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01 September 2014 @ 05:15 am
Since one of the other contributors to the HFR beat me to it, I'm posting my review of Jackpot, by Shane McKenzie, Adam Cesare, David Bernstein and Kristopher Rufty ... coming soon from Sinister Grin Press!

It’s an interesting question, really, when you think about it. What WOULD happen if exactly the WRONG person won a whooooooole bunch of moola?

Not just those regular folks we all see on the news, the ones who work seventy hours a week scraping in the sludge mines and announce they still intend to keep their jobs (the heck, seriously!), not just the ones so old it looks like they’ll have maybe all of a month left to enjoy it … not someone already so well off that the last thing they need is more money … I’m talking the BADWRONG kind of person, the dangerous kind.

Like, say, an ambitious, inventive, depraved, but strapped-for-cash murderous maniac serial killer?

An interesting question, and when put to a panel of experts such as those here assembled, fodder for one sick and twisted doozy of a book. Or, rather, a series of sick and twisted book-doozies; this is just the first.

Plenty of lottery players have their systems, their superstitions, their lucky numbers and rituals. Booker, well, Booker goes a little above and beyond in pursuing his fate and fortune. With the help of his victims, he chooses his numbers, buys his ticket at the usual convenience store, and … well … he wins.

He wins bigtime. Big bucks bigtime. More than enough to make all his dreams come true. Like, say, a house custom-built to his exact designs, complete with playrooms and dungeon. A soundproof van. That sort of thing.

A loner with no family, it never occurs to Booker that his newfound wealth might draw some attention. Such as, from Frank, a helpful lawyer whose specialty is helping windfall winners manage their money … at reasonable fees, of course. Or from the clerk who sold him the ticket. Or from another customer who feels cheated.

There’s also the detective looking into the case involving the leftovers from Booker’s lucky numbers. He knows he’s on the trail of a monster, but, he’s about to discover he has no idea what he’s getting himself into.

Packed to capacity with blood, gore, torture, and mutilation machines inventive even in this day and age of the Saw movies and their ilk, Jackpot deserves and lives up to its name. Provided, of course, that the jackpot you’re into involves reading in the splatter zone!

Pre-Order now for September 23rd release date!
28 August 2014 @ 12:33 am
The official for-reals Horror Fiction Review is back, posting weekly updates at

And here's a collection of my recent contributions:

Dead Trash by Ed Kurtz
Burnt Tongues anthology
After by Samantha Gregory
The Children of Old Leech anthology
This Darkness Light by Michaelbrent Collings
The Last Infection by Michael W. Garza
Demonic Visions 4 anthology
Operation Ice Bat anthology
Crooked House by Joe McKinney

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As fast as I read, the TBR pile is still growing faster than I can keep up, but, I'm working on it!
First off, I'm delighted to report that the classic Horror Fiction Review is BACK!!! Now in smaller, more frequent installments! Round of applause for Nick Cato, who keeps sending me books and giving me another place to ramble about them! You can find it here:

My latest reviews thus far for July:

Martuk ... The Holy: Proseuche by Johnathan Winn
The Tick People by Carlton Mellick III
Dreams of Thanatos by William Cook
The Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon

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Now, due to various too-much-of-a-good-thing (deadlines looming on anthologies I'm editing AND anthologies I'm submitting to), I'm obviously not getting as much time for more recreational reading as usual. As a result, the ol' TBR pile is piling high. So, if you'd like to add to it, please feel free ... just bear in mind it might be a while before I get there!
The Horror Fiction Review may be on hiatus, but, since people still seem to enjoy my reviews and I enjoy doing them, I'm happy to keep right on going! My system is to post 'em here first, then in a week or so go through and add 'em to the individual Amazon pages.

Want to send me something? Please do! Mobi/Kindle or .PDF, or hey, old-school print, all welcome! Contact me at

This month's batch:

The Book of a Thousand Sins by Wrath James White
The Colony: Shift by Michaelbrent Collings
Gleefully Macabre Tales by Jeff Strand
Night of the Assholes by Kevin L. Donihe
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Plebs by Jim Goforth
Time of Death: Induction by Shana Festa

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05 June 2014 @ 06:56 am
So, there's this book. I've got a story in it. Whatever else went, or is still going on behind the scenes, whatever fusterclucks and kerfuffles and who-put-the-drama-in-the-drama-llama-ding-dong, the point remains: there's this book, and I've got a story in it.

A pretty good story, if I do say so myself. "Frygga: Dreams of Fire" is my tale of an all-female Viking metal band getting a hot blast of inspiration.

At one point in the pre-publication proceedings, I was asked to participate in an interview questionnaire. I agreed, but then the abovementioned kerfuffles developed and it became quite likely that the cavalcade of promotion wouldn't see the light of day.

Following the lead of fellow contributor Jim Goforth (and you can find his post here), I figured I'd go ahead and post mine myself.

