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Pre-order Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault

Enter the Glass Vault!

So my book, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, is only .99 for the pre-order price! It’s coming out June 26th through The Parliament House, so if you want to pre-order while the price is low, do it now!!! Trust me, it’s going to be awesome after the new edits!

Pre-order: Amazon

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Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault: Cover Re-Reveal

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault

Publisher: Parliament House Press

To Be Published on June 26th, 2018

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Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie and her friend August go on a pursuit for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with the disappearances?

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is the start of a thrilling duology full of magic, danger, and romance.

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Find Out About Other Books by Candace Robinson at http://authorcandacerobinson.wordpress.com

 

About the Author

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Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words. When she’s not writing stories, she maintains a book review blog. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.

Contact Links

Website: http://authorcandacerobinson.wordpress.com

Blog: https://literarydust.wordpress.com

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Author Calvin Demmer’s Interview with Author S.J. Budd

 

Book Purchase Links:
Spells and Persuasions: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520940645
Aphotic Realm’s Banished: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1979474532

Calvin Demmer’s Author Interview with S.J. Budd

What sparked your interest in the horror genre?

I’ve always been fascinated with everything out of the ordinary. I think what really sparked my interest in horror was seeing The Labyrinth movie when I was a young girl. At the time I found it terrifying and instantly loved it! It’s still one of my favorite films!

What’s the best writing advice you’ve received?

I think it’s got to be the simplest bit of advice which is to just keep at it and eventually you will get somewhere. I think the piece of advice I would offer would be to have fun with what you write, because if it’s boring to write it will be boring to read.

You have a story called “I am Witch” in the Banished issue from Aphotic Realm. What inspired the tale?

I was heavily inspired to write “I am Witch” after reading “Of Sorrow and Such” by Angela Slatter which is about witches. I came across it by accident and its now one of my favorite books.  Since then I’d really wanted to write a story about witches and this was my attempt.

You released Spells and Persuasions, a collection of short stories, last year. How would you describe it to those who’ve yet to read it?

This is my first collection of nine short stories that have all been published in various magazines. I’d like to think there’s something in there for everyone who loves horror. The stories within draw on many different elements such as fantasy, sci-fi and horror but are all dark in nature.

Who are some of the female horror authors you believe people should be reading?

There’s some really amazing female horror authors out there. I’m a really big fan of Gwendolyn Kiste whose stories regularly appear in places like Black Static and Shimmer. She’s recently released her first novella, “Pretty Marys all in a Row” which is a great read. Of course there is Angela Slatter who I’ve already mentioned. I’ve just discovered Kristi DeMeester and Damien Angelica Walters who are also superb.

These are the female horror writers who are currently slaying it and you can easily find them gracing the pages of all the top magazines such as Black Static, Nightmare, Shimmer and Apex.

 

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Sarah’s Bio:
S.J. Budd loves writing short stories exploring dark fictional worlds and its mysterious inhabitants, and is currently working on her first novel. Her day job involves working as journalist for www.findahood.com and she also blogs on her site www.sjbudd.co.uk and her twitter is @sjbuddj.
Her work has appeared in Aphotic RealmSanitarium MagazineSiren’s Call PublicationsDeadman’s TomeInnersinsAphelionBewildering StoriesBlood Moon Rising MagazineShadows at the Door, Danse Macabre MagazineThe Wild HuntMorpheus Tales and Freedom Fiction.
Her debut collection of short stories, Spells and Persuasions, is out now on Amazon.
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Calvin’s Bio:
Calvin Demmer is a dark fiction author. His work has appeared in Broadswords and Blasters, Empyreome Magazine, Mad Scientist Journal, Ravenwood Quarterly, Switchblade, and others. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe. You can find him online at www.calvindemmer.com.
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Review: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

Title: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

Authors: Stefan Bachmann, Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A. G. Howard, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige, Carrie Ryan, Megan Shepherd, Nova Ren Suma, McCormick Templeman, April Genevieve Tucholke, Cat Winters

Date of Publication: August 18th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

My Review:

This book of short horrorish stories wasn’t as amazing as I thought it would be, especially with all the awesome authors that are in this one! But, it wasn’t bad either, just okay overall. There were some really good ones, though.

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The Birds of Azalea Street by: Nova Ren Suma I didn’t really get this one. It’s inspired by the Birds but in no way does it compare to that at all!

In the Forest Dark and Deep by: Carrie Ryan – This was a very cool and creepy Alice in Wonderland inspired story with a giant March Hare!

Emmeline by: Cat Winters – Very good! I loved the setting and the writing! Emmeline was a very interesting character!

Verse Chorus Verse by: Leigh Bardugo – This one was weird but not in an amazing way. I was surprised that I didn’t like this more because I generally love Leigh Bardugo!

Hide-And-Seek by: Megan Shepherd – Ah—yes. This one was really great! The main character was also one smart cookie! Plus the whole trying to avoid death thing was awesome!

The Dark, Scary Parts and All by: Danielle Paige – This one was all kinds of fun! The story was engaging, and Damien was an interesting character!

The Flicker, The Fingers, The Beat, The Sigh by: April Genevieve Tucholke – I really liked the two inspirations for this one. The story was good, but I hate the main character Theo. He was such an ass and got pretty much what he deserved.

Fat Girl with a Knife by: Jonathan Maberry – This one was all kinds of fun! Also Dahlia was a freaking awesome character!

Sleepless by: Jay Kristoff – There was one twist that I did not see coming, but the other one I did. I actually really liked this one at first, but then it faded to just being okay.

