t suggest your own book.

I know my list will be growing longer thanks to his efforts!


This summer I’ll be doing something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time… I want to recognize some great books in the horror fiction field. I also want to find some new books I might’ve missed myself, so…


Two men argue in the low light of one of nineteenth-century New York’s vilest bars. One is an aristocrat, clearly slumming, while the other, in appearance no better than the gutter-trash around him, is the finest author of his age. The wealthy man is Hudson Usher, come to berate Edgar Allen Poe for using Usher’s family history as fodder for his most famous story. The house of Usher has not fallen, Hudson boasts. It will endure into the centuries.
One hundred and fifty years later, the Usher line persists. The newest heir is Rix Usher, a hack horror writer whose ailing father has just called him back to the…

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Damned Echoes

Pen of the Damned’s first word-prompt group challenge!

Pen of the Damned

Ahhh Damnlings, into our realm of darkness you have wandered once more. A realm where words twist on the wind, and morals gain no purchase…

In the collection of prose set forth before you, you will find each of the authors has been constrained to a measure of one hundred to one hundred fifty words; two of which must be borrowed from the nether’s uttering. But fear not, for the Damned wear our shackles well and true – we shrink from no challenge. Sit, read, perhaps ponder… which two of the five words on offer would you chose to sacrifice for a story worthy of the ink that drips from the Pen of the Damned?

Why a sacrifice? You will never hear them Echoed again!


My Mind Screams
Jon Olson

My old fishing boat, the Extant, rocks unsteady beneath my feet. I struggle to catch my breath — difficult after stealing something else’s last. Blood runs down…

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A great piece of flash fiction from L.E. White… Dwellers

An Opener's Closing by L. E. White

When I walked into the room the light switch didn’t work. I didn’t think anything of it. Maybe the bulb had burned out. I pulled my phone out of my pocket and clicked the flash light on.

In the light of that little led, my world changed.

I had never seen them before. I hadn’t thought about the ones dwelling in the dark since I was a child. I can remember believing they were there, but when my father turned the lights on, the room was always empty. I believed him when he said they weren’t real.

As they sat there, bouncing up and down on long, slender legs, I realized what they were.

More than the dwellers.

More than monsters.

They were hungry.

And I was alone in the house.

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RELEASED BY PHRENIC PRESS: The Remington by Alex Woolf

Intelligent, intriguing fiction by Alex Woolf!

The Sirens Song

Phrenic Press, an imprint of Sirens Call Publications, is pleased to announce the release of its latest offering…

The Remington

Alex Woolf


Howard Protheroe leads the dullest existence imaginable. Literally nothing ever happens to him. Then one day, his life changes when he meets fun-loving, talkative Evie Nickelbite. Howard and Evie feel an instant connection. But something doesn’t seem quite right. It’s almost as if their lives are being controlled by an outside force.

At around the same time, in an apparently unrelated incident, would-be writer George W. Durant decides to purchase a typewriter, an 1878 Remington.

As Howard and Evie’s lives become increasingly action-packed and fraught with danger, they start to feel like characters in badly written novel. What is going on, and what does it have to do with George’s Remington?

By turns surreal, funny and romantic, The Remington navigates the mysterious terrain between the worlds of fiction…

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Women in Horror Month Live Facebook Chat, Feb 16th, 7pm-9pm EST @doclaney #WiHM7


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Women in Horror Month Live Facebook Chat

February 16, 2016
7pm-9pm EST

An opportunity to join a discussion with writers:
Patricia Flewwelling, Nancy Kilpatrick, Gwendolyn Kiste,
Elaine Pascale, and Erin Thorne.

All are welcome!!!

Click here to join the chat!

Best Horror Movies of 2015

Hunter Shea says these are the top 13 horror flicks of 2015… I’ve yet to see them myself, but am eager to dive in!

Hunter Shea

I have to admit, I was watching horror flicks right down to the wire to make sure I got as many as I could in before making my annual top 13 list. There were some I had high hopes for that didn’t make the cut like Let us Prey and, believe it or not, Paranormal Activity – The Ghost Dimension. And then there were the usual pleasant surprises that just had to make the cut. Unlike other years, there was no question about my #1 movie. I love it so much, I’ve made it my favorite movie of the 21st century.

Oddly enough, there are no cryptid movies on the list this time around. Didn’t really see any worth considering, other than Zombeavers. That’s right, I said Zombeavers.

OK, enough of my preamble. Will you join me for the countdown?


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Damned Words 15

Damned words to end 2015! Ten 100 word drabbles based on the picture prompt. I certainly enjoyed where the image took all of our creative minds, I hope you do as well!