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BUY THE BOOK -- Axes of Evil
31 May 2014 @ 08:09 pm
Fifth month, five reviews. I didn't plan it that way. Just how it worked out. Three of the five were among my haul from World Horror Con, where I spent most of my money at the Deadite/Eraserhead booth.

This batch includes:

Quicksand House, by Carlton Mellick III
First Bird, Episodes 2 and 3, by Grieg Beck
Gigantic Death Worm, by Vince Kramer
Fallow Ground, by Michael James Farland
Ass Goblins of Auschwitz, by Cameron Pierce

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21 May 2014 @ 06:31 pm

Meet Robin Goodfellow as you’ve never seen him before, watch damsels in distress rescue themselves, get swept away with the selkies and enjoy tales of hobs, green men, pixies and phookas. One thing is for certain, these are not your grandmother’s fairy tales.

Fairies have been both mischievous and malignant creatures throughout history. They’ve dwelt in forests, collected teeth or crafted shoes. Fae is full of stories that honor that rich history while exploring new and interesting takes on the fair folk from castles to computer technologies and modern midwifing, the Old World to Indianapolis.

Fae covers a vast swath of the fairy story spectrum, making the old new and exploring lush settings with beautiful prose and complex characters. Enjoy the familiar feeling of a good old-fashioned fairy tale alongside urban fantasy and horror with a fae twist.

With an introduction by Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman, and all new stories from Sidney Blaylock Jr., Amanda Block, Kari Castor, Beth Cato, Liz Colter, Rhonda Eikamp, Lor Graham, Alexis A. Hunter, L.S. Johnson, Jon Arthur Kitson, Adria Laycraft, Lauren Liebowitz, Christine Morgan, Shannon Phillips, Sara Puls, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Kristina Wojtaszek.

Edited by Rhonda Parrish

Release date: July 22, 2014 (ebook and paperback)
Genre: Fantasy / Horror
Length: Anthology, approx. 250 pages
Trade paperback: $14.95; ebook $7.99
ISBN-13 (trade paperback): 978-0692207918
ISBN-10 (trade paperback): 0692207910

FAE book giveaway!
16 May 2014 @ 11:15 am
... has been getting a fair amount of attention and love lately, since its debut at World Horror Con!

(with the legendary William F. Nolan!)


(a special message from Grandmaster Brian Keene and Mary SanGiovanni!)

Submissions are already rolling in for Fossil Lake II: The Refossiling!

Keep up on all the news:

Buy it here:
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07 May 2014 @ 04:37 pm
So, since I'm heading off to World Horror Convention in Portland this weekend, where I will probably stock up on many new books and then come home to happily read read read and wallow in my loot, I figured I'd post my latest batch of reviews before I go.

In this installment:
Parasite Deep by Shane McKenzie
The First Bird (Episode One) by Grieg Beck
Dungeons and Drag Queens by M.P. Johnson
In the Woods by Jana French
Mother's Boys by Daniel I. Russell
Haunted House and Other Presidential Horrors by Edward Lee

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06 May 2014 @ 09:48 pm
From KnightWatch Press, edited by Christine Morgan!

Currently seeking stories for a nature-run-amok anthology!

Think Hitchcock’s The Birds or Herbert’s The Rats. Think plagues of locusts, and those stories on the news where it rains spiders. Night of the Lepus. Willard.

While we love giant monsters as much as anybody, this time it’s not about size, but sheer NUMBERS. Why have one huge mad killer thing when you could have hundreds of smaller mad killer things?

Send us otherwise ordinary critters, but send them in multitudes. Send us swarms, hordes, flocks, droves, schools, what-have-you. Just make it a LOT of them.

Make it creative. Make it different. Put some less-likely species in the spotlight, unusual settings, bizarre twists.

Maybe they’re on a vengeful, deadly rampage. Maybe they’re simply on the move and woe to whoever gets in the way. Maybe they’re being directed, or maybe they’re acting on their own instinct.

From the creepy-crawly to the cute-and-cuddly, from wildlife to livestock and from household pests to household pets, let’s see what horrors can happen when animals attack!

Email submissions as a .doc or .rtf to with Teeming Terrors in the subject line. Standard manuscript format, Times New Roman 12-point preferred.

Deadline – July 30th

Word Count – 1500 to 6000

All submissions should:

Be in Standard Manuscript Format (

Be written in British English only.

Be typed in Courier or Times New Roman 12

Include your full details (name/address/telephone number/email address)

Be sent to as .doc or .rtf documents with the email subject header “SURNAME/TERROR/WORDCOUNT”.

Previously published stories WILL NOT be considered for this anthology. Authors will retain copyright.

Multiple submissions up to a maximum of two stories per author can be submitted.

We will write to you within approximately four weeks of the submission deadline to let you know if you have been successful.

We will pay [4%] royalties after cost per story published in ebook and paperback form.