M by: Stefan Bachmann – I couldn’t get into this one!

The Girl Without a Face by: Marie Lu – Marie’s writing is always good, but this one was just okay for me.

A Girl Who Dreamed of Snow by: McCormick Templeman – The writing was good in this one, but I wasn’t completely captivated.

Stitches by: A.G. Howard – I thought this one was pretty awesome, and Howard’s writings and descriptions are always so entrancing.

On the I-5 by: Kendare Blake – I liked the ending on this one!

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Review: Hardened Hearts

Title: Hardened Hearts

Authors: Gwendolyn Kiste, Somer Canon, Calvin Demmer, Theresa Braun, John Boden, Eddie Generous, Tom Deady, J.L. Knight, Madhvi Ramani, Scott Paul Hallam, Robert Dean, Jennifer Williams, Leo X. Robertson, Laura Blackwell, Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi, Sarah L. Johnson, Meg Elison

Date of Publication: December 4th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

17 stories of difficult love, broken hearts, lost hope, and discarded truths. Love brings pain, vulnerability, and demands of revenge. Hardened Hearts spills the sum of darkness and light concerning the measures of love; including works from Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award), Tom Deady, author of Haven (Winner of the Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel), Gwendolyn Kiste, author of And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe and Pretty Marys All in a Row, and many more.
Hardened Hearts dips from speculative, horror, science fiction, fantasy, into literary and then out of the classifiable and into the waters of unpinned genres, but pure entertainment nonetheless.

My Review:

Honestly, I hate reading most story collections by different authors because the writing styles are so different. Then most of the time I only like a few. This didn’t happen here, though. I definitely liked almost all of the stories! My favorites have to be… Canon’s, Demmer’s Braun’s, Deady’s, Blackwell’s, and Al-Mehairi’s!

What I also liked was that there was a variety in genres, even though I prefer ones that have supernatural stuff, which most of them did!

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40 Ways to Leave Your Monster Lover by: Gwendolyn Kiste – I’ll admit I’m usually not a big fan of second person, like at all. But this one was actually good. I’ll still say that I will never be a fan of second person, though!

It Breaks My Heart to Watch You Rot by: Somer Canon – Loved this one! It even caused me to tear up! The real scenario of when an immortal loves a mortal is a heartbreaking thing.

What is Love? by: Calvin Demmer – Calvin is the master at writing short stories. So, I wasn’t surprised at all that this one was amazing! Loved the ending!

Heirloom by: Theresa Braun – I found this one extremely addicting and kept wanting to know what the heck was going on! Braun’s writing is flawless, and the story is intriguing!

The Recluse by: John Boden – This was a short, fun story and a freaking heck yeah from me!

Dog Tired by: Eddie Generous – Nice character development, and I’ll just say it has my favorite creature ever!

The Pink Balloon by: Tom Deady – Let me go cry myself to sleep after reading this one, no, seriously!

It’s My Party And I’ll Cry If I Want To by: J. L. Knight – This one was extremely relateable, especially if you have lost anyone that means more than anything to you.

Consumed by: Madhvi Ramani – The main guy was ridiculous—which made me like it!

Burning Samantha by: Scott Paul Hallam – I really liked that this put me in Samantha’s head about a boy who feels like a girl. And how the pressure of what other people feel can have an affect on one’s happiness. The thing is, as hard as it is to brush out the world, you have to do what you feel, otherwise, you will live in misery.

Class of 2000 by: Robert Dean – This one felt a little too lifetime for me. I think it was a very important story, but it just didn’t blend in well with the others.

Learning to Love by: Jennifer Williams – Short, but I could feel the emotions from the MC!

Brothers by: Leo X. Robertson – I’m sort of lost by the ending of this one, but it got really, really good with each page!

Porcelain Skin by: Laura Blackwell – This one had a very whimsical feel to it, and I was thoroughly captivated!

The Heart of the Orchard by: Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi – Loved, loved, loved this one! The setting, the tone, the writing—all of it was great!

Meeting the Parents by: Sarah L. Johnson – This one was extremely odd, but equals cool!

Matchmaker by: Meg Elison – I felt this was a good way to end the book!

Overall, a great read where happily ever afters don’t exist, but the reader still feels like they get what they wanted in the end!

 

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Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House

Title: There’s Someone Inside Your House

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Date of Publication: September 26th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

My Review:

I’m not understanding why there was so much hate on this one or why the rating is so low over on Goodreads. I’m not sure if people wanted straight up serial slashing or what. Yes, this book has serial killer status, but it is also filled with an awesome romance. What else would you expect from Perkins?

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What can I say about Makani and Ollie, except for cute, cute, cute! I totally loved them! Lets get to the murders now… there was some pretty gory descriptions which was AWESOME! I don’t get scared when I read books or watch movies, so I can’t tell you on whether it was “scary.”

Also, I mean, this is YA horror here? If you want something more, maybe you should have gone to the big guns like Stephen King or Clive Barker. The killer reveal was never going to be epic like Saw (the first one) or Scream. But I thought the goriness of what the killer did with each victim was pretty unique.

My one pet peeve, though, was how early on the murderer was revealed. It was like halfway through the book! I do wish there would have been an epilogue at the end, but that’s because I love knowing what happens after. Either way, Perkins writing was quirky and I loved the mix of humor with horror along with the perfect romance!

 

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This is Halloween!!!

This is Halloween… This is Halloween… This is Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thought I’d share some awesome horrorish movies because…. it’s Halloween, duh! So here are 31 movies of awesomeness!

 

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What’s your favorite horror movie?