Visit for much, much more – we’ve been sharing our depravity as a group for the past 3 1/2 years now…

Pen of the Damned


Rusted Relics
Jon Olson

Are they gone? The Creepers I mean? Fuck that was close. Too close. Shit, they almost got me. Cold-blooded bastards. They’re most active in the sun, yet you ventured out in daylight. We can’t take any more chances; there are so few of us left now. At one time, we were many; powerful and dominant. Then the Creepers came. Their war with us was quick; brutal; unrelenting; genocidal. These old war machines, these rusted relics, once a source of pride in our dominance, now gravestones of a dying civilization. Grim reminders of what we were and of what we’ve become.

Zack Kullis

Delirium from the dehydration twisted his worst memory to the sweetest- the blood.  The fall into the abandoned coal pulverizer broke his back and legs, but the compound fracture in his left leg covered his face with blood.  Warm, wet blood.  What had…

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‘When the Muse Takes Me’ – a guest post by John Mc Caffrey | Nora’s Wish #blogtour #romance #novella


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When the Muse Takes Me
John Mc Caffrey

I have never been one for self-imposed writing schedules. I know many writers do, but it doesn’t work for me. I may not write for weeks, then hit the keys hard for a few months, averaging about 2500-5000 words a day. I read that Stephen King can write as many as 50k words a day, which just amazes me. The only time I ever set a goal was when I wrote my first novel, and I set myself a dead line for a particular month I wanted to be finished. I only just made it.

Usually I write late at night, long after everyone’s gone to bed. I find it adds mood to the material. I always have music playing when I write, either classical or new age, volume turned low. If I have notes I’m following, I’ll have those strewn on the desk in front of me and a cup of tea. Then I just go at it until I find a place where I want to stop. Sometimes, I need to stop; closing a scene or chapter. I often like to stop at crucial changes to gain a fresh perspective the following day. To allow what I’ve written to simmer overnight. These are my prolific times.

I wrote Nora’s Wish during one of these prolific times. It held me to the keys for days until I was able to finish it. Some stories have that effect on me, as if they take on a life of their own, demanding to be written. I felt a connection with the major characters in Nora’s Wish, and as a result, many parts of the book almost seemed to write itself. A little strange perhaps, but that’s the way it felt. It’s much the same way when I write anything, especially when I’m dealing with the characters, often times it’s as if they speak to me, and I just jot down what they’re saying.

Not all of what I consider my writing time is about the creative process, or should I say, tapping away at the keys. I also put aside a lot of time for editing, rewriting, and reading what I wrote the day before. I’ll process ideas, going over my notes when I’m able to read them, (I have horrible penmanship), elaborating or discarding plots. I don’t web surf or go on social media when I’m writing. I don’t answer the phone or start rearranging my desk. I stay focused on the task at hand and every now and then, if I’m lucky, everything around me ceases to exist. I enter that creative area of my brain where nothing matters except for what I’m writing. Hours can pass during these times and it’s usually when I’m at my most prolific and most creative. I don’t get writers block, and to be frank, I don’t believe it exists. When I’m in the mood for writing, I can always find something to do. It’s all about the craft and the desire to be better at it than you were the day before.

Nora’s Wish
by John Mc Caffrey


Ben Jameson is a bitter retiree residing at Willow Manor, a home for the aged or those in need of care, and has nothing more to do than await the inevitable conclusion of a life wasted. Forgotten by his family, his days are marked by the solitary existence of books, loneliness, and regret.

A chance meeting with a terminally ill resident named Nora, and her unshakeable optimism in the face of her eventual demise, rekindles emotions he was certain were gone forever. Nora reawakens his ability to love, and with her compassion and her companionship, he comes to realize that even a life as wasted as his own can be salvaged and, given the right incentive, is still worth living.

As Nora’s health declines, they both dare to hope that the magic of a strange pendant Ben purchased from an antique shop as a gift for Nora will overcome the odds, offering them more time with one another.

Nora’s Wish is available on:

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AuthorPhoto_JohnMcCaffreyABOUT THE AUTHOR — John Mc Caffrey writes tales of horror, the supernatural, science fiction, and fantasy. He was born in Illinois and grew up on the south side of Chicago. While still in grade school, he developed a passion for reading through the works of Tolkien, Poe, and Lovecraft as well as being addicted to watching Hammer Film’s at the local Saturday matinee. Today he lives in Northern Indiana with his wife where he writes in his spare time.

Wounded Warriors

A powerful poem by Paul F. Lenzi – a cause in much need of support!

Poesy plus Polemics

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tell them you care
broken bodies
who stood your defense
broken spirits
who minded your sleep

joes and janes
fellow citizens moved
by a sound
few acknowledge
the whisper of duty
come calling
with liberty’s voice

janes and joes
fellow citizens stirred
to make sacrifice
honored to serve
under colors
they willingly took
dire risk to preserve

now returned
fellow citizens
needing of healing
call out in whispers
tell them you care

(Please consider supporting the Wounded Warrior Project at

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